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  1. The first round of the PocketFives #1 Number One contest is complete and while all four #1 seeds had little trouble advancing to the second round, there were five first round upsets which could change the fates of a few of the former #1-ranked players. Hearts Bracket Chris 'moorman1' Moorman advanced to the second round thanks to his first round bye. The higher ranked seed in each of the seven other first round matches in the Hearts bracket also advanced. Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista, who passed away in 2015, defeated Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay. #2 seed 'C Darwin2' moved past Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko while Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard eliminated Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund to move onto the second round. [table id=204 /] Moorman versus Batista might be the highlighted second round match up, but the other three matches all include some of online poker's brightest stars. 'C Darwin2' takes on Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens, Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver is up against Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, and #4 seed 'eisenhower1' battles #5 seed 'Legenden'. Diamonds Bracket The #1 seed in the Diamonds bracket, Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro made his way to the second round by defeating James 'P0KERPR033' Campbell. He led the top five seeds in the bracket in advancing before Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad pulled off the first upset of the competition. Obrestad, ranked #11 in the bracket, defeated #6 seed Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky. The second upset in the bracket came via #9 seed Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov securing a win over #8 seed Caio 'pessagno' Pessagno. [table id=205 /] Fierro now faces Vezhenkov in the second round that features some of the most beloved PocketFivers ever going head-to-head. Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger squares off against Shaun Deeb, who had a first round bye, #4 seed Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson faces #5 seed Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen, and Obrestad will look for another upset, this time against the current #1-ranked player in the world, Yuri 'Yuri Martins' Dzivielevski. Clubs Bracket Everything went according to the seeding for the first seven matchups in the Clubs brackets before one of the most popular PocketFivers ever pulled off a minor upset. #9 seed Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz sent Tim 'Tmay420' West out in the only upset of the bracket. Top seed Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski defeated Mike 'StrungOut1' Wasserman, #2 seed Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez beat #15 seed Doc Sands, while Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy moved onto the next round via a bye. [table id=207 /] Sikorski may have an uphill battle in front of him in the second round as he goes toe-to-toe with Holz. Gonzalez takes on Josephy, Steve 'gboro780' Gross is matched up against Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford, and #4 seed Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren goes up against #5 seed Dan 'djk123' Kelly. Spades Bracket Just like the Diamonds bracket, the Spades bracket produced a pair of upsets in the first round, including the biggest of the five total upsets. Seeded #14, Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe defeated #3 seed 'Sheater' and will now take on #6 seed Christopher 'NigDawG' Brammer in the second round. Brammer defeated #11 seed and current #9-ranked player in the world, Bruno 'bbotteon' Botteon to advance. The other first round upset came Jordan 'Jymaster0011' Young, the #9 seed, pushing past #8 seed Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao. [table id=206 /] Along with Brammer taking on Volpe, the second round Spades matchups include Young going up against #1 seed 'lena900', and #2 seed Alex 'AJKHoosier1' Kamberis battling #7 seed Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, and Ari 'BodogAri' Engel, who had a first round bye, matched up against Sami 'LarsLuzak' Kelopuro. Five Players Tied for Bracket Contest Lead Out of 129 total entries in the #1 Number bracket contest, five players emerged tied after the opening round scoring. They include Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano, Harley Stoffmaker, Adam 'Roothlus' Levy, Jason 'wackyjaxon' Glatzer, and 'Degger, each with 300 of a possible 360 points. Full standings. Players are fighting for their share of more than $2,000 in prizes from contest sponsors Run It Once training, Run Good Gear, D&B Poker, and Faded Spade playing cards.
  2. Chris Moorman is easily one of the most - if not the most - decorated players in PocketFives history. He's been the #1-ranked player 13 different times and has held that spot for a combined 23 weeks. He was the first player to break $10 million and $15 million in lifetime earnings. Those accolades, along with his Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award, afforded the Englishman a first-round bye in the #1 Number One bracket, but the rest of the Hearts bracket presents a formidable challenge if Moorman has any designs on advancing and adding the #1 Number One Championship Belt to his collection. The rest of the bracket includes the likes of 'C Darwin2', Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens, and the late Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! C Darwin2 (#2) vs Jovial Gent (#15) Between February 2016 and May 2019, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' enjoyed eight different reigns at the #1 spot for a total of 66 weeks (third all-time). That, coupled with $16,779,066 in lifetime earnings, propelled 'C Darwin2' to the #2 seed in the Hearts bracket and made for a formidable first round opponent for Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko, who comes in at #15. Timoshenko held the #1 spot for a single week in May 2007 and has $4,826,132 in lifetime online earnings. Gettin Daize (#3) vs vinkyy (#14) Chris 'Getting Daize' Oliver took the #1 spot for the first time in August 2010 and then again in December of the same year. In both instances Oliver's grasp on the top spot lasted just one week. Still, the American, who now calls Costa Rica home, has $15,200,033 in lifetime online earnings, which is good enough for fifth best. Oliver's first round opponent, 'vinkyy' was #1 in the world for a single week back in October 2013 and has four PocketFives Triple Crowns to his credit. eisenhower1 (#4) vs brsavage (#13) Chris 'brsavage' Savage was the very first player to hold down the #1 spot on PocketFives. From January 17, 2005 thru April 18, 2005, Savage was considered the top online MTT player in the world. His status as 'PocketFives OG' could lead him to an upset over one of the best players Sweden has ever produced. Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson took his turn at #1 for one week from September 30, 2015 thru October 7, 2015. He's also captured six Triple Crowns. Legenden (#5) vs norfair18 (#12) From March thru May 2013, 'Legenden' was in the online poker streets battling with some of the best in the world and put up results that allowed him to rise to the #1 ranking three different times. The competition was so fierce that two of his reigns lasted just one week and the third was two weeks. His first round opponent, 'norfair18' had a single week as the top-ranked online poker player in the world, taking the spot from Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro in April 2015. pleno1 (#6) vs lukethafluke (#11) Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard has been #1 on PocketFives on four separate occasions, most recently in November 2019. That reign, which lasted one week, came more than five years after he first topped the rankings. Leonard has $12.5 million in earnings and has won one Triple Crown and two monthly leaderboards. His first round opponent, Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund earned the #11 seed thanks to four turns at #1 between January and June in 2014 which helped push his lifetime earnings past $5 million. girafganger7 (#7) vs taypaur (#10) With more than $14 million in lifetime earnings and three reigns at #1, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens still finds himself as an underdog to advance beyond the first round. Even then, he still has to make it past Taylor 'taypaur' Paur. On two separate occasions, Paur was #1 in the world with reigns lasting two weeks and seven weeks respectively. He also has more than $5 million in lifetime earnings. M8kingmoves (#8) vs ch0ppy (#9) Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista had just one reign at #1, but he made the absolute most of it. Batista took over the #1 spot on August 22, 2007 and didn't let go of it for an astonishing 45 weeks, the second-longest reign of all-time trailing only Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy's 74-week reign. Batista still has to get through Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay who had two week-long turns atop the Rankings in in July 2012 and February 2013. The Canadian also has five Triple Crown awards and $7.2 million in lifetime online earnings. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  3. The opening week of the busy Spring season for online poker players allowed a number of the best tournament players to reach some impressive milestones with former #1-ranked Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver headlining the list. Oliver, who was ranked #1 twice for a total of 16 weeks in 2010, posted a 35th place finish in PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #8 High ($530 NLHE w/rebuys) to become just the eighth player to get to the $9,000,000 career earnings mark. The former US-grinder, who know calls Costa Rica home, was one of 13 players to break through various million-dollar marks this week. 888poker pro Dominik 'bounatirouIMO" Nitsche is now part of the $4 million earnings group thanks to two big SCOOP scores. He finished runner-up in Event #10 High ($2,100 NLH Win the Button) for $75,000 and two days later fourth in the Event #15 Medium ($2,100 NLHE High Roller) for $115,800. Nitsche sits third on Germany's all-time earnings list behind only Giuseppe 'LeChiffre19' Pantaleo and 'niself'. Top-ranked Brazilian Diego 'MrBittar' Bittar was one of four players to hit the $3,000,000 mark. Joining Bittar were Sergio 'zcedrick' Aido, Maszat 'noirduck' Marci and 'cedrick1'. Two others hit the $2,000,000 mark: Sweden's 'machiavelli3' and Brazil's Regis 'capotinha' Kogler. Five players went from six-figures in lifetime earnings to seven this past week. 'fahrino' 'Apotheosis' 'Borraurelio' 'aziz.mancha' 'que_te_crio' While it wasn't quite seven figures, New Jersey's 'Acanthopis' hit a major milestone for players from the Garden State, passing $500,000 in lifetime earnings on regulated New Jersey sites. The top 100 of the PocketFives Rankings also saw a lot of career-bests. After posting seven cashes big enough to impact his PLB score, Swedish grinder 'inhoo' went from #3 to #2 - a career high for him. The Mexican SCOOP compound that Rory Young is in has clearly paid off. Young went from #18 to #14 Bittar also jumped into the top 20 for the first time, moving up 20 spots after his victory in SCOOP Event #4 High ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em) to #16. Other players in the top 100 who have moved to career-high rankings this past week. Adrijan_s from 48 to 42 Gedis92 from 44 to 43 kofi89 from 49 to 48 Jobytoyce from 58 to 50 KuraRyaba from 61 to 56 Nur1ck from 58 to 57 omaha4rollz from 60 to 59 Ti0 from 68 to 66 ksieciunio from 88 to 69 davaman from 92 to 81 Apotheosis from 120 to 92 CheVeaU from 102 to 99
  4. Buying pieces of some of the best online poker players in the world as they chase down riches from PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is going to send somebody to Las Vegas with a chance to win hundreds of thousands of their own. Each month StakeKings.com offers a leaderboard that tracks how well those buying pieces do. They’ve stepped up big for May’s leaderboard to take full advantage of the heavier-than-usual online poker schedule. The top nine finishers this month will be entered into an online sit-n-go, streamed live on Twitch, that pays the ultimate winner a a $1,500 Monster Stack entry, two nights stay in the Palms Place Penthouse and a chance to wine and dine with the StakeKings team in Las Vegas. "The StakeKings SCOOP leaderboard is an exciting way to gamify buying action on StakeKings,” said Tyler Hancock, StakeKings co-founder. “There is already a lot of money that can be won or lost buying action during SCOOP, but we wanted to take that a step further and provide additional bonus prizes to StakeKings users who want to compete against other users." The other eight players in the sit-n-go don’t go home empty handed. Finishing second through ninth is worth $25 in StakeKings cash, with each player being given the opportunity to play heads up against a StakeKings for $50 instead. Some of the players selling SCOOP action on StakeKings include former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver, Team PokerStars Pro Jaime Staples, and Doug Polk. Backers earn one point for every $1 won from backed players. Throughout the month, StakeKings will announce multiple “Daily Double” promotions that award two points for every dollar won. While the promotion is built around SCOOP, backers will earn leaderboard points based on every available package including 888poker XL Inferno, partypoker Powerfest and any live events. The contest runs until May 21. View the current leaderboard standings here.
  5. The 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker wraps up this weekend with the flagship event of the series, the SCOOP Main Event. Many poker players and fans might find themselves unable to play for a myriad of reasons, but they can still find themselves in action. Some of the world's top online poker players are selling SCOOP Main Event packages on StakeKings.com including Jeff Gross, Doug Polk and former #1-ranked player, Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver. StakeKings, as the name suggests, is a staking site that allows fans and investors anywhere in the world to buy a percentage of action from some of the best poker players in the world. StakeKings only works with a select group of players and those wanting to sell have to pass a thorough vetting process before being approved and all payments are handled by StakeKings. Some fans, such as New Jersey's Ethan Brandenburg, have managed to find success by investing small sums in players on the site. Brandenburg recently told PocketFives that buying pieces was a fun way to have a sweat. He was one of the fortunate few who had a piece of Charlie Carrel in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller. “It was fun to be able to sweat a tournament of that size for an amount that fits within my bankroll,” said Brandenburg of Carrel’s runner-up finish. “I have had many solid scores on this site for someone who could never be playing these high-stakes tournaments without their platform that offers fixed markup bidding.” Looking through the StakeKings marketplace there are a number of options available for people looking to get in on the SCOOP Main Event, with pieces going for as little as $1. SCOOP Event #55 (High): $10,300 Main Event One of the most high-profile players in the world right now, Doug Polk is one of a handful of players selling action to the $10,300 buy-in SCOOP Main Event via the auction method. The top 100 bids for 0.1% pieces will have a piece of Polk's first and second bullet, both of which will be streamed on Twitch. Others selling pieces for the SCOOP High Main Event include 2016 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Super High Roller winner 'bencb', Oliver, Gross, Magnus Martin and Thomas Lutz. Pieces of Oliver, who has been ranked #1 in the world twice in his career, are available for as little as $5. SCOOP Event #55 (Medium): $1,050 Main Event A few months ago, Bryan 'bparis' Paris became just the second player to hit $10 million in lifetime online poker tournament earnings and now anybody can buy a piece of him in the SCOOP Main Event (Medium). He is also using the auction method, with 0.5% pieces up for grabs. As an added bonus, Paris will be streaming his play in the event on Twitch to give everybody sweating him an up-close way to sweat the action. Three players, Martin, Lutz and Oliver, each have two packages posted for this event, the first bullet plus a second. Daníel Már, Benjamin Barrows and Matt Vengrin also have packages available for this event. SCOOP Event #55 (Low): $109 Main Event While SCOOP Event #55 (Low) is the lowest buy-in SCOOP Main Event at $109, that doesn't mean fans and investors can't buy a piece for a potentially massive score. Barrows, Lutz, are Martin are each selling two separate packages for the event, with pieces available for as little as $1. Már also has a package available, selling pieces of a single bullet for as low as $3.
  6. There seems to be a massive tournament series going on every week these days in online poker. The higher buy-in events create massive prize pools with huge money up for grabs, and one big score like that can catapult a player up the money lists. This past month saw Swedish legend Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren become just the seventh player to hit that number. But to get to the point where you’re grinding the high stakes takes years; sometimes a decade of hard work and consistent results. And with continued success come money earning-milestones, none more prestigious in online tournament poker right now that the ‘$10 million club’. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman has long been the leading man in that scene. He was the first player to reach $10M in earnings back in 2013 after years of playing. Not even five years later and Moorman now has an astonishing $14,697,638 in cashes. Only six other players have joined that club since: Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro ($11.3M), Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski ($11.1M), Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar ($10.9M), Bryan 'bparis' Paris ($10.8M), Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen ($10.3M), and the most recent member: Berggren ($10.02M). Who is next in line to reach the milestone and join the $10M club in 2018? Let’s take a look. Top of the Class Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver, who is playing from Costa Rica, is the only player on this list who is within $100K of reaching the $10M milestone. A former PocketFives world #1-ranked player back in 2010, Oliver has managed to sustain an incredible consistency in his performance over the years. He currently boasts $9,924,803 in cashes. Playing under the PokerStars screenname ‘imdanuts’, Oliver’s largest cash came from a second place finish in the 2012 TCOOP $700 Main Event for $285K. He’s come close in plenty of SCOOP and WCOOP events too, finishing second in a 2012 SCOOP $2,100 event for $247K, third place in the same event a year later ($175K), and third place in a $320 WCOOP event for $67K in 2010. Now just $75K away from eclipsing $10M in cashes, Oliver is highly likely to surpass that in 2018. Almost $300K behind Oliver in the all-time rankings in Sweden’s 'Sheater', but the volume this guy puts in could see him clear $10M sooner than you’d think. Ranked no.1 in the world in 2014, 'Sheater' remains 17th in the world rankings at the time of writing as a result of his excellent play and persistent grinding. 'Sheater' has $9,652,260 in cashes right now. On the Horizon Canada’s Shyam 's_dot111' Srinivasan’ has been near the top of the online all-time money rankings for a long time. Known on PokerStars as ‘g's zee’, Srinivasan has amassed $9,574,725, good for tenth all time. That makes him $425K away from $10M, which is clearly a big mountain to climb. But Srinivasan has recorded upwards of half a million in cashes a year in seven of the past eight years, so although he’s had a slow start in 2018, it’s still very possible for him. Just a stone’s throw behind Srinivasan on the list is Canada’s Jon 'apestyles' van Fleet; a PocketFives legend with $9,570,022 in career cashes. His six-figure scores date back to 2006, but his largest by far came in December 2017 with a win in the online partypoker MILLIONS for an incredible $1,027,000. You wouldn’t bet against him joining the $10M club before December, especially when you look at the volume he’s putting in right now, even after such a huge score. van Fleet recorded almost $40,000 in cashes on Sunday (March 25), including a win in partypoker’s $100K-guaranteed High Roller for almost $22K. The Backcourt The next two players on the list closest to $10M could also be described as online legends. Sweden’s 'lena900' is a staple of the world rankings top five, often jostling for the no.1 spot with his fellow countryman 'C Darwin2'. His consistency in putting up huge scores is outstanding, and it’s those amazing results that him rack up $9,391,807 throughout his career. What’s particularly impressive about that huge figure is that 'lena900' has only one six-figure score to date (a Super Tuesday win from 2014 for $104,500). And yet when you look at his results year on year, it’s still very possible he could tip $10M in 2018: 2017 - $1,409,153 2016 - $1,192,575 2015 - $644,579 2014 - $743,311 2013 - $1,056,281 'lena900' has $682,789 in cashes from the past 120 days alone. Keep an eye on this one. Rounding out the top six ‘most likely’ is another Canadian: Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer. With multiple FTOPS, WCOOP, and SCOOP titles to his name, Barer has achieved a lot in his career to the tune of $9,249,522. He’s quickly building on that too; a quick scan through his most recent cashes shows he’s been on a serious grind of late. Barer sits 13th on the online all-time money list, $750K away right now. As well as the players we’ve mentioned in this article, there are only three others who have over $9M in cashes, so special mention also goes to: telks (Costa Rica) - $9,119,942 1bigacehole (Australia) - $9,057,203 Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo (Sweden) - $9,057,203 When will Oliver surpass $10M? Will someone beat him to it? Keep checking back with PocketFives for all the latest.
  7. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. Dara O’ Kearney Earns 8th Triple Crown Longtime PocketFiver, Irish poker ambassador, and host of the popular The Chip Race podcast, Dara ‘Doke’ O’Kearney earned his eighth career PocketFives Triple Crown on May 8. The accomplishment puts him seventh all-time on career Triple Crowns. He accomplished the feat in short order in the first week of May. At first he took down the 888poker $10,000 Sunday Monsoon for $2,255 on May 6. The very next day he won Event #12-H of the partypoker POWERFEST series for $13,333. Then he completed the task with a gold medal in the PokerStars $215 Super Tuesday on May 8 for another $8,296. Three days led to three victories for O’ Kearney as he continues to rack up the accolades. Joining him in achieving Triple Crowns during the same week is Bryan ‘bparis’ Paris. Paris, who is fifth on the PocketFives all-time money list with over $10 million in lifetime earnings, earned his sixth Triple Crown on May 10. Like O’ Kearney he scored qualified victories on PokerStars, partypoker, and 888poker within a matter of four days. Hungary’s ‘flashxx’ also got in on the Triple Crown action, reaching her very first on May 11. She used victories on PokerStars, PokerStars.es, and partypoker to earn the accolade. ‘flashxx’ is currently just $6,000 shy of surpassing $300,000 in lifetime earnings. Major Money Milestones Former Worldwide #1-ranked online player Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver became just the ninth player all-time to surpass $10 million in lifetime earnings. He sealed the deal with a final table appearance in Event #4-HR of partypoker’s POWERFEST that earned him over $25,000. Oliver’s storied career includes reaching the #1-ranking twice, earning a Triple Crown and becoming the 2010 Yearly PLB Champion. Now, he’s in one of the most elite clubs on PocketFives and despite everything he’s achieved, he continues the daily grind with an eye on $11 million. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth, the current #3-ranked player in the world, hit a major milestone of his own after passing $8 million in lifetime earnings. He flew past the mile marker with a career-high cash of over $576,000 by winning Event #14-H the $25,000 High Roller of PokerStars SCOOP series. Right behind him are a pair of longtime PocketFivers who just surpassed $7 million in lifetime earnings. Both Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez and Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson used the mammoth summer series to rack up enough earnings to push them past the $7 million. Gonzalez took second in POWERFEST Event #45-HR for $15,600 to get the job done. Anderson has been destroying the SCOOP fields highlighted by his victory in SCOOP Event #19-H for $126,659. Plenty of other big names have seen big gains recently and soared past the money markers they had been chasing. Both David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins and partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard surpassed $5 million in lifetime earnings. Toronto’s Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar from Brazil, Huber ‘IamSound’ Stefan from Switzerland and Russia’s ‘Flat’ (currently the #27-ranked player in the world) all joined the $4 million lifetime earnings club. ‘Romeopro’ Climbs To Career-High #2 Ranking Ten players hit career-high marks in the Worldwide Top 100 this week. Of the ten, two players soared to new heights within the top 10 including the aforementioned Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins who earned the #8-ranked thanks to his performance during SCOOP Event #14-M for $240,766 and 1,181.52 PLB points. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky had the best weekend of his career winning two SCOOP events in a single week and winning over $834,000, including a career-high cash with his runner-up finish in SCOOP Event #14-H for $442,299. His surge put him within striking distance, for the very first time, of the #1 worldwide ranking. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 machiavelli3 - #108 to #94 mugggggy - #102 to #90 Futti18 - #82 to #80 mczhang - #89 to #77 SmallKindB - #93 to #65 AloofRevolver - #72 to #64 kufu - #83 to #62 Triple20 - #45 to 35 lovefee - #11 to #8 Romeopro - #3 to #2
  8. There was one last opportunity for players to claim a partypoker Powerfest title yesterday as the series came to its conclusion. Powerfest featured 85 events over two weeks across the Mini, Small, Medium, Large, High Roller and Super High Roller buy-ins with $40m in guaranteed prizes. On the final day of action, 'CoffeeCortado' was the biggest winner after they defeated 'carlitos350' to take down Event #82-HR ($530 Championship Event NLHE) for a massive $177,103. The event saw a $1,060,500 prize pool created after 2,121 entrants took part. 'ReadingSouls' took the bronze medal for $80,598.00, before 'carlitos350' was the final player to depart and collected the runners-up prize of $124,820. In the $109 (High) version, 'felipe4815' was crowned the champion and earns $45,697 for defeating 'ACHSO8000' heads-up, who banks $32,304. 'PokerG1rl69' banked $151,240 for victory in Event #81-SHR ($5,100 Championship PKO NLHE) after they came through the 304 player field. Heads-up play was set in the bumper buy-in tournament after 'BackDoorMat' exited in third-place for $76,760. 'Pider Ninni', who picked up a Powerfest title earlier on in the series, was the player up against 'PokerG1rl69' for the win but was ultimately unable to go the distance this time around and collected $109,440 for second-place. Another player who picked up a six-figure payday was 'spinner2255' after they agreed to a heads-up deal with 'Chelsea72' in Event #83-HR ($1,050 Championship Event PKO NLHE). After the 1,386 player field had been whittled down the final three, it was 'ImReadyGambo' who departed before heads-up play for $54,261, and the top two discussed numbers. 'Chelsea72' agreed to take $93,666 and was then knocked out by 'spinner2255' when play resumed, as they took the title alongside $107,096. 'JOKEbekr' got the better off 'Malapisk' to win $51,135 in Event #83-High ($215 Championship Event PKO NLHE) with the runner-up taking away $35,916, and in the $55 'Medium' Championship event, the final two players agreed to a deal as 'mateustandy' collected $15,550 in second-place with 'ruybaromeu' taking the title and $16,893. Ryan 'ineedsheet' Yu and 'dennyramos' came to a heads-up agreement in Event #79-High ($215 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em). 'dennyramos' accepted $22,967 before Yu took down the title for $23,652. Chris 'GettinDaize' Oliver, who achieved the $10m earnings accolade earlier this week, outlasted 2,339 other players to claim the gold medal in Event #80-High ($215 6-Max PKO Smooth NLHE) for $32,116. After 'kellerassel0' exited in third-place for $19,063, Oliver was able to defeat 'TheLivingMeme' heads-up to take their bounty and claim the Powerfest title, with the runner-up receiving $24,682. The Event #80-HR ($1,050 6-Max PKO Smooth NLHE) title went to 'p0kchkmonsta' who banked $54,910. The silver medal prize of $41,990 went to 'xkgdrds1' after 'RedDwarf9' took away $31,564 in the bronze medal position. The final events of Powerfest saw 'VictorVazquez' and 'carmen.1957' picked up the wins in Event #85-High Roller and #85-High respectively. The 'High Roller' tournament featured a $530 buy-in and a first-place prize worth $44,486 after 472 entrants came to play. 'DunavuPacov' won $21,712 in third-place before 'Pachila25' banked $31,671 after falling to 'VictorVazquez' during heads-up play. 'carmen.1957' received $21,840 for their title victory and share of the $128,700 prize pool after João 'joaofera' Otávio and 'FADINGOUTS' exited in second and third-place for $15,572 & $10,167. Event #79 (High): $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em Entries: 763 Prize pool: $105,980.70 ineedsheet - $23,652.10* dennyramos - $22,967.21* josueopreto - $13,016.78 Leonidas_SVK - $8,820.28 dinovaldo - $6,226.08 Poriferum - $4,486.44 Wash_My_Willy - $3,204.60 carmen.1957 - $2,227.96 *denotes heads-up deal Event #80 (High): $215 6-Max PKO Smooth NLHE Entries: 2340 Prize pool: $500,000 GettinDaize - $32,116.14 TheLivingMeme - $24,682.00 kellerassel0 - $19,063.29 silentm0de - $13,772.13 aida_vs_ree - $9,010.08 dvxclusive - $4,802.35 Event #80 (High Roller): $1,050 6-Max PKO Smooth NLHE Entries: 646 Prize pool: $658,920 p0kchkmonsta - $54,910.05 xkgdrds1 - $41,990 RedDwarf9 - $31,564.85 ACHSO8000 - $22,610 jizonhisniz - $15,827 Gedis11 - $9,690 Event #81 ( Super High Roller): $5,100 Championship PKO NLHE Entries: 304 Prize pool: $1,550,400 PokerG1rl69 - $151,240 Pider Ninni - $109,440 BackDoorMat - $76,760 MonkMode - $55,860 JeanClaude1970 - $39,520 VictorVazquez - $29,640 joaotreta - $20,900 thebattler33 - $15,200 Event #82 (High): $109 NLHE Entries: 2883 Prize pool: $288,300 felipe4815 - $45,697.14 ACHSO8000 - $32,304.01 nipa3p3 - $20,901.75 WnrWnrPaROkDnr - $13,896.06 lipliluplilo - $9,658.05 printingdollar - $6,602.07 ShesgottheJack1 - $4,540.72 AntiReapCity - $2,883.00 Event #82 (High Roller): $530 Championship Event NLHE Entries: 2121 Prize pool: $1,060,500 CoffeeCortado - $177,103.91 carlitos350 - $124,820.85 ReadingSouls - $80,598.00 LoSientoGrace - $53,555.25 NoTilt - $37,594.72 SchelampigaUhu - $25,876.20 randomclicker - $17,773.98 DeManMetDeHa... - $11,400.37 Event #83 (Medium): $55 Championship Event PKO NLHE Entries: 4987 Prize pool: $261,817.50 ruybaromeu - $16,893.38* mateustandy - $15,550.00* B.H.Obama - $8,540.23 DasRohr - $5,560.50 lisandroc1510 - $3,818.79 donkeybrazil - $2,590.74 *denotes heads-up deal Event #83 (High): $215 Championship Event PKO NLHE Entries: 3280 Prize pool: $675,680 JOKEbekr - $51,135.20 Malapisk - $35,916.00 T-Baggin_Felt - $23,156.80 hockeyguy39 - $15,219.20 HOUYHNHNM_ - $10,528.80 pingdi83 - $7,216.00 gfsg1989 - $4,969.20 ineedsheet - $3,198.00 Event #83 (High Roller): $1,050 Championship Event PKO NLHE Entries: 1386 Prize pool: $1,413,720 spinner2255 - $107,096.02* Chelsea72 - $93,666.09* ImReadyGambo - $54,261.90 rdcrsnn - $36,243.90 bfzhang - $25,779.60 C3H5-NO3-3 - $18,156.60 indobenoni - $12,612.60 Mitrandir88 - $8,385.30 *denotes heads-up deal Event #85 (High): $109 Fast NLHE Entries: 1287 Prize pool: $128,700 carmen.1957 - $21,840.39 joaofera - $15,572.70 FADINGOUTS - $10,167.30 viniciustele - $6,808.23 SalmonWing - $4,826.25 sergewiceq - $3,397.68 Aspartanboi - $2,368.08 dansternald - $1,583.01 Event #85 (High Roller): $530 Fast NLHE Entries: 472 Prize pool: $236,000 VictorVazquez - $44,486 Pachila25 - $31,671.20 DunavuPacov - $21,712.00 jayser1337 - $15,104.00 zkurveny_Party - 10,714.40 untaktik - $7,788.00 KUSH010 - $5,546.00 snowroll - $4,012.00  
  9. Twelve more World Championship of Online Poker events came to their conclusion on Monday topped with the crowning of a new Sunday Million champion. Lithuania's 'euras79' achieved every poker player's dream after he turned $109 into $186,467 in Event #31 Medium ($109 NLHE [Half Price Sunday Million]} after battling through the large 16,950 player field. 'euras79' previous best cash was for $13,114 after a second-place finish in the PokerStars Big $55 last year which makes his title run even more spectacular. 'ccccpusa' took the bronze medal for $94,744, before the $50,000 heads-up battle got underway. No deal was agreed to so the two players had a lot at stake, and it was 'MrMo19' who ultimately exited in second place for a $132,912 before 'euras79' claimed their biggest career title to date. 'OMGitshunt' won over $121,000 after they came through a 778 player field in Event #29 (High): $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]. The final three consisted of two U.K. based players, but neither of them was able to go the distance. 'Malaka$tyle' took third place for a total score worth over $55,000 before Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill fell at the final hurdle but still banked over $57,000 for his silver medal. Former PocketFives.com #1-ranked Chris 'ImDaNuts' Oliver took down Event #30 (High): $5,200 NLHE [High Roller] for a huge $250,934 score after a heads-up battle with 'bencb789'. The final table included PokerStars TeamPro Liv Boeree as well as current PocketFives.com world ranked no.#1 'Lena900,' but they fell in 7th and 6th place respectively. 'RommyTheCute' took away $144,315 in third place before the final battle got underway. There was $60,000 at stake, and it was Oliver who got the better of well-known online grinder 'Bencb789' who added $190,299 to his bankroll in second-place. Former PokerStars Sunday Million champion João 'XxJoaoFeraxX' Otávio struck a heads-up deal with Yoshiaki 'Play4livin' Paco before going on to claim the Event #30 (Medium): $530 NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE] title. Paco secured by far his biggest online score to date after he agreed to take $112,593 for his share of the deal after Mark 'Willy3009' Wilson had departed in third place for $70,885. Brazil's Octavio then claimed victory in the final battle and banked $126,350 as well as their first WCOOP title. The biggest winner of the day was Brazil's Fabiano 'kovalski1' Kovalski after he banked a massive $282,545 after a heads-up deal with his compatriot Eder Campana in Event #31 (High): $1,050 NLHE. The 2,077 entrant field created a $2,077,000 prize pool with over $530,000 up for grabs in the top two spots. The U.K.'s Jamie 'Ship It 2010' O'Connor secured his best online score worth $109,862 in fourth place before 'messigoat10' secured $155,368 and the bronze medal. This left the two Brazilians to arrange a money deal. Kovalski then went on to secure his second WCOOP title, eight years after his first, as he sent Campana to the rail in second place for $247,918. Event #29 (High): $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 778 Prize pool: $77,000 OMGitshunt - $66,223.96 + $54,909.18 (in bounties) Gil3000 - $48,496.20 + $9,281.25 (in bounties) Malaka$tyle - $35,514.37 + $19,345.70 (in bounties) blanconegro - $26,007.60 + $8,906.25 (in bounties) PKaiser - $19,045.67 + $1,781.25 (in bounties) tigran66613 - $13,947.40 + $8,656.26 (in bounties) CalmRevolver - $10,213.85 + $3,250.00 (in bounties) PaDiLhA SP - $7,479.73 + $3,250.00 Event #29 (Medium): $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Kickoff SE] Entries: 4,709 Prize pool: $470,900 joshuah333 - $33,552.26 + $16,031.25 (in bounties) Jo+Jo = 3792 - $23,722.22 + $5,532.75 (in bounties) beldarion - $16,774.16 + $1,117.97 (in bounties) CrazyLissy - $11,861.12 + $4,892.54 (in bounties) blikinn - $8,387.08 + $3,402.67 (in bounties) Richter77 - $5,930.56 + $1,349.22 (in bounties) _math_&ç!( - $4,193.52 + $2,929.17 (in bounties) mars140191 - $2,965.28 + $1,801.51 (in bounties) Event #29 (Low): $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 14,155 Prize pool: $138,719 need2more - $8,436.47 + $1,909.81 spareti - $6,004.96 + $1,111.10 alpx1 - $4,280.53 + $837.11 Ring126 - $3,051.31 + $343.16 NerATION - $2,175.07 + $990.11 Pichadzhi - $1,550.47 + $201.69 highru - $1,105.22 + $460.75 TooAggressiv - $787.84 + $717.01 Event #30 (High): $5,200 NLHE [High Roller] Entries: 261 Prize pool: $1,305,000 ImDaNuts - $250,934.9 bencb789 - $190,299.40 RommyTheCute - $144,315.77 mexican222 - $109,443.56 Naza114 - $82,997.86 Lena900 - $62,942.36 Liv Boeree - $47,733.11 Lafleur71 - $36,198.87 BillLewinsky - $27,451.84 Event #30 (Medium): $530 NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE] Entries: 1,856 Prize pool: $928,000 XxJoaoFeraxX - $126,350.19* Play4livin - $112,593.61* willy3009 - $70,885.09 Sintoras - $50,529.32 aramesko - $36,019.02 great dant - $25,675.53 AS Leshiy - $18,302.38 snipeembenji - $13,046.56 AadrovanRj21 - $9,299.95 Event #30 (Low): $55 NLHE Entries: 7,102 Prize pool: $355,100 Jumbo1223 - $50,432.14 FlaShhXx47 - $34,675.69 ultimateturn - $23,844.92 GlitchSystem - $16,397.13 strohalmphil - $11,275.59 LBGSorrow - $7,753.75 jakoooobsen - $5,331.93 J8nqduong - $3,666.54 j.t.sabotage - $2,521.31 Event #31 (High): $1,050 NLHE Entries: 2,077 Prize pool: $2,077,000 Kovalski1 - $282,545.21* edercampana - $247,918.62* messigoat10 - $155,368.94 Ship It 2010 - $109,862.49 Gukiz - $77,684.78 Pass_72 - $54,931.45 julianpineda - $38,842.60 Belabacsi - $27,465.83 player0207 - $19,421.19 Event #31 (Medium): $109 NLHE [Half Price Sunday Million] Entries: 16,950 Prize pool: $1,720,425 euras79 - $186,467.37 MrMo19 - $132,912.29 ccccpusa - $94,744.32 suarez_BG - $67,536.83 Zwöi - $48,142.30 Xungazz - $34,317.31 Mr.Bluff70 - $24,462.37 ccc12 - $17,437.36 True Pokah - $12,429.89 Event #31 (Low): $11 NLHE Entries: 32,782 Prize pool: $321,263 mars140191 - $31,814.71 jnfpoker - $22,665.46 SirJeroenNL - $16,156.73 yayo8422 - $11,517.10 Vlad510510 - $8,209.82 Rapa velhos - $5,852.26 DeathCo1ectr - $4,171.73 vexman - $2,973.77 No_to_peszek - $2,119.82 Event #37 (High): $1,050 NLHE [Turbo] Entries: 559 Prize pool: $559,000 simon1471 - $98,677.60 lb6121 - $73,578.71 ChanceCU - $54,864.11 Skämmes - $40,909.52 plspaythxbye - $30,504.23 retango777 - $22,745.54 floes - $16,960.22 cassiopak - $12,646.42 kjunia - $9,429.82 Event #37 (Medium): $1,050 NLHE [Turbo] Entries: 2,822 Prize pool: $282,200 Amadi_017 - $40,888.24 azn_baller3 - $29,144.76 VistaDT23 - $20,775.36 D.Aranha_j8 - $14,809.40 Joel3624 - $10,556.62 gahoibvthakn - $7,525.11 gkamei09 - $5,364.17 Slaventii003 - $3,823.75 Dimdaddy - $2,725.68 Event #37 (Low): $11 NLHE [Turbo] Entries: 9,297 Prize pool: $91,110 bjj_el_nino - $12,591.81 tonkiista - $8,708.81 QQ1268 - $6,027.18 Arogorn - $4,171.28 easthunter2 - $2,886.84 Laaimis21 - $1,997.92 mojacko_king - $1,382.71 we love this - $956.94 tzzex - $662.27
  10. 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 Championship of Online Poker. PokerStars' 2018 World Championship of Online Poker came to a conclusion this week and the two-week online festival paid out nearly $100 million to tournament grinders from all over the world. Amongst those competing for the six-figure scores and title of WCOOP champion were some of the one-time PocketFives #1-ranked players. Here we take a look back on how some of the best poker players in the world fared during the series. Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb WCOOP Titles: 2 Total Earnings: $176,533 Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb found the time to put his beef with William Kassouf aside and grind the WCOOP. And grind he did. Deeb seemingly played everything on the schedule and found his way into the money an astonishing 48 times for over $176,000. His 48 in-the-money results were, far and away, the most cashed by any former or current #1 ranked player. In the process, Deeb picked up two victories, both while playing Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better. His first triumph was in Event-22-H ($1,050 PLO8 Eight Max) for over $38,000. Then the four-time WSOP bracelet winner won again in Event-59-H ($2,100 PLO8 Six Max) for another $69,000. Deeb pulled off four final tables and five cashes of five-figures. While Deeb is no longer a top-100 ranked player, due to his inability to play with regularity from inside the United States, he continues to prove that he is still a top online tournament player. Deeb has accumulated over $6.7 million in lifetime online earnings. ‘Lena900’ WCOOP Titles: 1 Total Earnings: $189,871 The current #1-ranked ‘lena900’ picked himself up a WCOOP title early in the series. He booked the win during Event #27-H ($530 PLO Six Max) for $58,228. However, that was not the Swedish superstar’s largest result of the series as he had a final table finish in Event-30-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $62,942. 'lena900's 29 cashes during the series helped put him up over $12 million in lifetime earnings, making him only one of three players to ever reach this plateau. He’s second only to Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, who recently passed $15 million, in terms of total lifetime earnings. Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver WCOOP Titles: 1 Total Earnings: $300,007.65 Florida native, but playing out of Costa Rica, Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver also picked up a WCOOP title when he defeated online giant ‘bencb789’ for the victory in Event-30-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for over $250,000. The win represents one of the single largest scores by a former PocketFiver #1 during the 2018 series. In total, Oliver registered 21 WCOOP cashes, 10 of which were for four-figures of better. This helped propel him back inside the top 25, jumping 38 spots from 59th to his current rank of 21st. girafganger7 WCOOP Titles: 1 Total Earnings: $214,368.42 UK crusher ‘girfganger’ fought his way to three final tables during WCOOP and booked a title win in Event-55-M ($530 PKO No Limit Hold’em Eight Max) for $55,846. But like ‘lena900’, his title win wasn’t the largest of the series for him as he was a final table participant in one of the biggest tournaments of the series. He took eighth place in Event-12-H ($10,300 Eight Max High Roller) for over $62,000. The #14-ranked ‘girafganger7’ earned 20 total WCOOP cashes helping him rocket past $6.5 million in lifetime earnings In addition to the four former #1-ranked players who added WCOOP Champion to their resume, a number of other players turned in big-time performance. Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen Total Earnings: $305,772.26 With his fifth-place finish in Event-43-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max High Roller), Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen took home of the largest cashes of the series, $204,221.95. The #16-ranked Hunichen also nearly captured a title of his own finished as the runner-up in Event-10-H ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Win The Button) for $61,567.36. His series helped elevated him to over $11.6 million in lifetime earnings, good for fourth-place in total career online earnings. ‘C Darwin2’ Total Earnings: $247,247.09 The man who held the #1 spot for the better part of a year, ‘C Darwin2’ did as he was expected to do - he crushed tournaments. In total, the Swede cashed in 27, made four final tables and finished 10th in Event-58-H ($5,200 Main Event) for $72,681.57. He had a runner-up finish in Event-38-H ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em PKO) for $48,164.70 and six five-figure cashes overall.
  11. Wednesday might have been the midweek point for the 9-5 set, but for online poker players it was Day 4 of partypoker POWERFEST and there were 15 titles handed out with four of those coming in High Roller events. Austrian 'NoisiaRadio' beat out 265 other entries to win Event #16-HR for $31,255.01. Ukranian Andrey 'Anjeyyy' Novak pocketed $20,615 as the runner-up. Uruguayan grinder 'MoNddLeR' and Brit 'SirStanleyRoyce' chopped Event #17-HR for just over $17,400 each. 'MoNddLeR' took home the lions share of the bounty prize pool, adding $25,902.51 to his earnings for outlasting the 216 other players in the field. partypoker Team Pro Bertrand 'ElkY_' Grospelier finished third for $12,461.61 and another $6,264.37 in bounties. Former #1-ranked Chris 'GettinDaize' Oliver narrowly missed out on his first POWERFEST title of the year, finishing runner-up to the #2-ranked player in Denmark, 'x_zola25' in Event #19. 'x_zola25' pocketed $9,532.16 from the prize pool and a staggering $15,588.05 in bounties. POWERFEST #16 (High Roller) $530 Deep, 6-Max 266 entries, $133,000 prize pool NoisiaRadio - $31,255.01 k2Schogori - $20,615 lincownz - $14,656.33 Barsukeen - $10,706.50 Mike 'Ilove2fish' Telks - $,7980 missdevasto - $5,320 POWERFEST #16 (High) $109 Deep, 6-Max 895 entries, $89,500 prize pool HeavenlyFather - $15,215.19 TJXOLOSFAN1 - $11,187.50 ToTheMoon23 - $8,325.82 Rondog219 - $5,817.50 alex1fish - $3,803.75 TheRepoMan86 - $2,685 POWERFEST #17 (High Roller) $1,050 PKO, 8-Max 217 entries, $221,340 prize pool MoNddLeR - $17,492.59 + $25,902.51 in bounties SirStanleyRoyce - $17,470.84 + $6,963.12 in bounties ElkY_ - $12,461.61 + $6,264.37 in bounties JimyTransaction - $9,213.32 + $5,313.75 in bounties Alien_Army - $6,496.57 + $1,625 in bounties sweet_dreammm - $4,961.02 + $3,347.50 in bounties POWERFEST #17 (High) $320 PKO, 8-Max 589 entries, $181,412 prize pool titofarjus - $12,764.29 + $12,765.38 in bounties Tyrion2205 - $12,746.47 + $5,663.95 in bounties bluffu69 - $8,649.48 + $2,808.21 in bounties GlitchSystem - $5,954.42 + $3,488.32 in bounties lipkinator - $4,164.20 + $2,177.43 in bounties Embiiiiiiiiiid - $3,025.85 + $691.25 in bounties POWERFEST #18 (High) $109 Deep, Turbo, 8-Max 416 entries, $43,264 prize pool CChickenPPower - $8,263.67 LobBxt - $5,927.16 Chemici_Mind - $4,066.81 Hanifbali1 - $2,855.42 nipa3p3 - $2,042.06 gamawkadiernw - $1,488.28 unstoppableMind - $1,051.31 user1232123 - $765.77 POWERFEST #19 (High Roller) $530 PKO, Fast, Mix-Max 208 entries, $106,600 prize pool x_zola25 - $9,532.16 + $15,588.05 in bounties GettinDaize - $9,521.68 + $2,159.48 in bounties brooooooooooo - $6,698.59 + $1,164.85 in bounties andstar555 - $4,852.75 + $1,082.81 in bounties blackaces93 - $3,572.58 + $360.94 in bounties CPessagno - $2,381.72 + $2,383.02 in bounties POWERFEST #19 (High) $109 PKO, Fast, Mix-Max 665 entries, $69,160 prize pool lqq1974 - $4,667.42 + $5,479.91 in bounties soldzerjan - $4,660.38 + $1,030.63 in bounties DrMiKee - $3,505.81 + $374.62 in bounties dewast_out - $2,511.22 + $807.89 in bounties Polis8887888 - $1,757.86 + $1,115.13 in bounties rou.mar.rou.737 - $1,076.24 + $469.12 in bounties
  12. Sunday was the busiest day on the partypoker POWERFEST schedule by far with 25 different titles on the line. The biggest winner on the day was UK grinder 'SpiritDNA' who banked $154,000 in a Super High Roller event. He wasn't the only big winner though. A former PocketFives #1-ranked player won a title as did a WSOP Europe Main Event champ. 'SpiritDNA' outlasted 133 other players to win Event #36-SHR ($5,200 8 Max) for $154,033. Runner-up 'limitless' also got a six-figure score after earning $110,550 while third place finisher 'ucantrybut' had to settle for $80,400. Elio 'donzledurbru' Fox won Event #37-HR ($2,100 PKO 8 Max) for $101,098, with $59,423 of that coming by way of bounties, by outlasting 229 other players. 'MinusEve' finished second for $41,624 plus an additional $5,643 in bounties. 'BITMEXREKT' finished third for $29,689 and $10,565 in bounties. Belgium's 'La.Brouletterie' topped the 626-player field in Event #34-HR ($530 Slow 8 Max) to score $57,654.60. The final player in his way, 'spinner2255', took home $41,034.30 while 'BlueEyedArab' won $27,825.70 for finishing third. Chris 'GettinDaize' Oliver, who was ranked #1 on PocketFives twice in 2010, won Event #40-HR ($530 PKO Turbo Mix Max) for $10,983,96 and another $14,195.63 in bounties. 'Mr.Master98' picked up $10,971.41 for finishing second and added another $6,304.12 to his bankroll thanks to the bounties he collected. Sami 'LarsLuzak1' Kelopuro wound up third for $7,804.62 and $3,765.26 in bounties. Event #34-HR: $530 Slow 8 Max 626 entries, $313,000 prize pool La.Brouletterie - $57,654.60 spinner2255 - $41,034.30 BlueEyedArab - $27,825.70 bfzhang - $19,155.60 rafaelmoraesgm - $13,396.40 runningtheworld - $9,734.30 andstar555 - $7,011.20 PassTiltNoir_72 - $4,976.70 Event #35-HR: $1,050 Deep 8 Max 367 entries, $367,000 prize pool tropicALi - $71,198 ilushan - $51,380 ch1ck3nrobb3rr - $35,599 COL_Moutarde - $25,506.50 onepunch - $18,166.50 DamianLillard - $13,648.90 RedPant - $9,358.50 Partyycular - $6,826.50 Event #36-SHR: $5,200 8 Max 134 entries, $670,000 prize pool SpiritDNA - $154,033 limitless - $110,550 ucantrybut - $80,400 rdcrsnn - $56,950 PokerG1rl69 - $40,200 nipa3p3 - $31,825 CanadianSanta - $25,326 FrioPequeno - $20,100 Event #37-HR: $2,100 PKO 8 Max 230 entries, $500,000 prize pool Elio 'donzledurbru' Fox - $41,675 + $59,423 in bounties MinusEve - $41,624 + $5,643 in bounties BITMEXREKT - $29,689 + $10,565 in bounties GewoonBoef - $21,950 + $8,268 in bounties PokerBrothersTM - $15,478 + $16,964 in bounties x_zola25 - $11,819 + $8,071 in bounties onehundredeyes - $8,723 + $7,218 in bounties Sheparentao - $6,472 + $7,087 in bounties Event #38-HR: $530 Turbo 8 Max 236 entries, $120,950 prize pool COL_Moutarde - $24,661.75 ReQui3m4 - $17,900.60 Isildur1 - $12,760.22 NoisiaRadio - $9,434.10 BuyThaPot - $6,652.25 Iqq1974 - $5,079.90 ojanOmaha - $3,749.45 JimyTransaction - $2,781.85 Event #39-HR: $1,050 PKO Fast 8 Max 308 entries, $314,160 prize pool VamosAlaPlayaR - $24,220.85 + $39,487.50 in bounties Iqq1974 - $24,190.01 + $13,308.75 in bounties GangbaaangBob - $16,977.41 + $5,135 in bounties SchelampigaUhu - $12,345.84 + $8,775 in bounties Baila Conmigo - $8,740.84 + $5,265 in bounties Mrakobes20 - $6,555.63 + $1,681.25 in bounties Algorhytm - $4,622.56 + $2,860 in bounties rafaelmoraesgm - $3,361.86 + $1,170 in bounties Event #40-HR: $530 PKO Turbo Mix-Max 250 entries, $128,125 prize pool Chris 'GettinDaize' Oliver - $10,983,96 + $14,195.63 in bounties Mr.Master98 - $10,971.41 + $6,304.12 in bounties LarsLuzak1 - $7,804.62 + $3,765.26 in bounties MAM0HT_T - $5,701.30 + $1,870.32 in bounties oi-oi-oi - $4,249.41 + $1,115.61 in bounties Tartaruga13 - $2,832.94 + $1,640.62 in bounties
  13. It's been almost nine years since Chris Oliver took over the #1 spot on PocketFives for the first time. On Sunday, Oliver showed the world that while it's been a minute since he was on top, he's still capable of closing down a big tournament. Oliver beat 1,325 other players to win Event #27 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO) for $190,049.96. It's his biggest score since taking down a World Championship of Online Poker High Roller event last September. 'YseRussia' finished as runner-up and earned $97,971.78 while Danish grinder 'Renevat1o' ended up in third for $69,297.62. Ukranian '10YURA10' earned $66,719.39 for winning Event #26 High ($530 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em). Luan 'Psuedo Fruto' Felipe added $48,938.03 to his bankroll thanks to his runner-up finish and 'Maty25' wound up with $35,895.94 as the third place finisher. Andreas 'Skjervøy' Torbergsen was the biggest winner on the day. The Norwegian topped the 201-player field in Event #28 High ($5,200 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) to win $197,209.02. Runner-up 'munkkis' earned $151,407.37 while former #1-ranked Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao finished third for $116,243.22. Other Sunday SCOOP winners included 'Puscheltbp', 'Denvias', 'Sederyck', 'Pringles190', 'lissi stinkt', 'Bagrovui', 'warley2santo', and '1truegambler'. Event #26 (Low): $5.50 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em Entries: 15,245 Prize pool: $74,500.50 Puscheltbp - $8,434.04 antiderek - $6,003.47 Vanbog12 - $4,279.47 J. Dreissig - $3,050.55 MagicZ SIro - $2,174.53 MunhozVs - $1,550.08 robc1978 - $1,104.94 Heppy85 - $787.64 Event #26 (Medium): $55 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em Entries: 5,212 Prize pool: $260,600 Denvias - $35,141.15* freitas1001 - $27,933.25* christell10 - $18,252.18 iTSReTSaM - $12,808.80 AT_prodoctico - $8,988.79 14milkman - $6,308.05 Olok4444 - $4,426.78 mickym13 - $3,106.58 Event #26 (High): $530 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em Entries: 794 Prize pool: $397,000 10YURA10 - $66,719.39 Psuedo Fruto - $48,938.03 Maty25 - $35,895.94 Bomber&Granater - $26,329.63 marjanko89 - $19,312.73 ezepoker90 - $14,165.87 pabritz - $10,390.64 fellatiado - $7,621.48 Event #27 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 29,201 Prize pool: $286,169.80 Sederyck - $10,698.04 + $5,256.95 in bounties RubaNsc - $10,104.04 + $1,273.52 in bounties WantMyNutZ - $10,507.79 + $2,116.15 in bounties Vladzikass - $5,101.80 + $683.21 in bounties gringo909 - $3,636.74 + $1,145.24 in bounties negreanuNya - $2,592.40 + $602.50 in bounties vaxa110 - $1,847.96 + $574.26 in bounties Crazy 0000 - $1,317.29 + $451.55 in bounties MB83 - $939.02 + $905.82 in bounties Event #27 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 8,852 Prize pool: $885,200 Pringles190 - $61,809.98 + $18,090.99 in bounties Mr Meykes - $43,064.80 + $11,759.64 in bounties gremistaAK - $30,006.37 + $4,222.95 in bounties Puttson90 - $20,907.62 + $6,462.03 in bounties Cbart_05 - $14,567.86 + $1,905.27 in bounties wolfeman99 - $10,150.49 + $4,213.96 in bounties bubbleboybr - $7,072.57 + $5,053.41 in bounties 1Zoki - $4,927.95 + $3,050.76 in bounties PamPamPake - $3,433.69 + $2,014.05 in bounties Event #27 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 1,326 Prize pool: $1,326,000 Chris 'ImDaNuts' Oliver - $103,530.50 + $86,519.46 in bounties YseRussia - $75,159.27 + $22,812.51 in bounties Renevat1o - $54,563.24 + $14,734.38 in bounties Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos - $39,611.20 + $5,773.44 in bounties CRmelmDabou - $28,756.43 + $11,066.41 in bounties majo-K88 - $20,876.21 + $8,796.88 in bounties Vico$carpini - $15,155.45 + $8,273.44 in bounties acekicker342 - $11,002.35 + $6,656.25 in bounties dadowiec - $7,987.35 + $5,843.75 in bounties Event #28 (Low): $55 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 3,305 Prize pool: $165,250 lissi stinkt - $23,757.50 farang - $16,551.32 Grezi - $11,532.50 John_Fishboy - $8,035.52 zerocool9889 - $5,598.93 barsuk3 - $3,901.17 Event #28 (Medium): $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 709 Prize pool: $354,500 Bagrovui - $60,800.82 PalomoBuchon - $42,632.92 pantri - $29,893.92 bienballa - $20,961.40 Ami 'UhhMee' Barer - $14,697.99 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $10,306.13 Event #28 (High): $5,200 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 201 Prize pool: $1,005,000 Skjervoy - $197,209.02 munkkis - $151,407.37 IneedMassari - $116,243.22 toweliestar - $89,245.90 1-ronnyr3 - $68,518.58 Luis Coppel - $52,605.21 Event #35 (Low): $5.50 Turbo No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 11,088 Prize pool: $54,331.20 warley2santo - $3,494.44 + $1,700.46 in bounties zlatko22 - $2,484.90 + $211.88 in bounties pitbulpower - $1,771.32 + $474.15 in bounties perez gabrie - $1,262.66 + $152.26 in bounties Il siciliano84 - $900.07 + $261.94 in bounties fulltiltom - $641.60 + $194.57 in bounties closedog - $457.35 + $287.90 in bounties Ziggy_Blue - $326.02 + $176.44 in bounties Event #35 (Medium): $55 Turbo No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 6,128 Prize pool: $306,400 1truegambler - $17,656.89* + $10,437.47 in bounties xtrabayo - $19,513.28* + $2,365.52 in bounties bet121995 - $10,885.54 + $647.06 in bounties Lafleur71 - $7,697.25 + $4,710.37 in bounties boksioras - $5,442.78 + $981.89 in bounties zilbeee - $3,848.64 + $3,041.17 in bounties Bucurue31 - $2,721.41 + $1,167.53 in bounties BernardoDG - $1,924.32 + $1,038.82 in bounties Event #35 (High): $530 Turbo No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 1,147 Prize pool: $573,500 neesam1405 - $38,099.85* + $44,751.35 in bounties Tmay420 - $40,648.60* + $13,681.64 in bounties blueskyyM - $23,938.06 + $4,207.03 in bounties SiSiFamille - $17,328.93 + $4,210.93 in bounties youngblood51 - $12,544.56 + $2,234.38 in bounties RuiNF - $9,081.11 + $11,157.73 in bounties Joseph 'subiime' Cheong - $6,573.88 + $4,914.06 in bounties Horho - $4,758.87 + $2,398.44 in bounties
  14. Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa had himself a very busy - and very fruitful - July as took down the PocketFives Leaderboard for the month. Koplimaa picked up 2,601 PLB points through his 20 qualifying cashes to win the Monthly PLB for the first time in his career. Koplimaa's biggest score came from a runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up event on July 14. Not only did he win $22,826.70, but he also picked up 246.86 PLB points. His second biggest score came three days prior when he beat out 104 other players in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for $12,785 and 231.3 PLB points. Those were the only two times that Koplimaa picked up more than 200 PLB points. He did have 16 other cashes that earned him between 108.31 and 180.68 points. The biggest of those scores came when he finished second to former #1 'veeea' in the High Roller Club $530 Sunday 500 on July 7. He added $12,179 to his winnings and 180.68 to his PLB total. He also won a $109 NLHE (Six Max Hyper-Turbo), a pair of Big $44s, a $215 Bounty Builder Saturday Special, and a Hotter $82 all in the month of July. Only two of his 20 qualifying cashes earned him less than 100 points. All told, Koplimaa cashed 397 times in July amassing $163,496 in winnings. Geraldo Cesar 'GeraldoCesar' Neto finished one spot and 133 PLB points behind Koplimaa. Neto's biggest score came on July 28 after he beat out 3,290 other players in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder to win $23,679.72 and 405.65 PLB points. That same day he took down the PokerStars Hotter $215 for $16,347 and 301.33 PLB points. He also final-tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million on July 21, finishing eighth for $11,891 and 300.25 PLB points. Former #1-ranked Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski rounded out the podium finishers, scoring 2,274 PLB points to finish third. Sikorski's biggest PLB score came thanks to his win in a 421-player field in the $215 Monday Six Max on PokerStars on July 22. Sikorski earned $15,185.10 and 290.17 PLB points. He also won the PokerStars Hotter $215 on July 14, and a pair of $109 Six Max events on July 18 and 31. The top-finishing American in July was New Jersey online poker grinder Vladimir 'Donate_here' Alexandrov who rode a third-place finish in the $3,200 High Roller bracelet event on WSOP.com on July 4. He won $173,241.39 and 694.53 PLB points. Playing only on regulated sites in New Jersey, Alexandrov managed a total of 23 cashes with 20 of them earning him enough points to crack the top five of the July PLB. Rounding out the top five, just nine points behind Alexandrov, was Britain's Patrick 'thebigdog09' Brooks. His biggest score came on July 14 when he took down the PokerStars Hotter $55 for $9,320 and 257.97 PLB points. Two days prior to that, he beat out the 252-player field in the High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $12,114 and 251 PLB points. The bottom half of the top 10 reads like a list of some of the best online players on the planet including Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii, and two former #1s 'girafganger7' and Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 markovitsus 2,601 2 geraldocesar 2,468 3 p0cket00 2,274 4 Donate_here 2,244 5 thebigdog09 2,235 6 girafganger7 2,158 7 josef_shvejk 2,060 8 Gettin Daize 1,979 9 Wonderboy222 1,967 10 whatisL0v3 1,966
  15. All good things must come to an end. And that end has come for the PCA. As PocketFives reported, when PokerStars announced the return of the PSPC in 2020 they also, unceremoniously, announced that the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure would not be back in 2020, ending its run of 16 years. For many, the PCA kicked off the yearly poker calendar with players making plans to escape their winter hardships for weeks of poker, sun and waterslides. At the height of the poker boom, the PCA was one of the most popular stops on the tour as winners of the Main Event added millions to their career earnings and a marquee victory to their resumes. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] However, as many tour stops experienced, the numbers began to decline after Black Friday and the fatigue of making the trip to the Atlantis Resort & Casino began to weigh on the players. Now, PokerStars has pulled the plug on one of the most enduring poker stops of the last two decades. But even though it’s gone, it certainly won’t be forgotten. With that, we’ve compiled nine of the most memorable moments in the history of the PCA. Gus Hansen’s On A Boat Before the PCA became the flagship stop for PokerStars, it has a very different look. In fact, in 2004, the first year it ever took place the PCA was then a World Poker Tour event. Also, it took place on a boat. The Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas to be exact and just as poker was about to hit mainstream a young up-and-coming player from Denmark, Gus Hansen, was in the middle of making a reputation for himself, a reputation that lasts to this very day. Hansen bested the likes of Daniel Negreanu for the $455,780 first-place prize and his third WPT title. Right from the get-go, the PCA drew premier poker star power and eventually the PCA would be the engine to create that star power. Ryan Daut And Isaac Haxton Take It Outside In 2007, rising online phenom Isaac Haxton was in prime position to take down the 2007 PCA Main Event and it’s massive $1.5 million first-place prize. Ryan Daut had other ideas and the pair put on a famous heads up battle at the final table which took place…outside. The weather outside was nearly as volatile as the play on the felt. The winds whipped as evening fell and it looked like the sky was going to open up and pour at any moment. In the eye of the storm was Haxton and Daut who played an iconic hand where both players had “absolute Garfunkel!” Haxton won the famous battle of the bluffs but Daut took home the PCA title. ESPN Took The PCA Live The PCA made history in 2011 when PokerStars struck a deal with ESPN to bring ‘near-live’ coverage of the PCA final table to the network. The final table was shown on ESPN2 and online on ESPN3.com on a one-hour delay so viewers could see the hole cards. According to the PokerStars Blog, it was the first time that poker fans were able to see a final table, every hand, every decision completely unedited. “For the first time viewers at home will see a poker telecast from start to finish, with all the strategy of world class-poker players playing in real-time,” said ESPN’s Matt Volk back in 2010. Galen Hall Finds A Fold Not only did 2011 produce one of the first unedited accounts of a final table, but it also produced one of the finest folds every caught on camera. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver was cruising in the PCA Main Event and at the start of heads up play he had a 3:1 chip advantage over fellow online pro Galen Hall. On the third hand of play, the pair both make monster hands by the river. Hall rivered a straight while Oliver had just gone runner-runner to a full house. After being checked to by Oliver, Hall put out a bet and was check-raised for his tournament life. “If Hall calls it’s all over,” said commentator James Hartigan. “I don’t see Hall getting away from this hand,” declared Daniel Negreanu. After minutes in the tank, Hall makes the laydown of his poker life and ended up turning the tables on Oliver to become the 2011 PCA Main Event champion for $2.3 million. Antonio Esfandiari DQ’d From Main Event Antonio Esfandiari loves to prop bet. So does Bill Perkins. When the two of them got together at the 2016 PCA they agreed to a bet that had Esfandiari only able to perform lunges when moving for 48 hours. Sore and not wanting to lunge himself to the bathroom, Esfandiari made the unfortunate decision to go to the bathroom in a bottle…under the poker table. When officials caught wind of Esfandiari’s makeshift restroom he was quickly disqualified from the Main Event. However, the prop bet continued and he got up and lunged his way out of the tournament area. Read: Antonio Esfandiari Disqualified from PCA Main Event Vanessa Selbst’s Big Bet So the story goes…after a night of having (perhaps too much) fun in the Bahamas, Vanessa Selbst made a big bet against her friend Jason Mercier that he couldn’t win three WSOP bracelets the following summer. It’s hard enough for pros to count on winning one WSOP bracelet, much less three and so she ended up giving 180:1 odds on a $10,000 wager. The bet was made in a bit of an 'altered state' and when Selbst woke up the next day, she tried to cancel it but according to Mercier, the bet was booked. She offered Mercier a $1K buy-out, he declined. Mercier went on to pick up two bracelets that summer and finish second in another tournament nearly completing the challenge that would have paid him $1.8 million. Christian Harder Battles Bax Long-time online and live pro Christian Harder became a bit of a footnote in PCA history in his 2017 Main Event win. That’s because, technically, it wasn’t the PCA. That year PokerStars shelved their popular PCA brand and tried to rebrand the tour stop the ‘PokerStars Championship Bahamas’. That is the year Harder fought through the field of 738 entries to find himself heads up for the title. When he looked up he saw he sitting across from him was his former backer (and PocketFives Legacy Award winner) Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy. Josephy was a bit of a mentor to Harder and had put him in the PCA in the past so when they got heads up, a deal was quickly struck between the two friends with Harder going on to take home the extra $10K and the first (and last) PSC Bahamas trophy. Maria Lampropulos First Woman Winner of PCA Argentina’s Maria Lampropulos made PCA history in 2018 by becoming the first-ever female to capture a PCA Main Event title. She overcame a 2:1 heads up chip deficit to defeat Canadian crusher Shawn Buchanan and take home the $1,081,100 first-place prize, her second seven-figure score in under 12 months. The Main Event final table was not only notable for who won the title but how she won it. Lampropulos was quite visibly extremely sick throughout the final day, having fits of coughing and seemingly struggling to stay focused. This also led to her taking a long time on many decisions, which prompted other players to call the clock on her on a number of occasions. In the end, she fought through the sickness, made the right decision and won some crucial flips to become the first (and now last) female PCA champion. The PSPC Breaks Records In 2019 PokerStars has a plan to revitalize the PCA and that was by hosting the largest ever $25,000 buy-in tournament - the PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Player Championship. The PSPC was the culmination of a year-long marketing campaign. One that doled out over 320 Platinum Passes, a ticket worth $30,000 that allowed players from all over the world to live their dream of playing in a tournament with life-changing money on the line. When the event got underway, the tournament room was electric with players of every skill level giddy with excitement over such a special event. The tournament exceeded all expectations with 1,039 players registering for the event creating a prize pool of $26,455,500. In fairytale fashion, Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas from Spain ended up as the winner and took home the massive $5.1 million first-place prize.
  16. Conor Beresford has held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings since mid-May but on Wednesday he added something to his list of accomplishments that has been missing until now: a PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title. Beresford beat fellow Brit Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves heads-up to win Event #33 High ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) for a $162,674.33 score and his first WCOOP title. Beresford's previous best WCOOP finish came in 2013 when he finished fourth in a $109 WCOOP Kick-Off event. Reeves wound up earning $125,931.84 for his runner-up finish. German 'Loks82' outlasted 405 other players in Event #32 High ($1,050 NLHE PKO) and then came out on top after the final four players agreed to a deal that chopped up more than $100,000. 'Loks82' took home $26,116.91 from that deal and then added another $35,242.17 worth of bounties. Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich moved into a tie with Dan Kelly for the third most WCOOP titles of all time after shipping Event #34 ($2,100 8-Game). Urbanovich beat a final table that included Mike Watson, Shaun Deeb, and Noah Boeken before finishing the victory off against 'aleksandrs10' heads up. The only players with more WCOOP wins than Urbanovich and Kelly are Deeb (eight wins) and Denis 'aDreNalin710' Strebkov (nine titles). 'Wildace_hun' won his second WCOOP title in as many years by taking down Event #35 High ($2,100 Six Max NLHE Freezeout) to earn $79,781.92. Former #1-ranked Andreas 'mrAndreeew' Berggren finished in second place and walked away with $60,306.92. Boeken took down Event #34 Medium to highlight the other eight winners on Wednesday. Joining Boeken in the winner's circle were 'neto gol' (Event #32 Medium), 'Bellsprout6' (Event #32 Low), 'serggorelyi7' (Event #33 Medium), 'Stakelis24' (Event #33 Low), '4Kings_Hit' (Event #34 Low), 'luk9r' (Event #35 Medium), and 'blebelea' (Event #35 Low). WCOOP #32-H: $1,050 NLHE (PKO, Freezeout) 410 entries $410,000 prize pool Loks82 - $26,116.91* + $35,242.17 William 'hellzito' Arruda - $25,842.91* + $5,468.75 CrazyLissy - $23,892.58* + $11,945.31 Chris 'ImDaNuts' Oliver - $24,997.93* + $5,472.65 WCOOP #32-M: $109 NLHE (PKO, Freezeout) 3,437 entries $343,700 prize pool neto gol - $21,150.08 + $11,891.03 VdZzZ - $21,147.00 + $4,339.58 Vasilevs18 - $12,547.00 + $761.52 WCOOP #32-L: $11 NLHE (PKO, Freezeout) 11,029 entries $108,084.20 prize pool Bellsprout6 - $5,921.21 + $2,479.19 Badinho1989 - $5,909.60 + $859.42 Godzilla06 - $3,381.79 + $186.47 WCOOP #33-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] 155 entries $775,000 prize pool Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford - $162.674.33 Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves - $125,931.84 Boootsy - $97,488.25 WCOOP #33-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE] 1,520 entries $760,000 prize pool serggorelyi7 - $115,798.61 nejro141 - $82,544.13 MVPAT - $58,840.34 WCOOP #33-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE] 8,961 entries $448,000 prize pool Stakelis24 - $62,359.17 wsopbaby - $44,089.50 AAEST - $31,175.94 WCOOP #34-H: $2,100 8-Game 89 entries $178,000 prize pool Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich - $42,536.01 aleksandrs10 - $32,657.23 Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson - $25,072.79 WCOOP #34-M: $215 8-Game 460 entries $92,000 prize pool Noah ‘Exclusive’ Boeken - $16,471.59 Zhagy27SLO - $11,722.52 eliselnhoj - $8,342.88 WCOOP #34-L: $22 8-Game 2,214 entries $44,280 prize pool 4Kings_Hit - $6,598.53 Spider91_PL - $4,956.36 ShipityShark - $3,202.61 WCOOP #35-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout] 186 entries $400,000 prize pool ($28,000 overlay) Wildace_hun - $79,781.92 mrAndreeew - $60,306.92 Jonathan ‘Proudflop’ Proudfoot - $45,585.88 WCOOP #35-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout] 1,303 entries $260,600 prize pool luk9r - $40,722.71 GamadGADOL - $28,373.76 000000000136 - $19,770.02 WCOOP #35-L: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout] 5,594 entries $111,880 prize pool blebelea - $15,909.90 GUNDIAS - $11,082.26 goonchi - $7,721.81
  17. That’s a wrap on the 2020 World Series of Poker as the final event of the series, Event #83 ($10,000 WSOP Super MILLION$) concluded with Connor Drinan eliminating his final six opponents to collect the $1,423,409 first-place prize and his first career gold bracelet. As one of the elite tournament players in the game today, Drinan’s victory came at the end of a WSOP grind that lasted over two months. After his record-setting PokerStars SCOOP performance, Drinan returned to Las Vegas and battled in the entire first half of tournaments on WSOP.com. He then flew to Mexico to compete in the second half of the series on GGPoker. In total, Drinan racked up 20 results, including three final tables, and more than $147,000 prior to his gold bracelet run. As a bonus, Drinan was one of the high-profile names that took Daniel Negreanu up on his $100,000 must-win bracelet bet. By winning, Drinan added another six-figure score to his total should Negreanu not find a way (or have the opportunity) to win a bracelet by the end of the year. The first elimination of the final table took place on the very first hand. From the button, Christopher Kruk put in a raise with [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"] and was called by Kenneth Smaron in the big blind who was holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"] and sitting on a short stack. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"] and Smaron checked his top pair over to Kruk who put in a small bet with his flush and gutshot straight draw. Smaron check-shoved for the rest of his stack and Kruk insta-called. The [poker card="ad"] peeled off on the river, giving Kruk a flush and leaving Smaron drawing dead to the [poker card="2h"] river. Smaron exited in ninth place for $110,389. Roughly twenty minutes later, Sylvain Loosli put Russia’s Arsenii Malinov to the test for all his chips. When folded to in the small blind, Loosli raised enough to put Malinov all in with [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"]. Malinov made the call with [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"] and just needed to hold to secure a double up. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"] flop gave Loosli two pair and a stranglehold on the hand. When the [poker card="2s"] hit the turn it was all over for Malinov who watched a meaningless [poker card="js"] hit the river. Malinov finished in eighth place for $152,113. In a span of 20 minutes, Kruk went from the chip lead to the rail. As the stacks evened out, Drinan put in an early raise with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"]. When it folded around to Kruk in the small blind, he moved all in for his final 20 big blinds with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"] only to be snap-called by Drinan. Although dominated, Kruk found some life on the [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3d"] flop. The [poker card="6h"] turn took away Kruk’s backdoor spades out and the [poker card="8h"] ended his run in seventh place for $209,609. With six left, Suraj Mishra found himself in great shape to retake the chip lead he started the day with. After Drinan opened with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"], Mishra shipped nearly 25 blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. After taking some time, Drinan made the call. Mishra went from dominating to dominated after Drinan hit a set on the [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"] flop. The [poker card="5d"] opened up some flush draw outs or Mishra but the [poker card="kc"] river sent him home in sixth place, good for $288,836. The hand gave Drinan a considerable chip lead, which he never gave up. When just over 10 big blinds left in his stack, Loosli moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="4h"] and was called by Drinan in the big blind with the [poker card="as"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Loosli some additional outs but the [poker card="qd"] turn and [poker card="9d"] river was of no help. The former WSOP November Niner was forced to settle for sixth place and $398,010. Drinan spent the better part of the next thirty minutes padding his chip lead before he got into an all-in confrontation with former #1 ranked Chris Oliver. Oliver put in a raise for the majority of his stack with [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"] only to be three-bet by Drinan holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. Oliver made the call, putting his tournament at risk. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"] flop gave both players a pair but Oliver failed to improve through the [poker card="4s"] turn and the [poker card="td"] river. Oliver finished in fourth place for $548,450. Viktor Ustimov was next in Drinan’s sights. After Ustimov put in a raise with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"], Drinan moved all in with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. Ustimov made the call and saw he was flipping for a shot to get back into the tournament. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"][poker card="js"] left Ustimov looking for a lot of help, which didn’t appear on the [poker card="5c"] turn, nor the [poker card="ts"] river. Ustimov took third place and logged off with a $755,754 payday. Drinan held an overwhelming chip lead headed into his heads-up battle with Daniyar Aubakirov, however Aubakirov kept it interesting. However, even though Aubakirov secured two double-ups at different points in the match, Drinan was not going to be denied. Drinan found his way back to a better than 4:1 chip lead when Aubakirov moved his final fifteen big blinds all in with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. When Drinan made the call with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"], Aubakirov was on the verge of his third double up. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="4s"] flop gave both top pair, but Aubakirov’s kicker was in play. The turn was the [poker card="8s"] but it was the [poker card="9c"] river that gave Drinan the hand, the tournament and his first career gold bracelet. Aubakirov finished as the runner-up and walked away with a $1,041,414 score. On the final tournament of the 2020 World Series of Poker, Connor Drinan locked up a $1,423,049 first-place prize, his first WSOP gold bracelet, and a $100,000 must-win bracelet side bet against Daniel Negreanu. Final Table Payouts Connor Drinan - $1,423,049 Daniyar Aubakirov - $1,041,414 Viktor Ustimov - $755,754 Chris Oliver - $548,450 Sylvain Loosli - $398,010 Suraj Mishra - $288,836 Christopher Kruk - $209,609 Arsenii Malinov - $152,113 Kenneth Smaron - $110,389

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