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  1. This is starting to get ridiculous. For the third consecutive day, former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt navigated his way to a win in a GGPoker Spring Festival event. Those three wins have earned the Swedish superstar a combined $279,247.37. This time around Astedt outlasted 104 other entries in Event #25-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty) to win $140,464.75. His win came at the expense of runner-up Dario Sammartino, who would have completed a two-win day of his own had he not run into the buzzsaw that is Astedt. Sammartino banked $48,929.06 for his performance and coming in third place gave 'yfii-bestcrypto' a $45,347.16 bankroll boost. Sammartino couldn't have been too disappointed, however. The Italian and 2019 World Series of Poker runner-up beat 87 other players on his way to victory in Event #23-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) for a $508,447.84 payday. After losing to a former #1 earlier, Sammartino beat out the current #1-ranked player, Yuri Dzivielevski, for the title. Dzivielevski earned $391,973.06. Russia's Anatoly Filatov took third for $302,180.28. 'MickeyMouse' turned Event #20-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) into their own personal magic kingdom on Thursday, beating 548 other entries before chopping with Igor D'Ursel. 'MickeyMouse' ended up with the title and $84,261.53 while D'Ursel actually out-earned them by grabbing $84,886.93. Rui Bouquet took home $54,357.02 as the third place finisher. Tom Delaine beat Viktor Ustimov heads-up to grab the win in Event #22-H ($525 Forty Stack) for $55,801.16 while Ustimov had to settle for $43,018.55. 'DontTiltGG' finished one position below Ustimov and won $33,164.46. Andrii Novak put on a bounty hunting showcase on Thursday, outlasting the 153 other players in Event #24-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) to collect an impressive $352,068.09. Runner-up Sami Kelopuro earned nearly 1/3 of Novak's score, taking home $122,696.01 while Ami Barer came in third place but earned more than Kelopuro thanks to the bounties collected. Barer banked $138,023.78 which is more than $15,000 more than Kelopuro. 'LottoLarry' cashed in a winning ticket by topping the 295-entry field in Event #26-H ($1,050 Turbo) for $60,524.63. '888WTB02' came in second place for $45,386.97 while Class Segebrecht took third for #34,035.42. Event #20-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) Entries: 550 Prize pool: $550,000 MickeyMouse - $84,261.53 Igor d Ursel - $84,886.93 Rui Bouquet - $54,357.02 Event #22-H ($525 Forty Stack) Entries: 775 Prize pool: $387,500 Tom Delaine - $55,801.16 Viktor Ustimov - $43,018.55 DontTiltGG - $33,164.46 Event #23-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) Entries: 88 Prize pool: $2,200,000 Dario Sammartino - $508,447.84 Yuri Dzivielevski - $391,973.06 Anatoly Filatov - $302,180.28 Event #24-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) Entries: 154 Prize pool: $1,540,000 Andrii Novak - $352,068.09 Sami Kelopuro - $122,696.01 Amichai Barer - $138,023.78 Event #25-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty) Entries: 105 Prize pool: $525,000 Niklas Astedt - $140,464.75 Dario Sammartino - $48,929.06 yfii-bestcrypto - $45,347.16 Event #26-H ($1,050 Turbo) Entries: 295 Prize pool: $295,000 LottoLarry - $60,524.63 888WTB02 - $45,386.97 C Segebrecht - $34,035.42
  2. Germany’s Pascal Hartmann entered Tuesday’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table near the very bottom of the chip counts but after chipping up and eliminating each of his final five opponents, the high-stakes superstar emerged as this week’s winner and took home the $454,907 first-place prize. Hartmann has been a consistent presence in the $10K Super MILLION$ field having participated in 31 of the 32 times the tournament has been run. This was his tenth in-the-money finish and fourth final table, the result of which has sent him into the tournament series top 10 money earners. At the start of the day, Hartmann was in eighth place with roughly 25 big blinds and facing off against another talent-packed final table that included online poker legend Isaac Baron, Ami Barer, and 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino. Despite the hurdles in front of him, Hartmann managed to continually pick up big hands in key spots which lifted him to victory. Even though the chips were flying in the first ninety minutes of the final table, it was slow going in terms of players hitting the rail. Finally, a short-stacked Aliakesei Boika shipped his final nine big blinds in with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"] and ran into Russia’s ‘RRomashka’s [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. Dominated by the pair as well as both suits, the board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] provided a little drama as Boika had both straight and straight flush outs headed into the river. But the pocket tens held and Boika fell in ninth place for $56,864. Ami Barer exited in eighth place when his [poker card="qs"][poker card="qc"] failed to hold against Argentina’s ‘OnTheFlow’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] in a preflop clash. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="8s"] and Barer added $73,743 to his bankroll. Then, roughly thirty minutes later, Kyle Menard hit the rail in painful fashion. A short-stacked Sammartino moved all in under the gun with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"]. Looking to double up his own short stack, Menard called with his tournament on the line holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"] gave Menard middle set, but the [poker card="td"] turn turned the tide to Sammartino, hitting his gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="9h"] river was no help to Menard who exited in seventh place for $95,633. Soon after the second break, Hartmann and Baron clashed for the chip lead. Under the gun, Baron raised with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. It folded back to Hartmann in the big blind who three-bet with [poker card="qs"][poker card="qd"]. Baron quickly shoved the rest of his 30 big blind stack and Hartmann made the call. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="td"] board was clean for the pocket queens and Baron, who had won his previous Super MILLION$ final table appearance, settled for sixth place and $124,020. Two hands later Hartmann was back in action, this time against Sammartino. The fortunes had reversed for these two players as Sammartino entered the final table as the chip leader but with five left was sitting on fewer than 10 big blinds. From the hijack, Sammartino put in a big raise with [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"], leaving himself with less than one big blind behind. On the button, Hartmann made the call with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"]. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"] and Sammartino committed the rest of his chips, which Hartmann quickly called. Sammartino spiked the [poker card="ac"] on the turn and was in a perfect position to double up. But Hartmann spiked one of his two outs with the [poker card="jh"] river, sending Sammartino out in fifth for $160,834. Hartmann’s heater continued when ‘RRomashka’ shoved all-in with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"] and Hartmann woke up with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. Hartmann spikes a set on the turn leaving ‘RRomashka’ drawing dead to the river. The Russian finished in fourth place for $208,576, nearly doubling the amount of their previous earnings in the Super MILLION$. ‘OnTheFlow’ was the next to go. Now, the overwhelming chip leader, Hartmann shoved from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="6d"] and ‘OnTheFlow’, with 13 big blinds, made his stand by calling all-in from the big blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"]. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3d"] pairing Hartmann, but changing nothing. The turn was the [poker card="9c"], giving ‘OnTheFlow’ additional straight outs. But the river came the [poker card="4h"] and ‘OnTheFlow’ was out in third place for $270,490. Hartmann entered heads-up play against Ireland’s ‘Pluto The Doggo’ with a nearly 6-1 chip advantage. That grew to nearly 10-1 at one point but ‘Pluto The Doggo’, who was at their second Super MILLION$ final table in as many weeks, clawed their way back into the match by picking up a key pot or two and scoring a crucial double up. However, as it was demonstrated throughout the final table, it was Hartmann’s day. On the final hand, Hartmann called on the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"]. ‘Pluto The Doggo’ put in a three-bet with [poker card="jh"][poker card="5s"] and Hartmann came along. The flop came [poker card="9d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"] and ‘Pluto The Doggo’ led out, Hartmann with the flush draw made the call. The turn was the [poker card="7d"] and ‘Pluto The Doggo’ stayed aggressive, leading again. Hartmann made the call. The river came the [poker card="5h"], pairing ‘Pluto The Doggo’ but giving Hartmann his flush. ‘Pluto The Doggo’ then checked and Hartmann shipped all-in. After taking some time, ‘Pluto The Doggo’ called off which sent him home as the runner-up. ‘Pluto The Doggo’ collected $350,782 for second place and brought his career Super MILLION$ total to just over $487,000. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (1/19) 1. Pascal Hartmann - $454,908 2. ‘Plutto The Doggo’ - $350,782 3. ‘OnTheFlow’ - $270,490 4. ‘RRomashka’ - $208,576 5. Dario Sammartino - $160,834 6. Isaac Baron - $124,020 7. Kyle Menard - $95,633 8. Ami Barer - $73,743 9. Aliaksei Boika - $56,864
  3. [caption width="640"] Christopher Vitch now has two WSOP bracelets after winning the K Stud Hi-Lo Championship on Monday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Phil Hellmuth woke up Monday morning with a chance at adding his 15th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship event but as the cards played out, Hellmuth didn’t even make the final table. Instead it was yet another repeat bracelet winner topping the field. While that $10K event played to a winner, another was just starting up on an action-packed day at the 2017 WSOP. Scott Baumstein On Top of Monster Stack Heading to Day 3 New York’s Scott Baumstein went from just 94,400 chips at the start of play Monday to 1,592,000 at the end of it to finish with the overnight chip lead. Just 233 players remain in pursuit of the bracelet and the $1,094,349 first place prize money. Right behind Baumstein is Adrien Allain of France with 1,500,000. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Paul Volpe bagged up the sixth biggest stack at 1,043,000. Other notables moving onto Day 3 include Scott Montgomery, Simon Deadman, Maurice Hawkins, Joe McKeehen, TJ Cloutier, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Ole Schemion. Monday’s action saw 1,711 players eliminated - just under three each minute - but a fortunate few managed to bust in the money. Ari Engel, Scotty Nguyen, Gordon Vayo, Loni Harwood, Noah Vaillancourt, Matt Berkey and David Peters were amongst the more notable names that managed to finish in the money on Monday. Action resumes at 11 am PT on Tuesday with another 10 levels on the schedule. Top 10 Chip Counts Scott Baumstein - 1,592,000 Adrien Allain - 1,500,000 Claas Segebrecht - 1,337,000 Alessandro Esposito - 1,065,000 Brandon Meyers - 1,052,000 Paul Volpe - 1,043,000 Oldrich Miklik - 1,042,000 Andrii Novak - 1,004,000 Jacob Naumann - 958,000 Jason James - 937,000 Christopher Vitch Wins Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship For the second year in a row, Christopher Vitch is taking a bracelet home from the WSOP. Last year he took home the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw event for his first bracelet. This year he beat out a tough final table, including Benny Glaser heads-up, to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship. Things went really smoothly all day. Mostly I had plenty of chips throughout the whole thing. Only in the heads-up it did it get where Benny had the advantage for a while. Overall it was just one of those days where everything went my way,” said Vitch. When the day started there were 11 players still hoping to take home the bracelet and $320,103 first place prize including 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. The Poker Brat came into the day with the seventh biggest stack but fell just short of making the final table, eventually busting in ninth. Glaser finished second for $197,838, his third biggest WSOP score to date. Abe Mosseri, who earlier this WSOP won the Omaha Hi-Lo Championship event, finished third for $138,608. Jonathan Duhamel also made the final table, eventually busting in fifth place. Andrew Kelsall started the day with the chip lead, eventually settling for a sixth place finish. Final Table Payouts Christopher Vitch - $320,103 Benny Glaser - $197,838 Abe Mosseri - $138,608 Jameson Painter - $99,342 Jonathan Duhamel - $72,876 Andrew Kelsall - $54,748 Brock Parker - $42,146 Alex Luneau $33,265 Chino Rheem Leads Final 19 in $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Chino Rheem improved his overnight position in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event by just one position on Day 2, but it’s the best he could considering he came into the day second in chips. Rheem, who has four World Poker Tour titles to his credit but no bracelets, finished with 952,000 to put him just ahead of Luis Calvo with 914,000. No other players managed to cross the 800,000 chip mark. The bubble did burst on Monday with Mike Sexton, Robin Ylitalo, John Racener, Anthony Zinno, Felipe Ramos, Sam Soverel and Christian Harder all among the notable players to finish in the money. The remaining 19 players represent nine different countries including the United States, Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Canada, England, Costa Rica, Russia and Germany. Action resumes at 2 pm PT with the final table set to stream on PokerGO later in the evening. Top 10 Chip Counts Chino Rheem - 952,000 Luis Calvo - 914,000 Daniel Reijmer - 776,000 Mark Reilly - 675,000 Alberto Fonseca - 611,000 Aleksei Altshuller - 593,000 Rudolph Sawa - 584,000 Gerhard Schleicher - 574,000 James St Hilaire - 559,000 Roussos Koliakoudakis - 553,000 Will Berry Leads $1,500 NLHE Bounty Event The Bounty events at the WSOP are proving to be pretty popular. On Monday, 1,927 players showed up to play the $1,500 NLHE Bounty event with each elimination worth $500. At the end of 10 levels of play Will Berry was just ahead of Brandon Cantu at the top of the chip counts. Berry finished with 219,700 while Cantu bagged up 216,500. Harrison Gimbel and Jacob Bazeley also managed to build up a top 10 stack. Just 264 survived the opening day with the money bubble bursting late in the day. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Joseph Cheong, Vinny Pahuja, Sam Grafton, Chris Bjorin, Maria Ho, Mike Leah and Diego Ventura. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Will Berry - 219,700 Brandon Cantu - 216,500 Fred Berger - 197,800 Chen Yu Hung - 189,600 Harrison Gimbel - 188,800 Damon Sandor - 172,200 Jacob Bazeley - 159,500 Jorge Corral - 156,800 Ronald Sewell - 147,800 Michael Comisso - 146,200 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better Draws Huge Field So far this summer the $10,000 Championship-level events have drawn either small increases or, for the most part, a downturn in attendance. Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better has been played at the WSOP before but 2017 marked its debut in the $10K Championship rotation and if Monday’s turnout is any indication, it won’t be going away any time soon. 207 players showed up to play on Monday, making it just the second $10K event to draw more than 200 players so far this summer, joining the Six Max NLHE event in that category. At the end of Day 1 just 116 players managed to move on to Day 2 with Italy’s Dario Sammartino sitting on top of the field with 294,300. The current WSOP Player of the Year leader, Ray Henson, managed to finish with a top 10 stack. As did Josh Arieh, David ‘ODB’ Baker and Scott Clements. Other notables moving on included John Monnette, Phil Hui, Calvin Anderson, Mike Leah, Marco Johnson, Shaun Deeb, Brian Rast and Ben Yu. The 116 survivors unbag at 2 pm PT and will play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Dario Sammartino - 294,300 Ryan Miller - 228,700 Sean Remz - 224,700 Josh Arieh - 212,500 Tommy Chen - 209,200 Joe Tehan - 200,300 Scott Clements - 193,600 Ray Henson - 169,200 Tyler Groth - 169,000 David ‘ODB’ Baker - 167,500
  4. Winning a PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title is often a career highlight for most online poker players. On Sunday, a former WCOOP winner added a Sunday Million title to his resume and picked up almost $144,000 in the process. Truth be told, Poland's 'OMGACEACEACE' is a three-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner. On Sunday he beat out 4,294 other players to win the Sunday Million. Brazil's 'verkannt' picked up $100,979.89 for a runner-up performance while 'kappa123mate' rounded out the podium finishers and banked $70,864.56 for finishing third. The best day on Sunday might have belonged to Dario Sammartino. The Italian grinder picked up a pair of High Roller Club wins on PokerStars. He beat out 243 other players to win the HRC Sunday 500 for $24,459 and then outlasted 170 players in the HRC Sunday SuperSonic for $35,208. Finland's 'elmerix' beat former #1-ranked Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao to win the HRC Sunday Warm-Up for $35,281.11. Simoa had to settle for a $27,298.23 silver medal score. Simon 'fren96' Higgins beat 'IamPEAKing' heads-up to win the partypoker $2,600 Sunday Super High Roller for $62,275. 'FMylife' and 'orud74' chopped up the partypoker $2,600 Super High Roller with 'FMYlife' earning the win and $50,714. PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($215 NLHE) 933 entrants, $186,500 prize pool lostomjj - $30,584.06 BalticMoose - $22,194.31 secci35 - $16,106.41 8_Spizzico_9 - $11,688.41 Messiraise - $8,482.27 Ahinogood - $6,155.57 Ulver83 - $4,467.09 SandMan221 - $3,241.76 jayjayme - $2,352.54 PokerStars Sunday Million ($215 NLHE) 4,295 entrants, $1,065,000 prize pool OMGACEACEACE - $143,898.63 verkannt - $100,979.89 kappa123mate - $70,864.56 vitalij300 - $49,730.49 woodatburn - $34,899.41 iGotUFish21 - $24,491.37 Livewhale - $17,187.28 ELajeunesse - $12,061.55 Eset93 - $8,464.51 PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday Warm-Up ($1,050 NLHE) 116 entrants, $175,000 prize pool elmerixx - $35,281.11 IneedMassari - $27,298.23 caaaaamel - $21,121.62 5pathic - $16,342.56 pappadogg - $12,644.83 hneves182 - $9,783.76 pokerkluka - $7,570.04 Roberta114 - $5,857.21 Attackalack - $4,918.42 PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday High Roller ($2,100 NLHE) 63 entants, $202,000 prize pool cskar4e1 - $46,547.86 omaha4rollz - $35,749.89 Proudflop - $27,456.80 Isildur1 - $21,087.50 NL_Profit - $16,195.73 SsicK_OnE - $12,438.73 pads1161 - $9,553.24 kofi89 - $7,337.14 mikki696 - $5,635.11 PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday 500 ($530 NLHE) 244 entrants, $122,000 prize pool Dario 'Secret_M0d3' Sammartino - $23,459 €urop€an - $17,617 edudrake1987 - $13,231 blackaces93 - $9,936 LFFF22 - $7,462 4rebmun - $5,604 CrazyLissy - $4,209 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $3,161 Rene_no_luck - $2,373 PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday Supersonic ($1,050 NLHE) 171 entrants, $173,742 prize pool Dario 'Secret_M0d3' Sammartino - $35,208 roo_400 - $26,798 Pimmss - $20,397 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $15,524 PROCHRIS1 - $11,816 alvaro noble - $8,993 partypoker Sunday Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) 94 entrants, $235,000 prize pool Simon 'fren96' Higgins - $62,275 IamPEAKing - $43,475 SchelampigaUhu - $30,550 NoisiaRadio - $21,150 Mikita 'helicopterben82' Badziakouski - $16,450 Alexey 'toril274' Bilokur - $12,337 rrinKS - $9,987 its_showtime - $8,225 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) 90 entrants, $225,000 prize pool FMylife - $50,714* orud74 - $50,535* PhileasFogg - $29,250 Rainer 'PartyRainer' Kempe - $20,250 sblanch259 - $15,750 JgsNV - $11,812 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $9,562 TIMEXCNT - $7,875 888poker $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) 417 entrants, $100,000 prize pool bomberman115 - $17,448* Roman 'EyeofSkadi' Matveychuk - $14,151* bossamtisch1 - $13,400* infaust992 - $8,000 Ronaldo4112 - $5,500 Streusalz - $4,000 Pim 'SuprNintend0' de Goede - $3,000 Gilza83 - $2,500 888poker $50,000 Sunday Whale ($1,050 NLHE) 46 entrants, $50,000 prize pool SalsaFiesta - $20,000 freddeaik11 - $13,500 IHaveNoBoss - $7,500 tutten7 - $5,000 Hateeeeem - $4,000
  5. A new event made its PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker debut on Friday, but it was a few familiar faces that made the biggest noise. The #1-ranked online poker player in the world, 'lena900', won his first SCOOP title of 2019 and finished runner-up in another event while Dario Sammartino, Matthew Ashton and Jonathan Proudfoot also came through with wins. 'Lena900' beat Benny 'RunGodlike' Glaser heads up to win Event #18 High ($1,050 Omaha Eight or Better) for $27,707.18. Glaser ended up adding $21,449.03 to his bankroll while third place finisher 'YerickK' earned $16,604.45. Lithuanian 'NoTilit' topped the 703-player field in Event #19 High 9$2,100 No Limit Hold'em PKO Thursday Thrill SE) to walk away with $121,806.54. 'Perrymejsen' finished in second place to earn $90,022.03. 'Sarahke1418' rounded out the podium finishers, winning $66,531.70 for finishing third. Ashton beat Shaun Deeb heads-up to take home the title in Event #20 High ($1,050 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo) for $28,710.00. This was one of two final tables for Deeb on the day. He also finished third in Event #20 Medium ($109 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo). Proudfoot, currently ranked #4 in the United Kingdom, beat Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos for the overall victory in Event #21 High ($530 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys). Proudfoot walked away with $115,638.58 while Mateos ended up earning $86,742.86. 'Tr!pleeeee', the top-ranked player in Zimbabwe, denied 'lena900' a second win on the day, beating him heads up in Event #68 (Medium): $215 6+ Six Max Hold'em Sammartino, who won a SCOOP title earlier this week, picked up his second win in the SCOOP debut of 6+ Hold'em - commonly referred to as Short Deck, by beating 112 other players to win Event #68 High ($2,100 6+ Six Max Hold'em) for $56,202.58. Event #18 (Low): $11 Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 3,367 Prize pool: $32,996.60 EVILofLIFE - $4,224.96* kwangssi - $3,899.55* Philych_085 - $2,409.17 TruthBeTold7 - $1,717.33 calvin7v - $1,224.17 oes90 - $872.63 dlampard - $622.04 isti606 - $443.41 Event #18 (Medium): $109 Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 693 Prize pool: $69,300 wadzon - $11,952.40 ImluckNuts - $8,519.81 Kaggis - $6,073.21 milanissimo8 - $4,329.19 neto gol - $3,086.00 slowhand666 - $2,199.81 lNormaJean - $1,568.09 redheadmad - $1,117.79 Event #18 (High): $1,050 Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 132 Prize pool: $132,000 Lena900 - $27,707.18 RunGodlike - $21,449.03 YerickK - $16,604.45 kimokh - $12,854.09 calvin7v - $9,950.80 iamivar - $7,703.26 RuiNF - $5,963.37 SkyScraper93 - $4,616.46 Event #19 (Low): $22 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 16,258 Prize pool: $325,160 mightyse7en - $17,916.27 Rens02 - $12,760.85 goughy88 - $9,096.36 VittorRod - $6,484.19 DnoEbanoe - $4,622.14 csmala77 - $3,294.83 Bender_ ax1 - $2,348.66 plattsburgh - $1,674.20 Slamushka - $1,193.41 Event #19 (Medium): $215 No Limit Hold'em PKO Mini Thursday Thrill SE Entries: 4,689 Prize pool: $937,800 marcelutz111 - $66,797.18 Chester20o - $46,873.44 nilsef - $32,894.27 SiggySm@llz - $23,084.18 Conglomo222 - $16,199.69 pokerwille - $11,368.43 Gbisback - $7,977.95 annajlaw - $5,598.66 Teh Sith - $3,928.95 Event #19 (High): $2,100 No Limit Hold'em PKO Thursday Thrill SE Entries: 703 Prize pool: $1,406,000 NoTilit - $121,806.54 Perrymejsen - $90,022.03 Sarahke1418 - $66,531.70 edudrake1987 - $49,170.91 ivanage - $36,340.24 dujo123 - $26,857.62 Lafleur71 - $19,849.41 FloweerBoy - $14,669.92 Kovalski1 - $10,841.94 Event #20 (Low): $11 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Entries: 2,622 Prize pool: $25,695.60 twofaces1982 - $4,369.98 xaffer - $3,083.47 Fabahaba - $2,312.60 Švaba88 - $1,798.69 reotai - $1,284.78 _FCSM_66 - $770.86 AA-Gannun - $513.91 KeysOfCyprus - $256.95 Event #20 (Medium): $109 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Entries: 633 Prize pool: $63,600 zilbeee - $11,868.87 FAL1st - $8,545.50 shaundeeb - $6,330.00 Zbad - $4,747.50 aDrENalin710 - $3,165.00 dugui18 - $2,215.50 Gigaloff - $1,424.25 Adamyid - $949.50 Event #20 (High): $1,050 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Entries: 132 Prize pool: $132,000 MUSTAFABET - $28,710.00 shaundeeb - $20,460.00 merla888 - $15,840.00 Naza114 - $11,220.00 oiltrader - $7,260.00 CMoosepower - $5,940.00 Gakn29 - $4,620.00 wizowizo - $3,630.00 Event #21 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys Entries: 9,382 Prize pool: $139,473.60 msgiba - $19,272.50 Shansovne415 - $13,331.59 ameliaroy007 - $9,226.51 _Miazakii_ - $6,385.46 dimitriboeir - $4,419.23 razvyqq - $3,058.46 kotja-kotja - $2,116.67 tibi-nached - $1,464.90 P0k3rBluff3r - $1,013.81 Event #21 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys Entries: 2,728 Prize pool: $403,164.30 luckymo32 - $58,924.20 tsoomoo89 - $42,002.26 Vico$carpini - $29,940.63 MarToMchat - $21,342.71 exculibrus - $15,213.80 Baca4b - $10,844.91 RB Tiger - $7,730.63 NEWFlat - $5,510.65 KKing James - $3,928.19 Event #21 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys Entries: 402 Prize pool: $634,785 Proudflop - $115,638.58 Amadi_017 - $86,742.86 krakukra - $65,067.74 ramastar88 - $48,808.74 mraink - $36,612.49 Adrijan_S - $27,463.84 tinnoemulder - $20,601.24 luelue399 - $15,453.39 Ch33s3z0r - $11,591.93 Event #22 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 5,327 Prize pool: $52,204.60 mastakid - $7,430.40 DarioNo$had - $5,293.42 vpisjak - $3,773.33 Dan.Almeida - $2,689.76 Dark Azazel - $1,917.36 AKgringoAK - $1,366.76 holves - $974.27 r_dkGyn - $694.50 Event #22 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,786 Prize pool: $200,000 pata1426 - $30,199.30 bluto357 - $21,527.12 Carsandi - $15,345.26 leocir25 - $10,938.62 FERRIS243 - $7,797.42 johnymcc - $5,558.26 Yoggi_7! - $3,962.12 SetNCheck - $2,824.32 Event #22 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 284 Prize pool: $300,000 Kaggis - $57,262.86 bartek901 - $42,902.61 Vitinho Leão - $32,143.56 DEX888 - $24,082.65 w00tLOL - $18,043.29 Naza114 - $13,518.42 lb6121 - $10,128.30 Adrijan_S - $7,588.35 Event #25 (Low): $5.50 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Total PKO Zoom Entries: 17,507 Prize pool: $85,784.20 10$ pls? - $3,309.92 dionysaida - $1,458.58 TikTakMan - $501.75 empomado100% - $346.52 Event #25 (Medium): $55 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Total PKO Zoom Entries: 5,046 Prize pool: $252,300 Gofaziin26 - $11,137.81 tzeskobar - $6,121.54 107dalmatass - $1768.86 Arices3 - $6,664.93 Event #25 (High): $530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Total PKO Zoom Entries: 625 Prize pool: $312,500 tossukarla - $55,166.95 thx4urm0n3y - $11,166.99 Sintoras - $3,015.63 OManstrom - $3,035.15 Event #68 (Low): $22 6+ Six Max Hold'em Entries: 4,018 Prize pool: $80,360 glam6300 - $11,483.36 ShipityShark - $7,998.71 doungara - $5,573.28 Tovuz_AA - $3,883.31 AA COPAS - $2,705.79 SamirFloripa - $1,885.32 Event #68 (Medium): $2156+ Six Max Hold'em Entries: 553 Prize pool: $110,600 Tr!pleeeee - $19,510.06 Lena900 - $13,708.57 Jhaoklet - $9,632.40 BenjiChasinG - $6,768.25 mumming1 - $4,755.75 TILTDAVVE - $3,341.65 Event #68 (High): $2,100 6+ Six Max Hold'em Entries: 113 Prize pool: $250,000 Secret_M0d3 - $56,202.58 aramesko - $43,104.55 JayP-AA - $33,059.02 baoliraise - $25,354.60 OLD TIME GIN - $19,445.70 Empire2000 - $14,913.87 sk2ll_m0dR - $11,438.20
  6. One of the top 50 players in World Series of Poker history added to his bracelet collection on Thursday while one of the top American players under the age of 25 picked up the first bracelet of his career. All of this happened while another field size record was almost broken in the Seniors event. 'The Grinder' Wins Bracelet #5 in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Michael Mizrachi is the only player to have won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship event three times. On Thursday he became the charter member of another exclusive club: the first player to win five bracelets in the 2010s. Mizrachi beat Robert Gray heads-up to win the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event and take home his fifth career WSOP bracelet and second in two years. Along with the three PPC titles, Mizrachi's other bracelet was in a €10,400 Split-Format No Limit Hold'em event in 2011. “It’s great. Obviously, I want the $50K again, but this is something different," Mizrachi said. "We needed a change. Everything was $10K or more, and now it’s a $1,500. I was due for a $1,500 one. It feels great.” Mizrachi is the 26th player to have won at least five bracelets. Gray earned $88,254 for his runner-up finish. His previous best finish was a 15th place result in a $1,500 HORSE event in 2016 for $7,555. Final Table Payouts Michael Mizrachi - $142,801 Robert Gray - $88,254 Michael Sopko - $60,330 Elias Hourani - $42,014 Jan Stein - $29,818 Jose Paz-Gutierrez - $21,575 Martin Sawtell - $15,921 Matthew Schultz - $11,986 Roman Korenev Leads Marathon Event into Home Stretch Just 16 players remain in the $2,620 Marathon event with Russian Roman Korenev sitting on top of the chip counts. Korenev finished Day 4 with 3,125,000 as 36 players were eliminated on Thursday. Korenev is on top, but the next five biggest stacks are all relatively close. Yicheng Xu sits just 80,000 chips behind and the next four players have between 2,710,000 and 2,850,000. Among the players who were eliminated on Thursday were Joseph Cheong (49th), Anatoly Filatov (46th), reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz (43rd), Mohsin Charania (38th), and David Coleman. Action resumes at 1 PM PT and is scheduled to play down to six players. Top 10 Chip Counts Roman Korenev - 3,125,000 Yicheng Xu - 3,045,000 Dong Sheng - 2,930,000 Matt Russell - 2,850,000 Vladimir Revniaga - 2,795,000 Joe Curcio - 2,710,000 Jared Koppel - 1,870,000 Peter Hong - 1,660,000 Sergio Fernandez - 1,615,000 Joseph Liberta - 1,340,000 Stephen Song Captures First Bracelet, $341,854 in $1K NLHE Stephen Song entered the final table of the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event with nearly 50% of the chips in play and just five players standing between him and his first bracelet. The 23-year-old from Connecticut didn't exactly coast to victory, but in the end, he was able to pull off the win. “At first I thought it was going to be pretty smooth sailing,” Song said “But then Renata flush-over-flushed me right away, and he's pretty good, so that was not ideal. Laplante kept on getting jams through so he kept on chipping up swiftly. It wasn't going as planned for sure; it was definitely a bumpy ride.” Renato Kaneoya picked up the first two eliminations before going home in fourth place at the hands of Ryan Laplante. Song then picked off Laplante in third and Scot Masters in second to win $341,854 and the bracelet. Song's previous best WSOP finish came last summer when he finished 7th in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Masters earned $211,177 as the runner-up while Laplante pocked $154,268, his fourth six-figure WSOP score. All came in events with a buy-in of $1,500 or less. Final Table Payouts Stephen Song - $341,854 Scot Masters - $211,177 Ryan Laplante - $154,268 Renato Kaneoya - $113,712 Sevak Mikaiel - $84,581 Dominic Coombe - $63,491 Pedro Ingles - $48,101 Vegard Ropstad - $36,783 Dario Sammartino Leads $10,000 HORSE Final Table Dario Sammartino picked up some heat on Day 2 of the $10,000 HORSE event and carried that momentum through Day 3 to end up with the chip lead with just seven players left. Sammartino bagged up 5,030,000 and sits comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Craig Chait sits second with 1,630,000 with Scott Clements the only other player with more than 1,000,000 at 1,355,000. Greg Mueller, Daniel Ospina, Mikhail Semin, and Matthew Gonzalez round out the rest of the field. Some of the players eliminated on Thursday included Justin Bonomo, Brian Hastings, Anthony Zinno, Marco Johnson, and Jen Harman. This is Harman's first cash in this event. Phil Hellmuth also played but was unable to make it to Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts Adilson Moraes - 379,200 Albert Halfon - 361,700 Ravinder Bedi - 321,800 Ronald Larsen - 289,900 Mark Kroon - 274,400 Anthony Martin - 273,700 Cristobal Romano - 267,500 Yue Du - 266,800 Danut Chisu - 264,000 Three-time Bracelet Winner Benny Glaser Leads $1,500 Triple Draw After Day 1 While the seniors were filling most of the tables on Thursday, a number of the better mixed game players entered the $1,500 Triple Draw event. Benny Glaser, who won this event in 2015 for the first of his three WSOP bracelets, finished Day 1 with 79,500 and the chip lead. He's followed closely by Jared Bleznick, Jeffrey Shea, Penh Lo, Robert Campbell, and Frederic Moss. The event drew 467 players, 111 more than it did last summer. Only 139 survived to see Day 2 and just 71 will finish in the money. Some of the notables that managed to advance were Nick Schulman, Daniel Negreanu, Ismael Bojang, Yuval Bronshtein, Frankie O'Dell, Phil Hellmuth, James Obst, Brian Hastings, and Daniel Strelitz. Day 2 starts at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Benny Glaser - 79,500 Jared Bleznick - 75,700 Jeffrey Shea - 72,900 Penh Lo - 72,600 Robert Campbell - 72,000 Frederic Moss - 70,600 Brett Bader - 69,000 Duncan Kirk - 68,400 Owais Ahmed - 64,100 Scott Bohlman - 63,000 Dan Zack Continues to Lead WSOP POY Race; Stephen Song Enters Conversation Dan Zack picked up his seventh cash of the summer on Thursday to extend his lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race but he's got some new competition occupying the #2 spot. After winning the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event, Stephen Song added 1,105.4 points to his total to move to #2. POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Dan Zack 1864.94 2 Stephen Song 1503.76 3 John Gorsuch 1431.95 4 Daniel Strelitz 1408.47 5 Isaac Baron 1396.76   Friday Schedule
  7. Two more bracelet winners - one a first-time winner and another snagging his third - highlighted Friday's schedule the 2019 World Series of Poker. Jared Koppel Leads Final Six in $2,620 Marathon The Marathon has hit the home stretch and Jared Koppel is out in front by quite a large margin. Koppel finished Day 5 with 11,700,000, more than double that of the next closest competitor, and nearly 41% of the chips in play with just five players remaining. China's Dong Sheng Peng sits second with 5,800,000. Roman Korenev, of Russia, started Day 5 with the chip lead and managed to bag up the fourth biggest stack at 3,310,000. The day started with 16 players and stopped with just six remaining. Final table action begins at Noon on Saturday. Final Table Chip Counts Jared Koppel - 11,700,000 Dong Sheng Peng - 5,800,000 Francis Anderson - 3,695,000 Roman Korenev - 3,310,000 Joseph Liberta - 2,540,000 Joe Curcio - 1,540,000 Greg Mueller Wins $10K HORSE for Bracelet #3 Greg Mueller roared back from a middle-of-the-pack stack to win the $10,000 HORSE Championship for $425,347 and the third bracelet of his career and first since winning two in 2009. Mueller beat Daniel Ospina heads-up after navigating his way through all five games against a final table that also included Matthew Gonzales, Scott Clements, and start-of-day chip leader Dario Sammartino. Over the past few months, Mueller began to wonder if he could still hang with the players playing a full schedule year round. “I just haven't played that many tournaments in a long time and I had the bug to play a little bit again. I was working hard in the offseason to get fit. I wanted to know if I could still play the game," Mueller said. “I just felt like, 'Do I still have it? Has the game passed me by?' That type of thing.” Final Table Payouts Greg Mueller - $425,347 Daniel Ospina - $262,882 Dario Sammartino - $184,854 Scott Clements - $132,288 Craig Chait - $96,378 Mikhail Semin - $71,505 Matthew Gonzales - $54,043 Phil Galfond - $41,625 $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (Event #30) A record-setting field in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event made it impossible for the event to play down to a champion in the originally scheduled three days. That means Luis Zedan will have to wait until Saturday to use his chip lead to try and win himself a bracelet. Zedan sits atop the final five players with 15,670,000 - more than the other four players combined. Thida Lin has the second biggest stack with 6,140,000. 53 players were sent to the rail on Friday including Joe Beevers, Martijn Gerrits, and the player who started the day with the chip lead, Gary Bolden. The event drew 1,526 entries this year, 536 more than last year and 233 more than the previous largest (1,293 in 2015). The final five will resume play at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Luis Zedan - 15,670,000 Thida Lin - 6,140,000 Ryan Robinson - 4,675,000 Ryan Goindoo - 2,985,000 Samad Razavi - 1,050,000 Thomas Cazayous Wins $3K Six Max No Limit Hold'em Draped in the tricolor flag of his native France, Thomas Cazayous was basking in the glory of winning his first WSOP bracelet Friday night. The 24-year-old, who now calls London home, beat Nicholas Howard heads-up to win the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event for $414,766. "I don’t want to say I think I was the best. I was pretty sure what I had to do and people didn’t put me to tough decisions," he said. Cazayous began the day sitting third with 20 players remaining and worked his way through the likes of Rafael Moraes, Jonathan Proudfoot, Josh Weiss, Kyle Cartwright, Angel Guillen and Upeshka De Silva before finding himself heads up with Howard. Howard earned $256,314 for his runner-up finish while De Silva, who has bracelet wins in 2015 and 2017, took home $172,658 for third. Final Table Payouts Thomas Cazayous - $414,766 Nicholas Howard - $256,314 Upeshka De Silva - $172,658 Wojciech Barzantny - $118,421 Angel Guillen - $82,726 Raul Martinez - $58,881 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em (Event #32) The $1,000 Seniors Event is down to just 252 players from a starting field of 5,917 and only Howard Mash has accumulated more than 2,000,000 chips. Mash, from Coconut Creek, FL, finished Day 2 with 2,065,000. His closest competitor is Anthony Martin, who bagged up 1,759,000 after completing another 10 levels of play. Victor Ramdin rounds out the top three with 1,688,000. Ramdin isn't the only notable still in. Both Layne Flack and Barry Greenstein bagged chips on Friday to advance to Day 3. Allyn Shulman, who won this event in 2012, busted in 283rd place for $3,279. The Day 3 schedule calls for players to resume play at 11 AM PT and play down until just six players remain. Top Chip Counts Howard Mash - 2,065,000 Anthony Martin - 1,759,000 Victor Ramdin - 1,688,000 Thomas Loya - 1,493,000 Ron Fetsch - 1,493,000 Mark Kroon - 1,430,000 Brad Desaye - 1,268,000 Todd Keikoan - 1,190,000 Mansour Alipourfard - 1,115,000 Clifford Pappas - 1,105,000 Hanh Tran Hoping To Go Back to Back in $1,500 Triple Draw Last summer, Hanh Tran topped a 356-player field to win his first bracelet in the $1,500 Triple Draw event. On Friday he took a huge step towards repeating in the event, bagging up the chip lead with just 17 of 467 entries still in. Tran finished Day 2 with 457,000, which puts him 8,000 ahead of Jared Bleznick and 21,000 ahead of Frankie O'Dell. Daniel Strelitz, Benny Glaser, and David Bach are also still in contention for the $144,027 first place prize. The day started with 139 players still alive and saw the money bubble burst after 68 eliminations. Some of the players who finished in the money but ultimately busted include Mark Gregorich, Max Kruse, Phil Hellmuth, Jon Turner, James Obst, Brian Hastings, Brock Parker, and Valentin Vornicu. Top 10 Chip Counts Hanh Tran - 457,000 Jared Bleznick - 449,000 Frankie O'Dell - 436,000 David Bach - 415,000 Kyle Miaso - 385,000 Jesse Hampton - 377,000 Hope Williams - 374,000 Benny Glaser - 332,000 Aron Dermer - 260,000 Steven Tabb - 258,000 Ari Engel Bags Top 10 Stack After Day 1 of $1,000 Double Stack Another lower buy-in No Limit Hold'em event, another massive Day 1 field. The $1,000 Double Stack drew 2,944 players for Day 1A on Friday with 1,096 of moving on to Day 2. That puts it on pace to scream past the 5,700-player field in this event from last summer. Juan M. Esirviez was the only player to turn his starting stack of 40,000 into 500,000 or more. The Argentinian bagged up 530,000 while his closest competitor, Sunny Chattha, finished with 478,000. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Ari Engel, ended up with 399,800 for the seventh biggest stack. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Steven van Zadelhoff, Jason Wheeler, Bertrand Grospellier, Ismael Bojang, Troy Quenneville, Joseph Cheong, and Christian Harder. Day 1B starts at 11 AM. Top 10 Chip Counts Juan M. Esirviez - 530,000 Sunny Chattha - 478,000 Imran Mukati - 432,300 Arianna Son - 424,500 Andrew Rubin - 422,200 Gabriel Sack - 416,000 Ari Engel - 399,800 Joseph Walters - 390,700 Brendan Shiller - 363,100 John Hayes - 344,500 $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed (Event #35) The $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship top 10 reads like a who's who of mixed game experts. Jeffrey Lisandro, Shaun Deeb, Phillip Hui, Matt Glantz, Chris Klodnicki, Frank Kassela, all found themselves one of the 44 players who managed to survive Day 1. Lisandro, with 347,900, holds the tiniest of leads over Shaun Deeb. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver finished with 344,400. Not far behind him is Phillip Hui with 331,400. Those three were the only ones to end up north of 300,000 at the end of the day. The event attracted 115 entrants on Day 1 with registration still open until the start of Day 2. Even if no new players enter on Saturday, the 2019 field is still four players ahead of the 2018 field. Other notables moving on to Day 2: Adam Owen, Ryan Hughes, Nick Schulman, Marco Johnson, Phil Galfond, Patrick Leonard, Prahlad Friedman, and Michael Mizrachi. Day 2 begins at 2 p.m. PT. Top Chip Counts Jeff Lisandro - 347,900 Shaun Deeb - 344,400 Phillip Hui - 331,400 Xunen Zheng - 282,000 Matt Glantz - 275,700 Denis Strebkob - 252,700 Chris Klodnicki - 245,800 Frank Kassela - 242,200 Joao Vieira - 226,200 Michael Ross - 223,700 Dan Zack Still Leads POY, Scott Clements Closing In Dan Zack continues to pick up WSOP Player of the Year points. A 69th place finish in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event added 104.1 points to his total, but he'll need to do more than that if he hopes to hold off Scott Clements. Days after winning his third career bracelet, Clements finished fourth in the $10,000 HORSE Championship and added 424.8 points to his total to move past Stephen Song into second place. 1 Daniel Zack 1,968.99 2 Scott Clements 1,642.02 3 Stephen Song 1,503.76 4 John Gorsuch $1,432 5 Daniel Strelitz 1,408.47 Saturday's WSOP Schedule
  8. Winning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet is widely considered by many to be poker’s ultimate achievement. For some players, it defines his or her career. For others, it’s the one prize eluding some of the game’s best. For years, Stephen Chidwick was considered the best poker player without a WSOP gold bracelet. At the 2019 WSOP, Chidwick bucked that monkey off his back like the most turbulent bull does to a rider at a rodeo when he won the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1.618 million. Shawn Buchanan was another player in the "best without a bracelet conversation," but, like Chidwick, he broke through at the 2019 WSOP, winning the $800 buy-in WSOP.com Online NL Six-Handed. Now that Chidwick and Buchanan have each won an elusive gold bracelet, let's take a look at who are the best players remaining without a bracelet entering the 2020 WSOP. Patrick Antonius CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 15 2 0 $929,518 Widely considered one of the best all-around players in poker for quite some time, Patrik Antonius is still missing a WSOP gold bracelet from his résumé. He's come close a couple of times, finishing in the top 10 on four occasions and placing at the final table twice, but he's never scored better than third place. Antonius has been known to pass on tournaments for cash games these days, but he's still a threat to win a bracelet in the bigger buy-in WSOP events when he does compete. Niklas Astedt CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 0 0 $110,645 Sweden's Niklas Astedt is one of the top-ranked online poker players in the world, but his live success hasn’t been too plentiful, especially at the WSOP. Astedt’s skills should not be overlooked, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2014 and his highest WSOP finish was a 26th-place result in the 2019 WSOP $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. He's also cashed in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, with a 182nd-place finish in 2016 and a 899th-place finish in 2019. Mikita Badziakouski CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 4 4 1 $3,161,362 Mikita Badziakouski plays some of the biggest buy-in events around the world, and his career to date includes more than $26.1 million in live tournament earnings. At the WSOP, Badziakouski has four cashes. Each cash has been a final table appearance and each has come at WSOP Europe. If there's a high roller event on the WSOP schedule, Badziakouski will likely be in the field and a threat to win the gold bracelet. Darren Elias CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 28 3 0 $645,659 With four World Poker Tour titles and more than $7.5 million in live tournament earnings, it’s a matter of when, not if, Darren Elias will finally win WSOP gold. His first WSOP cash came in 2009. He has three WSOP final table appearances and two finishes in third place, although he’s never made it to heads-up play. The two times Elias finished in third came from the same event, the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship in 2017 and 2019. Alex Foxen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 39 4 0 $808,918 Alex Foxen has been around the WSOP for a much shorter time than some of the players on this list, with his first WSOP cash coming in 2015. He has, however, built up quite the reputation as one of the best tournament poker players in the game today and it seems very much just a matter of time before he finds himself in the WSOP winner’s circle with his first gold bracelet. Already, Foxen has racked up 39 WSOP cashes and four final tables ahead of 2020. His highest finish to date was a third-place finish at the 2017 WSOP in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Matt Glantz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 61 13 1 $3,232.669 Pennsylvania's Matt Glantz has been around the WSOP block a few times, but he’s still looking for that first gold bracelet. Glantz first cashed in a WSOP in 2000 and he’s been producing everything but wins since, including 13 final table appearances. Glantz has reached heads-up play once and finished third on three occasions. At the 2019 WSOP, Glantz picked up his third WSOP Main Event cash. Mark Gregorich CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 69 11 1 $1,168,497 Mark Gregorich is another player on this list who has been around for quite some time, earning his first WSOP cash back in 1999. He has 69 cashes and 11 final table appearances at the WSOP, with one runner-up finish that came in the 2003 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold’em event. Gregorich also has a trio of third-place finishes at the WSOP to date. Nick Guagenti CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 37 3 0 $583,181 Ohio's Nick Guagenti has 37 WSOP cashes with the first coming in 2006. He has three final table appearances. Guagenti's highest WSOP result came in 2019 when he took third in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for $85,265. His best finish in terms of money won came from his 46th-place finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, for which Guagenti won $145,733. Guagenti is a regular in mid- and high-stakes cash games in his region, and he also has 15 cashes on the WSOP Circuit. Christian Harder CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 53 2 0 $1,050,784 Christian Harder’s first WSOP cash came in 2009. He’s won titles elsewhere in the poker world, just not at the WSOP just yet. He’s been close before with a pair of fourth-place finishes and is known to put in a high amount of volume in the big bet games of No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Maurice Hawkins CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 29 3 0 $623,240 Maurice Hawkins has been a longtime grinder of the WSOP and WSOP Circuit, racking up 29 WSOP cashes and 110 WSOP Circuit cashes. He has a whopping 14 WSOP Circuit gold rings, but Hawkins has yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. Hawkins has three WSOP final tables and they've come in big-field NL tournaments. With as many big-field NL events that are on the WSOP schedule these days, one has to figure that Hawkins is going to break through and win one at some point. Isaac Haxton CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 7 1 $2,923,424 Isaac Haxton is widely considered as one of the best minds in poker, and he’s certainly lived up to that with more than $27.6 million in live tournament earnings, millions more won in cash games, and who knows how much won online. The one thing he doesn’t have is a WSOP gold bracelet. Haxton has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. The second-place finish came to Vitaly Lunkin in the 2009 WSOP $40,000 No Limit Hold’em. Maria Ho CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 55 5 1 $1,644,554 Maria Ho is another long-time regular at the WSOP, with cashes dating back to 2005. She has five final table appearances and one runner-up finish in WSOP events, and she’s known to mix it up in most of the games. Ho’s runner-up finish came to Allen Bari in the 2011 WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold’em. Ho has been the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, 2007 and 2014, and she finished sixth in the 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event. Ali Imsirovic CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 10 3 1 $583,986 Ali Imsirovic is one of the newest kids on the block in all of poker, not just the WSOP, and he’s quickly acquired a reputation of one of the game’s best when it comes to No Limit Hold’em tournaments. Imsirovic’s first WSOP cash came in 2017, so there isn’t a ton of sample to draw from, but he’s already made three WSOP final tables in top-level events and has one runner-up finish. Given his success in his young poker career, Imsirovic is considered one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit Hold’em event. Rainer Kempe CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 3 0 $1,142,997 Rainer Kempe has won more than $21.3 million in his poker career and he’s been in the winner’s circle many times, but he’s yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. His WSOP career is still pretty young, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2015, but over a short period of time he’s already earned 31 in-the-money finishes and more than $1.1 million in earnings. Kempe has been to a WSOP final table three times to date. Jason Koon CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 42 7 1 $1,789,462 For all of the poker success that Jason Koon has enjoyed over the course of his career, he’s still searching for his first WSOP gold bracelet. Koon has more than $31.1 million in live tournament earnings to date and his first WSOP cash came back in 2009. He has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. Koon is similar to Haxton and Imsirovic in the sense that he’ll almost always be one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit hold’em tournament. Timofey Kuznetsov CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 0 0 0 $0 Timofey Kuznetsov, also known as ‘Trueteller,’ is highly regarded in the poker community as one of the best, especially within the high-stakes community. He has zero WSOP cashes to date, but he simply doesn’t play a lot of tournaments. That said, Kuznetsov is still one of the best players in poker without a WSOP gold bracelet. Maria Lampropulos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 0 0 $136,731 Maria Lampropulos first cashed a WSOP event in 2016 and that first year she walked away with five WSOP cashes in total. She followed that up with six cashes in 2017 and seven cashes in 2018. At the 2019 WSOP and WSOP Europe festivals, she cashed nine time. With partypoker MILLIONS and PCA Main Event wins on her résumé, both for seven-figure paydays, Lampropulos has shown she has the chops to compete in some of the biggest events in the world. Toby Lewis CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 24 0 0 $409,171 Toby Lewis’ first WSOP cash came in 2011 when he took 11th in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship. He’s racked up 24 WSOP cashes to date, but he’s never reached a WSOP final table. Tom Marchese CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 26 4 1 $1,295,638 A player with more than $19.1 million in live tournament earnings, Tom Marchese is often considered one of the better tournament players poker has to offer. He's yet to score a WSOP gold bracelet, though, but he has come close a few times, with four WSOP final tables and one runner-up finish. The time Marchese finished second was at the 2015 WSOP in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament. Steve O‘Dwyer CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 18 2 0 $675,717 Like Haxton and like Koon, Steve O’Dwyer has a ton of live tournament winnings. O’Dwyer has scored more than $30.4 million from the live felt, plus plenty more online, and his first WSOP cash came in 2007. O’Dwyer is a player who put in more WSOP volume at the beginning of his career compared to what he does now, which could be holding him back in terms of winning his first gold bracelet. At this point in his career, it seems that if O'Dwyer does win a gold bracelet, it will come at WSOP Europe or a similar international WSOP stop. Adam Owen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 34 5 0 $570,961 Adam Owen is another one of the younger guns on this list, but he’s widely regarded as one of the best all-around players in the game these days. Having earned his first WSOP cash in 2014, Owen has racked up 34 WSOP cashes to date, including five final tables and three third-place finishes. Owen has shown a propensity to perform well in the $10,000 buy-in championship events at the WSOP and many think that’s where he’ll earn his first gold bracelet from. Felipe Ramos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 4 0 $526,047 One of best poker players to come out of Brazil is Felipe Ramos, with 31 WSOP cashes dating back to his first in 2009. Ramos is known as a solid player who can compete across all variants, and the more tools you have in your shed, the better when it comes to chasing gold bracelets. Ramos has four WSOP final tables and they've all come in Omaha. Three of those four final tables were in Pot Limit Omaha. Dario Sammartino CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 41 10 0 $9,927,947 Italy’s Dario Sammartino first cashed in a WSOP event in 2011 and he’s been performing very well ever since, except winning a WSOP gold bracelet is something he’s yet to achieve. Sammartino has found the money in WSOP events 41 times to date. Of those, he’s reached the final table on 10 occasions. Sammartino's biggest claim to World Series of Poker fame was a runner-up finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for $6 million. He's also one of the few players to have made the final table of both the WSOP Main Event and WSOP Europe Main Event in his career. Sammartino has learned how to play all the games and play them well, so don’t be surprised to see him finally win WSOP gold much sooner than later. Ole Schemion CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 1 0 $469,735 Although his WSOP results don’t pop off the page, Ole Schemion is one of the best players out there and an absolute force when it comes to poker tournaments. He’s amassed more than $16.3 million in live tournament earnings, numerous high roller victories, and one World Poker Tour title. He’s still in search of his first WSOP gold bracelet, though. In terms of winning WSOP gold, it’s very likely just a volume game for Schemion. If he puts in the volume, he’ll get it eventually and probably in the near future. It also works to his benefit that WSOP Europe looks as though it will remain at King’s Casino in Rozvadov where Schemion has shown success before, including a sixth-place finish in the 2019 WSOP Europe €100,000 Diamond High Roller for €341,510. Jake Schindler CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 33 4 0 $1,050,644 The first of two players named Jake on this list, Jake Schindler has 33 entries and four final tables at the WSOP entering 2020. His best finish was a third-place result in the 2014 WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold'em for $212,373. Over his entire poker career, Schindler has more than $25 million in live tournament earnings. Jake Schwartz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 60 3 1 $658,477 Jake Schwartz earned his first WSOP cash in 2012 and has built up 60 in-the-money finishes since. He was first widely known as a No Limit hold'em player but he's since branched out and has been playing more of the games. In 2013, Schwartz earned the top WSOP finish of his career when he took second in the $1,500 NL Shootout, earning $202,035. To date, he has two other WSOP final table appearances in addition to that one. Shannon Shorr CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 79 9 2 $2,217,846 When is Shannon Shorr going to finally win a WSOP gold bracelet? Shorr first cashed in a WSOP event back in 2006, which seems like ages ago when you consider he’s still very much on the younger side of poker players. Ever since that first WSOP cash, not a year has gone by that Shorr hasn’t racked up multiple WSOP cashes. Plus, he’s been very close on several occasions with nine final table appearances and two runner-up finishes. He also has a pair of third-place finishes. Shorr can play all of the games very well. Before Chidwick winning his bracelet, Shorr was right there at the top of this list with Chidwick. Dan Smith CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 36 10 1 $9,884,615 Another high roller with a knack for all the games, Dan Smith has been close to winning WSOP gold before but it just hasn’t happened for him yet. His first WSOP cash came in 2010. Since then, he’s earned 36 total WSOP cashes and won more than $9.8 million at the WSOP. He has 10 final table appearances, six third-place finishes, and one second-place finish in WSOP events. Like some of the other high rollers on this list, with Smith it feels like more of a volume game than anything. Christoph Vogelsang CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 13 6 0 $8,668,735 Christoph Vogelsang has come close at the WSOP on a handful of occasions, including two third-place finishes in a pair of the biggest events the WSOP has ever offered. In 2014, Vogelsang placed third in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop for $4.48 million. In 2019, he took third in the WSOP Europe €250,000 Super High Roller for more than $1.3 million. If there's a big buy-in event at the WSOP, Vogelsang is considered a threat to win it. Mike Watson CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 63 11 4 $2,917,143 Mike Watson has been knocking at the WSOP gold bracelet door for several years now. His first WSOP cash came in 2007 and he’s put up more than 60 cashes to date since. Of the 11 WSOP final table appearances Watson has on record, four of the times he’s finished runner-up. Interestingly, Watson did win the €50,000 Majestic High Roller at the 2012 WSOP Europe, but it was an added non-bracelet event for the high rollers. Had that event been in a later year, it very likely would have been for a gold bracelet. Watson usually plays a high volume of events and can play all the games, much like Shorr, and it’s only a matter of time before he finally scores a WSOP gold bracelet. Jerry Wong CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 38 7 0 $1,899,225 Jerry Wong may be most well known for reaching the now-defunct WSOP November Nine in 2016, when he finished eighth for more than $1.1 million, but he has plenty of other success at the WSOP. With 38 total WSOP cashes and seven final table appearances, the only thing left for Wong to do is win a gold bracelet. One would think that has to be on the horizon soon for Wong, who has the ability to compete highly in all of the games. His WSOP final table appearances have come in No Limit Deuce to Seven, Pot Limit Omaha, Big Bet Mix, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, H.O.R.S.E., and No Limit Hold'em.
  9. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
  10. From the 8,659 players that started the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event eight days ago, just nine still remain and Germany's Hossein Ensan stands high above the rest as the chip leader. Now all that stands between him and the $10,000,000 first place prize money is eight other players all hoping to do the same. Another German, Robert Heidorn, was eliminated in tenth place in the very early hours of Saturday morning pausing the clock on the second-largest WSOP Main Event in history until Sunday evening. Ensan ended play with 177,000,000 and is well ahead of the rest of the field with 34.3% of the chips in play. The 55-year-old former European Poker Tour Prague champion was responsible for only one elimination after just three tables remained. Ensan busted Marcelo Cudos in 23rd place to put his stack at 57,500,000. He more than tripled that stack over the next eight hours without eliminating another opponent. Garry Gates bagged up 99,300,000 for the second biggest stack. Gates eliminated two players, Mihai Manole in 18th and Henry Lu in 11th, on his way to the final table. Zhen Cai sits third with 60,600,000 and is the only other player with a stack bigger than the 57,200,000 stack. The Florida native, and best friend of 2018 Main Event runner-up Tony Miles, picked up just one elimination, sending Preben Stokkan out in 21st. The three players in the middle of the chip counts include Kevin Maahs with 43,000,000, Alex Livingston (37,800,000), and Dario Sammartino (33,400,000). The three shortest stacks are separated by just 3.3 big blinds. Milos Skrbic finished with 23,400,000, start of day chip leader Timothy Su ended with 20,200,000 and Nick Marchington has 20,100,000 in the bag. Marchington, just 21 years old, could become the youngest player to win the Main Event should he manage to rise from the shortest stack still in play. Marchington is a few months younger than current record holder Joe Cada. When play resumes on Sunday night there will be just over 90 minutes remaining in the 500,000/1,000,000 (1,000,000 BBA) level. No player will have less than 20 big blinds when action resumes. Main Event Final Table Chip Counts Hossein Ensan - 177,000,000 Garry Gates - 99,300,000 Zhen Cai - 60,600,000 Kevin Maahs - 43,000,000 Alex Livingston - 37,800,000 Dario Sammartino - 33,400,000 Milos Skrbic - 23,400,000 Timothy Su - 20,200,000 Nick Marchington - 20,100,000 Final Table Has International Flavor The nine players at the final table represent six different countries. Ensan is from Germany, Livingston is Canadian, Sammartino is Italian, Skrbic is Serbian, and Marchington is from England. The remaining four players, Gates, Cai, Maahs, and Su, are all American. Yuri Dzivielevski Last #1 Standing Brazilain Yuri Dzivielevski narrowly missed out on making the final three tables but still earned the best finish by a former #1-ranked PocketFiver. Dzivielevski finished 28th for $261,430. WSOP Main Event Final Table Broadcast Schedule Sunday, July 14 - 7 PM on ESPN2 Monday, July 15 - 7 PM on ESPN Tuesday, July 16 - 6 PM on ESPN All times Pacific
  11. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event is down to 35 players, all guaranteed $261,430 and vying for the event’s $10 million first-place prize. After what was an incredibly entertaining day of poker, Nick Marchington is in the lead with 39.7 million. 21-Year-Old Marchington Leads the Way Marchington hails from England and is 21 years old. Despite his youth, he’s a professional poker player, but Marchington’s success in the game comes from the online poker world and not so much the live tournament world. Entering this event, Marchington had just $12,415 in live tournament earnings, stemming from one cash at this WSOP. Marchington was one of the biggest stacks remaining as the night neared its close, and then he knocked out Ian Pelz in 37th place with pocket sevens against the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] to solidify his position as chip leader. Behind Marchington on the leaderboard are Hossein Ensan with 34.5 million, Timothy Su with 34.35 million, and Milos Skrbic with 31.45 million. Those are the only players above 30 million in chips. Top 10 Chip Counts Nick Marchington - 39,800,000 Hossein Ensan - 34,500,000 Timothy Su - 34,350,000 Milos Skrbic - 31,450,000 Henry Lu - 25,525,000 Garry Gates - 25,025,000 Duey Duong - 21,650,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 20,700,000 Dario Sammartino - 19,850,000 Cai Zhen - 19,800,000 Dzivielevski and Sammartino Remain Yuri Dzivielevski, a Brazilian who already has one gold bracelet this summer, bagged 13.75 million for Day 7. Dzivielevski is a former PocketFives #1 and the only former #1 remaining in the field. Dario Sammartino, who is one of the best players in the world still in search of a WSOP gold bracelet, finished with 19.85 million for Day 7. Wild and Crazy Hands Steal the Day 6 Show Day 6 was filled with plenty of action, that’s for sure. There was an enormous clash between Su and Sam Greenwood on the main feature table that could go down as one of the greatest hands in poker history. It will also go down as one of the ultimate bad beats. On one of the outer tables, Garry Gates nailed an ace on the river to crack Robert Heidorn’s pocket kings. On another outer table, at pretty much the same time as the hand between Gates and Heidorn, Kevin Maahs beats aces with his pocket kings to knock out Chang Luo. The incredible hand between Greenwood and Su started with Su opening to 500,000 from the cutoff position. Greenwood three-bet to 2.5 million out of the big blind, and Su called. The flop was [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4c"] and Green bet 1.8 million Su called to see the [poker card="Js"] land on the turn. Greenwood bet 3.5 million and Su raised all in. Greenwood made the call for about 11.5 million total and turned up his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"]. Su had the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="9c"] for a brave semi-bluff. Needing a king or an eight on the river, Su got it when the [poker card="Kc"] hit to complete his straight. Greenwood was eliminated in 45th place for $211,945. On the hand involving Gates and Heidorn, Heidorn opened to 550,000 from middle position before action folded to Gates in the big blind. He three-bet to 2.1 million. Heidorn reraised all in to put Gates to the test. Gates tanked, then called to put himself at risk for 11.35 million total, and turned up the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. Heidorn had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kh"]. The [poker card="Qc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"] flop and [poker card="5h"] turn weren’t what Gates needed, but the [poker card="Ad"] on the river allowed him to survive with the double up. For the one with Luo and Maahs, it started with Luo opening with a raise to 550,000 from early position. After Milos Skrbic reraised to 1.675 million on the button, Maahs reraised to 3.75 million out of the big blind. Luo shoved all in for 8.1 million, Skrbic folded, and Maahs made the call. Luo had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"], and Maahs had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"]. The board ran out [poker card="Qc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Tc"] to give Maahs a club flush and crack the aces of Luo. Luo was eliminated in 43rd place for $211,945. Esfandiari, Hunichen, Hachem Among Day 6 Eliminations Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event began with 106 players remaining. Greg Himmelbrand was the first player knocked out and then the eliminations began to flow. Four-time gold bracelet winner Jeff Madsen was knocked out in 102nd place, Mukul Pahuja went out in 95th, and Antonio Esfandiari busted in 82nd. Esfandiari’s bust out came after he was hurt in a big hand against Sammartino that left him with just a handful of big blinds. Esfandiari got the last of his chips in against Chris Hunichen with the [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] but Hunichen’s [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] did the trick. Daniel Hachem, son of 2005 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem, fell in 79th place, and Pennsylvania's Jake Schindler headed out the door in 67th place. Romain Lewis busted in 60th, and Lars Bonding fell in 55th. Hunichen, a former PocketFives #1 player and the one who knocked out Esfandiari, busted in 54th place for $173,015. Another one of the top tournament players in the world was knocked out in 40th place when Alex Foxen was eliminated. The highest finish for a Pennsylvania poker player in the 2019 WSOP Main Event belonged to Thomas Parkes. He took 59th for $142,215. Day 7 On Friday On Friday, the 2019 WSOP Main Event will play from 35 down to its final table of nine, however long that may take. Action is set to kick off at 12 p.m. PT from the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, and if Friday is anything like Thursday, buckle up for a thrilling ride.
  12. The opening night of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event final table went about as close to script as Hossein Ensan and Garry Gates could have hoped. The two biggest at the start of play, Ensan and Gates were responsible for the first three eliminations as the shortest stacks all went bust. The only deviation from said script, was a fourth player hitting the rail before the end of the night. Milos Skrbic First to Go Nick Marchington got things started early, doubling through Zhen Cai on the third hand of the night leaving Milos Skrbic and Timothy Su as the two remaining short stacks. Three hands after that, Skrbic was sent to the rail. Action folded to Gates in the small blind and he moved all in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] and Skrbic called all in from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"]. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5h"] to give Gates an additional 18,400,000 and send eliminate Skrbic in ninth place. "I don't know what to say, I'm still in shock. It was fun for sure," Skrbic said in the minutes after his tournament ended. Timothy Su Eliminated in Eighth Just five hands after that, Timothy Su followed Skrbic out the door. Timothy Su moved all in from UTG for 17,700,000 with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"]. Ensan called from the cutoff with [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] flop move Ensan ahead and left Su with just two outs. Neither the [poker card="ts"] turn or [poker card="jd"] river were able to save the 27-year-old engineer from an eighth-place finish. "I came in with zero expectations and just making the min-cash would be awesome, but somehow I was able to spin it up, maintain a chip lead, chip lead Day 2AB, chip lead I think Day 6 and even throughout Day 7 I had over 1/5th of the chips in play one point," Su said. "There's no regrets on anything, that's for sure." Nick Marchington Busts in Seventh Those first two eliminations came very quickly, but thanks to his early double up, 21-year-old Nick Marchington was able to stave off elimination for another two hours. Action folded to Ensan in the cutoff and he made it 2,400,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Marchington moved his last 14,000,000 all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"] and Ensan called. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"] flop kept Ensan ahead but gave Marchington a backdoor straight draw. The [poker card="5h"] turn was the first step in filling that straight, but the [poker card="qs"] river was a brick and his run at becoming the youngest Main Event champion in history ended with a seventh-place finish. "I really enjoyed the final table. Not sure why, but I didn't really feel any pressure. Just loved every minute of it," Marchington said. "Maybe I'm the youngest ever seventh-place finisher?" Zhen Cai Elimination Wraps Up Play The plan for the first night of final table play was to play down from nine players to six but the fast pace changed that and ESPN decided to play down until the end of the level or the next elimination. Just 90 minutes later, Zhen became the reason that play was stopped for the night. Ensan raised to 2,400,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"], Kevin Maahs called from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"], before Cai moved all in for 28,700,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"]. Ensan folded, but Maahs called. The board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"] to give Maahs the pot, eliminate Cai in sixth-place and end play for the night. Final Five Chip Counts Hossein Ensan – 207,700,000 Garry Gates – 171,700,000 Kevin Maahs – 66,500,000 Alex Livingston – 45,800,000 Dario Sammartino – 23,100,000 Payouts 6. Zhen Cai - $1,850,000 7. Nick Marchington – $1,525,000 8. Timothy Su – $1,250,000 9. Milos Skrbic – $1,000,000 WSOP Main Event on ESPN After spending the night on ESPN2, the action now moves over to ESPN. Cards are in the air in Las Vegas beginning at 6:30 PT with the 30-minute delayed broadcast beginning at 7:00 PM PT.
  13. The World Series of Poker is the biggest stage in the game. The series draws thousands upon thousands of players make their way to the heart of Sin City to put their tournament skills on display in hopes of securing a life-changing score. Every single year a few players not only find themselves in a position to take down a tournament or add a major cash to their poker resume, but also spend some extra time in the poker spotlight due to their overall performance or even just their personality. Here are just a few of this year's participants that found themselves emerge as one of the breakout stars of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker. Garry Gates If one were to select a single player from the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event to spotlight, you couldn’t blame anyone from choosing the charismatic 2019 World Champion Hossein Ensan or picking the dapper high-stakes pro Dario Sammartino. However, poker industry veteran turned dark horse favorite Garry Gates (and his enthusiastic #LFGGG rail) captured the attention of poker fans everywhere and giving those who, perhaps, put their own poker dream in the rearview mirror, somebody to root for. While Gates is known to many in the industry as PokerStars' Senior Consultant of Player Affairs (aka the go-to guy when it comes to needing a liaison between the online giant and their VIPs), to those that know him he’s the kind of person who would literally give someone the shirt off his back. That attitude of gratitude for the position the Pennsylvania-born Gates was in at the final table was felt through the airwaves. He was painted as a lifelong poker player who was revealing in finally getting his shot. His affable style was easy to connect with and when his run finally came to an end in fourth place, netting him $3 million he didn’t leave disappointed. He turned to his rail, arms outstretched and fell into the embrace of a support system that any poker player would envy. It’s unlikely that Gates will give it all up and hit the road as a full-time pro but while many fourth-place finishers go into the history books but fall from memory, Gates’ run will be remembered by many for a long time to come. Kainalu McCue-Unciano From out of nowhere, Hawaii has a new #1 All-Time Money List leader and that’s Kainalu McCue-Unciano. After four years of traveling to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, the Hawaiian took home his first gold bracelet when he took down the $1,500 Monster Stack for a career-high score of just over $1,000,000. But, winning the bracelet was just the beginning for McCue-Unciano at the summer series. The next day, just moments after he accepted the bracelet from Jack Effel, McCue-Unciano, in front of an Amazon room packed full of poker players, dropped to one knee and asked his girlfriend of two years, Nicole, who was there supporting him, to marry him. She happily said yes, putting McCue-Unciano on a freeroll that allowed him to take his biggest shot yet. By all accounts, the newly minted millionaire then ripped off $100,000 and battled against some of the best players in the world by hopping into the $100K High Roller. Having never cashed in a tournament with a buy-in above $3,500 McCue-Unciano climbed into 12th place for a $195,862 score. Indeed that is pretty boss. Robert Campbell Now that summer at the Rio is over, Australian grinder Robert Cambell emerged as the leader in the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. He did this on the back of an outstanding 2019 WSOP campaign that saw him cash nine times with five top 10 finishes. Most importantly, Campbell was the only player this year to take home two gold bracelets, one of which provided him a career-high cash of $385,763. Over $679,000 of his career $1.289 million in career earnings was made during the summer and his multi-bracelet performance held off such high profile names as Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb from heading into the World Series of Poker Europe with the POY lead. If Campbell decided to make the (long) trip to Rozvadov this summer and is able to put up a few results he may just forever have a banner hanging up at future WSOPs. Yuri Dzivielevski Most people will probably recognize Yuri Dzivielevski as the tough young Brazilian pro featured multiple time on the ESPN feature tables making a deep run in the Main Event. But it wasn’t just his charismatic camera presence and flowing mane that brought him a number of new fans. He was simply one of the toughest players featured throughout the entire broadcast. In what was supposed to be the Daniel Negreanu show on Day 1B of the Main Event, Dzivielevski stole the show by consistently chipping up and making great play after great play. This trend continued as the field dwindled and he found himself playing on camera for hours until he finally busted in 28th place for over $261,000. Dzivielevski may have been introduced to the world-at-large this summer but PocketFivers have known of his skill for quite some time as the Brazilian is a former worldwide #1-ranked online player. Also, well before the Main Event showcased what he could do, he proved it by taking home his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #51 ($2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better. Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better) for $213,750. Dan Zack For the longest time, Dan Zack was known in poker’s inner circles as one of Los Angeles’ best cash game players and a mixed game crusher. But despite a number of final tables in previous years at the World Series of Poker, that breakout score had yet to materialize. Everything changed for Zack in 2019 when early in the series he picked up the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career in Event #6 ($2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw) for $160,447. The win put him in the early lead for the WSOP Player of the Year and immediately after he came right out and said that he was gunning for the honor. His desire to win Player of the Year fueled a 2019 campaign that saw him cash 14 times, make three final tables, and earn more than $350,000. He currently sits in fourth place on in the WSOP POY race and after this summer he’s no longer simply considered a ‘cash game pro’, he’s a threat in any tournament he enters.
  14. In what was an entertaining finale to the greatest poker tournament in the world, Hossein Ensan emerged victorious in the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event to claim the $10,000,000 top prize. Ensan topped the WSOP Main Event’s second largest field ever, 8,569 entries, and defeated Dario Sammartino in heads-up play to become world champion. "This is the best feeling that I've had in all my life and my entire career," Ensan said in the moments after his triumph. "I am so happy I am here with the bracelet in my hand. What can I say? What can I say?" The victory placed an emphatic exclamation point on the German’s career and gave him his first WSOP gold bracelet. His adds the WSOP Main Event title to a career that includes a European Poker Tour victory and a WSOP International Circuit win. With the win, Ensan moved to seventh on Germany’s all-time money list with $12,673,207 in live tournament earnings. 2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results 1st: Hossein Ensan - $10,000,000 2nd: Dario Sammartino - $6,000,000 3rd: Alex Livingston - $4,000,000 4th: Garry Gates - $3,000,000 5th: Kevin Maahs - $2,200,000 6th: Zhen Cai - $1,850,000 7th: Nick Marchington - $1,525,000 8th: Timothy Su - $1,250,000 9th: Milos Skrbic - $1,000,000 "My plan was, every day, step by step, to bag up chips," Ensan said. "My first goal was to [get in the money]. After [getting in the money], my plan was to bag up for the next day." Ensan’s run to the winner’s circle began a week and a half ago, on Friday, July 5, when he hopped into the third and final starting flight of the tournament. Ensan tripled his starting stack on his first day and started his fantastic run. Ensan came into the final table with a huge chip stack of 177,000,000, which was nearly double anyone else in the field. He held onto the lead through the first day of the final table and maneuvered his way up to 207,700,000 in chips. Garry Gates had done well to narrow the gap, but then Monday came and Ensan truly exercised his power as the chip leader. On Monday, Ensan got to work chipping away at Gates, his closest competitor. That helped Ensan stretch his lead to quite a sizable margin and he began to run away with the tournament. Ensan then sent home Kevin Maahs in fifth for $2,200,000 and knocked out Gates in fourth for $3,000,000, allowing him to take a commanding chip lead into Tuesday. Ensan topped three-handed play with 326,800,000 in chips. Alex Livingston was a ways off in second with 120,400,000 and Sammartino was in third with 67,600,000. Just as he began Monday, Sammartino found an early double up on Tuesday’s final day, winning a flip with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"] against Ensan’s [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"]. Sammartino gave some chips back following the double but then he turned two pair to double through Livingston’s kings and move back over 100,000,000. At this moment, there was a sense around the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino that Sammartino had the wind at his sails. Sammartino’s rail was as loud as they’ve ever been, pumping energy into the Italian’s veins and he won another pot off Livingston shortly thereafter to move into the chip lead for the first time at the final table. After Sammartino doubled through him, Livingston couldn’t recover and the 13th-place finisher from the 2013 WSOP Main Event went out in third place. Ensan was the player to finish him off. Ensan had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qd"] and Livingston had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jd"]. There was little drama on the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="9d"] board and Livingston went home with a $4,000,000 payday. Heads-up play saw Ensan start with the chip lead, his 279,800,000 to Sammartino’s 235,000,000. Sammartino immediately seized the lead, though, when he took down a substantial pot on the second hand of the duel. The two then battled for more than four hours of heads-up play. Ensan took the lead back and began to apply pressure to Sammartino. The blinds increased to 2,000,000-4,000,000 with a 4,000,000 big blind ante and Sammartino was below 50 big blinds when hand #301 came up, the final hand of the tournament. Ensan opened with a raise to 11,000,000 on the button and Sammartino called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="Ts"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"] and Sammartino check-called a bet of 15,000,000. The turn was the [poker card="9c"] and Sammartino checked. Ensan bet 33,000,000 and Sammartino moved all in for 140,000,000. Ensan called and turned over the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kh"]. Sammartino was at risk with a draw holding the [poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"]. The river completed the board with the [poker card="Qc"] and it was all over. "Dario is a friend of mine, a big name, and a very good player," Ensan said of the heads-up match with Sammartino. "Short handed, you need cards, you need hands, you need luck. The luck and hands were on my side, otherwise I would’ve been second. I would’ve been runner-up." As runner-up, Sammartino took home a $6,000,000 payday. "Tomorrow," Ensan responded when asked about what he plans to do with the money. "I need beer and some fun with my friends, then I'll think about that tomorrow."
  15. When the second night of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event final table began, Hossein Ensan and Garry Gates had most of the chips and almost all of the attention of the poker world. Just one of them survived the four hours of play and now just three players remain in contention for the $10,000,000 first place prize, bracelet, and place in poker history. Gates Struggled to Find Any Footing At the start of the night, Gates had 171,700,000 chips - 33.3% of the chips in play. That turned out to be his high point. After dropping to 152,100,000, Gates lost 44,600,000 to Ensan before the first hour was up. A little over 10 minutes later, he lost another 12,700,000 to Livingston without showdown. He then put together a string of three consecutive small pots to move back above 100,000,000. Gates and Maahs got into a preflop raising war that worked out to be a 13,800,000 win for Maahs. After 90 minutes of play, Livingston caught up and Gates was no longer second in chips. Gates dropped another 15,000,000 to Ensan and had 63,200,000 left. He dropped another 25,200,000 to Livingston after bluffing with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] against the Canadian's rivered pair of aces with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"] to be left with just 38,200,000. Kevin Maahs Goes out in Fifth While Gates was struggling to regain the momentum he enjoyed from night one, Kevin Maahs ran into a flip he couldn't win. Ensan opened to 4,000,000 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"] from early position before Maahs moved all in with [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"] from the small blind and Ensan called. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3s"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="js"] turn or [poker card="4h"] river to eliminate Maahs in fifth place. "It's not really sad, I guess. It's kind of a weird feeling because I just made a lot of money but I didn't win the tournament. Obviously, your goal is to win the tournament or keep making it to the next day and I didn't make it to the next day," Maahs said. "There's 8,500 other people that didn't come close to this, and this is awesome." The End Finally Comes for Garry Gates There was a pivotal on the first night of the final table where Gates, holding pocket tens, got Alex Livingston to fold pocket queens pre-flop. On the second night of play, it was another pair of queens for Livingston that ended Gates' run. Action folded to Gates in the small blind and he moved all in for 29,200,000 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] and Livingston snap-called from the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="th"][poker card="ts"] to give Livingston the pot, eliminate Gates in fourth place and halt play for the night. "It was a whirlwind. You come into a final table with as many chips as I had, you expect a higher result but at the same time, those are some world-class poker players," Gates said. "I don't do this for a living. Just to get this far and have as much love and support as I had along the way, I knew that I had already won." Final Three Chip Counts Hossein Ensan - 326,800,000 Alex Livingston - 120,400,000 Dario Sammartino - 67,600,000 Payouts 4. Garry Gates - $3,000,000 5. Kevin Maahs - $2,200,000 6. Zhen Cai – $1,850,000 7. Nick Marchington – $1,525,000 8. Timothy Su – $1,250,000 9. Milos Skrbic – $1,000,000 ESPN Broadcast Schedule The final table begins live in Las Vegas at 530 PM PT and will be on ESPN beginning at 600 PM on a 30-minute delay until a champion is crowned.
  16. The 2019 World Series of Poker is in the books, and so is the first part of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. Through nearly 90 eligible events, Australian Robert Campbell leads the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,418.78 points. Campbell put together a tremendous 2019 WSOP. He cashed nine times, reached the top 10 on five occasions, and won two gold bracelets. Campbell’s first bracelet, which also happened to be the first of his career, came when he won the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament for $144,027. He would later go on to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763. Campbell also made the final table in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event and the $1,500 Razz event. Heading into this fall’s 2019 WSOP Europe, Campbell’s lead is less than 140 points over the defending WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Daniel Negreanu sits third with 3,166.24 points and Dan Zack is fourth with 3,126.13 points. Campbell, Deeb, Negreanu, and Zack are the only four players to accumulate more than 3,000 points during the summer. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Standings PLAYER CASHES FTs WINS EARNINGS POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 10 4 2 $679,359 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 17 4 0 $642,532 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 17 4 0 $2,049,062 3,166.24 4 Dan Zack 14 3 1 $351,259 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 10 3 1 $1,279,093 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 11 2 1 $354,819 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 9 2 1 $823,788 2,595.54 8 David 'ODB' Baker 14 2 1 $381,537 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 19 3 0 $253,540 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 8 3 1 $473,730 2,443.22 Sitting just outside of the top 10 are Ismael Bojang in 12th with 2,372.48 points and Scott Clements with 2,368.02 points. Bojang racked up 15 cashes at the 2019 WSOP and won his first-ever gold bracelet. Clements cashed six times, won his third career gold bracelet, and made two additional final tables. Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, earned 2,289.78 points this summer. In addition to this runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event, Sammartino took third in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, fourth in the WSOP.com $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack, and ninth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, among other cashes. Sammartino’s summer has him currently 19th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Hossein Ensan, winner of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, cashed just once at the series this summer, banking $10 million and 1,730.84 points in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That’s good enough to have Ensan sitting in 53rd place. It’s still a ways off the top of the leaderboard, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Ensan to make a push later this year as he’s a German player and WSOP Europe won’t be too far away in Rozvadov. WSOP Europe features 11 gold bracelet events ranging in buy-ins of €350 to €100,000 and takes place Sunday, October 13, through Monday, November 4.
  17. The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event wrapped up on Thursday with Alexandros Kolonias picking up the first live win of his career and €1,133,678. Two players eliminated on Wednesday, leaving just six coming back to the felt on Thursday to play down to a winner. Those six played for just over two hours before one was finally sent packing. Down to just 10 big blinds, Rifat Palevic moved all in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="2d"] when action folded to him in the small blind and Anh Do called when he looked down at [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] run out offered Palevic no assistance and he was out in sixth place. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] It took another 2.5 hours before the next player busted. From the cutoff, Anh Do raised to 1,800,000 and Claas Segebrecht called from the button. After the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] flop, Do moved all in for 450,000 and Segebrecht called instantly. Do showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] but he was behind Segebrecht's [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. The turn was the [poker card="ts"] and the river was the [poker card="3h"] and Do was done in fifth place. Dario Sammartino became the fourth player to make the final table of the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event in the same year but he wasn't able to improve his runner-up finish from Las Vegas. Sammartino moved all in from the small blind for 3,000,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] after Segebrecht raised to 1,000,000 from the button. Segebrecht called and turned over [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop moved Segebrecht ahead and Sammartino was eliminated in fourth after the [poker card="7h"] turn and [poker card="2s"] river failed to improve his hand. Three-handed play went on for 3.5 hours before Anthony Zinno clashed with Kolonias and wound up on the rail. Kolonias made it 1,300,000 from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="th"] before Zinno moved all in from the small blind for 7,650,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"]. Kolonias called and then moved ahead on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"] flop. Neither the [poker card="8c"] turn or [poker card="kc"] river were able to save Zinno and he was eliminated in third place. Despite being eliminated in third, Zinno can still win WSOP Player of the Year. A Main Event win would have meant Zinno needed a min-cash in the Colossus but he'll now need to finish top two and hope Shaun Deeb or Daniel Negreanu fail to pick up any more points if he hopes to win POY. Heads-up play began with Segebrecht holding a 2-1 chip lead but over less than 30 minutes of play, Kolosias took over the chip lead. On the final hand of the tournament, Kolosias, who held 55% of the chips in play at the time, raised to 1,200,000 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] before Segebrecht moved all-in for 23,200,000 with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"]. Kolosias called and then watched the board run out [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2s"][poker card="js"][poker card="5s"] to give him the first major live title of his career. Final Table Payouts Alexandros Kolonios - €1,133,678 Claas Segebrecht - €700,639 Anthony Zinno - €485,291 Dario Sammartino - €341,702 Anh Do - €244,653 Rifat Palevic - €178,171 Julien Martini - €132,017 Jakob Madsen - €99,555
  18. 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.
  19. The Poker Masters Online continued on Saturday. Two more events took place and there was nearly $2 million in prize money up for grabs. Event #14: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] was won by Mustapha Kanit and Event #15: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] saw Timothy Adams take top honors. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Kanit Wins Event #14 for $279,300 Kanit was victorious in Event #14: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] to the tune of $279,300. Kanit topped a field of 114 entries to take home the top prize from the $1.14 million prize pool. Kanit beat Alexandros Kolonias in heads-up play. Kolonias won $199,500 for the runner-up result, and then it was Artur Martirosian finishing in third for $142,500. Alex Foxen has enjoyed some success during the Poker Masters Online series and he finished eighth in this event for $37,050. The top 16 spots reached the money and you can find the results below. Event #14 Results Mustapha Kanit - $279,300 Alexandros Kolonias - $199,500 Artur Martirosian - $142,500 Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque - $99,750 Christoph Vogelsang - $74,100 Edwin Villalobo Amaya - $57,000 Simon Pedersen - $45,600 Alex Foxen - $37,050 Simon Higgins - $28,500 Lucas Reeves - $28,500 Jake Schindler - $28,500 Christopher Malcolm Fraser - $28,500 Mike Watson - $22,800 Nick Petrangelo - $22,800 Niklas Astedt - $22,800 Kahle Burns - $22,800 Adams Takes Event #15 Title for $243,988 In Event #15: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max], a field of 78 entries generated a prize pool of $780,000. Adams, winner of this year's Super High Roller Bowl events in Russia and Australia, finishing in first place. The victory earned Adams $243,988.68. Joao Vieira finished in second place for $152,100 and Dario Sammartino placed third for $93,600. Foxen, who took eighth in the other Poker Masters Online event on Saturday, placed fourth in this one and picked up $68,250. Kolonias finished in seventh place for $25,350, continuing his impressive Poker Masters Online series. Included in Kolonias' results this series was a win in Event #6. Event #15 Results Timothy Adams - $243,988.68 Joao Vieira - $152,100 Dario Sammartino - $93,600 Alex Foxen - $68,250 Ben Heath - $48,750 Ali Imsirovic - $33,150 Alexandros Kolonias - $25,350 Yahia Fahmy - $25,350 Jorryt Van Hoof - $25,350 Sami Kelopuro - $21,370.44 Elias Talvitie - $21,370.44 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $21,370.44 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the seventh day of play. Alexandros Kolonias - 592 points Timothy Adams - 584 points Andras Nemeth - 535 points Alex Foxen - 493 points Luuk Gieles - 492 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 450 points Michael Addamo - 406 points Elias Talvitie - 401 points Pauli Ayras - 393 points Kahle Burns - 367 points
  20. Alexandros Kolonias now has himself a brand new purple jacket and an additional $50,000 after winning the Poker Masters Online Championship. Taking the event online, PokerCentral partnered with partypoker on a 30-event schedule that had buy-ins ranging from $10,300 to $51,000 mirroring the live version of the Poker Masters. The Poker Masters Online was the second full series to take advantage of partypoker's real name functionality giving poker enthusiasts at home an easy way to track how the world's best players did against each other in a high stakes online series. More Than 250 Unique Players There were a total of 258 unique players throughout the 30-event schedule. That group combined for 1,717 total unique entries and 849 re-entries. Each event gave players a maximum of three entries and there were 201 instances were a player fired three bullets in an event. There were 35 players who played a minimum of 20 events and 76 who played just a single event. Jason McConnon was one of them and he ended up with the highest ROI of any player after finishing second in Event #30 ($10,300 Six Max NLHE) for a $248,200 score on a single entry. A high stakes cash game specialist, McConnon jokingly suggested a career change after his runner-up performance. $35 Million in Prize Money The Poker Masters Online was a big winner for partypoker and Poker Central. The total rake for the series was $912,300. Taking into consideration the $50,000 prize awarded to Kolonias for winning the Purple Jacket, the net for tournament organizers was $862,300 - more than any single player. Players were allowed a maximum of three entries per event. The rake earned off of the initial entries was $619,600 and re-entries accounted for the remaining $292,700. Taking the event online proved to be a boon to the field sizes. The 2019 Poker Masters had just 10 events, but average field sizes for 2020 were up across the board. There was an average of 93 players in $10,000 buy-in events compared to 57.6 in 2019, an increase of 61.5%. The $25,000 buy-in events saw an increase of 44.7% going from an average of 43.75 to 63.29 players. In both years the Championship event had a $50,000 buy-in and the year-over-year increase was the most dramatic going from 34 to 77 players - a 126.5% growth rate. The total prize pools for all 30 events totaled $35,385,000, more than doubling the $16.5 million guaranteed. None of the events missed their respective guarantee and 14 tournaments had a prize pool exceeding $1 million. Nothing But Net While there were seven players who had at least $1 million in earnings, the highest net earner was Italy's Dario Sammartino. Cashing in nine of the 22 events he played earned Sammartino an $823,625 net score. [table id=45 /] There were 32 players who had net earnings of $100,000 or more and 40 who had net losses of $100,000 or more. Of the 258 players who entered at least one Poker Masters event, 63 were net winners. There were 135 players who entered at least one event and cashed zero times. Busiest of the Bunch Jorryt Van Hoof was the only player to play all 30 events. The Dutch pro cashed in 10 of them for a net profit of $9,708.74. [table id=44 /] The only event that Alex Foxen skipped was Event #2 ($10,300 Six Max PLO). Ali Imsirovic and Linus Loeliger each skipped a pair of PLO events. Imsirovic skipped Event #2 and Event #17 while Loeliger sat out Event #17 ($10,300 Six Max PLO) and Event #22 ($10,300 Six Max PLO). Andras Nemeth missed the opening two events of the series and then played every tournament from Event #3 onward. Christian Rudolph played the most events of any player that was unable to pick up a single in-the-money result. Rudolph entered 10 events and never cashed. He only re-entered three of those 10 events for a total of 13 bullets fired. [table id=46 /] Double Dippin' There were six players who won two Poker Masters Online titles. The first to do it was Pauli Ayras who took down Event #6 ($10,300 Six Max PLO) and Event #19 ($25,500 Eight Max NLHE). Of the 28 events that Loeliger entered, he cashed in only three of them but made the most of those cashes by picking up wins in Event #18 ($10,300 Six Max NLHE) and the Main Event ($51,000 NLHE). Sandwiched between those two results was a fifth-place finish in Event #27 ($25,500 Eight Max NLHE). [table id=47 /]
  21. In the sixth instalment of the 2020 World Series of Poker online Asia time zone events, Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla overcame 3,247 total entries and 426 other players on Day 2 to win Event #55 HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship. Garla secured his first career bracelet to take home $461,709.47. There were eight different countries across four continents represented at the final table of Event #55 (HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship). Brazilian Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla came into the table with a gargantuan 40,674,090 stack with American Alan 'TheCockroach' Schein second in chips with 22,737,151. It took almost two hours of poker prior to the first elimination of the final table. Ignacio 'Curandero' Moron, who was the short stack, raised to 2,178,853 with 350,000 still behind and was called by Schein in the hijack. The players then got it all in on the [poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"] flop, the turn brought in the [poker card="Td"] and the [poker card="4d"] completed the board. Moron turned over [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Js"] but Schein showed [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Th"] for the turned two pair ending Moron's tournament journey. It took another 16 minutes for the next final table bustout. Vadas 'Vladiator13' Tamasauskas, who finished fifth in WSOP #Event 52, moved all in preflop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] from early position and was called by the [poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"] held by runaway chip leader Garla. It was a classic race but the at risk Tamasauskas finished in eighth for $43,180 as he failed to connect with the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] runout. Immediately following the break, in unusual fashion, the two big stacks in Garla and Schein got involved in a big pot against each other. Schein raised to 1.4 million from the cutoff and Garla defended his big blind to see the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"] flop. Garla checked to the preflop aggressor who fired a continuation bet of 1.82 million, the Brazilian called. Garla then fired a 5.39 million bet on the [poker card="9c"] turn, which Schein called. Garla continued to apply pressure with a bet of 10.78 million on the [poker card="6c"] river, Schein snap-called with [poker card="Kd"][[poker card="Qh"] for top pair but was behind the turned two pair as Garla showed [poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"]. The Brazilian held a commanding chip lead with a stack of just shy of 95 million, over 70 million more than second place Schein. As the short stacks kept surviving, it took another 15 minutes for the next tournament casualty. Alexandros 'THE Sheriff' Theologis open-jammed with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] and was snap called by the shorter stack Eduards 'lIlIlIlIillI' Kudrjavcevs who had a bigger pair in [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"]. Theologis delivered a fatal blow to the Latvian, flopping a full house on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] flop. A ten didn't appear on the [poker card="5s"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river and Kudrjavcevs was eliminated. Things started to pick up as the blinds grew as the next elimination came immediately. Divanshu 'd0rk21' Khurana shoved all in for 5,816,672 and his compatriot, Kunal 'Alex_52' Bhatia, called off in the big blind. Khurana: [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8d"] Bhatia: [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"] Bhatia, the runner up in WSOP Event #52, connected on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop. With an over-card and a flush draw, Khurana still had a chance of survival but neither came as the [poker card="Qs"] and [poker card="3c"] river brought the game to five-handed play. Garla claimed another victim after calling the 11,360,972 three-bet jam by Wenhao 'pwhwin' Peng. Garla, with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="4d"], was dominated by Peng's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"] but the chip leader made three of a kind as the board came [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="5d"]. Peng finished in fifth for $119,212.54. Theologis then opened the action and raised to 2 million with Garla and Schein calling from the button and big blind respectively. The flop came [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6h"] and created a whirlwind of action, it checked through to Garla for took a stab at the pot with a bet of 2.277 million. Schein then min-raised and Theologis then clicked it back to 7.831 million, Garla folded and Schein then moved all in and was quickly called by Theologis. Schein, with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="6d"], surely thought he was ahead with top and bottom pair but found himself needing help as Theologis flopped middle set with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"]. The American ended the day in fourth as he failed to improve on the [poker card="4c"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river. With no player looking to give up any ground, Bhatia was sent to rail in third. In a button versus blind battle, Bhatia opened to 2.4 million and Garla three-bet to 6.6 million and snap-called Bhatia's 21,780,380 four-bet jam. Bhutia needed a miracle as his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kh"] was in bad shape against Garla's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"]. Bhatia got now help on the [poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="7h"] run out. Going into heads up play the blinds were 600,000/1,200,000 and the stacks were: Garla: 102,973,521 (85.8BBs) Theologis: 58,864,219 (49BBs) But it only took Garla a few more minutes to wrap up the victory after maintaining the chip lead for the duration of the final table. Theologis was then in the danger zone after falling to 11 blinds. Garla had chipped away at the Englishman's stack but took a 10 to 1 chip lead after winning a pot of 37.8 million. Theologis called a river bet of 11.76 million into a pot of 14.28 million with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"] for second pair on the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Ks"] board but Garla rivered top pair with his [poker card="Kh"][poker card="5d"]. The killer blow was delivered two minutes later as both players were all in preflop. Theologis: [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"] Garla: [poker card="Qd"][poker card="7d"] Garla sealed the win, his first career bracelet and a 3,551,611.32 HKD ($461,709.47) payday as he flopped top pair and held as the board came [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="4h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="Th"]. Final Table Payouts Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla - $461,709.47 Alexandros 'THE Sheriff' Theologis - $329,122.04 Kunal 'Alex_52' Bhatia - $234,609.77 Alan 'TheCockroach' Schein - $167,237.48 Wenhao 'pwhwin' Peng - $119,212.54 Divanshu 'd0rk21' Khurana - $84,978.95 Eduards 'lIlIlIlIillI' Kudrjavcevs- $60,575.74 Vladas 'Vladiator13' Tamasauskas - $43,180.48 Ignacio 'Curandero' Moron - $30,780.46 Faces in the Crowd A plethora of notable names made it to Day 2 and finished in the money. Bracelet winner Chris Moorman (159th - $3,712) added another WSOP cash to what has been an impressive series from the Englishman. Another player representing the United Kingdom was recent WSOP bracelet winner Roberto Romanello (120th - $4,234). Romanello became the first Welsh-born player to win a bracelet and latest player to join the prestigious 'Triple Crown' winners list with titles in the WPT, EPT and now WSOP. Alex Foxen (78th), Daniel Negreanu (77th) and Brandon Adams (75th) all cashed for $5,665. Kristen Bicknell (53rd - $5,665 ), Parker Talbot (34th - $7,948) and Steve O'Dwyer (25th - $11,149) all amassed big chip stacks at one stage in Day 2 but fell before the final table. The unfortunate final table boy was last years WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino who finished in 10th place for $21,941.

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