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[caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb was one of three WCOOP event winners on Thursday, but he got more than just another title and the prize money. (WPT photo).[/caption] September 8, 2016 will probably go down as one of the strangest, if not most important, days in the life of Shaun Deeb. He began the day as one of five players left in the Event #12 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and ended it as the second player to have won four WCOOP titles all while his wife Ashley gave birth to their second child. Deeb beat out a final table that included Dzmitry Urbanovich, Eric Wasserson and high stakes regular 'OLD TIME GIN' to win the $1,050 No Limit Five Card Draw Championship event. Deeb earned $22,185.60 for the win which tied him with Dan Kelly for the most career WCOOP titles. And while winning any WCOOP event makes for a great day for any poker player, his wife Ashley managed to deliver their second child, Chance, before final table play began. While Deeb was celebrating his big day, Spanish-born poker pro 'tua133' was busy putting on a clinic at the final table of the $215 Progressive KO NLHE event. He eliminated seven of his final eight opponents to win the first WCOOP title of his career and $58,559.89 in prize money plus $21,076.66 in bounties. Deeb wasn't the only former #1-ranked player to win a WCOOP title on Thursday. The third and final WCOOP event to wrap up, the $215 NLHE with Big Antes, went to Brian 'brianm15' England. The event drew 1,771 entries plus an additional 913 re-entries, allowing England, who was #1 for one week in early 2014, to walk away with his second WCOOP title and $78,382.71. Event #12 - $1,050 No Limit Five Card Draw Championship 95 entries - $95,000 paid out to 11 places Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb - $22,185.60 'OLD TIME GIN' - $16,841.05 Eric 'thechips55' Wasserson - $12,784.05 Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich - $9,704.38 'ShipitFTW911' - $7,366.60 'scuel1975' - $5,591.99 Event #13 - $215 NL Hold'em (Progressive KO) 4,100 entries - $820,000 paid out to 512 places tua133 - $58,559.89 simbir - $41,741.77 ChiphunterTH - $29,754.97 Breixo 'Palomobuchón' Gonzalez- $21,210.32 lcl1988 - $15,119.44 Edison 'Edison82' Roberto - $10,777.62 Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando - $7,682.62 MistheMan - $5,476.41 Kafrou - $3,903.41 Event 14 - $215 NL Hold'em w/ Big Antes 2,684 entries - $536,900 paid out to 332 places Brian 'brianm15' England - $78,382.71 Jonathan 'OMGjonyctt' Concepcion - $56,356.96 Romans 'RovoDice' Voitovs - $40,521.15 engantil - $29,135.08 Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes - $20,948.35 AussieXXX - $15,062.07 Sir$aajola - $10,829.72 SLAYA69!! - $7,786.65 Nodar 'zeruka' Nakaidze - $5,598.66
There was plenty of major online poker tournament action over the weekend, led by veteran PocketFives member TJ '1bigacehole' Ulmer of Australia (ranked #61 worldwide), who took home the largest score in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $113,330 after finishing in third place officially. PokerStars players 'Tarmooo' and 'olipetra' cashed for $91,853 and $83,823 for their respective first and second place efforts in that event. Online poker tournament specialist 'pascal' of the United Kingdom came out on top in the partypoker Powerfest Event #16 to collect $54,536. The $2,600 buy-in "Super High Roller" tournament was won by 'gordiju' for $37,476. In the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, PocketFiver 'djuk8' picked up the win after the heads-up deal to walk away with $54,373 as 'srxakgirona' claimed an outright victory in the $1,050 NLHE Sunday Grand for $60,765. Brian 'brianm15' England of Costa Rica (ranked #46 worldwide) won the Pot Limit Omaha version of that event and was awarded $36,700. 'Rdidi06' outlasted nearly 30,000 opponents to win the Sunday Storm on Stars and receive a $29,995 payday. PocketFives member 'ForSjovt' of Denmark earned $53,754 for 1st place in the 888 Poker Super XL Event #14 over the weekend. The $600 buy-in NLHE "Whale" tournament was won by 'wes.c.addle' for $42,502. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed 5,229 entrants - $1,045,800 paid out to 728 spots Tarmooo - $91,853* olipetra - $83,823* TJ '1bigacehole' Ulmer - $113,330* zaxoscy - $88,767* WestCliff21 - $36,079.78 ZuzanaM - $25,319.75 lordzefiro - $17,768.56 martinshev - $12,469.38 takechip - $8,750.73 Denotes *four-way deal PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) *$350K Guaranteed 1,970 entrants - $394,000 paid out to 278 spots djuk8 - $54,373 He3HaiKa - $47,492 *2-way deal *Sick f!sh* - $31,086.16 Soprano42 - $22,559.21 Flipmeister8 - $16,371.21 C Darwin2- $11,880.55 Egor699 - $8,621.70 (Egorrr) nwpuhxy - $6,256.75 Bouling - $4,540.53 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$250K Guaranteed 323 entrants - $323,000 paid out to 39 spots srxakgirona - $60,764.68 girafganger7 - $45,462.05 n3xD - $34,013.22 ludovi333 - $25,447.58 Hope_Flooky - $19,039.04 s00tedj0kers - $14,244.39 BillLewinsky - $10,657.19 Berndsen12 - $7,973.35 DeosOner - $5,965.39 (RoryYoung) PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000+50 PLO 6-Max) *$125K Guaranteed 184 entrants - $184,000 paid out to 23 spots Brian 'brianm15' England - $36,699.80 fjutekk - $27,106.47 nilsef - $20,020.89 EEE27 - $14,787.45 Anton 'antesvante' Wigg - $10,922.05 Henrik 'kingsize86' Wahlberg - $8,067.03 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) *$250k Guaranteed 29,800 entrants - $300,000 paid out to 4,886 spots Rdidi06 - $29,994.78 777talant$$$ - $21,381.27 diamondfist - $15,241.26 Cenzhere - $10,864.47 Fnirk - $7,744.53 Heopsss - $5,520.54 eshorkin - $3,935.19 IndeMan - $2,805.09 kleberbatata - $1,999.53 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$125k Guaranteed 50 entrants - $125,000 paid out to 7 spots gordiju - $37,476 Im_on__Tilt - $34,399 *2-way deal SLARVBOGMAJS - $18,750 (Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar) probirs - $12,500 OlliKaaahn - $9,375 Biack - $6,875 (Blackk) dafuquisdis - $5,625 partypoker Powerfest #16 ($215 NLHE) *$300k Guaranteed 1,716 entrants - $343,200 paid out to 216 spots Lefiscal - $54,356 (pascal) fizzygypsy - $40,628 artofyou - $30,332 mehpkr - $22,478 TorTor2012 - $15,616 Kuukopoopotin - $12,184 LuiMartins - $8,752 GundoganBdOr - $6,006 Schijtlaars - $3,432 (Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff) 888 Poker Super XL Event #14 ($160 NLHE) *$250k Guaranteed 1,454 entrants - $316,200 paid out to 162 spots ForSjovt - $53,754 SalsaFiesta - $39,525 happymonkey9 - $30,007 888_de - $21,502 trino11 - $15,652 iikka12 - $12,490 f0rmEiTseGaL - $9,328 Huwwiel - $6,166 omgpatbrooks - $3,415 888 Poker Super XL - Whale($600 NLHE) *$200k Guaranteed 392 entrants - $221,480 paid out to 54 spots wes.c.addle - $42,502 cjacksallin - $31,561 GangstaGo - $23,255 (STiger) DrMiKee - $17,718 (Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez) ThEtRaIN96 - $12,403 SergeyMavrod - $9,413 diosmono69 - $7,198 jcubillos11 - $4,983 weltmaschine - $3,677
[caption width="640"] Viktor Blom won the PLO version of the PokerStars Sunday Grand this week (Unibet photo)[/caption] Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom is one of the most mercurial figures in online poker history. He's won and lost millions in the nosebleed cash games and won the 2013 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event. On Sunday he added to his own legend, beating out 148 other players to win the PokerStars Sunday Grand Pot Limit Omaha for $30,200. Former #1-ranked Brian 'brianm15' England took down the $1,050 buy-in Sunday Grand No Limit Hold'em for a cash prize of $43,234. He also finished seventh in the PLO version of the event. 'Kesjan' outlasted more than 5,800 opponents to capture an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $157,486 over the weekend. He was followed by runner-up finisher 'enigma2018' who collected $110,515 and Brazilian Andre Busato (ranked #387 worldwide) who placed third for $77,556. 'SENSIMIL1' of the Russian Federation won the Stars Sunday Warm-up and walked away with $43,358 following a heads-up final table chop. The Sunday Supersonic tournament was won by 'soufian-070' who was awarded $34,597. There was a heads-up deal in the Sunday Supersonic, with '100CACIFE' taking home the largest score of $22,565. Brazilian Dimitri Gringenkov won the partypoker Heavyweight - The Title Fight event over the weekend and claimed the $83,500 championship prize. There was a heads-up deal in the $530 buy-in High Roller tournament as 'RingelStink' and Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen each took home over $34,100. In the 888poker Baby Whale event, 'callylally' was the victor for a cash payout of $26,819. The Mega Deep tournament saw 'Streusalz' atop the final leaderboard for $19,732. PokerStars Sunday Million($200 + $15 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed - 5,832 entrants - $1,166,400 paid out to 1,052 spots Kesjan - $157,485.71 enigma2018 - $110,514.76 Andre Busato - $77,555.80 Also11 - $54,426.32 ante_geia_AA - $38,194.81 Melo jr - $26,803.98 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - $18,810.29 FshnIsMyPrfn - $13,200.61 Jollymakky - $9,263.89 PokerStars Warm-Up($200 + $15 NLHE) *$250K Guaranteed - 1,609 entrants - $321,800 paid out to 269 spots SENSIMIL1 - $43,357.78 BuddyAces2 - $40,699.98 *2-way deal STELARI198 - $25,279.03 donovantripp - $18,175.84 spaarky777 - $13,068.58 munchenHB - $9,396.43 (Mike 'telks' Telker) bartowskiFR - $6,756.12 Sick Pastorr - $4,857.69 dresserWbn - $3,492.72 PokerStars Sunday Grand($1,000 + $50 NLHE) *$150K Guaranteed - 222 entrants - $222,000 paid out to 31 spots Brian 'brianm15' England - $43,234.35 voytech75 - $32,300.40 1_conor_b_1 - $24,131.73 Y.Strah0vski - $18,028.88 Sasuke234 - $13,469.45 (Ariados) ZeelandBoy - $10,063.06 33juggernaut - $7,518.14 Biocid - $5,616.84 BillLewinsky - $4,196.35 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO($1,000 + $50 PLO Six-Max) *$75K Guaranteed - 149 entrants - $149,000 paid out to 19 spots Isildur1 - $30,199.64 YOUYOU777 - $22,542.18 Martin 'nizmo jiz' Kozlov - $16,826.39 vovtroy - $12,559.91 ruthless848 - $9,375.22 theNERDguy - $6,998.05 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic($200 + $15 NLHE 6-Max Hyper Turbo) *$150K Guaranteed - 1,034 entrants - $211,722 paid out to 143 spots soufian-070 - $34,597.24 toril274 - $22,614.83 TonyYayo5 - $14,782.69 unclemo1989 - $9,663.04 teckidtq - $6,316.46 (Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville) diphazz - $4,128.89 PokerStars Sunday Storm($10 + $1 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed - 25,580 entrants - $255,800 paid out to 5,084 spots 100CACIFE - $22,564.88 superdietyp - $16,884.43 *2-way deal Elochka1818 - $11,043.11 MCKovin - $7,593.88 gugu2ta - $5,222.00 sirtenzoe - $3,590.94 JokeRs55ru - $2,469.36 boroo0515 - $1,698.07 PlumbersMate - $1,167.67 partypoker $530 High Roller$150K Guaranteed- 430 entrants - $215,000 paid out to 63 spots RingelStink - $34,190 thebattler33 - $34,145 *2-way deal (Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen) Swunhiire - $20,688 veniVidi_Vici - $15,013 Heisenburg69 - $10,896 ILOVEBOOBISS - $7,906 Graftekkel - $5,738 rafaelmoraesgm - $4,164 partypoker Heavyweight "The Title Fight"($200 + $15 NLHE) *$500k Guaranteed - 2,228 entrants - $500,000 paid out to 280 spots Dimitri Gringenkov - $83,500 Alien_Army - $58,850 barrm111 - $38,000 josef_shvejk - $25,250 Rez-P12 - $17,725 P0L4R1C3 - $12,200 Stuey987 - $8,380 k23Temujin - $5,375 888poker THE Baby WHALE ($300 + $20 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed - 293 entrants - $138,600 paid out to 45 spots callylally - $26,819 M9yM9so - $20,097 (kot_apartac) grandma1954 - $15,246 (1_conor_b_1) HinduKrush - $11,435 888Dominik - $7,900 KTBFFH89 - $6,098 (seahawk89) SeRG3nT - $4,712 (bebaimis777) rubenrtv - $3,326 888poker MEGA DEEP ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$200K Guaranteed - 522 entrants - $104,400 paid out to 72 spots Streusalz - $19,732 dmg34 - $14,459 TR0P_F4CIL3 - $10,649 CoCoMic - $7,830 Roulette69 - $5,220 RThorsten - $3,654 Imyurfriend - $2,610 ballinbenny - $1,827
[caption width="640"] Brian England finished 208th in the 2017 WSOP Main Event.[/caption] For one week, back in February 2014, Brian England was the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. This past week, England has spent every day battling against 7,220 other players in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. England started Day 5 as one of the shortest stacks in the room, but was happy with his table draw after fighting through some tough ones. . “It’s the best table I’ve heard surprisingly since Day 1. I’ve had extremely tough tables the past few days,” said England. His summer in Las Vegas hasn’t gone all that well. He estimates he’s played somewhere around 20 tournaments between the WSOP and some of the other properties around town. He’s cashed for just $9,084. “It’s been a terrible summer overall,” said England. “This could be a good trip saver, absolutely.” Despite a decent table, England wasn’t able to survive the second level of the day, busting in 208th place for $46,096 The hardest part of the summer for England has been being away from his girlfriend and three year-old son. “It’s been 45 days without them and that’s by far the longest I’ve ever been without him,” said England. “That’s tough because they change so much at that age, week to week. Looking forward to getting back. I want to get back there as soon as possible.” “There” is San Jose, Costa Rica where England ended up in 2011, not long after Black Friday. While he still makes most of his income playing online, he’s made a concerted effort this year to play more live. The transition is being driven by some of England’s concerns about the future of online poker. “Obviously it’s getting tougher and with some of the sites not caring so much about security, you have to worry about other things on top of the games getting tougher,” said England. “I just don’t feel like it’s going to be a thing in a few years, online, to be honest, with machine learning and artificial intelligence as it progresses. There will always be live.” So far this year he’s made trips to the PokerStars Championship events in the Bahamas and Panama as well as a trip to Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, but the vast difference between being able to multi-table at all hours of the day and playing a single live event is presenting a bit of a challenge for the 28-year-old former New Jersey resident. “Trying to get more used to it. Not sure I have the patience, it just feels like you’re never going to see the long run. But I’m trying, a few trips this year, we’ll see how it goes,” said England. Even though he’s concerned about the viability of online poker as a career, he’s not sure he’ll ever give it up entirely. “Very unlikely. I still like having the option. All I’ve ever known is playing online poker for a living,” said England.