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  1. [caption width="640"] Brandon Adams won the final ,000 buy-in Poker Masters event on Sunday (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] Heading into the final table of the last $50,000 Poker Masters event on Sunday afternoon, it looked like German Steffen Sontheimer might be on his way to a second win. The German came into the final table behind only Doug Polk and Brandon Adams in chips. When the dust settled though, Sontheimer busted earlier than he would have hoped and Adams ending up beating Polk heads-up to win Event #4. After Zach Clark was eliminated on the bubble in seventh place, the final six players went to work chasing the $819,000 first place prize. From the hijack, David Peters raised to 36,000 before Jake Schindler re-raised to 90,000 from late position. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"], Peters checked and Schindler moved all in for 314,000. Peters snap-called and revealed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] for top set while Schindler showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] for top two. The hand was wrapped up after the [poker card="8c"] turn and the river was the [poker card="th"]. Sontheimer, making his third final table appearance of the Poker Masters, had his run at a second title fall short. Action folded to Sontheimer on the button and he bet 350,000, leaving himself just 40,000 behind. Adams called to see a flop of [poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2d"]. Sontheimer threw in his last 40,000 and Adams called. Sontheimer turned up [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] while Adams had [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"]. Neither the [poker card="th"] turn or [poker card="2c"] river were any help for Sontheimer and he was out in fifth place. Sontheimer cashed in three of the four $50,000 preliminary events. He finished fourth in Event #1, first in Event #2 and now fifth in Event #4 for $1,221,000 total earnings. The German sits atop the Purple Jacket standings heading into the final event, the $100,000 freezeout which gets underway Monday. Just 45 minutes later, Adams sent another player to the rail. Adams raised to 75,000 from UTG and action folded to Justin Bonomo who moved all in from the big blind for 770,000. Adams called and showed [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] while Bonomo tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"]. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4s"] to eliminate Bonomo in fourth and propel Adams into the chip lead for the first time. Adams had a hand in the next elimination too. Adams raised to 90,000 from the button, Doug Polk made it 260,000 to go from the small blind before Peters moved all in from the big blind for 545,000. Adams responded by moving all in and Polk called. Peters tabled [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"], Adams showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] while Polk was well ahead of both with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="qs"] to eliminate Peters in third and send Polk into the chip lead as heads up play began. Over the next 20 minutes, Adams re-took the lead and eventually finished Polk off. With Adams up just over 2-1 in chips, Polk raised to 80,000 from the button and Adams called. After the [poker card="ks"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] flop, Adams checked, Polk bet 100,000 and Adams re-raised to 320,000. Polk moved all in and Adams called immediately. Polk showed [poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] for a flush draw but Adams tabled [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"] for a better flush draw. The [poker card="2d"] turn ended any chance for Polk and he was out in second place. The inconsequential river was the [poker card="5s"]. Payouts Brandon Adams - $819,000 Doug Polk - $468,000 David Peters - $273,000 Justin Bonomo - $175,500 Steffen Sontheimer - $117,000 Jake Schindler - $97,500
  2. The final table of Event #3 ($25,000 Pot Limit Omaha) of the 2018 Poker Masters was headlined by Brandon Adams making his third straight final table appearance but by the end of it all, two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Keith Lehr stood tall to claim the win. Adams, who finished fourth in Event #1 and then won Event #2, and Lehr were joined at the final table by Dan Shak, Ben Yu, Jonathan Depa, and Isaac Haxton. It took nearly three hours before the first elimination on Monday. From UTG, Dan Shak raised to 140,000 with [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"] before Jonathan Depa re-raised to 480,000 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"] and Shak called all in. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"][poker card="ad"][poker card="4c"] to eliminate Shak in sixth place. Even though he came into the final table with the second biggest chip stack, Brandon Adams fell short in his run for back-to-back titles thanks to Ben Yu. Action folded to Yu on the button and he raised to 175,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"][poker card="qh"][poker card="4h"] and Adams called from the big blind with [js[poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"]. Adams then checked after the [poker card="td"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] flop and Yu bet 125,000. Adams tanked for nearly a full minute, using a time bank in the process, before moving all in for 715,000. Yu called. The [poker card="4s"] turn and [poker card="4c"] river actually improved Yu's hand and eliminated Adams. It took almost a full hour before the next elimination happened. Isaac Haxton raised to 280,000 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"] and Jonathan Depa defended the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"] was followed by a bet from Depa and an all in call from Haxton. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] and the river was the [poker card="th"] to give Depa runner-runner two pair to send Haxton out in fourth. Ben Yu lasted just one more hand. Yu raised to 280,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"] on the button and Lehr defended his big blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"]. Lehr checked the [poker card="jc"][poker card="th"][poker card="9s"] flop to Yu and then snap-called Yu's shove. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] and the river was the [poker card="8d"] and Yu was out in third. Heads-up play started with Depa holding less than a single big blind more than Lehr and took just 20 minutes to get to a winner. Now down 3-1 in chips, Depa completed from the button with [poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"] and Lehr checked his option with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"] to send both players to a [poker card="js"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"] flop. Lehr bet 240,000 and Depa raised to 720,000. Lehr announced he was all in and Depa called and found out he was ahead with two pair. The [poker card="8c"] turn flipped the script though and gave Lehr a bigger two pair. The [poker card="5s"] river changed nothing and Lehr eliminated Depa to claim his first career Poker Masters title. Final Table Payouts Keith Lehr - $333,000 Jonathan Depa - $222,000 Ben Yu - $148,000 Isaac Haxton - $92,500 Brandon Adams - $74,000 Dan Shak - $55,500 With his fifth-place finish, Adams continues to lead the overall points standings for the Poker Masters title and accompanying Purple Jacket. Poker Masters Standings Through Event #3 Brandon Adams - 510 Keith Lehr - 300 David Peters - 300 Jared Jaffee - 210 Jonathan Depa - 210 Brian Green - 210 Isaac Haxton - 180 Jake Schindler - 150 Ben Yu - 150 Rainer Kempe - 150
  3. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast is LIVE this week from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with daily episodes bringing in all of the guests and action from the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship and the PCA Main Event. Over 500 players saw their PokerStars Players Championship dream die on Day 2. Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters bring you a complete recap including interviews with Julien Martini, Griffin Benger and Brandon Adams. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  4. The eighth event of the 2019 US Poker Open is in the books, with Nick Schulman winning the $25,000 8-Game Mix tournament for a score of $270,000. Schulman defeated Brandon Adams in heads-up play to take the title and also earned 350 points in the USPO Championship race. Final Table Results 1. Nick Schulman - $270,000 2. Brandon Adams - $150,000 3. Chris Vitch - $80,000 The event attracted 20 entries to the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with only the top three spots set to reach the money. After the first day of action on Wednesday, just four players remained for Thursday’s finale. That meant one more player had to go home empty-handed. That player turned out to be Randy Ohel, who came into Thursday with the shortest stack and was quickly sent packing in a hand of seven-card stud hi-lo. With three players left in the money, Adams had the chip lead, Schulman was in second, and then Chris Vitch was in a distant third place. Vitch was soon knocked out in third place in a hand of 2-7 triple draw. On his final hand, Vitch had bet and called all in after he was check-raised by Adams before the third draw. Adams stood pat, leaving Vitch to a decision. After taking his time, Vitch eventually decided to stand pat as well, holding [poker card="9x"][poker card="8x"][poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="3x"]. His hand wasn’t good against the [poker card="9x"][poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] of Adams and he was out in third for an $80,000 payday. Knocking out Vitch allowed Adams to enter heads-up play with the chip lead over Schulman. The two were playing for a difference of $120,000 in prize money, the title, and the winner’s share of points. Although Adams began with the chip lead, Schulman quickly battled back and moved into the lead. Schulman won a pretty good-sized pot in Omaha hi-lo, scooped a big batch of chips when Adams tried to bluff him in a hand of no-limit hold’em, and then knocked Adams down further in the razz round. After all of that, Adams was left with just a few bets and the rest of his chips found the middle shortly thereafter. The final hand took place during the limit hold’em round, with Adams starting with just 105,000 in chips. He raised from the button to 100,000, Schulman reraised to put Adams all in, and Adams called with the [poker card="9d"][poker card="2s"]. Schulman had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Tc"]. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="7h"] to eliminate Adams in second place. Adams earned $150,000 and 245 points for his runner-up finish. It was his third cash of the 2019 USPO and moved him to fourth on the overall leaderboard. Schulman scored a winning prize of $270,000 and 350 points. It was his second in-the-money finish of the 2019 USPO and he moved to third on the USPO’s overall leaderboard. USPO Top 10 After Event #8 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 3. Nick Schulman 2 $390,000 410 4. Brandon Adams 3 $314,750 365 5. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 6. Bryn Kenney 2 $477,000 240 7. Lauren Roberts 2 $263,400 240 8. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 9. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 10. Ben Yu 3 $262,800 200   The final table for Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Friday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  5. Lauren Roberts overcame a final table full of end bosses to win Event #3 of the 2019 US Poker Open and a career-best tournament score of $218,400. Roberts outlasted the likes of Sean Winter, Brandon Adams, and Stephen Chidwick before overcoming a 3-1 chip deficit to beat Koray Aldemir heads-up for the win. Final Table Payouts Lauren Roberts - $218,400 Koray Aldemir - $159,250 Stephen Chidwick - $113,750 Brandon Adams - $91,000 Sean Winter - $72,800 Ralph Wong - $54,600 Rodger Johnson - $45,500 Within minutes of the official seven-handed final table beginning, Chidwick went to work. Rodger Johnson was down to just over six big blinds and moved all in with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"]. Chidwick called with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4d"] to eliminate Johnson in seventh place. It took more than an hour before another player was sent packing. Aldemir raised to 750,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"] before Ralph Wong moved all in with the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"]. Aldemir called and the [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="7d"] flop moved Aldemir in front. He stayed there through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="ah"] river and Wong was out in sixth place. Ten minutes later, Aldemir scored an important double up against Winter, who was chip leader at the time. Aldemir raised to 210,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] and Winter jammed from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. Aldemir survived the runout to double into the lead. Winter lasted just over an hour on the short stack. Action folded to Aldemir the big blind and he moved all with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"] and Winter called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Aldemir top pair and Winter could only watch as the [poker card="jd"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river ended his tournament with a fifth-place finish. Adams got down to his last 2.5 big blinds and couldn't find a double up to stay alive. Adams moved all in for 285,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"] from the button before Chidwick called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"] from the small blind. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"] flop left Adams with options but the [poker card="as"] turn took them all away. The meaningless river was the [poker card="jd"] and Adams was out in fourth. Despite picking up that elimination, Chidwick found himself in a spot he couldn't escape from. Roberts folded her button, Aldemir moved all in with the [poker card="4h"][poker card="4h"] and Chidwick called all for 3,010,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Aldemir a set. The [poker card="8h"] turn ended any hope for Chidwick and he was eliminated in third place. This finish was Chidwick's seventh career USPO cash in just 11 events. Aldemir began heads-up play with nearly 75% of the chips in play, but through 45 minutes of play, Roberts flipped the script after scoring a double up with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"] against the [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"]. She then picked off a bluff on a [poker card="tc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] board with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] to double into the lead for the first time. Two minutes later, Roberts finished Aldemir off. Aldemir moved all in for 9.5 big blinds with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="3h"] and Roberts called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4d"]. The board ran out [poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="8c"] to give Roberts the nut flush and the title. USPO Top 10 After Event #3 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 2 $329,750 300 2. Sean Winter 3 $268,200 240 3. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 4. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 5. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 6. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140 7. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 8. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100 9. Brandon Adams 1 $91,000 80 10. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80   The final table for Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Saturday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  6. Busting out of a World Poker Tour event usually means a miserable end to one's poker trip. Aaron Mermelstein was having none of that. After busting in 53rd place in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown on Tuesday, Mermelstein jumped into the $25,000 High Roller event and the Pennsylvania poker player beat a final table that included the reigning GPI Player of the Year, a former WSOP Main Event champ and a WSOP Europe Main Event champ to pick up the second biggest score of his career. Ben Yu didn't come to the final table with the shortest stack, but with just six big blinds to work with, the three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner didn't have a lot of decisions to make. On the first hand of play, he moved all in for 295,000 with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] only to have James Calderaro called with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] flop left Yu drawing to perfect-perfect running fours. The [poker card="qs"] turn gave him outs to a chop but the [poker card="jd"] river sealed his fate with a ninth place finish. Just a few minutes later, Brandon Adams ended up on the wrong side of an unavoidable preflop all in situation. Adams and Joe McKeehen got all the money in with Adams holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and McKeehen well ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"]. The ace-high flop gave McKeehen top set and left Adams drawing dead through the turn and river on his way to an eighth place finish. The player who did start the final table with the shortest stack, Alan Schein, laddered up two spots inside of the first 10 minutes before finally busting. Calderaro raised to 110,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] and Schein moved all in for 435,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"]. Calderaro called and then stayed ahead through the [poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"] flop. The [poker card="kc"] turn was also safe but the [poker card="jd"] river give Calderaro a pair to win the pot and eliminate Schein in seventh. Niall Farrell raised to 100,000 from the button holding [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"] before Mermelstein moved all in from the big blind with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"]. Farrell called all in and moved ahead on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"] flop. The [poker card="7d"] turn gave Mermelstein a gutshot which the [poker card="6c"] river completed to give Farrell a sixth place result. McKeehen, who started the final table with the chip lead, got into a hand with Shannon Shorr that resulted in Shorr's departure. On a flop of [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"], McKeehen bet 160,000 only to have Shorr check-raise all in for a little over 1,000,000. McKeehen called and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"] which put him ahead of Shorr's [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"] holding. Shorr was unable to improve after the [poker card="as"] turn and [poker card="jh"] river and was out in fifth. The former WSOP Main Event champ wasn't done there. McKeehen raised to 150,000 from UTG with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] and Calderaro moved all in for 425,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"] and McKeehen called. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2s"] to send Shorr home with a fourth place finish. Unfortunately for McKeehen, the next hour wasn't as kind to him and he wound up busting in third. Mermelstein raised to 175,000 from the button, McKeehen moved all in from the small blind for 1,555,000. Foxen moved all in from the big blind and Mermelstein folded. McKeehen tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"] and was in rough shape after Foxen turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"][poker card="3c"][poker card="js"][poker card="5h"] wasn't good enough to save McKeehen from elimination. Heads up play started with Mermelstein holding 55% of the chips in play. Over the next hour, Mermelstein never surrendered the chip lead and eventually found a spot to pick off Foxen. From the button, Foxen raised to 350,000 and Mermelstein called. The flop came [poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"] and Mermelstein check-raised all in and Foxen called and then got bad news after Mermelstein turned over [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"] for top set while Foxen showed [poker card="js"][poker card="td"] for top pair and a runner-runner straight draw. The [poker card="ac"] turn crushed any hope Foxen had, giving Mermelstein the title and a $618,955 payday. Final Table Payouts Aaron Mermelstein – $618,955 Alex Foxen – $545,000 Joe McKeehen – $305,665 James Calderaro – $210,295 Shannon Shorr – $136,935 Niall Farrell – $100,255 Alan Schein – $83,140 Brandon Adams – $70,915 Ben Yu – $68,470
  7. Shaun Deeb and Brandon Adams both bagged up chip leads in "post-lim" events in the shadows of the Main Event at the 2019 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Those two were the headliners in two of the five events outside of the Main Event on the calendar but Dan Zack also put on a show in his pursuit of WSOP Player of the Year honors. Brandon Adams Leads $50,000 Final Fifty Final Table Brandon Adams has already won one WSOP bracelet this summer and on Tuesday he took a gigantic step towards winning a second one. Adams finished Day 2 of the $50,000 Final Fifty event with the chip lead and just six players standing between himself and that second victory. Adams bagged up 11,970,000 and sits well ahead of the rest of the field. 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos has the second biggest stack with 7,375,000. Michael Addamo sits third with 5,765,000. Daniel Tang, Sam Soverel, Ali Imsirovic, and Keith Tilston round out the final table. There were 14 players who registered on Day 2, including Cary Katz. This presented the PokerGO owner with a challenge. He started the day with a healthy chip stack in the Main Event and was forced to actually multi-table between the two events. Katz managed to survive past the bubble of the Final Fifty before busting in 12th for $112,357. Final Table Chip Counts Brandon Adams - 11,970,000 Adrian Mateos - 7,375,000 Michael Addamo - 5,765,000 Daniel Tang - 4,550,000 Sam Soverel - 3,600,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,190,000 Keith Tilston - 1,500,000 Shaun Deeb Tops Little One for One Drop After Day 2 Shaun Deeb continues to chase down Player of the Year points and a fifth career bracelet. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver soared to the top of the chip counts after the $1,111 Little One for One Drop after Day 2 with 412 players still remaining. Deeb ended the day with 2,892,000 and holds a 526,000 chip lead over the next biggest stack belonging to Matt Souza. This is Deeb's 14th cash this summer and he sits just over 620 points behind WSOP Player of the Year leader Robert Campbell. There's a number of notables still in contention including Loni Harwood (1,121,000), Mike Sexton - (1,030,000), Ryan Laplante (747,000), and Day 4 Main Event casualty Cliff Josephy (676,000). An additional 787 players joined the field on Day 2 to push the final number of entries to 6,248 and the prize pool to $5,623,200. The eventual champion will earn $690,686. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 2,892,000 Matt Souza - 2,366,000 Jeremy Dresch - 2,300,000 Naor Slobodskoy - 2,109,000 Jaime Lewin - 1,980,000 Ian Simpson - 1,961,000 Dustin Goff - 1,751,000 Keith Carter - 1,700,000 Alan Schein - 1,637,000 Nick Shkolnik - 1,620,000 Tu Dao On Top of $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em Final Table Tu Dao finished fourth in the Ladies Championship event in late June, but now she's in position to improve on that after finishing Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event with 954,000 and the lead. Right behind Dao is Alain Alinat with 805,000. The two middle-of-the-pack stacks, Oleg Chebotarev and Jan Suchanek have 672,000 and 599,000 respectively. Chade Eveslage sits fifth 431,000 and Ian O'Hara rounds out the final six with 410,000. Among those who cashed on Tuesday include Patrick Leonard (15th - $6,748), Greg Mueller (23rd - $5,484), Joao Vieira (27th - $4,571) and Daniel Zack (28th - $4,571). Zach also picked up 46.1 POY points to move just 112.46 points behind current POY leader Robert Campbell. The day started with 57 players and needed just 11 hours to get down to a final table. The players will now take Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday to play down to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Tu Dao - 954,000 Alain Alinat - 805,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 672,000 Jan Suchanek - 599,000 Chad Eveslage - 431,000 Ian O'Hara - 410,000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Event Draws 1,130 Runners A year after 833 players entered the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty event, 1,130 players gave the event a decent-sized boost in entries and prize pool and so far nobody can be happier about that than Tobias Schwecht. The Austrian finished Day 1 with 419,200 and the chip lead. Richard Kellett is right on his heels though. The Brit finished with 414,600 and is just 4,600 behind Schwecht. China's Yingui Li and Kazuhiko Yotsushika wound up third and fourth respectively. The top American, Jason Young, bagged up the fifth biggest stack with 356,300. READ: A FIGHT FOR FATHERHOOD: THE BIGGEST WIN OF JASON YOUNG’S LIFE Some of the familiar faces that made it to Day 2 include Jesse Sylvia (205,800), Christian Harder (147,300), Connor Drinan (124,300), JC Tran (95,800), Gordon Vayo (90,600), Daniel Negreanu (64,800), Robin Ylitalo (62,800), and Daniel Zack (51,300). Just 247 players made it to Day 2 and the bubble will burst on Wednesday after 77 more players are sent to the rail. Top 10 Chip Counts Tobias Schwecht - 419,200 Richard Kellett - 414,600 Yingui Li - 379,400 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 359,600 Jason Young - 356,300 Jan-Peter Jachtmann - 354,100 Bradley Butcher - 341,200 Denis Strebkov - 331,700 Senovio Ramirez III - 302,400 Jonathan Depa - 300,400 Vlad Darie Edges out Andras Nemeth for $3K NLHE Lead Vlad Darie finished Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead, just ahead of former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth. Darie wound up with 284,000 while Nemeth accumulated 264,500. Darie and Nemeth are just two of the 148 players who advanced to Day 2. Other notables who bagged and tagged include Kristen Bicknell (192,000), Justin Bonomo (170,500), Patrick Leonard (103,500), Asher Conniff (92,500), Rainer Kempe (80,500), and Paul Volpe (46,500). Remarkably, Dan Zack managed to finish with chips in this event as well. Daniel Zack will have a busy day on Wednesday as he plays his stack in the $1,500 PLO Bounty event adn this one. Top 10 Chip Counts Vlad Darie - 284,000 Andras Nemeth - 264,500 David Margi - 263,500 Guillaume Nolet - 230,000 Peter Walsworth - 222,000 Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 221,000 Jay Sharon - 218,000 Dennis Brand - 216,500 Ronald Paolucci - 210,500 Michael Tureniec - 209,000  
  8. Most of the poker world was focused on the start of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event on Wednesday, but there was plenty of other stuff going on on Wednesday including three brand new bracelet winners and another Championship event reached a final table. Jeremy Saderne Takes Down Mini Main Event The rail for the Mini Main Event was so raucous that some players in the Main Event complained. The noise was mostly for France's Jeremy Saderne as he won his first WSOP bracelet by beating Lula Taylor heads-up. "All of my friends were here. It was incredible," Saderne said. "I’ve never seen that before. It was better than Marseilles Stadium, in the south of France. I just want to say thank you to all of my friends. They gave me a lot of power and energy." Saderne earned $628,654 for the win while Taylor walked away with $388,284. Andres Korn, who started the day with the chip lead, picked up $287,219 for finishing in third place. Final Table Payouts Jeremy Saderne - $628,654 Lula Taylor - $388,284 Andres Korn - $287,219 Yi Ma - $214,047 Koji Takagi - $160,715 Stefan Widmer - $121,586 Philip Gildea - $92,686 Ben Alloggio - $71,199 James Stewart - $55,188 Rick Alvarado Outduels Mark Radoja for $888 Crazy Eights Title If Rick Alvarado has his way, the $888 Crazy Eights tournament would change its name to the Lucky #7 event. The 27-year-old Californian entered the Crazy Eights event seven times and turned that into an $888,888 cash and his first career bracelet. Alvarado started the final day as the third smallest stack with ten players left. He was convinced enough that it wasn't going to turn out the way it did that he told his mom not to bother coming to Las Vegas to be on his rail. “I told my mom not to worry about coming when I made the final ten because I was short-stacked. Then when I doubled up, she was like, 'Should I come?' I said, 'It's up to to you,' and then she talked to one of my friends and he said she should come. So she booked the flight this afternoon," Alvarado said. “She said she was running through the airport to catch it, and then my friend went and picked her up from the airport, not more than 20 or 30 minutes before I won the bracelet. She got here with five minutes to spare. She saw maybe three hands. I'm really happy that she was here in time.” Alvarado and Mark Radoja played just over 30 minutes of heads up before Alvarado won. Radoja, who won a bracelet in each 2011 and 2013, banked $548,888, also a career-high cash. Thomas Drivas was third for $409,888. 888poker Ambassador Vivian Saliba finished fourth for a career-best $308,888. Final Table Payouts Rick Alvarado - $888,888 Mark Radoja - $548,888 Thomas Drivas - $409,888 Vivian Saliba - $308,888 Aleksandras Rusinovas - $233,888 Patrick Clarke - $177,888 Vlad Darie - $136,888 Mario Hofler - $105,888 Brandon 'DrOctagon' Adams Wins $3,200 Online High Roller The largest buy-in online bracelet event on the 2019 schedule drew 593 entries and after 12 hours of play, Brandon 'DrOctagon' Adams emerged with a bracelet and a massive $411,561 payday. Adams beat Nabil Mohamed Abdien 'thebrownbear' Cardoso heads up for the win. Cardoso walked away with $253,643 for his runner-up finish. Vladimir 'stuey_haxton' Alexandrov took home $173,241 for finishing third. Former #1-ranked online poker player, Calvin Anderson, finished fifth for $85,449. Final Table Payouts Brandon 'DrOctagon' Adams - $411,561 Nabil Mohamed Abdien 'thebrownbear' Cardoso - $253,643 Vladimir 'stuey_haxton' Alexandrov - $173,241 Michael 'VinnyV' Vanier - $120,422 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $85,449 Norbert 'balkan500' Szecsi - $61,653 Lior 'morningowl' Orel - $45,429 Harsukhpaul 'MjMafia' Sangha - $34,071 lowrider71- $26,139 Joao Vieira Leads $5,000 Six Max Final Table Joao Vieira is considered by many of his peers to be one of the best tournament players in the world. His 2019 WSOP includes six cashes but nothing even close to a final table appearance. That narrative took a turn on Wednesday though as the Portuguese pro bagged up 7,635,000 and the chip leading heading into the final table of the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event. If Vieira hopes to turn that chip lead into gold, he'll need to get past a talented group of opponents including Olivier Busquet, Joe Cada, and Barry Hutter. Jamie O'Connor finished Day 3 with a second biggest stack of 5,190,000. Busquet and Cada hold down the third and fourth spots with 4,050,000 and 3,105,000 respectively. Pierre Calamusa sits fifth with 2,700,000 and Hutter brings in the short stack with 1,265,000. Day 3 began with 28 players still in contention. Some of the notables who saw their run end a bit too early include Christopher Brammer, Chris Hunichen, Patrick Tardif, and Ankush Mandavia. The final table begins at Noon. Final Table Chip Counts Joao Vieira - 7,635,000 Jamie O'Connor - 5,190,000 Olivier Busquet - 4,050,000 Joe Cada - 3,105,000 Pierre Calamusa - 2,700,000 Barry Hutter - 1,265,000 Taylor Carroll Leads $500 Salute to Warriors Event Taylor Carroll finished Day 2 of the $500 Salute to Warriors sitting atop the chip counts with just eight players left. Carroll bagged up 13,525,000 and holds nearly double that of any other player. Susan Faber holds the second-best stack with 7,280,000 while Dean Yoon is third with 6,845,000. There were 287 players still alive at the start of the and 28 of the 279 who busted on Wednesday did so without picking up a cash. Once the bubble burst, the eliminations came at a quick clip. Some of the familiar faces that finished in the money but did not advance to the final table include Vinny Pahuja, Mike Sexton, DJ MacKinnon, and Ben Yu. The players now get July 4 off before returning on Friday to play to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Taylor Carroll - 13,525,000 Susan Faber - 7,280,000 Dean Yoon - 6,845,000 Christopher Canan - 6,105,000 Robin Stark - 3,650,000 Kulwant Singh - 2,225,000 Jordan Knackstedt - 2,050,000 Jose Annaloro - 1,265,000 Mike Lancaster Leads $10K Limit Hold'em Championship Just 15 players remain in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship with California's Mike Lancaster the only player with a seven-figure stack. Lancaster bagged up 1,201,000 on Day 2. Juha Helppi sits second with 986,000 and Josh Arieh, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, sits third with 772,000. John Racener, Eli Elezra, and Andrew Brown highlight the notables still chasing this bracelet. James Obst busted in 16th place for his 10th cash of the 2019 WSOP. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Mike Lancaster - 1,201,000 Juha Helppi - 986,000 Josh Arieh - 772,000 Kevin Song - 744,000 Anthony Marsico - 689,000 Qinghai Pan - 527,000 Tommy Hang - 527,000 Robert Como - 476,000 John Racener - 304,000 Eli Elezra - 250,000
  9. The 2019 World Series of Poker went through 70 events before a woman took down an open bracelet event. Thankfully it took just a few more days for a second woman to end up in a winner's photo. Stephanie Dao took some inspiration from one of the 2019 WSOP breakout stars on her way to winning the first bracelet of her career. Stephanie Dao Wins $3K Six Max Limit Hold'em Stephanie Dao was done with tournaments. She was over them. Then a pep talk from a good friend got her back into them and on Thursday afternoon she turned all of that into a WSOP bracelet win. Dao beat Alain Alinat heads-up to win the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event for $132,189 and her first career win. “For about five years I didn't play any tournaments at all. I was giving up on it," Dao said. "Then I had a deep run at (an event in Canada). It gave me the motivation to play more tournaments. I'm very happy with the outcome this year.” That run in Canada was the result of a few conversations with a fellow Canadian grinder who has put on a show this summer in the WSOP Deepstacks events, earning $380,000 after making three final tables. “I felt like I'm not good enough to play tournaments. I'm dead money. So I stopped playing (tourneys) and stuck with the cash games," Dao said. "But my friend Benny Underwood – he's the one that gave me the motivation to play more tournaments. We exchanged information on how to play; he helped me a lot.” Alinat took home $82,312 for finishing in second while Ian O'Hara earned $55,749 for his third-place result. Final Table Payouts Stephanie Dao - $132,189 Alain Alinat - $82,312 Ian O'Hara - $55,749 Chad Eveslage - $38,561 Jan Suchanek - $27,251 Oleg Chebotarev - $19,687 Five Remain in Little One for One Drop Just five players are still standing in the $1,111 Little One for One drop with Brazilian Fernando Karam holding a significant lead over the rest of the field. Karam finished Day 4 with 93,500,000 and his next closest competitor, Liran Betito has 52,400,000. The day began with 48 players still in contention. Start of day chip leader Mike Dentale was eliminated in 22nd place for $23,825. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Michael Wasserman finished 33rd for $19,184. The final table begins at Noon PT and will play down to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Fernando Karam - 93,500,000 Liran Betito - 52,400,000 James Anderson - 49,200,000 Shalom Elharar - 24,500,000 Marco Guibert - 23,200,000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Needs Overtime Originally scheduled for three days of play, the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty still had seven players with chips when play was halted for the night on Thursday. Denmark's Maximiliam Klostermeier holds nearly double that of any player heading into the extra day. Klostermeier bagged 10,240,000 while David Callaghan ended with 5,250,000. Bryce Yockey rounds out the top three with 4,315,000. There were 42 players when Day 3 began. Included in the 35 players who were sent to the rail were Jim Collopy, Kevin Eyster, Denis Strebkov, Jeffrey Lisandro, Joao Simao, Jesse Sylvia, and Toby Lewis. Day 4 begins at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Maximiliam Klostermeier - 10,240,000 David Callaghan - 5,250,000 Bryce Yockey - 4,315,000 Jason Stockfish - 3,150,000 Ryan Lenaghan - 2,460,000 Tim Seidensticker - 1,810,000 Scott Sharpe -1,011,000 Six Left in $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Event David Gonzalez will wake up Friday morning knowing he has the biggest stack and just five opponents standing between himself and the first bracelet of his poker career. Gonzalez finished Day 2 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 4,295,000 to edge out Guillaume Nolet for the lead. Nolet ended with 3,960,000 while the rest of the remaining four are all well behind. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Patrick Leonard ended with 1,320,000 for the fifth biggest stack. Andras Nemeth began Day 3 with the chip lead but was eliminated in seventh-place before play finished for the night. Michael Tureniec and Jonas Mackoff were eliminated in 12th and 11th place respectively. The final table begins at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts David Gonzalez - 4,295,000 Guillaume Nolet - 3,960,000 Ivan Deyra - 1,975,000 David Dibernardi - 1,365,000 Patrick Leonard - 1,320,000 David Weinstein - 515,000 Francis Rusnak Leads $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO Day 2 of the $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO event went from 340 players to just 47 and Francis Rusnak sits on top heading into what is scheduled to the final day of play. Rusnak finished with 2,334,000 and the only other player to finish above the 2,000,000 mark was Gary Bolden with 2,100,000. Sweden's Jerry Odeen just missed joining that group, putting 1,957,000 in the bag after ten levels of play. Other notables moving on to Day 3 include Lucas Greenwood, Anton Wigg, Matthew Wantman, Steve Sung, David 'ODB' Baker, and Benjamin Underwood. Some of the notables to bust once the money bubble burst on Thursday included Chris Moorman, Davidi Kitai, Ryan Hughes, Manig Loeser, Chance Kornuth, Kenny Hallaert, Shawn Buchanan, Calvin Anderson, Shaun Deeb, and Eric Baldwin. Given the number of players left, a fourth day of play will likely be necessary. Day 3 begins at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Francis Rusnak - 2,334,000 Gary Bolden - 2,100,000 Jerry Odeen - 1,957,000 Dominique Mosley - 1,530,000 Adam Demersseman - 1,249,000 Sebastian Langrock - 1,246,000 Ajay Chabra - 1,145,000 Adithya Lanka - 1,140,000 Jeremy Kottler - 1,137,000 Lucas Greenwood - 1,118,000 Tommy Nguyen Leads $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only Event Registration for the $1,500 Bracelet Winners event was still open at the start of Day 2 and 42 more previous WSOP winners decided to jump into the mix. That pushed the total number of entrants to 185. By the end of the day, just eight players remained. Leading the way heading into the final table is Canada's Tommy Nguyen with 2,910,000. Right behind him is Shankar Pillai with 2,425,000. New Jersey online poker grinder Michael Gagliano ended up third with 1,500,000. No other player bagged up seven figures. Yuval Bronshtein, Ryan Riess, Brian Yoon, Cord Garcia, and Upeshka De Silva were among the players who busted after the bubble burst on Thursday. The final table begins at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Tommy Nguyen - 2,910,000 Shankar Pillai - 2,425,000 Michael Gagliano - 1,500,000 Brett Apter - 995,000 Andreas Klatt - 440,000 Kevin Gerhart - 370,000 Thom Werthmann - 370,000 Scott Bohlman - 260,000 New Dad Mike Leah Leads $1,500 Double Stack Mike Leah had to miss a good chunk of the early part of the 2019 WSOP schedule following the birth of his first child. The Canadian poker pro returned just in time for the Main Event and while he didn't cash there, he's now leading one of the post-lims on the schedule. Leah turned his 50,000 starting stack into 1,628,000 over the course of 20 30-minute levels on Thursday and now leads the remaining 357 players still alive. Will Givens and Raj Vohra hold down the second and third biggest stacks. Former #1-ranked Steven van Zadelhoff finished with 1,040,000 for the seventh best stack. Other notables still chasing this bracelet include Ismael Bojang, Diego Ventura, Valentin Vornicu, Ryan Laplante, Gordon Vayo, Jake Schwartz, Kristen Bicknell, Shannon Shorr, and Phil Hellmuth. The event drew 2,589 players to push the total prize pool to $3,495,150 with $530,164 up top. This one was also scheduled to end on Friday, but given the sheer size of the field it will most likely be extended to a third day. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Mike Leah - 1,628,000 Will Givens - 1,484,000 Raj Vohra - 1,465,000 Kalyan Cheekuri - 1,174,000 Philip Scaletta - 1,169,000 Justin Harvell - 1,157,000 Steven van Zadelhoff - 1,040,000 Gregory Raymer - 1,030,000 Shawn Kjetland - 1,020,000 Rami Mornel - 882,000 Not a Repeat: Brandon Adams Leads High Roller Just a few days ago, Brandon Adams entered the final table of the $50,000 Final Fifty High Roller event with the chip lead before finishing fourth. On Thursday, he finished the first day of play in the $100,000 High Roller as the chip leader with 50 players remaining. In other words, Brandon Adams is leading the final 50, again. Adams bagged up 2,950,000 to hold off other big stacks including Byron Kaverman (2,655,000), James Chen (2,150,000) and Thomas Boivin (2,116,000). A total of 98 players entered on Thursday with registration set to close when play resumes at 1 PM PT. Also making it through Day 1 were high roller regulars Mikita Badziakouski, Ali Imsirovic, Steffen Sontheimer, Bryn Kenney, and Jason Koon. Monster Stack winner Kainalu McCue-Unciano, who has never cashed in an event with a buy-in greater than $3,500, jumped into the deep end and ended up finishing with a top 10 stack. Top Chip Counts Brandon Adams - 2,950,000 Byron Kaverman - 2,655,000 James Chen - 2,150,000 Thomas Boivin - 2,116,000 Mikita Badziakouski - 2,105,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,060,000 Bryn Kenney - 2,035,000 Steffen Sontheimer - 2,010,000 Matthias Eibinger - 2,000,00 Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 1,865,000
  10. Jared Bleznick has had a few close calls in live tournament play over the years, most notably at the World Series of Poker where he had a runner-up finish in 2013 and three third places finishes, one in 2017 and two this past summer. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Bleznick beat a talented group of players at the final table to win the Poker Masters $10,000 8-Game Mix event for the first live win of his career. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] It didn't take long to lose a player. The first elimination coming during a hand of Deuce to Seven Triple Draw just four minutes in. Brandon Adams raised to 100,000 with [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"], George Wolff re-raised to 150,000 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2d"], Nick Schulman called from the big blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"] and Adams called to close the betting. Schulman picked up the [poker card="6d"], Adams drew the [poker card="8h"], and Wolff stood pat. Adams checked, Wolff bet 50,000, Schulman and Adams both called. Schulman drew the [poker card="qc"], Adams picked up the [poker card="7s"] and Wolff stayed pat. Action checked to Wolff and he bet his last 60,000. Schulman and Adams both called again. Schulman picked up the [poker card="8d"], Adams drew the [poker card="7c"] and Wolff stood pat a final time. Schulman bet and Adams folded, and Wolff was eliminated when his 9-6 was bested by Schulman's 8-5. Ten minutes later, Adams ended up on the outside as well. With Adams down to just 65,000 and paying 50,000 for the big blind, action folded to Schulman and he raised to 100,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"] and Adams called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"]. Schulman drew the [poker card="5d"] and Adams drew the [poker card="9s"] and the [poker card="6s"]. Schulman stood pat over the next two draws and Adams was unable to improve to a hand better than Schulman's 8-7 and was eliminated in sixth. Triple Draw was the game in play for another bustout just eight minutes after Adams left. Action folded to Jake Abdalla in the small blind and he raised all-in to 80,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] and Mike Gorodinsky called from the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6c"]. Through the three draws, Gorodinsky improved to a 7-6 and Abdalla was unable to avoid a paired hand and was eliminated in fifth. Bleznick picked up his first victim of the final table in a hand of No Limit Hold'em. Gorodisnky moved all-in for 415,000 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"] and Bleznick took some time to think through his options before calling with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="3h"] to leave Bleznick in front and eliminate Gorodinsky in fourth place. The game had rotated to Seven Card Stud Eight or Better when Schulman attempted to make a stand. Schulman got the last of his 370,000 chips in the middle with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4d"] against Bleznick's [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"]. Bleznick improved to two pair to beat Schulman's pair of kings and eliminate him in third. Bleznick and Cary Katz played heads-up for 20 minutes before they clashed in a hand of Pot Limit Omaha. With the board showing [poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="ad"], Bleznick checked and Katz bet 450,000. Bleznick re-raised to put Katz all-in, Katz called and showed [poker card="th"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4c"] which put him behind Bleznick's [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"][poker card="td"][poker card="2d"]. The river was the [poker card="qs"] to eliminate Katz and give Bleznick the first live tournament win of his career. Final Table Payouts Jared Bleznick - $153,000 Cary Katz - $99,000 Nick Schulman- $67,500 Mike Gorodinsky - $45,000 Jake Abdalla - $36,000 Brandon Adams - $27,000 George Wolff - $22,500 Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 420 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Alex Foxen - 270 Thai Ha - 210 Cary Katz - 210 Ralph Wong - 150 Sam Soverel - 150
  11. As Phil Galfond prepares to embark on an ambitious series of heads-up Pot Limit Omaha challenges against six competitors, PocketFives Managing Editor Donnie Peters talked to the three-time WSOP bracelet winner. In the second of two features, Galfond discusses the motivation behind the challenge and what it's like for him to step back into the world of high stakes online cash. Read Part 1: One Year In, Phil Galfond’s Run It Once Poker Just Getting Started Phil Galfond loves a good challenge. He built a professional poker career on challenging himself against the best players in the world at limits most of us can only dream about. After he conquered that, Galfond took on the even greater challenge of starting a brand new online poker site, Run It Once Poker, in the post-Black Friday world. Although his latest challenge is far from complete, it hasn't stopped Galfond from dusting off the high-stakes boxing gloves and getting back into the ring. Recently, Galfond challenged the poker world to high-stakes, heads-up poker. He called out coaches not part of the Run It Once team and everyone else who wanted to battle. "The idea came together in a few stages," Galfond said. "First, I noticed that my RunItOnce.com video views were dropping, and I thought to myself, 'Well, that makes sense - I don't play much anymore so they probably don't think I have much to teach them.' I felt that I still had a lot to teach people and, moreover, that the way they're being taught elsewhere can in some ways be detrimental to their development, so I came up with the idea initially to 'prove' that to them. This is when I came up with the coach challenge of 3-1 odds on a 50,000-hand match. "After running that by some of the team, a couple of things became clear. First, that it was unlikely a coach would take me up on that. Second, that this could also be a great promotion for Run It Once Poker. From there, it turned into the more open challenge that you've seen." The Challenges Galfond now has at least six matches lined up to start and plans to start this month, with the possibility of more challengers to come. The players he’ll be taking on are Bill Perkins, Brandon Adams, Chance Kornuth, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and two online poker players known as 'ActionFreak' and 'VeniVidi1993.' "I've missed it so, so much," Galfond said when asked if he misses playing poker as much as he used to. "I love playing, and I have absolutely been less fulfilled, professionally-speaking, since I stopped playing full-time. I can't wait to play again." All of these 'Galfond Challenges,' as they’re being called, will be played in Pot Limit Omaha, across various stakes and a set number of hands. Not only will the two sides be battling to win each other’s money, but there are side bets involved with huge sums of money on the line. Against Perkins, the two will be playing €100-€200 PLO over 50,000 hands and there is a $400,000 stop-loss in place. Galfond is laying 4-1 odds to Perkins, with his $800,000 on the line against Perkins’ $200,000. The match against Adams will be $100-$200 PLO and played in a live setting. Instead of playing a set number of hands, the two will play for 40 hours. Galfond has put up $150,000 to the $100,000 of Adams. For the duel against Kornuth, Galfond has the most side action on the line. The two will play 25,000 hands of €100-€200 PLO, with Galfond risking €1 million on the side to Kornuth’s €250,000. Against Cates, Galfond will play 7,500 hands at €100-€200 PLO, but the side action has still yet to be determined. Galfond will then play €150-€300 PLO for 15,000 hands against 'ActionFreak' and €100-€200 PLO against 'VeniVidi1993' for 25,000 hands. Against 'ActionFreak,' Galfond is wagering €150,000 to his opponent's €100,000. Against 'VeniVidi1993,' it's Galfond's €200,000 on the line against the €100,000 for 'VeniVidi1993.' "Losing to Chance or Bill Perkins and the Thirst Lounge will be the most costly, but I'd say I expect 'Jungleman' and 'ActionFreak' to be my toughest opponents," Galfond said. "I also think that a longer match is favorable to my skill set as a player, and 'Jungleman's' is the shortest, so I guess that's the one I feel I'm most likely to lose." All told, Galfond has around $2.4 million in side action on the line from these six matches already lined up. That’s in addition to whatever is at stake from playing the matches themselves. He’s giving 4-1 odds to Perkins and Kornuth, but then he’s playing for even side action against 'ActionFreak.' If he wins all of these matches, Galfond will win around $850,000 in side action. "In short, I think I laid odds appropriately for the most part," Galfond said. "Some of my challenges are at 1-1 odds - I'm less confident in those ones." Preparing for Battle Galfond told PocketFives that he had planned to study for these matches a lot but hasn’t had as much time as he had hoped. He has enlisted the help of some friends to learn how to use solvers, which he said was "long overdue for a high-stakes player like myself". But, time is running out and the challenges will be here very soon. "I'm trying to focus on areas where I'm playing the furthest from optimal and figuring out why that is - what I'm missing," Galfond said. Much like you see boxers make in-fight adjustments on the fly or in between rounds, Galfond knows there’s only so much he can do ahead of time to prepare and that he has to be willing to adapt throughout. It’s these in-game adjustments that Galfond’s views as a strength that he’ll look to lean on during the matches. "For the most part, I've always had a lot of success heads-up," he said. "I believe I do a very good job of adjusting to individual opponents, which is why I'm excited about some of the longer matches. I plan to spend a good amount of time breaking down my opponents in between sessions." He’ll also be juggling family life and work life in the middle of all of this. Galfond said he’s worked on a schedule with his wife, Farah, that should allow him to maintain a good balance. He also plans to take a step back from his Run It Once work while the challenges are running and is confident his team is well prepared to handle everything. "I'm going to try to take a step back from Run It Once work over the course of the challenges," Galfond said. "It remains to be seen if I can do that, but I think that realistically, the best thing I can do for the company is to go out there and be Phil the poker player and brand ambassador. We've got a fantastic team who can make decisions just as well as I can, but I'm the only one who can play the Galfond Challenges." The Stakes Galfond challenged the entire poker world after being away from playing full-time, he’s short on time to prepare, and there’s a lot of money on the line. Whenever someone puts him or herself out there like this, there’s going to be pressure. Additionally, the two challenges within the overall challenge present their own unique pressures. In one arena, Galfond challenged "anyone who currently makes training videos for a site other than Run It Once." As the person who built Run It Once into the premier poker training site that it is today, Galfond has, to some extent, risked the reputation of Run It Once. Is it really the best training site out there if a coach from a competitor takes down the commander-in-chief? In another arena where he challenged everyone else, Galfond has his own reputation as a poker player on the line. He joked that he was a “washed-up ex-pro” in his message to the poker world, but what if he really is washed-up? "If I had gotten more coaches to take me up on the coach challenge, I'd feel a lot more pressure,” Galfond said. "Chance is the only coach who took me up on it, and I ended up having to lay a bigger price for fewer hands. I'd say this is the only match that I feel reputational pressure to win - I'm playing on behalf of Run It Once Training. "The rest of the matches, I don't really think my result has much of an impact on RIO or my personal reputation. If I win or lose them all, sure, but if I beat Perkins, Chance, and ActionFreak and I lose to 'Jungleman,' Brandon Adams, and 'VeniVidi,' for example, I don't think people will view me much differently than they do now. "The dollar amounts are certainly high, especially in the long-odds matches. If I get swept, it's going to be very painful." It’s easy to understand how excited Galfond is about the challenges - how excited he is to get back into the ring with some very good poker players and have a lot at stake. He’s also hopeful that the challenges will lead to increased visibility for Run It Once Poker, especially once people get a peek at the fun, cutting-edge software Galfond and his team have built and are continuing to improve upon. Run It Once Poker and one of the sponsors of the challenge, MuchBetter, will be running multiple promotions throughout the challenge that give players a rooting interest in Galfond connected to their play on the site. Will the challenges lead to more traffic more Run It Once Poker? That’s "unclear," as Galfond put it. Will he be doing his damnedest to make it happen? You better believe it.
  12. "I'm gonna keep playing." Those were the words that Phil Galfond posted on Run It Once's website regarding the 'Galfond Challenge' against 'VeniVidi1993,' with the post coming just more than two weeks after Galfond suspended the match. That was it. Short and sweet. Although he is an extremely busy man these days, Galfond took some time to sit down with PocketFives ahead of the restart against 'VeniVidi1993,' which comes on Wednesday, March 4. "First, I spent some time with family and took a short poker break," Galfond said of what he's been doing to regroup. "For the last week or two, I've been practicing, mostly in $25-50 heads-up Zoom pools, against tough competition." [ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' are slated to play 25,000 hands of heads-up €100-€200 Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker. Through 9,927 hands of play, Galfond is down more than €900,000 to his opponent. While that's an astronomical sum to many, it's a downswing that Galfond has experienced before. "In terms of absolute dollar value, it's not anywhere near my biggest [downswing], as I used to play 3-5 times these stakes regularly," Galfond told PocketFives. "In terms of buy-ins, I think it's getting up there, but to be honest I don't know. I've jumped around games and stakes so much during my career that I never kept track of a downswing in terms of buy-ins. I suppose that might mean I haven't had too many bad ones!" In the time off, Galfond has been able to do a lot of thinking on the current challenge, and he's thought about where he would like it to go. As things stand, Galfond is down more than 45 buy-ins to 'VeniVidi1993' and all signs point to him losing the additional €200,000 side bet he put up against the €100,000 of 'VeniVidi1993.' As the match goes forward, Galfond's task is focused on cutting into the deficit some now that he’s regrouped. "I'd like to end around minus €400,000," Galfond said. "Obviously, that's ambitious and there's a lot out of my control, so I'll try to focus on playing my best and keeping my mindset strong." Throughout the play against 'VeniVidi1993,' Galfond has received a ton of support from the poker community. Galfond is certainly viewed as the hero by almost everyone watching. "It has felt great, but to be honest I would much rather they support and rally behind Run It Once Poker than me!" Galfond said. "I've played poker for a decade and a half. I've been through plenty of downswings and I'm going to be just fine no matter the outcome of these challenges. What we're trying to do with Run It Once is much more important than my short-term results at the tables." Despite the hit, Galfond's bankroll has taken from battling with 'VeniVidi1993,' he said the challenge has been performing well on the promotional and marketing side as it pertains to Run It Once Poker. "It's been great for Run It Once so far," Galfond said. "We've got a lot of momentum building in these last few months and traffic has been getting better and better. I'm hopeful that with the challenge continuing, so will the trend. More traffic leads to better experiences for our players, which leads to more traffic, and so on. I'm rooting for that as much as or more than myself in these challenges." Starting with Wednesday's session, the Galfond Challenge against 'VeniVidi1993' is back on. After it's complete, Galfond has a handful of other challengers lined up, including Bill Perkins, Brandon Adams, Chance Kornuth, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and high-stakes online poker player 'ActionFreak.' There is even a challenge match on the table against Luke Schwartz, who has been quite vocal on social media, calling Galfond a "washed up nice guy" and saying that "it's clearly time to wave the white flag" about Galfond playing against 'VeniVidi1993.' Galfond said that he plans to play Schwartz as part of the Galfond Challenge, but that the details haven't been ironed out yet. Galfond said the match is likely to take place after the 2020 World Series of Poker. Although the challenge against 'VeniVidi1993' hasn’t gone in his favor, Galfond said that the toughness he has faced has only helped him and should put him in a better position for future challenge matches. "A difficult challenge like this to start has accelerated my learning curve, so I think that balances out the negatives (feeling less confident after losing so consistently)," Galfond said.
  13. Down more than €900,000 in his 'Galfond Challenge' match against 'VeniVidi1993,' Phil Galfond is opting to suspend his play against 'VeniVidi1993' for the time being. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' have battled across 15 sessions at €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker, Galfond's online poker site. Through those 15 sessions, 9,927 hands were played and Galfond was down €900,240.17. The three most recent sessions have set Galfond back €419,016.77 alone. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' had a day off on Monday and were planned to play another session on Tuesday, but it was called off. "I was playing scared," Galfond wrote in a statement he released on Twitter. "I was expecting to lose. I simply couldn't get my brain to work properly." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Galfond pointed out that, contrary to what may be the common belief, the most difficult thing wasn't the money. "It's the gap between the result and your expectations," he said. Galfond said the two had six more sessions planned in February and that missing those sessions will see Galfond take a per-session penalty of about €3,000 each. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' were slated to play 25,000 hands, with Galfond risking €200,000 in side action to the €100,000 of 'VeniVidi1993.' In his note, Galfond said he is going to suspend playing anymore sessions against 'VeniVidi1993' until at least March 1. When March 1 rolls around, Galfond will decide if he's going to continue to battle with 'VeniVidi1993' or call it off. If Galfond does elect to call it off and accept defeat, he'll have to pay 'VeniVidi1993' the €200,000 side bet. "I hope I feel prepared to come back and put on a good show for you all, but I know that realistically, as much as I don't want to, there's a chance I'll have to just take the loss," Galfond said. The individual sessions have not been good to Galfond, who won just two of the 15 times he and 'VeniVidi1993' played. One of those winning sessions for Galfond saw him finish up just €2,615.26. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Jan. 22) 655 VeniVidi1993 €72,572.68 Day 2 (Jan. 23) 715 Phil Galfond €2,615.26 Day 3 (Jan. 24) 557 VeniVidi1993 €84,437.52 Day 4 (Jan. 25) 581 VeniVidi1993 €17,544.87 Day 5 (Jan. 27) 726 VeniVidi1993 €155,063.52 Day 6 (Jan. 28) 703 VeniVidi1993 €13.31 Day 7 (Jan. 30) 823 VeniVidi1993 €52,057.13 Day 8 (Jan. 31) 940 VeniVidi1993 €60,743.37 Day 9 (Feb. 1) 446 VeniVidi1993 €12,706.51 Day 10 (Feb. 3) 696 VeniVidi1993 €100,993.30 Day 11 (Feb. 4) 741 VeniVidi1993 €15,647.36 Day 12 (Feb. 6) 622 Phil Galfond €87,940.91 Day 13 (Feb. 7) 470 VeniVidi1993 €267,949.70 Day 14 (Feb. 8) 593 VeniVidi1993 €48,473.73 Day 15 (Feb. 9) 659 VeniVidi1993 €102,593.34 - - - - Total 9,927 VeniVidi1993 €900,240.17 In addition to playing against 'VeniVidi1993,' Galfond has five other competitors lined up for the Galfond Challenge. He's locked in details with Bill Perkins, Brandon Adams, Chance Kornuth, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and high-stakes online poker player 'ActionFreak.' Those matches have their own specific terms, stakes, and length of play, but no timetable has been set for when they will take place. In his note, Galfond did say that he had planned to start playing another match in the Galfond Challenge at the end of February and that he still hopes to make this happen.
  14. History is made every year at the World Series of Poker. It’s part of what makes the WSOP one of the most enduring and alluring brands in the poker industry to this day. This year, a different type of history has already been made. For the first time since its inception in 1970, the WSOP live events have been postponed. This has forced the WSOP to move in a different, and in some ways, uncharted direction. The WSOP summer series is going to take place entirely online with players battling for gold bracelets by clicking buttons as opposed to shuffling chips. Additionally, the WSOP has selected a partner in GGPoker, to give players outside of the United States their first shots at an online bracelet. Holding their entire gold bracelet series online is a first for the WSOP as is taking on an outside online partner to offer bracelets. But, of course, it’s by no means the first time a bracelet will be won online. The WSOP has five years under their belts of expanding their online poker footprint with a total of 18 bracelets events having already been played out. So, before we push ahead to look at a whole new crop of online bracelet winners, we are taking a look back at how the WSOP Online bracelet events have evolved. 2015 Nearly two years after the launch of WSOP.com in the state of Nevada, officials at the summer series announced the first-ever official online bracelet event. The $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Championship was the lone online event on the 68-event 2015 schedule. The prize pool reached $859,750 as 905 entries turned the event into the largest regulated online poker tournament in the U.S. at the time. With all of the players needing to be in Nevada, the final six took their chip stacks offline and batted for the bracelet inside the Rio. The final table included David Tuthill, Craig Varnell, and Anthony ‘casedismissed’ Spinella who went on to win the first online gold bracelet and $197,743. [table id=60 /] 2016 In 2016, the WSOP ran it back. They offered the same $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Championship with the same format, bringing the final six players back to a live setting to play it out. The field saw a dramatic increase in year-over-year participants as 1,247 runners, a 38% increase, pushed the prize pool to $1,184,650. Colorado native turned Las Vegas local Clayton ‘SLARKDUCK’ Maguire took down a career-high score of $210,279 from a final table where he was the only local participant. [table id=61 /] 2017 The first expansion of the online schedule took place in 2017. In addition to the $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Championship, players were offered a lower buy-in event and the first-ever WSOP.com ONLINE High Roller. It was also the first year that the online events would play out online as opposed to a final table in the Amazon room. Nipun ‘Javatinii’ Java took down the $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Championship for his second bracelet of the series and a $237,668 payday. The Championship event again grew in size, however with a more modest increase. The 1,312 runners and a prize pool of $1,246,400 represented a roughly 5% field increase. It was former WSOP Main Event final tablist Thomas ‘FLOATZ’ Cannuli that booked the biggest online win of the year. Cannuli topped the 424 players of the first-ever $3,333 WSOP.com ONLINE High Roller for a $322,815 score, the largest haul of any online to that date and a win that continues to be the third-largest online bracelet payday to date. The online events were also starting to generate a good deal of rake. In 2017, online events raked just over $225,000 as opposed to the $62,350 of the single event of the previous year. [table id=62 /] 2018 Once again, history was made in the online arena in 2018. Thanks to the multi-state online pact that was agreed to just before the start of the WSOP that allows players in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware to play against each other, players in New Jersey were able to compete in gold bracelet events without heading to Nevada. The WSOP added a fourth online offering. And with the influx of Garden State online grinders, every online bracelet event of the year turned set a record of some kind. The first online bracelet event, a $365 tournament, drew 2,972 runners, which was far-and-away the largest field ever to battle for an online gold bracelet. In the second event, Matthew ‘mendey’ Mendez then became the first player to ever win a bracelet from outside of Nevada by winning the $565 Online bracelet event for over $135,000. The $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Championship again hit a new high for entries when Ryan ‘Toosick’ Tosoc defeated a field of 1,635 entries for over $238,000, a nearly 25% increase in runners from the year before. Finally, Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth set a new record for the largest online bracelet event payday by winning the $3,200 High Roller for $341,598. [table id=63 /] 2019 In 2019, there was a worry about the growth of online events as the U.S. Department of Justice issued a new opinion of the Wire Act . The opinion put in jeopardy the ability for players in New Jersey to take part in the upcoming World Series of Poker. However, a New Hampshire judge vacated the newly issued DOJ opinion and cleared New Jersey players to fortify what became a nine-event online bracelet schedule. Some of the biggest names in both the live and online arenas captured bracelets in 2019 including the first for New Jersey-based top-ranked U.S. online pros Yong ‘LuckySpewy1’ Kwon and Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo. Shawn ‘bucky21’ Buchanan, Taylor 'Galactar' Paur, and Upeshka ‘gomezhamburg' De Silva also booked victories. Well-known pro Brandon ‘DrOctogon’ Adams won the $3,200 High Roller bracelet event for the largest online bracelet score to date of $411,560. In total, the nine online events on the 2019 schedule generated just over $755,000 in rake. [table id=64 /] 2020 The previously scheduled 2020 World Series of Poker was set to have another increase in events, upping the total to 14. Now, the adjustment to an extensive online schedule in the face of the coronavirus pandemic gives players a wealth of opportunities to win some online hardware. With 85 total bracelets up for grabs, every current online bracelet event record should expect to be shattered. More than half of the bracelets will be contested on WSOP’s online partner GGPoker which means that players from all over the world, who never had the opportunity to compete for a bracelet, will all of a sudden be able to grind for one. From prize pools to paydays, the numbers in this year's event should soar as players make plans to be online to add their name to the WSOP history books.
  15. In the sixth instalment of the 2020 World Series of Poker online Asia time zone events, Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla overcame 3,247 total entries and 426 other players on Day 2 to win Event #55 HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship. Garla secured his first career bracelet to take home $461,709.47. There were eight different countries across four continents represented at the final table of Event #55 (HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship). Brazilian Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla came into the table with a gargantuan 40,674,090 stack with American Alan 'TheCockroach' Schein second in chips with 22,737,151. It took almost two hours of poker prior to the first elimination of the final table. Ignacio 'Curandero' Moron, who was the short stack, raised to 2,178,853 with 350,000 still behind and was called by Schein in the hijack. The players then got it all in on the [poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"] flop, the turn brought in the [poker card="Td"] and the [poker card="4d"] completed the board. Moron turned over [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Js"] but Schein showed [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Th"] for the turned two pair ending Moron's tournament journey. It took another 16 minutes for the next final table bustout. Vadas 'Vladiator13' Tamasauskas, who finished fifth in WSOP #Event 52, moved all in preflop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] from early position and was called by the [poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"] held by runaway chip leader Garla. It was a classic race but the at risk Tamasauskas finished in eighth for $43,180 as he failed to connect with the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] runout. Immediately following the break, in unusual fashion, the two big stacks in Garla and Schein got involved in a big pot against each other. Schein raised to 1.4 million from the cutoff and Garla defended his big blind to see the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"] flop. Garla checked to the preflop aggressor who fired a continuation bet of 1.82 million, the Brazilian called. Garla then fired a 5.39 million bet on the [poker card="9c"] turn, which Schein called. Garla continued to apply pressure with a bet of 10.78 million on the [poker card="6c"] river, Schein snap-called with [poker card="Kd"][[poker card="Qh"] for top pair but was behind the turned two pair as Garla showed [poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"]. The Brazilian held a commanding chip lead with a stack of just shy of 95 million, over 70 million more than second place Schein. As the short stacks kept surviving, it took another 15 minutes for the next tournament casualty. Alexandros 'THE Sheriff' Theologis open-jammed with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] and was snap called by the shorter stack Eduards 'lIlIlIlIillI' Kudrjavcevs who had a bigger pair in [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"]. Theologis delivered a fatal blow to the Latvian, flopping a full house on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] flop. A ten didn't appear on the [poker card="5s"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river and Kudrjavcevs was eliminated. Things started to pick up as the blinds grew as the next elimination came immediately. Divanshu 'd0rk21' Khurana shoved all in for 5,816,672 and his compatriot, Kunal 'Alex_52' Bhatia, called off in the big blind. Khurana: [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8d"] Bhatia: [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"] Bhatia, the runner up in WSOP Event #52, connected on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop. With an over-card and a flush draw, Khurana still had a chance of survival but neither came as the [poker card="Qs"] and [poker card="3c"] river brought the game to five-handed play. Garla claimed another victim after calling the 11,360,972 three-bet jam by Wenhao 'pwhwin' Peng. Garla, with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="4d"], was dominated by Peng's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"] but the chip leader made three of a kind as the board came [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="5d"]. Peng finished in fifth for $119,212.54. Theologis then opened the action and raised to 2 million with Garla and Schein calling from the button and big blind respectively. The flop came [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6h"] and created a whirlwind of action, it checked through to Garla for took a stab at the pot with a bet of 2.277 million. Schein then min-raised and Theologis then clicked it back to 7.831 million, Garla folded and Schein then moved all in and was quickly called by Theologis. Schein, with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="6d"], surely thought he was ahead with top and bottom pair but found himself needing help as Theologis flopped middle set with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"]. The American ended the day in fourth as he failed to improve on the [poker card="4c"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river. With no player looking to give up any ground, Bhatia was sent to rail in third. In a button versus blind battle, Bhatia opened to 2.4 million and Garla three-bet to 6.6 million and snap-called Bhatia's 21,780,380 four-bet jam. Bhutia needed a miracle as his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kh"] was in bad shape against Garla's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"]. Bhatia got now help on the [poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="7h"] run out. Going into heads up play the blinds were 600,000/1,200,000 and the stacks were: Garla: 102,973,521 (85.8BBs) Theologis: 58,864,219 (49BBs) But it only took Garla a few more minutes to wrap up the victory after maintaining the chip lead for the duration of the final table. Theologis was then in the danger zone after falling to 11 blinds. Garla had chipped away at the Englishman's stack but took a 10 to 1 chip lead after winning a pot of 37.8 million. Theologis called a river bet of 11.76 million into a pot of 14.28 million with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"] for second pair on the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Ks"] board but Garla rivered top pair with his [poker card="Kh"][poker card="5d"]. The killer blow was delivered two minutes later as both players were all in preflop. Theologis: [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"] Garla: [poker card="Qd"][poker card="7d"] Garla sealed the win, his first career bracelet and a 3,551,611.32 HKD ($461,709.47) payday as he flopped top pair and held as the board came [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="4h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="Th"]. Final Table Payouts Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla - $461,709.47 Alexandros 'THE Sheriff' Theologis - $329,122.04 Kunal 'Alex_52' Bhatia - $234,609.77 Alan 'TheCockroach' Schein - $167,237.48 Wenhao 'pwhwin' Peng - $119,212.54 Divanshu 'd0rk21' Khurana - $84,978.95 Eduards 'lIlIlIlIillI' Kudrjavcevs- $60,575.74 Vladas 'Vladiator13' Tamasauskas - $43,180.48 Ignacio 'Curandero' Moron - $30,780.46 Faces in the Crowd A plethora of notable names made it to Day 2 and finished in the money. Bracelet winner Chris Moorman (159th - $3,712) added another WSOP cash to what has been an impressive series from the Englishman. Another player representing the United Kingdom was recent WSOP bracelet winner Roberto Romanello (120th - $4,234). Romanello became the first Welsh-born player to win a bracelet and latest player to join the prestigious 'Triple Crown' winners list with titles in the WPT, EPT and now WSOP. Alex Foxen (78th), Daniel Negreanu (77th) and Brandon Adams (75th) all cashed for $5,665. Kristen Bicknell (53rd - $5,665 ), Parker Talbot (34th - $7,948) and Steve O'Dwyer (25th - $11,149) all amassed big chip stacks at one stage in Day 2 but fell before the final table. The unfortunate final table boy was last years WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino who finished in 10th place for $21,941.
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