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  1. [caption width="640"] Sebastian Malec turned €27 into an EPT title and €1,122,800 (Neil Stoddard photo)[/caption] When PokerStars announced that the European Poker Tour was being morphed into a worldwide PokerStarsLive tour, some people started reminiscing about some of the most memorable moments the EPT had ever produced. Late Sunday night in Barcelona, 21-year-old Sebastian Malec might have put himself at the top of that list. In one of the most memorable conclusions ever to an EPT Main Event, Malec, who qualified for the event for €27 on PokerStars, beat Uri Reichenstein heads-up to win the EPT Barcelona Main Event and €1,122,800 ($1,250,000 US). Sunday’s final table began with just seven players and it didn’t take long to get six-handed. On just the eighth hand of play, action folded to Thomas De Rooij in the cutoff and he raised to 450,000 and Harcharan Dogra Dogra called from the big blind. The [poker card="9c"][95s][poker card="2h"] flop got Dogra Dogra to move all in and De Rooij called instantly. Dogra Dogra showed [poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"] and was ahead with a pair of twos while De Rooij tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="4s"] for two over cards and a gustshot wheel draw. The turn was the [poker card="kd"] but the [poker card="4d"] river gave De Rooij a pair and eliminated Dogra Dogra in seventh. Just seven hands later Andreas Chalkiadakis, who came into the final table third in chips, was eliminated in sixth place. De Rooij oped to 450,000, Chalkiadakis moved all in for 4,075,000 before Adam Owen moved all in for 6,160,000 forcing De Rooij to fold. Chalkiadakis flipped over [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] but found bad news after Owen tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"] to give Owen the pot and bust Chalkiadakis. Uri Reichenstein moved into the chip lead for the first time just four hands later. Reichenstein raised to 400,000 from the button and Zoriu Er called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="3d"], Er checked, Reichenstein bet 200,000 and Er called. The [poker card="tc"] turn got Er to check again, allowing Reichenstein to bet 900,000 and Er called again. The [poker card="6h"] river saw Er check again before Reichenstein bet 4,700,000. Er called and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"] but was eliminated when Reichenstein tabled [poker card="td"][poker card="4d"] for a flopped flush. The four remaining players eventually paused play to discuss a chop before ultimately deciding to play on. Four-handed play continued for 34 more hands before Reichenstein claimed another victim. A shortstacked De Rooij moved all in from UTG for just three big blinds. Malec simply called from the small blind before Reichenstein made it 3,300,000 forcing Malec to fold. De Rooij was ahead with [poker card="as"][poker card="7c"] over Reichenstein’s [poker card="js"][poker card="3d"] but the [poker card="ts"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"] flop changed that and the [poker card="qh"] turn and [poker card="5s"] river failed to save De Rooij and the Dutchman was out in fourth. Mixed game specialist Adam Owen was sent packing on the very next hand. Malec called from the button, called from the small blind before Owen moved all in from the big blind for 5,600,000. Malec moved all in over the top and Reichenstein folded. Owen held [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] but was trailing Malec who showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"]. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"] to give Malec the pot and eliminated Owen. When heads-up play began Reichenstein had a 3-2 chip lead over Malec. While the first five eliminations took place over a span of a little over five hours, heads-up play between the two took longer. Both players traded the lead back and forth more than once but the final hand is the one that the tournament will be remembered for. Malec limped from the button and Reichenstein checked behind. the flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="6h"] and Reichenstein bet 800,000. Malec raised to 3,000,000 and Reichenstein called. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and Malec lead out for 5,000,0000. After a short time in the tank, Reichenstein called. The river was the [poker card="8d"] and Malec shoved all in putting Reichenstein to a decision for his tournament life. Reichenstein went into the tank while Malec invoked Scotty Nguyen’s famous line from the 1998 WSOP Main Event, “you call, it’s gonna be all over, baby.” Reichenstein talked himself through a number of hands Malec could have while the 21-year-old sat on the rail with his friends, even posing for a selfie. Reichenstein called and Malec sprint to the table to showdown [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] for a turned nut flush while Reichenstein showed [poker card="th"][poker card="9c"] for a turned queen-high straight to give Malec the pot and the title. Final Table Payouts Sebastian Malec - €1,122,800 Uri Reichenstein - €807,100 Adam Owen - €646,250 Thomas De Rooij - €535,100 Zorlu Er - €431,550 Andreas Chalkiadakis - €330,290 Harcharan Dogra Dogra - €230,950 Pavel Plesuv - €165,950 Stephen Malone - €123,450
  2. One of the more popular variants of poker outside of No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha is 2-7 Triple Draw (often referred to simply as “Deuce”). The game has been played for decades and in recent years a lot of the highest-stakes action online has been played in Deuce. The novelty of drawing cards, fast action and the possibility to make creative plays continues to make the game attractive for long time pros and inquisitive newcomers alike. At the 2017 World Series of Poker, Limit 2-7 Triple Draw will again have two standalone events ($10,000 and $1500) as well as featuring in many mixed events ($1500 up to $50000). For the first time, Pot Limit 2-7 Triple Draw will also be a part of the Dealers Choice events and will also feature in the Big Bet Mix event. Limit Deuce already plays as one of the biggest games in mixed tournaments, the addition of its Pot Limit big brother will make having a knowledge of 2-7 fundamentals especially important for those looking to try their hand in a mixed event this summer. A lot of the information here is relevant for Deuce’s family members, No Limit 2-7 Single Draw and Fixed Limit A-5 Triple Draw. Predominantly Hold’em players will likely find Deuce one of the easiest mixed variants to learn, especially if they have any limit background. Whilst the hand ranking system is completely different (the opposite of Hold’em in fact), there are four streets of betting like in Hold’em. Whilst it may irk some old school live players, those who learned the game online often refer to the streets as Pre (betting round before the draw), Flop (after the first draw), Turn (after the second) and River (after the third and final). Each player is dealt five cards and will have three opportunities to discard between 0 (standing pat) and five cards. The “lowest” hand wins, counted from the highest card downwards. Straights and flushes stand effectively no chance to win at showdown. 7-5-4-3-2 is the nuts in this game and a royal flush is the worst possible hand. Aces are always high, meaning that A-5-4-3-2 is not a straight, it is, in fact, the best Ace low. In general, the aim when drawing should be to make a strong low. Seven lows are extremely strong hands that can be value bet for multiple bets in most situations. There are four of these. “Eighty-six” (hands that being with 8-6) hands and the one Eighty-five (or eight perfect) are usually safe to draw to, providing we also have a deuce in our hand. There are five of these. Eighty-seven hands can either be a sigh hero call or a slam-dunk value bet depending on the situation. Only with experience can one really get a feel for how thin to value bet or be able to make a prudent fold with an Eighty-seven that can’t win. There are nine of these hands, making a total of 18 Eight or Seven lows. Additionally, there are thirty-four Nine lows, though in most situations it is wise to throw our nines away pre-draw. As is the case in all games, starting hand selection is absolutely crucial. “Don’t leave home without a deuce” is a phrase I heard early on in my Deuce education and for most situations, it’s tremendously important to start with a deuce. Without a deuce, the best hand we can make is 8-6-5-4-3 (the ninth best hand). Sure, a two-card draw (meaning we will be discarding two cards, in this case, 9+ and pairs) like 8-6-5 can catch a deuce along the way but remember that your opponents often won’t be leaving home without a deuce either, making it extra hard to make a premium hand. With this in mind, “draw from the bottom up” would be my next fundamental piece of advice. Whilst 4-3-2 and 7-5-4 are both 60% of a wheel and in theory, would have the same chance of making one if we just pulled random cards off of the top of the deck, 4-3-2 will make much “smoother” hands. Being able to make the premium eights as well as the sevens is what makes 4-3-2 a snap-open from everywhere and 7-5-4 a snap-fold from early position. Starting with a deuce and two other wheel cards (a wheel in 2-7 is 7-5-4-3-2) is a great starting hand. The lower the better, but having a seven with our deuce and additional wheel card is also very strong. 7-3-2 is approximately equal to 4-3-2. Amusingly, I heard someone at the WSOP passionately describe how 7-3-2 was the bread of the game and the cards needed to fill his hand (4, 5, 6) were the fillings, in a debate about which hand was better. Functionally it makes little difference to one’s strategy but my personal preference would be 4-3-2 if multiway or out of position and 7-3-2 if not the case. Straight draws should try to be avoided where possible, especially open-enders. Flush draws are also severely defective and will often make an otherwise playable hand a fold. 5-4-3-2 and 6-4-3-2 are still very playable hands, capable of making premiums. Sticking mainly to one-card draws and premium two-card draws for pre-draw hand selection will be a solid strategy for those learning the game, though adding 3-2 and maybe a few other three-card draws to a button steal range and big blind defend range should be profitable. A lot of the time in Deuce, the betting will be straightforward. Checking dark and betting dark are very common when one player is drawing less cards. Always checking when a card or more behind is usually correct (I would bother to check my cards before checking when drawing three and my opponent two), as is betting when we are taking less cards, especially in position. Raising when making a pat hand against a draw is essential. This gets value by charging our opponent to draw and from chasing out others still drawing if in a muli-way pot. If we have a made 8 low or better, we will usually be standing pat and the later on in a hand that we make a 9 low, the more consideration we can give to patting it. A Ten low and even a Jack low are a favorite against someone still drawing one, so on the final draw we can consider patting these hands, especially in position. The rougher the draw, the more consideration we should give to patting if we have a drawing dilemma. J-7-5-3-2 is a favorite against someone drawing one (let’s assume to a smooth 8) but we will often make more money by breaking, giving us a chance to super-cooler our opponent for multiple bets and make the wheel. A hand like J-7-5-4-3 may look almost identical and whilst it can still make the wheel, the fact that a 6 gives us a straight would make our opponent’s 8 draw a favorite, so here we would be better off standing pat. The river is a very important and often complicated street in all games. Using solid poker fundamentals of checking mediocre hands combined with picking the better hands to value bet and the worst hands to bluff should make for a good river strategy. If both players are drawing one card on the final draw, check-calling with rough Nines through to Jacks is a very rough guideline, mixing in some check-raises with our 7s and check-folding our Queen lows and up and most pairs. For our bets, we should lead our better nines and better and for bluffs, betting when he hit our top pair or a straight should make us somewhat balanced when out of position. In position is a lot easier, meaning we can value bet with thinner hands and bluff a little wider. Attempting to cover all of the scenarios in 2-7 Triple Draw would push me even further above my suggested word count than I already am, so I have tried to cover the most common scenarios as well has some thoughts for pre-flop hand selection and some simple but powerful concepts that should send even a beginner on their way to holding their own. Deuce is a game of thin margins and only through experience can one get a strong grasp of what to do in the borderline situations.
  3. For the last 10 days the poker world has had its attention on the city of Barcelona as the first partypoker LIVE season came to a conclusion with the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final. The final table played out on Sunday with some of the most dominant tournament players in the world battling it out for one of three seven-figure scores and in the end it was Canadian Pascal Lefrancois that overcame a stacked final table to walk away with €1.7 million and yet another major title. With four players holding over 100 big blinds at the start of the day, it took 4.5 hours before the first bustout. Down to just about eight big blinds, Thomas Boivin moved all in from UTG and Stephen Chidwick called from the small blind. Boivin showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] and needed some help after seeing Chidwick tabled [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"] flop gave him a couple of extra outs, but the [poker card="6c"] turn and [poker card="td"] river were both bricks and Boivin was out in eighth place. It took just a couple of minutes for the next elimination. Davidi Kitai, who came into the final table with the chance to be the first person to own a World Series of Poker bracelet, a World Poker Tour title, a European Poker Tour championship and a partypoker MILLIONS victory, moved his seven big blind stack all in from UTG and Diogo Veiga called from the small blind. Kitai showed [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"] and got great news when Veiga showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"] but the [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop changed everything. Kitai was unable to catch up after the [poker card="8d"] turn or [poker card="td"] river and was out in seventh place. Veiga's night didn't last much longer. An hour after taking out Kitai, Veiga found himself on the bad side of a clash with Chidwick. After Chidwick raised to 10,000,000 from the cutoff, Veiga re-raised to 39,000,000 from the small blind. Chidwick called and the two players saw the [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"] flop. Veiga checked, Chidwick bet 20,000,000 and Veiga moved all in for 84,000,000 more. Chidwick called and showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="3c"] for top and bottom pair while Chidwick was behind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] keeping Veiga ahead but the [poker card="js"] river paired the board and gave Chidwick the pot, eliminating Veiga in sixth. Jan-Eric Schwippert started the day third in chips, but was unable to weather the storm and fell victim to Adam Owen a number of times before seeing Owen send him off for good. From the cutoff, Owen raised to to 16,000,000 before Schwippert moved all in for 136,000,000 from the big blind. Owen called and showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"] which put him ahead of Schwippert's [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="jh"][poker card="qs"] and Schwippert was eliminated. The final four players battled for another two hours before the next player was sent packing. Action folded to Dominik Nitsche in the small blind and he moved all in for 71,000,000 and Lefrancois called from the big blind. Nitsche found himself slightly ahead with [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"] over Lefrancois' [poker card="kd"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"] flop was harmless, but the [poker card="5c"] turn gave Lefrancois an open-ended straight draw. Nitsche could only shake his head and pack up his things as the [poker card="ac"] river completed the draw to eliminate him in fourth place. Ten minutes later, Chidwick suffered a similar fate. Lefrancois called from the button, Owen folded the small blind and Chidwick moved all in from the big blind for 94,000,000. Lefrancois called and showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] which put him behind Chidwick's [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop moved Lefrancois into the lead and he maintained that position after the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river to bust Chidwick in third. Heads-up play began with Lefrancois holding 65% of the chips in play. Over the first 45 minutes of heads-up play, Owen chipped away at the lead and eventually took the lead for himself only to see Lefrancois return the favor before putting an end to the tournament. Owen raised to 38,000,000 and Lefrancois responded by three-betting to 105,000,000. Owen continued to apply pressure and moved all in for 451,000,000 and Lefrancois called. Owen turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"] but grimaced as Lefrancois had him out-pipped with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Owen some hope, but the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river offered no relief and gave Lefrancois the final pot of the tournament, the MILLIONS Grand Final title and a cool €1.7 million to with it all. Final Table Payouts Pascal Lefrancois - €1,700,000 Adam Owen -€1,300,000 Stephen Chidwick - €1,000,000 Dominik Nitsche - €800,000 Jan-Eric Schwippert - €602,500 Diogo Veiga - €450,000 Davidi Kitai - €325,000 Thomas Boivin - €225,000
  4. The top-ranked player in Hungary, Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, won over $500,000 on Day 5 of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and in the process prevented Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky from collecting an astounding third title of the series. With the bumper buy-in Low, Medium and High Event #14 tournaments all coming to a conclusion on Thursday, the results saw 12 players collect six-figure scores, including Romanovsky who made it to heads-up play on his third bullet in the $25,000 buy-in 'High' and was looking to achieve his third win of the series after taking down Event #16 (High) the day before and Event #2 (High) on Monday. But, Nemeth was the man in his way and ultimately prevented the Ukrainian from achieving the feat to claim his own third career SCOOP title and the first-place prize of $576,087. Romanovsky received $442,299 as runner-up which left the current #12-ranked player in the world less than $200,000 away from the $10M career earnings accolade. Guntis 'poker@luffyD' Aleskins picked up his largest recorded online result to date after banking $240,765 for victory in Event #14 (Medium). Former Sunday Million runner-up Aleskins defeated 'engantil' heads-up for the win, with the latter taking away $171,625 for second place. Also on the final table was 'Lena900' who collected $87,208 in fourth-place and helped 'Team Sweden' close the gap on 'Team BITBRYE' in their much talked about six-figure series prop bet. The UK's Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones overcome Brazil's Ivanildo Limeira in Event #14 (Low) to pick up his first SCOOP title, and a career-best recorded online cash of $162,039. Jones, who is a former Super Tuesday, Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday Supersonic champion, came through the 5,700 entrants field and navigated his way to victory on a final table that also featured 2017 WCOOP Main event third-place finisher, Machadada RS, and Chester20o. Event #15 saw three six-max PLO rebuy tournaments take place with 'Maizeruba', 'igor69' and 'Tr!pleeeee' all adding SCOOP titles to their names. 'Maizeruba' won $9,872 after coming through a 3,891 player field in the 'Low' and 'igor69' was the victor in the 'Medium' for $32,858, after seeing off former Pocketfives world no.#1 'cal42688' into third place. In the 'High' 'Tr!pleeeee' took away a cool $87,042 after beating Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, Jerry 'Perrymejsen' Ödeen and Adam 'adamyid' Owen on the final table. Christopher 'Apotheosis92' Kruk, who featured on the Event #16 (Medium) final table on Day 4, made another SCOOP appearance on Day 5 after collecting the silver medal in Event #13 (High) Triple Draw 2-7 for $38,850. The Canadian was beaten to the top prize of $57,720 by 'merla888' after they successfully came through the 111 player field. 'TheRabbitFR' made up for their runner-up spot in Event #10 (Medium) by going all the way in Event 13 (Medium) to win $15,480. 'TheRabbitFR' beat 'SexualDrag0n' in heads-up play, on a final table that saw Pocketfives members 'komarolo22' and 'hummylun' achieve fourth and fifth place respectively. In Event #13 (Low), 'hapsmoney' beat out 1,726 other entrants to earn the victory and $5,441. 'Flakon2010' was rewarded with $4,058.45 for second place with 'Moergi' picking up $3,022.45 in third place. Below are the SCOOP results for Thursday, May 10 Event #13 (Low): $22 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 1,727 Prize pool: $34,540 hapsmoney - $5,441.06 Flakon2010 - $4,058.45 Moergis - $3,022.45 RoxmorE - $1,986.05 Sjonie - $1,353.96 baaaaaaaby - $773.69 Event #13 (Medium): $215 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 387 Prize pool: $77,400 TheRabbitFR - $15,480.00 SexualDrag0n - $11,455.20 gabrielper - $8,514.00 komarolo22 - $5,882.40 hummylun - $4,295.70 BurnsFlipper - $2,747.70 Event #13 (High): $2,100 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 111 Prize pool: $222,000 merla888 - $57,720.00 Apotheosis92 - $38,850.00 vovtroy - $28,860.00 kkopghy - $18,870.00 hotmark777 - $14,430.00 Pardosh - $9,990.00 Event #14 (Low): $215 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 5,700 Prize pool: $1,140,000 jenbizzle - $162,039.38 ivan limeira - $115,504.57 Dagdar - $82,335.47 Machadada RS - $58,691.41 TCOBENKO - $41,837.08 GMVN - $29,822.97 Chester20o - $21,258.72 SaiyanHype - $15,153.79 Event #14 (Medium): $2,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 698 Prize pool: $1,1396,000 poker@luffyD - $240,765.93 engantil - $171,625.77 Alex.Z5518 - $122,340.69 Lena900 - $87,208.67 Päffchen - $62,165.41 hello_totti - $44,313.64 EzPaTuLa - $31,588.26 wizowizo - $22,517.20 Event #14 (High): $25,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 100 Prize pool: $2,500,000 probirs - $576,087.25 RomeOpro - $442,299.25 huang33 - $339,581.75 RuiNF - $260,718.75 wizowizo - $200,170.50 SirWatts - $153,683.75 ROFLshove - $117,993.00 Isildur1 - $90,590.75 Event #15 (Low): $5.50 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 3,891 Prize pool: $69,041 Maizeruba - $9,872.21 Benda777 - $6,876.16 serg.de - $4,791.12 TryToMeAgaiN - $3,338.32 Barmaley903 - $2,326.06 ALBANIANCHIP - $1,620.73 Event #15 (Medium): $55 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 1,165 Prize pool: $207,924.75 igor69 - $32,858.79 Zagalo87 - $22,894.63 cal42688 - $15,952.34 Clabbenyman - $11,115.13 Mindfulln3ss - $7,744.71 canc.gr - $5,396.29 Event #15 (High): $530 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 265 Prize pool: $456,015 Tr!pleeeee - $87,042.64 Naza114 - $64,519.14 Perrymejsen - $47,823.98 goleafsgoeh - $35,448.91 Lateski - $26,275.99 Adamyid - $19,476.76
  5. We might not have seen any new bracelet winners in Monday’s 2018 World Series of Poker action, but we did see two exciting final tables set for tomorrow. Both the $10K PLO Championship and the $1,500 Razz will return tomorrow with all players around one table, and they won’t stop until two shiny new bracelets are handed out. Meanwhile, the MONSTER STACK ploughed through another day and hundreds of players, and the $10K Limit Hold’em Championship kicked off. Here’s everything you need to know about June 25 at the WSOP. Final Table Set in $10K PLO Championship, Shack-Harris Leads Final 6 Brandon Shack-Harris seems to always rise to the occasion within the halls of the Rio. Over the years he has amassed 30 WSOP cashes, adding up to $2.8 million in earnings, and he’s won two bracelets. He’s now in prime position to bag a third. Shack-Harris will return tomorrow as the chip leader in Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship, ending the day with 7,730,000. He’s got tough competition from the likes of fellow two-time bracelet winners Ryan Hughes (5,140,000) and Loren Klein (4,240,000), as well as three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter (2,680,000), former November Niner Jerry Wong (2,150,000), and recent bracelet winner Scott Bohlman (1,855,000). A few notables we lost during the day include Scotty Nguyen, Anton Morgenstern, Anton Tsang, Ryan Laplante, Mike Leah, and Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram. Ingram doesn’t usually play tournaments, preferring to play cash games, but his 17th place finish for $28,502 marks his biggest career cash. The final table kicks off at 2pm tomorrow. There’s a $1,018,336 first-place prize awaiting the winner, while everyone has now locked up a nice payday of $157,097. Final Table Stacks Brandon Shack-Harris - 7,730,000 Ryan Hughes - 5,140,000 Loren Klein - 4,240,000 Rep Porter -2,680,000 Jerry Wong - 2,150,000 Scott Bohlman - 1,855,000 Owen and Urbanovich Headline Razz Finale The second final table to be set on Monday was in Event #46: $1,500 Razz. They’re down to the final nine, with Kevin Iacofano and Michael Mckenna holding the top two counts, with 514,000 and 477,000 respectively. However, it’s PocketFivers Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich who we’ll be keeping a close eye on. They come in fourth (Adam) and seventh (Urbanovich) in chips, and the mixed game experts are both looking for their first piece of WSOP jewellery. In fact, nobody on this final table has won a bracelet, so we’re guaranteed a first-time winner tomorrow. That wouldn’t have been the case if any of the big names who went out today would have made it. The likes of Phil Hellmuth, Barry Greenstein, John Hennigan, Benjamin Scholl, Matt Grapenthien, Max Pescatori, and Brandon Cantu were just a few who went out before the bubble burst. When it did, we lost a few bracelet winners including Chris Bjorin (50th - $2,322), Benny Glaser (44th - $2,471), Cyndy Violette(39th - $2,471), John Cernuto (34th - $2,702), John Racener (33rd - $2,702) and Ylon Schwartz (26th - $3,034). There’s $125,431 and the bracelet for the winner, while all nine are guaranteed $7,881. Play resumes at 2pm Tuesday. Final Table Stacks: Kevin Iacofano - 514,000 Michael Mckenna - 477,000 Thomas Taylor - 410,000 Adam Owen - 340,000 Jay Kwon - 295,000 Kyle Montgomery - 261,000 Dzmitry Urbanovich - 248,000 Jeanne David - 194,000 Jeffrey Mitseff - 191,000 MONSTER STACK Day 2 In The Books There were 2,085 of the total entries 6,260 returning today for Day 2 of Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK, but when play wrapped up today just 259 remaining. Two-time bracelet winner Steve Billirakis holds the overnight chip lead with 1,399,000. Next up in the counts are James Stewart (1,220,000), Raul Manzanares Lozano (1,176,000) and David Neiman (1,160,000). Others still in with a shot include Aditya Agarwal (1,100,000), bracelet winners Gaurav Raina (357,000), Jackie Glazier (275,000) and Nipun Java (101,000), as well as Jimmy Guerrero(940,000), Kurt Jewell (768,000) and Aliaksei Boika (597,000). We lost a whole lot of players in this one. The multiple bracelet winners who returned today, making the money but failing to find a bag at the end, include Alexandru Papazian (930th place), Jack Duong (886th place), Jared Hamby (837th place), Benjamin Zamani (833rd place), Athanasios Polychronopoulos (789th place), Peter Eichhardt (702nd place), Will Givens (676th place), Phillip Hui (670th place), Scott Davies (639th place), Blair Hinkle (626th place), Mark Radoja (589th place), Loni Harwood (521st place), Ryan Riess (520th place), Ronnie Bardah (487th place), Tuan Le (501st place), Calvin Anderson (423rd place), Dan Heimiller (412th place) and Alex Bilokur (359th place). The 259 players will return at 11am Tuesday with $5,140 locked up. The winner will receive $1,037,451. Top 10 Stacks: Steve Billirakis - 1,399,000 Tommy Nguyen - 1,264,000 James Stewart - 1,200,000 Raul Manzanares Lozano - 1,176,000 David Neiman - 1,160,000 Raj Singh - 1,141,000 Sihao Zhang - 1,106,000 Francis Rusnak - 1,021,000 Ryan Lee - 983,000 Rittie Chuaprasert - 941,000 Bounty Hunting in $1,500 NLHE Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty got going today, with 1,982 players creating a $2,675,700 prize pool. After ten levels on Day 1, 298 players have advanced to Tuesday’s Day 2. That means a whole lot of bounties have already been handed out. In this event, you get $500 for every player you eliminate, so if you bust three players, you’re already freerolling. The eventual winner will no doubt bank thousands in bounties alone, as well as picking up the $272,504 that’s reserved for first place. Right now the player closest to that is Alex Whitenstall (197,800), who bagged the chip lead. He’s followed by Ranno Sootla (171,000), Sean Getzwiller (143,000), Michael Steele (122,900) and Christian Nolte (121,900). Other notables who will return for Day 2 tomorrow include Paawan Bansal (98,700), Jeff Gross (78,500), brothers Ralph Massey (73,300) and Aaron Massey (72,300), Martin Mathis (70,400), Ivan Deyra (57,400) and Maria Konnikova (35,900). Where there are survivors there must be casualties, and some of those who handed their bounty chips over today include Phil Hellmuth, Sean Deeb, Kristen Bicknell, Alex Foxen, Phil Laak, Chris Ferguson, Bertrand Grospellier, Chris Moorman, Mohsin Charania, Joey Weissman, Allen Kessler, Anthony Reategui, Heidi May, Ben Yu and Maria Lampropulos. Action resumes at 12pm Tuesday. The bubble burst right at the day of play, meaning all players have secured $1,415. Top 10 Stacks: Alex Whitenstall - 197,800 Quyen Hoang - 178,000 Samuel Miller - 177,400 Ranno Sootla - 171,000 Juan Vecino - 156,300 Evan Lavallee - 143,700 Sean Getzwiller - 143,300 Justin Liberto - 137,800 DID NOT REPORT - 129,800 Artem Metalidi - 127,400 $10K Limit Hold’em Championship Gets Going The next championship event on the schedule kicked off on Monday, with 101 players taking a shot in Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. Leading the 43 survivors overnight is Michael Moore with 268,500, followed by Joao Vieira (211,000) Ofir Mor (205,000), and Nick Schulman (202,000). The latter of those four was one of the last entries, and certainly made up for lost time, while Mike Leah was the last one to get in. He too had a great short day of play, bagging up 125,000. Other notables who advanced include Anthony Zinno, Juha Helppi, Benny Glaser, Andre Akkari, Maria Ho, Chris Klodnicki, Ismael Bojang, Jeff Lisandro, and John Hennigan. The same can’t be said for Daniel Negreanu, Kevin Song, Erik Siedel, Shaun Deeb, James Obst, JC Tran, and Defending champion Joe McKeehen, all of whom hit the rail throughout the day. The 43 will be back at 2pm Tuesday for another day of Limit action. Registration is open until then. Top 10 Stacks: Michael Moore - 260,500 Joao Vieira - 211,000 Ofir Mor - 205,000 Nick Schulman - 202,000 Christopher Chung - 171,500 Jameson Painter - 169,500 Philip Cordano - 165,000 Ken Deng - 163,000 Anthony Zinno - 159,000 Ray Henson - 154,500 Tomorrow’s Action (June 26) There are two new events ready and waiting to get started on Tuesday June 26. If you’re up early enough, at 11am you can hop into Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Decide to have a lie in? At 3pm, you could play Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em.
  6. After a ‘no bracelet’ day on Monday, we saw two new bracelet winners on Tuesday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. One of them picked up his first piece of WSOP jewellery, while the other claimed his third, plus over a million bucks to go with it. Meanwhile, the MONSTER STACK played down to 20, the $10K Limit Championship got down to 14, and the $3K NLHE kicked off for Day 1. Here’s all the news from June 26. Razz Specialist Jay Kwon Wins First Bracelet and $125,431 Coming into the final table fifth in chips, and with some stiff competition from the likes of start-of-day chip leader Kevin Iacofano, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich, meant Jay Kwon had his work cut out for him in Event #46: $1,500 Razz. Thing is though, Kwon considers himself a Razz specialist, and with two prior cashes in WSOP Razz events, he’s now a bracelet winner in the format. "Razz is like my favorite game, and I feel like it's an underappreciated game and people get frustrated at it," Kwon said after his victory. "But I love the game and yeah, this means more to me than a lot of tournaments. I started playing it and it was really interesting, so I kind of got into it and just started playing it a lot. I'm somewhat of a Razz specialist.” His ability in the game was on display today, defeating the aforementioned tough final table. Owen bowed out in third, meaning Kwon was up against Urbanovich heads-up. The Polish wunderkind built a 2.5:1 chip lead at one point, but Kwon was able to fight back and close it out. Final Table Results: Jay Kwon - $125,431 Dzmitry Urbanovich - $77,526 Adam Owen - $52,536 Michael McKenna - $36,324 Kevin Iacofano - $25,637 Thomas Taylor - $18,477 Jeff Mitseff - $13,605 Jeanne David - $10,240 Kyle Montgomery - $7,881 Loren Klein Wins Bracelet #3 in $10K PLO Championship ($1,018,336) For the third year running, Loren Klein has bagged himself a WSOP bracelet. And this one, his third, is a big one. Klein took down Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for a massive $1,018,336 score, defeating three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter heads-up to clinch victory. Klein’s previous WSOP bracelets came in a $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha in 2016, and a $1,500 PLO event in 2016. It’s safe to say that PLO is this guy’s game. Brandon Shack-Harris came into the six-handed finale as chip leader, but would ultimately have to settle for a third-place finish. He’ll have to wait for another tournament to grab his third bracelet, as will fifth-place finisher Ryan Hughes. Prior to those eliminations, we lost 2018 bracelet winner Scott Bohlman in sixth. When asked what winning a bracelet three years in a row meant to him, Klein said :”Not a ton, the variance in getting a bracelet is pretty wild. I was the same player I was three years ago before I had any bracelet, so it doesn't mean a whole lot. But it is certainly a good time. There are a lot of guys that make good runs all the time, so I am probably right there with them." Final Table Results: Loren Klein - $1,018,336 Rep Porter - $629,378 Brandon Shack-Harris - $433,259 Jerry Wong - $303,491 Ryan Hughes - $216,391 Scott Bohlman - $157,097 MONSTER STACK Down to 29 They call it the ‘Mini Main Event’, and Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK has certainly lived up to that banner, what with 6,260 players taking part. After Tuesday’s Day 3 though, just 29 players remain in the hunt. Vitor Rangel is the player closest to the $1,037,451 first-place prize right now, as he bagged the overnight chip lead with 8,910,000. He’s followed by James Carroll (8,165,000), Harald Sammer (7,170,000) and Rittie Chuaprasert (5,785,000). Other notables still in contention include Michael Benko (5,250,000), Colin McHugh (4,310,000), James Salmon (4,210,000), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Steve Billirakis (4,145,000) and Jimmy Chen (4,000,000). The final 29 will return Wednesday at 11am, with all players guaranteed a $28,841 payday. Top 10 Stacks: Vitor Rangel - 8,920,000 James Carroll - 8,165,000 Harald Sammer - 7,170,000 Rittie Chuaprasert - 5,785,000 Michael Benko - 5,250,000 Colin McHugh - 4,310,000 James Salmon - 4,210,000 Steve Billirakis - 4,145,000 Jimmy Chen - 4,000,000 Raul Manzanares Lozano - 3,365,000 Day 2 of BOUNTY Takes Field Down to 29 Just like in the MONSTER STACK, Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em BOUNTY is also down to just 29 players. The 1,982 field has been whittled down to that after Tuesday’s Day 2 action. The overnight chip leader is Ranno Sootla, who entered the day with the second biggest stack and ended with the largest - 1,500,000 million. Not too far behind him is Ryan Leng with 1,381,000 in chips, while the next biggest stacks belong to 2013 Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (901,000), Jamie ‘EzGame89’ O’Connor (also 901,000), Russell Rosenblum (730,000), Mikhail Semin (677,000) and Marvin Rettenmaier (316,000). Throughout the course of play we lost several notables from the field, including Aaron Massey, (36th - $6,946), Dieter Dechant (54th - $4,765), Jan Eric Schwippert (56th - $4,014), Men Nguyen (66th - $3,419), James Mackey (89th - $2,576) and Andrey Zaichenko (144th - $1,846). There’s a very attractive $272,504 waiting for the winner, as well as the bracelet. Everyone has locked up $6,946 by making Day 3, which kicks off at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Ranno Sootla - 1,500,000 Ryan Leng - 1,381,000 Jay Farber - 901,000 Jamie O’Conner - 901,000 Russell Rosenblum - 730,000 Mikhail Semin - 677,000 Juan Vecino - 663,000 Ryne Capra - 602,000 Robert Damelian - 562,000 Quyen Hoang - 554,000 Stacked Final Two Tables in $10K Limit Hold’em There are 11 bracelets split between the final 14 players in Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship, but the guy who holds a massive chip lead overnight is seeking his first piece of WSOP gold. Dan Zack dominates the field right now with more than double the chips of the second largest stack. Zack bagged up 1,217,000, followed by Matt Szymaszek with 561,000 and Nick Schulman with 499,000. Schulman is going for his third bracelet. Other bracelet winners still in include one-time winners Anthony Zinno, Scott Seiver, and Michael Moore, and three-time winners Benny Glaser and Brock Parker. Rounding out the field are Christopher Chung, Ken Deng, Matt Glantz, Philip Cordano, Maria Ho, and Bryce Landier. A few of the notables who went deep include Joao Vieira and John Hennigan, the latter of which adds points to his Player of the Year run. The final 14 have $17,000 locked up, but they’re all after the $296,222 first-place prize and the bracelet that goes with it. Will we have a new bracelet winner or will it go to one of the previous winners? Find out tomorrow when they return at 2pm. Final 14 Stacks: Dan Zack - 1,217,000 Matt Szymaszek - 561,000 Nick Schulman - 499,000 Anthony Zinno - 493,000 Christopher Chung - 487,000 Scott Seiver - 467,000 Ken Deng - 406,000 Michael Moore - 368,000 Matt Glantz 267,000 Philip Cordano - 251,000 Maria Ho - 224,000 Benny Glaser - 215,000 Brock Parker - 167,000 Bryce Landier - 83,000 Negreanu, Hellmuth, Elezra Advance in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo 8 Day 1 of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better wrapped up on Tuesday, with plenty of big names making it through. Out of the 935 entries, 191 found a bag. Brad Albrinck ended play with the chip lead and a stack of 137,100. He’s followed by Bryce Yockey, who had an amazing 2017 WSOP, final tabling the MONSTER STACK before going on to win his first bracelet in the $10K PLO Championship. Defending champ in this event, Nathan Gamble, will also return tomorrow with a 42,000 stack. Daniel Negreanu (81,100), Phil Hellmuth (67,400), Mike Matusow (76,800), and Eli Elezra (102,600) will all be back for more tomorrow too. Sadly, the same can’t be said for Erik Seidel, Mike Wattel, Frank Kassela, Mike Leah and Scott Bohlman, all of whom busted. There’s $244,370 up top in this one, while the bubble bursts at 141 players for a $2,245 min-cash. Action resumes at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Brad Albrinck - 137,100 Bryce Yockey - 131,900 Dustin Pattinson - 129,100 Eli Elezra - 102,600 Kyle Miaso - 85,800 Quinn Do - 83,600 Thomas Cazayous - 81,400 Daniel Negreanu - 81,100 Hsiao Liu - 77,000 Mike Matusow - 76,800 Mustafov Bags Day 1 Lead in $3K Big Blind Ante NLHE Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em proved a pretty popular event today, with 1,020 players taking part. When all was said and done ten levels later though, just 252 remained. Farehdin Mustafov ended play as the chip leader with 205,000, closely followed by Jordan Young (203,000), Uri Reichenstein (164,000) and Luciano Hollanda (162,100). Some of the other big names to advance include Kristen Bicknell (132,900), Connor Drinan (100,000), Frank Kassel (99,700), Scotty Nguyen (95,500), Kathy Liebert (60,700), Calvin Anderson (58,400), and Michael Gathy (45,000). As anyone who has ever played poker knows, for one player to gain a lot of chips must mean someone else has lost a lot. Some of those who lost their entire stacks today include Mohsin Charania, Rainer Kempe, Stephen Chidwick, Maria Lampropulos, Martin Jacobson, Sofia Lovgren, and Parker ‘Tonkaaaa’ Talbot. The bubble will burst at 153 players, all of whom will secure a $4,513 cash. That pales in comparison to the $522,715 reserved for the winner though. Action resumes at 2pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Fahredin Mustafov - 205,000 Jordan Young - 203,200 Luciano Hollanda - 162,100 Ryan Hall - 137,200 Kristen Bicknell - 132,900 Daniel Strelitz - 130,500 Marciano Cruz - 128,000 Randy Levin - 124,200 Liu Yin - 110,000 Andrey Zaichenko - 109,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 27) There are two new events kicking off on Wednesday June 27, one of which will be right up Jay Kwon’s street. At 11am there’s the always popular Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em, so it will be interesting to find out who pairs up with who. Then at 3pm there’s Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. Expect to see all the Razz specialists out in force for that one.
  7. Sunday’s action at the 2018 World Series of Poker ended with two new bracelet winners, a monster day in the MONSTER STACK, and a stacked line-up advancing in the freshly-started Razz event. Read all about those winners, plus all the other news, in our recap from June 24. Israel’s Timur Margolin Wins First Bracelet in $2,500 NLHE The first of Sunday’s two new bracelet winners had to overcome a tough final table, one which included a six-time bracelet winner and last year’s Player of the Year, and another bracelet winner seeking their second piece of jewellery. Timur Margolin emerged victorious for $507,274 in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em, outlasting not only the aforementioned players - Chris Ferguson and Ryan Laplante - but also the 1,248 total field. Margolin defeated Germany’s Ismael Bojang heads-up to clinch the win. Although Margolin began with the chip lead, Bojang forged a comeback and at one point had a 2:1 chip lead himself. This was bad news for Margolin as he knew what it was like to finish runner-up, having finishing second in this very event back in 2015. Margolin would manage to regain control though, and in the final hand Bojang jammed with ace-deuce suited and was called by king-queen off. A king hit the flop, while Bojang flopped a gutshot to a wheel, but the queen turn and brick river ended it all. “I have just been playing like I have all tournament,” Margolin said after his win. “I am feeling in a better place mentally nowadays, I am just happy to be here, happy for the experience anyways. I felt good, and I would do the same decisions, tried not to let it affect me, and then some cards came my way and that's it." Final Table Results: Timur Margolin - $507,274 Ismael Bojang - $313,444 Michael Marder - $223,564 Chris Ferguson - $161,371 Dylan Linde - $117,894 Ryan Laplante - $87,189 Jeff Hakim - $65,284 Andre Haneberg - $49,498 Josh Bergman - $38,009 David Brookshire Takes Down Mixed Hi-Lo 8 or Better For $214,291 Out of the 402 entries in Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, just one player remains with all the chips, a shiny new bracelet, and $214,291 in front of him. David Brookshire is the champ in this one, having come into the final day ninth of 15. Things went well from the off, but when they got down to six it was Brendan Taylor who held the chip lead with more than half the chips in play. He’d bust Tyler Groth in fifth and Ian Shaw in fourth to extend that lead, before Brookshire felted Daniel Ospina in third to set the heads-up match. Brookshire was at an 8:1 chip disadvantage, but managed to chip up before securing a huge double up. From there, it was all Brookshire until the last hand was dealt. Taylor had flopped two pair and got the money in, but Brookshire flopped the nut straight which held. "It's really emotional. It feels so good to win after Brendan had an 8:1 chip lead on me, and then coming back,” Brookshire said afterwards. “Kind of felt like he had it in the bag and was praying real hard inside while I was playing. I felt really blessed to be able to make a comeback and pull out the win. "This is a great event. I love all the mixed-game events here, and now I'm going to have a bankroll to play them for the next few years. Hopefully, I'll be able to run it up. There's a lot of events I've missed because I can't afford to play them, and that's going to change right now." Final Table Results: David Brookshire - $214,291 Brendan Taylor - $132,443 Daniel Ospina - $89,968 Ian Shaw - $62,331 Tyler Groth - $44,059 Hani Awad - $31,789 William Shelton - $23,421 Eric Rodawig - $17,628 More Than 4,000 Try Their Luck in the MONSTER STACK After yesterday’s Day 1A, Sunday was time for Day 1B in Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK. A massive field of 4,014 gathered to try their luck in this one, and when the bags were brought out ten levels later just 1,362 remained. They’ll now join the 723 survivors of 1A tomorrow, with 2,085 total coming back for Day 2. Registration is now closed, meaning the $8,451,000 prize pool is now set in stone. It will be split between the top 939 players, with a min-cash worth $2,251. However, there’s $1,037,451 up top for the eventual winner. After today’s action, the big stack belongs to Jeffery Trudeau with 193,800. Other notables to advance Sunday include 2015 Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen (129,800), Boris Kolev (108,300), Ronnie Bardah (68,000), Athanasios Polychronopoulos (63,400), Manig Loeser (58,100), DJ MacKinnon (56,500), Ana Marquez (52,100), David Bach (49,200), and Gaurav Raina (47,900). Day 2 begins at 11am tomorrow. Top 10 Day 1B Stacks: Jeffery Trudeau - 193,800 Shalev Halfa - 186,000 Sami Rustom - 169,000 Andrew Liu - 161,500 Gagan Dang - 159,500 Andriy Lyubovetskiy - 155,000 John Kelliher - 144,700 Ryan Lee - 144,100 Yordan Petrov - 141,900 Matt O'Donnell - 141,900 Hughes Chip Leads Again After Day 2 of $10K PLO Two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes ended Day 1 of Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship with the chip lead, and now after another full day of play he remains at the top of the counts. Day 2 began with 175 players returning, and now just 37 advanced to tomorrow’s Day 3. Hughes increased his stack from 475,400 to 2,366,000, and he’s followed by three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter (1,700,000). Bracelet winners Brandon Shack-Harris (1,200,000), Ryan Laplante (672,000), Loren Klein (514,000), Scott Bohlman (457,000), Martin Kozlov (389,000), Richard Gryko (347,000), and Mike Leah (269,000) also advanced. Two more notable ended the day with top 10 stacks. Five-time bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen ended with 897,000, having finished third in the $25K PLO High Roller on Saturday. Podcast host, YouTuber, and PLO fanatic Joey Ingram has also been testing his skills in the live tournament arena, ending the day with 749,000 - good for tenth right now. The final 37 will be back at 2pm tomorrow. All eyes are on the $1,018,336 first-place prize, but right now they’ve all locked up $21,028. Top 10 Stacks: Ryan Hughes - 2,366,000 Rep Porter - 1,700,000 William Kopp - 1,618,000 Yan Shing Tsang - 1,463,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 1,200,000 Richard Lyndaker - 967,000 Nicholas Aranda - 914,000 Scotty Nguyen - 897,000 Robert Paddock - 751,000 Joey Ingram - 749,000 Day 1 of $1,500 Razz In The Books Sunday saw the beginning of Event #50: $1,500 Razz play out, with 389 hopefuls cut down to 118 survivors across ten levels. Victor Shalom can call himself overnight chip leader, bagging up 76,600. He’s most closely followed by Richard Sklar (61,000), John Beringer (59,800), Kyle Montgomery (56,000), and Bijan Mirzasafi (54,000). Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen just missed out on a top five stack, ending with 52,300. Meanwhile, multiple bracelet winners Julien Martini (45,000), Benny Glaser (44,800), and Ylon Schwartz (41,000) ended in the top 20. Phil Hellmuth is also still in the running for his 15th bracelet, bagging up 17,500. If anyone can make a comeback it might be Hellmuth, as his record in WSOP Razz events is pretty astonishing: four final tables, two bracelets, and a runner-up finish. Action resumes at 2pm Monday, with $125,431 up top and a min-cash worth $2,244. The bubble will burst at 59 players. Top 10 Stacks: Victor Shalom - 76,600 Richard Sklar - 61,000 John Beringer - 59,800 Kyle Montgomery - 56,000 Bijan Mirzasafi - 54,000 Adam Owen - 52,300 Sergey Selin - 50,800 Jeanne David - 50,500 Scott Evelyn - 45,100 Julien Martini - 45,000 Day 1D of PLO Giant Plays Out The fantastically named Hero Aguiluz has ended Day 1D of Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha as the chip leader. Aguiluz bagged up 1,275,000 after 21 levels of play. There were 565 entries today, with just 33 advancing to Day 2. Others who made it through include Daniel Laidlaw (1,050,000) Gonzalo Mercade (1,045,000), Vincent Moscati (590,000), Matt Stout (500,000), Men Nguyen (470,000), and Pete Chen (175,000). There’s one more staring flight next Sunday, before Day 2 begins on Monday July 2nd. Top 10 Day 1D Stacks: Hero Aguiluz - 1,500,000 Mark Liedtke - 710,000 Julio Belluscio - 620,000 Matt Stout - 495,000 Pete Chen - 410,000 Adam Daniel - 367,000 Men Nguyen - 350,000 Tim McDermott - 302,000 Daniel Weinman - 263,000 Stephanie Chung - 250,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 25) Looking for some poker to play in Vegas on Monday June 25? Well, here’s what’s happening within the Rio at the WSOP. At 11am, you’ve got Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty kicking off. Players receive a $500 bounty for every player they eliminate. Then at 3pm, you’ve got Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. Expect a lot of the big names battling in that one.
  8. There may have only been one 2018 World Series of Poker bracelet winner within the Rio on Friday, but two bracelets were actually awarded. That’s because an online event played out into the early morning hours, as 657 PLO players took their shot on the virtual felt. There was still no winner at the time of publishing, so we’ll have to bring you that info tomorrow. Speaking of PLO, the $25K High Roller has reached a stacked six-handed final table which includes a former PocketFives no.1 player. Here’s everything you need to know about June 22 at the WSOP. Robert Nehorayan Wins First Bracelet in $1,500 Limit Hold’em ($173,568) After three days of play, Robert Nehorayan has come out on top of the 596 players who took part in Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em. For his efforts, he’s banked the lion’s share of the $804,600 prize pool, $173,568, as well as his first gold bracelet. Nehorayan came into the day third in chips, and managed to maintain a big stack as the 19 players returning were whittled down to a final table. Things were a bit swingier from there on, and four-handed saw Terricita Gutierrez hold almost half of the chips in play. However, after losing a few big pots in a row, she found herself short and ended up busting in fourth. Kevin Song and David Gee joined Nehorayan in three-handed play, and a big pot between all of them would take it down to two. Gee was all-in with jack-seven against Song’s pocket aces and Nehorayan’s king-seven. It must have been Nehorayan’s day, as his hand ended up winning to bust Gee in third and take a 3:1 chip lead into heads-up. The two players battled though, and at one point Song managed to take the lead. In the end though, Song was all-in with eight-six suited against Nehorayan’s ten-seven off, and a ten on the flop got the job done. "It feels pretty good,” said Nehorayan after the win. “I got a little frustrated throughout the match but fortunately I was able to overcome my emotions. The cards helped too obviously." Final Table Results: Robert Nehorayan - $173,568 Kevin Song - $107,242 David Gee - $73,860 Terricita Gutierrez - $51,733 Michael Jex - $36,860 Brad Albrinck - $26,725 Oleg Chebotarev - $19,723 Matt Russell - $14,820 Matt Woodward - $11,343 Scotty Nguyen, Shaun Deeb, Ben Yu, Jason Koon Reach $25K PLO Finale There’s going to be one heck of a final table on Saturday, with six players returning in Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller. It’s 1998 Main Event champion and five-time bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen who holds the chip lead, followed by defending champion in this event James Calderaro. If he can win this one back-to-back, it’ll certainly be an amazing achievement. Especially when you consider his other competition. Former PocketFives no.1 Shaun Deeb comes in third in chips, followed by Ben Yu, Jason Koon, and finally Ryan Tosoc. Just 35 of the 230 runners returned for Friday’s Day 3, and along the way we lost the likes of Jarred Graham, Paul ‘paulgees1’ Volpe, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, Tom Marchese, Erik Seidel and Mike Leah. David Benyamine went out in 7th, bringing the day to an end. He found himself all-in on a flop with middle pair and a straight draw versus Nguyen’s top pair and the higher end of the straight draw. The turn and river bricked, and Benyamine hit the rail to collect $161,020. All six players are guaranteed $215,718 when they take their seats tomorrow at 2pm. There’s a massive $1,402,683 up top for the champ. Final Table Stacks: Scotty Nguyen - 7,010,000 James Calderaro - 6,445,000 Shaun Deeb - 6,305,000 Ben Yu - 4,775,000 Jason Koon - 2,905,000 Ryan Tosoc - 1,300,000 Down to 34 in $2,500 NLHE Day 2 of Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em saw the 1,071-strong field chopped down further to just 34 players, and leading them all overnight is Seth Davies. He bagged up 1,305,000, but he’ll be joined by some tough competitors tomorrow including Jeff Hakim (1,164,000), Javier Fernandez (1,093,000), Andrew Brokos (625,000), Daniel Buzgon (570,000), Ismael Bojang (497,000), David Peters (480,000), Chris Ferguson (402,000), Ryan Laplante (292,000), and Andreas Klatt (230,000). Where there are survivors there must be casualties, and few of those who failed to make it through the day include Asi Moshe, Justin Bonomo, Humberto Brenes, Kristen Bicknell, Chance Kornuth, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Peter Eichhardt, Dutch Boyd, Maria Konnikova, David “Bakes” Baker, Nick Shulman and John Racener. The final 34 are all in the money, with $12,345 locked up. All eyes will be on the $507,274 winner’s prize though, when play kicks off again at 12pm Saturday. Top 10 Stacks: Seth Davies - 1,305,000 Jeff Hakim - 1,164,000 Javier Fernandez - 1,093,000 Chris Edwards - 720,000 Edan Sucov - 682,000 Jonathan Cohen - 677,000 Andrew Brokos - 625,000 Daniel Buzgon - 570,000 Andre Haneberg - 551,000 Samuel Gagnon - 524,000 $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship Down to 13 Michael Noori is once again your overnight chip leader in Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, having bagged the lead after Day 1 too. His 870,000 stack sits atop the pile, and he’s followed by Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (658,000), Quek Sheng (645,000), Randy Ohel (602,000), and Jason Gray (569,000). Other notables to advance to Day 3 include PocketFives former no.1 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson, although he’s short with 168,000. Matt Glantz and Farzad Bonyadi will both be back tomorrow, with Bonyadi seeking his fourth bracelet after his mom, Farhintaj, won her first a couple of days ago. Out of the 100 players who entered, 41 would make today’s Day 2 including Jordan Siegel (17th), Todd Brunson (16th), Andrew Kelsall (15th), and Mike Matusow (14th) who all went deep. The min-cash is currently $14,864, while there’s $287,987 up top. Action resumes at 2pm. Final 13 Stacks: Michael Noori - 870,000 Christopher Kruk - 658,000 Quek Sheng - 645,000 Randy Ohel - 602,000 Jason Gray - 569,000 Hanh Tran - 423,000 Farzad Bonyadi - 392,000 Nicholas Seiken - 384,000 Kristijonas Andrulis - 304,000 Matt Glantz - 198,000 Steven Tabb - 170,000 Calvin Anderson - 168,000 Tyler Meservy - 65,000 Turbo Time in the 1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) A fast-paced Day 1 of Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) was played out today, with just 41 of the 1,712 field making it through. Two-time bracelet winner Steven Wolansky bagged the chip lead with 620,000, winning a huge pot to eliminate Pierre Neuville towards the end of the night. All-in with ace-queen against Wolanksy’s ace-eight suited, Wolansky flopped a backdoor flush draw and hit runner runner to win. Joining him at the top of the remaining counts are DJ MacKinnon (532,000), Michael Wang (355,000), King Lun Alan Lau (350,000), Mike Hauptman (338,000), Lander Lijo (290,000), Joseph Cheong (280,000) and Robin Hegele (245,000). Meanwhile, other notables to advance include Athanasios Polychronopoulos (156,000), Kathy Liebert (245,000), Esther Taylor (126,000), and Kelly Minkin (136,000). Plenty of well-knowns tried and failed today, including Joe McKeehen, Martin Jacobson, Greg Raymer, Ryan Riess, Scott Davies, Heidi May, Nipun Java, Michael Gathy, Niall Farrell, Ben Keeline, and David "ODB" Baker. However, they all exited before the bubble burst at 257 players. Some of those who made it into the cash include Kenny Hallaert (251st - $1,501), Aditya Agarwal (246th - $1,501), Steven van Zadelhoff (230th - $1,549), Maria Konnikova (227th - $1,549), Tristan Wade (221st - $1,549), Barry Greenstein (209th - $1,549), Chris Moorman (181st - $1,621), Jesse Capps (177th - $1,720), Kristen Bicknell (175th - $1,720), Benjamin Dobson (156th - $1,720), Nipun Java (150th - $1,851), Bart Lybaert (110th - $2,019), Brian Yoon (85th - $2,503), and Loni Harwood (74th - $2,843). Play resumes tomorrow at 12pm Saturday, with $258,255 and a WSOP gold bracelet awaiting the winner. Top 10 Stacks: Steven Wolansky - 620,000 DJ MacKinnon - 532,000 Michael Wang - 355,000 King Lun Alan Lau - 350,000 Michael Hauptman - 338,000 Rick Offley - 320,000 Lander Lijo - 290,000 Joseph Cheong - 280,000 Mario Prats Garcia - 280,000 Elliott Peterman - 272,000 Negreanu, Ivey Advance in Mixed Omaha/Stud Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better also got going Friday, with 402 players taking part. After ten levels, just 152 remain. At the top of the counts is Sergio Ramirez with 139,700, followed by the likes of Eric Rodawig (123,400), Kate Hoang (76,900), Scott Abrams (74,400), Robert Mizrachi (62,500), Felipe Ramos (52,600), Daniel Negreanu (42,200), Jesse Martin (31,900), Marco Johnson (28,000) and Phil Ivey (8,100). While that line-up is pretty stacked, it could have been even more so had any of this lot made it through the day: Phil Hellmuth, John Racener, Linda Johnson, Joe McKeehen, Frank Kassela, David Bach, Frankie O'Dell, Eric Buchman, Benny Glaser, Allen Kessler, Michael Gathy, Max Pescatori, Brandon Cantu and Mike Leah. The bubble is set to burst at 61 players, and there’s $214,291 reserved for the champ. Play gets going again at 2pm tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: Sergio Ramirez - 137,900 Eric Rodawig - 123,400 David Prociak - 91,000 Magnus Edengren - 87,400 Eddie Blumenthal - 83,100 Gary Bolden - 78,300 Paul Edwards - 76,300 Scott Abrams - 74,400 Bruce Hoyt - 74,100 Kate Hoang - 71,700
  9. The stage is set for the partypoker MILLIONS Online tournament. Running November 25 through December 5, 2018, the $20 million guaranteed prize pool will rewrite the online poker history books. Hundreds, if not thousands, of satellite winners will compete in the event, all in hopes of turning a minuscule satellite buy-in into life-changing millions. For satellite qualifiers, winning entry into the historic partypoker MILLIONS Online tournament should only be considered step one in the process. For many, the goal will be to make a deep run that finishes in the money. For the real dreamers out there, the ultimate prize will be walking away with a top-four finish that makes them a millionaire. "The first thing to think about is that it’s a long tournament,” said poker pro Adam 'Adamyid' Owen when asked to give advice for how satellite winners should approach the event. "You don't need to rush anything. You can take your time. You can fold for a while and still have chips. I’ve done that plenty of times. You don’t need to force anything, either. Just relax and try to enjoy it." Owen is one of the confirmed players for the event, boasting a résumé that includes a combined $4.485 million in tournament earnings between his live and online poker play. Online, Owen has booked more than $1.3 million in earnings, 55 tournament victories, and 115 top-three finishes. "Try and work out who the better players are at the table and try and avoid them if you can, even by playing a tighter range when it’s their big blind and button, and then even by making it a bigger size with the range you do choose to play," Owen advised. As mentioned, many satellite winners will simply be looking to reach the money, and that’s a very respectable achievement, especially when you’ve qualified for what could be as little as one cent. For those looking to cash, the money bubble of the partypoker MILLIONS Online tournament will be one of the most crucial points of the event. "Of course, it depends on one’s situation," Owen said of how satellite winners should approach the bubble. "If you've satellited in for one cent on partypoker, then you’re probably going to want to be a little bit more careful to secure a min-cash. If you have a stack, you’re going to want to use it. So how you approach the bubble is very sensitive to your stack size. Avoid spots where you’re not going to be sure, use less flat-calling with speculative hands, and have a plan before you enter a pot. What are you going to do if you choose to three-bet someone? Are you going to call it off? Are you going to fold? What’s your plan going in?" Once the bubble breaks, the race to the final table is on. This is when the adrenaline really kicks up and the emotional roller coaster of a deep run is in high gear. As any top professional poker player will tell you, it’s important to control your emotions throughout a deep run and to stay composed. "Just take it as it comes, as hard as that may sound," Owen said. "You've already locked up a lot of money and anything else is a bonus, so just try and play your game. Take a few zeroes off the money up top and off the chip stacks used in the partypoker MILLIONS and just try and see things as the number of big blinds and players left. Pay attention to when the pay jumps are, too, just like you would when you approach a normal tournament." In the days leading up to the partypoker MILLIONS Online tournament, satellites continue to run, with feeder satellites offered for as low as $0.01. For those with a little more money in their satellite bankroll, $530 mega satellites that feature a minimum of 25 seats guaranteed start November 25. *Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.
  10. The upcoming partypoker $20M GTD MILLIONS Online tournament is going to be historic in both guaranteed prize pools as well as the $2.5 million that could be awarded for first place. Putting yourself in a situation to win that top prize requires some luck, a lot of skill and a good deal of preparations. First, you have to find your way into the tournament, perhaps by winning one of the value-added satellites on partypoker. Then a player has to settle in a avoid the pitfalls that can come your way in the early levels. After all, it’s not easy navigating the massive tournament fields that come looking for a historic payday. Then as the money bubble approaches, it’s time to either go on the offensive and try to accumulate chips or do what you have to in order lock up, what could be, a bankroll building min-cash. After all of that, a handful of players will find themselves on the cusp on one of the richest final tables of all time. Is there anything someone can do to prepare themselves should the opportunity arise? “I don’t like to change anything going into a final table that you’ve made yourself by playing whatever style you did to get there,” said Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich. Geilich is a current partypoker ambassador and former top 10-ranked PocketFiver with over $3 million in online earning and another $2.2 in live scores. “If you were going in with 15-40bbs I would just make sure to brush up a lot on your ICM game and make sure you’re not losing a lot of money with plays ICM wise. Going back to my first point, if making the final with a top three stack, I would just be playing the same kind of style as to how I got there as it’s worked well.” His fellow partypoker ambassador Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard has a similar message of believing in your own abilities, no matter who you face at the final table. “First, enjoy it,” Leonard said. Leonard understands what it means to both close out and celebrate a final table. He just recently took down the November 18 edition of the $2,100 High Roller Club for just over $41,000. A nice score to be sure, but the money up top on the MILLIONS Online will be a career-changer, even for Leonard. “This is the biggest online final table of all time. If you’ve gotten this far you will know a lot about all the other players from playing and watching the last few tables,” he said. “Stay composed, have faith in yourself. Just because I’m a professional doesn’t mean you have to just accept defeat. Play to your strengths. If you’ve been very tight and people know you are a qualifier, then it’s usually really great for you. You can be aggressive in clever spots. “When the chip leader is raising your big bling, you can re-raise and be aggressive. Your goal should essentially be to gain chips without ever risking your tournament life…easy, huh?” In a recent interview with PocketFives, the UK’s Adam ‘Adamyid’ Owen also talked briefly about how to handle a final table such as this. “Just take it as it comes, as hard as that may sound,” Owen said. “You’ve already locked up a lot of money and anything else is a bonus, so just try and play your game…Pay attention to when the pay jumps are, too, just like you would when you approach a normal tournament.” Owen is coming off a deep run in the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event, where he finished in 15th place for $65,000. The partypoker $20M GTD MILLIONS Online takes place from November 25 through December 5. There are five starting flights and a $2.5 million guaranteed first place prize.
  11. The World Series of Poker has a history of making stars and has played a key role in solidifying the reputation of some of the game's biggest stars. Finding the players who could enjoy new success on the WSOP stage isn't an easy task but the PocketFives editorial staff has accepted the challenge. Jeff Walsh, Senior Writer You never really know who that "Breakout Player" will be but I’ve got a couple of players I’m keeping my eye on this summer that I think could take the next step and elevate their game. You might remember Ian Steinman from his hero fold against Joe McKeehan at the 2018 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event when he spikes a set of kings on the river and after exhausting all of his time bank chips found an amazing fold. Well, Steinman is not only an accomplished online grinder, having won the WSOP.com online Player of the Year award in 2016 but a mid-stakes live beast. Like most amazing NLHE players, he’s fearless at the table and is able to accumulate chips in a hurry. Last year, Steinman barely missed out on his first gold bracelet falling to Eric Baldwin in heads up play in a $1,500 NLHE event, settling for a $197K score for second place. This could be the year he takes the experiences from all those big-time spots and puts it together to pick up his first WSOP win. It feels like it’s just a matter of time for this West Coast grinder and it may be this year. Speaking of big-time my second pick has already had plenty of time in the spotlight. You might remember Julien Martini from his runner-up finish at this year’s PokerStars Players Championship. Martini is a fantastic player who plays all the games and picked up his first bracelet event in 2018. So, with all these accolades how can he break out? I’m tracking Martini to pick up his second bracelet this year in one of the Championship events. He plays all the games and he’s bringing that PSPC bankroll boost to the summer series. I figure when all is said and done, his price in the 2020 $25K Fantasy Draft is going to go through the roof. Donnie Peters, Managing Editor Adam Owen is very much skilled in all poker variants and is known to put in a lot of volume. His name may be known around the poker community, but the Brit has yet to truly breakout. Not only has he not won a WSOP gold bracelet yet, but he’s never experienced a major tournament victory. Specific to the WSOP, Owen has a handful of final tables and a trio of top-three finishes. I’m going to say that 2019 is a huge summer at the World Series of Poker for Owen. He’ll win his first bracelet, rack up the cashes, and contend for WSOP Player of the Year. Ping Liu is another player who can be considered in a similar light as Owen is. Liu has gained some notoriety through his run on the World Poker Tour this season, and he’s challenging to win the WPT Player of the Year award. Like Owen, his best finish in a WSOP event is a third-place result and he’s still searching for his first major tournament title. Liu has been very much on form in recent months and earned some big scores. He closed out 2018 with a fourth-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond event for $600,000. With his padded bankroll and so many No Limit Hold’em events on the WSOP schedule, look for Liu to make a few big splashes this summer. I can easily see him winning his first WSOP gold bracelet if he puts in any sort of decent volume. Lance Bradley, Editor in Chief It's hard to pick players out of relative obscurity that might enjoy success at the WSOP. That's why the first player on my list is more of a known commodity that maybe anybody else listed here. Patrick Leonard is a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, the current #3-ranked player in the world, and has a little more than $2.4 million in live earnings. Despite all of that, he's never really had a big WSOP. He only has seven WSOP cashes for $114,229 in earnings but he's never committed to a full schedule. That changes this year. Leonard is putting the online grind to the side for seven weeks to play a full WSOP schedule. He's an extremely talented player and will be free of the potential distraction of returning to the online felt. I expect Leonard's going to find his way deep in a number of events this summer and might finally find himself with a realistic shot at winning his first bracelet. Each year there's a handful of players who skyrocket into the public eye with double-digit level cashes after having previously found some success at the Rio. Last year, Lexi Gavin cashed seven times at the WSOP including a 12th place finish in a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha. That doubles her lifetime career cashes and I don't see any reason why the upward trend can't continue. She's predominantly a No Limit Hold'em player and the WSOP schedule includes an almost endless number of opportunities for her to run up a stack and potentially make her first career final table.
  12. Winning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet is widely considered by many to be poker’s ultimate achievement. For some players, it defines his or her career. For others, it’s the one prize eluding some of the game’s best. For years, Stephen Chidwick was considered the best poker player without a WSOP gold bracelet. At the 2019 WSOP, Chidwick bucked that monkey off his back like the most turbulent bull does to a rider at a rodeo when he won the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1.618 million. Shawn Buchanan was another player in the "best without a bracelet conversation," but, like Chidwick, he broke through at the 2019 WSOP, winning the $800 buy-in WSOP.com Online NL Six-Handed. Now that Chidwick and Buchanan have each won an elusive gold bracelet, let's take a look at who are the best players remaining without a bracelet entering the 2020 WSOP. Patrick Antonius CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 15 2 0 $929,518 Widely considered one of the best all-around players in poker for quite some time, Patrik Antonius is still missing a WSOP gold bracelet from his résumé. He's come close a couple of times, finishing in the top 10 on four occasions and placing at the final table twice, but he's never scored better than third place. Antonius has been known to pass on tournaments for cash games these days, but he's still a threat to win a bracelet in the bigger buy-in WSOP events when he does compete. Niklas Astedt CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 0 0 $110,645 Sweden's Niklas Astedt is one of the top-ranked online poker players in the world, but his live success hasn’t been too plentiful, especially at the WSOP. Astedt’s skills should not be overlooked, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2014 and his highest WSOP finish was a 26th-place result in the 2019 WSOP $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. He's also cashed in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, with a 182nd-place finish in 2016 and a 899th-place finish in 2019. Mikita Badziakouski CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 4 4 1 $3,161,362 Mikita Badziakouski plays some of the biggest buy-in events around the world, and his career to date includes more than $26.1 million in live tournament earnings. At the WSOP, Badziakouski has four cashes. Each cash has been a final table appearance and each has come at WSOP Europe. If there's a high roller event on the WSOP schedule, Badziakouski will likely be in the field and a threat to win the gold bracelet. Darren Elias CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 28 3 0 $645,659 With four World Poker Tour titles and more than $7.5 million in live tournament earnings, it’s a matter of when, not if, Darren Elias will finally win WSOP gold. His first WSOP cash came in 2009. He has three WSOP final table appearances and two finishes in third place, although he’s never made it to heads-up play. The two times Elias finished in third came from the same event, the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship in 2017 and 2019. Alex Foxen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 39 4 0 $808,918 Alex Foxen has been around the WSOP for a much shorter time than some of the players on this list, with his first WSOP cash coming in 2015. He has, however, built up quite the reputation as one of the best tournament poker players in the game today and it seems very much just a matter of time before he finds himself in the WSOP winner’s circle with his first gold bracelet. Already, Foxen has racked up 39 WSOP cashes and four final tables ahead of 2020. His highest finish to date was a third-place finish at the 2017 WSOP in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Matt Glantz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 61 13 1 $3,232.669 Pennsylvania's Matt Glantz has been around the WSOP block a few times, but he’s still looking for that first gold bracelet. Glantz first cashed in a WSOP in 2000 and he’s been producing everything but wins since, including 13 final table appearances. Glantz has reached heads-up play once and finished third on three occasions. At the 2019 WSOP, Glantz picked up his third WSOP Main Event cash. Mark Gregorich CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 69 11 1 $1,168,497 Mark Gregorich is another player on this list who has been around for quite some time, earning his first WSOP cash back in 1999. He has 69 cashes and 11 final table appearances at the WSOP, with one runner-up finish that came in the 2003 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold’em event. Gregorich also has a trio of third-place finishes at the WSOP to date. Nick Guagenti CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 37 3 0 $583,181 Ohio's Nick Guagenti has 37 WSOP cashes with the first coming in 2006. He has three final table appearances. Guagenti's highest WSOP result came in 2019 when he took third in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for $85,265. His best finish in terms of money won came from his 46th-place finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, for which Guagenti won $145,733. Guagenti is a regular in mid- and high-stakes cash games in his region, and he also has 15 cashes on the WSOP Circuit. Christian Harder CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 53 2 0 $1,050,784 Christian Harder’s first WSOP cash came in 2009. He’s won titles elsewhere in the poker world, just not at the WSOP just yet. He’s been close before with a pair of fourth-place finishes and is known to put in a high amount of volume in the big bet games of No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Maurice Hawkins CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 29 3 0 $623,240 Maurice Hawkins has been a longtime grinder of the WSOP and WSOP Circuit, racking up 29 WSOP cashes and 110 WSOP Circuit cashes. He has a whopping 14 WSOP Circuit gold rings, but Hawkins has yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. Hawkins has three WSOP final tables and they've come in big-field NL tournaments. With as many big-field NL events that are on the WSOP schedule these days, one has to figure that Hawkins is going to break through and win one at some point. Isaac Haxton CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 7 1 $2,923,424 Isaac Haxton is widely considered as one of the best minds in poker, and he’s certainly lived up to that with more than $27.6 million in live tournament earnings, millions more won in cash games, and who knows how much won online. The one thing he doesn’t have is a WSOP gold bracelet. Haxton has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. The second-place finish came to Vitaly Lunkin in the 2009 WSOP $40,000 No Limit Hold’em. Maria Ho CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 55 5 1 $1,644,554 Maria Ho is another long-time regular at the WSOP, with cashes dating back to 2005. She has five final table appearances and one runner-up finish in WSOP events, and she’s known to mix it up in most of the games. Ho’s runner-up finish came to Allen Bari in the 2011 WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold’em. Ho has been the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, 2007 and 2014, and she finished sixth in the 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event. Ali Imsirovic CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 10 3 1 $583,986 Ali Imsirovic is one of the newest kids on the block in all of poker, not just the WSOP, and he’s quickly acquired a reputation of one of the game’s best when it comes to No Limit Hold’em tournaments. Imsirovic’s first WSOP cash came in 2017, so there isn’t a ton of sample to draw from, but he’s already made three WSOP final tables in top-level events and has one runner-up finish. Given his success in his young poker career, Imsirovic is considered one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit Hold’em event. Rainer Kempe CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 3 0 $1,142,997 Rainer Kempe has won more than $21.3 million in his poker career and he’s been in the winner’s circle many times, but he’s yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. His WSOP career is still pretty young, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2015, but over a short period of time he’s already earned 31 in-the-money finishes and more than $1.1 million in earnings. Kempe has been to a WSOP final table three times to date. Jason Koon CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 42 7 1 $1,789,462 For all of the poker success that Jason Koon has enjoyed over the course of his career, he’s still searching for his first WSOP gold bracelet. Koon has more than $31.1 million in live tournament earnings to date and his first WSOP cash came back in 2009. He has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. Koon is similar to Haxton and Imsirovic in the sense that he’ll almost always be one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit hold’em tournament. Timofey Kuznetsov CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 0 0 0 $0 Timofey Kuznetsov, also known as ‘Trueteller,’ is highly regarded in the poker community as one of the best, especially within the high-stakes community. He has zero WSOP cashes to date, but he simply doesn’t play a lot of tournaments. That said, Kuznetsov is still one of the best players in poker without a WSOP gold bracelet. Maria Lampropulos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 0 0 $136,731 Maria Lampropulos first cashed a WSOP event in 2016 and that first year she walked away with five WSOP cashes in total. She followed that up with six cashes in 2017 and seven cashes in 2018. At the 2019 WSOP and WSOP Europe festivals, she cashed nine time. With partypoker MILLIONS and PCA Main Event wins on her résumé, both for seven-figure paydays, Lampropulos has shown she has the chops to compete in some of the biggest events in the world. Toby Lewis CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 24 0 0 $409,171 Toby Lewis’ first WSOP cash came in 2011 when he took 11th in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship. He’s racked up 24 WSOP cashes to date, but he’s never reached a WSOP final table. Tom Marchese CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 26 4 1 $1,295,638 A player with more than $19.1 million in live tournament earnings, Tom Marchese is often considered one of the better tournament players poker has to offer. He's yet to score a WSOP gold bracelet, though, but he has come close a few times, with four WSOP final tables and one runner-up finish. The time Marchese finished second was at the 2015 WSOP in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament. Steve O‘Dwyer CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 18 2 0 $675,717 Like Haxton and like Koon, Steve O’Dwyer has a ton of live tournament winnings. O’Dwyer has scored more than $30.4 million from the live felt, plus plenty more online, and his first WSOP cash came in 2007. O’Dwyer is a player who put in more WSOP volume at the beginning of his career compared to what he does now, which could be holding him back in terms of winning his first gold bracelet. At this point in his career, it seems that if O'Dwyer does win a gold bracelet, it will come at WSOP Europe or a similar international WSOP stop. Adam Owen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 34 5 0 $570,961 Adam Owen is another one of the younger guns on this list, but he’s widely regarded as one of the best all-around players in the game these days. Having earned his first WSOP cash in 2014, Owen has racked up 34 WSOP cashes to date, including five final tables and three third-place finishes. Owen has shown a propensity to perform well in the $10,000 buy-in championship events at the WSOP and many think that’s where he’ll earn his first gold bracelet from. Felipe Ramos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 4 0 $526,047 One of best poker players to come out of Brazil is Felipe Ramos, with 31 WSOP cashes dating back to his first in 2009. Ramos is known as a solid player who can compete across all variants, and the more tools you have in your shed, the better when it comes to chasing gold bracelets. Ramos has four WSOP final tables and they've all come in Omaha. Three of those four final tables were in Pot Limit Omaha. Dario Sammartino CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 41 10 0 $9,927,947 Italy’s Dario Sammartino first cashed in a WSOP event in 2011 and he’s been performing very well ever since, except winning a WSOP gold bracelet is something he’s yet to achieve. Sammartino has found the money in WSOP events 41 times to date. Of those, he’s reached the final table on 10 occasions. Sammartino's biggest claim to World Series of Poker fame was a runner-up finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for $6 million. He's also one of the few players to have made the final table of both the WSOP Main Event and WSOP Europe Main Event in his career. Sammartino has learned how to play all the games and play them well, so don’t be surprised to see him finally win WSOP gold much sooner than later. Ole Schemion CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 1 0 $469,735 Although his WSOP results don’t pop off the page, Ole Schemion is one of the best players out there and an absolute force when it comes to poker tournaments. He’s amassed more than $16.3 million in live tournament earnings, numerous high roller victories, and one World Poker Tour title. He’s still in search of his first WSOP gold bracelet, though. In terms of winning WSOP gold, it’s very likely just a volume game for Schemion. If he puts in the volume, he’ll get it eventually and probably in the near future. It also works to his benefit that WSOP Europe looks as though it will remain at King’s Casino in Rozvadov where Schemion has shown success before, including a sixth-place finish in the 2019 WSOP Europe €100,000 Diamond High Roller for €341,510. Jake Schindler CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 33 4 0 $1,050,644 The first of two players named Jake on this list, Jake Schindler has 33 entries and four final tables at the WSOP entering 2020. His best finish was a third-place result in the 2014 WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold'em for $212,373. Over his entire poker career, Schindler has more than $25 million in live tournament earnings. Jake Schwartz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 60 3 1 $658,477 Jake Schwartz earned his first WSOP cash in 2012 and has built up 60 in-the-money finishes since. He was first widely known as a No Limit hold'em player but he's since branched out and has been playing more of the games. In 2013, Schwartz earned the top WSOP finish of his career when he took second in the $1,500 NL Shootout, earning $202,035. To date, he has two other WSOP final table appearances in addition to that one. Shannon Shorr CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 79 9 2 $2,217,846 When is Shannon Shorr going to finally win a WSOP gold bracelet? Shorr first cashed in a WSOP event back in 2006, which seems like ages ago when you consider he’s still very much on the younger side of poker players. Ever since that first WSOP cash, not a year has gone by that Shorr hasn’t racked up multiple WSOP cashes. Plus, he’s been very close on several occasions with nine final table appearances and two runner-up finishes. He also has a pair of third-place finishes. Shorr can play all of the games very well. Before Chidwick winning his bracelet, Shorr was right there at the top of this list with Chidwick. Dan Smith CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 36 10 1 $9,884,615 Another high roller with a knack for all the games, Dan Smith has been close to winning WSOP gold before but it just hasn’t happened for him yet. His first WSOP cash came in 2010. Since then, he’s earned 36 total WSOP cashes and won more than $9.8 million at the WSOP. He has 10 final table appearances, six third-place finishes, and one second-place finish in WSOP events. Like some of the other high rollers on this list, with Smith it feels like more of a volume game than anything. Christoph Vogelsang CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 13 6 0 $8,668,735 Christoph Vogelsang has come close at the WSOP on a handful of occasions, including two third-place finishes in a pair of the biggest events the WSOP has ever offered. In 2014, Vogelsang placed third in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop for $4.48 million. In 2019, he took third in the WSOP Europe €250,000 Super High Roller for more than $1.3 million. If there's a big buy-in event at the WSOP, Vogelsang is considered a threat to win it. Mike Watson CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 63 11 4 $2,917,143 Mike Watson has been knocking at the WSOP gold bracelet door for several years now. His first WSOP cash came in 2007 and he’s put up more than 60 cashes to date since. Of the 11 WSOP final table appearances Watson has on record, four of the times he’s finished runner-up. Interestingly, Watson did win the €50,000 Majestic High Roller at the 2012 WSOP Europe, but it was an added non-bracelet event for the high rollers. Had that event been in a later year, it very likely would have been for a gold bracelet. Watson usually plays a high volume of events and can play all the games, much like Shorr, and it’s only a matter of time before he finally scores a WSOP gold bracelet. Jerry Wong CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 38 7 0 $1,899,225 Jerry Wong may be most well known for reaching the now-defunct WSOP November Nine in 2016, when he finished eighth for more than $1.1 million, but he has plenty of other success at the WSOP. With 38 total WSOP cashes and seven final table appearances, the only thing left for Wong to do is win a gold bracelet. One would think that has to be on the horizon soon for Wong, who has the ability to compete highly in all of the games. His WSOP final table appearances have come in No Limit Deuce to Seven, Pot Limit Omaha, Big Bet Mix, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, H.O.R.S.E., and No Limit Hold'em.
  13. One of Brazil's top poker players went from online legend to World Series of Poker bracelet winner on Monday night while Korea's Ji young Kim became the first woman from her country to win a bracelet. Yuri Dzivielevski Ships $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Yuri Dzivielevski, who once held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for five weeks, added another accomplishment to his resume on Sunday night, beating Michael Thompson heads-up to win the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $213,750 and his first WSOP bracelet. Dzivielevski leaned on his years of experience playing tournaments to close out the final table. "I have a lot of experience in No Limit Hold'em tournaments, and I have a lot of experience with [statistical models], so I knew that the chips I could lose weren't worth the same as the chips when I win," Dzivielevski said. "That was my strategy – attack very specific spots, but play tight." Prior to Sunday, Dzivielevski's previous best WSOP performance came in 2016 when he narrowly missed out on the final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, finishing 11th for $44,911. Thompson took home $132,113 for finishing second. Dan Zack finished fifth for $43,950 but also picked up 370.2 WSOP Player of the Year points, which pushes him past Upeshka De Silvan and back into the lead through 51 events. Final Table Payouts Yuri Dzivielevski - $213,750 Michael Thompson - $132,113 Denis Strebkob - $89,744 Andrey Zaichenko - $62,176 Daniel Zack - $43,950 Philip Long - $31,710 Alex Livingston - $23,362 Daniel Ratigan - $17,584 Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch Wins $1,000 Online NLHE Double Stack Two weeks ago, Jason Gooch was heads-up for a bracelet on WSOP.com only to finish second to Josh 'Loofa' Pollock. On Sunday night he erased the bad taste that result left in his mouth and did one better, beating Brian 'pure__reason' Wood heads-up to win the $1,000 Online NLHE Deepstack event for $241.492.94. Wood, the #19-ranked New Jersey online poker player, earned $148,542.85 as the runner-up. Gianluca Speranza, the two-time defending PokerStars SCOOP Main Event champ, finished seventh. The final table also included Italian poker players Dario Sammartino and Max Pescatori. Final Table Payouts Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch - $241,492.94 Brian 'pure__reason' Wood - $148,542.85 Anthony 'scrotile' Augustino - $104,980.41 Dario 'Sirio87' Sammartino - $75,094.55 Tim 'Stucksoomuch' Wong - $54,543.05 Ran 'margarete' Koller - $40,143.29 Gianluca 'InMyHouse' Speranza- $29,885.86 Justin 'KingFortune' Liberto - $22,541.03 Max 'MaxSparrow' Pescatori - $17,348.99 Ji young Kim Wins Ladies Event Normally, you'll find Ji young Kim managing her coffee shop back in her hometown of Seoul, Korea. For the last four days, however, Kim was busy working her way through the 968-player field in the WSOP Ladies Event. On Sunday night, she wrapped up the victory by beating Nancy Matson heads-up. The win gives Kim her first WSOP bracelet and $167,308. Matson, from Santa Monica, CA, went home with $103,350 for her runner-up result. It's only her second WSOP cash. She previously finished 406th in the $800 NLHE Deepstack in the lead up to the Ladies Event. Lexy Gavin finished sixth for $27,643. Final Table Payouts Ji young Kim - $167,308 Nancy Matson - $103,350 Sandrine Phan - $72,821 Stephanie Dao - $52,007 Lyly Vo - $37,654 Lexy Gavin - $27,643 Raylene Celaya - $20,582 Stephanie Hubbard - $15,544 Barbara Blechinger - $11,911 Kainalu McCue-Unciano Leads Monster Stack After Day 2 Nearly 3,000 players crammed into 10-handed tables on Sunday for Day 2 of the $1,500 Monster Stack and by the time 10 levels were in the books, just 457 players remained. Kainalu McCue-Unciano leads the way with 2,187,000 and the only other player who put more than 2,000,000 in the bag was Andrew Moreno, with 2,034,000. Konstantin Puchkov, Pierre Neuville, Alex Lynskey, Ali Imsirovic, Ryan Hohner, Matt Salsberg, and Dan Sindelar all found a bag at the end of Day 2. The bubble burst mid-way through play Sunday with 447 players busting in the money. Some of the notables who picked up a cash on Day 2 include Taylor Paur, Jake Schwartz, PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas, and Barry Greenstein. Action resumes at 11 AM PT and will play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 2,187,000 Andrew Moreno - 2,034,000 Brady Bullard - 1,971,000 Justin Kindred - 1,900,000 Benjamin Ector - 1,869,000 Jeff Siegal - 1,840,000 Gergely Kulcsar - 1,839,000 Roman Korenev - 1,804,000 Duytue Duong - 1,800,000 Sean Yu - 1,682,000 Daniel Alaei Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Championship Daniel Alaei, recently named the 26th best player in WSOP history, spent Sunday building his case and his chip stack, in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event. The five-time bracelet winner finished Day 2 with 1,985,000. He'll have to work his way through a formidable group of challengers on Monday if he hopes to get anywhere close to bracelet #6. The next biggest stacks belong to players who registered at the start of Day 2. Luke Schwartz sits second with 1,700,000 while Shaun Deeb bagged the third biggest stack with 1,586,000. A total of 26 players took advantage of the Day 2 registration opportunity including Phil Ivey, Matthew Gonzales, Phil Kessel, and Stephen Chidwick. The 26 late-entries pushed the total field size to a record-setting 518 players. Just 50 of them survived to see Day 3 and will be in action beginning at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Daniel Alaei - 1,985,000 Luke Schwartz - 1,700,000 Shaun Deeb - 1,586,000 Adam Hendrix - 1,219,000 Dash Dudley - 1,199,000 Joel Feldman - 1,196,000 Will Jaffe - 1,179,000 James Park - 1,173,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - 1,116,000 Patrick Mahoney - US 1,024,000 $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack The opening day of the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event drew 3,759 players and through 20 30-minute levels, just 440 made it through. Kenneth Johnson ended up on top of the Day 1 chip counts with 1,400,000. Every player in the top 10 turned their starting stack of 40,000 into at least 1,000,000. This includes Alex Foxen who finished with 1,104,000 and the seventh-best stack. Joseph Cheong, Dutch Boyd, Joao Simao, Greg Raymer, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Affleck, Daniel Strelitz, Chris Ferguson, and Tim West were just some of the more recognizable faces that advanced to Da y2. Comedians Brad Garrett and Norm MacDonald also finished Day 1 with chips. Day 2 begins at 1 PM PT and is scheduled to play to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Kenneth Johnson - 1,400,000 Shmuel Hada - 1,340,000 Amir Lehavot - 1,330,000 Jordan Meltzer - 1,188,000 John Rice - 1,138,000 Michael Dichiaro - 1,110,000 Alex Foxen - 1,104,000 Sharavan Chhabria - 980,000 Loc Nguyen - 976,000 Piet Pape - 956,000 Eric Rodawig Tops Day 1 of $1,500 Razz Day 1 of the $1,500 Razz event saw 363 players enter with bracelet-winner Eric Rodawig finish the day with the lead after being the only player to break through the 100,000 chip mark. Rodawig finished with 118,7000 while his closest competitor, Stephen Burns, ended with 92,700. Adam Owen, Scott Clements, Jennifer Tilly, Matt Waxman, Don Zewin, and Steve Billirakis were part of the 127 players who advanced to Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Eric Rodawig - 118,700 Stephen Burns - 92,700 Doug Lorgeree - 90,400 Charles Lorentz - 85,000 Jaime Lezama - 83,700 Shane Littlefield - 83,400 Adam Owen - 82,800 Peter Brownstein - 81,000 Christopher Kusha - 77,700 Michael Ross - 76,600
  14. The march towards a record-breaking World Series of Poker Main Event field continued on Thursday, with 1,914 players playing Day 1B to push the total field to 3,250 with Day 1C yet to come. That pace is actually slightly behind 2018 when 3,303 players sat during the opening two flights. WSOP officials are expecting a massive Day 1C and registration is open until the start of Day 2C, giving plenty of opportunity for the record of 8,773 to fall. Adam Owen Climbs to Top of Chip Counts Adam Owen finished with 351,800 at the end of Day 1B, which landed him squarely atop the biggest counts from Thursday, but behind Day 1A big stack Bryan Camponello. Gary Blackwood and Asi Moshe rounded out the top three with 330,200 each. With a bag full of chips, Owen is looking to make plans for his off day Friday. Kevin Roster Headed to Day 2 Kevin Roster knows this is likely his last chance to play the WSOP Main Event. Suffering from sarcoma, Roster has played a steady schedule of events this summer with the goal of raising awareness for the disease that will take his life before the year is over. Greg Merson heard his story and offered to put him in the Main Event and the former New Jersey poker player is making the most of it. Roster finished Day 1 with 153,300 to end up just outside of the top 100 stacks. A handful of Main Event Champs Advance to Day 2A Having made their way through a massive Main Event field once before, five former Main Event champions survived their opening day of play on Thursday. The biggest stack belongs to Ryan Riess with 89,300. Greg Raymer (73,100), Joe Hachem (61,000), Chris Ferguson (36,100), and Greg Merson (25,000) also advanced to Day 2. Yuri Dzivielevski Leads Former #1s Yuri Dzivielevski, who rose to the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings in 2015, won his first WSOP bracelet this summer and now he appears ready to conquer the Main Event. The Brazilian finished Day 1B with 221,900 for the 14th biggest stack overall. He wasn't the only former #1 player who managed to bag and tag on Thursday. Taylor Paur finished with 139,000, just ahead of Ari Engel and his 128,000. Paul Volpe, who has cashed in the Main Event four times in his career, survived with a 70,300 stack. Joao Simao was not as fortunate and busted on Day 1B. Pennsylvania Contingent Grows on Day 1B After 17 players from Pennsylvania made it through Day 1A, more than double that worked their way through 1B. The top Pennsylvania poker player on Thursday was Arthur Schiavo with 149,400. The rest of the top five Keystone State stacks belong to Leon Foong (137,900), David Meschel (137,000), Aaron Overton (128,400), and Kelly Jones (125,700). Daniel Negreanu Headlines Notable Day 1B Survivors With 1,417 players making it through the day on Thursday, there was bound to be more than a handful of familiar faces among them. None bigger though than Daniel Negreanu, who spent the entire day playing on the ESPN feature table. The six-time WSOP bracelet winner finished with 71,800. Olivier Busquet ended the day with 180,300 to sneak into the top 50 stacks. Maria Ho somehow managed to pull off double duty on Thursday. She bagged up 60,100 despite spending some of her day working the ESPN break desk analysing hands and providing commentary on the day's events. Other notables who survived the day include Christoph Vogelsang (172,100), Kenny Hallaert (159,900), Jonathan Little (110,400), Prahlad Friedman (152,400), Brian Yoon (151,500), Darryll Fish (151,400), Eric Baldwin (132,600), Antoine Saout (117,300), Phil Hui (113,600), Mike Watson (109,500), Andre Akkari (103,600), Conor Beresford (101,400), Scott Seiver (89,600), and Arsenii Karmatckii (53,500). It wasn't all smiles and bags for some of the game's best though. Anthony Zinno, Craig Varnell, Cord Garcia, Dan Shak, Max Pescatori, Frank Stepuchin, John Hesp, Valentin Vornicu, Kane Kalas, Mike Sexton, Pierre Neuville, and Sam Grafton were all among the players who busted on Day 1B. Top 10 Day 1B Chip Counts Adam Owen - 351,800 Gary Blackwood - 330,200 Asi Moshe - 330,200 Tyler Gaston - 329,200 Allen Kessler - 301,800 Brandon Fraizer - 298,400 Galen Hall - 295,700 Gerald Claunch - 252,900 Gregory Tyer - 236,600 Yue Du - 236,300
  15. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event went from 1,286 players down to 354 on Tuesday Those left are deep in the money and guaranteed $34,845, and it’s Dean Morrone holding the chip lead entering Day 5. Former NFL star Richard Seymour was one of the big stacks to advance. Morrone Leads the Way Morrone is a Canadian player and a qualifier from 888poker. He’s making his first career WSOP cash with his run in this year’s WSOP Main Event and it’s also his largest live tournament score to date as he entered the tournament with just $10,138 in live earnings. Morrone entered Day 4 with 365,000 before he went on to finish with 4.98 million and the lead. Other big stacks in the group behind Morrone on the leaderboard were Lars Bonding (4.04 million), Michael Messick (3.925 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (3.9 million), and Henrik Hecklen (3.862 million) to round out the top five. Morrone’s fellow 888poker qualifier Mihai Manole finished the day with a very healthy 3.781 million. Top 10 Chip Counts Dean Morrone - 4,980,000 Lars Bonding - 4,040,000 Michael Messick - 3,925,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 3,900,000 Henrik Hecklen - 3,862,000 Mihai Manole - 3,781,000 Robert Heidorn - 3,700,000 Sean Mills - 3,692,000 Christopher Wynkoop - 3,563,000 Andrew Brokos - 3,518,000 Former NFL Star Richard Seymour On the Rush Former NFL star and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour was among those to advance to Day 5. He spoke with The Fives Poker Podcast at the end of Day 3 about his sixth time playing the WSOP Main Event being a charm and things only got sweeter on Tuesday. Seymour came into the day with 275,000 and quickly got his stack up to 400,000. It wasn’t long before he reached 1 million in chips and then the progression only continued after he was moved to one of the secondary features tables. Seymour bagged up 2.75 million in chips, but he wasn’t the only former NFL player to move on. Eric Stocz, who spent time in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, reached the money in the WSOP Main Event for the second time in his poker career. He’s already outperformed the 402nd-place finish he netted in 2011 that earned him $30,974 and will only be looking for more. Stocz bagged 350,000 for Day 5. Former PocketFives #1 Players Performing Well A handful of former PocketFives #1 players are performing well and have advanced to Day 4 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Fabrizio Gonzalez bagged 2.916 million, Chris Hunichen finished with 2.617 million, and Yuri Dzivielevski ended with 1.79 million. Hunichen bagged those chips despite losing one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far. He got involved in a big one with David Guay and Guay flopped a set of tens against Hunichen’s pocket kings. The hand resulted in a full double for Guay and took a dent of about 1.2 million out of Hunichen’s stack. Eight from Pennsylvania Still Alive Pennsylvania online poker has been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When sites do go live there will be a handful of players with some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs in this WSOP Main Event. Eight players from Pennsylvania remain, with Thomas Parkes of Alburtis finishing Day 4 with the most chips at 3.172 million. Pittsburgh’s Chad Power is next with 2.78 million, and then it’s Matthew Sabia (1.81 million), Kenneth Smaron (1.806 million), Edward Pham (1.43 million), Jake Schindler (1.168 million), Donald Dombach (799,000), and Matt Glantz (690,000). Yoon, Esfandiari, Cheong Among Bracelet Winners Remaining In addition to all the names that have been mentioned, Brian Yoon (2.622 million), Antonio Esfandiari (2.583 million), Craig McCorkell (2.5 million), Chris Wallace (1.98 million), and Joseph Cheong (1.958 million) represent some of the WSOP gold bracelet winners still in the field. Yoon and Esfandiari are both three-time gold bracelet winners who have had some deep runs in the WSOP Main Event before. Yoon has finished in the top 60 on three separate occasions (2018, 2016, and 2011), and Esfandiari finished 24th in 2009. McCorkell took 13th in 2014, and Wallace finished 32nd in 2017. We also know very much about Cheong’s third-place finish behind Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener in 2010 that earned him $4.13 million. All Former Main Event Champs Gone Of course, not every player could advance. Three former WSOP Main Event champions began the day, with Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Qui Nguyen still in the field, but all three of them busted out on Day 4. Moneymaker finished 687th for $20,200, Chan took 560th for $24,560, and Nguyen went out 455th for $30,780. Nguyen’s bust came when he got the last of his chips in with pocket fives only to lose out to an opponent’s two sixes. With no former WSOP Main Event champions in the field, we will see a brand new winner in 2019. Others to bust on Day 4 were Ricky Guan (362nd - $34,845), Scott Lazar (388th - $34,845), Jean-Robert Bellande (415th - $30,780), Bryan Campanello (435th - $30,780), Josh Arieh (485th - $27,390), Adam Owen (570th - $24,560), and Cliff Josephy (759th - $20,200). Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Wednesday, July 10 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
  16. Six years ago, Stefan 'mindgamer' Jedlicka won the PokerStars Sunday Million for $222,934. In 2015, he won his first PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title. On Sunday the Austrian poker pro added a PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title to a resume that also includes previously being the #1-ranked player on PocketFives. Jedlicka beat out a 270-player field to win Event #16 High ($2,100 NLHE 8 Max Turbo PKO) for a combined $108,173.43 between his prize pool share and bounties. Sweden's 'WhatIfGod' finished runner-up for $38,612.34 and an additional $9,839.84 in bounties. Francisco 'Tomatee' Benitez finished third for $28,929.20 and $13,234.38 in bounties. Czech grinder 'sksjohny' beat out 788 players to win Event #7 High ($530 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max) for $66,298.75. Matías 'Festivuss' Gabrenja finished second for $48,629.85 while 'Futti18' rounded out the podium finishers in third and took home $35,669.90. Adam 'adamyid' Owen picked up the first WCOOP title of his career by outlasting a 9,762-player field in Event #16 Low ($22 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO) for $13,289.98 and $6,153.16 in bounties. Other Sunday winners included 'Leha1107' (Event #7 Low), 'J. Gelades' (Event #7 Medium), 'PrOdigYx1' (Event #8 Low), 'Virgilik' (Event #8 Medium), 'DeuceofDuc0' (Event #8 High) and 'v587nt' (Event #16 Medium). Event #7 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Entries: 13,613 Prize pool: $66,704 Leha1107 - $8,359.73 Xijz - $5,949.47 jesjol - $4,240.98 Cresp0 - $3,023.12 Duncelanas - $2,154.98 Bacfast 60 - $1,536.16 Charks Mendes - $1,095.02 Bananmats - $780.57 Event #7 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Entries: 5,345 Prize pool: $267,250 J. Gelades - $31,887.97* THUNDER79X - $32,797.00* shaenny - $18,717.94 Conckers - $13,135.65 TURICH88 - $9,218.17 Kopyl - $6,469.02 BadBeatPls - $4,539.74 blanconegro - $3,185.86 Event #7 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Entries: 789 Prize pool: $394,500 sksjohny - $66,298.75 Festivuss - $48,629.85 Futti18 - $35,669.90 kouchan1214 - $26,163.83 SmallKindB - $19,191.12 J. Piva - $10,325.20 Kovalski1 - $7,573.49 Event #8 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 25,531 Prize pool: $250,204 PrOdigYx1 - $10,196.60* + $4,113.34 in bounties Robmaster555 - $11,202.44* + $2,054.63 in bounties NY17PATS14 - $6,430.47 + $1,286.50 in bounties TruthBeTold7 - $4,623.58 + $1,083.61 in bounties digby_stars - $3,324.40 + $1,121.96 in bounties BobDoan46 - $2,390.27 + $261.26 in bounties silver67 - $1,718.64 + $541.03 in bounties Rafaelgalo49 - $1,235.73 + $465.97 in bounties mgre06b - $888.51 + $130.08 in bounties Event #8 (Medium): $109 NLHE PKO Entries: 8,256 Prize pool: $825,600 Virgilik - $53,147.31* + $33,158.41 in bounties c0rl3on3_89 - $44,922.64* + $44,922.54 in bounties Mysters_Y - $27,758.69 + $3,779.21 in bounties farafiinn - $19,211.21 + $5,325.21 in bounties MarianexBJ - $13,295.66 + $7,071.42 in bounties gambl3r0 - $9,201.64 + $1,960.53 in bounties KretscheKing - $6,368.26 + $2,104.44 in bounties malbo2991 - $4,407.30 + $1,480.47 in bounties Rens02 - $3,050.17 + $1,796.28 in bounties Event #8 (High): $1,050 NLHE PKO Entries: 1,002 Prize pool: $1,002,000 DeuceofDuc0 - $81,814.54 + $77,313.42 in bounties MonkeyBausss - $59,792.14 + $25,883.79 in bounties _m0ney2_89 - $43,697.97 + $8,177.73 in bounties lopan83 - $31,935.84 + $12,976.88 in bounties chry1982 - $23,339.73 + $9,593.75 in bounties BBRS999 - $17,057.39 + $3,792.97 in bounties fafafofo - $12,466.08 + $812.50 in bounties MiracleQ - $9,110.58 + $11,902.34 in bounties arron8 - $6,658.29 + $6,546.88 in bounties Event #16 (Low): $22 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO Entries: 9,762 Prize pool: $195,240 Adamyid - $13,289.98 + $6,153.16 in bounties Nelis020 - $9,466.08 + $1,364.48 in bounties AvE_spade - $6,747.74 + $1,543.10 in bounties mfkill - $4,810.03 + $443.52 in bounties alarc_js - $3,428.75 + $272.27 in bounties bianchettibh - $2,444.14 + $844.91 in bounties agileudo - $1,742.27 + $111.02 in bounties demecio r. - $1,241.95 + $797.15 in bounties Event #16 (Medium): $215 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO Entries: 2,461 Prize pool: $492,200 v587nt - $36,166.69 + $27,506.21 in bounties leitalopez - $25,779.59 + $3,405.89 in bounties checm@te - $18,376.60 + $1,078.13 in bounties Unkn7wn77 - $13,099.48 + $5,915.50 in bounties lavanda883 - $9,337.74 + $4,208.60 in bounties grind4fame - $6,656.26 + $2,512.89 in bounties RaiseUpBlind - $4,744.83 + $6,536.03 in bounties vanEs2k11 - $3,382.27 + $2,561.92 in bounties Event #16 (High): $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO Entries: 270 Prize pool: $540,000 Stefan 'mindgamer' Jedlicka - $51,536.72 + $56,636.71 in bounties WhatIfGod - $38,612.34 + $9,839.84 in bounties Tomatee - $28,929.20 + $13,234.38 in bounties MrMaximize - $21,674.38 + $11,804.69 in bounties Wildace_hun - $16,238.96 + $9,000.00 in bounties pochi - $12,166.57 + $7,062.50 in bounties cantstopmeAA - $9,115.47 + $7,593.75 in bounties ale6ka - $6,829.51 + $3,000 in bounties
  17. One of the busiest Sundays in the recent history of online poker included nine players adding a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title and a significant boost to their bankroll with the biggest winner of them all taking home nearly $161,000. Dutch grinder 'Passiveaggro' beat out 1,156 other entries in Event #10 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO) to earn $79,644.69 from the prize pool plus an additional $82,200.12 from collected bounties. Runner-up 'JoeGall' picked up $79,643,94 from the prize pool but just $15,598.63 in bounties. A third place finish for 'Kungfumonk' came with $48,649.01 and $13,605.47 worth of bounties. Ukrainian Oleg 'Fukuruku' Vasylchenko won Event #9 High ($530 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack) for $77,273.17. Finishing second in the 930-entry field gave 'jimmys002' a $55,082.59 boost to their bankroll. Coming in one spot later, 'lissi stinkt' had to settle for $39,264.73. Wrapping up the day, Event #18 High ($2,100 NLHE PKO Turbo Sunday Cooldown SE) had 249 runners with Hungarian 'xnrobix' outlasting all of them to win $42,196.34 and another $44,757.80 in bounties. 'bencb' just missed out on a SCOOP title and took home $42,196.06 and another $13,796.88 in bounties. Michael 'merla888' Gathy took home third place and $27,844.47 from the prize pool plus another $9,625.00 in bounties. A pair of well-known players also picked up SCOOP titles on Sunday. Adam 'Adamyid' Owen won Event #9-Medium for $55,531.49 and Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford won Event #18-Medium for $75,095.15. Other Sunday winners included 'Biodelic420' (Event #9-Low), 'marakana1965' (Event #10-Low), 'thegodfisher' (Event #10-Medium), and 'MePsychoUSuck' (Event #18-Low). Event #9 (High) - $530 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 930 Prize pool: $465,000 Fukuruku - $77,273.17 jimmys002 - $55,082.59 lissi stinkt - $39,264.73 !Mp!yaw - $27,989.23 igsaracho - $19,951.70 Hidey7 - $14,222.25 molswi47 - $10,138.11 PaGaOVelhinho - $7,226.79 Event #10 (High) - $1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 1,157 Prize pool: $1,157,000 Passiveaggro - $79,644.69 + $82,200.12 in bounties JoeGall - $79,643,94 + $15,598.63 in bounties Kungfumonk - $48,649.01 + $13,605.47 in bounties AmeNeYO - $35,322.11 + $18,384.77 in bounties LStrelec - $25,646.06 + $1,500.00 in bounties ivan limeira - $18,620.58 + $2,062.50 in bounties Lassiole - $13,519.71 + $12,800.78 in bounties Remi Lebo_10 - $9,816.16 + $875.00 in bounties Event #18 (High) - $2,100 NLHE PKO Turbo Sunday Cooldown SE Entries: 249 Prize pool: $498,000 xnrobix - $42,196.34 + $44,757.80 in bounties bencb789 - $42,196.06 + $13,796.88 in bounties merla888 - $27,844.47 + $9,625.00 in bounties Fresh_oO_D - $21,234.09 + $9,960.94 in bounties pm_marke - $16,193.04 + $22,968.75 in bounties OTT CANADA - $12,348.75 + $4,750.00 in bounties Radioromashka - $9,417.10 + $4,375.00 in bounties TheCleaner11 - $7,181.48 + $2,000.00 in bounties

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