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  1. Last month in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, Vancouver's Ankush pistons87 Mandavia (pictured) topped a field of 624 entrants for a $26,000 payday. Six of the top eight finishers that day were members of PocketFives and our community scooped 71% of the prize pool, or $88,000 in real money. "It feels good for sure," Mandavia told PocketFives. "I think I got ninth the last time I played it, so it was nice to get some redemption." He has won other Sunday Majors as well, including the Sunday $109 Rebuy, Sunday Second Chance, and Sunday Mulligan. Heads-up, Mandavia went toe-to-toe with former #1 ranked mindgamer. We asked Mandavia for a scouting report on his fellow PocketFiver and he responded, "He's obviously a great player, but I am more experienced heads-up, so I definitely feel I have an edge on most MTT players." If you don't already know, Mandavia is a former heads-up sit and go regular. He used to play $5,000 sit and gos on a regular basis and made Supernova Elite on PokerStars for three years before shifting his focus to MTTs. He is on the cusp of passing $2.5 million in online tournament scores for his career and was once ranked as high as #29 in the world on PocketFives. We'd think playing heads-up games for $5,000 a pop could mean plenty of pressure to perform. "You just get used to it after a while," Mandavia said of separating the monetary aspect of the game. "Moving up in stakes was part of it too, so it wasn't just jumping into a $5,000 heads-up sit and go right away." If you're wondering why Mandavia would abandon a seemingly profitable heads-up sit and go career, he said, "Heads-up is not as lucrative as it used to be. The competition is fierce and the recreational player pool has dried up quite a bit. I also don't play full-time anymore, so MTTs accommodate that schedule better." His largest tracked score came in September in a $10,300 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max Re-Entry event during the WCOOP and was good for over a half-million dollars officially. "It was very awesome," he said. "This year has been amazing overall." He has SCOOP, WCOOP, and FTOPS titles and has performed admirably well during major tournament series. In November, Sweden's Martin Jacobson took home $10 million after winning the World Series of Poker Main Event. If you caught the action on television or in person, you might have noticed Mandavia on Jacobson's rail, which he called "one of the coolest poker moments of my career." "We've been friends for a while," Mandavia said of his relationship with the reigning WSOP Main Event champion (pictured). "We both have traveled the circuit in the past. The experience was pretty awesome. Martin going from short stack to winning was insane and a lot of our friends were there. It's the biggest title you can win in poker, so I was honored to be part of it." Jacobson was down to just five big blinds at one point during the November Nine before storming back. He closed by wanting to thank his family and friends for being so supportive. The Sunday Brawl runs weekly on Full Tilt. If you don't already have a Full Tilt account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners poker training. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. [caption width="640"] Sam Panzica won WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble for his third live win of 2016 (WPT photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] Sam Panzica might not be allowed to play World Series of Poker events anymore, but he can now call himself a World Poker Tour champion. Panzica beat Richard Malone Jr. heads-up and survived a final table that included former WPT winners Noah Schwartz and Tyler Patterson to win the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble and $354,335. Panzica was banned from all Caesars properties in 2013 after being removed from the rail by security during the 2013 November Nine. He has appealed the lifetime ban and been denied making it impossible for him to play WSOP or WSOP Circuit events at any Caesars property. Things got chaotic on the very first hand of the final table. Malone raised to 150,000 from the button and Paul Balzano re-raised from the small blind to 380,000 and Malone called. After the [poker card="js"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4h"] flop, Malone called Balzano’s 300,000 bet. The turn was the [poker card="tc"] and Balzano moved all in for 1,180,000 and Malone deliberated before calling. Balzano showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] while Malone turned over [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"] for an open-ended straight draw. The river was the [poker card="9h"] to give Malone his straight and send Balzano packing. That hand moved Malone, who started the day second in chips behind Panzica, into the chip lead. Just nine hands later he picked up another big stack after eliminating the most accomplished player at the table. Action folded to Schwartz on the button and he moved all in for 870,000. Panzica folded his small blind but Malone called and tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] which had Schwartz’s [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"] dominated. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5c"] to eliminate the two-time WPT champion Schwartz in fifth place and extend Malone’s chip lead. It took a little bit longer for the next elimination, but it still came at the hands of Malone. After Malone raised to 155,000 from the button, Patterson, the defending champion and last remaining bounty in the tournament, moved all in for 860,000 from the small blind. Ankush Mandavia then came over the top for his last 2,025,000. Malone took some time to consider his action before calling. Patterson showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"], Mandavia showed [poker card="th"][poker card="th"] and Malone needed help with [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"] flop left Patterson ahead, but the [poker card="ac"] turn put Malone ahead with a pair of his aces. The [poker card="5s"] river changed nothing and Malone eliminated two players on one hand to get heads up with Panzica. With just two players remaining, Malone had a nearly 2-1 chip lead but over the course of 145 hands Panzica’s experience shined through and allowed him to take a commanding chip lead and eventually eliminate Malone. On the final hand of the night Panzica moved all in from the big blind and Malone called all in for 2,575,000 and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="3d"]. Panzica was behind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"] and got no help from the [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5s"] flop. The [poker card="9s"] turn changed that though and when the [poker card="kc"] river didn’t put Malone back out in front, Panzica had eliminated Malone to win his first WPT title and $354,335. This win is just part of what some might describe as a breakout year for Panzica. In February he won the European Poker Tour Dublin High Roller for $418,704. He then won the Florida State Poker Championship at Pompano Beach in July for $117,282. The three victories are the only three live victories for the 24 year old poker pro. Final Table Payouts Sam Panzica - $354,335 Richard Malone Jr. - $237,616 Ankush Mandavia - $152,766 Tyler Patterson - $100,643 Noah Schwartz - $77,499 Paul Balzano - $64,183
  3. August is the time to go 'Big' or go home. The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and will run from August 1-13 with a 27-event schedule culminating in the return of their four featured tournaments, dubbed ‘The Big 4’. The schedule gets off to a fast start with a multi-flight $1 million guaranteed $600 DeepStack and is followed by a full slate of tournaments with wide-ranging variants and buy-ins that will attract every level of player, leading up to the starting dates of The Big 4. The Big 4 Since 2015, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted The Big 4, four individual tournaments that all play down to a final table together so they can be live-streamed on the same day at the same time. This year the Big 4 include: $5,250 SHRPO Championship - $3 million guarantee $2,650 NLHE - $1 million guarantee $1,100 NLHE - $500,000 guarantee $25,500 High Rollers - $2 million guarantee. Since 2013, SHRPO has been a favorite destination for poker pros from all over the world. Headed into their fifth year of the The Big 4 promotion, organizers are looking forward to making 2019 the biggest Big 4 yet with all eyes on the $5,250 Main Event. $5,250 SHRPO Championship In 2014, the year before SHRPO Championship was a part of The Big 4, Daniel Colman took down the $5,300 tournament for $1.44 million. The $5 million guaranteed SHRPO Championship event drew 907 runners in 2015 and the big story was that Colman returned to the final table, looking to go back-to-back and defend his 2014 SHRPO Championship title. In the end Colman couldn’t get there, falling in third place for $310,000 as Omar Zazay went on to win the $1,000,000 first-place prize for a career-high score. Pennsylvania’s Paul Volpe also made an appearance at this final table, but he ended up hitting the rail in eighth place for $100,000. Even though registration dipped in 2016, the tournament still held a $5 million guarantee. That meant there was a healthy overlay for the field of top-tier players who made the trip. Ryan Fair and Joe Serock joined regular high rollers Seth Davies and Jason Koon at the final table where Koon ended up taking home the title and his very first seven-figure score of $1 million. In 2017, the tournament reduced the guarantee to $3 million when Australia’s Martin Kozlov picked up the largest cash of his career by winning the $754,083 first-place prize. Matt Berkey finished in third place this year while Aaron Mermelstein, Adam Levy, and Joe Kuether all also had a seat at the final table. Then, just last year, Brandon Eisen denied Jeremy Ausmus the title in 2018, taking home $771,444 for the win. Familiar faces Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener and Ryan D’Angelo also made the final table in what was the largest SHRPO Championship field in The Big 4 era with 914 runners. Big Buy-In, Big Moments The Big 4 have had plenty of standout performances outside of the Main Event over the years. As one might expect, the $25K High Roller has always been flush with big-name pros looking to take home six-figure scores. In 2015, Florida’s All-Time Money List leader, Jason Mercier, took down the $25K High Roller for over $517K in his own backyard, surviving an all-star final table that included runner-up Ian O’Hara, Sean Winter, Ankush Mandavia, Barry Hutter, David ‘Doc’ Sands, and Phil Laak. One year later, Marvin Rettenmaier denied Daniel Colman another SHRPO title by taking first place and over $787K. John Andress took home the High Roller title in 2017 and then in 2018, Jake Schindler topped the 123 player field for a score of over $800K after defeating Shaun Deeb heads up. Another amazing Big 4 feat has been the performance of the GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen who, in 2017 took down the $2,650 NLHE for $204,600 and then followed that up by defending his title in that even in 2018 for another $208,452. All the action from the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open begins on August 1 with all four of the Big 4 set to be live-streamed on August 13. 2019 SHRPO Schedule of Events DATE EVENT # EVENT TIME BUY-IN 8/1 1A Deep Stack NLH Flight A (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/1 1B Deep Stack NLH Flight B (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/2 1C Deep Stack NLH Flight C (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/2 1D Deep Stack NLH Flight D (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/3 1E Deep Stack NLH Flight E (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/3 1F Deep Stack NLH Flight F (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/4 1 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/1 2 Omaha 8 Or Better (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/2 3 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/3 4 PLO 8 (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 5 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 6 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD 3:00 PM $1,700 8/5 6 Day 2 2:00 PM -- 8/5 7 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/5 8 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/5 9 PLO (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/5 10 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - $5,250 Championship Seat Added - One Day Event 6:00 PM $150 8/6 11 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 11:00 AM $600 8/6 12 Big O (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/6 13 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/6 14 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) - One Day Event 5:00 PM $1,100 8/7 15 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $200,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $2,200 8/7 16 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic - One Day Charity Event 7:00 PM $300 8/8 17 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $1,100 8/8 18 Super High Roller NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 1:00 PM $50,000 8/9 18 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/8 19 Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400.00 8/9 20A SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/10 20B SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/11 20 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/12 20 Day 3 12:00 PM -- 8/13 20 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 21 NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 2:00 PM $2,650 8/12 21 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/13 21 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 22 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD 11:00 AM $1,100 8/13 22 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 23 High Roller (Re-Entry) - $2,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 12:00 PM $25,500 8/13 23 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 24A NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/12 24B NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/13 24 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 5:00 PM -- 8/12 25 PLO (Re-Entry) 6:00 PM $2,650 8/13 25 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 3:00 PM -- 8/13 26 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/13 27 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 12:00 PM $10,000
  4. Five years Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski held down the #1 ranking on PocketFives.com on two separate occasions. On Tuesday, the Brazilian, who is ranked #13 in the world, earned the second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title after beating a final table full of some of the best poker players in the world. Dzivielevski won Event #9 High ($1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw) for $21,937.50. The final table included third place finisher Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz, and runner-up Benny 'RunGodLike' Glaser. Dzivielevski's previous win came in 2015 when he won the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. There were 15 other players who took home WCOOP titles on Tuesday highlighted by Ankush 'pistons87' Mandavia grabbing his third title. Mandavia won Event #12 High ($530 NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) by beating Andy 'wiisssppppaa' Taylor in the final round. Mandavia added $40,792.90 to his career earnings that are now past $3.2 million and he now has three WCOOP titles to go with three Spring Championship of Online Poker titles. The biggest winner on the day was Mihaita Constantin 'SoulRead93' Croitoru who outlasted 1,498 other players in Event #6 High ($530 NLHE 6-Max, Progressive Knockout) to pocket $87,417.11 with $38,913.40 coming from bounties. 'Juicy_J_93' won Event #7 High ($2,100 PLO8 6-Max) for $50,910.06 and 'ilir3' topped the 314-entry field in Event #8 High ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Freezeout) to earn $59,071.69. Other winners included 'iBreakU_U' (Event #6 Medium), 'jsberta' (Event #6 Low), 'Kaggis' (Event #7 Medium), 'bryn12' (Event #7 Low), 'mixtver' (Event #8 Low), 'Codfish60' (Event #9 Medium), 'Senkel92' (Event #9 Low), 'Flying Smile' (Event #12 Medium), and 'VIWNIA' (Event #12 Low). Event #6-H: $530 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 1,499 Entries $749,500 prize pool SoulRead93 - $48,503.71 + $38,913.40 in bounties PatrickRass - $48,502.28 + $20,285.58 in bounties Gukiz - $27,755.63 + $5,910.15 in bounties Event #6-M: $55 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 11,280 entries $564,000 prize pool iBreakU_U - $31,257.12 + $13,425.54 tuff dish - $31,250.50 + $4,312.02 mgodun777 - $17,883.22 + $871.82 Event #6-L: $5.50 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 25,922 entries $127,017.80 prize pool jsberta - $5,377.35 + $2,236.12 in bounties Breno2728 - $5,355.38 + $1,149.07 in bounties Michael Keys - $3,064.63 + $711.96 in bounties Event #7-H: $2,100 PLO8 (6-Max) 109 entries $218,000 prize pool Juicy_J_93 - $50,910.06 UIDuffer - $38,415.17 Zapahzamazki - $28,986.93 Event #7-M: $215 PLO8 (6-Max) 641 entries $128,200 prize pool Kaggis - $21,988.22 MyL_tik31 - $15,417.60 mario4ndre - $10,810.72 Event #7-L: $22 PLO8 (6-Max) 2,848 entries $56,960 prize pool bryn12 - $8,247.68 manodepiedra51 - $5,744.65 sammyfoot - $4,002.72 Event #8-H: $1,050 NLHE (8-Max, Freezeout) 314 entries $314,000 prize pool ilir3 - $59,071.69 manuverd0n - $44,314.34 CrazyLissy - $33,243.80 Event #8-L: $11 NLHE (8-Max, Freezeout) 12,068 entries $118,266.40 prize pool mixtver - $12,700.46* motion121 - $13,381.24* Thiagotsc - $7,734.40 Event #9-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw 74 entries $75,000 prize pool ($1,000 overlay) theNERDguy - $21,937.50 RunGodlike - $14,625 lb6121 - $10,500 Event #9-M: $109 NL 2-7 Single Draw 331 entries $33,100 prize pool Codfish60 - $6,951 Mikleler - $4,965 FrigorNoir - $3,475 Event #9-L: $11 NL 2-7 Single Draw 1,819 entries $17,826.20 prize pool Senkel92 - $2,447.75 FAL1st - $1,729.67 MAGicheskiy - $1,184.01 Event #12-H: $530 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 526 entries $263,000 prize pool pistons87 - $40,792.90 total bounties wiisssppppaa - $14,046.86 total bounties Event #12-M: $55 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 5,014 entries $250,700 prize pool Flying Smile - $13,627.70 total bounties molodnyak - $5,686.75 total bounties Event #12-L: $5.50 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 15,861 entries $77,718.90 prize pool VIWNIA - $2,731.41 total bounties PurplePanda3 - $557.78 total bounties

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