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[caption width="640"] Ryan Riess captured his first World Poker Tour title on Thursday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale (WPT photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] The final table of the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale had an amazing group of players with storylines galore; Two former #1-ranked players on PocketFives, a World Series of Poker Main Event champion, a WPT Champions Club member, one of the hottest players on the planet, and a relative unknown. In the end though it was 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess who outlasted the likes of Cliff Josephy, Tim West, Alan Sternberg and Jason Koon to win his first WPT title and $716,088, including a seat in the upcoming WPT Tournament of Champions. “It feels amazing. The final table was so hard, it feels really good to beat a final table with Cliff Josephy, Jason Koon and Alan (Sternberg) played great. He's very tough, very aggressive and put me in a lot of hard spots. It feels really good,” Riess said. The win marks the first for Riess since 2015 when he won a side event at Seminole Hard Rock and his first six-figure or bigger cash since taking down the WSOP Main Event. While comparing anything to that win might sound crazy, earning his first WPT title was still special for Riess. "I didn't start crying this time but I got very close. It just feels great, because I've been playing a lot of them,” said Riess. “I run really good in 10Ks and it brings all the best players out so to win the tournament with such a stacked field where all the best players in the world, minus a few that are in Macau, are all here, it feels really good.” Josephy started the final table with the third smallest stack but ended up as the first one to hit the rail. West raised to 150,000 from UTG and Josephy moved all in from the button for 1,290,000 before Alan Sternberg called from the big blind. West folded and Josephy turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"] and Sternberg showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="5d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3c"] and failed to save Josephy, eliminating him in sixth place. Just 20 minutes later another player found himself out of the tournament. Jason Koon raised to 70,000 from the button and Terry Schumacher called from the big blind. Schumacher then check-called Koon’s 45,000 bet after the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4c"] flop and then check-called another 225,000 bet from Koon after the [poker card="7h"] turn. The river was the [poker card="8h"] and Schumacher checked for a third time. Koon moved all in for 715,000 and Schumacher tank-called. Koon showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"] for a missed straight draw and Schumacher showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"] for top pair to eliminate Koon in fifth. The next elimination took almost two hours and it meant the end of the line for the former #1-ranked players at the final table. With blinds of 25,000/50,000 (5,000), action folded to West in the small blind and he moved all in for 505,000 and Riess called from the big blind. West showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"] and Riess showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="2s"] flop put West ahead before the [poker card="kd"] turn gave Riess broadway. The [poker card="7h"] river didn’t fill West up and he was out in fourth place. Riess claimed another victim just 30 minutes later. Sternberg raised to 120,000 from the button, Riess called from the small blind before Terry Schumacher moved all in from the big blind for 1,355,000. Sternberg folded, but Riess called and showed [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"]. Schumacher needed help with [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="kd"][poker card="4h"] runout did nothing for Schumacher and he was out in third place, leaving Sternberg and Riess to play heads up for the title. Sternberg began heads up play with a 5-4 chip lead over Reiss, but over the course of the next three hours of play, the chip lead changed five times before Riess was finally able to end it. Riess raised to 450,000 and Sternberg re-raised to 1,150,000 before Riess move all in. Sternberg called and showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] and found out he was racing against Riess’ [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] flop put Riess ahead and the the [poker card="kd"] turn ended it all before the meaningless [poker card="tc"] river. Final Table Payouts Ryan Riess - $716,088 Alan Sternberg - $491,081 Terry Schumacher - $315,726 Tim West - $204,466 Jason Koon - $157,599 Cliff Josephy - $130,370
The 2019 World Series of Poker is quickly coming to a close but that isn’t stopping plenty of players from heading back to the Rio for one last shot at gold plated glory. In addition to the spectacle of the Main Event final table, the WSOP has some of their biggest stars battling in the final events of the schedule including a super-sized field in the WSOP’s final online bracelet event of the summer, won by one of online poker’s best. Summer Saved: Taylor ‘Galactar’ Paur Wins $500 Online Event Former PocketFives #1-ranked online player Taylor ‘taypaur’ Paur earned his second career World Series of Poker gold bracelet after winning Event #88 ($500 ONLINE NLHE Summer Saver) for $149,240.52. With the win, Paur continues to prove that he’s a prolific poker player in both the online and live arenas. He first hit the #1-ranking back in 2010 and then did it again in 2011 en route to a career online earnings mark of over $5M. Back in 2013, Paur picked up the first of his two bracelets by taking down a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event for over $340,000. Even though his Sunday victory was an online event, it will be added to his career WSOP scores, pushing his live career earnings up over $4.8M. The victory marks Paur’s fifth WSOP cash of the summer, which included a 627th place finish in the Main Event for over $22,000. The final online event of the summer proved to be popular and followed suit with the live post-lims, drawing a massive field of 1,325 players looking to wrap up their summer with a win. Final Table Payouts 1. Taylor ‘Galactar’ Paur - $149,240 2. Francois ‘4everrekt’ Evard - $91.267 3. Satish ‘jfksbh’ Surapaneni - $65,250 4. John ’SquatCobbler’ Parker - $47,181 5. Jason ‘JadedJason’ James - $34,549 6. David ’SobBaget’ Liebman - $25,598 7. Joseph ‘Obamacare’ Harrahan - $19,240 8. Timothy ‘TruthBeTold7’ Rutherford - $14,555 9. Brian ‘Penny6’ Mancilla - $11,209 Tam Nguyen Bags Big On Day 1C of The Closer It was the last chance for players to fire in The Closer and the third of three starting flights saw 1,613 entries attempt to join the 75 players from the first two starting flights in moving on to Day 2. In the end, just 121 of the 1,613 bagged at the end of the night with Tam Nguyen finishing the night as the only player to top 1M in chips, good for the top stack of the flight. Other notable names moving on to Day 2 include former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, Eric Cajelais, Justin Young, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Mark Radoja, Ryan Tosoc, Dylan Linde, JC Tran, and Phil Hellmuth. Day 2 of The Closer will resume at noon local time with 196 players battling for one of the final bracelets of the summer. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Tam Nguyen - 1,284,000 2. Steve Yea - 924,000 3. Anton Wigg - 850,000 4. Wai Kiat Lee - 826,000 5. Kevin Killeen - 760,000 6. Fabrizio Gonzalez - 754,000 7. Lawrence Kiang - 748,000 8. Jason Reels - 740,000 9. Ian Simpson - 698,000 10. Shale Khalili - 683,000 Final Table Set For $3K Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed Millard Hale finished Day 2 of the $3K PLO 6-Handed with a healthy chip lead and his eyes on his first gold bracelet and the $448,392 first-place prize. However, John Richards, who stared Day 2 with the chip lead, has kept pace and sits right behind Hale on the leader board. Two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Alan Sternberg will also have a seat at the table, hoping to add a WSOP bracelet to his WPT Shooting Star trophy. Also, Joseph Cheong could become the second two-time bracelet winner of the summer should he spin up his short stack and take down the tournament. Final Table Chip Counts 1. Millard Hale - 5,400,000 2. John Richards - 4,800,000 3. Alan Sternberg - 2,625.000 4. Evangelos Kokkalis - 2,525,000 5. Ka Kwan Lau - 695.000 6. Joseph Cheong - 650.000 16 Remain In $10,000 NLHE 6-Handed Championship Sixteen players are headed to Day 3 of the $10K NLHE 6-Handed Championship with Anuj Agarwal holding the overnight chip lead. The tournament was packed with top-tier talent in what is undoubtedly one of the toughest fields of the entire summer. Despite holding a sizable chip lead the road to the $630,746 first-place prize will still be a difficult one fore Agarwai with players like Markus Gonsalves, Lauren Roberts, Kahle Burns, Ben Heath, and Simon Deadman still in the field. Plenty of big names made the money before busting including Max Silver (38th, $15,111), Yuri Dzivielevski (35th, $16,926), Paul Volpe (29th, $19,565), Jennifer Tilly (24th, $23,315), Jason Koon (23rd, $23,315) and Shaun Deeb (17th, $28,618). Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Anuj Agarwai - 2,171,000 2. Markus Gonsalves - 1,777,000 3. Jeffrey Trudeau - 1,651,000 4. Eric Kurtzman - 1,311,000 5. Vicent Bosca Ramon - 1,125,000 6. Alan Goehring - 1,102.000 7. Lauren Roberts - 1,100,000 8. Kahle Burns - 1,056.000 9. Ben Heath - 937.000 10. James Romero - 936.000 Bracelet Winners Contents In $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 of the $3K H.O.R.S.E. saw 127 players from the original 301 entries survive to make Day 2 with Harold Klein holding the overnight chip lead. The remaining field is absolutely packed with talent as 40 of the players headed into Day 2 are bracelet winners, including Daniel Negreanu, Brian Hastings, Chris Ferguson, Greg Mueller, Max Pescatori, Dominik Nitsche, Jeff Lisandro, Scott Clements, Mike Matusow, and Paul Volpe just to name a few. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Harold Klein - 123,200 2. Justin Liberto - 116,900 3. Yueqi Zhu - 115,000 4. David Lavi - 108,200 5. Christopher Wallace - 102,200 6. Nicolas Milgrom - 101,500 7. Andrey Zaichenko - 97,200 8. Brian Hastings - 95,500 9. John Monnette - 93,500 10. Denis Strebkov - 92,000
While the world was watching the final five players compete at the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table there were five more post-lim tournaments still in action. This included the start of the final $5,000 tournament which had plenty of pros show up to the Rio to attempt to squeeze out one last show at summertime success. Two more bracelets were awarded as well as another top-flight pro took home his first and India’s Abhinav Iyer became The Closer of 2019. Abhinav Iyer Takes Down The Closer For $565K India’s Abhinav Iyer ended his summer on a high note after surviving the 2,800 entry field of The Closer ($1,500 No-Limit Hold’em) for a $565,346 payday and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Iyer had a star-studded field to fade on Day 2 as 196 players reconvened after three starting flights to play down to a winner. Plenty of big names were battling after the money bubble burst including Phil Hellmuth (193rd, $3,500), defending champion Joe Cada (147th, $3,840), Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (106th, $3,840), Kristen Bicknell (70th, $7,030), Ari Engel (55th, $8,379), Jeff Gross (32nd, $15,018), and JC Tran (10th, $37,215). Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Shaun Deeb continued his push for the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year by reaching the final table. However, his run ended in seventh place, cashing for $80,766. Final Table Payouts 1. Abhinav Iyer - $565,346 2. Sammy Lafluer - $349,417 3. Sergio Martiaguliar - $256,298 4. Carlos Chang - $189,584 5. Patrick Eskandar - $144,860 6. Adam Johnson - $106,418 7. Shaun Deeb - $80,766 8. Steve Yea - $61,834 9. Jason Reels Alan Sternberg Wins $3,000 Pot Limi Omaha 6-Handed World Poker Tour Champions Club member Alan Sternberg has added a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to his poker trophy case after closing out Event #85 ($3,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed) for $448,392. “Coming into today, my goal was to at least make top four and then I got hit with the deck of cards,” Sternberg said after this win. “I made the best hand a lot so that makes it pretty easy.” It is Sternberg’s first gold bracelet and in order to win it, he had to survive a tough final table. The final six included final table chip leader Millard Hale, bracelet winner Joseph Cheong and eventual runner-up, Greece’s Evangelos Kokkalis. “This by far feels the best, not even close. I’ve won a WPT title which is kind of similar but this feels way better right now.” Final Table Payouts 1. Alan Sternberg - $448,392 2. Evangelos Kokkalis - $227,087 3. John Richards - $187,670 4. Millard Hale - $129.313 5. Ka Kwan Lau - $90,674 6. Joseph Cheong - $64,722 Gal Yifrach Leads $10K Six Max Final Table Gal Yifrach will be looking for his second career 6-handed World Series of Poker bracelet when he takes his seat at the final table of Event #86 ($10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship) on Tuesday. Monday saw Yifrach rocket to the top of the chip counts in a short day of play as the 16 returning players paired down to the final six in roughly four hours of play. The final table will be broadcast on PokerGO/CBS All Access beginning at 2 pm local time (PT). Final Table Chip Counts 1. Gal Yifrach - 5,385,000 2. Anuj Agarwal - 4,350,000 3. Dong Chen - 2,540,000 4. Kahle Burns - 1,855,000 5. Leonard Maue - 1,495,000 6. Ben Heath - 710,000 14 Remain In $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Only 14 of the 301 players that started Day 2 in Event #89 ($3,000 H.O.R.S.E.) with Russia’s Konstantin Puchkov emerging as the overnight chip leader. A number of notable names still remain in the field including two former #1-ranked PocketFivers in Paul Volpe and Patrick Leonard, Andrey Zaichenko, Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov, and defending champion of this event, Brian Hastings. Of the remaining 14 players, six are bracelet winners including the chip leader, Puchkov. Play will resume at 2 pm local time and play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Konstantin Puchkov - 938,000 2. Paul Tedeschi - 822,000 3. Brain Hastings - 620,000 4. Jim Collopy - 528,000 5. Andrey Zaichenko - 505,000 6. Harold Klien - 487,000 7. Nick Guagenti - 386,000 8. Albert Shim - 377,000 9. Nicolas Milgrom - 315,000 10. Patrick Leonard - 293,000 Big Names Take One Last Shot In $5,000 NLHE Turbo The argument as to whether post-lims would continue to be popular has long since been put to rest with massive fields showing up for tournaments at the Rio at the same time as the Pavillion is being cleared out for the next convention up. 608 players jumped into the final WSOP gold bracelet event of the summer, Event #89 ($5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo) including some of the biggest names in the game - all looking for that one last chance to wrap their wrist in a piece of summer gold. Of the starting field, only 44 remain, including overnight chip leader Liran Twito who is the only player to climb to over 1M in chips. Joining him in moving on to Day 2 are a number of notable pros including Kristen Bicknell, Tony Dunst, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Anatoly Filatov, Jonathan Little, Joe Cada, Pat Lyons, Brock Parker, Mike Matusow, and Phil Hellmuth who has secured his 12th cash of the summer. The field reached the money before the end of the night with David Peters (92nd, $7,396), Danny Tang (77th, $7,798), Stephen Chidwick (69th, $8,401), Bryan Piccioli (59th, $9,243) and Loni Harwood (47th, $10,382) being among the players that turned a profit but did not survive the day. Players return for one final day at the Rio at noon to award the $606,562 first-place prize and gold bracelet. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Liran Twito - 1,452,000 2. Lars Kamphues - 960,000 3. Kristen Bicknell - 882,000 4. Jordan Cristos - 748,000 5. Tony Dunst - 747,000 6. Shankar Pillai - 729,000 7. Will Berry - 714,000 8. Luke Graham - 706,000 9. Carl Shaw - 699,000 10. DID NOT REPORT - 681,000