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  1. Nearly three years ago, Charlie Carrel took down the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $1.2 million. On Friday night, Carrel thrust himself into the online poker spotlight again by winning a World Poker Tour Online Super High Roller event for $600,250. Carrel beat 97 other entries in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) including a final table that featured Arsenii Karmatckii, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen, and eventual runner-up Ali Imsirovic. Third-place finisher Elias Talvitie finished third for $306,250 while Imsirovic earned $428,750 for coming in second. This event was the first of three $25,500 buy-in events on the WPT Online schedule. The others run on May 14 and May 17. Event #13 ($2,650 Six Max NLHE) drew 293 runners with Daniel Reijmer earning the trophy and $167,137.47. The final opponent he eliminated, Ole Schemion, took home $111,706.25 while third place finisher Julien Perouse added $80,575 to his bankroll. Aleksejs Ponakovs earned $54,225.52 for winning Event #13 Mini ($265 Six Max NLHE). Chad Eveslage took down Event #17 ($530 Six Max Hyper Knockout) for $11,027.98 plus $13,101.59 in bounties. Runner-up Ihar Soika won $11,015.30 and another $6,820.29 in bounties while Victoriya Gracheva came in third for $7,835.84 plus $1,343.75 in bounties. The single day event had 251 entries. Agustin Amestoy navigated his way throgh 840 other entries in Event #17 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper Knockout) to win $2,876.83 and $2,538.06 in bounties. Friday was the sixth starting flight of the WPT500 with 364 players adding $182,000 to the overall prize pool. Just 46 players advanced to Day 2 with Philipp Dietrich (393,082), Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque (390,506), and Carlos Chadha-Villamarin (386,541) finishing with the biggest stacks. WPT Online Event #13 Mini $265 Six Max NLHE 1,446 Entries $361,500 Prize Pool Aleksejs Ponakovs - $54,225.52 Denis Timofeev - $38,556.14 Dean Gilbert - $30,004.50 Stefan Jedlicka - $21,690 Goran Mandic - $14,460 Stoyan Obreshkov - $9,037.50 WPT Online Event #13: $2,650 Six Max NLHE 293 Entries $732,500 Prize Pool Daniel Reijmer - $167,137.47 Ole Schemion - $111,706.25 Julien Perouse - $80,575 Enrico Camosci - $58,600 Mark Radoja - $40,287.50 RUi Ferreira - $29,300 WPT Online Event #14 $25,500 Super High Roller 98 Entries $2,450,000 Prize Pool Charles Carrel - $600,250 Almedin Imsirovic - $428,750 Elias Talvitie - $306,250 Ivan Galinec - $214,375 Arsenii Karmatckii - $159,250 Wiktor Malinowski - $122,500 Christopher Hunichen - $98,000 Pauli Ayras - $79,625 WPT Online Event #17 Mini $55 Six Max Hyper Knockout 841 Entries $42,050 Prize Pool Agustin Amestoy - $2,876.83 + $2,538.06 in bounties Vyacheslav Bondartsev - $2,872.13 + $648.46 in bounties Aleksey Konoplev - $2,138.81 + $306.25 in bounties Matthew Eardley - $1,494.60 + $553.78 in bounties Ross Elliott - $990.27 + $913.85 in bounties Dmitry Grigorev - $677 + $165.61 in bounties WPT Online Event #17 $530 Six Max Hyper Knockout 251 Entries $125,500 Prize Pool Chad Eveslage - $11,027.98 + $13,101.59 in bounties Ihar Soika - $11,015.30 + $6,820.29 in bounties Victoriya Gracheva - $7,835.84 + $1,343.75 in bounties Ramon Miquel Munoz - $5,724.10 + $828.12 in bounties Connor Drinan - $4,266.41 + $2,312.50 in bounties Martin Mathis - $2,844.27 + $1,375.00 in bounties WPT Online WPT500 Day 1F 364 Entries $182,000 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Philipp Dietrich - 393,082 Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque - 390,506 Carlos Chadha-Villamarin - 386,541 Bartlomiej Ryszard Machon - 362,085 Simon Ravnskbaek - 314,144 Julien Martini - 252,469 Florian-Dimitrie Duta - 237,110 Giovani Torre - 237,071 Javier Gomez Zapatero - 205,584 Alexander Piskopos - 196,676
  2. Two more winners were crowned in the Poker Masters Online series at partypoker on Thursday. Event #10: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] was won by Kahle Burns and Michael Addamo took first place in Event #11: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]. Both earned almost $300,000 for the victories. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Burns Wins Event #10 for $291,550 Event #10: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] attracted a field of 119 entries to create a prize pool of $1.19 million. It had a buy-in of $10,300. Up top, Burns won $291,550 for the victory. Burns topped Luuk Gieles in heads-up play and rounding out the top three positions was Eelis Parssinen. Gieles won $208,250 and Parssinen picked up $148,750. The top 16 finishers placed in the money in the event, with a min-cash worth $23,800. Event #10 Results Kahle Burns - $291,550 Luuk Gieles - $208,250 Eelis Parssinen - $148,750 Gianluca Speranza - $104,125 Joao Vieira - $77,350 Wiktor Malinowski - $59,500 Edwin Villalobo Amaya - $47,600 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $38,675 Ian Engel - $29,750 Giuseppe Iadisernia - $29,750 Ben Heath - $29,750 Thomas Muehloecker - $29,750 Timothy Adams - $23,800 Karim Khayat - $23,800 Mike Watson - $23,800 Chris Hunichen - $23,800 Addamo Wins Event #11 for $294,037 The second Poker Masters Online event on Thursday was Event #11: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]. It drew a field of 94 entries for a buy-in of $10,300, creating a $940,000 prize pool. Taking home the lion's share of that prize pool was Addamo, who won $294,037.64 for his first-place finish. Addamo beat Chris Hunichen in heads-up play. Hunichen earned $183,300 for the finish to go along with his min-cash of $23,800 from Thursday's other event. Jorryt Van Hoof placed third. The top 12 finishers made the money in this one. Event #11 Results Michael Addamo - $294,037.64 Chris Hunichen - $183,300 Jorryt Van Hoof - $112,800 Yahia Fahmy - $82,250 Justin Bonomo - $58,750 Aliaksandr Hirs - $39,950 Jake Schindler - $30,550 Lukas Matthias Nowakowski - $30,550 Luuk Gieles - $30,550 Wiktor Malinowski - $25,754.12 Talal Shakerchi - $25,754.12 Alexandros Kolonias - $25,754.12 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the fifth day of play. Andras Nemeth - 511 points Michael Addamo - 406 points Pauli Ayras - 393 points Elias Talvitie - 380 points Alex Foxen - 352 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 350 points Sergi Reixach - 347 points Alexandros Kolonias - 342 points Chris Hunichen - 315 points Mike Watson - 295 points
  3. The Poker Masters Online kicked off on Sunday, April 12, on partypoker. The series features 30 events and more than $15 million in guaranteed prize money. Sunday saw the first three events take place, with Alex Foxen, Tobias Ziegler, and Elias Talvitie taking the first three titles. Talvitie Wins Event #1 for $481,250 The first event of the series was the $25,500 NL 8-Max event that had a $1 million guarantee. The tournament drew a field of 55 entries for a prize pool of $1.375 million. The top sevens spots reached the money, and it was Talvitie taking top honors for $481,250. Talvitie defeated Sergi Reixach in heads-up play. Reixach earned $323,125 for his second-place finish. Ole Schemion finished third for $206,250. Event #1 Results Elias Talvitie - $481,250 Sergi Reixach - $323,125 Ole Schemion - $206,250 Sam Greenwood - $123,750 Michael Addamo - $96,250 Chris Hunichen - $79,062.50 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $65,312.50 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Ziegler Tops Event #2 for $190,249 In the second event of the series, it was Ziegler finishing in first place. Ziegler topped the field of 55 entries to win $190,249.40. This event was a $10,300 PLO 6-Max tournament and it had a $550,000 prize pool to top the $500,000 guarantee. Ziegler defeated James Akenhead in heads-up play, with Akenhead taking home $123,750. The top nine spots were paid out. Event #2 Results Tobias Ziegler - $190,249.40 James Akenhead - $123,750 Espen Myrmo - $66,000 Matthew Kirk - $49,500 Ola Amundsgaard - $35,750 Kai Lehto - $24,750 Robinson Morales - $20,000.20 Sam Trickett - $20,000.20 Jukka Paloniemi - $20,000.20 Foxen Victorious in Event #3 for $309,677 Foxen continues to win big and his latest victory came in the third event of the Poker Masters Online. Foxen topped the 99-entry field in the $10,300 NL 6-Max event to win $309.677.94. Foxen beat Artur Martirosian in heads-up play, with Martirosian earning $193,050. Juan Pardo Dominguez finished in eighth place for $32,175, following upon his seventh-place finish in the first event. Chris Hunichen also cashed in the first event, finishing one spot ahead of Dominguez in that one. He also cashed in this event, taking ninth for $32,175. This event had a $250,000 guarantee that was crushed with a prize pool of $990,000. The top 12 spots paid. Event #3 Results Alex Foxen - $309,677.94 Artur Martirosian - $193,050 Adrian Mateos - $118,800 Conor Beresford - $86,625 Timothy Adams - $61,875 Ali Imsirovic - $42,075 Wiktor Malinowski - $32,175 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $32,175 Chris Hunichen - $32,175 Justin Bonomo - $27,124.02 Mohsin Charania - $27,124.02 Elio Fox - $27,124.02 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the first day of play. Alex Foxen - 310 points Elias Talvitie - 289 points Sergi Reixach - 194 points Artur Martirosian - 193 points Tobias Ziegler - 192 points James Akenhead - 124 points Ole Schemion - 124 points Adrian Mateos - 119 points Conor Beresford - 87 points Chris Hunichen - 80 points
  4. As we move into 2020, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of 2019. November involved two big pieces of news involving Daniel Negreanu, and then, of course, we got the launch of legal online poker in Pennsylvania. Data Error Finds Negreanu Not WSOP POY After it was originally announced that Daniel Negreanu was the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, a data-entry error was discovered by Russian poker journalist Alex Elenskiy that resulted in Negreanu being credited for more points than he should have. WSOP officials were made aware of the issue, verified the error, and then corrected the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year standings, with Australian Robert Campbell being awarded the title. "We have confirmed an error was made in our results for WSOP Event #68, affecting places 32-46," a WSOP statement read. "As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in this event. We deeply regret this error and its impact. Recalculating our Player of the Year results has an impact to the standings. Robert Campbell finishes in 1st place in the now final results, with Negreanu dropping to third place. Again, we apologize profusely for the error in our calculations and the impact it has had." Also involved was Shaun Deeb, who ultimately finished second in the race. Deeb was vocal and very upset with what had happened, and the entire debacle caused plenty of a stir within the poker community. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Negreanu Signs with GGPoker After he parted ways with PokerStars back in May, Daniel Negreanu signed a new sponsorship deal with GGPoker. The new deal came six months following the part between Negreanu and PokerStars and saw Negreanu become an ambassador for GGPoker.com. Negreanu made the announcement via a social media video. PokerStars PA Goes Live November brought exciting times in the world of regulated US online poker, as PokerStars PA went live in the first week of the month. Following a couple of days for a soft launch period, PokerStars PA went fully live on November 6, 2019. The wait may have been extended, but Pennsylvania online poker players were out in full force when PokerStars PA went live. Cash games traffic was very good upon the site opening its virtual doors, and the first Sunday tournament schedule featured plenty of variety and guaranteed prize pools. PocketFives followed the launch of PokerStars PA through its live blog and captured some of the best moments from the start. Mateos Wins partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Adrian Mateos just keeps on crushing, and November saw him take down the partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event. Mateos topped the 948-entry field to win $1.162 million. At the final table, a three-handed deal was made between Mateos, Aaron Van Blarcum, and Chris Hunichen, and it was Mateos coming out as the champion. Caribbean Poker Party Final Table Payouts 1st: Adrian Mateos - $1,162,805* 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - $970,000* 3rd: Chris Hunichen - $1,097,195* 4th: Scott Wellenbach - $650,000 5th: William Blais - $500,000 6th: Oleg Mandzjuk - $350,000 7th: Peter Jetten - $250,000 8th: Gregory Baird - $180,000 With the victory, Mateos has now won the WSOP Europe Main Event, European Poker Tour Grand Final, and partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event in just more than six years. 'Josef_shvejk' Wins Monthly PLB in November Russian online grinder Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii won the Monthly PLB title for November. He earned 1,958 points in the month to narrowly beat out 'DeathbyQuads' and 'C Darwin2.' Included in his November success was a victory in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $14,298.
  5. The Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas is full of some of the best poker players on the planet for the start of Day 2 of the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller. Of the original 56 entries, 33 players survived Day 1. With registration open through the beginning of Day 2, a number of pros who went broke in the first eight levels decided to fire another $100K bullet including Daniel Negreanu and Super High Roller defending champion Cary Katz. We decided to take a quick look around the room at some of the players who are taking part in the nosebleed tournament action. [caption id="attachment_622243" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Jason Koon (left) and Daniel Negreanu have combined lifetime earnings of over $63 million.[/caption] Jason Koon and PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu are settled in and keeping the conversation casual. [caption id="attachment_622244" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Hungary's #1-ranked online pro Andras 'probirs' Nemeth has been seen playing the highest stakes live as of late.[/caption] PocketFives #4-ranked Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth has over $2.7 million in live earnings along with his $9.6 million in online cashes. Nemeth had a breakout year in 2018 playing high rollers, winning the EPT Barcelona €25,000 Event for a career-high cash of $692,882. [caption id="attachment_622245" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Nick Petrangelo (left) took down the $100K Super High Roller at the WSOP in 2018 for $2.9 million.[/caption] Nick Petrangelo and U.S. Poker Open Champion Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick survey their tough table. [caption id="attachment_622246" align="alignnone" width="1024"] GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen is off to a fast start in 2019.[/caption] Stare master Alex Foxen is looking to build on his impressive 2019 PCA campaign. So far he's cashed in the $25K Single Day event and finished as the runner-up in the $50K for $651,980. Foxen is now less than a half million away from $10 million in career scores. [caption id="attachment_622247" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Patrik Antonius (left), Talal Shakerchi (center) & Sam Greenwood.[/caption] Murderers row: Rail Heaven’s Patrik Antonius, PSPC eighth place finisher and regular high roller Talal Shakerchi and PocketFives #46-ranked Sam Greenwood battle it out on one side of a tough table. [caption id="attachment_622248" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Justin Bonomo (left) is looking to continue the massive success he found in 2018.[/caption] Chris Hunichen tries to get a read on the GTO sitting style of Justin Bonomo. Hunichen is coming off a third place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100,000 Super High Roller for a live career-high $592,000 score. [caption id="attachment_622249" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Canadian Christopher Kruk finds the fun in high rollers.[/caption] Despite the massive stakes, Chris Kruk is still able to have a little fun. The prize pool for the $100,000 Super High Roller is over $5.9 million. For updates on the $100K as well as everything from the 2019 PCA, subscribe to The FIVES Poker Podcast.
  6. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Jeff Walsh, The Fives Poker Podcast is LIVE this week from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with daily episodes bringing in all of the guests and action from the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship and the PCA Main Event. The PokerStars Players Championship is in the books and now the attention of the poker world turns to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event and the remaining high roller events on the schedule. Lance and Jeff get into the strong Day 1A turnout, preview the $100,000 Super High Roller final table and talk about the strength of the field in the PCA National. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  7. As the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker heads into its final weekend of action, the action continued on Thursday with Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger taking down one of the biggest buy-in tournaments for nearly $588,000. Other highlights of the day included Joao 'Naza114' Vieira, Mike 'SirWatts' Watson and Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy each picking up titles. Loeliger beat out the 103 other players in Event #43 High ($25,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller) including a final table that included two former #1-ranked players, Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen and Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard, as well as Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang, Rachid 'SkaiWalkurrr' Ben Cherif and eventual runner-up Henrik 'hhecklen' Hecklen. The outright victory earned Loeliger $587,747.32 while Hecklen had to settle for $451,251.38. The Medium version of that event attracted 662 runners with Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac taking home $228,348.36 for the win. 'AS Leshly' and 'ReadngSouls' chopped the Low version for $131,349.41 and $112,902.97 respectively. Vieira topped Event #42 High ($2,100 Triple Draw Duece to Seven) to win $49,595. The final table included Luke Schwartz, Daniel Cates, and Harley Thrower. Mike 'SirWatts' Watson won the Medium buy-in event for $15,325.20 while 'pokerqmaster' took down the Low for $4,915.91. One of the hottest players on the planet, Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy continued his solid run, beating out 149 other players to win Event #44 High ($2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout) for $66,000. His victory denied Watson a second WCOOP title of the day. The Canadian finished runner-up for $46,050 while NLZWERVERNL finished third for $34,500. Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones added $31,425.08 to his bankroll thanks to his victory in the Medium buy-in event and Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe scored $12,014.08 for winning the Low. Event #42 (High): $2,100 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 91 Prize pool: $182,000 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $49,595 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $33,125 WD89lol<3 - $25,480 Daniel 'w00ki3z' Cates - $17,290 Harley 'Harleyy30040' Thrower- $12,740 fr0zZy - $9,555 Event #42 (Medium): $215 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 396 Prize pool: $79,200 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $15,325.20 Denis XXX007 - $11,365.20 Lance84 - $8,514 Chillolini - $5,860.80 pantri - $4,197.60 9cream4 - $2,692.80 Event #42 (Low): $22 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 1,536 Prize pool: $30,720 pokerqmaster - $4,915.91 Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo - $3,686.40 schu_81 - $2,764.80 Donald - $1,843.20 thefish01x - $1,228.80 dAASSSmayer - $724.99 Event #43 (High): $25,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 104 Prize pool: $2,550,600 Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger - $587,747.32 Henrik 'hhecklen' Hecklen - $451,251.38 fr0zZy - $346,454.88 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang - $265,995.69 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - $204,221.95 Rachid 'SkaiWalkurrr' Ben Cherif - $156,794.30 bartek901 - $120,391.17 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $92,424.30 Event #43 (Medium): $2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 662 Prize pool: $1,324,000 Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac - $228,348.36 Killer_00000 - $162,774.01 etxnl01 - $116,030.85 Liv Boeree - $82,710.80 kurzatwarz - $58,959.17 NukeTheFish! - $42,028.12 NEWFlat - $29,959.07 Picasso 2 - $21,255.85 Event #43 (Low): $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 5,010 Prize pool: $1,002,000 AS Leshly - $131,349.41 ReadngSouls - $112,902.97* samoooth - $72,459.22 Schamane22 - $51,651.39 Hciappolino - $36,818.79 baaadshaaa - $26,245.68 Little Kraut - $18,708 s3c3_1978 - $13,336.21 Event #44 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 150 Prize pool: $300,000 Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy - $66,000 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $46,050 NLZWERVERNL - $34,500 Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo - $24,000 ja.sam.gale - $18,000 hotmark777 - $12,000 Event #44 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 982 Prize pool: $196,400 Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones - $31,425.08 com 157 - $23,568 FshnIsMyPrfn - $17,676 FiatEruditio - $11,784 M_Acevedo - $7,856 Speedyy1986 - $4,870.72 Event #44 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 4,619 Prize pool: $92,380 Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe - $12,014.08 lsp pest - $8,776.10 andreyayo9 - $6,466.60 sharkkings23 - $4,157.10 Grimeyyyy - $2,309.50 bencb789 - $1,293.32
  8. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Paul Volpe First #1 to Grab Hardware in 2018 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe started off his 2018 WSOP in strong fashion. He finished third in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty, then 15th in the $100,000 High Roller and then everything came together for him in the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship, where he outlasted 168 other players to win his third career bracelet. He is the only former #1-ranked player to have won that many. He then picked up his fourth cash of the year on Monday, finishing 15th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. All told, Volpe has earned $757,185 this summer, the most of any former #1-ranked player. Shaun Deeb Continues Cashing While Volpe is the only one to win a bracelet so far, Shaun Deeb continues to earn visits to the payout desk. Deeb has picked up six cashes so far, two more than Volpe, for $59,808. While most of his results have been on the smaller side, he did come close to winning a bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. Deeb made the final table, only to finish third for $36,330. Here's a closer look at all of Deeb's cashes for 2018 to date: EVENT POSITION WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 44th $4,723 COLOSSUS - $565 No-Limit Hold'em 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 16th $11,553 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 Deeb still has some work to do to match or beat his 2017 performance which saw him pick up 10 cashes. Fedor Holz Makes the Most of His One Event After winning his first WSOP in 2016, Fedor Holz told the poker world he was retiring from poker but would still play, just at a reduced schedule. Despite this, he's continued to play the biggest events on the calendar while skipping anything that's not a high roller. Holz played the $100,000 High Roller in the opening days of the 2018 WSOP and finished ninth for $240,265. He then took to Instagram to let people know he was headed back to Austria and won't be back in Vegas until after the Main Event. The ninth place finish marks his first WSOP cash since beating Dan Smith heads-up to win the $111,111 One Drop High Roller in 2016. Chris Moorman Only Other Former #1 to Cash Three Times Chris Moorman, who won his first bracelet last summer, is the only other former #1-ranked player to pick up at least three cashes so far this year. He won his first round match-up in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em but couldn't win the second and ended up finishing 17th for $6,302. He followed that up by cashing in the Colossus for $1,118 and then came 191st in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $6,654. By The Numbers As a group, the former #1s have picked up 28 total cashes for $1,119,033 in earnings so far.
  9. Even over $500,000 in earnings so far this summer, Chris Hunichen is looking to cap things off with another deep WSOP Main Event run (PokerStars photo)[/CAPTION] Almost three weeks ago, Chris ‘Big-Huni’ Hunichen was heads-up for a World Series of Poker bracelet against Nadar Kakhmazov. Hunichen started with the chip lead, watched Kakhmazov even things up and eventually shook the Russian’s hand to congratulate him on his victory. “It’s still a little salty because winning a bracelet means so much to me. To get that close, I think that’s my fourth or fifth WSOP final table, so I’ve had my shots and that was the closest and I really feel like if I had it again, I have a small edge over my opponent but that’s how it goes,“ said Hunichen. “The last hand has been eating me alive, I kinda misplayed it a little bit, it was a little bit of a cooler but I still shouldn’t have stacked off an had a chance to rebuild back up.” The pair actually agreed to a chop heads-up, giving Hunichen $450,000 for his efforts. That’s a big part of the reason Hunichen, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, believes this summer has been one of his best yet and it started early on with a six-figure score away from the Rio. “I got fourth in the $10K at the Venetian for just under $100K, I think that was the third or fourth tournament of the summer, so that was nice. Covered a lot of my buy-ins, gave me a lot of confidence going forward,” said Hunichen. “ He’s also picked up some smaller cashes along the way and believes that as the Main Event begins, he’s in a great spot to put up a result better than the 114th place finish he had last year. “I believe that might have been my first cash in the Main out of five attempts. I had a couple of bad years and then I had some years where I just ran really bad in the Main. But I think I’m on top of my game now, I’m playing the best that I’ve ever had before so I think this year I’m set up for another deep run,” said Hunichen. The results this summer are the result of a shift in Hunichen’s focus when it comes to stuff away from the felt. He’s dedicated more of his time to studying the game than he ever had before. “I used to play lot of but never put in a lot of work off the felt. I really put in time studying, started a stable and we’ve we’ve done a lot of coaching for that, so that helps too, to kind of fine tune and refresh,” said Hunichen. “Other than that, I really think that a lot of the off the felt work is just so important in poker nowadays because it’s just constantly evolving, it gets harder and harder everyday. You can’t get content with your skill level because you’re just never where you need to be.” Hunichen was one of those players who decided to move to Costa Rica after Black Friday to continue to play online poker. it’s been home now for six years for him. He’s married and six months the couple had their first baby to add to the son, Derek, his wife had before they met. With all that in mind, Hunichen things big changes are coming for the family of four. “I think we’re going to move, maybe out here to Las Vegas, sometime in February or March or something. The school systems (in Costa Rica) aren’t where I want my kid to be growing up, and now that Derek’s four, he’ll be five in October, so he’s going to be starting school,” said Hunichen. “I think a year or two would be fine in Costa Rica, but anything after that I want to get him into some good public schools or maybe even some good private school around here or something.” A move to Las Vegas would mean no longer being able to play online on PokerStars, partypoker and 888poker. Hunichen’s okay with that though, he’s ready to take a new challenge that might see him playing in something a bit bigger than the PokerStars $215. “Out here I can actually still work. I’d consider playing some bigger cash games at Aria, and getting into that kind of mode, maybe start playing the $25Ks regularly or something, possibly if things keep going well,” said Hunichen. He’s hoping to be busy for the next week or so though with the Main Event. He’s playing Day 1A this year after always having played Day 1C in previous years. Deep stacked, big field events are where Hunichen goes to feast. “I feel like these kind of fields play to my strengths. I final tabled the Millionaire Maker a couple of years ago which is about the same size field as this. I also a top 50 in the Millionaire Maker a year or two after,” said Hunichen. “The good thing is there’s a lot of rec players in this tournament, so I’m kind of chatty and friendly at the table, and I think that plays to my advantage as well. Make some friends and they don’t mind losing to you and they respect you and they’d rather lose to you than lose to the guy who’s treating people like shit.”
  10. Day 1C of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event was definitely one for the record books, but it was also one of the strangest days in the 50-year history of the event. As more and more players piled into the Rio, two were escorted out by police and then Mother Nature had her say as well, as an earthquake shook Las Vegas and disrupted the tournament in an unprecedented way. Starting Flight Record Broken, Overall Record Close Last summer, 4,571 players made Day 1C of the 2018 Main Event the largest starting flight in the history of the WSOP. That record fell on Friday, as 4,879 players joined the Main Event. That group, combined with the 3,250 players from Day 1A and 1B, makes this year's event the second largest Main Event of all-time, with registration open until the start of Day 2C on Sunday. Earthquake Shakes Up Day 1C At 8:19 PM PT, Las Vegas was shaken by an earthquake that caused tournament officials to pause the tournament clock and send players on an early dinner break to assess any possible damage to the building. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake was centered in Ridgecrest, California and is the second one in 48 hours. In the moments after the quake hit, some players left their tables to find safety either in the hallways our outside of the Rio. Andy Frankenberger chose to leave the room he was in while in the middle of a hand only. "Never felt anything like it being my first earthquake experience," Ronnie Bardah, a WSOP gold bracelet winner, told PocketFives. "Felt like I was out at sea but instead in the middle of the Main Event at the Rio. Felt like my life was out of my control for a few seconds. Not to sound dramatic, but whoa. Made sure to get away from under the moving stuff hanging up above. Day 1c of the 2019 WSOP Main Event will never be forgotten." Play resumed after an 80-minute break and carried on for another two hours and 40 minutes before ending for the day. James Henson Bags Lead, Mike McDonald Second Just three players managed to get through the five levels of play with more than 300,000 chips. James Henson finished with 316,100 to end up on top of the 3,664 Day 1C survivors. The player right behind caused a lot of pain for his opponents on Friday, but if he goes on to win the Main Event, he could cause a lot more pain for other top pros. Mike McDonald finished Day 1C with the second biggest stack at 306,300. The Canadian poker pro booked himself against a lot of other top players and stands to win an additional seven figures in side action. Right behind McDonald is Joshua Ray with 304,200. Easy Come, Easy Go for Phil Ivey Phil Ivey's 2019 WSOP Main Event run didn't last long. The 10-time bracelet winner was eliminated in the first level of play on Friday. Ivey got the last of his chips in on a flop of [poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7s"] holding [poker card="as"][poker card="4s"] against his opponent's top two pair. The turn and river were bricks, eliminating Ivey. Two Players Disqualified in Different Manners Ivey was eliminated in the traditional way, but two other players found very different ways to have their Main Event end. Georgii Belianin was the first of the two to be removed from the tournament. The Russian poker pro was disqualified moving another player's stack into his own. The second involved a player exposing himself to the table and throwing a shoe at his opponent and the dealer. READ: World Series Of Poker Disqualifies Two Players Kevin Martin Bags Up 220,600 The list of players who bagged and tagged on Day 1C includes the usual list of big names. Partypoker Team Pro Kevin Martin finished with 220,600 for a top 50 stack. Coming off of winning his third bracelet, Nick Schulman ended with 141,200. Peter Traply, who recently overtook Chris Moorman for the all-time online tournament earnings lead, also made it to Day 2C with 128,500. Other notables moving on include Dzmitry Urbanovich (196,900), Maurice Hawkins (183,600) Chino Rheem (170,900), Andrew Lichtenberger (141,200), Ali Imsirovic (102,500), Danielle Andersen (102,300), and Maria Konnikova (100,900). End of the Road for More than a Few Familiar Faces Joe Cada won't be making a return to the Main Event final table this year. After finishing fifth last year, Cada couldn't make it through the opening day and was one of the more notable eliminations. He was joined by Dietrich Fast, William Kassouf, Martin Jacobson, Doug Polk, and Shaun Deeb, Jason Koon on the outside looking in. PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas wasn't able to recreate the magic on Friday and was eliminated. Mike Leah, who skipped most of the WSOP after the birth of his first child, had a short-lived return on Friday and was one of the 1,225 players eliminated. Former #1s Represent Well Chris Hunichen, Calvin Anderson and Christopher Brammer all finished with stacks well above average. Hunichen leads the way with 181,000 but Anderson isn't far behind with 178,100. Brammer ended with 169,200. They weren't the only former #1-ranked PocketFivers who ended Friday on the good side. Cliff Josephy (111,500), Tim West (49,600), and Fedor Holz (35,900) also moved onto Day 2C. Top 10 Chip Counts James Henson - 316,100 Mike McDonald - 306,300 Joshua Ray - 304,200 Robert Kokoska - 285,000 Mohamed Mamouni - 284,000 Barry Donovan - 280,100 Robert Layne - 280,000 Dylan Meier - 277,700 Yervand Boyadjian - 277,400 Tom Cannuli - 275,000
  11. Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event saw 344 last-minute registrations put an exclamation point on the second-largest WSOP Main Event of all-time. The 8,569-player field means that sometime next week, one player will walk away with $10,000,000 and the title of World Champion. Day 2C saw the highly-anticipated arrival of Phil Hellmuth and the emergence of a fresh batch of names atop the end-of-day chip counts. Julien Milliard Inches Toward 1 Million Chips, Leads Day 2C Survivors Florida's Julien Milliard almost cracked the seven-figure stack code on Sunday. Milliard finished Day 2C with 947,900 to edge out Czech player Vlastimil Pustina, who ended up with 930,700. Andrew Brokos, co-host of the Thinking Poker podcast, rounded out the top three Day 2C stacks after ending the day with 895,400. The day started with 344 players taking advantage of the last chance to register to push the total Day 2C field to 4,008 players. Just 1,793 of those players made it through the five two-hour levels of play on Saturday. That group will combine on Monday with the 1,087 players who got through Day 2AB as the entire remaining field of 2,880 players will play on the same day for the first time. Eventual Champion Will Earn $10,000,000 Registration closed as the first card was dealt on Sunday and the final numbers show another year of growth for the Main Event and made this year's Main Event the second largest of all-time. A total of 8,569 players generated a total prize pool of $80,548,600. The eventual champion will win $10,000,000 and every player at the final table will earn at least $1,000,000. READ: 2019 WSOP Main Event Second Largest of All-Time, $10M to Champ Phil Hellmuth Arrives, Departs One of the 344 players who registered on Sunday morning was 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Just back from his vacation to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, Hellmuth didn't take his seat until well into the first level of play. He didn't sit long. Hellmuth was part of one of the secondary feature tables on the ESPN broadcast and gave fans at home and his tablemates a little taste of The Poker Brat before busting at the hands of Timothy Stanczak's pocket fives. Familiar Faces Stay Alive on Day 2C Three-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman bagged up 549,600 on Sunday to advance to Day 3 with a top 50 stack. Sam Greenwood snuck into that top 50 with 535,800. Mike McDonald continues to apply pressure to those who bet against him, finishing Day 2C with 516,700. Other notables still in include Dario Sammartino (522,700), Jeff Madsen (488,600), Bertrand Grospellier (428,200), David 'ODB' Baker (418,700), Joseph Cheong (354,500), Chino Rheem (286,500) and Nick Schulman (278,000). Defending champ John Cynn battled back from just 24,800 chips to finish with 248,900 at day's end. All-time online poker tournament earnings leader Peter Traply finished with 234,800. Holz, Antonius, Imsirovic Headline Big Names Busting Hellmuth wasn't the only big name who didn't make it through Day 2C. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fedor Holz, Patrik Antonius, James Obst, Ali Imsirovic, and Adrian Mateos were all sent to the rail on Sunday. They were joined by John Racener, Ismael Bojang, Matt Berkey, John Monette, John Juanda, Denis Strebkov, Ben Heath, Jonathan Little, Shawn Buchanan, Sam Soverel, Joe McKeehen, Niall Farrell, Maurice Hawkins, and Sam Trickett. Nate Silver was also one of the Day 2C casualties. A Half Dozen Former #1s March On Kevin Saul leads a group of talented poker players who once held onto the #1 ranking on PocketFives.com. The Illinois native finished Day 2C with 623,900. Saul has cashed three times in the WSOP Main Event, most recently in 2016 when he wound up 466th. Saul is joined by fraternity brothers Calvin Anderson (459,400), Cliff Josephy (402,000), Fabrizio Gonzalez (328,800), Chris Hunichen (307,500) and Tim West (130,400). 34 Keystone State Players Survive Day 2C Chad Power leads 34 Pennsylvania poker players who managed to find a bag at the end of Day 2C. Power finished with 401,300 for the 97th-best stack on Sunday. Ralph Wong finished with 344,300 for the second-best PA stack. Kenneth Smaron, Jason Loehrs, and David Vasil round out the top five. Top 10 Chip Counts Julian Milliard - 947,900 Vlastimil Pustina - 930,700 Andrew Brokos - 895,400 Aleksa Pavicevic - 867,700 Nai Hu - 798,300 Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 765,600 Dapeng Mu - 762,700 Hugo Torres - 720,400 Cody Brinn - 708,800 Tom Cannuli - 667,000
  12. The record-setting WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic wrapped up at Bellagio in Las Vegas, with the $10,400 Main Event attracting a huge field of 1,001 entries and featuring some of poker's biggest names. In addition to the Main Event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule featured several events with five-figure buy-ins and one with a six-figure price of entry. Here are the winners from a tremendous week of poker in Sin City. The biggest winners overall from these high buy-in events, excluding the $10,400 Main Event, were Jake Schindler, Jason Koon, Seth Davies, Chris Hunichen, and Dominik Nitsche. Although he didn't earn the most money, it's certainly worth noting that Sam Soverel cashed in four of these events for a total of $314,500. No one else cashed in more than two. Ladines Wins First $10,000 PLO Event The first two high roller events on the schedule were both $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournaments. The first one attracted 35 entries for a $350,000 prize pool and saw the top five places make the money. Joshua Ladines took the event’s title and $128,090 top prize, with both Brian Rast and Sam Soverel finishing in the money. Joshua Ladines - $128,090 John Riordan - $102,910 Jonathan Abdellatif - $56,000 Brian Rast - $35,000 Sam Soverel - $28,000 Soverel Takes Second $10,000 PLO Event In the second $10,000 PLO event, a group of familiar faces was back in the money. Soverel topped the field of 29 entries to win the title and $116,000, Ladines finished third for $46,400, and WPT Five Diamond wonder boy Ryan Tosoc scored fifth for $23,200. Tosoc notably finished second in the Season XV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.134 million before going on to win the event in Season XVI for $1.958 million. Sam Soverel - $116,000 Jonathan Depa - $75,400 Joshua Ladines- $46,400 Michael Song - $29,000 Ryan Tosoc - $23,200 Hennigan Captures $10,000 8-Game Mixed Title If you know Bellagio, you know it’s home to the most iconic high-stakes poker room in the world, Bobby’s Room. It’s where the game’s elite compete for astronomical cash-game stakes, but during WPT Five Diamond some of those players shifted their focus to tournament play, specifically in the $10,000 buy-in 8-Game Mixed High Roller. The tournament generated 24 entries, and it was none other than five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member John Hennigan taking home the top prize of $110,400. John Hennigan - $110,400 Ben Yu - $67,200 Randy Ohel - $38,400 John Racener - $24,000 Loeser and Fox Chop First $25,000 High Roller In the first of three $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments on this year’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic slate, 42 entries were generated to create a prize pool of $1.05 million. The top six places paid, and the top two spots went to Manig Loeser and Elio Fox in a chop that earned each player more than $300,000. Loeser scored first place for $321,300, and Fox took second for $308,700. Manig Loeser- $321,300 Elio Fox - $308,700 Jake Schindler - $168,000 Dan Smith - $105,000 Cary Katz - $84,000 Nick Petrangelo - $63,000 Petrangelo Wins Second $25,000 High Roller The second $25,000 buy-in tournament attracted 47 entries and generated a $1.175 million prize pool. The top seven places reached the money, with several notables cashing. None earned more than Nick Petrangelo, though, who chopped the event heads up with Sergio Aido to take home the winning prize of $289,944. Aido scored $287,634 for second. Petrangelo was coming off a sixth-place result for $63,000 in the first $25,000 event of this series. Soverel, who finished in the money of the first two high rollers on the schedule, including winning one for $116,000, finished sixth in this event for $70,500. Nick Petrangelo - $289,944 Sergio Aido - $287,634 Seth Davies - $256,672 Ben Yu - $117,500 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - $94,000 Sam Soverel - $70,500 Rainer Kempe - $58,750 Davies Victorious in Third $25,000 High Roller The third and final $25,000 high roller tournament on the WPT Five Diamond schedule drew 50 entries for a $1.25 million prize pool. The top eight places reached the money, and it was Seth Davies taking the title and $341,920 in first-place prize money. The win came just days after Davies took third in the previous $25,000 high roller event during the series of $256,672, as you can see above. Davies did a deal with Isaac Haxton in second place, who earned $320,580. The money was filled with notable high rollers, including Alex Foxen taking third for $175,000. Foxen has had himself quite a 2018 and is closing it strong both on the live felt and the virtual felt. In the online world, Foxen recently achieved a new all-time high in the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. You'll also notice Soverel's name appearing in the in-the-money places once again, this time for fifth place, worth $100,000. Seth Davies - $341,920 Isaac Haxton - $320,580 Alex Foxen - $175,000 David Peters - $125,000 Sam Soverel - $100,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $75,000 Rainer Kempe - $62,500 Elio Fox: $50,000 Schindler Defeats Koon for $100,000 Super High Roller Victory The final big buy-in event from the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule this year was the $100,000 Super High Roller. The event drew 37 entries to Bellagio for a $3.7 million prize pool and the top six spots reached the money. Earning the $1.332 million first-place prize was Jake Schindler. Adding that score to the $168,000 he won earlier in the series for taking third place in one of the $25,000 high rollers, Schindler scored $1.5 million in prize money at Bellagio this December. Schindler beat out Jason Koon for the win, and Koon took home $888,000 for his second-place finish. Jake Schindler - $1,332,000 Jason Koon - $888,000 Chris Hunichen - $592,000 Dominik Nitsche - $370,000 Ben Tollerene - $296,000 Talal Shakerchi - $222,000
  13. [caption width="640"] Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen is making a charge at #1, but 'C Darwin2' seems to have a firm grasp on it after another monstrous week.[/caption] Last month, former #1-ranked player Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen cracked the top 25 rankings and became just the fifth player to ever hit $10 million in lifetime earnings. It seems he's not interested in stopping there. Hunichen went from #13 in the world to #9 and could be setting himself up for another run at the top spot. Hunichen moved up into the top 10 based solely on a single qualifying cash. He finished third in the partypoker Heavyweight Title Fight Warm Up for $15,107.58 and 220.56 PLB points. This comes a week after he picked up 672.2 points from three qualifying cashes. He now sits just 148.21 points behind #8-ranked Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo. The #1 spot continues to belong to 'C Darwin2', but he didn't just sit idly by this past week. The Swede picked up four qualifying cashes - three wins and one runner-up finish - to pick up a staggering 1,457.78 points. On October 15, he won the partypoker High Roller for $37,884 and 452.22 points. Two days later he won another partypoker High Roller for $19,183/310.64 and finished runner-up in yet another partypoker High Roller for $17,440/232.32. His final qualifying cash on October 19 when he won the PokerStars Thursday Thrill for $38,537 and 462.2 points. He now has a 806.35 point gap between himself and #2-ranked Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff. That gap could have been wider had van Zedelhoff not picked up two qualifying cashes of his own. He finished third in the PokerStars Big $55 for $3,499 and 114.33 points and then capped off his week by finishing two spots behind 'C Darwin2' in the Thursday Thrill for $21,061 and 239.3 points. He now leads #3-ranked 'lena900' by 462.67 points. Hunichen wasn't the only player to move into the top 10 this week. Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez, also a former #1-ranked player, moved from #11 to #10 thanks to two qualifying cashes that earned him 267.17 points. Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas and Andras 'probirs' Nemeth were the two players who dropped out of the top 10, going from #10 to #12 and #9 to #14 respectively. PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,220.071 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff9,413.722 3lena9008,951.053 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,455.574 5veeea7,714.565 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,633.326 7Sheater7,498.008 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,256.877 9Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,108.6613 10Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,998.6111 11Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,969.1716 12Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,967.8110 13Ariados6,904.6912 14Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,812.139 15Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,780.3718 16Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,775.3714 17Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,752.0319 18Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,751.9017 19nilsef6,638.0020 20DeathbyQuads6,611.4215 21Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone6,574.4821 22Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,554.6027 23Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,504.8722 24Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,375.1229 25NoPlanB6,363.6326 ***
  14. While Sunday was the start of the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker, Monday was the first day with multiple titles awarded and millions of dollars in prize pools being awarded. The biggest winner from the 15 events that played to a winner was Romania's 'jah1923' who scored an outright win in Event #4 Medium ($215 No Limit Hold'em Sunday Million Special Edition) for $193,055.14. That event drew 6,794 runners to push the total prize pool to $1,358,800. 'jah1923' wasn't the only player to take home a six-figure score. Runner-up 'Lapideum' wound up winning $132,753.26 for outlasting all but one player. 'BrightStripe' took home the winner's share of $76,314.44 after chopping Event #2 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em) with 'ale6ka' and 'Machiavelli3'. The final table also included Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy and Alex 'lynskey99' Lynskey. Julian 'nailuj90' Stuer picked up the win in Event #3 High ($2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em PKO) for $96,971.08. Stuer also earned $87,312.49 in bounties. His final bounty came from runner-up 'Armani1974'. The German pro had to settle for $72,075.64 from the prize pool and an additional $32,812.51 in bounties. The most high-profile heads-up battle of the day came between Germany's 'nilsef' and former #1-ranked Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen. The two managed to outlast the 197 other players in Event #10 High ($2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Win the Button) before agreeing to a chop. The heads-up battle saw 'nilsef' beat Hunichen to take home $74,459.48 while Hunichen had to settle for $66,459.48. This is the second WCOOP title for 'nilsef'. The first came in 2010 in Event #10 ($250 Pot-Limit Omaha Knockout). After the tournament wrapped up, Hunichen tweeted about his lack of success in heads-up battles. Event #2 High: $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Entries:504 Prize pool: $504,000 BrightStripe - $76,314.44* ale6ka - $64,197.69* Machiavelli3 - $65,737.85* Dannyz0r - $27,256.94 josef_shvejk - $27,817.02 lynskey99 - $20,768.93 ga207 - $15,506.66 Cavalito - $11,577.68 OempaPoempah - $8,644.20 Event #2 Medium: $109 No Limit Hold'em Sunday Kickoff Special Edition Entries:3,78 Prize pool: $376,800 MCvisitor - $53,941.13 DTadevosan - $38,449.23 KisuKe_7 - $27,407.94 hopezACE - $19,537.34 derbegott - $13,926.90 Machiavelli3 - $9,927.58 VzB_Poker - $7,076.71 D_T_G_7777 - $5,044.56 speili94 - $3,595.95 Event #2 Low: $109 No Limit Hold'em Sunday Kickoff Special Edition Entries:16,729 Prize pool: $163,944.20 jroze99 - $17,772.29 highogbigdog - $12,770.20 GrcaniHoven - $9,181.87 KicksnBalls - $6,601.85 kn0wlEdge911 - $4,4746.77 Neolay - $3,412.97 [A.barmot.O] - $2,453.94 100hgHack - $1,764.40 nelson22211 - $1,268.61 Event #3 High: $2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries:459 Prize pool: $1,000,000 nailuj90 - $96,971.08 + $87,312.49 in bounties Armani1974 - $72,075.64 + $32,812.51 in bounties luckyfish89 - $53,571.71 + $15,593.75 in bounties Dannyz0r - $39,818.30 + $15,500.00 in bounties €urop€an - $29,595.78 + $13,562.50 in bounties luisdono - $21,997.65 + 7,125.00 in bounties cartoon2387 - $16,350.21 + $16,718.75 in bounties Kaila - $12,152.64 + $1,1812.50 in bounties Event #3 Medium: $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em PKO Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition Entries: 4,389 Prize pool: $877,800 wvwMasteRwvw - $62,603.44 + $35,765.03 in bounties flavioreis88 - $44,264.90 + 10,697.99 in bounties Popper13 - $31,299.97 + $4,774.41 in bounties ShamanRX - $22,132.36 + $4,527.92 in bounties FoNZ87 - $15,649.90 + 1,726.57 in bounties justnl2 - $11,066.16 + $8,575.56 in bounties 1984klaar - $7,824.92 + $3,248.84 in bounties rozkoszny - $5,533.03 + $3,364.45 in bounties Event #3 Low: $22 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 17,209 Prize pool: $344,180 lozanova.uk - $17,052.57* + $6,469.20 in bounties MichaelNg - $14,415.14* + $1,402.92 in bounties D_T_G_7777 - $9,331.27 + $542.29 in bounties mendarku - $6,651.63 + $1,079.27 in bounties Ciisssii - $4,741.50 + $1,913.40 in bounties ROMDOM - $3,379.89 + $1,227.24 in bounties Tbn220 - $2,409.29 + $783.53 in bounties $UPERANCHOA$ - $1,717.42 + $283.09 in bounties Event #4 High: $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 477 Prize pool: $877,800 42ayay - $147,384.81* liraerik - $123,695.92* StupidFr3nch - $138,144.77* strj2000 - $72,922.50 SwalzB - $55,192.50 onmybicycle - $41,208.20 Sasuke234 - $30,767.20 papan9_p$ - $22,971.60 Kot_Spartac - $17,151.20 Event #4 Medium: $215 No Limit Hold'em Sunday Million Special Edition Entries: 6,794 Prize pool: $1,358,800 jah1923 - $193,055.14 Lapideum - $132,753.26 Rsaxo66 - $91,288.20 Vlada2108 - $62,775.20 M_Acevedo - $43,167.85 cidul - $29,684.75 teo96 - $20,312.98 MinhMa - $14,037.21 jokepoker333 - $9,652.91 Event #4 Low: $22 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 18,532 Prize pool: $370,640 edoiler - $35,680.01* 7betfold - $30,680.02* Teddygram902 - $19,951.92 Manwlis45 - $14,345.58 miami1984 - $10,314.57 El_mesiasush - $7,416.20 speksSVK - $5,332.28 Gwindor1 - $3,833.93 F3nix35 - $2,756.59 Event #5 High: $1,050 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 482 Prize pool: $500,000 I_Mr_U_Bean - $89,248.90 danfiu - $64,080.60 munkkis - $46,009.75 maggess88 - $33,034.90 Aku1206 - $23,719.00 psjebemvas - $17,030.20 Event #5 Medium: $109 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 2,133 Prize pool: $213,300 aDrENalin710 - $31,824.30 SukkerHans - $22,173.38 T 54 T 97s - $15,449.78 dx2celt - $10,764.99 Premove - $7,500.73 KidAlex13 - $5,226.31 Event #5 Low: $11 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 8,548 Prize pool: $83,770.40 Hulkyyyy - $11,761.09 gunnersfun - $8,189.98 Levoin95 - $5,706.54 jacksAndFives3 - $3,976.16 richbum69 - $2,770.47 Ann1897 - $1,930.37 Event #10 High: $2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Win the Button Entries: 199 Prize pool: $400,000 nilsef - $74,459.48* Big Huni - $66,459.48* FellipeNunes - $47,768.96 Naza114 - $37,063.04 veeea - $28,756.52 utreg - $22,311.64 calvin7v - $17,311.20 ForzaVaxholm - $13,431.40 Event #10 Medium: $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Win the Button Entries: 1,436 Prize pool: $287,200 Senkel92 - $44,064.08 ForzaVaxholm - $31,409.62 ZéDoBlefe11 - $22,389.88 Randane8 - $15,960.27 [IMT]JapA - $11,377.05 PKaiser - $8,109.95 tarantaleo - $5,781.04 DRWDats13 - $4,120.94 Event #10 Low: $22 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Win the Button Entries: 6,478 Prize pool: $129,560 GeraldoCesar - $18,414.30 oracul154 - $13,123.84 Salckin - $9,355.11 ARMLUCKY - $6,668.64 madaAk - $4,753.63 jvieiradias8 - $3,388.53 sgtjstevens - $2,415.46 PabloPool12 - $1,721.81
  15. The final day of PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker 2018 went into overtime, but as the final cards were dealt, Austrian grinder 'Tankanza' emerged victorious after taking down the SCOOP (High) Main Event for a $1.13 million score. That event was one of three Main Events to finish on Tuesday as the 17-day festival ended. As expected, the $10,300 buy-in High Main Event final table was a star-studded affair with two former #1-ranked PocketFivers and a Triple Coop winner. 'Tankanza' eliminated the Triple COOP winner, Thomas 'WushuTM' Muehloecker in sixth while the two former #1s couldn't stay out of each other's way and Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen sent current #1, 'lena900', to the rail in seventh. Hunichen went out in third place leaving 'Tankanza' and 'nailuj90' to battle for the title and seven-figure score. It didn't take too long for the final two players to start talking deal but 'Tankanza' had no interest in giving up any equity and the only thing the two players could agree on was to continue playing. It took almost four hours before 'Tankanza' picked up just his second elimination of the final table by busting 'nailuj90' to claim victory. 'nailuj90' took home $837,473.81 as runner-up. There were a total of five players at the final table from Austria: 'Tankanza', 'nailuj90', 'mikki696' (4th), Muehloecker (6th), and 'caaaaamel' (8th). Even with all the money at stake at each of the Main Event final tables, none of them managed to find common ground for a deal to be made. 'Wildace_hun' outlasted 3,846 other players to win the Medium Main Event for $783,165.95 while runner-up 'VICTOR TXR1' had to settle for $545,685.82. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar picked up just over $89,000 for finishing seventh. The Low version Main Event, with a $109 buy-in, had a massive field of 18,511 plus 7,850 re-entries, to put the total prize pool to just over $2.6 million. Germany's 'Cashcid Linc' walked away with the title and $267,583.62 after beating 'marjanko89' heads-up. Event #58 (High): $10,300 NLHE Main Event Entries: 654 Prize pool: $6,540,000 Tankanza - $1,133,160.03 nailuj90 - $837,473.81 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - $618,943.63 mikki696 - $457,436.37 ULOSEMFKR!! - $338,072.87 Thomas 'WushuTM' Muehloecker - $249,856.12 Niklas 'Lena900' Åstedt - $184,658.86 caaaaamel - $136,474.10 JayP-AA - $100,862.49 Event #58 (Medium): $1,050 Main Event Entries: 5,508 (3,847 entries, 1,661 re-entries) Prize pool: $5,508,000 Wildace_hun - $783,165.95 VICTOR TXR1 - $545,685.82 Cottonbud07 - $380,219.44 OverTheTop43 - $264,926.53 ilir3 - $184,594.01 easy live - $128,620.06 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar - $89,619.56 Flavio 'flavioreis88' Rei - $62,444.74 chry1982 - $43,509.89 Event #58 (Low): $109 Main Event Total entries: 26,361 (18,511 entries, 7,850 re-entries) Prize pool: $2,636,100 Cashcid Linc - $267,583.62 marjanko89 - $192,380.46 Kabotajoe - $138,323.54 aetos2drama - $99,456.09 allin0709 - $71,510.01 AcckiySotona - $51,416.33 B1GF1SH89 - $36,969.19 50km - $26,581.37 merla888 - $19,112.51
  16. David Peters, one of the game's top tournament poker players, emerged victorious atop the 33-entry field in the 2019 US Poker Open $100,000 Main Event. Peters was the last man standing from an elite field of players and claimed the $1.32 million first-place prize. With the victory, Peters grabbed 350 points at surged to the top of the US Poker Open Championship leaderboard, beating out Sean Winter by just 10 points to win the overall title and an additional $100,000 in prize money. Final Table Results David Peters - $1,320,000 Chris Hunichen - $858,000 Keith Tilston - $528,000 Martin Zamani - $330,000 Ryan Riess - $264,000 To claim the overall USPO Championship, Peters cashed three times in the high-stakes series. He placed second in Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck for $100,800 and fifth in Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $164,000 ahead of his Main Event victory. All told, Peters earned $1.584 million from his three USPO cashes this year and $1.684 million total when you include the $100,000 championship prize. Peters entered the final day fourth in chips with nine players remaining in the $100,000 Main Event. Leading the way was Chris Hunichen, and Keith Tilston, last year's USPO Main Event winner, was in second. Only the top five places were set to reach the money, but that wasn't the story. Sean Winter entered the 2019 USPO Main Event as the leaderboard frontrunner. He'd need to cash and fade Nick Schulman. If he failed to cash, Winter would be sweating both Schulman and Peters if they were still in. First to bust was Schulman, though, knocking him out of contention for the USPO Championship. He entered the day as the shortest stack and couldn't make anything happen on the final day. Schulman was eliminated in ninth place by Hunichen. With Schulman's bust, all Winter needed to do was cash and he'd lock up the overall USPO title. If he didn't cash, Peters could overtake him by the narrow margin of 10 points if Peters were to win the event. As it turned out, Winter went bust in eighth place when his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="tc"] couldn't win a flip against Tilston's [poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"]. That left Winter without a payday in the $100,000 buy-in Main Event and sitting and waiting to see how Peters would perform. Peters got a boost when he knocked out Jason Koon in seventh place, and then Ryan Riess took out Justin Bonomo in sixth place to send the final five players into the money. After Bonomo's bust, Peters found a double through Hunichen and found himself sitting second in chips heading into a break. Falling in fifth was Riess. He went out at the hands of Tilston and took home $264,000 for his efforts. It was then Martin Zamani hitting the rail in fourth for $330,000. Zamani was also knocked out by Tilston, as the 2018 USPO Main Event winner stretched his lead. After Zamani busted, Peters played an incredibly important pot with his tournament life on the line. He was all in preflop with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"] against Tilston, who had the [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Not only was Peters sweating his tournament life in the 2019 USPO Main Event, but Winter had a lot on the line, too. Peters flopped a queen and held from there to score a big double and move into the chip lead. From that point on, Peters never relinquished the lead. He busted Tilston in third place with his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"] held up against Tilston's [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] and took a chip lead of 4.855 million to 1.745 million into heads-up play against Hunichen. Heads-up play didn't last long. Just a few hands in, Hunichen limped the button with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8c"] at blinds of 40,000-80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante. Peters raised out of the big bling to 320,000 with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9c"]. Hunichen responded by three-bet jamming for 2.65 million and Peters quickly made the call. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] and that was the end of the line for Hunichen, who earned $858,000 for his runner-up performance. USPO Final Standings PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. David Peters 3 $747,400 550 2. Sean Winter 5 $705,950 540 3. Stephen Chidwick 4 $390,000 540 4. Nick Schulman 2 $314,750 410 5. Brandon Adams 3 $897,200 365 6. Koray Aldemir 2 $580,200 340 7. Cary Katz 3 $477,000 340 8. Chris Hunichen 2 $263,400 285 9. Martin Zamani 3 $206,200 280 10. Keith Tilston 2 $442,500 255 2019 US Poker Open Event Recaps Stephen Chidwick Wins US Poker Open Event #1 for $216K Jordan Cristos Takes Down US Poker Open Event #2 for $179K Lauren Roberts Comes From Behind to Win US Poker Open Event #3 Sean Winter Wins U.S. Poker Open Short Deck Event for $151K Ali Imsirovic Cruises To Victory in US Poker Open Event #5 Stephen Chidwick Wins Second 2019 USPO Event; Now Leads USPO Race Bryn Kenney Crushes US Poker Open Event #7 For $450,000 Nick Schulman Wins 2019 US Poker Open 8-Game Mix Title Koray Aldemir Tops Ryan Riess to Win US Poker Open Event #9, $738K
  17. After Day 5 of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, just 106 players remain in contention for the $10 million top prize. Antonio Esfandiari is among them, as is Sam Greenwood, Alex Foxen, and former PocketFives #1 Chris Hunichen, but it's Timothy Su leading the way. Newcomer Su in the Lead Su bagged 19.235 million in chips and is hands down making the biggest splash of his poker career. Not only has Su never cashed in the WSOP Main Event before, but he’s never played it. He’s a software engineer by trade, not a professional poker player. Prior to the 2019 WSOP Main Event, Su had just three cashes on record and a combined $2,467 in live tournament earnings. His largest cash to date was for $1,080. He did place in the money in the $400 Colossus at the 2019 WSOP, but the $927 that he earned for his 814th-place finish is a far cry from the $59,295 he’s guaranteed. Although that’s what Su is guaranteed, he’s favored to earn a lot more due to his towering chip position. Immediately following up Su on the leaderboard at the conclusion of Day 5 were Greenwood (11.95 million), Duey Duong (11.765 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (11.43 million), and Luke Graham (11.28 million). Top 10 Chip Counts Timothy Su - 19,235,000 Sam Greenwood - 11,950,000 Duey Duong - 11,765,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 11,430,000 Luke Graham - 11,280,000 Nicholas Marchington - 10,835,000 Milos Skrbic - 10,715,000 Romain Lewis - 10,600,000 Laurids Nielsen - 9,955,000 Ian Pelz - 9,635,000 [caption id="attachment_625562" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Antonio Esfandiari (left) and Garry Gates both advanced to Day 6 in the 2019 WSOP Main Event[/caption] Esfandiari "Feels Great" Reaching Day 6 Antonio Esfandiari has won a lot in his career. He has more than $27.7 million in live tournament earnings and has won three WSOP gold bracelets. His best result in the WSOP Main Event came in 2009 when he took 24th for $352,832. Outside of that result, Esfandiari has never finished in the top 150 of the WSOP Main Event. That’s where he finds himself this year and he’ll be headed to Day 6 with 6.63 million in chips. "It feels great," Esfandiari told PocketFives. "I think I’ve only made it to Day 6 one time and that was a long time ago, so to come back and have a chance at making the final table, it feels pretty good." Hunichen and Dzivielevski Representing Former PocketFives #1 Joining Esfandiari on the Day 6 run will be a couple of former PocketFives #1 players, Hunichen and Yuri Dzivielevski. Hunichen bagged 6.28 million, with Dzivielevski coming in at 3.53 million. Hunichen received a nice boost to his stWSOPack when start-of-day chip leader and 888poker qualifier Dean Morrone five-bet shoved into him with the [poker card="As"][poker card="9d"]. Hunichen was waiting with the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kd"]after he had four-bet and made the call. An ace flop, but a king also flopped, and Morrone was eliminated as the board ran out [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="4s][poker card="5h"][poker card="8c"]. Hunichen did lose some chips towards the end of the night when Foxen doubled through him, but he was still able to bag a very healthy stack for Thursday. Foxen bagged 2.655 million for Day 6. Down To Four from Pennsylvania Pennsylvania online poker is just about ready to go. It’s been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When things get up and running, four players left in the field of the 2019 WSOP Main Event are going to have some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs and could even become representatives of PA online poker rooms. Chad Power is the one with the most chips for Day 6 at 7.48 million, and then it’s Thomas Parkes with 7.31 million. Kenny Smaron has 2.505 million and Jake Schindler has 1.39 million. Former NFL Players Seymour and Stocz Bow Out Starting Day 5 was a group of 354 players. Plenty of them hit the rail on the way to 106, including former NFL players Richard Seymour and Eric Stocz. Seymour and Stocz started at the same table and it was Stocz to bust first when his pocket tens couldn’t hold up against the king-ten of Chance Kornuth for a 347th-place finish. Seymour made it a bit deeper but ultimately came to the same fate. Seymour’s exit happened in 131st place. He was all in against Zhen Cai and Anuj Agarwal on the same hand. Seymour had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="4d"], Cai had the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qh"], and Agarwal had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="3d"]. The flop came Seymour the lead with the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2d"] falling, but the turn was the [poker card="Qs"] to give the hand to Cai. The [poker card="Ks"] on the river meant nothing. Seymour’s run earned him $59,295. Also hitting the rail on Day 5 were Scott Bohlman (146th - $59,295), Mike Matusow (199th - $50,855), Matt Glantz (205th - $50,855), Matt Stout (217th - $50,855), and Allen Kessler (320th - $38,240). Jill Bryant was this year’s last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event. The Illinois native went out in the late stages of Day 5 with a 116th-place exit. She earned $59,295 for the result to add to the near $200,000 in live tournament earnings she had entering the event. Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Thursday, July 11 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
  18. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event is down to 35 players, all guaranteed $261,430 and vying for the event’s $10 million first-place prize. After what was an incredibly entertaining day of poker, Nick Marchington is in the lead with 39.7 million. 21-Year-Old Marchington Leads the Way Marchington hails from England and is 21 years old. Despite his youth, he’s a professional poker player, but Marchington’s success in the game comes from the online poker world and not so much the live tournament world. Entering this event, Marchington had just $12,415 in live tournament earnings, stemming from one cash at this WSOP. Marchington was one of the biggest stacks remaining as the night neared its close, and then he knocked out Ian Pelz in 37th place with pocket sevens against the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] to solidify his position as chip leader. Behind Marchington on the leaderboard are Hossein Ensan with 34.5 million, Timothy Su with 34.35 million, and Milos Skrbic with 31.45 million. Those are the only players above 30 million in chips. Top 10 Chip Counts Nick Marchington - 39,800,000 Hossein Ensan - 34,500,000 Timothy Su - 34,350,000 Milos Skrbic - 31,450,000 Henry Lu - 25,525,000 Garry Gates - 25,025,000 Duey Duong - 21,650,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 20,700,000 Dario Sammartino - 19,850,000 Cai Zhen - 19,800,000 Dzivielevski and Sammartino Remain Yuri Dzivielevski, a Brazilian who already has one gold bracelet this summer, bagged 13.75 million for Day 7. Dzivielevski is a former PocketFives #1 and the only former #1 remaining in the field. Dario Sammartino, who is one of the best players in the world still in search of a WSOP gold bracelet, finished with 19.85 million for Day 7. Wild and Crazy Hands Steal the Day 6 Show Day 6 was filled with plenty of action, that’s for sure. There was an enormous clash between Su and Sam Greenwood on the main feature table that could go down as one of the greatest hands in poker history. It will also go down as one of the ultimate bad beats. On one of the outer tables, Garry Gates nailed an ace on the river to crack Robert Heidorn’s pocket kings. On another outer table, at pretty much the same time as the hand between Gates and Heidorn, Kevin Maahs beats aces with his pocket kings to knock out Chang Luo. The incredible hand between Greenwood and Su started with Su opening to 500,000 from the cutoff position. Greenwood three-bet to 2.5 million out of the big blind, and Su called. The flop was [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4c"] and Green bet 1.8 million Su called to see the [poker card="Js"] land on the turn. Greenwood bet 3.5 million and Su raised all in. Greenwood made the call for about 11.5 million total and turned up his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"]. Su had the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="9c"] for a brave semi-bluff. Needing a king or an eight on the river, Su got it when the [poker card="Kc"] hit to complete his straight. Greenwood was eliminated in 45th place for $211,945. On the hand involving Gates and Heidorn, Heidorn opened to 550,000 from middle position before action folded to Gates in the big blind. He three-bet to 2.1 million. Heidorn reraised all in to put Gates to the test. Gates tanked, then called to put himself at risk for 11.35 million total, and turned up the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. Heidorn had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kh"]. The [poker card="Qc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"] flop and [poker card="5h"] turn weren’t what Gates needed, but the [poker card="Ad"] on the river allowed him to survive with the double up. For the one with Luo and Maahs, it started with Luo opening with a raise to 550,000 from early position. After Milos Skrbic reraised to 1.675 million on the button, Maahs reraised to 3.75 million out of the big blind. Luo shoved all in for 8.1 million, Skrbic folded, and Maahs made the call. Luo had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"], and Maahs had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"]. The board ran out [poker card="Qc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Tc"] to give Maahs a club flush and crack the aces of Luo. Luo was eliminated in 43rd place for $211,945. Esfandiari, Hunichen, Hachem Among Day 6 Eliminations Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event began with 106 players remaining. Greg Himmelbrand was the first player knocked out and then the eliminations began to flow. Four-time gold bracelet winner Jeff Madsen was knocked out in 102nd place, Mukul Pahuja went out in 95th, and Antonio Esfandiari busted in 82nd. Esfandiari’s bust out came after he was hurt in a big hand against Sammartino that left him with just a handful of big blinds. Esfandiari got the last of his chips in against Chris Hunichen with the [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] but Hunichen’s [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] did the trick. Daniel Hachem, son of 2005 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem, fell in 79th place, and Pennsylvania's Jake Schindler headed out the door in 67th place. Romain Lewis busted in 60th, and Lars Bonding fell in 55th. Hunichen, a former PocketFives #1 player and the one who knocked out Esfandiari, busted in 54th place for $173,015. Another one of the top tournament players in the world was knocked out in 40th place when Alex Foxen was eliminated. The highest finish for a Pennsylvania poker player in the 2019 WSOP Main Event belonged to Thomas Parkes. He took 59th for $142,215. Day 7 On Friday On Friday, the 2019 WSOP Main Event will play from 35 down to its final table of nine, however long that may take. Action is set to kick off at 12 p.m. PT from the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, and if Friday is anything like Thursday, buckle up for a thrilling ride.
  19. Veteran PocketFives member Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen of Costa Rica (ranked #82 worldwide) came up big in the partypoker "Super High Roller" event Sunday, cashing for $143,325 after outlasting a highly competitive field in the $5,200 buy-in Powerfest showcase event. 'orud74' finished second in that event and was awarded $102,375. 'PokerG1rl69' took home $73,125 for third, 'PartyRainer' walked away with $51,188 in fourth and 'JETFIRE68' cashed for $38,025 in fifth place. The $1,050 buy-in "High Roller" on Party was won by 'Ciao_Polacco' who collected a $63,546 payday, followed by 'tezcarts78' in the runner-up position for $45,212. There was a two-way chop in the $1,050 buy-in No Limit Hold'em PokerStars Sunday Grand, as 'Fresh_oO_D' and 'SsicK_OnE' took home $37,923 and $37,272 for their respective first and second place efforts. The Pot Limit Omaha version of that event was won by 'WATnlos' for a cash prize of $34,051. PocketFives member Nedelcu 'Narcisus90' Narcis of Romania (ranked #165 worldwide) took down the Sunday Supersonic six-max tournament and collected $37,281. Top 1,000 ranked Christian 'recochi' Altmann of Peru outlasted over 26,000 opponents to capture an outright victory in the Sunday Storm event for an online tournament career-best $26,601. The 888poker WHALE tournament witnessed a three-way final table chop as 'JBA888' received $34,147 for the official victory. Second and third place went to 'anteen' and 'allesrigged' who each took home over $32,000 cash. Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville (ranked #37 worldwide) took down another major tournament this weekend, besting the Mega Deep field for a cash reward of $21,991. The victory could place the Canadian within the Top 20 Rankings for the first time in his career once the next update is released this week. PokerStars Sunday Million SE($1,000 + $50 NLHE) *$1.5M Guaranteed - 2,074 entrants - $2,074,000 paid out to 251 spots KumariOy - $310,289.83 Bull1967 - $219,407.42 Matheus 'M Cunha G' Cunha - $155,144.53 BrynKenney - $109,703.81 Flat - $77,572.57 terror7777 - $54,852.11 FantinJulio - $38,786.49 ShootTheSky - $27,426.16 pochi - $19,393.14 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up SE ($500 + $30 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed - 2,943 entrants - $1,471,500 paid out to 371 spots serevsini - $106,262.93 Hoelle1 - $74,039.77 w4lrusk4ne - $51,588.80 smir9david - $35,945.65 nikautiashvi - $25,045.88 glu77ps - $17,451.25 pendall - $12,159.51 Duim - $8,472.38 ImTheNuts1 - $8,472.38 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000 + $50 NLHE) *$150K Guaranteed - 221 entrants - $221,000 paid out to 31 spots Fresh_oO_D - $37,922.78 SsicK_OnE - $37,271.74 *2-way deal PokerFan_lol - $24,023.03 Sephirot88 - $17,947.67 (Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo) Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - $13,408.77 caaaaamel - $10,017.73 nana9192 - $7,484.27 WhiteRabbito - $5,591.54 probirs - $4,177.45 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000 + $50 PLO Six-Max) *$75K Guaranteed - 168 entrants - $168,000 paid out to 19 spots WATnlos - $34,050.65 dynoalot - $25,416.68 Apotheosis - $18,972.03 _TheJds_ - $14,161.50 omaha4rollz - $10,570.72 Ce$ar$pa - $7,890.42 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($200 + $15 NLHE 6-Max Hyper Turbo) *$125K Guaranteed - 1,131 entrants - $231,584 paid out to 155 spots Nedelcu 'Narcisus90' Narcis - $37,281.49 lirarerik - $24,369.30 teckidtq - $15,929.52 (Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville) fuddebuf - $10,412.66 (therealfuddebuf) anti-durrr - $6,806.47 hummylun - $4,449.18 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10 + $1 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed - 26,991 entrants - $269,910 paid out to 4,859 spots Christian 'recochi' Altmann - $26,600.69 Skoelas -$18,946.17 x_VaviloN_ - $13,505.51 Eickyy - $9,627.17 eightndeuce - $6,862.59 jim7c - $4,891.90 DocNomis - $3,487.12 Tsimafei L. - $2,485.76 13oerner - $1,771.95 partypoker Powerfest #012 Super High Roller ($5,000 + $200 NLHE) *$500K Guaranteed - 117 entrants - $585,000 paid out to 16 spots thebattler33 - $143,325 (Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen) orud74 - $102,375 PokerG1rl69 - $73,125 PartyRainer - $51,188 JETFIRE68 - $38,025 Ad_Finem - $29,250 (Apotheosis) Chelsea72 - $23,400 partypoker Powerfest #011 High Roller ($500 + $30 NLHE) *$300K Guaranteed - 712 entrants - $356,000 paid out to 104 spots Ciao_Polacco - $63,546 tezcarts78 - $45,212 george15mcd - $30,367 ownjin - $20,577 jonna10 - $14,525 MAM0HT_T - $10,466 rnbetterfish - $7,476 888 Poker WHALE ($1,000 + $50 NLHE) *$120K Guaranteed - 146 entrants - $203,000 paid out to 27 spots JBA888 - $34,147 anteen - $32,198 allesrigged - $32,618 *3-way deal g.s.p. 888 - $17,763 T3amEdward - $12,180 (Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff) checkblaze - $10,150 TeamShippo - $8,120 Madeon1994 - $6,090 (Ariados) lacibaby64 - $4,060 (omaha4rollz) 888 Poker Mega Deep ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$100K Guaranteed - 588 entrants - $117,600 paid out to 80 spots S.Janowski - $21,991 (Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville) breaking89 - $16,170 garyt20 - $11,878 (GaryT) Gotyoudude - $8,820 callylally - $5,880 blowjob1987 - $4,116 Triple_20 - $2,587 CalmRevolver - $1,799 (AloofRevolver) SkallePer58 - $1,470
  20. Another week, another update to the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This week was a big one for longtime PocketFiver Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured), who moved up five spots to #4 in the world and is knocking on the door of #1. He has 7,569 PLB Points, 266 shy of being ranked #1 for the first time ever. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Hunichen's movement came as a result of a heads-up chop in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up over the weekend in which he took home $89,000. The field numbered over 3,100 entrants and Hunichen logged his third largest cash to date. He final tabled a WCOOP Super Progressive Knockout in September for almost $80,000 officially and just passed $7 million in tracked online tournament winnings. Knocking on the door of the top 10 worldwide this week is Romeopro, who moved up 13 spots to #11. He has had a productive last four days, taking down the 888 PokerTwister, the PokerStars Big $55, and the Full Tilt T-Rex for $23,000 combined. We're reasonably confident he'll crack the top 10 when the Rankings are recalculated next week. Peru's Diego Ventura Chunga, known on PocketFives as Die Ventura, rose 22 spots to settle at #49 in the world on the strength of a final table in the Sunday Million over the weekend for $29,000. He has $1.4 million in career online tournament winnings and his current ranking is his best ever. Across the Pacific from Peru in New Zealand is asjbaaaf, who moved up 19 spots and landed at #56. He has three wins in the last seven days and reached an all-time high of #21 worldwide on PocketFives last year. asjbaaaf is the top-ranked player in New Zealand. Finally, we wanted to single out Austria's king2173, who debuted in the top 100 at #76. He won the PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo on Tuesday for $9,100, one of five in the money finishes that day. He is the fifth-ranked player in the poker mecca of Austria with $2.2 million in career winnings. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. p0cket00 - 7,835 points 2. PokerKaiser - 7,740 points 3. CrownUpGuy - 7,638 points 4. Big Huni - 7,569 points 5. Yuri Martins - 7,563 points 6. pleno1 - 7,420 points 7. vicenfish - 7,304 points 8. joaomathias - 6,937 points 9. jbrown8777 - 6,932 points 10. r4ndomr4gs - 6,906 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  21. Last weekend, Costa Rica's Chris Big HuniHunichen (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Upfollowing a heads-up chop with Phemo. His reward was $89,000 and he became the ninth PocketFiver ever to pass $7 million in online tournament scores for his career. PocketFives: Talk about how you're feeling. You're all the way up to #4 in the world in the PocketFives Rankingsafter your Sunday Warm-Up score. Chris Hunichen: For the most part, I feel great. As far as my game, I'm very happy with the way I have been playing the past year. I have worked extremely hard, put in a ton of hours, and the results are starting to come along with it. I have moved up the Rankings pretty fast lately and didn't realize I was up to #4. I have only gotten up to #2 before, but have never held the top spot, so it would be nice to take over the top spot. I plan on playing a lot of live poker in the next few months, however, so unless I hit some big scores on Sundays, I don't see it happening because my volume will be too low. PocketFives: How did the chopgo down? Are you still happy with it? Chris Hunichen: When we got heads-up, we pretty much had even stacks. It was almost 7:00am here in Amsterdam, so I was pretty tired and didn't feel like I was playing my best. I was also deep in the Bigger $109 and the Sunday 500, so it made more sense to play a $10,000 heads-up match instead of a $25,000 heads-up match. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? Big holiday presents? Chris Hunichen: I really don't have many plans. I have taken a lot of big shots lately in some higher stakes cash games and was on a decent-sized downswing between that and buying action, so as crazy as it sounds, I kind of needed this to get back on the track I was on. I am constantly firing, so my swings are much larger than most people are aware of. I'm also playing around $100,000 to $150,000 in live buy-ins over the next three months in Europe, so the money is getting used to buy into more tournaments. PocketFives: You just passed $7 million in career tournament winnings. Did you think you'd be around as long as you have? Talk about a few of the keys to your success. Chris Hunichen: I knew going back to college that poker was what I was going to do with my life. I made some big decisions back then and lost some friends and a relationship because I chose poker over everything else and, once I made those decisions, there was no looking back. I always knew I would still be here, but am very thankful and blessed to have learned as much as I have since moving to Costa Rica and being able to improve my game over the past few years to become a top-ranked player. Once you put in the amount of time and money I have and once you start playing higher limits, you tend to lose a little respect for the value of money. When it's on the table, it doesn't seem nearly as real as if you are at a mall about to spend the same amount on items for yourself. It can be good and bad for poker players to have this mindset, but I feel like in order to play the highest stakes, you almost have to have this type of mindset to be successful. PocketFives: How has the game changed in 2014, from your perspective? Chris Hunichen: The game seems to change every day. Overall, it has gotten a lot harder. There are so many good players and sites putting out training videos and there are other tools like HUDs and Holdem Resources that have really advanced the overall play on average. Even the "weaker" players are much better and a lot of the spots are drying up. Unless there is a big change coming, online poker seems to slowly be dying. PocketFives: Do you have any poker goals for 2014? Chris Hunichen: My main goal is to hit a seven-figure score. I have several friends who have hit the million-dollar-plus tournament score and I am quite jealous. There are very few opportunities a year for me, though, so it's definitely a possibility it never happens. PocketFives: Do you play cash games? Chris Hunichen: I have played a whole lot more cash games the past year than ever before. I have been told by several high-stakes cash game players and heads-up regs to stay away from the $25/$50 tables, but I can't help myself. I think this is where the best players are and I feel the only way for me to learn as much as I want to is to play against the best players and learn from them. I started off running hot and was up around $55,000, but have recently given most of it back. It's all a learning experience for me, but I feel I will take some time away until I build my roll bigger and can handle the swings a little better. One other goal is to play more live. I really feel online is dying and drying up and I enjoy playing live tournaments. I am currently in Amsterdam playing the MCOP and will be heading to Prague after that. I plan to head to the Bahamas in January and hopefully to Australia for the first time for the Aussie Millions. Then, I may hit up more EPTs or take a break and go back to Costa Rica to play online until the WSOP starts. My final poker goal is to win a WSOP bracelet, which I feel like I have been so close to. The last couple summers have been very good to me in Las Vegas and I hope to keep it up, finally securing my first WSOP win. PocketFives: What do you do away from poker? What else interests you? Chris Hunichen: I put in a lot of hours in poker and lately haven't had too much time away from the game. I believe balance is very important, but sometimes you have to go after it a little harder than normal. With the games getting harder and drying up, I have increased my workload because you never really know how much longer the money will be there. My girlfriend has a two-year-old named Derek who has been living with me since he was four months old, so away from the tables I spend time helping raise the kid and, apart from that, hang out with friends in Costa Rica. I have always been a sports fan as well, so I spend a lot of time watching games or playing sports games on Xbox with my friends. I also enjoy playing daily fantasy sports on FantasyDraft. I haven't had much success at it so far, but I have had a lot of fun with it. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  22. For the third straight week, Chris Big HuniHunichen (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This is his first stint at #1 and he is certainly making his presence felt, as he won the Betfair/iPoker €25,000 Grand Friday last week for $7,100 and the PokerStars Big $162 two days prior for another $18,000. He has 7,670 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings, and leads the second place player by about 300. London's Vicente Delgado Zamorano, better known as vicenfish, moved up four spots to reenter the top 10 at #8. He final tabled the Bigger $162 over the weekend for $11,000 and took third in the PokerStars $109 Cubed the same day for almost $10,000. He's two spots off his all-time high in the Rankings. Jumping 32 spots in the Rankings to land at #22, his best showing ever, is Brazil's fred_volpe. He won two tournaments on Sunday to help his cause: the Bigger $162 for $39,000 and an $82 NLHE Six-Max Hyper-Turbo for another $8,700. He received over 700 PLB Points combined and is now #3 in his home country. Russia's Blackkreentered his screen names and is now at #23 on PocketFives, his best mark ever. He has three wins in the last week, including a victory in the WinamaxHigh Roller for $6,900. Blackk is a five-time PocketFives Triple Crownwinner and plays on PokerStars and 888 Pokerunder the user name Biack88. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Rob rtinnionTinnion, who won the Sunday Million for the second time in five months over the weekend and shot up to #62 in the world, his all-time high. Tinnion banked well over $400,000 from his two Sunday Million wins and is #7 in the UK. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Big Huni - 7,670 points 2. joaomathias - 7,391 points 3. PokerKaiser - 7,163 points 4. Yuri Martins - 7,120 points 5. CrownUpGuy - 7,040 points 6. p0cket00 - 6,731 points 7. r4ndomr4gs - 6,594 points 8. vicenfish- 6,581 points 9. pleno1 - 6,545 points 10. x_zola25 - 6,532 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  23. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankingshave been updated. Chris Big Huni Hunichen is at the top spot for the fourth straight week and seems poised to be ranked #1 again next week, as he has an almost 300-point lead on second place with 7,657 PLB Points. The top 10 was relatively unchanged this week, so we'll start at #11, where MendaLerenda(pictured) now resides after moving up 20 spots. The Bristol resident has had a rock solid last week, which included him winning the PokerStars Big $109 and $215 Weekly Six-Max for $33,000 total. He also finished second in the site's $109 Cubed for another $14,000. This is the highest he has ever been in the Rankings. Chris Gettin DaizeOliver moved up 37 spots to settle at #32. The former #1 ranked playerwon the PokerStars Bigger $162 for $39,000 three days ago and bagged almost 500 PLB Points. The Costa Rican plays on PokerStars under the user name imdanuts. Chris NigDawG Brammer moved up 38 spots after finishing second in the Sunday Warm-Up over the weekend for $75,000. On February 8, he tore through the field of the Hotter $75 and earned $25,000. Brammer, who was ranked #1 as recently as 2012, now has $4.6 million in career online tournament winnings. Denmark's Bull1967 sits at #65 in the Rankings, his highest position ever, after climbing 26 spots. He has had four wins since 2014 began along with more than 15 final tables. He also finished fourth in the Sunday Warm-Up in January for $36,000, just a few weeks after final tabling the Sunday 500. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Greece's blakjak19 (pictured), who entered the top 100 of the Rankings at #70. He has $1.6 million in online tournament winnings and has won the PokerStars $215 NLHE Turbo twice this month as well as the Bigger $109 once. blakjak19 is the top-ranked player in Greece. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Big Huni - 7,657 points 2. joaomathias - 7,376 points 3. CrownUpGuy - 7,077 points 4. PokerKaiser - 7,013 points 5. Yuri Martins - 6,901 points 6. pleno1 - 6,711 points 7. vicenfish - 6,506 points 8. p0cket00 - 6,502 points 9. x_zola25 - 6,493 points 10. r4ndomr4gs - 6,341 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  24. Oh yes, the title of this article is most definitely a Nelly reference. It's relevant because earlier this week, Chris Big HuniHunichen (pictured) became the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings for the first time ever. He's the first player from Costa Rica to top the Rankings in a year and is closing in on $7.5 million in tracked online MTT scores. PocketFives: How does it feel to be #1? We know it has been a goal of yours for a while. Chris Hunichen: As expected, it feels really good. Last year around this time, I made it as high as #2 and then was forced to take a couple months off, so I dropped down pretty far and never really had a shot at #1 again until now. Previously when I got in the top 10, I would follow the Rankings a lot, but this time around it kind of just happened. I had moved into the top 10, but was about to travel around Europe for a bit to play live and then to the Bahamas for the PCA, so I thought I wouldn't have any chance because I didn't expect to play much online. Luckily, I was able to win the Warm-Up on a Sunday while in Amsterdam during one of my first weeks in Europe. Unfortunately, I bricked pretty hard the rest of my Europe trip. At PCA, I invested a lot into myself and final table bubbled the $5K I had chopped the previous year. I bricked everything else including the $25K High Roller twice, so after an expensive couple of months, I immediately came back to Costa Rica and have been putting in a lot of hours trying to recover. I have been running pretty well since I got back and had a couple of good scores, so I had a feeling the Full Tilt Sunday Major win might would propel me to #1 even though I started the week all the way down at #4. PocketFives: Talk about winning the Full Tilt Sunday Major last weekend. Chris Hunichen: The Sunday Major is unique because it has incremental blind increases as the tournament goes on and allows one reentry. The blinds start off at 12 minutes, go up to 15, and then eventually end at 20. I feel like this benefits good players a lot and gives me an advantage over some of the recreational players and satellite winners that were still in the tournament deep. It used to be one of the best tournaments on the internet pre-Black Friday, but since Full Tilt has re-opened, there have been a lot fewer people playing and the prize pools have been much smaller, with fewer recreational players. When I got to the final table, two of my friends were there, Sean Ripp (SirCrafty) and former November Niner Joseph Cheong (subiime, pictured), who are very tough opponents, and the rest of the players I knew absolutely nothing about. Joe ended up going out in seventh, which allowed me to be able to work my position throughout the final table without any problems. I eventually got three-handed with Sean and donkno2and was fortunate to come out on top in a big all-in pre-flop flip, my 6-6 to Sean's K-Q. I won the heads-up match to get my first ever Sunday Major win on Full Tilt. PocketFives: Do you do anything to celebrate these kinds of achievements? Chris Hunichen: Not really. I play a lot of poker, have been playing high-stakes for years, and one thing that's for sure is if you play high volume like I do, you have to win consistently not to go broke. Every day I play, my tournament buy-ins range from $3K to $10K, usually around $4,500 on average, and so it's important to stay consistent in order to be successful. I also quit drinking alcohol over a year ago, so I don't do too much celebrating these days. I stay on the grind and continue to try to improve every day to stay ahead of the curve. PocketFives: Did you ever think when you started in poker that you'd come this far? Chris Hunichen: From the beginning, I always knew this is what I wanted to do. I have always been very competitive and played several sports year-round growing up. After growing up and not being able to play sports competitively anymore, poker allowed me to get that competitiveness back in my life. Add on the fact that I could make this my job if I took it seriously enough and could make a career out of poker and I knew this was for me. After getting my Bachelor's degree in four years from East Carolina University in 2006, I went back for another three years and earned my MBA. I started playing poker my freshman year and continued to play throughout college. After receiving my degrees, I ultimately had to make a life decision whether I would get a real job or play poker professionally. I asked my first ever backer at the time, Matt Graham (mattg1983, pictured), for his thoughts and he told me he was positive I could go the poker route if I worked hard. So, that's what I did and, ever since, I have given my heart and soul to this game and put in many hours to try to give myself a chance to play at the highest level. PocketFives: What advice do you have for up-and-coming tournament players? Chris Hunichen: My advice would be to try to never get backed, always play on your own dime selling action if you need, and be really good with bankroll management. Unfortunately for me, I wish I had people to tell me this because I have made a lot of money that has disappeared in many ways. It's okay to take shots from time to time, but it's very important to keep strict bankroll management, and that has always been one of my biggest flaws. Additionally, make sure to pay your taxes and be very smart about keeping up with write-offs and deductions. If you allow taxes to get backed up, the IRS can make your life pretty miserable. One of the biggest problems I've seen in the poker industry is players getting into tax troubles. It can be very difficult to stay organized and difficult to keep up with records. Once you get behind on your taxes, the fines and fees add up and it makes it very difficult to get back on track. PocketFives: Besides yourself, who is the top online tournament player out there right now? Chris Hunichen: Poker has gotten extremely hard. It's very difficult these days and everyone has become very good. It's hard to say, but if I had to name a few of the people I thought were the best online players in the game right now, it would probably be European, p0cket00, Fresh_Oo_D, s_dot111, cal42688 (pictured), pleno1, and an honorable mention to Zackattak13 because despite a lot of hate, he has consistently crushed year after year and his graph goes straight up. PocketFives: Remind us how you got started in poker. Chris Hunichen: I started out in college playing $20 home games for fun with friends and progressed to online poker mainly for fun as well. I started off on PartyPoker before it was originally banned in the US and played on PokerRoom and Hollywood Poker. I was not very good at the time, but it was where it all started and where I first gained an addiction to play consistently. For a period of my college life, I was too dedicated, had lost touch with balance in my life, and was glued to my screen, but it was all a great learning experience and allowed me to freely live the life that I have now in Costa Rica with my friends and gorgeous girlfriend Heilyn. PocketFives: What else do you do besides poker? What else occupies your time? Chris Hunichen: I have always been a sports fanatic, so I spend a lot of time following sports. Every year, I purchase MLB TV, NFL Sunday Ticket, and the NBA package. I play some daily fantasy sports here and there, but haven't gotten into it too much. My girlfriend's kid just turned two years old and he is a little wild man these days, so most of my non-poker time goes toward my girlfriend, the kid, hanging out with my friends in Costa Rica, playing video games, and tubing or wakeboarding on the boat. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  25. 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 Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen Joins $10M Club Chris Moorman did it four years ago. Since then just three other players have managed to hit the $10M lifetime earnings mark and all three have done it in the last nine months. Bryan Paris (February), Nicolas Fierro (March) and Sebastian Sikorski(May) now have some company. Chris Hunichen hit the $10 million mark this week and he did it in style. Hunichen won the partypoker $530 High Roller on October 3 for a $15,430.90 score. The final table also included Fierro and current #1-ranked ‘lena900’. The next closest player to the $10 million milestone is Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar with $9,928,785.20. Jordan ‘JWPRODIGY’ Westmorland Hits $5M While Hunichen was busy joining the elite group of players at the very top of the all-time earnings list, Jordan ‘JWPRODIGY’ Westmorland was doing his part to join him. Westmorland, who know calls Thailand home, became the 87th player to pass $5 million in lifetime earnings. Westmorland also broke through this latest milestone with a big win. He topped an 82-player field in the $320 PokerStars Six Max NLHE event on October 1 to win $6,639.79. That final table also included ‘lena900’. Hunichen and Westmorland weren’t the only players to hit lifetime earnings milestones this past week. Scott ‘Aggro Santos’ Margereson, the #17-ranked player in the United Kingdom, hit $4 million in earnings while Toby ‘JobyToyce’ Joyce, the #3-ranked player in Ireland, hit $2 million. Joao Victor ‘joaovalli’ Barroso Valli and Rômulo ‘Primao89’ Araújo each cracked the $1 million mark. Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone Breaks Top 20 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone was one of nine players that managed to hit a career-high ranking inside of the top 100 this week. Petrone, whose previous best was #23 in the world, now sits at #18 after posting three qualifying cashes this past week for a total of 532.61 PLB points. João ‘lofidream’ Leão cracked the top 100 for the first time in his career, moving from #102 to #98. Other players who hit career-best rankings inside the Top 100: Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha - #28 to #27 rolandbauer - #35 to #31 Andrey ’drupalucker’ Chernokov - #50 to #49 Mikensonas - #74 to #60 tiarc - #87 to #69 David ‘davaman’ Lopez - #45 to #44 Patrick ‘thebigdog09’ Brooks - #82 to #79

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