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Tournament after tournament at the 2015 World Series of Poker has featured brand name pros at the top of the leaderboard. Event #39, a $1,500 10-Game Mix, is no exception. We're down to our final nine and the group is loaded with talent, including three bracelet winners. In fact, 2015 bracelet winner Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured) leads the way. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Hastings has a stack of 651,000, over 200,000 ahead of the second place tally belonging to Tim Reusch. Hastings won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship a week ago for $239,000 and his second bracelet. His first came in 2012 in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up Championship. Hastings was active on Twitter on Saturday morning, but he wasn't talking about the 10-Game Mix and a possible third bracelet. Instead, he was trying to sell action for a $500,000 buy-in event at Aria. Fifth place in the 10-Game event belongs to PocketFiver Mike SirWatts Watson (pictured), who has a stack of 277,000. Watson has had an impressive showing thus far at the 2015 WSOP, recording four top-25 finishes and two final tables. He has $1.1 million in career WSOP winnings despite not having a bracelet. Eric Wasserson, known on PocketFives as gpokerg, is in sixth place entering Saturday's finale. Wasserson has five top-20 finishes already at the WSOP and took second in a $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout last year. He bagged 255,000 in chips on Friday. Bracelet winners Owais Ahmed and Todd Brunson are also still in the mix, which means we have a 33% chance of having a repeat bracelet winner. Here's how the field stacks up: 1. Brian Stinger885Hastings - 651,000 2. Tim Reusch - 434,000 3. Owais Ahmed - 383,500 4. Alexey Makarov - 352,000 5. Mike SirWattsWatson - 277,000 6. Eric gpokergWasserson - 255,000 7. Rostislav Tsodikov - 206,500 8. Todd Brunson - 191,500 9. Dan Matsuzuki - 96,000 The tournament will restart at 2:00pm PT with two tables. The winner gets $133,000 and a bracelet and everyone left is guaranteed $9,000. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
[caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb was one of three WCOOP event winners on Thursday, but he got more than just another title and the prize money. (WPT photo).[/caption] September 8, 2016 will probably go down as one of the strangest, if not most important, days in the life of Shaun Deeb. He began the day as one of five players left in the Event #12 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and ended it as the second player to have won four WCOOP titles all while his wife Ashley gave birth to their second child. Deeb beat out a final table that included Dzmitry Urbanovich, Eric Wasserson and high stakes regular 'OLD TIME GIN' to win the $1,050 No Limit Five Card Draw Championship event. Deeb earned $22,185.60 for the win which tied him with Dan Kelly for the most career WCOOP titles. And while winning any WCOOP event makes for a great day for any poker player, his wife Ashley managed to deliver their second child, Chance, before final table play began. While Deeb was celebrating his big day, Spanish-born poker pro 'tua133' was busy putting on a clinic at the final table of the $215 Progressive KO NLHE event. He eliminated seven of his final eight opponents to win the first WCOOP title of his career and $58,559.89 in prize money plus $21,076.66 in bounties. Deeb wasn't the only former #1-ranked player to win a WCOOP title on Thursday. The third and final WCOOP event to wrap up, the $215 NLHE with Big Antes, went to Brian 'brianm15' England. The event drew 1,771 entries plus an additional 913 re-entries, allowing England, who was #1 for one week in early 2014, to walk away with his second WCOOP title and $78,382.71. Event #12 - $1,050 No Limit Five Card Draw Championship 95 entries - $95,000 paid out to 11 places Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb - $22,185.60 'OLD TIME GIN' - $16,841.05 Eric 'thechips55' Wasserson - $12,784.05 Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich - $9,704.38 'ShipitFTW911' - $7,366.60 'scuel1975' - $5,591.99 Event #13 - $215 NL Hold'em (Progressive KO) 4,100 entries - $820,000 paid out to 512 places tua133 - $58,559.89 simbir - $41,741.77 ChiphunterTH - $29,754.97 Breixo 'Palomobuchón' Gonzalez- $21,210.32 lcl1988 - $15,119.44 Edison 'Edison82' Roberto - $10,777.62 Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando - $7,682.62 MistheMan - $5,476.41 Kafrou - $3,903.41 Event 14 - $215 NL Hold'em w/ Big Antes 2,684 entries - $536,900 paid out to 332 places Brian 'brianm15' England - $78,382.71 Jonathan 'OMGjonyctt' Concepcion - $56,356.96 Romans 'RovoDice' Voitovs - $40,521.15 engantil - $29,135.08 Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes - $20,948.35 AussieXXX - $15,062.07 Sir$aajola - $10,829.72 SLAYA69!! - $7,786.65 Nodar 'zeruka' Nakaidze - $5,598.66
[caption width="640"] Bryan Hollis makes on trip to Las Vegas a year and this year he's going home with a WSOP bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] It only took until Day 2 of the 2017 World Series of Poker to get the first bracelet win out of the way, but that might not have been the top story of the day. The Tag Team event played down to a final six teams and Daniel Negreanu has his team on top heading into the final day. Annual WSOP Trip Turns to Gold for Bryan Hollis Bryan Hollis, a 33-year-old from Maryland, took down the $565 Casino Employees event for a $68,817 score. Not bad for a guy who hasn't played a single tournament all year. "This is my first tournament since playing this event last year," said Hollis. "This is my first cash. I've played the Millionaire Maker once and this is the third year in a row I've played the employee event. I've actually never made it past the first break, except in the Millionaire Maker." Hollis began the final table in the middle of the pack and navigated his through the final 8 players, including runner-up Christopher Solomon, to win the first bracelet of his career. Final Table Payouts Bryan Hollis - $68,817 Christopher Solomon - $42,508 Joshua Clanton - $29,372 Jermel Stephens $20,629 Alex Cordova - $14,731 Adem Arbuckle - $10,698 Christopher Gallagher - $7,903 Vincent Russell - $5,941 Victor Kim - $4,547 Team Negreanu on Top With Six Teams Left Before the 2017 WSOP began, Daniel Negreanu had declared his intention to win three WSOP bracelets. On Thursday he got himself within striking distance of the first one, thanks to his team's success in the $10,000 Tag Team Championship. Team Negreanu, which also includes Eric Wasserson, David Benyamine and Mark Gregorich, sits on top of the field with jus six teams remaining with 1,498,000. They're the only team with over a million in chips. Sitting in second is the team of Anthony Ajlouny, David Fong and Mike McClain with 932,000. Even with just six teams left, there's a lot of high profile players still in the field including Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov, Ankush Mandavia, Joe Kuether, former WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson, and Mark Radoja. Doug Polk's team, which was on top when Day 2 began, was eliminated before making the money. The final table resumes at 2 pm PT on Friday. Final Table Chip Counts Daniel Negreanu - Eric Wasserson - David Benyamine - Mark Gregorich - 1,498,000 Anthony Ajlouny - David Fong - Mike McClain - 932,000 Liv Boeree - Igor Kurganov - 929,000 Ankush Mandavia - Joe Kuether - 800,000 Martin Jacobson - Mark Radoja - 632,000 Javier Gomez - Lander Lijo - 287,000 50 Advance to $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout Second Round Shootout tournaments are built on a pretty simple premise: win your table and move on to the next round. The $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout started on Friday with 369 entries and by the end of the day just 50 players were left standing. Among the bigger names to move on to the second round, and earn a WSOP cash in the process, were Taylor Paur, Matt Glantz, Dominik Nitsche, Olivier Busquet, Andre Akkari and James Obst. The remaining players return to the Rio at Noon on Friday to play the second round. Rex Clinkscales Tops $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better Day 1 The first non-NLHE event of the 2017 WSOP got underway at 3 pm with 905 players ponying up $1,500 to play Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better. Just 254 players advanced to Day 2 with Rex Clinkscales leading the way with 96,200. Day 2 starts at 2 pm PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Rex Clinkscales - 96,200 James Chen - 92,400 Aaron Steury - 64,100 Ben Ludlow - 56,100 Ziya Rahim - 54,600 Hameed Hamid - 53,000 Richard Bai - 51,900 Shirley Rosario - 42,000 Jon Turner - 35,300 Tuan Le - 34,500
The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is one of the highlights of the online poker calendar year. A widespread outage on Monday however put a damper on the festivities as a number of events were cancelled as players were unable to connect to PokerStars. Before all of that though, Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert, Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos and Eric ''thechips55' Wasserson each managed to get into the winner's circle. Hallaert beat out 788 other players to win SCOOP Event #29 High ($1,050 Eight Max NLHE) and $147,937.50. It was the first SCOOP win of his career and the second from a 2016 November Niner this year. Jerry 'hummylun' Wong won Event #14 High ($2,100 Razz) earlier this week. Arne 'juarnes' Coulier finished second for $106,515. Former #1-ranked Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard, who also recently won a SCOOP title, finished fourth for $59,175. 'Hiran bass' won the Medium version of the event for $57,233.94 while 'Fralanganas' took home $13,517.36 after topping the 9,318-player field in the Low version. Mateos added a SCOOP title to his list of impressive accomplishments by taking down Event #30 High ($2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em) for $234,030.07 after coming to a heads-up deal with Luuk 'pokerkluka' Gieles. 'Naza114' walked away with $118,890.42 for winning the Medium version of the event while 'Jociasiee' beat out 10,572 players to win the Low. The final two players in Event #31 High ($2,100 No Limit Hold'em) got together after outlasting 874 others to chop up a little over $543,000. 'FaNjkEEE' ended up with $284,918.82 after eventually beating 'Nolet20'. The runner-up had to settle for $258,201.18. The final three players in the Medium version also chopped up the winnings. Korpieworm took home $173,243.90 after finishing first, 'D1ngD0ng11' got $163,024.88 as runner-up while 'Gaoyu123' earned $142,315.48 for a third place finish. 'Ekonom82' won the Low version outright for $39,100.55. Wasserson won Event #32 High ($1,050 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Progressive KO) for $36,393.40, plus another $14,190.41 in bounties, after chopping heads-up with 'Badger'. The Medium version went to 'Kinpez' for $15,814.73, plus $5,488.34 in bounties. The Low version was one of ten events cancelled due to a server outage. PokerStars has indicated that Events #32, #33 and #34 will be replayed next week. SCOOP Event #29 (High): $1,050 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 789 Prize pool: $789,000 Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert - $147,937.50 Juarnes – $106,515.00 Luisdono - $78,900.00 Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard - $59,175.00 Girafganger7 - $39,450.00 Schildy1984 - $27,615.00 Anton 'Antesvante' Wigg - $17,752.50 Fellatiado - $11,835.00 SCOOP Event #29 (Medium): $109 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 3,522 Prize pool: $352,200 Hiran bass - $57,233.94 Tolstiykry – $40,749.54 Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich - $31,698.00 dtjpoker - $24,654.00 Indiandurr - $17,610.00 Regadeitor - $10,566.00 King_one862 - $5,283.00 Pendall - $3,169.80 SCOOP Event #29 (Low): $11 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 9,318 Prize pool: $93,180 Fralaganas - $13,517.36 GhOtIII - $8,991.87 Noskillol - $6,988.50 Capitao1987 - $5,124.90 Ahusvizu - $3,261.30 MMF061 - $1,397.70 Kaitz20 - $708.16 Honey Dick - $512.49 SCOOP Event #30 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 693 Prize pool: $1,386,000 Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos - $234,030.07* Pokerkluka - $202,559.93* LEXER1986 - $138,600.00 WATnlos - $97,020.00 Anthony ‘wwwBTHEREcom’ Gregg - $69,300.00 ross_654 - $41,580.00 SCOOP Event #30 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 3898 Prize pool: $779,600 Naza114 - $118,890.42 Ned_bg – $85,756.00 Danish7 - $62,368.00 Marelomig - $40,648.34 FaceStealer - $23,388.00 Lyonwin - $13,253.20 SCOOP Event #30 (Low): $27 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 10572 Prize pool: $259,542.60 Jociasiee - $36,344.21 Blackcapas – $25,305.40 Poyo123 – 417,519.12 StokedUp1863 - $9976.81 Rodrigovini - $5,190.85 Algaben - $3,244.28 SCOOP Event #31 (High): $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 876 Prize pool: $1,752,000 FaNjkEEE - $284,918.82* Nolet20 - $258,201.18* 33juggernaut - $169,944.00 Marc-Andre 'FrenchDawg' Ladouceur - $127,020.00 Sleepnot - $88,300.80 Rory ‘DeosOner’ Young – $70,780.80 Biocid - $53,260.80 C. Darwin2 – $35,916.00 Jeff710 - $21,900.00 SCOOP Event #31 (Medium): $215 No Limit Hold'em (Sunday Million SE) Entries: 6944 Prize pool: $1,388,800 Korpieworm - $173,243.90* D1ngD0ng11 - $163,024.88* Gaoyu123 - $142,315.48* PSCPRODIGY - $76,384.00 OyvindW - $58,329.60 Xandefla1982 - $44,441.60 Acske - $30,553.60 Jellßhilio - $16,665.60 Grindwizard – $10,673.20 SCOOP Event #31 (Low): $27 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 12738 Prize pool: $312,717.90 Ekonom82 - $39,100.55 Admiralph - $27,300.27 Miiga1986 - $20,952.09 Zumi10 – $14,697.74 NSK_AKA - $11,570.56 Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall - $8,443.38 Malefactor9 - $5,472.56 AAnacleTTo - $2,814.46 Feb46 – $1,876.30 SCOOP Event #32 (High): $1,050 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Progressive KO Entries: 475 Prize pool: $475,000 Eric 'Thechips55' Wasserson - $36,393.40* + $14,190.41 in bounties Badger - $33,829.02* + $17,396.46 in bounties Azn_baller3 - $35,346.33* + $10,957.02 in bounties Thegr8str8 – $17,575.00 + $7,585.93 in bounties Mickl58 - $12,587.50 + $18,164.04 in bounties Argentin_God - $8,075.00 + $9,749.99 in bounties SCOOP Event #32 (Medium): $109 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Progressive KO Entries: 2008 Prize pool: $200,800 Kinpez - $15,814.73 + $5,488.34 in bounties Fishycall - $11,797.00 + $2,945.64 in bounties DixyDix - $8,785.00 + $2,017.14 in bounties King2173 - $5,773.00 + $2,139.79 in bounties IIDepredator - $3,765.00 + $805.85 in bounties DonkCommitted – $2,106.39 + $1,967.53 in bounties