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  1. Thursday's World Poker Tour Online schedule featured just one final table but what was lacking in quantity was made up quality as the single final table was packed with some of the best poker players in the world. Sam Greenwood topped the 105-entry field in Event #11 ($10,300 High Roller) to win $257,250. The final player Greenwood eliminated, Matthias Eibinger had to settle for runner-up status and $183,750. Rui Ferreira came in third for $131,250. Greenwood also finished ninth in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $61,250. That event plays down to a winner on Friday with Elias Talvitie leading and $600,250 for the eventual winner. Thursday also had 479 runners enter Day 1E of the WPT500 event. Dzmitry Urbanovich had the biggest stack of the 64 players who survived to move onto Day 2. Urbanovich finished with 406,443 chips. Patrik Antonius also finished with a top ten stack, bagging up 285,440. Five starting flights remain with 2,589 total entries to date. WPT Online Event #11 $10,300 High Roller 105 Entries $1,050,000 Prize Pool Sam Greenwood - $257,250 Matthias Eibinger - $183,750 Rui Ferreira - $131,250 Jorma Nuutien - $91,875 Alexandru Papazian - $68,250 Timothy Adams - $52,500 Joni Jouhkimainen - $42,000 Pauli Ayras - $34,125 WPT Online WPT500 Day 1E 479 Entries $239,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Dzmitry Urbanovich - 406,443 Dean Arsenie - 350,552 Jonathan Therme - 331,257 Brian Wouters - 301,295 Harutyun Sahakyan - 293,326 Diogo Cardoso - 290,623 Ali Zihni - 290,533 Patrik Antonius - 285,440 Les Packer - 276,999 Manuel Bardon - 271,670
  2. [caption width="640"] Anatoly Filatov hopes the Russian fighting spirit will lead the Moscow Wolverines to GPL success[/caption] If you believe American pop culture, the Russians are always the bad guys. In Rocky IV, Ivan Drago was meant to destroy Rocky Balboa. In Rambo, Colonel Podovsky was the one torturing John Rambo. In the WWF, Nikolai Volkoff wouldn’t begin his matches until he sang the Soviet national anthem. Granted, those are all throwbacks to the Cold War, but you get the point. As the Global Poker League makes its way through its first season Anatoly Filatov is hoping to be anything but a bad guy. Still, the 28-year-old Moscow Wolverines team manager went into the inaugural draft and with a really short list of players he was targeting. “I mostly concentrated on Russian and (Commonwealth of Independent States) players because they were more clear for me. Some of them are my friends and I know what to expect from them,” said Filatov. “My strategy was to find flexible people who can work in the team and adapt to different circumstances.” To that end Filatov filled his four spots with three Russian players and another with strong ties to the former Soviet Union. With his first pick, eighth overall, Filatov took one of the hottest players in poker today, Dzmitry Urbanovich. The 20-year old poker pro, who was born in Belarus but now lives in Poland, won European Poker Tour Player of the Year last season and last month took down the EPT Dublin Main Event for the third biggest score of his career. From there, Filatov went full Russian and had more than a few heads turning as he filled out his roster. In the second round he chose Vladimir Troyanovskiy, fresh off of his fifth place finish in the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event. With over $4,000,000 in lifetime earnings, Troyanovskiy is a successful tournament player. Filatov selected Andrey Pateychuk and Sergey Lebedev in the third and fourth round respectively. Pateychuk already has EPT and World Poker Tour titles to his credit and is the ninth highest ranked online player in Russia. When Filatov selected Lebedev with his final pick, those watching the live stream were left with one question. “Uhh, who?” Lebedev has made final tables in Europe, Asia and North America but hasn’t broken through with a live win just yet. He’s banked over $1.2 million in tournament earnings with a quarter of that coming in the last four months. While the general public might not be overly familiar with his roster, Filatov is quite happy to have built his team around players from his part of the world. “I must admit that it played a huge role for me, because we need to communicate well and have the common mentality. That`s why I prefer to choose mostly Russian-speaking or European players,” said Filatov, who also took into consideration the enthusiasm the players showed for the GPL concept. Enthusiasm is what got Filatov interested in the GPL in the first place. Not his mind you, but that of GPL founder Alex Dreyfus. “Some time ago Alex called me and described the concept. We talked a lot about the ideas that they have to promote and how these events will develop poker as a sport,” said Filatov. “His vision of this project, enthusiasm inspired me to lead the Moscow team and I didn`t doubt that I wanted to be involved in it.” Even though the Cold War is long over, Filatov is happy to some Russian history when it comes to his team name and logo. “I like the red color of the logo because its associates with 'Red Machine' – the USSR hockey team and Red Square," said Filatov. "And the the logo shows Russian character and fighting spirit.”
  3. We might not have seen any new bracelet winners in Monday’s 2018 World Series of Poker action, but we did see two exciting final tables set for tomorrow. Both the $10K PLO Championship and the $1,500 Razz will return tomorrow with all players around one table, and they won’t stop until two shiny new bracelets are handed out. Meanwhile, the MONSTER STACK ploughed through another day and hundreds of players, and the $10K Limit Hold’em Championship kicked off. Here’s everything you need to know about June 25 at the WSOP. Final Table Set in $10K PLO Championship, Shack-Harris Leads Final 6 Brandon Shack-Harris seems to always rise to the occasion within the halls of the Rio. Over the years he has amassed 30 WSOP cashes, adding up to $2.8 million in earnings, and he’s won two bracelets. He’s now in prime position to bag a third. Shack-Harris will return tomorrow as the chip leader in Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship, ending the day with 7,730,000. He’s got tough competition from the likes of fellow two-time bracelet winners Ryan Hughes (5,140,000) and Loren Klein (4,240,000), as well as three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter (2,680,000), former November Niner Jerry Wong (2,150,000), and recent bracelet winner Scott Bohlman (1,855,000). A few notables we lost during the day include Scotty Nguyen, Anton Morgenstern, Anton Tsang, Ryan Laplante, Mike Leah, and Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram. Ingram doesn’t usually play tournaments, preferring to play cash games, but his 17th place finish for $28,502 marks his biggest career cash. The final table kicks off at 2pm tomorrow. There’s a $1,018,336 first-place prize awaiting the winner, while everyone has now locked up a nice payday of $157,097. Final Table Stacks Brandon Shack-Harris - 7,730,000 Ryan Hughes - 5,140,000 Loren Klein - 4,240,000 Rep Porter -2,680,000 Jerry Wong - 2,150,000 Scott Bohlman - 1,855,000 Owen and Urbanovich Headline Razz Finale The second final table to be set on Monday was in Event #46: $1,500 Razz. They’re down to the final nine, with Kevin Iacofano and Michael Mckenna holding the top two counts, with 514,000 and 477,000 respectively. However, it’s PocketFivers Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich who we’ll be keeping a close eye on. They come in fourth (Adam) and seventh (Urbanovich) in chips, and the mixed game experts are both looking for their first piece of WSOP jewellery. In fact, nobody on this final table has won a bracelet, so we’re guaranteed a first-time winner tomorrow. That wouldn’t have been the case if any of the big names who went out today would have made it. The likes of Phil Hellmuth, Barry Greenstein, John Hennigan, Benjamin Scholl, Matt Grapenthien, Max Pescatori, and Brandon Cantu were just a few who went out before the bubble burst. When it did, we lost a few bracelet winners including Chris Bjorin (50th - $2,322), Benny Glaser (44th - $2,471), Cyndy Violette(39th - $2,471), John Cernuto (34th - $2,702), John Racener (33rd - $2,702) and Ylon Schwartz (26th - $3,034). There’s $125,431 and the bracelet for the winner, while all nine are guaranteed $7,881. Play resumes at 2pm Tuesday. Final Table Stacks: Kevin Iacofano - 514,000 Michael Mckenna - 477,000 Thomas Taylor - 410,000 Adam Owen - 340,000 Jay Kwon - 295,000 Kyle Montgomery - 261,000 Dzmitry Urbanovich - 248,000 Jeanne David - 194,000 Jeffrey Mitseff - 191,000 MONSTER STACK Day 2 In The Books There were 2,085 of the total entries 6,260 returning today for Day 2 of Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK, but when play wrapped up today just 259 remaining. Two-time bracelet winner Steve Billirakis holds the overnight chip lead with 1,399,000. Next up in the counts are James Stewart (1,220,000), Raul Manzanares Lozano (1,176,000) and David Neiman (1,160,000). Others still in with a shot include Aditya Agarwal (1,100,000), bracelet winners Gaurav Raina (357,000), Jackie Glazier (275,000) and Nipun Java (101,000), as well as Jimmy Guerrero(940,000), Kurt Jewell (768,000) and Aliaksei Boika (597,000). We lost a whole lot of players in this one. The multiple bracelet winners who returned today, making the money but failing to find a bag at the end, include Alexandru Papazian (930th place), Jack Duong (886th place), Jared Hamby (837th place), Benjamin Zamani (833rd place), Athanasios Polychronopoulos (789th place), Peter Eichhardt (702nd place), Will Givens (676th place), Phillip Hui (670th place), Scott Davies (639th place), Blair Hinkle (626th place), Mark Radoja (589th place), Loni Harwood (521st place), Ryan Riess (520th place), Ronnie Bardah (487th place), Tuan Le (501st place), Calvin Anderson (423rd place), Dan Heimiller (412th place) and Alex Bilokur (359th place). The 259 players will return at 11am Tuesday with $5,140 locked up. The winner will receive $1,037,451. Top 10 Stacks: Steve Billirakis - 1,399,000 Tommy Nguyen - 1,264,000 James Stewart - 1,200,000 Raul Manzanares Lozano - 1,176,000 David Neiman - 1,160,000 Raj Singh - 1,141,000 Sihao Zhang - 1,106,000 Francis Rusnak - 1,021,000 Ryan Lee - 983,000 Rittie Chuaprasert - 941,000 Bounty Hunting in $1,500 NLHE Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty got going today, with 1,982 players creating a $2,675,700 prize pool. After ten levels on Day 1, 298 players have advanced to Tuesday’s Day 2. That means a whole lot of bounties have already been handed out. In this event, you get $500 for every player you eliminate, so if you bust three players, you’re already freerolling. The eventual winner will no doubt bank thousands in bounties alone, as well as picking up the $272,504 that’s reserved for first place. Right now the player closest to that is Alex Whitenstall (197,800), who bagged the chip lead. He’s followed by Ranno Sootla (171,000), Sean Getzwiller (143,000), Michael Steele (122,900) and Christian Nolte (121,900). Other notables who will return for Day 2 tomorrow include Paawan Bansal (98,700), Jeff Gross (78,500), brothers Ralph Massey (73,300) and Aaron Massey (72,300), Martin Mathis (70,400), Ivan Deyra (57,400) and Maria Konnikova (35,900). Where there are survivors there must be casualties, and some of those who handed their bounty chips over today include Phil Hellmuth, Sean Deeb, Kristen Bicknell, Alex Foxen, Phil Laak, Chris Ferguson, Bertrand Grospellier, Chris Moorman, Mohsin Charania, Joey Weissman, Allen Kessler, Anthony Reategui, Heidi May, Ben Yu and Maria Lampropulos. Action resumes at 12pm Tuesday. The bubble burst right at the day of play, meaning all players have secured $1,415. Top 10 Stacks: Alex Whitenstall - 197,800 Quyen Hoang - 178,000 Samuel Miller - 177,400 Ranno Sootla - 171,000 Juan Vecino - 156,300 Evan Lavallee - 143,700 Sean Getzwiller - 143,300 Justin Liberto - 137,800 DID NOT REPORT - 129,800 Artem Metalidi - 127,400 $10K Limit Hold’em Championship Gets Going The next championship event on the schedule kicked off on Monday, with 101 players taking a shot in Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. Leading the 43 survivors overnight is Michael Moore with 268,500, followed by Joao Vieira (211,000) Ofir Mor (205,000), and Nick Schulman (202,000). The latter of those four was one of the last entries, and certainly made up for lost time, while Mike Leah was the last one to get in. He too had a great short day of play, bagging up 125,000. Other notables who advanced include Anthony Zinno, Juha Helppi, Benny Glaser, Andre Akkari, Maria Ho, Chris Klodnicki, Ismael Bojang, Jeff Lisandro, and John Hennigan. The same can’t be said for Daniel Negreanu, Kevin Song, Erik Siedel, Shaun Deeb, James Obst, JC Tran, and Defending champion Joe McKeehen, all of whom hit the rail throughout the day. The 43 will be back at 2pm Tuesday for another day of Limit action. Registration is open until then. Top 10 Stacks: Michael Moore - 260,500 Joao Vieira - 211,000 Ofir Mor - 205,000 Nick Schulman - 202,000 Christopher Chung - 171,500 Jameson Painter - 169,500 Philip Cordano - 165,000 Ken Deng - 163,000 Anthony Zinno - 159,000 Ray Henson - 154,500 Tomorrow’s Action (June 26) There are two new events ready and waiting to get started on Tuesday June 26. If you’re up early enough, at 11am you can hop into Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Decide to have a lie in? At 3pm, you could play Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em.
  4. The 2018 World Series of Poker continues its trek towards the Main Event, with two new bracelet winners created after another busy session on Thursday. One player outlasted a final table which included some legends of the game, while another picked up his first piece of jewellery, and a bunch of bounties to go with it. Meanwhile, there are just four players remaining in the $3K Big Blind Ante NLHE, and a former PocketFives no.1 player leads the final 13 in the $10K Razz. All of that and more in our recap of June 28’s action. Joey Couden Overcomes Tough Final Table to Win First Bracelet in PLO 8 The final table of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better was a star-studded affair, with the likes of Eli Elezra, Mike Matusow, and Daniel Negreanu taking a seat. But it was Joey Couden’s seat that proved to be the best in the house, as after 11 hours of play and with only a couple of minutes left on the clock for the day, he took this one down for his first bracelet and a $244,370 score. The day began with 20 players returning, led by defending champion Nathan Gamble. He’d end up bubbling the final table in tenth place, falling to Elezra who started to take control. Negreanu would then bust to Elezra too, as would Gregory Jamison in eighth. Couden also chipped up, securing a KO himself, taking things down to four-handed play. The chip lead switched between Couden, eventual runner-up Bruno Fitoussi, Elezra and Matusow, the latter of which then busted to Couden in fourth. Elezra went out in third, and Couden took a huge lead into heads-up play before finishing Fitoussi off. All the money went in pre-flop, with Fitoussi holding pocket kings. Couden managed to catch an ace on the flop though, and when the board ran out that proved to be good. Final Table Results: Joey Couden - $244,370 Bruno Fitoussi - $150,990 Eli Elezra - $106,183 Mike Matusow - $75,708 Christopher Conrad - $54,738 Kim Kallman - $40,141 Dustin Pattinson - $29,862 Gregory Jamison - $22,541 Daniel Negreanu - $17,268 Ryan Leng Takes Down $1,500 NLHE Bounty The other bracelet winner of the day was Ryan Leng, who took down Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty for a career-best cash of $272,765 and his first WSOP bracelet. [caption id="attachment_619738" align="aligncenter" width="698"] Ryan Leng Takes It Down[/caption] Only four players returned on Thursday to play this one out, and Leng held the chip lead. However, Estonia’s Ranno Sootla was not going down without a fight, having led this event much of the way. After Jay Farber and Christian Nolte hit the rail in fourth and third, Leng and Sootla began what turned out to be a long, arduous heads-up battle. It would take a cooler to end it, with all the money going in when Leng had flopped the nut straight and Sootla flopped top set. The board didn’t pair, and Leng proved victorious, denying the Estonian his shot at becoming his country’s first bracelet winner. “Sootla is one of the toughest players I’ve ever played against; he’s so good,” Leng said afterwards. “So, it was just a lot of fun to have to go through someone that good to get my first bracelet. “I hope this isn’t my first and only bracelet," he added. "I’m just going to keep working hard, keep studying; as long as I’m in poker, I’m going to have to just keep working so hard because everyone is getting so good. There’s more poker to be played… The summer’s not over yet.” Final Table Results: Ryan Leng - $272,765 Ranno Sootla - $168,464 Jay Farber - $121,932 Christian Nolte - $89,151 Javier Gomez - $65,851 Russell Rosenblum - $49,146 John Gulino - $37,063 Mark Mazza - $28,247 Mikhail Semin - $21,759 Final Four Set in $3K Big Blind Ante Just like in the Bounty event above, there will be four players returning Friday to finish out Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em. They’re led by Barry Hutter, who with $4M in cashes and a bracelet to his name already (a $1,500 SHOOTOUT win back in 2015) certainly has the experience to close the deal. His 6,265,000 is followed by Diogo Veiga with 5,195,000, Radoslav Stoyanov with 2,495,000, and Jonathan Abdellatif with 1,350,000. All of them have their hearts set on the $522,715 top prize, while overnight they’re guaranteed $163,404. Throughout the day we lost the likes of Kristen Bicknell in 11th place ($29,284), Anna Antimony in seventh ($64,991), and David Yan in sixth ($87,179). Action resumes at 2pm Friday, and they won’t stop until a winner is crowned. Final Four Stacks: Barry Hutter - 6,265,000 Diogo Veiga - 5,195,000 Radoslav Stoyanov - 2,495,000 Jonathan Abdellatif - 1,350,000 Tag Teams Down to 28 Of the 1,032 teams who entered, and 242 which returned for Day 2, just 28 of them now remain in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em It’s the duo of Bon Koo and Bienvenido Caballero who bagged the chip lead with 828,000. They’re followed by William Reymond and Ami Alibay with 706,000, and Adam Lamphere, Ao Chen, and Yijie Zhang with 705,000. Other teams to advance include Manig Loeser - Joelle Parenteau - Daniel Weinand (615,000), Johan Lees - Jesse Mason (602,000) Salah 'Papa' Levy - Francis Mariani - Cord Garcia (585,000), Loni Harwood - Haixa Zhang - Kelly Minkin (480,000), and Ryan Laplante - Jack Hardcastle - Patrick Truong - Kevin Gerhart (245,000). The same can’t be said for the likes of Dara O’Kearney, Alan Widmann, Daiva Byrne and Benny Glaser, whose team took 121st place. Afterwards the team of Ashley Sleeth - Jesse Sylvia - Dylan Hortin busted in 118th place, Chris Moorman - Jeremy Menardfell were sent to the rail in 108th place, and Fraser MacIntyre - Barny Boatman - James Akenhead - Yiannis Liperis took 62nd place. Team Andrew Barber - Sam Razavi - Dan Smith - Erik Seidel busted in 72nd for $2,252, donating their winnings to the REG charity. All teams have locked up $4,175 now, but it’s the $175,805 winner’s prize they’re really hoping to split. Play resumes at 12pm Friday. Top 10 Team Stacks: Bon Koo - Bienvenido Caballero - 828,000 William Reymond - Ami Alibay - 706,000 Adam Lamphere - Ao Chen - Yijie Zhang - 705,000 Manig Loeser - Joelle Parenteau - Daniel Weinand - 615,000 Johan Lees - Jesse Mason - 602,000 Salah Levy - Francis Mariani - Cord Garcia - 585,000 Gabriel Neto - Carlos Caputo - 546,000 Thomas Gangloff - Bryan Boser - 504,000 Shalev Halfa - Oshri Lahmani - 492,000 Loni Harwood - Haixa Zhang - Kelly Minkin - 480,000 Calvin Anderson Bags Chip Lead in $10K Razz Championship They’re down to 13 in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship, and a very familiar face to PocketFivers sits in the top spot overnight. Former no.1 online player Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson bagged up a chip leading 962,000, but tomorrow is by no means going to be easy. His closest competitor is five-time bracelet winner John Hennigan, who looks set to top the Player of the Year race with a stack of 841,000. If Hennigan can win this one, he’ll have won two $10K Championship events in 2018, as well as finishing runner-up in the $50K Poker Players Championship. Amazing. Who else is joining them for the final day on Friday? Well, you’ll have Alex Balandin (833,000), Julien Martini (712,000), Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah (594,000), Dzmitry Urbanovich (592,000), Jerry Wong (529,000), Frank Kassela (252,000), Allen Kessler (238,000) and Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe (222,000). At the bottom of the counts are Ismael Bojang (99,000), Ted Forrest (48,000) and Eric Rodawig (31,000). They’ll play down to a champ beginning at 2pm Friday, with $17,706 locked up and $309,220 reserved for the winner. Final 13 Stacks: Calvin Anderson - 962,000 John Hennigan - 841,000 Alex Balandin - 833,000 Julien Martini - 712,000 Mike Leah - 594,000 Dzmitry Urbanovich - 592,000 Jerry Wong - 529,000 Frank Kassela - 252,000 Allen Kessler - 238,000 Paul Volpe - 222,000 Ismael Bojang - 99,000 Ted Forrest - 48,000 Eric Rodawig - 31,000 Big Turnout for Ladies Event The buy-in for the Ladies Event comes with two different options: $1,000 for the ladies, and $10,000 for men. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that any males took part in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship, but a nice field of 696 women did. Only 104 of them made it through Day 1 after ten levels, with Mesha James leading the pack, bagging up 130,200. She’s followed by Vesna Kuzmanic with 102,700, and Jill Pike with 94,300. A few other notables to advance include Alexis Sterner (85,700) and Tara Snow (81,400). Some notables names made their way into Day 2 such Danielle Andersen(56,500), Lacey Jones (50,700), Melanie Weisner (47,000), Kristy Arnett (38,500) and Gaelle Baumann (37,000). Today just wasn’t the day of Jamie Kerstetter, Oanh Bui, Jennifer Shahade, Carol Fuchs, Ana Marquez, Samantha Abernathy, Sofia Lovgren, Muskan Sethi and Vivian Saliba though, who all hit the rail throughout the course of action. Things pick up again Friday at 12pm, with everyone now in the money. The min-cash is currently $1,497, but there’s $130,230 up top. Top 10 Stacks: Mesha James - 130,200 Vesna Kuzmanic - 102,700 Jill Pike - 94,300 Hana Cho - 90,400 Alexis Sterner - 85,700 Tara Snow - 81,400 Shannon Zigner - 78,800 Lisa Costello - 75,900 Tammy Abraham - 72,500 Lisa Ronning - 71,100 $5K NLHE 6-Max Kicks Off The other new event to get started on Thursday was Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, and after then levels of play 203 of the 590 entries have advanced to Day 2. They’re all led by former November Niner Thomas Cannuli. He bagged up 286,000, and is followed by Andrew Graham (214,300) and Julian Milliard-Feral (201,900). They’re the only three to amass over 200K. A few other notables still in contention include Romain Lewis (124,800), Jake Schindler (82,600), Parker Talbot (80,200), Toby Lewis (49,900), Ivan Luca (159,400), Asi Moshe (153,300), Robert Mizrachi (140,700), Jan-Eric Schwippert (129,200), Martin Finger (121,000), and Liv Boeree (114,800). Registration remains open until things kick off at 2pm Friday. Top 10 Stacks: Thomas Cannuli - 286,000 Andrew Graham - 214,300 Julian Milliard-Feral - 201,900 Ivan Luca 159,400 Jimmy Guerrero - 157,000 Asi Moshe - 153,300 Julian Stuer - 150,000 Robert Mizrachi - 140,700 Aaron Mermelstein - 131,800 Marvin Karlins - 130,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 29) There are a whole bunch of things to tell you about for Friday’s WSOP action. First off, Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty kicks off at 11am, with $300 awarded for every player you knock out. Then at 3pm, there’s another Championship event starting: Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Not able to make it to the Rio for those? You could still win a bracelet, as Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship starts at 3:30pm. And finally, at 7pm there’s Day 1E of the $365 PLO Giant.
  5. This week's PokerStars Sunday Million saw three players turn $215 into over $100,000 after the final four agreed to a deal. 'Rohlik2' was awarded the biggest share of the $1,276,000 prize pool and banked $121,844, but it was 'Adam4_Condor' who took the first-place glory and netted $117,195 after the deal. 'Rohlik2' eventually departed in fourth-place with 'vidi.pkr' claimed the bronze medal in third for $89,558, which left 'nielssie88' to be the final player to fall from the 6,382-entry field and claim their prize of $109,027 as runner-up. Elsewhere, 'Sentapied99' achieved quite the feat after winning the partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR for the second week in a row. After coming through the 420-player field last week for $40,110, they this time outlasted 327 entrants to claim victory for $31,719 and the honor of defending his title. Michael 'mczhang' Zhang also had a Sunday to remember after final tabling two majors which included victory in the partypoker $2,600 SHR. Zhang took sixth-place in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, good for $12,195, and added another $53,662 to his bankroll after coming through the tough partypoker $2,600 SHR final table which included; Roman 'Sanitywaterline' Romanovsky, current PocketFives #1-ranked 'HellmuthTheGr8' and the winner of this tournament last week, 'BenRichards1.' Sweden's 'TanTanSWE' added another $36,910 to their already impressive $5.6m in online earnings after winning the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. 'TanTanSWE' came through the 896-player field to record the victory after seeing out 'ale6ka' into second-place, who took away $27,055. After well-known MTT player 'Bencb789' took down the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up last week, it was 'losos007' who this week felt that winning feeling after outlasting the 1,304 entrants to take the title and the first-place prize of $40,653. 'Alexxxd3' was their adversary heads-up but they could not go the distance and claimed $29,501 for second-place. 'justwhackit' was this week's partypoker $109 Super Sunday Main Event champion after beating Brazil's Fabiano 'ChicoRaise' Kovalski heads-up. The Brazilian's silver medal reward was $23,840 with 'justwhackit' winning $33,620 after overcoming the 1,944 player field. In partypoker's $530 HR Super Sunday Main Event, it was 'lena900' who was the last player remaining after seeing off partypoker pros Dzmitry Urbanovich' and Joao Simao before defeating 'Z-ENERGIES' in a heads-up battle. It would seem the final two players agreed on a deal before playing for the added first-place prize with 'Z-ENERGIES' taking away $32,543 for second and 'lena900' awarded $35,516 for first. Over on 888poker, 65 entrants came together to do battle in the $1,050 buy-in $100,000 Gtd Whale event with 'bigblindbets' going the distance and claimed the $30,000 first-place prize. Roman 'Romeopro33' Romanovsky was the runner-up for $20,000 with Russia's 'CalmRevolver' taking $15,000 in third. 'checcmate' was able to live up to their name and beat the 377 entrants in the $215 Sunday Mega Deep to claim the first-place prize of $19,250. 'genbab10' was the unlucky player to fall at the final hurdle and took $14,250 for second-place. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,382 entrants, $1,276,400 prize pool Adam4_Condor - *$117,195.36 nielssie88 - *$109,027.22 vidi.pkr - *$89,558.47 Rohlik2 - *121,844.39 flauschi16 - $41,789.08 Fran-Dutch - $29,326.31 WS Lynx - $20,580.29 Platzhirsch - $14,442.59 florilos - $10,135.38 *Denotes a four-way deal PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 110 entrants, $220,000 prize pool imluckbox - $50,386.35 Mad4it4life - $37,939.37 blanconegro - $28,567.22 Berndsen12 - $21,510.25 Sphinx87 - $16,196.57 mczhang - $12,195.52 RJYJYR - $9,182.86 Moloz345 - $6,914.42 Zwyyyy - $6,098.90 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 896 entrants, $448,000 prize pool TanTanSWE - $36,910.83 ale6ka - $27,055.21 Vokobyarrrrr - $19,831.39 IAmSoSo - $14,536.34 marcelomig - $10,655.09 dammsugarn - $7,810.16 munchenHB - $5,724.83 Mysters_Y - $4,196.28 Idog1974 - $3,075.85 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,304 entrants, $260,800 prize pool losos007 - $40,653.70 Alexxxd3 - $29,501.43 BanicIvan - $21,409.17 Mortan23 - $$15,536.63 camerofelix - $$11,274.93 djleet1337 - $$8,182.20 Manjelleg - $5,937.81 Stulle18 - $4,309.06 Bayesian - $3,127.09 partypoker $109 Super Sunday Main Event-H $200k Gtd 1,944 entrants, $200,000 prize pool justwhackit - $33,620 ChicoRaise - $23,840 Gancas09 - $15,500 Barsukeen - $10,320 Kuukupoopotin - $7,300 misclckmason - $5,080 WuHuu3Bet - $3,500 felipesinop - $2,280 partypoker $530 Super Sunday Main Event-HR $200k Gtd 415 entrants, $207,500 prize pool lena900 - $35,516.25 Z-ENERGIES - $32,543 k2Schogori - $19,505 DrMiKee - $13,695 HAMENAKE - $9,794 Dzmitry_Urbanov - $7,138 mafaka1 - $5,042.25 joasimaobh - $3,672.75 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $200k Super High Roller 81 entrants, $202,500 prize pool mczhang - $53,662.50 MentulaMagna - $37,462.50 SanityWaterline - $26,325 BenRichards1 - $18,225 HellmuthTheGr8 - $14,175 WelshWizard - $10,631.25 Cool_Dave - $8,606.25 PhileasFogg - $7,087.50 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $300k Gtd 327 entrants, $327,000 prize pool Sentapied99 - $31,719 EggsBenedict - $22,890 whresmymind - $15,859.50 catchinwreck - $11,363.25 A3APTEH - $8,093.25 Dalmatass107 - $6,000.45 CropDustr - $4,169.25 JappieGamble - $3,041.10 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 65 entrants – $100,000 prize pool bigblindbets - $30,000 Romeopro33 - $20,000 CalmRevolver - $15,000 Chikky11k - $10,000 UrShitStorm - $7,500 wellyxx - $5,500 Bullflag - $4,500 Dmilito22 - $4,000 boss7210 - $3,500 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 377 entrants – $100,000 prize pool checcmate - $19,250 genbab10 - $14,250 mndlssbrnt - $10,750 TrollKonst8 - $7,750 Canette_15 - $5,250 HmbleBmble - $3,750 lrdvoldemort - $2,750 Ezreaal - $2,250
  6. The partypoker POWERFEST schedule continued on Tuesday with another 16 events crowning champions. The biggest winner of the day was United Kingdom-based pro 'Ignent', who picked up just over $145,000 for winning Event #13-SHR $5,200 PKO. The big score came only after outlasting 112 entries and a tough final table that included Juha Helppi, Andres 'probirs' Nemeth and former #1-ranked Chris 'GettinDaize' Oliver. Canada's 'shorezydrew' picked up nearly $75,000 for his runner-up performance. While 'Ignent' took home the biggest score of the day, one of poker's brightest young stars picked up a victory of his own - in a $5.50 buy-in event. Dzmitry Urbanovich beat out 1,452 other players to win Event #15-L for $989.52. Other winners from Day 3 action included 'chaAat', 'VolZoK_', 'Hanifbali1' and 'z-boooo'. POWERFEST #12-HR $1,050 $100K Gtd (Deep, 8-Max) 210 entries, $210,000 prize pool chaAat - $42,819 AussieOsbourne - $31,080 ScumGang - $22,155 HellmuthTheGr8 - $16,380 TullaMoreFan12 - $11,550 ADRIEN_BRODY - $8,820 Alien_Army - $6,510 BigGebGeb - $4,830 POWERFEST #12-H $215 $100K Gtd (Deep, 8-Max) 750 entries, $150,000 prize pool DONKEY TEETH - $26,775 Dream_99 - $19,050 Beezneez360 - $12,795 Gamiolis59 - $8,670 dynamom111 - $6,120 FishOnHeater - $4,410 anichaaa - $3,150 MelonsAreYum - $2,190 POWERFEST #13-SHR $5,200 $500K Gtd (PKO, 8-Max) 113 entrants, $576,300 prize pool Ignent - $53,186 + $92,218 in bounties shorezydrew - $53,130 + $21,531 in bounties JHelppi - $37,970 + $9,750 in bounties MaXiMuSpkr - $26,579 + $6,500 in bounties probirs - $19,744 + $19,987 in bounties Sheparentao - $15,188 + $9,587 in bounties GettinDaize - $12,150 + $3,250 in bounties caballou1 - $9,872 + $13,325 in bounties POWERFEST #13-H $320 $150K Gtd (PKO, 8-Max) 673 entrants, $207,284 prize pool Place1919 - $14,444.93 + $17,788.08 in bounties honestman36 - $14,424.59 + $3,130.36 in bounties chadi6969 - $9,741.74 + $2,340.37 in bounties SetKat74 - $6,661.30 + $1,629.37 in bounties BowserPT - $4,648.45 + $1,056.62 in bounties Lac.. - $3,380.69 + $1,315.23 in bounties DrErnst333 - $2,446.55 + $3,011.86 in bounties BigGebGeb - $1,712.59 + $316 in bounties POWERFEST #14-HR $530 $50K Gtd (Deep, Turbo, 8-Max) 179 entrants, $91,737.50 prize pool z-boooo - $20,301.62 Flompe - $14,586.26 Doyle_B - $10,641.55 HungarysHero - $7,614.21 GreenNaugahyde - $5,320.77 madgenius87 - $4,128.18 xxxmmmxxx379 - $3,210.81 proudflop - $2,522.78 POWERFEST #14-H $109 $30K Gtd (Deep, Turbo, 8-Max) 426 entrants, $44,304 prize pool Hanifbali1 - $8,462.34 SacredAccount - $6,069.64 slogGaN1SHOW - $4,164.57 LobBXt - $2,924.06 RomeOtheBoAt - $2,091.14 XINBAMA - $1,524.05 crushbuy - $1,076.58 LvckyLvke - $784.118 POWERFEST #15-HR $1,050 $150K Gtd (PKO, Fast, 8-Max) 193 entrants, $196,860 prize pool VolZoK_ - $15,557.92 + $18,819.54 in bounties JgsNV - $15,538.58 + $13,034.53 in bounties proudflop - $11,083.37 + $9,461.56 in bounties TIMEXCNT - $8,194.34 + $4,184.37 in bounties fumateotro - $5,778.06 + $3,672.50 in bounties joaosimaobh - $4,412.33 + $2,145 in bounties JHelppi - $3,256.72 + $2,063.75 in bounties dean23pricel - $2,416.28 + $2,405 in bounties POWERFEST #15-H $109 $50K Gtd (PKO, Fast, 8-Max) 736 entrants, $76,544 prize pool wr-hunter - $5,155.92 + $6,393.60 KONY2012 - $5,148.52 + $2,108.96 TheSecretVMS - $3,460.49 + $707.06 MrTermo1021 - $2,344.86 + $1,020.10 yabetledadad - $1,655.19 + $698.63 blimschen - $1,192.71 + $242.99 Colette1986 - $851.93 + $777.93 Bizar88 - $592.30 + $548.44
  7. Here's something you don't see every day. Poland's Dzmitry Urbanovich (pictured, image courtesy EPT) became the first person ever to win four events at a single European Poker Tour festival. Four! It all went down at EPT Malta, where he won a €200 Crazy Pineapple event to secure his fourth title. He also won the series' €25,000 High Roller and, the same night as that title, bought into a €500 Midnight Turbo and lasted all the way until eighth place. He went on to win a €1,000 Deep-Stack Turbo Big Ante tournament as well as the EPT Malta €5,000 Rebuy. Here's how he has ransacked the competition at EPT Malta, according to the Hendon Mob: March 26: €200 Crazy Pineapple 1st place for €3,260 March 25: €1,100 EPT Limit Stud Championships 2nd place for €6,680 March 23: €5,200 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 1st place for €110,000 March 22: €1,100 No Limit Holdem Deep-Stack Turbo Big Ante 1st place for €35,200 March 20: €550 No Limit Hold'em Midnight Hyper-Turbo 8th place for €2,405 March 18: €25,500 No Limit Hold'em EPT High Roller 1st place for €572,300 The PokerStarsBlog added that his run at EPT Malta is not his first taste of victory; in fact, it's far from it: "The man known online as colisea, who has won SCOOP and WCOOP titles already on PokerStars and chopped the Sunday 500 eight days ago, is transferring online dominance to the live arena in the most emphatic style." Talk about a productive week. Prior to his recent run at EPT Malta, Urbanovich's largest live score was $37,000. Now, he is the #1 player in terms of the number of live cashes this year, according to the Hendon Mob, and is #20 on the 2015 worldwide money list. Urbanovich has already ascended to #4 on the money list for his native Poland. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. After a ‘no bracelet’ day on Monday, we saw two new bracelet winners on Tuesday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. One of them picked up his first piece of WSOP jewellery, while the other claimed his third, plus over a million bucks to go with it. Meanwhile, the MONSTER STACK played down to 20, the $10K Limit Championship got down to 14, and the $3K NLHE kicked off for Day 1. Here’s all the news from June 26. Razz Specialist Jay Kwon Wins First Bracelet and $125,431 Coming into the final table fifth in chips, and with some stiff competition from the likes of start-of-day chip leader Kevin Iacofano, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich, meant Jay Kwon had his work cut out for him in Event #46: $1,500 Razz. Thing is though, Kwon considers himself a Razz specialist, and with two prior cashes in WSOP Razz events, he’s now a bracelet winner in the format. "Razz is like my favorite game, and I feel like it's an underappreciated game and people get frustrated at it," Kwon said after his victory. "But I love the game and yeah, this means more to me than a lot of tournaments. I started playing it and it was really interesting, so I kind of got into it and just started playing it a lot. I'm somewhat of a Razz specialist.” His ability in the game was on display today, defeating the aforementioned tough final table. Owen bowed out in third, meaning Kwon was up against Urbanovich heads-up. The Polish wunderkind built a 2.5:1 chip lead at one point, but Kwon was able to fight back and close it out. Final Table Results: Jay Kwon - $125,431 Dzmitry Urbanovich - $77,526 Adam Owen - $52,536 Michael McKenna - $36,324 Kevin Iacofano - $25,637 Thomas Taylor - $18,477 Jeff Mitseff - $13,605 Jeanne David - $10,240 Kyle Montgomery - $7,881 Loren Klein Wins Bracelet #3 in $10K PLO Championship ($1,018,336) For the third year running, Loren Klein has bagged himself a WSOP bracelet. And this one, his third, is a big one. Klein took down Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for a massive $1,018,336 score, defeating three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter heads-up to clinch victory. Klein’s previous WSOP bracelets came in a $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha in 2016, and a $1,500 PLO event in 2016. It’s safe to say that PLO is this guy’s game. Brandon Shack-Harris came into the six-handed finale as chip leader, but would ultimately have to settle for a third-place finish. He’ll have to wait for another tournament to grab his third bracelet, as will fifth-place finisher Ryan Hughes. Prior to those eliminations, we lost 2018 bracelet winner Scott Bohlman in sixth. When asked what winning a bracelet three years in a row meant to him, Klein said :”Not a ton, the variance in getting a bracelet is pretty wild. I was the same player I was three years ago before I had any bracelet, so it doesn't mean a whole lot. But it is certainly a good time. There are a lot of guys that make good runs all the time, so I am probably right there with them." Final Table Results: Loren Klein - $1,018,336 Rep Porter - $629,378 Brandon Shack-Harris - $433,259 Jerry Wong - $303,491 Ryan Hughes - $216,391 Scott Bohlman - $157,097 MONSTER STACK Down to 29 They call it the ‘Mini Main Event’, and Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK has certainly lived up to that banner, what with 6,260 players taking part. After Tuesday’s Day 3 though, just 29 players remain in the hunt. Vitor Rangel is the player closest to the $1,037,451 first-place prize right now, as he bagged the overnight chip lead with 8,910,000. He’s followed by James Carroll (8,165,000), Harald Sammer (7,170,000) and Rittie Chuaprasert (5,785,000). Other notables still in contention include Michael Benko (5,250,000), Colin McHugh (4,310,000), James Salmon (4,210,000), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Steve Billirakis (4,145,000) and Jimmy Chen (4,000,000). The final 29 will return Wednesday at 11am, with all players guaranteed a $28,841 payday. Top 10 Stacks: Vitor Rangel - 8,920,000 James Carroll - 8,165,000 Harald Sammer - 7,170,000 Rittie Chuaprasert - 5,785,000 Michael Benko - 5,250,000 Colin McHugh - 4,310,000 James Salmon - 4,210,000 Steve Billirakis - 4,145,000 Jimmy Chen - 4,000,000 Raul Manzanares Lozano - 3,365,000 Day 2 of BOUNTY Takes Field Down to 29 Just like in the MONSTER STACK, Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em BOUNTY is also down to just 29 players. The 1,982 field has been whittled down to that after Tuesday’s Day 2 action. The overnight chip leader is Ranno Sootla, who entered the day with the second biggest stack and ended with the largest - 1,500,000 million. Not too far behind him is Ryan Leng with 1,381,000 in chips, while the next biggest stacks belong to 2013 Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (901,000), Jamie ‘EzGame89’ O’Connor (also 901,000), Russell Rosenblum (730,000), Mikhail Semin (677,000) and Marvin Rettenmaier (316,000). Throughout the course of play we lost several notables from the field, including Aaron Massey, (36th - $6,946), Dieter Dechant (54th - $4,765), Jan Eric Schwippert (56th - $4,014), Men Nguyen (66th - $3,419), James Mackey (89th - $2,576) and Andrey Zaichenko (144th - $1,846). There’s a very attractive $272,504 waiting for the winner, as well as the bracelet. Everyone has locked up $6,946 by making Day 3, which kicks off at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Ranno Sootla - 1,500,000 Ryan Leng - 1,381,000 Jay Farber - 901,000 Jamie O’Conner - 901,000 Russell Rosenblum - 730,000 Mikhail Semin - 677,000 Juan Vecino - 663,000 Ryne Capra - 602,000 Robert Damelian - 562,000 Quyen Hoang - 554,000 Stacked Final Two Tables in $10K Limit Hold’em There are 11 bracelets split between the final 14 players in Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship, but the guy who holds a massive chip lead overnight is seeking his first piece of WSOP gold. Dan Zack dominates the field right now with more than double the chips of the second largest stack. Zack bagged up 1,217,000, followed by Matt Szymaszek with 561,000 and Nick Schulman with 499,000. Schulman is going for his third bracelet. Other bracelet winners still in include one-time winners Anthony Zinno, Scott Seiver, and Michael Moore, and three-time winners Benny Glaser and Brock Parker. Rounding out the field are Christopher Chung, Ken Deng, Matt Glantz, Philip Cordano, Maria Ho, and Bryce Landier. A few of the notables who went deep include Joao Vieira and John Hennigan, the latter of which adds points to his Player of the Year run. The final 14 have $17,000 locked up, but they’re all after the $296,222 first-place prize and the bracelet that goes with it. Will we have a new bracelet winner or will it go to one of the previous winners? Find out tomorrow when they return at 2pm. Final 14 Stacks: Dan Zack - 1,217,000 Matt Szymaszek - 561,000 Nick Schulman - 499,000 Anthony Zinno - 493,000 Christopher Chung - 487,000 Scott Seiver - 467,000 Ken Deng - 406,000 Michael Moore - 368,000 Matt Glantz 267,000 Philip Cordano - 251,000 Maria Ho - 224,000 Benny Glaser - 215,000 Brock Parker - 167,000 Bryce Landier - 83,000 Negreanu, Hellmuth, Elezra Advance in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo 8 Day 1 of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better wrapped up on Tuesday, with plenty of big names making it through. Out of the 935 entries, 191 found a bag. Brad Albrinck ended play with the chip lead and a stack of 137,100. He’s followed by Bryce Yockey, who had an amazing 2017 WSOP, final tabling the MONSTER STACK before going on to win his first bracelet in the $10K PLO Championship. Defending champ in this event, Nathan Gamble, will also return tomorrow with a 42,000 stack. Daniel Negreanu (81,100), Phil Hellmuth (67,400), Mike Matusow (76,800), and Eli Elezra (102,600) will all be back for more tomorrow too. Sadly, the same can’t be said for Erik Seidel, Mike Wattel, Frank Kassela, Mike Leah and Scott Bohlman, all of whom busted. There’s $244,370 up top in this one, while the bubble bursts at 141 players for a $2,245 min-cash. Action resumes at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Brad Albrinck - 137,100 Bryce Yockey - 131,900 Dustin Pattinson - 129,100 Eli Elezra - 102,600 Kyle Miaso - 85,800 Quinn Do - 83,600 Thomas Cazayous - 81,400 Daniel Negreanu - 81,100 Hsiao Liu - 77,000 Mike Matusow - 76,800 Mustafov Bags Day 1 Lead in $3K Big Blind Ante NLHE Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em proved a pretty popular event today, with 1,020 players taking part. When all was said and done ten levels later though, just 252 remained. Farehdin Mustafov ended play as the chip leader with 205,000, closely followed by Jordan Young (203,000), Uri Reichenstein (164,000) and Luciano Hollanda (162,100). Some of the other big names to advance include Kristen Bicknell (132,900), Connor Drinan (100,000), Frank Kassel (99,700), Scotty Nguyen (95,500), Kathy Liebert (60,700), Calvin Anderson (58,400), and Michael Gathy (45,000). As anyone who has ever played poker knows, for one player to gain a lot of chips must mean someone else has lost a lot. Some of those who lost their entire stacks today include Mohsin Charania, Rainer Kempe, Stephen Chidwick, Maria Lampropulos, Martin Jacobson, Sofia Lovgren, and Parker ‘Tonkaaaa’ Talbot. The bubble will burst at 153 players, all of whom will secure a $4,513 cash. That pales in comparison to the $522,715 reserved for the winner though. Action resumes at 2pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Fahredin Mustafov - 205,000 Jordan Young - 203,200 Luciano Hollanda - 162,100 Ryan Hall - 137,200 Kristen Bicknell - 132,900 Daniel Strelitz - 130,500 Marciano Cruz - 128,000 Randy Levin - 124,200 Liu Yin - 110,000 Andrey Zaichenko - 109,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 27) There are two new events kicking off on Wednesday June 27, one of which will be right up Jay Kwon’s street. At 11am there’s the always popular Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em, so it will be interesting to find out who pairs up with who. Then at 3pm there’s Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. Expect to see all the Razz specialists out in force for that one.
  9. [caption width="640"] Don't bet against Phil Hellmuth winning WSOP Bracelet #15 this summer[/caption] The 2016 World Series of Poker gets cards in the air on Wednesday, July 1. Over the next five days PocketFives presents the 2016 WSOP Preview highlighting everything you need as the poker world heads to their own version of Summer Camp. With a record 69 bracelets on the line this year, the 2016 World Series of Poker could be one of the most grueling ever for players who play a busy schedule. That being said, there’s still going to be one or two or three players who rise to the occasion, find themselves on the heater of a lifetime and ride that to a bracelet (or two) and maybe even WSOP Player of the Year. We’ve picked out eight players that are worth watching this summer – some for their WSOP history, some for the promise they bring and some because we all hate them. We’ll let you decide who is who. Phil Hellmuth – 14 bracelets, $13,539,727 million in WSOP earnings The legend doesn’t let anyone forget that he has the most WSOP bracelets in history (14) and he’s always a safe bet to win another. Hellmuth plays tournaments sparingly outside of the WSOP so he will play almost every event he can, including of some of the lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events that most of his peers skip. Phil Ivey – 10 bracelets, $6,447,630 million in WSOP earnings With the proper motivation and mindset, Phil Ivey may be the most feared player on the WSOP felt. He’s the most likely candidate to pass Hellmuth’s career bracelet record, but seemingly without six-figure side action driving Ivey he might not even show up. Such was the case in 2015 when he only played the One Drop High Roller and the Main Event because the richest cash games in the world were not in Vegas. 2014 was the last year Ivey put in a full schedule and scored his tenth bracelet and four cashes. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 0 bracelets, $0 in WSOP earnings Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Jeff Lisandro, Ted Forrest and Puggy Pearson – the only players in WSOP history to win three bracelets in a single year. But none of them did it their first WSOP and none won $4.1 million at 20 years-old. Dzmitry Urbanovich has $10,000 bet with 200-1 odds with Vanessa Selbst that he can do exactly that. Urbanovich is the first real 21 year-old rookie people have had their eyes on in many years, but the main difference is that he already is used to big stage in a live event with a couple of European Poker Tour wins and two runner-up finishes in Super High Roller events. Ari Engel – 0 bracelets, $695,157 in WSOP earnings Ari Engel hasn’t had a home in over two years, opting instead to live week-to-week travelling to different poker events. He’s won eight WSOP Circuit rings but he’s never won a bracelet despite 23 cashes in bracelet events. If Engel doesn’t win a bracelet soon, he may be remembered as this generation’s Tony Cousineau. Mike Leah – 1 bracelet, $1,410,735 in WSOP earnings Mike Leah’s WSOP resume is that of a grinders’ grinder. He has lived at the Rio the past couple summers in order to play the most events possible – sometimes three in a day. Though he only has one bracelet, he has 37 career cashes and cashed nine times in 2015 alone. He’s been a contender in multiple Player of the Year/Series titles, both live and online, can play all the games well and has the bankroll to play as many events as he can handle. Howard Lederer – 2 bracelets, $1,617,227 in WSOP earnings Perhaps the most hated person in poker, Howard Lederer is seemingly returning to WSOP action this summer. He has been seen here and there over the last couple years at poker events and rooms and recently released a public apology. If Lederer returns to play a number of events at the WSOP an incident-free summer seems highly unlikely. Daniel Negreanu – 6 WSOP bracelets, $16,172,789 in WSOP earnings The most recognizable poker player in the world and only two-time WSOP POY has said many times that he feels he should have more bracelets that he does. His most recent bracelet came during the 2013 WSOP Europe and he hasn’t won a bracelet in Las Vegas since 2008. Negreanu’s deep run in the 2015 Main Event has been eating at him for months and no one should be surprised if he takes home two bracelets this summer. Fedor Holz – 0 WSOP bracelets, $651,849 The German Wunderkind debuted at the WSOP in 2015, cashed four times, finished 3rd in the $10,000 Six Max Championship and finished in 25th place in the Main Event. His big game experience from Europe places him in rare air with a couple other young German players. Outside of the WSOP Holz won two big buy-in events – a High Roller in the Philippines and Alpha8 Bellagio – and final tabled two Super High Roller events at EPT Monte Carlo.
  10. [caption width="450"] Dzmitry Urbanovich continues to find new ways to dominate the European Poker Tour[/caption] Last season Dzmitry Urbanovich burst onto the European Poker Tour scene and at 19 years old made easy work of the EPT Player of the Year race even though he never won an EPT Main Event. On Saturday in Dublin the now 20-year-old Polish poker pro found himself on top of the EPT Dublin Main Event field after a grueling heads-up duel with Germany’s Gilles Bernies to win €5,125,000 ($5,705,157 US). "It feels very good, very good," Urbanovich said. "It's been a long week." Urbanovich kicked things off on the third hand of the day. Urbanovich opened to 110,000 from early position and Rhys 'floppinhel' Jones moved all in from the big blind. Urbanovich called and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and had Jones’ [poker card="as"][poker card="9h"] dominated. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="9d"][poker card="ad"] to give Urbanovich top two pair and eliminate Jones in sixth. It took nearly two hours for the next elimination. Ilios Kamatakis raised to 150,000 from UTG and Bernies called from the cut-off. Kamatakis bet 275,000 before Bernies raised to 650,000. Kamatakis moved all in and Bernies called. Kamatakis showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"] for second pair but Bernies held [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"] for top pair. The [poker card="3h"] turn and [poker card="3d"] river provided no relief for Kamatakis and was out in fifth. The remaining four players played without another elimination for three hours and Bernies used that time to build his chip lead before some fireworks began. Bernies raised to 225,000 and Patrick Clarke announced he was all in. Bernies quickly called and turned over [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] while Clarke showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"] flop gave Bernies top set and left Clarke hoping for runner-runner. The [poker card="7c"] turn was one half of that equation but the [poker card="2s"] river was a brick and Clarke was out in fourth and Bernies held over 72% of the chips in play. He increased that total on the very next hand. Bernies moved all in from the button and Kully Sidhu called from the big blind. Bernies was ahead with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"] against Sidhu’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4h"] flop was no help for Sidhu and neither were the [poker card="2c"] turn or [poker card="2s"] river and he was eliminated in third place. When heads-up play began, Bernies held 14,840,000 of the 18,125,000 chips in play. But over four hours of heads up action, Urbanovich battled back to even, took the chip lead, briefly lost it again and then overcame Bernies again before finall finishing him off. The 61st and final hand of play between Bernies and Urbanovich started with Bernies shipping all in for just about 2,000,000 and found himself in dire straits when Urbanovich snap-called and tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"]. Bernies, with [poker card="qd"][poker card="7h"] needed a lot of help. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4c"] flop gave him a pair but didn’t change much. The [poker card="5s"] turn and [poker card="9d"] river were complete bricks and Urbanovich eliminated Bernies in second place and captured his first EPT Main Event title. The event - the first for the EPT in Dublin since Season IV - drew 605 players paying the €5,300 buy-in. The EPT is now on a brief hiatus until the EPT Grand Final in Monaco April 25 to May 6. Final Table Payouts Dzmitry Urbanovich - €561,900 Gilles Bernies - €349,800 Kully Sidhu - €250,300 Patrick Clarke - €193,650 Ilios Kamatakis - €52,600 Rhys Jones - €119,450
  11. It's only Day 4 of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker but Roman d'Rome0pro' Romanovsky has already secured his second title of the series after defeating his friend Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard heads-up in Event #16 (High). Romanovsky took down Event #2 (High) for $123,935 just days ago and repeated his triumph yesterday after Leonard, and he agreed to a chop before playing out for the title. The Ukrainian took away $135,121 for the win, and Leonard banked $109,898 to help 'TeamBITBRYE' extend their series prop bet lead over 'Team Sweden'. https://twitter.com/plenopads/status/994393136221900800 'Cem1994' was Day 4's highest earner after they became Event #11 (High) Super Tuesday champion for $183,292. 'despedespi33' took second-place for $133,081 after 1,149 entrants came together to create a $1.1M prize pool. There was a career-best online result of $66,395 for Brazil's Everton 'Bitoks' Becker after he won Event #11 (Medium) Mini-Super Tuesday. The Brazilian agreed to a deal with 'MonkeyRush88', who took away $56,503 in second after the UK's Richard 'raconteur' Gryko had departed in third-place for $35,564. Another bumper SCOOP field appeared in Event #11 (Low) as 15,003 entrants paid the $11 tournament fee to create a $147,000 prize pool. After 15,000 players had departed the field, the final three agreed to a deal. 'TazutZ' finished in third-place for $11,664, 'Chick2345' took the silver medal for $11,695, which left 'theillwill' to scoop the title alongside $14,083. 'CAZZETTEE', who narrowly missed out on the win in Monday's Event #3 (Medium) after taking second-place for $45,723, went one better in Event #10 (High) after they won the $2,100 Razz for $51,940. The final table action also saw Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah finish in sixth-place for $10,600 and Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich score $19,080 in fourth. 'aidanb4' took the top spot in Event #3 (Low) after coming through the 2,184 player field to win $7,426. While 'Maicoshaa', who won Event #9 (High) during last year's series, added another victory to their name, this time in Event #10 (Medium) for $17,024. Event #16 (Low) comprised of a $55 Six-Max Turbo High Roller tournament which saw 'ale6ka' come through the 5,977 field after they defeated '[Ro]Cristy' to win the $42,475 first-place. The $530 Six-Max Turbo Event #16 (Medium) was won by 'elhilario' for $75,035 after they came through a final table featuring PocketFives world no.#24 'th'Kick' and two-time PokerStars Super Tuesday champion Christopher 'Apotheosis92' Kruk. Below are the SCOOP results for Wednesday, May 9 Event #10 (Low): $22 Razz Entrants: 2,184 Prize pool: $43,680 aidanb4 - $7,426.61 MikeyMunro89 - $5,241.60 woody1234321 - $4,133.87 spendypenny - $3,057.60 TzR 9999 - $2,184.00 Zbad - $1,310.40 Zoukki - $873.60 Van Bijnen - $436.80 Event #10 (Medium): $215 Razz Entrants: 448 Prize pool: $89,600 Maicoshaa - $17,024.00 TheRabbitFR - $12,544.00 YerickK - $9,408.00 Beeethoven87 - $6,720.00 childers - $4,480 vovtroy - $3,136.00 dolmren - $2,240.00 billygstar - $1,792.00 Event #10 (High): $2,100 Razz Entrants: 106 Prize pool: $212,000 CAZZETTEE - $51,940.00 fr0zZy - $36,040.00 Kroko-dill - $27,560.00 Colisea - $19,080.00 bokkie87 - $13,780.00 goleafsgoeh - $10,600.00 Impetigo_666 - $8,480.00 L1TE-BR1TE - $6,360.00 Event #11 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 15,003 Prize pool: $147,029.40 theillwill - $14,083.46* Chick2345 - $11,695.91* TazutZ - $11,664.67* Nerflix - $6,104.45 gcascay - $4,351.45 Pindebuenas - $3,101.86 kamijaa - $2,211.11 Kuchenapfel - $1,576.15 *denotes a three-player deal Event #11 (Medium): $109 Mini Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 5,077 Prize pool: $507,700 Bitoks - $66,395.37* MonkeyRush88 - $56,503.08* raconteur - $35,564.48 Harlo1990 - $24,958.02 FaraChef - $17,514.73 koenigskebap - $12,291.26 NeedOfCash - $8,625.56 TakiToRivers - $6,053.15 mizzB111 - $4,247.92 *denotes heads-up deal Event #11 (High): $1,050 Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 1,149 Prize pool: $1,149,000 Cem1994 - $183,292.52 despedespi33 - $133,081.31 OMGACEACEACE - $96,625.26 GamadGADOL - $70,155.75 Machiavelli3 - $50,937.46 19Dan86 - $36,983.66 Pinocchyo - $26,852.47 Stating - $19,496.57 Ticiz - $14,155.68 Event #16 (Low): $55 Six Max Turbo High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 5,977 Prize pool: $298,850 ale6ka - $42,475.36 [Ro]Cristy - $29,592.39 BornSurvivor - $20,619.15 aikanasnx - $14,366.82 alek-gejel - $10,010.39 AQUA RAIDER - $6,974.94 Event #16 (Medium): $530 Six Max Turbo High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 911 Prize pool: $455,500 elhilario - $75,035.53 mandza17 - $52,282.24 th'Kick - $36,428.84 7Phenom1991 - $25,382.64 Apotheosis92 - $17,685.92 dammsugarn - $12,323.09 Event #16 (High): $5,200 Six Max Turbo High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 132 Prize pool: $660,000 RomeOpro - $135,121.47 pads1161 - $109,898.31 huang33 - $81,848.25 cal42688 - $62,911.99 hotmark777 - $48,356.81 Päffchen - $37,169.08
  12. [caption width="640"] Over the last five years a number of poker superstars have been born on the European Poker Tour (photos PokerStars)[/caption] The European Poker Tour is coming to an end right now in Prague, as the last ever Main Event is underway. The tour has created many champions over the past 13 years, and here’s a look through just some of the more recent breakout stars. ICYMI read The Breakout Stars of the European Poker Tour: 2004-2010 Dominik PankaRemember how we said Mike McDonald almost became the first ever two-time EPT champ in January 2014? Well, the man who kept him from the top spot was Dominik Panka. The Polish player won a huge score of $1.42 million and became Poland’s all-time money winner…until a certain young wizard by the name of Dzimitry Urbanovich appeared (more on him later). When Panka took down the PCA Main Event in 2014 for $1.42 million, defeating McDonald heads-up, he became Poland’s all-time money winner. Panka followed up the PCA win later in the month with a €10K High Roller victory at EPT10 Deuville for €272,000, and in 2015 he placed third in the EPT11 Malta main event for €347,300. Panka was back to making final tables this year with a fifth-place finish in the IPT8 Malta Main event for €30,970, and taking ninth in the EPT13 Malta Main Event for €41,590. Adrian MateosTechnically, this Spanish whiz kid had already burst onto the scene long before his massive $1.21 million win in the EPT11 Grand Final Main Event in 2015. He’d already won an Estrellas Poker Tour title in 2013 ($137K), and a little-known tournament later that year called the WSOPE Main Event ($1.35 million). But there’s just no way we could have left Adrian Mateos off of this list. A glance through his live scores shows countless EPT side event cashes, including two wins at the same stop (EPT11 Deauville). Since his EPT win, Mateos has taken down his second WSOP bracelet ($409K) and become a high roller regular everywhere from the EPTs to the Las Vegas, where he’s won almost $400K in December 2016 alone. Niall FarrellThe man known as 'Firaldo87' was well-known on the poker circuit as a great online player and fun-loving guy before he took down EPT12 Malta for $588,592 in 2015 (he’d finished second in a $3K WSOP event, and made a few high roller final tables). But Farrell truly had his breakout moment with that huge score. It’s been a great catalyst for him too. He’s now a fixture in the biggest high roller tournaments on the EPT circuit, he finished eighth in the $111,111 high roller for One Drop at the 2016 WSOP, and just last month took down the WPT Punta Cana main event for $335,000. Dzmitry UrbanovichThe player who overtook Panka as Poland’s all-time money winner is Urbanovich, who seemed to burst onto the scene out of nowhere back in March and April 2015. At EPT11 Malta, the wunderkind won the €25K high roller for €572,300, followed by three more side event wins. The following month at the EPT11 Grand Final, he finished second in the €100K super high roller for €1.446 million. The man known online as ‘Colisea’ then went on to finish second in the €50K super high roller at EPT12 Barcelona for €841K, fourth in the EPT12 Prague super high roller for €285k, before finally capturing his first EPT main event title at EPT12 Dublin in February this year for €561K. An incredible run, considering in all this time he’s also notched up more than a million in online earnings, with two SCOOP and three WCOOP wins. Amazing. Sebastian MalecIf you missed the final hand of the EPT13 Barcelona main event, we suggest you go find it on YouTube. Sebastian Malec, a 21-year-old €27 PokerStars satellite winner, took down the title for €1,122,800, and a new star was born. It’s still a little early to see how Malec’s career will develop after the EPT is no more, but that’s exactly why we’ve included him on this list. Who knows what the future will hold? The PokerStars Championships kick off in the Bahamas in January, before heading to Panama and Macau in March. It’s time to find a whole new batch of breakout stars.
  13. [caption width="640"] Mustapha Kanit just keeps finding poker tournament to win. Sunday it was the PokerStars Supersonic.[/caption] The PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament was won by PocketFiver 'CantWinAFlip' of the United Kingdom, who had a career outing and his first six-figure score for $174,952. PokerStars players 'M.Strelskaya' and 'spearjohn' walked away with $130,317 and $92,117 for their respective 2nd and 3rd place efforts in that event. 'Riffa Kriffa' came out on top in the Stars Sunday Warm-Up and was awarded $73,375. 174th-ranked 'elHongo' of Uruguay was the winner in the Sunday 500 for a score of $58,353. Meanwhile, former #2 ranked player Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit assured his re-entry into the Top 1,000 rankings with a win in the Six Max PokerStars Sunday Supersonic for $48,000. 'NikolasDLP' of the Russian Federation took down the PartyPoker High Roller event for $32,132. The 888 Poker $150k Guaranteed WHALE tournament was won by 'fiestafiesta' for $35,422 while PocketFives member 'joppiesaus' earned an outright victory in the Mega Deep event and collected $28,920. 'AntonSergeevich' was the winner in the Full Tilt FTOPS Event #31 and received $26,625. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 5,593 entrants - $1,118,600 paid out to 810 spots ~ Full Recap CantWinAFlip - $174,951.74 M.Strelskaya - $130,316.90 spearjohn - $92,116.71 anjuli777 - $63,200.90 david owie - $47,540.50 trajna - $36,354.50 dirtybrasil - $25,168.50 Breakchips - $13,982.50 cxde - $8,948.80 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) 2,322 entrants - $464,400 paid out to 342 spots ~ Full Recap Riffa Kriffa - $73,375.28 UncleAnte9 - $55,110.34 (Lockhurt) Angobet - $39,474.00 joaomathias - $27,167.40 CarolVentura - $20,665.80 Knightsgeee - $16,021.80 KING BAIT - $11,377.80 oceanemm - $6,733.80 XX MUC XX143 - $3,947.40 PokerStars Sunday 500 ($500+$35 NLHE) 636 entrants - $318,000 paid out to 99 spots ~ Full Recap elmelogno4 - $58,353.00 (elHongo) dragonwarior - $41,658.00 ShippityShip - $31,482.00 paulwiter - $23,691.00 scrubbyz - $16,536.00 cwirek1982 - $13,356.00 hello_totti - $10,176.00 (hellohellohello) nick le king - $6,996.00 'Colisea' - $4,134.00 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($200+$15 NLHE 6-Max) 1,380 entrants - $290,904 paid out to 180 spots ~ Full Recap Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit - $47,999.89 C.Regando - $36,072.09 Soliddude - $26,908.62 Magardan - $18,617.85 YRWTHMELTHR - $11,927.06 (yrwthmelthr) captain J43 - $7,999.86 (itsmejon) PartyPoker High Roller ($530 NLHE Re-Entry) 347 entrants - $173,500 paid out to 45 spots BetinOleg - $32,132 (NikolasDLP) weie13 - $22,572 JWPRODIGY - $16,136 Watnlos88 - $13,186 jimboeheim - $11,278 SaintJust_ - $9,543 (noirduck) voland2512 - $7,808 (volandNEW) alidaei1010 - $6,073 jovialjohnny - $4,338 iPoker Sunday Masters (€150 NLHE) 139 entrants - $21,936 paid out to 27 spots ~ Full Recap BloodyF4ce - $5,045.23 nutyfish - $3,509.73 Humungus85 - $2,665.20 Imyurfriend - $1,974.22 aSeLow - $1,316.15 ChIpSiSbK - $1,096.79 (chipsxxx) comeondaz - $877.43 ender749 - $658.07 noneed4aname - $548.39 888 WHALE ($600 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 324 entrants - $183,060 paid out to 45 spots fiestafiesta - $35,422 Diegoavc - $26,544 Condumb - $20,137 iCrushU556 - $15,102 g.s.p.888 - $10,434 duchasp4rati - $8,055 olekonjole - $6,224 PRoyal888 - $4,393 (philroyal888) Kannwas - $3,204 888 Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) *$120k Guaranteed 788 entrants - $157,600 paid out to 99 spots SuprNintend0 - $28,920 (joppiesaus) CrackdeI29 - $20,646 TrankNLVida - $15,602 bertaaa - $11,741 vienas2 - $8,195 HazardCosta - $6,619 moccastube - $5,043 (lNormaJean) footler - $3,467 123_THC - $2,049 Full Tilt FTOPS Event #31 ($250 NLHE) 614 entrants - $150,000 paid out to 81 spots AntonSergeevich - $26,625 riffee - $19,500 SSSMforlife - $13,950 s_dot111 - $9,750 joaosimaobh $7,125 apipu3l - $5,400 DannyN13 - $4,200 Zluka2010 - $3,300 CMV3011- $2,550
  14. [caption width="640"] Dzmitry Urbanovich could win more from his bracelet bets this summer than he would from the WSOP itself.[/caption] Every summer a group of fresh-faced 21 year olds make their inaugural trip to the World Series of Poker with hopes of becoming poker’s next big star. Most have honed their game playing online poker and may have tried their hand at European Poker Tour events before finding their way to Las Vegas. Mike McDonald, Tom Dwan, Annette Obrestad, and Viktor Blom are but a few of the players who had the eyes of the poker world glued to them before their maiden WSOP. But none had as much riding on instant success as Dzmitry Urbanovich does this year. The Polish phenom, with $4,873,174 in lifetime tournaments earnings already, could pocket another $2,000,000 if he does something that no 21-year-old has ever done before: win three WSOP bracelets in a single summer. That $2,000,000 comes from a prop bet Urbanovich has with Vanessa Selbst that pays 200-1 should the Urbanovich come through. That’s right, 200-1. It was a price that Urbanovich was more than happy to take. “I really wanted to make some WSOP bets and it seemed acceptable to me,” said Urbanovich. “I probably could’ve gotten a better price from Vanessa.” Only five players have ever left Las Vegas with three bracelets in a single year. Puggy Pearson was the first to do it after winning three events at the 1973 WSOP, which had only eight events on the schedule. The youngest player to ever do it was Phil Ivey. At the 2002 WSOP a 26-year-old Ivey won three events to bring his career total to four. Factor in the extra events at WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific and only one other player, George Danzer in 2014, has hit the WSOP hat trick. Urbanovich was aware that the feat hadn’t been accomplished too many times, but he actually underestimated just how many times somebody has pulled it off. “I thought there was just two or three times actually,” said Urbanovich. PLAYERS WITH THREE WSOP BRACELET WINS IN A SINGLE YEAR Puggy Pearson (1973) - 44 years old Phil Hellmuth (1993) - 28 years old Ted Forrest (1993) - 28 years old Phil Ivey (2002) - 26 years old Jeff Lisandro (2009) - 43 years old George Danzer (2014*) - 31 years old *included a bracelet won at WSOP Asia-Pacific One of the reasons Urbanovich can be so confident is that while 43 of his 53 career cashes have come in No Limit Hold’em, he’s not a NLHE specialist – in fact he finds the game tedious. He plays nearly every game on the WSOP schedule this summer and has the bankroll necessary to play the $10,000 buy-in Championship events. “No Limit Hold’em is boring,” said Urbanovich. “I like to play different games. It’s so much fun. I can’t watch a hand I’m not in during No Limit Hold’em, but when it comes to other stuff it’s different.” Urbanovich showed his ability to play all the variants at the EPT Malta stop in March 2015. He cashed six times, winning the €25,500 High Roller and two NLHE side events, while finishing eighth in a smaller NLHE event, second in a €1,100 Seven Card Stud event, first in a Crazy Pineapple event before finishing runner-up in the €100,000 Super High Roller. Still, the WSOP is a grind unlike no other in poker, and that’s something that Urbanovich knows could be an issue for him, particularly towards the later stages of the Series. “Maybe just a little bit. I’ve never tried six weeks of non-stop live action so I can just imagine,” said Urbanovich. “I might be a bit tired closer to Main Event.” PocketFives will be tracking Urbanovich’s quest for three bracelet throughout the 2016 WSOP. Check back each week for a rundown of his wins, near misses and bustouts.
  15. [caption width="640"] Former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul made his LA Sunset debut this week[/caption] There were three big debuts in the Global Poker League this past week. The first was the Summer Series set of matchups that see inter-conference play for the first time, the second was the highly anticipated “Cube” that players play live heads-up matches in and the third was the debut of former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. With all the players in Las Vegas for the 2016 World Series of Poker, the matches are played in a live setting while still using the GPL poker software on tablets. Each day throughout the summer features one best-of-three heads-up match with teams from the Americas Conference sweeping all five matches with their Eurasian Conference opponents. LA Sunset (Aaron Paul) defeat Paris Aviators (Fabrice Soulier) 2-1 To kick it off on Monday, we had the only GPL player yet to play a game, LA Sunset wild card Aaron Paul, take center stage against Paris Aviators Team Manager Fabrice Soulier. The Aviators are in fourth spot in their conference, and needed to pick up some points here to move back into contention. Fabrice Soulier also had a point to prove, after a lacklustre start to his GPL season. The Frenchman currently has the worst Six Max points-per-match tally of any player with more than one match (0.25), with three sixth place finishes and one fifth. Paul was an unknown quantity, but his mixture of creative play and talk back and forth with his opponent saw him run out a 2-1 winner. San Francisco Rush (Jonathan Jaffe) defeat Moscow Wolverines (Dzmitry Urbanovich) 2-1 On Tuesday it was the turn of the wonderkid Dzmitry Urbanovich, taking a break from his action at the WSOP to take a turn in the Cube. His opponent was Jonathan Jaffe, a player with just three wins from nine heads-up matches played so far this season. Urbanovich hadn’t played a single heads-up game in the GPL this season, and perhaps it showed, with Jaffe running out a 2-1 winner, narrowly missing out on a scoop with Urbanovich winning the final game. Las Vegas Moneymakers (Scott Ball) defeat London Royals (Chris Moorman) 2-1 Chris Moorman was named as 888Poker’s latest pro ambassador on Thursday, and was looking to put in a good performance against Scott Ball in his first event wearing the 888 colors. Ball’s performances in the GPL so far have been hit and miss, with his only heads-up match coming against Jason Lavallee in Week 4, where he lost 2-1. That wasn’t to be the case in this match, with Ball besting online poker’s all-time leading tournament money winner 2-1. Montreal National (Martin Jacobson) defeat Hong Kong Stars (Randy Lew) 3-0 It had been an excellent week for the Americas Conference with Martin Jacobson looking to extend that run back in the city where he clinched the WSOP Main Event crown in 2014. Jacobson is one of six players to have won two Six Max matches, but failed to convert that success to the heads-up competition, losing his only match so far to Anton Wigg way back in Week 1. His opponent this weekend was Hong Kong Stars heads-up master Randy Lew. Lew, together with LA Sunset’s Olivier Busquet have the highest number of heads-up wins so far (11), and Lew was looking to take that record for himself with a win over Jacobson. However, in what could be the upset of the week, Jacobson swept Lew 3-0 to extend the Montreal Nationals’ lead at the top of the Americas Conference. Sao Paulo Mets (Felipe Ramos) defeat Berlin Bears (Jeff Gross) 3-0 The penultimate game this week saw Felipe Ramos of the Sao Paulo Mets take on Jeff Gross of the Berlin Bears. Ramos has been busy playing a full schedule in Vegas. Jeff Gross meanwhile was aiming to improve the Berlin Bears’ fifth place position in their conference. Ramos has had an impressive season so far, finishing second three times and winning once in the Six Max competition before sweeping Jeff Gross 3-0 on Friday. New York Rounders (Kevin MacPhee) defeat Rome Emperors (Timothy Adams) With Summer Series Week 1 action in the Cube winding down, the final game of the week pitched Timothy Adams of the Rome Emperors against Kevin MacPhee of the New York Rounders. Kevin MacPhee was yet to play a heads-up match this season, just like Dzmitry Urbanovich, but unlike Urbanovich, MacPhee ran out a 2-1 winner, with MacPhee unlucky to scoop Adams, having won the first two games of the match. This Week's MVP The stand out team so far this season has to be the Montreal Nationals. Coming into the Summer Series, the team was 11 points ahead of their nearest rivals LA Sunset. Despite both teams winning their matches this week, it was Martin Jacobson who put in a sterling performance to sweep Randy Lew, not only cementing his team’s position at the top of their conference, but sweeping a player whose performances in the heads-up game so far this season have been top notch. Looking Ahead This week the Montreal Nationals will certainly be put to the test by a Moscow Wolverines side which is second in their conference. Meanwhile the LA Sunset will hope to make up ground against the Berlin Bears, and the Hong Kong Stars will be aiming to avenge the sweep they suffered last week against the New York Rounders Week 2 Summer Series Schedule Las Vegas Moneymakers vs. Paris Aviators Montreal Nationals vs. Moscow Wolverines Sao Paulo Metropolitans vs. London Royals New York Rounders vs. Hong Kong Stars LA Sunset vs. Berlin Bears San Francisco Rush vs. Rome Emperors
  16. New PocketFives.com world #1 ranked player Roman Romanovsky was among the big Sunday winners after the Ukranian took down the GGPoker Sunday Blade $10K for a whopping $104,500. Romanovsky, who overtook 'Lena900' in the rankings for the first time this week, beat 19 other players to win the $10,000 buy-in tournament. 'LuckyChewyFan69' took second place for $63,214, and 'ImLividBuddy' banked $32,285 in third. GGPoker's weekly $5,000 buy-in continued to attract players with 50 entrants exceeding the $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. Ultimately, it was 'LlinusLLove' who won the $90,760 first-place prize with 'ImLividBuddy', 'FkTheseGuysBro' and Bryn Kenney also among the players to cash. 'MoTTaGeNiaL' saw off the challenge of Belgium's #1 ranked player Thomas 'MarToMchat' Boivin to win the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for $110,898. The prize pool reached $1,080,500 after 10,805 players took to the online battlefield, and when the mega-sized field was reduced to the final three players, it was 'BCbones' who took the bronze medal alongside $58,397. Boivin, who has recorded over $3.2m in combined live and online career cashes, then fell at the final hurdle and settled for $80,470, as 'MoTTaGeNiaL' took the glory this week. 'WhaTisL0v3' defeated Montenegro's 'Adrijan_s' heads-up to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $50,851. The prize pool was set at $232,000 after 116 entrants took part, and when the field was reduced to the final five it was world ranked #2 'lena900' who departed first for $17,842. 'cmon_gasquet' departed next for $23,183, and RYE head-coach 'bencb789' took the bronze medal for $30,121. 'Adrijan_s' then hit the rail in second place for $39,137, as 'WhaTisL0v3' picked up the victory. 'Artem205' came through a 1,005 player-field in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller to win over $66,000. On a final table of nine that featured no less than five PockerFivers, world ranked #17 Jonathan 'Proudflop' Proudfoot took third place for $22,243 + $5,335. 'Artem205' then won the final bounty battle, which saw 'OhHeyCindy' take the runners-up spot for $30,346 + $14,755. 'solanj' banked the largest share of the $178,000 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up prize pool after battling through 890 players. '1chiban' was awarded $15,366 for third place, and 'DeuceofDuc0' took away $21,371 in second place. partypoker pro Dzmitry Urbanovich featured on two major final tables for a combined score worth over $24,000. Urbanovich took sixth place in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack for $8,400 before 'FkTheseGuysBro' defeated 'IN INFINITY' heads-up to win the $40,780 top prize. And in the partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter, Urbanovich acheived the bronze medal for $11,662 + $4,919 in bounty prizes, before 'mwhldwn' aka 'bencb789', fell in second place for $17,000 + $2,567, as 'Beeeetelgeuse' secured victory for $17,024 + $23,073. Over on 888poker, there were wins for 'wisimaki' and 'SkallePer58'. Malta's 'wisimaki' banked $22,000 after victory in the $1,000 buy-in 'Whale'. Five places were paid with 'purplegerbil' taking third for $8,250, and 'FlatTopTony' taking $14,850 in second. 'purplegerbil' saw their day got even better after they achieved a silver medal in the $215 Sunday Mega Deep for $14,500. 'sikosomatik' took third place for $11,000, and 'SkallePer58' added $19,350 to their bankroll with the victory. PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 10,805 entrants, $1,080,500 prize pool MoTTaGeNiaL - $110,898.06 MarToMchat - $80,470.34 BCbones - $58,397.35 FIJ1 - $42,379.04 AadrovanRj21 - $30,754.59 KronoPP - $22,318.69 B--rabbit444 - $16,196.80 skaafjord - $11,754.11 Stangl999 - $8,529.89 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 116 entrants, $232,000 prize pool WhaTisL0v3 - $50,851.16 Adrijan_s - $39,137.24 bencb789 - $30,121.74 cmon_gasquet - $23,183.01 lena900 - $17,842.65 pampa27 - $13,732.49 Tankanza - $10,569.13 prebz - $8,134.45 Also11 - $6,260.63 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 1,005 entrants, $502,500 prize pool Artem205 - $41,401.47 + $24,884.66 OhHeyCindy - $30,346.52 + $14,755.83 proudflop - $22,243.91 + $5,335.95 nuniyeah - $16,304.71 + $7,244.15 ivan limeira - $11,951.30 + $3,339.84 Vocaaas - $8,760.28 + $4,244.13 perrymejsen - $6,421.27 + $3,554.68 pAtcAsh83 - $4,706.76 + $3,511.72 teckidtq - $3,450.03 + $2,804.69 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 890 entrants, $178,000 prize pool solanj - $29,724.90 DeuceofDuc0 - $21,371.85 1chiban - $15,366.54 hneves182 - $11,048.67 thebigdog09 - $7,944.08 Vinkyy - $5,711.85 MadM¡co - $4,106.86 boerni21 - $2,952.87 Odintsov Spb - $2,123.13 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack $200k Gtd 195 entrants, $200,000 prize pool FkTheseGuysBro - $40,780 IN INFINITY - $29,600 C12SLY - $21,100 EmilioSurita - $15,600 TimeToPardy - $11,000 Dzmitry_Urbanov - $8,400 nepge - $6,200 BlueEyedArab - $4,600 partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $200k Gtd 461 entrants, $236,262.50 prize pool Beeeetelgeuse - $17,024.11 + $23,073.52 (in bounties) mwhldwn - $17,000.82 + $2,567.59 Dzmitry_Urbanov - $11,662.71 + $4,919.86 colestoneshark - $8,113.19 + $1,320.71 C12SLY - $5,755.29 + $2,034.39 KryptoKing420 - $4,183.36 + $1,132.03 BornInNorth - $2,979.06 + $2,067.18 ilushan - $2,155.06 + $2,789.08 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $200k Gtd 118 entrants, $241,900 prize pool onehundredeyes - $22,216.17 + $33,025.80 SpiritDNA - $22,192.49 + $12,419.53 Ad_Finem - $15,860.21 + $13,420.30 Alien_Army - $11,102.15 + $3,543.75 ATM_Marge - $8,247.31 + $4,987.50 MOTHERSMATTERS - $6,344.08 + $2,362.50 donzledurbru - $5,075.26 + $2,231.50 franthemonster - $4,123.65 + $1,312.50 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Grind - $200k Gtd 221 entrants, $225,420 prize pool donzledurbru - $17,815.03 + $24,537.51 JgsNV - $17,792.89 + $10,724.99 WWWpartyCOM - $12,691.32 + $4,403.75 wisimaki - $9,383.15 +$6,467.50 MelonsAreYum - $6,616.33 + $3,900 PeitodePeru - $5,052.46 + $6,516.25 honker187 - $3,729.20 + $2,112.50 alwayswin2222 - $2,766.82 + $3,412.50 888poker $50,000 Whale 55 entrants – $55,000 prize pool wisimaki - $22,000 FlatTopTony - $14,850 purplegerbil - $8,250 PokerJoe332 - $5,500 StuntSoHard - $4,400 888poker $100,000 $215 Sunday Mega Deep 441 entrants – $100,000 prize pool SkallePer58 - $19,350 purplegerbil - $14,500 sikosomatik - $11,000 Eyeofskadi - $8,250 Placebo36 - $5,700 wheelguy00 - $4,400 Mr.Fonzi - $3,400 1st_place - $2,400 GGPoker Sunday Blade $10k $200,000 Gtd 20 entrants – $200,000 prize pool SanityWaterline - $104,500 LuckyChewyFan69 - $63,214.08 ImLividBuddy - $32,285.92 GGPoker Sunday Blade $5k $200,000 Gtd 50 entrants - $237,500 prize pool LlinusLLove - $90,760.50 ImLividBuddy - $55,807.75 FkTheseGuysBro - $37,484.60 Bryn Kenney - $25,177.42 Picasso16 - $16,911.02 NOMANES - $11,358.69  
  17. PokerStars player 'BigBlindBets' is the new World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion. BigBlindBets topped the field of 2,236 entries in the $5,200 buy-in tournament to win $1.665 million in prize money. Known as a high-stakes cash game player online, BigBlindBets defeated Danilo 'dans170'' Demetrio in heads-up play to take the title. Demetrio earned quite the sum of money himself, though, taking home $1.187 million for the runner-up performance. On the final hand, Demetrio, who was at about a 7-to-1 chip disadvantage, had limped in with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"]. BigBlindBets moved all in and Demetrio called. BigBlindBets had the dominated [poker card="As"][poker card="2s"]. BigBlindBets would river a flush to win the pot and the tournament. Finishing in third place was businessman and high rolling veteran Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi, who earned $846,528. Shakerchi busted to BigBlindBets. Shakerchi raised and then shoved the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jc"] after BigBlindBets had three-bet with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"]. BigBlindBets called and three aces on the flop made quick work of Shakerchi. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] 2019 WCOOP High Main Event Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 2,236 Prize Pool: $11,180,000 BigBlindBets - $1,665,962 Danilo 'dans170'' de Lima Demetrio - $1,187,553 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $846,528 NeedBeat - $603,434 19Pistike93 - $403,148 XMorphineX - $306,624 Leitnant - $218,572 moglimiranda - $155,805 TheMakrill7 - $111,063 In the 2019 WCOOP Low Main Event, which features a buy-in of $55, Finland's 'Jesseonboss' finished in first place from the enormous field of 37,065 entries. The result came after a four-way deal, and Jesseonboss took home a payday of $130,035. Chopping the tournament with Jesseonboss were 'Tobotheman,' Ramiro 'RamiroUY' Miqueiro, and Bela 'SlyderS1' Toth. Tobotheman ultimately placed second, but he took home the lowest prize of the final four that made the deal, earning $96,981. Miqueiro finished third and earned $128,412. Toth finished fourth and took home $107,118. 2019 WCOOP Low Main Event Buy-in: $55 Entries: 37,065 Prize Pool: $1,853,250 Jesseonboss - $130,035* Tobotheman - $96,961* Ramiro 'RamiroUY' Miqueiro - $128,412* Bela 'SlyderS1' Toth - $107,118* Thomastom3 - $45,156 alexxt7 - $31,930 Klimbo - $22,578 Oreo+Coke - $15,965 *Denotes a four-way deal. A look at the overall numbers from the 2019 WCOOP series reveals that more than 1.219 million entries were tallied across 219 events. The total prize pools generated came in at more than $104 million, with 173,364 in-the-money finishers. The overall leaderboard title went to Finland's Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna, who earned 1,400 points and beat out second place's 'Zagazaur' who had earned 1,345 points. For the win, Nevanlinna earned $20,000. Russia's 'FONBET_RULIT' won the low buy-in leaderboard and the $3,500 prize that came with it. Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich topped the medium buy-in leaderboard and earned its $5,000 prize. Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira was the player to top the high buy-in leaderboard, for which he earned $7,500.
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