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  1. When the final table of the Super High Roller Online $100,000 buy-in began Justin Bonomo's stack was neatly positioned in the back half of the final eight. He had five players in front of him including Sam Greenwood, David Peters, and chip leader Pauli Ayras. Five hours later, Bonomo was the only one with chips and a cool $1,775,000 score. The eight-handed final table was actually the bubble. Orpen Kisacikoglu started with the shortest stack and quickly fell victim to Michael Addamo to bust the $100,000 buy-in event with nothing to show for it. Just over 20 minutes later, Dan Shak eliminated Greenwood in seventh place. It took another 45 minutes before another player was shown the door. Ayras busted Linus Lloeliger in sixth. Just 20 minutes after that, Bonomo eliminated Shak before Addamo took over the role of the dream killer. Addams busted Ayras and Peters inside of a two-minute span to send the tournament to heads-up play while holding 65% of the chips in play. The first six eliminations of the final table took a little less than two hours and the heads-up portion of the tournament took just as long. Bonomo and Addamo traded the chip lead back and forth multiple times before the final hand. Addamo called from the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] before Bonomo moved all-in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="5d"]. Addamo called and then could do nothing but watch the [poker card="kd"][poker card="th"][poker card="3h"] flop move Bonomo into the lead. The [poker card="kc"] and [poker card="3d"] cemented Addamo's fate and gave Bonomo the title. This win marks the third time that Bonomo has won a Super High Roller Bowl event. His first two Super High Roller Bowl wins both came in 2018. He beat out 74 other entries to win Super High Roller Bowl China for $4,823,077 and just over two months later topped the 48-entry field to win the Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas for $5,000,000. Super High Roller Bowl Online Payouts Justin Bonomo - $1,775,000 Michael Addamo - $1,187,500 David Peters - $762,500 Pauli Ayras - $487,500 Dan Shak - $325,000 Linus Loeliger - $250,000 Sam Greenwood - $212,500
  2. Three more high-stakes Super High Roller Bowl Online Series events wrapped up on Friday with Spain’s All-Time Money List leader, Adrian Mateos, adding to his outstanding poker resume with a SHRB Online title and another six-figure score. In the largest tournament of the day, Adrian Mateos outlasted the 61-entry field of Event #17 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max) to claim the $527,509.70 first-place prize. It was the second final table of the series for Mateos who also managed to make the money in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max) where he finished in fifth place for an even $100,000. Mateos’ Friday score is the third largest of the series thus far falling in behind Justin Bonomo’s $622,634 win in Event #11 and Daniel Dvoress’ haul of $613,986.70 earlier in the week. For those keeping track of the $25K Super High Roller paydays, Mateos’ just barely beat out Dan Smith’s $527,000 victory in Event #8, despite the fact that there was $175,000 less in the prize pool. Seth Davies made a final table for the second time in three days, finishing as the runner-up in Event #17 for $343,125. Finishing in third was Ukraine’s Andrii Novak who earned $183,000 for his efforts. With his win in Event #16 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) for $234,604.50, Russia’s Artur Martirosian has now stood on every step of the podium during the SHRB Online Series. On Wednesday, he finished as the runner-up to Justin Bonomo in Event #11 ($25,000 Super High Roller) for $405,000. Tuesday, he scored a bronze medal finish in Event #8 ($25,000 Super High Roller) which was good for $153,000. It’s been a solid spring for ‘marathur1’ who, in addition to his SHRB Online success, also shipped a pair of PokerStars SCOOP titles earlier in the month of May. Samuel Vousden wrapped up in second place and scored the six-figure sum $146,250 and Christopher Hunichen found his third final table in the past two days with a third-place finish for $90,000. Linus Loeliger battled through the 76-entry field of Event #18 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) to score the $237,732.56 first-place prize in his first final-table appearance of the series. Vicent Bosca Ramon nearly became the second player to capture two SHRB Online titles but was forced to settle for second place and $148,200. David Peters followed up his victory on Thursday with a third-place finish and $91,200. Now, the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl Online Series enters its final weekend. Just a handful of events are left before the $102,000 buy-in, $3 million Gtd Super High Roller Bowl Online Main Event which gets underway on Monday, June 1. Event #16: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 75 entries $750,000 prize pool Artur Martirosian - $234,604.50 Samuel Vousden - $146,250 Christopher Hunichen - $90,000 Timothy Adams - $65,625 Michael Addamo - $46,875 Dan Smith - $31,875 Event #17: $25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max 61 entries $1,525,000 prize pool Adrian Mateos - $527,509.70 Seth Davies - $343,125 Andrii Novak - $183,000 Jake Schindler - $137,250 Joao Vieira - $99,125 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $68,625 Event #18: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 76 entries $760,000 prize pool Linus Loeliger - $237,732.56 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $148,200 David Peters - $91,200 Sergi Reixach - $66,500 Selahaddin Bedir - $47,500 Anatoly Filatov - $32,300
  3. Just 48 hours after nearly capturing two Super High Roller Bowl Online Series prelim titles on the same day, online poker superstar Viktor Blom was back in the winner’s circle with another Super High Roller victory on Thursday. Blom topped the 40-entry field in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max) to capture his second win in three days and a $407,500 payday. It marked the fourth SHRB Online Series final table cash for Blom, all of which have been either victories or runner-up finishes. His first score came last Sunday in Event #2 ($25,500 Super High Roller) where he finished as the runner-up to Christopher Hunichen, taking home $320,625. Then on Tuesday, Blom earned another second-place finish in Event #8 ($25,500 Super High Roller), falling to Dan Smith in heads-up play, which brought him $213,750. Finally, in Event #9 ($10,300 High Roller) Blom scored an outright win and added $213,750 to his totals. All told through 15 events, the man known as ‘Isildur1’ has earned more than $1.3 million in less than a week. Finishing right behind Blom in Event #14 was Mike Watson, who picked up $265,000 for second place. And David Peters found the podium for the second time on Thursday, finishing in third place for $165,000. David Peters’ first podium finish was in Event #13 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) where he outlasted the 70-entry field to take down the $217,000 first-place prize. Joao Vieira finished as the runner-up which was good for $150,500. Then Justin Bonomo, who picked up the biggest win in the series thus far on Wednesday, notched another result with a third-place finish for $98,000. The third event on the schedule to wrap up today was Event #15 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) which saw Mark Radoja take home the title and $195,000. Pauli Ayras fell in second place but locked up the six-figure sum of $132,000. Finally, Ole Schemion followed up his PokerStars SCOOP winning performance on Wednesday with a bronze in this one, taking home another $88,500. Three more high roller tournaments will wrap up on Friday including the conclusion of Event #17 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max) which has Adrian Mateos holding the overnight chip lead. Event #13: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 70 entries 700,000 prize pool David Peters - $217,000 Joao Vieira - $150,500 Justin Bonomo - $98,000 Matthias Eibinger - $63,000 Christopher Hunichen - $49,000 Aleksejs Meiess - $40,250 Kristen Bicknell - $33,250 Lucas Reeves - $26,250 Event #14: $25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max 40 entries $1,000,000 prize pool Viktor Blom - $407,500 Michael Watson - $265,000 David Peters - $165,000 Adrian Mateos - $100,000 Sam Greenwood - $62,500 Event #15: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 60 entries $600,000 prize pool Mark Radoja - $195,000 Pauli Ayras - $132,000 Ole Schemion - $88,500 Guillaume Nolet - $55,500 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $43,500 Justin Bonomo - $34,500 Christopher Hunichen - $28,500 Timothy Adams - $22,500
  4. For the final three months of 2015 and the first month of 2016, Christian Jeppsson was the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. On Tuesday, the Swedish poker pro turned his final table big stack into a World Poker Tour championship and nearly $924,000. Jeppsson outlasted 2,122 other entries in the $3,200 buy-in WPT Online Championship on partypoker and took the chip lead to the final table before getting heads-up with Viktor Ustimov. The pair agreed to a deal that saw Jeppsson earn $913,783.99 while Ustimov $865,542 with $10,000 and the title left to play for. Jeppsson eventually eliminated Ustimov to claim the title and the additional $10,000. Third place finisher Jukka Koskela pocketed $477,333. The Championship Event was one of six events that played down to a champion on Wednesday. Malta-based pro Alessandro Valli topped the 185-entry field in Event #41 ($2,100 Six Max Bounty Hunter) to earn $39,411.57 from the prize pool plus another $37,054.69 from collected bounties. Jacob Verloop was the final bounty Valli collected and he earned $39,368.51 and just $4,156.25 in bounties. Third place finisher Gustavo Mastelotto picked up $27,696.10 and $12,242.19 in bounties. Dragos Trofimov earned $15,405.66 and $13,434.44 in bounties for winning Event #42 Mini ($215 Six Max Bounty Hunter). Former GPI Player of the Year David Peters defeated David Gent heads-up to win Event #43 ($10,300 High Roller) for $247,450. Gent had to settle for a $176,750 payday while another former #1 PocketFiver, Andras Nemeth, took the final podium spot and the accompanying $126,250 score. Jeppsson wasn't the online former #1-ranked online poker player who grabbed a WPT Online title on Wednesday. Costa Rica-based Christopher Oliver won Event #45 ($530 Six Max Turbo Bounty) and added $12,505.38 from the prize pool and another $15,369.20 from bounties to his bankroll. Vincenzo Lupoli finished in second place for $12,490.04 and $4,326.17 in bounties while Mateusz Miskiewicz had to settle for $9,014.67 and $4,638.58 in bounties for finishing in third place. Fabien Aguerre topped the 1,446-entry field in Event #45 Mini ($55 Six Max Turbo Bounty) to win $4,574.60 and also picked up an additional $4,161.02 in bounties. Event #20 $3,200 Championship Event 2,130 entries $6,390,000 prize pool Christian Jeppsson – $923,785.80 Viktor Ustimov – $865.542 Jukka Koskela – $477,333 Nikolay Ponomarev – $317,583 Alexander Stuart Clark – $221,733 Pascal Hartmann – $151,443 Sam Greenwood – $103,837.50 Pascal Teekens – $66,775.50 Event #41 $2,100 Six Max Bounty Hunter 185 entries $370,000 prize pool Alessandro Valli - $39,411.57 + $37,054.69 in bounties Jacob Verloop - $39,368.51 + $4,156.25 in bounties Gustavo Mastelotto - $27,696.10 + $12,242.19 in bounties Pedro Garagnani - $20,064.29 + $7,781.25 in bounties Tamas Adamszki - $14,771.25 + $5,312.50 in bounties Patrik Antonius - $9,847.50 + $15,109.37 in bounties Event #42 Mini $215 Six Max Bounty Hunter 1,207 entries $241,400 prize pool Dragos Trofimov - $15,405.66 + $13,434.44 in bounties Audrius Stakelis - $15,380.96 + $6,087.52 in bounties Vlad Stefan Lache - $11,707.05 + $4,495.32 in bounties Rusalin Dimitrov - $8,173.44 + $2,206.24 in bounties Leonardo Mattos - $5,348.42 + $1,006.25 in bounties Pablos Martin Romo Ruiz - $3,345.24 + $1,774.99 in bounties Event #43 $10,300 High Roller 101 entries $1,010,000 prize pool David Peters - $247,450 David Gent - $176,750 Andras Nemeth - $126,250 Daniil Kiselev - $88,375 Mark Davis - $65,650 Jorma Nuttinen - $50,500 Fabrizio Gonzalez - $40,400 Daniel Steven Smith - $33,825 Event #45 Mini $55 Six Max Turbo Bounty 1,446 entries $72,300 prize pool Fabien Aguerre - $4,574.60 + $4,161.02 in bounties Granit Berisha - $4,565.98 + $1,305.35 in bounties Oleg Nemchenko - $3,56.28 + $248.04 in bounties Luiz Flosi Prospero - $2,570.81 + $1,007.06 in bounties Fabio Maritan Pereira - $1,713.87 + $815.07 in bounties Maxine Williams - $1,071.17 + $405.48 in bounties Event #45 $530 Six Max Turbo Bounty 297 entries $148,500 prize pool Christopher Oliver - $12,505.38 + $15,369.20 in bounties Vincenzo Lupoli - $12,490.04 + $4,326.17 in bounties Mateusz Miskiewicz - $9,014.67 + $4,638.58 in bounties Bertil Andreas Samuelsson - $6,556.12 + $2,671.86 Klaus Zeier - $4,507.33 + $2,285.16 in bounties Umberto Ruggeri - $3,278.06 + $312.50 in bounties
  5. The penultimate day of the Poker Masters Online series played out on Saturday, April 25, on partypoker. Two more events were etched into the history books, and it was Ali Imsirovic and Mustapha Kanit emerging as the two winners. Both Imsirovic and Kanit picked up their second victories of the series with these latest wins. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Imsirovic Wins Event #27 for $446,250 Just a couple days ago, Imsirovic won Event #24 for $277,096. On Saturday, he picked up a $446,250 win in Event #27: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max]. Event #27 had a $25,500 buy-in and attracted a field of 51 entries. The top seven finishers cashed, with Imsirovic beating Elias Talvitie in heads-up play. If you recall, Talvitie was the winner of Event #1. Alexandros Kolonias finished third and picked up $191,250 plus 115 points for the Championship Leaderboard. Jorryt Van Hoof placed fourth for $114,750. It was Van Hoof's 10th cash on the series. Event #27 Results Ali Imsirovic - $446,250 Elias Talvitie - $299,625 Alexandros Kolonias - $191,250 Jorryt Van Hoof - $114,750 Linus Loeliger - $89,250 David Peters - $73,312.50 Benjamin Heath - $60,562.50 Kanit Wins Event #28 for $237,732 The second Poker Masters Online event on Saturday was Event #28: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]. It had a $10,300 buy-in and attracted 76 entries. Up top was $237,732.56 in prize money and it was snagged by Kanit, who won his second title of the series. Earlier in the series, Kanit won Event #14 for $279,300. Kanit beat Matthias Eibinger in heads-up play, with Sergi Reixach finishing third. The top 12 spots finished in the money, with Timothy Adams also cashing. Adams finished fifth for $47,500 in what was his series-leading 11th in-the-money finish. David Peters placed eighth to give him two cashes on the day. Event #28 Results Mustapha Kanit - $237,732.56 Matthias Eibinger - $148,200 Sergi Reixach - 91,200 Koray Aldemir - $66,500 Timothy Adams - $47,500 Pascal Hartmann - $32,300 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $24,700 David Peters - $24,700 Michail Manolakis - $24,700 Dan Smith - $20,822.48 Ole Schemion - $20,822.48 Jonathan Vanfleet - $20,822.48 Championship Standings Sunday brings us the final day of the Poker Masters Online. The final two events will play out, including the $51,000 Main Event, plus we'll reach the conclusion of the Championship Leaderboard race. The winner of the Championship Leaderboard will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after Saturday's day of play. Artur Martirosian - 957 points Timothy Adams - 861 points Ali Imsirovic - 857 points Alexandros Kolonias - 823 points Andras Nemeth - 807 points Pauli Ayras -748 points Alex Foxen - 736 points Pascal Lefrancois - 736 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 676 points Luuk Gieles - 643 points
  6. After a day off on Monday, the Poker Masters Online resumed play on Tuesday at partypoker. On the schedule were two events, Event #19: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] and Event #20: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]. Between the two, $2.785 million in prize money was up for grabs. Stealing the show was Pauli Ayras, who was victorious in one of the events for his second Poker Masters Online title. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Ayras Wins Event #19 for $548,625 Less than a week ago, Ayras won Event #6 of the Poker Masters Online for $303,421. On Tuesday, he scooped the Event #19 title and picked up another $548,625 in prize money. The win also marked the fifth cash of the series for Ayras and moved him to the top of the Poker Masters Online Championship Leaderboard. The win gave Ayras the second largest Poker Masters Online score to date, behind only Jason Koon's recent win of $549,000. Event #19 drew a field of 77 entries. With a buy-in of $25,500, a prize pool of $1.925 million was on offer. Ayras defeated Sam Greenwood in heads-up play, and then it was David Peters finishing in third place. Event #19 Results Pauli Ayras - $548,625 Sam Greenwood - $375,375 David Peters - $259,875 Luuk Gieles - $173,250 Matthew Wantman - $134,750 George Wolff - $105,875 Guillaume Nolet - $91,437.50 Bartlomiej Ryszard Machon - $81,812.50 Justin Bonomo - $77,000 Andras Nemeth - $77,000 O'Dwyer Wins Event #20 for $269,013 Steve O'Dwyer topped the field in Event #20 to win $269,013.16. He topped a field of 86 entries to get the victory. Finishing in second place was Peters, who had just finished in third place in the other Poker Masters Online tournament of the day, Event #19. This score gave Peters $167,700 for a total on the day of $427,575. A notable finish was had by Jorryt Van Hoof, who took fifth for $53,750. The result was notable because it gave Van Hoof his eighth cash on the series, which is the most to date. Steve O'Dwyer - $269,013.16 David Peters - $167,700 Jake Schindler - $103,200 Guiseppe Iadisernia - $75,250 Jorryt Van Hoof - $53,750 Dario Sammartino - $36,550 Artur Martirosian - $27,950 Ali Imsirovic - $27,950 Eelis Parssinen - $27,950 Adrian Mateos - $23,562.28 Joni Jouhkimainen - $23,562.28 Michael Addamo - $23,562.28 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the ninth day of play. Pauli Ayras -722 points Alexandros Kolonias - 592 points Artur Martirosian - 590 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 585 points Timothy Adams - 584 points Andras Nemeth - 581 points Luuk Gieles - 579 points Eelis Parssinen - 565 points Alex Foxen - 501 points Justin Bonomo - 496 points
  7. The first World Poker Tour event of 2020 reached its final table on Monday. Now, just six players remain in the Season XVIII WPT Gardens Poker Championship, with Chance Kornuth leading the way. The final six will be on hiatus until Tuesday, March 31, when they will resume play at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The final six come from a 257-entry field and are guaranteed $111,795 in prize money. First place takes home $554,495, including a $15,000 buy-in into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, and a Hublot watch. Joining Kornuth at the final table are Markus Gonsalves, Tuan Phan, Jonathan Cohen, Qing Liu, and Straton Wilhelm. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] WPT Gardens Poker Championship Final Table Seat 1: Straton Wilhelm - 435,000 Seat 2: Markus Gonsalves - 2,370,000 Seat 3: Qing Liu - 795,000 Seat 4: Tuan Phan - 2,070,000 Seat 5: Jonathan Cohen - 1,615,000 Seat 6: Chance Kornuth - 2,995,000 How the Final Table Was Reached The Season XVIII WPT Gardens Poker Championship had a field of 257 entries. It wasn't the largest turnout for a WPT Main Tour event, but the $10,000 buy-in attracted some of poker’s biggest names and generated a prize pool of $2.467 million. Among those to compete were Darren Elias, Anthony Zinno, Maria Ho, and Phil Laak, but none of them made the money. Entering Day 3 of the tournament, 48 players remained. The top 33 places paid, which meant whoever finished in 34th place would win the unwanted title of 'bubble boy.' The player to fall in 34th was former WPT Player of the Year Joe Serock, who couldn't win a flip with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kd"] against the pocket queens of Gonsalves. After the money bubble burst, WPT Champions Club member Larry Greenberg was the first player to bust. Others followed him to the payout desk, including David Peters (30th - $18,825) and David 'ODB' Baker (18th - $25,130), before Day 3 ended with 14 competitors left. Among the final 14 returning for Day 4 was Jared Griener, who ultimately finished in 13th place for $35,720. Griener is no stranger to WPT success in the Southern California region. He’s cashed seven times in WPT Main Tour events in Southern California, and that’s the region where all of his WPT final tables have taken place. Additionally, Griener has a deep run in a WPTDeepStacks event in San Diego and two deep runs in WPT500 LA. On Day 4, Ali Imsirovic busted in ninth place to take home $53,950, and then Sebastiaan de Jonge finished in eighth for $67,790. One more player needed to be eliminated to set the official TV final table, and it happened when Phan knocked out Qi Hu in seventh place. Kornuth the One To Beat With a stack of 2.995 million, Kornuth is the player to catch at the final table. He's been one of the big stacks throughout the event, including finishing atop the field after Day 3. Kornuth came into this event with more than $7.4 million in live tournament earnings and one previous WPT final table under his belt. That previous final table was a sixth-place finish in the Season XII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $247,954. Kornuth has several other deep runs in World Poker Tour events, including a handful that have come at the $10,000 buy-in level, but his first WPT title has eluded him. Closest to Kornuth on the leaderboard is Gonsalves, who bagged 2.37 million in chips for the final table. Like Kornuth, Gonsalves has been close to a WPT title before, but he's also yet to win one. Gonsalves' deepest run in a WPT event came in the Season XIV WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event, where he took fourth and picked up a payday of $91,616. Gonsalves also has a 10th-place finish in the Season XIV WPT Five Diamond for $68,181. The final six will now wait until the end of March to play for the title in Las Vegas, as the event moves from the Gardens Casino to the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. There is no former WPT champion in the final six, which means there will be a brand new member of the WPT Champions Club when this one is all said and done.
  8. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. When the calendar turned to February, a number of the top online poker players attempted to take a stand against PokerStars and a much-heralded new online poker site launched. The Boycott: PokerStars vs MTT Heavy Hitters Just before Valentine's Day, PokerStars broke the hearts of some of their most frequent high stakes tournament grinders. A little over 18 months after first introducing Stars Rewards, the company announced major changes to the program that meant MTT players would be earning 55% fewer reward points for any tournament fees paid. Players originally earned 100 reward points for every $1/€1 in rake paid. The changes meant players would now earn just 45 reward points for every $1/€1 in fees. The online MTT community didn't respond well to this change. One of the top-ranked players in the world, 'girafganger', organized a boycott which started out as 250 other players agreeing to sit out a $5,200 buy-in Turbo Series event on PokerStars that same week. "The nonstop rake increases and unbeatable formats they have been pushing on all of us, with the latest one pushing me over the edge, made me reach out to some of the high stakes regs to try and convince them to skip the $5K PokerStars Turbo Series event as a protest," 'girafganger' said in a statement. "The positive feedback was overwhelming and it didn’t take long for a group to naturally form." Some of the players boycotting included 'lena900', 'C Darwin2', Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas, Calvin Anderson, and Samuel '€urop€an' Vousden. PokerStars' chief competition, partypoker, even went as far as to create a special $5,000 buy-in tournament with a $1,000,000 guarantee to run against the PokerStars tournament that was subject to the boycott. The boycott didn't seem to have the impact the players were hoping for. The PokerStars event drew 187 total entries, down just seven players from the same tournament a week earlier while the partypoker event met the guarantee. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Bryn Kenney Chops Up the Aussie Millions Main Event Bryn Kenney had himself one helluva 2019 and it all started in earnest in February when he won the Aussie Millions Main Event after a three-way chop. The tournament ended as soon as the deal was agreed upon. Michael Del Vecchio actually had a slight chip lead when negotiations began, but Kenney was able to talk his way into a deal that gave him the title and a $1,272,598 AUD ($914,617 US) payday. Kenney won the title despite not being responsible for eliminating a single player from the final table. Del Vecchio took home $1,272,162 AUD while third-place finisher Andrew Hinrichsen banked $1,097,739 AUD. The event drew 822 runners to break the previous record of 800 from 2018. Kenney wasn't the biggest winner from the Aussie Millions though. Toby Lewis, who won the $50,000 High Roller and finished runner-up in the $25,000 Challenge, earned $1,607,654 AUD ($1,149,064 US) to top the 2019 Aussie Millions earnings list. Team PokerStars Loses Two In January, PokerStars was more than happy to trot out their Team Pros and Ambassadors at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for every media opportunity possible. Less than a month later, two of the most visible pros on their roster began what would be a season-long exodus. In early February, Jamie Staples and Jeff Gross both announced that they were leaving Team PokerStars. Gross and Staples each made an announcement of their own confirming their departure. For Gross, it was a matter of not being able to come to terms on a new contract to continue representing the site. “Is this it for you in poker? The answer is ‘no’,” Gross said “If anything, we are just getting locked in, just getting strapped in and it’s seriously about to turn up.” Staples was looking further ahead and had plans to take his career, poker and streaming, to a new level. “I felt as if I might have an opportunity to do something bigger with my career in poker,” Staples said at the time. “It was a risk and I thought about it a lot and I decided to go on my own.” Over the course of the next few months, Gross and Staples both signed on with partypoker to represent their brand at live events on via player-created content on YouTube and Twitch. David Peters Takes Home US Poker Open In mid-month, the PokerGO airwaves were jam-packed with the 10 events from the US Poker Open. Most of the high roller regulars were out in full force for events with buy-ins from $10,000 up to the $100,000 Main Event. David Peters closed out the by winning the Main Event for $1.32 million. That victory also allowed him to beat out Sean Winter for the overall Series title. Peters had two cashes heading into the Main Event. He finished second to Winter in Event #4 ($10,000 Short Deck) for $100,800 and then fifth in Event #9 ($50,000 No-Limit Hold’em) for $164,000 before winning the 33-player Main Event. Stephen Chidwick won a pair of USPO titles. He beat Winter heads-up to win Event #1 ($10,000 No-Limit Hold’em) and then won Event #6 ($25,000 Pot Limit Omaha). Other US Poker Open event winners included Jordan Cristos (Event #2), Lauren Roberts (Event #3), Ali Imsirovic ( Event #5), Bryn Kenney (Event #7), Nick Schulman (Event #8), and Koray Aldemir (Event #9). Run It Once Goes Live When Phil Galfond announced in 2016 that he was launching an online poker site of his own, the poker world was excited that one of their own was stepping out to give them a new place to play. It became a patience tester for both Galfond and poker community. It took two years longer than Galfond expected, but in February, Run It Once launched the Public Beta version of their software to much fanfare. Galfond, who had been transparent about the delays and hiccups experienced along the way, was more than happy to put the product out to the world in an effort to get much-needed feedback. “The deck may be stacked against us, but I believe that with just a little bit of help from you, we can make our poker dream a reality – we can conquer threats to online poker’s future through the innovations we launch with and the countless more still to come, we can be a driving force for positive change in the industry, and we can make Run It Once exactly what a poker site should be.”  
  9. Last month Kahle Burns was in Rozvadov, Czech Republic winning the first two World Series of Poker bracelets of his career at WSOP Europe. On Wednesday he was in Las Vegas taking down his first Poker Masters title by beating Ali Imsirovic heads-up in Event #9 ($25,000 No Limit Hold'em). The win was Burns' third cash of the 2019 Poker Masters and moved him into second place in the Poker Masters Championship standings behind only Sam Soverel with just the $50,000 NLHE event left to play. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The final six players played for over 90 minutes before the first elimination. From middle position, Sean Winter moved all-in for 360,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] and action folded to David Peters in the big blind who called all-in with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] runout gave Winter two pair and Peters was out in sixth. It took another 45 minutes before five players became four. From the button, Burns moved all-in for 1,350,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"] and Elio Fox called all-in from the big big blind [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"] flop kept Fox in control, but the [poker card="ah"] turn put Burns on top and the [poker card="jh"] was unable to save Fox from his fifth-place finish. Soverel entered the final table with the chance to lock up the Purple Jacket. All he needed to do was win Event #9 and none of the other contenders would have been able to catch him. Unfortunately for Soverel, but fortunately for poker fans hoping for a race to the finish, that didn't come to fruition. Imsirovic and Winter folded before Burns raised all-in from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. Soverel called all-in from the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Soverel no help but the [poker card="td"] turn gave him an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="3h"] river failed to complete that draw and Soverel was eliminated in fourth place. Soverel added 120 points to his Poker Masters Championship points total to extend his overall lead for the Purple Jacket. It took just five minutes to get to heads-up play. Winter raised to 675,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"], Burns re-raised to 1,250,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"] and Winter called all-in. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ac"] to give Burns a full house and eliminate Winter in third place. Burns started heads-up play with a better than 5-1 chip lead over Imsirovic but over the course of 45 minutes, Imsirovic battled back to take a 2-1 lead. Burns was undeterred however and doubled back into the lead before putting the finishes touches on his first Poker Masters win. Imsirovic called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"] before Burns raised to 395,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"]. Imsirovic responded by moving all-in for 2,005,000 and Burns called. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"] gave Ismirovic top pair but gave Burns a flush draw. The [poker card="2s"] turn was safe for Imsirovic but Burns completed his flush on the [poker card="2d"] river. Final Table Payouts Kahle Burns - $416,500 Ali Imsirovic - $269,500 Sean Winter - $183,750 Sam Soverel - $122,500 Elio Fox - $98,000 David Peters - $73,500 Alex Foxen - $61,250 Purple Jacket Standings Sam Soverel - 810 Kahle Burns - 630 Chance Kornuth - 630 Sean Winter - 480 Ali Imsirovic - 450 George Wolff - 420 Alex Foxen - 330 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Sergi Reixach - 300 Isaac Baron - 300
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. Triton Poker set out to make poker history this week and they most certainly will and in more ways than one. Not only does the Triton Million’s £1,050,000 buy-in ($1,273215) make it the largest buy-in tournament in history, but with 54 players helping generate a prize pool of £54,000,000 ($65,611,361) the first place prize of £19,000,000 ($23,085,479) makes it the largest single tournament payout of all time. Million Dollar Payouts It’s not just first place that is going to find themselves flush after the Triton Million comes to an end. With an astronomical buy-in, Triton officials decided to flatten out the payouts opting to award 11 of the 54 registered players (20%) some piece of the prize pool. Granted, the players that just squeak into the money will be earning little more than their money back ($1,335,923) but a final table finish, resulting in a payday of $1,457,371 would make for a career-high cash for 20 of the participants including pros Andrew Robl, Vivek Rajkumar, Michael Soyza, and Matthias Eibinger. Triton Million Official Payouts Place Approx USD 1 $23,074,354 2 $14,176,836 3 $8,743,966 4 $5,355,679 5 $3,643,319 6 $2,671,767 7 $2,088,898 8 $1,700,266 9 $1,457,371 10 $1,335,923 11 $1,335,923 Eight-Figure Paydays The massive payouts of the Triton Million will add two more players into the extremely elite club of poker players who have earned themselves an eight-figure payday at the poker table. The addition of the first and second place scores makes for a total of ten $10M+ paydays in history and offers the current All Time Money List leader Justin Bonomo and the UK’s Sam Trickett the honor of being the first player to accomplish that remarkable score twice in their career. Until the Triton Million only the World Series of Poker’s $1 Million buy-in Big One For One Drop and the WSOP Main Event offered players the opportunity to hit such heights. The only exception was the 2016 Big One For One Drop Monte-Carlo Extravaganze one-off where Elton Tsang took home over $12.2 million in the invite-only tournament that excluded all of the world’s top players. History of Eight-Figure Paydays Year Event Place Player Payout 2019 Triton Million 1st TBD $23,085,479 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Antonio Esfandiari $18,346,673 2014 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Daniel Colman $15,306,668 2019 Triton Million 2nd TDB $14,176,836 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza 1st Elton Tsang $12,248,912 2006 WSOP Main Event 1st Jaime Gold $12,000,000 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 2nd Sam Trickett $10,112,001 2014 WSOP Main Event 1st Martin Jacobson $10,000,000 2018 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Justin Bonomo $10,000,000 2019 WSOP Main Event 1st Hossein Ensan $10,000,000 All Time Money List Possibilities With so much money in the prize pool, there are bound to be some major ramifications to the ever-shifting All Time Money List. At the start of the Triton Million, there were seven players that could possibly surge to the top of the list and overtake current list leader Justin Bonomo. Bonomo himself could put an amazing amount of distance between himself and the rest of the field as he currently holds a roughly $3.1 million lead over the #2-ranked Daniel Negreanu and over $9 million from the #3-ranked Erik Seidel, neither of which are in the Triton Million field. Here’s a look at the players that could make major moves on the ATML should Bonomo not be able to hold them off. Bryn Kenney - With over $34.9 million in total earnings, Kenney could become the new king of the ATML with a win or even a second-place finish. A third-place finish and he will leapfrog Negreanu for second place on the list and any cash will vault him over Seidel in third place, where he only sits $716,117 behind the legend. Jason Koon - The Triton ambassador has been steadily climbing the ATML, currently sitting in 8th place with $28,925,059 in earnings. A victory would send him north of $51 million and into first. A second-place finish in the event is not good enough to take over the top spot but it would put him in second place and within striking distance of #1 at $43 million. Dan Smith - A last-second invite from Bill Perkins puts Smith into the ATML leader mix, where he currently sits at #9 with $27,921,940. His situation is identical to Koon's - a win and he soars to over $50 million. Mikita Badziakouski - The nosebleed crusher from Belarus recently climbed into the #15 spot on the ATML and a win could put him in the top spot with over $48 million. A second-place finish would put him at just over $39 million, currently good for third place. Stephen Chidwick - Generally considered one of the very best tournament players on the planet, the UK savant has the exact same situation as Badziakouski as he only sits less than $3,000 behind him on the ATML. David Peters and Fedor Holz - Peters currently sits at #5 on the ATML and the German phenom, Holz sits right behind him at #6. Both players were among the first five players eliminated from the tournament ending their bid to climb the ATML ladder. Becoming An Instant Legend To say that first place in the Triton Million is massive is an understatement. But just how big is it? To put this first-place prize in perspective, had a player never cashed before, the first place prize alone would put you ranked at #19 on the All-Time Money List. That’s ahead of one of the most famous poker players on the planet, Phil Hellmuth, who has spent over 30 years accumulating his career total of $22,999,083. Second place also puts you in the midst of legends. The over $14 million payday would slot you in at #41 all-time, just ahead of recent bracelet winner Joseph Cheong and right behind 2009 WSOP World Champ Joe Cada. Finally, if the Triton Million third-place prize of over $8.7 million was your first Hendon Mob entry, you would just make it inside the top 100. You start your career at #100 all-time and you’d be the player to knock poker legend Johnny Chan out of the top 100.
  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. [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
  19. [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
  20. 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.
  21. [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
  22. 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
  23. [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
  24. [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
  25. 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.
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