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  1. [caption width="640"] Daniel 'Deoxyribo' Strelitz was one of Sunday's biggest winners.[/caption] Online poker tournament activity picked up over the weekend due in large part to the 2016 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and one player more than happy to take advantage was veteran PocketFiver Daniel 'Deoxyribo' Strelitz. Playing from Canada, Strelitz took down the $1,050 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Grand outright for $104,340. 14th-ranked Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell of the United Kingdom took second place in that event and received $76.035. Even with bigger-than-usual fields, the #1 ranked player in the world - Joao 'joaosimaobh' ' Simao - continued his hot streak and nearly pulled off a Super High Roller double. The partypoker $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller was won by 17th-ranked '1_conor_b_1' for $64,109. He beat out Simoa, who finished with a runner-up performance in that event for $43,475 -- after winning the same tournament a week ago. In the Sunday Supersonic, it was 27th-ranked Jamie 'EzGame89' O'Connor who came out on top for $33,483 in a multi-way chop that also involved #26 worldwide player Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren of Sweden (third place for $32,620). Established high stakes pro 'breeth' of Hungary was victorious in the partypoker Heavyweight and received $25,452. PocketFives member 'Zilkar' Baranow of Brazil outlasted more than 25,000 opponents to take down the Sunday Storm and collect $24,943 as a result of a heads-up deal. PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) 555 entrants - $555,000 paid out to 81 spots ~ Full Recap - $104,340.00 MendaLerenda - $76,035.00 bedias - $56,055.00 (bedias) Tankanza - $42,180.00 apostolis20 - $29,637.00 fish2013 - $23,587.50 Flush098765 - $18,037.50 MissOracle - $12,487.50 (Claydol) Pokerger1337 - $8,325.00 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($200+$15 NLHE 6-Max) 1,485 entrants - $304,068.60 paid out to 216 spots ~ Full Recap Ship It 2010 - $33,483.21 (EzGame89) partaolas26 - $35,128.36 mrAndreeew - $32,620.09 (r4ndomr4gs) bounty idiot - $30,735.19 (bounty idiot) *4-way deal czechpepe - $12,162.74 crppppp - $7,601.71 (SonGoku) PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) 25,080 entrants - $275,000 paid out to 3,600 spots ~ Full Recap vonBaranow - $24,943.43 (Zilkar) Anaaki-DK - $20,723.07 *2-way deal Milkovw - $12,787.50 Kapo1606 - $10,037.50 ibotown - $7,287.50 potro6 - $4,812.50 Wilkins 78 - $3,437.50 profbaltazar - $2,241.25 PAIdoGABRIEL - $1,471.25 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 94 entrants - $235,000 paid out to 12 spots ~ Full Recap LarryErbs - $64,109.41 (1_conor_b_1) joaosimaobh - $43,475.00 (joaosimaobh) GarlaEdu - $31,725.00 (eduardogarla) JVieira114 - $22,325.00 k2Schogori - $16,450.00 (STiger) PrettySteph - $12,337.50 Lefiscal - $9,987.50 mexicanos22 - $8,225.00 (mexican222) philbort - $7,050.00 (philbort) partypoker The Heavyweight ($109 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 1,524 entrants - $152,400 paid out to 198 spots ~ Full Recap myst_elbarto - $25,451.97 (breeth) frost3g - $19,023.66 (frostinho) LebleuPetit - $14,202.66 (YukoEgawa) ows86 - $10,524.88 (sngwonder) jgjg3000 - $7,311.85 (Gil3000) Mpa3yka - $5,704.85 (Revenant) NehmenDiesePot - $4,097.85 Muller1984 - $2,812.25 (hawkx) petdet3ctive - $1,607.00 (inhoo) iPoker iPOPS Event #18 (€150 NLHE) 242 entrants - $38,609 paid out to 36 spots ~ Full Recap oohIgotdaPointys - $7,911.91 (oohIgotdakingers) GurraGG - $5,803.36 gt1128 - $4,371.86 LAMANODED10S - $3,288.57 wawryn1410 - $2,243.96 (wawryn1410) skiwmoi - $1,741.01 MrLucky000 - $1,354.12 The0neWhoKnocks - $967.23 05maska777 - $735.09 888 Poker Baby Whale ($320 NLHE) *$120k Guaranteed 480 entrants - $144,000 paid out to 63 spots tikkapekka - $27,360 BadModafoka1 - $20,160 APonakov - $14,760 FItip4ldI - $11,232 padilha10 - $7,920 ivanascasubi - $6,120 Miccoli1904 - $4,680 BlackBrahman - $3,240 SamSaymon $2,390 BetVictor Sunday Showdown ($245 NLHE) *€25k Guaranteed DANMERRRRRRR - $6,888 Nasty_Dave - $4,625 Cobra_Eyes - $3,500 CentjeErbij - $2,375 ar420615 - $1,750 Sentapied $1,313 (Senterpied) megustopesos - $1,063 unce34h - $838 realdealbob - $663 Full Tilt Sunday Major ($233+17 NLHE) 130 entrants - $40,000 paid out to 18 spots ~ Full Recap Frysboxen - $8,800.00 (Blimschen) Cumin At Me Bro - $6,400.00 YYevgen - $4,800.00 YRWTHMELTHR - $3,600.00 (yrwthmelthr) XuxiSanchez - $2,800.00 Ace0219 - $2,120.00 Daniecol95 - $1,600.00 ATOMROLF4000 - $1,200.00 sheikh61 - $1,000.00
  2. Six months ago, Niall Farrell finally slew the dragon and won his first World Series of Poker, beating out a tough field in the €25,000 High Roller at WSOP Europe. Now, the Scottish poker pro is in Las Vegas for the 2018 World Series of Poker hoping to add another bracelet to his collection. Over the course of the 2018 WSOP, 50 Days & 50 Nights will chronicle Farrell’s summer; the highs and the lows and all the stuff that happens in between. For the past five years, Niall Farrell has always arrived in Las Vegas the day before the WSOP begins. He takes that day to get settled and take care of some of the errands that need to be run before settling in for the WSOP grind. This year was different though. The World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions was running in Las Vegas on May 24 and Farrell, who put his name on the WPT Champions Cup in 2016, wanted to play. “For the last three years I've been in Vancouver for SCOOP anyways, so I can come the day before because I'm already adjusted to the time zone,” said Farrell. The TOC didn’t end with Farrell at the final table, but that doesn’t mean his confidence at the start of the Series is wavering. “I had a winning SCOOP. I got to Vancouver and basically won the first SCOOP I played, which made the whole trip very relaxing, which was nice,” said Farrell, who won Event #3 High ($2,100 PKO No Limit Hold’em) for his second career SCOOP title. “I've been pretty lucky that I always do pretty well at the Series, even though it took me a little while to win a bracelet. The year before I won a bracelet I had three final tables, including the One Drop and won a bunch of money and I'm lucky enough that all my friends tend to do quite well as well, so that tends to build the confidence. I feel like I'm good to go and ready to win another one.” As he’s done over past few years, Farrell rented a house along with a few other poker players that are all in town to chase big scores and bracelets. His choice of roommates is strategic too. “Same people as always; it's Michael Gagliano, Daniel Strelitz, and Brandon Shane. It's all the American guys, none of the UK guys really,” said Farrell. “It's a tactical thing because if I stay with the UK guys I just go out to the bar most nights. So for the last five years or so I've stayed with the American guys so that keeps me out of trouble a little bit.” While Farrell was putting together his personal schedule for the summer, he referred to his notes from summer 2017 where he cashed six times. It reminded him of an important change he wanted - maybe even needed - to make. “I've got my Google Calendar on my phone and in big capital letters it just says “DO NOT REGISTER THE GIANT”. So I'm going to just trust past me and not do that. So I guess I'll take a couple days off during those events,” said Farrell, who actually cashed in The Giant for $1,343 but grew frustrated by the inability of tournament staff to keep things moving on Day 2. "You've got to take a couple of days off. It's pretty easy to get burned out. If you're doing really well it's easier, but some summers you can just come out and start bricking off, it's pretty easy to get burned and stop playing your best.” Farrell’s schedule will mainly be focused on WSOP bracelet events, with the odd trip to the Venetian or Wynn to take advantage of big fields full of soft players. He’ll also stray a little bit away from his comfort zone of No Limit Hold’em to find some fun in other bracelet events. “Yeah, pretty much all of the No Limit Hold'em events. I usually play some of the $1,500 smaller ones that I'm not very good at, like the Deuce to Seven Single Draw I always play because it's fun. I'll maybe play a $1,500 Omaha or something, but I'm not very good at those games, it's more just for fun.” Having finally won his first bracelet, Farrell has turned his focus to picking up his second, if only to give him some more ammunition for the good-natured ribbing that happens back at the house. “It was quite a relief to get it, but we have some banter (in the house) as well. We'll talk about it and Gagliano will be like 'Nah, it was in Europe - it doesn't count' and I'll be like 'it was in Europe, so you know there were good players in the field, not like your bracelet',” said Farrell. “So we have some banter back and forth. We have a bit of fun with it. It's cool to have it, especially after getting two seconds. Now that I've got one, I want to try and get more.” Adding a new piece of jewelry to his collection is what Farrell thinks it will take for him to call the 2018 WSOP a success, but that goalpost could be a moving one depending on how the first few weeks goes. “Saying it now, I would say a bracelet but I'm sure if I get to the end of the summer and I've made any decent amount of money I'll count it as successful,” said Farrell. “Start-of-the-Series-Optimism is going to say "bracelet only”, but maybe halfway through I'll be like "let's see if I can get out of this hole", and that will count as successful.”
  3. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Jeff Walsh, The Fives Poker Podcast is LIVE this week from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with daily episodes bringing in all of the guests and action from the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship and the PCA Main Event. There are just 20 players left in the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event and two of them, Matt Berkey and Daniel Strelitz, join Lance and Jeff on this episode of The Fives. Both players discuss the up and down nature of their day and what it's like to go from the feature table to a side table and back again. Also - you can win an ultrarare PocketFives NWO shirt just by listening! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  4. The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is in the books, with notable victories coming from Ramon Colillas in the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship, David 'Chino' Rheem in the PCA Main Event, Sam Greenwood in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and Martin Zamani in the PCA $25,000 High Roller. Each of those players earned mammoth payouts from their victories, but where do they stack up on the 2019 money leaderboard? Let’s take a look. The $25,000 buy-in PSPC was such an enormous tournament that the top three finishers from that event make up the top three spots on the 2019 PCA money list, with Colillas on top thanks to the huge $5.1 million score he earned. Runner-up in that event, Julien Martini, sits second on the list, and third-place finisher Marc Rivera is third on the list. Here are the top 25 money earners from the 2019 PCA festival. Top 25 2019 PCA Money List 1. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 2. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 3. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 4. Sam Greenwood - $1,954,860 5. Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 6. David 'Chino' Rheem - $1,576,200 7. Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 8. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 9. Rainer Kempe - $1,202,760 10. Jesus Cortes - $1,153,440 11. Stephen Chidwick - $1,084,322 12. Marc Perrault - $1,040,520 13. Talal Shakerchi - $994,300 14. Daniel Strelitz - $964,020 15. Alex Foxen - $904,040 16. Martin Zamani - $895,110 17. Farid Jattin - $746,000 18. Igor Kurganov - $697,100 19. Sean Winter - $673,120 20. Scott Wellenbach - $671,240 21. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 22. Steffen Sontheimer - $623,220 23. Dominik Nitsche - $606,360 24. Pavel Veksler - $560,240 25. Justin Bonomo - $533,370 As you can see, Greenwood sits fourth after having won $1.954 million from the 2019 PCA series. Greenwood's big win was in the $100,000 Super High Roller when he scored a $1.775 million first-place prize, but he also added scores of $89,320, $69,100, and $20,980 to his bankroll. Greenwood was one of 21 players to cash at least four times at the 2019 PCA. Another player to cash four times was the player 18th on the 2019 PCA money leaderboard, Igor Kurganov. He banked scores of $378,760, $129,780, $121,040, and $67,450 for a total of $697,100. The largest of those four scores was a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller that Greenwood was victorious in. Other than Greenwood and Kurganov, no player cashed four times in the top 25. Several players in the top 25 cashed three times, though, in addition to Greenwood and Kurganov, of course. Those players were Rainer Kempe, Jesus Cortes, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Strelitz, Alex Foxen, Sean Winter, and Steffan Sontheimer. Kempe won the most money of that bunch with more than $1.2 million in payouts. He placed fourth in a $25,000 no-limit hold’em event before he won a $50,000 no-limit hold’em event and a $10,200 no-limit hold’em knockout turbo. The $50,000 buy-in tournament that Kempe won earned him $908,000. Foxen doesn't appear that he's going to slow down after an epic 2018 saw him haul in more than $6.6 million in live tournament earnings. Foxen has already won more than $900,000 in 2019 thanks to his performances at the 2019 PCA. He placed 11th in a $25,000 buy-in event, second in the $50,000 event that Kempe won, and third in another $50,000 buy-in tournament. Foxen's three scores were for $45,020, $651,980, and $207,040 in those three events, respectively. Four players cashed five times each at the 2019 PCA, but none of them ranked higher than 75th on the 2019 PCA money list. Sitting in 75th overall with a total of $136,460 won was Ariel Celestino. Daniel Tang, Sean Legendre, and Fernand Dos Santos Ferreira were the others to cash five times during the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament series. How did the 2019 PCA change the festival's all-time money list? With a little help from our friends at HendonMob.com, here’s a look at the new top 25 following the completion of the 2019 PCA. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List 1. Bryn Kenney - $6,262,731 2. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 3. Steve O'Dwyer - $3,910,382 4. Tony Gregg - $3,183,095 5. Poorya Nazari - $3,000,000 6. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 7. Scott Seiver - $2,970,620 8. Sam Greenwood - $2,927,337 9. Galen Hall - $2,877,080 10. Vanessa Selbst - $2,824,640 11. Jason Koon - $2,645,595 12. Isaac Haxton - $2,583,616 13. Justin Bonomo - $2,524,742 14. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - $2,484,120 15. Daniel Negreanu - $2,348,097 16. Harrison Gimbel - $2,329,220 17. Dan Shak - $2,323,840 18. Byron Kaverman - $2,307,235 19. Cary Katz - $2,257,420 20. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 21. Mustapha Kanit - $2,077,000 22. Dimitar Danchev - $1,985,000 23. John Dibella - $1,960,700 24. Daniel Dvoress - $1,946,102 25. Tyler Reiman - $1,937,770 As you can see, Bryn Kenney reigns supreme. He came into the 2019 PCA with a big lead on this list, thanks to $6.245 million in earnings from the PCA, and Kenney added a small cash by his standards of $17,620 to move up to $6.262 million. The most notable additions to the top 25 of the PCA all-time money list were three players we already talked about, Colillas, Martini, and Rivera. Those three finished first, second, and third in the 2019 PSPC. Colillas moved to second on PCA's all-time money list, Martini jumped to sixth, and Rivera went up to 20th. Another big jump was had by Greenwood, who entered the 2019 PCA with $972,477 in earnings from the series. After winning nearly $2 million this year, Greenwood shot up the all-time PCA leaderboard to eighth with nearly $3 million in earnings total from the event. Justin Bonomo also increased his standing, going from 17th to 13th on the all-time PCA list after winning $533,370 at the 2019 PCA. Notable departures from the top 5 PCA all-time money list were Christopher Oliver, Eugene Katchalov, Will Molson, and Nick Petrangelo.
  5. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10K Main Event came to a conclusion on Wednesday night and it was veteran poker professional David 'Chino' Rheem who finished in first place taking home the $$1,567,100 first place prize. For Rheem, it seemed as if he was simply finishing what he started. On Day 4, Rheem ran hot and surged to take a chip lead that he would never surrender while at the final table. Throughout the day, Rheem continually put pressure on all of his opponents, opening liberally, flatting to take flops in position and staying active both with his play and his table talk. It was a dominating performance that saw Rheem eliminate every single one of the other final table participants. The entire final table took just under eight hours, including breaks, and at no point in time did it seem that Rheem was in trouble despite facing some very talented opposition. The final table was tense for a number of hours until, finally, the bustouts began. One-time WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open champion, Brian Altman, found himself trending downward and sitting on one of the smaller stacks. He was the first to clash with Rheem. Altman opened UTG with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3d"] and it folded back around the Rheem in the big blind who looked down at pocket queens and piled in a big raise. Altman took a moment and put his remaining chips in the middle. Chino, still with his dominating table chip lead, snap-called. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"] flop provided no help to Altman. The [poker card="3h"] turn kept the door open but the [poker card="ts"] river ended the run for Altman. Altman finishes the day in sixth place, picking up $297,020 to send his recorded career cashes to over $3 million lifetime. It took nearly two more levels for the next elimination to occur. Vincent Bosca, with roughly 14 big blinds, opened from the hijack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"] prompting a big blind defend from Rheem with [poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="3d"][poker card="td"][poker card="qc"] and Rheem checked. Bosca put in a roughly half pot bet and Rheem check-shoved on him with bottom pair. Bosca made the call with overcards, the flush draw and gutshot straight outs. The [poker card="ts"] turn only gave Bosca more outs and he needed one of 19 cards to hit the river. But the [poker card="5h"] was not one of them and the Spaniard fell in fifth place for $396,880. After a short break, the action picked up considerably. Roughly half an hour into the next level Ukranian by-way-of Israel Pavel Veksler also found himself facing the wrath of Rheem. Rheem, still having the table covered, open shoved [poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] from the small blind into Veksler, who looked down at [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. Veksler made the call and the pair saw a [poker card="2d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"] flop giving Veksler some additional outs. But as happened to Bosca before him, the [poker card="8h"] turn and [poker card="8s"] river provided no help and Veksler bowed out in fourth place for $503,440. With Rheem in firm control of the table, both he and the tournament went into overdrive. From the bu,tton Rheem opened with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"] and Scott Wellenbach, the Buddist translator who has promised all of his winnings to charity, made his final stand by shoving [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. Rheem called and the flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="kh"], putting Wellenback in the lead. The turn brought the [poker card="jd"] giving Rheem open-ended straight out to go along with his over card. The river was the [poker card="9s"], once again giving Rheem the cards he needed to win a big hand. Wellenback’s journey ended in 3rd place and he takes home $671,240, all of which is seemingly destined to be put to good use. Heads-up play between Rheem and Daniel Strelitz didn’t take very long with Rheem having a nearly 8:1 chip advantage. Rheem then wrapped up what he started from way back in Day 1 when he ended his opening flight with heaps of chips. From the button, Strelitz open shoved the [poker card="as"][poker card="2s"] and Rheem snap called with…pocket fives, [poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"]. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] keeping Rheem in the lead. The [poker card="3h"] turn was of no help to Strelitz and the [poker card="ts"] on the river sealed the deal for Rheem to win the 100th cash of his accomplished career. For his runner-up finish, Daniel Strelitz takes home $951,480. Chino Rheem is the 2019 PCA Main Event Champion and awarded the $1,567,100 first-place prize. PCA 2019 Main Event Final Table Payouts 1. Chino Rheem - $1,567,100 2. Daniel Strelitz - $951,480 3. Scott Wellenback - $671,240 4. Pavel Veksler - $503,440 5. Vicent Bosca - $396,880 6. Brian Altman - $297,920
  6. In the lead up to the World Series of Poker every year, there always ends up being a discussion about who the best player without a WSOP bracelet is. Two players whose names have come up in those conversations each permanently removed themselves from contention on Thursday by winning one of poker's most highly coveted trophies. Daniel Strelitz topped a final table that included Shannon Shorr, Maria Ho, and Ali Imsirovic to win the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event while Yuval Brohnstein maneuvered his way to victory in the $1,500 NO Limit Deuce-to-Seven event. Those were just two of the eight events on Thursday's schedule that also included the Big 50 nearing its conclusion. Daniel Strelitz Wins $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Daniel Strelitz has a World Poker Tour title to his name along with a few high profile runner-up finishes. What he was missing was a WSOP bracelet. That was until Thursday. Strelitz beat Shannon Shorr heads up to win the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event for $442,385. The 29-year-old poker pro admitted to feeling some relief after going 38 WSOP cashes without a win. “I finally got it off my back,” Strelitz said. “I came close a few times, and it’s kind of disappointing. But it wasn’t like I was desperate. But it’s still just a massive relief. I’m super happy.” The final table started six-handed, but one of those players was missing. Ali Imsirovic, who started third in chips, misunderstood the final table start time and was late arriving to the table. He overcame that slight mishap to finish fourth. Maria Ho, fresh off of her third place finish in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, couldn't overcome a short stack and finished fifth. Arsenii Karmatckii finished sixth. The win moved Strelitz past $4 million in lifetime earnings. Final Table Payouts Daniel Strelitz - $442,385 Shannon Shorr - $273,416 Ognjen Sekularac - $186,050 Ali Imsirovic - $129,018 Maria Ho - $91,211 Arsenii Karmatckii - $65,764 Maria Mcalpin - $48,377 Pauli Ayras - $36,323 Michael O'Grady - $27,848 Yuval Bronshtein Grabs $1,500 No Limit Deuce Bracelet Over the last 12 years, Yuval Bronshtein has earned 67 WSOP cashes and a little more than $1.1 million in earnings. Nine times he's been at a final table. Yet prior to Thursday, the 34-year-old had never been heads-up for a bracelet. He finally got that opportunity on Thursday and made the absolute most of it. Bronshtein beat Ajay Chabra, who started the day with the chip lead, once play reached heads up to win the $1,500 No Limit Deuce event for $96,278. “Ajay is a great player. I got to play with him yesterday and I couldn’t beat him in a pot. I had a feeling he was going to go deep in this tournament, be one of the last three at least," Bronshtein said. "However, I have a lot of experience playing heads up, not particularly in this game, I only play this game once a year, but I’m very good at heads up.” Despite not being able to close out a WSOP event prior to Thursday, Bronshtein knew if he was patient and kept working, he'd eventually find an opportunity to do it. “It feels amazing. It’s exactly what I thought it would be like. I’m not surprised I’ve always felt I could win one of these tournaments," Bronshtein said. "Glad to finally wrap one up, I’m definitely really happy about it. This has been a really big goal of mine since I started playing poker. It’s been my number one goal.” Chabra, who finished 22nd in this event last summer, earned $59,591 to nearly double his lifetime WSOP cashes to $148,107. Jerry Wong finished third for $39,986. Final Table Payouts Yuval Bronshtein - $96,278 Ajay Chabra - $59,491 Jerry Wong - $39,986 Steven Tabb - $27,477 Michael Sortino - $19,313 Bjorn Geissert - $13,892 Craig Chait - $10,232 Frank Kassela - $7,722 Femi Fashakin Leads Big 50 Final Table From 28,371 entries, just seven players remain in contention for the $1,147,449 first place prize in the largest live poker tournament ever. Florida native Femi Fashakin heads into the final day of play with the chip lead of the Big 50 and just six other players stand in his way. Fashakin will be in unfamiliar territory on Friday. He's never made a final table and has just $59,706 in lifetime earnings. The minimum he's guaranteed now is $182,192. By the time play wraps up on Friday, one player will have accumulated 1.427 billion chips. Action resumes at Noon PT and will be streamed live on CBS All Access. Final Table Chip Counts Femi Fashakin - 314,000,000 Walter Atwood - 297,000,000 Rafi Elharar - 227,500,000 Paul Cullen - 191,500,000 Nicholas Chow - 170,000,000 Adrian Curry - 126,000,000 Daniel Ghobrial - 101,000,000 Only Swingruber, Garcia, Yu, Lehr Remain in $10,000 Heads Up Championship Friday is Final Four day in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship event with three previous bracelet winners still in contention. Colossus I winner Cord Garcia, three-time bracelet winner Ben Yu, and two-time bracelet winner Keith Lehr are joined by relatively unknown Sean Swingruber. Garcia beat Ricky Guan and Matthias Eibinger to advance to the final day of play. He'll face Swingruber in the semi-finals. Swingruber, a Los Angeles poker pro, defeated Jan Lakota and Jimmy D'Ambrosio on Thursday. D'Ambrosio did what many in this event have failed to do over the years. He beat John Smith. The pair met up in Round of 16 at the start of Day 2 with D'Ambrosio coming out on top of the two-time runner-up. Yu worked his way through Richard Tuhrim and Kristen Bicknell on his way to the semi-finals. Lehr beat Simon Bruns and Jake Schindler to advance. Play resumes on Saturday at Noon and will be streamed live on PokerGO. Jason Acosta Leads Final 28 in $1,500 HORSE Day 2 of the $1,500 HORSE event saw the field shrink from 291 players to just 28. New Jersey poker player Jason Acosta ended Day 2 on a heater and bagged up the chip lead with 754,000. WSOP Circuit crusher Valentin Vornicu sits fifth in chips and Chris Klodnicki and Phillip Hui also finished with top 10 stacks. Mark Gregorich, Andre Akkari, and Tony Ma, also managed to advance to Day 3. Some of the notables that busted out in the money on Thursday included Anthony Zinno, David Bach, Daniel Zack, Jim Collopy, Chris Wallace, David 'ODB' Baker, and Chris Ferguson. Action resumes at Noon and is scheduled to play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Jason Acosta - 754,000 Jason Stockfish - 646,000 Sergey Altbregin - 485,000 Danny Woolard - 434,000 Valentin Vornicu - 421,000 Gary Kosakowski - 417,000 Ashish Gupta - 367,000 Raul Paez - 333,000 Chris Klodnicki - 323,000 Phillip Hui - 316,000 Romain Nussmann Leads $1,500 Six Max Final 26 Day 2 of the $1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event continued with fast and furious action with 263 players being sent to the rail. France's Romain Nussmann finished on top of the final 26 players with 8,095,000. He's more than 1 million chips ahead of Singapore's Ong Dingxiang, who finished with 7,080,000. There's then a significant gap before the third biggest stack, Pierce Mckellar with 4,990,000. Isaac Baron and Day 1 chip leader Richard Hasnip both finished with top 10 chip stacks. Play resumes at 2 PM on Friday and will play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Romain Nussmann - 8,095,000 Ong Dingxiang - 7,080,000 Pierce Mckellar - 4,990,000 Kainalu Mccue-Unciano - 2,760,000 Nicolas Careme - 2,400,000 Henry Lu - 2,175,000 Isaac Baron - 2,050,000 Stephen Graner - 2,045,000 Vadim Shlez - 1,730,000 Richard Hasnip - 1,615,000 Ott Brothers Advance to Day 2 of $1,500 Shootout The $1,500 NLHE Shootout, the first shootout of the 2019 WSOP, drew 917 players with 100 of them making it through their first table to advanced to Day 2. Some of the notables to advance to Day 2 include Maurice Hawkins, Jennifer Tilly, Qui Nguyen, Kelly Minkin, Loni Harwood, Joe Cada and Pennsylvania poker playing twins Daniel and Dillon Ott. There is no chance that the Ott brothers will both make the final table though. Both ended up on the same Day 2 table. Day 2 will feature ten 10-handed tables each playing down to a winner. Those 10 will make up the official final table which will play on Saturday. Deeb, McMaster, Foxen Bag Top 10 Day 1 Stacks in $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Yarron Bendor leads the 90 players who survived Day 1 of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship event but there's a star-studded group chasing him. David Benyamine, Shaun Deeb, Alex Foxen, and Derek McMaster, who won the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event earlier this week, all finished with top 10 stacks. John Racener, Mike Wattel, Mike Matusow, Benny Glaser, and Nick Schulman are also still alive with better-than-average stacks. The first day of play drew 173 players, up from the 169 who played this same event last year, and registration remains open until the start of Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts Yarron Bendor - 375,500 David Benyamine - 291,500 Shaun Deeb - 263,000 Delmiro Toledo - 258,000 Derek McMaster - 240,000 Robert Stevanovski - 227,000 David "Bakes" Baker - 221,000 Alex Foxen - 218,000 Tom Koral - 216,500 Ken Aldridge - 201,500
  7. In the eight years since the World Series of Poker Main Event went to a three-starting flight schedule, only once has the Day 1A field reach 1,000 or more players and that was 2012 when they snuck into four-digit territory with 1,066 players. There was no sneaking in on Wednesday. 1,336 players showed up to play Day 1A, giving WSOP officials hope that this year's event might be a record-breaker. Williams wasn't the only notable to suffer an early end to his Main Event. Shane Warne, Frank Kassela, Bryn Kenney, Mohsin Charania, Brandon Shack-Harris, and Kristen Bicknell all ended with a zero as their Day 1A chip count. Former Main Event Champs Advance Just two former Main Event winners managed to work their way through the five levels of play on Day 1A. Chris Moneymaker, fresh off of his ninth-place finish in the partypoker MILLIONS Las Vegas, ended the day 95,000 while 2016 Main Event winner Qui Nguyen had a much better day, finishing with 180,500. Foxen, Strelitz, Bonomo Highlight Notables Moving on to Day 2A There were 960 players who made it through Day 1A. While a number of top players like to wait until Day 1C to play, there were a plethora of poker superstars who played on Wednesday and finished with chips in a bag. Daniel Strelitz, still basking in the flow of winning his first bracelet, finished with 185,300. Poker vlogger Johnnie Moreno (aka Johnnie Vibes) tripled his starting stack and finished with 184,000. Alex Foxen nearly did the same, ending with 173,200. Justin Bonomo accumulated 96,000 through the day to move on to Day 2. Other notables advancing from Day 1A include Patrick Serda (216,700), Jeff Lisandro (180,100), Jack Sinclair (153,800), Isaac Baron (146,600), Kelly Minkin (137,100), Billy Baxter (131,500), Brian Hastings (124,200), Matt Glantz (120,800), Arlie Shaban (113,600), Brian Rast (109,100), Kevin MacPhee (82,500), Garrett Greer (69,300), Ben Yu (63,600), Mike Gorodinsky (57,800), Erik Seidel (57,400), Stephen Chidwick (45,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (30,800), and Poker Hall of Fame finalist Chris Bjorin (18,000). Rapper Hoodie Allen Goes to Work, Bags Big Rapper Hoodie Allen, real name Steven Markowitz, was a Happy Camper at the end of Day 1A. The 31-year-old University of Pennsylvania grad lived up to The Hype and finished with 151,500, good enough for a top 100 stack. Markowitz will hope People Keep Talking when he returns for Day 2AB on Sunday. He has one previous WSOP cash, a 35th place finish in a 2016 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event. Michael Miller Leads Pennsylvania Contingent into Day 2A With the launch of Pennsylvania Online Poker looming, 17 players from the Keystone State managed to turn Day 1A into a trip to Day 2A. Leading the way is Michael Miller. The Haverford, PA native just missed out on having a top 10 stack after finishing with 235,800. The next biggest Pennsylvania stack belongs to Gregory Fishberg with 168,800. They're joined by Jesse Smith (136,600), Alan Schein (135,000), Brian Hastings (124,200), Matt Glantz (120,800), Alexander Krisak (117,000), John Andress (104,900), Joseph Palma (100,100), Sean Magee (88,500), Dennis Cronin (85,700), David Knudsen (76,600), James Hundt (72,900), Jennifer Shahade (72,400), Ronald Lankin (49,500), Gary Bowker (25,800), and Seth Berger (DNR). The Day 1A Numbers Could Be Hinting at Something Big Historicially, Day 1A is always the least popular Main Event starting flight. It requires being in Las Vegas the longest amount of time, there's a two-day gap between Day 1A and Day 2A, and it means being in Sin City on July 4th. Over the last five years, Day 1A has accounted for an average of 11.44% of the overall field size, staying steady with a high of 11.75% last summer and a low of 11.01% in 2017. If that trend were to hold true this year, WSOP officials are looking at a record-setting year that will eclipse the 8,773 runners that turned out in 2006. Top 10 Chip Counts Bryan Campanello - 417,500 Timothy Su - 297,300 Quentin Roussey - 266,400 Takehiro Kato - 259,200 Charidimos Demetriou - 252,000 Craig Chait - 249,600 Stephen Graner - 247,100 Mark Zullo - 245,600 David Lolis - 245,100 Thomas Roupe - 238,800
  8. Another televised World Poker Tour final table is set. This time, it’s the Season XVIII WPT L.A. Poker Classic. The event drew 490 entries to Commerce Casino and generated a prize pool of $4.727 million. Just six players remain and they’ll be on hiatus until action resumes at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 2. Leading the way in the chase for the $1.015 million top prize is Balakrishna Patur. Patur brings 6.32 million in chips to the final table. He’ll be joined by two WPT Champions Club members in Matas Cimbolas and James Carroll, Ka Kwan Lau, Scott Hempel, and WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka De Silva. De Silva will be the short stack with 930,000 when action resumes in April. WPT LAPC Final Table Seat 1: Scott Hempel - 1,670,000 Seat 2: James Carroll - 4,125,000 Seat 3: Matas Cimbolas - 4,310,000 Seat 4: Ka Kwan Lau - 2,250,000 Seat 5: Upeshka De Silva- 930,000 Seat 6: Balakrishna Patur - 6,320,000 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Each of the six is guaranteed a minimum payday of $185,330. Included in the event’s first-place prize is a $15,000 seat to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal. How the Final Table Was Reached Day 1 saw Demo Kiriopoulos emerge as the event’s chip leader when the first day of play was in the books. Then it was Isaac Baron atop the field at the end of Day 2. Entering Day 3, 104 players remained and the top 62 were set to reach the money. With 63 players left, WPT Champions Club member Jordan Cristos was all in against fellow WPT champion Daniel Strelitz. According to the WPT Live Updates team, Cristos was all in with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] on the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] flop. Strelitz had made the call with the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="Jh"] on the turn and 8h on the river allowed Cristos to double up, but that would be the last time he doubled up this tournament. Shortly thereafter, still on the money bubble with 63 players remaining, Cristos was all in on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] flop with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"]. His opponent, Claude Codru, had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Ts"]. Once again, it was Cristos needing to fade a draw. This time, the [poker card="Qs"] came right out on the turn and gave Codru an unbeatable flush. The river completed the board with the [poker card="2d"] and Cristos was sent home as the "bubble boy." Once in the money, the eliminations began to stack up, including Barry Greenstein (61st - $16,905), Jesse Sylvia (55th - $18,845), and Lee Markholt (41st - $21,290). To close out Day 3, 39 players remained with Patur on top of the pack. Day 4 saw the field whittled down to 11 players. Baron remained in contention and finished Day 4 as the chip leader, with Hempel sitting second and Patur sitting third. Donald Maloney (37th - $24,375), John Hennigan (34th - $24,375), JC Tran (29th - $28,275), and Dylan Linde (14th - $58,215) were among the casualties on Day 4. Baron couldn’t get anything going on Day 5, though, and he fell in 11th place for $71,950. Charles Kassin and Lau both scored early double ups through Baron, and then De Silva picked off a bluff from Baron. On his final hand, Baron held pocket eights against Hempel’s pocket tens but could not come from behind. Hempel also knocked out WPT Champions Club member Kevin Eyster in 10th place. Strelitz went bust in eighth, and his elimination came in a three-way clash of WPT champions involving Carroll and Cimbolas. Strelitz was all in preflop with side action between Carroll and Cimbolas. On the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8c"] flop, Cimbolas bet 300,000 and Carroll shoved for more than 5 million. Cimbolas called all in for 1.56 million total with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"]. Carroll had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2c"] and then Strelitz had the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river was the [poker card="3s"], keeping Cimbolas’ aces in front and eliminating Strelitz. After Strelitz busted, Shi Chen was sent packing in seventh place to set the official TV final table. Play Resumes in April Guaranteed $185,330 each with the chance to win $1.015 million, the final six players in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic will resume action on Thursday, April 2, at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table is the third delayed final table during Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour. Taking place in the days before it are the finales to the WPT Gardens Poker Championship and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Chance Kornuth leads the WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table, with action set to resume on Tuesday, March 31. Veerab Zakarian leads the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open final table, with action set to resume on Wednesday, April 1. All three of these final tables - the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and WPT L.A. Poker Classic - will play out at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
  9. While the first official day of World Series of Poker Online events on GGPoker got off to a rough start it ended with a historic moment as the first online bracelet awarded outside of the United States went to Japan's Shoma Ishikawa. Ishikawa outlasted 2,213 other players in Event #34 ($525 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE Six Max) to win $82,425 and his first career WSOP bracelet. The final table began nine-handed and it took just four hands for the first player to bust. In a battle of the blinds, Dimitar Yosifov was all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] against the [poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"] of Mulgyeol Kim. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"] to eliminate Yosifov in ninth. Kim got to see two more hands before his night was over. After losing most of his stack to Diego Ostrovich, Kim was forced to move all in with [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] only to have Gary Johnson call with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"]. Kim was out in eighth place after the [poker card="jd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="jc"] runout failed to connect with his hand. Ostrovich ended another opponents tournament 15 minutes later. Ostrovich opened from the button and Ilya Anataski defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3s"] and all of the money went in. Anatski tabled [poker card="qd"][poker card="9d"] for a flush draw with two overs while Ostrovich showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="7s"] turn was a bruck and the [poker card="9c"] river gave both players top pair with Ostrovich out-pipping Anataski. Tom Delaine became the next casualty once the event had just six players remaining. Ostrovich raised to 1,200,000 from the cutoff before Delaine moved all in for 1,311,542. Ostrovich called and showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="3c"] while Delaine had [poker card="td"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"] missed both players and kept Ostrovich in front. Delaine got no relief from the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="8h"] river and was eliminated in sixth. One minute later the most decorated player at the table sent another player home. Daniel Strelitz, who has a WSOP bracelet and a World Poker Tour title to his name along with $4.7 million in live earnings, opened from UTG with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"] before Yulian Bogdanov shoved from the big blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"]. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] to give Strelitz top pair eliminate Bogdanov in fifth place. The two players responsible for the first two eliminations then clashed in a hand that ended the tournament for one of them. Ostrovich moved all in from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"] and Strelitz called for his last 8,784,311 with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9h"] The [poker card="td"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Ostrovich a pair of tens leaving Strelitz needing help. The [poker card="7s"] turn was a blank as was the [poker card="ah"] river and Strelitz was out in fourth. Ostrovich continued to push around the rest of the table. Ishikawa folded his button, Ostrovich jammed all in for 29,197.178 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] and Gary Johnson called all in from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="th"] to give Ostrovich the nut flush and end Johnson's run in third place. The heads up battle began with Ostrovich holding a 3.5-1 lead over Ishikawa but the Japanese pro turned the tables relatively quickly and doubled into the lead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"] against Ostrovich's [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"] on a [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="th"][poker card="qs"] runout. Ishikawa wrapped up the bracelet on the next hand. Ishikawa bet 34,000,000 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"] and Ostrovich, with 2,000,000 already committed as the big blind, tank-called off his last 4,410,528 with [poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Ostrovich some hope but the [poker card="9s"] turn gave Ishikawa control and the [poker card="5h"] improved him to a flush to eliminate Ostrovich in second and lay claim to the first online bracelet ever awarded outside of the United States. Final Table Payouts Shoma Ishikawa - $82,425 Diego Ostrovich - $59,263 Gary Johnson - $42,610 Daniel Strelitz - $30,637 Yulian Bogdanov - $22,028 Tom Delaine - $15,839 Ilya Anatsky - $11,388 Mulgyeol Kim - $8,188 Dimitar Yosifov - $5,887

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