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  1. On Tuesday night, the 2014 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN, broadcasted outdoors from the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The $10,000 buy-in tournament had played down to its final six, who convened in a tent in front of Bally's. It was the first outdoor WSOP final table since Stu Ungar won the Main Event in 1997 and the first WSOP bracelet awarded in New Jersey. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- Matthew Ashton was the start-of-day chip leader and, amid a 62-degree day with random tourists looking on, Andrew Robinson moved all-in for 105,000 in chips with 8-6 and Athanasios Athanasios 9 Polychronopoulos, whose last name was too long to display on television, called with A-4 of hearts. The better hand held and Robinson was the day's first elimination. Viewers at home saw Natty Light beer logos all over the table and were treated to a host of random emblems and sayings in the background given the outdoor setting, including sweatshirts that read "Year of the Fatboy," "Angry Pirates," and "Run Forrest Run." If you played the America's Cardroom drinking game, you took four shots, as ESPN showed four commercials for the unregulated US-facing site. Our e-mails sent to ESPN PR staff about why the network, which is owned by the publicly traded Walt Disney Company, were responded to a few hours after this article was published. ESPN's response can be found in the third-to-last paragraph of this article. Germany's Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche (pictured above) doubled up after connecting with his straight flush draw against Ashton. Despite drawing, Nitsche was a 69% favorite to win the hand on the flop and hit his straight on the river. Then, Polychronopoulos hit kings-up after a seemingly harmless deuce came on the final card, leading ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad to say sarcastically, "When does a deuce on the river change anything?" Tracy Doss, who won his seat to the National Championship through the regulated poker site WSOP.com, busted in fifth place after losing a race. The second one-hour episode aired at 9:00pm ET and began with Christopher Bibb 4betting all-in before the flop with A-7 and receiving a taker in Nitsche, who had A-K of spades. The German turned a flush to send Bibb packing in fourth place. One of the defining hands of the tournament saw Ashton double-barrel bluff with J-9 on a board of 2-2-4-6. Nitsche, who had A-9 of spades for the nut flush draw, called and the river was an offsuit six. The action went check-check and Nitsche's ace-high was good enough to scoop a pot worth 1.3 million in chips. Ashton was eliminated in third place after losing a race with 3-3 against Nitsche's A-J. Ashton was sitting pretty after flopping a set, but Nitsche rivered a flush. Nitsche ultimately pulled out the victory after his A-8 drew out on Polychronopoulos' (pictured) A-10 to win the 2014 WSOP National Championship. The outdoor setting was definitely quite different, especially considering the hodge-podge of humanity that showed up and the fact that the final table was held in a mundane white tent. There wasn't the excitement surrounding a final table that you typically see given the lack of a live crowd that actually cared what was going on, which took away from the broadcast. Also, ESPN showing ads for the unregulated America's Cardroom alongside ads for the regulated WSOP.com is a bit confusing and definitely sends mixed messages to viewers and to the poker community. It's the same America's Cardroom ad we've seen for a while now and, when we last asked about it, we were told it was a commercial that appeared in select local markets. On the decision to air America's Cardroom dot-net ads, ESPN officials told PocketFives, "The site is not a gambling siteand includes all the proper disclaimers and website requirements for this category." The 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop, featuring the controversial Dan Colman, begins on Tuesday, July 29 on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. The World Series of Poker National Championship crowned its first ever non-US winner on Saturday, Dominik Nitsche (pictured), who is known as bounatirouIMO here on PocketFives. The German raced through a field of 126 players for the win and collected $352,000 along with the first gold bracelet awarded this year. Prior to Saturday, no European had ever final tabled the National Championship. WSOP.com narrated another superlative Nitsche set: "He is also the first winner of the National Championship to come from the pool of players who are eligible to buy into the event for $10,000 based on their results over the past two years of WSOP play. In the three years the option has been available, it was the Circuit qualifiers who took home the title. That changed this year, as the top three finishers were all bracelet winners." Nitsche is over $2 million in career WSOP earnings and won his first two years ago in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament that attracted over 4,600 entrants. His bracelet that year was worth $654,000 and he finished third in last year's WSOP Europe Main Event for $545,000. Those two scores, along with Saturday's bracelet win, represent Nitsche's only three WSOP final tables. Heads-up, Nitsche defeated fellow bracelet winner and PocketFiver Athanasios Athanasios 9 Polychronopoulos (pictured), who earned $218,000. Polychronopoulos won bracelets last year and in 2011 in $1,500 No Limit Hold'em events. Nitsche told WSOP officials following his second bracelet win, "It's always nice to win a tournament, especially in a tough field like here. Athanasios is an amazing player and we played heads-up for quite some time. Beating him feels extra sweet because he is such a good player, even though we're friends. It's always extra sweet if you beat someone who's really strong." Third place in the talented field went to Matthew Ashton, who won last year's Poker Player's Championship at the WSOP for $1.7 million. Ashton now has a half-dozen WSOP final tables under his belt and entered six-handed play in the National Championship with 119 big blinds, 40 more than the next closest player. Nitsche had the third largest stack at 29 big blinds, but built a 2:1 lead by the time heads-up play began. Here were the final nine players in the WSOP National Championship: 1. Dominic bounatirouIMONitsche - $352,800 2. Athanasios Athanasios 9 Polychronopoulos - $218,056 3. Matthew Ashton - $157,399 4. Christopher Bibb - $115,655 5. Tracy Doss - $86,461 6. Andrew Arobinson11 Robinson - $65,734 7. Ylon Schwartz - $50,816 8. Jeffrey Gunnip - $39,917 9. Sean Lippel - $31,865 The 2014 WSOP starts on Tuesday. Keep it tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC

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