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  1. [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
  2. Thursday at the 2019 World Series of Poker had a rare occurrence on Thursday: nobody won a bracelet. The only event that was scheduled to play down to a winner, the $600 Deepstack Championship event, stopped for the night with five players left, needing an extra day. Across the Amazon Room, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship played from 12 players down to a final table of six that will not include Day 4 chip leader Phil Ivey. Josh Arieh Leads $50K PPC; Shaun Deeb Lurking At the start of Day 4 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, all eyes were on 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey as he lead the field with 12 players remaining. Through just seven hours of play, however, Ivey was sent to the rail as one of six eliminations on Thursday. At the end of the day, Josh Arieh bagged up 6,220,000 for the chip lead. No other player broke the 5,000,000 chip mark. Bryce Yockey sits second heading into the final day with 4,465,000 with Phillip Hui right behind him with 4,135,000. Ivey was one of three players eliminated by John Esposito on Thursday. Talal Shakerchi and David Oppenheim were the other two victims that helped Esposito make it to Day 4 with the fourth best stack. Shaun Deeb ended the day with 2,485,000 and is guaranteed no fewer than 453 WSOP Player of the Year points at this point. He currently sits sixth in WSOP POY standings, just over 600 points behind current leader Dan Zack. The final table begins at Noon PT with the final table stream on PokerGO beginning at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Josh Arieh - 6,220,000 Bryce Yockey - 4,465,000 Phillip Hui - 4,135,000 John Esposito - 3,630,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,485,000 Daniel Cates - 1,260,000 $600 Deepstack Championship Goes into Overtime Originally scheduled as a two-day event, the 6,140-player field in the $600 Deepstack Championship event was only able to get down to five players on Day 2 and will be returning for a third day. Raymond Foresman bagged up the chip lead with 74,600,000 and holds nearly 30,000,000 more than any other player. That second largest stack belongs to bracelet winner Will Givens. The Colorado native finished with 45,500,000. The rest of the chase group consists of Steffen Logen, Jeff Hakim, and Hlib Kovtunov. Day 2 started with 83 players still in contention. Lang Lee, who started the day with the biggest stack, was one of the 78 players sent to the rail on Thursday. Lee finished 18th for $17,096. The final five players return to action at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Raymond Foresman - 74,600,000 Will Givens - 45,500,000 Steffen Logen - 30,100,000 Jeff Hakim - 24,300,000 Hlib Kovtunov - 9,800,000 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha HiLo or Better The Deepstack Championship wasn't the only event that needs an extra day. The $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event has nine players remaining with Scott Abrams standing tall atop the chip counts. Abrams finished with 6,600,000 which puts him comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Rodney Burt finished with 4,675,000 for the second-best stack while Jordan Spurlin managed to put 4,250,000 in the bag for third best. Anthony Zinno and Erik Seidel are the only two bracelet winners at the final table while Jon Turner and Connor are chasing their first. The final nine players begin play at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Scott Abrams - 6,600,000 Rodney Burt - 4,675,000 Jordan Spurlin - 4,250,000 Anthony Zinno - 3,955,000 Thomas Schropfer - 3,565,000 Erik Seidel - 1,490,000 Jon Turner - 1,460,000 Connor Drinan - 1,125,000 Kyle Miaso - 530,000 $400 Colossus Draws Massive Day 1B Field With only two starting flights and a lower buy-in than previous years, the Colossus ended up drawing a five-figure field with 7,871 players showing up on Day 1B alone. That strong of a turnout made for long lines at registration as players waited for their opportunity to play. Somehow, 1,178 players managed to make it to Day 2. Romik Vartzar finished with 2,170,000 and is the only player from both Day 1A and 1B to bag more than 2,000,000. The second biggest 1B stack belongs to John Goyette with 1,453,000. Ian Steinman finished with the fifth best stack after amassing 1,127,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Maurice Hawkins, Norm MacDonald, David "Bakes" Baker, Michael Soyza, Joseph Galazzo, Jeremy Ausmus, Jon Friedberg, and Matt Berkey. GPI President Eric Danis also managed to find a bag at the end of Day 1B. The total field of 13,109 players makes this event the fifth largest WSOP field in history, surpassing the 2018 Colossus which had a $565 buy-in and six starting flights. The 1,948 survivors from Day 1A and 1B will combine on Friday for another 15 40-minute levels beginning at 11 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Romik Vartzar - 2,170,000 John Goyette - 1,453,000 Hien Tran - 1,152,000 Kyle Shaw - 1,130,000 Ian Steinman - 1,127,000 Julian Manolio - 1,095,000 Robert Georato - 995,000 Kulwant Singh - 991,000 Daniel Dizenzo - 985,000 Hannes Neurauter - 968,000 Chris Ferguson Leads $10,000 Razz with 12 Left Chris Ferguson will return to the Rio on Friday in position to win his seventh WSOP bracelet after bagging up the chip lead in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Ferguson finished with 1,280,000 and is joined by David Bach as the only players with more than a million to work with. Bach finished Day 2 with 1,087,000. Russian Andrey Zhigalov flirted with a seven-figure stack, ending the day with 976,000. The rest of the field is stacked. Current WSOP POY leader Dan Zack sits fourth with 815,000. Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, defending champion Calvin Anderson, Marco Johnson, Mike Gorodinsky, Andre Akkari, and Cary Katz also still have a shot at taking home the bracelet and the $301,421 first place prize. Action gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play until just six players remain. Final 12 Chip Counts Chris Ferguson - 1,280,000 David Bach - 1,087,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 976,000 Daniel Zack - 815,000 Scott Seiver - 622,000 George Alexander - 593,000 Daniel Negreanu - 478,000 Calvin Anderson - 385,000 Marco Johnson - 297,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 227,000 Andre Akkari - 106,000 Cary Katz - 96,000 $1,500 Omaha Mix Draws 717 Players Day 1 of the $1,500 Omaha Mix, which consists of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Big O, brought out 717 players and after 10 levels of play, Aaron Henderson ended up as the biggest stack. He wrapped up the day with 138,600. A total of 228 players made it through Day 1 including Bart Hanson, Patrick Leonard, Ryan Riess, Barry Greenstein, Ryan Laplante, and Eli Elezra. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Henderson - 138,600 John Evans - 130,400 Anatolii Zyrin - 117,800 Bart Hanson - 107,800 John Templeton - 106,200 James Chen - 102,100 Patrick Leonard - 97,000 Sean Yu - 95,100 Ivo Donev - 87,000 Corey Emery - 86,500
  3. 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.
  4. Wednesday's action at the 2019 World Series of Poker included two more events wrapping up, the Colossus drawing over 5,000 runners, and the start of another $10,000 Championship event, but all eyes were squarely on the $50,000 Poker Players Championship as Phil Ivey finished with the chip lead for the second day in a row. Kainalu McCue-Unciano Takes Down Monster Stack The 2019 Monster Stack event might be the smallest one in the six-year history of the event, but that really doesn't bother Kainalu McCue-Unciano. The 25-year-old Hawaii native topped the 6,035-player field to win $1,008,850 and the first bracelet of his career. McCue-Unciano ended Day 2 with the chip lead and it started to feel like something special was about to happen. Wednesday night, that special feeling became reality. “Everyday I told myself that I would do it. It’s just an unreal feeling. It’s kicking in slowly, it’s crazy. It’s a crazy feeling,” he said. The final day of play saw six players return with McCue-Uncianos sitting second in chips. McCue-Unciano handled the first two eliminations and got to heads-up with a substantial chip lead. “Definitely a roller coaster of emotions. I thought the match was going to be over when I held with ace-king. He battled back to chip lead and it was tough, he was a very tough opponent. I just got there on him when I needed it,” he said. Vincent Chauve earned $623,211 for his runner-up performance. Final Table Payouts Kainalu McCue-Unciano - $1,008,850 Vincent Chauve - $623,211 Gregory Katayama - $461,369 Bart Hanson - $344,079 Benjamin Ector - $258,516 Igor Yaroshevskyy - $195,687 Bryan Kim - $149,247 Andre Haneberg - $114,694 Javier Zarco - $88,817 Israeli Trio Takes Down $1,000 Tag Team Title The number of Israeli bracelet winners at the 2019 WSOP doubled on Wednesday. Well, kind of. The team of Chad Geiger, Daniel Dayan, and Barak Wisbrod - all Israelis - took down the $1,000 Tag Team event for the fourth event won by their countrymen. The win came with $168,395 and a bracelet for each of them - and that hardware is what this team was all about once the final table started. “It was a different kind of final table. It’s really not about the money, it’s about the bracelet and I’m only 23. This is my first time in Vegas. I felt pretty good playing, but I did feel like there was more on the line when playing,” Wisbrod said. The team of Jerod Smith, Matthew Moreno, and Lawrence Chan earned $104,025 as the runner-up while Anthony Zinno and John Hinds finished third for $73,329. Pennsylvania online poker grinder Zachary Gruneberg and teammate Timothy Jurkiewicz finished fourth, taking home $52,390. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Steven van Zadelhoff and his teammate Kenny Hallaert picked up $15,674 for finishing eighth. Israeli's Yuval Bronshtein, Eli Elezra, and Asi Moshe all won bracelets earlier this year. Final Table Payouts Chad Geiger / Daniel Dayan / Barak Wisbrod - $168,395 Jerod Smith / Matthew Moreno / Lawrence Chan - $104,025 Anthony Zinno / John Hinds - $73,329 Timothy Jurkiewicz / Zach Gruneberg - $52,390 Fabio Coppola / Richard Washinsky - $37,944 Danny Wong / Steve Sung / Chahn Jung / Aaron Motoyama - $27,864 Daniel Marder / Michael Marder / Paul Steinberg - $20,750 Steven van Zadelhoff / Kenny Hallaert - $15,674 Jie Xu / Shaotong Chang - $12,011 Phil Ivey Leads $50K Poker Players Championship into Day 4 Just 11 players stand between Phil Ivey and a victory in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for what would be his 11th WSOP bracelet. Ivey finished Day 3 with 4,775,000 and the chip lead. Josh Arieh was the only other player to bag more than 3,000,000. The two-time bracelet winner finished the day with 4,029,000. Shaun Deeb ended with 2,450,000 for the third best stack. There are five more WSOP bracelet winners still in the field; Bryce Yockey, Phillip Hui, John Esposito, Christopher Vitch, and Andrew Brown. David Oppenheim, a 2019 Poker Hall of Fame finalist, has a third place and ninth place finish in this event to his credit. He made it through Day 3 with the fifth best stack. The bubble burst on Wednesday when Chris Klodnicki was eliminated by Arieh in 13th place. Daniel Cates, with only one previous WSOP cash to his credit, advanced to Day 4 with the second shortest stack. The final 12 players will be back in action beginning at 2 PM PT and will play until six players remain. Final 12 Chip Counts Phil Ivey - 4,775,000 Josh Arieh - 4,029,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,450,000 Bryce Yockey - 2,386,000 David Oppenheim - 2,108,000 Dario Sammartino - 1,721,000 Phillip Hui - 1,540,000 John Esposito - 1,200,000 Talal Shakerchi - 785,000 Christopher Vitch - 523,000 Daniel Cates - 369,000 Andrew Brown - 210,000 Lang Lee Leads $600 Deepstack Championship Just 83 players remain in the $600 Deepstack Championship and Lang Lee holds a narrow lead over Will Givens heading into the final day of play. Lee finished with 6,075,000 while Givens bagged up just 50,000 less. Steffen Logen ended with a third-best stack of 5,485,000. Day 2 started with 919 players. Included in the 836 players who were sent to the rail on Wednesday were Lexy Gavin, John Phan, Chris Moorman, Humberto Brenes, and Eric Baldwin. Action resumes at 2 PM PT and is scheduled to play down to a winner. Top Chip Counts Lang Lee - 6,075,000 Will Givens - 6,025,000 Steffen Logen - 5,485,000 Riccardo Trevisani - 5,475,000 Giovani Torre - 5,455,000 Carl Brewington - 5,130,000 Dan Matsuzuki - 4,630,000 Luke Martinelli - 4,380,000 Andres Jeckeln - 4,370,000 Gabor Molnar - 3,990,000 Grinder Lurking in $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Matt O'Donnell ended Day 2 of the $1,5000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event with the chip lead, but all eyes are on the third biggest stack. That stack belongs to Michael Mizrachi. The five-time bracelet winner ended with 1,196,000 with just 57 other players remaining. Sandwiched between them is James Chen, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event. The rest of the top 10 includes a number of other notables. David Prociak, Jon Turner, Ray Henson, Ari Engel, and Scott Abrams all finished with a stack near the top of the chip counts. Connor Drinan, Anthony Zinno, Erik Seidel, Joao Vieira, and Chris Bjorin also advanced to Day 3. There were 459 players eliminated on Day 2 including 110 in the money. Jeff Lisandro, Daniel Negreanu, Shawn Buchanan, Barry Greenstein, Patrick Leonard, Joseph Cheong, Shannon Shorr, Frank Kassela, Robert Campbell, and David 'Bakes' Baker all picked up a cash but were unable to advance. Day 3 begins at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Matt O'Donnell - 1,388,000 James Chen - 1,227,000 Michael Mizrachi - 1,196,000 David Prociak - 1,030,000 Jon Turner - 1,008,000 Jordan Spurlin - 1,004,000 Raymond Henson - 922,000 Ari Engel - 798,000 Thiago Macedo - 778,000 Scott Abrams - 774,000 Amador Trinidad Turns Colossus Day 1A into a Milly At just $400, the 2019 version of the Colossus has the lowest price point of any live event on the WSOP schedule. Amador Trinidad had a very successful Day 1A, using the 12 40-minute levels to turn his 40,000 starting stack into 1,012,000. No other player got to the seven-figure mark. Joseph Torres got close though. He ended with 992,000. Marc Korner bagged the third best stack with 937,000. Day 1A drew 5,238 entries with 770 of them advancing to Day 2. The bubble burst late on Day 1A giving Greg Raymer, Mark Seif, Amir Lehavot, and Ylon Schwartz a cash and a stack heading into Day 2. Top Chip Counts Amador Trinidad - 1,012,000 Joseph Torres - 992,000 Marc Korner - 937,000 William Blais - 934,000 Haoxiang Wang - 901,000 Arturs Daugis - 860,000 Carolyn Grad - 852,000 Greg Raymer - 850,000 Kunal Patni - 849,000 Matthew Beisner - 828,000 Andre Akkari Leads $10,000 Razz After Day 1 Andre Akkari spent a good amount of time on Wednesday making the worst hand. That worked out just fine for the Brazilian as he finished Day 1 of the $10,000 Razz Championship with 508,000 and the chip lead. He's nearly 200,000 ahead of the next closest player. David Bach finished with 308,500. Marco Johnson bagged up 254,000. Defending champion Calvin Anderson put himself in position to repeat after collecting 248,500 chips on Day 1. Day 1 drew 97 entries. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 and 22 players will need to register to meet the 2018 field of 119. David 'ODB' Baker, Jason Mercier, Eli Elezra, Frank Kassela, Robert Mizrachi, Brandon Shack-Harris, were among the 55 players who busted on Day 1. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Andre Akkari - 508,000 David Bach - 308,500 Marco Johnson - 254,000 Calvin Anderson - 248,500 Max Pescatori - 241,000 Daniel Zack - 240,500 Cary Katz - 228,000 John Monnette - 220,500 Julien Martini - 217,000 Michael McKenna - 210,500
  5. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC
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