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  1. Dan "jungleman12" Cates (pictured) has been crushing the 2-7 Triple Draw tables online lately, having racked up more than $1.5 million in profits during the last two weeks, according to HighStakesDB. His latest domination came on Monday night on Full Tilt Pokeragainst some of the best players in the business. During a one-hour stretch in the wee hours of the morning, Cates booked a $161,000 win in a heads-up match against Alexander "PostFlopAction" Kostritsyn. A bit later, after 4:00am, the two were back at it, with Cates winning another $42,000 from his opponent. Jungleman didn't take a break in between those two sessions, though, instead getting into a 2-7 Triple Draw game against several beasts of online poker: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Gus Hansen, Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, "samrostan", and Kostritsyn. Heads-up or short-handed, it didn't matter; Cates won $125,000 in that game. All told, Cates won $387,800 on Monday, doubling the total of the day's next biggest winner, Germany's Sven Niklas "ragen70" Heinecker. Cates has had one heck of a 2014 so far. He started out making almost $200,000 in the first week of the new year and, by the end of January had climbed to about $230,000. His profit totals crept up slightly throughout February before dipping back down to around the $220,000-mark at the end of the month. March has been phenomenal, as noted earlier. Looking at data provided by HighStakesDB, we can see that Cates has had just two losing days this month, relatively insignificant ones at that. In the meantime, he has had a couple of phenomenal winning days, including Monday. The other was Saturday, March 8, when he won over $613,000. In March, Cates has won a shade under $1.5 million at the online cash game tables. For the year, he is up about $1.75 million. That slots him as the second most profitable online poker player this year on HighStakesDB, as Ben Bttech86 Tollerene (pictured) is in the top spot right now with 2014 profits of nearly $2 million. Those are the only two players who have exceeded $1 million in earnings. The next player on the list is "WCGRider", who has won $680,000 this year. Then again, "WCGRider" has done that in 6,891 hands, compared to 26,100 for Tollerene and 23,635 for Cates. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest online poker news. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. About a week ago, PocketFives brought you an article about Dan "jungleman" Cates breaking $10 million in high-stakes winnings at Full Tilt Poker, a major milestone. Over the weekend, Cates (pictured) continued to roll, inching closer to $3 million in winnings on Full Tilt this year, according to HighStakesDB. --- 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! --- As the tracking site published in an article on Sunday, "Cates continued his great 2014 with another big win in yesterday's high-stakes games. Cates brought home $300.7K in the Mixed Games. Most of Cates' profit came before breakfast, as he put in big winning sessions between 1:30am and 7.30am playing against Alexonmoon, PostflopAction, and Gus Hansen. In particular, he fared well at table Bushra, winning over $218.4K. He also made a six-figure sum at table Coventry, winning $117.2K." Cates took down the second largest pot awarded on Saturday, worth $197,800, at a $300/$600 Pot Limit Omaha table. After flopping a set and the nut flush draw, Cates shoved all-in for $61,000, or about two-thirds of the pot, on the river of a board of J-4-K-9-3 with four clubs. Gus Hansen (pictured) called and Cates flashed the nut flush, winning the hand. Cates is up $10.1 million lifetime on the high-stakes tables at Full Tilt, according to HighStakesDB, and has amassed almost $3 million in winnings this year alone. He has not turned in a lifetime loss on Full Tilt since 2010 and is a career winner in every game HighStakesDB tracks sans one (Limit HORSE). Cates was up $300,000 on Saturday alone. In case you're wondering, Hansen has largely trended in the opposite direction as Cates and is down $18.6 million lifetime since HighStakesDB began tracking him. Hansen has bled $3.7 million this year and has not been in the black since the first month of 2014. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. According to HighStakesDB, Dan "jungleman" Cates (pictured) has hit $10 million in winnings at the high-stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker. He reached the mark after scooping $677,000 in a marathon session on Saturday. According to the tracking site, Cates played for 26 hours with a scant one-hour break. --- 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! --- HighStakesDB explained, "Cates had an indifferent first few hours, only starting to go into any significant profit after 9.5 hours of play. A four-hour afternoon session, however, put Cates firmly in control, winning over half-a-million dollars. With four six-figure sessions, including two of more than $270,000, jungleman12 eventually finished [Saturday's] sessions with a $677,400 profit. Over the entire session, however, he is up $563,000, as he lost $113,600 in sessions which started after Midnight." More importantly, Cates eclipsed eight-figures in winnings at the high-stakes tables of Full Tilt for his career. In 2014, Cates is up $3 million. HighStakesDB began tracking Cates in 2009 and, over the course of the last five years, the site has logged $9.69 million in winnings for him across all sites that it follows. He is up $5.4 million in No Limit Hold'em games, $1.8 million in Pot Limit Omaha, $1.4 million in Mixed HA, $655,000 in Eight-Game, $373,000 in Draw Games, and $2,700 in Limit Hold'em. The only format Cates has not turned a profit at is HORSE, where he is a $3,000 loser. All told, HighStakesDB has tracked Cates for almost 361,000 hands. He was the second contender for Tom Dwan (pictured) in the so-called Durrrr Challenge, which hasn't seen any action since last year. As it stands, Cates is up $1.5 million in the Durrrr Challenge against Dwan after 20,000 hands. The Challenge has dragged on for four years now, leading Cates to tell PokerListings last December, "durrrr is just being disrespectful at best at this point and I'm not sure what to do about it." Cates' biggest pot played online, according to HighStakesDB, came in 2010 in a $300/$600 Pot Limit Omaha game. That pot, which was played against Patrik Antonius, was worth $375,000. He has played three pots that HighStakesDB has tracked that have passed $300,000. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. Let the drama and personal insults continue to fly! This week, PokerListingssat down with Dan Cates (pictured), who was formerly in the midst of the Durrrr Challenge with Tom Dwan. The challenge, which was set to last 50,000 hands, is only about 40% completed and, according to PokerListings and other sites, Cates is up $1.25 million thus far. If Cates is up after 50,000 hands, Dwan owes him $1.5 million; otherwise, Cates owes Dwan $500,000. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Penalties for Dwan and Cates not playingDurrrr Challenge hands were introduced in an effort to speed along the four-year-old battle. But, according to PokerListings, Cates is growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of action, saying, "[Dwan] failed to uphold any promises he made to me. He's extremely frustrating. It's outrageous. I feel like he won't complete it, for a few reasons, but for now I won't divulge his personal situation. But I'm not thrilled with anything I hear about him." Notice that Cates said he wouldn't divulge Dwan's personal situation "for now." According to PokerListings, "Cates went on to say that if things don't change he will be forced to say more about why Dwan isn't playing, but that he hopes things can be worked out privately." PokerListings added that the incentives inserted into the Durrrr Challenge have resulted in Dwan building a debt of $300,000. Dwan (pictured) has reportedly not paid any of that total. One of the most recent Durrrr Challenge sessions between Cates and Dwan occurred last October, when Cates padded his lead by $200,000 over 1,500 hands. $200/$400 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em tables on Full Tilt played host to the competition, which has garnered a considerable amount of attention from the poker community when it has taken place. The original Durrrr Challenge started in 2009 and pitted Dwan against Patrik Antonius. The latter shredded Dwan, winning over $2 million in about 40,000 hands. Then, a buyout allegedly occurred that ended the challenge. In May, Cates and Dwan sparred over the unfinished Durrrr Challenge, with Cates Tweeting at one point, "@TomDwan, would you like to continue our challenge instead of playing everybody else at every game on @FullTiltPoker?" There were also threats to air "our business" via Twitter. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. Sunday was a bad day to be Dan Cates (pictured), as running kings into aces multiple times at the Aussie Millions proved too much for the high-stakes poker pro to stomach. During the series' $100,000 Challenge, Cates ran kings into aces twice, but couldn't control his emotions the second time around and snapped. Jeff Rossiter took the brunt of Cates' rage, as after the money went in, according to PokerNews, "Cates yelled out, 'Are you f***ing kidding me?!?!' before throwing his cards across the table in the direction of Rossiter." The board ultimately proved no help to Cates, who then elevated his aggression. The same coverage relayed, "Cates exploded by grabbing a handful of chips and throwing them like a baseball player across the table at Rossiter. Some of the chips bounced on the table in front of Rossiter, one or two hit him in the chest, and a couple more stumbled onto the floor. After doing so, Cates just sat there, visibly steamed with what had occurred. Rossiter took it quite well, whereas many people might've freaked out in their own right after having chips hurled at them." It was unclear whether Rossiter had Cates covered, and with Cates' juvenile actions, figuring it out was no easy task. Eventually, tournament officials concluded that Cates was eliminated. Earlier in the re-entry event, Cates busted with kings to Steve MrTimCaum O'Dwyer's flopped quad aces. Cates posted on Twitter shortly after the second bust-out: Over on Two Plus Two, there was plenty of reaction to the incident, with one poster saying, "Refreshing to see some personality in poker even if it is a ****ty one." Another recalled, "This reminds me of when he purposely broke a bottle on the floor of Bobby's Room. How does this guy have the emotional control to be a successful poker player?" There has been no word about any punishment handed down. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. We're done with 2014, which means it's time to look back on the year that was and dole out a few awards. PokerNewshighlighted the biggest cash game winners of the year and taking home the largest payday at $2.8 million on Full Tiltwas Dan "jungleman12" Cates (pictured). According to the site, Cates put in 669 sessions on Full Tilt in 2014 totaling 90,052 hands and $2.8 million in profit, an average profit per hand of $31.15. He also managed to scoop an additional $631,000 from PokerStars to boost his total earnings in 2014 at the cash game tables to $3.4 million. According to HighStakesDB, Cates is up $10.2 million under his jungleman12screen name on Full Tilt since the site began tracking him in 2009. All told, he has logged 390,000 hands since then despite Full Tilt being shut down for a portion of that time and has turned a profit in every game HighStakesDB has tracked for him. In August, Cates, a former Durrrr Challenge competitor, reached $10 million in winnings at the high-stakes tables at Full Tilt, according to HighStakesDB. Second place on the cash game leaderboard for 2014 went to Mikael "punting-peddler" Thuritz, who bagged $2.5 million on Full Tilt. In 2014, he logged 353 sessions and 59,239 hands for an average profit of $43.43 per hand. Third place went to Patrik Antonius, a familiar face who plays on Full Tilt under the user name FinddaGrind. Last year, Antonius put in 373 sessions on Full Tilt totaling 41,850 hands and a profit of $1.6 million, or $40.23 per hand. Also according to PokerNews, the largest pot of 2014 weighed in at $382,000 and took place at a $200/$400 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em table between Doug "WCGRider" Polk and Denoking. The money went in pre-flop, with Polk's aces taking on Denoking's kings. Multiple boards were run, but Polk took down all of them and ended the year up a little over $1 million. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. There is no arguing that Luke "FullFlush" Schwartz (pictured) is a fantastic poker player. It was almost six years ago that he made his presence known to the poker world when he started tearing up the high-stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker, going toe-to-toe with the game's best players. More than his poker skill, though, he immediately became known for his abrasive personality, as he was not shy about trash-talking. And it was frequently not lighthearted trash talking, either. Put it this way, he used to call Dan Cates an "autistic spaz" and called railbirds "railtards." He called a live tournament table populated by Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, and Phil Ivey "fishy." Now 30-years old, Schwartz sat down with PokerListings to see where he stands in poker and in life. Right off the bat, Schwartz appears to be more mature, as he had to put his kids to bed before the interview. He confirmed as much, saying, "I'm a new man now. I'm 30 years old - a bit different from the brash, ego-driven, crazy guy who roamed around the poker tables when I was in my early 20s." Once Schwartz gained attention for both his skilled poker play and his table antics, he began being invited to televised poker events such as the PartyPoker Premier League and Full Tilt Poker Million. He played it up for the cameras at the time, but is now actually embarrassed by the way he acted, telling PokerListings, "It's pretty cringe-worthy when I look back at myself. Everyone hates the sound of his or her voice and it's even worse when you are being stupid. I don't watch my old footage anymore." "I was a hyped-up kid with too much money. I was in my own little world really." He certainly was in his own little world. Take the time in 2009 when he was temporarily banned from the Vic Casino in London for refusing to remove his hat upon request. Fortunately, poker promoter Eddie Hearn, a friend of Schwartz's, was able to convince the casino to lift the ban. Then there was arguably his silliest and most infamous incident, which happened only a month later. After busting on Day 2 of EPT London, he went to the hospitality area and ordered a sandwich. We say "ordered" because he allegedly walked away without paying and played the "I'm awesome, I can do what I want" card when asked to pay. For a while, it was rumored he had been banned from all Grosvenor Casinos in the UK, but in the end he was given a warning. Even as recently as last year, Schwartz went on a Twitter rant against PokerStars for apparently temp-banning him from the site. He dropped f-bombs left and right while calling PokerStars management "Nazis" and the site "rigged." He says he is different now. While he still wouldn't be afraid to speak his mind at the tables, he says he isn't an "attention-seeking whore anymore." As for poker, Schwartz says he has been doing well lately and has been sticking to Mixed Games, mostly online. He has been staying away from big No Limit games because he feels they are unwinnable now. While he is only up about $18,000 on PokerStars this year according to HighStakesDB, he is up almost $150,000 since mid-November. Similarly, on Full Tilt Poker, he is only up about $37,000 on the year, but is up $174,000 since mid-November. Schwartz also discussed other poker players with PokerListings. The site asked him if Phil Hellmuth is a "whore" (likely referring to Hellmuth's constant desire to be in front of a television camera). Schwartz didn't go that far, saying he didn't have much of an opinion on the 13-time WSOP bracelet winner, but offered the opinion that Hellmuth isn't that skilled, and more power to him if he feels marketing himself is the best way to make money. On the flip side, there is Dan Colman, who Schwartz says is "far better" than Hellmuth, but since he doesn't have charisma, he isn't as "important" to the game as Hellmuth. Schwartz also said he greatly respects Alex Kostritsyn, calling him "a very honorable guy and very clever." He respects the game of Michael Thuritz, but says he has an "ego/attitude problem." Visit PokerListings for the full interview. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. A few days ago, Dan Cates (pictured), who is known as junglemanonline, posted the following on Twitter rather nonchalantly: "Sooo Manila didn't go well, only lost about 38m hkd(5m usd)... Gonna play some 5/10 online and take another shot." Yes, not going "well" meant losing $5 million in high-stakes cash games in Manila. --- 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. --- The Tweet had been re-Tweeted 85 times and marked as a Favorite 143 times when we took a look at it on Monday. According to PokerNews, games in Manila were reportedly going as high as $2,500-$5,000-$10,000. A few days prior to the news, Cates Tweeted that 2015 was not going so well for many players: "Pretty dark year for everyone I know in poker... Who is winning out there lol besides Rast and Robl?" According to HighStakesDB, Cates played online on August 13, the same day he posted his Tweet, and dropped about $1 million. Since HighStakesDB began tracking Cates on PokerStarsunder the name w00ki3zin 2010, he is up about three-quarters of a million dollars. On Full Tilt, where he plays as jungleman12, he is up almost $10.3 million lifetime. When asked by one poster whether he had "partners" to help finance him in Manila, Cates responded, "Probably." Other well-known players who have been spotted in Manila recently include Phil Ivey (pictured) and Tom Dwan. On Monday, one player wrote on 2+2 that he had spotted Cates over the weekend in a live game: "Saw w00ki3z… playing high-stakes games as usual in the Kings Rozvadov this weekend. He was laughing all day and doing this left/right freak look with his eyes as usual. He's just fine, playing 100/200 live mixed games, 10k high-roller donkaments, and all this stuff." Back in 2013, Dwan, who has also been part of the high-stakes action in Manila recently, was rumored to have lost $4 million in a live game in Macau. He posted while in transit from Macau, "In Taiwan for the 1st time ever... Not leaving the airport tho. Maybe next trip. Had my biggest loss ever yesterday." He didn't give the exact amount of the loss at the time, but sources at the game said the damage was $4 million. Also in Asia, Dwan, Ivey, and others have been high-rolling in a game called Six Plus Hold'em in which the deuces, threes, fours, and fives are removed from the deck. As Dwan put it, "In Six Plus, everybody needs to be gambling more and thinking more. [You] can't just be lazy and wait for a good hand. It's just fun. Everyone is in a lot of pots and there's a lot of money in them." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  9. In the years before Black Friday, Tom durrrrDwan was a star in the online high-stakes community, playing the biggest stakes versus the best in the world, usually on Full Tilt Poker. Dwan was doing so well, in fact, that he was finding it hard to even get any action at the tables. --- 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. --- So confident in his abilities was he at the time that he decided to throw down the gauntlet and offer 3:1 odds that he could be any player in the world heads-up over 50,000 hands. Known as the Durrrr Challenge, Dwan would pay $1.5 million to his opponent if he were up by $1 after the required hands were played. If Dwan came out on top, his opponent would pay only $500,000. Daniel JunglemanCates (pictured) was happy to accept the bet and the pair began sparring in 2010. After playing around 20,000 hands, Cates had amassed a sizable $1.3 million lead over Dwan. But the events of Black Friday effectively shut Full Tilt Poker down and delayed the challenge indefinitely. Since that time, Cates has been prodding Dwan to finish the match, but has had little luck wrangling the young high-stakes specialist. That could all change, however, if a 2+2 post by Jungleman is any indicator. "Tom and I have had some disputes, but I believe we have essentially resolved them," he said. "The challenge is agreed to be played out in the next nine months. I think Tom intends on finishing the challenge, but has been distracted by things of great importance... In addition, Black Friday greatly hindered our progress." Indeed, in Cates' frustration, he called out Dwan (pictured) in the poker media and threatened to reveal aspects of Dwan's personal life. "The latest with durrrr is that he is being totally uncooperative," Cates told PokerListings last year. "We have played zero hands in 2014 and only 2,500 of the 62,000 hands Tom played in 2013 were from the challenge." In 2013, it seemed like the challenge was back on after the pair agreed to a penalty schedule in which Dwan would pay Cates $40,000 for every two months that passed without progress on the bet. Needless to say, the penalties failed to motivate Dwan, who now owes $300,000 in fines, according to Cates. "He failed to uphold any promises he made to me," added Cates. "He's extremely frustrating. It's outrageous." Even with Dwan seemingly unresponsive, Cates was confident enough in being paid by his foe to cross-book action against him in his battle against a Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em machine at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The bet ended up costing Cates $400,000, a figure which he would deduct from the amount was owed by Dwan for the challenge. In the past few years, Durrrr has rarely been seen playing high-stakes online and is known to instead frequent the live nosebleed games in Macau. While that juicy game is off-limits to many pros, Dwan is allowed in due to his loose playing style, which generates a lot of action. If the challenge is indeed resurrected, the pair will need to find a new destination to play out their remaining 30,000 hands. Full Tilt Poker, which once hosted the challenge, recently decided to remove its high-stakes tables and has removed heads-up tables altogether. The Amaya-owned company hopes to reduce the risk of amateur players quickly going broke at the hands of professionals, never to return again.
  10. Several big names have thrown their hats into the ring for the Triton SHR Series Cali Cup,a $200,000 buy-in Super High Roller event that begins on January 3 at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila, Philippines, which is also hosting the WPT National Philippinesevent at the same time. There are 20 confirmed players for the event including Phil Ivey (pictured), Tom Dwan, Andrew Robl, Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz, Sam Trickett, Andrew Pantling, Vivek Rajkumar, Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, Richard Yong, Paul Phua, and Cali Group CEO Lei Tim Meng. Also participating, according to PokerNews, are Mui Man Bok, Qin "The Chairman" Si Xin, Wang "Shanghai Wong" Qiang, Zhang "Big Head" Xi Hong, Wang Zuo, Stanley Choi, Zhang Shu Nu Aaron, Liang Yu, and Chan Wai Leong. The Triton SHR Series Cali Cup has unlimited re-entries through the end of Level 9 and will crown a champion on January 4. Ivey, Dwan, and the newly announced names are regulars at some of the largest cash games and tournaments, both inside and outside of Asia. As a matter of fact, Ivey's last live tournament cash, according to the Hendon Mob, came in February, a win in an AUD $250,000 (USD $180,000) event during the Aussie Millions for USD $1.7 million. It was his third time winning the tournament in four years. Holz (pictured) is fresh off winning the WPT Alpha8 eventat the Bellagio in Las Vegas for $1.6 million, while Dwan took sixth in the same event at the 2014 Aussie Millions that Ivey won and earned almost a half-million dollars. Cates and Dwan have famously sparred online during the yet-to-be-completed Durrrr Challenge. President and CEO of the Poker King Club Winfred Yu commented in a press release last month, "We at Poker King Club always aim to push the boundaries of poker, which led to us being named the 'Home of the World’s Biggest Game.' That aim is now coming to WPT National Philippines with a Super High Roller and we are happy to add the gravitas of well-known poker players into that mix, such as Aussie Millions champion and businessman Mr. Richard Yong." The Cali Group and Poker King Club are organizing the Super High Roller. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. [caption width="640"] Dan 'w00ki3z.' Cates won the PokerStars Sunday 500[/caption] A nosebleed-stakes player taking down the PokerStars Sunday 500 was your big headline over the weekend. Dan 'w00ki3z.' Catestook down the $500 buy-in minefield and earned almost $65,000. Cates Tweeted that the win was karma of sorts: Elsewhere, the PokerStars Sunday Million was taken down by player 'Turko_man' for a score of $183,709, with 'salta44' and 'DerRaeuber' earning $136,298 and $96,001 for their respective 2nd and 3rd place finishes in that event. Hungarian 'greengrass67' (ranked #311 worldwide) was victorious in the Sunday Warm-Up and took home $76,125. The Six-Max Sunday Supersonic was won by 'piojosoo', who pocketed $46,557. Also scoring big on PokerStars was Doug 'WCG|Rider' Polk hauling in $162,952 after taking down the PokerStars Mountain Series - $700 Kilimanjaro. Meanwhile, it was 'Atuaprimade_4' who outlasted all opponents in the partypoker High Roller event, cashing for $38,610. The $320 buy-in "Baby Whale" at 888 Poker saw 'olibalint' walk away with $28,860. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 5,926 entrants - $1,185,200 paid out to 855 spots ~ Full Recap Turko_man $183,708.88 salta44 $136,298.00 DerRaeuber $96,001.20 pujarooo91 $66,548.98 (pujarooo91) calamitas $49,778.40 acumen plus $37,926.40 oOwL $26,074.40 goldfish108 $14,815.00 dffg $9,244.56 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) 2,409 entrants - $481,800 paid out to 360 spots ~ Full Recap greengrass67 $76,124.73 (greengrass67) TISSO1709 $57,175.20 OverTheTop43 $40,953.00 BaNe.TrEnD $28,185.30 kimokh $21,440.10 menglong $16,622.10 lulDocuments $11,804.10 (luldocuments) mmetsla $6,986.10 MaxBMM $4,095.30 PokerStars Sunday 500 ($500+$35 NLHE) 716 entrants - $358,000 paid out to 108 spots ~ Full Recap w00ki3z. $64,798.00 mojave $46,540.00 harrybo8 $34,905.00 BillLewinsky $26,134.00 shamrocker92 $18,437.00 (shamrocker92) mikki696 $14,857.00 Poeira4 $11,277.00 PokerLoans1 $7,911.80 fviana $4,582.40 (fviana) PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($200+$15 NLHE 6-Max) 1,378 entrants - $282,159 paid out to 180 spots ~ Full Recap piojosoo $46,557.11 TheHood $34,987.75 SlipperyBean $26,099.73 RodRish $18,058.19 marcasa $11,568.53 dr.mozer $7,759.38 PokerStars Mountain Series - $700 Kilimanjaro ($670+30 NLHE) 1452 entrants - $972,840 paid out to 198 spots ~ Full Recap WCG|Rider $162,951.56 bebaimis777 $119,172.90 dntfrgtame $89,987.70 smiler450 $66,153.12 d.quang $47,669.16 JNandez87 $37,940.76 antispeed $28,212.36 Lena900 $18,483.96 etxnl01 $10,020.25 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) 32,643 entrants - $326,430 paid out to 5,400 spots ~ Full Recap masterc50 $28,394.65 shalevhalfa $20,379.02 Wackworm $13,710.06 (wackworm) GPASA26 $10,445.76 Cepreu'LOL $7,181.46 morphose91 $4,406.80 /^ekke^21 $3,019.47 Marshall252 $2,121.79 heldenmacht3 $1,485.25 partypoker High Roller ($500+30 NLHE Re-Entry) *$150k Guaranteed 396 entrants - $198,000 paid out to 45 spots Atuaprimade_4 $38,610 mjw_006 $29,205 (mjw006) C3H5-NO3-3 $21,780 yurasov1990 $16,632 Sheater $11,385 (Sheater) Cocadas88 $8,910 x_zola25 $6,930 (x_zola25) Play2Parti $4,950 PLAYlikeOSHO $3,465 iPoker Sunday Masters (€150 NLHE) 153 entrants - $24,366 paid out to 27 spots ~ Full Recap ipoker123 $5,238.70 KOT2014 $3,776.74 MyStapler $2,863.01 gkareckas89 $2,132.03 GonnaGetJew $1,461.96 (Alan45698) blankebetman $1,218.30 Klokkelaerling $974.64 Hop91 $730.98 Flo1980BE $487.32 888 Baby Whale ($320 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 509 entrants - $152,700 paid out to 72 spots olibalint $28,860 derharry69 $21,149 TRlCEPS $15,575 uarebad_lol $11,758 CrackdeI29 $8,246 (Crackdel29) 0aceAce $6,490 KarachoKarl $4,963 TurTurist $3,436 123_THC $2,336 (JMolloy) Full Tilt Sunday Major ($233+17 NLHE) 186 entrants - $50,000 paid out to 27 spots ~ Full Recap Williamsdad $10,500.00 TheClaimer $7,750.00 (TheClaimeer) viking47 $5,550.00 (viking47) pokerjamers $4,250.00 (pokerjamers) 3p3nipa $3,250.00 (3p3nipa) maniiac $2,550.00 (Ballage87) Rissah $1,875.00 (YugiohPro) TyRusT $1,400.00 bigslaun $1,100.00 BetVictor Sunday Showdown ($245 NLHE) *€25k Guaranteed Darouche €6,256.00 JerryYang €4,352.00 gaming123 €3,304.80 hairycobra €2,448.00 K000LXFTW €1,632.00 (k0000000lx) Hudders1 €1,360.00 (Hudders) AltijdPech1 €1,088.00 khalid1968 €816.00 LovinTheGame €680.00
  12. [caption width="640"] Dan 'w00ki3z.' Cates topped the high-stakes cash game leaderboard in June[/caption] After not appearing in the top 10 in May, Dan 'w00ki3z.' Cates topped the high-stakes cash game leaderboard in June according to data compiled by HighStakesDB. The poker pro booked $148,507 in profit. Cates, known for his prowess on the high-stakes felts, logged 16 sessions and 1,578 hands during June, an average of $9,281 in profit per session and $94 in profit per hand – stellar in every sense of the word. He was in the black to start off the month of June, but his $148,507 in profit officially moved him past $1 million profit on PokerStars for his career and brought him closer to even on the year; he's currently $183,000 in the hole for 2016. Just behind Cates on the high-stakes cash game leaderboard for June was 'happyhammy', who had $146,666 in profit, just $2,000 off Cates' mark. 'happyhammy' had 29 sessions at the high-stakes tables last month and generated 10,051 hands for an average profit of $5,057 per session and $14 per hand. 'happyhammy' started the month of June slightly up in profit for his career at PokerStars and now sits comfortably in the black after generating over $146,000 in earnings last month. HighStakesDB first started tracking him in March, so 'happyhammy' is a relatively new face on the high-stakes online poker scene. Third place on the June cash game leaderboard belonged to Jens 'Jeans89' Kyllönen, who amassed $132,327 in profit during the 30-day month. He turned in 67 sessions, averaging more than two a day, and generated 1,475 hands for an average profit of $1,975 per session and $67 per hand. Kyllönen, who is #9 on the all-time tournament money list for Finland according to the Hendon Mob, inched closer to $5 million in high-stakes cash game profit for his career after his six-figure month and officially went into the black for 2016 after he had been down until the month began. Fourth place on the high-stakes cash game leaderboard for June went to 'GlassOfBeer', who registered $93,413 in profit from 80 sessions and 7,664 hands. He's predominantly an Omaha player and averaged $1,167 in profit per session and $12 in profit per hand over the course of the 30-day month. His nearly $100,000 month meant that 'GlassOfBeer' passed $200,000 in lifetime profit on the tables that HighStakesDB tracks and officially went into the black for 2016. Fifth place in June went to 'kkopghy', who raked in $85,537 in profit from 22 sessions and 1,994 hands. That's an average of $3,888 in profit per session and $42 in profit per hand. There was only one six-figure pot at the high-stakes cash game tables in June. Its winner was 'wilhasha', who parlayed pocket aces into a $115,160 pot at a $100/$200 No Limit Hold'em table. In the hand, the money went all-in before the flop with aces against kings. The board was run twice and 'wilhasha's' opponent, 'ChaoRen160', watched as his kings failed to improve each time, giving 'wilhasha' a $115,160 windfall and both halves of the pot. The top 10 in June: w00ki3z. (16 sessions, 1,578 hands) - $148,507 happyhammy (29 sessions, 10,051 hands) - $146,666 Jeans89 (67 sessions, 1,475 hands) - $132,327 GlassOfBeer (80 sessions, 7,664 hands) - $93,413 kkopghy (22 sessions, 1,994 hands) - $85,537 Kaarem (4 sessions, 76 hands) - $81,126 Ilari FIN (42 sessions, 2,427 hands) - $77,415 otterkopf (110 sessions, 4,120 hands) - $60,904 RealAndyBeal (29 sessions, 4,072 hands) - $43,310 banne1992 (12 sessions, 442 hands) - $40,820
  13. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The European Poker Tour Monte Carlo event is done and dusted and Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters have all of that in a recap. They also discuss the uptick in the PokerStars Sunday Million while waxing poetically about what that tournament should be. They also talk about the return of the partypoker MILLIONS Online and try and make sense of the video released by Dan 'Jungleman' Cates. Senior Writer Jeff Walsh joins the show to discuss and debate the first players on PocketFives' ranking of the top 50 players in World Series of Poker history. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  14. Thursday at the 2019 World Series of Poker had a rare occurrence on Thursday: nobody won a bracelet. The only event that was scheduled to play down to a winner, the $600 Deepstack Championship event, stopped for the night with five players left, needing an extra day. Across the Amazon Room, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship played from 12 players down to a final table of six that will not include Day 4 chip leader Phil Ivey. Josh Arieh Leads $50K PPC; Shaun Deeb Lurking At the start of Day 4 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, all eyes were on 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey as he lead the field with 12 players remaining. Through just seven hours of play, however, Ivey was sent to the rail as one of six eliminations on Thursday. At the end of the day, Josh Arieh bagged up 6,220,000 for the chip lead. No other player broke the 5,000,000 chip mark. Bryce Yockey sits second heading into the final day with 4,465,000 with Phillip Hui right behind him with 4,135,000. Ivey was one of three players eliminated by John Esposito on Thursday. Talal Shakerchi and David Oppenheim were the other two victims that helped Esposito make it to Day 4 with the fourth best stack. Shaun Deeb ended the day with 2,485,000 and is guaranteed no fewer than 453 WSOP Player of the Year points at this point. He currently sits sixth in WSOP POY standings, just over 600 points behind current leader Dan Zack. The final table begins at Noon PT with the final table stream on PokerGO beginning at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Josh Arieh - 6,220,000 Bryce Yockey - 4,465,000 Phillip Hui - 4,135,000 John Esposito - 3,630,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,485,000 Daniel Cates - 1,260,000 $600 Deepstack Championship Goes into Overtime Originally scheduled as a two-day event, the 6,140-player field in the $600 Deepstack Championship event was only able to get down to five players on Day 2 and will be returning for a third day. Raymond Foresman bagged up the chip lead with 74,600,000 and holds nearly 30,000,000 more than any other player. That second largest stack belongs to bracelet winner Will Givens. The Colorado native finished with 45,500,000. The rest of the chase group consists of Steffen Logen, Jeff Hakim, and Hlib Kovtunov. Day 2 started with 83 players still in contention. Lang Lee, who started the day with the biggest stack, was one of the 78 players sent to the rail on Thursday. Lee finished 18th for $17,096. The final five players return to action at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Raymond Foresman - 74,600,000 Will Givens - 45,500,000 Steffen Logen - 30,100,000 Jeff Hakim - 24,300,000 Hlib Kovtunov - 9,800,000 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha HiLo or Better The Deepstack Championship wasn't the only event that needs an extra day. The $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event has nine players remaining with Scott Abrams standing tall atop the chip counts. Abrams finished with 6,600,000 which puts him comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Rodney Burt finished with 4,675,000 for the second-best stack while Jordan Spurlin managed to put 4,250,000 in the bag for third best. Anthony Zinno and Erik Seidel are the only two bracelet winners at the final table while Jon Turner and Connor are chasing their first. The final nine players begin play at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Scott Abrams - 6,600,000 Rodney Burt - 4,675,000 Jordan Spurlin - 4,250,000 Anthony Zinno - 3,955,000 Thomas Schropfer - 3,565,000 Erik Seidel - 1,490,000 Jon Turner - 1,460,000 Connor Drinan - 1,125,000 Kyle Miaso - 530,000 $400 Colossus Draws Massive Day 1B Field With only two starting flights and a lower buy-in than previous years, the Colossus ended up drawing a five-figure field with 7,871 players showing up on Day 1B alone. That strong of a turnout made for long lines at registration as players waited for their opportunity to play. Somehow, 1,178 players managed to make it to Day 2. Romik Vartzar finished with 2,170,000 and is the only player from both Day 1A and 1B to bag more than 2,000,000. The second biggest 1B stack belongs to John Goyette with 1,453,000. Ian Steinman finished with the fifth best stack after amassing 1,127,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Maurice Hawkins, Norm MacDonald, David "Bakes" Baker, Michael Soyza, Joseph Galazzo, Jeremy Ausmus, Jon Friedberg, and Matt Berkey. GPI President Eric Danis also managed to find a bag at the end of Day 1B. The total field of 13,109 players makes this event the fifth largest WSOP field in history, surpassing the 2018 Colossus which had a $565 buy-in and six starting flights. The 1,948 survivors from Day 1A and 1B will combine on Friday for another 15 40-minute levels beginning at 11 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Romik Vartzar - 2,170,000 John Goyette - 1,453,000 Hien Tran - 1,152,000 Kyle Shaw - 1,130,000 Ian Steinman - 1,127,000 Julian Manolio - 1,095,000 Robert Georato - 995,000 Kulwant Singh - 991,000 Daniel Dizenzo - 985,000 Hannes Neurauter - 968,000 Chris Ferguson Leads $10,000 Razz with 12 Left Chris Ferguson will return to the Rio on Friday in position to win his seventh WSOP bracelet after bagging up the chip lead in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Ferguson finished with 1,280,000 and is joined by David Bach as the only players with more than a million to work with. Bach finished Day 2 with 1,087,000. Russian Andrey Zhigalov flirted with a seven-figure stack, ending the day with 976,000. The rest of the field is stacked. Current WSOP POY leader Dan Zack sits fourth with 815,000. Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, defending champion Calvin Anderson, Marco Johnson, Mike Gorodinsky, Andre Akkari, and Cary Katz also still have a shot at taking home the bracelet and the $301,421 first place prize. Action gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play until just six players remain. Final 12 Chip Counts Chris Ferguson - 1,280,000 David Bach - 1,087,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 976,000 Daniel Zack - 815,000 Scott Seiver - 622,000 George Alexander - 593,000 Daniel Negreanu - 478,000 Calvin Anderson - 385,000 Marco Johnson - 297,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 227,000 Andre Akkari - 106,000 Cary Katz - 96,000 $1,500 Omaha Mix Draws 717 Players Day 1 of the $1,500 Omaha Mix, which consists of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Big O, brought out 717 players and after 10 levels of play, Aaron Henderson ended up as the biggest stack. He wrapped up the day with 138,600. A total of 228 players made it through Day 1 including Bart Hanson, Patrick Leonard, Ryan Riess, Barry Greenstein, Ryan Laplante, and Eli Elezra. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Henderson - 138,600 John Evans - 130,400 Anatolii Zyrin - 117,800 Bart Hanson - 107,800 John Templeton - 106,200 James Chen - 102,100 Patrick Leonard - 97,000 Sean Yu - 95,100 Ivo Donev - 87,000 Corey Emery - 86,500
  15. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
  16. The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London kicks off this week with the biggest buy-in in tournament poker history as the highlight. Deemed the Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity, the event has a gargantuan £1,050,000 buy-in, of which £1,000,000 goes to the prize pool and £50,000 goes towards charitable causes. The Triton Million takes place at London Hilton on Park Lane and is sponsored by partypoker LIVE. It is scheduled as a three-day event from August 1-3. Charitable causes to benefit include Caring For Children Foundation, R.E.G., Healthy Hong Kong, Credit One World Charity, and One Drop. Triton Million Provides Unique Twist The Triton Million has a freezeout format with a rather unique twist to it. It’s invite-only. Invited players were issued invitations from a committee, and these players are of the recreational or businessman or woman variety. Those fortunate enough to receive invitations can then issue one invitation of their own to a guest player. The guest player can be a professional poker player. This allows for the field to be at least a 50% businessmen. For the first six hours of tournament play, the two player pools will be separated, such that the recreational/businessmen and women compete against one another and the guests/professionals play against one another. Furthermore, players will be asked to dress in formal attire for the final table. The Triton Million field has 25 businessmen signed up. Let’s take a look at them. Paul Phua [caption id="attachment_625843" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Paul Phua (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Paul Phua has been around the ultra high-stakes poker scene for nearly a decade now, amassing more than $11,400,000 in live tournament earnings and cashing in some of the richest poker events in the world. He has two victories on record, first in the Aspers £100,000 High Roller in 2012 for £1,000,000 ($1,621,297) and second in the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €100,000 High Roller for €752,700 ($825,619). As for his business exploits that have earned him a fortune, Phua has been a well-known junket operator for some of the world’s richest and he’s been in the news as the "world's biggest bookie," having his Caesars Palace villa raided in July 2014 for running an illegal gambling operation. The raid came just about a month after Phua was arrested in Macau under similar charges. Phua's guest player for the Triton Million is Tom Dwan. Cary Katz [caption id="attachment_625842" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Cary Katz (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Cary Katz is the man atop the Poker Central organizational chart, having founded the company in 2015. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of one of the largest student loan companies in the United States. On the felt, Katz has nearly $20,000,000 in live tournament earnings, including a career-best score of €1,750,000 ($1,929,203) when he finished fifth in the 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. In January 2018, Katz won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller to the tune of $1,492,340, and he placed eighth in the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $1,306,667. Katz's guest player for the Triton Million is Bryn Kenney. Rob Yong [caption id="attachment_625844" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Rob Yong (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Rob Yong is the owner of Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino in Nottingham, UK. Under Yong’s watchful eye, Dusk Till Dawn was built into what is considered to be one of the best card rooms in the world, with top-tier brands such as the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, partypoker, and UK & Ireland Poker Tour holding events there. Yong is now heavily involved with partypoker and partypoker LIVE, helping to grow these two brands in the online and live realms, respectively. Although his live tournament results amount to only a little more than $330,000, Yong has been a regular at some of the highest stakes in the world, specifically when it comes to cash games. At the table, he’s an entertaining competitor who doesn’t shy away from risk and will liven up any game. Yong's guest player for the Triton Million is Sam Trickett. Talal Shakerchi [caption id="attachment_625845" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Talal Shakerchi (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Talal Shakerchi is a player from the recreational/businessmen category that could likely fit into the professional poker player category. He doesn’t have the most live tournament earnings, with more than $7,300,000 won in his career, but make no mistake about it, Shakerchi is a grinder. For quite some time, Shakerchi kept his online poker name a secret so others in the high-stakes community wouldn’t realize his ability or the amount of volume he was putting in. On the business side, Shakerchi is an investment manager, running Meditor Capital Management Limited, which he founded. Shakerchi's guest player for the Triton Million is Igor Kurganov. Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga [caption id="attachment_625841" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Antanas Guoga, who is best known as 'Tony G' in the poker world, is another player listed in the recreational/businessmen category that could very well be considered a professional poker player. At least that’s what he used to be. Now a politician and Lithuanian Member of the European Parliament, Guoga is rarely seen on the poker scene these days. He is the founder of PokerNews.com and TonyBet. Guoga boasts more than $6,000,000 in live tournament earnings and became famous for his brash table talk. His biggest cash came at the European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,500 High Roller in 2009, when he took third for €420,000 ($552,239). He won the 2005 European Poker Championships Main Event for £260,000 ($456,822) and placed second in the World Poker Tour €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris for €339,930 ($414,478) in 2004. Guoga's guest player for the Triton Million is Fedor Holz. Additional Triton Million players from the recreational/businessmen category are listed below, with their guest players in parentheses. Richard Yong (Dan Cates) Stanley Choi (David Peters) Wai Kin Yong (Rui Cao) Bobby Baldwin (Jason Koon) Liang Yu (Mikita Badziakouski) Ivan Leow (Timofey Kuznetsov) Alfred DeCarolis (Stephen Chidwick) Chin Wei Lim (Wai Leong Chan) Chow Hing Yaung (Christoph Vogelsang) Pat Madden (Nick Petrangelo) Sosia Jiang (Sam Greenwood) Qiang Wang (Elton Tsang) Zang Shu Nu (Tan Xuan) Leon Tsoukernik (Martin Kabrhel) Orpen Kisacikoglu (Matthias Eibinger) Ferdinand Putra (Justin Bonomo) Rick Salomon (Vivek Rajkumar) Bill Perkins (Dan Smith) Winfred Yu (Danny Tang) Andrew Pantling (Andrew Robl) Ben Wu (Michael Soyza) How To Watch the Triton Million Fans from around the world can watch the Triton Million for free on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will call the action, with professional poker player Nick Schulman alongside to provide expert commentary. Action starts Thursday, August 1, at 8 am ET and PokerGO will have coverage for the entirety of the event. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  17. Down more than €900,000 in his 'Galfond Challenge' match against 'VeniVidi1993,' Phil Galfond is opting to suspend his play against 'VeniVidi1993' for the time being. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' have battled across 15 sessions at €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker, Galfond's online poker site. Through those 15 sessions, 9,927 hands were played and Galfond was down €900,240.17. The three most recent sessions have set Galfond back €419,016.77 alone. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' had a day off on Monday and were planned to play another session on Tuesday, but it was called off. "I was playing scared," Galfond wrote in a statement he released on Twitter. "I was expecting to lose. I simply couldn't get my brain to work properly." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Galfond pointed out that, contrary to what may be the common belief, the most difficult thing wasn't the money. "It's the gap between the result and your expectations," he said. Galfond said the two had six more sessions planned in February and that missing those sessions will see Galfond take a per-session penalty of about €3,000 each. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' were slated to play 25,000 hands, with Galfond risking €200,000 in side action to the €100,000 of 'VeniVidi1993.' In his note, Galfond said he is going to suspend playing anymore sessions against 'VeniVidi1993' until at least March 1. When March 1 rolls around, Galfond will decide if he's going to continue to battle with 'VeniVidi1993' or call it off. If Galfond does elect to call it off and accept defeat, he'll have to pay 'VeniVidi1993' the €200,000 side bet. "I hope I feel prepared to come back and put on a good show for you all, but I know that realistically, as much as I don't want to, there's a chance I'll have to just take the loss," Galfond said. The individual sessions have not been good to Galfond, who won just two of the 15 times he and 'VeniVidi1993' played. One of those winning sessions for Galfond saw him finish up just €2,615.26. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Jan. 22) 655 VeniVidi1993 €72,572.68 Day 2 (Jan. 23) 715 Phil Galfond €2,615.26 Day 3 (Jan. 24) 557 VeniVidi1993 €84,437.52 Day 4 (Jan. 25) 581 VeniVidi1993 €17,544.87 Day 5 (Jan. 27) 726 VeniVidi1993 €155,063.52 Day 6 (Jan. 28) 703 VeniVidi1993 €13.31 Day 7 (Jan. 30) 823 VeniVidi1993 €52,057.13 Day 8 (Jan. 31) 940 VeniVidi1993 €60,743.37 Day 9 (Feb. 1) 446 VeniVidi1993 €12,706.51 Day 10 (Feb. 3) 696 VeniVidi1993 €100,993.30 Day 11 (Feb. 4) 741 VeniVidi1993 €15,647.36 Day 12 (Feb. 6) 622 Phil Galfond €87,940.91 Day 13 (Feb. 7) 470 VeniVidi1993 €267,949.70 Day 14 (Feb. 8) 593 VeniVidi1993 €48,473.73 Day 15 (Feb. 9) 659 VeniVidi1993 €102,593.34 - - - - Total 9,927 VeniVidi1993 €900,240.17 In addition to playing against 'VeniVidi1993,' Galfond has five other competitors lined up for the Galfond Challenge. He's locked in details with Bill Perkins, Brandon Adams, Chance Kornuth, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and high-stakes online poker player 'ActionFreak.' Those matches have their own specific terms, stakes, and length of play, but no timetable has been set for when they will take place. In his note, Galfond did say that he had planned to start playing another match in the Galfond Challenge at the end of February and that he still hopes to make this happen.
  18. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. It was another busy week in the poker world and Lance and Donnie are back to bring you all the latest news on an all-new The FIVES Poker Podcast. This week, #PokerTwitter exploded after Bill Perkins made accusations of cheating in the high-stakes private online games. A public outing by none other than Dan Bilzerian named Dan 'Jungleman' Cates as the pro who was 'ghosting' on a recreational player's account. That plus all of the latest results from the biggest online poker series taking place including the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series, the PokerStars 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker and the World Poker Tour Online series. Subscribe to The FIVES - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher

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