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  1. As you might know, on Tuesday night, PocketFives was camped out at Borgata in Atlantic City watching the finale of the first ever live PocketFives Open. Accordingly, we missed the premiere of ESPN's coverage of the Big One for One Drop, which created such a buzz in the mainstream world that we felt compelled to record a rerun and write about what ESPN commentator Lon McEachern argued could qualify as the "worst beat in the history of tournament poker." --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- The Big One for One Drop took place several weeks ago as part of the World Series of Poker and featured 42 players putting up a $1 million buy-in. One of them, PocketFiver Connor blanconegroDrinan (pictured above), called all-in pre-flop with pocket aces in a hand against Cary Katz, who also had aces. It seemed like a sure bet for a chop. In fact, ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad kept spouting lines about the hand and why it was taking so long, including "The edge here belongs to Katz, who holds the ace of spades, the prettiest card in the deck." Chad was right… almost. Meanwhile, Scott Seiver, who was also at the table, pointed out, "I'm not saying this is going to happen, but this is how I busted with 11 left in the $10K last week." Talk about bad karma. Drinan and Katz were both 2% to win heading to the flop, which had two hearts and bumped Katz to 5% to win. The turn was – you guessed it – another heart, improving Katz to 20% to win. Reigning One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari then uncomfortably said, "I feel like it might." Might it did. The river was the deuce of hearts, instantly drawing profanity and leaving McEachern saying that the hand might be "the worst beat in the history of tournament poker." As Chad chimed in, "A million-dollar buy-in wiped out with aces versus aces." Drinan was sent to the rails and Katz (pictured) raked in a very lucky pot, moving up to second in chips with 114 big blinds. The hand prompted a front page article on Yahoo on Wednesday, the day after the first two hours of the One Drop aired. Outlets like the Toronto Sun, USA Today, and SI.com all wrote about it and my wife, when I told her I was writing about this hand for PocketFives, said, "I saw an article and can tell you what happens." That's how you know it's big. One YouTube version of the hand had a stunning 5.3 million views, which you can add to by clicking here. The One Drop continues next Tuesday on ESPN, which provided the images used in this article. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Allegations against Valeriu Coca (pictured) for cheating in the $10,000 Heads-Up event at the World Series of Poker were lodged last month. However, six weeks later, no resolution has been reached, according to WSOP officials. Coca has not been found to have committed any wrongdoing. Seth Palansky, WSOP Vice President for Corporate Communications, told PocketFives on Friday, "The regulators have updated us on their progress. They have made significant progress on the case, but are still awaiting results from the forensics lab used in the city to process all evidence. We aren't sure where the playing cards sit in the cue, but until those results are back, this case will remain open and under active investigation." Opponents charged that Coca used invisible ink to mark cards and then wore special sunglasses that allowed him to see his handy work. He called the allegations a "fantasy" and added, "The players who lost are very good, so they just don't believe they could lose to me for an honest reason... I have no way of marking cards or any other tricks… This is not gentlemanly, to lose and cry foul. They are not gentlemen." He received his $54,000 prize for cashing in the tournament. Palansky told us when word first broke about the allegations that "preliminary testing of the card showed no markings or use of any foreign solution. Further tests will be done to confirm initial." Connor blanconegroDrinan, Pratyush Buddiga, Matt Marafioti, and Aaron Mermelstein led the charge against Coca, who reportedly has come under fire in Czech casinos for marking cards. Byron Kaverman, who played Coca heads-up in the WSOP event, said "he was 100% sure the guy was trying to cheat and was watching the cards very closely as the dealer dealt off the deck," according to Drinan. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. After facing off against a Moldovan poker player in the WSOP $10K Heads-up No Limit Hold'em Championship, several respected grinders have become suspicious that they were cheated by their opponent. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- After rumors and speculation had run rampant online and at the WSOP, Connor blanconegroDrinan and Pratyush Buddiga took to 2+2 to explain their allegations. Both players were matched up against Valeriu Coca (pictured) in the heads-up event, with Buddiga being the first to lose. He complained that initially, Coca had played in a very slow and passive style before picking up the pace and aggression later on in the match. He told Drinan that his opponent exhibited strange behavior throughout the contest, including stalling by rechecking his cards from different angles after he clearly had decided to fold. Comparing notes, Drinan replied that Coca had done the same during his match. But initially, after folding several hands to Drinan's pre-flop raises, the pro got the impression that the match would be a walk in the park. Coca's playing style soon changed, however, and from then on he seemed to make all the right decisions, leaving his opponents frustrated and perplexed. "From that point on, I won very few pots the rest of the match," complained Drinan(pictured). "Every time I had a good starting hand, he folded. If I had a bad one, he raised or re-raised. If I whiffed a flop, he attacked my c-bets. If I whiffed and went for a delayed c-bet, he blasted the turn into me every time." Drinan described the contest as the most frustrating match of his life. Coca soon had a large chip lead, leading Drinan to raise all-in pre-flop with 3-3. "He snap-called me with K-5o… I held and won my only significant pot of the match, but he went back to work grinding me down… and then won a flip to end the match." Drinan left the casino with the sneaking suspicion that his opponent had used some sort of method to get a leg up in the contest. He contacted Buddiga, along with Matt Marafioti and Aaron Mermelstein, all three of whom had been dispatched by Coca. They all agreed that they had "felt totally owned and couldn't win a pot" and all noticed the strange card-checking behavior. They then warned Coca's next opponent, Byron Kaverman, and contacted WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel in the hopes launching an investigation. The next day, Drinan received a Facebook message from a Czech friend, which made him even more suspicious of his Moldovan opponent. "He has [a] ban in Czech poker casinos for cheating," he said. "Guy was marking cards." Kaverman (pictured) was up next, but armed with his knowledge of Coca, had covered his cards well and asked for several deck changes. Even so, he wasn't able to take down the match and felt that his friends' suspicions of Coca had been spot on. "He said he was 100% sure the guy was trying to cheat and was watching the cards very closely as the dealer dealt off the deck," relayed Drinan. As Coca progressed, WSOP staff turned up the heat and began watching his play very closely. Eventually, Keith Lehr busted the Moldovan in fifth place. Drinan and Buddiga believe that Coca was possibly using some sort of invisible ink to mark the cards while wearing special sunglasses that would allow him to see it. WSOP Vice President of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky responded to player concerns announcing on Twitter that an investigation on the issue had begun. In an update, Palansky stated, "Preliminary testing of the card showed no markings or use of any foreign solution. Further test will be done to confirm initial." Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. On Thursday, Twitter erupted over allegations that Valeriu Coca (pictured) may have cheated during the World Series of Poker's $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event. Connor blanconegroDrinan spoke on behalf of several players charging that Coca was possibly using invisible ink to mark the cards while wearing special sunglasses that would allow him to see it. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- WSOP's Seth Palansky revealed on Thursday that preliminary testing of the cards found nothing out of the ordinary. Meanwhile, PokerNewscaught up with Coca, who is apparently still in Las Vegas and playing at the WSOP. Coca told the site, "This is a fantasy. The players who lost are very good, so they just don't believe they could lose to me for an honest reason." Contrary to reports, Coca told PokerNews that he, in fact, has received his $54,000 in prize money. Word on the street was that the payout was withheld pending an investigation. Coca added, "I don't even know how they think this is possible. I have no way of marking cards or any other tricks… This is not gentlemanly, to lose and cry foul. They are not gentlemen. They lose and they think they must have been cheated. They are just looking for a way to explain why such strong players would lose to a much weaker one." Palansky told PocketFives on Friday, "The investigation is ongoing and it has no timetable attached to it. When we've completed the investigation, we'll update the public/media on the results." What really happened, if anything, remains to be seen. WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel(pictured) posted on Twitter on Thursday, "We take integrity very seriously, as evidenced by our lifetime bans, and would enjoy nothing more than catching a cheater in our midst." As one poster on Two Plus Two put it, "The guy isn't a cheat as we know now. Also, enough time has gone by that the WSOP is aware of the decks, has access to the cameras, and nothing has turned up indicating he was cheating. That makes it really look like the 'young pros' are just sore losers here." Posters on the forum showed close-up pictures of Coca's sunglasses, which appeared as if they could have had an embedded lens, but the blurriness of the images made them inconclusive. We shall see. We'll keep you posted on the latest right here on PocketFives. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  5. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu won his first WCOOP title on Saturday (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Daniel Negreanu has seemingly done it all in his Hall of Fame career. He’s won World Series of Poker bracelets and World Poker Tour titles. But on Saturday night Negreanu added one title to his resume that had eluded him to date when he beat Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom for his first World Championship of Online Poker title. Negreanu outlasted the 147-player field to win the $1,050 HORSE Championship and $61,865.47. Negreanu certainly didn’t have it easy. He beat out a final table that included Blom, Mike Leah and Connor Drinan. ’PAW717’ came into the final table of Event #68, $320 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha, with the second biggest stack and eventually found himself heads-up for the title with ‘QuantumX90’ before the two players started talking chop. After coming to an agreement that left a little less than $5,000 on the table to play for. After a brief heads-up battle that saw ‘PAW717’ double-up early, the Mexico-based American emerged victorious to win the first WCOOP title of his career. Last Tuesday, while Doug Polk was busy smashing Twitch records for the biggest live-streamed poker win ever, ‘bob43155’ was quietly in the background, winning the Sunday Million Special Edition event for over $400,000. And while Negreanu was the big name winning on Saturday, ‘bob43155’ managed to do something noteworthy again. ‘bob43155’ won Event #69, $700 Six Max No Limit Hold'em (Five Stack), to become the first two-time WCOOP winner this year and add another $64,081.78 in winnings. Runner-up Erik ‘Popiedejopie’ van den Berg actually ended up walking away with a little bit more than the winner as a result of a deal the final three players made while van de Berg held the chip lead. Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich managed to book the biggest score of anybody on Saturday. Geilich took down the $21,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller to win $462,182.17. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez narrowly missed winning his second WCOOP title of the year, finishing runner-up for $355,730.97. Not surprisingly, the final table was filled by some of the best players in the world. Jens Kyllonen finished third, Dani Stern was right behind him in fourth and Drinan, making his second final table of the day, came fifth. Dimitri 'MITS 304' Michaelides, who won a WCOOP event earlier this week, finished sixth. The second place finish all but guarantees that Gonzalez will win WCOOP Player of the Series. The Uruguayan grinder has cashed 21 times during the 2016 WCOOP, made four final tables and posted a win, a second, a third and a fourth place finish. Event #68 - $320 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha
 257 entries - $256,308 paid out to 29 places PAW717 - $43,626.16*
 QuantumX90 - $42,253.09*
 Andre ‘Sira Al Aziz’ Santos - $26,684.40 
Slavik_Krs - $19,587.10 
eskinazi - $14,377.49
 Matt ‘plattsburgh’ Vengrin - $10,553.48 *heads-up deal Event #69 - $700 Six Max No Limit Hold'em (Five Stack) 
764 entries - $508,060 paid out to 95 places bob43155 - $64,081.78*
 Erik ‘Popiedejopie’ van den Berg - $66,511.79* 
Raizzz - $52,010.96*
 Viliyan ‘PSMozak’ Petleshkov - $25,864.11
 Godfatti = $17,312.60
 KissMyAcePlz - $11,588.49 
 *three-way deal Event #70, $21,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller 93 entries - $1,906,500 paid out to 9 places Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich - $462,182.17 
Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez - $355,730.97 
Jens ‘Jeans89’ Kyllonen - $273,797.80 
Dani ‘supernova9’ Stern - $210,735.93 
Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan - $162,198.53
 Dimitri 'MITS 304' Michaelides - $124,840.47 Event #71: $2,100 HORSE Championship
 147 entries - $294,000 paid out to 15 places Daniel Negreanu - $61,865.47 
Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom - $48,112.18
 WTFOMFGOAO - $37,416.40
 L1TE-BR1TE - $29,098.41
 Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah - $22,629.59 
Kashmir_uzi - $17,598.81 
Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan - $13,686.46
 Childers - $10,643.82
  6. Entry Numbers were up across the board in the Sunday Majors with 2016 World Championship of Online Poker getting underway on PokerStars. Five WCOOP events started on Sunday but only one of them finished, with a recent EPT High Roller winner walking away with yet another big score. Connor Drinan, who won the EPT Barcelona €10,300 High Roller last week, walked away with the first WCOOP title of 2016 after winning Event #5 ($320 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max) for $26,614.82. Long-time PocketFives member Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski of Canada (ranked #41 worldwide) won the PokerStars Sunday Grand outright for $64,513 while also finishing runner-up in the Sunday Supersonic for another $25,533. Those two scores could catapult the former #1 player into the Top 10 worldwide once the PocketFives Rankings update later this week. Boris 'olelemaiko' Kolev of Bulgaria had a career outing Sunday when he took down the Stars $700 buy-in Super-Sized Sunday Progressive KO event for nearly $44,800 to go along with a separate bounty payout of $26,807. Australian online tournament specialist 'mjw006' (ranked #39) was the eventual winner of the Stars Sunday Supersonic for $32,249. Brazilian Joao Paulo 'joaosimaobh' Simao is making a new bid to regain his #1 overall worldwide ranking thanks to winning the $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller event for $53,197. The lower buy-in "High Roller" tournament was won by Russia's 'NikolasDLP' for $45,141. The #8-ranked Russian player is all but guaranteed a return into the Top 100 as a result. PocketFiver 'Storm1993' of Belarus outlasted more than 24,000 opponents to capture an outright victory in the Stars Sunday Storm for $24,971 -- his largest online event cash to date. 'Checktrap11' of the United Kingdom took down the 888 Poker $600 buy-in WHALE event and received $37,609. Online poker player 'Bumbi320' (who also final-tabled the WHALE) chopped the Mega Deep tournament for $26,439 with 'Zluka2010' who walked away with $24,192 in second place. PokerStars WCOOP Event #5 ($320 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max) 500 entrants - $150,000 paid out to 65 spots Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $26,614.82 RedPh0enix - $18,306.27 The TJS - $12,591.51 sleepy_seven - $8,660.76 Milana Jones - $5,957.08 Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson - $4,097.44 PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday ($700 NLHE KO) *$250K Guaranteed 799 entrants - $531,335 paid out to 89 spots Boris 'olelemaiko' Kolev - $44,799.49 WushuTM - $32,837.56 wiisssppppaa - $24,069.82 AnyTw0_Card$ - $17,643.13 Face333X - $12,932.34 68ioweyou1 - $9,479.38 Deniska114 - $6,948.34 LStrelec - $5,093.11 random.chu - $3,733.23 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$200K Guaranteed 350 entrants - $350,000 paid out to 44 spots Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski - $64,513.00 ThePateychuk - $48,374.27 (aangierr) calvin7v - $36,272.88 cswami - $27,198.78 C.Regando - $20,394.67 madsamot - $15,292.69 floppinhel - $11,467.05 M_Acevedo - $8,598.41 jdpc27 - $6,447.42 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE Six Max Hyper) *$150k Guaranteed 1,261 entrants - $258,202 paid out to 179 spots mjw006 - $32,248.83 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski - $25,533.33 thx4urm0n3y - $26,179.37 *3-way deal LittleLettuS - $11,269.16 (kyleeeOMC) mnstrkll - $7,366.33 sonmonedas - $4,815.16 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed 24,484 entrants - $244,840 paid out to 4,031 spots Grisha813 - $24,970.76 (Storm1993) Tarver05 - $17,939.42 WascllyWabit - $12,898.61 Eschcraft - $9,274.24 Dart Serg - $6,668.26 luckyme517 - $4,794.55 Gianncabj - $3,447.32 slev3333 - $2,478.66 Tipitopihase - $1,782.19 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 78 entrants - $195,000 paid out to 12 spots Joao Paulo 'joaosimaobh' Simao - $53,197 Play2Parti - $36,075 TJ_Cookier - $26,325 butihasreads - $18,525 brooooooooooo - $13,650 (tonkaaaa) PitschiPopo78 - $10,238 nips3p3 - $8,288 Tjeeeena - $6,825 (lena900) sordykrd - $5,850 (apestyles) partypoker High Roller ($530 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 469 entrants - $234,500 paid out to 54 spots BetinOleg - $45,141 (NikolasDLP) KuShMasTeR1 - $33,534 dadowiec - $24,623 P0L4R1C3 - 18,760 (Pot4teUS) mjw_006 - $13,132 jeff710 - $10,201 (YoungSupremacy) TragEV - $7,856 wellyxx - $5,511 (emeiraa) luckytedbear - $3,987 888 Poker WHALE ($600 NLHE) *$120k Guaranteed 344 entrants - $194,360 paid out to 45 spots Checktrap11 - $37,609 obvo4sal - $28,182 qOFspades14 - $21,380 Bumbi320 - $16,035 Horst878 - $11,079 Magicooo22 - $8,552 vamos_ussr - $6,608 (StatusUp) f0rmeitsegal - $4,665 buddychoc - $3,401 888 Poker Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) *$120k Guaranteed 814 entrants - $162,800 paid out to 108 spots Bumbi320 - $26,439 Zluka2010 - $24,192 *2-way deal ThaSquirrel - $15,873 nhleezy - $11,884 (craigbateman23) hellaluja - $8,384 cjcjcj16 - $6,756 sajtgul - $5,128 FU_I_M_ICM - $3,598 ds10jqka1 - $2,084
  7. The busy two-week stretch that included PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, partypoker Powerfestand 888poker XL Inferno allowed some of the best online poker players to hit some major career milestones including one player becoming just the fourth ever to crack the $10 million mark. It wasn't anything dramatic, but former #1-ranked Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski had a min-cash on PokerStars on May 14 to push his career earnings into eight-figures territory. Sikorski joins Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro, Bryan 'bparis' Paris and Chris 'moorman1' Moorman as the only players to have earned that much. Sikorski wasn't the only player to hit a big number though. Jeff 'YoungSupremacy' Hakim and 'inhoo' both moved past $8 million in earnings. Hakim finished ninth in SCOOP Event #31 High ($2,100 NLHE) to hit the magic number. Sweden's 'inhoo' added over $200,000 to his lifetime earnings over the past two weeks, with five five-figure scores including Powerfest and XL Inferno final tables and a third place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Grand. Despite losing his #1 ranking, 'lena900' surpassed $7 million in lifetime earnings. There are now six Swedish players with at least that much in earnings. Hungary's top-ranked player, Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, passed $6 million while Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan and Olli ' OgSulttaani' Ikonen both hit the $5 million mark. New Jersey saw another player hit an impressive milestone. Yong ' ykwon17' Kwon became the latest Garden State grinder to hit $1 million in earnings on the regulated sites in his home state. Triple Crown Club Gets a New Member Brazil's Durair 'Duraircwb' Do Rosario Netto won his first career Triple Crown, taking down the PokerStars Hot $33, 888poker XL Inferno Event #154 and the partypoker Middleweight: Counterpunch for a little over $12,000 in earnings. 'girafganger7' Ascends the Throne as Rankings Go Haywire The top 100 of the PocketFives Rankings look very different now after the Spring series' all wrapped up. The most high profile change came at the very top as Belgium's 'girafganger7' rode some late SCOOP success to the #1 ranking. There were a total of 14 players in the top 100 who hit career-high marks. girafganger7 from #5 to #1 Ti0 from #28 to #21 nilsef from #41 to #36 omaha4rollz from #59 to #50 Flat from #57 to #56 Apotheosis from #80 to #58 funwheel from #123 to #61 pabritz from #91 to #63 Kovalski from #82 to #67 que_te_crio from #90 to #69 kot_spartac from #118 to #70 CheVeaU from #99 to #75 davaman from #76 to #75 pabritz from #95 to #91
  8. The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker continues to draw in large fields for new events and that trend continued on Thursday. Fields in the hundreds and thousands turned out for tournaments such as the Total Knockout Bounty event and the No Limit Omaha Win The Button. A few familiar faces took down titles including Chance 'ChanceCU' Kornuth. Kornuth finished on top in Event #39 High ($1,050 Total Knockout Bounty) and earned $81,336, all from collecting bounties. Other players from the 832 who entered, included Andre 'aakkari' Akkari and top #3-ranked 'C. Darwin2'. Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo almost claimed his second victory of SCOOP in the SCOOP Event #40 High ($10,300 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) but fell to Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac, who earned $386,400 for the largest win of the day. Skeularac already had one PLO final table to his name from earlier in the series and denied Bonomo of his second SCOOP title of 2017. The Medium version of the PLO event was chopped three ways but it was 'BlackFourtuna' who when the tournament and over $109,000 adjusted first place prize. Event #41 High ($5,200 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max) brought in a field of 252 entries and '€urop€an' beat them all to earn $252,525 and the title. Jens 'Jeans89' Kyllönen and Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovsky made the final table but bowed out in fourth and fifth place, respectively. mikki696 came out on top in Event #42 ($530 No Limit Omaha Eight Max Win The Button) in a three-way deal for $31,207 at a final table that featured Mike 'SirWatts' Watson and Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan. SCOOP Event #39 (High): $1,050 Progressive Total Knockout Bounty No Limit Hold'em Entries: 832 Prize pool: $0 ($832,000 in bounty pool) Chance 'ChanceCU' Kornuth - $81,336 in bounties Andre 'aakkari' Akkari - $12,461 in bounties Greenstone25 - $11,906 in bounties iamivar - $21,938 in bounties C. Darwin2 - $17,906 in bounties q4kolino - $12,891 in bounties elmelogo4 - $11,344 in bounties prebz - $9,469 in bounties SCOOP Event #39 (Medium): $109 Progressive Total Knockout Bounty No Limit Hold'em Entries: 5,029 Prize pool: $0 ($502,900 in bounty pool) cataccc7 - $15,305 in bounties DanielLCUKY - $17,870 in bounties Godliker_ - $798 in bounties Paulharvey3 - $4,548 in bounties rytmusego - $2,077 in bounties bliiz - $2,149 in bounties All-In-Marek - $2,514 in bounties huangque_cn - $6,252 in bounties SCOOP Event #39 (Low): $11 Progressive Total Knockout Bounty No Limit Hold'em Entries: 19,797 Prize pool: $0 ($197,970 in bounty pool) Noodladonk - $3,268 in bounties IamY0u - $315 in bounties reckoner4 - $3,939 in bounties deyrzuited - $3,471 in bounties syava-mius - $693 in bounties tim_kenyon55 - $776 in bounties lion blow - $686 in bounties juy2308 - $825 in bounties ALSY8 - $752 in bounties SCOOP Event #40 (High): $10,300 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max High Roller Entries: 161 Prize pool: $1,610,000 Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac - $386,400 Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo - $266,455 XD89lol
  9. [caption width="640"] Mike Del Vecchio defeated a tough final table to take down his first career WPT victory. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] The final stop of the World Poker Tour California Swing made its way up to Sacramento and Thunder Valley Casino. There was plenty up for grabs in the event as Rainer Kempe came in looking to lock up his position as the points leader of the California Swing and 421 entrants were looking to close out the West Coast portion of WPT Season XV in style. Mike ‘3kingme3’ Del Vecchio started the final table as chip leader and defeated a talented group of players including Sorel ‘imper1um’ Mizzi, Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan, and Olivier Busqueton his way to taking down his first career WPT title. Busquet came in as the short stack but was able to triple up on the 27th hand in a spot that saw Drinan get eliminated in sixth place. Busquet shoved from the button for 440,000 and Drinan re-jammed out of the small blind for 960,000 total. John Hadley called from the big blind with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"] in the big blind, having both players covered, and had the [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"] of Busquet along with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] of Drinan at risk. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3h"] flop put Busquet in the lead with two pair but also gave Drinan outs to a straight. The [poker card="6s"] turn bricked and the [poker card="qd"] river secured the triple for Busquet and sent Drinan to the rail. Although he picked up a substantial amount of chips, Busquet could not ladder up further and was eliminated in fifth place. On Hand 76, Steve Tabb shoved from the small blind and Busquet called for his last 550,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"]. Tabb turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="4d"] and picked up a flush draw on the [poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop. The [poker card="tc"] turn gave Tabb outs to a straight and he found his flush on the [poker card="2d"] river to eliminate Busquet. Four hands after Busquet exited, it was Hadley’s turn to leave the final table. Hadley opened for 140,000 from under the gun and Del Vecchio three-bet to 525,000 out of the small blind. Hadley moved all-in for 1,480,000. Del Vecchio called with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] and had the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] of Hadley in a flip worth nearly 25 percent of the chips in play. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6h"] board did nothing for Hadley and Del Vecchio assumed the chip lead to start three-handed play. Del Vecchio, Mizzi and Tabb engaged in three-handed play for a few hours before Del Vecchio opened a wide gap by doubling through Tabb. Del Vecchio opened to 180,000 on the button and Tabb three-bet to 555,000 from the small blind. Del Vecchio moved all-in for 3,420,000 total and Tabb called with [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"], which trailed the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] of Del Vecchio. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2c"] board ran clean for Del Vecchio and Tabb was knocked down under 20 big blinds. Hand 157 was the final one for Tabb and Del Vecchio finished the job he started. Del Vecchio raised to 250,000 out of the small blind and Tabb three-bet all-in for 1,950,000. Del Vecchio called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"] and needed to hold against the [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] of Tabb. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] board secured the elimination for Del Vecchio and he entered heads up play with a sizable advantage over Mizzi. On Hand 182 of the final table, Del Vecchio completed his wire-to-wire championship run. Del Vecchio raised to 300,000 and Mizzi defended his big blind to see a [poker card="7s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"] flop. Mizzi checked and Del Vecchio bet 225,000. Mizzi called and the [poker card="4s"] came on the turn. Mizzi checked again and Del Vecchio bet 600,000 more. Mizzi check-raised to 1,725,000 and Del Vecchio moved all-in and Mizzi called with [poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] for an open-ended straight flush draw. Del Vecchio turned over [poker card="5d"][poker card="4h"] for trip fours and would have to fade the abundance of outs at Mizzi’s disposal. The river card was the [poker card="jh"] and Del Vecchio wrapped up the title. With the win, Del Vecchio clinched a spot in the season-ending WPT Tournament Champions next month at the Seminole Hard Rock. Final Table Payouts Mike Del Vecchio - $284,638 Sorel Mizzi - $190,105 Steve Tabb - $122,296 John Hadley - $81,930 Olivier Busquet - $63,013 Connor Drinan - $52,222
  10. [caption width="640"] Jason Koon beat Charlie Carrel to win the 0,000 buy-in PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Jason Koon overcame one of the toughest high roller fields on the poker calendar to win the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller and a career-best $1,650,300. For the 31-year-old, the win brought back memories of time when he was playing smaller buy-ins but dreaming bigger. “My first PCA, I was walking out of the casino and before I knew Scott Seiver that well, I saw him walk by me with headphones on, walking to the final table of a $100K or a $25K and being like ‘hell yeah, that’s Scott Seiver and he’s going to play the final table of this $100K’,” said Koon. “I was trying to satellite into the Main. I was thinking, one day I hope I can play those $25Ks and $100Ks. Sitting there with the trophy in front of me was just kind of a surreal moment.” Over the last six months Koon has recorded eight cashes, six of them for at least six-figures and total earnings of $3,909,741. Along with this Super High Roller he’s also won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event and the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic High Roller. “It’s just ridiculous. Poker tournaments are silly. That’s all I can say,” said Koon. “I don’t know how much of that is bias is from like ‘oh, I’ve been running well so I’m going to come in and feel good’ and when you’re running bad that’s not the case.” Koon started the final table with the third-biggest stack, trailing only Charlie Carrel and Dan Colman, but got to work on moving up the chip counts. Just and hour into play Koon raised to 100,000 from the button before Bryn Kenney, who won this event last year and has cashed in the event two other times, moved all in for 655,000. Koon called and tabled [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] and Kenney turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2c"] flop kept Kenney ahead and the [poker card="6h"] turn was no harm, but the [poker card="qs"] completed Broadway for Koon and eliminated Kenney in seventh place. Almost two hours later, Carrel picked up his first elimination of the final table. Carrel raised to 205,000 from the button before Connor Drinan moved all in from the big blind for just under 700,000. Carrel called and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] which put him well ahead of Drinan’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="4c"]. The [poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"] flop put Drinan ahead and gave him a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="ks"] turn flipped the script though and left Drinan drawing thing on the river. The [poker card="ac"] river gave Carrel top two pair and eliminated Drinan in sixth. Byron Kaverman was the next victim, falling victim to Dan Colman in a blind-vs-blind batle. Action folded to Colman in the small blind and moved all in, Kaverman called off his 720,000 stack. Colman had [poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] while Kaverman had [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2s"] flop put Colman ahead and neither the [poker card="2h"] turn or [poker card="ks"] river were any help for Kaverman and he was out in fifth. Just over an hour later a pair of back-to-back eliminations got the tournament to heads up. Carrel raised to 225,000 from the button before Daniel Dvoress moved all in for 2,000,000. Carrel called and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"], having Dvoress’ [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] dominated. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Carrel even more reason to breathe easy, but the [poker card="8h"] turn gave Dvoress a flush draw. The [poker card="ah"] river completed Dvoress’ flush but filled up Carrel to send Dvoress to the rail in fourth place. On the very next hand Colman raised to 3,000,000 and Carrel called from the button. Colman turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] but got bad news when Carrel showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9d"] board was no help for Colman and he was out in third place. After being responsible for eliminating both Dvoress and Colman, Carrel began heads-up play with Koon holding 8,700,000 of the 12,500,000 chips in play. Over the course of the next two hours, with neither player interested in looking at chop numbers, Koon turned the tables on Carrel and finally put the young Brit away. The two checked through a flop of [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="2s"] and [poker card="8s"] turn. Carrel bet 400,000 after the [poker card="jd"] river and Koon moved all in. Carrel called off his remaining stack and then mucked his [poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"] after Koon showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="8d"] for two pair and the win. The $100,000 buy-in event attracted a total of 54 entries with 41 unique entries for a total prizepool of $5,239,080. Final Table Payouts Jason Koon - $1,650,300 Charlie Carrel - 1,191,900 Dan Colman - 759,660 Daniel Dvoress - 576,300 Byron Kaverman - 445,320 Connor Drinan - 340,540 Bryn Kenney - 275,060
  11. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan beat out 'C Darwin2' for his second career WCOOP victory on Thursday (WPT photo)[/caption] While one of the storylines heading into the final weekend of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is the number of first time WCOOP winners, there’s also been a handful of players that have picked up their second or third title. Connor Drinan joined that group on Thursday, beating the former #1-ranked player in the world heads-up. Drinan topped the 424-player field in Event #62 High ($530 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha) to win $37,999.85 and his second WCOOP title. ‘C Darwin2’, who has held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for nine weeks, took home $28,244.06 for finishing second. Drinan’s first WCOOP came last year in a $320 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. The biggest winner on Thursday was Canada’s ‘Carster’, who took home nearly $90,000 after winning Event #59 High ($530 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Progressive KO). He earned $58,119.09 for the first place finish and an additional $31,587.02 in bounties. Lithuania’s ‘tomas2242’ finished runner-up for $40,495.019 while also collecting $18,419.15 in bounties. Benny 'toweliestar' Spindler finished fourth for a combined $26,000 in earnings. Possibly the most star-studded final table on Thursday was Event #60 High: ($2,100 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven) where ‘kkopghy’ beat out a group that included Mike Watson, Bryn Kenney and eventual runner-up Ronny Kaiser to win $53,320 and his first WCOOP title. The big names were no matter ‘kkopghy’. He eliminated every single one of his final table opponents on his way to victory. In Event #61 High ($2,100 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em), the final two players, ‘0$kar15’ and ‘silentm0de’ chopped up the remaining prize money before playing the last match of the tournament. In the end, ‘0$kar15’ emerged victorious, taking the $66,899.98 winner’s share while ‘silentm0de’ took $55,980.02 as runner-up. Last but not least, Jack 'jAkDAriPAA' O'Neill beat out 1,779 other players to win Event #63 High ($215 No Limit Hold’em) for $53,897.70 and his first WCOOP title. Event #59 High: $530 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Progressive KO Entries: 1,525 Prize pool: $762,500 $381,250 + $381,250 bounties Carster - $58,119.09 + $31,587.02 in bounties tomas2242 - $40,495.19 + $18,419.15 in bounties K.T.A.-1985 - $28,215.93 + $12,411.09 in bounties Benny 'toweliestar' Spindler - $19,660.10 + $6,353.02 in bounties blazinchron - $13,698.61 + $5,932.61 in bounties byfon - $9,544.82 + $2,726.57 in bounties vernicci - $6,664.59 + $4,978.52 in bounties Event #60 High: $2,100 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven Entries: 96 Prize pool: $192,000 kkopghy - $53,320.00 Ronny '1-ronnyr3' Kaiser - $35,040.00 Mongano - $26,880.00 TIME1MINUTE - $18,240.00 Bryn 'BrynKenney' Kenney - $13,440.00 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $10,080.00 Event #61 High: $2,100 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Entries: 128 Prize pool: $256,000 0$kar15 - $66,899.98* silentm0de - $55,980.02* KRab42 - $25,600.00 RomanHLD - $25,600.00 * Heads-up deal Event #62 High: $530 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 424 Prize pool: $212,000 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $37,999.85 C. Darwin2 - $28,244.06 DEN$-lomobot - $20,992.98 Richard 'CHUFTY' Ashby - $15,603.47 RedPh0enix - $11,597.60 sprocketsAA - $8,620.15 jerry_only - $6,407.10 Slavik_Krs - $4,762.21 alex987 - $3,847.54 Event #63 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 1,780 Prize pool: $356,000 Jack 'jAkDAriPAA' O'Neill - $53,897.70 Takapillu7 - $38,636.68 Anton 'antesvante' Wigg - $27,697.08 Ben 'BensBenz' Yu - $19,854.93 beastishngry - $14,233.20 artorollin - $10,203.20 AptiVova - $7,314.26 Sledyyshii - $5,243.31 GamadGADOL - $3,758.71
  12. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan, who plays out of Vancouver, takes over as the new Canadian #1. (WPT photo)[/caption] Some of the best online poker players in the world play from the confines of Canada. A breeding ground of some the game’s most influential players including Daniel Negreanu, World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Michel ‘SirWatts’ Watson and Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald. However, in the post-Black Friday scramble to keep the grind alive, many players from the U.S. moved north to set up shop so keep that in mind as we examine the current group that is the Canadian Top 10. Case in point, the new King In The North is actually from Arlington Heights, Illinois. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan (6,596.41 PLB points), who had been lying in wait in the #2 spot, ascended to take the top spot this month with a series of eye-popping scores including his victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 in late October for $49,153 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for another $54,307. The scoring surge not only pushed Drinan into the #1 spot in Canada but catapulted him back into the Top 20 in the Worldwide Rankings, currently sitting at #18. The roles have reversed for Canada’s former #1-ranked player, Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (6,182.05) who now trails Drinan by just over 400 PLB points. A closer look into the number though, reveals Kruk’s amazing staying power. Since we last took a hard look at the Canadian rankings, Kruk has put in very light volume, recording merely four scores - two of which were for over $30,000. In total, Kruk amassed over $73,000 in four tournaments including a third place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller on November 12 for $31,889 and then, the very next day, a victory in the partypoker High Roller for an additional $34,005. Should he continue to post results like these, Kruk may be in line for another stay atop the Canadian rankings. Currently, Kruk sits as the #26-ranked player in the world and is very likely to eclipse $2 million in lifetime earnings in the very near future. The #3 spot belongs to the most recent winner of the partypokerLive Millions Punta Cana, Toronto’s Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood (5515.83). Greenwood has been on a tear, both live and online, not only taking down the Main Event in Punta Cana, but finishing as the runner-up in the partypoker Punta Cana Super High Roller for $242,000 and, just days before that, banking another $124,100 for a third-place finish in the High Roller of the same series. While amazing, none of that factors into his current standing as the Canadian #3. Greenwood seemingly took most of October off from the online grind as he registered only a pair of scores, but he fired up the online client to get some reps in for Punta Cana in early November bringing in four four-figure scores and enough PLB points to hold his position - for now. Fewer than 84 points behind Greenwood sits Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville. Unlike some of his high-rolling colleagues, the #4-ranked Quenneville is a true grinder - posting results on a near daily basis from the mid-stakes schedule up through the PokerStars Sunday Million. To date in November, Quenneville has posted roughly 80 cashes, including a third-place finish in the $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic good for $5,252. His relentless schedule has him approximately $60,000 shy of achieving $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. The current #69-ranked Worldwide player, Joel ‘jbrown8777’ Brown (5,153.78) rounds out the Top Five. Brown has been crushing the month of November with 36 four-figure scores thus far. That doesn’t include his fifth-place finish in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for an additional $12,224. His productivity is sure to land him in the pages of the PocketFives.com Milestones column soon as he is set to hit $6 million in lifetime earnings any day now. Doug ‘OU_dlanger610’ Lang (5,067.09) has slid back a few spots in the past month or so and currently sits as the #6-ranked “Canadian”. Understandable though as the New York native has been putting in light volume since September, still benefiting (points wise) from his big PokerStars Sunday Million win back in late July. Joseph ‘Jughead11’ Lacasse (4,833.13) assumes the #7 spot as his ranking has been steadily on the rise. The new #1-ranked player in Ottawa has been putting in a ton of volume and posting a myriad of results on a daily basis. Not only is he appearing in the Canadian Top 10 this month, he recently just breached the Worldwide Top 100 rankings as well. Former #2-ranked player in the world, Mike ‘Pipedream17’ Dietrich (4,442.89) checks in at #8 still riding high off his PokerStars Sunday Million victory in mid-October where he won over $160,000 and accumulated a massive 1,090.69 point score. Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski (4,321.57) continues to hold the #9 spot, trailing Dietrich by only 121.32 points and in November Samuel ‘Samuelbt’ Tsehai (4,192.15) scored victories in a pair PokerStars tournaments including the Bounty Builder for $4,757 and the Big $33 for $2,841 to climb into the final spot in the Top 10. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,596.41 2Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,182.05 3Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood5,515,83 4Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville5,432.14 5Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,153.78 6Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang5,067.09 7Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse4,833.13 8Mike 'Trans4m' Dietrich4,442.89 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,321.57 10Samuel 'Samuelbt' Tsehai4,192.12
  13. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan used a massive Sunday score to move into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings (WPT photo)[/caption] The last week was basically more of the same for the players at the top of the PocketFives Rankings as 'C Darwin2' held on to the #1 spot. The Swedish superstar wasn't the only player to hold on to his spot. The top four are the same as last week as Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, 'lena900' and Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao all maintained their spots. The first change came at #5 where Russia's 'veeea' jumped from #6 to #5 after he emerged victorious in the partypoker Heavyweight Uppercut on October 29. That win earned him $9,550 and 223.61 PLB points. Sweden's 'Sheater' moved up from #7 to #6 thanks to a pair of close calls. On October 30 he finished third in the partypoker High Roller Warm Up for $6,377 and 114.51 points. The next day he finished fourth in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $23,534 and 238.41 points. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren dropped out of the top five, moving from #5 to #7 after being unable to record any qualifying cashes over the past week. The biggest move of the week landed a well-respected grinder in the top 10. Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan, who now plies his trade from Canada, jumped from #28 to #10 after having a Sunday to remember on October 29. Drinan finished 24th in the PokerStars Sunday Million, won the PokerStars Sunday 500 and then finished runner-up in the Hotter $215. Those three cashes earned him a total of $67,432 and 1,007.58 PLB points. While the top 10 had little movement, spots 11-20 saw plenty of change. Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman moved from #23 to #11 and Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford rose from #20 to #12. Meanwhile, Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky, who was #10 last week, came in this week at #17. The only new entry in the Top 25 this week was Russia's 'NoPlanB'. He moved up one spot from #26 to #25. Dropping out of the Top 25 was Canadian Christopher 'Apotheosis' Kruk. PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,804.131 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,752.882 3lena9008,902.103 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,259.354 5veeea7,436.106 6Sheater7,409.737 7Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,394.695 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,066.208 9Ariados6,968.009 10Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,949.3528 11Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,930.7223 12Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,901.8020 13Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,856.9913 14Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,825.8711 15DeathbyQuads6,824.5914 16Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,810.9212 17Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,759.7510 18Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,755.9317 19Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,741.5215 20josef_shvejk6,740.6416 21Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,689.0522 22nilsef6,664.7119 23Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,614.2224 24Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,583.4818 25NoPlanB6,496.8426
  14. [caption width="640"] Kenny Hallaert is one of 22 PocketFives members still in the 2017 WSOP Main Event on Day 6.[/caption] With just 85 players still standing on Day 6 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, 22 of them are PocketFives members. The group has a combined $33.6 million in lifetime tracked online earnings with former #1-ranked Bryan ‘theczar19’ Piccioli leading the way with $6.36 million. Two of the 22 are currently ranked in the Top 50 in the PocketFives Rankings. Kenny Hallaert, who starts the day 35th in chips, is ranked #43 in the world while Connor Drinan, who is 47th in chips, is ranked 47th in the world. Five of the 22 former PocketFivers have a top-50 career high rankings. Damian Salas has the biggest stack of any of the 22, starting Day 6 with 8,400,000 just ahead of Daniel Ott with 8,320,000. PLAYERCHIPSONLINE RANKALL-TIME HIGHONLINE EARNINGS Damian 'pampa27' Salas8,400,000203164$3,099,624 Daniel 'shippitty' Ott8,320,000N/A3,188$104,923[/TD Joldis 'moiadcosmin' Cosmin6,965,0001,943501$693,390 Scott 'sblum2711' Blumstein6,845,0004,0951,699$147,046 Reed 'badbeatme' Hensel6,355,000N/AN/A-- Richard 'validandnotinuse' Gryko5,835,0001,4291,403$410,032 Benjamin 'magicdeal' Pollak5,690,00017,2362,853$331,362 Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli5,400,0005,1281$6,361,566 Valentin 'Valvegas' Messina4,995,000N/A6,848$45,233 Ben 'benba' Lamb4,725,000N/A285$1,251,973 Kenny 'spaceyfcb' Hallaert4,370,0004319$3,671,326 Matt 'bluffingolfa' Bond4,365,000N/A3,945$43,878 Brandon 'norajean' Meyers3,905,000N/A14$4,235,372 Joseph 'bigjoe03' Michael3,400,000N/A200$251,742 Connor'blanconegrea' Drinan3,360,000474$5,102,440 Ryan Leng2,970,000N/A2,026$189,465 Jake bazeman' Bazeley2,805,0008,92817$3,449,221 Chris 'fox' Wallace2,675,000N/A2,687$54,590 Neil 'npatel' Patel1,905,000N/AN/A-- Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff1,590,0001,16343$3,608,278 Ian 'Ian J' Johns1,085,000N/AN/A$156,730 Kevin 'specialk' Calenzo1,080,000N/A1,251$388,910
  15. [caption width="640"] Canada's current Top 10 is replete with some of online poker's strongest players[/caption] When it comes to the current crop of top-ranked online poker player in Canada, one must remember to shift their mindset to thinking of Canada as simply the location rather than the nationality. In the post-Black Friday online poker landscape, Canada has emerged as one of the major landing spots for many American poker expats who decided to pick up and relocate in order to stay on the grind. So with that in mind, we take a closer look at the PocketFives.com Top 10 ranked poker players who spend their online time inside the Great White North. Currently sitting atop the Canadian rankings is Toronto, Ontario's Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk (6,535.77 PLB points). The online crusher and Run It Once instructor had a monster September finding himself super deep in many of the biggest buy-in tournaments (WCOOP, Powerfest, XL Eclipse) the month had to offer. Racking up 24 major cashes, seven of which were of the five-figure variety, Kruk not only finds himself as the #1-ranked Canadian, but now sits at #22 in the world. Just behind Kruk and ready to make a run at the top spot is high-stakes phenom Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan (6,273.72). Sitting in second, trailing by 262.05 points, Drinan is making moves to ascend in the ranking thanks to his October grind. While Kruk has yet to post many results yet this month, Drinan, who hails from Illinois but plays in Vancouver, has been piling up the points by grinding out large Sunday schedules through the first part of October. New York resident, playing out of Ontario, Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang (6,181.39) occupies the #3 spot. Lang, currently sitting at #30 in the Worldwide rankings, was a workhorse in September. Seemingly playing every event on the 888poker and PokerStars schedules resulted in 90 cashes for the month, highlighted by his final table finish in the WCOOP Event #82-L ($530 No Limit Hold'em High Roller) for over $13,000. Toronto's Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood (6,138.82) is next on the leaderboard. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner packed on the PLB points in September but it was his fifth place finish in the $25,000 buy-in Powerfest Championship Event, for nearly $250,000, that currently accounts as his biggest score for the sliding PLB period. Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville (6061.87), Windsor, Ontario's #1-ranked player caps off the top five in Canada. A true grinder, Quenneville has been putting up a myriad of results on a daily basis. His volume has him constantly chipping away at the top spot as well as closing in on $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. A nearly 900-point gap separates the top five from the rest of the pack. Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown, a former top five Worldwide ranked player, occupies the #6 spot while Austin, Texas online poker legend and three-time Triple Crown award winner, Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet, is slotted in #7. Montreal's top player, 'Trans4m', recently took down the PokerStars $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic for over $11,000, good for his highest point total of the period (284.92) and the #8 position. 'Trans4m' sits just inside the Top 100 in the Worldwide Rankings. Former #1-ranked Worldwide player, Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, continued to add to his over $10,000,000 in lifetime earnings by finishing in the money over 100 times in September and just ahead of Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron, who completes the current Canadian top 10 list. Sitting only 10 points behind Sikorski, McEatheron recently padded his point total with a recent outright victory in the prestigious PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for nearly $60,000. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,535.77 2Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,273.72 3Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang6,181.39 4Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood6,138.82 5Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville6,061.87 6Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,195.39 7Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet4,823.96 8Trans4m4,713.15 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,636.58 10Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron4,626.95
  16. As ever the biggest winner from this week’s Sunday Majors came from the Daddy of the Sunday Majors, the PokerStars Sunday Million, and it was old school online MTT grinder Matt 'OLD TIME GIN' Stone who scooped the biggie, adding $161,237 to his bankroll after topping the 5,971 strong field. It’s been a bountiful few weeks over at PokerStars for Canada’s no.7 who took down the $215 Sunday Warm Up $200,000 last weekend for $41,588 just 12 days after winning the $1,050 Super Tuesday for $54,731. This week’s Sunday Million nearly men were 'imas.jr' who placed second for $113,148 with 'ManDrake1317' in third for $79,404. After OLD MAN GIN the next highest placed pocketfiver was Brazilian Renato 'anaheimteam' Araujo who took eighth place for $13,515 – his biggest ever cash. PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller saw plenty of major talent on show with former PocketFives world #1 'veeea' taking top spot from 119 runners for a $52,166 payday to add to his $7.7M lifetime online tourney earnings after beating Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan heads-up. The world #40 received $39,682 for his runner-up position with 3rd placed 'iamivar' taking home $30,185. This week’s PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller $300K GTD saw a healthy turnout of 936 entries (including 262 re-entries) to smash the guarantee and create a $468K prize pool, the major beneficiary of which was Russian high stakes pro Dmitry 'Yurasov1990' Yurasov who battled for almost 13.5 hours to take top spot and $38,558 prize money. PocketFives member 'MAXDPLEY' earned his biggest ever cash in taking second place with a $28,263 score ahead of Sweden’s 'WhatIfGod' in third who cashed for $20,716. Still with PokerStars, the $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200K saw 1,235 entries create a $247K prize pool, with 'xoxixox' crowned champion after 10.5 hour’s play. 'xoxixox' was rewarded with a $39,040 payday, followed by 'koogle62' in second for $28,070 and 'tinchoarce' in third earning $20,182. Since the beginning of the month when partypoker increased their weekly tournament guarantees from $4M to $10M as part of their “We’re all in' initiative there are now an abundance of big-prize tournaments which could pass as Sunday Majors, but for the sake of (some) brevity we’ll stick to the biggest of the bunch from Sunday's action. The biggest partypoker winner was 'Mike_420' who took down their $215 Super Sunday Main Event-H $500K GTD for $82,010 and will no doubt see his current world ranking of 361 jump a few places once the figures are updated. The 2258 runners created almost a $50k overlay, meaning there was some great value to be had for those who made the money. Second placed 'niv2222' received $58,000 while 'kalfucii' won $37,350 in third. The other $500k GTD, the $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR had a similar overlay after 451 players registered. The tourney was eventually won by 'mwhldwn' (the high stakes MTT crusher better known by his PokerStars moniker 'bencb789') for $51,743 after just over 10 hours play. 'PuntSonPunt' took second for $36,838 with world #10 Johannes Korsar taking third place. One partypoker Sunday Major which exceeded its $250K guarantee was the $2,600 Super Major Super High Roller $200K guaranteed which attracted the cream of the MTT crop with 106 entrants competing for bragging rights and the $64,925 first place prize money. After almost nine hours of battle the eventual winner was 'Chelsea72' who defeated 'WWWpartyCOM' heads-up, with the runner-up pocketing $46,375. Dreamlovewsop took third place, earning $33,125. Over at 888poker, the $1,050 buy-in $100,000 Whale saw two former PocketFives world no.1’s take first and second place as Patrick 'd1scloure' Leonard (currently world #18) topped the 75 player field to earn $34,100 with Fabrizio “DrMikee' Gonzalez (currently world #19) taking $22,940 for second. This was Leonard’s second big win of 2018, although his latest victory falls some way short of the $207,978 he won last month after topping the partypoker $5,200 PowerFest $1M GTD. PokerStars Sunday Million($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed – 5,971 entrants $1,194,200 prize pool OLD TIME GIN - $161,237.72 Imas.jr - $113,148.77 ManDrake1317 - $79,404.26 MCajiang - $55,723.52 Tuonizz - $39,105.15 Aapetrone91 - $27,442.83 Jani890311 - $19,258.62 Anaheimteam - $13,515.23 aJarov - $9,484.69 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd – 119 entrants $238,000 prize pool veeea - $52,166.30 blanconegro - $39,682.14 iamivar - $30,185.68 sk2ll_m0dR - $22,961.83 OverTheTop43 - $17,466.77 uwintakeit - $13,286.73 pads1161 - $10,107.02 kofi89 - $7,688.28 Sasuke234 - $5,848.37 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd – 936 entrants $468,000 prize pool Yurasov1990 - $38,558.52 MAXDPLEY - $28,263.03 WhatIfGod - $20,716.72 Slayerv1fan - $15,185.28 Zavor - $11,130.77 TONI-BG - $8,158.83 lbd.pkr - $5,980.40 BCbones - $4,383.61 Muralha001 - $3,213.17 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd – 1235 entrants $247,000 prize pool xoxixox - $39,040.67 koogle62 - $28,070.06 tinchoarce - $20,182.61 Ewokwat - $14,511.47 bebaimis777 - $10,433.84 NEWFlat - $7,502.03 NukeTheFish! - $5,394.01 NNNXX - $3,878.34 ivanvilchez8 - $2,788.55 Partypoker $215 Super Sunday Main Event-H $500k Gtd – 2258 entrants - $500,000 prize pool Mike_420 - $82,010 niv2222 - $58,000 kalfucii - $37,350 meatbulmeantula - $24,850 Turrasallday - $17,350 UkraineKid - $11,850 Mike0886 - $8,125 Really_Bad_Reg - $5,225 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $200k Super High Roller – 106 entrants $265,000 prize pool Chelsea72 - $64,925 WWWpartyCOM - $46,375 Dreamlivewsop - $33,125 Floppymcsets - $23,187.50 DrMikee - $17,225 LarsLuzak1 - $13,250 Ad_Finem - $10,600 SLARVBOGMAJS - $8,612.50 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Bounty Hunter-HR $500k Gtd – 451 entrants $500,000 prize pool mwhldwn - $51,743.25 PuntSonPunt - $36,837.90 SLARVBOGMAJS - $25,254 probirs - $17,568 ACNB24 - $12,642.30 BuyThaPot - $9,058.50 Algorhytm - $6,450.75 WeRize - $4,666.50 spowi007 - $3,760.65 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale – 75 entrants - $124,000 prize pool d1sclosure - $34,100 DrMiKee - $22,940 Munnangur - $17,360 OINKOinkOink - $11,780 sk2ll_m0dR - $8,680 DavidGuetta0 - $6,510 LukeSeawalker - $5,270 billycadu14 - $4,340 Romeopro33 - $3,720
  17. It's Christmas Eve for poker players. Or, if you want to borrow from the more contemporary metaphor, it's the day before Poker Summer Camp officially kicks off. Poker players from around the world have been flooding into Las Vegas over the past week to get settled and ready for the 2018 World Series of Poker. So, as the tables are getting set up at the Rio and dealers are getting last minute instructions on how to deal Triple Draw, the staff here at PocketFives take their turn at predicting exactly how some of the things at the 2018 WSOP will go down. The Panel Editor in Chief - Lance Bradley Community Manager - Kevin Mathers Writer & The Fives Co-Host - Matt Clark Writer - Jeff Walsh [caption id="attachment_619256" align="alignnone" width="800"] PocketFives Staff (L to R) Lance Bradley, Kevin Mathers, Matt Clark, Jeff Walsh.[/caption] JUST HOW BIG CAN THIS THING GET? There are a record-setting 78 bracelet events on the 2018 WSOP schedule, including 13 events that being after the Main Event does. Our esteemed panel dove deep into some heavy math and analytics to break down eight key events. EVENT #7 - $565 Colossus Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 16,133 17,425 17,653 16,960 There’s been a steady decline in attendance over the past few years (roughly a 20% drop in runners from year one to year three), potentially due to a small cannibalization of the lower buy-in player pool from the $365 GIANT (which gets underway the same weekend as the Colossus) and also possibly because there may just be so much offered at any given time at the start of the series, the star event that is the Colossus may have just faded a little. -Jeff Walsh EVENT #20 - $5,000 Big Blind Ante Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 659 603 622 645 The Big Blind Ante is all the rage in tournament poker right now and 2018 marks its debut at the WSOP. The price point for this one is definitely going to draw out a certain group of players, many of whom have already played with the big blind ante before and have come to enjoy it more than the traditional ante system. There were two $5,000 full ring NLHE events on the schedule last year drawing 505 and 623 players respectively. I think the hype of BBA puts this one over the top and we end up with over 650. -Lance Bradley EVENT #21 - $1,500 Millionaire Maker Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 7.483 8,049 6,541 7,644 One of the most popular events on the 'Weekend Warrior' schedule, the enticement of a $1,000,000+ guaranteed reward for first brings the droves to the Rio. After a couple of flat years, allowing players to re-enter each flight (for a maximum of four total) brought the field to 7,761 entries, up almost 600 from 2016. I expect another increase, passing the record number from 2014's 7,977 entries, with 8,049 entries after late registration closes. -Kevin Mathers EVENT #33 - $50,000 Players Championship Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 107 110 110 106 Each year, the $50,000 Players Championship attracts a select field of players, all eager to play some eight-game mix. Last year's field drew 100 players and has hovered around that number in recent years after bottoming out to 84 in 2015. This year, I'm predicting another modest increase, to 110 players. -Kevin Mathers EVENT #42 - $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight Max High Roller Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 203 180 210 213 The $25K PLO is one of the true elite field tournaments of the summer. Not only will it attract a regular slate of high rollers but it’s one of those tournaments when $10K regs may stretch into shot taking mode. The last three years this event has been offered there’s been a nice uptick in registration, including a massive 21 player jump from 2016 to 2017. The 2018 Aria Summer High Roller has an event a couple days before and after WSOP’s $25K PLO and I’m going to err on the side of this helping push the PLO player pool up as players may want a break from NLHE but want to play the same stakes. Plus, this event will very likely provide a seven-figure score for the winner and for the players who can afford the buy-in and handle the swings, that’s very enticing. -Jeff Walsh EVENT #61 - $1,000 WSOP.com Online Championship Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 2,729 2,400 2,005 1,802 Last year's number of 1,312 is going to be shattered. The player pool combination is already seeing increases across all WSOP.com tournaments and the bracelet "Main Event" is a great test for the platform. The influx of players in Nevada for the WSOP combined with New Jersey grinders equals 2,005 runners in 2018. - Matt Clark EVENT #74 - $10,000 Six Max NLHE Championship Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 299 340 294 308 In years past, the $10,000 Six Max NLHE event has drawn out the elite short-handed players, many of whom cut their teeth online. It's all been afforded a decent spot in the schedule. That's not the case this year though as it was moved to one of the "post-lim" events on the schedule and will share Rio floorspace with Day 7 of the Main Event. For a lot of players, the end of their Main Event means their WSOP is over. Fatigue - physical, mental and bankroll - comes into play and players look to get out of Vegas. A number of players who normally play this event might decide to skip it out and get a head-start on the post-WSOP detox. -Lance Bradley EVENT #65 - The Main Event Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 7,765 7,294 7,460 7,184 Go ahead and call me crazy, but I think the WSOP Main Event enjoys a big bump this year. I'm going to chalk a lot of it up to the crypto market. On July 8, 2017, Bitcoin was worth roughly $2,500. As of May 28, 2018, it's worth roughly three times that. Yeah, the market is volatile, but so many poker players were invested in crypto markets early. Poker is also in a better place than it has been in years. The bruises from 2011 are starting to heal and the live coverage from 2017 on ESPN/PokerGO will show some dividends. Seeing similar year/year growth this year that we did last doesn't seem out of the question. -Lance Bradley THE SUPERSTARS [caption id="attachment_619251" align="alignnone" width="1024"] This time last year nobody was picking Alex Foxen to do anything at the WSOP. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Every year a few players emerge from relative obscurity to win a bracelet and launch themselves into the world of poker celebrity. That being said, poker's biggest stage is also where the game's best players want to shine brightest. Our esteemed panel picked seven of the biggest names in poker right now and took a stab at predicting just well each of them will do this summer. Note: the table indicates if each panelist thinks that player will win a bracelet or not. Alex Foxen Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh No No No Yes Frankly, I hate taking the position that any player will win a bracelet in any given year, but by taking a "NO" stance that would be asking me to essentially bet against Foxen. That's not a position I'm willing to take. In 2017, he fired up and down the WSOP schedule resulting in cashing 13 times. Foxen made the final table three times, including taking a 3rd place in a NLHE $1K. Headed into the 2018 WSOP he's got high-roller experience under his belt and he's red hot having earned four six-figure scores in 2018. If he has the same drive he had in 2017 and is playing all the games, it's going to be very difficult to deny Foxen from leveling up his poker career with a WSOP bracelet. -Jeff Walsh Chris Ferguson Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh No No No No Ferguson has made numerous final tables since his 2016 return but carries only a win in Europe to show for it. Expect Ferguson to reach two final tables this summer but finish no higher than third. -Matt Clark Phil Ivey Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes No No No It was a pretty big deal when Phil Ivey announced he would be returning to the WSOP this year. There's a lot of opportunities for Ivey to be distracted in Las Vegas. The cash game scene during the WSOP is amazing, the high rollers offered at Aria and King's Lounge might take some of Ivey's attention, but many don't know that when Ivey went on his November Nine run in 2009, he would leave the Rio and head to Bobby's Room and play all night. He's wired for this. -Lance Bradley Daniel Negreanu Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh No Yes No Yes A revamped WSOP Player of the Year system gives Daniel Negreanu the motivation to play a full WSOP schedule to chase his third POY title. With the battering he's taken for his representing PokerStars in recent years, Negreanu wants to redeem himself in the eyes of the poker community and winning a bracelet, which he hasn't done since 2013, is his way of doing so. I predict Negreanu wins one bracelet and has at least two other top-three finishes, all in non-Hold'em events. -Kevin Mathers Adrian Mateos Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes Yes Yes Yes This is the only player that everybody on the panel agrees is leaving the Rio with new jewelry this year. It's not surprising. He's been one of the top-ranked players in the GPI for a while now and already has three WSOP bracelets to his credit and at 23 years old, fatigues just isn't going to be a factor for him. He'll also play every NLHE event on the schedule. -Lance Bradley Phil Hellmuth Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes No No No The all-time leader in bracelets is on a cold streak since his last win in 2015. Two final tables in the last two years for Hellmuth do not bode well for improvement in 2018. If there were 10 Razz events on the schedule, that would bolster his chances. -Matt Clark Stephen Chidwick Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes Yes No No High Rollers have Chidwick's attention now and his paltry five cashes last year prove his preference. Winning bracelets takes volume and Chidwick won't be putting in enough to make consistent deep runs. -Matt Clark BIGGEST SURPRISE [caption id="attachment_619250" align="alignnone" width="1024"] He's baaaaaa-aacckkkk. Phil Ivey is set to return to the WSOP felt. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] At the end of every summer camp, there's always a player who two that pulled off something really special or left poker fans wondering what happened. Each member of our esteemed panel took one player who might provide the poker world with a surprise performance - good or bad - this summer. Phil Ivey Phil Ivey's grand return in Montenegro gave poker fans a reason to believe Ivey might play this summer at the WSOP. Ivey confirmed as much when interviewed after the win. Poker fans teased themselves for years with a "Summer of Ivey." Sadly, this summer will not be that year. Cash games in Asia along with legal issues in the United States have Ivey's primary attention now for different monetary reasons. If the right bracelet bet comes along, maybe then Ivey will put in the volume to satisfy the masses. -Matt Clark Allen Kessler I'm going out on a very long limb here, but I'm going to predict than Kessler will win his first WSOP bracelet this year. The Chainsaw is quite the polarizing figure, especially if you're on #PokerTwitter, and I've surely had my war of words with him. He almost took down a bracelet during WSOP Europe in Rozvadov, Czech Republic finishing runner-up in the €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha. The last time he made a WSOP final table in Vegas was back in 2011, so that means he's gotta be due, right? When you play as many events as he does, eventually he'll be on the right side of variance for once, and I think it's time for him to win some gold. After his win, he'll go on a Twitter rant about the bracelet or some other trivial matter and everyone will turn on him once again #Drama. -Kevin Mathers Connor Drinan Every year since 2013 Connor Drinan has attended the WSOP and every year he's left without a single "trinket." This is the year I think he truly breaks through and not only wins himself a bracelet but perhaps takes down the biggest tournament of the summer - The $1 million Big One For One Drop. Drinan, the current PocketFives Worldwide #17-ranked online player is a consummate grinder, crushing just about any tournament series he dedicates himself to. Over the course of PokerStars' 2018 SCOOP series, Drinan made the money an impressive 32 times, putting him in the upper echelon of the series overall leaderboard. His WSOP resume consists of 25 cashes and nearly $1 million in total earnings, including in-the-money finishes in the $111,111 High Roller For One Drop in both 2017 and 2013. Should he find his way into the $1 million One Drop tournament, he's my pick to take it down. Should he not have the chance I see him taking his 2018 online success and translating it into multiple deep runs during the WSOP, including the Main Event, resulting in him being a player whose success won't be able to keep him out of the headlines. -Jeff Walsh Adam Owen So many people like to pigeonhole Adam Owen as a mixed game specialist. And while he's fantastic at games other than Hold'em (16 non-Hold'em cashes in SCOOP this year), he's also had some deep runs in bigger buy-in NLHE events. He finished second at the partypoker MILLIONS Barcelona Main Event for $1.6 million. He has 22 WSOP cashes over the last three years and given his recent big score, we could see him playing even more bracelet events this year. -Lance Bradley PLAYER OF THE YEAR [caption id="attachment_619252" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Mike Leah could finally capture WSOP Player of the Year this year. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Outside of Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer and apparently Phil Hellmuth, nobody was thrilled to see Chris Ferguson win Player of the Year last year. There were just as many people disappointed in the new system WSOP brass put in place which rewarded min-cashes in big fields with more points than runner-up finishes in Championship events. That same brass has promised the poker community that they fixed the POY issue, so the race is once again wide open. Our esteemed panel each made their pick for who reigns supreme this summer and through the end of WSOP Europe this fall. Mike Leah When you try to answer the ultimate poker question of "Who Loves It More?", you can't go wrong by answering Mike Leah. He loves everything about poker: the cash, the competition, and, yes, the awards. He's not shy about wanting it all and one would have to assume that the WSOP Player of the Year would be high on his list of wanted accolades. As a Canadian, he's faced with stiff tax laws on anything he wins in Las Vegas, but that has not stopped him from racking up 99-lifetime WSOP cashes and a bracelet. He plays everything at every buy-in level and in 2017, he cashed for 14 times in Las Vegas and another six time during the World Series of Poker Europe. His efforts left him in fifth place of the 2017 WSOP POY race but his determination did not go unnoticed. Leah is comfortable playing just about any buy-in level and has plenty of non-NLHE results in WSOP events. Should he get off to a fast start in 2018 or perhaps when capture his second bracelet, expect him to dive headlong into the WSOP Player of the Year race. -Jeff Walsh James Obst James Obst earned his first WSOP bracelet in 2017 and is a force in all games offered at the Rio. Since 2014, Obst has cashes in 10 events with a buy-in of at least $5,000. The Australian's consistency in 2017 put him in the running for POY despite the flawed scoring system. Four top-10 finishes and two podium results equal even more for Obst this summer. Two bracelets plus five total final tables equal a banner in 2019. -Matt Clark Daniel Negreanu The 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race was the most controversial edition yet, as Chris Ferguson took down the title after cashing a record 23 times in Vegas and Rozvadov. Many critiqued the criteria as others decided to not put in the volume to try and chase Ferguson. This year's POY criteria appears to be vastly approved, rewarding deep finishes over cashing. With plenty of events at a $10,000 or higher price point, it's likely someone who goes on a heater in those events will likely win (Ex. Jason Mercier in 2016, Phil Ivey in 2012). Negreanu was the most vocal critic last year, and he heartily approved the changes and I expect him to win WSOP POY for the third time. -Kevin Mathers John Monnette Avid readers will remember that I predicted Monnette would win Player of the Year last year. That was before the 2017 WSOP POY scoring system was discovered to be as ugly as it was. Monnette still managed to finish fifth, but probably put more emphasis on smaller buy-in No Limit Hold'em events than he wanted to. With the new system rewarding bigger buy-in events and mixed games, Monnette might be the odds-on favorite to win. He excels at mixed games and will play nearly every $10,000 or bigger buy-in event.
  18. The final Sunday of online poker action in 2018 saw former PocketFives.com #1 ranked player Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard bank over $112,000 after he achieved both a Gold and Silver medal finish. In the biggest event of the day, the PokerStars Sunday Million, 5,597 entrants created a $1,119,400 prize pool with former WCOOP champion 'Erickie' going the distance to win $151,184. 'Gossimer007' departed in third place for $74,452, before Canada's 'pisky16' lost out to Holland's 'Erickie' during heads-up and settled for $106,092 as runner-up. The PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller title went to the Patrick Leonard after he came through a 98 player field. PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree was the first player to depart from the final table of nine before 'ga207' and 'imluckbox' also hit the rail. Scott 'AggroSantos' Margereson and Connor 'blanconegro' Drinian then took sixth and fifth place respectively followed by Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford in fourth place. The U.K.'s 'bk0705' just missed out on a place in the heads-up battle and exited in third place for $27,688, which left Leonard to get the better of 'huang33', who took away $36,011, leaving Leonard to win the $46,837 top prize. But Leonard wasn't done for the day and continued his form into the PokerStars Winter Series 29 - High: $530 NLHE, $500K Gtd event. This time around however there was a much bigger field for Leonard to compete against with 1,155 entrants creating a $577,500 prize pool. But the Brit navigated his way into the top three once more and found himself in a second heads-up battle of the day after America's Grayson 'gray31' Ramage hit the rail with a bronze medal for $47,060. But it turned out to be bittersweet for Leonard, who was unable to complete the double and exited as runner-up for $66,018, as '0409479' took the win for $92,614. Canada's #1 ranked player Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan banked over $129,000 for victory in the PokerStars Winter Series 28 - High: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up] event. Drinan battled through a 382 player-field and a heads-up battle with Russia's 'Futti18' to win $69,830 + $60,199 in bounties, with 'Futti18' taking home $52,597 + $38,480 in bounties for second place. The U.K.'s Stuart 'guitey' Guite recorded his biggest score to date after he won the PokerStars Winter Series 28 - Med: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up] following a three-way deal. The prize pool was set at $736,400 after 3,682 entrants took part, and when the field had been reduced to the final three, a money-deal was agreed to. Brazil's Vinícius 'vinimiranda7' Miranda then departed with the bronze medal for $38,444 + $11,395 in bounties, before Guite saw off the challenge from 'sorakasa' heads-up. The latter received $38,435 + $6,945 in bounties for their share of the deal, and Guite banked $40,114 + $28,652 in bounties along with the title. 'TheBlack_sheep' and 'Chelsea72' agreed to a heads-up deal in the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $150k Gtd. 'nipa3p3' exited in third place for $21,750 before the final two agreed to a deal. 'Chelsea72' then departed as runner-up for $39,084 and 'TheBlack_sheep' banked $42,665 as victor. 'Sentapied99' won the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter for $17,357 + $23,903 in bounties following a heads-up battle with 'KERRMODE'. 'JonasLuck_' walked away with $9,060 + $2,535 in bounties after they finished third in the 151 player-field. 'KERRMODE' was then the final player to hit the rail and banked $12,457 + $5,362, which left 'Sentapied99' to take the spoils. Over on 888poker, there were wins for both 'MisterN411' and 'KimberSlice.' 'MisterN411' added $20,000 to their bankroll after they came through a 48 player-field in the $1,050 The $50,000 Whale. Ivan 'Hurrrrican3' Gabrieli took second place for $13,500, with 'kaycrusher' earning $7,500 in third. And in the 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep BONANZA, 'KimberSlice' defeated Rick 'WhosToClaim' Trigg heads-up to win $23,750. Trigg took away $17,000 in second place with 'MOI_est_JEAN' banking $13,125 in third. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,597 entrants, $1,119,400 prize pool erickie - $151,184.82 pisky16 - $106,092.36 Gossimer007 - $74,452.30 BillLewinsky - $52,248.44 Era_Koira - $36,666.39 Fabuloson - $25,731.31 Ic.v.fz - $18,057.48 bah23 - $12,672.27 RPILON - $8,893.07 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 98 entrants, $196,000 prize pool pads1161 - $46,837.42 huang33 - $36,011.78 bk0705 - $27,688.33 1_conor_b_1 - $21,288.67 blanconegro - $16,368.19 Aggro Santos - $12,584.98 imluckbox - $9,676.187 ga207 - $7,439.72 Liv Boeree - $6,554.73 PokerStars Winter Series 28 - High: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up], $500K Gtd 382 entrants, $764,000 prize pool blanconegro - $69,830.41 + $60,199.20 Futti18 - $52,597.27 + $38,480.48 despedespi33 - $39,617.14 + $12,351.56 ramastar88 - $29,840.31 + $16,359.38 Hoelle1 - $22,476.23 + $13,125.00 mikki696 - $16,929.51 + $4,375.00 blackaces93 - $12,751.58 + $16,031.25 Remi Lebo_10 - $9,604.70 + $10,093.75 imluckbox - $7,554.89 + $4,750.00 PokerStars Winter Series 28 - Med: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up], $400K Gtd 3,682 entrants, $736,400 prize pool guitey - $40,114.03* + $28,652.04 sorakasa - $38,435.81* + $6,945.31 vinimiranda7 - $38,444.10* + $11,395.16 F1oba - $19,079.90 + $509.38 wiisssppppaa - $13,600.79 + $6,349.93 julioassp - $9,695.11 + $2,513.67 compris - $6,911.00 + $3,714.76 elpachu88633 - $4,926.36 + $75.00 MinReraise - $3,511.67 + $1,882.81 PokerStars Winter Series 29 - High: $530 NLHE, $500K Gtd 1,155 entrants, $577,500 prize pool 0409479 - $92,614.57 pads1161 - $66,018.12 gray31 - $47,060.01 Lincownz - $33,545.99 grinder1992 - $23,912.71 10YURA10 - $17,045.77 boerni21 - $12,150.83 1TheSpiteful - $8,661.51 Egption - $6,174.16 partypoker $530 Christmas Freeze #24-HR $300k Gtd (PKO) 567 entrants, $300,000 prize pool VictorVazquez - $28,177.02 + $22,663.43 (in bounties) BaLbKuN - $20,029.03 + $7,384.91 zkurveny_Party - $13,649.97 + $3,953.91 firgli - $9,447.65 + $4,852.17 IL Barquetto - $6,651.15 + $2,838.30 bdhs. - $4,806.96 + $2,830.09 Hudder5 - $3,461.62 + 2,198.42 AdioZas - $2,479.06 + $2,530.67 partypoker $1,050 Christmas Freeze #23-HR $200k Gtd 205 entrants, $205,000 prize pool Iluvia71 - $41,799.50 NoSixFive - $30,340 senyorpou - $21,627.50 GettinDaize - $15,990 lucjan_cyfer - $11,275 Sheparentap - $8,610 Drulitooo - $6,355 petdet3ctive - $4,715 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $150k Gtd 57 entrants, $150,000 prize pool TheBlack_sheep - $42,665.74* Chelsea72 - $39,084.27* nipa3p3 - $21,750 barrm111 - $13,500 pockjack0 - $10,500 PhileasFogg - $8,250 Drulitooo - $7,125 NL_Profit - $7,125 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter,150k Gtd 151 entrants, $154,020 prize pool Sentapied99 - $17,357.45 + $23,903.13 KERRMODE - $12,457.50 + $5,362.50 JonasLuck_ - $9,060 + $2,535 MonkMode - $6,417.50 + $2,730 frankthemonster - $4,530 + $2,900.62 MoNddLeR - $3,586.25 + $2,275 Eltri3 - $2,853.90 + $3,315 vip666777 - $2,265 + $3,380 888poker $1,050 The $50,000 Whale 48 entrants – $50,000 prize pool MisterN411 - $20,000 Hurrrrican3 - $13,500 kaycrusher - $7,500 PBD03 - $5,000 idontcareffs - $4,000 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep BONANZA 554 entrants – $125,000 prize pool KimberSlice - $23,750 WhosToClaim - $17,500 MOI_est_JEAN - $13,125 ZDamian - $9,375 Velkommeninn - $6,250 Perrymejsen - $4,375 PBD03 - $3,125 popsnpoker - $2,500
  19. The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in on the progress of some of the PocketFives community and, in the past month or so, there have been plenty of new major milestones to celebrate. So, let’s dive in and take a look at some of the accomplishments of the online grinders who are putting in time on the felt and reaping the rewards. Major Moves At $10M+ In the upper echelons of earnings, there are plenty of players who continue to climb the ranks at the start of 2019. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar Hits $12M One such player is Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar who soared past the $12M lifetime earning mark. He’s had a remarkable start to the year with multiple five-figure scores in January. However, it was his runner-up finish in Event 57 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Main Event) for $260,391 that pushed him into third on the online All-Time Earnings list, right behind ‘lena900’ ($13.8M) and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ($15.6M). Korsar currently has $12.375M in total career earnings and sits as the #26-ranked player in the world. Not far behind Korsar are a handful of pros that used the end of 2018 and start of 2019 to pull themselves up over the $11M mark. Getting Crowded At $11M Former #1-ranked player Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver, a PocketFiver since 2007, is one of those pros. He recently finished as the runner-up in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $16,907 but had been putting together five-figure scores for the better part of two months to push his lifetime total to over $11.2M. Oliver has some elite company when it comes to newly minted $11M winners. Swedish superstars Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren and ’Sheater’ just recently jumped over the milestone. As did Ukranian crusher Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. Romanovsky, currently the #4-ranked player in the world, has been putting in plenty of volume and connecting with big scores, especially on partypoker where he recently took fifth in the $1M GTD Big Game for $58,025. Finally, another Swedish standout, the worldwide #20-ranked ‘inhoo’, joined the $10M club. He has racked up 15 podium finishes in the month of January, including a silver medal finish in Event 38 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max) for $27,983. Top Ranked Players Hitting New Highs Some of the biggest names in the online game have also started the year by eclipsing landmark milestones. Brazil’s #1-ranked Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao has been off to a fast start in 2019. The partypoker ambassador has surpassed the $8M mark online and used his first-place finish in a December partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter to add over $53,000 to his career totals of nearly $8.2M. Joining him at the $8M mark is longtime PocketFiver J.D. ‘jdpc27’ Wheeler, who now plays out of Mexico. He accomplished the task this week with a top 100 finish in the reduced buy-in $109 PokerStars Sunday Million for $1,538. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan was victorious in Event 28 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max PKO) for $69,830 to help him achieve $7M in lifetime earnings. Joining him in recently hitting that number are ‘breeth’ and former #1-ranked player Caio ‘pessagno’ Pessagno. December and January were huge for both Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood and Pim ‘joppiesaus’ De Goede. Greenwood not only had an amazing PCA $100K Super High Roller victory but he’s also been crushing the PokerStars High Roller Club online. De Goede chopped the historic $20M GTD MILLIONS Online for a historic $2.3M score. Thanks to their online success, both are now members of the $6M lifetime earnings club. Top 10-Ranked, $5M Winners A pair of players who have recently spent a considerable amount of time as top-10 ranked players are also newly-minted $5M men. Worldwide #8-ranked 'DamageAP' from Latvia took fourth in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for $7,013 this month to hit the $5 million mark. At the same time #10-ranked Argentian superstar Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone booked a runner-up result in Event 55 in the PokerStars Winter Series $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $78,433 to help him hit the new high. Joining the pair at $5M lifetime is also Sweden’s ‘DeathbyQuads’, Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville and Ireland’s #4-ranked Tomas ‘luckymo32’ Geleziunas. Is Anatoly Filatov Ready For The Top 10? It takes quite an effort to break through to the ranks of the PocketFives top 10 and partypoker ambassador Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov has been producing the results to put him in position. This week Filatov has, once again, reached a new career high ranking. This week he sits at #11 in the world and is on the doorstep of making his move into the elite rankings of the top 10. Next week may be his debut. Only two other players have reached career-high rankings this week as Russia's ‘Futti18’ climbed three spots to break into the top 25 at #25 and Bulgaria's top-ranked pro ‘cskar4e1’ jumped one spot to #50.
  20. There’s a reason that summer in Las Vegas is often called ‘poker player summer camp’ and it’s not just because the World Series of Poker is going on. During the summer bracelet chasing takes center stage in Sin City but over the past decade, many other Las Vegas poker rooms have battled with the WSOP for the hearts and minds of the poker playing public by consistently scheduling competing summer series that offer players excellent value through great structures and big guarantees. Here's a quick look around the city at some of those non-WSOP tournaments keeping poker players in action. ARIA Poker Classic and High Roller Series There are basically two tournament series happening at the same time inside the ARIA. The first is for the everyday player. It's filled with buy-ins right around the $400 and $240 buy-in level, The ARIA Poker Classic. The second is home to the high rollers - small fields, high buy-in, and elite competition - The ARIA Summer High Roller Series. Even though the Rio has offered some big buy-in tournaments early in the WSOP schedule, many of the biggest names in the game have been spending more time in the ARIA this summer simply because it’s where the biggest games are. Before he was embroiled in controversy for folding out of order at the WSOP, Sam Soverel bested the 23 player field in Aria High Roller 11 on May 30 for a $235,880 payday. He was joined in the money by David Peters (runner-up, $189.620), Jake Schindler (3rd, $92,000) and Poker Central founder Cary Katz (4th, $57,500). Australia’s Michael Addamo won the $10,000 buy-in ARIA High Roller 12 on June 4 for $136,000, defeating Germany’s Manig Loeser heads up. Loeser finished in second place taking home $88,400 for his efforts while fellow countryman Rainer Kempe finished in third for $54,400. Spain’s Juan Dominguez is having a nice start to his summer as he went back-to-back at the ARIA. First, he topped the 45 player field of the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 13 for $153,000 and the very next day he won the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 14 for another $126,682. Ben Yu was the official runner-up, taking home $125,318 while the familiar faces of Jake Schindler (3rd, $67,500), Manig Loeser (4th, $45,000) and Ali Imsirovic (5th, $36,000) also made final table appearances. The 2019 Wynn Poker Classic One of the nicer properties on the Las Vegas strip, the Wynn/Encore hosts the Wynn Poker Classic and through the first week and a half, players have been turning up en masse to play in their daily offerings. The Wynn has been offering multiple $1K+ buy-in tournaments and some well-known names have been showing up for them. On June 3, 484 runners showed up for the $1,100 in which the UK’s Louis Salter took home the $98.452 first-place prize and defeated a final table that included Connor Drinan (runner-up, $64,295) and Lily Kiletto (7th, $13,907). The next day 432 players jumped into the $1,600 buy-in which saw Florida’s Evan Teitelbaum hold off one-time WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen to take down the $138,209 first place prize. McKeehen settled for $89,018 as the runner-up. Other notable final table players included Mark Radoja (5th, $31,068) as well as Entourage and Ballers music supervisor Scott Vener (9th, $12,468). Keven Stammen bested the 618 runners of the $550 daily on June 6 for a $50,940 payday while Justin Liberto defeated Germany’s Bart Lybaert on June 8 to win a $1,100 tournament for $94,659. Lybaert’s $61,412 runner-up prize helped push him to over $3M in career earnings. The DeepStack Championship Poker Series at The Venetian The Venetian continues to provide large field tournaments for players looking for action outside the Rio. They have a partnership with the Mid-States Poker Tour for some of their larger events but also provide daily tournaments for players looking for buy-ins under $1,600. Although the Deepstack Series starts in the middle of May, the $1,100 ‘Summer Kickoff ‘ Event from May 27-29 brought out 518 runners where World Poker Tour Champion Brian Altman took home the $90,905 first-place prize. He defeated Robert Kuhn who ended up with $84,390 as the runner-up. The final table included popular Twitch Poker streamer Ricky ‘RatedGTO’ Guan who finished in fourth for $36,364, a top-3 score for his young career. Pot Limit Omaha cash game grinder Sasha Liu outlasted the 144 runners in the $800 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max Bounty to take down the $20,161 first-place prize. Canadian Kevin Barton fell in second place for a $11,995 payday.
  21. 'FeaNoR4eG' won the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for $113,824 after coming through a heads-up match against former PocketFives World #1 and POY 'Lena900'. This week's entrants total crept over 11,000 and created a guarantee-beating $1,109,000 prize pool. 'Keisuke-ace' took the bronze medal for $59,937 and left none other than 'Lena900' in contention for his first Sunday Million victory. The current world-ranked #3, already had a silver medal to his name after falling last in the Million just six-months ago and history was to repeat itself after 'FeaNoR4eG' sent the Swedish online phenom to the rail. 'Lena900' banked $82,592 as runner-up and the victor 'FeaNoR4eG' collected the top-prize and gold medal. Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan topped a 72 player-field in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $38,867. The Canadian former SCOOP & WCOOP champion came through a final table that included 'elmerixx', 'anteen', Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion, and 'Greenstone25' and ultimately defeated 'Aren1991' heads-up, with the latter departing with $29,546 as runner-up. 'bb830' won the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for a score worth over $67,000. The tournament once again smashed it's guarantee and produced a $502,500 prize pool. 'Kzzon' departed in third place for $22,243 + $13,568 in bounties, and it was to be 'L1VeYRdrEamS' who the last player to lose the prize on their head. 'bb830' came through heads-up play to claim victory for $41,401 + $26,535, with 'L1VeYRdrEamS' having to settle for second place and $30,346 + $8,749. '9antifan9' bested 'marceloaziz' heads-up to take down the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up title. 'dantegoyaF' banked $12,810 for third place and their exit paved the way for heads-up. 'marceloaziz' fell at the final hurdle and departed with $17,652, as '9antifan9' scooped the $24,325 top-prize. After a 13 year absence, the partypoker $215 Sunday Million returned to the schedule in the form of Day 1a. Players will have the opportunity to play in the remaining Day 1s over the next week before Day 2 is played out on Sunday, November 3. Elsewhere, the also recently returned partypoker $5,200 Sunday Big Game once again took place with exactly 100 entrants taking part, meaning the $500,000 guarantee was met. 'Jizoint' was the victor for their second win of the month having taken down the Sunday High Roller Gladiator. 'kannichtmehr' won $62,500 in third place, before 'mbnlfg' added $87,500 to their bankroll after taking second place. 'Jizoint' picked up the six-figure top-prize worth $122,500 and continued their impressive October results. 'BigStackBilly68' won $28,924 + $44,682 in bounty prizes for topping a 151 player-field in the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator. 'Brachiosaurus' secured third place for $20,406 + $12,575 and 'ClaudeJaque' sealed second for $28,894 + $5,381. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 11,090 entrants, $1,109,000 prize pool FeaNoR4eG - $113,824 Lena900 - $82,592 Keisuke-ace - $59,937 luchokoma17 - $43,496 THCHunter - $31,565 kobyy - $22,907 Richipoker22 - $16,624 romprv - $12,064 Timonpoika - $8,754 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 72 entrants, $144,000 prize pool blanconegro - $38,867 Aren1991 - $29,546 Greenstone25 - $22,461 IgorKarkarof - $17,074 mararthur1 - $12,980 wizowizo - $9,867 anteen - $7,501 elmerixx - $5,702 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $350k Gtd 1,005 entrants, $502,500 prize pool bb830 - $41,401 + $26,535 (in bounties) L1VeYRdrEamS - $30,346 + $8,749 Kzzon - $22,243 + $13,568 mulriks2 - $16,304 + $5,843 teckidtq - $11,951 + $4,390 Manni1822 - $8,760 + $4,847 Lefebvre1101 - $6,421 + $1,765 pececada - $4,706 + $2,624 mrvogt - $3,450 + $1,078 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $100k Gtd 701 entrants, $140,200 prize pool 9antifan9 - $24,325 marceloaziz - $17,652 dantegoyaF - $12,810 #1twentythree - $9,296 Kakiers04 - $6,746 Faaaarst - $4,896 SpecialOne20 - $3,553 guix2x - $2,578 fellatiado - $1,871 partypoker $5,200 Sunday Big Game $500k Gtd 100 entrants, $500,000 prize pool Jizoint - $122,500 mbnlfg - $87,500 kannichtmehr - $62,500 CalmDownMan - $43,700 tdlvechickbn - $32,500 EmpireMaker - $25,000 huevo2000 - $20,000 kristian150 - $16,250 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator - $300k Gtd 151 entrants, $309,550 prize pool BigStackBilly68 - $28,924 + $44,682 ClaudeJaque - $28,894 + $5,381 Brachiosaurus - $20,406 + $12,575 NOLIMITHOLDEM - $14,454 + $15,651 girafganger777 - $10,628 + $3,018 Lucio - $7,057 + $7,612 xuxukr1 - $4,756 + $2,100 Valuboy - $4,756 + $3,412 partypoker $530 High Roller Phased Final $250k Gtd 541 entrants, $262,200 prize pool SunTzu - $48,874 TheOneWh0Kn0cks - $34,741 GimmeHummus - $23,676 kannnichtmehr - $16,387 Pharaon - $11,536 Dovaleh8 - $8,337 Malamanera - $6,004 AmericanEagle - $4,300 partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $300k Gtd 953 entrants, $300,000 prize pool MrWin - $20,371 + $19,350 (in bounties) PlayForFan - $20,341 + $13,993 Jacquees - $15,063 + $1,601 kovalski1 - $10,340 + $3,811 Scelevco - $6,758 + $3,159 MatthewStaples - $4,176 + $2,542 PabloPotato - $2,659 + $1,599 Talespin - $2,659 + $1,636 888poker $100,000 Sunday Sale Mega Deep $109 1,212 entrants – $121,100 prize pool HnThMn - $19,729* SleepingZace - $14,257* my888GMode - $15,482* tapatashi - $8,840 allinfds - $6,236 Bandhu12 - $5,025 RafaelBT88 - $3,814 TorNadOO147 - $2,676 Mukonga - $1,550 *denotes deal
  22. Fifteen players ended their Friday night by winning a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title including four players who weren't making their debut in the winner's circle. 'Leqenden', Conor Beresford, Joao Viera, and Connor Drinan, each added another SCOOP title the to their resume but the biggest winner on Friday was Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder. The Dutch poker pro topped the 117-entry field in Event #33 High ($10,300 High Roller PKO) to walk away with $113,785.25 and an additional $165,000 from collected bounties. The final player he eliminated was current #1-ranked 'Lena900' who had to settle for taking $113,785.07 from the prize pool and another $14,218.75 worth of bounties. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth came in third for $76,972.83 and $76,093.75 in bounties. Beresford shipped Event #32 High ($530 NLHE) to grab the third SCOOP title of his career and a $85,959 payday. 'Great dant' finished second for $61,273.96 while 'bencb' walked away with $43,678.21 for coming in third place. Connor Drinan earned his second career SCOOP title by working his way through the 378-entry field in Event #34 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better). Along with the title, Drinan picked up $34,420.52. 'cAzimiR69' fell one spot short of their first career title and had to settle for $24,907.44 while 'SilentPurple' took the final spot on the podium and added $18,023.73 to their bankroll. Event #35 High ($2,100 Six Max NLHE) had a 285-entry field to build up a $570,000 prize pool that 'cooltwister' took the winner's share from. The Belarussian player picked up $108,799.70 while 'riversouza' finished runner-up for $80,646.27. Third place finisher Jans 'Graftekkel' Arends, who won a SCOOP title last year, was left with a $59,778 consolation prize for coming in third. In the fastest-paced event on the day, Event #38 High ($530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Progressive Total KO Zoom), 'WhatIfGod' won $37,691.13 by denying 'Passiveaggro' a second 2020 SCOOP title. 'Passiveaggro' ended up earning $13,565.18 for coming in second place. Other players who won SCOOP titles on Friday included 'XOTTAI5bl4' (Event #32-L), 'Achuienas' (Event #32-M), 'Leqenden' (Event #33-L) , Joao 'Naza114' Vieira (Event #33-M), 'Andrej82' (Event #34-L), 'Premove' (Event #34-M), 'AchoBogdanov' (Event #35-L), 'oNinguém' (Event #35-M), 'nEfErRfrE' (Event #38-L), and 'INTL_JONES' (Event #38-M). Event #32-H: $530 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,072 Prize pool: $536,000 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford - $85,959.00 great dant - $61,273.96 bencb789 - $43,678.21 sebasnato - $31,135.32 s3c3_1978 - $22,194.31 iwillkillset - $15,820.84 AS Leshiy - $11,277.65 T_Dot_D - $8,03.08 KKremate - $5,730.48 Event #33-H: $10,300 High Roller PKO Entries: 117 Prize pool: $1,170,000 Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder - $113,785.25 + $165,000 in bounties Lena900 - $113,785.07 + $14,218.75 in bounties probirs - $76,972.83 + $76,093.75 in bounties WushuTM - $59,637.88 + $41,875.00 in bounties WATnlos - $46,206.92 + $3,750.00 in bounties SamSquid - $35,800.71 + $23,750.00 in bounties imluckbox - $27,738.06 + $9,375.00 in bounties Tomatee - $21,491.20 + $6,562.50 in bounties Event #34-H: $530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 378 Prize pool: $189,000 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $34,420.52 cAzimiR69 - $24,907.44 SilentPurple - $18,023.73 lennart - $13,042.49 tipitip80 - $9,437.92 Spider91_PL - $6,829.55 Jamie_KK - $4,942.06 spieler52 - $3,576.22 Event #35-H: $2,100 Six Max NLHE Entries: 285 Prize pool: $570,000 cooltwister - $108,799.70 riversouza - $80,646.27 Graftekkel - $59,778.00 joaovbarb - $44,309.69 zazano - $32,843.91 Mysters_Y - $24,345.15 Event #38-H: $530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Progressive Total KO Zoom Entries: 709 Prize pool: $354,500 (all in bounties) WhatIfGod - $37,691.13 Passiveaggro - $13,565.18 Julinho888 - $9,688.47 E|SuN007 - $8,521.00
  23. Connor Drinan joined an elite club on Thursday and in the process helped form an even more elite one. Drinan became the ninth player with five career PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles by winning Event #56 High (1,050 HORSE) and in the process joined Shaun Deeb as the only players to win four SCOOP titles in a single year. Drinan beat Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah heads-up to earn the fourth title and added $30,232.50 to his bankroll. Leah walked away with $21,545 for his efforts while third-place finisher 'wiNNin83' had to settle for $16,680. Deeb became the first player to win four SCOOP titles in 2012. Drinan's previous 2020 came in Event #34 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better), Event #40-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max), and Event #45-M ($215 NLO8 Six Max PKO). Mirza 'zazano' Muhovic won Event #57 High ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) to lock up a $201,606 score. Joel 'Odonkor1' Nordkvist fell one spot short of the title and had $155,222.20 to console himself with. Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet came in third for $119,510.00. The final table also included 'bencb789' and Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis. The Dutch pro's Twitch stream of the final table broke his personal record for viewers with more than 34,000 people tuned in before he was eliminated in seventh place. Event #58 High ($2,100 Heads-Up NLHE) had 119 runners with 'CatLover666' and Phil 'Grindation' McAllister battling through all of them to make the final where 'CatLover666' picked up the win and $71,400. McAllister had to settle for $42,840.00. Ukrainian 'gerasag' outlasted 637 other entries in Event #59 High ($1,050 NLHE PKO) to win $48,061.01 from the prize pool and another $50,031.22 worth of bounties. Andres 'wisopekeno!' Gonzalez came in second place and locked up a $48,060.54 windfall and $8,914.07 in bounties. Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice took the final spot on the podium, earning $30,190.06 and $3,218.75 in bounties for a third-place result. After finishing fourth in Event #56 High earlier in the day, Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne put a bow on a victory in Event #61 High ($1,050 Omaha 8-or-better) to win $28,546.77. Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi picked up another strong finish, coming in second place for $22,099.00 while 'Brandon-Tino' walked away with $17,107.61 for finishing third. Other players who won SCOOP titles on Thursday include 'TSubbb' (Event #56-L), 'thomber26' (Event #56-M), 'JUCA_PIRAMA1' (Event #57-L), 'lucianodayan' (Event #57-M), 'JJborio' (Event #58-L), 'd0nkBluff' (Event #58-M), 'Eldon69350' (Event #59-L), 'jonespkr' (Event #59-M), 'fcttom' (Event #61-L), and 'Vitek_vv' (Event #61-M). Event #56-H: $1,050 HORSE Entries: 139 Prize pool: $139,000 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $30,232.50 Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah - $21,545.00 wiNNin83 - $16,680.00 Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne - $11,815.00 Skint Paddy - $7,645.00 Spokey - $6,255.00 adkaf - $4,865.00 Harleyy30040 - $3,822.50 Event #57-H: $5,200 NLHE High Roller Entries: 184 Prize pool: $1,000,000 Mirza 'zazano' Muhovic - $201,606 Joel 'Odonkor1' Nordkvist - $155,222.20 Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet - $119,510.00 bencb789 - $92,014.10 EEE27 - $70,844.30 DeadNylan - $54,545.00 Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis - $41,995.80 kimokh - $32,333.70 Wildace_hun - $24,894.70 Event #58-H: $2,100 Heads-Up NLHE Entries: 119 Prize pool: $238,000 CatLover666 - $71,400.00 Phil 'Grindation' McAllister - $42,840.00 Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche - $23,800.00 fetopoker1 - $23,800.00 Event #59-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO Entries: 638 Prize pool: $638,000 (including $319,000 in bounties) gerasag - $48,061.01 + $50,031.22 wisopekeno! - $48,060.54 + $8,914.07 dynoalot - $30,190.06 + $3,218.75 Swaggersorus - $22,312.26 + $11,609.38 markovitsus - $16,590.09 + $7,656.25 7tHEcROw7 - $12,187.17 + $4,531.25 lechuckpoker - $9,007.06 + $10,789.06 wktak1 - $6,656.76 + $8,640.63 Event #61-H: $1,050 Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 136 Prize pool: $136,000 Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne - $28,546.77 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $22,099.00 Brandon-Tino - $17,107.61 flong78 - $13,243.61 krakukra - $10,252.34 Perumov - $7,936.70 bernard-bb - $6,144.08 OK1OK2 - $4,756.35 Kroko-dill - $3,91.44
  24. Over the last four days, Connor Drinan has dominated the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. It started on Friday when Drinan took down Event #34 ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) for $34,420.52 and continued on Sunday when he topped the 150-entry field in Event #40-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max) for $152,011.46. On Monday Drinan won $28,358.58 for beating out 1,051 other players in Event #45-M ($215 NLO8 Six Max PKO). Drinan now has four career SCOOP titles. The two-day Sunday Million came down to a three-way chop with 'Corback_fr' earning $216,617.61 and the SCOOP title. Runner-up 'Murashko' walked away with $204,110.39 while 'MrTermo1021' finished third and had to settle for $124,812.98. Andrey 'Anjeyyy' Novak was the biggest winner on Monday. The Ukrainian poker pro beat out 263 other players to win Event #44 High ($5,200 NLHE Sunday High Roller SE) for $253,819.24. Falling one spot short of the title meant 'Odonkor1' had to settle for $192,486.75. Jan 'Graftekkel' Arends came in third for $145,974.57. Dutch grinder 'Pimmss' won Event #43 High ($2,100 NLHE PKO Sunday Warm-Up SE) and pocketed $88,844.76 from the prize pool plus another $101,398.42 in bounties. The final bounty belonged to 'calculer_' who won $88,844.49 and $13,078.13 from bounties. Third place finisher 'DEX888' picked up $56,101.54 and $39,976.56 in bounties. The final two players in Event #42 High ($530 NLHE) chopped up $131,000 with eventual champion 'Floesoe' earning $75,183.24 and runner-up 'cocojamb0' adding $65,895.06 to their bankroll. 'Tyrion2205' took the final spot on the podium for a $41,852.60 score. 'Darth Vder58' beat out 143 other players in Event #45-High ($2,100 Six Max NLO8 PKO) to earn the SCOOP title, $26,729.51 first place prize money and another $47,515.62 from bounties. Finishing in second earned 'kiiski' $26,729.40 and $7,875 worth of bounties. Third place finisher 'nilsef' walked away with $17,857.80 and $6,812.50 in bounties. 'pruttzz12' added $176,202.87 to their bankroll after winning Event #46 High ($1,050 NLHE). Second place finisher 'Lavrik-mastr' walked away with $127,178.70 while bronze medalist 'FourSixFour' just missed out on a six-figure score, banking $91,794.63. Other winners on Monday included 'RGreick' (Event #42 Low), 'Fellipe D' (Event #42-M), 'pisc0meagain' (Event #43-L), 'AfRoBiZzLe!' (Event #43-M), 'Durrden' (Event #44-L), 'Jab0c0' (Event #45-L), 'Nicoverlast' (Event #46-L), and 'Ronin_go' (Event #46-M). Event #42-H: $530 NLHE, $500K Gtd Entries: 965 Prize pool: $500,000 Floesoe - $75,183.24* cocojamb0 - $65,895.06* Tyrion2205 - $41,852.60 BRzRoll - $29,834.00 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson - $21,266.70 DingeBrinker - $15,159.65 blkcrow - $10,806.35 IDOLLS - $7,703.15 scottnofold - $5,491.05 Event #43-H: $2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up SE PKO Entries: 578 Prize pool: $1,156,000 Pimmss - $88,844.76 + $101,398.42 calculer_ - $88,844.49 + $13,078.13 DEX888 - $56,101.54 + $39,976.56 girafganger - $41,600.27 + $19,343.76 CrazyLissy - $30,847.33 + $18,468.75 AlchemistAJ - $22,873.82 + $7,437.50 KKremate - $16,961.35 + $4,437.50 VitinhO Dzi - $12,577.10 + $2,500.00 Event #44-H: $5,200 NLHE Sunday HR SE Entries: 264 Prize pool: $1,320,000 Anjeyyy - $253,819.24 Odonkor1 - $192,486.75 Graftekkel - $145,974.57 makeboifin - $110,701.53 Futti18 - $82,951.86 ImDaNuts - $63,665.84 pm_marke - $48,281.77 mexican222 - $36,614.95 Sintoras - $27,767.38 Event #45-H: $2,100 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 144 Prize pool: $288,000 Darth Vder58 - $26,729.51 + $47,515.62 kiiski - $26,729.40 + $7,875.00 nilsef - $17,857.80 + $6,812.50 Zanos_Goda - $13,726.25 + $2,875.00 pads1161 - $10,550.57 + $2,250.00 FONBET_RULIT - $8,109.61 + $1,500.00 Event #46-H: $1,050 NLHE Entries: 1,079 Prize pool: $1,079,000 pruttzz12 - $176,202.87 Lavrik-mastr - $127,178.70 FourSixFour - $91,794.63 sadface11 - $66,255.23 Colisea - $47,821.38 1_conor_b_1 - $34,516.34 hotmark777 - $24,913.13 lechuckpoker - $17,981.75 Nacho124441 - $14,357.28
  25. A handful of WPT Online events wrapped up over the weekend on partypoker, although it was a quieter weekend for the series. The biggest winner was Benjamin Voreland, and we also saw notables Niklas Astedt and Pablo Brito Silva grab titles. For Astedt, it was his second title of the WPT Online series. In Event #49 Mini: $215 PLO Knockout [6-Max], Astedt topped the 320-entry field to win $5,282.98 plus $6,219.54 in bounties. That's a total score of $11,502.52. Astedt beat Javier Zarco in heads-up play, with Zarco taking home $5,276.32 plus $3,032.03 in bounties. Astedt, one of the most successful online tournament players in history, previously won Event #15: $1,050 Weekender as part of this World Poker Tour Online festival. In that event, he took home a winning score of $174,751.50. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] In the bigger buy-in version of Event #49, the $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max] tournament, Voreland won $71,441.30 for finishing in first place. That score came from $23,691.30 in prize money plus $47,750 in bounties. There was 104 players in the field. Also reaching the final table were a couple of players to have enjoyed some success recently, Connor Drinan and Jason Mercier. Drinan just recently won his fifth title of this year's PokerStars SCOOP series and Mercier was the winner of the WPT Online $10,300 PLO High Roller a couple of days ago for almost $280,000. Event #50's two tournaments actually wrapped up on Saturday, with Alastair Smith winning Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo for $6,817.09 and Silva winning Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo for $21,170.64. Smith topped a field of 802 entries, whereas Silva bat out a field of 170 entries. In Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty, it was Sam Mather becoming victorious for $6,291.69 plus $5,002.02 in bounties. He topped a big field of 1,906 entries to take this title. Maximillian Diender picked up $14,478.07 plus $18,921.91 in bounties for winning Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty. Diender finished in first place from a field of 378 entries. At the final table, Diender beat Sarah Targul in heads-up play, while Benjamin Rolle and Simon Mattsson placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Event #49 Mini: $215 PLO Knockout [6-Max] Entries: 320 Prize pool: $64,000 Niklas Astedt - $5,282.98 + $6,219.54 in bounties Javier Zarco - $5,276.32 + $3,032.03 in bounties Tomas Geleziunas - $3,808.18 + $1,545.31 in bounties Danil Karavaev - $2,769.58 + $1,656.25 in bounties Andres Ojeda - $1,904.09 + $1,034.37 in bounties Li Zhang - $1,384.79 + $1,131.25 in bounties Event #49: $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max] Entries: 104 Prize pool: $208,000 Benjamin Voreland - $23,691.30 + $47,750 in bounties Niki Juhani Numisto - $23,670.46 + $4,750 in bounties Sam Higgs - $14,572.83 + $4,500 in bounties Joni Jouhkimainen - $10,626.02 + $500 in bounties Connor Drinan - $7,590.01 + $5,125 in bounties Jason Mercier - $5,161.21 + $2,625 in bounties Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo Entries: 802 Prize pool: $40,100 Alastair Smith - $6,817.09 Joel Holmberg - $5,022.20 David Greene - $3,809.50 Breno Andrade - $2,606.50 Garry Stevens Smith - $1,804.50 Ilya Yakunin - $1,203 Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo Entries: 170 Prize pool: $85,000 Pablo Brito Silva - $21,170.64 Martin Gaudreault Remillard - $13,600 Fabio Sperling - $9,562.50 Ankush Mandavia - $6,927.50 Arnaud Enselme - $5,100 Linus Thor - $3,400 Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty Entries: 1,906 Prize pool: $95,300 Sam Mather - $6,291.69 + $5,002.02 in bounties Jacobus Visser - $6,281.15 + $1,732.65 in bounties Vyacheslav Nikulin - $4,086.89 + $1,038.59 in bounties Govand Amin - $2,721.08 + $227.74 in bounties Vaidas Smigelskas - $1,924.79 + $955.68 in bounties Steve Trepanier - $1,339.44 + $1,485.67 in bounties Jordan Greenlees - $922.84 + $509.90 in bounties Afonso Palma Ferro - $601.16 + $517.56 in bounties Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty Entries: 378 Prize pool: $189,000 Maximillian Diender - $14,478.07 + $18,921.91 in bounties Sarah Targul - $14,459.14 + $8,941.41 in bounties Joris Ruys - $10,24.66 + $3,511.72 in bounties Jelle Moene - $7,182.62 + $1,062.50 in bounties Hendrik Hovsepyan - $5,115.68 + $1,335.94 Christopher Johnson - $3,792.83 + $1,273.44 in bounties Benjamin Rolle - $2,635.35 + $1,187.50 in bounties Simon Mattsson - $1,922.25 + $1,062.50 in bounties
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