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  1. [caption width="640"] Elior Sion won the ,000 Poker Players Championship to win his first WSOP bracelet Thursday (WSOP photo)[/caption] All eyes were on the final table of the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship on Thursday at the 2017 World Series of Poker. But while the likes of Daniel Negreanu and Isaac Haxton were battling it out in that, two more events played down to the last few tables, including the $25K PLO. Sion Wins Prestigious PPC Title for Almost $1.4 million Outside of the Main Event, it’s arguably the most coveted and prestigious poker tournament of the entire calendar year. The $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship consists of an eight-game rotation, meaning only the most well-rounded players succeed. It was no surprise to see the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton and Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe at the final table then. But unless you follow this event closely each year, you might not be so familiar with Elior ‘Crazy Elior’ Sion. The high stakes online player from the UK final tabled this event last year, finishing in ninth place. Twelve months later, he’s the latest player to have his name etched on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, taking it down for $1,395,676. Volpe was the first to exit, busting to Sion in a 2-7 hand. He was followed by Negreanu, who came into the finale as chip leader but didn’t have much luck. In his final hand (PLO), his pair and flush draw couldn’t survive against Ivo Donev’s overpair and bigger flush draw. Donev was next to fall however, when he got brutally unlucky against Haxton on NLH. He was all in with pocket kings against Haxton’s pocket fives, and a miracle five on the river gave Haxton a set, the knockout, and a big chip lead. Things wouldn’t go so smoothly for Haxton though, and a little while later he was our third place finisher, dropping to Sion in a Stud hand. That left Sion heads up with Johannes Becker, another name you might be familiar with. He had an almost 3:1 chip deficit when heads up began, but managed to put up a long, hard battle, evening the counts and eventually taking a 2:1 chip lead. It all came to an end in an Omaha Hi-Lo hand. Becker had flopped a flush and low draw, while Sion flopped a full house, which would scoop the lot. "It feels amazing," Sion said after the five-hour heads-up match. "It's like a long journey. You take it a step at a time. There were a few blips along the way, but as long as you still have chips, anything can happen. "At the final table, the cards fell my way and I was fortunate enough to win. I got very lucky. In tournaments, anything can happen. You just have to believe, and sometimes, things can fall your way. Just goes to show you." Final table payouts: Elior Sion - $1,395,767 Johannes Becker - $862,649 Isaac Haxton - $595,812 Ivo Donev - $419,337 Daniel Negreanu - $300,852 Paul Volpe - $220,111 Kenny Hallaert Leads Final 23 in $1,500 NLHE It’s been quite a few months for Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert, having won a Spring Championship of Online Poker title in May, then finishing third in the $5K NLH earlier in the WSOP for $238K. The former November Niner still seeks his first bracelet though, and Hallaert has a good shot in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, where he holds the overnight chip lead. There are 23 players remaining, among them Chris Klodnicki, Darren Elias, Ben Zamani, Vojtech Ruzicka (320K), and Brian Hastings (201K). This event attracted 1,956 runners, creating a prize pool of $2,640,600 and a first place prize worth $428,423. Action resumes on Friday. Top 10 Chip Counts Kenny Hallaert - 1,779,000 Schuyler Thornton - 1,771,000 Dylan Hortin - 1,571,000 Chris Klodnicki - 1,442,000 Aditya Sushant - 1,313,000 Emile Schiff - 984,000 Darren Elias - 619,000 Thomas Blizniak - 540,000 Tom Braband - 538,000 Ben Zamani - 500,000 Parvizi Leads Once Again in $25K PLO It’s not often the Day 1 chip leader still bags the most at the end of Day 2, but that’s exactly what happened in Event #67: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. Iraj Parvizi is once again the overnight chip leader with just 20 players remaining. He bagged up 3.75 million, and joining him tomorrow include other big stacks James Calderaro (3 million) and Dario Sammartino (2.675 million). Also through to the final Day 3 are Dan Smith (980K), Ben Tollerene(910K), recent bracelet winner Tommy Le (830K), Ashton Griffin (600K), and Martin Kozlov (355K). There were 205 entries in this one, and there’s a massive $1,289,074 awaiting the eventual champ. Top 10 Chip Counts Iraj Parvizi - 3,750,000 James Calderaro - 3,000,000 Dario Sammartino - 2,675,000 James Park - 2,045,000 Alexey Rybin - 1,650,000 Aaron Katz - 1,505,000 Rifat Palevic - 1,300,000 Artem Babakhanyan - 1,070,000 Mike Krasienko - 1,045,000 William Kakon - 995,000 Kornuth and Grapenthein Bag Day 1 Chip Leads Two new events got started on Thursday: the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #68) and the $1,500 Razz (#69). When all was said and done in the former, the 1,349 starting field had been chopped down to 348, and it was Chance Kornuthwho led the survivors with 192,600. He’ll be back tomorrow on the quest for his second bracelet. There’s another very familiar face in the top 10 chip counts too: Charlie ‘Epiphany77’ Carrel finished with fourth biggest stack (159,200). Joining them tomorrow will be Michael Delvecchio III*(153,100),*Matt Salsberg*(111,500),*Igor Kurganov*(101,000),*Dietrich Fast*(98,500),*Joe Serock*(97,300),*Valentin Vornicu*(74,200),*Ben Keeline(73,500),*Dylan Wilkerson*(64,500),*David Pham*(54,900),*Natasha Mercier*(54,000),*Matt Affleck*(52,300),*Norberto Korn*(46,100),*DJ MacKinnon (38,600),*Andy Frankenberger*(33,500),*Jonathan Little*(31,300),*Kevin Eyster*(29,700),*Everett Carlton*(28,500),*Daniel Strelitz*(25,500),*Gordon Vayo*(25,300),*Ray Romano*(22,700),*Marton Czuczor*(22,300),*John Racener*(21,200),*Ralph Perry*(21,000),*Jiachen Gong*(18,000),*Ryan Laplante (14,300), and*Alex Keating*(13,100). There’s $645,922 for the winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Chance Kornuth - 192,600 Anton Bertillson - 179,000 Alan Schein - 177,800 Charlie Carrel - 159,200 Michael Delvecchio IIi - 153,100 Antonio Storno - 152,400 Tommy Chen - 147,000 Sergi Reixach - 144,400 Simon Appleby - 143,900 Georgios Zisimopoulos - 140,900 Meanwhile in the $1,500 Razz, 419 became 138 at the end of Day 1. Bracelet winner Matt Grapenthein bagged the chip lead, but there are a bunch more bracelets in the top 10 counts. Three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaserbagged up the sixth biggest stack, while 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth bagged the ninth biggest. It wasn’t such a good day forDaniel Negreanu, who hopped in this one having busted the $50K PPC in fifth place. He was eliminated in two levels, and was ultimately joined on the rail by the likes of Jameson Painter,*Jon Turner,*Frank Kassela,*Victor Ramdin,*Randy Ohel,*Max Pescatori,*David Bach,*Jeff Lisandro,*Greg Raymer, and*Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson. The winner will receive $132,957, with action resuming Friday. Top 10 Chip Counts: Matt Grapenthien - 83,700 Grzegorz Wyraz - 79,800 Yordan Petrov - 70,500 Jim Schaaf - 67,900 Tim Batow - 61,400 Benny Glaser - 61,000 Roland Israelashvili - 56,000 Mike Ross - 48,600 Phil Hellmuth - 45,900 Andrew Kelsall - 43,800
  2. Most of the attention of the poker world is on the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event right now, but on Monday a number of the best high stakes tournament players ventured into the Rio for one of the biggest buy-in tournaments on the calendar. The Final Fifty, the $50,000 buy-in high roller event that WSOP officials added to the schedule just a few weeks ago, drew 109 entries on Day 1 and was one of three non-Main Event tournaments on the schedule. Final Fifty Draws 109 Players on Day 1 Seth Davies bagged up 2,250,000 on Day 1 of the Final Fifty to lead the final 45 players into Day 2. As expected, the field reads like an all-star roster of some of the world's best No Limit Hold'em tournament players. Dan Smith sits second with 1,680,000 while Elior Sion rounds out the top three with 1,520,000. A pair of former GPI #1-ranked players take up the next two spots. Adrian Mateos finished with 1,450,000 while Fedor Holz has 1,320,000. Other notables among the 45 moving on to Day 2 include Brian Rast, David Peters, Jason Koon, Ben Yu, and Daniel Negreanu. Among those who busted on Day 1 were Joao Vieira, Kristen Bicknell, Bryn Kenney, Nick Petrangelo, Justin Bonomo, Stephen Chidwick, and Erik Seidel. Action resumes at Noon PT and registration remains open until the start of Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts Seth Davies - 2,250,000 Dan Smith - 1,680,000 Elior Sion - 1,520,000 Adrian Mateos - 1,450,000 Fedor Holz - 1,320,000 Ali Imsirovic - 1,290,000 Ivan Luca - 1,260,000 Juan Pardo Dominguez - 1,220,000 Keith Tilston - 1,205,000 Daniel Tang - 1,035,000 Ron Carmona on Road to Redemption in $3K Six Max Limit Hold'em Just two weeks ago, Ron Carmona made the final two tables of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event before busting in 17th. On Monday he got off to a strong start in another Limit event, finished Day 1 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead. Carmona ended up with 142,500 to edge out Joshua Turner who finished with 139,000. Pennsylvania's own Zachary Gruneberg sits third with 137,000. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Patrick Leonard finished with 114,000 for the eighth-best stack. The event drew 193 entries, down from the 221 that Ronald Keijzer beat to win the event last summer. Just 57 players managed to make it through the first day. Some of the notables still in the field include Daniel Zack, Greg Mueller, Calvin Anderson, Joao Vieira, and Joe McKeehen. Cards are back in the air for Day 2 starting at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Ron Carmona - 142,500 Joshua Turner - 139,000 Zachary Gruneberg - 137,000 Stuart Rutter - 130,500 Jason Bawadi - 129,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 118,500 Mark Radoja - 117,000 Patrick Leonard - 114,000 Alex Torry - 109,000 Xiaofei Wen - 107,000 Little One for One Drop Final Starting Flight Brings Out 3,225 The final starting flight of the Little One for One Drop had 3,225 entries to push the total field to 5,461. The 2018 version of this event had just 4,732. Just 1,258 players got through Day 1C. Russia's Nikolay Fal finished with 437,000 to top all of Monday's survivors. Stefan Ivano, Hophuong Lay, Joris Ruijs and David Lolis round out the top five. Fal has to be happy with topping 1C, but that doesn't even get him into the top five of all starting flights. Six players from Day 1A and 1B finished with a bigger stack. Some of the familiar faces who played and bagged on Day 1C include Ryan D'Angelo, Men Nguyen, Shaun Deeb, Nipun Java, JC Tran, Steven van Zadelhoff, and Ray Henson. A total of 2,016 survived the three opening flights. Day 2 begins at 1 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Nikolay Fal - 437,000 Darren Attebery - 368,000 Kenneth Golden - 359,600 Bruno Desimoni - 358,000 Richard Murnick - 346,200 Brett Mueller - 343,700 Dragos Trofimov - 340,300 Timothy Sheehan - 340,100 Wayne Keller - 338,500 Alice Sicconi - 338,400
  3. American high-stakes tournament pro Nick Petrangelo turned in a stellar performance at the final table of the World Poker Tour Online 6-Max Championship to capture his first WPT title and the $494,550 first-place prize. Even though the tournament was 6-Max, there were seven players left when the final day got underway. Final table chip leader Artisom Prostak wasted little time in thinning the field when roughly fifteen minutes into the start of the day he cracked the pocket kings of Jake Schindler, sending him home in seventh place for $70,200. The UK’s Elior Sion started the final table second in chips. However, after a series of pre-flop clashes where he found himself holding a dominated pocket pair, Sion quickly found himself on the short stack. It wasn’t long before he made a move and shipped his final six big blinds under the gun and was quickly called by Jiachen Gong on the button holding [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"]. The flop [poker card="js"][poker card="2c"][poker card="ks"] flop had Sion looking for running cards to overtake Gong’s set. The [poker card="qh"] could have been one of those cards, but the [poker card="5c"] closed the door and Sion fell in sixth place $93,630. Things were looking up for Gong who started the day extremely short and found a number of double-ups and, after eliminating, Sion, has amassed nearly 20 big blinds. But that all came to a sudden halt on the very next hand. From the cutoff, Gong put in a raise holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"] only to be three-bet by Petrangelo on the button with his [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"]. Folded back to Gong he moved all-in and Petrangelo made the call. Gong was at risk, but well ahead until the [poker card="7h"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] flop arrived. It was all over when the [poker card="js"] hit the turn and Petrangelo made quads. The [poker card="7c"] river was inconsequential and Gong’s promising start ended in fifth place $128,100. The UK’s Patrice Brandt was the next to exit. After losing a big hand which would have eliminated Russia’s Arsenii Karmatckii, Brandt was the new short stack. Prostak put in a raise from the button holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"] and Brandt defended his big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. Brandt check over the [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"][poker card="jh"] flop and Prostak put out a small bet, which Brandt called with top pair. Everything changed when the [poker card="8h"] fell on the turn. Brandt checked again, Prostak, now with a set, put in a bet. Brandt tanked and eventually check-shipped his remaining stack drawing dead, which Prostak snapped off. The river was the [poker card="tc"] and Brandt fell in fourth place for $192,900. Prostak, who had lost the chip lead to Petrangelo, surged back into the lead. That lead grew larger when he collided with Karmatckii. In a three-handed blind versus blind confrontation, Karmatckii raised his [poker card="kc"][poker card="ah"] from the small blind and Prostak shipped his larger stack holding [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"]. Karmatcki quickly made the call was flipping for his tournament life. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"] giving Prostak the hand and sending the Russian out in third place for $278,448, just days after he finished as the runner-up in a World Series of Poker event. At the start of heads-up play, Prostak had a 3-1 chip lead and all the momentum on his side. However, Petrangelo who was sitting on just 20 big blinds for the better part of the first 30 minutes, held steady until the first break. After that, he picked up some key pots including a big-time bluff while never being all-in and at risk. Momentum had shifted to Petrangelo as he evened out the chip stacks after nearly an hour and a half into the heads-up battle. Prostak's stack dwindled down to ten big blinds but he battled back from the short stack for and retook the chip lead one final time. But in the end, it was Petrangelo’s day. He regained the lead just before the pair played the biggest hand of the entire tournament. Prostak raised the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] and Petrangelo made the call holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"]. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="2s"][poker card="ts"] and Petrangelo checked his flopped trips over to Prostak who put out a small. Petrangelo put in a check-raise and Prostak opted to make the call. The turn came [poker card="5s"] giving Prostak some flush outs. Again Petrangelo put out a hefty bet, which Prostak again called. When the [poker card="ah"] hit the river, Petrangelo shipped and having made top pair, Prostak made the call which ended his tournament as the runner-up. Prostak turned a $320 satellite win into a $368,250 payday. Nick Petrangelo takes home $494,550 plus a $15,000 ticket to the WPT Tournament of Champions. Additionally, as the newest member of the WPT Champions Club, he will have his name engraved on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup. Final Table Results Nick Petrangelo - $494,550 Artisom Prostak - $368,250 Arsenii Karmatckii - $278,448 Patrice Brandt - $192.900 Jiachen Gong - $128,100 Elior Sion - $93,630 Jake Schindler - $70,200

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