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Earlier this week, longtime PocketFiver and all-around good guy Chris FoxWallace (pictured) won a $10,000 HORSE event at the World Series of Poker. Considered one of the most prestigious bracelets up for grabs this year, the $10,000 HORSE event drew exactly 200 entrants and featured a litany of brand name pros. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- "I played online and got tired of No Limit Hold'em," Wallace told PocketFives in an exclusive interview on Thursday from Las Vegas. "I started with Limit Hold'em and then played No Limit. After my first million hands of No Limit online, I got tired of it. I wanted to learn new games and have fun. I love Mixed Games now. They keep me interested because I get to play a new game constantly. My win rate in Mixed Games online was much higher than anyone could have achieved in Limit Hold'em." Wallace Tweeted when four players remained, "$160K locked up. Happy investors tonight!" When asked what percentage of the $10K he sold, his response was "more than half," and added, "It was pretty easy to sell. I put a $50,000 package for the WSOP up and it sold out pretty quickly." Heads-up, Wallace went toe-to-toe with another longtime PocketFiver, Randy mavsrule3Ohel, who began the final day of play as the chip leader. Wallace said of Ohel's play, "I think he played really well. He's a strong player. He was put in a couple of tough spots at the end." Ohel won a bracelet in 2012 in Triple Draw. Complicating matters for Ohel(pictured) and company was Wallace's image. "I was one of the more aggressive players at the table," Fox said, "so it was hard for Randy to make big folds because of the history we had and the way the tournament had played out." As a result, the Minnesota resident won his first bracelet at his first WSOP final table. We spoke to Fox around 8:00am in Las Vegas and the bracelet winner was bright-eyed and awake. He said his sleep schedule has been turned upside down over the last few days and, to celebrate his big win, he hit up the bars in Sin City. "Some friends came down and the people on my rail came with me," Wallace told us. "I knew I wasn't going to go to sleep anytime soon, so we went out and partied until 9:00am that day." The field of the $10,000 HORSE event was a mix of the old guard and new poker superstars. Daniel Negreanu, Greg Mueller, Calvin cal42688 Anderson, and Bill Chen were among the 24 players who cashed, leading Wallace to note, "The common ground of the field was that almost everyone was smart and had played long enough to learn games well. It's probably the toughest field I've ever played in next to the $10K Razz field a few days before." He joked, "Someone sent me a list of players who made Day 2 of the HORSE event and the only name I didn't recognize was my own." Finally, don't expect Wallace to rest on his laurels for the rest of the WSOP. Instead, he plans to enter the $10K Stud event, the Dealer's Choice tournament, and other events he had already planned to. The only change appears to be skipping the $1,500 HORSE tournament that starts on Thursday due to several radio appearances and a bracelet ceremony in the afternoon. PocketFivers have scooped 10 WSOP bracelets this year and generated $8.1 million in winnings from 51 final table appearances, an average of $158,000 apiece. The record for bracelets won by the PocketFives community in a year is 23, set in 2011. This year, PocketFivers are on pace for 28. Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada, sponsors our WSOP coverage. Congrats again to Chris Fox Wallace on his first gold bracelet! He has been one of our favorites throughout the years and an integral part of the success of our community. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
"Really happy for my friend Chris FoxWallace (pictured), who has had the discipline to grind for years and years and finally got a big hit last night with the $507K and World Series of Poker bracelet. One of the real good guys in poker, a deserving champion." Those were comments from PocketFives co-founder Adam Smallon Facebook following Wallace's big win in a $10,000 HORSE event at the WSOP in Las Vegas for his first bracelet. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Wallace, who is fresh off hosting a live poker event on behalf of PocketFives at Running Aces Harness Park in his native Minnesota, defeated fellow PocketFiver Randy mavsrule3 Ohel. Both have been members of PocketFives since the year we opened our doors. The newest WSOP bracelet winner told WSOP officials, "If I were going to pick an event to win, this would be it. It feels great." WSOP coverage added, "The $10K HORSE event is known to be one of the more prestigious events at the WSOP. It always brings out the best players in the world, and that was very true of this field." Past winners have included David BakesBaker (2012) and Fabrice Soulier (2011). The tournament marked Wallace's fifth WSOP cash and he started play on Tuesday fourth in chips, with the entire field trailing cash game specialist Tommy Hang. Wallace and Ohel were nearly even heads-up until the former hit sixes-full during Stud; Ohel mucked to drop a pot worth 1.3 million. An hour later, the tournament was over, with Wallace busting Ohel during Stud 8 play. Wallace was boisterous on Twitter throughout the night, at one point Tweeting, "4 left, $160k locked up. Happy investors tonight!" Then, it took all of two words to announce to the community that he had scored his first WSOP bracelet and a half-million dollars: "Ship it!" In a thread on PocketFives, members of our community lent their congratulations to Wallace, with Lenailposting, "Congrats Chris, so much happy for you, enjoy the end of the night!" Longtime PocketFiver that_pope added, "Wow, very impressive. I didn't know he was playing at that level to not only enter, but also win a tough $10K HORSE WSOP event." The final table was stacked with poker talent, including a former #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings(Calvin cal42688 Anderson, pictured) and bracelet winners Richard Ashby, Max Pescatori, and Bill Chen: 1st Place: Chris FoxWallace - $507,614 2nd Place: Randy mavsrule3Ohel - $313,715 3rd Place: Richard Sklar - $206,499 4th Place: Richard Ashby - $150,625 5th Place: Max Pescatori - $112,066 6th Place: Lee Goldman - $84,844 7th Place: Bill Chen - $65,273 8th Place: Calvin cal42688Anderson - $50,966 Also on Tuesday, PocketFiver Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche (pictured) picked up his second gold bracelet of the year, this time in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event. Nitsche also won this year's WSOP National Championshipin Atlantic City, which awards a bracelet to its winner, and became the youngest three-time bracelet winner in history at the age of 23, surpassing Phil Ivey, who was 24 when he won his third WSOP event. We don't see Nitsche being content with three bracelets, either. He told WSOP staff, "I have been playing poker for seven years. At this rate, I really think I can catch [Phil] Hellmuth [who has 13 bracelets]. Of course, he and Phil Ivey are great players, so to be talked in the same breath as them is really something for me. I will just say I am really proud to come to Las Vegas where I have enjoyed a lot of success over the years." Here's how the final table of the $1K event shook out: 1st Place: Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche - $335,659 2nd Place: Dave doubledave22 D'Alesandro - $208,931 3rd Place: Bob Bounahra - $145,229 4th Place: Zachary HustlerGrune Gruneberg - $104,594 5th Place: Thayer THAY3R Rasmussen - $76,443 6th Place: Jeff Gross - $56,549 7th Place: Eric earck Milas - $42,382 8th Place: Billy Horan - $32,168 9th Place: David Burt - $24,702 PocketFivers are up to 10 WSOP bracelets through 23 events and are on pace for 28, which would blow away our best mark ever (23 bracelets in 2011). Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
[caption width="640"] The Next Level Poker Series is going to take poker to the next level.[/caption] Poker players in the Midwest suddenly have another reason to be excited thanks to the launch of the newest poker tournament series, Next Level Poker. Created, in part, by WSOP bracelet winner Chris Wallace, Next Level is set to host their first event in late November. “Some of the passionate poker players in the United States call the Midwest home,” said Wallace. “And we knew there was no better place to launch Next Level Poker than right there.“ The first series runs November 5 - 26 at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa, right on the border of Iowa and Minnesota. The casino is two hours from Minneapolis-St. Paul and just over two hours from Des Moines. PocketFives has partnered with Next Level Poker and to help promote the launch of his new series and will be hosting the PocketFives Invitational on November 21. The eight-handed sit-n-go will award a seat to the $750 buy-in Championship event plus over $300 in other prizes. The PocketFives Invitational will be live-streamed on Twitch. Click here for more information on how you can get a seat to this event. Next Level Poker plans on paying out roughly 16% of the field in their Championship events. This is designed to give recreational players a better chance of cashing than other local tournaments. “Everything we’re building here is done with players of all skill levels in mind,” said Wallace. “First and foremost, poker is a fun game played by more than just the pros. We need to keep that in mind.” The Championship Event, which has a $675 + $75 buy-in, features three starting flights, with the first on Friday, November 24. The second and third flights are on Saturday, November 25 with the event playing down to a winner, also live on Twitch, on Sunday, November 26. For more information on Next Level Poker, including upcoming events, visit NextLevel.poker. Next Level Poker at Diamond Jo Casino Schedule DATETIMEEVENTBUY-INNOTES Nov. 512 PMStep Up #1$40 + $101 in 6 wins a Step Up #2 Seat + $150 cash Nov. 1212 PMStep Up #2$75 + $151 in 6 wins a Step Up #3 Seat + $250 cash Nov. 1912 PMStep Up #3$170 + $301 in 6 wins a Championship Seat + $270 cash Nov. 216 PMPocketFives Invitational$0Over $1000 in prizes incl. a Championship seat Nov. 226 PMThe Tune Up$170 + $30* Nov. 245 PMChampionship Event Day 1A$675 + $75Re-entry allowed, 40-minute levels Nov. 2510 AMChampionship Event Day 1B$675 + $75Re-entry allowed, 40-minute levels Nov. 255 PMChampionship Event Day 1C$675 + $75Re-entry allowed, 40-minute levels Nov. 263 PMNext Level Charity Event$125 + $25 + $25Benefitting Francis Lauer Youth Services
The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event went from 1,286 players down to 354 on Tuesday Those left are deep in the money and guaranteed $34,845, and it’s Dean Morrone holding the chip lead entering Day 5. Former NFL star Richard Seymour was one of the big stacks to advance. Morrone Leads the Way Morrone is a Canadian player and a qualifier from 888poker. He’s making his first career WSOP cash with his run in this year’s WSOP Main Event and it’s also his largest live tournament score to date as he entered the tournament with just $10,138 in live earnings. Morrone entered Day 4 with 365,000 before he went on to finish with 4.98 million and the lead. Other big stacks in the group behind Morrone on the leaderboard were Lars Bonding (4.04 million), Michael Messick (3.925 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (3.9 million), and Henrik Hecklen (3.862 million) to round out the top five. Morrone’s fellow 888poker qualifier Mihai Manole finished the day with a very healthy 3.781 million. Top 10 Chip Counts Dean Morrone - 4,980,000 Lars Bonding - 4,040,000 Michael Messick - 3,925,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 3,900,000 Henrik Hecklen - 3,862,000 Mihai Manole - 3,781,000 Robert Heidorn - 3,700,000 Sean Mills - 3,692,000 Christopher Wynkoop - 3,563,000 Andrew Brokos - 3,518,000 Former NFL Star Richard Seymour On the Rush Former NFL star and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour was among those to advance to Day 5. He spoke with The Fives Poker Podcast at the end of Day 3 about his sixth time playing the WSOP Main Event being a charm and things only got sweeter on Tuesday. Seymour came into the day with 275,000 and quickly got his stack up to 400,000. It wasn’t long before he reached 1 million in chips and then the progression only continued after he was moved to one of the secondary features tables. Seymour bagged up 2.75 million in chips, but he wasn’t the only former NFL player to move on. Eric Stocz, who spent time in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, reached the money in the WSOP Main Event for the second time in his poker career. He’s already outperformed the 402nd-place finish he netted in 2011 that earned him $30,974 and will only be looking for more. Stocz bagged 350,000 for Day 5. Former PocketFives #1 Players Performing Well A handful of former PocketFives #1 players are performing well and have advanced to Day 4 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Fabrizio Gonzalez bagged 2.916 million, Chris Hunichen finished with 2.617 million, and Yuri Dzivielevski ended with 1.79 million. Hunichen bagged those chips despite losing one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far. He got involved in a big one with David Guay and Guay flopped a set of tens against Hunichen’s pocket kings. The hand resulted in a full double for Guay and took a dent of about 1.2 million out of Hunichen’s stack. Eight from Pennsylvania Still Alive Pennsylvania online poker has been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When sites do go live there will be a handful of players with some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs in this WSOP Main Event. Eight players from Pennsylvania remain, with Thomas Parkes of Alburtis finishing Day 4 with the most chips at 3.172 million. Pittsburgh’s Chad Power is next with 2.78 million, and then it’s Matthew Sabia (1.81 million), Kenneth Smaron (1.806 million), Edward Pham (1.43 million), Jake Schindler (1.168 million), Donald Dombach (799,000), and Matt Glantz (690,000). Yoon, Esfandiari, Cheong Among Bracelet Winners Remaining In addition to all the names that have been mentioned, Brian Yoon (2.622 million), Antonio Esfandiari (2.583 million), Craig McCorkell (2.5 million), Chris Wallace (1.98 million), and Joseph Cheong (1.958 million) represent some of the WSOP gold bracelet winners still in the field. Yoon and Esfandiari are both three-time gold bracelet winners who have had some deep runs in the WSOP Main Event before. Yoon has finished in the top 60 on three separate occasions (2018, 2016, and 2011), and Esfandiari finished 24th in 2009. McCorkell took 13th in 2014, and Wallace finished 32nd in 2017. We also know very much about Cheong’s third-place finish behind Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener in 2010 that earned him $4.13 million. All Former Main Event Champs Gone Of course, not every player could advance. Three former WSOP Main Event champions began the day, with Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Qui Nguyen still in the field, but all three of them busted out on Day 4. Moneymaker finished 687th for $20,200, Chan took 560th for $24,560, and Nguyen went out 455th for $30,780. Nguyen’s bust came when he got the last of his chips in with pocket fives only to lose out to an opponent’s two sixes. With no former WSOP Main Event champions in the field, we will see a brand new winner in 2019. Others to bust on Day 4 were Ricky Guan (362nd - $34,845), Scott Lazar (388th - $34,845), Jean-Robert Bellande (415th - $30,780), Bryan Campanello (435th - $30,780), Josh Arieh (485th - $27,390), Adam Owen (570th - $24,560), and Cliff Josephy (759th - $20,200). Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Wednesday, July 10 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.