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  1. On Saturday, longtime PocketFiver David Davidp18Peters (pictured) started the weekend by winning the European Poker Tour Malta High Roller Event, which had a €10,000 buy-in, and earned €597,000. It's the biggest cash of his poker career. PocketFives has tracked three online scores for Peters that have passed $100,000. Peters entered heads-up play against Ivan Luca with a 2:1 chip lead and although a deal was discussed, nothing came to fruition. The tournament had 235 players, its prize pool swelled to €2.9 million, and the top 39 players finished in the money. Peters proudly Tweeted when all was said and done, "I won with no chop for my biggest score ever! Thanks everyone for the support!" Here's how the EPT Malta Final Table paid out. There were seven countries represented: 1st Place: David Peters - €597,000 2nd Place: Ivan Luca - €397,000 3rd Place: Viacheslav Goryachev - €290,500 4th Place: Artem Metalidi - €234,500 5th Place: Charles Carrel - €183,800 6th Place: Nick Petrangelo - €139,000 7th Place: Igor Yaroshevskyy - €102,000 8th Place: Sylvain Loosli - €75,000 Peters won a WCOOP Second Chance event last September for $172,000, his largest online score to date. He chopped an FTOPS eventfive years ago for $152,000 and won the Full Tilt$1K Monday in 2008 for another $110,000. He has multiple victories in $215 tournaments on PokerStars over the years and won the Full Tilt Sunday Major last year, pocketing $36,000. Prior to this, Peters' largest live score came after a win in the Bellagio Cup in 2013 for $355,000. The same year, he finished fourth in the WSOP Europe High Roller Event for $203,000 and took down the EPT Prague High Roller Event for $179,000. He just passed $5 million in career live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, and is #151 on poker's all-time money list. Peters has been a member of PocketFives since 2006. Congrats to Peters on his EPT win! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. Prior to Black Friday you could find Ryan Hefter playing some on Full Tilt Poker under the screen name 'ShermHoy' or posting on PocketFives as 'heftybags'. His day job - Hefter works for Credit Suisse - recently saw him relocate to Poland and while his finance career is flourishing, the move appears to helped him with his poker goals too. On Wednesday Hefter came out on top of a 580-player field to win the €1,650 Monster Stack at WSOP Europe in Berlin. The win comes with the highly sought after first WSOP bracelet and €176,205 ($202,305 US). With his 9-5 career in full swing, Hefter has an even deeper appreciation for the win. "I can’t even put into words how I feel right now," Hefter said. "I work, so I don’t have time to tour the circuits." The third and final day actually began with 22 players and took just over 14 hours to complete. With just nine players remaining, Hefter was in the middle of the pack with a little less than an average stack. The first player eliminated from the final table was David 'Davidp18' Peters. The Ohio native was eliminated by Carlos Chang, who was attempting to become the first WSOP bracelet from Taiwan. Henrik Hecklen eliminated Richard Sheils in eighth and then Chang claimed another victim. Justin Frolian, one of two German players at the final table, was eliminated by Change in seventh. Just 45 minutes later the other German final tablist, Armin Eckl, was sent packing by Hecklen. And after Chang eliminated Diego Ventura in fifth it appeared that he and Hecklen were on a collision course to get heads-up for the bracelet. Despite having been responsible for the first five eliminations, Hecklen and Chang could go no further. Hecklen was the first to go, eliminated by Gilbert Diaz. It took nearly 90 minutes but Chang was finally eliminated at the hands of Hefter. It took nearly 8 1/2 hours to go from the official final table to heads-up play, but didn't take long at all for Hefter to finish off Diaz. Play had gone on so long on the final day that tournament directors were forced to add two levels to the posted structure sheet. Only 17 hands were needed for heads-up play with Hefter coming out victorious. The next final table will be Thursday morning and should be relatively quick. The €2,200 Eight Game Mix event has just three players remaining with Alex Komaromi leading and Scott Clements in second, looking to improve upon his runner-up finish in the $5,000 Eight game Mix event at WSOP APAC last October in Melbourne. Final Table Payouts Ryan Hefter – €176,205 Gilbert Diaz – €109,625 Carlos Chang – €80,170 Henrik Hecklen – €59,495 Diego Ventura – €44,725 Armin Eckl – €34,180 Justin Frolian – €26,415 Richard Sheils – €20,675 David Peters – €16,455
  3. David Peters of Rancho Santa Fe, California may have been the short stack in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event entering Day 7, but his 2.1 million chips are more than about 6,400 other players who entered the tournament have. He was a long shot to make the November Nine, but this is poker and we all know that a couple double-ups to get Peters right back in contention were not out of the question at all. He ended up in 17th place for $325,000. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Away from the poker table, Peters is an attorney, a partner in the law firm Peters & Freedman, LLP, a business that specializes in community association law. He attended Pepperdine University undergrad, went on to the University of California at Riverside for his MBA, and then earned his law degree from the Hastings School of Law. According to TheHendonMob.com, Peters has over $350,000 in live tournament earnings, including $28,530 from a 399th place finish in the 2012 WSOP Main Event. His biggest cash came in 2008, when he finished as the runner-up in the WSOP Circuit San Diego Championship Event, winning $120,156. Don't get him confused with David Davidp18 Peters, though, as it seems that WSOP.com may have. They are two different people, the younger having won over $6.7 million in his career. Poker is a relatively new pastime for Peters, as he only picked up the game in 2000. His long-term poker goal, as stated on his WSOP.com profile, is one many of us have but never come close to reaching: winning a bracelet.
  4. [caption width="640"] Steve O'Dwyer has .7M earnings so far in 2016[/caption] Steve O’Dwyer did in January what most poker players dream of doing in their lifetime. He finished fourth in the Triton Super High Roller in the Philippines for $953,700. He then won the $50,000 High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $945,495. Then he made his way to the Aussie Millions where he finished fourth in the $25,000 High Roller. Three six figure cashes inside of three weeks. But he wasn’t done. On Monday - the first day of February - he capped that off by winning the Aussie Millions LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge for A$951,960 ($673,371 US). The event drew a total of 16 entries including two from Fedor Holz and a Day 2 entry from Mike McDonald to build a total prize pool of A$3,920,000. After Byron Kaverman busted in fifth place, the remaining four players agreed to an ICM chop, leaving $100,000 cash and the title to play for. The original payout structure was only paying the top three spots. Just over 40 minutes after agreeing to the chop, a crippled Fabian Quoss was sent out in fourth place. Peter raised to 50,000 from the button, O’Dwyer re-raised to 150,000, and Quoss put his last 60,000 in the middle. Peters folded. O’Dwyer held [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"] which put him well ahead of Quoss’ [poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"]. O’Dwyer paired his queen on the turn and Quoss was out in fourth. Five minutes later Drinan followed Quoss. Drinan moved all in from the button and Peters moved all in over the top, forcing O’Dwyer to fold. Drinan showed [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"] and was well behind Peters’ [ah[poker card="4h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="9c"] and Drinan was out in third leaving O’Dwyer and Peters to play for the title. Heads-up play took just over an hour. On the final hand of the night O’Dwyer raised and Peters called to see a flop of [poker card="qh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"]. Peters checked to O’Dwyer who bet 115,000. Peters called and the two saw the [poker card="th"] hit the turn. Peters checked again and O’Dwer bet 230,000. Peters called again. The river was the [poker card="7d"] and Peters checked again. O’Dwyer announced he was all in for 1,700,000. Peters snap-called and tabled [poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"] for two pair but O’Dwyer showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"] for a better two pair, eliminating Peters and earning his second high roller victory of the last three weeks. Final Table Payouts Steve O’Dwyer - 951,960 David Peters - 889,236 Connor Drinan - 1,021,909 Fabian Quoss - 956,896
  5. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz has won over https://cdn.pocketfives.com/p5wp/2017/11/593308-fedor-holz-triton-super-high-roller.jpg million in the last two weeks thanks to back-to-back wins[/caption] It seems like there’s really nothing stopping Fedor Holz these days. Just two weeks after Holz won the WPT Alpha8 event at Bellagio, the German poker pro conquered another tough high roller field, winning the $200,000 buy-in Triton Super High Roller at Solaire Resort in the Philippines. The event, part of the WPT National Philippines schedule, attracted 40 unique players totalling 52 entries after re-entries, including Tom Dwan, John Juanda, Philipp Gruissem and Phil Ivey. Holz beat a final table that included Dan Colman, Steve O’Dwyer, David Peters and Ivey to win the $3.4 million first place prize. Holz eliminated thee of his six opponents at the final table on his way to the victory. Steve O’Dwyer, who started the day with the second largest stack behind only Ivey, picked up the first elimination of the day just 17 hands in. O’Dwyer opened the action with a raise to 65,000 from early position, Peters made it 160,000 before Paul Phua announced was all in for 485,000. O’Dwyer responded by moving all in and Peters folded. O’Dwyer tabled [poker card="as"] [poker card="qs"] while Phua showed [poker card="ad"] [poker card="jd"]. The board missed Phua entirely with O’Dwyer pairing his queen on the turn to send Phua home in seventh. Another player with well-documented success in high roller events was the next player to bust. Dan Colman raised to 85,000 and Tang and Ivey both called from the blinds. After the [poker card="jd"] [poker card="8d"] [poker card="7h"] flop, Tang bet 150,000, Ivey folded and Colman called. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] and Colman called Tang’s 200,000 bet. After the [poker card="ts"] river, Tang checked, Colman bet 300,000 and Tang announced he was all in. Colman called and mucked his hand when Tang showed T-9 for a straight to eliminate Colman in sixth. Starting the seven-handed final table with the biggest stack didn't mean much for Ivey. Left with just nine big blinds, Ivey moved all in from the cutoff with [poker card="qs"] [poker card="jc"] and Holz called from the small blind with [poker card="ah"] [poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"] [poker card="7h"] [poker card="2d"] [poker card="ad"] [poker card="9h"] to eliminate Ivey in fifth place, marking the fifth time that he has cashed in a tournament with a buy-in of at least $200,000. Holz continued the aggression to claim another elimination. The German raised to 140,000 from the button before O’Dwyer moved all in from the small blind for just over 1,300,000. Holz called and showed [poker card="td"] [poker card="ts"] against the [poker card="ah"] [poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="qh"] [poker card="9h"] [poker card="5h"] flop improved O’Dwyer’s hand but not enough to get ahead of Holz. The [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="7d"] turn were no help for O’Dwyer and he was eliminated in fourth. Devan Tang had been the frontrunner for most of the final table, but his run at the title came crashing to a halt three-handed against Peters and Holz. On his final hand of the tournament, Tang moved all in from the button for 1,620,000 only to have Peters move all in for 1,790,000 right behind him. Holz folded and left Tang, with [poker card="ah"] [poker card="qc"], and Peters, with [poker card="9d"] [poker card="9s"], battle it out. The board ran out [poker card="kd"] [poker card="ks"] [poker card="tc"] [poker card="3h"] [poker card="3c"] to eliminate Tang and send Peters to heads-up action with Holz. Holz had a nearly 2-1 chip lead when heads up play began but lost two of the first three hands of heads up play before the two made a deal based on stacks. The tournament ended on the fourth hand of heads-up play when the pair got it all in preflop with Peters holding [poker card="ac"] [poker card="qc"] and Holz barely leading with [poker card="7d"] [poker card="7s"]. The board ran out [poker card="jh"] [poker card="5d"] [poker card="5c"] [poker card="kd"] [poker card="kh"] to give Holz the trophy and the lions share of the money. Official Final Table Payouts Fedor Holz - $3,463,500 David Peters - $2,309,000 Devan Tang - $1,405,500 Steve O’Dwyer - $953,700 Phil Ivey - $652,500 Dan Colman- $502,000 Paul Phua - $401,600
  6. [caption width="640"] Bryn Kenney won the PokerStars Championship Monaco Super High Roller event on Saturday (PokerStars photo/Tomas Stacha)[/caption] In the era of High Roller of Super High Roller tournaments, maybe no player has enjoyed more success than American Bryn Kenney. He’s had six High Roller or Super High Roller wins, two seven-figure scores and 29 six-figure scores. On Saturday in Monaco the 31-year-old added another win and the single biggest cash of his career when he took down the PokerStars Championship Monaco €100,000 Super High Roller event. The win earned Kenney €1,784,500 ($1,944,326 US) and pushed him to 15th on the all-time earning list with just over $17.1 million. After having already won the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2016, Kenney now has another prestigious title on his resume - the first for him in Monaco. "I'd never had a good trip in Monaco. It's nice to finally win the biggest tournament here," said Kenney. Nine players started the final day with only eight spots paying. Isaac Haxton busted on the bubble leaving the final eight to play and it didn’t take long for action to pick up. Just fives minutes after Haxton left empty-handed, Sam Greenwood was shown the door. Viacheslav Buldygin raised to 160,000 from UTG and Greenwood called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3c"], Greenwood then check-raised all in after Buldygin bet 150,000. Buldygin called and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] while Greenwood showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] for top pair. Neither the turn or river were any help though and the Canadian was out in eighth. It took just another five minutes for Buldygin to find another victim. Buldygin raised to 160,000 from late position and Martin Kabhrel raised all in for a little over 1,000,000 from the big blind and Buldygin called. Kabhrel tabled [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"] while Buldygin showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"] flop kept Buldygin ahead and neither the [poker card="4d"] turn or [poker card="8c"] river were any help for Kabhrel, eliminating him in seventh. Buldygin took a back seat to Kenney for the next few bustouts. Kenney raised to 175,000 from middle position before German Steffen Sontheimer moved all in right after him for just under 1,000,000. Kenney called instantly and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"] while Sontheimer found himself in trouble with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="3c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2c"] runout did nothing to help Sontheimer and he was out in sixth for €380,700 - the largest score of his career. Kenney stayed hot and ten minutes later busted another high roller regular who was on a heater of his own. Ole Schemion, who won the €10,000 High Roller earlier this week, opened to 175,000 from the cutoff before Kenney moved all in from the big blind. Schemion called and showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] while Kenney had [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"] flop kept Schemion in front. The [poker card="8d"] turn gave Kenney a gutshot straight draw and the [poker card="7c"] river filled the straight, sending Schemion out in fifth. Kenney showed no signs of slowing down after picking up those two eliminations and found himself adding another player’s entire stack to his own just over 30 minutes later. With blinds now at 50,000/100,000 (10,000), Kenney raised to 200,000 from the cutoff before David Peters moved all in from the button for 2,200,000. Kenney called and showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] after Peters tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] flop was no help for Peters and neither was the [poker card="kh"] turn or [poker card="9s"] river. That hand gave Kenney almost 80% of the chips in play with just two opponents, Buldygin and Daniel Dvoress, standing in the way of the title. Kenney finally got to take a back seat ten minutes later as the other two players clashed. Buldygin moved all in from the button and Dvoress called all in from the small blind before Kenney folded. Buldygin was racing with [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"] against Dvoress’ [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"] flop didn’t directly connect for Buldygin, but he did pick up a number of extra outs. The [poker card="Ks"] turn was one of them and Buldygin eliminated Dvoress in third as the [poker card="3c"] river completed the board. When heads up play began, Kenney had 13,000,000 chips while Buldygin had just 2,250,000. Despite the huge advantage, in both chips and relative experience closing a big tournament, it wasn’t exactly an easy ride for Kenney. Finally, with Viacheslav Buldygin down to just 10 big blinds, Kenney moved all in after Buldygin attempted to limp his button. The Russian called and showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"] against the [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] of Kenney. The [poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"] flop put Kenney in nearly complete control and the [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="8s"] river sealed Kenney’s win, eliminatiing Buldygin in second place. Payouts Bryn Kenney - €1,784,500 Viacheslav Buldygin - €1,290,800 Daniel Dvoress - €832,800 David Peters - €630,600 Ole Schemion - €487,715 Steffen Sontheimer - €380,700 Martin Kabrhel - €303,350 Sam Greenwood - €237,950
  7. [caption width="640"] Jasper Meijer van Putten outlasted a field of 1,192 to win the final European Poker Tour Main Event title (PokerStars photo)[/caption] There was a lot on the line coming into the final European Poker Tour Main Event. After 13 seasons, the PokerStars tour was making its final stop before the site-sponsored Championships and Festivals commence at the start of 2017. Headlining the storylines were David Peters and Sam Cohen. Peters was looking to capture his second leg of poker’s Triple Crown in 2016 after winning a World Series of Poker bracelet in June. Additionally, Peters could overtake Fedor Holz for the number one position on the GPI list with the end of 2016 right around the corner. For Cohen, she had a chance to become the first America women to win an EPT Main Event title. Despite the marquee names, it was Dutchman Jasper Meijer van Putten who stole the show on his way to victory. Cohen had her run at history cut down in only the third hand of play as Peters showed her to the rail in a huge pot. Marton Czuczor opened the action with [poker card="th"][poker card="tc"] to 280,000 and Peters called in the cutoff with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"]. Cohen defended her big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="8h"] and the three players saw a [poker card="qh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2h"] flop. Action checked to Peters, who bet 350,000. Cohen stuck in a raise to an even 1,000,000, which induced Czuczor into folding. Peters called and caught a third nine on the [poker card="9h"] turn. Cohen shoved all in for about 3,000,000 and Peters called immediately. Needing a queen or a heart, Cohen found neither on the [poker card="7s"] river and collected €145,900 for her final table finish. 19 hands passed after Cohen’s elimination beforeMarius Gierse was eliminated by Czuczor. The start of final table chip leader opened to 280,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] and called the all in shove of 2,940,000 from Gierse, who was on the button. Holding an inferior pair [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"], Gierse had his work cut out for him heading to the flop. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4c"] and Gierse took his leave. Meijer van Putten was quiet for the earlier portion of the final table but made a major statement via his bustout of Sergei Petrushevskii. With the blinds at 80,000/160,000, Meijer van Putten opened under the gun for 400,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. Czuczor then stuck in a three-bet for 1,150,000 on the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"]. From the small blind, Pertushevskii moved all in for 3,770,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"] which prompted Meijer van Putten to reshove for about 8,000,000 total. Czuczor folded a crucial pot at the final table was up for grabs. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="9s"] flop gave Pertushevskii some backdoor equity but the [poker card="8s"] on the turn left him needing a queen on the river to chop. The two outer did not come and Meijer van Putten took the chip lead heading into three-handed play. Meijer van Putten, Czuczor and Peters were tightly bunched together and tried negotiating an ICM deal. After 40 minutes of discussion, the trio could not come to a final agreement and play resumed. Play went for about two full 90-minute levels as Meijer van Putten grew his chip lead over his opponents. It was Peters who was the short stack for the majority of play and eventually met his end at the hands of Czuczor. From the small blind, Czuczor raised all in with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"] having Peters covered. Following a few moments of thought, Peters called with [poker card="qs"][poker card="7d"] for his last 12 big blinds. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2c"] flop paired Peters to put him in the lead. The [poker card="4h"] was safe for Peters but the [poker card="ac"] on the river gave Czuczor the higher pair to send the new GPI number one to the rail. Meijer van Putten started heads up play with a nearly 3-1 chip advantage over Czuczor. The two went back and forth for 15 hands as Czuczor pulled nearly even with Meijer van Putten. A deal was struck between the finalists with Meijer van Putten taking €649,300 and Czuczor receiving €630,000, leaving €50,000 left to play for. On the 164th hand of the last EPT Main Event final table, Meijer van Putten finished Czuczor off to claim the title. With the blinds at 150,000/300,000, Meijer van Putten opened to 700,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"] on the button and faced a shove of 8,025,000 from Czuczor [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"]. Meijer van Putten called and was a flip away from the title. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"][poker card="3c"] flop gave Meijer van Putten the lead and left Czuczor needing a two, and a two only. The turn and river were blanks and Meijer van Putten clinched the title and his first career major title. Peters locked up the GPI number one spot with his third place finish and has all but sealed his place on top before the end of the year. Final Table Payouts Jasper Meijer van Putten - €699,300 Marton Czuczor - €630,000 David Peters - €397,300 Sergei Petrushevskii€284,550 Marius Gierse - €203,800 Sam Cohen - €145,900
  8. [caption width="640"] David Peters beat out 5,040 other players to win the PokerStars Sunday Million (WPT photo)[/caption] Veteran PocketFives member David 'Davidp18' Peters (ranked #284 worldwide) took home the largest online tournament score over the weekend with an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $143,505. David now has more than $5 million in lifetime earnings in online poker tournaments dating back to 2006. PokerStars player 'Jack Addict' finished in second place for $100,706 and 'kbza08' earned $70,672 for third place. Swedish online tournament superstar 'C Darwin2' (ranked #4 worldwide) was the outright winner in the $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller on partypoker and received $47,938 followed by '3BunPass' who was awarded $30,975 for finishing runner-up. The $530 buy-in version of the High Roller saw 'dartazz' for an even $35,000 as a result of a three-way final table chop. The Sunday Warm-Up was won by 'veyrassois' for $57,950 with 'SnowmanTony' collecting $42,053 in 2nd place. The $1,050 buy-in NLHE Sunday Grand attracted 331 entrants and it was PokerStars player 'caaaaamel' who won $62,270 upon achieving the victory. The $46,588 2nd place award went to yrwthmelthr. The Pot Limit Omaha version of the Sunday Grand saw 'probirs' walk away with a $38,461 championship prize and 'ToxicBluff' won the Sunday Supersonic for $35,765. 888 Poker player 'spitznspots' of the United Kingdom finished in first place in the Mega Deep for $24,750. In the Baby Whale, 'MainHiAk' cashed for $21,013 upon winning the event. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 5,041 entrants - $1,008,200 paid out to 692 spots David 'Davidp18' Peters - $143,505.41 Jack Addict - $100,705.67 kbza08 - $70,671.99 chwasciu - $49,595.47 TheLiiin - $34,804.47 SAFADA1 - $24,424.65 gordinho90 - $17,140.40 brianjk - $12,028.53 Omon_Ra_AA - $8,441.25 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) *$350K Guaranteed 1,934 entrants - $386,800 paid out to 278 spots veyrassois - $57,950.10 SnowmanTony - $42,053.32 JOHN4KOS8 - $30,518.09 lazzzzzz - $22,146.96 vadanas - $16,072.04 catukinho - $11,663.45 eddycadub - $8,464.15 ResNonVerbra - $6,142.42 yannokkamoto - $4,457.56 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$200K Guaranteed 331 entrants - $331,000 paid out to 39 spots caaaaamel - $62,269.72 yrwthmelthr - $46,588.05 w00ki3z. - $34,855.65 KuuL - $26,077.86 Andy McLEOD - $19,510.59 Mayu 'marroca5' Uribe - $14,597.19 Chris 'moorman1' Moorman - $10,921.14 imluckbox - $8,170.83 alexandrapau - $6,113.13 (Michael Risman) PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000+50 PLO 6-Max) *$150K Guaranteed 196 entrants - $196,000 paid out to 24 spots probirs - $38,460.69 AlexKP - $28,585.85 Erä_Koira - $21,246.43 (OgSulttaani) SwalzB - $15,791.44 IneedMassari - $11,737.00 (joaosimaobh) terror7777 - $8,723.52 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE Six Max Hyper) *$175k Guaranteed 1,085 entrants - $222,165 paid out to 155 spots ToxicBluff - $35,765.03 GeoManousos - $23,378.15 charoki - $15,281.63 m0nkeyflush - $9,989.16 delfina_47 - $6,529.63 Grindation - $4,268.22 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) *$250k Guaranteed 26,999 entrants - $269,990 paid out to 4,436 spots Pal82 - $23,556.60 ronaldnld - $20,984.53 Fitzer11 - $16,457.04 *3-way deal VersssPL - $10,135.55 julianpineda - $7,287.57 David3077 - $5,239.83 apobuba12 - $3,767.49 Zsivy - $2,708.89 King Ace 449 - $1,947.73 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 59 entrants - $147,500 paid out to 8 spots HellmuthTheGr8 - $47,938 (C Darwin2) 3BunPass - $30,975 winner5556 - $22,125 VolZoK_ - $14,750 (Martin 'Tiny_molester' Kozlov) floki123 - $11,063 omaha4rollz - $8,113 TDurdenWAR - $6,638 (joaomathias) onehundredeyes - $5,900 partypoker High Roller ($530 NLHE) *$200k Guaranteed 392 entrants - $200,000 paid out to 54 spots dartazz - $35,000 trisgraudu555 - $30,000 ld3f1x89 - $25,500 ¨3-way deal Lebanon1959 - $16,800 x crash154 - $11,500 prebzzz - $9,000 PalomoBuchon - $7,000 Knightsgeee - $5,000 bushuset - $3,500 (Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren) 888 Poker Baby WHALE ($320 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 365 entrants - $109,500 paid out to 54 spots MainHiAk - $21,013 namlleh - $15,604 (Pot4teUS) tutten7 - $11,498 (lena900) biturcio1023 - $8,760 psyhoagromor - $6,132 poBHblu - $4,654 WadoIchimonj - $3,559 (Alessandro 'JaNdRo27' Sarro) carmen.1957 - $2,464 wushutm - $1,818 888 Poker Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 660 entrants - $132,000 paid out to 90 spots float2felt - $24,750 (spitznspots) velkommeninn - $17,820 jcmspoker - $13,200 TocaEquipar - $9,900 vicimax - $6,930 hateh4tehate - $5,610 AlanWattss - $4,290 LvckyLvke - $2,970 komarolo222 - $1,861
  9. [caption width="640"] David Peters can no longer be considered one of the best players without a WSOP bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] Three players won their first career bracelet at the2016 World Series of Poker on Tuesday, but none will get more attention than the one that walked out of the latest $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. David Peters, with wins all over the world over his career, finally broke through to capture the first bracelet of his career. And while Justin Bonomo has the final table chip lead in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, he's not the player everybody is talking about right now. Michael Mizrachi is still in with a shot at winning the event for the third time in its 11-year history. Mizrachi is right behind Bonomo with just six players remaining. Event #55: Michael Mizrachi Gunning for Third $50,000 Poker Players Championship Title One player winning any one particular WSOP event three times is a rare enough feat as it is. Doing it against arguably the toughest tournament field of the year is another story altogether. Thats's what Michael Mizrachi is on the verge of though. Mizrachi finished with the third biggest stack in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship on Tuesday and now headlines a final table that could become one for the history books. Leading the final six players is Justin Bonomo with 7,750,000. Sandwiched between Bonomo and Mizrachi, who finished with 5,535,000, is Lamar Wilkinson with 7,045,000. Eric Wasserson, Brian Rast and Ray Dehkharghani round out the six-handed final table. Day 4 of the event began with 13 players still in contention for the bracelet, Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and $1,296,097 first place prize money. Reigning champion Mike Gorodinsky was eliminated in 13th place. Right behind him, Daniel Negreanu went out in 12th. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Paul Volpe was then eliminated in 10th. Daniel Alaei, who had cashed in this event twice before, added a third score to his total, finishing in eighth place. The final six players return to the felt at 2 PM PT and the final table will be streamed on WSOP.com. Final Table Chip Counts Justin Bonomo - 7,750,000 Lamar Wilkinson - 7,045,000 Michael Mizrachi - 5,535,000 Eric Wasserson - 3,800,040 Brian Rast - 3,185,000 Ray Dehkharghani - 395,000 Event #56: David Peters Wins $1,500 No Limit HOld'em Event for Bracelet #1 Every year it seems one or two players scratch themselves off of the "Best Player Without a WSOP Bracelet" list. On Tuesday, David Peters did that just that by winning the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event for $412,557. Peters, who now has over $12 million in lifetime earnings, actually won a $25,000 buy-in high roller event at Aria Resort & Casino on Saturday, the day before this WSOP event began. Peters was happy to finally get that first bracelet - even if it took him longer than he expected. “I was definitely surprised it took me as long as it did (to win),” Peters said. “There were a lot of close calls. I came in almost every place at the final table, except first. I knew it was coming, so it definitely feels amazing to get it.” One of the most respected tournament players in the world, Peters did his best to block everything out as other players at the table kept busting. “I tried not to let myself think about that,” Peters said. “Everything was going good, and the vibes were good, and I tried to keep my focus. I tried not to think about the gold bracelet or anything. It worked out.” Peters beat Cathal 'Shinerrr' Shine heads-up. The Irish poker pro entered this event straight after recording a cash in the $888 Crazy Eights event. Matt Affleck finished third for $184,456. Final Table Payouts David Peters - $412,557 Cathal Shine - $254,890 Matt Affleck - $184,456 Muhammad Abdel Rahim - $134,845 Zachary Okin - $99,592 Brendan Sheehan - $74,321 Takuya Suzuki - $56,044 Minatoku Kilian Kramer - $42,711 David Patterson - $32,900 Event #57: David Nowakowski Wins $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo [caption width="640"] David Nowakowski now has some extra money to help pay his tuition in the fall (WSOP photo)[/caption] David Nowakowski moved overseas after Black Friday to continue playing online poker. Earlier this year he made the decision to move back to the United States to continue his education. First, he wanted to play some WSOP events. On Tuesday night he won the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event for a little over $200,000 - money he plans to use to pay for school. “I just decided to move back to the U.S. recently,” Nowakowski said. “I plan on returning back to school and finishing up my degree in the fall, so this win definitely helps.” Nowakowski beat Timothy Vukson heads-up for the bracelet. Two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson finished third for his fourth cash of the summer. After his win, Nowakowski admitted to not having much experience playing Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. “I played rush Omaha online, but haven’t played a lot of PLO High-Low recently,” Nowakowski said. “I definitely wanted to win this. It’s a dream come true. It’s still all a bit surreal to me.” Former Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko finished eighth. Final Table Payouts David Nowakowski - $203,113 Timothy Vukson - $125,507 Marco Johnson - $87,192 James Alexander - $61,519 Kenneth Po - $44,094 Colin Gelker - $32,114 Stephen Johnson - $23,772 Martin Staszko - $17,890 Matt Lefkowitz - $13,691 Event #58: Corey Thompson Wins $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em [caption width="640"] Corey Thompson capped an excellent year with a WSOP bracelet win (WSOP photo)[/caption] Nine months ago Corey Thompson topped a Heartland Poker Tour event in Daytona Beach, FL for the biggest score of his career - $131,720. On Tuesday he beat that by a almost $90,000, winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em event. “It’s been a huge year,” Thompson said. “I don’t play cash games that much. I’ve been playing more tournaments. The HPT win was really huge. I really caught fire since then. I started coming out here (to the WSOP) four years ago, but mostly played just a few smaller events. This win was huge.” The win more than doubles Thompson's lifetime earnings to $438,700. Most WSOP final tables somehow find a way to include at least one former WSOP bracelet winner - but not this one. The final nine players were all seeking their first WSOP bracelet. The event featured 30-minute levels with players playing 20 levels each day instead of the standard 10. Final Table Payouts Corey Thompson - $221,163 Enrico Rudelitz - $136,651 William Liang - $97,811 Darren Terazawa - $70,821 Ankit Ahuja - $51,878 Terry Fan - $38,452 Matthew Chang - $28,842 Ryan Pochedly - $21,897 Benjamin Reinhart - $16,827 Event #59: Jason Helder Leads $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em A total of 863 players came out for Day 1 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event with just 359 advancing to Day 2. Jason Helder leads the pack with 228,300 heading into Day 2. Only two other players, Christopher Park (205,200) and Jayakrishnan Nair (201,000), finished above 200,000. Two members of the 2015 November Nine managed to finish Day 1 with top 10 stacks. Pierre Neuville finished with 155,100 whil Zvi Stern ended with 149,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Liv Boeree, Sorel Mizzi, Joe Kuether, Chris Hunichen, Toby Lewis, Joao Simao, Ismael Bojang, Maria Ho and Fedor Holz. One player who didn't advance was Jason Mercier. After collecting two bracelets early in the Series, Mercier has been unable to get a third and cause all kinds of pain for those who bet against him. The remaining 359 players return at Noon to play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Jason Helder - 228,300 Christopher Park - 205,200 Jayakrishnan Nair - 201,000 Tai Nguyen - 179,000 Keith Lehr - 163,300 Pierre Merlin - 159,000 Daniel Lee - 158,100 Pierre Neuville - 155,100 Justin Adams - 152,000 Event #60: Jimmy Fricke and Calvin Anderson in Top 10 of $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Jimmy Fricke and Calvin Anderson ended Day 1 of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event with top 10 stacks, but they're not the only notables still remaining in the field. Fricke finished with 82,200, just one spot behind chip leader Jesse Hampton's 87,500. Anderson ended with the sixth biggest stack of 64,900. Corey Zeidman (59,800), Bryan Devonshire (59,000), John Monnette (56,100), Yuval Bronshtein (55,200), David Chiu (49,500), Andrey Zaichenko (47,700) and defending WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen (42,800) all ended with above average stacks. Benny Glaser, Todd Brunson, Scott Clements and Dan Kelly were among the notables that entered but failed to advance to Day 2. Mercier also entered and was eliminated. Top 10 Chip Counts Jesse Hampton - 87,500 Jimmy Fricke - 82,200 Yen Wu - 80,000 Curtis Ikeuchi - 76,700 Phillip Penn - 66,500 Calvin Anderson - 64,900 Dana Kellstrom - 64,000 Michael Ross - 63,200 Kevin Cote - 62,300
  10. [caption width="640"] David Peters came close in two Sunday Majors this week, posting third place finishes on PokerStars and partypoker[/caption] Online poker tournament player 'ad144' took home $148,802 upon winning the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend as 'CrownUpGay' finished second for $126,000 in a two-way final table chop. PocketFives member 'JAGUARRRRRRR' of Bulgaria was awarded $79,524 in third place while Brazilian 'Vitor Hugo Dzivielevski' received $55,808 in fourth place. There was also a heads-up deal in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, with runner-up finisher 'floptheguts' walking away with $42,592 as the official winner 'Fran_4774' cashed for $39,584. Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson (ranked #204 worldwide) won the No Limit Hold'em Sunday Grand for $45,971. The Pot Limit Omaha version of that event was taken down by 'caIcuIer_' for $29,386 and 'iissrr' was victorious in the Sunday Supersonic for $34,865. The partypoker Heavyweight Title Fight tournament reached a two-way final table agreement as 'electrofarha' was awarded $75,609 for first place and 'PitiBaron' finished second for a cash payment of $64,401. The #3 ranked online poker tournament player in the world 'lena900' of Sweden captured an outright victory in the 888poker WHALE for $43,750. The Mega Deep tournament was won by 'inferno_amg' for $19,038. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed - 5,980 entrants - $1,196,000 paid out to 1,052 spots ad144 - $148,801.83 CrownUpGay - $126,000.00 *2-way deal JAGUARRRRRRR - $79,523.95 Vitor Hugo 'VitinhO Dzi' Dzivielevski - $55,807.51 knockoutian - $39,164.09 Therealkuch - $27,484.19 mikal12345 - $19,287.65 deivid29 - $13,535.61 Regadeitor - $9,498.99 PokerStars Warm-Up ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$250K Guaranteed - 1,573 entrants - $314,600 paid out to 269 spots Fr@n_4774 - $39,584.44 floptheguts - $42,592.25 *2-way deal wisopekeño! - $24,713.43 thx4urm0n3y - $17,769.17 luckyluck653 - $12,776.18 agnik80 - $9,186.19 justnl2 - $6,604.96 travers123 - $4,749.01 Nurlux - $3,414.57 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000 + $50 NLHE) *$150K Guaranteed - 239 entrants - $239,000 paid out to 35 spots Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson - $45,970.87 BigTurtle11 - $34,264.73 takechip - $25,539.58 Rodrigo 'sonmonedas' Perez - $19,036.20 B1GL1P$$$ - $14,188.83 IMS DURNK - $10,575.79 n3xD - $7,882.79 Cashloser - $5,875.52 NemoStars22 - $4,379.38 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000 + $50 PLO Six-Max) *$75K Guaranteed - 140 entrants - $140,000 paid out to 17 spots caIcuIer_ - $29,386.35 dynoalot - $22,061.06 Sasuke234 - $16,561.81 takechip - $12,433.40 DEX888 - $9,334.08 chorizo72 - $7,007.33 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($200 + $15 NLHE 6-Max Hyper Turbo) *$125K Guaranteed - 1,042 entrants - $213,360 paid out to 143 spots iissrr - $34,864.78 Joao 'joaoMathias' Mathias Baumgarten - $22,789.80 David 'dpeters17' Peters - $14,897.06 Gabrielmv96 - $9,737.81 Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone - $6,365.33 Lemagnif - $4,160.83 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10 + $1 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed - 26,060 entrants - $260,060 paid out to 5,084 spots Diman6899 - $18,239.11 WICHIO - $10,920.34 Petrix1 - $7,967.1 DonKaaBuum - $13,515.99 Poolfan - $13,848.85 *5-way deal Pokerci2510 - $3,658.32 waterbest - $2,515.70 Terrier089 - $1,729.94 fudgeeatingp - $1,189.58 partypoker $2,600 High Roller $100K Guaranteed- 90 entrants - $225,000 paid out to 15 spots eet_smakelijk - $53,433.92 Roberto ‘WelshWizard’ Romanello - $39,556.80 David ‘JeanClaude1970’ Peters - $29,283.75 Shapla29 - $21,678.52 neufdecoeur - $16,048.57 WWWpartyCOM - $11,880.67 OneWingedAngel - $8,795.47 Chris ‘thebattler33’ Hunichen - $6,511.05 BenRichards1 - $6,511.05 partypoker Heavyweight "The Title Fight" ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$500k Guaranteed - 2,260 entrants - $500,000 paid out to 312 spots electrofarha - $75,609 PitiBaron - $64,401 *2-way deal Hahaha_Owned - $37,350 orud74 - $24,850 Michael 'HyperX.' Skeldon - $17,350 BtM4Ever - $11,850 KetWigKaiser - $8,125 JakeArver - $5,225 888poker THE WHALE ($1,000 + $50 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed - 117 entrants - $175,000 paid out to 15 spots tutten7 - $43,750 allesrigged - $29,750 ihavenoboss - $22,750 Fabrizio 'DrMiKee' Gonzalez - $16,188 SalsaFiesta - $11,375 4TheGlory8 - $9,188 Madeon1994 - $7,438 tomaxnxamot - $6,125 888poker MEGA DEEP ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$200K Guaranteed - 501 entrants - $100,200 paid out to 64 spots inferno_amg - $19,038 WAFAL - $14,028 saiyajin1337 - $10,281 xkosssx - $7,515 DesmondDavid - $5,010 vonMelle777 - $3,507 HinduKrush - $2,505 Guilherme 'Anao19' Schreiber - $2,004
  11. After its successful event in Sochi, Russia PokerStars’ European Poker Tour continues on to the more comfortable climate of Monte Carlo, Monaco. From April 24 - May 4, the EPT returns to the Sporting Monte Carlo Casino for EPT Monte Carlo, the sight of some their biggest events in the history of the tour. Main Event Makeover When PokerStars removed the European Poker Tour branding in 2017 they saw a steep decline in attendees to their Monte Carlo stop. In 2017, for the PokerStars Championship, 727 players entered as compared to the 1,098 runners that packed the field for the EPT stop in 2016. The result not only saw a first-place prize reduced by over 50% but also revealed some much-needed tweaking to both the branding and the Main Event itself. PokerStars fixed the branding issue with the much-celebrated return of the EPT moniker, but in addition, they are looking to return the field size to its former glory as well. The Main Event, which gets underway on April 28, is a €5,300 tournament but this year they are allowing players a single re-entry. Not only does this change give players who travel a long distance the security that they can have a second chance at a big-time tournament should things go sideways early, but it will likely ensure more total entries, resulting in a healthier prize pool and larger payouts. The EPT Monte Carlo Main Event is joining the wave of events that are implementing the big blind ante. With a single player paying the ante for the entire table, helping increase the speed of play. Also, adding to the idea of players getting more hands per hour is the addition of a shot clock in the Main Event. From Day 2 through the end of the tournament, players will be on the clock with 30 seconds to make their decisions. Fan Favorite Event Another relatively new development for the PokerStars team has been the expansion of the coverage of their major events. When we last saw the EPT in 2016, streaming coverage had not included “cards-up” coverage until the tournament reached the final table. More recently, fans have been able to tune into the PokerStars.tv stream to watch the Main Event, essentially from wire-to-wire, getting to see the players’ holdings at the feature table. The broadcast crew has also been expanded. EPT anchors Joe Stapleton and James Hartigan are still front and center to bring you the action, but, as was debuted at the 2018 PCA, the company continues to expand their team by bringing a regular rotation of professional analysis. More than “pop-in” commentary, at the 2018 PCA we saw the likes of Lex Veldhuis, Maria Ho, Jonathan Little and Griffen Benger have the privilege to provide color commentary for long stretches of time giving viewers exceptional insight into what’s happening at the table. More Than Just The Main While the Main Event will draw the most attention the EPT stop players will have plenty of reasons to forgo the beauty of the French Riviera in favor of the action on the casino floor. Thirty-nine total events span the 11 day festival with buy-in ranging from as little as €220 up to the €100,000 Super High Roller. In fact, there are no fewer than eight events that have a buy-in of €10,000 or more, which is sure to bring out the best players in the world to fight for what is likely to be massive prize pools. History has shown that the pros love to make it out to Monte Carlo. Past winners of the Main Event include poker superstars such as Adrian Mateos and Steve O’Dwyer while last year’s €100,000 Super High Roller was won by GPI North American Player of the Year Bryn Kenney where he defeated a final table of high rolling elite talent including David Peters, Ole Schemion, Poker Masters inaugural winner Steffen Sontheimer and partypoker LIVE Barcelona 5$0K Super High Roller Winner Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood. For fans of the game, PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo is shaping up to be quite the spectacle. One doesn't even need to make it to Monte Carlo in order to win as one viewer of the PokerStars stream is going to win themselves a coveted $30,000 Platinum Pass package to the 2019 PCA to participate in the PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Player Championship. So set aside some time and enjoy the PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo, festivities kick off on April 24.
  12. The European Poker Tour's return to Monte Carlo certainly didn't disappoint and as the Main Event final table wrapped up on Friday, there were two former GPI #1-ranked players and Hungarian Cinderella that had almost everybody cheering for him. In the end though it was France's Nicolas Dumont who outlasted them all to win his first major title, over €700,000 and a Platinum Pass worth $30,000. Ole Schemion was once in full control of this tournament, but late Thursday things went awry for the German and he started the final table eighth in chips. He lasted exactly one hand on Friday. David Peters opened to 225,000 from UTG+2, Patrik Antonius called from the cutoff and Schemion moved all in from the button for 1,160,000. Peters folded but Antonius both called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] while Schemion turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4s"] to give Antonius to pair and eliminate Schemion in eighth place. Just over 30 minutes later a blind-vs-blind battle. Javier Fernandez, down to just 12 big blinds, moved all in from the small blind and Tomas Jozonis defended from the big. Fernandez turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="4s"] but got bad news wehen Jozonis showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Fernandez some hope but neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="th"] river was any help and he was out in seventh place. Antonius was arguably the biggest name at the final table. Having already won an EPT title once in his career, Antonius is more known for his high stakes cash game action now. Unfortunately, the Finn was unable to add another major tournament title to his resume. Antonius moved all in for 1,305,000 from the button and Dumont called from the small blind. Antonius showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] and Dumont showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"]. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"] to eliminate Antonius in sixth. While Antonius was one of the big names at the final table, he wasn't the one stealing all the headlines in the lead up to the final table. Krisztian Gyorgyi, who qualified for this event in a €5 spin-n-go, had won the hearts and minds of viewers at home with a bluff on the livestream. Unfortunately, that moment didn't lead to a better one on Friday for the Hungarian. Gyorgyi raised to 280,000 from UTG, Dumont called from middle position before Honglin Jiang moved all-in from the button. Gyorgyi used one time extension before calling all in and Dumont folded. Gyorgyi turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] and found himself racing against Jiang's [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"]. That race all but ended after the [poker card="qc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"] flop and then ended for good after the [poker card="6s"] turn. The [poker card="jc"] hit the river, making Gyorgyi's fifth place elimination official. It took an hour for another elimination to happen. Jozonis raised to 325,000 from UTG and Peters movedall in for 2,325,000 from the button. The blinds both folded and Jozonis called and turned over [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. Peters grimaced after revealing [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ts"] flop kept Jozonis ahead as did the [poker card="ad"] turn and [poker card="td"] river and Peters was eliminated in fourth. Even though he picked up Peters' chip, Jozonis only stuck around another 30 minutes. Down to just 12 big blinds, the #1-ranked online poker player in Lithuania moved all in from the button and was called by Jiang in the big blind. Jozonis turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="6h"] and found himself dominated by Jiang's [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] flop made things ever worse for Jozonis and he was eliminated in third after the [poker card="5c"] and [poker card="2s"] completed the board. Jiang started heads up with 57.8% of the chips in play but over the next 90 minutes, all of that went away. On the final hand of the night, Dumont limped, Jiang raised to 650,000, and Dumont responded by re-raising to 2,200,000. Jiang continued the aggression, moving all in fro 10,075,000 total and Dumont called instantly. Jiang showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] and Dumont happily showed [d][poker card="qh"]. There was no bad beat in the [poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"] runout and Dumont eliminated Jiang to win his first major title and €712,000. Final Table Payouts Nicolas Dumont - €712,000 Honglin Jiang - €434,000 Tomas Jozonis - €308,000 David Peters - €232,000 Krisztian Gyorgyi - €184,000 Patrik Antonius - €139,050 Javier Fernandez - €99,900 Ole Schemion - €68,300
  13. Former #1-ranked Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson won a record-breaking ninth PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title on Day 6 of SCOOP and catapulted himself into the top spot on the overall series leaderboard. Anderson came into the day's play already holding a record eight SCOOP titles, but by the end of it, he had made that number nine by winning Event #19 (High) for $126,659. After 335 entrants had departed the $2,100 buy-in field, the final three of Anderson, Aaron Been and David 'dpeters17' Peters went to battle. Peters, fresh off the back of his fourth-place finish at the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event for $280,770, was the first to depart taking away $67,143 for third place, leaving Been the only man standing between Anderson and a ninth SCOOP title. However, Been, who has eclipsed over $3.8M in online tournament earnings, was unable to stop the formidable Anderson from achieving the accolade as the American claimed another six-figure score exactly a year to the day after his last, which came during the 2017 SCOOP series. Anderson's victory propels him to the top of the overall SCOOP leaderboard, overtaking Roman Romanovsky, in a race that will see the winner receive the trophy and a much coveted PokerStars Platinum pass to next year's PCA worth over $30,000. Elsewhere on Day 6, The UK's Jon 'luckyfish89' Clark also achieved quite a remarkable feat after taking down Event #18 (High) for his third 'Thursday Thrill' title in just over eight weeks. The SCOOP special edition 'Thrill' tournament featured a massive $1m guaranteed prize pool with 1,344 entrants all looking for the first-place prize. But it was the former Sunday Million runner-up Clark who went the distance after beating Oscar 'owilson25' Ramirez heads-up, to claim his first SCOOP title and a prize of $104,935. Canada's 'D PitcherAK' won $51,979 for coming through a 7,334 player field in the Event 18 (Medium) Mini Thursday Thrill. 'MarioDutraJR' took the silver medal for $35,971 and 'Whatzaq' took $24,894 in third. Jon 'LUFCBas' Spinks finished in a very respectable fourth-place in the mammoth Event #18 (Low) 19,648 player field. The two-time Sunday Warm-Up champion received $3,636 for his efforts as 'rawacha' took the title for $9,797. PokerStars online-pro Jaime Staples made an appearance at the Event #17 (Low) final table, with the well-known Twitch steamer securing a fifth-place finish for $1,461. 'RunGodLike' was the eventual champion for $6,201 after they beat 'Stoffers1' heads-up, who took $4,320 for second place. 'villepn' won $13,701.09 and Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira secured $48,271 for winning Event #17 (Medium) and Event #17 (High) respectively. Ferreira was able to come through a final table which featured online phenomenon Victor 'Isildur1' Blom, who exited in sixth-place for $12,876.67 Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, ($57,321), 'WhoAreYoux1' ($39,938) and Alberto 'bertotraste' Novoa ($27,828) made up the top three in Event #19 (Medium), as world no.#10 Petrone secured his first SCOOP title. 'GodOf.com' beat 'karas1926' to victory in Event #19 (Low) and jumped to the top of the SCOOP Low Leaderboard. The win earns them $21,995, with the runner-up taking $15,319. Event #23 saw three 5-Card NLO Six-Max Turbo tournaments take place with 'BigTreeStump' taking down the $530 (High) for $29,791.'Foxy1029' turned $55 into $10,512 in the (Medium) tournament after they negotiated a final table that included current world no.#1 'C. Darwin2', who finished in sixth place. The final three players agreed to a deal before 'Foxy1029' became the last player standing. And in the final result on Day 6, 'SFARRRR' took the Event #23 (Low) win for $3,277 after seeing off 'jogrepiria' ($2,180.14) in second, and 'schmidt88888' ($1,963.11) in third after once again a three-handed deal was made. Below are the SCOOP results for Friday, May 11 Event #17 (Low): $22 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 2,074 Prize pool: $41,480 RunGodlike - $6,201.94 Stoffers1 - $4,320.13 nicholaswang - $3,010.14 KeysOfCyprus - $2,097.39 jaimestaples - $1,461.40 Netinho_RJ - $1,018.26 Event #17 (Med): $215 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 373 Prize pool: $74,600 villepn - $13,701.09 EMOYI - $9,971.90 markovitsus - $7,757.86 PikkuHUMPPA - $5,282.50 Dancer King - $3,844.77 JeremiieLand - $2,798.34 Event #17 (High): $2,100 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 101 Prize pool: $202,000 RuiNF - $48,271.22 Senkel92 - $37,060.45 PikkuHUMPPA - $28,453.39 Mordnilap - $21,845.24 hotmark777 - $16,771.81 Isildur1 - $12,876.67 Event #18 (Low): $11 PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 19,648 Prize pool: $192,550.40 rawacha - $9,797.83 Ignas309 - $7,033.46 Enklereliv - $5,057.11 LUFCBas - $3,636.10 Loko12rus400 - $2,614.38 SamBakuSV - $1,879.75 myrandrea - $1,351.56 cigonas301 - $971.77 Rihard4a - $698.70 Event 18 (Medium): Mini Thursday Thrill PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 7,334 Prize pool: $733,400 D PitcherAK - $51,979.90 MarioDutraJR - $35,971.14 Whatzaq - $24,894.93 wannawinyou - $17,229.25 fiyaW - $11,924.02 Vladzikass - $8,252.40 Nevks - $5,711.35 ADREKS - $3,952.73 Servasx - $2,735.61 Event #18 (High): $1,050 Thursday Thrill PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 1,344 Prize pool: $1,344,000 luckyfish89 - $104,935.81 owilson25 - $76,179.53 DanielLUCKY - $55,303.92 P0KERPR02.0 - $40,148.90 Cashcid Linc - $29,146.79 xxMaecksxx - $21,159.60 mcc3991 - $15,361.18 Lincownz - $11,151.70 MisterTipper - $8,095.78 Event #19 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 7,790 Prize pool: $155,800 GodOf.com - $21,995.76 karas1926 - $15,319.84 AadrovanRj21 - $10,674.45 strflushtome - $7,437.64 Runninggreat - $5,182.34 Mihska - $3,610.89 Event #19 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 1,913 Prize pool: $382,600 ramastar88 - $57,321.20 WhoAreYoux1 - $39,938.58 bertotraste - $27,828.10 zajac69 - $19,389.82 ziototo94 - $13,510.29 TurboDoc - $9,413.60 Event #19 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 338 Prize pool: $676,000 cal42688 - $126,659.11 AaronBeen - $92,218.70 dpeters17 - $67,143.15 power2prut - $48,886.08 NLZWERVERNL - $35,593.29 papan9_p$ - $25,915.00 Event #23 (Low): $5.50 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 4,874 Prize pool: $23,882.60 SFARRRR - $3,277.65* jogrepiria - $2,180.14* schmidt88888 - $1,963.11* PixelPi - $1,149.71 NVladislav - $801.09 BKLaw - $558.17 *Denotes a three-way deal Event #23 (Medium): $55 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 1,504 Prize pool: $75,200 Foxy1029 - $10,512.51* Kaggis - $7,725.70* mer760 - $6,798.14* justholdplz - $3,880.77 vitja1234 - $2,704.01 C. Darwin2 - $1,884.08 *Denotes a three-way deal Event #23 (High): $530 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 318 Prize pool: $159,000 BigTreeStump - $29,791.28 raidalot - $21,690.49 p0cket00 - $15,792.54 BiggestFish - $11,498.35 Erä_Koira - $8,371.79 aacheckmate - $6,095.39    
  14. There are three bracelet winners to tell you about from Thursday’s 2018 World Series of Poker action: Two first-time winners, and one player who has captured his second piece of poker jewellery nine years after claiming his first. Meanwhile, the $25K PLO High Roller is down to just 35 players. Scroll down to find out who is still in with a shot of winning the enormous $1,402,683 prize. All of that and more in today’s recap of June 21. ErIc Baldwin Wins Bracelet #2, $1,500 NLHE for $319,580 With just two players returning on Thursday to finish Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, it looked very likely that Eric Baldwin would capture his second bracelet. It had been nine years since his first WSOP win, and he held a dominating chip lead over his sole opponent, Ian Steinman. Baldwin began with 7,550,000 against Steinman’s 2,200,000, and Baldwin won a big pot right from the get go. However, Steinman was able to double up with pocket sixes against ace-king, and then looked set to double again with pocket kings against ace-jack. However, a jack on the turn followed by an ace on the river gave Baldwin the win. An emotional Baldwin celebrated with his rail, including his mother, before dedicating the victory to his late father, who passed away three years ago. "In a lot of ways, this one is for him,” he said. "It was a lot of hours of poker and a lot of short-handed play, that really sucks your mental energy," Baldwin added. "But man it's fun! I wish everyone could experience this. It's so cool!” Final Table Results: Eric Baldwin - $319,580 Ian Steinman - $197,461 Enrico Rudelitz - $140,957 Aaron Massey - $101,819 Robert Georato - $74,434 Michael Finstein - $55,077 Stephen Song - $41,257 Gilsoo Kim - $31,290 Mathew Moore - $24,032 Scott Bohlman Takes Down Mixed Big Bet for $122,138 [caption id="attachment_619647" align="aligncenter" width="657"] First Bracelet for Scott Bohlman[/caption] Another event which ended short-handed on Wednesday night was Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. That meant three players returned today, and again, there was a dominating chip leader. Scott Bohlman held 60% of the chips in play three-handed, but had stiff competition from WPT champ Daniel Weinman and two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes. Both of those managed to double up and one point the stacks were virtually even with Hughes even holding the chip lead. After a break though, Bohlman returned refreshed and eliminated Weinman in third with trips against kings-up in a 5-card draw hand. He then had a 5:1 lead over Hughes, and finished the job with a set against top pair and low draw in a Big O pot. Bohlman’s bracelet win is his 52nd WSOP cash. It seems the 52nd time was a charm, as he is now $122,138 richer. Final Table Results: Scott Bohlman - $122,138 Ryan Hughes - $75,477 Daniel Weinman - $49,541 Aaron Rogers - $33,344 Marcel Vonk - $23,028 Jeremy Harkin - $16,329 Preston Lee is SHOOTOUT Champ, Wins $236,498 Thursday’s third and final bracelet came in Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, which Preston Lee took down for $236,498. [caption id="attachment_619648" align="aligncenter" width="639"] SHOOTOUT Champ Preston Lee[/caption] The final table of ten took over 12 hours to play out, with a four-hour heads-up duel between Lee and eventual runner-up Corey Dodd taking up four of those. The chip lead switched back and forth between the two, before Lee was finally able to take it down with king-deuce holding up against six-five. Lee said he was mostly a cash game player, but that he’d been playing more online to get back into live tournament poker. That work seems to have paid off, giving him his first bracelet. Final Table Results: Preston Lee - $236,498 Corey Dodd - $146,146 Anthony Reategui - $105,907 Dylan Linde - $76,829 Jesse Kertland - $56,763 Young Phan - $42,476 Royce Matheson - $32,198 Alexander Lakhov - $24,728 Bas de Laat - $19,245 Endrit Geci - $15,180 Just 19 Remain in $1,500 Limit Hold’em The field in Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em has been chopped down from 596 to just 19 after Day 2, with Matt Woodward leading the way with 438,000 chips. He’s most closely followed by Jeffrey Scheibner (427,000) and Robert Nehorayan (418,000). Matt Grapenthien bagged a top ten stack (238,000), and he’s the only bracelet winner remaining in the field. Grapenthien took down the $10K Stud Championship back in 2014. Action resumes at 12pm Friday. Top 10 Stacks: Matthew Woodward - 438,000 Jeffrey Scheibner - 427,000 Robert Nehorayan - 418,000 Matt Russell - 361,000 Brad Albrinck - 323,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 312,000 Kevin Song - 290,000 Brian Vollick - 286,000 Matt Grapenthien - 238,000 Michael Jex - 232,000 Ben Yu Leads Final 35 in $25K PLO High Roller One of the biggest events on the WSOP schedule is down to 35 players from the 230 who entered. Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller has a massive $1,402,683 for the winner, and right now the player closest to it is chip leader Ben Yu. Yu bagged up 3,695,000, having enjoyed a massive spin-up late in the day. Yu had just 200,000 at the dinner break, before busting two players and riding the wave to the largest end-of-day stack. His closest competitors are Jason Koon (2,540,000), Ryan Tosoc (2,220,000), and Shaun Deeb (2,120,000). There are plenty of big names still in the field though, including multiple bracelet winners Scotty Nguyen (2,010,000), Jason Mercier (1,905,000), Robert Mizrachi (1,005,000), Luis Velador (1,045,000), Erik Seidel (725,000), Mike Leah (660,000), Craig Varnell (625,000), Christopher Frank (565,000), David Benyamine (425,000), Sam Soverel (380,000), Paul ‘paulgees91’ Volpe, and Jarred Graham (300,000). Defending champ James Calderaro (705,000) is still in too, as is Tom Marchese (440,000). Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen is the short stack with just 85,000. A few players who failed to cash in this one include Daniel Negreanu, Anthony Zinno, Jens Kyllonen, JC Tran, Scott Seiver, Chris Ferguson and Michael Mizrachi. Play resumes at 2pm, with all players now guaranteed a min-cash of $37,500. Top 10 Stacks: Ben Yu - 3,695,000 Jason Koon - 2,540,000 Ryan Tosoc - 2,220,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,120,000 Scotty Nguyen - 2,010,000 Jason Mercier - 1,905,000 Jonathan Depa - 1,180,000 Luis Velador - 1,045,000 David Prociak - 1,020,000 Robert Mizrachi - 1,005,000 $2,500 NLHE Gets Going One of the two new events to get started on Thursday was Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. It attracted 1,071 entries, and after ten levels just 297 remain. While Ashwin Sarin holds the overnight chip lead with 166,200, it’s David ‘dpeters17’ Peters who headlines the top 10 stacks with 140,500. Former PocketFives no.1 player Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen also finished in the top 10 with 131,500. They’ll all return for Day 2 at 12pm tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: Ashwin Sarin - 166,200 Steve Foutty - 155,800 Josh Bergman - 145,000 Markus Gonsalves - 143,700 David Peters - 140,500 Andrew Brokos - 140,100 Kainalu Mccue-Unciano - 131,800 Chris Hunichen - 131,500 Brett Shaffer - 130,900 Mark Dube - 130,300 Big Names Advance in $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship The second new event of the day was Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, which saw 100 players take a shot. When all was said and done after ten levels of play, it was Michael Noori who could call himself the overnight chip leader over the 41 survivors, bagging up 335,000. He’s followed by professional soccer player Max Kruse (282,000). There are plenty of other big names through, including Christopher Kruk (247,500), Luke Schwartz (200,000), Lawrence Berg (171,000), Andrey Zhigalov (170,500), Chris Vitch (159,500), Benny Glaser (156,000), Eli Elezra(155,500), Mike Matusow (136,500), Vanessa Selbst (120,000), Cary Katz (114,000), and Jesse Martin (88,500). Some of those less fortunate today were Daniel Negreanu, John Hennigan, Michael Mizrachi, Stephen Chidwick, John Monnette, Jean Robert-Bellande, James Obst, and David "ODB" Baker. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 tomorrow, which kicks off at 2pm. Top 10 Stacks: Michael Noori - 335,000 Max Kruse - 282,000 Christopher Kruk - 247,500 Luke Schwartz - 197,000 Lawrence Berg - 171,000 Brant Hale - 171,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 170,500 Quek Sheng - 161,500 Chris Vitch - 159,500 Benny Glaser - 156,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 22) It will be a busy day in the Rio tomorrow. Not only do we have all the aforementioned events resuming play, but four other events kick off too (albeit one online). At 11am, Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) gets going. That’s then followed by Event #46 $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better at 3pm. A little later at 3:30pm, Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed gets started, while the evening sees Event #6D: GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold’em play out.
  15. With the elimination of Brandon Adams on Day 2 in the 2018 Poker Masters $100,000 Main Event, the distinction of who would win the player of the series and the Poker Masters Purple Jacket was no longer a mystery. That honor belongs to 24-year old Ali Imsirovic. But while the Purple Jacket was already being tailored for Imsirovic, there was still the matter of who would take home the $1,150,000 first place prize in final event. As it turned out, the 2018 Poker Masters finished much in the way it started: Event #1 champion David Peters adding another victory, and million dollar payday, to his resume. At the start of the final day of play only four players remained, all well-known for their prowess at the high roller level. Peters, who held the chip lead and 220 big blinds. Dan Smith who was right on Peters heels. Germany’s Koray Aldemir sitting third in place and Bryn Kenney, with 23 big blinds looking to find some double ups in order to get back into contention. A little over an hour into play, Kenney found a hand to make a move. With roughly 10 big blinds Kenney shoves on the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"] only to be called from the small blind by Aldemir and his [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"]. The flop came [poker card="5d"][poker card="as"][poker card="7s"] and Kenney needed some help on the turn. It came [poker card="8d"] which didn’t open the door to any more outs. Kenney would need one of the remaining three tens. The [poker card="5c"] completed the board, ending Kenney's tournament. Kenney, who had recently remarked on the Poker Central podcast that he was down seven-figures in 2018, picked up $250,000 for fourth place. After the elimination of Kenney, play wore on for hours. The three players took turns making big hands and bigger calls. Aldemir, who was the short stack for most of three-handed play, evened out the stack and even took the chip lead at one point. But a crucial hand in which Peter shoved with [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] and was called by Aldemir holding [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"] proved to be a tipping point. Peters hit running cards to back into a straight. Aldemir who had worked so hard to climb back into the tournament was once again crippled. In the end, Aldemir couldn’t rebuild. He eventually busted on a hand where he shoved from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"] and ran into Smith’s [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="8d"] and despite his best efforts, Aldemir finishes the Main Event in third place for $400,000 leaving him under $35,000 to hit $10 million in lifetime live tournament earnings. Smith and Peters opted to decrease the time of the levels to 15 minutes and got to the work of determining who would win the $1.15 million. Smith started heads-up play with the slightest of chip advantages. But once Peters took the lead in the first few hands, he wouldn’t give it up. Finally, on the 198th hand of final table play, Peters sealed the deal. Applying pressure, Peters shoved the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="7c"] and was called by Smith’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"]. Peters was dominated but it was Smith’s tournament that was at risk. The flop looked clean for Smith as it came [poker card="3s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="th"]. But when the turn came [poker card="ks"], Peters was looking to hold. The river card was the [poker card="6s"] ending Dan Smith's Main Event run in second place for $700,000. And also wrapping up the 2018 Poker Masters. David Peters, secured his second victory of the series for $1,150,000. Final Table Payouts David Peters - $1,150,000 Dan Smith - $700,000 Koray Aldemir - $400,000 Bryn Kenney - $250,000 What a difference a cash makes. With his victory in the $100,000 Main Event, Peters was only 10 points shy of Imsirovic on the 2018 Poker Master leaderboard. Though both Peters and Imsirovic each had two victories during the series, Imsirovic also scored an eighth-place finish in Event #1 for $27,600. That ended up being the cash that made the difference for the Purple Jacket. Purple Jacket Final Standings Ali Imsirovic - 660 points David Peters - 650 Brandon Adams - 510 Issac Haxton - 480 Jake Schindler - 390 Koray Aldemir - 385 Ben Yu - 360 Dan Smith - 305 Keith Lehr - 300 Jonathan Depa - 270 Koray Aldemir - 210
  16. Over ten months after announcing what is expected to be the largest $25,000 tournament in history, PokerStars has finally revealed what players can expect when they take their seat at the upcoming PokerStars Players Championship. Everything from the tournament structure to the payout percentage was designed for the players by the players as well as members of the PokerStars team. The field is expected to be a mix of elite high-rolling players and the 300 participants that freerolled into the contest by way of winning a Platinum Pass. In total, the prize pool should soar past $10,000,000 with the winner of the inaugural PSPC becoming a millionaire many times over. How Players Helped The Process The only two aspects of the PSPC that was determined before consulting the players was that the event will take five days and it will be a freezeout. There will be no re-entries. After that, PokerStars sent surveys to players who will actually be participating in the event - both Platinum Pass winners as well as players that are expected to buy-in directly. In addition, a five-player panel was consulted that includes, former PocketFives #1-ranked player Shaun Deeb, 2018 PCA High Roller winner David Dvoress, high roller circuit grinder David Peters, author-turned-PokerStars sponsored player Maria Konnikova and Dragos Trofimov - those three all have already won a Platinum Pass this year. The surveyed players, the player representatives, as well as members of the PokerStars team, evaluated just about every aspect of the tournament. With all opinions accounted for the details of the event began to take shape. Player Comfort The question of whether play would begin eight or nine-handed was seemingly split down the middle. It was decided that Day 1 of the PSPC will play nine-handed. Then, as players bust the tournament, tables will be scaled down to eight-handed “at the start of Day 2 by the latest.” With the event taking place in the Bahamas, players overwhelmingly also opted for a shorter playing day. Roughly 70% of the players wanted to play for eight hours a day versus a ten hour day. The first two days of play will not have dinner breaks but will be introduced later in the tournament depending on field size. Places Paid PokerStars popularized the current trend of paying 15% and the polled players agreed that's what the PSPC should pay. However, since there is no rake for this event, the money that would have gone to rake will be redistributed to the prize pool. Before reaching what would be a traditional min-cash, there will be some players receiving their $25,000 buy-in back. For Platinum Pass winners, this will be a $25,000 profit as they will not have paid out-of-pocket to be in the tournament. Other prize pool numbers that have been revealed include first place paying out somewhere between 16.8%-17.5%. Though the survey favored a slightly higher percentage for first place, the player panel and the PokerStars team determined that with the additional $1,000,000 added to first place, a flatter payout structure would benefit more players. Tournament Details All of today’s modern high roller conventions will be enlisted during the PSPC. The big blind ante, which is currently used in all of PokerStars LIVE events, will be used. The tournament will also shift to a shot clock as soon as the money is reached, which is expected to be late in Day 2. The structure features 60-minute levels throughout the tournament. The starting stack of 60,000 at 100/200 starting blinds provides 300 big blinds when the first hand is dealt. The min-cash will be based on the total number of players who end up registering. The calculation will likely be between 1.27 and 1.45 the buy-in. This calculates into a min-cash of roughly $32,000 on the low end and $34,000 on the high end.
  17. The record-setting WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic wrapped up at Bellagio in Las Vegas, with the $10,400 Main Event attracting a huge field of 1,001 entries and featuring some of poker's biggest names. In addition to the Main Event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule featured several events with five-figure buy-ins and one with a six-figure price of entry. Here are the winners from a tremendous week of poker in Sin City. The biggest winners overall from these high buy-in events, excluding the $10,400 Main Event, were Jake Schindler, Jason Koon, Seth Davies, Chris Hunichen, and Dominik Nitsche. Although he didn't earn the most money, it's certainly worth noting that Sam Soverel cashed in four of these events for a total of $314,500. No one else cashed in more than two. Ladines Wins First $10,000 PLO Event The first two high roller events on the schedule were both $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournaments. The first one attracted 35 entries for a $350,000 prize pool and saw the top five places make the money. Joshua Ladines took the event’s title and $128,090 top prize, with both Brian Rast and Sam Soverel finishing in the money. Joshua Ladines - $128,090 John Riordan - $102,910 Jonathan Abdellatif - $56,000 Brian Rast - $35,000 Sam Soverel - $28,000 Soverel Takes Second $10,000 PLO Event In the second $10,000 PLO event, a group of familiar faces was back in the money. Soverel topped the field of 29 entries to win the title and $116,000, Ladines finished third for $46,400, and WPT Five Diamond wonder boy Ryan Tosoc scored fifth for $23,200. Tosoc notably finished second in the Season XV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.134 million before going on to win the event in Season XVI for $1.958 million. Sam Soverel - $116,000 Jonathan Depa - $75,400 Joshua Ladines- $46,400 Michael Song - $29,000 Ryan Tosoc - $23,200 Hennigan Captures $10,000 8-Game Mixed Title If you know Bellagio, you know it’s home to the most iconic high-stakes poker room in the world, Bobby’s Room. It’s where the game’s elite compete for astronomical cash-game stakes, but during WPT Five Diamond some of those players shifted their focus to tournament play, specifically in the $10,000 buy-in 8-Game Mixed High Roller. The tournament generated 24 entries, and it was none other than five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member John Hennigan taking home the top prize of $110,400. John Hennigan - $110,400 Ben Yu - $67,200 Randy Ohel - $38,400 John Racener - $24,000 Loeser and Fox Chop First $25,000 High Roller In the first of three $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments on this year’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic slate, 42 entries were generated to create a prize pool of $1.05 million. The top six places paid, and the top two spots went to Manig Loeser and Elio Fox in a chop that earned each player more than $300,000. Loeser scored first place for $321,300, and Fox took second for $308,700. Manig Loeser- $321,300 Elio Fox - $308,700 Jake Schindler - $168,000 Dan Smith - $105,000 Cary Katz - $84,000 Nick Petrangelo - $63,000 Petrangelo Wins Second $25,000 High Roller The second $25,000 buy-in tournament attracted 47 entries and generated a $1.175 million prize pool. The top seven places reached the money, with several notables cashing. None earned more than Nick Petrangelo, though, who chopped the event heads up with Sergio Aido to take home the winning prize of $289,944. Aido scored $287,634 for second. Petrangelo was coming off a sixth-place result for $63,000 in the first $25,000 event of this series. Soverel, who finished in the money of the first two high rollers on the schedule, including winning one for $116,000, finished sixth in this event for $70,500. Nick Petrangelo - $289,944 Sergio Aido - $287,634 Seth Davies - $256,672 Ben Yu - $117,500 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - $94,000 Sam Soverel - $70,500 Rainer Kempe - $58,750 Davies Victorious in Third $25,000 High Roller The third and final $25,000 high roller tournament on the WPT Five Diamond schedule drew 50 entries for a $1.25 million prize pool. The top eight places reached the money, and it was Seth Davies taking the title and $341,920 in first-place prize money. The win came just days after Davies took third in the previous $25,000 high roller event during the series of $256,672, as you can see above. Davies did a deal with Isaac Haxton in second place, who earned $320,580. The money was filled with notable high rollers, including Alex Foxen taking third for $175,000. Foxen has had himself quite a 2018 and is closing it strong both on the live felt and the virtual felt. In the online world, Foxen recently achieved a new all-time high in the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. You'll also notice Soverel's name appearing in the in-the-money places once again, this time for fifth place, worth $100,000. Seth Davies - $341,920 Isaac Haxton - $320,580 Alex Foxen - $175,000 David Peters - $125,000 Sam Soverel - $100,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $75,000 Rainer Kempe - $62,500 Elio Fox: $50,000 Schindler Defeats Koon for $100,000 Super High Roller Victory The final big buy-in event from the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule this year was the $100,000 Super High Roller. The event drew 37 entries to Bellagio for a $3.7 million prize pool and the top six spots reached the money. Earning the $1.332 million first-place prize was Jake Schindler. Adding that score to the $168,000 he won earlier in the series for taking third place in one of the $25,000 high rollers, Schindler scored $1.5 million in prize money at Bellagio this December. Schindler beat out Jason Koon for the win, and Koon took home $888,000 for his second-place finish. Jake Schindler - $1,332,000 Jason Koon - $888,000 Chris Hunichen - $592,000 Dominik Nitsche - $370,000 Ben Tollerene - $296,000 Talal Shakerchi - $222,000
  18. It's going a very high roller holiday season as Poker Central has announced that the return of the Super High Roller Bowl will be sooner than expected. The fifth edition of one of the most prestigious high roller tournaments of the year now takes place from December 17-19 at the PokerGO Studio at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The change to hold the newly dubbed Super High Roller Bowl V during the holiday season is a break of recent tradition for Poker Central. Over the past three years, the SHRB was played in late May, acting as an appetite-whetter for the World Series of Poker. Many expected the next tournament to be held at the same time in 2019. The move to December now takes advantage of the popular World Poker Tour Five Diamond schedule while simultaneously closing out the high roller circuit year with its biggest event. The upcoming December event will have many of the same specifics as the previous event held just six months ago. The $300,000 rake-free buy-in will generate a $14,400,000 prize pool with a $5 million first-place prize and championship ring for the winner. With a 48 seat cap, players who wish to have a shot at a seat need to place their $30,000 deposit by Monday, November 26. For those that do put down a deposit, there will be a live-streamed lottery on PokerGO to award players a seat into the tournament. The ARIA reserves eighteen of the 48 seats for ARIA VIP guests. Tournament officials will hand out these seats at their discretion. The five remaining seats are awarded to the top five players in Aria’s 2018 High Roller of the Year rankings. The current points system will be in place right up until the lottery for Super High Roller Bowl V. Currently the five players with the most points include Poker Central founder Cary Katz, Sam Soverel, Jake Schindler, David Peters, and Isaac Haxton. Poker Masters Champion Ali Imsirovic sits just outside the top five in sixth place with regular high rollers Adrian Mateos and Dan Smith not far behind. According to the Poker Central website, there are currently seven more opportunities for the high roller community to accumulate points. High roller events are taking place every day from October 31-November 6. “In its first five years of existence, Super High Roller Bowl has grown into one of the most exclusive and highly coveted poker championships in the world as the pinnacle of the High Roller Triple Crown,” said Vice President of Content for Poker Central, Sam Simmons. “We’re proud to celebrate that milestone in December, as we implement changes that will continue the success of the event for many years to come.” It just six months ago that Justin Bonomo won the previous Super High Roller Bowl for $5 million. The win was a significant contribution to Bonomo ascending to become the new leader of the All-Time Money List. He currently sits with over $43 million in career earnings. Daniel Negreanu finished as the 2018 runner-up, taking home $3 million for his efforts. The PokerGO platform will stream all of the Super High Roller Bowl. Additionally, the NBC Sports Network will air episodes on their website and the NBC Sports App. Super High Roller Bowl History Year Entries Winner Amount Won Prize Pool 2015 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000 $21,500,000 2016 49 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000 $15,000,000 2017 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000 $16,800,000 2018 48 Justin Bonomo $5,000,000 $14,400,000
  19. Inaugural Poker Masters Champion Steffen Sontheimer entered the final day of the partypoker $250,000 Super High Roller Championships with both the chip lead and an eye on taking home a new career-high score. Sontheimer leveraged that chip lead for the entirety of the final table, never relinquishing the chip lead and, in the end, he earned the mammoth $3,685,000 first place prize, besting a table of poker’s elite in the process. At the beginning of play only six players of the original 35 entries remained. Sontheimer was joined by partypoker ambassador Isaac Haxton, Nick Petrangelo, David Peters, Sean Winter, and Mikita Badziakouski. Of the remaining six, only four made the money. After the elimination of Haxton in sixth place, it was time to sweat the massive $710,000 money bubble. After mixing it up with chip leader Sontheimer, Petrangelo was left with a short stack and not many moves left. Sontheimer opened the action with [ah][5s] which prompted a three-bet shove from Petrangelo with [as][ks]. It folded to Peters in the small blind who four-bet shoved holding [js][jd]. Sontheimer folded and Petrangelo was flipping for his tournament life. The board ran out [th][9d][2d][4c][8s] giving Peters the pot and eliminating Petrangelo as the last player to walk without a payday. The final four including Sontheimer, Peters, Winter and Badziakouski battled four-handed for hours as Sontheimer continued put distance between himself and the other three. Winter managed to make a little headway as Peters and Badziakotuski’s stacks drifted downwards. The next elimination occurred when, in a blind on blind confrontation, Winter open shipped from the small blind with [ah][qd]. Badziakouski, with just over ten big blinds left, called with his tournament life on the line with [kd][jc]. The [ac][9h][2h] flop gave Winter a virtual lock on the hand. While the [kh] turn gave Badziakouski some life, the river came the [3d], sending Badziakouski to the rail in fourth place. Badziakouski collected the $710,000 payday and added it to his current $20 million total live earnings. In 2018 alone, Badziakouski has earned over $13.8 million in live tournaments, second only to Justin Bonomo. Peters, who was now left on the bottom of the chip counts, exited next. Facing a raise by Sontheimer, Peters looked down at [kh][qc]. He moved all in over the top from the small blind only to be snap called by Sontheimer and his [ah][kc]. The flop came [9d][5c][5d] keeping Sontheimer in the lead. The [kd] turn paired both players, however, the [6s] sealed Peters fate and he fell in third place for $1,420,000. The sum lifted Peters to over $9 million in earnings for 2018. It also allowed Peters to pass Dan Colman on the All-Time Money List and enter the top-5. At the start of heads-up play Sontheimer held a 2-1 chip lead over Winter. A pre-flop cooler made sure that what could have been a long battle, ended the tournament only 30 minutes into heads-up play. The final hand saw Winter limp the button with [ac][qh]. Sontheimer then raised from the big blind with [ah][kh]. Winter three-bet, Sontheimer shoved and Winter snap called for the rest of his stack. Dominated, Winter was going to need some help. It did not come as the board ran out [ts][5d][3h][4s][9h]. Winter finished the tournament as the runner-up, earning a career-high cash of $2,430,000. It was his second runner-up finish in as many days as he also finished in second place in the partypoker $50,000 Super High Roller for $550,000. With the win, Sontheimer earned himself his third seven-figure live cash and a career-high score of $3,685,000. The victory pushes his total live earnings up over $12.5 million in lifetime earnings. Final Table Results 1. Steffen Sontheimer - $3,685,000 2. Sean Winter - $2,430,000 3. David Peters - $1,420,000 4. Mikita Badziakouski - $710,000
  20. Just like every other year going back to 2004, a fresh start to poker's yearly tournament calendar kicks off with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. This year brings a heightened level of excitement with the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship headlining the event in what is lining up to be a record-setting PCA. Speaking of records, in anticipation of the 2019 PCA festival, PocketFives went looking through the poker history books at HendonMob to find the biggest winners in history from PCA. Here’s what was found. Thanks to a gigantic $3 million payday in 2009, Poorya Nazari holds the record for the largest first-place prize at PCA. He won the 2009 PCA Main Event from a field of 1,347 entries to claim that prize. Three other times in history has the PCA Main Event winner taken home at least $2 million. In 2008, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier took home $2 million, Harrison Gimbel won $2.2 million in 2010, and in 2011 it was Galen Hall scoring $2.3 million. But, none of those players is the top all-time money earner from PCA. That title currently belongs to Bryn Kenney, and it doesn’t appear that Kenney is going to be caught anytime soon. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List PLAYER EARNINGS 1 Bryn Kenney $6,245,111 2 Steve O'Dwyer $3,800,542 3 Tony Gregg $3,096,596 4 Poorya Nazari $3,000,000 5 Scott Seiver $2,970,620 6 Galen Hall $2,877,080 7 Vanessa Selbst $2,824,640 8 Isaac Haxton $2,583,616 9 Jason Koon $2,555,555 10 Daniel Negreanu $2,521,490 11 Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier $2,484,120 12 Harrison Gimbel $2,329,220 13 Dan Shak $2,278,140 14 Cary Katz $2,257,420 15 Byron Kaverman $2,213,355 16 Mustapha Kanit $2,020,200 17 Justin Bonomo $1,991,372 18 Dimitar Danchev $1,985,000 19 John Dibella $1,955,300 20 Ty Reiman $1,937,770 21 Chris Oliver $1,834,160 22 Eugene Katchalov $1,763,220 23 Will Molson $1,750,735 24 Daniel Dvoress $1,607,302 25 Nick Petrangelo $1,581,665 As you can see, Kenney is worlds ahead of the competition, winning more than $2.4 million more than anyone else on the list. That $2.4 million gap alone is good enough for 12th place on this leaderboard. Kenney's largest score from PCA came in the 2016 Super High Roller, an event with a buy-in of $100,000 that saw him win $1.687 million. The following year, Kenney won a $50,000 and $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em events for $969,075 and $392,876, respectively. He also has a trio of third-place finishes over the years worth $873,880, $686,960, and $643,000. Steve O'Dwyer is the second highest money earner from PCA entering 2019, taking home more than $3.8 million in prize money throughout the years. O'Dwyer's a pretty good chunk of change away from Kenney, and he's also more than $700,000 ahead of Tony Gregg in third place. Knowing some of the performances O'Dwyer has put together over the years combined with what's on the schedule for 2019 doesn't make it out of the realm of possibilities that he can catch Kenney in 2019. O'Dwyer has one win in a $100,000 buy-in event and two wins from $50,000 buy-in events at PCA for $1.872 million, $945,495, and $760,500, respectively. The 2019 schedule features the $25,000 buy-in PSPC, three additional $25,000 buy-in tournaments, one $50,000 buy-in event, and two $100,000 tournaments, there certainly won’t be a lack of opportunities for O'Dwyer to win a ton of money in the Bahamas this January. That's not to mention the PCA $10,300 Main Event as well. Looking at the rest of the list for players we could see make big moves on the leaderboard after 2019, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon, and Daniel Negreanu are a few of the ones to watch, given their appetite for and success in high buy-in tournaments coupled with the robust schedule to suit their palate. Negreanu's largest score out of PCA came in 2011 when he finished second to Eugene Katchalov in the event’s inaugural $100,000 Super High Roller. Negreanu earned a cool $1 million for that result. He followed that finish up by returning to the final table of the event in 2012, when he took fifth for $250,900. In 2018, he took fourth in the same event for $521,140. Another big score Negreanu had from PCA came in the 2017 PCA $25,000 High Roller. In that one, he took fifth for $268,780. Byron Kaverman and Justin Bonomo are also ones from this top 25 list to keep an eye on. For players not currently in the top 25, don't be surprised if you see Mikita Badziakouski, Alex Foxen, Stephen Chidwick, or David Peters take home a ship full of money from the Bahamas and find themselves listed on the updated list of top 25 winners from PCA when the 2019 version is all said and done. Action from the Bahamas kicks off Sunday, January 6, 2019, with the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship from Atlantis Resort & Casino. PovketFives will be on site all the way through until the event's final day on January 16, so stay tuned for more coverage from the 2019 PCA poker series.
  21. November was a big month for attention-grabbing poker headlines. There was a hard-to-believe $100,000 prop bet that generated incredible buzz, the return of a high-profile lawsuit between a WSOP Main Event runner-up and the largest online poker site in the world, and the conclusion of a handful of prominent live poker tournaments that found winners. Here are PocketFives' top five stories from November 2018, plus a look at who won the PocketFives Monthly PLB title. Rory Young Reveals Details of $100K Pitch-Black Bathroom Prop Bet Poker players can be known to make wild prop bets, and that was certainly the case for Rory Young and Rich Alati. The two grabbed more than just poker headlines in November when their $100,000 bathroom prop bet was featured in headlines from several mainstream media outlets. It was one of the craziest prop bets we've ever heard of and will be one that is remembered for years and years to come. The bet was made to see if Alati could live in a pitch-black bathroom with no human contact and no electronics, among several other stipulations, for 30 days straight. Soon after the bet was made and began making its way around the poker world, PocketFives spoke with Young about the details of the bet and how it came to fruition. READ: Rory Young Reveals Details of $100K Pitch Black Bathroom Prop Bet Vayo Dismisses PokerStars Lawsuit; Stars Counters Alleging Forgery Back in May, it was made known that Gordon Vayo, runner-up in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, was suing PokerStars for the winnings the online poker site withheld from him from a 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker tournament that was worth nearly $700,000. That story made headlines everywhere within the poker world, but it made even bigger news in November when a November 12 California court filing revealed that Vayo had voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit. What really kicked things up a notch, though, were two things. First that the lawsuit was dropped amid accusations of forgery committed by Vayo. Second, PokerStars was seeking repayment of their attorney fees for nearly $300,000 - quite the tipping of the scales. READ: Vayo Dismisses PokerStars Lawsuit; Stars Counters Alleging Forgery Jack Sinclair Beats Laszlo Bujtas to Win WSOP Europe Main Event A former eighth-place finisher in the WSOP Main Event in 2017 for $1.2 million, Jack Sinclair was back in the World Series of Poker spotlight in November 2018, only this time in Europe. Sinclair made his way to the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event final table and emerged victorious atop the 534-entry field to win the €1.222 million ($1.277 million) first-place prize. To claim victory, Sinclair had to defeat one of online poker's toughest players in heads-up play, Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas. The victory earned Sinclair the largest payday of his poker career and first WSOP gold bracelet. READ: Jack Sinclair Beats Laszlo Bujtas to Win WSOP Europe Main Event Patrick Serda Wins WPT Montreal for C$855,000 The World Poker Tour was in action in Canada in November for the Season XVII WPT Montreal. The event attracted 792 entries, and it was Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda who came out on top after entering the final table with the chip lead. Serda defeated the first female winner of an open WPT Main Tour event, Ema Zajmovic, in heads-up play to take home the C$855,000 ($652,801) first-place prize, denying Zajmovic her second World Poker Tour title. READ: Patrick Serda Wins WPT Montreal for C$855,000 Big Titles Won at partypoker Caribbean Poker Party in the Bahamas While the WSOP and WPT were busy dishing out titles in colder climates, partypoker LIVE was down in the Bahamas for the much-anticipated partypoker Caribbean Poker Party tournament festival. The series was full of big buy-in events, notables faces capturing huge sums of cash, and nine seven-figure prizes awarded. The first big tournament of the series to find its winner was the $25,500 buy-in partypoker MILLIONS World. The event generated 394 entries and fell just short of its $10 million guarantee, but enormous prizes were still to be had, including the $2 million first-place prize that Roger Teska took home after he defeated Steve O'Dwyer in second place. O'Dwyer scored $1.3 million for the runner-up result, and third-place finisher Charles La Boissonniere also took home seven figures, winning $1 million. READ: Roger Teska Battles Back to Win partypoker MILLIONS World for $2M We then saw a $3.685 million winner come from the partypoker $250,000 Super High Roller Championships event, and it was Steffan Sontheimer earning a new career-best score. The event generated a field size of 34 entries for a prize pool of $8.235 million. Sontheimer beat out Sean Winter in heads-up play, and David Peters finished in third place. Winter and Peters took home $2.43 million and $1.42 million, respectively. READ: Steffan Sontheimer Wins partypoker $250K SHR Championships For $3.68M In the $5,300 buy-in Main Event, another $10 million prize pool guarantee was on the line. The event fell short of the guarantee with just 1,815 entries, but the top three spots still gave out a million dollars or more each. Winning the event was Portugal's Filipe Oliveira, taking home the $1.5 million top prize. Craig Mason finished second for $1.2 million, and Marc MacDonnell took third for $1 million. READ: Filipe Oliveira Wins 2018 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Sweden's 'lena900' Wins Another Monthly PLB Title in November Sweden's 'lena900' stayed hot and won another PocketFives Monthly PLB title in November after cashing 191 times for a total of $585,250. It was a dominating performance for 'lena900,' who racked up more than 4,900 points. The closest competitor was 'girafganger7' with a monthly point total of less than 3,900. A couple of the notable November scores for 'lena900' included a third-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million on November 25 for $80,555 and 569.39 points and a win in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller: $100K Gtd on November 18 for $41,480 and 387.30 points. READ: Top-Ranked ‘lena900’ Wins November Monthly PLB Title
  22. All of the final tables at the 2019 US Poker have been stacked and Friday's $50,000 No Limit Hold'em event was a perfect example of that. A former World Series of Poker Main Event champion, two former GPI Players of the Year, and one of the two hottest players at the USPO all fell by the wayside as Koray Aldemir picked up the win and the second biggest score of his career - $738,000. Seth Davies started the final table with a little more than 10 big blinds and it took just eight minutes for him to find a hand to seek a double up with. Unfortunately for Davies, it had a terrible outcome. From the hijack, Davies moved all in for 270,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] and Alex Foxen called from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="6d"] flop left Davies hoping for a chop. The [poker card="5s"] turn was a safe one for Davies but the [poker card="2c"] river gave Foxen a flush and eliminated Davies in sixth place. Nearly 45 minutes later, Foxen went back to work as table executioner. David Peters opened to 60,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] before Foxen re-raised to 255,000 from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. Peters responded by moving all in for 815,000 and Foxen called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop put Foxen ahead and he stayed there following the [poker card="qc"] turn and [poker card="qd"] river to send Peters out in fifth place. Despite being responsible for two eliminations in the first hour, the next two hours didn't go so well for Foxen. Down to just 11 big blinds, Foxen moved all in from the button for 880,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"] only to have Ryan Riess call from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="jc"] to keep the kickers in play and eliminate Foxen in fourth. Riess kept the pressure up and 40 minutes later sent another player to the rail. Sean Winter, who was at his fifth final table of the 2019 USPO, raised to 430,000 from the button with [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"]. Ryan Riess moved all in from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] and Winter called all in for his last 430,000. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="3d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] runout meant Winter's run was over with a third place finish. Despite picking up two eliminations, Riess began heads up play trailing Aldemir by 1,000,000 chips. Over the next half hour, Aldemir never relented and eventually busted Riess to win the event. With 10 big blinds left, Riess moved all from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="7s"] and Aldemir looked him up with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6h"] flop opened up some chop possibilities for Riess but the [poker card="jh"] turn and [poker card="qs"] river were of no help and he was out in second place. Final Table Payouts Koray Aldemir - $738,000 Ryan Riess - $492,000 Sean Winter - $328,000 Alex Foxen - $205,000 David Peters - $164,000 Seth Davies - $123,000 Winter's third-place finish moved him into a tie with Stephen Chidwick for total USPO points earned with just the $100,000 No Limit Hold'em still left on the schedule. USPO Top 10 After Event #9 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Sean Winter 5 $747,400 540 2. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 3. Nick Schulman 2 $390,000 410 4. Brandon Adams 3 $314,750 365 5. Koray Aldemir 2 $897,200 340 6. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 7. Bryn Kenney 2 $477,000 240 8. Lauren Roberts 2 $263,400 240 9. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 10. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200   The final table for the final event, Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em, takes place on Saturday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  23. David Peters, one of the game's top tournament poker players, emerged victorious atop the 33-entry field in the 2019 US Poker Open $100,000 Main Event. Peters was the last man standing from an elite field of players and claimed the $1.32 million first-place prize. With the victory, Peters grabbed 350 points at surged to the top of the US Poker Open Championship leaderboard, beating out Sean Winter by just 10 points to win the overall title and an additional $100,000 in prize money. Final Table Results David Peters - $1,320,000 Chris Hunichen - $858,000 Keith Tilston - $528,000 Martin Zamani - $330,000 Ryan Riess - $264,000 To claim the overall USPO Championship, Peters cashed three times in the high-stakes series. He placed second in Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck for $100,800 and fifth in Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $164,000 ahead of his Main Event victory. All told, Peters earned $1.584 million from his three USPO cashes this year and $1.684 million total when you include the $100,000 championship prize. Peters entered the final day fourth in chips with nine players remaining in the $100,000 Main Event. Leading the way was Chris Hunichen, and Keith Tilston, last year's USPO Main Event winner, was in second. Only the top five places were set to reach the money, but that wasn't the story. Sean Winter entered the 2019 USPO Main Event as the leaderboard frontrunner. He'd need to cash and fade Nick Schulman. If he failed to cash, Winter would be sweating both Schulman and Peters if they were still in. First to bust was Schulman, though, knocking him out of contention for the USPO Championship. He entered the day as the shortest stack and couldn't make anything happen on the final day. Schulman was eliminated in ninth place by Hunichen. With Schulman's bust, all Winter needed to do was cash and he'd lock up the overall USPO title. If he didn't cash, Peters could overtake him by the narrow margin of 10 points if Peters were to win the event. As it turned out, Winter went bust in eighth place when his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="tc"] couldn't win a flip against Tilston's [poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"]. That left Winter without a payday in the $100,000 buy-in Main Event and sitting and waiting to see how Peters would perform. Peters got a boost when he knocked out Jason Koon in seventh place, and then Ryan Riess took out Justin Bonomo in sixth place to send the final five players into the money. After Bonomo's bust, Peters found a double through Hunichen and found himself sitting second in chips heading into a break. Falling in fifth was Riess. He went out at the hands of Tilston and took home $264,000 for his efforts. It was then Martin Zamani hitting the rail in fourth for $330,000. Zamani was also knocked out by Tilston, as the 2018 USPO Main Event winner stretched his lead. After Zamani busted, Peters played an incredibly important pot with his tournament life on the line. He was all in preflop with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"] against Tilston, who had the [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Not only was Peters sweating his tournament life in the 2019 USPO Main Event, but Winter had a lot on the line, too. Peters flopped a queen and held from there to score a big double and move into the chip lead. From that point on, Peters never relinquished the lead. He busted Tilston in third place with his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"] held up against Tilston's [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] and took a chip lead of 4.855 million to 1.745 million into heads-up play against Hunichen. Heads-up play didn't last long. Just a few hands in, Hunichen limped the button with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8c"] at blinds of 40,000-80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante. Peters raised out of the big bling to 320,000 with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9c"]. Hunichen responded by three-bet jamming for 2.65 million and Peters quickly made the call. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] and that was the end of the line for Hunichen, who earned $858,000 for his runner-up performance. USPO Final Standings PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. David Peters 3 $747,400 550 2. Sean Winter 5 $705,950 540 3. Stephen Chidwick 4 $390,000 540 4. Nick Schulman 2 $314,750 410 5. Brandon Adams 3 $897,200 365 6. Koray Aldemir 2 $580,200 340 7. Cary Katz 3 $477,000 340 8. Chris Hunichen 2 $263,400 285 9. Martin Zamani 3 $206,200 280 10. Keith Tilston 2 $442,500 255 2019 US Poker Open Event Recaps Stephen Chidwick Wins US Poker Open Event #1 for $216K Jordan Cristos Takes Down US Poker Open Event #2 for $179K Lauren Roberts Comes From Behind to Win US Poker Open Event #3 Sean Winter Wins U.S. Poker Open Short Deck Event for $151K Ali Imsirovic Cruises To Victory in US Poker Open Event #5 Stephen Chidwick Wins Second 2019 USPO Event; Now Leads USPO Race Bryn Kenney Crushes US Poker Open Event #7 For $450,000 Nick Schulman Wins 2019 US Poker Open 8-Game Mix Title Koray Aldemir Tops Ryan Riess to Win US Poker Open Event #9, $738K
  24. 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. Is David Peters the best No Limit Hold'em tournament player in the world right now? What does his win in the US Poker Open put him in the pantheon of today's best? Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters talk all about that while recapping the USPO action with an idea on how to make it just a little bit better next year. Other topics this week include the now complete 2019 World Series of Poker schedule, some discussion of the structures for some of the smaller buy-in WSOP events, Phil Hellmuth's chances at winning an Omaha bracelet this year and a recap of Sunday's online poker action including yet another drop in the Sunday Million field size. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  25. There’s a reason that summer in Las Vegas is often called ‘poker player summer camp’ and it’s not just because the World Series of Poker is going on. During the summer bracelet chasing takes center stage in Sin City but over the past decade, many other Las Vegas poker rooms have battled with the WSOP for the hearts and minds of the poker playing public by consistently scheduling competing summer series that offer players excellent value through great structures and big guarantees. Here's a quick look around the city at some of those non-WSOP tournaments keeping poker players in action. ARIA Poker Classic and High Roller Series There are basically two tournament series happening at the same time inside the ARIA. The first is for the everyday player. It's filled with buy-ins right around the $400 and $240 buy-in level, The ARIA Poker Classic. The second is home to the high rollers - small fields, high buy-in, and elite competition - The ARIA Summer High Roller Series. Even though the Rio has offered some big buy-in tournaments early in the WSOP schedule, many of the biggest names in the game have been spending more time in the ARIA this summer simply because it’s where the biggest games are. Before he was embroiled in controversy for folding out of order at the WSOP, Sam Soverel bested the 23 player field in Aria High Roller 11 on May 30 for a $235,880 payday. He was joined in the money by David Peters (runner-up, $189.620), Jake Schindler (3rd, $92,000) and Poker Central founder Cary Katz (4th, $57,500). Australia’s Michael Addamo won the $10,000 buy-in ARIA High Roller 12 on June 4 for $136,000, defeating Germany’s Manig Loeser heads up. Loeser finished in second place taking home $88,400 for his efforts while fellow countryman Rainer Kempe finished in third for $54,400. Spain’s Juan Dominguez is having a nice start to his summer as he went back-to-back at the ARIA. First, he topped the 45 player field of the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 13 for $153,000 and the very next day he won the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 14 for another $126,682. Ben Yu was the official runner-up, taking home $125,318 while the familiar faces of Jake Schindler (3rd, $67,500), Manig Loeser (4th, $45,000) and Ali Imsirovic (5th, $36,000) also made final table appearances. The 2019 Wynn Poker Classic One of the nicer properties on the Las Vegas strip, the Wynn/Encore hosts the Wynn Poker Classic and through the first week and a half, players have been turning up en masse to play in their daily offerings. The Wynn has been offering multiple $1K+ buy-in tournaments and some well-known names have been showing up for them. On June 3, 484 runners showed up for the $1,100 in which the UK’s Louis Salter took home the $98.452 first-place prize and defeated a final table that included Connor Drinan (runner-up, $64,295) and Lily Kiletto (7th, $13,907). The next day 432 players jumped into the $1,600 buy-in which saw Florida’s Evan Teitelbaum hold off one-time WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen to take down the $138,209 first place prize. McKeehen settled for $89,018 as the runner-up. Other notable final table players included Mark Radoja (5th, $31,068) as well as Entourage and Ballers music supervisor Scott Vener (9th, $12,468). Keven Stammen bested the 618 runners of the $550 daily on June 6 for a $50,940 payday while Justin Liberto defeated Germany’s Bart Lybaert on June 8 to win a $1,100 tournament for $94,659. Lybaert’s $61,412 runner-up prize helped push him to over $3M in career earnings. The DeepStack Championship Poker Series at The Venetian The Venetian continues to provide large field tournaments for players looking for action outside the Rio. They have a partnership with the Mid-States Poker Tour for some of their larger events but also provide daily tournaments for players looking for buy-ins under $1,600. Although the Deepstack Series starts in the middle of May, the $1,100 ‘Summer Kickoff ‘ Event from May 27-29 brought out 518 runners where World Poker Tour Champion Brian Altman took home the $90,905 first-place prize. He defeated Robert Kuhn who ended up with $84,390 as the runner-up. The final table included popular Twitch Poker streamer Ricky ‘RatedGTO’ Guan who finished in fourth for $36,364, a top-3 score for his young career. Pot Limit Omaha cash game grinder Sasha Liu outlasted the 144 runners in the $800 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max Bounty to take down the $20,161 first-place prize. Canadian Kevin Barton fell in second place for a $11,995 payday.
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