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Most High Roller final tables involve a level of conflict. Chip leads go back and forth and eventually one player rises above the rest to win an insane amount of money. That's not quite what happened Thursday night at the final table of the $25,000 High Roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Nick 'FU_15' Maimone started the final table fourth in chips and, over the course of nine hours of play, eliminated nearly every single player who stood between him and the title to walk away nearly $1 million richer. "My plan was just be really solid and tight going in and hope a couple of the short stacks would bust. All the ladders were huge," said Maimone. Short stacks did indeed bust early on, but rather than sitting back and watching others do the work, Maimone took on the role of executioner. From early position, Maimone raised to 110,000 and Ben Heath moved all-in from the cutoff for 570,000. Action folded to Maimone, who called and tabled [poker card="ad"] [poker card="8d"]. Heath was ahead with [poker card="7d"] [poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="as"] [poker card="jd"] [poker card="5s"] flop put Maimone ahead and the [poker card="9d"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river kept him there, sending Heath to the rail in eighth place. From UTG, Chance 'Chances Cards' Kornuthmoved all-in for 495,000 and Brian Yoon moved all-in over the top from the cutoff. Maimone called from the small blind. Kornuth showed [poker card="ad"] [poker card="9s"], Yoon had [poker card="ah"] [poker card="jh"], and Maimone had [poker card="4c"] [poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="td"] [poker card="8s"] [poker card="7c"] flop gave Kornuth and Yoon straight draws but left Maimone in front. The [poker card="9c"] turn gave Yoon a straight. The [poker card="5d"] river changed nothing for Kornuth and he was out in seventh. Working with a relatively short stack, Andrey 'Zaya' Zaichenko moved all-in from the small blind for 830,000 and Maimone called from the big blind. Zaichenko showed [poker card="as"] [poker card="7c"], but found himself trailing Maimone, who showed [poker card="ah"] [poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="ks"] [poker card="6c"] [poker card="3d"] [poker card="9c"] [poker card="th"] runout did nothing for Zaichenko and he was eliminated in sixth. After Maimone raised to 140,000 from UTG, Yoon moved all-in from the big blind for just over 1,000,000. Maimone called and tabled [poker card="ks"] [poker card="qh"], while Yoon showed [poker card="5h"] [poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="ah"] [poker card="ts"] [poker card="9h"] flop kept Yoon ahead but gave Maimone a straight draw. The [poker card="qs"] turn put Maimone ahead and the [poker card="kh"] river sealed Yoon's fate with a fifth place finish. November Niner Josh 'asdf26' Beckley was the next to go and his run ended in frustrating fashion. Winter raised to 180,000 from UTG, Maimone called from the button, and Beckley called from the small blind. The flop came [poker card="ad"] [poker card="ks"] [poker card="8s"] and all three players checked. After the [poker card="qs"] turn, Winter and Beckley checked before Maimone bet 300,000. Winter folded, but Beckley called. The [poker card="ts"] river got Beckley to check again. Maimone bet 525,000 before Beckley check-raised all-in for his last 1,225,000. Maimone called and watched as Beckley tabled [poker card="as"] [poker card="5s"] for what he assumed was the nut flush, but Maimone - after taking some time - flipped over [poker card="js"] [poker card="9s"] for a straight flush to send Beckley home in fourth. "I'm not an asshole, but (Beckley) just kind of bothered me a couple of times with his demeanour. He really just rubbed me the wrong way," said Maimone. "This was a dream spot to not slow roll. So I said, 'This is a tough one.' I think I asked him how many chips he had - like a jerk and he called and confidently tabled his ace-five of spades and I was like, 'I have a straight flush, sorry.'" With three players remaining, Dario Sammartino moved all-in for 1,130,000 over Maimone's initial raise to 225,000. Maimone called and turned up [poker card="7h"] [poker card="7s"], while Sammartino needed help with [poker card="kc"] [poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="ah"] [poker card="8s"] [poker card="2h"] [poker card="2d"] [poker card="jc"] board did nothing for Sammartino and he was out in third, leaving Maimone and Winter to play for the title. When heads-up play began, Maimone held 6,495,000 chips to Winter's 4,855,000. The two made a deal that left both with $900,000+ cash and left $30,000 to play for. It didn't take long for Maimone to claim his sixth final table victim. Maimone raised his button to 250,000 and Winter followed that by moving all-in. Maimone snap-called and tabled [poker card="ac"] [poker card="kc"], while Winter was way behind with [poker card="kd"] [poker card="tc"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"] [poker card="3d"] [poker card="3c"] [poker card="qc"] [poker card="9c"] to give Maimone his first live win. Final Table Payouts Nick Maimone - $996,480 Sean Winter - $914,580 Dario Sammartino - $542,160 Josh Beckley - $439,560 Brian Yoon - $347,760 Andrey Zaichenko - $264,060 Chance Kornuth - $192,780 Ben Heath - $140,940
[caption width="640"] Brian Yoon won his third WSOP bracelet on Wednesday, and now has a seven figure score too (WSOP photo)[/caption] A new millionaire was made on Wednesday at the 2017 World Series of Poker. In total, two bracelets were handed out, a tournament played down to five players, another played down to seven, and three more clocked exciting days at the felt. Here’s a rundown of the action. More than a million for Yoon If there’s one thing you can say about Brian Yoon, it’s that the 27-year-old pro knows how to navigate large tournament fields. First he took down the $1,111 Little One for One Drop back in 2013 for $663K, besting 4,567 players. He returned to the WSOP in 2014 and won his second bracelet in a $5K event, beating 550 runners. Now Yoon has won his third career bracelet, having finished on top of the $1,500 Monster Stack’s 6,716-strong field for a massive $1,094,349 payday. “Getting this one in 2017 feels really good,” Yoon said. “It's my biggest score ever. I think that the way I approach this type of tournament is really good, and I'm really well-suited for it. I think I do a lot of things, a lot little adjustments, that other people don't do.” Whatever those adjustments are, they saw him beat out a tough final table which included Maurice Hawkins(6th - $213,591) and Will Failla (9th - $97,223). Heads up against BelarusianIhar Soika, Yoon had a 3:1 chip lead when Soika jammed with the [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"] and was called by the [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="7d"], before the [poker card="td"] hit the river to give Yoon the win. Final table payouts Brian Yoon - $1,094,349 Ihar Soika - $675,995 Stanley Lee - $501,353 Ryan Mcknight - $374,515 Yuliyan Kolev - $281,800 Maurice Hawkins - $213,591 Thomas Ryan - $163,087 Richard Ma - $125,451 Will Failla - $97,223 Five remain in $1,500 No Limit Bounty A tournament that has proved very popular with pros and recreational players alike is the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Bounty. Players who eliminate someone receive a $500 bounty chip, meaning if you bust out three players, then you’re free-rolling. A total of 1,927 players took a seat a few days ago, but now just five remain.Bryan Emory leads the finale, followed by James Gilbert, Chris Bolek, Zhaoxing Wang, and Tobias Peters. Some of the big names who returned on Wednesday but couldn’t survive include Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall, Govert Metaal, and Harrison ‘gibler123’ Gimble. Play resumes on Thursday with $266,646 for the winner. Final Five Chip Counts Bryan Emory - 6,130,000 James Gilbert - 3,300,000 Chris Bolek - 1,700,000 Zhaoxing Wang - 1,675,000 Tobias Peters - 1,650,000 Bryce Yockey takes down $10K PLO Eight for $511K [caption width="640"] Bryce Yockey conquered a tough final table to win the K PLO 8 or Better Championship on Wednesday. (WSOP photo)[/caption] The other gold handed out on Wednesday went to Bryce Yockey, who came out on top in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for a $511,147 payday and his first career bracelet. "I just fucking came through,” Yockey said after his victory. "It feels really good. It's different than winning a $1,500 tournament. There's a lot of tough pros to get through. It felt good to get here." There were several big names who had made it through the 207 runners to join Yockey at the final table. Two-time bracelet winner Josh Arieh would eventually exit in third for $216,077, following Chris Ferguson’s fourth-place finish for $150,929. As Yockey himself says, this event was pretty darn popular too. "Every pro I talked to is like, 'Wow this was an amazing success,'" he said. "I think everyone who played it had a good time. I know two guys who flew in just to play this tournament.” Final table payouts Bryce Yockey - $511,147 Jeremy Joseph - $315,911 Josh Arieh - $216,077 Chris Ferguson - $150,929 Quentin Krueger - $107,709 Chris Roth - $78,569 Ray Henson - $58,612 Kate Hoang - $44,738 Mercier, Charania, Kempe still in $1,500 NLHE contention The smaller buy-in No Limit Hold’em events attract huge crowds, and this $1,500 event was no different. 1,580 runners took their shot, but after Wednesday’s Day 2 just 23 remain. There are some big names among them. Samuel Phillipsleads right now (1.28 million), but he’ll have stiff competition from the likes of WPT Five Diamond champ Mohsin Charania (1.04 million), five-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier (457K), and 2016 Super High Roller Bowl winner Rainer Kempe (240K).Andy Frankenberger (525K) is also still seeking his third bracelet. There’s $364,438 up top in this one, with play resuming Thursday. Top 10 Chip Counts Samuel Phillips - 1,289,000 James Florence - 1,284,000 Brandon Ageloff - 1,200,000 Griffin Malatino - 1,114,000 Mohsin Charania - 1,045,000 Alexander Elias - 847,000 Andy Frankenberger - 525,000 Jack Allen - 459,000 Jason Mercier - 457,000 Yanki Koppel - 436,000 Max Silver leads $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold’em Finale Just seven players remain in the $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Max, and it’s the UK’s Max Silver who sits atop the chip counts. He’s chasing his first WSOP bracelet. Of the 256 players who started in this event, just 73 returned for Wednesday’s Day 2. Some of those who fell during the day’s play include Stuart Rutter, Jason Mercier, Andre Akkari, Jack Duong, Joseph Risi, Ray Henson, John Racener, and James Obst. There’s $172,645 for the eventual champ. Play resumes at 2pm Thursday. Final table chip counts: Max Silver - 1,021,000 Ayman Qutami - 792,000 Guowei Zhang - 510,000 Georgios Kapalas - 475,000 Mickey Craft - 445,000 Lena Wang - 395,000 David Olson - 97,000 Two Events Kick Off Wednesday saw two new tournaments start their Day 1s: Event #54: $10,000 Eight Handed Pot Limit Omaha Championship, and Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud. In the PLO Championship, 428 started and 186 made it through to Day 2. Sorin Drajneanu finished the day as chip leader, but the big news was that defending champion Brandon Shack-Harris finished fourth in the chip counts. He’s joined at the top by Johnny Lodden, Patrick Mahoney, and Dan Shak. This event is officially a record-breaker, beating last year’s turnout and creating a $938,732 first-place prize. Play resumes Thursday. Top 10 chip counts Sorin Drajneanu - 469,700 Andjelko Andrejevic - 369,400 Arvi Vainionkulma - 320,200 Brandon Shack-Harris - 301,200 Johnny Lodden - 270,000 Eddie Ochana - 269,000 Patrick Mahoney - 264,300 Dan Shak - 255,100 Randel Brown - 250,400 Corey Hochman - 247,500 Meanwhile, in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud, just 68 of the 298 starters survived. Bryan Slick bagged the chip lead with 92,400, followed by Jonathan Ulrich (77,300), John Bunch (69,000), and Joseph Cappello (66,000), and Marcel Luske(64,300). Andre Akkari and Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen are also still in the mix with 54,000 and 45,300 respectively. First place prize is $96,907, and Day 2 starts on Thursday. Top 10 Chip Counts Bryan Slick - 92,400 Jonathan Ulrich - 77,300 Joseph Cappello - 66,000 Marcel Luske - 64,300 Michael Harris - 61,700 Christopher Vitch - 61,700 Wesley Hickey - 58,400 Tom Koral - 58,200 Georgii Belianin - 55,000 Al Barbieri - 54,500
Amidst the carnage that was the first level and a half of Day 5 play in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, Brian Yoon continued to push ahead and took his 3,228,000 starting stack all the way up 5,000,000 very quickly. "It's been nothing but good basically. I just immediately got involved in like two or three really big pots and won all of them, so it worked out pretty well," said Yoon. It shouldn't really be too much of a surprise to see Yoon putting up a solid run in the Main Event. He's done it before. He finished 58th in 2011, 498th in 2014 and then 60th in 2016. He's also won three bracelets already, all in big No Limit Hold'em field events. In 2013, Yoon beat 4,755 other players to win the $1,111 Little One for One Drop. The next year he topped a 550-player field in a $5,000 Eight-handed No Limit Hold'em event. His third bracelet came last summer, when he beat 6,715 other players to win the $1,500 Monster Stack. "There's no correlation, obviously they're kind of similar fields. I just feel like I just have a good understanding of how to approach this tournament, luckily it's been paying off," said Yoon, who has $4.39 million in lifetime earnings, including $2.8 million from WSOP events alone. Yoon moved from California to Las Vegas just over two years ago. It might seem to make sense for a poker pro to make the move to the poker capital of the world, but it was less about being close to games and tournaments and much more about the financial implications of living in Nevada. “Honestly, it was many just tax reasons, because California has state tax,” said Yoon, who now pays no state income tax as a resident of Nevada. “It just makes sense too because I'm here every summer for a couple of months. So I save money on getting a place here and everything like that.” Following his 2017 bracelet win, Yoon admitted he was going to play much less poker than he had in years past. This wasn’t some formal retirement announcement though, Yoon just felt like he was in a good enough place financially where he could pick and choose which tournaments he wanted to play. “Honestly, I feel like I study poker more than I play poker, which is kind of weird,” said Yoon. “I've been enjoying (playing) a little bit more lately, not enough to grind every single stop like I used to. I’ll still go to the big ones. I'm going to go to the party Caribbean event in November, I'll go to PCA, but I'm not going to go to every stop just to kill myself just to play.”
The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event went from 1,286 players down to 354 on Tuesday Those left are deep in the money and guaranteed $34,845, and it’s Dean Morrone holding the chip lead entering Day 5. Former NFL star Richard Seymour was one of the big stacks to advance. Morrone Leads the Way Morrone is a Canadian player and a qualifier from 888poker. He’s making his first career WSOP cash with his run in this year’s WSOP Main Event and it’s also his largest live tournament score to date as he entered the tournament with just $10,138 in live earnings. Morrone entered Day 4 with 365,000 before he went on to finish with 4.98 million and the lead. Other big stacks in the group behind Morrone on the leaderboard were Lars Bonding (4.04 million), Michael Messick (3.925 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (3.9 million), and Henrik Hecklen (3.862 million) to round out the top five. Morrone’s fellow 888poker qualifier Mihai Manole finished the day with a very healthy 3.781 million. Top 10 Chip Counts Dean Morrone - 4,980,000 Lars Bonding - 4,040,000 Michael Messick - 3,925,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 3,900,000 Henrik Hecklen - 3,862,000 Mihai Manole - 3,781,000 Robert Heidorn - 3,700,000 Sean Mills - 3,692,000 Christopher Wynkoop - 3,563,000 Andrew Brokos - 3,518,000 Former NFL Star Richard Seymour On the Rush Former NFL star and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour was among those to advance to Day 5. He spoke with The Fives Poker Podcast at the end of Day 3 about his sixth time playing the WSOP Main Event being a charm and things only got sweeter on Tuesday. Seymour came into the day with 275,000 and quickly got his stack up to 400,000. It wasn’t long before he reached 1 million in chips and then the progression only continued after he was moved to one of the secondary features tables. Seymour bagged up 2.75 million in chips, but he wasn’t the only former NFL player to move on. Eric Stocz, who spent time in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, reached the money in the WSOP Main Event for the second time in his poker career. He’s already outperformed the 402nd-place finish he netted in 2011 that earned him $30,974 and will only be looking for more. Stocz bagged 350,000 for Day 5. Former PocketFives #1 Players Performing Well A handful of former PocketFives #1 players are performing well and have advanced to Day 4 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Fabrizio Gonzalez bagged 2.916 million, Chris Hunichen finished with 2.617 million, and Yuri Dzivielevski ended with 1.79 million. Hunichen bagged those chips despite losing one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far. He got involved in a big one with David Guay and Guay flopped a set of tens against Hunichen’s pocket kings. The hand resulted in a full double for Guay and took a dent of about 1.2 million out of Hunichen’s stack. Eight from Pennsylvania Still Alive Pennsylvania online poker has been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When sites do go live there will be a handful of players with some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs in this WSOP Main Event. Eight players from Pennsylvania remain, with Thomas Parkes of Alburtis finishing Day 4 with the most chips at 3.172 million. Pittsburgh’s Chad Power is next with 2.78 million, and then it’s Matthew Sabia (1.81 million), Kenneth Smaron (1.806 million), Edward Pham (1.43 million), Jake Schindler (1.168 million), Donald Dombach (799,000), and Matt Glantz (690,000). Yoon, Esfandiari, Cheong Among Bracelet Winners Remaining In addition to all the names that have been mentioned, Brian Yoon (2.622 million), Antonio Esfandiari (2.583 million), Craig McCorkell (2.5 million), Chris Wallace (1.98 million), and Joseph Cheong (1.958 million) represent some of the WSOP gold bracelet winners still in the field. Yoon and Esfandiari are both three-time gold bracelet winners who have had some deep runs in the WSOP Main Event before. Yoon has finished in the top 60 on three separate occasions (2018, 2016, and 2011), and Esfandiari finished 24th in 2009. McCorkell took 13th in 2014, and Wallace finished 32nd in 2017. We also know very much about Cheong’s third-place finish behind Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener in 2010 that earned him $4.13 million. All Former Main Event Champs Gone Of course, not every player could advance. Three former WSOP Main Event champions began the day, with Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Qui Nguyen still in the field, but all three of them busted out on Day 4. Moneymaker finished 687th for $20,200, Chan took 560th for $24,560, and Nguyen went out 455th for $30,780. Nguyen’s bust came when he got the last of his chips in with pocket fives only to lose out to an opponent’s two sixes. With no former WSOP Main Event champions in the field, we will see a brand new winner in 2019. Others to bust on Day 4 were Ricky Guan (362nd - $34,845), Scott Lazar (388th - $34,845), Jean-Robert Bellande (415th - $30,780), Bryan Campanello (435th - $30,780), Josh Arieh (485th - $27,390), Adam Owen (570th - $24,560), and Cliff Josephy (759th - $20,200). Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Wednesday, July 10 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.