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  1. A star-studded field turned up for Event #20 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout. There were 389 entrants and, when all was said and done, Kory s00tedj0kers Kilpatrick (pictured) walked away with his first WSOP bracelet in his first WSOP final table. PocketFivers are up to eight WSOP bracelets this year. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Kilpatrick Tweeted before the 10-handed finale began, "Made my first WSOP final table in #event20 3k shootout. Starts at 2. Think it streams on wsop.com . Tough table; should be fun!" The final table had three bracelet winners and a host of brand name poker players, leading Kilpatrick to tell WSOP staff, "There were really no bad players here; everyone played solid." He added, "I was really focused and I was really feeling it today. It feels great." Kilpatrick started the final table third in chips, but busted Chris Bell in fifth place to take the lead. Kilpatrick then sent Jack Duong to the rail in fourth place after rivering a full house and, as a result, stacked almost half of the chips in play. Kilpatrick continued his streak and ran Noah Bronstein out the door in third = to enter heads-up play up 2:1. He did not relinquish the lead from there. It took 83 hands for a single person to be eliminated and then another 57 for the nine-handed table to have a knockout. In the final hand of the tournament, Kilpatrick's A-J outlasted Eric gpokerg Wasserson's J-10 for the bracelet and a quarter of a million dollars. Wasserson (pictured) recorded his first WSOP cash of 2014 and second WSOP final table of his career: 1st Place: Kory s00tedj0kersKilpatrick - $254,891 2nd Place: Eric gpokergWasserson - $157,490 3rd Place: Noah Bronstein - $115,659 4th Place: Jack Duong - $85,616 5th Place: Chris Bell - $63,877 6th Place: Phil Galfond - $48,043 7th Place: Taylor taypaur Paur - $36,414 8th Place: Michael Stonehill - $27,812 9th Place: Dylan ImaLucSac Linde - $21,409 10th Place: Narendra Banwari - $16,609 Meanwhile, Chris FoxWallace (pictured) and Calvin cal42688Anderson are among the final 21 left in a $10,000 HORSE event (#22) that's scheduled to play down to a winner on Tuesday. High-stakes cash game player Tommy Hang leads the way with a stack of 757,000, while bracelet winner Randy mavsrule3 Ohel is in second with 611,000. Ohel and Wallace have been PocketFives members since the year we launched, while Anderson was ranked #1 as recently as November of last year. The top prize in Event #22 is $507,000. Here's how the field stacks up entering today's scheduled conclusion: 1. Tommy Hang - 757,000 2. Randy mavsrule3Ohel - 611,000 3. Richard Ashby - 508,000 4. Christopher FoxWallace - 506,000 5. David Benyamine - 412,000 6. Justin ZeeJustin Bonomo - 345,000 7. John Cernuto - 335,000 8. Calvin cal42688Anderson - 301,000 9. Max Pescatori - 282,000 10. Sergey Altbregin - 261,000 11. Lee Goldman - 240,000 12. Nick Schulman - 194,000 13. Bill Chen - 193,000 14. Bruno Fitoussi - 189,000 15. Glenn Cozen - 184,000 16. Daniel Negreanu - 181,000 17. Bertrand ElkY Grospellier - 177,000 18. Ben Yu - 106,000 19. Mark Gregorich - 99,000 20. Nick Kost - 69,000 21. Richard Sklar - 53,000 The tournament will restart at 2:00pm PT on Tuesday. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. We're down to 16 players in the World Series of Poker's $25,000 Mixed-Max No Limit Hold'em event from the Rio in Las Vegas. Play on Thursday will be four-handed, at which point heads-up matches will determine who goes home with the coveted WSOP bracelet. There are a bundle of recognizable names in the field and a nearly $900,000 first place payday is on the line. The lead heading into four-handed play belongs to Al Decarolis, a restaurateur originally from California who amazingly had exactly zero live cashes to his name until this event. He bagged up 1.26 million in chips to end play on Wednesday in Las Vegas, slightly ahead of the 1.25 million belonging to longtime poker pro and two-time bracelet winner JC Tran, who was fifth in last year's Main Event. PocketFiver Cal cal42688 Anderson (pictured above), a former #1 player on our site, has the fifth largest stack with 16 remaining. Anderson scooped a six-figure pot late in the day on Wednesday after betting 104,000 on a board of 3-A-6-K-K and getting a call from Tran, who tossed his cards into the muck when Anderson tabled A-J for two pair. Several hands before, Anderson doubled up Matt Giannettiafter the latter called all-in on a flop of K-J-5. Giannetti, who finished fourth in the 2011 Main Event, showed A-K for top pair, while Anderson had Q-10 for a straight draw. The board ran out J-3, shaving Anderson's chip stack by nearly 300,000. Anderson is fresh off winning his record-tying fifth SCOOP event. Vanessa Selbst (pictured) and Jason Mo sit third and fourth on the $25K Mixed-Max leaderboard, respectively, entering Thursday's play. Selbst was the leader in the clubhouse after Day 1 and helped our current chip leader amass a significant number of chips early on. As coverage explained, "Decarolis scored a key double up early in the day against start-of-day chip leader Vanessa Selbst. In that hand, Decarolis flopped a set of tens against Selbst's top two pair and held for a double up." Finally, let's talk about Phil Ivey, who, as we should remind readers, has a joint bracelet prop bet with Daniel Negreanuthat garnered a considerable amount of interest. Ivey sent Justin ZeeJustinBonomo to the rail on Wednesday in the Mixed-Max event and then hit a two-outer to bust Eugene Katchalov a few minutes later. It seemed, at least for a moment, as if Ivey's bracelet bet would pay off in his first event. But, it wasn't meant to be. On a flop of K-Q-J, all clubs, Ivey's money went in with A-10 of spades for a straight, while Tran showed 8-7 of clubs for a flush. The 10c on the turn and Ad on the river sent Ivey packing. Here are the 16 players remaining: 1. Al Decarolis - 1,261,000 2. JC Tran - 1,251,000 3. Vanessa Selbst - 1,224,000 4. Jason Mo - 1,214,000 5. Calvin cal42688Anderson - 812,000 6. Matt Giannetti - 676,000 7. Ryan Fee - 656,000 8. Barry Hutter - 524,000 9. Darren darrenelias Elias (pictured) - 506,000 10. Robert Tepper - 490,000 11. Aaron aejones Jones - 306,000 12. Richard Lyndaker - 213,000 13. Nick Schulman - 207,000 14. Kevin Song - 198,000 15. Noah fouruhaters Schwartz - 193,000 16. Brian Green - 145,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, made possible by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. There are 20 players remaining in Event #29 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $2,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament. What started as a field of 1,165 has been whittled down to a quaint group that has Jamie pokerjamers Armstrong (pictured) at its helm with a stack of 765,000. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Armstrong Tweeted late in the day that he had come out on the short end of a race, but still managed to hold the chip lead entering the tournament's final scheduled day: "Lost a big flip A-Q vs 9-9 for 450K. FML. Ended with 765K, come back to 5/10K with 20 left. Goodnight." Armstrong has a half-million dollars in WSOP earnings, about half of which came after a runner-up finish in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event in 2012. He finished fifth in a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max tournament last year for $112,000. Isaac mr. menloBaron (pictured) was the final player eliminated on Saturday after calling all-in on a board showing 5-9-K-5-J and tabling J-5 for what seemed to be an unbeatable full house. However, David Benefield showed K-5 for a better full house and scooped the pot, simultaneously sending Baron to the rail. Also shown the door late in the day on Saturday was Daniel DeoxyriboStrelitz, who called all-in before the flop with K-9 of hearts and was up against the K-J of spades belonging to Andy Pham. The board ran out 5-4-8-2-7 and Strelitz was sent packing in 26th place after Pham's kicker played. Here's how the field looks with 20 players remaining: 1. Jamie pokerjamersArmstrong - 765,000 2. Barry Hutter - 731,000 3. Chris Johnson - 665,000 4. Sam Cohen - 654,000 5. Andy Phan - 603,000 6. Daniel Laming - 561,000 7. Thad McNulty - 520,000 8. Scott Davies - 474,000 9. Yong Lu - 474,000 10. Rep Porter - 463,000 11. Matt Salsberg - 447,000 12. David Benefield - 432,000 13. Richard Kirsch - 315,000 14. Justin Oliver - 284,000 15. Pierre Milan - 273,000 16. Justin Kindred - 260,000 17. Marius Pospiech - 249,000 18. William Reynolds - 223,000 19. Joseph Brattole - 181,000 20. Grayson the_dean22 Nichols - 167,000 Also at the Rio on Sunday is the conclusion to Event #30, a $1,500 Seven Card Stud High-Low Eight or Better tournament that began with 588 entrants. There are a dozen players remaining, including former #1 ranked PocketFiver Cal cal42688Anderson (pictured), who already has a pair of top-14 finishes at this year's WSOP. He's in second place behind chip leader Eric Kurtzman and the field that remains consists of a variety of poker stalwarts and up-and-coming Mixed Game players: 1. Eric Kurtzman - 490,000 2. Calvin cal42688Anderson - 356,000 3. Sanjay Pandya - 307,000 4. Joe Tehan - 285,000 5. Melissa Burr - 222,000 6. Jimmy gobboboy Fricke - 216,000 7. Ted Forrest - 183,000 8. David Brooker - 176,000 9. Robert Goldfarb - 170,000 10. Levon Torosyan - 92,000 11. John Myung - 76,000 12. Matthew Kelly - 73,000 Chris FoxWallace, who won a bracelet last week in a $10,000 HORSE event, finished 16th in Event #30. David Brooker had trip sixes when the Stud hand had finished, while Wallace, drawing to a wheel, whiffed when he picked up a queen. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. "I wouldn't say it was easy; I just ran really good." Those were comments from Calvin cal42688Anderson to World Series of Poker staff after his victory on Sunday at the Rio in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better tournament. "Seven Stud Hi-Lo isn't a game where you can just start bluffing people in. You have to draw some cards and some cards have to go your way. But, I felt I played really well. I took my time on all the decisions. There were a lot of good opponents for sure, but I ran really good." Anderson is pictured, left, with fellow former #1 player Griffin Flush_EntityBenger. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Anderson, a former #1 player on PocketFives who is currently ranked #30, started the final table with a middle of the road stack. However, he quickly turned on the jets, as when five players remained, the Oklahoma native had more chips than the rest of the table combined. He added what a gold bracelet means to him: "It's a good feeling to win the gold bracelet. I wouldn't say it completely validates me and what I do for a career. I've had a lot of success, although I will certainly get a lot more recognition from this. It's definitely a good thing, especially after coming close a few times." Anderson final tabled a $10,000 HORSE event earlier this month and has won nearly a quarter of a million dollars from his WSOP cashes thus far in 2014. Online, Anderson has a sterling $5.5 million in MTT winnings, including a $303,000 hit for taking down the Full Tilt Poker$1.5 Million Guarantee in 2011. He has SCOOP and WCOOP wins on PokerStars and has won that site's Sunday Second Chance three times. Anderson's bracelet was the 12th claimed by members of the PocketFives community this year through 30 completed events. Here's how the final table of the $1,500 Stud event cashed out: 1st: Place Calvin cal42688 Anderson - $190,538 2nd Place: Joe Tehan - $118,014 3rd Place: Eric Kurtzman - $79,800 4th Place: Levon Torosyan - $55,319 5th Place: Melissa Burr - $39,181 6th Place: Sanjay Pandya - $28,346 7th Place: Jimmy gobboboy Fricke - $20,932 8th Place: John Myung - $15,772 Also at the Rio, Matt All in At 420Stout (pictured) leads the 15 remaining players in Event #31, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament. A top prize of $418,000 is hanging in the balance and Stout has a stack of 1.13 million in chips, the only player to bag seven-figures. His biggest hand of the day came with, you guessed it, pocket fives. He flopped a set with our eponymous hand and eliminated Alessandro Bardaro in 16th place to add 475,000 to his stack. Here's how the final 15 look: 1. Matt All In At 420 Stout - 1,130,000 2. Aleksandr Gofman - 951,000 3. Brett Shaffer - 812,000 4. Eric Spitzer - 674,000 5. Peter Gould - 639,000 6. Ronald Sullivan - 537,000 7. Steven McNallyville McNally - 463,000 8. Robert Schmidt - 442,000 9. Jason Vanstrom - 422,000 10. Rajaee Wazwaz - 359,000 11. Jim Jakobsen - 350,000 12. Kyle FirstEagle Weir - 181,000 13. Michael Souza - 167,000 14. Bryan Reisner - 133,000 15. Jonathan Kedj - 83,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. Wade ricestudTownsend (pictured) has been on a tear so far this year. He opened 2014 by taking down the PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy for almost $60,000 officially. He final tabled an FTOPS tournament for $26,000 and then, in a one-week span earlier this month, won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance and $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Cubed for about $50,000 total. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- In mid-April, Townsend won the PartyPoker $100,000 Guarantee High Roller and added $18,000 to his bankroll. On that win, he told PocketFives, "The field in that tournament is surprisingly soft. I actually took fourth in it the week before. I think it's that Party runs a couple of satellites for it and those players, combined with the regular Party field, make most of the tournaments soft there." Townsend recently hit $2 million in tracked scores and is already up to $2.2 million. He has earned $1.4 million on PokerStars alone and said of his plans for the money, "I want to continue to see things on Earth and live each day like it's the best day ever." Like other PocketFivers, he will shortly head to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, allocating some of his bankroll there and staying in a house with friends. He added, "I'm most interested in the Main Event and any Mixed Game tournaments." As we said, Townsend has been churning out solid result after solid result online as of late and sits at his highest point ever in the PocketFives Poker Rankings at #49 in the world. He is #3 in Mexico and #1 in his picturesque hometown of Cabo San Lucas. "I think I've been progressing quite quickly, so we'll see how it plays out over the next year or so," he said. On the live felts, Townsend has one major score, according to the Hendon Mob, a win in a $760 WSOP Circuit Event in Tunica in 2008 for $77,000. His lifetime live haul is about double that amount. When asked who or what has been most influential in his life, Townsend singled out a recent five-time SCOOP watch winner: "The most influential person in my poker life, by far, is Calvin cal42688 Anderson (pictured). It's kind of ridiculous to be around people six years younger than you whom you look up to based solely on how they think." Anderson is #43 worldwide on PocketFives and was ranked #1 as recently as last November. Finally, in case you're curious, the name ricestud, Townsend's nickname across pretty much every major online poker site, comes from the fact that he attended Rice University in Texas. Creative! See who else on PocketFives has generated $2 million in tracked scores. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. We have a tie! On Friday, Cal cal42688Anderson (pictured), a former #1 ranked player here on PocketFives, tied the record by getting his fifth PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker watch. According to PokerStars, Anderson came mighty close to several victories already this year, making six final tables during the 2014 SCOOP before Friday's win: Event #4-M ($55+R NLHE, 6-Max, Action Hour): 5th Place Event #16-M ($109+R NLHE, Big Antes): 2nd Place Event #19-L ($27 NLHE, 6-Max, Shootout): 5th Place Event #31-M ($215 Razz): 5th Place Event #31-H ($2,100 Razz): 8th Place Event #35-H ($2,100 PLO Hi/Lo): 8th Place Anderson ultimately got over the hump in a $2,100 HORSE event on Friday that drew 111 entrants and had a prize pool of $222,000. He chopped heads-up with Mikhail MiklelerSemin (pictured below), but came away with the all-important victory and tied fellow PocketFiver Shaun shaundeebDeeb for the most number of SCOOP wins ever at five. On the strength of seven final tables and one win, Anderson leads the SCOOP Player of the Series leaderboard and has $5.5 million in tracked scores on his PocketFives profile, nearly $4 million of which has come on PokerStars. He was last ranked #1 on our site in November 2013 and is currently #4 in the Mexico poker community. He posted on Twitter after his latest SCOOP victory, "After 6 final tables, I finally won another scoop! 2K horse weeeee." He was camped out in Playa del Carmen during his SCOOP run after flying in from London on the third day of May. Anderson had to navigate a minefield in the $2,100 HORSE event in order to get a win. Here's how the final eight players cashed out: 1. Calvin cal42688Anderson (Mexico) - $47,065 2. Mikhail MiklelerSemin (Russia) - $45,065 3. Matt plattsburgh Vengrin (Mexico) - $28,860.00 4. Bill "PICKLED EGG" Gazes (Brazil) - $19,980.00 5. Crisper (Argentina) - $14,430.00 6. blonytair (Germany) - $11,100.00 7. Pthelegend (Canada) - $8,880.00 8. Christer "lennart" Johansson (Sweden) - $6,660.00 Anderson's five SCOOP wins are as follows. Note that each one has come in a different genre of poker: 2010: PLO Turbo 2011: Stud High-Low 2011: Razz 2013: Limit Hold'em Six-Max 2014: HORSE If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus along with one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee. Sign up here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. There are 13 players left in Event #38 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better tournament. Among those still in the hunt is Cal cal42688 Anderson, who is seeking his second bracelet of the year. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Anderson won his first WSOP event a scant four days agoin a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better tournament for $190,000 and then snapped a pretty memorable picture with fellow former #1 ranked player Griffin Flush_EntityBenger (shown at right). Anderson is in fifth place entering the final day of Event #38, with the entire tournament field looking up at 2014 bracelet winner George Danzer. If you're a fan of poker on ESPN, then you'll be happy to know that announcer Norman Chad is still in this event as well and has the third shortest stack. Chad teased on Twitter, "They say I have cashed, and I hope they are not wrong." WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart joked, "@Normanchad – [is it] true that when you make the @wsop money your ex-wives and their lawyers get a six-way chop," referring to Chad's continuous on-air quips about his ex-wives. A couple of well-known PocketFivers are also in contention: Brian Stinger885Hastings and John $JMONEY$ Racener (pictured). Hastings, who won a bracelet in 2012 in a $10,000 Heads-Up event, bagged the third largest stack on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Racener, who took second in the Main Event in 2010, is the tournament's short stack. Danzer relegated two-time bracelet winner Steve Zolotow to the rail in 14th place, the final elimination of Wednesday's play. Danzer had a pair of aces and a 6-4 low to send Zolotow away; Danzer won his first WSOP bracelet earlier this month in a $10,000 Razz event. Amazingly, seven of Danzer's 10 WSOP cashes are final tables. With so much poker talent, we should see quite a lively finish. There were 134 entrants and everyone remaining is guaranteed at least $25,000. The top prize is $352,000. Here are the 13 remaining stacks: 1. George Danzer - 785,000 2. Jeff Lisandro - 420,000 3. Brian Stinger885Hastings - 415,000 4. Ted Forrest - 387,000 5. Calvin cal42688Anderson - 372,000 6. Richard Sklar - 301,000 7. Alexander Jung - 293,000 8. Todd Brunson - 290,000 9. David Singer - 202,000 10. Chris George - 162,000 11. Norman Chad - 148,000 12. John Monnette - 139,000 13. John $JMONEY$ Racener - 111,000 Also wrapping up on Thursday is Event #37, a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Several online poker players who have experienced a ton of success in the live world are among the final 11 players, including WPT Bellagio Cup III champ Kevin BeL0WaB0VeSaul (pictured) and 2011 PCA Main Event winner Galen Turk Malloy Hall. Saul posted on Twitter, "And we've made our 1st ever Day 3 in a wsop prelim." As he alluded to, Event #37 will mark his first WSOP final table; he won a WSOP Circuit ring in 2012 in the Foxwoods Main Event. Here are the chip stacks remaining, and a top prize of $264,000 is up for grabs: 1. Marcel Vonk - 604,000 2. Brandon Paster - 588,000 3. Galen Turk Malloy Hall - 553,000 4. Matthew HumphreyIN Humphrey - 549,000 5. Kevin BeL0WaB0VeSaul - 506,000 6. Millard millardhale23 Hale - 346,000 7. Dmitrii Valouev - 317,000 8. Dapreesch Scates - 303,000 9. Matthew Dames - 219,000 10. Gabriel yellowhat Nassif - 206,000 11. AP Phahurat - 162,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. For the second time in less than a week, the history books have been rewritten at the 2015 World Series of Poker. After the enormous success of the Colossusand the resulting outrage over the payouts, the Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball World Championship saw its defending champion duplicate a feat that hadn't been done since 2009. --- 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. --- Seven players returned from the 109 who originally started the tournament. Much like the start had been, the final table was replete with top professional players who were looking to take down the first $10,000 tournament of the 2015 WSOP. Tuan Le (pictured above), the defending champion of this event, surged to the lead on Monday evening with a 1.1-million chip stack, vastly outpacing the other players at the final table. Calvin cal42688Anderson was pretty much the only player who could put a serious dent in Le's stack with his 552,000 in chips, but Max Casal, Ismael Bojang,Phil Galfond, Rep Porter, and James Andy McLEOD Obst were determined to put their names in the mix. Le, the 2005 World Poker Tour Championship winner, wasted little time in punishing his opposition. From the moment the cards hit the air, Le was gunning for anyone with chips in front of them, taking the first three hands played. Anderson attempted to cut some chips out of Le, but every time he came up against the defending champion, Anderson came out on the losing end of the fight. After losing one big pot in particular, Anderson was left with only 42,000 in chips. Those went to Bojang after Anderson made a higher pair than Bojang, ending the online superstar's tournament in seventh place. Now at the official WSOP final table, Le continued to roll. He knocked off Porter in sixth place with his 8-5 winning over Porter's 9-7 to crack the 1.5-million chip mark while the remainder of the table scrapped amongst themselves. Casal eliminated Obst(pictured) in fifth place to become a serious contender in the tournament, but Le kept him at bay by taking down Galfond in fourth place in a Lowball surprise for the ages. After Galfond three-bet the open and Le four-bet, Galfond made the call for his final chips and drew one card against Le's two. Apparently that one card was good enough for Galfond, as he stood pat on the second draw while Le once again tossed two more cards to the muck. The third draw was a repeat of the second and, after Le received his two new cards, Galfond showed 9-7-4-3-2 in his attempt to double up. Le turned up the three cards he kept through the hand, 8-6-2, which was the start of a better low than Galfond, but would have to hit perfect on the last two cards to hold up. Le squeezed out one card, a five that was a helper, and now only needed a seven, four, or three to win the hand. Le once again dramatically squeezed out his final draw card and triumphantly smacked the table with a seven to defeat Galfond (pictured) and pass the 2.5 million barrier. On the very next hand, Casal eliminated Bojang in third place and go heads-up against Le at a significant disadvantage. Le's 2.57 million chips dwarfed Casal's 715,000, but Casal had a slight advantage: both he and Le were quite familiar with each other from their cash game days in Los Angeles at the Commerce Casino. Casal worked the lead down to only 130,000 at one point, but he could never claim the lead against Le, who used a jack-low to defeat Casal's pair of threes to capture this tournament for the second year in a row. Le became the first person to repeat as the champion of the same event at the WSOP since Thang Luu won $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Eight or Better titles in 2008 and 2009. In addition to the additional gold bracelet around his wrist, Le pocketed $322,756 and etched his name into the WSOP history books. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  9. Event #7 of the 2015 World Series of Poker, a $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowballtournament, is down to its final seven. If you're looking for heavy-hitters, look no further than the group of 12 that cashed in this 109-man tournament. At stake is $322,000 and a gold bracelet. Bracelet winnerTuan Le is your leader in the clubhouse as we enter the final day. Coverage found on WSOP.com detailed how his Monday went: "Le got it quietly for most of the day, even dipping down into short-stacked territory for a spell early on. His championship form began to shine through in the later stages, however, as he picked up the pace and tightened the screws on the field." Le was a one-man wrecking crew by the time the bubble popped, as he busted Paul paulgees81Volpe in 12th place and Greg Muellerin ninth. Shortly thereafter, he tangled with James Andy McLEODObst, calling his bluff and running away with the chip lead. Le has a stack of 1.1 million, twice the stack of PocketFiver Cal cal42688 Anderson (pictured above), who is in second place. He's the heavy favorite entering the final seven. Fifth place in the Lowball event belongs to high-stakes poker pro Phil Galfond (pictured), who final tabled this tournament last year and got sixth place for $51,000. It was one of two final tables for Galfond at the 2014 WSOP and he's looking for his first cash of this year's series. He was involved in the elimination of Mark Gregorich in 11th place and Viacheslav Zhukov in 10th. Rep Porterand Obst also remain in the field seven-handed, albeit as the sixth and seventh largest stacks, respectively. Porter has Razz and No Limit Hold'em bracelets, while Obst made the final table of a $10K Seven-Card Stud event last year. Here's how the group looks entering the final day of play on Tuesday: 1. Tuan Le - 1,100,000 2. Calvin cal42688Anderson - 552,000 3. Max Casal - 431,000 4. Ismael Bojang - 404,000 5. Phil Galfond - 355,000 6. Rep Porter - 303,000 7. James Andy McLEOD Obst - 207,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  10. In a $2,100 Stud event held this week during the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, PocketFiver Calvin cal42688Anderson (pictured) made history. Anderson recorded his sixth SCOOP title, surpassing fellow PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb, who was perhaps not coincidentally also at the final table. Deeb owns five career SCOOP victories. The PokerStars Blog outlined the resoundingly epic lineup that made it to the final eight in the $2,100 Stud event. The group included "shaundeeb(5 SCOOP titles and 2 WCOOP titles), cal42688(5 SCOOP titles and 1 WCOOP title), Dan djk123Kelly (4 WCOOP titles and 2 SCOOP titles), and Kroko-dill(won the Sunday Million, 1 SCOOP title, and 1 WCOOP title)." Combined, that's 13 SCOOP titles and eight WCOOP wins. Anderson went heads-up against Kelly, and the two had nearly equal stacks when two-handed play began. The pair eventually reached a deal where Anderson would take home $35,000, Kelly would take home $34,000, and $1,500 and the SCOOP title would be left in the center to play for. Fifty-four hands after heads-up play began, Anderson earned SCOOP title #6: 1. cal42688 (Mexico): $36,600 2. djk123 (Australia): $34,019 3. Kroko-dill (Russia): $19,800 4. shaundeeb (Mexico): $13,200 5. bedias (Brazil): $9,900 6. calvin7v (Finland): $7,260 7. chokitin (Argentina): $5,940 8. CMoosepower (Denmark): $5,280 Anderson has almost $6 million in career online tournament winnings that PocketFives has tracked, including a victory on Full Tilt just before Black Friday for $303,000. He has WCOOP, SCOOP, Super Tuesday, Sunday Second Chance, Sunday Supersonic, and Sunday $109 Rebuy wins under his belt, just to name a few. Congrats to Anderson on his latest SCOOP victory! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier is two days away from winning backt-to-back SCOOP Player of the Series titles.[/caption] No player has had more success in the history of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker than Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson and Friday afternoon he added yet another title to his resume. Anderson beat out 239 other players to win the $27 Eight Game event for the seventh SCOOP win of his career - the most of any player. And while Anderson holds the record for most SCOOP wins, Jason Mercier is doing everything in his power to break records of his own. Mercier, who was SCOOP Player of the Series in 2015, won the $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event for his fifth career title. The win moved Mercier to the top of the SCOOP leaderboard with just two more days of play to go. Joshua ‘slayerv1fan’ Hoesel notched the first six-figure score of his career with a win in the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em event. Hoesel and ‘hurrrrican3’ made a deal heads-up that left $10,000 and the SCOOP title to play for. Hoesel faced a 2-1 chip deficit when heads up play began but chipped away at his opponents stack and ended up with $245,782.62 and the SCOOP watch while ‘hurrrrican3’ scored $262,477.38. Event 38 (H): $2,100 No Limit Holdem Entrants: 788 *(528 entries, 260 re-entries) Prize Pool: $1,576,000 Joshua 'slayerv1fan' Hoesel - $245,782.62* hurrrrican3 - $262,477.38* TanTanSWE - $157,600.00 Shyam 'G's zee' Srinivasan - $118,200.00 Alex 'lynskey99' Lynskey - $82,740.00 Elio 'smokrokflock' Fox - $66,890.00 Anthony "wwwBTHEREcom" Gregg - $51,220.00 nadalon - $35,460.00 Caipsa - $22,221.60 Event 40 (H): $2,100 Eight Game Entrants: 125 Prize Pool: $250,000 kuhns89 - $65,000 Sergey 'Gipsy74' Rybachenko - $43,750 Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk - $32,500 RunGodLike - $21,250 Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice - $16,250 7Be/eC7 - $11,250 Event 40 (M): $215 Eight Game Entrants: 487 Total prize pool: $97,400 calvin7v - $18,506.00 cold_smile - $13,636.00 sprocketsAA - $9,983.50 sleepy_seven - $6,818.00 merla888 - $4,870.00 marwan24 - $3,116.80 Event 40 (L): $27 Eight Game Entrants: 1,912 Prize pool: $46,939.60 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson - $7,511.62 gunnersfun - $5,632.75 sharikov_90 (Russia) $4,224.56 Gozillaah (Finland) $2,816.37 Dr Ganesha (Latvia) $1,877.58 James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst (Australia) $1,051.44 Event 41 (H): $1,050 NL Hold'em, Progressive Super KO 
Entrants:*1,559 Total prize pool:*$1,559,000 SP3WMONKEY - $130,215.58 + $31,228.96 in bounties mican_ludi - $95,099 + $48,602.46 in bounties Divved - $71,714 + $6,554.68 in bounties OMGACEACEACE - $53,006 + $6,234.37 in bounties MkMyWishFish - $38,195.50 + $17,810.52 in bounties gusmaa - $30,400.50 + $16,738.25 in bounties Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy - $22,605.50 + $8,097,65 in bounties Olorionek - $14,810.50 + $6,921.86 in bounties benatias - $8,106.80 + $6,035.15 in bounties Event 41 (M): $109 NL Hold'em, Progressive Super-Knockout Entrants: 5,824 Total prize pool: $582,400 Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura - $45,554.81 + $7,724.22 bounties cmu92 - $33,924.80 + $7,243.97 bounties xXOLIVATOXx - $24,024.00 + $7,148,74 bounties OrFrAiRe - $16,452.80+ $1,836,88 bounties 1337wannabe - $12,376.00 + $2,636.33 bounties manuverd0n - $9,464.00 + $4,004.95 bounties PokerProffs9 - $6,552.00 + $1,678.10 bounties bica999 - $3,640.00 + $1,914.90 bounties IsoHoo123 - $2,329.60 + $1,308.47 bounties Event 41 (L): $11 Progressive Super-Knockout Entrants: 18,195 Total prize pool: $181,950 chris13pao - $9,826.58 + $2,022.47 in bounties Bazuka1958 - $7,732.87 + $1,144.81 in bounties porsky12 - $5,913.37 + $897.12 in bounties 0__LATEX__0 - $4,093.87 + $163.33 in bounties muydias - $3,184.12 + $376.86 in bounties VMAX - $2,274.37 + $459.56 in bounties handbik666 - $1,364.62 + $487.29 in bounties Dmitrych77 - $818.77 + $198.07 in bounties kelsa67 - $545.85 + $321.33 in bounties Event 42 (H): $2,100 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 136 Prize Pool: $272,000 bernard-bb - $70,720.00 Antonio7 - $47,600.00 raiden_kan - $35,360.00 bratpack1979 - $23,120.00 onmybicycle - $17,680.00 WATnlos - $12,240.00 Event 42 (M): $215 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 594 Prize Pool: $118,800 Jason Mercier - $22,572 Brandon-Tino - $16,632 _Azur3_7 - $12,177 f1nsf4n7 - $8,316 Valya98 - $5,940 ZeelandBoy - $3,694.68 Event 42 (L): $27 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 2,081 Prize pool: $51,088.55 Places paid: 264 d5t6y7 - $5,019.28* gangst3rn1 - $4,537.93* Nangino89 - $6,350.99* BeAcTlve - $5,550.41* GRZECHO77 - $1,915.82 Sur_OK1111 - $1,077.96 *Four-way deal Event 45 (H): $2,100 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 409 Prize Pool: $818,000 gortsos - $123,522.15 (+$10,302.34 in bounties) dynoalot - $71,315.39 (+$8,667.18 in bounties) €urop€an - $41,173.99 (+$14,334.37 in bounties) Event 45 (M): $215 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 2,032 Total prize pool: $406,400 Places paid: 251 HU4FU - $46,015.56 + $3,894.63 in bounties* sava-lenivec - $23,350.66 + $2,509.46 in bounties* elAsdespadas - $26,495.14 + $1,731.16 in bounties* *Three-way chop Event 45 (L): $27 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 8,577 Prize Pool: $210,565.35 PlatoonXe - $21,592.52 prize w/ $1,166.26 in bounties bebina9 - $12,463.05 prize w/ $579.65 in bounties pLAYERsvk - $7,195.54 prize w/ $249.47 in bounties
  12. [caption width="640"] Calvin Anderson hasn't played a single WSOP event yet this summer - and he's just fine with that (PokerStars photo)[/caption] A few days before the 2017 World Series of Poker began, WSOP bracelet winner and former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, Calvin Anderson fired out a tweet that caught a lot of people off guard. As he has in years past Anderson had been in Mexico playing the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. He cashed 39 times, including a win in Event #13 (High) for $69,920 and a third place finish in Event #15 (Medium) for $154,400. With that kind of recent success, and his WSOP success in years past, Anderson was sure to be one of the most drafted players in the numerous WSOP fantasy drafts and that factored into his decision to not play his normal summer schedule. “I don’t like the pressure of getting on all of these fantasy teams and then I feel like I have to play every event,” said Anderson. “Not everybody feels this way, but I feel a bit responsible to play because I know I’m really talented and I play all the games a lot and I’m able to beat the fields, but it’s just a bit exhausting.” Anderson’s SCOOP schedule meant playing multiple events every day for three weeks straight and getting an average of four hours sleep each night. After years of jumping in to the WSOP right after SCOOP, Anderson wanted a more balanced approach and a chance to recharge while still being involved He arrived in Las Vegas earlier this week and was on the rail earlier this week as his longtime girlfriend, Kami Hudson, made a run in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, eventually finishing 10th. “I’ve been stepping back and buying some action, advising some people and that’s a role I would like to take more I would say,” said Anderson. “I’ve been working on a lot of mindset stuff and energy and vibrational stuff and it’s just more rewarding or fulfilling.“ Anderson cashed in six WSOP events in 2016, including a runner-up finish in the $1,111 Little One for One Drop for almost $325,000. He’s cashed 21 times over the previous four years and won his only career bracelet in 2014. It’s that level of success that has allowed Anderson to take a more measured approach this summer. “Once you get to a point where you have a certain amount of money, you’re able to sit back and chill and think about what your skill set is. For me, a lot of people consider me to be a pretty good poker player, but I consider myself to be a pretty good teacher, too, and I back and advise quite a few people and I want to fine tune how a lot of things work,” said Anderson, who has recently joined the chorus of poker players trading cryptocurrencies. Even though he’s not playing a full schedule, Anderson does still plan to play some events in the second half of the WSOP schedule. He’s just able to pick his spots based on how he’s feeling each day, rather than a need to chase Player of the Year of WSOP fantasy points. “From a big picture standpoint, it’s time to take some time off and not feel pressure about the world. The World Series is crazy. You come here, every single tournament is such good value so you feel like a crackhead around here because you’re running around here playing all these tournaments,” said Anderson. “I feel like I’m finally a bit out of the rat race and I can just relax and play some tournaments, late-reg if I want to, if I don’t feel like playing, don’t play.”
  13. [caption width="640"] Martin Jacobson now has a SCOOP title to go along with his WSOP Main Event title (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Before Martin Jacobson was a World Series of Poker Main Event champ, he was an online grinder of some repute. Tuesday afternoon the Swede proved he’s still got it when he beat out a tough final table to win the first Spring Championship of Online Poker title of his career. Jacobson beat out 461 other players, including a final table with TUTI88, Jeff ‘jeff710’ Hakim, Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca in Event #8 (High) $530 No Limit Hold’em with rebuys to win $106,984.30 and add SCOOP champion to his list of impressive accomplishments. The win was also a potential big one for REG Charity as Jacobson is one of the poker pros who pledged to donate a percentage of his SCOOP winnings. While Jacobson’s win was his first in the Spring series, Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson beat out 1,571 other players to win Event #13 (High) $530 Zoom No Limit Hold’em. Anderson is the first player to win eight SCOOP titles and, with two World Championship of Online Poker titles, is also the first player to hit double-digit COOP wins. Anderson’s win earned him $62,919.67 plus $18,524.09 in bounties. Runner-up ‘WilsonJLD’ won $36,326.12 and an additional $14,069.77 in bounties. The first day of SCOOP final tables was all about Brazilians winning titles, but Tuesday saw that country shut out while Germany took three titles, including both Event #13 Medium and Low (No Limit Hold’em Zoom), which were won by 'AndreAS_1005' and 'Faahn' respectively. The second biggest winner on Tuesday was ‘Ro4dToBrook3’ who defeated Dominik Nitsche heads-up to win the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Win the Button event for $102,250. Nitsche had to settle for the $75,000 runner-up score. ‘Ro4dToBrook3’ had qualified for the event via a $109 satellite. PocketFiver Christopher 'PokinStaR' Alcindor won Event #7 (High), $2,100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Progressive Ko, for $36,920 and also earned $20,140.62 in bounties. German PocketFiver 'Mr.Woolf1' topped the 820-player field to win the Medium version of that event for $13,940.00 and additional $5,618.69 in bounties. SCOOP Event #7 (High): $2,100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Progressive KO Entries: 142 Prize pool: $142,000 + $142,000 in bounties PokinStaR - $36,920 + $20,140.62 in bounties Juicy_J_93 - $24,850 + $12,906.25 in bounties zumbapoker - $18,460 + $2,187.50 in bounties ImluckNuts - $12,070 + $4,000 in bounties lov10k - $9,230 + $9,062.50 in bounties Mongano - $6,390 + $11,437.50 in bounties SCOOP Event #7 (Medium): $215 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Progressive KO Entries: 820 Prize pool: $164,000 Mr.Woolf1 - $13,940.00 + 5,618.69 in bounties Naza114 - $10,455.00 + $3,832 in bounties Kar0lka - $7,954 + 2,274.99 in bounties thegr8str8 - $5,535.00 + $1,124.21 in bounties Smertin - $3,895.00 + $2,401.55 in bounties aboo - $2,460.00 + $1,084.37 in bounties SCOOP Event #7 (Low): $27 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Progressive KO Entries: 3,960 Prize pool: $97,218 MrsJackHerer - $5,654.29* + $1,883,49 in bounties Matuks - $3,149.05* + $1,105.85 in bounties sateboy - $3,320.48* + 1,030.49 in bounties tonjealeks - $3,797.50* + 579.33 in bounties crarambo86 - $2,831.76* + $343.33 in bounties lolina mae - $2,761.20* + 348.87 in bounties SCOOP Event #8 (High): $530 No Limit Hold’em w/rebuys Entries: 462 Prize pool: $563,075.00 Martin 'M.nosbocaJ' Jacobson - $106,984.38 TUTI88 - $78,830.50 etxnl01 - $57,715.18 Negriin - $43,919.85 TheDegenFund - $30,969.12 Jeff 'jeff710' Hakim - $23,930.68 Wh0AndBeni - $18,299.93 quiditbear - $12,669.18 prebz - $9,347.04 SCOOP Event #8 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold’em w/rebuys Entries: 2,448 Prize pool: $347,871.15 OMGACEACEACE - $54,965.21 JacobLarsson - $41,281.86 MikeGG3 - $29,569.04 lehout - $20,350.46 beginer92 - $15,480.26 luccaspie - $12,001.55 m4booooby - $8,522.84 dscturrr - $5,044.13 ThEcLaiMEer - $2,956.90 SCOOP Event #8 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold’em w/rebuys Entries: 10,232 Prize pool: $160,430 Lucass2010 - $19,460.81* henriqueschi - $18,905.23* belosi - $11,230.10 DapperDan098 - $8,021.50 IMakeNoDeal - $6,417.20 kris_r9 - $4,812.90 Sjaaakiii - $3,208.60 The Nuttttts - $1,604.30 renan0201 - $1,010.71 SCOOP Event #9 (High): $1,050 HORSE Entries: 236 Prize pool: $236,000 Maicoshaa - $47,790 ISmellToast - $36,580 DSmunichlife - $27,140 aDrENalin710 - $20,060 MITS 304 - $12,980 calvin7v - $10,620 neto gol - $8,260 AceQuad - $6,490 SCOOP Event #9 (Medium): $109 HORSE Entries: 999 Prize pool: $99,900 Fisherman FV - $18,231.83 Gambler4444 - $12,987.00 Egolstka - $9,990.00 theNERDguy - $7,492.50 raidalot - $4,995.00 Muke82- $3,346.65 EvilSeed2k - $1,998.00 ototiov - $1,298.70 SCOOP Event #9 (Low): $11 HORSE Entries: 4,217 Prize pool: $42,170 Nice2GrindeU - $6,750.40 Troubaduren - $4,638.70 Trener Coach - $3,795.30 crisrules - $2,951.90 Oddla - $2,108.50 Inkognito86 - $1,265.10 The TJS - $531.34 Pokerl)eviL - $337.36 SCOOP Event #10 (High): No Limit Hold’em Win the Button Entries: 246 Prize pool: $500,000 Ro4dToBrook3 - $102,250 Dominik ‘Bounatirou’ Nitsche - $75,000 Iimitless - $56,500 kjunia - $42,500 Coolhandluke83 - $29,000 bencb789 - $22,500 StupidFr3nch - $17,500 Tony ‘wwwBTHEREcom’ Gregg - $12,500 Guntis ‘poker@luffy’ Alestins - $9,500 SCOOP Event #10 (Medium): No Limit Hold’em Win the Button Entries: 1,250 Prize pool: $215 AAgoodfold - $37,326.90* natfalber11 - $24,935.60* Luis Coppel - $23,000 SOxLID - $17,000 SupaFlyGreek - $12,250 Kashmir_uzi - $9,750 offQbert45 - $7,250 mjw006 - $4,750 Ro4dToBrook3 - $2,600 SCOOP Event #10 (Low): $27 No Limit Hold’em Win the Button Entries: 4,605 Prize pool: $113,052.75 icedavid - $17,739.28 b-balldude28 - $13,170.64 Pknalata - $9,326.85 egorgorik - $6,387.48 Pimmss - $4,804.74 luckyrand84 - $3,674.21 stttNNN1234 - $2,543.68 markovitsus - $1,413.15 daysleft7 - $904.42 SCOOP Event #13 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Zoom Progressive KO Entries: 1,572 Prize pool: $393,000+ $393,000 in bounties Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson - $62,919.67 + $18,524.09 in bounties WilsonJLD - $36,326.12 + $14,069.77 in bounties WATnlos - $20,972,91 + 10,487.27 in bounties SCOOP Event #13 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Zoom Progressive KO Entries: 7,130 Prize pool: $178,250 + $178,250 in bounties AndreAS_1005 - $16,342.44* + $5,268.06 in bounties $uperday - $14,021.95* + $2,317.09 in bounties Leonishe - $14,417.799* in bounties SCOOP Event #13 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Zoom Progressive KO Entries: 20,032 Prize pool: $50,080 + $50,080 in bounties Faahn - $5,195.17 + $666 in bounties mukekao4eveR - $3,387.91 + 530.78 in bounties spawllo - $2,214.58 + 433.82 in bounties *denotes final table deal
  14. How dominant is Swedish online poker pro 'C Darwin2' right now? Well, following a week where he picked up zero PLB points, he still leads the PocketFives Rankings by 2,637.71 points over his next closest competitor. He's now been the #1-ranked player in the world four 14 weeks and appears poised to put together the longest consecutive reign at #1 since Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson went 23 weeks uninterrupted from September 2012 through February 2013. That next closest competitor, Andres 'probirs' Nemeth, actually moved up from #3 to #2 this week after picking up 505.96 points after winning the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller. He also had two qualifying cashes on partypoker for an additional 243.11 points. Swapping places with Nemeth was Sweden's 'lena900'. His fall came even after he picked up three qualifying cashes for 658.33, highlighted by a win in the Winamax W Series PLO Championship for 268.49 points. There was only other move inside of the top 10 this past week as 'hellohellohello' and 'European' switched the #4 and #5 positions. In fact, there was very little movement inside of the top 25 at all. The only player to work their way back into the top 25 was 'rolandbauer'. The Austrian went from #29 to #22 cashed just six times, but three of them were qualifying cashes. He finished second in the partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter for 300.89 points, seventh in the partypoker Super Sunday Main Event for 220 points and then fourth in the PokerStars Big $109 on Sunday for 98.01 points. Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede fell out of the top 25, landing at #26. RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 12,195.42 1 2 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,557.71 3 3 lena900 9,282.40 2 4 hellohellohello 9,197.15 5 5 European 9,165.75 4 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,960.30 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,623.40 7 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,442.25 8 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,333.50 9 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,326.96 10 11 kofi89 8,206.24 13 12 Ariados 8,173.54 11 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,084.04 12 14 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,771.77 19 15 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,688.40 14 16 DamageAP 7,592.58 16 17 josef_shvejk 7,581.58 18 18 GINS FINEST 7,540.86 15 19 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 17 20 Flat 7,404.55 23 21 Sheater 7,203.33 21 22 rolandbauer 7,200.25 29 23 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,176.39 20 24 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 7,145.03 22 25 NoPlanB 7,100.49 24
  15. For the second time in just two days, Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson broke his own record for most Spring Championship of Online Poker titles by taking down Event #26 - High ($1,050 Omaha Eight or Better) for just over $26,000. Anderson now has 10 SCOOP titles all-time, making him the most decorated player in the history of the series. Anderson beat out a final table that included Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan and Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy. Anderson, Sikorski and Drinan agreed to a three-way chop with each player pocketing a minimum of $20,000. The Medium and Low versions of that event were won by 'elabuga' and 'Michael Keys' for - $11,038.35 and $4,390.24 respectively. The biggest SCOOP winner on Sunday was former #1-ranked 'Lena900' who won Event #25-High ($530 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys) outright for $102,15.24. The win gives "Team Sweden" a bit of a stranglehold on the six-figure prop bet against Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard and 'bencb789'. Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson finished as runner-up for $76,598.70. 'SmilleThHero' took down the Medium version of the event for $56,763.81 while 'PomGinJ' took home $20,146.50 after chopping the Low version heads-up with 'HATZA12345'. Event #23-High, the $530 Five Card No Limit Omaha tournament, drew 318 players with 'BigTreeStump' emerging victorious for $29,791.28. 'Foxy1029' took home the winner's share after chopping the Medium version of the event with two other players while 'SFARRRR' chopped the Low event with two others. German phenom 'nilsef' showed some mixed game prowess, winning Event #24-High ($2,100 Eight Game) for $63,026.43. Runner-up 'jdaz111293' earned $58,623.57 thanks to a two-way deal between the top two finishers. The Medium version was also subject to a deal, with 'dejanaceking' grabbing a SCOOP title and $19,630.40 for finishing first while Summ3L had to soothe himself with $17,527.60 as the runner-up. 'parmupill' wanted no part of a deal, taking down the Low event outright for $9,096.19. Event #23 (High) $530 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 318 Prize pool: $159,000 BigTreeStump - $29,791.28 raidalot - $21,690.49 p0cket00 - $15,792.54 BiggestFish - $11,498.35 Era_Koira - $8,371.79 aacheckmate - $6,095.39 Event #23 (Medium): $55 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 1,504 Prize pool: $75,200 Foxy1029 - $10,512.51* Kaggis - $7,725.70* mer760 - $6,798.14* justholdplz - $3,880.77 vitja1234 - $2,704.01 C. Darwin2 - $1,884.08 Event #23 (Low): $5.50 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 4,874 Prize pool: $23,882.60 SFARRRR - $3,277.65* jogrepiria - $2,180.14* schmidt88888 - $1,963.11* PixelPi - $1,149.71 NVladislav - $801.09 BKLaw - $558.17 Event #24 (High): $2,100 Eight Game Entries: 150 Prize pool: $300,000 nilsef - $63,026.43* jdaz111293 - $58,623.57* RealAndyBeal - $37,500 BiggestFish - $35,500 zilbeee - $19,5000 TheTakeover - $13,500 Event #24 (Medium): $215 Eight Game Entries: 563 Prize pool: $112,600 dejanaceking - $19,630.40* Summ3L - $17,527.60* Piquette - $11,541.50 calvin7v - $7,882.00 dezember - $5,630.00 fabsould - $3,603.20 Event #24 (Low): $22 Eight Game Entries: 2,887 Prize pool: $57,740 parmupill - $9,096.19 Begemott - $6,640.10 m8675309a - $4,850.16 Jenezio - $3,156.83 nilsef - $2,010.50 Mr.Pink2116 - $1,024.88 Event #25 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 391 Prize pool: $560,550 Lena900 - $102,115.24 Aggro Santos - $76,598.70 Kaggis - $57,458.3 vicenfish - $43,100.80 Era_Koira - $ 32,330.84 NigDawG - $24,252.08 WushuTM - $18,192.03 Killer_ooooo - $13,646.19 pabritz - $10,236.31 Event #25 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 2,726 Prize pool: $388,381.95 SmilleThHero - $56,763.81 tinajohn9 - $40,462.21 AchoBogdanov - $28,842.83 AFG_Unit20 - $20,560.15 SOUFODAMS - $14,665.98 ndjoh - $10,447.28 MendaLerenda - $7,447.18 Hendurr - $5,308.59 SrylGotOdds - $3,784.16 Event #25 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 10,450 Prize pool: $157,324.30 PomGinJ - $20,146.50* HATZA12345 - $15,510.19* July Corn - $10,199.98 john_snow666 - $7,106.98 CAZZETTEE - $4,951.93 Grimeyyyy - $3,450.35 varnak2 - $2,404.10 degan2891 - $1,675.09 gustavo956 - $1,167.15 Event #26 (High): $1,050 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 137 Prize pool: $137,000 cal42688 - $26,305.31* p0cket00 - $21,847.35* blanconegro - $20,098.91* vovtroy - $13,340.99 chokitin - $10,327.73 cmase86 - $7,995.05 NoraFlum - $6,189.26 The Cooker - $4,791.32 Event #26 (Medium): $109 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 640 Prize pool: $64,000 elabuga - $11,038.35 dimetriospb - $7,868.23 RSchoonbaert - $5,608.74 crazy169 - $3,998.10 vachette17 - $2,849.99 gangst3rn1 - $2,031.57 Spowi07 - $1,448.17 CobelinO - $1,032.30 shullerman - $773.24 Event #26 (Low): $11 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 3,100 Prize pool: $30,380 Michael Keys - $4,390.24 Omeljanenko - $3,127.74 theispoker - $2,229.56 ptsekov - $ 1,589.31 ThoraAndrea - $1,132.91 dmdmdm79 - $807.58 shelddmud - $575.67 klanleje - $410.36 sharkDlc - $292.51
  16. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. Dara O’ Kearney Earns 8th Triple Crown Longtime PocketFiver, Irish poker ambassador, and host of the popular The Chip Race podcast, Dara ‘Doke’ O’Kearney earned his eighth career PocketFives Triple Crown on May 8. The accomplishment puts him seventh all-time on career Triple Crowns. He accomplished the feat in short order in the first week of May. At first he took down the 888poker $10,000 Sunday Monsoon for $2,255 on May 6. The very next day he won Event #12-H of the partypoker POWERFEST series for $13,333. Then he completed the task with a gold medal in the PokerStars $215 Super Tuesday on May 8 for another $8,296. Three days led to three victories for O’ Kearney as he continues to rack up the accolades. Joining him in achieving Triple Crowns during the same week is Bryan ‘bparis’ Paris. Paris, who is fifth on the PocketFives all-time money list with over $10 million in lifetime earnings, earned his sixth Triple Crown on May 10. Like O’ Kearney he scored qualified victories on PokerStars, partypoker, and 888poker within a matter of four days. Hungary’s ‘flashxx’ also got in on the Triple Crown action, reaching her very first on May 11. She used victories on PokerStars, PokerStars.es, and partypoker to earn the accolade. ‘flashxx’ is currently just $6,000 shy of surpassing $300,000 in lifetime earnings. Major Money Milestones Former Worldwide #1-ranked online player Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver became just the ninth player all-time to surpass $10 million in lifetime earnings. He sealed the deal with a final table appearance in Event #4-HR of partypoker’s POWERFEST that earned him over $25,000. Oliver’s storied career includes reaching the #1-ranking twice, earning a Triple Crown and becoming the 2010 Yearly PLB Champion. Now, he’s in one of the most elite clubs on PocketFives and despite everything he’s achieved, he continues the daily grind with an eye on $11 million. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth, the current #3-ranked player in the world, hit a major milestone of his own after passing $8 million in lifetime earnings. He flew past the mile marker with a career-high cash of over $576,000 by winning Event #14-H the $25,000 High Roller of PokerStars SCOOP series. Right behind him are a pair of longtime PocketFivers who just surpassed $7 million in lifetime earnings. Both Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez and Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson used the mammoth summer series to rack up enough earnings to push them past the $7 million. Gonzalez took second in POWERFEST Event #45-HR for $15,600 to get the job done. Anderson has been destroying the SCOOP fields highlighted by his victory in SCOOP Event #19-H for $126,659. Plenty of other big names have seen big gains recently and soared past the money markers they had been chasing. Both David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins and partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard surpassed $5 million in lifetime earnings. Toronto’s Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar from Brazil, Huber ‘IamSound’ Stefan from Switzerland and Russia’s ‘Flat’ (currently the #27-ranked player in the world) all joined the $4 million lifetime earnings club. ‘Romeopro’ Climbs To Career-High #2 Ranking Ten players hit career-high marks in the Worldwide Top 100 this week. Of the ten, two players soared to new heights within the top 10 including the aforementioned Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins who earned the #8-ranked thanks to his performance during SCOOP Event #14-M for $240,766 and 1,181.52 PLB points. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky had the best weekend of his career winning two SCOOP events in a single week and winning over $834,000, including a career-high cash with his runner-up finish in SCOOP Event #14-H for $442,299. His surge put him within striking distance, for the very first time, of the #1 worldwide ranking. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 machiavelli3 - #108 to #94 mugggggy - #102 to #90 Futti18 - #82 to #80 mczhang - #89 to #77 SmallKindB - #93 to #65 AloofRevolver - #72 to #64 kufu - #83 to #62 Triple20 - #45 to 35 lovefee - #11 to #8 Romeopro - #3 to #2
  17. Former #1-ranked Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson won a record-breaking ninth PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title on Day 6 of SCOOP and catapulted himself into the top spot on the overall series leaderboard. Anderson came into the day's play already holding a record eight SCOOP titles, but by the end of it, he had made that number nine by winning Event #19 (High) for $126,659. After 335 entrants had departed the $2,100 buy-in field, the final three of Anderson, Aaron Been and David 'dpeters17' Peters went to battle. Peters, fresh off the back of his fourth-place finish at the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event for $280,770, was the first to depart taking away $67,143 for third place, leaving Been the only man standing between Anderson and a ninth SCOOP title. However, Been, who has eclipsed over $3.8M in online tournament earnings, was unable to stop the formidable Anderson from achieving the accolade as the American claimed another six-figure score exactly a year to the day after his last, which came during the 2017 SCOOP series. Anderson's victory propels him to the top of the overall SCOOP leaderboard, overtaking Roman Romanovsky, in a race that will see the winner receive the trophy and a much coveted PokerStars Platinum pass to next year's PCA worth over $30,000. Elsewhere on Day 6, The UK's Jon 'luckyfish89' Clark also achieved quite a remarkable feat after taking down Event #18 (High) for his third 'Thursday Thrill' title in just over eight weeks. The SCOOP special edition 'Thrill' tournament featured a massive $1m guaranteed prize pool with 1,344 entrants all looking for the first-place prize. But it was the former Sunday Million runner-up Clark who went the distance after beating Oscar 'owilson25' Ramirez heads-up, to claim his first SCOOP title and a prize of $104,935. Canada's 'D PitcherAK' won $51,979 for coming through a 7,334 player field in the Event 18 (Medium) Mini Thursday Thrill. 'MarioDutraJR' took the silver medal for $35,971 and 'Whatzaq' took $24,894 in third. Jon 'LUFCBas' Spinks finished in a very respectable fourth-place in the mammoth Event #18 (Low) 19,648 player field. The two-time Sunday Warm-Up champion received $3,636 for his efforts as 'rawacha' took the title for $9,797. PokerStars online-pro Jaime Staples made an appearance at the Event #17 (Low) final table, with the well-known Twitch steamer securing a fifth-place finish for $1,461. 'RunGodLike' was the eventual champion for $6,201 after they beat 'Stoffers1' heads-up, who took $4,320 for second place. 'villepn' won $13,701.09 and Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira secured $48,271 for winning Event #17 (Medium) and Event #17 (High) respectively. Ferreira was able to come through a final table which featured online phenomenon Victor 'Isildur1' Blom, who exited in sixth-place for $12,876.67 Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, ($57,321), 'WhoAreYoux1' ($39,938) and Alberto 'bertotraste' Novoa ($27,828) made up the top three in Event #19 (Medium), as world no.#10 Petrone secured his first SCOOP title. 'GodOf.com' beat 'karas1926' to victory in Event #19 (Low) and jumped to the top of the SCOOP Low Leaderboard. The win earns them $21,995, with the runner-up taking $15,319. Event #23 saw three 5-Card NLO Six-Max Turbo tournaments take place with 'BigTreeStump' taking down the $530 (High) for $29,791.'Foxy1029' turned $55 into $10,512 in the (Medium) tournament after they negotiated a final table that included current world no.#1 'C. Darwin2', who finished in sixth place. The final three players agreed to a deal before 'Foxy1029' became the last player standing. And in the final result on Day 6, 'SFARRRR' took the Event #23 (Low) win for $3,277 after seeing off 'jogrepiria' ($2,180.14) in second, and 'schmidt88888' ($1,963.11) in third after once again a three-handed deal was made. Below are the SCOOP results for Friday, May 11 Event #17 (Low): $22 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 2,074 Prize pool: $41,480 RunGodlike - $6,201.94 Stoffers1 - $4,320.13 nicholaswang - $3,010.14 KeysOfCyprus - $2,097.39 jaimestaples - $1,461.40 Netinho_RJ - $1,018.26 Event #17 (Med): $215 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 373 Prize pool: $74,600 villepn - $13,701.09 EMOYI - $9,971.90 markovitsus - $7,757.86 PikkuHUMPPA - $5,282.50 Dancer King - $3,844.77 JeremiieLand - $2,798.34 Event #17 (High): $2,100 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 101 Prize pool: $202,000 RuiNF - $48,271.22 Senkel92 - $37,060.45 PikkuHUMPPA - $28,453.39 Mordnilap - $21,845.24 hotmark777 - $16,771.81 Isildur1 - $12,876.67 Event #18 (Low): $11 PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 19,648 Prize pool: $192,550.40 rawacha - $9,797.83 Ignas309 - $7,033.46 Enklereliv - $5,057.11 LUFCBas - $3,636.10 Loko12rus400 - $2,614.38 SamBakuSV - $1,879.75 myrandrea - $1,351.56 cigonas301 - $971.77 Rihard4a - $698.70 Event 18 (Medium): Mini Thursday Thrill PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 7,334 Prize pool: $733,400 D PitcherAK - $51,979.90 MarioDutraJR - $35,971.14 Whatzaq - $24,894.93 wannawinyou - $17,229.25 fiyaW - $11,924.02 Vladzikass - $8,252.40 Nevks - $5,711.35 ADREKS - $3,952.73 Servasx - $2,735.61 Event #18 (High): $1,050 Thursday Thrill PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 1,344 Prize pool: $1,344,000 luckyfish89 - $104,935.81 owilson25 - $76,179.53 DanielLUCKY - $55,303.92 P0KERPR02.0 - $40,148.90 Cashcid Linc - $29,146.79 xxMaecksxx - $21,159.60 mcc3991 - $15,361.18 Lincownz - $11,151.70 MisterTipper - $8,095.78 Event #19 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 7,790 Prize pool: $155,800 GodOf.com - $21,995.76 karas1926 - $15,319.84 AadrovanRj21 - $10,674.45 strflushtome - $7,437.64 Runninggreat - $5,182.34 Mihska - $3,610.89 Event #19 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 1,913 Prize pool: $382,600 ramastar88 - $57,321.20 WhoAreYoux1 - $39,938.58 bertotraste - $27,828.10 zajac69 - $19,389.82 ziototo94 - $13,510.29 TurboDoc - $9,413.60 Event #19 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 338 Prize pool: $676,000 cal42688 - $126,659.11 AaronBeen - $92,218.70 dpeters17 - $67,143.15 power2prut - $48,886.08 NLZWERVERNL - $35,593.29 papan9_p$ - $25,915.00 Event #23 (Low): $5.50 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 4,874 Prize pool: $23,882.60 SFARRRR - $3,277.65* jogrepiria - $2,180.14* schmidt88888 - $1,963.11* PixelPi - $1,149.71 NVladislav - $801.09 BKLaw - $558.17 *Denotes a three-way deal Event #23 (Medium): $55 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 1,504 Prize pool: $75,200 Foxy1029 - $10,512.51* Kaggis - $7,725.70* mer760 - $6,798.14* justholdplz - $3,880.77 vitja1234 - $2,704.01 C. Darwin2 - $1,884.08 *Denotes a three-way deal Event #23 (High): $530 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 318 Prize pool: $159,000 BigTreeStump - $29,791.28 raidalot - $21,690.49 p0cket00 - $15,792.54 BiggestFish - $11,498.35 Erä_Koira - $8,371.79 aacheckmate - $6,095.39    
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  19. 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.
  20. The 2018 World Series of Poker continues its trek towards the Main Event, with two new bracelet winners created after another busy session on Thursday. One player outlasted a final table which included some legends of the game, while another picked up his first piece of jewellery, and a bunch of bounties to go with it. Meanwhile, there are just four players remaining in the $3K Big Blind Ante NLHE, and a former PocketFives no.1 player leads the final 13 in the $10K Razz. All of that and more in our recap of June 28’s action. Joey Couden Overcomes Tough Final Table to Win First Bracelet in PLO 8 The final table of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better was a star-studded affair, with the likes of Eli Elezra, Mike Matusow, and Daniel Negreanu taking a seat. But it was Joey Couden’s seat that proved to be the best in the house, as after 11 hours of play and with only a couple of minutes left on the clock for the day, he took this one down for his first bracelet and a $244,370 score. The day began with 20 players returning, led by defending champion Nathan Gamble. He’d end up bubbling the final table in tenth place, falling to Elezra who started to take control. Negreanu would then bust to Elezra too, as would Gregory Jamison in eighth. Couden also chipped up, securing a KO himself, taking things down to four-handed play. The chip lead switched between Couden, eventual runner-up Bruno Fitoussi, Elezra and Matusow, the latter of which then busted to Couden in fourth. Elezra went out in third, and Couden took a huge lead into heads-up play before finishing Fitoussi off. All the money went in pre-flop, with Fitoussi holding pocket kings. Couden managed to catch an ace on the flop though, and when the board ran out that proved to be good. Final Table Results: Joey Couden - $244,370 Bruno Fitoussi - $150,990 Eli Elezra - $106,183 Mike Matusow - $75,708 Christopher Conrad - $54,738 Kim Kallman - $40,141 Dustin Pattinson - $29,862 Gregory Jamison - $22,541 Daniel Negreanu - $17,268 Ryan Leng Takes Down $1,500 NLHE Bounty The other bracelet winner of the day was Ryan Leng, who took down Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty for a career-best cash of $272,765 and his first WSOP bracelet. [caption id="attachment_619738" align="aligncenter" width="698"] Ryan Leng Takes It Down[/caption] Only four players returned on Thursday to play this one out, and Leng held the chip lead. However, Estonia’s Ranno Sootla was not going down without a fight, having led this event much of the way. After Jay Farber and Christian Nolte hit the rail in fourth and third, Leng and Sootla began what turned out to be a long, arduous heads-up battle. It would take a cooler to end it, with all the money going in when Leng had flopped the nut straight and Sootla flopped top set. The board didn’t pair, and Leng proved victorious, denying the Estonian his shot at becoming his country’s first bracelet winner. “Sootla is one of the toughest players I’ve ever played against; he’s so good,” Leng said afterwards. “So, it was just a lot of fun to have to go through someone that good to get my first bracelet. “I hope this isn’t my first and only bracelet," he added. "I’m just going to keep working hard, keep studying; as long as I’m in poker, I’m going to have to just keep working so hard because everyone is getting so good. There’s more poker to be played… The summer’s not over yet.” Final Table Results: Ryan Leng - $272,765 Ranno Sootla - $168,464 Jay Farber - $121,932 Christian Nolte - $89,151 Javier Gomez - $65,851 Russell Rosenblum - $49,146 John Gulino - $37,063 Mark Mazza - $28,247 Mikhail Semin - $21,759 Final Four Set in $3K Big Blind Ante Just like in the Bounty event above, there will be four players returning Friday to finish out Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em. They’re led by Barry Hutter, who with $4M in cashes and a bracelet to his name already (a $1,500 SHOOTOUT win back in 2015) certainly has the experience to close the deal. His 6,265,000 is followed by Diogo Veiga with 5,195,000, Radoslav Stoyanov with 2,495,000, and Jonathan Abdellatif with 1,350,000. All of them have their hearts set on the $522,715 top prize, while overnight they’re guaranteed $163,404. Throughout the day we lost the likes of Kristen Bicknell in 11th place ($29,284), Anna Antimony in seventh ($64,991), and David Yan in sixth ($87,179). Action resumes at 2pm Friday, and they won’t stop until a winner is crowned. Final Four Stacks: Barry Hutter - 6,265,000 Diogo Veiga - 5,195,000 Radoslav Stoyanov - 2,495,000 Jonathan Abdellatif - 1,350,000 Tag Teams Down to 28 Of the 1,032 teams who entered, and 242 which returned for Day 2, just 28 of them now remain in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em It’s the duo of Bon Koo and Bienvenido Caballero who bagged the chip lead with 828,000. They’re followed by William Reymond and Ami Alibay with 706,000, and Adam Lamphere, Ao Chen, and Yijie Zhang with 705,000. Other teams to advance include Manig Loeser - Joelle Parenteau - Daniel Weinand (615,000), Johan Lees - Jesse Mason (602,000) Salah 'Papa' Levy - Francis Mariani - Cord Garcia (585,000), Loni Harwood - Haixa Zhang - Kelly Minkin (480,000), and Ryan Laplante - Jack Hardcastle - Patrick Truong - Kevin Gerhart (245,000). The same can’t be said for the likes of Dara O’Kearney, Alan Widmann, Daiva Byrne and Benny Glaser, whose team took 121st place. Afterwards the team of Ashley Sleeth - Jesse Sylvia - Dylan Hortin busted in 118th place, Chris Moorman - Jeremy Menardfell were sent to the rail in 108th place, and Fraser MacIntyre - Barny Boatman - James Akenhead - Yiannis Liperis took 62nd place. Team Andrew Barber - Sam Razavi - Dan Smith - Erik Seidel busted in 72nd for $2,252, donating their winnings to the REG charity. All teams have locked up $4,175 now, but it’s the $175,805 winner’s prize they’re really hoping to split. Play resumes at 12pm Friday. Top 10 Team Stacks: Bon Koo - Bienvenido Caballero - 828,000 William Reymond - Ami Alibay - 706,000 Adam Lamphere - Ao Chen - Yijie Zhang - 705,000 Manig Loeser - Joelle Parenteau - Daniel Weinand - 615,000 Johan Lees - Jesse Mason - 602,000 Salah Levy - Francis Mariani - Cord Garcia - 585,000 Gabriel Neto - Carlos Caputo - 546,000 Thomas Gangloff - Bryan Boser - 504,000 Shalev Halfa - Oshri Lahmani - 492,000 Loni Harwood - Haixa Zhang - Kelly Minkin - 480,000 Calvin Anderson Bags Chip Lead in $10K Razz Championship They’re down to 13 in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship, and a very familiar face to PocketFivers sits in the top spot overnight. Former no.1 online player Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson bagged up a chip leading 962,000, but tomorrow is by no means going to be easy. His closest competitor is five-time bracelet winner John Hennigan, who looks set to top the Player of the Year race with a stack of 841,000. If Hennigan can win this one, he’ll have won two $10K Championship events in 2018, as well as finishing runner-up in the $50K Poker Players Championship. Amazing. Who else is joining them for the final day on Friday? Well, you’ll have Alex Balandin (833,000), Julien Martini (712,000), Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah (594,000), Dzmitry Urbanovich (592,000), Jerry Wong (529,000), Frank Kassela (252,000), Allen Kessler (238,000) and Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe (222,000). At the bottom of the counts are Ismael Bojang (99,000), Ted Forrest (48,000) and Eric Rodawig (31,000). They’ll play down to a champ beginning at 2pm Friday, with $17,706 locked up and $309,220 reserved for the winner. Final 13 Stacks: Calvin Anderson - 962,000 John Hennigan - 841,000 Alex Balandin - 833,000 Julien Martini - 712,000 Mike Leah - 594,000 Dzmitry Urbanovich - 592,000 Jerry Wong - 529,000 Frank Kassela - 252,000 Allen Kessler - 238,000 Paul Volpe - 222,000 Ismael Bojang - 99,000 Ted Forrest - 48,000 Eric Rodawig - 31,000 Big Turnout for Ladies Event The buy-in for the Ladies Event comes with two different options: $1,000 for the ladies, and $10,000 for men. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that any males took part in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship, but a nice field of 696 women did. Only 104 of them made it through Day 1 after ten levels, with Mesha James leading the pack, bagging up 130,200. She’s followed by Vesna Kuzmanic with 102,700, and Jill Pike with 94,300. A few other notables to advance include Alexis Sterner (85,700) and Tara Snow (81,400). Some notables names made their way into Day 2 such Danielle Andersen(56,500), Lacey Jones (50,700), Melanie Weisner (47,000), Kristy Arnett (38,500) and Gaelle Baumann (37,000). Today just wasn’t the day of Jamie Kerstetter, Oanh Bui, Jennifer Shahade, Carol Fuchs, Ana Marquez, Samantha Abernathy, Sofia Lovgren, Muskan Sethi and Vivian Saliba though, who all hit the rail throughout the course of action. Things pick up again Friday at 12pm, with everyone now in the money. The min-cash is currently $1,497, but there’s $130,230 up top. Top 10 Stacks: Mesha James - 130,200 Vesna Kuzmanic - 102,700 Jill Pike - 94,300 Hana Cho - 90,400 Alexis Sterner - 85,700 Tara Snow - 81,400 Shannon Zigner - 78,800 Lisa Costello - 75,900 Tammy Abraham - 72,500 Lisa Ronning - 71,100 $5K NLHE 6-Max Kicks Off The other new event to get started on Thursday was Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, and after then levels of play 203 of the 590 entries have advanced to Day 2. They’re all led by former November Niner Thomas Cannuli. He bagged up 286,000, and is followed by Andrew Graham (214,300) and Julian Milliard-Feral (201,900). They’re the only three to amass over 200K. A few other notables still in contention include Romain Lewis (124,800), Jake Schindler (82,600), Parker Talbot (80,200), Toby Lewis (49,900), Ivan Luca (159,400), Asi Moshe (153,300), Robert Mizrachi (140,700), Jan-Eric Schwippert (129,200), Martin Finger (121,000), and Liv Boeree (114,800). Registration remains open until things kick off at 2pm Friday. Top 10 Stacks: Thomas Cannuli - 286,000 Andrew Graham - 214,300 Julian Milliard-Feral - 201,900 Ivan Luca 159,400 Jimmy Guerrero - 157,000 Asi Moshe - 153,300 Julian Stuer - 150,000 Robert Mizrachi - 140,700 Aaron Mermelstein - 131,800 Marvin Karlins - 130,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 29) There are a whole bunch of things to tell you about for Friday’s WSOP action. First off, Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty kicks off at 11am, with $300 awarded for every player you knock out. Then at 3pm, there’s another Championship event starting: Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Not able to make it to the Rio for those? You could still win a bracelet, as Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship starts at 3:30pm. And finally, at 7pm there’s Day 1E of the $365 PLO Giant.
  21. The second starting flight of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event played out on Tuesday, producing some big numbers. We also saw two new bracelet winners crowned, and a final table end the day three-handed. Here’s all the news from July 3. Big Turnout on Day 1B There were 2,378 entries on Day 1B of the $10,000 Main Event, and after five two-hour levels that number was whittled down to 1,794. Topping them all is Smain Mamouni with 311,000, followed by Samuel Bernabeu (309,500), Barbara Rogers (307,000), Daniel Colpoys (246,800), and Alex Foxen (242,300). Plenty of notables made it through the day, and they don’t come much more notable than Johnny Chan. The 10-time bracelet winner bagged up 151,100 when all was said and done, and will join the likes of Rifat Palevic (185,800), Scott Davies (171,200), Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (166,200), Pablo Fernandez (160,100), Pierre Neuville (147,500), Shaun Deeb (143,300), and Chris Ferguson (134,900) on Day 2. Former PocketFives #1 player Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had a good session at the felt, just a few days after winning his second WSOP bracelet. He almost doubled his starting stack to 99,100, while John Hesp - whose life will be turned into a Hollywood movie - also survived with 63,900. The same can’t said for former WSOP Main Event champions Jamie Gold and Greg Raymer, Justin Liberto, Doug Polk, Jason Somerville, Mickey Craft, Anton Morgenstern, Brandon Wong, and Kenny Hallaert, all of whom hit the rail. Day 1C begins at 11am tomorrow, but as it’s July 4th it’ll be interesting to see what the turnout looks like. So far, entry numbers are very promising compared with previous years. Top 10 Day 1B Stacks: Smain Mamouni - 311,000 Samuel Bernabeu - 309,500 Barbara Rogers - 307,000 Daniel Colpoys - 246,800 Alex Foxen - 242,300 Alpheus Chan - 208,600 Paul Varano - 204,400 Brian Brubaker - 203,600 Luis Vazquez - 201,800 Liam O'Donoghue - 196,200 Matsuzuki Wins First Bracelet in $10K Stud8 Championship One of the two bracelet winners on Tuesday was Dan Matsuzuki, who overcame a tough final table to take down Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. After denying Scott Bohlman his second bracelet of the summer, Matsuzuki won his first piece of WSOP jewellery as well as $364,387. Fourteen players returned today led by Chris Vitch, who would ultimately bust out in fourth. "It still hasn't hit me really," Matsuzuki said after his win. "I wasn't even going to play this event, but my buddy convinced me. 'Come on; Let's gamble' - those were his exact words. He took a piece of me and we registered on Day 2 and I just got a good run of cards." Final Table Results: Dan Matsuzuki - $364,387 Scott Bohlman - $225,210 Ken Aldridge - $154,648 Chris Vitch - $108,739 Daham Wang - $78,337 Jerry Wong - $57,855 Bryce Yockey - $43,833 Joseph Michael - $34,089 Galen Hall Leads Final Three in Crazy Eights Play ended on Day 3 of the $888 Crazy Eights event with just three players remaining, led by Galen Hall with 30,100,000. His opponents are Niels Herregodts with 24,750,000, and Eduards Kudrjavcevs with 16,400,000. They’ll have to wait a day before playing it out, in order to give them all a chance to play in the Main Event tomorrow. That means we’ll find a winner in this one on Thursday, and whoever it is will take home their first WSOP bracelet. Throughout the day we lost Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman was Paul ‘pvas2’ Vas Nunes, who fell in 23rd and 17th places, respectively. Arthur Conan (15th - $34,577), Dara Taherpour (14th - $43,539), Fabrice Casano (13th - $43,539), Smith Collins (12th - $55,222), Shai Zurr (11th - $55,222), and Hunter Frey (10th - $70,546) all exited too before a final table was set. From there we saw the eliminations of Philip Tom (8th - $90,888), Martin Stausholm (7th - $117,888), Jeremiah Miesen (6th - $153,888), Alexander Kuzmin (5th - $201,888), and Andrey Zaichenko in 4th place for $266,888. Find out who will the $888,888 first-place prize on Thursday. Final Three Stacks: Galen Hall - 30,100,000 Niels Herregodts - 24,750,000 Eduards Kudrjavcevs - 16,400,000 Tim Andrew Takes Down PLO Giant The second bracelet of the day went to Tim Andrew for his win in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015. Andrew turned up late today after sleeping in, but it turned out the extra rest served him well. All eyes were on Michael Mizrachi at the start of the day, as The Grinder was going for his fifth bracelet. Alas, he’d fall in fifth for $30,461, leaving the stage for Andrew to take down his first. Final Table Results: Tim Andrew - $116,015 Pete Arroyos - $71,703 Robert Cicchelli - $53,709 Sandeep Pulusani - $40,379 Michael Mizrachi - $30,461 James Sievers - $23,076 Kevin Nomberto - $17,541 Raymond Walton - $13,384 Srinivas Balasubramanian - $10,250
  22. Another busy day! Three more bracelets were won on Saturday at the 2018 World Series of Poker, one of which went to a former PocketFives no.1 player. Meanwhile, a final table was set, with a controversial figure in the poker world holding the chip lead over the final six. Here’s all the news from June 23. Shaun Deeb Wins Third Bracelet In $25K PLO High Roller ($1.4M) Last year, Shaun Deeb got heads-up versus Ben Yu in the $10K Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship. Yu got the best of it that day, forcing Deeb to settle for second place. Former no.1-ranked player Deeb got his revenge on Saturday though, denying Yu his third bracelet. He won the heads-up to win Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller for his third WSOP bracelet, and a massive score of $1,402,683. With six players returning on the day, the two had battled through a tough line-up which included Ryan Tosoc (6th), Jason Koon (5th), defending champion James Calderaro (4th), and Poker Hall of Famer Scotty Nguyen (3rd). Nguyen held the chip lead coming into the day, but Deeb grabbed the chip lead early. Tosoc stuck around for just four hands before making an exit, getting it in with middle pair and a flush draw versus Yu’s top pair, which held. Koon fell next, jamming with top pair but getting called by Deeb with two pair and failing to catch up. Calderaro put up a great title defence, but ultimately fell in fourth. He got unlucky to do so, with him and Deeb both getting it all in with the same top two, but Deeb hit a runner-runner backdoor straight for the KO. Three-handed, Yu doubled Nguyen to leave the 1998 Main Event champ short. Nguyen them jammed with two kings and a ten-nine, which Yu called with two queens and an ace-three. An ace hit the flop, and that proved enough. Heads-up, Deeb and Yu swapped the chip lead a couple of times, but in the end the match was short. Yu got it all-in on a low board with an overpair, straight draw and flush draw, while Deeb had a bigger overpair and a gutshot. The board bricked for Yu, giving Deeb the win. “No one really ever put me in a bad spot,” Deeb said after his victory. “I was able to control the pot sizes the way I wanted to almost every hand. That really helps, to not get in an inflated pot with a marginal hand. Everyone played their best game, I just ran the best. “I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle, hop in every event I can and just enjoy myself.” Final Table Results: Shaun Deeb - $1,402,683 Ben Yu - $866,924 Scotty Nguyen - $592,875 James Calderaro - $414,134 Jason Koon - $295,606 Ryan Tosoc - $215,718 Spain’s Mario Prats Garcia Wins First Bracelet ($1K NLHE Turbo) Another super fast day played out in Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels), with 41 players getting down to a winner in less than seven hours. Mario Prats Garcia ended up victorious, taking down his first bracelet and the $258,255 first-place prize. Garcia has had close calls in the past, including a runner-up finish last year, but now has a piece of WSOP jewellery. [caption id="attachment_619661" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Mario Prats Garcia Wins First Bracelet[/caption] He defeated PocketFiver Matthew ‘theginger45’ Hunt heads-up for the title, securing the win after just three hands. Hunt took the first pot, then managed to double-up in the second. But the third would end it all, when Hunt made a straight only for Prats Garcia to have a flush. You can find the rest of the final table results below, while some of 1,712 entries who went deep in this one include Justin Oliver (37th - $5,376), Manig Loeser (33rd - $6,505), Conor Beresford (32nd - $6,505), Esther Taylor (21st - $7,967), Joseph Cheong (19th - $7,967), Kathy Liebert (18th - $9,877), and Athanasios Polychronopoulos (11th - $15,730). After his win, Prats Garcia said: "Super excited, I'm super happy. I thought I could never get back here and the FT was hard. I sucked out a couple of guys and I got all the chips! I'm super excited and nervous." Final Table Results: Mario Prats Garcia - $258,255 Matthew Hunt - $159,532 Sebastian Dornbracht - $114,909 Michael Wang - $83,663 Mark Schluter - $61,580 Gregory Worner - $45,828 DJ MacKinnon - $34,486 Martin Staszko - $26,245 Lander Lijo - $20,202 Nicholas Seiken Wins Bracelet in First Ever 2-7 Tournament Here’s one for the books: Nicholas Seiken, normally a NLHE player, had never played a stand-alone 2-7 Triple Draw tournament before entering Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship. Three days later, he’s a bracelet winner and $287,987 better off. [caption id="attachment_619663" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Nicholas Seiken Wins First Bracelet[/caption] Seiken first played the game in an 8-game mixed event, and clearly took to it like a deuce to water as he defeated a tough final table today which included bracelet winner Randy Ohel, three-time bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi, one-time bracelet winner Hanh Tran, Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk, Matt Glantz, and start-of-day chip leader Michael Noori. "I played the 2-7 Triple Draw in the 8-Game and I was like, 'I like triple draw, I want to play some triple draw,” Seiken said after his win. "The only thing that gave me a shot was having so many chips because I was playing against such good players. I had a big stack and I wanted to sit on it for a while. I didn't want to take marginal spots. I folded hands that I should be playing because I didn't want to get out of line, getting in massive pots with guys like Randy." Ohel would be his heads-up opponent, and in the final hand Ohel made a jack-nine but that was crushed by Seiken’s seventy-six. Final Table Results: Nicholas Seiken - $287,987 Randy Ohel - $177,992 Kristijonas Andrulis - $125,190 Farzad Bonyadi - $89,078 Matt Glantz - $64,131 Jason Gray - $46,722 Hanh Tran - $34,450 Christopher Kruk - $34,450 Michael Noori - $25,712 MattEMenz Wins First Ever Online PLO Bracelet Yesterday we told you how a bracelet in Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed was awarded, making it the first online PLO bracelet handed out. However, the tournament went deep into the early morning hours Friday night, so we didn’t have a winner when we went to publish. We can now tell you that it was Matthew ‘MattEMenz’ Mendez who took it down for a $135,077 score, defeating a tough final table which included Anthony Zinno and Ankush ‘pistons87’ Mandavia. Mendez is also the first bracelet winner to play outside of Nevada. Mendez took this one down from the comfort of his New Jersey home. Final Table Results: Matthew 'mendey' Mendez - $135,077 Marton 'GS.GURU' Czuczor - $82,865 Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $57,299 Alex '3shotwonder' Smith - $40,256 Ankush 'rickrosstheb' Mandavia - $28,745 Ao 'Maimai1990' Chen - $20,859 Chris Ferguson Leads Final 6 in $2,500 NLHE After 1,071 players took a shot, a final table of six has now been set in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. The player holding the chip lead is none other than 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson. Ferguson is seeking his sixth bracelet, and is in good shape with a massive 5,680,000 stack. He’ll be joined by Timur Margolin (3,520,000), Ismael Bojang (2,610,000), Michael Marder (1,765,000), Dylan Linde (1,330,000), and bracelet winner Ryan Laplante (700,000). A huge pot gave Ferguson the big lead. Seth Davies was all-in with pocket fives and Bojang called with ace-king. Ferguson then woke up with pocket kings, busting Davies and getting a big double through Bojang. There’s $507,274 up top in this one, while all six are currently guaranteed $87,189. The finale kicks off at 12pm Sunday. Final Table Stacks: Chris Ferguson - 5,680,000 Timur Margolin - 3,520,000 Ismael Bojang - 2,610,000 Michael Marder - 1,765,000 Dylan Linde - 1,330,000 Ryan Laplante - 700,000 MONSTER STACK Kicks Off Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK got going with Day 1A on Saturday, with 2,246 players taking part. Ten levels later and just 723 advanced. There are multiple notable PocketFivers who bagged top 10 stacks, including Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner, Marc ‘sluglife’ MacDonnell, Shyam ’s_dot111’ Srinivasan, and Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert. It’s James Karamanis who leads the field though, bagging up 163,600 when the bags were brought out. Others who made it through include Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson (116,600), Daniel Strelitz (90,600), Bart Lybaert (77,400), and Annette Obrestad (68,500). Some of those who failed to find a bag today include Phil ivey, Phil Laak, Joe Cada, Greg Raymer, Scott Blumstein, Arkadiy Tsinis, Dara O'Kearney, Kenna James, Mike Leah, Parker Talbot, and Antoine Saout. Day 1B begins at 10am tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: James Karamanis - 163,600 Jonathan Turner - 156,500 Jerome Tan - 153,300 Colin McHugh - 149,400 Marc MacDonnell - 148,200 Shyam Srinivasan - 146,000 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 135,300 Francesco Zollo - 132,000 Kenny Hallaert - 124,600 Almedin Imsirovic - 119,200 Final 15 in Mixed Hi-Lo 8 Out of the 402 players who took a shot in Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, only 15 remain after another ten levels on Day 2. There are three players in contention for their second bracelets: Eric Rodawig, Cyndy Violette, and Hani Awad. However, it’s Ian Shaw who holds the overnight chip lead. The bubble burst today at 61 players, and a few who failed to reach the cash include Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Shanon Petluck, Nicholas Derke, Tommy Hang, Robert Campbell, John Hennigan, Barry Greenstein, Jeff Lisandro, Phil Hui, Marco Johnson, Kate Hoang, and Jesse Martin. Some of those who did make a profit include Scott Abrams (60th for $3,736), Joe Hachem (49th for $3,891), Konstantin Puchkov (47th for $4,165), Robert Mizrachi (45th for $4,165), Ian Johns (38th for $4,577), Scott Clements (33rd for $4,577), Jameson Painter (23rd for $5,969), and Ron Ware (21st for $5,969). Action gets going again at 2pm tomorrow, and they’ll play down to a winner. Whoever that ends up being will bank $214,291, while they’re all currently guaranteed $7,074. Final 15 Stacks: Ian Shaw - 575,000 Tyler Groth - 540,000 Daniel Ospina - 530,000 Brendan Taylor - 488,000 William Shelton - 458,000 Paul Tedeschi - 361,000 Levon Torosyan - 320,000 Eric Rodawig - 301,000 David Brookshire - 297,000 Carl Restifo - 294,000 Eddie Blumenthal - 272,000 Cyndy Violette - 223,000 Delmiro Toledo - 139,000 Hani Awad - 117,000 Jeffrey Mitseff - 115,000 Hughes, Lamb, Ingram Advance in 10K PLO As the $25K High Roller came to an end, Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship got going, attracting 439 runners. Ten levels later and 175 players will be returning for tomorrow’s Day 2, all led by chip leader Ryan Hughes who ended with 475,400. He’s joined at the top of the counts by Veselin Karakitukov (350,800) and Ben Lamb (314,100). A few notables who made it through include poker Youtuber Joey Ingram (258,500), Michael Kamran (290,000), four-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi (275,100), Stephen Chidwick (245,300) and six-time bracelet winner Layne Flack (206,400). They’ll all be back at 2pm Sunday for Day 2. Top 10 Stacks: Ryan Hughes - 475,400 Veselin Karakitukov - 350,800 Ben Lamb - 314,100 Lautaro Guerra - 296,600 Hok Yiu Lee - 292,600 Michael Kamran - 290,000 Matthew Schreiber - 280,000 Michael Mizrachi - 275,100 Orlando Romero - 273,500 Jonathan Kamhazi - 270,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 24) Sunday June 24 is mostly a day of additional Day 1s. At 10am you’ve got Day 1B of the Monster Stack, while at 7pm it’s Day 1D of the PLO Giant. The only new event to begin kicks off at 3pm: Event #50: $1,500 Razz. However, we should have at least two new bracelet winners to tell you about, so make sure you come back tomorrow for all the news.
  23. We left you with a bit of a cliffhanger yesterday, as a former PocketFives no.1 player was heads-up for his second bracelet. The two players returned on Saturday to finish things off, and in just five hands Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had secured the jewellery. Saturday was an action-packed day at the 2018 World Series of Poker, both in and outside of the Rio. Two online bracelet winners were crowned, as well as the champion of the Ladies Event. Here’s all the info from June 30. Anderson Finishes The Job, Wins $10K Razz Championship When we last spoke, we told you that Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had a huge chip lead against three-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. The two had paused play at the end of Friday night, and when they resumed action on Saturday the whole thing was over in just five hands. In the last hand, Kassela had a ten-low draw while Anderson, who was already ahead in the hand, had a seven-low draw. He peeled over a five to complete a seven-five, and Kassela could only muck. Anderson reflected on his success in his winner’s interview, telling WSOP reporters: "I spend a lot of time studying the Law of Attraction and a lot of other universal and spiritual truths from various people, and basically, I think it's important to keep a positive attitude because then you attract a lot of positive things in your life. “Whenever you do complain and get frustrated, you're losing a lot of power and giving it to someone else. Not only in the game, but anywhere else. Things like this happen all the time, and a big reason why I like poker is because it's so relatable to life in so many areas." Final Table Results: Calvin Anderson - $309,220 Frank Kassela - $191,111 Julien Martini - $134,587 Mike Leah - $96,744 Jerry Wong - $71,014 Alex Balandin - $53,253 John Hennigan - $40,817 Dzmitry Urbanovich - $31,992 Jessica Dawley Takes Down Ladies Event for $130,230 One woman has outlasted 695 others to become a WSOP bracelet winner: Jessica Dawley. She’s banked $130,230 for her efforts over the past three days of play in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship. [caption id="attachment_619773" align="aligncenter" width="579"] Jessica Dawley Becomes a Bracelet Winner[/caption] Jill Pike led the final table coming into play on Saturday, and she would ultimately meet Dawley heads-up. Pike had doubled up Dawley early on in the finale, and Dawley took those chips and used them to eliminate Tara Cain in sixth. Pike still held the chip lead though, but when things got three-handed Dawley went on a run that saw her collect 50% of the chips in play. Lisa Fong then crashed out in third, running her ace-six into Dawley’s pocket kings, before a short, four-hand heads-up battle ended when Pike shoved five big blinds with king-four and was called by eight-five suited. A five on the flop was all it took to end it. ''I can't even put into words," Dawley said after securing victory. "It has not hit me yet. I kept picturing myself as I was sitting here, I kept looking at these boxes of everyone in their bracelet photos, and I honestly kept trying to get my head straight with that. Looking at those pictures, I was like: 'I just really hope that that's me at the end of the day'. I'm just really happy. It's been a grind for the past ten years so I'm happy to have something to kind of commemorate that.” Final Table Results: Jessica Dawley - $130,230 Jill Pike - $80,444 Lisa Fong - $55,812 Mesha James - $39,334 Jacqueline Burkhart - $28,167 Tara Cain - $20,499 Weiyi Mo - $15,167 Molly Mossey - $11,411 Tara Snow - $8,732 Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth and Ryan Tosoc Win Online Bracelets The first online bracelet event to end on Saturday actually began on Friday, continuing into the early hours of the morning. Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship finally ended with Ryan ‘Toosick' Tosoc holding all the virtual chips, winning $238,778 in the process. Tosoc outlasted 1,635 entries to win his first bracelet, defeating Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio heads-up. Final Table Results: Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc - $238,778 Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio - $175,206 Joel 'AjaWilson22' Feldman - $124,570 James '5.56cal.' Robinson - $89,777 Justin 'lappypoker' Lapka - $65,391 Markus 'thegreatrise' Gonsalves - $48,306 Russell 'AntonChigurh' Powers - $36,190 Aurelian 'Winamax' Guiglini - $27,337 Aditya 'pokerpop76' Sushant - $20,968 Later on Saturday, Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em High Roller kicked off, attracting 480 entries. When all was said and done, it was Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth who took it down for his second bracelet and $341,598. https://twitter.com/ChancesCards/status/1013364416853655553 The entire tournament was wrapped up in just 12 hours, with ‘bewater' finishing runner-up. Final Table Results: Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth - $341,598 'bewater' - $212,021 'poker.' - $144,168 'ThePunter' - $99,809 'flcrivello' - $70,625 'ReadyGambo' - $50,926 'kingfortune' - $37,355 'LobyPewis' - $28,016 'petechen' - $21,596 THE GIANT Reaches Final Table They’re down to just nine in Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em, as the massive 8,920 field has been whittled down over six days of play (five starting flights, and Saturday’s Day 2). Only 527 players returned today, with Alexander Lakhov holding the chip lead. He’d manage to ride that stack to the finale, coming in third in chips (38.3 million). However, it’s Renato Kaneoya (56.1 million) and Luis Vasquez (42.7 million) who top the counts. All nine are guaranteed $24,353 when play kicks off at 2pm Sunday, but there’s $250,000 up top, plus the bracelet and the glory. Final Table Stacks: Renato Kaneoya - 56,100,000 Luis Vazquez - 42,700,000 Alexander Lakhov - 38,300,000 Kevin Rines - 21,500,000 Jeremy Perrin - 19,000,000 Daniel Fuhs - 18,300,000 Svetlozar Nestorov - 13,100,000 Lawrence Chan - 7,900,000 Matthew Smith - 7,100,000 John-Robert Bellande Tops Final Six in $5K 6-Max Could this be the one in which ‘JRB’ wins his first WSOP bracelet? Things are certainly set up perfectly for John-Robert Bellande, as he holds the lead in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed with a final table set. Bellande has almost double his closest competitor, with 5.05 million to Dean Lyall’s 2.7 million. JRB has never managed to secure a bracelet despite racking up $2.2 million in WSOP career cashes. Throughout the day we lost 21 players, including the likes of Greg Merson (19th - $21,018), Jimmy Guerrero (12th Place - $34,545), Dave Stefanski (11th Place - $34,545), Arsenii Karmatakii (10th Place - $45,764), Sergio Aido (9th Place - $45,764), James Mackey (8th Place - $61,931), and Arthur Morris (7th Place - $61,931). A sixth-place finish is worth $85,570, but there’s $616,302 up top when action resumes at 2pm Sunday. Final Table Stacks: Jean-Robert Bellande - 5,050,000 Dean Lyall - 2,700,000 Kacper Pyzara - 2,605,000 Andrew Graham - 2,430,000 Tay Nguyen - 1,485,000 Eric Blair - 1,310,000 Day 2 Done in $10K PLO 8 Championship Michael McKenna has ended Day 2 of Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship as chip leader, with just 24 players remaining. McKenna, eyeing up his second final table of the summer, bagged up 1,048,000 and is the only player above a million. He’s followed by Ali Abduljabbar with 804,000, and Michael Abecassis with 699,000. There were plenty of casualties throughout the day, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Allen Kessler, Brian Rast, Ben Yu, Robert Mizrachi, Jesse Martin, Rep Porter, and defending champion Bryce Yockey. A few notables who went deep and cashed include Nick Schulman (35th for $15,000), Andrew Kelsall (34th for $15,000), Ryan Laplante (32nd for $16,494) and Ian O'Hara (29th for $16,494). There are still plenty of big names in the hand for this one, with Nathan Gamble (640,000), Jim Collopy (582,000), Cliff Josephy (480,000), Randy Ohel, (476,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (417,000), Chris Ferguson (344,000), David ‘ODB’ Baker (319,000), Phil Galfond (308,000) and Eli Elezra (146,000) all returning tomorrow. Play gets going again at 2pm, with $567,788 awaiting the winner. Top 10 Stacks: Michael McKenna - 1,048,000 Ali Abduljabbar - 804,000 Michel Abecassis - 699,000 Benjamin Eilers - 686,000 Chris Lee - 673,000 Nathan Gamble - 640,000 Chase Steely - 633,000 Chad Power - 628,000 Andreas Klatt - 628,000 Jim Collopy - 582,000 Crazy Eights $888 Event Down to 90 After Day 1 Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed got a big turnout Saturday, with 1,908 players taking part over two starting flights, all hoping to win the guaranteed $888,888 first-place prize. After 24 levels of play, that field is down to just 90, and it’s Christian Liel who tops them all with 793,000. A few notables to advance include Nissar Quraishi (377,000), Jiri Horak (199,000), Mike Leah (155,000), Shai Zurr (87,000), and Galen Hall (64,000). It wasn’t such a good day for Barry Greenstein, Greg Raymer, Joseph Cheong, Shaun Deeb, Faraz Jaka, Alex Foxen, and DJ MacKinnon, as they all hit the rail. There will be two other starting flights tomorrow, starting at 10am and 5pm. Top 10 Stacks: Christian Liel - 793,000 DID NOT REPORT - 685,000 Matthew Schreiber - 662,000 Troy Southerland - 519,000 Vismantas Marijosius - 433,000 Jed Hoffman - 378,000 Nissar Quraishi - 377,000 Chad Mizner - 356,000 Brett Apter - 356,000 Orestis Kanakopoulos - 348,000
  24. Four people won bracelets on Friday at the 2018 World Series of Poker, despite the fact that only three events ended. That’s because one winner was a tag team who’ll now split the first place prize. We also saw a former PocketFives #1 player end the day with a big heads-up chip lead, the Ladies Event reach a final table, and a whole lot more. Here’s all the news from June 29. Calvin Anderson Heads-Up Versus Frank Kassela in $10K Razz Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship resumed Friday with 13 players, and it was meant to play down to a winner that night. However, upon hitting the early morning hours, Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson and Frank Kassela paused play and will now return on Saturday to play it out. Former PocketFives no.1 player Anderson holds more than a 3:1 chip lead overnight, with 4,585,000 to Kassela’s 1,370,000. They’re both guaranteed $191,111, while the winner will pick up $309,220. If Anderson can finish the job Saturday, he’ll win his second bracelet, denying Kassela his fourth. Before the final table today, we lost Allen Kessler (9th - $25,664), Ismael Bojang (10th - $25,664), Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe (11th - $21,059), Eric Rodawig (12th - $21,059) and Ted Forrest (13th - $17,706). From there, Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich went out in eighth ($31,992), followed by POY candidate John Hennigan ($40,817). Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah finished fourth for $96,744. Heads-up resumes at 2pm Saturday. Bracelet #3 for Portugal as Diogo Veiga Wins $3K Big Blind Antes Diogo Veiga has become only the third Portuguese player to win a bracelet, having taken down Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em for a massive $522,715 score. He had a huge rail cheering him on throughout the final table, which resumed today with just four players remaining. Barry Hutter returned with the chip lead, while Veiga came in second in chips. Those two would end up heads-up against each other, with Hutter holding a significant chip lead. Veiga then flopped the nut straight and got it in versus a flush draw, managing to hold. From there Veiga took control, and in the end Hutter shoved with ace-ten off for 18 big blinds. Veiga woke up with king-ten suited and called, going on to spike a king on the flop which held. “[The rail] called for that king on the flop way more than me!” said Veiga afterwards. “The last hand is definitely on them... The other ones are on me!” “It feels amazing. I can’t believe it yet,” he added. “The adrenalin is still too high. I can’t say much more than that, I’m just super happy.” Final Table Results: Diogo Veiga - $522,715 Barry Hutter - $323,019 Radoslav Stoyanov - $228,241 Jonathan Abdellatif - $163,404 Tom McCormick - $118,552 David Yan - $87,179 Anna Antimony - $64,991 Cathal Shine - $49,126 Todd Ivens - $37,660 Pantaleo and Luther Win Tag Team for $175,805 More than a thousand teams tried, but only one succeeded after three days of play in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em. The two-player team of Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther emerged victorious, and they’ll each take home a bracelet whilst splitting the $175,805 first-place prize. On how they came together, Luther said: ”I just randomly hit him up on Twitter, I said we should be the teams, we met once last year, and we didn't know each other well but, now we know each other well." Their partnership saw Luther tagging in and out whilst also playing in the $3K NLHE event (which she’d finish 17th in). They eventually found themselves heads-up against the team made up of Kazuki Ikeuchi, Hiroki Iwata, and Sho Mori, and were able to clinch victory when Pantaleo shoved with deuces and Iwata called with ace-nine suited. An ace hit the flop, but a deuce arrived on the river to end it all. Final Table Results: Giuseppe Pantaleo - Nikita Luther - $175,805 Kazuki Ikeuchi - Hiroki Iwata - Sho Mori - $108,608 Manig Loeser - Joelle Parenteau - Daniel Weinand - $76,797 Alex Rocha - Megan Milburn - Joanne Milburn - $55,016 Gabriel Neto - Carlos Caputo - $39,936 Adam Lamphere - Ao Chen - Yijie Zhang - $29,380 Salah Levy - Frank Mariani - Cord Garcia - $21,910 Bon Koo - Bienvenido Caballero - $16,565 Loni Harwood - Haixa Zhang - Kelly Minkin - $12,700 Mike Takayama Takes Down Super Turbo Bounty The third bracelet of the day went to Mike Takayama from the Philippines, who took down the speedy one-day Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty for his first bracelet and $198,568. [caption id="attachment_619761" align="aligncenter" width="713"] Bracelet #1 for Mike Takayama[/caption] The fact this only took one day of play is pretty crazy when you think that 1,400 people took a shot at the beginning. That number had increased to 2,065 runners by the time registration closed, and a few notables who went deep and cashed included Shaun Deeb (172nd - $1,214), Michael Moore (24th - $6,275), Pablo Mariz (32nd - $5,103), Jake Bazeley (33rd - $5,103), Jaspal Brar (48th - $3,490), Jordan Polk (71st - $2,497), Greg Raymer (120th - $1,471), and Taylor Wilson(122nd - $1,471). By the time they reached a final table, Takayama was applying some heavy pressure, continuously putting his opponents to the test. He’d bust the first four players from the finale, eventually reaching heads-up play against Lorenc Puka. The duel didn’t take long, with Takayama’s king-jack off beating Puka’s ace-four suited in an all-in-pre hand to win. "I'm very happy with how I played and it is everyone's dream to win a bracelet,” Takayama said after his win. Final Table Results: Mike Takayama - $198,568 Lorenc Puka - $122,627 Matthew Smith - $88,938 Steve Jelinek - $65,145 Spencer Baker - $48,196 Kavish Shabbir - $36,019 Elizabeth Montizanti - $27,193 Jack Duong - $20,743 Oliver Rusing - $15,988 Final Table Set in $1,000 Ladies Event The 696-strong field in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship is down to just ten after two days and 20 levels of play. That means it’s final table time tomorrow. Leading the finale will be Jill Pike, who went on a rush in the last level to bag up 651,000. She’s followed by Jessica Dawley (612,000), Weiyi Mo (469,000), and Tara Cain (446,000). Rounding out the final table are Tara Snow (431,000), Danielle Andersen (226,000), Lisa Fong (209,000), Jacqueline Burkhart (191,000), Mesha James (127,000), Molly Mossey (126,000). They’ve all locked up $6,799 for tenth, but there’s a far more attractive prize awaiting the winner: $130,230 and the bracelet. Whoever wins it will be taking home their first piece of WSOP jewellery. Throughout the day we lost a bunch of notables, all of whom made the money. Melanie Weisner (70th - $1,782), bracelet winner Cyndy Violette (47th - $2,219), Mina Greco (35th - $2,991), Natasha Mercier (34th - $2,991), Gaelle Baumann (31st - $2,991), and Kristy Arnett (28th - $2,991) all hit the rail deep. Action resumes at 12pm Saturday, with blinds at 4K/8K. Final Table Stacks: Jill Pike - 651,000 Jessica Dawley - 612,000 Weiyi Mo - 469,000 Tara Cain - 446,000 Tara Snow - 431,000 Danielle Andersen - 226,000 Lisa Fong - 209,000 Jacqueline Burkhart - 191,000 Mesha James - 127,000 Molly Mossey - 126,000 $5K 6-Max Down to 27 Another ten levels of action played out today in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, whittling down the 621 field further, leaving just 26 of the 203 Day 2 players still in contention. Andrew Graham tops them all with 1,403,000, surging up the counts when he won a huge pot from Anthony Spinella late in the day (kings over jacks). Following Graham is Eric Blair (1,280,000), Dave Stefanski (1,150,000) and Justin Adams (1,113,000). Other notables still in with a shot include James Mackey (787,000), Sergio Aido (744,000) Main Event Champion Greg Merson (584,000), John-Robert Bellande (440,000), Martin Finger (304,000), and Sylvain Loosli (288,000). We lost plenty of familiar faces throughout Friday’s play, including Martin Jacobson, Ryan Riess, Jake Schindler, Michael Gathy, Bryn Kenney, Scott Seiver, Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov, Robert Mizrachi, Asi Moshe, Ryan Leng, Bart Lybaert and Felix Bleiker. Day 3 gets going at 2pm Saturday. They’re all in the money now with $16,958 locked up, but let’s face it: that’s nothing compared with the $616,302 first prize. Top 10 Stacks: Andrew Graham - 1,403,000 Eric Blair - 1,280,000 Dave Stefanski - 1,150,000 Justin Adams - 1,113,000 Tay Nguyen - 871,000 James Mackey - 787,000 Sergio Aido - 744,000 Arthur Morris - 683,000 Arsenii Karmatakii - 671,000 Seth Akash - 611,000 Gamble Leads Yet Another Event It feels like everyday we’re telling you that Nathan Gamble is chip leading a tournament. He’s only gone and done it again, bagging up the lead after Day 1 of Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Gamble’s 312,800 tops the 125 survivors out of the 218 total field. Joining him at the top of the counts are Jason Berilgen with 265,000, Chad Power with 247,000, and former PocketFives #1 player Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao with 226,800. Cliff Josephy, Scott Bohlman, Ryan Laplante, Eli Elezra, and Ari Engel also bagged up top ten stacks, while Eric Kurtzman (123,000), Carol Fuchs(112,100), Randy Ohel (97,3000, Daniel Negreanu (92,900), Jesse Martin (50,100), and Phil Hellmuth (25,400) are just a few of the other players advancing. The same can’t be said for the likes of Kyle Miaso, Adam Owen, Phil Hui, Darryll Fish, Matt Glantz, Daniel Ospina, Dylan Linde, John Hennigan, David Benyamine, and Kate Hoang who all hit the rail. Things get going again at 2pm Saturday, with registration still open until the start of play. Top 10 Stacks: Nathan Gamble - 312,800 Jason Berilgen - 265,000 Chad Power - 247,000 Joao Simao - 226,800 Cliff Josephy - 226,000 Scott Bohlman - 184,200 Eoghan O'Dea - 166,500 Ryan Laplante - 165,700 Eli Elezra - 155,000 Ari Engel - 153,400 Day 1E of GIANT NLHE In The Books A whopping 4,347 players took a seat today in Day 1e of Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em, and after 21 levels 378 of them will advance to Day 2. Alexander Lakhov bagged the chip lead, while the likes of Barry Greenstein, Chris Moneymaker, Jeff Gross and Greg Raymer failed to advance. Day 2 begins tomorrow at 2pm, combining all survivors from all five day starting flights. Top 10 Day 1E Stacks: Alexander Lakhov - 1,720,000 Thai Ha - 1,180,000 Tuan Nguyen - 975,000 Sandy Friedman - 830,000 Kai Munster - 675,000 Jonathan Dwek - 650,000 Jonathan Delmundo - 613,000 Rees Scruggs - 550,000 Daniel Herschman - 504,000 Steven Wolansky - 455,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 30) We’ll be able to bring you the winner of Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship tomorrow, as that one was still playing at the time of publishing. But what else is happening on Saturday? Well, at 11am you’ve got Day 1A of Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed, which comes with $888,888 guaranteed for first place. Day 1B begins at 5pm. Then at 3:30pm, action moves back online for Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em High Roller. Expect to see many players grinding both live and online tomorrow.
  25. There may have only been one 2018 World Series of Poker bracelet winner within the Rio on Friday, but two bracelets were actually awarded. That’s because an online event played out into the early morning hours, as 657 PLO players took their shot on the virtual felt. There was still no winner at the time of publishing, so we’ll have to bring you that info tomorrow. Speaking of PLO, the $25K High Roller has reached a stacked six-handed final table which includes a former PocketFives no.1 player. Here’s everything you need to know about June 22 at the WSOP. Robert Nehorayan Wins First Bracelet in $1,500 Limit Hold’em ($173,568) After three days of play, Robert Nehorayan has come out on top of the 596 players who took part in Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em. For his efforts, he’s banked the lion’s share of the $804,600 prize pool, $173,568, as well as his first gold bracelet. Nehorayan came into the day third in chips, and managed to maintain a big stack as the 19 players returning were whittled down to a final table. Things were a bit swingier from there on, and four-handed saw Terricita Gutierrez hold almost half of the chips in play. However, after losing a few big pots in a row, she found herself short and ended up busting in fourth. Kevin Song and David Gee joined Nehorayan in three-handed play, and a big pot between all of them would take it down to two. Gee was all-in with jack-seven against Song’s pocket aces and Nehorayan’s king-seven. It must have been Nehorayan’s day, as his hand ended up winning to bust Gee in third and take a 3:1 chip lead into heads-up. The two players battled though, and at one point Song managed to take the lead. In the end though, Song was all-in with eight-six suited against Nehorayan’s ten-seven off, and a ten on the flop got the job done. "It feels pretty good,” said Nehorayan after the win. “I got a little frustrated throughout the match but fortunately I was able to overcome my emotions. The cards helped too obviously." Final Table Results: Robert Nehorayan - $173,568 Kevin Song - $107,242 David Gee - $73,860 Terricita Gutierrez - $51,733 Michael Jex - $36,860 Brad Albrinck - $26,725 Oleg Chebotarev - $19,723 Matt Russell - $14,820 Matt Woodward - $11,343 Scotty Nguyen, Shaun Deeb, Ben Yu, Jason Koon Reach $25K PLO Finale There’s going to be one heck of a final table on Saturday, with six players returning in Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller. It’s 1998 Main Event champion and five-time bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen who holds the chip lead, followed by defending champion in this event James Calderaro. If he can win this one back-to-back, it’ll certainly be an amazing achievement. Especially when you consider his other competition. Former PocketFives no.1 Shaun Deeb comes in third in chips, followed by Ben Yu, Jason Koon, and finally Ryan Tosoc. Just 35 of the 230 runners returned for Friday’s Day 3, and along the way we lost the likes of Jarred Graham, Paul ‘paulgees1’ Volpe, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, Tom Marchese, Erik Seidel and Mike Leah. David Benyamine went out in 7th, bringing the day to an end. He found himself all-in on a flop with middle pair and a straight draw versus Nguyen’s top pair and the higher end of the straight draw. The turn and river bricked, and Benyamine hit the rail to collect $161,020. All six players are guaranteed $215,718 when they take their seats tomorrow at 2pm. There’s a massive $1,402,683 up top for the champ. Final Table Stacks: Scotty Nguyen - 7,010,000 James Calderaro - 6,445,000 Shaun Deeb - 6,305,000 Ben Yu - 4,775,000 Jason Koon - 2,905,000 Ryan Tosoc - 1,300,000 Down to 34 in $2,500 NLHE Day 2 of Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em saw the 1,071-strong field chopped down further to just 34 players, and leading them all overnight is Seth Davies. He bagged up 1,305,000, but he’ll be joined by some tough competitors tomorrow including Jeff Hakim (1,164,000), Javier Fernandez (1,093,000), Andrew Brokos (625,000), Daniel Buzgon (570,000), Ismael Bojang (497,000), David Peters (480,000), Chris Ferguson (402,000), Ryan Laplante (292,000), and Andreas Klatt (230,000). Where there are survivors there must be casualties, and few of those who failed to make it through the day include Asi Moshe, Justin Bonomo, Humberto Brenes, Kristen Bicknell, Chance Kornuth, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Peter Eichhardt, Dutch Boyd, Maria Konnikova, David “Bakes” Baker, Nick Shulman and John Racener. The final 34 are all in the money, with $12,345 locked up. All eyes will be on the $507,274 winner’s prize though, when play kicks off again at 12pm Saturday. Top 10 Stacks: Seth Davies - 1,305,000 Jeff Hakim - 1,164,000 Javier Fernandez - 1,093,000 Chris Edwards - 720,000 Edan Sucov - 682,000 Jonathan Cohen - 677,000 Andrew Brokos - 625,000 Daniel Buzgon - 570,000 Andre Haneberg - 551,000 Samuel Gagnon - 524,000 $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship Down to 13 Michael Noori is once again your overnight chip leader in Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, having bagged the lead after Day 1 too. His 870,000 stack sits atop the pile, and he’s followed by Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (658,000), Quek Sheng (645,000), Randy Ohel (602,000), and Jason Gray (569,000). Other notables to advance to Day 3 include PocketFives former no.1 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson, although he’s short with 168,000. Matt Glantz and Farzad Bonyadi will both be back tomorrow, with Bonyadi seeking his fourth bracelet after his mom, Farhintaj, won her first a couple of days ago. Out of the 100 players who entered, 41 would make today’s Day 2 including Jordan Siegel (17th), Todd Brunson (16th), Andrew Kelsall (15th), and Mike Matusow (14th) who all went deep. The min-cash is currently $14,864, while there’s $287,987 up top. Action resumes at 2pm. Final 13 Stacks: Michael Noori - 870,000 Christopher Kruk - 658,000 Quek Sheng - 645,000 Randy Ohel - 602,000 Jason Gray - 569,000 Hanh Tran - 423,000 Farzad Bonyadi - 392,000 Nicholas Seiken - 384,000 Kristijonas Andrulis - 304,000 Matt Glantz - 198,000 Steven Tabb - 170,000 Calvin Anderson - 168,000 Tyler Meservy - 65,000 Turbo Time in the 1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) A fast-paced Day 1 of Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) was played out today, with just 41 of the 1,712 field making it through. Two-time bracelet winner Steven Wolansky bagged the chip lead with 620,000, winning a huge pot to eliminate Pierre Neuville towards the end of the night. All-in with ace-queen against Wolanksy’s ace-eight suited, Wolansky flopped a backdoor flush draw and hit runner runner to win. Joining him at the top of the remaining counts are DJ MacKinnon (532,000), Michael Wang (355,000), King Lun Alan Lau (350,000), Mike Hauptman (338,000), Lander Lijo (290,000), Joseph Cheong (280,000) and Robin Hegele (245,000). Meanwhile, other notables to advance include Athanasios Polychronopoulos (156,000), Kathy Liebert (245,000), Esther Taylor (126,000), and Kelly Minkin (136,000). Plenty of well-knowns tried and failed today, including Joe McKeehen, Martin Jacobson, Greg Raymer, Ryan Riess, Scott Davies, Heidi May, Nipun Java, Michael Gathy, Niall Farrell, Ben Keeline, and David "ODB" Baker. However, they all exited before the bubble burst at 257 players. Some of those who made it into the cash include Kenny Hallaert (251st - $1,501), Aditya Agarwal (246th - $1,501), Steven van Zadelhoff (230th - $1,549), Maria Konnikova (227th - $1,549), Tristan Wade (221st - $1,549), Barry Greenstein (209th - $1,549), Chris Moorman (181st - $1,621), Jesse Capps (177th - $1,720), Kristen Bicknell (175th - $1,720), Benjamin Dobson (156th - $1,720), Nipun Java (150th - $1,851), Bart Lybaert (110th - $2,019), Brian Yoon (85th - $2,503), and Loni Harwood (74th - $2,843). Play resumes tomorrow at 12pm Saturday, with $258,255 and a WSOP gold bracelet awaiting the winner. Top 10 Stacks: Steven Wolansky - 620,000 DJ MacKinnon - 532,000 Michael Wang - 355,000 King Lun Alan Lau - 350,000 Michael Hauptman - 338,000 Rick Offley - 320,000 Lander Lijo - 290,000 Joseph Cheong - 280,000 Mario Prats Garcia - 280,000 Elliott Peterman - 272,000 Negreanu, Ivey Advance in Mixed Omaha/Stud Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better also got going Friday, with 402 players taking part. After ten levels, just 152 remain. At the top of the counts is Sergio Ramirez with 139,700, followed by the likes of Eric Rodawig (123,400), Kate Hoang (76,900), Scott Abrams (74,400), Robert Mizrachi (62,500), Felipe Ramos (52,600), Daniel Negreanu (42,200), Jesse Martin (31,900), Marco Johnson (28,000) and Phil Ivey (8,100). While that line-up is pretty stacked, it could have been even more so had any of this lot made it through the day: Phil Hellmuth, John Racener, Linda Johnson, Joe McKeehen, Frank Kassela, David Bach, Frankie O'Dell, Eric Buchman, Benny Glaser, Allen Kessler, Michael Gathy, Max Pescatori, Brandon Cantu and Mike Leah. The bubble is set to burst at 61 players, and there’s $214,291 reserved for the champ. Play gets going again at 2pm tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: Sergio Ramirez - 137,900 Eric Rodawig - 123,400 David Prociak - 91,000 Magnus Edengren - 87,400 Eddie Blumenthal - 83,100 Gary Bolden - 78,300 Paul Edwards - 76,300 Scott Abrams - 74,400 Bruce Hoyt - 74,100 Kate Hoang - 71,700

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