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  1. The second event of the 2020 World Series of Poker played out similarly to the first. One of poker's brightest shining stars made a deep run, the final table included a well-respected player who originally cut their teeth in the online arena before finding live success and the eventual winner was a bit of mystery to the audience watching at home. Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch emerged victorious from a field of 919 runners in Event #2 ($1,000 No Limit Hold'em) to win $168,585.85 while Daniel Negreanu busted in 18th place and Jason Somerville made the final table. It took nearly 10 minutes before the first elimination of the final table. Sean 'bahbababa' Prendiville moved all-in for 1,409,873 from the button with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"] and Matthew 'Michmeister' Mich called off his tournament life from the small blind with [aj][poker card="jd"]. The flop came [poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"] to keep Mich in control. The [poker card="kh"] turn flipped the script and gave Prendiville top pair. The [poker card="8h"] was no help for Mich and he was eliminated in eighth. A few hands later, a standard race gave Prendiville his second victim. Jon 'jonnyg93' Gisler shoved his stack of 2,200,981 all-in from early position with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and Prendiville called from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Prendiville middle set but left Gisler with nine outs for the nut flush. Neither the [poker card="7d"] turn nor the [poker card="6c"] river were of any help, however, and he was sent to the rail in seventh place. Six-handed play lasted 15 full minutes before Somerville's run at a second bracelet came to a screeching halt. From UTG, Lynch bet 1,000,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] before Somerville re-raised all-in for 2,831,970 from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and Lynch called. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"] board offered Somerville no relief and he was out in sixth place and Lynch had his first victim. Almost 30 full minutes of five-handed ended when Prendiville clashed with Kevin 'GoneBananas' Garosshen. From the button, Prendiville shoved for 2,390,863 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"] and Garosshen re-shoved from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"] flop kept Garaosshen in front but increased Prendiville's outs. The [poker card="9d"] turn gave Garosshen a set and Prendiville was unable to hit any one of the four remaining tens to make a straight after the [poker card="5s"] river completed the board and filled Garosshen's boat. Despite picking up two eliminations early, Prendiville was eliminated in fifth. Daniel 'IntoTheRiver' Fischer was the next to go. Fischer shoved all-in for 2,813,832 from the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"] only to have 'KOVID19' call from the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"] flop gave 'KOVID19' a few extra outs. The [poker card="9s"] turn was one of them and 'KOVID19' turned an unbeatable straight and all Fischer could do was watch the meaningless, if not cruel, [poker card="kc"] complete the river to officially end his tournament with a fourth place result. Twenty minutes later, 'KOVID19' sent play from three-handed to heads-up. 'KOVID19' bet 816,000 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"], Lynch folded the small blind, but Garosshen moved all-in from the big blind for 837,631 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] flop ended all hope for Garosshen. The [poker card="jh"] turn was meaningless and the [poker card="7h"] river gave 'KOVID19' quads to officially end Garosshen's run in third. Thanks to a 3.5-1 chip lead, Lynch needed just a few hands to finish off his final opponent. From the button, 'KOVID19' bet their final 2,246,570 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="6c"] and 'PokeThese' called with [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"]. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="8d"] to completely miss 'KOVID19' and give 'PokeThese' the bracelet and $168,585.95 payday. Final Table Payouts Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch - $168,585.95 KOVID19 - $104,242.17 Kevin 'GoneBananas' Garosshen - $73,423.50 Daniel 'IntoTheRiver' Fischer - $52,383 Sean 'bahbababa' Prendiville - $37,890.37 Jason 'haderade' Somerville - $27,762.99 Jon 'jonnyg93' Gisler - $20,691.28 Matthew 'Michmeister' Mich - $15,627.59 Notable Finishes Negreanu and Somerville weren't the only familiar faces to make the money in Event #2. Three of New Jersey's top online grinders, Michael 'itwasthator0' Gagliano (13th - $7,333.62), Daniel 'redsoxnets5' Sewnig (24th - $4,801.77) and David 'dehhhhh' Coleman (86th - $1,833.40) each cashed on Friday morning. One of Nevada's top-ranked players, David 'bewater' Goodman (52nd - $2,881.06), also earned a positive result. Katie 'katelin' Lindsey (122nd - $1,571.49), and Jon 'havuuuuuc' Turner (135th - $1,484.18) each made managed to pick up their second cash of the Series while Ryan 'protential' Laplante (106th - $1,571.49) earned his first.  
  2. In 2020, the action of the World Series of Poker looks to be taking place entirely online. And as he has been in years past, Daniel Negreanu is here for all of it. Last week it was announced that the 2020 World Series of Poker was pivoting to a schedule of 85 online gold bracelet events in response to the live summer series indefinite postponement. The first half of the schedule offers 31 bracelets to online players in Nevada and New Jersey on WSOP.com. The remaining 54 bracelet events will be taking place on GGPoker where, for the first time, players outside the U.S. can compete in a WSOP online event. Negreanu, a devout believer in the WSOP brand and current GGPoker ambassador, has not only announced that he’s planning on competing in the entire series but he also inciting additional action with a brand new bracelet bet where he’s publicly offered to take on all comers. As explained, the bet pits Negreanu versus any bettor who can choose any player they’d like to win a bracelet. It’s ‘must-win’ bracelet bet, and Negreanu is taking up to $100,000 worth of action against any given player. If both players win a bracelet, the bet is a push - the same if neither takes one down. The bet also has an interesting caveat that it’s not just for the online series, but it’s for the rest of the calendar year. That means that if the WSOP decides to hold any live events in Las Vegas in the fall, those will count. As would any bracelet events that take place at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov or any other unspecified alternate locations. Within 24 hours of offering the bet, Spring Championship of Online Poker record-setter Connor Drinan was officially maxed out. The next day, 2018 Poker Masters champion Ali Imsirovic was also off the board, in what looks like a case of a player picking himself against Negreanu. That’s not the only way Negreanu is looking to drum up action. He’s also putting up to a total of $1 million at 2.5 to 1 that he finally captures bracelet number seven in 2020. He instantly picked up action from all corners of the poker community including booking smaller bets in his replies against pros Daniel Strelitz and Eoghan O’Dea. Some money may be on the sidelines, waiting to see what the GGPoker schedule of bracelet events will look like. The WSOP.com schedule is complete with a bracelet event being offered every day throughout the month of July. The entire GGPoker schedule has yet to be completely unveiled, as the online operator has indicated that the schedule will be rolled out a little at a time, perhaps week by week in the summer. Whatever the second-half schedule turns out to be, Negreanu plans on being there for it. As mentioned on the DAT Poker Podcast, Negreanu has already set up a poker pad in Mexico with all the amenities he needs to grind from August through the end of the series in the second week of September. Going big for the World Series of Poker is nothing new for ‘Kid Poker’, who has been betting big and bringing fans on his WSOP journey for some time now. Just last year, Negreanu offered fans the ability to purchases pieces of his entire WSOP schedule. When all was said and done, Negreanu had profited over $2 million over the course of the series and, according to him, made his investors over $481,000. His daily WSOP vlogs have also been a huge hit with fans, with each video routinely getting over 100K in views. Additionally, this will not the first time that Negreanu has been involved in a high-profile bracelet bet. In 2018, Negreanu went looking for high-stakes bets of $25,000 that either he or Phil Ivey would bink and bracelet. Neither of whom booked a win that year. Bracelet bets have long since been a part of World Series of Poker culture. Some of the most exciting moments of the WSOP gripped the poker world when it was known that there is huge money on the side. It was just four years ago that Jason Mercier nearly won a 180:1 bet on $10,000 against Vanessa Selbst that he would win three bracelets in a single summer. Within a week, Mercier took down two bracelets and a runner-up finish. Mercier came close but didn’t cash in on the bet. He did, however, take down the 2016 WSOP Player of the Year honors. Perhaps the most exciting post-poker boom bracelet bet belongs to Tom Dwan. Many in the poker community was feverishly anti-sweating Dwan when he was heads up in a $1,500 NLHE bracelet event against Simon Watt. It was rumored that Dwan would have won upwards of $12 million if he earned his first bracelet on that day in 2010 with players like Phil Ivey, Eli Elezra, and Negreanu himself on the other side of the bet with seven-figure sums at risk. This year, Negreanu is the one hoping to make his opponents sweat. By taking on a number of $100K heads-up bets, should he win an online bracelet, the windfall for him would be exponential. The World Series of Poker online events begin on July 1 on WSOP.com and expand onto GGPoker on July 19.
  3. After having to postpone the 2020 World Series of Poker due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, WSOP officials promised poker players they would soon have a solution so that would "allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes." On Monday, the WSOP took the first step towards fulfilling that promise. The WSOP has announced 31 events for players in the regulated American markets served by WSOP.com and 54 events on GGPoker for players located outside of the United States. Before being postponed, the 2020 WSOP was scheduled to award 101 bracelets including 14 that were going to be played on WSOP.com for players in New Jersey and Nevada. "It wouldn't be summer without WSOP," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP. "While we are thrilled to be reopening our venues and optimistic about future offline events, we couldn't be more excited about deepening our relationship with GGPoker and watching some history unfold online this summer." This marks the first time that players located outside of the United States have been able to compete for a WSOP bracelet online. Players inside Nevada borders first played for a WSOP bracelet in 2015. In 2018, players in New Jersey played in bracelet events alongside their Nevada-based colleagues following the intra-state merger of player pools in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. "There's nothing in the world like winning a WSOP bracelet," said Daniel Negreanu, who joined GGPoker as an ambassador earlier this year. "Bringing this experience online will open the door for a new generation of poker players to feel the rush of competing for the game's biggest prize." WSOP.com is currently not available in Pennsylvania. Stewart also indicated that PokerCentral, owner of PokerGO and the official streaming partner of the WSOP, will also be involved in creating content including live streams, highlight packages as well as "virtual bracelet ceremonies" with interviews with each winner. The decision to partner with GGPoker for the WSOP bracelet events just weeks after the conclusion of the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series on the growing online poker site which awarded $6,728,197.80 over 18 ring events and nearly $128 million over 498 events scheduled around those ring events. WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events 2020 The WSOP.com online bracelet events kick-off on July 1 with one event each day through the month of July culminating with the $1,000 buy-in Championship event on Friday, July 31. There are six other events with a $1,000 buy-in as well as a $1,500 and a $3,200 High Roller event. According to a press release, WSOP.com players will also be able to win their share of $100,000 to be awarded to top performers in July's bracelet events. [table id=49 /] GGPoker Online WSOP Bracelet Events 2020 Players who are able to play on GGPoker will begin chasing bracelets on July 19. The event schedule for the WSOP bracelet events on GGPoker has not been announced but the company indicated they plan to "unveil its bracelet schedule on a rolling basis". The final event concludes on September 6. "With over $100M in guarantees during the WSOPC Super Series in May, it's clear that GGPoker and the WSOP make a good pair," said Steve Preiss, GGPoker's head of Poker Operations. "We're excited to create bracelet events that the community will embrace, as well as innovative programming with PokerGO." Buy-ins are expected to be similar to those offered by GGPoker in the WSOP Super Circuit Online where buy-ins ranged from $50 up to $25,000.
  4. GGPoker continues to find ways to make headlines. Just days after announcing they had partnered with the World Series of Poker for a WSOP Super Circuit Online series in May, the burgeoning online poker operator has added Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier as their newest ambassador. "I am excited to join GGPoker, the most ambitious poker site," Grospellier said. "With clear focus on software and making poker fun again, there has never been a better place to play online poker." [ptable zone="GG Poker"] Grospellier joins GGPoker after two years as a partypoker ambassador. Prior to that, he was a member of Team PokerStars for nearly 12 years. The Frenchman has $14.6 million in live earnings according to The Hendon Mob, highlighted by the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event win, the World Poker Tour Festa Al Lago title in 2008, and WSOP bracelets in 2011 and 2019. This is the third addition that GGPoker has made to their team in the last six months. In November, they signed Daniel Negreanu as an ambassador and in January Felipe Ramos joined the team. Both were also former members of Team PokerStars. The trio joined Bryn Kenney, who has represented GGPoker since March 2018. "Team GGPoker continues to go from strength to strength, and having ElkY on board just amplifies this even more," said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of GGPoker. "With a poker and esports legend like ElkY representing our brand, the GGPoker community will be in for a real treat - all I can recommend is to watch this space."
  5. Following the massive success of the WSOP Super Circuit Online in regulated markets in the United States, the World Series of Poker has partnered with one of the world's fastest-growing online poker rooms to bring Circuit ring events to players outside of the United States. GGPoker will host an 18-event WSOP Super Circuit Online series this May. This marks the first time that Circuit rings will be awarded for online events outside of the United States. “A GGPoker and WSOP partnership bring together two like-minded global organizations, and I can’t wait to see GGPoker players competing for WSOP Circuit rings online,” said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of GGPoker. Adding WSOP Circuit events is just the latest move by GGPoker. In the last five months, the site signed Daniel Negreanu as an ambassador and created the GGMasters, a $150 buy-in freezeout tournament that now has a $500,000 guarantee. [ptable zone="GG Poker"] “We’re thrilled to partner with an operator on the rise who is both aggressive and passionate about growing poker engagement around the world. It was unfortunate we were forced to cancel so many offline WSOP Circuit events this Spring, but with vast reach, GG plans to dwarf the prize pools of the suspended events all at once in one truly Super WSOP Circuit,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of World Series of Poker. Just like the WSOP Super Circuit Online that players in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware were able to play in, this series will also award two seats to the 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship event. The winner of the Main Event and the overall leaderboard winner will win seats to the $1,000,000 freeroll. “I give credit to the WSOP for bringing the circuit online during these trying times," Negreanu said. "Winning a circuit ring is a great honor. Online players will love the experience of chasing rings on GGPoker.” A complete schedule will be announced at a later date. In early March, WSOP.com hosted the first WSOP Super Circuit Online series in response to the cancellation of a number of land-based WSOP Circuit events due to the Coronavirus outbreak. That series also featured 18 events, with buy-ins ranging from $215 up to $1,000, and had $1.24 million in total guarantees. The total prize pools ended up at $3.945 million. Players in the United States will not be able to participate in this series.
  6. With the decision to postpone or cancel all current live WSOP Circuit events, the WSOP quickly put together an 18-event online series on WSOP.com for players in New Jersey or Nevada. The series featured 18 gold ring events, with a total of $1.24 million in combined prize pool guarantees up for grabs. The series started March 14, 2020, and ran through March 31. When it was all said and done, the guarantees were smashed thanks to 11,816 total entries generating more than $3.945 million in total prize pools. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“NJ Online Poker Promos”] WSOP Super Circuit Series Results Event #1: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack 409 entries + 161 reentries Prize pool: $171,000 The opening event, a $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack event, drew 409 entries who also fired 161 rebuys to build a $171,000 prize pool to easily surpass the $50,000 guarantee. Vijay 'Eclypzed' Para outlasted everybody else to win $41,895 and the Circuit ring that comes with the title. Runner-up Richard 'rprmoo' Ryder earned $23,512.50 and Jesse 'ugk4life' Vilchez. added $14,364 to their bankroll after rounding out the podium finishers with a third place result. The current #2-ranked online poker player in the United States, Dan 'centrfieldr' Lupo, finished in 12th place for $1,881. Daniel Negreanu, playing under the screenname 'DNegs', finished in 118th place while Ryan 'protential' Laplante, David 'dwpoker' Williams, and Jesse 'MrJesseJames' Sylvia also worked their way into an in-the-money result. Vijay 'Eclypzed' Para - $41,895 Richard 'rprmoo' Ryder - $23,512.50 Jesse 'ugk4life.' Vilchez - $14,364 Daniel 'chard' Martin - $10,944 Jeffrey 'IQ84.' Gotts - $9,234 Jonathan 'jondukes' Lampkin - $7,524 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $5,643 Kathy 'Luckygal' Liebert - $3,762 Christopher 'DonyBluffMe1' Ryan - $2,479.50 Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em 720 entries + 221 reentries Prize pool: $188,200 The first Sunday event on the schedule, a $215 No Limit Hold'em event, also made a mockery of the guarantee. The 720 players, along with 221 rebuys, pushed the prize pool to $188,200, nearly four times the $50,000 guarantee. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout topped the 941 entries to win $43,286 and the accompanying Circuit ring. This is the fourth WSOP Circuit ring win for Stout, with three of them coming in online events. His most recent win came last September when he won a $1,000 Circuit event. Runner-up Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk earned $22,866.30 for falling one spot short of the victory while James 'Meatsweats' Carroll won $15,056 as the third-place finisher. The current #3-ranked player in Nevada, Jed 'jchak' Hoffman finished in 22nd place for $752. Both Jamie "DanBilzerian' Kerstetter and Laplante cashed in a second-straight event. Laplante finished in 95th place for $357.58, while Kerstetter finished 116th for $319.94. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $43,286 Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk - $22,866.30 James 'Meatsweats' Carroll - $15,056 Adam 'leroycash' Vogl - $11,292 David 'zuleh' Bagheri - $9,410 Matthew 'gailums' Gailums - $7,528 Bryant 'gotchasuckka' Bustamante - $5,457.80 Patrick 'PatFromEH' Dimartino - $3,387.60 Daniel 'pepperprince' Zack - $2,446.60 Event #3: $215 No Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo 484 entries + 185 reentries Prize pool: $133,800 The third event on the schedule, a $215 No Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo event, drew 484 unique players who rebought 185 times to produce a $133,800 prize pool, well past the $50,000 guarantee. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman worked his way through all 669 entries to win $32,781 and a WSOP Circuit ring. Runner-up Kanon 'Zealot710' Dewitt picked up $18,397.50 and third-place finisher Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro added $11,239.20 to their bankroll. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman - $32,781 Kanon 'Zealot710' Dewitt - $18,397.50 Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro - $11,239.20 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $8,563.20 Ted 'olmuggins' Ely - $7,225.20 Qi 'linsanitY' Ha - $5,887.20 John 'beastro' Hinds - $4,415.40 Lauren 'sycamore22' Roberts - $2,943.60 Michael 'uniman' Laufer - $1,940.10 Event #4: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max 182 entries + 108 reentries Prize pool: $276,950 The series' fourth event was the $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max. It came with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000, but that guarantee was smashed with a turnout of 182 players and 108 reentries to generate a $276,950 purse. First place was worth nearly as much as the event's prize pool guarantee, with the winner taking home $74,776.50. Shankar 'burgersssss' Pillai won the fourth event and took home the gold ring in addition to the $74,776.50 prize pool. He beat Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler in heads-up play. Just a couple weeks ago, Pillai won the WSOP.com Winter OC Main Event for $69,250. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout made the final table and was looking for his second win of the series, but he had to settle for sixth place and $13,847.50. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson finished fifth, Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall took fourth, and Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan busted fourth. Shankar 'burgersssss' Pillai - $74,776.50 Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $43,619.62 Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan - $24,925.50 Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall - $19,386.50 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $16,617 Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $13,847.50 Event #5: $215 No Limit Hold’em 562 entries + 297 reentries Prize pool: $171,800 The fifth event on the schedule continued the trend of making easy work of the posted guarantees, with 562 entries, along with 297 rebuys, to create a $171,800 prize pool on an event which had a $50,000 guarantee. Jaime 'mooseman1710' Reyes took the event down for $41,232 - a career-high score - and his first WSOP Circuit ring. Runner-up Brandon 'horus' Eisen had to settle for $21,818.60 while third place went to Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross for $14,259.40. Jaime 'mooseman1710' Reyes - $41,232 Brandon 'horus' Eisen - $21,818.60 Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross - $14,259.40 unclecuh - $10,823.40 Lauren 'sycamore22' Roberts - $9,105.40 Jacob 'Timmy2Cox' Rich - $7,387.40 Tyler 'dumbram' Patterson - $5,497.60 Stephen 'DitchPlains' Brennan - $3,607.80 James 'richrdparker' Taylor - $2,405.20 Event #6: $320 No Limit Hold’em 461 entries + 295 reentries Prize pool: $217,800 Event #6: $320 No Limit Hold'em drew 461 players and 265 reentries, creating a $217,800 prize pool to smash the $50,000 guarantee. Winning the event was James "Meatsweats" Carroll, taking home $53,361. Carroll had previously finished third in the second event of the series of $15,056. Carroll defeated Brian 'bexel' Sherrier in heads-up play. Sherrier now has two final tables in the series. James 'meatsweats' Carroll - $53,361 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $29,947.50 Stanton 'Stonniepokes' Tentnowski - $18,295.20 Steve 'Anonymous' Mlenak - $13,939.20 Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $11,761.20 David 'limpfold247' Mowery - $9,583.20 Jonathan 'jonathannn' Su - $7,187.40 Scott 'moose4life' Lazewski - $4,791.60 Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $3,158.10 Event #7: $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 261 entries + 193 reentries Prize pool: $90,800 The great game of Pot Limit Omaha was finally represented on the WSOP Circuit schedule on Friday night with a $215 Six Max PLO event. Like the No Limit Hold'em events before it, the PLO event had little trouble making the guarantee. Thanks to 261 entries and 193 reentries, the prize pool ballooned to $90,800, more than three times the $30,000 guarantee. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire topped the field to win $23,608 and the second Circuit ring of his career. His first ring also came in an online event in September 2019. Runner-up Sang 'outofrole80' Kim earned $13,620 while Randall 'MRmandela79' Paguio won $7,990.40 for coming in third. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire - $23,608 Sang 'outofrole80' Kim - $13,620 Randall 'MRmandela79' Paguio - $7,990.40 Dylan 'thedogsofwar' Wilkerson - $6,174.40 Yelena 'yzas75' Zaslavskaya - $5,175.60 Orson 'borgatcha' Young - $4,267.60 Event #8: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack 569 entries + 257 reentries Prize pool: $247,800 Event #8: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack was a big one, drawing 569 players and adding 257 reentries for a guarantee-smashing prize pool of $247,800. The original prize pool guarantee of $75,000 was more than tripled in this one, with a $59,472 first-place prize up for grabs. Taking top honors was Kenneth 'ace710' Neri, and he pocketed the nearly $60,000 first prize and gold ring for the victory. Just a week ago, Neri topped the field in the $50,000 GTD March Mayhem on WSOP.com, winning $20,880 for that triumph. Finishing in eighth place was Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong, earning $10,655.40 for his run. Kenneth 'ace710' Neri - $59,472 Daniel 'dtmpoker' Rogers - $31,470.60 Lucas 'coolhandluke' Gatti - $20,567.40 Mark 'Nostradonkus' Liedtke - $15,611.40 Victor 'v1kk019' Pang - $13,133.40 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $10,655.40 Brandon 'z00m7' Setzer - $7,929.80 Kevin 'skywalker12' Rasor - 5,203.80 Stephen 'OregonTilt' Johnson - $3,469.20 Event #9: $525 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack 477 entries + 159 reentries Prize pool: $318,000 Just a few days after he took second in the series' Event #4: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max for $43,619.62, Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler scored first place in Sunday's $525 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack for $77,910. Dokler topped the field that attracted 477 players and 159 entries, including topping Nicolas 'Zskrrrrt' Zolofra in heads-up play. Also finishing at the final table was Calvin 'projector52' Anderson, who took fifth place for $17,172. Anderson also had an excellent run in WSOP.com's $100,000 GTD Sunday Special, finishing 11th for $2,208.80. Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $77,910 Nicolas 'Zskrrrrt' Zolofra - $43,725 James 'BagelBud' Lillis - $26,712 Eric 'bill_luga' Blair - $20,352 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $17,172 Ryan 'hagzzz021' Hagerty - $13,992 Keith 'kgriffi45' Griffin - $10,494 Matthew 'manjit7' Leu - $6,996 Brady 'NoRecourse' Osterman - $4,611 Event #10: $250 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout 473 entries Prize pool: $110,209 Event #10: $250 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout attracted 473 players and generated a prize pool of $110,209, which toppled the event's $30,000 guarantee. Once again, first place was nearly the amount that the original prize pool guarantee was, with $27,001.20 up top in this one. Finishing in first place was Kyle 'Kdruck' Draucker. Lacey 'ReySol' Jones placed third for $9,257.55. Jones was just a few spots away from winning her second WSOP Circuit gold ring after she won Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em of the WSOP.com Online Circuit Series at the end of February. Jamie 'danbilzerian' Kerstetter finished eighth for $2,424.59. Kyle 'Kdruck' Draucker - $27,001.50 Robert 'Agamerob' Gray - $15,153.73 Lacey 'ReySol' Jones - $9,257.55 Michael 'mygame' Lavenburg - $7,053.37 'KingJames302' - $5,951.28 Jack 'oneeightyt' Duong - $4,849.19 Ari 'philivey' Engel - $3,636.89 Jamie 'danbilzerian' Kerstetter - $2,424.59 Justin 'Str8_Acid' Davis - $1,598.03 Event #11: No Limit Hold'em BIG $500 314 entries + 217 reentries Prize pool: $247,977 Event #11 of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series saw a familiar face grab first place. The event attracted 314 players and 217 reentries to generate a $247,977 prize pool. First place was more than $63,000 and it was Matt 'RubberFist' Stout topping the field when it was all said and done. For Stout, it was his second win of the series after he won Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em for $43,286. Stout had a tough final table to go through, which included Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon, Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey, and Michael 'RUA11' Michnick, among others. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $63,234.13 Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken - $35,956.66 Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon - $21,326.02 Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $16,366.48 Jake 'tooletime13' Toole - $13,886.71 Joshua 'kenjiboi7' Faris - $11,406.94 Brett 'furofakind' Shaffer - $8,679.19 Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk - $5,703.47 Michael 'RUA11' Michnick - $3,697.63 Event #12: $215 No Limit Hold'em 541 entries + 303 reentries Prize pool: $168,800 On Wednesday, March 25, Event #12: $215 No Limit Hold'em played out. The event's $50,000 guarantee was crushed thanks to a $168,800 prize pool generated from 541 entries and 303 reentries. Winning first place was William 'swaggyb' Corvino, who scored the tournament's $40,512 first-place prize. William 'swaggyb' Corvino - $40,512 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $21,437.60 Phillip 'pbrokemoney' Lazar - $14,010.40 Bradley 'Mouth1979' Hose - $10,634.40 Saurav 'blackoutmook' Desai - $8,946.40 Michael 'njnj17' Leib - $7,258.40 Yelena 'yzas75' Zaslavskaya - $5,401.60 Dan 'NoLimitNomad' Kuntzman - $3,544.80 Sammy 'poker_mamba' Paik - $2,363.20 Event #13: $320 No Limit Hold'em 6-Max 402 entries + 271 reentries Prize pool: $201,900 The 13th event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series was a $320 buy-in six-max event that drew 402 players. With 271 reentries, the prize pool came in at $201,900, easily surpassing the event's $75,000 guarantee. Topping the field and taking the $49,465.50 first-place prize was 'OtB_RedBaron.' Thomas 'OtB_RedBaron' Lim - $49,465.50 Simeon 'evolved_one' Knafo - $27,761.25 Zachary 'lovepuddle' Schwartz - $16,959.60 Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $12,921.60 Jonathan 'jonmon101' Miller - $10,902.60 Ray 'Raytrg' Villaman - $8,883.60 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $6,662.70 Harrison 'harrisond33' Dobin - $4,441.80 Ryan 'LoveMy11Cats' Belz - $2,927.55 Event #14: $250 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 422 entries + 214 reentries Prize pool: $149,460 The 14th event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series was another guarantee-smashing success. The $250 No Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament had a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000, but thanks to 422 players and 214 reentries, a prize pool of $149,460 was generated. Finishing in first place was Sang 'youngkoi' Lee, who scooped up the $36,617.70 first-place prize. Lee defeated Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken in heads-up play, with Vanauken taking $20,550.75 for his efforts. For Vanauken, it was his second event of the series finishing as the runner up. Vanauken finished second in Event 11 for $35,956.66, too. Also reaching the final table was Michael 'ItWasThatOr0' Gagliano, placing ninth for $2,167.17. Sang 'youngkoi' Lee - $36,617.70 Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken - $20,550.75 Vincent 'PeoplesChamp' Ciccotelli - $12,55.64 Jordan 'HFNeon' Spurlin - $9,565.44 Timothy 'tbone111' McGowan - $8,070.84 Jason 'jayriv' Rivkin - $6,576.24 Victor 'v1kk019' Pang - $4,932.18 Junho 'joros' Song - $3,288.12 Michael 'ItWasThatOr0' Gagliano - $2,167.17 Event #15: $320 No Limit Hold'em 473 entries + 258 reentries Prize pool: $219,300 Event #15: $320 No Limit Hold'em drew a field of 473 players to the mix. Add in 258 reentries and the prize pool came in at $219,300, topping the $75,000 guarantee easily. Winning the event's $53,728.50 first-place prize was Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean. 'DrDisRespect' defeated Justin 'tamaratibles' Young in heads-up play, with second place being worth $30,153.75. Daniel 'chard' Martin, who finished fourth in the first event of the series, took sixth in this one for $9,649.20. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson finished eighth for $4,824.60. Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean - $53,728.50 Justin 'tamaratibles' Young - $30,153.75 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $18,421.20 Pierce 'victoria53' McKellar - $14,035.20 Joseph 'melonhead' Bartholdi - $11,842.20 Daniel 'chard' Martin - $9,649.20 Bryan 'mug15' Elliott - $7,236.90 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $4,824.60 Anthony 'shipit1991' Marchese - $3,179.85 Event #16: $525 No Limit Hold'em Main Event 763 entries + 371 reentries Prize pool: $567,000 The series' $525 Main Event attracted a huge field of 763 players. Those players added 371 reentries to the mix to create a prize pool of $567,000. The event's original guarantee was $200,000. Up top to the winner was $130,410 in prize money. Walking away with that first-place prize was Champie 'kiddchamp' Douglas. Douglas defeated Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein in heads-up play. The event was packed full of notables and so was the final table. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman finished fourth for $34,020, Gordon 'veilleux' Vayo took fifth for $28,350, and David 'dwpoker' Williams placed sixth for $22,680. Finishing just outside the final able in 10th place was Eric 'CircleBall' Baldwin and Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross took 12th. Champie 'kiddchamp' Douglas - $130,41 Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein - $68,890.50 Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne- $45,360 Brian 'JackBogle' Altman - $34,020 Gordon 'veilleux' Vayo - $28,350 David 'dwpoker' Williams - $22,680 Marcus 'MJL56' Laffen - $16,443 Robert 'Bob_Loblaw' Brown - $10,206 Jose 'deposit' Noboa - $7,371 Event #17: $300 No Limit Hold'em Knockout 435 entries Prize pool: $122,670 In the second-to-last event of the series, Valentin 'tiktakonelov' Shabelnyk topped a field of 435 players to win Event #17: $300 No Limit Hold'em Knockout. In addition to winning the $19,396.65 first-place prize, Shabelnyk scored seven and a half knockouts for an additional $750. That put the total haul at $20,146.65. In heads-up play, Shabelnyk defeated Anthony 'heheh' Zinno. David 'dehhhhh' Coleman finished fifth and Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler took seventh. Valentin 'tiktakonelov' Shabelnyk - $19,396.65 + $750 in bounties Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $10,885.87 + $700 in bounties Edward 'Eddiegood598' Espino - $6,650.28 + $400 in bounties Sebastian 'Messi10' Choi - $5,066.88 + $800 in bounties David 'dehhhhh' Coleman - $4,275.18 + $400 in bounties Timothy 'Tgl702' Glass - $3,483.48 + $400 in bounties Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $2,612.61 + $1,400 in bounties Irfan 'DieselEngine' Azhar - $1,741.74 + $500 in bounties Longsheng 'Allentan' Tan - $1,147.96 + $1,000 in bounties Event #18: $1,000 Grand Finale High Roller 6-Max 232 entries + 126 reentries Prize pool: $341,890 The final event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series closed out the festival with a bang, as Event #18: $1,000 Grand Finale High Roller 6-Max destroyed its $75,000 guarantee with a prize pool of $341,890. In fact, the first-place prize of $90,600.85 was more than the original prize pool guarantee. Finishing in first place was Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne, who was coming off a third-place finish in the $525 Main Event. Doyne defeated Chad 'clayne' Layne in heads-up play. Layne previously finished second and third in other events earlier in the series. Also reaching the final table was Katie 'katelin' Lindsay and David 'dehhhhh' Coleman. Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne - $90,600.85 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $52,922.95 Brandon 'horus' Eisen - $30,257.26 Katie 'katelin' Lindsay - $23,248.52 David 'dehhhhh' Coleman - $19,829.62 Thomas 'carter12' Carter - $16,410.72 Super Circuit Casino Championship Leaderboard The WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series qualifies for the Global Casino Championship. The series' main event winner will receive an automatically qualification to the Global Casino Championship, as will the winner of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Casino Championship Leaderboard. You can find the latest leaderboard below, per WSOP.com. Player Points Gold Rings Cashes Earnings 1. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout 140 2 6 $122,389 2. Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler 107.5 1 7 $124,200 3. James 'meatsweats' Carroll 95 1 5 $71,025 4. Brian 'bexel' Sherrier 87.5 0 5 $44,385 5. Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken 80 0 4 $57,180 6. Chad 'clayne' Layne 77.5 0 4 $41,375 7. Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean 75 1 5 $56,803 8. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire 72.5 1 5 $28,503 9. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson 70 0 4 $38,933 10. Sang 'youngkoi' Lee 67.5 1 4 $39,298 Super Circuit Series By the Numbers Event Players Reentries Total Entries Guarantee Prize Pool 1 409 161 570 $50,000 $171,000 2 720 221 941 $50,000 $188,200 3 484 185 669 $50,000 $133,800 4 182 108 290 $75,000 $276,950 5 562 297 859 $50,000 $171,800 6 461 295 756 $50,000 $217,800 7 261 193 454 $30,000 $90,800 8 569 257 826 $75,000 $247,800 9 477 159 636 $150,000 $318,000 10 473 0 473 $30,000 $110,209 11 314 217 531 $75,000 $247,977 12 541 303 844 $50,000 $168,800 13 402 271 673 $75,000 $201,900 14 422 214 636 $50,000 $149,460 15 473 258 731 $75,000 $219,300 16 763 371 1,134 $200,000 $567,000 17 435 0 435 $30,000 $122,670 18 232 126 358 $75,000 $341,890 Totals 11,816 $3,945,356  
  7. Over the last two weeks, poker players have been flocking to online poker as a means of entertainment in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, at least one operator has found a way to help the cause by working directly with a charity battling the pandemic while expanding their offering to players. GGPoker has pledged a donation to the University Health Network's Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. The donation comes from .5% of the prize pools in the ongoing High Roller Week on GGPoker and a matching amount from GGPoker themselves. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"] High Roller Week is a series of tournaments on GGPoker running from March 22 through March 29 with buy-ins ranging from $250 up to $5,000 and total guarantees exceeding $9,000,000. GGPoker has guaranteed UHN that the donation will be no less than $100,000. GGPoker High Roller Week Events TIME (UTC) BUY-IN GUARANTEES 17:30 $210 $60,000 - $150,000 18:00 $500 $60,000 - $150,000 18:00 $5,000 $100,000 - $150,000 18:30 $525 $40,000 - $60,000 19:00 $1,000 $100,000 - $200,000 20:00 $1,000 $35,000 - $50,000 20:30 $500 $30,000 - $50,000 21:00 $500 $25,000 - $50,000 21:00 $1,000 $50,000 - $100,000 21:00 $5,000 $100,000 - $250,000 0:00 $1,000 $20,000 0:00 $5,000 $100,000 - $150,000 The news comes on the same week that GGPoker's flagship Sunday tournament, the GGMasters, broke its own prize pool record. Two weeks ago, the GGMasters had a $300,000 guarantee and beat that number for the first time in the short history of the event with 2,260 players creating a $311,880 prize pool. In response to that, GGPoker upped the guarantee to $400,000 for this past Sunday. The 3,051 players that showed up pushed past the guarantee and ended up with a $421,038 prize pool. GGPoker responded by once again upping the guarantee for Sunday, March 29 to $500,000. To avoid an overlay, the event will need to attract 3,624 players (before fees). The site has also reduced fees on all regular tournaments, dropping from the standard 10% fee to 8%. This change was quietly rolled out to the site this week. Fees on bounty and high roller events will stay at 5%. Beginning March 27, players will be able to play in hourly freerolls dubbed the #stayathome Freerolls. Each tournament has a $100 prize pool and there is no entry fee whatsoever. Players are restricted to playing in one of the freerolls per day.
  8. “It’s official, the people at GG Poker are absolutely crazy.” Just days after the GG Masters hit the established $300,000 guarantee for the first time in its 11-week history, officials at GGPoker have, once again, increased the guarantee on their marquee tournament. In a short video released this week by brand ambassador Daniel Negreanu, it was announced that this Sunday’s GG Masters will feature a $400,000 guarantee. “We finally hit the guarantee,” Negreanu said on the video. “$300K after kicking it up from 250K. So what do they do? They say ‘Let’s make it 400K!’ So this Sunday, $400,000 guaranteed for $150 buy-in…with no re-entry.” Even with current events keeping people inside their homes around the world, the push to $400,000 is ambitious. Just last week, a surge of 2,260 players flooded the GG Masters lobby creating a prize pool of $311,880. The winner was ‘oldzet’ who walked away with $46,252.45 for finishing first. One of the selling points of the GG Masters is that its ‘old school’ poker. No rebuys, no re-entries. It’s a freezeout meaning everyone gets one shot at turning their $150 into a five-figure payday. The new $400,000 guarantee means that an additional 639 players are going to need to enter for GGPoker just to meet the guarantee. That would be roughly a 28% week-over-week increase in runners. If they don't hit that number of players those that do play will enjoy the extra value of overlay. GGPoker has proven that they aren’t afraid of taking big risks with the GG Masters. And they certainly aren’t worried about paying overlay. Prior meeting the guarantee for the first time last week, GGPoker had been adding thousands of dollars every week just to meet the $300,000 guarantee. Over the course of eight weeks, GGPoker chipped in over $225,000. GGMasters Overlays Date Overlay W/W Growth Jan 5 $27,820 N/A Jan 12 $37,662 35.38% Jan 19 $51,600 37.01% Jan 26 $36,282 -29.69% Feb 2 $32,280 -11.03% Feb 9 $15,168 -53.01% Feb 16 $5,370 -64.60% Feb 23 $19,584 264.69% Mar 2 $11,856 -39.46% Mar 9 $17,652 48.89% Mar 16 $0 N/A “GG Masters, ya’ll. Go play.” The GG Masters was already steadily becoming a weekend mainstay for both recreational players and those who grind the Sunday Majors. In addition to a massive guarantee, the ability to sell pieces from right inside the platform has a broad appeal. It allows those who play with strict bankroll management the option of selling shares, at markup if warranted, and taking their shot. Additionally, GGPoker offers bubble protection to players who register before the start of the tournament. This means, that when the tournament nears the cash, depending on how many players enter the event, if you have the protection you may be eligible to get your buy-in back if you bust right before the money. Finally, the GG Masters leaderboard is still in its early stages. It runs through the end of the year and the player who accumulates the most points will become a GGPoker ambassador, a prize that is worth as much as $500,000. The GG Masters takes place every Sunday at 12:00 noon ET (16:00 UTC) every Sunday on GGPoker.
  9. It was announced on Thursday that the 2020 World Series of Poker tournament schedule has been finalized. In less than three months, players from all over the world will head to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to take part in the largest WSOP in history. After the low-key addition of eight more bracelet events this week, the 2020 WSOP will offer a grand total of 101 gold bracelets. Of those 101 events, 87 will take place in the Rio convention center and, as previously announced, 14 will be won online. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Added without an official press release, the final eight tournaments fill in the gaps between the WSOP's lower buy-in bracelet events and their $10,000 Championship tournaments. With buy-ins ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, these events cover a variety of disciplines from NLHE to mixed games. Recent Additions To The 2020 WSOP Schedule DATE EVENT TIME BUY-IN 06-01 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 3 p.m. $2,500.00 06-07 H.O.R.S.E. 3 p.m. $3,000.00 06-25 NL 6-Handed 3 p.m. $5,000.00 07-05 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 3 p.m. $3,000.00 07-08 NL 6-Handed 3 p.m. $3,000.00 07-10 PLO 6-Handed 3 p.m. $3,000.00 07-13 Mixed Big Bet 3 p.m. $2,500.00 07-14 NL 8-Handed 3 p.m. $5,000.00   Registration/Payout Improvements In theory, more events will lead to more people crowding the halls of the Rio and World Series of Poker officials have announced that they have worked out a plan to better handle the congestion that can take place during some of their larger marquee events. For the first time, the WSOP will be separating their in-person registration and players looking to be paid out into separate rooms. “There is no doubt we need to do a better job of getting people in their seats and playing poker faster,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We’ve looked closely at several areas in the off-season and we are dedicating new resources - technology, equipment, and people - to aid those efforts in 2020. These changes, in conjunction with better informing guests of the required documents needed to register, make us optimistic it can lead to a noticeable improvement.” The necessary documents include a physical Caesars Rewards card, which can be reprinted or obtained for the first time in the Rotunda of the Rio convention center. In order to get a Caesars Rewards card player will need to bring valid picture identification like a state-issued driver's license or passport. Online Saves Time In addition to being able to register for tournaments in person with the ability to pay using cash, credit cards, Rio casino chips, wire transfers, and satellite lamers, the WSOP is hoping more players will take advantage of their online/mobile registration system. The WSOP online/mobile registration system gives players a couple of ways to bypass the lines and get to their seats faster. The first is setting up and account and paying with a credit card through BravoPokerLive.com. There are additional fees with this method, but for those players who want to make sure they will not have to wait in lines and potentially be an alternate at the start of some of the biggest events, like the Big 50, it may be an option. The second method is a funded WSOP Tournament Account. Introduced last year, the WSOP Tournament Account is an account with a one-time set-up at the cage that will allow players to register online and head straight to one of the 20 kiosks set up in the convention center to print their seat card. “The WSOP Tournament Account is a no-brainer for anyone who plays more than a couple of WSOP events annually,” said Daniel Negreanu who set one up in 2019. “Literally I went to the registration cage once to set it up, then utilized the self-serve kiosks the rest of the summer to register for any event I wanted to play. I was in and out of the kiosk in less than a minute and on my way to my seat.” WSOP officials estimate that 20% of entries in 2019 used online registration. They hope that up to 80% of players will be using kiosks in the near future. The 2020 World Series of Poker is set to take place from May 26 to July 15. Online registration for events is expected to be available as early as April.
  10. Just weeks after GGPoker surprised the poker world with the signing of Daniel Negreanu as an ambassador, the six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner flexed his influence by helping create a recreational player-friendly Sunday tournament. The GG Masters features a $150 buy-in, a freezeout format, and a six-figure guarantee. Through eight weeks of play, the tournament has grown to become a key part of many players' Sunday schedules. [ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Since the inaugural event on January 5, the GG Masters has had an overlay each week while continuing to show moderate growth. That first offering of the GG Masters had a $250,000 guarantee and even though over 1,500 players showed up to play, when registration closed it had a $27,820 overlay. Seemingly undeterred, the following week GGPoker responded by increasing the guarantee to $300,000 where it has remained since. That event drew 1,901 players and just 1,800 the following week. That attendance drop wasn't a trend that continued, however. Over the following four weeks, the number of entries increased each week. For the February 16 event, Negreanu flew to Toronto, Canada to play the GG Masters and stream it live on his Twitch channel. That level of help helped push the event to a high of 2,135 players. [caption id="attachment_629227" align="aligncenter" width="704"] Until a small dip last week, the GG Masters had shown steady week-over-week growth.[/caption] GG Masters Overlays Each of the eight events has had an overly. The $150 buy-in ($138 + $12), means that the GG Masters needs 2,174 players to meet the $300,000 guarantee. The largest overlay came on January 19 when GG Poker had to cover a $51,600 shortfall in prize money while the smallest overlay, just $5,370, came on February 16. Date Overlay W/W Growth Jan 5 $27,820 N/A Jan 12 $37,662 35.38% Jan 19 $51,600 37.01% Jan 26 $36,282 -29.69% Feb 2 $32,280 -11.03% Feb 9 $15,168 -53.01% Feb 16 $5,370 -64.60% Feb 23 $19,584 264.69% Champions The eight events have produced eight unique champions. The winner of the first event, 'howardern', won $32,654.63 - the smallest any winner has taken home to date. The biggest prize went to 'mrbradleyy' who earned $45,167.37 for winning the January 19 event. Date Player Winnings Jan 5 howardern $32,654.63 Jan 12 MwonderchilD $36,794.72 Jan 19 mrbradleyy $45,167.37 Jan 26 M@cacoCidadao $44,945.82 Feb 2 REPTAR $44,945.82 Feb 9 G0spRaf0 $39,962.89 Feb 16 mayKKz_ $44,710.89 Feb 23 br0keliving $41,277.05 The Leaderboard Along with the freezeout format, the GG Masters also launched a GG Masters leaderboard that runs through the end of 2020. Only players who cash in an event and a pre-determined number of players who bubble the event, earn leaderboard points. The player at the end of the year sitting atop the leaderboard will become a GGPoker ambassador, a prize worth "up to $500,000". Players finishing second through ninth each win tickets to 2021 GG Masters. Thanks largely to a victory in the third week, British grinder 'mrbradleyy' sits atop the leaderboard with 1,199.71 points - 996.79 of which came from that win. Sitting in second is Maltese player 'MwonderchilD', winner of the Week 2 event, with 1,129.19 points. Third place belongs to week 4 winner Brazilian 'M@cacoCidadao' with 1,101.4 points. Another Brazilian, GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos sits at ninth with 626.5 points thanks to a Top 25 Rank Screenname Points 1 mrbradleyy 1,199.71 2 MwonderchilD 1,129.19 3 M@cacoCidadao 1,101.40 4 G0spRaf0 1,098.81 5 br0keliving 1,095.48 6 mayKKz_ 1,085.59 7 REPTAR 1,034.83 8 howardern 942.71 9 Felipe Ramos 626.5 10 Bullet-proof 600.68 11 LUCKYFISH567 595.02 12 tripl3barr3l 587.92 13 scrimitzu 579.68 14 katoooo 575.72 15 call~call~allin 561.66 16 ppak 544.68 17 Specknacken 544.18 18 ruael 543.25 19 MaoZeDonk 538.98 20 fjhgs 499.95 21 FastActor 498.01 22 Joris Gruis 482.63 23 KittyAtTheCocobongo 470.07 24 IG0C0C0L0C0 462.43 25 vivaegipto 458.59
  11. One week after the partypoker MILLION was cancelled due to a server crash, the event returned in force with the largest field in the history of the event and beat the $1 million guarantee for the first time. The MILLION joined the PokerStars Sunday Million as the events that both surpassed their seven-figure guarantees and the 888poker XL Blizzard Main Event wrapped up with a small overlay. All three podium finishers in the partypoker MILLION secured the bag on a six-figure score after coming to an agreement on a deal. 'AbejlogluBele' picked up $130,157.63 as the official winner while 'bite_me' came in second place for $112,000 and 'BuddyRW' earned $105,000 for coming in third place. The event drew 5,321 runners to push the total prize pool to $1,057,432. The PokerStars Sunday Million drew 10,603 runners with Brazil's 'lo-fi dream' earning $108,822.40 for an outright victory. Bulgaria's 'n1ksis' picked up $78,965.94 for coming in one spot short of the title while another Brazilian, 'Eduado850', finished in third place for $57,305.06. After 11 days of play and 33 events, the 888poker XL Blizzard wrapped up with 2,077 entries in the $250 buy-in Main Event making for an $11,905 overlay on the $500,000 guarantee. 'ribamech15' won $84,450 for beating the 2,076 other entries while 'grataveres10' added $60,100 to their bankroll for a runner-up performance. Third place went to 'fastfingers' for $46,000. Daniel Negreanu traveled from Las Vegas to Toronto to make his debut in the GGPoker $150 Masters on Twitch. Things didn't go too well for Negreanu though, as he was eliminated before reaching the money. The event, which features a freezeout format, drew 2,135 runners and fell just $5,370 short of the $300,000 guarantee for the smallest overlay in the short history of the event. 'mayKKz_' won the event and a $44,710 score while 'katoooo' scored $31,871 as the runner-up. Third place finisher 'KittyAtTheCocobongo' turned a $15 satellite win into $22,719. partypoker MILLION 6,811 entries $1,057,432 prize pool AbejlogluBele - $130,157.63 bite_me - $112,000.00 BuddyRW - $105,000.00 m0rd1sc0 - $47,161.46 gnomesayin - $32,389.14 iveyungarbunso - $21,973.43 DeathByFOMO - $15,449.08 MCvisitor - $9,939.86 partypoker KO Series Event #66-High $109 Eight Max 2,110 Entries $219,440 prize pool Iazi56 - $13,790.96 + $10,391.84 in bounties Caipsa - $13,769.43 + $2,876.58 in bounties ManTooPrinty - $8,897.86 + $5,469.92 in bounties scout326..maybe - $5,912.39 + $3,366.70 in bounties Takzasezitraa - $4,150.38 + $607.50 in bounties StayWoke - $2,856.68 + $668.24 in bounties CagandonBreak - $1,962.21 + $374.62 in bounties showers - $1,258.57 + $570.37 in bounties partypoker KO Series Event #66 High Roller $1,050 Eight Max 374 entries $383,350 prize pool trustnobody_99 - $28,649.70 + $31,084.81 in bounties PerritoMalvado - $28,612.27 + $16,975.38 in bounties daborreguer - $19,837.17 + $4,708.58 in bounties ClaudeJaque - $14,213.23 + $2,067.19 in bounties MrDatt - $10,123.09 + $11,566.39 in bounties RaiderNation888 - $7,505.40 + $4,993.66 in bounties CalmDownMan - $5,214.92 + $3,625.78 in bounties Stolewon - $3,803.82 + $4,675.78 in bounties partypoker Big Game $5,200 No Limit Hold'Em 142 entries $669,205 prize pool GimmeHummus - $153,850.30 BlueMagic1 - $110,418.82 Sasha307 - $80,304.60 WatchMeDance - $56,882.42 tdlvechicnbn - $40,152.30 CalmDownMan - $31,787.23 Tree91 - $25,295.94 Junglemandan - $20,076.15 PokerStars $109 Sunday Million 10,603 entries $1,060,300 prize pool lo-fi dream - $108,822.40 n1ksis - $78,965.94 Eduado850 - $57,305.06 Batozmaj - $41,586.76 mmg.mamed - $30,179.63 gbettes - $21,901.45 godofrabbit - $15,894.00 RoBnbly Par9 - $11,534.36 Spowi07 - $8,370.43 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up 792 entries $158,400 prize pool ApocheliuS - $26,912.53 tangananatro - $19,529.95 wisopekeno! - $14,172.88 ksieciunio97 - $10,285.27 B--rabbit444 - $7,464.01 eisenhower1 - $5,416.63 nomalice - $3,930.83 Spaceye - $2,852.60 Remi Lebo_10 - $2,070.12 PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #171 $109 NLHE 5,667 entries $566,700 prize pool MITS 304 - $33,906.81 + $19,910.63 Andjoh1 - $33,902.45 + $8,317.87 pvigar - $18,814.83 + $2,778.68 badbad67 - $12,859.49 + $2,993.15 Bashov - $8,789.14 + $2,962.56 c-rl30n3_89 - $6,007.19 + $4,201.51 guiilhermex' - $4,105.76 + $3,734.53 michaelbubble - $2,806.21 + $1,888.26 Ortilazza - $1,917.99 + $1,481.63 PokerStars Bounty Builder $215 1,380 entries $276,000 prize pool Ahinogood - $18,271.85 + $19,535.30 PSany2cando - $18,270.24 + $1,632.82 PaDiLhA SP - $10,989.14 + $1,626.05 ga207 - $7,901.28 + $5,724.47 Vakio¤Ässä - $5,681.08 + $1,418.75 thaleskoppe - $4,084.74 + $2,203.90 cezinhaaaaaa - $2,936.95 + $1,736.47 Pendall - $2,111.68 + $1,651.56 PalomoBuchon - $1,518.31 + $1,006.25 GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,135 entries $300,000 prize pool ($5,370 overlay) mayKKz_ - $44,710 katoooo - $31,871 KittyAtTheCocobongo - $22,719 FastActor - $16,194 Killuckkk - $11,544 critigas14 - $8,229 demagnet - $5,866 unnamedname - $4,181 kkkill - $2,980 888poker XL Blizzard $250 Main Event 1,557 entries + 520 rebuys $500,000 prize pool ($11,905 overlay) ribamech15 - $84,450 gratavares10 - $60,100 fastfingers - $46,000 daltonhb - $32,500 mikinads - $23,750 J0hnnyJ0hn - $19,000 Agustin12389 - $14,250 vezunchiksss - $9,500 noahdabitty - $5,400
  12. One of the most buzzed-about online tournaments on the Sunday Majors schedule is getting an added extra boost of star power this weekend as Daniel Negreanu is packing his bags and flying to Toronto specifically to play GGPoker's $150 buy-in GGMasters. Negreanu, who signed on as a GGPoker ambassador in November was instrumental in creating the GGMasters. Now, he's not only planning on playing it for the first time but he's going live on his Twitch channel and streaming the whole thing. “I’ve been so stoked about the growth we’ve been seeing with the GG Masters, it’s inspired me,” Negreanu said on the DAT Poker Podcast this week. “I’ve been wanting to play, but obviously, from the U.S., I can’t play. So we’ve got a streaming station set up in my brother’s house with a computer, desktop, it’s hardwired - everything should be good. “So I’m going to fly in on Saturday to Toronto, stream it all on Sunday and fly back on Tuesday.” For an online poker site known for its incredible slate of high-roller tournaments, the GGMasters is quickly becoming GGPoker’s marquee Sunday event. The tournament is a bit of an online poker throwback. The $150 price point makes it easier for casual players to afford and it’s massive $300,000 guarantee is going to provide an enormous ROI for those that make the final table. Also, it’s a freezeout. In an online poker landscape that thrives on unlimited re-entry, the GGMasters is bucking the trend. Without players blasting off for multiple re-entries, it can be hard to hit a big guarantee. That means extra value for the players. “Each and every week of the GG Masters we’ve had an overlay,” Negreanu said. “A big part of that is because after the first week when we missed the [guarantee] they decided to kick it up to $300,000. Which is very aggressive when you talk about no re-entry and a $150 buy-in. “This week, we finally crossed the 2000 player mark with 2064 players, super stoked about that…but still, an overlay.” As Negreanu indicated, the numbers for the GGMasters are on the rise. Six weeks ago, 1601 players registered for the inaugural GGMasters. When the tournament missed its $250,000 guarantee - GGPoker increased it to $300,000 anyway. The next week, 1901 players registered but there was still $37,662 in extra money for players to battle for. Despite breaking the 2000 player mark last week, there was still a healthy overlay of $15,168. While in Toronto, Negreanu will not only play in the tournament but also show off some of GGPoker’s unique features. This includes their in-game staking platform. “On GGPoker you can click on [a screen name] and be like, ‘Is this guy any good? Let’s check his ROI in past tournaments’,” Negreanu explained on the podcast. For those who find the $150 buy-in just out of reach, GGPoker has the built-in ability to sell pieces to a tournament. Players can buy, sell and even add mark-up all right within the client. Another added bonus to the GGMasters is the inclusion of rake-free ‘early-bird’ bubble protection. Those that register the tournament before the official start time are qualified for bubble protection. Depending on how many players enter the tournament, a certain amount of players will get their buy-in back if they bust on, or close to, the actual money bubble. Finally, one more item which has elevated the tournament is the GGMasters leaderboard. Grind the GG Masters, and the player who finishes on top of the leaderboard, based on year-long results, will take home a GGPoker sponsorship valued at up to $500,000. The GGMasters takes place every Sunday on GGPoker at 16:00 GMT.
  13. Poker Central has acquired the brand and assets for High Stakes Poker, the company announced on Tuesday, and will begin streaming episodes of the show on the PokerGO platform in the coming months. Additionally, Poker Central is said to have future plans for the series, including new episodes. "High Stakes Poker was a remarkable poker program," said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. "With star players, massive pots, and memorable moments, the show beautifully conveys the drama of cash game poker. Bringing the existing episodes of High Stakes Poker to our platform and producing more in the future will enable us to recapture the nostalgia and magic of the show for our PokerGO subscribers in the present-day poker climate." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] High Stakes Poker took place from 2006-2011 and included seven seasons of high-stakes, cash game action during the height of the poker boom. Over its many seasons, the show was hosted by Gabe Kaplan, AJ Benza, Kara Scott, and Norm Macdonald, with Kaplan and Benza hosting together through the show’s first five seasons. The show’s success was propelled by the astronomical stakes of poker that were being played by superstar poker players and celebrities, oftentimes sitting behind huge bricks of cash and mounds of large denomination chips that became staples of the show. Notable players to appear on High Stakes Poker were Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Sammy Farha, Phil Galfond, and Barry Greenstein. Brunson, Negreanu, Esfandiari, and Greenstein appeared in all seven seasons of the show. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO and are interested in watching High Stakes Poker, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan. Minimum buy-ins for High Stakes Poker ranged from $100,000 to $500,000, depending on the season, and plenty of episodes featured millions of dollars at stake. During Season 4 of High Stakes Poker, poker pro David Benyamine went at it with celebrity businessman Guy Laliberte to create the largest pot in the show’s history, only it came with a plot twist. Largest Pot in High Stakes Poker History In a game with $300-$600 blinds and a $1,200 straddle, Farha started the action with a raise to $4,200 from under the gun with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="3s"]. Benyamine made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] and Laliberte called from the big blind with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"]. The flop was [poker card="Kc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"]. Farha picked up bottom pair, but it was the top two pair for Laliberte and nut flush draw for Benyamine that really made this hand explode. On the flop, Laliberte checked, Farha bet $13,000, and Benyamine raised to $43,000. Laliberte reraised and made it $168,000 to go. Farha folded and Benyamine, behind bricks of cash, stood up, contemplated the decision, and then moved all in for $600,000. Laliberte turned his hand over and thought about the decision before making the call. Laliberte first said to run it once but then the two players went back and forth on what to do. Laliberte had said that the money doesn’t matter to him and would do what Benyamine wanted. Laliberte eventually offered to just take the pot before Benyamine’s all-in raise, which Benyamine agreed to. High Stakes Poker also helped young guns such as Tom Dwan get immense exposure. Of course, it also helps when you play $919,600 pots against one of the game’s greats on television. Although the hand between Laliberte and Benyamine created the largest pot in High Stakes Poker history, the hand ultimately finished with a much cheaper result. The hand Dwan played against Greenstein in Season 5 was played to the fullest for more than $900,000 and it had a single winner. Playing $500-$1,000 blinds, Peter Eastgate raised to $3,500 with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"] and Greenstein reraised to $15,000 with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"] on the button. Dwan was next and made the call from the small blind with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qs"]. Eastgate also called and the flop came down [poker card="Qh"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"]. Dwan fired $28,700, Eastgate folded, and Greenstein raised to $100,000. Dwan made it $244,600 to go and Greenstein moved all in for what was effectively $436,100 total. Dwan called and the pot ballooned to $919,600. Like the Laliberte and Benyamine hand, the question of how many times to run the board out came up. Greenstein said he wanted to run it once but asked if they wanted to take a couple hundred thousand back. Dwan declined and they were off to the races. The turn was the [poker card="Qc"] to vault Dwan into the lead with trip queens. The river completed the board with the [poker card="7d"] and Dwan was the winner of the biggest hand in High Stakes Poker history.
  14. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC
  15. 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. Lance and Donnie return with an all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast to talk about one of the biggest poker stories of 2019. After months of grinding, Daniel Negreanu was declared the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year! However, late last week a data entry error was discovered that overturned his would-be history-making achievement and awarded the Player of the Year award to Australia's Robert Campbell. Listen in as the guys break down everything from how the error was discovered to the fallout of the WSOP Player of the Year race. Plus get caught up with everything else going on in the world of poker including results from the 2019 Poker Masters as well as the first Sunday grind for online poker players in Pennsylvania. Tune in today! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  16. 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. Listen in to a brand new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie get you all caught up with all of the latest news from the world of poker. This week, Daniel Negreanu's whirlwind 2019 continues as he drops a surprise announcement that just six months after he parted ways with PokerStars, he's signed on to be an ambassador for online poker site GGPoker. In other partnership news, U.S. based WSOP.com was named an official partner of the National Football League and has begun a promotion that will send someone to the Super Bowl. Plus, the guys recap the massive Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas. So download and subscribe to The FIVES today! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  17. Jason Somerville and PokerStars are parting ways. The poker player and content creator extraordinaire announced the news via a video on social media on New Year's Day 2020. "I feel a ton of gratitude towards PokerStars for taking a chance on me and Run It Up," Somerville stated in the video. "I admire many of the hard-working people at the company and I have a lot of love for the many talented ambassadors that are out there creating content on Twitch, YouTube, social media, who are acting as live poker ambassadors building the game that we love. You guys are an inspiration to me. Your friendship means so much, and thank you for the opportunity. I wish you guys well in the future." https://twitter.com/JasonSomerville/status/1212541301414973440?s=20 Somerville went on to mention that although his partnership with PokerStars offered a lot of advantages, it also had its disadvantages because it limited his content to exclusivity with PokerStars. Somerville did not mention specifically what’s coming next for him, but he hinted at more involvement in the emerging sports betting space, where he said he’s been getting more and more involved. A transition to have more of a sports betting focus only seems natural for someone as engaging as Somerville, given the current progressive landscape of legalized sports betting in the US. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Somerville joined Team PokerStars in early 2015. Somerville is considered by many to be the godfather of poker streaming, specifically on Twitch, and he is one of the most recognizable faces in the game. Although his time spent playing poker has lessened over the years, Somerville still has quite the poker résumé. He’s a World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner with more than $3.6 million in live tournament earnings to date. His online results total to more than $2.2 million in tournament winnings. Throughout his career, Somerville has successfully built his own brand, Run It Up, into one of poker’s most premier entertainment and content offerings. Run It Up began as a poker streaming series and has evolved into much more. Under the Run It Up umbrella, Somerville started hosting live events, built an entire team of streamers, opened a 24/7 Twitch channel dedicated to poker, and recently partnered with the NFL to host Thursday Night Football games through RunItUp.tv. Run It Up is also home to the game’s most loyal communities and Somerville will soon host his 10th Run It Up Reno series at the Peppermill Reno in April. Somerville's split with PokerStars comes less than eight months after PokerStars and Daniel Negreanu parted ways. Negreanu recently signed with GGPoker.
  18. As we move into 2020, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of 2019. November involved two big pieces of news involving Daniel Negreanu, and then, of course, we got the launch of legal online poker in Pennsylvania. Data Error Finds Negreanu Not WSOP POY After it was originally announced that Daniel Negreanu was the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, a data-entry error was discovered by Russian poker journalist Alex Elenskiy that resulted in Negreanu being credited for more points than he should have. WSOP officials were made aware of the issue, verified the error, and then corrected the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year standings, with Australian Robert Campbell being awarded the title. "We have confirmed an error was made in our results for WSOP Event #68, affecting places 32-46," a WSOP statement read. "As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in this event. We deeply regret this error and its impact. Recalculating our Player of the Year results has an impact to the standings. Robert Campbell finishes in 1st place in the now final results, with Negreanu dropping to third place. Again, we apologize profusely for the error in our calculations and the impact it has had." Also involved was Shaun Deeb, who ultimately finished second in the race. Deeb was vocal and very upset with what had happened, and the entire debacle caused plenty of a stir within the poker community. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Negreanu Signs with GGPoker After he parted ways with PokerStars back in May, Daniel Negreanu signed a new sponsorship deal with GGPoker. The new deal came six months following the part between Negreanu and PokerStars and saw Negreanu become an ambassador for GGPoker.com. Negreanu made the announcement via a social media video. PokerStars PA Goes Live November brought exciting times in the world of regulated US online poker, as PokerStars PA went live in the first week of the month. Following a couple of days for a soft launch period, PokerStars PA went fully live on November 6, 2019. The wait may have been extended, but Pennsylvania online poker players were out in full force when PokerStars PA went live. Cash games traffic was very good upon the site opening its virtual doors, and the first Sunday tournament schedule featured plenty of variety and guaranteed prize pools. PocketFives followed the launch of PokerStars PA through its live blog and captured some of the best moments from the start. Mateos Wins partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Adrian Mateos just keeps on crushing, and November saw him take down the partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event. Mateos topped the 948-entry field to win $1.162 million. At the final table, a three-handed deal was made between Mateos, Aaron Van Blarcum, and Chris Hunichen, and it was Mateos coming out as the champion. Caribbean Poker Party Final Table Payouts 1st: Adrian Mateos - $1,162,805* 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - $970,000* 3rd: Chris Hunichen - $1,097,195* 4th: Scott Wellenbach - $650,000 5th: William Blais - $500,000 6th: Oleg Mandzjuk - $350,000 7th: Peter Jetten - $250,000 8th: Gregory Baird - $180,000 With the victory, Mateos has now won the WSOP Europe Main Event, European Poker Tour Grand Final, and partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event in just more than six years. 'Josef_shvejk' Wins Monthly PLB in November Russian online grinder Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii won the Monthly PLB title for November. He earned 1,958 points in the month to narrowly beat out 'DeathbyQuads' and 'C Darwin2.' Included in his November success was a victory in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $14,298.
  19. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. When July comes around, the focus of the entire poker world turns to the most prestigious poker tournament of the year, the World Series of Poker Main Event and 2019 was no different - for a number of reasons. This WAS the Main Event! "This is the best feeling that I’ve had in all my life and my entire career. I am so happy I am here with the bracelet in my hand. What can I say? What can I say?" That was what 55-year-old Hossein Ensan had to say moments after winning the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event for $10 million. Ensan defeated Dario Sammartino heads-up to finish off the three-day final table coverage on ESPN and PokerGO. Sammartino walked away with a $6 million score. 2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results Hossein Ensan – $10,000,000 Dario Sammartino – $6,000,000 Alex Livingston – $4,000,000 Garry Gates – $3,000,000 Kevin Maahs – $2,200,000 Zhen Cai – $1,850,000 Nick Marchington – $1,525,000 Timothy Su – $1,250,000 Milos Skrbic – $1,000,000 Massive Turnout Leads to Near-Record Field Ensan's win earned him just the third $10M+ score in Main Event history because 8,569 players made the 2019 Main Event the second-largest one of all-time. As the close of registration crept closer on July 7, tournament organizers were hoping for a last-minute rush of entrants that would allow it to surpass the 8,773-player field from the 2006 Main Event. The 344 players who did register on Day 2C pushed the total registrants past 8,000 for just the second time ever and helped create an 8.83% growth over the 2018 field. Flight Entries % of Field 1A 1,334 15.57% 1B 1914 22.34% 1C 4877 56.91% 2AB 100 1.17% 2C 344 4.01% "Truly an incredible cherry on top of a wonderful 50th World Series of Poker," Seth Palansky, Vice President of Corporate Communication for Caesars Entertainment, said. "The numbers this summer speak for themselves. Poker is alive and well and we can’t thank the players enough for continuing to support the World Series of Poker brand. Seeing an eight as the first number of the Main Event really did seem unfathomable with the majority of the U.S. shutout from playing the game online. But the WSOP Main Event has always been special and we’re incredibly grateful for those that came from six different continents to participate in this year’s Main Event." Player Disqualifications Steal Headlines The 4,877 players that packed the Rio on Day 1C almost guaranteed that things wouldn't go smoothly for tournament staff, but none of them would have predicted the chaos that ensued and eventually lead to two players being disqualified. The first instance involved a player, later identified as Georgii Belianin, moving chips from another player's stack into his own. Belianin admitted to being intoxicated and believes that a language barrier may have played a role in the disqualification as he claimed he was joking around with tablemates. Belianin took responsibility for his actions. https://twitter.com/GBelianin/status/1147717240445235200?s=20 The second disqualification ended up being much more serious and involved the eventual disqualification of Ken Strauss. Here's how PocketFives detailed the action at the time: According to those in the area, the player was all in blind and began yelling while standing next to the table, causing quite a scene. The player proceeded to pull down his shorts with his back facing the table and yell some more. Patrick Eskandar, who was involved in the hand, informed PocketFives that the all-in player had actually moved all in blind before any of the cards were dealt. According to Eskandar, once the cards were dealt out, the all-in player also briefly exposed his cards to reveal queen-three. A player to act before the all-in player, received a ruling and was informed that the all-in bet would stand if no raise was made ahead of the all-in player. This player then limped in forcing the blind all-in bet to stand. Action moved to Eskandar and he thought over his decision but told PocketFives that he was more concerned with the limper than the blind shove. He knew the player who shoved blind had queen-three, but, due to the ruling, felt the player who limped could be trapping. While Eskandar was thinking, the player who was all-in blind removed his shoes and socks and even threw a shoe towards Eskandar, with the shoe landing in the dealer tray. Eskandar then folded his hand, which was pocket fives. The player who limped exposed his hand to show that he had ace-three, which dominated the all-in player’s queen-three. Much to the surprise of Eskandar and those in the area who were watching, he didn’t expose his hand as a call. He folded his hand face up. This allowed the all-in player to win the blinds and antes before he was disqualified and promptly removed from the tournament and property. https://twitter.com/chanian/status/1147250112936067072 Strauss even went as far as to expose himself to the table before being removed forcibly from the Rio. "While these incidents are unfortunate, they do happen every year," WSOP officials told PocketFives. "We disqualify players who violate rules and in the case of the individual who stole another players chips, he’s lost the privilege of playing at the WSOP in the future, too. We have zero tolerance for theft of any kind." In the weeks that followed, more details about Strauss' behaviour that day, which also included him exposing himself once more at another Las Vegas casino, became apparent as he was charged with domestic terrorism. Negreanu Details WSOP Winnings Before the start of the 2019 WSOP, Daniel Negreanu offered poker fans the opportunity to buy a piece of his WSOP action. In an effort to be as transparent as possible, Negreanu published a complete balance sheet following the conclusion of the 2019 WSOP summer events. Negreanu made $2,042,752.92 during the summer, showing a 168.78% return-on-investment for those who were fortunate enough to secure a piece of the two-time WSOP Player of the Year winner. That came from 16 cashes and $760,000 worth of tournament buy-uns. The net return for his investors was $481,026.82 after all fees were removed.
  20. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In May, the poker world was surprised when it was announced that Daniel Negreanu, the face of PokerStars, was no longer going to be an ambassador for the online site. Daniel Negreanu And PokerStars Part Ways One of the most stable relationships in the poker world ended in May as Daniel Negreanu and PokerStars announced that they would be going their separate ways. Right before the World Series of Poker and only days after his high-profile wedding to Amanda Leatherman, Negreanu took to Twitter and posted a short video that announced that he would no longer be patched up for the online poker giant. Negreanu began representing the PokerStars brand in 2007 and quickly became the face of the company, including taking on plenty of criticism during PokerStars' controversial termination of the SuperNova Elite program in late 2015. “Daniel has been one of the most influential faces of poker and indeed PokerStars for 12 years,” said Stars Group Public Relations associate director Rebecca McAdam. “It has been wonderful to have his passion, support, and insights throughout our relationship. We wish Daniel the very best for the future, as well as wedded bliss and tons of run good this summer.” Six months after the end of his deal with PokerStars, Negreanu announced he would now be representing upcoming online poker site GGPoker in a deal that is believed to be worth even more than his contract with PokerStars. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] PocketFives Counts Down Top 50 Ahead of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker, the PocketFives editorial staff released their list of the 50 Greatest Players in World Series of Poker History. From old-school legends to internet grinders, the list is a snapshot of not just the history of the WSOP, but also of poker itself. Take a look back at our top 10 list of the players who made their name on the World Series of Poker stage. 10. Jason Mercier 9. Michael Mizrachi 8. Chris Ferguson 7. Erik Seidel 6. Daniel Negreanu 5. Johnny Chan 4. Phil Ivey 3. Stu Ungar 2. Doyle Brunson 1. Phil Hellmuth Phil Hellmuth Is Not Satisfied, Never Will Be With the 2019 World Series of Poker right around the corner, 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth spoke with PocketFives about what it means for him to hold all the records and what the 1989 Main Event winner was hoping would happen at the series, 30 years after his career-defining victory. “It’s in my nature, it’s in my DNA,” Hellmuth said of his drive to be the best. “I'm super competitive, and I’m competing against the best players in the world, in this era, and past and future eras, for greatest poker player of all time.” partypoker Invades Sin City Summer in Las Vegas belongs to the World Series of Poker. But in 2019, partypoker decided to get in on the action and announced that their partypoker MILLIONS series would be headed to the ARIA Hotel & Casino, marking the first time they’ve held a tournament in America. “We’re looking forward to MILLIONS making its debut this summer at the record,” said ARIA Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack. “Our team is excited to add an event of this magnitude to our extensive summer schedule.” The partypoker MILLIONS had a $10,300 buy-in and a $5 million guarantee. The tournament ended up crushing the guarantee with Thomas Marchese taking home the $1,000,000 first-place prize of the over $5.36 million prize pool. Alex ‘SploogeLuge’ Foxen Wins May PLB Live or online, when it comes to poker Alex ‘SploogeLuge’ Foxen has proved he can do it all. In May, he took down the PocketFives Leaderboard for the first time. The former GPI #1-ranked player spent plenty of time in Canada this year, grinding some of the biggest online poker tournaments which helped him reach a career-high ranking of #4 in the world and soar past $5 million in lifetime online earnings.
  21. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In January, all eyes - and seemingly poker players - were on a tiny island in the Caribbean. PokerStars Players Championship Breaks Records Throughout all of 2018, PokerStars built up hype for the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship, a $25,000 buy-in tournament in the Bahamas as part of the annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. By giving away 320 Platinum Passes, which included the $25,000 buy-in and another $5,000 for travel and accommodations, and adding $1 million to the first-place prize, the mission for PokerStars was to make the PSPC the largest $25,000 buy-in tournament ever. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Well, mission accomplished. When registration closed, the field stood at 1,039 players, easily surpassing the previous record of 639 players for an event with a buy-in that high and pushing the total prize pool to $26,455,500. Spain's Ramon Collilas, who won a Platinum Pass after winning a leaderboard from a series of small buy-in tournaments in his home country, outlasted the PSPC field to win $5.1 million. Frenchmen Julien Martini finished as the runner-up for $2,974,000. The event was a massive hit with players and many compared the atmosphere of the event to the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Poker World Mourns Gavin Smith On January 15, in the midst of the festivities in the Bahamas, the poker world was saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Gavin Smith. He was 50 years old. Smith, who won a World Poker Tour title in 2005 and World Series of Poker bracelet in 2010, had two elementary school-aged sons at the time of his death. In the days following his passing, a GoFundMe campaign was set up by longtime friend Josh Arieh to help out Smith's kids. Chino Rheem Wins PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Collilas's win wasn't the only big win at the PCA. Once all the PSPC festivities had ended, the 2019 PCA Main Event played out to a winner and Chino Rheem beat out a final table that included Simon Deadman, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Brian Altman, and Daniel Strelitz to win the tournament and take home $1,567,000. The win pushed Rheem's career earnings to just over $10.5 million. Along with his PCA Main Event win, Rheem has won three World Poker Tour titles, and final tabled the WSOP Main Event but he still continues to be one of the most polarizing players in the game. Daniel Negreanu Hints at Big Life Change Just weeks after proposing to long-time girlfriend Amanda Leatherman, Daniel Negreanu made the media rounds at the PCA and talked candidly about his desire to get married and start a family and indicated that it might mean some changes were in order. “The next few months we’re working on wedding lists and all that kind of stuff, so that will be a little bit of a distraction. (It was) something that I was thinking about during the PokerStars Players Championship that I probably shouldn’t have been, but my priority right now is her, and waking up every morning and thinking about how I can make her happy, and make her days as joyful as possible, and have her smiling throughout the day,” Negreanu said. Romeo Romanovsky Wins January PLB Ukranian online poker pro Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky dominated the tables on throughout the month of January and ended up winning the January PocketFives Leaderboard. Romanovsky wracked up 4,522.98 PLB points to beat out Sweden's 'C Darwin2' and British grinder Patrick 'Pleno1' Leonard. He cashed an astonishing 215 times in January to take down the title.
  22. Six months after he officially left PokerStars, Daniel Negreanu has become an ambassador for GGPoker.com. Negreanu made the announcement via a video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday morning. Sources confirmed the multi-year deal with GGPoker has a larger financial component than his previous PokerStars deal which made him the highest-paid ambassador in poker. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] In the announcement, Negreanu pointed to the success of the most recent GG Series, which had $50 million in total guarantees, as well as the state-of-the-art proprietary software as reasons for his decision to join the company. GGPoker has grown quickly over the past few years and now ranks as the third-busiest online poker site in the world, according to PokerScout. The company, which has offices in Toronto, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, does not accept US online poker players. 2019 has been an interesting year for Negreanu. It started on New Year's Eve when Negreanu proposed to Amanda Leatherman. The couple were married in May at a ceremony in California. A few days after that, after spending 12 years as the face of PokerStars, Negreanu and the company parted ways. At the time, the six-time WSOP bracelet winner mentioned that he would be focusing on starting a family. Prior to the start of the WSOP, he sold pieces of his action only to have the offering be too popular, causing servers to crash and players who thought they had secured a piece of Negreanu, find out they, in fact, had not. Negreanu then cashed 16 times, earning $2,042,752.92. Most recently, Negreanu left WSOP Europe down for the trip but under the impression he had won the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year award only to be informed days later that a data-entry error incorrectly awarded Negreanu with points from an event he did not cash in. Negreanu joins Bryn Kenney as ambassadors for the site, giving GGPoker the #1 and #3 players on poker's all-time money list as patch-wearing pros.
  23. Daniel Negreanu(pictured) has never been shy about speaking his mind, especially when he believes changes can be made to improve the tournament poker experience. Due to his high profile and outspoken views, the Tournament Directors Association (TDA) recently invited the six-time bracelet winner to speak at its industry summit in front of the organization's Board of Directors and attending tournament directors from all over the world. Some attendees, however, were taken aback by what they felt was a condescending lecture by an arrogant Negreanu. Watch it. In his 10-minute speech, Negreanu urged tournament directors to not view players as inmates and themselves as prison guards, but instead see them as customers. He feels that organizers should strike a balance between enforcing the rules and implementing a more nuanced warning system before doling out penalties. He believes that certain rules, like being penalized for checking down the nuts in Omaha, should not be enforced so strictly. The rule's intent is to ensure that players don't collude by raising out opponents and then soft playing each other. To illustrate his point, he gave the example of an inexperienced Omaha player who, not understanding the complexity of the game, goes to the river with two pair, but unknowingly makes a flush on the last card. That player might check down thinking his precarious hand is no good only to realize he had the nuts when pointed out by other players at the table. Negreanu said that the self-inflicted punishment of losing value on the hand is penalty enough for someone who clearly did not check with the intention of colluding. Instead, he urged tournament directors to ask themselves, "How can I justify not giving this guy a penalty" before making their decision. According to Negreanu, dealers on European Poker Tour stops are the worst offenders, handing out penalties far too often and sometimes randomly. The Canadian poker pro then turned his focus to the controversial "first card off the deck" rule, something Negreanu has spoken out against at length in the past. Previously, the rule stated that a player's hand would be dead if he was not at the table by the time the last card was dealt. The new rule, which Negreanu says tries to fix a problem which doesn't exist, calls for a player's hand to be mucked if he is not at the table when the first card is dealt. "I've never heard of players complaining [about the old rule]; is this really the issue," he asked the board. "You really truly believe that [players] are using this tactic to walk behind players and get an unfair advantage?" Negreanu put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Board member Neil Johnson, whom he said instated the rule without consulting with poker players. He argued that many of the dealers at the WSOP, WPT, and EPT blindly followed the rule with no exceptions. For its part, the Board highlighted that the rules in question were actually worded in a way which allowed for dealers to make their own situation-dependent decisions. The panel said they were in agreement with Negreanu on improving the rules, but were certain that the aggressive penalties which the poker pro described were not common in events under their watch. The board also stated that it was not Johnson's sole decision, as many tournament directors were involved in changing the rule. The brash speech left a sour taste in some attendees' mouths, one of whom posted a rebuttal on 2+2. "We were the ones lectured on customer service," he said. "We were the ones equated to 'wardens' with our players being 'prisoners.' It was explained to us that, 'it's difficult to win if someone else can see your hole cards.' Thanks for the heads-up, Daniel. Perhaps we will put that in next year's addendum." After discussing his post with other poker players, however, he acknowledged that Negreanu was simply very passionate about the game and that his comments weren't meant to be an attack on the integrity of the TDA. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  24. With the 2014 World Series of Poker nearly upon us, pros like Daniel Negreanu (pictured) and Phil Ivey have been busy drumming up their annual high-stakes side action. This year, Negreanu made a simple proposal open to anyone: an even-money bet that either he or Ivey will win a bracelet in one of the WSOP Las Vegas events. Negreanu posted the offer on his Twitter account: "Min bet is $5k against me and Ivey winning a bracelet this summer and the odds are even money. One of us wins, you lose. Simple," he said. The max bet? A million dollars. Negreanu has a stellar record in WSOP tournaments, winning six bracelets and banking over $6 million in earnings. His first WSOP win came in 1998 when he took down a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event for $169,460. Since then, he has topped the field in three more Las Vegas events, while taking first in two No Limit Hold'em events at WSOP APAC and WSOP Europe in 2013. Ivey (pictured) has an equally impressive record at the WSOP, taking home nine bracelets along with $5.9 million in total event winnings. The 38-year-old won his first bracelet in a $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event in 2000 for $195,000 and went on to win seven more in the Vegas series while scoring his latest at WSOP APAC in 2013. That means that at least one of them has claimed a Vegas WSOP bracelet in eight of the last 15 years, leaving seven dry years between them. Willyoman on TwoPlusTwo pointed out the fact that the skill level of the competition has undoubtedly increased in the last few years. "From 2010 to 2013, over four World Series, when the games have been toughest, only one of them won one," he said. "Don't recall if Ivey sat out one of those years, but either way, I don't think it's even money." For gamblers like Ivey and Negreanu, prop bets and the WSOP go hand-in-hand. When Ivey was close to winning his first Main Event title in 2009, it was rumored that the high-stakes pro would have made up to $6 million in side action alone had he taken first place. With his confidence sky-high after securing two bracelets that year, Ivey was reportedly taking as much action as he could right up until the final table kicked off. In the end, he took seventh for $1.4 million. So far, a Las Vegas Main Event win has eluded the pair. While Ivey is once again busy taking action, some believe that, due to his recent legal problems with Borgatain Atlantic City (pictured) and an ongoing issue with Crockfords in London, the pro might not even be allowed to participate in this year's Series. "What I'm hearing [is that] Caesars/WSOP staff as of right now are saying Ivey can play, but there are ongoing discussions between higher-ups… that are seriously considering not allowing Ivey to play or step foot on Caesars Entertainment properties until this Borgata mess is cleared up," said poster trotter. However, Caesars' Seth Palansky told PocketFives in an exclusive statement that any talk of Ivey being barred from this year's WSOP was purely fictional: "IveyPoker has a booth this year at WSOP and we look forward to Mr. Ivey’s quest to join the double-digit bracelet holders list." Some wondered if Ivey was simply a "fantasy partner" in the bet, but Negreanu later said on a Bluff podcast that Ivey would be taking the lion's share of the action, while he would take a very small portion. If you think the pair can't make it happen this year, you can e-mail pattylandis@hotmail.com and make your own bet. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  25. For the uninitiated, multi-entry tournaments are exactly what they sound like: tournaments players can enter more than once. Typically, live tourneys that use a multi-entry format allow players who bust out of one starting flight to try again in a subsequent starting flight. So, get knocked out on Day 1A and you can try again on Day 1B, 1C, etc., for the price of another buy-in. Once in a while, at the Bellagio, for instance, you see unlimited re-entries allowed in the same day up until some deadline, often the end of the late registration period. Re-entry tournaments have been a source of controversy in the poker world, as many players of limited bankrolls don't like the idea that deep-pocketed players have an unnecessary, and perhaps unfair, advantage. In an unlimited re-entry tournament in particular, the richest players can just gamble it up, hoping to hit a huge hand without really worrying about busting out. For his part, despite his ability to buy the finest silks and furs, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) commented in a recent blog postthat he does not prefer multi-entry tournaments, saying, "I would rather play 'good poker' from the outset rather than gamble recklessly to increase my chances of winning the tournament." Negreanu specifically focused on the WPT. He said, though, that if multi-entry were allowed, he'd take full advantage of it in order to give himself the best chance to win. To him, winning is more important than making money at this point in his career. He sees the increase in multi-entry tournaments as simply a business decision by casinos and tournament organizers. The casinos need the tournament to make financial sense, so allowing people to re-enter and therefore pay another fee to the house increases the casino's revenue. On the WPT's end, it needs to convince a casino to host a tournament, so being okay with multi-entry might be the way to cement a deal. Negreanu, being an anti-multi-entry guy, totally understands why many players dislike these kinds of events. "A lot of players express concern that unlimited re-entry tournaments are bad for the game, discourage amateur players, and bleed player bankroll," he said in his blog. At the same time, he sees them as a potential positive for someone who travels from far away because it gives them the opportunity to play more poker if they bust out quickly. It is certainly no fun to travel for a full day, get knocked out within an hour, and then go home. Negreanu saw what the European Poker Tour does as a solution to make everyone happy, while at the same time getting rid of multi-entry tournaments. As he explained, "They create a festival after the Main Event begins. For ages, tournaments in the US would run two to four weeks of prelims, then have a week long Main Event. Bust the Main Event, and there is nothing left to play. You could play cash games, but as mentioned, that isn't happening. Negreanu concluded, "That setup makes it good for the players, as they will get to enjoy regular freezeout tourneys plus have more opportunities to play if they bust out, good for the venue, as it keeps people shelling out money to play, and good for the organizers, as it makes it easier to market the tour to potential casino hosts." Negreanu added that while many of his readers may hate multi-entry tournaments, they should look at the bright side and think of them as an opportunity to take some chips off of someone donking it up in a tournament with an inflated prize pool. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.

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