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[caption width="639"] Russia's Anton 'aJarov' Yakuba won his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown, his second of June[/caption] It's hard enough to win one PocketFives Triple Crown, let alone five. But, Russia's Anton 'aJarov' Yakuba did exactly that, capturing the fifth Triple Crown of his career and, incredibly, his second of the month. "It feels good," Yakuba said. "It's quite a different achievement than a few years ago when you just needed to be extremely lucky in few tournaments. Now, it's hard to even find three of those." If you're not familiar with a Triple Crown, the award requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked by PocketFives in the same seven-day period. Each tournament must have at least 100 players and a real money buy-in. Satellites and qualifiers do not count. Yakuba has 10 tournament wins already in June, and his latest Triple Crown started with a victory in the888 Breeze on June 15. The tournament had exactly a $10,000 prize pool with 200 runners and the Russian, under the user name 'YSoSerious7', took it down for $2,150 and 100 PLB Points. On June 19, Yakuba found the winner's circle of the partypoker Heavyweight Super Knockout, earning $2,500. The $109 buy-in tournament attracted a field of 214 and the Russian was one of four members of the top 100 on PocketFives to cash in it. He won two qualifying PokerStars tournaments during his latest Triple Crown run. The first came on June 19 after a win in a $109 No Limit Hold'em contest for $4,700. And the PokerStars tournament that we counted for his Triple Crown came on the 22nd in the Big $109. Yakuba defeated a field of 538 players in that tournament, banking almost $10,000 and over 200 PLB Points. The Big $109 win also meant his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown ever and the second of the month. Yakuba's first Triple Crown of June started on June 8 with a victory in the PokerStars Hot $162 for $4,600; there were 159 players in it. The same day, he came out on top in the 888 Monsoon for $3,500, and just like that, he had two qualifying Triple Crown wins in one day. His fourth career Triple Crown ended with a gold medal in the 24hPoker Big Night In on June 12. It was one of 10 tournament wins he's had in the first 22 days of June: June 1: partypoker Middleweight Counterpunch June 8: PokerStars Hot $162 June 8: 888 Monsoon June 12: 24hPoker Big Night In June 15: 888 Breeze June 19: PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em June 19: partypoker Heavyweight Super Knockout June 21: 888 Thunder Six-Max Second Chance June 21: 24hPoker Big Night In June 22: PokerStars Big $109 The 10 wins have raised his career win total to 259 and he's up to $4.2 million in career online tournament cashes. He's up to #37 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and is looking to beat his all-time best ranking of #25 set last year. Yakuba is the fourth-ranked player in Russia and #1 in Saint Petersburg. Yakuba has accounted for five of Russia's 46 Triple Crowns, or 11%.
On Wednesday, Britain's Jareth East topped a record field in the WPTDeepStacks Online event at partypoker to win $557,658.14. East's triumph came from besting a 3,554-entry field. The $1,050 buy-in event proved the largest field size in WPTDeepStacks history. The win also proved to be the largest score of East's poker career. Prior to this WPTDeepStacks Online win, East's largest online score was for $132,200. His largest live tournament score was for $35,940. East, a PocketFives member since 2013 who has been ranked as high as 12th in the world, defeated Jon Van Fleet in heads-up play. Van Fleet earned $392,717 for his runner-up performance. East entered the final day of the event in ninth chip position with 15 players remaining. When it was all said and done, East was the last man standing to win the $557,658.14 first-place prize. Notable deep runs were had by Ludovic Gelich (12th - $27,259.18), Govert Metaal (19th - $15,282.20), Connor Drinan (29th - $11,052.94), and Julien Martini (41st - $8,636.22). Event #40 $1,050 WPTDeepStacks Entries: 3,554 Prize pool: $3,554,000 Jareth East - $557,658.14 Jon Van Fleet - $392,717 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - $253,755.60 Maksim Bukreev - $167,748.80 Phillip Mighall - $116,215.80 Rimantas Petras Boguzas - $79,431.90 Mihail Zavoloka - $55,087 Sergei Denisov - $35,113.52 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Maksim Bukreev, who entered the final day as the chip leader, placed fourth for $167,748.80. On his final hand, Bukreev opened from under the gun to 3.52 million with the blinds at 400,000/800,000 with a 100,000 ante. Bukreev left himself with 420,628 behind after the raise. On the button, Van Fleet called and the two took a flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"]. Bukreev moved all in and Van Fleet called, to reveal that it was Bukreev's [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Tc"] up against the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qs"] for Van Fleet. The turn was the [poker card="5d"] and the river was the [poker card="2c"] to bust Bukreev. Farmakoulis fell in third place. East raised to 1.68 million from under the gun and Farmakoulis called out of the big blind to leave himself with 3.85 million behind. On the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2c"] flop, Farmakoulis moved all in and East made the call with the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"]. Farmakoulis had the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"] and bricked out with the [poker card="6d"] and [poker card="4h"] hitting the board. Van Fleet had the lead to start heads-up play, with 65.54 million to East's 40.75 million. The two battled for about 40 minutes before the final hand was played. On the final hand, East limped the button for 1.2 million and Van Fleet checked his option in the big blind. The flop was [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] and Van Fleet checked. East bet 1.2 million and Van Fleet raised to 3 million. East then made it 5.4 million and Van Fleet shoved for 18.73 million. East called with the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"] and Van Fleet had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="3s"]. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and the river was the [poker card="2h"] to give Van Fleet the win. Anton Yakuba Wins Mini WPTDeepStacks Online As with the entire WPT Online Series at partypoker, there was a mini version of the WPTDeepStacks event. The Mini WPTDeepStacks Online had a $109 buy-in and drew a field of 10,400 entries for a $1.04 million prize pool. The winner was Anton Yakuba for $137,396.29 after a deal was made with Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho. Filho took home $129,311.72 Michael Tureniec finished third in the Mini WPTDeepStacks Online for $70,262.40, and Griffin Benger took fifth for $31,116.80. Event #40 $109 Mini WPTDeepStacks Entries: 10,400 Prize pool: $1,040,000 Anton Yakuba - 137,396.29* Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho - 129,311.72* Michael Tureniec - 70,262.40 Rodrigo Semeghini - $45,552 Griffin Benger - $31,116.80 Peter Haden - $21,008 Ivan Tononi - $14,622.40 Bernardo Soares - $9,287.20 *Denotes a deal. Also running deep were Shawn Buchanan (12th - $7,134.40), Jan-Eric Schwippert (21st - $3,723.20), Paul Vas Nunes (26th - $2,506.40), and Kenneth Hicks (36th - $2,121.60).