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  1. A couple weeks ago, Damon Shulenberger conducted a Skype interviewwith professional poker player Brian tsarrast Rast (pictured), posting portions of it online. It was "far ranging," as he put it, covering topics from poker to politics, but overall, it provided some insight into both the poker world and Rast's mindset. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- In the first portion, Shulenberger asked Rast about his play during the 2015 World Series of Poker, how much he focused on cash games as opposed to tournaments. Rast said, to Shulenberger's surprise, that he actually played tournaments more than cash games, though it sounded like the split was not far from even. Rast played in about 30 tournaments during the WSOP, five of which were at Aria: two $25,000 tourneys, two $25,000 satellites, and the $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl, which he won for $7.5 million. He frequented the big mixed game at Aria often, though. Rast explained that with high-stakes games like that, there typically needs to be what Shulenberger and he called an "instigator," that is a whale who is in a business other than poker. Rast added, though, that an instigator is not necessarily always the biggest loser at the table – he's just the one who starts the ball rolling. While it is implied that pros often don't want to play against each other without a "fish" at the table, Rast said he enjoys playing against all types of players. Moving on, Shulenberger asked about Rast's first bracelet win, the 2011 WSOP $50,000 Poker Player's Championship in which he won $1.7 million. Rast said, "In a sense, the $50K was sort of well-timed for me that year because… I had been playing some mixed… and so while I wouldn't have called myself an expert by any means, I think that I was probably underrated by other people." Nowadays, the entire Poker Player's Championship is a mixed game, but at that time, the final table was strictly No Limit Hold'em, catering to ESPN's television audience. "It really helped at the end that the final table was No Limit Hold'em," Rast noted. "Essentially, it ended up being a really soft $50K No Limit Hold'em final table." He continued, "A lot of the people in general who made the final table were better mixed game overall players than they were just straight No Limit Hold'em players, so like, I'd say of all the people at the final table, it benefited me the most in terms of the difference between my overall mixed game versus my overall No Limit Hold'em [game]." Part 3 of the interview was mostly a political rant, but Rast discussed the Super High Roller Bowl a bit. He praised the tournament, criticizing poker in general for being the most watched sport or game in which the players have to put up all the money and receive nothing in return from event organizers or sponsors. To the Super High Roller Bowl, he said, "To be honest, this is the first event that seems sustainable that really is doing something for the players." In the final part of the interview that has been posted to this point, Rast and Shulenberger discussed some of his thought process behind bankroll management and his mindset depending on how much he has at stake. He won a $25,000 satellite to gain entry into the $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl, but whereas a lot of people would view the $500,000 as essentially a freeroll, Rast treated it the same as he would have had he bought in directly. He was going to play regardless of whether or not he won a satellite, so he viewed the satellite as a $475,000 win. That he won the satellite had no bearing on how he played in the main tournament; he wasn't going to throw caution to the wind just because he had less money at stake. Rast sold pieces of himself prior to the $500K, but did not say how much. What he did say, though, is that winning the satellite did not have any bearing as to how much of himself he sold. What it did do was guarantee a profit, as selling more than $25,000 of his buy-in meant he automatically came out ahead even if he busted on the first hand. Rast added that he does derive a lot of satisfaction from winning money not just for himself, but for other people who invested in him. Read an interview with Rast about the Super High Roller Bowl. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. The World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the entire world. It’s full of elite players. Those that are considered to the best of the best will tell you that it’s the most meaningful poker tournament to them, while others spend entire careers just trying to build up enough skill, experience, respect, and bankroll to simply compete in it. When it comes to the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, who are the best? That’s what we're going to take a look at here. The event’s first year was in 2006 and it drew 143 entries. David 'Chip' Reese, of whom many will tell you was the greatest all-around poker player ever, won the inaugural tournament by beating Andy Bloch in heads-up play. He earned $1.784 million for the win and is still one of the event’s top earners. In 2008, following the death of Reese in December 2007, the tournament’s trophy was named the 'Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.' With the completion of the 2019 edition of the event, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship has been played 14 times. From those 14 events, a total of 1,556 entries have been generated and 140 individual players have cashed. The total prize money that’s been awarded from the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship stands at $74.61 million. Twenty-one different players have cashed for $1 million or more in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and it’s none other than three-time winner Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi sitting atop the event’s all-time money list with $4.63 million in winnings. Mizrachi has cashed four times in the event, with each being a run to the final table. His success has been so great in this tournament that he’s nearly $1.5 million ahead of Brian Rast’s second-most winnings of $3.16 million. WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship Facts and Figures Michael Mizrachi is the event's all-time money leader with $4.63 million won 140 individual players have cashed at least once in the event 21 individual players have cashed for a total of $1 million or more Five individual players have cashed for a total of $2 million or more Three individual players have cashed for a total of $3 million or more Freddy Deeb holds the record for single-largest payday, winning $2.276 million for his victory in 2007 Five players are tied for most cashes in the event at four each - Michael Mizrachi, John Hennigan, Andy Bloch, Phil Ivey, and Barry Greenstein 19 individual players have cashed at least three times in the event Ralph Perry has cashed three times in the event but never reached the final table In 2013, Gary Benson and Joe Cassidy busted simultaneously with 17 players left, splitting 16th-place prize money and taking $55,947 each Michael Mizrachi has made the most final tables at four; John Hennigan has made the second most at three The event has awarded a total of $74.61 million Largest field size and prize pool came in both 2007 and 2008 - each year drew 148 entries for a prize pool of $7.104 million 2019 marked the event's smallest turnout and prize - 74 entries and $3.552 million WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship All-Time Money List PLAYER WINNINGS CASHES FINAL TABLES WINS Michael Mizrachi $4,630,641 4 4 3 Brian Rast $3,160,474 3 2 2 John Hennigan $3,091,166 4 3 1 Freddy Deeb $2,360,462 2 1 1 Matthew Ashton $2,025,385 3 1 1 Scotty Nguyen $1,989,120 1 1 1 Andy Bloch $1,813,988 4 2 0 Chip Reese $1,784,640 1 1 1 John Hanson $1,641,679 2 2 0 Mike Gorodinsky $1,519,715 3 1 1 Elior Sion $1,512,338 2 1 1 Bruno Fitoussi $1,448,599 2 2 0 David Bach $1,436,646 2 1 1 Michael DeMichele $1,243,200 1 1 0 Chris Klodnicki $1,148,249 2 2 0 Vladimir Schemelev $1,131,904 2 1 0 Phil Hui $1,099,311 1 1 1 Don Nguyen $1,096,254 1 1 0 Phil Hellmuth $1,063,034 1 1 0 Matt Glantz $1,044,458 3 2 0 Phil Ivey $1,013,457 4 1 0 Minh Ly $975,593 2 2 0 Brandon Shack-Harris $937,975 1 1 0 Barry Greenstein $928,919 4 2 0 Jean-Robert Bellande $873,455 2 1 0 David Oppenheim $869,955 3 1 0 Johannes Becker $862,649 1 1 0 Josh Arieh $803,969 2 1 0 Justin Bonomo $801,048 1 1 0 Erick Lindgren $781,440 1 1 0 David Singer $749,280 2 2 0 Huck Seed $708,651 3 2 0 David 'ODB' Baker $657,123 2 1 0 Abe Mosseri $642,726 3 1 0 Isaac Haxton $595,812 1 1 0 Jesse Martin $594,570 1 1 0 Amnon Filippi $586,080 1 1 0 Lyle Berman $573,957 2 1 0 Jim Bechtel $549,120 1 1 0 Eric Wasserson $545,772 1 1 0 Daniel Negreanu $535,634 3 1 0 Erik Sagstrom $522,393 1 1 0 Dan Smith $521,782 1 1 0 Robert Mizrachi $516,650 3 1 0 Shaun Deeb $507,791 3 1 0 David Benyamine $497,122 1 1 0 Daniel Alaei $492,771 3 1 0 Scott Seiver $484,567 3 1 0 Owais Ahmed $482,058 1 1 0 TJ Cloutier $480,480 1 1 0 Dewey Tomko $474,624 2 1 0 Mike Wattel $467,046 3 1 0 John Esposito $466,407 1 1 0 Kenny Tran $444,000 1 1 0 John Juanda $436,865 1 1 0 Ivo Donev $419,337 1 1 0 Luke Schwartz $406,736 1 1 0 Doyle Brunson $398,880 2 1 0 Ralph Perry $392,200 3 0 0 George Danzer $388,523 1 1 0 Vitaly Lunkin $368,812 1 1 0 Mike Leah $364,197 1 1 0 Ben Sulsky $353,928 1 1 0 Bryce Yockey $325,989 1 1 0 Roland Israelashvili $317,882 1 1 0 Paul Volpe $312,813 2 1 0 Jonathan Duhamel $307,018 2 1 0 George Lind $300,441 1 1 0 Ray Dehkharghani $299,617 2 0 0 Aaron Katz $288,562 2 1 0 Chun Zhou $286,122 1 1 0 Tommy Hang $279,292 2 0 0 Will Wilkinson $272,558 1 1 0 David 'Bakes' Baker $272,275 1 1 0 Benny Glaser $260,578 1 1 0 Stephen Chidwick $253,497 1 1 0 Jeff Lisandro $248,635 2 0 0 Patrick Bueno $230,880 1 1 0 Ville Wahlbeck $219,655 1 1 0 Frank Kassela $212,829 1 1 0 Gavin Smith $205,920 1 0 0 Patrik Antonius $205,920 1 0 0 Robert Williamson III $205,920 1 0 0 Bill Chen $205,856 1 1 0 Brett Richey $204,579 2 0 0 Ben Lamb $201,338 1 1 0 Joe Cassidy $193,227 2 0 0 James Obst $192,767 2 0 0 Thor Hansen $188,256 1 1 0 Mike Matusow $186,128 2 0 0 Daniel Kelly $184,222 1 1 0 Chau Giang $184,087 1 1 0 Mikael Thuritz $182,463 1 1 0 Chris Vitch $182,391 2 0 0 Raymond Davis $177,600 1 0 0 Michael Glick $173,796 1 0 0 Jason Lester $168,529 1 0 0 Dan Cates $168,305 1 1 0 Melissa Burr $165,435 1 1 0 Erik Seidel $162,381 1 1 0 Alexander Kostritsyn $152,730 1 0 0 Nick Schulman $152,730 1 0 0 Talal Shakerchi $149,398 2 0 0 Bryn Kenney $147,882 1 0 0 Greg Mueller $144,049 1 0 0 Yan Chen $143,400 1 0 0 Joseph Michael $142,080 1 0 0 Jason Mercier $139,265 1 0 0 Shawn Buchanan $139,265 1 0 0 Cong Do $137,280 1 0 0 David Levi $137,280 1 0 0 Allen Kessler $134,101 1 1 0 Gabe Kaplan $131,424 1 0 0 Kevin Song $128,620 1 0 0 Ian Johns $125,142 1 0 0 Mike Binger $124,723 1 0 0 Gus Hansen $123,895 1 0 0 Mark Gregorich $117,216 1 0 0 Stephen Wolff $117,216 1 0 0 Rep Porter $116,571 1 0 0 Todd Brunson $115,447 1 0 0 Allen Bari $113,030 1 0 0 Troy Burkholder $111,893 1 0 0 Justin Smith $110,073 1 0 0 Sebastian Ruthenberg $108,503 1 0 0 Viktor Blom $105,235 1 0 0 Greg Raymer $103,008 1 0 0 Tim Phan $103,008 1 0 0 David Chiu $99,590 1 0 0 Ilya Bulychev $98,330 1 0 0 Dario Sammartino $93,764 1 0 0 Chris Reslock $88,800 1 0 0 John Racener $87,010 1 0 0 Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga $83,630 1 0 0 John Kabbaj $72,914 1 0 0 Steve Billirakis $72,914 1 0 0 Randy Ohel $72,500 1 0 0 Yehuda Buchalter $72,500 1 0 0 Andrew Brown $72,078 1 0 0 Gary Benson $55,947 1 0 0 Last updated Saturday, June 29, 2019.
  3. Get inside the mind of Chris 'moorman1' Moorman. As an 888poker ambassador Moorman has played poker on camera a countless number of times. But in this latest video for 888poker and PokerGO, the man with over $16 million in online earnings jumps into the role of the commentator to break down a now-famous hand from Poker Central’s Super High Roller Bowl between two heavyweight poker pros in Daniel Negreanu and Mikita Badziakouski. “I remember watching it at the time, live on the stream, and I was amazed by the end results,” Moorman said. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In the video, the former #1-ranked PocketFiver takes a moment to give props to the high caliber of players at the table including Ali Imsirovic, Jake Schindler and Brian Rast. Then he proceeds to break the hand down. Street-by-street the PocketFives Legacy Award winner offers his insight and analysis, even taking issue with some of the decisions that were made. He discusses the importance of re-evaluating your thought process and decisions when information you weren’t expecting is introduced, such as when Negreanu is faced by an overbet by Badziakouski on the river. Ultimately, Negreanu finds himself in a tight spot where he makes an amazing laydown where many people might have called off. “It looks amazing because it’s right,” Moorman says. “Definitely in-game though you have a weird sort-of spidey sense feeling. Your gut is telling you to fold and there are definitely times I’ve listened to my gut over the theory and made an exploitable fold and been right.” Check it out below.
  4. The record-setting WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic wrapped up at Bellagio in Las Vegas, with the $10,400 Main Event attracting a huge field of 1,001 entries and featuring some of poker's biggest names. In addition to the Main Event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule featured several events with five-figure buy-ins and one with a six-figure price of entry. Here are the winners from a tremendous week of poker in Sin City. The biggest winners overall from these high buy-in events, excluding the $10,400 Main Event, were Jake Schindler, Jason Koon, Seth Davies, Chris Hunichen, and Dominik Nitsche. Although he didn't earn the most money, it's certainly worth noting that Sam Soverel cashed in four of these events for a total of $314,500. No one else cashed in more than two. Ladines Wins First $10,000 PLO Event The first two high roller events on the schedule were both $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournaments. The first one attracted 35 entries for a $350,000 prize pool and saw the top five places make the money. Joshua Ladines took the event’s title and $128,090 top prize, with both Brian Rast and Sam Soverel finishing in the money. Joshua Ladines - $128,090 John Riordan - $102,910 Jonathan Abdellatif - $56,000 Brian Rast - $35,000 Sam Soverel - $28,000 Soverel Takes Second $10,000 PLO Event In the second $10,000 PLO event, a group of familiar faces was back in the money. Soverel topped the field of 29 entries to win the title and $116,000, Ladines finished third for $46,400, and WPT Five Diamond wonder boy Ryan Tosoc scored fifth for $23,200. Tosoc notably finished second in the Season XV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.134 million before going on to win the event in Season XVI for $1.958 million. Sam Soverel - $116,000 Jonathan Depa - $75,400 Joshua Ladines- $46,400 Michael Song - $29,000 Ryan Tosoc - $23,200 Hennigan Captures $10,000 8-Game Mixed Title If you know Bellagio, you know it’s home to the most iconic high-stakes poker room in the world, Bobby’s Room. It’s where the game’s elite compete for astronomical cash-game stakes, but during WPT Five Diamond some of those players shifted their focus to tournament play, specifically in the $10,000 buy-in 8-Game Mixed High Roller. The tournament generated 24 entries, and it was none other than five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member John Hennigan taking home the top prize of $110,400. John Hennigan - $110,400 Ben Yu - $67,200 Randy Ohel - $38,400 John Racener - $24,000 Loeser and Fox Chop First $25,000 High Roller In the first of three $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments on this year’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic slate, 42 entries were generated to create a prize pool of $1.05 million. The top six places paid, and the top two spots went to Manig Loeser and Elio Fox in a chop that earned each player more than $300,000. Loeser scored first place for $321,300, and Fox took second for $308,700. Manig Loeser- $321,300 Elio Fox - $308,700 Jake Schindler - $168,000 Dan Smith - $105,000 Cary Katz - $84,000 Nick Petrangelo - $63,000 Petrangelo Wins Second $25,000 High Roller The second $25,000 buy-in tournament attracted 47 entries and generated a $1.175 million prize pool. The top seven places reached the money, with several notables cashing. None earned more than Nick Petrangelo, though, who chopped the event heads up with Sergio Aido to take home the winning prize of $289,944. Aido scored $287,634 for second. Petrangelo was coming off a sixth-place result for $63,000 in the first $25,000 event of this series. Soverel, who finished in the money of the first two high rollers on the schedule, including winning one for $116,000, finished sixth in this event for $70,500. Nick Petrangelo - $289,944 Sergio Aido - $287,634 Seth Davies - $256,672 Ben Yu - $117,500 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - $94,000 Sam Soverel - $70,500 Rainer Kempe - $58,750 Davies Victorious in Third $25,000 High Roller The third and final $25,000 high roller tournament on the WPT Five Diamond schedule drew 50 entries for a $1.25 million prize pool. The top eight places reached the money, and it was Seth Davies taking the title and $341,920 in first-place prize money. The win came just days after Davies took third in the previous $25,000 high roller event during the series of $256,672, as you can see above. Davies did a deal with Isaac Haxton in second place, who earned $320,580. The money was filled with notable high rollers, including Alex Foxen taking third for $175,000. Foxen has had himself quite a 2018 and is closing it strong both on the live felt and the virtual felt. In the online world, Foxen recently achieved a new all-time high in the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. You'll also notice Soverel's name appearing in the in-the-money places once again, this time for fifth place, worth $100,000. Seth Davies - $341,920 Isaac Haxton - $320,580 Alex Foxen - $175,000 David Peters - $125,000 Sam Soverel - $100,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $75,000 Rainer Kempe - $62,500 Elio Fox: $50,000 Schindler Defeats Koon for $100,000 Super High Roller Victory The final big buy-in event from the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule this year was the $100,000 Super High Roller. The event drew 37 entries to Bellagio for a $3.7 million prize pool and the top six spots reached the money. Earning the $1.332 million first-place prize was Jake Schindler. Adding that score to the $168,000 he won earlier in the series for taking third place in one of the $25,000 high rollers, Schindler scored $1.5 million in prize money at Bellagio this December. Schindler beat out Jason Koon for the win, and Koon took home $888,000 for his second-place finish. Jake Schindler - $1,332,000 Jason Koon - $888,000 Chris Hunichen - $592,000 Dominik Nitsche - $370,000 Ben Tollerene - $296,000 Talal Shakerchi - $222,000
  5. High-stakes poker pro Brian tsarrastRast (pictured) cashed five times in this year's WSOP, but only earned a little more than $50,000 for his efforts. For someone with a track record as stellar as the 33-year-old's, the series could be considered a disappointment. But his summer changed dramatically after winning his seat into the $500,000 buy-in Aria Super High Roller Bowl in a $25,000 satellite and going on to take first place for $7.5 million. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- In a podcast with poker mind coach Elliot Roe, Rast described the strategies he used to focus and turn $25,000 into a seven-figure score. According to the poker pro, three satellites into the tournament were offered, but only the first and third gained enough players to award the full amount of the seat. The payout structure was daunting, with first taking the $500,000 entry, second winning $25,000, and third place receiving nothing. Rast bested the field in the first satellite and called the massive jump in prizes "the biggest bubble of the summer." Rast revealed that although he had won his $500,000 entry, he still ended up selling pieces of himself. "It was great because now I was going to make money on the $500,000 no matter what," he said. "It was a great spot to be in. There was no stress in the [tournament]. It wasn't like I would be out of whatever [money] I kept of myself. It was nice." The high-stakes pro described his bankroll management as conservative compared to younger players. "I believe that many poker players younger than me, given my bankroll, would keep a bigger piece than I would, butyou don't win every tournament," he added. "I like the feeling that, win or lose, it's not going to matter too much to me." He discussed how he remained focused in the event, explaining that the high stakes involved captured his complete attention, unlike smaller buy-in tournaments. He also talked about listening to a meditative mantra on breaks, which he and his wife had been listening to at home. He also took her advice to avoid speaking to friends on the rail, which could damage his concentration. His mental focus was put to the test during a hand in which Scott Seiver (pictured) took a massive pot with pocket eights versus Rast's pocket kings. "I just told myself, 'I'm still in it. I'm not going to let that bother me,'" he said. "That was a massive pot. It was for around 14 million of the 21 million chips. If I had won that, I pretty much would have had the tournament locked up." "Don't give up until it's all over. You can still fight and come back and win," he said. "Why put yourself in a state of mind where you're not playing your best?" He told himself he had plenty of time to complain over a drink with his friends after the event, but now was the time to focus on regaining the chip lead. Big One for One Drop champ Antonio Esfandiari was on the rail and commented how impressed he was that Rast was able to compose himself and go "right back to work" in the tournament. Soon after that hand, the tables turned back into Rast's favor when he took out Connor blanconegro Drinan with pocket eights against Drinan's queens. "The eight felt like it was sent there," Rast joked. "Either God put it there or justice put it out there. Finally, I [hit] the eight and he was behind." Listen to the podcast here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  6. While most of the poker world had their eyes focused on the opening day of the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Events, there were 18 other events that wrapped on Sunday with three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Brian Rast beating a stacked final table to win the first SCOOP title of his career. Rast beat out 156 other players, including a final table that included 'Bencb789', Adam 'adamyid' Owen, Alex 'Bigfox86' Foxen and eventual runner-up Scott 'gunning4you' Seiver to take home Event #52 High ($1,050 No Limit Deuce to Seven) and $36,502.50. Seiver ended up with $25,120 for his second place finish. While Rast may have been the most high-profile winner on Sunday, the biggest winner was Andy 'andyafc#1' Laurie, who won Event #49 ($2,100 Six Max NLHE) for $124,019.19 after coming to terms on a deal with 'Mortan23' and 'Scarface.VLT' once there was just three players remaining. Just 24 hours after banking a six-figure win for taking down Event #46 (High), 'ross_654' finished fourth for $57,970. Sweden's 'IAmSoSo' won the Medium version of the event, taking home $52,575.78 after a heads-up chop with former #1-ranked 'eisenhower1' and Estonia's 'ProuaFinal' won the Low version for $22,585.07. 'Tagomago' won almost $95,000 total for winning Event #50 High ($530 NLHE PKO WTB) and Giorgos 'Talibaf' Giorkatzis chopped his way to a $65,363.48 score in Event #53 High (Six Max Pot Limit Omaha). SCOOP Event #49 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 374 Prize pool: $748,000 Andy 'andyafc#1' Laurie - $124,019.19* Mortan23 - $119,145.45* Scarface.VLT - $106,495.36* ross_654 - $57,970 Bassysaffari - $43,010 HealTheWorld - $28,050 SCOOP Event #49 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,778 Prize pool: $355,600 IAmSoSo - $52,575.78* eisenhower1 - $45,214.22* R1gO*FF - $31,115 reilly11014 - $20,447 Tony 'wwwBTHEREcom' Gregg - $13,335 IsildursHair - $7,503.16 SCOOP Event #49 (Low): $27 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 6,132 Prize pool: $27 ProuaFinal - $22,585.07 thebigdog09 - $15,806.76 pantri - $11,290.54 Gambl!ngKid - $6,774.32 2DNOD - $37,81.57 a.k.a.Beavis - $3,358.10 SCOOP Event #50 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO, Win the Button) Entries: 1,644 Prize pool: $822,000 Tagomago - $67,424.55 + $27,217.43 in bounties Noah 'dirty.brasil' Vaillancourt - $49,320 + $2,671.87 in bounties Farid 'SHiiPTHATish' Jattin - $36,990 + 17,7754.32 in bounties MiracleQ - $27,537 + $10,727.50 in bounties yurasov1990 - $19,522.50 + $7,192.50 in bounties Matto 23 - $15,412.50 + $4,548.82 in bounties lejo1 - $11,302.50 + 9,905.66 in bounties Cryptasm - $7,192.50 + 3,427.49 in bounties NastyMinder - $4,110 + $3,949.21 in bounties SCOOP Event #50 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO, Win the Button) Entries: 7,754 Prize pool: $387,700 TIITTIIT - $26,749.02* + $6,873.81 in bounties vezec - $17,611.05* + $2,213.46 in bounties $ilik0n - $20,585.10* + $4,005.02 in bounties dave the mas - $9,770.04 + $892.14 in bounties boblangster6 - $7,754 + $1,898 in bounties kolowsk1 - $5,815.50 + $1,016.53 in bounties mecosmoos - $3,877 + $678.87 in bounties RaiRar - $2,229.27 + $2,103.44 in bounties ROBBED6969 - $1,502.33 - $1,069.63 in bounties SCOOP Event #50 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO, Win the Button) Entries: 24,700 Prize pool: $123,500 blancogreeno - $5,879.57 + $1,533.87 in bounties Sicko5020 - $4,282.98 + $27,72 in bounties ninix17 - $2,778.75 + $465.85 in bounties swirek227715 - $2,223 + $76.76 in bounties aviko266 - $1,667.25 + $1,062.94 in bounties zhangmrzz - $1,111.50 + $213.77 in bounties SyHnTe - $771.87 + $115.87 in bounties ttolledo - $524.87 + $389.88 in bounties MadamRS - $308.75 + $249.55 in bounties SCOOP Event #51 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 218 Prize pool: $436,000 generdir - $100,280 RunGodlike - $69,760 Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice - $53,320 Vladimir 'voytroy' Troyanovsky - $34,880 DSmunichlife - $26,160 Ivan 'hurrrrican3' Gabrieli - $ 17,876 SCOOP Event #51 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 779 Prize pool: $155,800 IMFICKLE - $19,538.36* Ayronn - $19,450* PaulSmiley - $17,548.28* luckymo32 - $16,284.28* onmybicycle - $7,400.50 Saage - $4,674 SCOOP Event #51 (Low): $27 Six Max No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 3,166 Prize pool: $77,725.30 Lampid - $10,643.45* ositomalvadao - $10,189.22* Arms22 - $6,451.19 Proacademik - $4,119.44 smonks777 - $2,493.42 Sox[tyol] - $1,360.19 SCOOP Event #52 (High): $1,050 No Limit Deuce to Seven Entries: 157 Prize Pool: $157,000 Brian ‘tsarrast’ Rast - $36,502.50 Scott 'gunning4you' Seiver - $25,120.00 Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen - $17,270.00 ImluckNuts - $12,560.00 RunGodlike - $9,420.00 Alex 'Bigfox86' Foxen - $7,065.00 Bencb789 - $5,495.00 SCOOP Event #52 (Medium): $109 No Limit Deuce to Seven Entries: 477 Prize Pool: $47,700 MrTile - $9,516.40 Chopi7 - $6,730.94 Nkeyno - $4,607.82 Denis XXX007 - $2,901.11 Aaronmermel – $1,972.87 doofy-poofy – $1,508.75 Chamanara - $1,137.16 SCOOP Event #52 (Low): $11 No Limit Deuce to Seven Entries: 1986 Prize Pool: $19,860 0Eduardo0 - $2,421.83* Doah1414 – $2,121.83* doofy-poofy - $1,287.92 JOHAN BUSCHE - $811.08 Scaines - $565.01 CHOPCHOP888 - $423.61 Sugarman2013 - $318.15 SCOOP Event #53 (High): $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 801 Prize Pool: $400,500 Giorgos 'Talibaf' Giorkatzis – $65,363.48* Ankush 'Pistons87' Mandavia - $57,309.67* Jerry 'Hummylun' Wong - $40,050.00 Farid 'SHiiPTHATish' Jattin - $28,035.00 Lena900 - $20,025.00 Römpsä - $12,015.00 SCOOP Event #53 (Medium): $55 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 2762 Prize Pool: $138,100 RussiaSurgut - $15,309.78* Jorbeful - $18,880.69* Doncabelero - $15,043.60* Tagult - $7,526.45 Brunilsks - $4,808.64 Snipersvd78 - $2,451.27 SCOOP Event #53 (Low): $5.50 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 8093 Prize Pool: $40,465 Winer201515 – $5,700.00* Dimdoc1974 - $3,625.39* Vpisjak - $3,840.35* Y10855 - $1,719.76 Jarcon86 - $910.46 W8B4Uact&win - $606.97 SCOOP Event #56 (High): $1,050 Turbo No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO Entries: 1,349 Prize Pool: $1,349,000 Murik100 - $103,965.48* + $52,623 in bounties PaDiLhA SP - $95,012.11* + $22,734.34 in bounties sleeptno - $64,010.04 + $21,433.58 in bounties Ds}L1cH{ - $45,866 + $7,703.12 in bounties skydiveoslo - $33,387.75 + $8,281.25 - $ in bounties ElkY - $26,642 + $10,210.93 in bounties lafila - $19,897.75 + $2,968.75 in bounties ImluckNuts - $13,152.75 + 6,015.62 in bounties SCOOP Event #53 (Medium): $109 Turbo No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO Entries: 6,636 Prize Pool: $664,600 Hugool88 - $50,547.56 + $6,996.85 in bounties Belqi - $38,383.75 + $8,974.61 in bounties roflocktree - $26,584 + $8,046.03 in bounties VoitikD - $18,276.50 + $2,882.16 in bounties geronimo2222 - $10,633.60 + $2,549.60 in bounties I'am_Sound - $7,310.60 + $3,216.28 in bounties sjstrom - $3,987.60 + $1,271.06 in bounties slmzrj - $2,575.32 + $3,121.60 in bounties SCOOP Event #53 (Low): $11 Turbo No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO Entries: 8093 Prize Pool: $40,465 werschie - $8,692.99* + $1,649.23 in bounties ParaMiGente - $7,574.58* + $1,426.06 in bounties NEGO10849 - $5,422.20 + $420.61 in bounties ca!0Las - $4,066.65 + $1,132.60 in bounties pappadogg - $3,162.95 + 272.79 in bounties noob3r - $2,259.25 + $478.75 in bounties chabby36 - $1,355.55 + $749.69 in bounties moga87 - $813.33 + $632.90 in bounties 2aSi - $542.22 + $669.35 in bounties
  7. [caption width="615"] Brian Rast discussed boxing, electric cars, and sit and gos[/caption] Joe "Chicago Joey" Ingramwelcomed poker pro Brian tsarrastRast to his popular Poker Life Podcast this week, where the pair discussed everything from Rast's upcoming charity boxing match to Elon Musk. The 34-year-old tournament pro has had a stellar 2015, mostly due to his $7.5 million score for taking first place in the Aria Super High Roller Bowl this summer. In his career, he has made three other seven-figure scores and boasts $16.3 million in recorded live winnings. Earlier this month, Rast announced that he would be boxing fellow poker pro Sorel Imper1um Mizzi in December, with all proceeds going to a nonprofit organization called REG. In the podcast, Rast explained that the idea for the match came about as a way to motivate himself to get into better shape. He said that only a few weeks in, the match was having its desired effect. Rast claimed he is taking training "super seriously" and feels stronger than he has in his life. He said that fans should expect a real fight and assured that he would not give up unless he was knocked out. "I'm going to get up and keep taking punishment," he said. Rast said that there is already a fair amount of trash talk going around, with Mizzi taking bets on knocking his opponent out by the second round. "You're not knocking me out in the second round buddy," he shot back. When asked about his wife's opinion of the fight, Rast said that she first expressed concern about the idea, but hearing that it was against Mizzi, she was gung-ho about the match. He explained that his wife has been working on a business called Troublemakers, through which she will offer Las Vegas travel packages to gamblers in her native Brazil. At some point, Mizzi had made the seemingly innocuous, but badly phrased comment that if it didn't work out, she could "always go back to dancing." That rubbed her the wrong way and Rast said she still hasn't forgiven him for the remark. In fact, she jokingly told her husband that if he didn't beat Mizzi, he would be sleeping on the couch that night. Apart from boxing, Rast spoke about his interest in science and physics. He called Elon Musk, the visionary behind SpaceX and Tesla, a "hero" for his work in developing technology that has the potential to solve the globe's biggest challenges. Rast himself owns a Tesla electric car and believes that a more inexpensive Tesla model currently in the works will be hugely popular when released. [caption width="442"] Chicago Joey on this week's Poker Life Podcast[/caption] As for poker, he has gone back to studying the game after his recent foray into online poker. He said that he has begun playing sit and gos for the first time in his career and is up around $30,000 in the 200 to 300 he has played so far. "I'm not going to become a dinosaur just because I'm reading about science; I'm still working on poker," he said. He feels that as HUD software gets more advanced, however, that the industry will continue to decline. "Poker is not solved, but between someone being very good, using software, and doing some game theory optimal work on their own, you could say that the game has become approximately solved," he said. Rast enjoys relying on his skill in live cash games and tournaments, where opponents can't turn to technology for advice. "Live poker is much more of a test with no tools telling you what you should do," he added. The strategy during live games, when you can hear and see your opponent face-to-face, is different as well. He offered the example of notorious poker pro Dan Bilzerian, who is "loud and obnoxious," but can mislead opponents by making them feel as if he will call down with anything. You can catch the battle between Rast and Mizzi on December 30 at the Syndicate Mixed Martial Arts venue in Las Vegas. Tickets range between $20 and $80, with all proceeds going to charity.
  8. Clear your schedules for the next two nights as "Godfather Week" takes over Poker After Dark. Doyle Brunson will be joined by a handful of poker’s biggest names as they compete for astronomical stakes in a mixed game cash game on PokerGO. Along with Brunson, Gus Hansen, Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates, Scott Seiver, Brian Rast, and Billy O'Neill will be playing mixed games at limits of $1,500/$3,000. The minimum buy-in is $50,000 and they will be playing HORSE and Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. The action starts at 6 pm ET (3 pm PT) on PokerGO. The all-star team of Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will be in the booth to provide commentary and analysis for both nights of action. Will Hansen Provide the Action? Hansen took a bit of time off from high-stakes poker in more recent years but appears to be back and ready to tackle some of the best at incredible limits. The 'Great Dane' has a career the includes more than $10.2 million in live tournament earnings, and he is also the owner of three WPT titles and one WSOP gold bracelet. Hansen has been known to bring a style all his own to the poker table, and it's often been one that drives a lot of the action in a game. Will we be getting the old Hansen driving play or will we be getting a newer, more tame version of this poker great? That's a question we can't wait to see answered come Tuesday. Cates, Seiver, and Rast Represent Today's Mixed Game Specialists Cates, Seiver, and Rast represent the best mixed game players in poker today. Cates is the youngest of the three at 28, Seiver is the middle child at 33, and then Rast is 36. Their ages may not seem old, but these guys have all played millions of hands of poker between online and live play and regularly lock horns in games of the highest stakes. Having the opportunity to watch the three of them play in such a high-caliber lineup at limits larger than most of the paychecks many of us see on a monthly basis will be nothing short of a treat. It will also provide a great learning experience because with hole cards shown, the audience will be able to pull back the curtain for insight into every street of every hand. Don’t Sleep On Billy O'Neill If there was a name you wouldn't recognize at this table, it'd be that of Billy O'Neill, but don't be surprised if he leaves the game as the biggest winner. If you follow poker closely, you've likely seen his name pop up here or there, or you may recognize his face from a photo or two. Even if you attempted to look up some of his results, you wouldn’t find much. HendonMob.com only has him winning just more than $195,000 and all of those results come from 2010 to 2012. O'Neill is a regular in Bobby's Room at Bellagio or the Ivey Room at ARIA, playing the highest stakes in all games. All of his peers know the level of skill he brings to the table and the stakes won't be foreign to him. The $1,500/$3,000 mixed game action for Godfather Week on Poker After Dark starts Tuesday, October 23, at 6 pm ET on PokerGO. Get your popcorn ready. If you don't already have a PokerGO subscription, sign up using the code "pocket5s" to receive $10 off an annual subscription.
  9. While poker superstars like Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey top the list of WSOP bracelet winners, only one player can boast earning $1 million in tournaments for five years in a row. The player in question is Erick Lindgren (pictured), who pulled off the accomplishment from 2004 to 2008. During that time, the California native pocketed $6,369,076, for a total of $10,005,543 in lifetime tournament earnings, according to the Global Poker Index. The team at PokerNewswas the first to report on the feat after overhearing it mentioned by Erik Seidel at the tables. While Lindgren might be the only member of the five years, $5 million club, several players are poised to join him. Daniel Negreanu is one of them and is on track to bank over a million dollars for the fifth consecutive year. In 2011, the Canadian grinder posted $1,534,367 in winnings and has seen his yearly scores increase ever since. With his second place finish in the 2014 Big One for One Drop, last year's take of $10,284,118 will be tough to beat, though. So far this year, Negreanu has added another $109,680 to his tournament bankroll and has more than enough time pick up the $900,000 he'll need to join the club. Also on deck are David Doc SandsSands (pictured), who has $6,657,264 in winnings over the past four years, Brian tsarrastRast with $6,947,556, and Philipp philbort Gruissem with $9,424,437. Some players have come close, but were sent back to the drawing board after a year of banking less than the seven-figures required. Tournament pro Jason treysfull21 Mercier has had a stellar career at the tables over the last eight years. From 2008 to 2015, Mercier won a total of $13,734,780, posting earnings of less than $1 million only in 2012, when he finished the year $523,587 in the black. This year, Mercier has pocketed $113,860; a one million-dollar 2015 would give the pro three years of consecutive seven-figure cashes. Sam Trickett, the second place finisher in the 2012 Big One for One Drop, also racked up four years of million-dollar cashes, but fell short of the fifth in 2014, when he took only $665,911. In eight years of recorded cashes, Trickett has banked over $20 million. Several others have started on the five-year accomplishment, getting two or three years toward the achievement. Germany's Ole Schemion already has three million-dollar years under his belt, with $27,700 in winnings in 2015. Grinder Joseph subiime Cheong is also knocking on the door, posting seven-figure scores every year since 2012. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. [caption width="468"] Sorel Mizzi defeated Brian Rast in a charity boxing match[/caption] Poker pro Sorel Mizzi dominated his fight against fellow pro Brian Rast on Wednesday night, knocking down his opponent several times over the course of just over two rounds. The charity bout, dubbed "The Rumble Without Jungle," was organized by Rast and Mizzi earlier this month and meant to motivate both fighters to get into better shape while raising money for a charitable outfit known as REG. The event went down at Syndicate Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas and was live streamed by Poker Centraland at least three people on Periscope. Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak served as emcees and held a pre-fight charity auction. The two fighters made their way to the ring with no music and little fanfare. As they prepared to do battle, it was immediately clear that Mizzi was in much better shape than Rast, who possessed little of the muscle definition that his opponent boasted. In the first round, Mizzi quickly landed a lucky, yet powerful haymaker to the head of Rast, which sent him to the ground in the first knockdown of the match. In short order, Mizzi landed two more solid blows, knocking down Rast twice more and technically winning him the match. After the third hit, the ref clearly wanted to end the fight, but both Rast and Mizzi decided they wanted to continue. Before the match, Rast told Joey Ingram that fans should expect a real fight and that he would not stop until he either won or was knocked out. The second round was more of the same. Although starting to tire, Mizzi seemed quite confident and didn't even bother to put up his hands to block any potential shots from his opponent. Rast, however, was unable to capitalize on Mizzi's poot technical form. Rast's wife, who jokingly told him that if he didn't beat Mizzi that he would be sleeping on the couch, could be heard throughout the match shouting advice in Portuguese. Mizzi's coaches did the same, mostly imploring him to keep his hands up. At the start of the third round, both fighters seemed exhausted, but that didn't stop Mizzi from knocking Rast down one more time. After being sent to the mat for the fifth time, the referee finally called the match, which Mizzi won handily. Mizzi thanked everyone for showing up for the bout and praised his opponent for showing so much heart during the fight. Rast graciously accepted his defeat and praised Mizzi's skill in the ring. [caption width="599"] Advertisement for the fight[/caption] The pair have yet to announce exactly how much money was raised for REG, a charity which uses a game theory optimal approach to donate money. On Twitter, Rast sent a shout out, thanking those involved in the event, saying, "Thank you to all the judges and ref who donated their time - and to all the people who came out to support the event." It's also unknown how much money the two had riding on the match and how the odds were set, but most believed that Mizzi was the clear favorite from the start. Those in attendance said that poker players in the crowd were, naturally, betting heavily with each other right up until the start of the fight.
  11. [caption width="640"] The Super High Roller Bowl confirmed 47 of 49 entrants on Tuesday.[/caption] Three months before cards are even in the air, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria Hotel and Casino has sold out all 49 available seats. And the list of confirmed players reads like a who's-who of the high-stakes tournament scene - with the glaring omission of one name. Andrew Robl, Dan Colman, Doug Polk, Dan Smith and Fedor Holz are among the 47 confirmed names. Brian Rast, who won the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl, is also one of the players who have confirmed their place in the event. Not surprisingly, others from the 2015 final table are also slated to make another run. Runner-up Scott Seiver is joined by Connor Drinan, Timofey Kuznetsov, David Peters and Tom Marchese. Each one of those players cashed for at least $1 million last year when the buy-in was $500,000. "The speed at which this exciting event sold out is evidence of the popularity of the Super High Roller Bowl and of poker itself,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central, the broadcast partner of the event. “With some of the most exciting and famous players already locked in, the Super High Roller Bowl will be riveting to watch.” While most of the regulars from the high roller circuit are in this event, one such player is not amongst them. Phil Ivey, who played the event last year, is not included in the list of 47. Other players who are confirmed to play include Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel. Only 47 of the 49 players in the field were announced as two final spots are being held for ARIA VIPs. A shot-clock will also be enforced throughout the tournament. Players will have 40 seconds to act on their hand and will have five 60-second time banks to use each day to extend their allotted time. Players are also expected to adhere to a business casual dress code and players are not permitted to wear sunglasses at the table. This year, the buy-in is $300,000 and the prizepool is guaranteed at $15,000,000. With $300,000 added to the prizepool by sponsors, the SHRB is a negative-rake event. “I’ve never seen a high-stakes tournament sell out three months in advance," Sean McCormack, ARIA Director of Poker Operations. "It’s unprecedented. We have a significant waiting list, too.” The speed at which the event filled even caught some players off-guard. Registration opened on January 22 and nearly four weeks later, interested players were being turned away. Max Silver, who won a $25,000 High Roller event at Aria last May, attempted to lock up his seat in mid-February, only to find there was no more room. "Guess I'm not playing the Aria 300K," Silver tweeted on February 16. "Seems like I bubbled the remaining spaces for pros." The event runs May 29 to June 1 at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Play will start with seven seven-handed tables and the final seven players will all cash. The winner walks away with $5,000,000.
  12. [caption width="640"] Brian Rast is one of 49 players confirmed for the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl which will air live on CBS Sports Network this summer[/caption]. Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Jason Mercier and 46 of poker’s biggest ballers are going to be live and in prime time later this summer as the $300,000 buy-in Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl is being broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. “We are excited to bring this world championship event to CBS Sports Network,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central, the company behind the tournament. “With $15 million on the line and the world’s best players, including the top four all-time money winners as well as six former #1 ranked players, the Super High Roller Bowl will have audiences glued to the game.” A total of 30 hours of coverage will air on CBS Sports Network over four consecutive days beginning Sunday, May 29. There will also be additional action streamed live on Twitch and Facebook Live each day prior to the live TV coverage including an hour-long Road to the Final Table show previewing the final table. The event, which is being held at the ARIA Resort and Casino, is capped at 49 players and sold out in February - three months before the event. Other players who have secured their spot including Phil Hellmuth, Dan Colman, Phil Galfond and Scott Seiver. “I’ve never seen a high stakes tournament sell out three months in advance. It’s unprecedented,” said Sean McCormack, ARIA Director of Poker Operations. The event is being labeled as “negative rake” event. Each players’ full $300,000 buy-in goes towards the prize pool and sponsors, including MVMT watches, have kicked in an additional $300,000 to bring the total prize pool to $15 million. Last year’s event had a $500,000 buy-in and 47 players. Brian Rast defeated Seiver heads up to win $7,525,000. Rast will be back to defend his title this year. For a complete list of players visit SuperHighRoller.com. Super High Roller Bowl Broadcast Schedule Sunday, May 29 7:00 pm - 3:00 am ET Monday, May 30 8:00 pm - 3:00 am ET Tuesday, May 31 8:00 pm - 3:00 am ET Wednesday, June 1 7:00 pm - 3:00 am ET
  13. [caption width="640"] The Aria is once again hosting the 0,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl this May (Aria photo)[/caption] The Super High Roller Bowl is coming back for a third year, and just like years past the highest bankrolled players in the world will be heading to the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas at the end of May, just days before the 2017 World Series of Poker begins. Poker Centralannounced on Tuesday that this year’s installment of the $300,00 buy-in event takes place May 28-31 and just like last year, will be a rake-free tournament. Aria will begin taking deposits from players on February 2 to lock up their spot in the tournament. The field is capped at 50 players and the staff are projecting a $15 million prize pool. Sean McCormack, Director of Poker Operations for the Aria, expects the field to sell out quickly. "Last year’s Super High Roller Bowl sold out in two weeks, well in advance of tournament play," said McCormack. "It was an exciting event for the players and fans who stopped by to watch and we anticipate another successful High Roller Bowl again this year." The field is capped at 50, but Aria has reserved 15 seats for non-professional high rollers and a celebrity guest, meaning only 35 professionals will have the opportunity to take part in the event. Assuming the event sells out its 50 seats, first place will take home $5 million. Last year, Rainer Kempe took home the $5 million first place prize after defeating fellow German pro Fedor Holz heads-up. Brian Rast won the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl in 2015. He earned $7.525 million for his win and defeated Scott Seiver heads-up. The 2015 Super High Roller Bowl was a $500,000 buy-in, however. This year’s field is expected to include many of the game’s best players, including Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Marchese, and the aforementioned Rast. The tournament will be played seven-handed and Poker PROductions will be producing the televised episodes. Nothing has officially been announced in terms of this year’s broadcast, but last year’s tournament was shown live on the CBS Sports Network. Joe Kakaty, president of Poker Central, indicated in a press release that this year’s tournament will be accessible for fans to watch. “The Super High Roller Bowl is the world championship of high stakes poker,” said Kakaty. “Fans can now follow the action live, from start to finish.”
  14. The U.S. Poker Open starts Thursday and has the potential to be one of the best events of the year. More than a handful of the best players in the world are confirmed for some, if not all, of the eight-event schedule. All participating players are worthy of previewing but we decided to cut right to the chase and look at six that stand out. Three No Limit specialists, two Mixed Game maestros and one dark horse. Bryn Kenney The 2017 American GPI Player of the Year made the majority of his over $8 million in earnings in events like the ones in USPO. Kenney, who won a Poker Masters event in 2017, is one of the betting favorites to win take home the US Poker Open Championship, which will be awarded to the best overall player. Already in 2018, Kenney is off to a strong in high rollers thanks to a third-place run in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller. Kenney measures himself against a high standard and the USPO is the perfect chance for him to show why he is the greatest high roller player in the world. Adrian Mateos If Kenney was the best of the high rollers in 2017, Mateos proved once again why he’s #1 in terms of all-around No Limit excellence. This year is off to an excellent start for the young Spaniard with a final table run at the PCA Main Event and two second-place finishes at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Mateos won his third WSOP bracelet last summer and picked up two cashes in the Poker Masters. At only 23-years-old, Mateos is already proving himself to be one of the best in the game. USPO could be the tipping point that places him at the top of the game. Jake Schindler Alongside Tom Marchese, Schindler is the co-ruler of the ARIA High Roller Series. Schindler has cashed 26 times in ARIA high roller events is second all-time on that list and earnings. The Super High Roller Bowl served as Schindler’s coming out party to a national audience and built on his dominance against the tough fields assembled at ARIA. Schindler is a quiet threat and always locked in to pick up more wins at his home away from home. Brian Rast The mixed game aspect of USPO is drawing the best all-around players to ARIA. Rast is an excellent No Limit player but also excels in all games. The two-time $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner plays literally every game in the book in Ivey’s Room at ARIA and excels in the tournament format. Rast won the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl in 2015 and is one of the most well-rounded players in the USPO field. Isaac Haxton The android brain of Haxton has optimized No Limit and Pot Limit Omaha in the online realm. Those skills have downloaded onto the live felt. Haxton consistently performs well in High Rollers across the world and is well adjusted to playing in the USPO format. The full eight-game slate in the Mixed Game Championship is fine for Haxton, who made the final table of the 2017 PPC. Almedin Imsirovic Who? Well, 'Ali', as he’s called online, is only 23-years-old as of this week but already competing and winning against the best in the world. Imsirovic entered the $25,000 high rollers at Seminole and PCA and won a $10,000 turbo to wrap up the Bahama series. He might be the one of the youngest in the field but Imsirovic’s experience of playing online for years gives him the necessary reps to take on the world’s best, making him the perfect dark horse for USPO.
  15. It wasn’t supposed to end like this. Nobody even expected him to play. Doyle Brunson’s appearance in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event at the 2018 World Series of Poker came as a surprise to anybody who has followed poker over the last few years. Once the face of the franchise, Brunson first stopped playing the WSOP back in 2013, citing the long hours of play as the main reason. He much preferred the high stakes cash game action at the Bellagio where could come and go as he pleased. He teased coming back in 2017, but nobody, absolutely nobody, thought they’d see him at all this year. Then came the tweet heard ‘round the poker world. Word soon came that not only was this likely going to be the last WSOP tournament he was ever going to play, but he’d also be walking away from poker at the end of the summer. His wife, Louise, wasn’t doing all that great healthwise and he wanted to spend more time with her. He said he owed it to her. He owed the poker world nothing though. He’d been front and center long before the poker boom was a thing and wrote an in-depth strategy book at a time when every pro kept their secrets as close to their chest as possible. The Super System became the most important book in poker history. So there was a Christmas Morning-like excitement when Brunson late-regged for the event and took his seat alongside some of the best players in the world. Over the 30 hours that followed, Brunson took the poker world on a journey that will now serve as an almost unbelievable prologue on a Hall of Fame poker career that includes 10 WSOP bracelets, a World Poker Tour title, that best-selling strategy book and millions of dollars won in some of the biggest cash games the world has ever known. As the field dwindled down and eventually stopped with 11 players remaining on Monday night, many poker fans and players alike started to fantasize about an 11th bracelet for the Godfather of Poker, maybe even a heads-up battle with his son, Todd, who was also still in the tournament. If this was really going to be Brunson’s last WSOP event, it would be somewhat fitting if he went out on top. On Tuesday, the 11 players quickly became eight and action moved to the PokerGO livestream. Eight became seven. At no point did it look like Brunson was going to cruise to victory, but thanks to the swingy nature of No Limit Deuce, he was never out of it until he was out of it. And then seven became six. Brunson was finished. He tipped his trademark cowboy hat to the crowd that had gathered on this trip back in time and then exited the Rio to a standing ovation. The current generation of players that are dominating poker have little difficulty looking up to Brunson the poker player but that same group has, at times, struggled to relate to or even accept some of his political or social views. Over the last few years, Brunson has often found himself defending those views. He’s gotten in hot water for tweets that touch on political or social issues. In 2015, TMZ picked up a story about Brunson’s comments on Caitlyn Jenner after she transitioned from Bruce. He’s been an ardent supporter of Donald Trump and the NRA - two topics that often polarize the poker community. In the case of Jenner, and more recently John McCain, Brunson has talked about how people who were once his heroes have since let him down. A fair number of people who once looked up to Brunson will probably say they can relate as they struggle to reconcile the difference between Brunson the poker player and Brunson the person. Nobody was going to change their view of Brunson whether he won the bracelet or not on Monday. His place in poker history is as locked in as they come and, for better or worse, this is a time where one's political views just don’t change too quickly. For those 30 hours though, the politics didn’t matter. Only the cards did.
  16. When Ali Imsirovic took his seat at the final table of Poker Masters Event #5: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em he was likely the least known poker pro of the star-studded six. But even though Imsirovic, the 2018 Borgata Spring Poker Open Champion, may not be one of the faces regularly seen during high-stakes broadcasts, he didn’t let the moment get away from him. He navigated the tough final table and in the end, claimed his first Poker Masters title and a career-high cash of $462,000. Generally considered one of the toughest high-stakes tournament players in the world, Aria regular Jake Schindler started the day with a healthy chip lead. On the other end of the chip counts, poker celebrity Daniel Negreanu had just a few big blinds left to try and make something happen. Joining the pair in the final six was Ben Yu, Brian Rast, Jason Koon, and Imsirovic. Roughly 20 minutes into play Negreanu took a stand with his short stack. Yu raised from the hijack holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] and Negreanu flat called holding the [poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"]. Leaving himself less than a third of a big blind, Negreanu put it at risk on the [poker card="td"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5d"] flop. Yu called and the board ran out with the [poker card="3s"] on the turn and the [poker card="7s"] on the river leaving Negreanu’s small pair unimproved. Negreanu hit the rail in sixth place for a $99,000 score. It is his second sixth-place finish of the 2018 Poker Masters. The eliminations continued just minutes later when Imsirovic raised in the cutoff with [ak][poker card="kd"]. Koon, who now held the shortest stack remaining, shipped the chips holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"]. Imsirovic made the quick call and Koon soon discovered he was dominated. The flop left little hope for Koon as it came [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="4c"]. Looking for some running cards, the [poker card="qs"] provided a few outs to the straight for the Triton SHR Short Deck Champion. But when the [poker card="9h"] completed the board, Koon was eliminated in fifth place. He adds another $132,000 to his over $11.3 million in earning in 2018. This was Koon’s third cash of the series. As the final table wore on, Schindler lost the chip lead, lost a substantial hand that doubled up Ben Yu and found himself as the short stack with four players left. Folded to Schindler in the small blind, he open shipped his five big blinds with [poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"]. Imsirovic in the big blind quickly called showing down [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"]. Both players whiffed the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4h"] flop. But when the [poker card="ad"] turned, Schindler was drawing dead. The river brought an inconsequential [poker card="8s"] and Schindler headed to the cashier for his $165,000 fourth-place payday. Rast, who had the chip lead when Schindler hit the rail, then lost a pair of very big hands. First, doubled up Imsirovic and then quickly second doubled up Yu when Yu hit a 3-outer on the river. It wasn’t much longer after that second double through that Rast had to play for it all. Imsirovic, now the chip leader, was applying pressure to both shorter stacks. He moved all in from the button with [poker card="6s"][poker card="6d"]. Rast, in the big blind made the call only seeing the [poker card="ac"]. The [poker card="3d"] was his second hole card and he was going to have to catch up to stay in the game. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"][poker card="th"][poker card="2h"] offering no help to Rast. Rast collected $214,500 for third place. Heads up play between Yu and Imsirovic didn’t last very long. After a few hands, Imsirovic limped on the button with [poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"]. Yu moved all in from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] and Imsirovic made the quick call. It was a flip for Yu’s tournament life and to give Imsirovic the win. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"], providing a set for Imsirovic and Yu needed running cards to catch up. The turn was the [poker card="2h"] leaving Yu with no outs. He finished the tournament as the runner-up and earned $330,000 for his efforts. Imsirovic takes the first place prize of $462,000 holding pocket fives. In his winner’s interview dedicated the performance to his father who he credited with teaching him strategy games. “A year ago I was watching [Stefan Sontheimer] win everything and I was like it would be really cool if I could do that in a few years. I’m very surprised it came this fast but I’m super fortunate and I want to dedicate this win to my dad.” Event #5 Final Table Payouts 1. Ali Imsirovic - $462,000 2. Ben Yu - $330,000 3. Brian Rast - $214,500 4. Jake Schindler - $165,000 5. Jason Koon - $132,000 6. Daniel Negreanu - $99,000
  17. 2019 marks the 50th annual World Series of Poker. The most prestigious poker festival in history has played a pivotal role in creating many of the legends and superstars of the game. To commemorate the occasion, PocketFives editorial staff each ranked the top 50 players in WSOP history in an effort to define and rank the most important, influential, and greatest WSOP players of all time. Before jumping into who made #31-40, make sure you check out the names of the players who made #41-50. #40 - Jay Heimowitz BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 6 43 $1,526,281 22 New York’s Jay Heimowitz has captured six bracelets over the course of four decades, the first of which he won back in 1975 ($1,000 No Limit Hold'em). His sixth bracelet was won 26 years later in 2001, taking down the $1,000 Seniors’ Championship 26. At 81 years old, Heimowitz continues to make the trek to the World Series of Poker, having cashed in each of the last three Seniors events as he continues to add to his $1.5 million in WSOP career earnings. “Modern day players may not know the name Jay Heimowitz as he wasn’t one of the pre-Moneymaker grinders to make it big on TV during the boom. However, his resume speaks for itself and his consistency and dedication to the WSOP, having played and cashed in the series in every decade in its history, makes him one of the greats.” – PocketFives Senior Writer, Jeff Walsh. #39 - David ‘Chip’ Reese BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 25 $2,246,089 16 The man that Doyle Brunson once declared as “the best poker player that ever lived” was David ‘Chip’ Reese, winner of the WSOP's very first $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament for over $1.78M. After Reese’s death in 2007, the WSOP honored him by putting his name on the trophy for the prestigious event (later named the Poker Players Championship). Widely considered one of the best cash game players of his era, Reese made a lasting impact on the WSOP by winning three bracelets and over $2.2 million over the course of his 25 cashes. #38 - Chris Bjorin BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 2 92 $2,630,156 33 Sweden’s Chris Bjorin is a model of World Series of Poker consistency. His first WSOP cash came back in 1991 and he’s had a presence at the series ever since. Amassing 86 cashes in Las Vegas, and another six during the WSOPE, Bjorin has earned over $2.6 million from WSOP events, helping him to the #2 on Sweden’s All Time Money List, right behind WSOP Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson. Bjorin picked up bracelets in 1997 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha) and 2000 ($3,000 No-Limit Hold’em). "The consistent nature that Chris Bjorin brings to the WSOP is remarkable. He's one of Europe's most distinguished players and has been recording numerous cashes each summer at the WSOP for decades now. His success, done so through performances across all variants, served as a model for European players at the WSOP." - PocketFives Managing Editor Donnie Peters #37 - Sammy Farha BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 11 $2,586,105 6 Legendary gambler Sammy Farha’s contribution to the explosion of poker in the early 2000’s simply cannot be overlooked. With his unlit cigarette dangling from his mouth, Farha’s one-of-a-kind personality made almost as much impact on the WSOP as the man he sat across from at the final table of the 2003 Main Event. Farha, as we all know, finished runner-up to Chris Moneymaker, an event that served as ground zero for the poker boom. After that, Farha remained a fixture of the WSOP. He showed up and played in some of the biggest events of the series. He picked up two of his three gold bracelets after 2003, winning one in 2006 ($5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo) and another in 2010 ($10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo or Better Championship). "The character that is Sammy Farha is as important to WSOP history as is Sammy Farha the poker player. He epitomizes the gambler and his legend only grows in that regard when you realize his game of choice is and will always Omaha. Farha only has 11 WSOP cashes, but that's largely because he focuses on high-stakes cash game play and only really plays tournaments when they are Omaha. Even so, six of those 11 cashes have resulted in top 10 finished and three of them were bracelet wins. Omaha is the second most popular variant in WSOP history and Farha is one of the most iconic Omaha players the WSOP has ever seen." - Donnie Peters #36 - Jonathan Duhamel BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 41 $14,647,089 12 The first of the modern day Main Event winners to grace this list, Jonathan Duhamel seemed to come out of nowhere when he took down the 2010 Main Event for $8.9 million. That victory alone is not enough to land in the top 50 of all-time, however, Duhamel was more than a one-hit wonder. He continued to make the trip to Las Vegas and in the years since has tacked on two more bracelets. First, he won the $111,111 High Roller For One Drop in 2015 for another $3.989M and then added a WSOPE bracelet in the same year in the €25,600 NLHE High Roller for $628K. Duhamel has over $14.6M in WSOP earnings with 11 final tables over the course of 40 cashes. #35 - Dan Harrington BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 2 13 $3,534,237 5 Despite his limited WSOP resume, Poker Hall of Fame member “Action” Dan Harrington (and his iconic green Boston baseball cap) was an important presence during some of the biggest moments of the WSOP. In 1995, Harrington bested the 273 player field to take home the $1,000,000 first-place prize of the Main Event. He then made it back to the final table in 2003, finishing in third place to Farha and Moneymaker for $650,000. He navigated the field in 2004 to reach his third Main Event final table, finishing in fourth place for $1.5 million. “Harrington may only have 13 cashes at the World Series of Poker, but this results made a major impact on the WSOP brand and poker itself. His back-to-back final tables in the Main Event came just as cameras captured the birth of poker boom and Harrington’s Boston toughness at the table is something that still resonates with those in the pre-Moneymaker generation. Having had the opportunity to play with Harrington once, I can attest to his on-the-felt charisma that was broadcast to millions in 2003.” - Jeff Walsh #34 - Layne Flack BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 6 52 $2,803,470 20 The first time Layne Flack went to the World Series of Poker in the late ’90s, he was there to work as a dealer. After one week in the box, he switched sides and started his WSOP career as a player. Now, over 20 years later Flack has won six WSOP titles and over $2.8 million in earnings. Although he earned his nickname of ‘Back-to-Back’ Flack before 2003, Flack lived up to his moniker after winning a bracelet in the $2,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and then jumping right into a $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout and taking that one down as well. #33 - Brian Rast BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 35 $6,012,256 11 Las Vegas pro Brian Rast has proven himself to be a favorite in just about any tournament he enters, having picked up four bracelets in his career and earned over $6 million at the WSOP. One of only two people to have won the prestigious $50,000 Poker Players Championship more than once, Rast picked up his first PPC victory in 2011, denying Phil Hellmuth the win, and taking home $1.7M for first. Then in 2016, he bested current All-Time Money List leader Justin Bonomo to pick up his second Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and another $1.29M prize. "Rast is a very special breed of poker player. He doesn't play a 30-40 event schedule each summer in pursuit of Player of the Year points. He picks and chooses the events where he has an edge and then crushes them. Having won the Poker Players Championship twice, Rast has proven his mettle against the best players of his era. If we do this list again in ten years, I suspect Rast will be higher up the list." - Lance Bradley, PocketFives Editor in Chief. #32 - Jeff Madsen BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 68 $2,958,415 13 In 2006, when 21-year-old Jeff Madsen won his first gold bracelet in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $660,948, he became the record holder for the youngest bracelet winner in history (a distinction that now belongs to Annette Obrestad). Madsen followed that performance in the same year with a victory in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max for another $643,381. His success in his first year earned him WSOP Player of the Year honors. Madsen has returned to the Rio every year since 2006, accumulating 73 cashes for nearly $3M in earnings and adding another two bracelets in 2013 and 2015. #31 - Antonio Esfandiari BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 48 $21,835,096 9 One of the most popular players on the planet is the bracelet winner of what was the largest tournament ever held at the World Series of Poker, the 2012 $1M buy-in Big One For One Drop. ‘The Magician’ was literally lifted in the air, on the shoulder of his rail, after claiming the first-place prize of $18.3M, the current record for largest payout ever at the WSOP. The iconic image of a barefoot Esfandiari basking in the victory of a lifetime is the current peak of a WSOP career that dates back to 2003. Esfandiari claimed his first bracelet in 2004 ($2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em) and added a third bracelet after his One Drop win, by taking home a €1,100 No Limit Hold’em title from World Series of Poker Europe. In addition to his 48 cashes and over $21M in lifetime earnings, Esfandiari’s personality has been affiliated with the WSOP brand in front of the camera, both on the felt and in the commentary booth on ESPN. For more discussion on PocketFives' Top 50 Greatest Players in WSOP History, check out the latest episode of The Fives podcast. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher Stay tuned to PocketFives as we continue to count down the 50 greatest players in WSOP history leading up to the start of the 2019 festival.
  18. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
  19. The Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity will be a record setter when action kicks off Thursday. The £1,050,000 buy-in tournament will make it the biggest buy-in in poker history, and the event comes with a unique format. It's a freezeout where recreational/businessmen players can enter via invite only. Those invited can then issue one invite of their own to a guest/professional players. As of Wednesday morning, 26 pairings had been named, but it's the 'what could have beens' that are equally as intriguing. Let's take a look at a handful of recreational-professional pairings that we would've liked to have seen compete in the Triton Million. Chamath Palihapitiya and Phil Hellmuth It's no secret that Chamath Palihapitiya and Phil Hellmuth have a close relationship. We've seen it on Hellmuth's social media accounts all too often. A former Facebook executive and now a successful investor, Palihapitiya fits the mold of the perfect recreational poker player to enter this field. He's played poker in the past, including the first-ever World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop that cost $1,000,000 to enter, and has three WSOP cashes and two World Poker Tour cashes. Being good friends with Hellmuth makes Hellmuth the perfect invitee for Palihapitiya, and getting the polarizing 15-time gold bracelet winner in the field would be very entertaining. Isai Scheinberg and Daniel Negreanu Now this, this is a pairing, and we'll call it 'getting the band back together.' The founder of PokerStars, Isai Scheinberg, paired with the company's former golden boy, Daniel Negreanu. It would be absolutely tremendous to see, and we all know both parties have enough money to afford the gigantic £1,050,000 buy-in. We all know how skillful and experienced of a poker player Negreanu is, but Scheinberg has conquered the felt before, too. He won the UKIPT Isle of Man High Roller in the same year that Negreanu finished second in the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. Tiger Woods and Antonio Esfandiari How can we not want to have Antonio Esfandiari, 'the magician,' the first-ever $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop winner, in the field? In order to make this happen, he needs a recreational player to invite him. Who bigger and better than Tiger Woods? You may be asking yourself, does Woods play poker and what's the connection here? Yes, Woods plays poker. He might not be entering the priciest tournaments in the world as some of these other recreational players are, but he’s the host of Tiger's Poker Night as part of Tiger Jam, held in partnership with the World Poker Tour each year, so he knows the game. On more than one occasion, Esfandiari has been one of the celebrity professionals to attend Tiger's Poker Night. Dan Fleyshman and Phil Ivey How do we get Phil Ivey in this field? We pair him with Dan Fleyshman, that’s how. Fleyshman doesn’t dabble in poker as he once did, but he’s still around the game enough that he could perform well in this tournament. One of his claims to fame is being the youngest founder of a publicly traded company and he's an active businessman and investor. Ivey is Ivey. His star power alone is worthy of entry into a £1,050,000 buy-in tournament, and we all know he has the chops to perform on the felt. He knows Fleyshman, so the pairing works, and we’d absolutely love to see Ivey in the field. David Einhorn and Erik Seidel Investor and hedge fund manager David Einhorn may not be a professional poker player, but he’s as avid a recreational player as they come. He's been known to compete in the highest buy-in poker tournaments the world has to offer, and he took third place for $4,352,000 in the first-ever $1,000,000 buy-in poker tournament the world has ever seen. With Einhorn being a New York guy, a perfect pairing would be Erik Seidel. Seidel is currently third on poker’s all-time money list with more than $35,000,000 in winnings, he’s an eight-time WSOP gold bracelet winner, and also a WPT champion. Although he’s of an older generation of players, Seidel continues to be a crusher on the high-stakes poker scene and has plenty of experience against the fellow professional players in the field. Haralabos Voulgaris and Daniel Colman Since Haralabos Voulgaris' new gig with the Dallas Mavericks, he hasn't been around the poker scene much. Not that the former professional sports bettor was grinding every tournament under the sun before he became the NBA team's Director of Quantitative Research and Development, but Voulgaris was known to get down in the high-stakes arena. Having played a couple million-dollar buy-ins before, this event is right in his wheelhouse. Voulgaris and Daniel Colman have a relationship that saw Voulgaris on Colman’s rail when Colman won the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. It would also be fitting to see Colman return to poker’s public stage in the largest buy-in event in the game’s history. Evan Mathis and Alex Foxen Maybe we’re reaching here, maybe we’re not, but these are dream scenarios so let’s keep rolling with it. Evan Mathis spent 12 years in the NFL and was one of the league’s top offensive lineman. He won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and reached the Pro Bowl on two occasions. According to Spotrac, Mathis has estimated career earnings from football at more than $21,000,000. He recently grabbed headlines when he sold a 1952 Topps rookie card of Mickey Mantle for nearly $3 million. That’s enough to pay for his entry, his guest’s entry, and have plenty left over. Sticking with the football tie-in, Mathis’ guest could be Alex Foxen, a former football player for Boston College. These two would be quite the presence on and off the felt and both have the skills to compete. Richard Seymour and Ryan Riess Another fantasy Triton Million pairing is Richard Seymour and Ryan Riess. This would give us who is arguably poker’s strongest mainstream connection, Seymour, in the field and the three-time Super Bowl winner has plenty of experience on the felt. He just came off a 131st-place finish in the WSOP Main Event. A huge sports enthusiast and a player friendly with Seymour is Ryan Riess, winner of the 2013 WSOP Main Event and also a WPT champion. Steve Aoki and Brian Rast The last dream pairing we'll look at involves superstar DJ Steve Aoki and top poker player Brian Rast. The two know each other, so the connection works for the invite, and Aoki has been known to play a bit of poker in his spare time. With Aoki being billed as one of the richest DJs in the world, the cake-tossing music maker should have enough cash to enter. If not, Rast can certainly front or find the money to get Aoki in so that he can play in the event. How To Watch the Triton Million Fans from around the world can watch the Triton Million for free on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will call the action, with professional poker player Nick Schulman alongside to provide expert commentary. Action starts Thursday, August 1, at 8 am ET and PokerGO will have coverage for the entirety of the event. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  20. [caption width="640"] The best all-around players in the world will battle on PokerGO in mixed game action.[/caption] Poker Centralcrowned the first ever Poker Masters champion in 2017 and is now out to find the world’s best all-around player in the U.S. Poker Open. Come February 1-11, high-stakes action will stream on PokerGO with No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and an Eight Game mix tournament on the schedule. The buy-ins range from $10,000 all the way up to the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event, with the player who accrues the highest gross earnings being named the U.S. Poker Open Champion. All events will be played at ARIA in Las Vegas. The No Limit events are to have a similar structure to the format used for Poker Masters. In total, six No Limit Hold’em events are on the schedule with PLO and the Eight Game event both taking up one slot on the schedule. The PLO tournament features 125,000 starting chips and 30-minute levels. The final six will return to the final table on Day 2. For the Eigh Game event, levels increase to 60-minutes and a start bank of 150,000. It is a three-day event and the final table of six will play on the PokerGO live stream. The PLO tournament features a $10,000 buy-in while the Mixed Game Championship features a $25,000 entry fee. The U.S. Poker Open marks the first major high stakes series officially listed on the schedule for 2018 and Poker Central president Joe Kakaty is looking forward to the exciting content ahead. “The U.S. Poker Open is our newest marquee tournament positioned to kick off the high-stakes tournament calendar. Our lineup of quarterly majors give PokerGO subscribers year-round access to some of the best high-stakes poker in the world,” said Kakaty. Among the players scheduled to appear in the series are Daniel Negreanu, Brian Rast, Fedor Holz, and current GPI #1, Bryn Kenney. Negreanu and Rast participated in the Bellagio Mixed Game High Roller series in the spring that featured $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000 buy-in tournaments featuring both Eight and 10 Game mix. The high stakes mixed game tournament action doesn’t usually pick up until the World Series of Poker but the U.S. Poker Open changes that for 2018. The stars will be out in force to show off their skills and put on a show on the PokerGO live stream stage. EVENT #DATEBUY-INGAME 1February 1$10,000Pot Limit Omaha 2February 2$10,000No Limit Hold'em 3February 3$25,000Eight Game Mixed 4February 5$25,000No Limit Hold'em 5February 6$10,000No Limit Hold'em 6February 7$25,000No Limit Hold'em 7February 8$25,000No Limit Hold'em 8February 9$50,000No Limit Hold'em Main Event
  21. Doyle Brunson was firmly in the spotlight today at the 2018 World Series of Poker, but in the end the ‘Godfather of Poker’ couldn’t take down his 11th bracelet in what we now know will be the legend’s last ever tournament. A very recognisable name would take down that bracelet though, while Tuesday also saw two new events kick off. Here’s all the info from June 12. Brian Rast Takes Down 4th Bracelet in $10K 2-7 Championship Another event is in the books, even if it didn’t quite produce the fairytale ending that many were hoping for. Brian Rast is now a four-time bracelet winner, after he defeated start-of-day chip leader Mike Wattel heads-up for the $259,670 winner’s prize and the WSOP gold. Italy’s Dario Sammartino came close to his first bracelet, ending in third, while the short stack coming into the final table, James Alexander, will surely be happy to ladder up to fourth. However, it was the sixth-place finisher who may capture most of the headlines. Doyle Brunson announced to the world on Monday that he was retiring from the game, meaning this event would be his last shot at an 11th WSOP bracelet. Texas Dolly put on a great showing, but couldn’t capture the gold to bookend his incredible, legendary career at the felt. Rast spoke highly of Brunson after his victory, saying: “In the last couple of years, I’ve started playing with Doyle a lot. So, in that respect, it was, you know, just another day playing with Doyle, but I could still take a step back and appreciate, like from the poker world’s poker world’s perspective … he has a history of back-to-back and the 10-deuce named after him because he won the back-to-back championships and he’s won a lot of bracelets … He’s a legend. “I could really appreciate from that perspective how special it was that Doyle came, he actually played a tournament this year and final tabled it,” Rast continued. “And you know everyone was pulling for Doyle and I can understand that. And you know, outside of me, I was pulling for Doyle too.” Rast held a 4:1 chip lead over Wattel when their duel began, and in the last hand Wattel shoved with a ten-low which Rast called with a nine-low. Both stood pat, and that meant Rast was the champ. As for his fourth bracelet, Rast said: “This element gives everyone who you normally play with something to talk about, something to share, something that bonds you a little bit, which as the years go by is nice.” Final Table Results: Brian Rast - $259,670 Mike Wattel - $160,489 Dario Sammartino - $114,023 James Alexander - $81,986 Shawn Sheikhan - $59,669 Doyle Brunson - $43,963 John Hennigan - $32,796 McKeehen, Loeser, Boatman Headline Final 17 in MILLIONAIRE MAKER There is a stacked line-up of seasoned pros heading into the fourth day of play in Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER. Day 3 saw the 155 players (out of 7,361 who entered) cut down to just 17, with all eyes now firmly on the $1,173,223 first-place prize. It’s Chad Hahn who leads the survivors, having bagged up 6,525,000 chips. He’s closely followed by Sean Marshall (6,160,000), and Manuel Ruivo (5,900,000). However, those guys will have a tough time tomorrow as they’ll be battling with the likes of 2015 Main Event winner Joe McKeehen (4,210,000), German high roller regular Manig Loeser (3,040,000), and British poker legend Barny Boatman (1,150,000). Tomorrow’s field could have been even more loaded, as they lost lots of big names deep into the money. Some of those who cashed include Joseph Cheong (23th, $40,898), Kyle Hatree (25th, $40,898), Robert Brown (36th, $32,927), JC Tran (42th, $26,713), Eddy Sabat (49th, $21,839), Steve Sung (59th, $17,995), James Calderaro (74th, 12,508), Elio Fox (92th, $8,976) and Greg Merson (94th, $8,976). The final 17 will return at 11am on Wednesday, with blinds starting at 50K/100K and all of them guaranteed a $51,188 payday. Here’s a look at the chip counts: Chad Hahn - 6,525,000 Sean Marshall - 6,160,000 Manuel Ruivo - 5,900,000 Ralph Massey - 4,435,000 Michael Souza - 4,400,000 Joe McKeehen - 4,210,000 Justin Liberto - 3,337,000 Manig Loeser - 3,040,000 Samad Razavi - 2,935,000 Michael Finstein - 2,450,000 Arne Kern - 2,440,000 Enio Bozzano - 2,255,000 Richard Dixon - 1,615,000 Kelly Wolfe - 1,515,000 Jared Narzem - 1,340,000 Aaron Messmer - 1,295,000 Barny Boatman - 1,150,000 THE MARATHON Jogs Along, Down to 246 Another slow stretch of Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold’em was chalked up today, bringing the 1,479 total field down to 246. Another six 100-minute levels were played on Tuesday’s Day 2, and when the chip bags were brought out it was Walter Fisher who held the chip lead with 641,500. He’s closely followed by Scott Einiger (636,000), while Faraz Jaka (491,500) is near the top of the counts too. Jaka is looking for back-to-back final tables in this one, having finished sixth last year. Just a few of the notables set to return tomorrow include Kristen Bicknell, Chris Moorman, Jesse Sylvia, Cate Hall, David Peters, and former main event champion Ryan Riess. This event has created a $3,485,124 prize pool so far. Play resumes at 1pm Wednesday, and you’ll find the top 10 stacks below: Walter Fisher - 641,500 Scott Einiger - 636,000 Daniel Colpoys - 598,500 Bart Lybaert - 569,500 Joseph Pietrafesa - 524,500 Yaniv Peretz - 496,500 Faraz Jaka - 491,500 Spencer Champlin - 486,000 Marcos Antunes - 480,000 Martin Kozlov - 465,000 Dobson, Greenstein, Elezra Advance in Event #20: $1,500 Stud-Hi Lo Day 2 of Event #20: $1,500 Stud-Hi Lo ended with just 23 players still in contention. The chip leader overnight is Ben ‘f3nix35’ Dobson, who tops the pack with 595,000. Dobson took the lead courtesy of a huge pot versus Mike Matusow which saw both make full houses. Barry Greenstein finished the night second in chips with 349,000, while Eli Elezra bagged the fourth biggest with 334,000. Bracelet winners Jesse Martin (335,000) and Georgios Sotiropoulos (231,000) will return, as will actor James Woods (210,000), who is seeking his second final table of the summer. Spare a thought for former PocketFives no.1 player Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson, who finished this one as the bubble boy. All 23 players have now locked up $4,899, but there’s $173,528 for the eventual champ. Play continues at 2pm Wednesday. You’ll find the top 10 stacks below: Benjamin Dobson - 595,000 Barry Greenstein - 349,000 Jesse Martin - 335,000 Eli Elezra - 334,000 Nicholas Kiley - 276,000 James Nelson - 249,000 Tim Finne - 246,000 Georgios Sotiropoulos - 231,000 Joel Tushnet - 212,000 James Woods - 210,000 $1K PLO Kicks Off One of the two Day 1s to get going on Tuesday was Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. It attracted 986 runners, but after ten levels just 100 remain, all in the hunt for the $169,842 first-place prize. The bubble burst at 148 players, and some of those who cashed but failed to advance to Day 2 include Bryce Yockey (134th - $1,503), Martijn Gerrits (116th - $1,564), Sandeep Pulusani (111th - $1,564) and Justin Young (104th - $1,564). However, one player who will definitely be back tomorrow is overnight chip leader Ryan Goindoo. He’ll be joined tomorrow by the likes of Felipe Ramos, Christian Harder, Joe Cada, Martin Finger, Mikhail Semin and Shannon Shorr. They’re all guaranteed $1,564 when play resumes at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts: Ryan Goindoo - 196,000 Ivaylo Sivinov - 192,900 Clinton Monfort - 173,900 Thayer Rasmussen - 142,000 Richard Tuhrim - 141,700 Filippos Stavrakis - 141,500 Arthur Morris - 133,000 Uri Reichenstein - 100,000 Roman Valerstein - 98,100 Sean Troha - 90,800 Former no.1 Shaun Deeb leads $10K H.O.R.S.E. It’s none other than former PocketFives no.1 Shaun Deeb who topped the Day 1 field in Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship. The 157 entries were chopped down to 72 after ten levels, and as you’d expect, it’s a stellar line-up of mixed game beasts. Following two-time WSOP bracelet winner Deeb with 234,500 is Michael McKenna (215,500) and Robert Mizrachi (212,500), while other big stacks and notables include Brock Parker (199,500), Aditya Prasetyo (191,000), Randy Ohel (185,500), John Hennigan (175,000), David Benyamine (166,500), James Obst (164,500), Anthony Zinno (162,000), David "Bakes" Baker (159,000), Ian Johns (158,000), Cliff Josephy (142,500), John Monnette (142,000) and Jeff Lisandro (132,500). Daniel Negreanu had a good start to the day, but couldn’t maintain the momentum, ultimately finishing with one of the shortest stacks (25,500). Meanwhile, Jason Mercier bagged up 79,000. Registration is still open, and play resumes at 2pm Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts: Shaun Deeb - 234,500 Michael McKenna - 215,500 Robert Mizrachi - 212,500 Brock Parker - 199,500 Ryan Miller - 198,000 Iraj Parvizi - 192,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 191,000 Andrew Kelsall - 187,500 Randy Ohel - 185,500 John Hennigan - 175,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 13) There are two shiny new tournaments set to kick off on Wednesday June 13, and both are sure to be popular. First, one for the NLHE heads. Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed kicks off at 11am, which was won last year by the winnigest player in online history, former no.1 Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. Then at 3pm there’s one for the mixed gamers. Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw will get going, and Brian Brubaker was last year’s champ.
  22. The 2014 World Series of Poker started with a bang on Tuesday, as a $25,000 Mixed-Max NLHE tournament attracted 131 entrants. The winner, who will be crowned on Friday, will pocket $871,000 and the top 16 will finish in the money. Leading the remaining 60-player field is a familiar name in the poker world: Vanessa Selbst (pictured), who is #1 on tournament poker's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob. As PokerNews detailed, Selbst flopped quad jacks in a hand against 2014 PokerStarsCaribbean Adventure High Roller winner Jake Schindler on Tuesday to assume a massive stack. As coverage detailed, "The money went in the middle when Schindler turned a pair of tens to go with his open-ended straight draw, but Selbst held an unbeatable hand and raked in the 450,000-chip pot." Selbst has 562,000 in chips to start Day 2, which will be played six-handed at the Rio in Las Vegas, the site of the annual WSOP for the last 10 years. Trailing Selbst by 5,000 in chips is Brian tsarrastRast, who won the 2012 WSOP Poker Player's Championship. Rast was the executioner of two high-profile players on Tuesday in the event: nosebleed-stakes cash game player Phil Galfond and 2012 Main Event winner Greg Merson. Selbst and Rast have a commanding lead over the third place player on the leaderboard, three-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi, who has 399,000 in chips. Jason treysfull21Mercier (pictured), who told PocketFives in recent weeks that he is hell-bent on getting another bracelet in 2014, doubled up late on Tuesday in the Six-Max event to survive to Day 2. The chips hit the middle pre-flop in a race situation, with Mercier holding A-K against Barry Hutter's 9-9. Mercier flopped an ace to pull ahead for good and ended the day with 117,000. Also doubling up as the final seconds ticked away on Day 1 was Justin ZeeJustin Bonomo, who got his money in well behind with 7-7 against A-A. However, he hit a runner-runner straight to double up to over 200,000 in chips and ended the day at 178,000. No WSOP reporting would be complete without checking in on Phil Hellmuth (pictured). The outspoken Main Event winner has a stack of 181,000 entering Day 2. Hellmuth's big pot involved the money going in on a 10-8-7 two-diamond flop, with Hellmuth showing 8-8 for middle set and John Juanda showing 6-5 of diamonds for flush and straight draws. The 5h and Ks on the turn and river were no help to Juanda, however, and Hellmuth doubled through. Here are the top 10 stacks in the $25,000 Mixed-Max NLHE event (#2): 1. Vanessa Selbst - 562,800 2. Brian tsarrastRast - 557,400 3. Michael Mizrachi - 399,300 4. Jason Mo - 393,000 5. Fabrice Touil - 327,600 6. Dan Cates - 317,000 7. Ravi govshark2 Raghavan - 275,000 8. John Juanda - 264,800 9. Stephen stevie444 Chidwick - 260,600 10. Aaron aejones Jones - 235,800 There's one new event slated to start on Wednesday in Las Vegas, a $1,000 Pot Limit Omahatournament that kicks off at Noon Pacific Time. Keep it dialed to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  23. Things are really heating up now in one of the most prestigious events at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Just 12 players remain in the $50K Poker Players Championship, and it’s a former two-time winner who bagged up the chip lead. Meanwhile, a ten-time bracelet winning legend bagged a top five stack. Sunday’s WSOP action also the record-breaking Seniors Event reach a final table, while two events played through Day 1 flights. Here’s all the news from Sunday June 18 at the WSOP. Michael Mizrachi Leads $50K Championship; Ivey, Smith, Glaser, Hennigan Still In It’s set to be a very exciting day at the tables tomorrow, as a tournament with one of the most coveted bracelets on offer edges closer towards a final table. Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship has seen its 87-strong field chopped down to just 12, and it’s two-time winner Michael Mizrachi who again holds the overnight chip lead, having ended Day 2 as chip leader too. [caption id="attachment_619602" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Could Mizrachi Win It a Third Time?[/caption] Mizrachi ended play with 4,232,000, and he’s most closely followed by Mike Leah with 3,134,000, and Aaron Katz with 2,480,000. The rest of the field is a who’s who of the game, with ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey finishing with the fourth biggest stack (2,146,000). Three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser (1,967,000) is still in the hunt, while Dan Smith seeks his first bracelet (1,816,000). Five-time bracelet winner John Hennigan is looking for his second bracelet of the summer (1,458,000), while Greg Mueller, Brian Rast, Chris Vitch, and Shaun Deeb are all hoping to add more WSOP jewellery to their collections. At the bottom of the counts is Jean-Robert Bellande, who is in bad shape with just 213,000. They’re all in the money though, with 14 players paid and Mike Gorodinsky the unfortunate bubble boy. He ran pocket kings into pocket aces to cooler his way out. Everyone in this tournament is a notable name, but a few other bust-outs they saw today include Jason Mercier (28th), Daniel Negreanu (26th), and defending champion Elior Sion (23rd). There’s $1,239,126 for the champ, as well as the prestige and the bracelet. The guaranteed pay-out right now is $88,627, with action set to resume at 2pm Monday. Full Chip Counts: Michael Mizrachi - 4,232,000 Mike Leah - 3,134,000 Aaron Katz - 2,480,000 Phil Ivey - 2,146,000 Benny Glaser - 1,967,000 Dan Smith - 1,816,000 John Hennigan - 1,458,000 Greg Mueller - 1,439,000 Brian Rast - 1,167,000 Chris Vitch - 1,160,000 Shaun Deeb - 533,000 Jean-Robert Bellande - 213,000 Final Table Set in Seniors Event Event #34: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship broke records for the largest ever Day 1 in history back on Friday. Now, after Day 3, just eight of the 5,919-strong field remain. It’s final table time. Gary Friedlander is in pole position coming in, having bagged a chip lead with 8,080,000. He’s followed by Bill Stabler (6,085,000) and Matthew Davis (6,010,000). Day 3 began with 101 players returning for their shot at the bracelet and the massive $662,983 first-place prize. All eight have locked up $76,204 for their efforts, and they’ll return at 11am Monday to play down to a champ. Final Table Chip Counts: Gary Friedlander - 8,080,000 Bill Stabler - 6,085,000 Matthew Davis - 6,010,000 Bill Bennett - 2,735,000 Frank Berry - 2,090,000 Rachel Delatorre - 1,645,000 Joseph Schulman - 1,510,000 Scott Hamilton-Hill - 1,455,000 Big Names Out for Double Stack Day 1B Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em chalked up its Day 1B flight on Sunday, with a massive 3,314 entries, which when added to the Day 1A field makes 5,700 total entries. Just 1,285 of them would make it through both flights, and today it was Mike Tayakama who bagged up the most. He ended with 177,400, while there were many notable survivors including bracelet winners Loni Harwood (23,000), Chris Moorman (67,200), Niall Farrell (58,000), Bertrand Grospellier (20,700), and Chris Ferguson (12,200). Others to advance include Giuseppe Pantaleo (131,600), Anatoly Filatov (9,500), Harry Lodge (6,500), Manig Loeser (28,700), and Ari Engel (38,800). Day 2 kicks off at 12pm Monday, with only 855 of them making the money. A min-cash will be worth $1,500, while the eventual champ will get $644,224. Top 10 Stacks: Mike Takayama - 177,400 Eimantas Adomavicius - 168,500 Vinny Pahuja - 167,100 Fabrizzo Dagostino - 164,200 Chahn Jung - 147,500 Pablo Fernandez - 146,500 Rulah Divine - 145,100 Cher Vang - 139,700 Benjamin Jones - 132,400 Giuseppe Pantaleo - 131,600 Another Mizrachi Bags Big While his brother Michael is chip-leading the $50K, Robert Mizrachi was doing good work himself over in Event #35: $1,500 Mixed Omaha. The tournament, which rotates between Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and Big O (5-Card PLO/8), got 751 total entries. But now, with Day 2 in the books, there are 31 players remaining. Mizrachi almost had the overnight chip lead, but in the last few hands of the night his 439,000 was pipped to the post by James Alexander (466,500) and Gabriel Ramos (452,000). Ryan Hughes (276,000), Jon Turner (218,000), Carol Fuchs (215,000), Mark Gregorich (176,500), and Bart Hanson (35,000) will also be returning Monday. The same can’t be said for this lot, who crashed out today: Martin Staszko (103rd - $2,258), Andrew Barber (84th - $2,444), Calen McNeil (71st - $2,444), Max Pescatori (69th - $2,631), Barry Greenstein (53rd - $3,256), Erik Seidel (43rd - $3,741) and Phil Hellmuth (35th - $5,252). Prior to the bubble bursting, Dan Heimiller, Connor Drinan, Chris Ferguson, and Stephen Chidwick were all eliminated. Play continues at 2pm Monday, and the plan is to play down to a winner, who will receive $211,781. Top 10 Stacks: James Alexander - 466,500 Gabriel Ramos - 452,000 Robert Mizrachi - 439,000 Eddie Blumenthal - 343,500 Chip Jett - 292,500 Christopher Carey - 290,000 Ryan Hughes - 276,000 Robert Jackson - 249,500 Jon Turner - 218,000 Carol Fuchs - 215,000 Super Seniors Out For Day 1 If you were 60 or over and busted out of the Seniors Event today, chances are you went and hopped straight into Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. This one got a massive field of 2,191 runners today. Ten levels later and just 347 remain. Clifford Matthews can call himself chip leader overnight with 137,900, but Henri Bisson isn’t far behind with 130,000. A few notables we lost today include Marcel Luske, TJ Cloutier, Neil Bluminfield and Dan Harrington. Action resumes at 11am Monday, with only 329 players making the money ($1,500 min cash). Top 10 Stacks: Clifford Mathews - 137,900 Henri Bisson - 130,000 Steven Wenrich - 122,300 Charles Zis - 109,300 Jeff Heiberg - 103,600 Tim Ebenhoeh - 95,800 Michael Rice - 93,300 Donald Clause - 90,900 Jeffrey Weber - 90,600 Alan Marks - 86,100 PLO Giant Continues On Sunday, there was also another starting flight in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha. The flight attracted 429 runners, but only 23 of those will proceed to Day 2. Tim Andrew leads with 1,375,000 after 21 20-minute levels. Other to advance include Yoni Basin (1,130,000), Russell Sartin (1,025,000), Layne Flack, (825,000), Steve Gagliano (795,000), Sandeep Pulusani(670,000) and Joon Park (495,000). Some of those who made the cash but couldn’t find a big were Thomas Taylor (31st - $861), Ylon Schwartz (37th - $750), Kevin MacPhee (45th - $750), Mikhail Semin (55th - $605), Chris Back (57th - $605), Danny Wong (64th - $560), and Dan Zack (65th - $560). There will be another starting flight next week. Top 10 Day 1C Stacks: Tim Andrew - 1,375,000 Yoni Basin - 1,130,000 Russell Sartin - 1,025,000 Layne Flack - 825,000 Steve Gagliano - 795,000 Sandeep Pulusani - 670,000 Joon Park - 495,000 Robert Covert - 335,000 Jeff Miller - 270,000 Greg Aversa - 97,000
  24. The 2016 World Series of Poker could have sold some expensive seats in the Amazon Room as the final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship crowned a repeat champ, though not the one many expected. The $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Day 1 field watching the final table while the rest of the Rio was partying it up in the $1,000 Tag Team event. Brian Rast Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship for 2nd Time, 3rd Bracelet [caption width="640"] Brian Rast became the second person to win the Chip Reese Trophy twice.[/caption]Brian Rast believed in himself, put his money where his mind was – booking additional action on himself – and entered the final table middle of the pack in chips. Rast got short as Justin Bonomo looked to have all the momentum in the world, played his way back to even and won his second PPC bracelet in a blockbuster hand. Rast pushed his WSOP earnings past $5.5 million at a final table that featured a Mixed Game format. “I ran good but this gives me a little validation,” he said. “I felt a little slighted by some the lines against me and took more action on myself, so it’s nice to get to punish too.” “This says I know how to play Limit and I can play all the games,” he added. “The first (PPC win) was my first major win and the rush that went with that I’ll never top in my poker career.” “There were a lot of crazy ICM situations at the final table,” Rast said. “I was short and had to pick spots and ladder up. I started making a run at three-handed.” The final hand came during a round of No Limit Hold’em and around ten big blinds separated Bonomo and Rast. Bonomo opened, Rast called and the flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="5c"]. Rast check-called 350,000, the turn came [poker card="ac"] and Rast checked again. Bonomo bet 2,200,000, Rast called after some thought and the river came [poker card="ks"]. Rast checked a third time, Bonomo moved all in and Rast called after re-checking his hole cards. Bonomo turned up [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"] for Broadway but Brian Rast tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] for the full house. Bonomo threw his hands in the air with a heavy breath and Rast became the second player to win the event twice. Final Table Payouts Brian Rast - $1,296,097 Justin Bonomo - $801,048 Eric Wasserson - $545,772 Michael Mizrachi - $380,942 Wil Wilkinson – $272,558 Ray Dekharghani - $200,027 Marius Gierse Leads 47 Players to Day 3 in $5,000 No Limit Event Day 2 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event began with 359 survivors playing for the 130 spots that made the money. A full ten levels later 47 players remain and Marius Gierse holds an average stack-lead over second place Jordan Knackstedt. Ismael Bojang, Byron Kavorman and Fedor Holz return with healthy stacks while Andy Hwang, Isaac Baron and Chris Hunichen will have a steeper hill to climb on Thursday. Zvi Stern, Tom Marchese, Tom Middleton, David Vamplew and former Main Event champs Ryan Riess and Martin Jacobson all made deep runs in the 863 entrant field. Day 3 has cards in the air at noon and the field will play down to a final table before bagging and tagging. They’ll return for a final table on the ESPN Feature Table stage and play for $800,586 and the bracelet. Top Ten Chip Counts Marius Gierse – 1,496,000 Jordan Knackstedt – 1,013,000 Yue Du – 902,000 Kane Kalas – 863,000 Matt O’Donnell – 853,000 Dominik Nitsche – 734,000 Javier Gomez – 687,000 Upsheka De Silva – 661,000 Justin Adams – 650,000 Georges Georgiou – 646,000 John Monnette Looking for Fifth Final Table of Summer in $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo The final Stud event of the 2016 WSOP drew 521 entries, brought 124 of them to Day 2 and full day of action left 14 players remaining with John Monnette looking for his 5th final table of the summer. A loaded field features Jameson Painter, Calvin Anderson, Bryan Devonshire, Michael Ross and Brandon Shack-Harris. Phillip Hui, Paul Sokoloff and Jimmy Fricke all made deep runs but fell short of Day 3. Daniel Negreanu, Chris Klodnicki, Ben Yu and Mike Leah min-cashed in the event. Play resumes at 2 PM and though the pace of Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo is deliberate, they should crown a winner by day’s end. Top Ten Chip Counts David Prociak – 701,000 John Monnette – 420,000 Al Barbieri – 382,000 Jameson Painter – 379,000 Gaurav Kalro – 375,000 Calvin Anderson – 347,000 Bryan Devonshire – 243,000 Michael Ross – 214,000 Phillip Penn – 184,000 Louis Russo – 163,000 First $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em Event Draws 836 Teams Team events are not new to the WSOP, Doyle Brunson won a Mixed Doubles event bracelet, but the Tag Team format is new. A player had to register as captain and each teammate had to play at least one round of blinds before the end of registration to be considered official. The event drew 836 teams and 130 remain but it’s anyone’s guess as to how many players are actually still in the event. A team captained by Vladimir Geshkenbein leads the field with 100,000 but those captained by Mike Leah and Alex Bolotin also landed in the top ten. Andy Philachack, Huy Nguyen, James Dempsey, Ben Yu, Cory Waaland, Conor Drinan. Leo Wolpert and Doug Polk all advanced to Day 2. Brian Rast won $1.3 million in the PPC and recorded a cash in the Tag Team event as part of a team with Jeff Gross and Antonio Esfandiari. Each teammate will receive a cash in the event for the amount divided evenly among all members regardless of time played. The field generated a $776,700 prize pool, five-figure payouts start at the final table and the winning team earns $153,358. Top Ten Chip Counts (Team Captain listed) Vladimir Geshkenbein – 100,000 Nick Yunis – 98,300 Mike Leah – 91,400 Nicolas Fischer – 82,700 Alex Bolotin – 81,500 Akash Malik – 79,200 Chris Lindh – 78,100 DNR – 74,400 Matthew Leecy – 68,500 Jeremy Joseph – 65,300 Michael Huntress Tops Elite Field in $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller The $25,000 High Roller event always draws players we're not used to seeing at the WSOP and this summer the event is Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha. It drew 163 entrants and 95 players advanced, but registration remains open until the start of Day 2. Michael Huntress is the first of three huge stacks with Ludovic Geilich and Cary Katz also sitting comfortably. Dan Shak, Josh Pollock and Ryan D’Angelo all bagged up top ten stacks with Paul Volpe, Galen Hall, Max Silver, Christian Harder and Dan Smith all ending with above average stacks. George Danzer, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Joey Ingram and Scott Seiver return with short stacks. The prize pool swelled to over $3.8 million but will most likely go up with a few stragglers deciding to join the field late. Isaac Haxton, Mohsin Charania, Talal Shakerchi, Mike Gorodinsky, Anthony Zinno, Phil Galfond, Ben Lamb and Scott Clements are among the players eliminated on Day 1. Top Ten Chip Counts Michael Huntress – 685,000 Ludovic Geilich – 663,000 Cary Katz – 576,500 Joshua Ladines – 452,000 Dan Shak – 450,500 Josh Pollock – 396,000 Arie Miller – 388,000 Dmitry Savelyev – 386,500 Sean Winter – 383,500 Ryan D’Angelo – 369,000 Main Event Madness Creeping Up The Rio’s hallways come to bursting point as the Main Event draws near and the crowds will love Thursday’s schedule of $1,000 No Limit Hold’em at 11 AM PT and the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in the afternoon.
  25. There’s a new player in the online poker world and it happens belong to an office located in Brooklyn, NY. Virtue Poker is preparing for its formal launch in May as an online poker site based solely in the cryptocurrency space. Started by parent company ConsenSys in 2015, Virtue Poker relies on the Ethereum blockchain for transactions between players and the host. There is no server holding monies for players, only a wallet that a player opens when they create their account. As Head of Business Development and Marketing for Virtue Poker Ryan Gittleson puts it, the software is “immutable, transparent and tamper-proof.” With years of research and development sitting behind it, Virtue Poker is ready to move forward into the official online poker marketplace. The company’s modest beginning played a role in where it is today. The Start ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin is a huge believer in blockchain technology. So much so, that Lubin is credited with being a co-founder of Ethereum. The net worth of at least $1 billion owned by Lubin is distributed across the 47 start-ups owned by the ConsenSys incubator. Virtue Poker is one of those start-ups. A full operation in its own right, ConsenSys has 750 employees of its own with 100 of them based in New York City. Many of the projects ConsenSys incubates work side-by-side in one of the six offices the company has spread from New York to Bucharest to Dubai. According to Gittleson, ConsenSys helped to develop the prototype and business model for Virtue Poker along with initial funding. Virtue Poker has 17 employees spread out across the globe. The Key People Gittleson credits a multitude of folks for getting Virtue Poker to where it is today. 2017 was the year for Virtue Poker to add more poker-related members to their team. There are currently 12 project managers and developers on staff. Virtue Poker hired former members of the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker teams to assist with creating a quality client-facing product. The product created by developers have put in front of the three brand ambassadors for Virtue Poker. All three in the top-10 all-time in career tournament earnings and are led by Brian Rast. Soon after Rast signed on, Dan Colman reached out to Virtue Poker and was soon on the roster. The last get was the hardest and that is to be expected from Phil Ivey. Gittleson flew to Hong Kong in the middle of 2017 and spent a week with Ivey to coax him into joining the mission. The paperwork was signed and Ivey jumped onboard with his latest endeavor as an ambassador. Gittleson sends all three players a blueprint and beta version of designs for Virtue Poker and engages in feedback before making a final decision. The Brooklyn Project ConsenSys is harnessing their New York energy in the form of the Brooklyn Project. Virtue Poker’s goal is to provide the best consumer protection in online poker and the Brooklyn Project allows for this to happen. The idea behind the Brooklyn Project is a base for setting the guidelines for the best in consumer protection within the token economy. Gittleson says the goal behind the project is for all ConsenSys’ users to have the utmost knowledge of the projects they are engaged with. Details like wallets, reading the Whitepaper, and understanding the token transfer process are part of what allows the Brooklyn Project to thrive in shielding their customers. An informed customer can make good decisions to protect themselves, is the general reasoning from ConsenSys. What Does This Equal The mantra behind Virtue Poker is they are the same body as every other online poker company but what's under the hood is what separates them. In Part II of the Virtue Poker series, learn about how the company is planning to change the game with their groundbreaking use of blockchain technology.
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