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According to PokerNews, the real identities of three high-stakes online poker players have been confirmed. The news site said, "Macau high-stakes player Paul Phua is indeed MalACEsia, while Chun Lei Zhou (pictured) has stepped out as samrostan, the player formerly known as patpatpanda.'" Zhou, who admitted being the man behind two of the three high-stakes accounts, told PokerNews, "Yes, patpatpanda is me, samrostan is me. I played for a long time and lost some money. Then, I changed my account to samrostan." According to data from HighStakesDB, Zhou's samrostan account is down $6.2 million since the site began tracking it in 2011. Meanwhile, the patpatpanda account, which also belongs to Zhou, is down $2.6 million lifetime, according to HighStakesDB. As PokerNews put it, "Zhou is down more than $8.8 million" and holds the fourth and 12th biggest losing accounts ever. Despite being in the red, he told PokerNews that he's not deterred: "It's okay. Before, I only played No Limit Hold'em games. Sometimes no one played me, so I learned other ring games and lost a lot of money. I love to play poker." His patpatpanda account has played three hands where the pot size reached $300,000, the largest of which was worth $553,000 and came late last year. He has also been playing against some fierce competition, including Viktor Isildur1Blom and Ben Bttech86 Tollerene. On his mentality about playing, Zhou explained to PokerNews, "[Sometimes] I'm so tired, but I keep playing [and] that's when I lose a lot. Sometimes you have to know when to quit, but I never quit. When I'm winning, I want to bust them. Sometimes I'm running good and they quit. A lot of people quit, but when I lose money, they will stay and play. I will play, too. When they quit, I'm still play, play, play. If I'm winning, I still play. If I lose back, maybe I'll go to sleep." The MalACEsia account, which Phua(pictured) is the man behind, is down $4.25 million since HighStakesDB began tracking it one year ago. However, he has seemingly made up for at least part of that bleeding on the live circuit. According to the Hendon Mob, Phua has almost $3 million in live scores, including a $1.6 million hit for winning a High Roller Event in London in 2012. Last April, Phua cashed for $340,000 in the WSOP APAC's High Roller Rebuy and followed that up with a third place finish in the APT Manila Millions for another $405,000. A few days ago, he finished sixth in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller Event in Monaco for more than a half-million dollars. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed. Images courtesy PokerKing and PokerPortal
As the poker world watched the 2019 World Series of Poker final table get underway, the online poker scene was in the news as well; all be it for different reasons. partypoker saw their online schedule thrown into disarray after a software crash across the entire network that affected not only poker but also their sports and casino offerings. Despite the expected player grievances, Dusk Till Dawn owner & partypoker partner Rob Yong responded via Twitter and his forthrightness approach on the situation was met with all-around positivity. Yong stated the issues surrounding the software and said he would be happy to look into any complaints submitted. https://twitter.com/rob_yong_/status/1150524660922093568 Despite this, the online poker action did occur across multiple other clients, including PokerStars, 888poker, and GGPoker. Russia and Brazil dominated the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million, after players from these two nations occupied the top five places. The guarantee was once again defeated as 10,983 entrants created a $1,098,200 prize pool. Brazil's 'DigoLuiz', 'Galochina10' and 'JúlioFantin' took fifth, fourth and third place respectively, with 'JúlioFantin' awarded the biggest prize of the three for $59,353. The Russian duo of 'Jigan7' and 'kolobcheena' then agreed to a money-deal before the final battle commenced. 'Jigan7' was the unlucky last player to hit the rail and banked $85,742 for their share of the deal, as 'kolobcheena' was crowned this champion alongside $108,759. 'NoHayMiedo*' defeated Philipp 'philbort' Gruissem heads-up to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller. A field of just 47 entrants created a $94,000 prize pool with the top five places paid. 'SsicK_OnE' took fifth for $6,785, 'WushuTM' fourth for $10,360 and 'WhaTisL0v3' picked up the bronze for $15,819. An extra $12,000 was on the line in the final showdown, and it was German pro Gruissem who was unable to convert his deep run into victory and settled for $24,154 as runner-up, with 'NoHayMiedo*' banking $36,881 for the win. 'ezepoker90' added another $70,000 to their steller online CV after victory in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. The former WCOOP champion came through a 782 player-field and a heads-up match against 'solanj' for the win. 'ameliaroy007' exited in third place for $17,753 + $7,089 in bounties, before 'solanj' was the final departure for $24,220 + $7,177. 'ezepoker90' picked up the gold and the final bounty prize for $33,043 + $37,535. Tomi 'elmerixx' Brouk won the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday Cooldown for $19,433 + $23,656 in bounties. World ranked #4 'C.Darwin2' claimed fourth place for $8,155 + $5,250, before 'felipebeltra' departed in third for $10,892 + $2,875. 'geokrinikali' then fell at the final hurdle for $14,549 + $9,781 and Brouk added another gold medal to his profile. The $10k Sunday Blade once again returned to the GGPoker Sunday schedule after an absence and 'Chun Lei Zhou' picked up the win from a 23 player-field for $116,569. It was also a good day for 'emb3zzle' who secured gold and bronze medals in the Blades. A third-place finish in the $10k for $36,014, was followed by victory in the $5k Sunday Blade for $59,789, after a heads-up win over 'SasukeUchiha', who banked $36,746. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 10,982 entrants, $1,098,200 prize pool kolobcheena - $108,759* Jigan7 - $85,742* JúlioFantin - $59,353 Galochina10 - $43,073 DigoLuiz - $31,258 Graeme7777 - $22,684 alex6255 - $16,462 Voogii1990 - $11,946 FazoMisiek - $8,669 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $85k Gtd 47 entrants, $94,000 prize pool NoHayMiedo* - $36,881 philbort - $24,154 WhaTisL0v3 - $15,819 WushuTM - $10,360 SsicK_OnE - $6,785 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 782 entrants, $391,000 prize pool ezepoker90 - $33,043 + $37,535 (in bounties) solanj - $24,220 + $7,177 ameliaroy007 - $17,753 + $7,089 cantstopmeAA - $13,013 + $1,875 Messiraise - $9,538 + $3,474 7betfold - $6,991 + $6,367 oldfandango - $5,125 + $3,921 69sBigLick - $3,756 + $1,898 LAP1293 - $2,753 + $2,117 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $100k Gtd 614 entrants, $122,800 prize pool justnl2 - $21,307 mahmuttt88 - $15,462 ZeDudinho - $11,220 Tom_Poker_NL - $8,142 icedavid - $5,909 DanniDiWeedo - $4,288 ZeBaronjù - $3,112 komarolo22 - $2,258 izzy83 - $1,638 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, PKO] $100k Gtd 72 entrants, $144,000 prize pool elmerixx - $19,433 + $23,656 geokrinikali - $14,549 + $9,781 felipebeltra - $10,892 + $2,875 C. Darwin2 - $8,155 + $5,250 jutrack - $6,105 + $4,312 herr_01 - $4,571 + $1,000 ARTSchGamble - $3,422 + $1,000 cskar4e1 - $2,562 + $3,250 888poker $100,000 $215 Sunday Mega Deep 442 entrants – $100,000 prize pool _rudinhos_ - $19,350 cuadrado12 - $14,500 stormtm - $11,000 BehindSpace - $8,250 HellChicKKen - $5,700 __APO__1 - $4,400 Matuseleh - $3,400 jayzcc888 - $2,4000 n1ck805 - $1,750 GGPoker $10k Sunday Blade $100,000 Gtd 23 entrants, $223,100 prize pool Chun Lei Zhou - $116,569 pihler13 - $70,515 emb3zzle - $36,014 GGPoker $5k Sunday Blade $50,000 Gtd 23 entrants, $133,000 prize pool emb3zzle - $59,789 SasukeUchiha - $36,746 SpotOnJoe - $22,584 PyramidOfSkulls - $13,880 *denotes heads-up
Another partypoker Powerfest series came to a finish on Sunday, with a boatload of six-figure prizes up for grabs. 'Junglemandan' topped a 131-player field in the partypoker Powerfest $10,300 #73-SHR to win $276,511. The prize pool rose to $1,310,000 to beat the $1,000,000 guarantee, with the final four all locking up six-figures. 'MARL0' banked $111,350 in fourth, before 'Amadeus_Mozart' took the bronze for $157,200. A deal was then made by the final two with 'PayAndPlay' ultimately rewarded with $240,807 after 'Junglemandan' came out of heads-up victorious. The partypoker Powerfest $1050 Phased #05-HR: $750k Final title went to 'Hendlmann69' after battling through an 863 player field. 'Hendlmann69' captured the $148,656 top-prize after a heads-up win over 'Chasse-Neige,' who settled for $124,429 as runner-up. 'BreakingTheLaw' became a Powerfest champion in the $2,100 #74-HR: $750k Gtd PKO, winning $56,188 + $67,823 in bounties. 'Kronktheman' took the silver medal for $56,115 + $31,237, with 'Pablos' banking $38,095 + $12,698 in third. Over on PokerStars, 'S.totuli' turned a re-entry in the $109 Sunday Million into a first-place finish and $107,200 after a three-way deal in the 11,881 entrant event. With just three left to battle, a money-deal was agreed to, before 'volldemar88' hit the rail with the bronze and $80,391. There was money still left to play for, as well as the honor, and when the final chips went into the middle, it was Canada's 'Benfica10' that departed as runner-up for $81,929. Tomi 'elmerixx' Brouk defeated 'WATnlos' to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller following a heads-up deal. Both the final two players were in for three bullets but saw their ROI increase when 'dragonwarior' departed in third place for $25,993. 'WATnlos' then exited with $36,752 as part of the money-deal, with Brouk taking the win alongside $41,024. 'deivid29' took down the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for payday worth over $83,000. The prizepool hit $503,000 after 1,006 entrants stumped up the entry fee and the final table featured 'WATnlos' and 'imluckbox', who exited in fifth and sixth place respectiveltly. 'Faaaarst' was awarded with $22,266 + $6,507 in bounties for their third-place finish, before 'DEMOS1976' banked $30,376 + $1,781 as runner-up, and 'deivid29' took the $41,442 + $42,172 first-place prize. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 11,881 entrants, $1,188,100 prize pool S.totuli - $107,200* Benfica10 - $81,929* volldemar88 - $80,391* TheZQ - $45,730 rodtrader - $33,186 paila02 - $24,083 Sergio1306 - $17,477 123jeffrey - $12,683 IvanDouglasu - $9,204 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $125k Gtd 92 entrants, $184,000 prize pool elmerixx - $41,024* WATnlos - $36,752* dragonwarior - $25,993 girafganger7 - $19,985 imluckbox - $15,366 calitox - $11,814 anteen - $9,083 hello_totti - $6,984 tinnoemulder - $6,153 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $350k Gtd 1,006 entrants, $503,000 prize pool deivid29 - $41,442 + $42,172 (in bounties) DEMOS1976 - $30,376 + $1,781 Faaaarst - $22,266 + $6,507 T-Macha - $16,320 + $4,215 WATnlos - $11,963 + $5,378 imluckbox - $8,769 + $6,847 Corlusion - $6,427 + $2,382 TruthBeTold7 - $4,711 + $2,500 biezpienelis - $3,453 + $3,953 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $100 Gtd 768 entrants, $153,600 prize pool leopeluca - $26,096 I am Bobbie - $18,938 SENSIMIL1 - $13,743 JDeox - $9,973 belinda74 - $7,237 nilsef - $5,252 alxwhitty - $3,811 luisdono - $2,766 lb6121 - $2,007 partypoker Powerfest $10,300 #73-SHR: $1m Gtd 131 entrants, $1,310,000 prize pool Junglemandan - $276,511* PayAndPlay - $240,807* Amadeus_Mozart - $157,200 MARL0 - $111,350 Tigerbluff - $78,600 AndreyBolkonsky - $62,225 DasIstMirWurst - $49,518 Kroat.. - $39,300 Krissyb24 - $29,082 partypoker Powerfest $2,100 #74-HR: $750k Gtd PKO 365 entrants, $750,000 prize pool BreakingTheLaw - $56,188 + $67,823 (in bounites) Kronktheman - $56,115 + $31,237 Pablos - $38,095 + $12,698 Hex Veldluis - $27,875 + $17,062 MahmoudMokhtar - $19,853 + $12,993 b_chess - $14,719 + $8,006 Van_Vian_Van - $10,227 + $4,068 Qwerty1234 - $7,460 + $1,968 partypoker Powerfest $1050 Phased #05-HR: $750k Final 863 entrants, $911,500 prize pool Hendlmann69 - $148,656 Chasse-Neige - $124,429 kgroqigmqtbmqom - $75,745 showers - $51,044 aintnofish - $36,004 GandaGajo - $25,795 Soothsayer - $18,230 RuiNF - $12,669 888poker $100,000 $215 Sunday Mega Deep 463 entrants – $100,000 prize pool GandaCu88 - $19,350 p1n1she45 - $14,500 lucasarouck - $11,000 Colt452ZZ - $8,250 VanUKR - $5,700 marksteve - $4,400 chrischarade - $3,400 HarSh_11 - $2,400 vrangler14 - $1,750 GGPoker Sunday Blade $10k 29 entrants, $281,300 prize pool Chun Lei Zhou - $126,456 MiMosa1 - $77,719 emb3zzle - $47,766 HE22 - $29,357 *denotes money-deal