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  1. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu's seventh annual K Fantasy Draft is set for Tuesday night (WPT photo)[/caption] Tuesday night at the Aria Resort & Casino will see the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl put in another full day of play, but that's not the only big action going down there. Daniel Negreanu's annual $25,000 buy-in World Series of Poker Fantasy Draft is scheduled to get underway at 8 pm Las Vegas time. The annual draft allows anybody with $25,000 to enter and put together, via an auction, their own dream team of WSOP players. Now in its seventh year, the league uses a points system designed by Negreanu that emphasizes bigger buy-in events over lower buy-in, big field tournaments. Over the last six years a number of trends have emerged and as the players in Negreanu's league get ready to draft, PocketFives has broken down some of the data from the last six years. The Triple Digit Club Teams get just $200 to spend on a roster of eight players, so spending more than half of that budget on one player is a risky move. It's happened just eight times, but four of those came last year. The only time that it seems to have been worth the price, was last year as Jason Mercier went for $101 and put up 340 points, helping lead Mercier's team to a second place finish. The most miserable experience for any owner came in 2011 when Barry Greenstein paid $100 for Phil Ivey, only to have Ivey announce the very next day he intended to skip the entire WSOP as a result of the Black Friday/Full Tilt Poker fallout. PlayerYearPricePoints Phil Ivey2011$1080 Phil Ivey2013$11028 Jason Mercier2013$10125 Phil Ivey2014$10159 Stephen Chidwick2016$10886 Daniel Negreanu2016$10586 Jason Mercier2016$101340 Phil Hellmuth2016$10040 What about The Greatest Player Alive*? Phil Hellmuth is one of the 23 players who has been drafted every year, and if you believe the averages, the market only just recently figured out how much he's worth. In 2011 he went for $38 and last year he was one of four players who cost a $100 or more, coming in at exactly $100. He's a bit of an enigma for drafters though. In the years where his price was highest, 2013 and 2016, he put up the least amount of points of his six years. Still, of all the players drafted six times, nobody has put up a better average score at 148.50. The best comparable is Jason Mercier, who has averaged 144.83 points over the last six years (including a massive 340 points last year), but has cost $89.50 on average. 201120122013201420152016 Phil HellmuthCost$38$50$88$54$81$100 Points2782085113318140 *Unconfirmed Three Regulars You May Want to Avoid There have been 23 players drafted every single year, and while that's certainly an indication of a skilled and respected (and bankrolled) player, it's not always a sign of fantasy success. Scott Seiver, Shawn Buchanan and Allen Kessler are the only three players to have been drafted every single year and return one point or less for every dollar they cost. Average PriceAverage PointsPoints/$ Allen Kessler$21.1721.171.00 Scott Seiver$63.0054.670.87 Shawn Buchanan$54.0032.830.61 As a point of reference, the winning team each year usually gets 4 points for every dollar they've spent. Possibly the Most Inefficiently Priced Player: Dan Smith Twice in his career, Dan Smith has cost just $2. The last two years however he's cost $18 and $21 respectively, but those prices appear to be a little bit on the cheap side. Smith has cashed three times in each of the last two years, with five of them coming with $10K buy-in or bigger events. In 2015 he finished third in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and then third in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Last year posted a third-place finish in the $25,000 PLO High Roller and then second in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller. He can clearly play a majority of the Championship-level tournaments at a high level and is just a card or two away from a huge score for his owners. Dollar, Dollar, Dollar Bill Y'all While some of the bigger names have cost more than $100, there's always a bunch of players that cost a single dollar each year and there's been some value found there - even if it was blind luck. In 2015, Team Gypsy paid $1 for Anthony Zinno and he put up a team-leading 288 points. That same year, Team Glantz/Volpe paid $1 for mixed game wizardRep Porter and got 178 points out of him. In total, 102 players have cost just $1 and they've earned an average of 39 points. The auction draft will be streamed live via PokerCentral's Facebook page beginning at 8 pm PT Tuesday. For those wanting to get in on the action, David 'ODB' Baker runs a $500 buy-in version that uses the prices and players from Negreanu's league. You can contact him via his Twitter account: @audavidb. Scores and standings are updated throughout the WSOP at 25KFantasy.com.
  2. The World Poker Tour crowned four champions this week, with three coming from the WPT's delayed final tables that took place in Las Vegas and another one coming in Northern California. The conclusion of these four events cause a lot of shakeup in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year standings, and it's now two-time WPT champion Erkut Yilmaz as the frontrunner with only a handful of events to go. Hublot WPT Player of the Year Top 10 1. Erkut Yilmaz - 2,300 points 2. Dylan Linde - 2,000 points 3. Ping Liu - 1,900 points 4. Tony Ruberto - 1,850 points 5. Jake Schwartz - 1,725 points 6. Tony Tran - 1,500 points 7. David Baker - 1,400 points 8. Vinicius Lima - 1,400 points 9. Steve Sung - 1,400 points 10. Ray Qartomy - 1,350 points Yilmaz moved to 2,300 points and into the Hublot WPT Player of the Year lead after he won his second title of the season. Yilmaz won WPT Rolling Thunder in Lincoln, California, for $303,920 and 1,000 points. He defeated a field of 280 entries to win. Earlier in the season, Yilmaz topped a field of 1,075 entries in the WPT Borgata Poker Open to win $575,112 and 1,200 points. Now currently in second place is another player who just had a chance to win his second title of Season XVII, Dylan Linde. Linde won the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December for $1.631 million and 1,400 points. At the WPT Rolling Thunder event that Yilmaz won, Linde finished fourth for $95,350 and 600 points. Entering the recent log jam in the WPT schedule, Ping Liu was in front with 1,900 points. Liu hasn't won a WPT event in Season XVII, though, and was on top thanks to his six cashes and two final tables. After the happenings over the past few days, Liu is now third in the race. Rounding out the top five are currently Tony Ruberto and Jake Schwartz. Ruberto had a great start to the season, with a fourth-place finish at WPT Choctaw and a victory at WPT Maryland, but he's only managed one cash since then. Schwartz has come on nicely in the second half of Season XVII, posting second- and fourth-place finishes at WPT bestbet and WPT Fallsview recently, and then he took 14th at WPT Rolling Thunder. In addition to Yilmaz, David Baker, Vinicius Lima, and Frank Stepuchin won WPT titles this week. Baker won the WPT L.A. Poker Classic for $1.015 million, Lima won the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open for $728,430, and Stepuchin won the WPT Gardens Poker Championship for $548,825. Baker is now seventh with 1,400 points, Lima is eighth with 1,400 points, and Stepuchin is 12th with 1,300 points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. There is a tiebreaker for players who have the same amount of points. In those cases, the player with the most money won in the current season takes the better position. At the end of Season XVII, the Hublot WPT Player of the Year will win a $15,000 WPT Passport that can be used as buy-ins to any Season XVIII global WPT event and a Hublot watch. Second place in the race earns a $7,500 WPT Passport and third place gets a $2,500 WPT Passport.
  3. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters are LIVE from the HyperX Esports Arena covering the World Poker Tour final tables. This episode features a full recap of David Baker's win in the LA Poker Classic final table including a conversation with an emotional Baker after his win. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  4. The Season XVII World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic final table was set on Wednesday evening, with the tournament reaching its final six players from a field of 546 entries. The $10,000 buy-in event is now on a short break from action before the final table plays out on March 11, 2019, in Las Vegas. Four-time WPT champion Darren Elias topped the leaderboard entering the hiatus, with a first-place prize of $1.015 million awaiting the winner. The final six players were guaranteed $201,650. When action resumes on March 11, Elias will have a sizable lead on the other five. His stack of 9.07 million in chips in 41.5% of the chips in play and nearly double anyone else. Not only with Elias’ opponents have to battle with his powerful chip stack, but they’ll have to go up against a chip leader with an incredible amount of WPT experience. Elias holds the record for most World Poker Tour titles with four. Of the $6.628 million in live tournaments he had to enter this event, Elias had won more than $3.2 million in WPT events. He’s making his 33rd cash and 12th final table on the WPT Main Tour and is in line to earn an unprecedented fifth title. The reason for the delay is so that the event can move to the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That’s where the WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table will be filmed for broadcast as part of the WPT’s Season XVII television schedule alongside the WPT Gardens Poker Championship and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. The final six in the WPT Gardens Poker Championship will play to a winner on March 12, and the final six of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open will grind to a champion on March 13. WPT L.A. Poker Classic Final Table Seat 1: Jean-Claude Moussa - 1,250,000 Seat 2: Matas Cimbolas - 4,675,000 Seat 3: John Smith - 895,000 Seat 4: Darren Elias - 9,070,000 Seat 5: David Baker - 4,760,000 Seat 6: Steve Yea - 1,205,000 The Grind To the Final Table The WPT L.A. Poker Classic remains one of the few $10,000 buy-in tournaments with a freezeout format. Blake Bohn emerged as the Day 1 chip leader, and Andrey Zaichenko was atop the pack after Day 2. Day 3 brought about the money bubble, as 69 players of the 546-entry field would reach the money. On Day 3, 108 players returned to action and began to work their way towards a payday. Eventually, Andy Park busted in 70th place when he found the last of his chips in the middle on the flop of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kh"][poker card=“5h"] holding the [poker card="Ad"][poker card=“Jd"] for top pair. He was up against the [poker card="Ah"][poker card=“7h"] of Oscar Carrasco. Park had the lead on the flop due to his kicker, but Carrasco had plenty of outs thanks to holding a flush draw. The turn and river were the [poker card=“4h"] and [poker card=“Qh”], respectively, giving Carrasco his flush and busting Park on the bubble. From there, players began to pile up in the payouts, including Bohn going out in 68th, Billy Baxter bowing out in 51st, Adam Levy busting in 49th, Mike Del Vecchio falling in 41st, and Gordon Vayo hitting the rail in 36th place. Vayo, who famously dropped his lawsuit against PokerStars, was the final elimination to take place on Day 3 and he scored $26,830 for his finish. With 35 players remaining, David Baker headed the charge into Day 4. Baker entered the event with only one WPT Main Tour final table on his résumé and just more than $4.4 million in live tournament earnings. On Day 4, Baker busted Brock Wilson in 34th, Douglas Smith in 22nd, Carrasco in 19th, and Zaichenko in 18th en route to leading the final 12 players heading into Day 5. Elias came into Day 5 second in chips behind Baker. He stumbled out of the gate when Mike Meskin doubled through him, but Elias was back in form after taking a big pot from Tony Tran before busting the fellow WPT Champions Club member a short while later in 11th place. After Jeffrey Colpitts was eliminated by Matas Cimbolas in 10th place, Elias sought revenge on Meskin by busting him in ninth. Paul Fontan would later fall in eighth place to Baker, and after that, it was a series of double ups that tried to derail Elias. First, Jean-Claude Moussa doubled through Elias, not once but twice. Then, it was Steve Yea’s turn to double through Elias. The four-time WPT champion steadied the ship each time and would go on to bust James Carroll in seventh place and set the official final table. On the final hand of Day 5, Elias opened to 100,000 from the hijack seat with the blinds at 25,000-50,000 with a 50,000 ante. Carroll reraised all in for 800,000 from the cutoff position and Elias called with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card=“Qs”]. Carroll had the dominated [poker card="Kc"][poker card=“Jh”]. The flop, turn, and river came [poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="9d"][poker card=“3s”] to eliminate Carroll in seventh position. He took home $155,900 in prize money and Elias soared into the final table with the chip lead. Elias Continues To Shine as "Mr. WPT" If there was a player to be named “Mr. WPT,” it would be Darren Elias. His run on the World Poker Tour is tremendous and he now has a chance to claim a record fifth WPT title. Elias’ first WPT title came in the Season XIII WPT Borgata Poker Open, when Elias topped a field of 1,226 entries to win $843,744 and his first World Poker Tour title. Less than a month later, Elias topped a small but tough field of 118 entries in the WPT Caribbean for a score of $127,680. Elias’ third WPT title came in Season XV when he scored first place in the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic for $346,776. He then won the final event of Season XI, the WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, for $387,580. Not only would a victory be Elias’ fifth World Poker Tour trophy, but he’d earned the largest payday of his live tournament career. Right now, the result is the eighth largest score of Elias’ live tournament career. [caption id="attachment_623019" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Matas Cimbolas looking for second WPT title (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Cimbolas Also Looking for Another WPT Title Matas Cimbolas, a Lithuanian player who won the Season XIII WPT Nottingham title for €313,327, is also looking to add another WPT Champions Cup to his trophy case. He’ll enter the final table third in chips with 4.675 million. Interestingly, this won’t be the first time Cimbolas and Elias share the stage at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. To close Season XVI of the World Poker Tour, both Cimbolas and Elias reached the WPT Tournament of Champions final table. Cimbolas finished second to Matt Waxman for $265,590, and Elias took third for $177,060. Waxman won that event for $463,375. [caption id="attachment_623020" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] David Baker is chasing his first WPT title and a career-best score (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Baker Chasing First WPT Title and Career-Best Result David Baker has put countless hours into poker. In 2012, he finally won the elusive WSOP gold bracelet. Now he has a chance to win his first WPT title and comes into the final table second in chips with 4.76 million. Baker has one previous WPT final table on record, coming back in Season V when he took fifth in the WPT Festa Al Lago tournament for $125,240. Money-wise, this is his best WPT result, but he’ll need to jump up two more places to make it his top finish. Second place or better will give Baker the largest tournament score of his live poker career. A win would mean his first World Poker Tour title and first million dollar tournament payday. Final Table Takes Place On March 11 The final table for the Season XVII WPT L.A. Poker Classic takes place March 11 at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event will be filmed for broadcast as part of the WPT’s televised schedule of events, plus the live stream can be viewed on PokerGO. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  5. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The World Poker Tour has taken over Las Vegas this week with three final tables at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. The LA Poker Classic, the Gardens Poker Classic, and the Borgata Winter Poker Open are all going to crown champions this week and Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters preview all three final tables in the first of four podcasts from the city of Las Vegas. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  6. Controlling your emotions is a key component of being a winning poker player and Monday night in Las Vegas, David Baker put on a master class on how to do just that as he won the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic for a little over $1 million. In the afterglow of his win, as the WPT television crew was setting up for one final shot, Baker let go of that control, looked skyward and let out a very visible, audible deep breath. After years of playing poker, with a good amount of time spent at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, Baker finally erased some of what he considered were glaring omissions from his poker résumé. "It kinda sounds corny, but it means so much to me," Baker said. "I've battled my whole life in this business. I care about this business. I care about the prestige of these things and I know sometimes some of the guys are a little too cool for school to say that, but I do. I've got a good résumé, I've been there a lot, but I've never won a major No Limit Hold'em tournament, I've never won a WPT, I've never had a million-dollar score and I just get to check off all of those boxes today and I'm overjoyed." Fairly or unfairly, the win also changes the way Baker is viewed by the poker community and his peers and Baker admitted that's important to him - if only for him to be able to put his head on his pillow every night knowing that the people he respects, respect him for the work he's put in over the years. "I know that I'm considered a good poker player and even probably really good by my peers, but I want to be elite, I want to be thought of as elite," Baker said. "I know I'm not an elite No Limit Hold'em player. I know I'm not sitting down in the $100Ks and battling with the GOATs of GOATs, but I can still play man, I can still play with these guys in the $10Ks and all-around, I'll take my all-around poker game versus anyone. I've always had this chip on my shoulder that I don't know if I've always felt that I've gotten the respect that I deserve. I really feel like being able to put this on my resume really helps, at least helps me mentally just being able to do that." The final table might have been in Las Vegas, but the fact that this was the L.A. Poker Classic and not just some other WPT event, was another important component of why the win was so important for Baker. Over the course of his poker career, the Commerce Casino, the host of the LAPC, has become his home away from home - to the point that a good number of people are actually under the impression that he does live there year-round. "I haven't been able to live where there's a poker room for the last 20 years because of family," Baker said. "I've still been able to support my family by traveling 2-3 weeks a month every single month for the last 15 years and my major destination spot is the Commerce. I've grinded the cash games there since at least 15 years. I stay at the Commerce Casino 200 days a year and it's my home away from home. I go there, I know everybody, everybody knows me. Most of the people there don't even realize that I don't live there because I basically do live there." The HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor is designed to hold a good-sized crowd. Over the nine hours of play on Monday night, most of the seats were filled by Baker's friends and family and each of them served an important role throughout the night. Some were there for moral support, others were watching the live stream and helped Baker understand what his opponents were doing and how he should adjust to them. "I had the three or four people that I really wanted to talk to; Cord (Garcia), (John) Racener, Josh Arieh, Ray Henson," Baker said. "Those were basically like my four guys. My wife, my mom, my other friends, they all just left us all alone. I jumped off the stage, I went, we talked, they got me in the right state, they pumped me up, they brought me down, whatever needed to happen. We discussed a strategy of how we were going to start and what we were going to do if things changed. Then they left me by myself for a few minutes, I could unwind. My crowd was great. A lot of crowds they just want to talk and bombard you, and drink and joke and do all that. My crowd was perfect. The four people who I needed, came to me, gave me what I needed, the rest of them left me alone and cheered and it was perfect. This is surreal. This is what I dreamed of and everybody around was a part of it." The million-dollar score isn't just some box Baker checked off. The financial windfall served as a reminder of some of the hard times Baker has endured over the course of his career and the impact those tough times have had on the people he loves most. The tough times, including spending upwards of 250 days a year on the road away from his family, are part of the sacrifice Baker has made to reach this point in his journey. Having had to share the tough times with his family, he's now happy to share the joy of the win with them as well. "My wife has been through the war," Baker said. "I do OK, but there have been many times in my career where I've had struggles. I've got very high expenses because of my family situation, my children and she has children from a previous marriage. We've battled a lot. Everyday," Baker said. "There's nobody who works harder than me, honestly, when it comes to the poker arena. I'm traveling and I'm at the Commerce 2-3 weeks a month, sometimes month round. I start the games, I end the games. I quit the game, I go play a tournament, I bust the tournament, I go back down and play the cash game. I work hard." Those cash games almost kept Baker from even entering the LAPC Main Event - even though he's played in it every year for the last dozen or so years. Baker didn't want to give up his seat in a game he enjoys playing to play a five-day tournament. A good satellite system, putting lots of qualifiers into the tournament who normally wouldn't play a $10,000 buy-in event, was part of the reason he decided to play, but so was the scheduling. "Our game really runs Monday through Friday, so I could play (the Main) Saturday, play Sunday and if I was still in Day 3, which was Monday, it was fine to miss a game or two," Baker said. "Had this tournament started on a Monday, I probably wouldn't have played, honestly, but the Saturday start got me to pony up." Baker isn't sure what's next. It might be a vacation with his wife and it might just be a return trip to the Commerce to get back to the high stakes mixed game. "I'm in a mixed game now that I just love, I love the people, I love playing it, it's fun, Baker said. "I'm a poker player man, some of these people they play just for the money and they just want to be lazy. I'm a poker player, I love this shit."
  7. David Baker has done it. He has won the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event for $1.015 million. For Baker, it was a career achievement held in the highest regard, as he considers the WPT L.A. Poker Classic to be the most prestigious major tournament title to win other than the WSOP Main Event. Baker also earned a Hublot Big Bang watch with the victory and a $15,000 seat into the season-ending Bacarrat Crystal Tournament of Champions, in addition to moving to more than $5.4 million in live tournament earnings. WPT L.A. Poker Classic Final Table Results 1st: David Baker - $1,015,000 2nd: Matas Cimbolas - $646,930 3rd: Darren Elias - $473,280 4th: Jean-Claude Moussa - $346,550 5th: John Smith - $267,400 6th: Steve Yea - $201,650 Darren Elias entered the final table with the chip lead, holding more than 40% of the chips in play to start the final six. After John Smith doubled early to climb off the short stack, Steve Yea was eliminated in sixth place. Yea went out to Matas Cimbolas on the 33rd hand of the final table when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="3h"] lost out to Cimbolas’ [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jd"]. Despite the early double, Smith didn’t last much longer and was out on the 36th hand of the final table. Again, it was Cimbolas doing the deed. This time, it was Cimbolas’ pocket kings beating the pocket fives of Smith to send the 72-year-old home in fifth place. Four-handed action only lasted a handful of hands, as Jean-Claude Moussa fell to David Baker in fourth place. Moussa was all in with the [poker card=“Ah”][poker card=“Tc”] and busted to Baker’s [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"]. Three-handed action lasted quite some time as Cimbolas, Baker, and Elias battled back and forth with several lead changes. No one wanted to give an inch, but eventually, it was the four-time WPT champion Elias who ran into Baker’s aces to bust in third place. On his final hand, Elias, who had just doubled up Baker a few hands prior, moved all in from the button with the [poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"] for 950,000 with the blinds at 75,000-150,000 and a 150,000 ante. Cimbolas called from the big blind with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="2d"]. The board ran out [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="5c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"] to eliminate Elias in third place. Heads-up play began with Baker in the lead by a sizable margin. At the start of the final duel, Baker had 15.375 million to Cimbolas’ 6.475 million. Baker stretched his lead in the early portion of the heads-up match, but then Cimbolas found a double up when he picked up two tens and Baker three-bet shoved on him with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="3d"]. Cimbolas flopped a set of tens and held from there to move to 8.6 million in chips. Baker was knocked back to 13.25 million. Baker went right back to work and he began stretching his lead once again. The next thing everyone knew, Cimbolas was pretty short once again and needed something to pull him back into the match. It wouldn’t be in the cards, though. On the final hand, Cimbolas limped the button with the blinds at 150,000-300,000 with a 300,000 ante. Baker checked and the flop came down [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="3s"]. Baker checked, Cimbolas bet 300,000, and Baker called to see the [poker card="6h"] land on the turn. Baker checked, Cimbolas bet 600,000, and Baker called. The river was the [poker card="2h"] and Baker announced a bet of 10 million. Cimbolas tanked for a bit and then called for his tournament life. Baker tabled the [poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] for a straight to beat Cimbolas’ [poker card="Ts"][poker card="5d"] and win the tournament.
  8. The World Poker Tour heads back to fabulous Las Vegas on Monday, March 11, for the first of three consecutive final tables at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. The three final tables to play out are, in order, the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, WPT Gardens Poker Championship, and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. The WPT L.A. Poker Classic is headlined by four-time WPT champion Darren Elias and has a $1.015 million first-place prize up for grabs. What Are They Playing For? The winner of the Season XVII WPT L.A. Poker Classic will take home $1.015 million in first-place prize money. That includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions. As this event is a televised WPT event, the winner will also score a luxurious Hublot Big Bang timepiece. 1st Place: $1,015,000 2nd Place: $646,930 3rd Place: $473,280 4th Place: $346,550 5th Place: $267,400 6th Place: $201,650 Click here to read about how the final table was set. [caption id="attachment_623033" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] HyperX Esports Arena (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] How To Watch the WPT L.A. Poker Classic Final Table The final table for the Season XVII WPT L.A. Poker Classic takes place March 11 starting at 4 p.m. PT at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event will be filmed for broadcast as part of the WPT’s televised schedule of events. You can wait for that airing on FOX Sports Regional Networks, or you could tune in live to the stream of the events that can be viewed on PokerGO. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan. Now, let’s meet the Season XVII WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table. [caption id="attachment_623037" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Jean-Claude Moussa (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 1: Jean-Claude Moussa - 1,250,000 Jean-Claude Moussa is a 36-year-old player from Massachusetts, who entered this event with $516,544 in live tournament earnings. He has two prior WPT Main Tour cashes on record, including his career-best live tournament score of $321,840 when he finished fifth in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic back in Season VIII. Other notable results for Moussa included a deep run in the 2011 PCA Main Event for $45,000 and two cashes in the World Series of Poker Main Event for $25,027 and $24,808. Moussa enters the WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table in fourth chip position with 1.25 million. [caption id="attachment_623039" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Matas Cimbolas (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 2: Matas Cimbolas - 4,675,000 Lithuania’s Matas Cimbolas seems to be becoming more and more of a fixture on the World Poker Tour by the day. The 25-year-old already has one WPT title to his credit thanks to winning WPT Nottingham in Season XIII for $313,327. At the end of last season, he made his way to the WPT Tournament of Champions final table and ultimately finished second for $265,590. Those are the two biggest scores of his live tournament career. Interestingly enough, when Cimbolas made the WPT Tournament of Champions final table, it was played out at the HyperX Esports Arena in Vegas. Whereas the enormity of the arena might cause some players to feel a little less comfortable, Cimbolas has the experience of playing there already under his belt. Another interesting note is that Darren Elias, who leads the WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table, finished third in the WPT Tournament of Champions event that Cimbolas took second in, so these two have a bit of history on the very stage they’ll be competing on come Monday. Cimbolas entered the Season XVII WPT L.A. Poker Classic with just shy of $2 million in live tournament earnings. A third-place finish or higher would move Cimbolas ahead of Dominykas Karmazinas and into second on Lithuania’s all-time money list. Cimbolas enters the WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table second in chips with 4.675 million. [caption id="attachment_623038" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] John Smith (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 3: John Smith - 895,000 John Smith is by far the oldest player at the Season XVII WPT L.A. Poker Classic. He’s also the shortest stack remaining. Don’t let those two things fool you, though. Smith packs plenty of game that’s received a popular following in recent years due to his success in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship at the WSOP. In that event, Smith has results of 11th place in 2014 for $26,584, second place in 2016 for $198,192, and second place again in 2017 for $208,154. As Sean Chaffin wrote for the WPT, Smith served in the U.S. Army when he was younger. He was in Vietnam in the 1960s when a tank he was in hit a landmine. Everyone in the tank died, but Smith survived. He would later receive a Purple Heart for his service. Ahead of this event, Smith had $1.256 million in live tournament earnings. He has five prior WPT Main Tour cashes, with his best being a 20th-place result in the $25,000 buy-in WPT World Championship in Season III for $75,485. Smith enters the WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table as the shortest stack with 850,000. [caption id="attachment_623034" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Darren Elias (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 4: Darren Elias - 9,070,000 A four-time World Poker Tour champion, Darren Elias is "Mr. WPT." No one has won more WPT titles than Elias and on Monday he could better his record by scoring an unprecedented fifth. Elias’ first WPT title came in the Season XIII WPT Borgata Poker Open. There, he topped a field of 1,226 entries to win $843,744. Less than a month later, Elias beat a small but tough field of 118 entries in the WPT Caribbean for a score of $127,680. Elias’ third WPT win came in Season XV when he scored first place in the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic for $346,776. He then won the final event of Season XI, the WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, for $387,580. In addition to a victory on Monday being Elias’ fifth World Poker Tour trophy, he’d earn the largest live tournament score of his career. As mentioned above, the 32-year-old Elias has experience playing at the HyperX Esports Arena. On Monday, he’ll start the final table with a sizable lead on the other five. His stack of 9.07 million in chips in 41.5% of the chips in play and nearly double anyone else. [caption id="attachment_623035" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] David Baker (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 5: David Baker - 4,760,000 David Baker, better known as "ODB" to many in the poker world, has put countless hours into poker. In 2012, he finally won the elusive WSOP gold bracelet. Now he has a chance to win his first WPT title and a huge score of $1.015 million. https://twitter.com/audavidb/status/1103776743091953665 Baker has one previous WPT final table on record, coming back in Season V when he took fifth in the WPT Festa Al Lago tournament for $125,240. Money-wise, this is his best WPT result, but he’ll need to jump up two more places to make it his top finish. Second place or better will give Baker the largest tournament score of his live poker career. A win would mean his first World Poker Tour title and first million dollar tournament payday. Baker comes into the WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table second in chips with 4.76 million. [caption id="attachment_623040" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Steve Yea (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Seat 6: Steve Yea - 1,205,000 If you’re a diehard follower of poker, you’ve heard the name Steve Yea. For casual fans, his name might not be so common, but Yea has been around for quite some time. Yea has live tournament results dating back to 2007 and he’s amassed more than $630,000 in live tournament winnings entering this event. He hails from South Korea and is making his first WPT Main Tour cash. Yea’s largest live tournament score came from a second-place finish on the Asian Poker Tour in 2008 when he won $250,000 in an event in Macau. He also placed second in an APT event in 2009 in Manila for $100,000 as the second biggest live tournament score of his career. Yea enters the WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table fifth in chips with 1.205 million. [caption id="attachment_623036" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Hublot WPT Player of the Year and Baccarat Crystal (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Hublot WPT Player of the Year Implications With a prize pool of more than $5.1 million, the maximum amount of points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race are up for grabs in the Season XVII WPT L.A. Poker Classic. The winner gets 1,400 points, with the rest of the point earnings for the final table as follows. 1st Place: 1,400 points 2nd Place: 1,200 points 3rd Place: 1,100 points 4th Place: 1,000 points 5th Place: 900 points 6th Place: 800 points As it stands, Ping Liu is the man to catch at the top of the Hublot WPT Player of the Year leaderboard. He has 1,900 points thanks to six cashes and two final tables in Season XVII. For the six players at this final table, the points would mean the most for Elias, as he’s the only competitor remaining with points entering this event. Elias has 150 points on the season and could shoot up to 1,550 with a win. That would put him in fourth place overall on the Hublot WPT Player of the Year leaderboard. For the other five, a victory would place them in sixth place on the leaderboard. Despite all of his success on the World Poker Tour over the years, Elias has never been crowned WPT Player of the Year. He has had some close calls, though. Last season, Elias finished third in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. In Season XV, he finished sixth. In Season XIV, he ended up in 12th. In Season XIII, he finished second to Anthony Zinno, who also won two WPT titles that season. At the end of Season XVII, the Hublot WPT Player of the Year will win a $15,000 WPT Passport that can be used as buy-ins to any Season XVIII global WPT event and a Hublot watch. Second place in the race earns a $7,500 WPT Passport and third place gets a $2,500 WPT Passport.
  9. On Saturday, Alex Foxen tweeted that he was looking to make some bracelet bets for the 2019 World Series of Poker. Sifting through the responses, it appears he found a few takers. One of the first players to pop into Foxen’s mentions was recent WPT L.A. Poker Classic winner David 'ODB' Baker, who offered $20,000 per bracelet against Foxen. After a little bit of back and forth between the two, they settled on the original offer from Baker at $20,000 per bracelet. Baker then tweeted that his "shop is open for business" and took in a few "friendly" offers of his own. He booked $2,000 per bracelet with both Brandon Shack-Harris and Brian Hastings. Back to Foxen, Adrian Mateos was one of the players to join in the fun. He asked Foxen if he’d bet on mutual no-limit hold’em events played and it appears Foxen accepted. If they were accepted, the two likely worked out the details out of public view. Rainer Kempe was next in line and offered a similar bet to what Mateos did, for mutual no-limit hold’em events played. If we’re understanding the details correctly, Kempe and Foxen are on for the first bullet of every no-limit hold’em event they both play this summer. A min-cash wins $1,000 from the other person, an official final table appearance wins $5,000, and a bracelet wins $25,000. Dominik Nitsche chimed in at the end and said he’d like the same bet, but there was no visible confirmation from Foxen. Foxen did like the tweet, though. Foxen has yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet, but he's still relatively new to the poker scene. He had some notable live tournament results in 2015 and 2016, but his 2017 is really what put him on the map. That year, Foxen won more than $1.7 million on the felt after having won just over $500,000 in the five years prior combined. In 2018, Foxen had an even bigger year with more than $6.6 million won. In 2019, he’s already won more than $3 million entering the 2019 WSOP. Foxen had just four cashes at the 2018 WSOP, but one of those was a final table to kick off the summer. At the 2017 WSOP, Foxen cashed 14 times and then added two more cashes at WSOP Europe. Among those cashes in 2017 were two final tables and three other top-15 finishes.
  10. Only one bracelet was awarded Tuesday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, but the table has been set for one of poker's biggest names to take center stage on Wednesday. Daniel Negreanu sits on top of the final seven players in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, putting him in position to win his seventh career bracelet. Meanwhile, Joseph Cheong used Tuesday to improve his chances of winning his first career bracelet. Joseph Cheong Headlines $1K Double Stack Final Six Three times in his poker career, Joseph Cheong has finished runner-up in a WSOP bracelet event. On Tuesday he did everything possible to give himself the best chance possible to improve upon those results. Cheong finished Day 3 of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event with 100,300,000 - over 40% of the chips in play - and heads into Wednesday's six-handed final table with the chip lead. The player closest to Cheong is David Ivers with 60,400,000. China's Zinan Xu, who started the day with the chip lead sits third with 53,900,000. Among the 34 players who busted on Tuesday were Jack Sinclair, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Tim West, and recent WPT ARIA Summer Championship winner Matthew Wantman. Action resumes at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Joseph Cheong - 100,300,000 David Ivers - 60,400,000 Zinan Xu - 53,900,000 Andrea Buonocore - 17,800,000 Ido Ashkenazi - 11,700,000 Arianna Son - 4,500,000 Robert Mitchell Wins $800 Deepstack Vegas-based poker pro Robert Mitchell beat Italy's Marco Bognanni to win the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event for the first bracelet of his career and nearly $300,000. "Overall, that’s what poker players play for is the bracelet," Mitchell said. "To have one now, it’s on my resume and it feels good." The win comes a little more than a week after the 41-year-old came 17th in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event. This is just the sixth career WSOP cash for Mitchell, but he felt the win was coming. “One-hundred percent I did. I knew I was going to have another shot at it. I’ve been playing poker for a long time and felt like it was long overdue. It’s awesome.” Bognanni had to settle for $183,742 as runner-up. Final Table Payouts Robert Mitchell - $297,537 Marco Bognanni - $183,742 Axel Hallay - $134,817 Francois Evard - $99,752 Benjamin Underwood - $74,435 Kamel Mokhammad - $56,019 Benjamin Moon - $42,524 Zachary Mullennix - $32,561 Nick Jivkov - $25,152 Just 120 Remain in Record-Setting Super Seniors Day 2 of the $1,000 Super Seniors event saw the field go from 838, through the money bubble and stopped with just 120 players still in contention for the bracelet and $359,863 first place prize money. Leading the way is Jay Hong, from California. Hong has a talented group of players chasing him though. Barry Shulman, co-owner of CardPlayer Magazine and winner of the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event, sits second. His wife, Allyn Shulman, also advanced to Day 3 with an average stack. Other notables still holding on to a shot at the title include Don Zewin, Larry Wright, Tom Franklin, and Humberto Brenes. The schedule calls for an 11 AM PT restart with plans to play down to a winner on Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts Jay Hong - 1,838,000 Barry Shulman - 1,270,000 James Plateroti - 1,181,000 Clifford Pappas - 1,165,000 Miles Harris - 1,090,000 Steven Wenrich - 1,074,000 Stuart Hosen - 992,000 Jimmy Crouch - 916,000 Aaron Dolgin - 898,000 Jian Zhang - 858,000 Denis Bagdasarov Bags Day 2 Chip Lead $1,500 PLO Pennsylvania poker player Denis Bagdasarov finished Day 2 of the record-setting $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event as the only player over 3,000,000 in chips and leads the final 21 players heading into Day 3. The rest of the field includes Ben Zamani, Anton Wigg, Ismael Bojang, and Steve Sung. This is Bojang's 10th cash of the 2019 WSOP and puts him alone atop the leaderboard for most cashes. He also has 72 career WSOP cashes without a win, moving him into sixth all-time on that list behind Roland Israealashvili, Tony Cousineau, Tom McCormick, Allen Kessler, and Shannon Shorr. James Little finished with the fifth largest stack. This is Little's eighth cash of the 2019 WSOP. He's only had three other WSOP cashes in his career. There were 200 players at the start of the day, and after 17 eliminations all remaining players were guaranteed an in-the-money finish. Matt Stout, Ankush Mandavia, Dan Zack, Loren Klein, Kenny Hallaert, Erik Seidel, and Mike Matusow were among the 162 players to cash and bust on Tuesday. The final 21 players are back in action beginning at a Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Denis Bagdasarov - 3,035,000 Glen Cressman - 2,910,000 Johannes Toebbe - 2,905,000 Benjamin Zamani - 2,900,000 James Little - 2,575,000 Anton Wigg - 1,900,000 Ismael Bojang - 1,900,000 Steve Sung - 1,450,000 William Mitchell - 1,405,000 Mihai Niste - 1,245,000 Daniel Negreanu Headlines $10K Seven Card Stud Final Table Daniel Negreanu gave his investors a chance to dance on Tuesday night. Negreanu, who sold pieces of himself to fans and followers before the Series started, has just six other players standing in the way of his seventh career bracelet and a $245,451 payday. Negreanu finished Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event with 1,502,000, nearly 500,000 more than the second biggest stack, belonging to David 'ODB' Baker. Those two are followed by bracelet winners Frank Kassela, John Hennigan, Chris Tryba, and David Singer. The only player at the final table who does not already have a WSOP bracelet is Russian Mikhail Semin. He recently finished sixth in the $10,000 HORSE Championship. Among the players to bust on Tuesday were Scott Seiver, Paul Volpe, Scott Clements, and Michael Mizrachi. Frankie O'Dell, who won the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event earlier this summer, busted in eighth place. The final table begins at a 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Daniel Negreanu - 1,502,000 David "ODB" Baker - 1,070,000 Frank Kassela - 919,000 John Hennigan - 682,000 Chris Tryba - 542,000 David Singer - 388,000 Mikhail Semin - 183,000 2,403 Players Flock to $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack At the start of the day, Adam Lamphere was just one of 2,403 players who entered the $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack event. After 20 30-minute levels, however, Lamphere was bagging up the chip lead. The Michigan native finished with 1,870,000 from a starting stack of 30,000 and sits 628,000 ahead of the next biggest stack, belonging to Caleb Hershey. A total of 2,208 players were eliminated on Day 1. Some of the 195 players who managed to avoid busting were Ylon Schwartz, Konstantin Puchkov, Jake Schwartz, Rainer Kempe, Mark Gregorich, Jamie Gold, and Matthew Wantman. Former #1-ranked PocketFivers Calvin Anderson, Tim West, and Ari Engel also managed to make Day 2. Day 2 starts at Noon PT and is scheduled to play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Adam Lamphere - 1,870,000 Caleb Hershey - 1,242,000 Dustin Goldklang - 1,114,000 Tim Finne - 1,110,000 Ylon Schwartz - 1,105,000 Hao Chen - 1,000,000 Andrew Ostapchenko - 915,000 Qi Luo - 900,000 Sean Legendre - 886,000 Henry Tran - 869,000 Jonathan Depa Leads $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Day 1 Day 1 of the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event, which includes a game rotation of No Limit and Pot Limit games, attracted 218 players and only 55 of them managed to survive to Day 2. Leading that group is Jonathan Depa with 171,600. Jared Bleznick sits second with 149,900 while Arthur Morris is third with 137,000. Ryan Hughes, who came second in this event last year, finished with the fourth best stack at 131,900. Players are just 23 eliminations away from the bubble when action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Jonathan Depa - 171,600 Jared Bleznick - 149,900 Arthur Morris - 137,000 Ryan Hughes - 131,900 Cary Katz - 99,600 Mateus Deoliveira - 95,700 David "Bakes" Baker - 94,900 Joseph Couden - 92,300 Max Kruse - 90,900 Brandon Shack-Harris - 87,500 Player of the Year Update Now properly credited with the 951.7 POY points he earned by winning the $600 Online Knockout Bounty event, Upeshka De Silva leads the WSOP Player of the Year race after passing Dan Zack. De Silva is just 15.82 points ahead of Zack. Scott Clements sits third after picking up an additional 97.7 POY points for his 10th place finish in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship on Tuesday. POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Upeshka De Silva 2,162.02 2 Daniel Zack 2,146.20 3 Scott Clements 1,837.33 4 Robert Campbell 1,605.08 5 Daniel Strelitz 1,597.26 Streaming Schedule
  11. Nick Schulman spends a lot of time in the commentary booth during the World Series of Poker but on Monday he wasn't able to do the commentary for one of the $10,000 Championship events. He was busy winning it. Schulman was the sole bracelet winner on Monday as nearly every table was in play for the opening day of one of the new additions to the schedule. Nick Schulman Wins $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo for Bracelet #3 Nick Schulman arrived at the Rio on Monday with the chip lead and just six other players standing between him and the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship title. It took just a smidge over five hours, including four hours of heads-up play, for Schulman to stand tall against a stacked final table and earn his third WSOP bracelet. Schulman eliminated three of the six including Joe Hachem in third place and Brian Hastings in second. The four-hour long heads-up battle so each player hold the chip lead before Schulman ultimately prevailed. Schulman, who last won a bracelet in 2012, tweeted after his win a tongue-in-cheek Marlo Stanfield warning for the rest of the poker world. The win came with $463,670 for Schulman while Hastings, who was 4-0 when heads-up for a bracelet before Monday, took home $286,570 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Nick Schulman - $463,670 Brian Hastings - $286,570 Joe Hachem - $201,041 Denis Strebkov - $143,700 Christopher Vitch - $104,688 Corey Hochman - $77,763 Michael McKenna - $58,918 Bryce Yockey - $45,551 $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em (Event #64) Just 91 players remain after Day 2 of the $888 Crazy Eights event with none other than 888poker Team Pro Vivian Saliba among the chip leaders. Saliba ended with the fourth-best stack at the end of the 10 levels of play trailing only Ryan Leng, Scott Davies, and leader Natalia Panchenko. Some of the more notable names to move on to Day 3 include Jerry Odeen, Leo Margets, Martijn Gerrits, Matt Matros, and Jesse Sylvia. The day started with 1,223 players still in contention. There were a number of players who didn't make it through the day but did manage to pick up an in-the-money finish including Max Steinberg, Asher Conniff, Ryan Laplante, Jay Farber, Ryan Riess, Cliff Josephy, Josh Arieh, Anatoly Filatov, Calvin Anderson, Blair Hinkle, Greg Raymer, and Alex Foxen. Day 3 begins at Noon PT and is scheduled for 10 more 60-minute levels. Top Chip Counts Natalia Panchenko - 11,870,000 Scott Davies - 11,855,000 Ryan Leng - 11,765,000 Vivian Saliba - 9,565,000 Roland Rokita - 9,515,000 Andrew Brokos - 9,485,000 Jean Fabre - 9,305,000 Oren Rosen - 8,550,000 Rick Alvarado - 8,475,000 Jeanpierre Besancon - 8,190,000 David 'ODB' Baker Leads $1,500 Limit Hold'em Final Six David 'ODB' Baker started Day 3 of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead and then worked his way through 15 other players to finish with the chip leading with just six players remaining. Baker nearly doubled his stack on Monday, finishing with 2,493,000 after starting with 1,275,000. The player closest to Baker is Ruiko Mamiya with 1,551,000. Brian Kim is the only other player in seven-figure territory with 1,106,000. Chris Ferguson sits fifth in what is his third final table and 15th cash of the summer. Daniel Negreanu busted in 20th place for his 12th cash of the summer. Matt Glantz, Roland Israelashvili, and Greg Mueller also busted on Monday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Payouts David 'ODB' Baker - 2,493,000 Ruiko Mamiya - 1,551,000 Brian Kim - 1,106,000 Dominzo Love - 620,000 Chris Ferguson - 246,000 Chicong Nguyen - 152,000 Old School Representing Well in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eli Elezra already picked up one bracelet this summer for the Old School Set and on Monday he made all the rights moves to put himself in position for another. And he's got some Old School company. Elezra finished Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event with 1,362,000 and the chip lead with just 16 players left. Right behind Elezra is Mike Matusow with 1,005,000. Andrey Zhigalov, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $10,000 Razz event, bagged up the third biggest stack with 968,000. Anthony Zinno, Ryan Hughes, Robert Campbell, and Yueqi Zhu all bagged up top 10 stacks as well. There were 17 players who took advantage of the start-of-Day 2 registration period to push the total field to 151 players, a 10-player bump over the 2018 field. Day 3 begins at 2 PM PT and is scheduled to play down to six players. Top 10 Chip Counts Eli Elezra - 1,362,000 Mike Matusow - 1,005,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 968,000 Anthony Zinno - 738,000 Steven Wolansky - 733,000 Qinghai Pan - 727,000 Ryan Hughes - 601,000 Mike Wattel - 596,000 Robert Campbell - 528,000 Yueqi Zhu - 410,000 $1,000 Mini Main Event (Event #69) One of the new additions to the WSOP schedule this summer could be offering a hint at massive things to come in the Main Event. The $1,000 Mini Main Event runs the same structure as the $10,000 Main Event with 30-minute levels. WSOP officials were expecting somewhere in the neighhorhood of 3,000 players for this event. Then 5,521 players showed up. All of the tables inside the Rio were in use and hallways snaked throughout the hallways as players waited for their chance to sit down and play. Lula Taylor finished Day 1 with 2,695,000 and the chip lead. Liran Betito isn't far behind with 2,625,000. Heidi Orloff bagged up 1,935,000 for the third best stack. Rex Clinkscales, Yuval Bronshtein, and Chris Ferguson all managed to make it through Day 2. Just 546 players made it through Day 1 with 280 of those eliminated finishing in the money. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Lula Taylor - 2,695,000 Liran Betito - 2,625,000 Heidi Orloff - 1,935,000 Alexis Urli - 1,925,000 Lazaro Hernandez - 1,890,000 Kunal Punjwani - 1,765,000 Aleksandr Merzhvinskii - 1,725,000 Ming Li - 1,700,000 Gal Sharvit - 1,670,000 Brian Andrews - 1,640,000 Barry Hutter Leads $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em The $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event always draws some of the best NLHE players in the world. Barry Hutter worked his way through 539 of them to lead the remaining 212 players into Day 2. Hutter ended the 10 levels of play with 400,000. Darren Elias, Roberto Romanello, Samuel Vousden, Brian Yoon, Cord Garcia, Peter Traply, Chris Hunichen, Ryan Laplante, Koray Aldemir, and Dan Smith all advanced to Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Barry Hutter - 400,000 Eder Murata - 319,300 Faisal Shihabi - 291,600 Darren Elias - 257,500 Joseph Couden - 256,700 Tamer Kamel - 236,500 Torrey Korsog - 233,700 Alberto Morales - 232,400 Alexandros Theologis - 227,300 Pfizer Jordan - 218,700
  12. Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker saw three players from three different countries win the first bracelets of their careers including an American pro taking down the largest Online Championship event in history. Sejin Park Takes Down Colossus for $451K For the second time in a week, a South Korean player has won a WSOP bracelet. Sejin Park started the final table with the third shortest stack and battled his way to having the chip lead heads-up before eliminating Georgios Kapalas to win the bracelet. Park, a 37-year-old poker pro, had never cashed a WSOP event before. Along with sending Kapalas to the rail, Park also eliminated Norson Saho in sixth and Juan Lopez in fourth. Park banked a career-best $451,272 score for the win. Kapalas, who started the day with the biggest stack, took home $278,881 for his second-place finish. Kapalas was also responsible for three eliminations at the final table. Final Table Payouts Sejin Park - $451,272 Georgios Kapalas - $278,881 Ryan Depaulo - $208,643 Juan Lopez - $157,106 Andrew Barber - $119,072 Norson Saho - $90,838 Patrick Miller - $69,757 Maksim Kalman - $53,925 Diego Lima - $41,965 Russian Anatolii Zyrin Binks $1,500 Omaha Mix Rich Zhu almost defended his title. The only player who prevented was Russian poker streamer Anatolii Zyrin. The 29-year-old Zyrin actually trailed Zhu when heads-up play began. It took a little more than an hour for Zyrin to flip the script and eventually eliminate Zhu in second place. This is Zyrin's eighth cash of the 2019 WSOP. He finished runner-up to Brett Apter in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event in early June. Zhu, who won this event last summer, took home $123,466 for his runner-up finish. This is Zhu's 10th cash this summer and 88th of his career. James Van Alstyne finished third for $84,106. Final Table Payouts Anatolii Zyrin - $199,838 Yueqi Zhu - $123,466 James Van Alstyne - $84,106 Mesbah Guerfi - $58,289 Aron Dermer - $41,112 Iori Yogo - $29,518 Alan Sternberg - $21,582 Ivo Donev - $16,075 Nicholas 'Illari' Baris Takes Down $1,000 Online Championship Nicholas 'Illari' Baris beat out a record-setting field to win $303,738.75 and the first WSOP bracelet of his career. Baris beat Tara 'bertperton' Cain heads-up to win the title. Cain ended up with a $187,530 payday. William 'TheBurrSir' Lamb rounded out the podium finishers with a third-place result and won $113,332.50. Chris Ferguson finished seventh. This is the largest field in the history of the $1,000 Online Championship. The 1,750 runners beat the 2018 field by 115 players. Final Table Payouts Nicholas 'Illari' Baris - $303,738.75 Tara 'bertperton' Cain - $187,530 William 'TheBurrSir' Lamb - $113,332.50 David 'YoungPitts' Baker - $96,092.50 Jason 'LuckDuck' Lawhun - $69,991.25 Jack 'Mr. Yang' Maskill - $51,703.75 Chris 'Camdi' Ferguson - $38,736.25 Ryan 'PlzCumAgain' Jones - $29,260 Antonio 'karma007' Guerrero - $22,443.75 Massive Day 1D Field in $888 Crazy Eights The $888 Crazy Eights event kept the hallways at the Rio packed on Sunday with 4,494 players pushing the four-day total to 10,188. Just 561 players survived Day 1D with Luis Pinho bagging up 1,419,000 for the biggest stack through all four starting flights. Gal Erlichman finished with 1,275,000 for the second-best stack while Vlad Darie rounded out the top three with 1,200,000. Everybody in the top 10 from Day 1D finished with more than 1,000,000 in chips. Some of the notables who managed to make it through Day 1D include Chance Kornuth, Andrew Brokos, Ryan Leng, Mark Radoja, Greg Merson, Anatoly Filatov, William Kassouf, Greg Raymer, Jay Farber, and Ryan Riess. The 1,223 players who survived the four opening flights will be back in action on Monday beginning at Noon PT. Top Day 1D Chip Counts Luis Pinho - 1,419,000 Gal Erlichman - 1,275,000 Vlad Darie - 1,200,000 Muhammad Abdel Rahim - 1,118,000 Pierre Merlin - 1,085,000 Nino Ullman - 1,074,000 Artem Metalidi - 1,052,000 Kee Fredkove - 1,041,000 Soukha Kachittavong - 1,030,000 Grayson Ramage - 1,030,000 Nick Schulman Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Final Table Just seven players are still standing after three days of play in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and Nick Schulman stands tallest among them all. Schulman bagged up 3,355,000 and leads Brian Hastings by 620,000. Hastings, who has four bracelets including two $10,000 Championship events, bagged up 2,735,000. Right behind him is 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem with 2,430,000. 2018 World Championship of Online Poker leaderboard winner Denis Strebkov finished with 885,000 for the fifth-biggest stack. The day started with 43 players and after 14 players busted without cashing to burst the bubble, Steven Wolansky busted in 29th place to 13th cash of the summer. He's now tied with four other players for the most cashes this year. Other players who busted in the money include Randy Ohel, Dylan Wilkerson, Leif Force, Darryll Fish, Matt Vengrin, Connor Drinan, and Bryce Yockey. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Nick Schulman - 3,355,000 Brian Hastings - 2,735,000 Joe Hachem - 2,430,000 Christopher Vitch - 1,940,000 Denis Strebkov - 885,000 Corey Hochman - 170,000 Michael McKenna - 65,000 David 'ODB' Baker Leads Final 21 in $1,500 Limit Hold'em David Baker already won a World Poker Tour title this year. On Sunday, he took a step towards adding a WSOP bracelet to his list of 2019 accomplishments. Baker, who won his only WSOP bracelet in 2012, finished Day 2 of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event with 1,275,000 and a massive lead over the rest of the field. Ron Carmona bagged the second largest stack with 488,000. Right behind him is Ruiko Mamiya with 486,000. Chris Ferguson, who finished seventh in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Online Championship, bagged up the sixth biggest stack in this event. Other familiar faces who advanced to Day 3 include Greg Mueller, Matt Glantz, and Daniel Negreanu. The final 21 return to action at 2 PM PT and will play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts David 'ODB' Baker - 1,275,000 Ron Carmona - 488,000 Ruiko Mamiya - 486,000 Nicholas Pupillo - 403,000 Brian Kim - 373,000 Chris Ferguson - 361,000 Dominzo Love - 360,000 Kenneth Donoghue - 324,000 Greg Mueller - 262,000 Matt Glantz - 247,000 Ali Eslami Leads Day 1 of $10K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Ali Eslami hasn't cashed in a WSOP event in five years, but he finished Day 1 of the $10,00 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event atop the 68 players who made it through the day. Eslami finished with 275,000 to edge out Rich Zhu, who registered only after busting the $1,500 Mixed Omaha event in second-place. The event drew 134 runners with registration open until the start of Day 2. Eli Elezra, Jon Turner, Anthony Zinno, Jason Mercier, Randy Ohel, Jeff Lisandro, Jake Schwartz, Brandon Shack-Harris, Erik Seidel, Chris Bjorin, and Dan Zack also bagged up chips to advance to Day 2. Play resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Ali Eslami - 275,500 Yueqi Zhu - 272,000 Andres Norbe - 266,500 Eli Elezra - 264,000 Harvey Goldstein - 242,500 Jon Turner - 229,500 Anthony Zinno - 223,000 Jason Mercier - 216,500 Randy Ohel - 195,500 Perry Friedman - 191,000
  13. With 90 events on the schedule, it seemed like an inevitability that somebody would win more than one bracelet at the 2019 World Series of Poker and it took until nearly 75% of the schedule had passed to make it a reality. Robert Campbell earned his second win of the summer on Tuesday and that moved him into prime position to win WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell Wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Robert Campbell came to the 2019 World Series of Poker hoping to play well and come out ahead. On Wednesday, the 35-year-old Australian did a little more than that, locking up his second win of the summer and moving into sole possession of top spot in the WSOP Player of the Year race. Campbell beat Yueqi Zhu heads-up to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763 and 1,045 POY points. After his win, Campbell spoke about how hot he ran at the final table. "More than pure. Like whatever that next phase is after pure. It was like really sick, I was like, 'Holy fucking shit man. He just got barbecued that poor man'," Campbell said. "It’s just outrageous. Even when I thought I lost I won. That’s how sick I ran." Campbell's first win came in mid-June when he won the $1,500 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven. He has five other cashes this summer including an eighth, a seventh, and a fifth place finish. His win propelled him past Dan Zack into top spot on the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,079.56 points. It was Zhu's second consecutive runner-up finish. The Chinese-born poker pro finished second in the $1,500 Omaha Mix event on Sunday and immediately registered for this event. He now has 11 cashes this summer. Mike Wattel finished third for $164,647. Final Table Payouts Robert Campbell - $385,763 Yueqi Zhu - $238,420 Mike Wattel - $164,647 Mike Matusow - $116,255 Ryan Hughes - $83,971 Qinghai Pan - $62,079 Andrey Zhigalov - $46,999 Steven Wolansky - $36,460 David 'ODB' Baker Takes Down $1,500 Limit Hold'em Just a few short months after winning the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic, David 'ODB' Baker added a second career WSOP bracelet to his resume by taking down the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. The 46-year-old poker pro earned $161,139 for the win and while the money is certainly great, winning another WSOP bracelet is a special moment for Baker. “I think it's pretty obvious that I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to the World Series and how much it means to me," Baker said. "I'm one of the people who will really, really care about it. I do, and I don't make an apology for it. Hopefully, I'll only have two for a short period of time." Baker started the final day with the chip lead and beat Brian Kim heads up to wrap up the win on Tuesday afternoon. He now has nine cashes this summer. Chris Ferguson was eliminated in fifth place and now has a WSOP-leading 16 cashes this summer. The former part-owner of Full Tilt Poker owns the single year record (including WSOP Europe) with 23. Final Table Payouts David 'ODB' Baker - $161,139 Brian Kim - $99,564 Dominzo Love - $68,353 Ruiko Mamiya - $47,747 Chris Ferguson - $33,948 Chicong Nguyen - $24,574 Kenneth Donoghue - $18,118 Danny Woolard - $13,609 Vivian Saliba Makes $888 Crazy Eights Final Table Brazilian poker pro Vivian Saliba has traveled the world representing the 888poker brand. Now she's gone and made the final 10 of the 888-branded WSOP tournament, the $888 Crazy Eights event. Saliba sits third with just 10 players remaining, trailing only Aleksandras Rusinovas and Thomas Drivas. Rusinovas has a healthy lead over the rest of the field after bagging up 114,625,000. Drivas meanwhile has slightly more than half of that with 58,600,000. Saliba ended Day 3 with 43,500,000. Mark Radoja and Vlad Darie also made the final ten. Action resumes at Noon and will play down to a winner. Top Chip Counts Aleksandras Rusinovas - 114,625,000 Thomas Drivas - 58,600,000 Vivian Saliba - 43,500,000 Uselis Gediminas - 43,400,000 Mark Radoja - 36,100,000 Patrick Clarke - 36,000,000 Vlad Darie - 26,750,000 Rick Alvarado - 21,150,000 Mario Hofler - 15,200,000 Kevin Kwak - 12,000,000 Andres Norbe Lead Mini Main Event Final Table The monstrous field that was the Mini Main Event has been whittled down to just eight players. Andres Norbe has so far outlasted 5,513 other players and begins the eight-handed final table with the lead. The Argentinian pro, who won a bracelet in 2017, ended Day 2 with 75,000,000. Jeremy Saderne sits second with 64,000,000 just ahead of Yi Ma with 62,600,000. The day started with 546 players still alive. Among the notables who busted on Tuesday were Yuval Bronshtein, Francisco Brito, Michael Wasserman, Rex Clinkscales, Barry Greenstein, Chris Ferguson, Blair Hinkle, and Jeff Madsen. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Andres Norbe - 75,000,000 Jeremy Saderne - 64,000,000 Yi Ma - 62,600,000 Koji Takagi - 44,000,000 Lula Taylor - 30,500,000 Stefan Widmer - 28,400,000 Ben Alloggio - 13,900,000 Philip Gildea - 12,400,000 Vieira, Cada, Hunichen Chasing $5K Six Max Title Joao Vieira was the only one of the 28 players who survived Day 2 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed event to bag more than 2,000,000 chips. The Portuguese poker pro finished with 2,100,000 while his next closest threat, Shahar Levi, ended the day with 1,800,000. Olivier Busquet sits third with 1,433,000 which puts him just ahead of four-time bracelet winner Joe Cada's 1,389,000. Other notables still chasing the $758,011 first-place prize money include former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen, Patrick Tardif, and Ankush Mandavia. The 212 players who survived Day 1, combined with the 64 players who registered before the start of Day 2, made for a total field of 815 players. Some of the players who managed to make it into the money on Day 2 included Ryan Laplante, Mustapha Kanit, Peter Traply, Samuel Vousden, Dan Smith, Brian Yoon, Jake Schwartz, and Nick Schulman. The final 28 return at 2 PM and will play down to a final table of six. Top Chip Counts Joao Vieira - 2,100,000 Shahar Levi - 1,800,000 Olivier Busquet - 1,433,000 Joe Cada - 1,389,000 Bartlomiej Machon - 1,265,000 Ivan Galinec - 1,096,000 Chris Hunichen - 1,051,000 Barry Hutter - 1,047,000 Timothy Cramer - 1,032,000 Ryan Jones - 1,031,000 Salute to Warriors Draws 1,723 Entrants Another one of the new events on the WSOP schedule this year, the $500 Salute to Warriors event brought out 1,723 entries on Tuesday. The event pays tribute to those who have served in the military but is open to anybody wishing to play. Dominique Terzian managed to work his way through Day 1 with a massive chip stack. Terzian finished with 801,000 to top the 287 players who survived Day 1. Garry Stevens-Smith ended with 572,000 for the second best stack. Michael Nosek was third with 517,000. Mike Sexton finished Day 1 with 300,000. Other notables advancing include David Oppenheim, Tim West, and Vinny Pahuja. $40 from each entry is donated to the USO and other veterans organizations. Day 2 begins at Noon PT and is scheduled to play down to six players. Top 10 Chip Counts Dominique Terzian - 801,000 Garry Stevens-Smith - 572,000 Michael Nosek - 517,000 Jordan Knackstedt - 480,500 Stanislav Angelov - 391,000 Fred Li - 388,000 Chad Gravenor - 375,500 Ben Yu - 370,500 Jacky Wong - 360,000 Yifan Zheng - 354,500 Andrew Brown Leads $10K Limit Hold'em Championship Andrew Brown finished Day 1 of the $10K Limit Hold'em Championship with 337,000 chips, good enough to lead the 51 players who made it to Day 2. Anthony Marsico sits second with 283,500 and Eli Elezra is third with 255,500. Josh Arieh, Matt Glantz, Shaun Deeb, Phil Hui, Terrence Chan, Benny Glaser, and Juha Helppi all managed to advance to Day 2. There were 110 entries on Tuesday, however, registration is open until the start of Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Andrew Brown - 337,000 Anthony Marsico - 283,500 Eli Elezra - 255,500 James Little - 249,500 Kyle Ray - 237,500 Kevin Song - 233,000 James Chen - 226,500 David Mosca - 222,000 Robert Mizrachi - 219,000 Eric Wasserson - 215,000
  14. Norway’s Espen Sandvik win his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet on Friday, taking down the 2019 WSOP Europe €2,500 8-Game Mix event for €75,426. Sandvik topped a small but tough field of 71 entries, including a final table that had Phil Hellmuth and Jeff Madsen in the mix. The event had a guaranteed prize pool of €250,000. With only 71 entries, the prize pool fell short of the guarantee, creating an overlay for the players involved. €2,500 8-Game Mix Final Table Results 1st: Espen Sandvik - €75,426 2nd: Ville Haavisto - €46,613 3rd: Phil Hellmuth - €31,058 4th: Jeff Madsen - €21,386 5th: Thomer Pidun - €15,235 6th: Jochen Kaiser - €11,242 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The two-day event saw Day 1 finish with 26 players remaining. Madsen was in the lead, but most of the eyes were on Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu. Hellmuth was searching for his 16th gold bracelet, whereas Negreanu was looking for his seventh and to accumulate more WSOP Player of the Year points. The top 11 finishers were set to finish in the money, and Negreanu didn’t make it that far. He was eliminated by Kahle Burns before the field was cut down to three tables. With 18 players left, notables Robert Campbell, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Eli Elezra, and Manig Loeser were still in. They were all eliminated short of the money, though, with Baker falling as the tournament’s bubble boy. After that, it was a race to the final table that saw Burns bust in ninth and Joao Vieira out in seventh. At the official final table, Jochen Kaiser busted first and then Thomer Pidun went out next. It was Maden’s turn to go in fourth place, and he fell in a hand of limit hold’em against Sandvik. Madsen did get his money in with the best of it, but his pocket tens were rundown by Sandvik making a spade flush. Hellmuth did what he could to fight for chips, but his run at a 16th gold bracelet came to an end short of the goal in this one. He went out in third place during a hand of 2-7 triple draw and it was Sandvik that got him as well. Hellmuth’s exit left Sandvik and Ville Haavisto, and heads-up play didn’t last long. Sandvik had a huge chip advantage to start heads-up play and quickly disposed of his Finnish counterpart. On the final hand, Haavisto was drawing to a seven-five low in 2-7 triple draw against Sandvik’s queen-ten low. Haavisto paired his seven, though, and that was what sent him to the rail in second place.
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