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  1. Coverage of the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop continued on Tuesday night on ESPN. Two one-hour episodes began with 16 players left and Tom Hall was perched atop the chip counts. The One Drop dished out a $15 million top prize. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Daniel Negreanu (pictured) got off to a hot start on Tuesday, doubling to 70 big blinds after his aces held against Dan Colman. This prompted ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad to joke, "Betting against Daniel Negreanu in the 2014 WSOP is like betting against Christopher Columbus in 1492." Oh Norman. Colman did rip off a little revenge courtesy of Phil Galfond (pictured), who dropped a pot worth 8.3 million in chips to Colman after the latter hit a runner-runner flush. Upon seeing what Colman had, Galfond remarked, "I was going to feel dumb if he had queens, but I don't feel dumb about that." The next hand, Galfond called an all-in of a player who had A-K while Galfond had A-Q on a flop of A-7-7. Galfond didn't improve and he was quickly down to nine big blinds. The first one-hour episode ended with Phil Ivey check-raising all-in versus Cary Katz with two hearts on a flop of Q-5h-Qh. Katz had A-Q, which was unbeatable when the turn paired the board, and Ivey was eliminated in 14th. Katz delivered the beat of a lifetime last week. Following Ivey out the door was Galfond, who started the second episode off by getting it all-in with Qc-10 on a flop of 7-2-4, all clubs. Reigning One Drop champAntonio Esfandiari curiously called with A-Q (no clubs), while Negreanu shoved all-in over-the-top with K-J of clubs for the second best flush. Esfandiari got out of the way and Galfond was drawing dead and out. The hand pushed Negreanu to 12 million in chips and he told his tablemates, "I told you what I play for: straights, flushes, all-in." Former "Welcome Back Kotter" star and "High Stakes Poker" host Gabe Kaplan went out at the hands of former "sex tape purveyor" Rick Salomon (pictured), as Chad dubbed him. Google it. Following Kaplan's elimination, Salomon, who was wearing a white "Painman" t-shirt, stacked 16% of the chips in play with 11 people remaining. ESPN then touched on the subject of Colman "refusing to speak to the media during the Big One." Chad perhaps sarcastically explained, "He says he's conflicted about the game and doesn't care to promote poker. So, I guess one of the best ways not to promote poker is to play in a million-dollar buy-in event on national TV?" Tuesday's coverage ended with a blow-up from Esfandiari, who first called an all-in with A-9 of diamonds and lost and then 3bet all-in pre-flop with A-5 only to run into Tobias Reinkemeier's A-J. Esfandiari did not improve and was sent to the rail in 10th place, making no money. Esfandiari was seen on the rail saying, "It's amazing. When the cards turn against you, they just turn against you." The conclusion of the Big One for One Drop will air nextTuesday at 8pm ET on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. On Tuesday night, the 2014 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN, broadcasted outdoors from the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The $10,000 buy-in tournament had played down to its final six, who convened in a tent in front of Bally's. It was the first outdoor WSOP final table since Stu Ungar won the Main Event in 1997 and the first WSOP bracelet awarded in New Jersey. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- Matthew Ashton was the start-of-day chip leader and, amid a 62-degree day with random tourists looking on, Andrew Robinson moved all-in for 105,000 in chips with 8-6 and Athanasios Athanasios 9 Polychronopoulos, whose last name was too long to display on television, called with A-4 of hearts. The better hand held and Robinson was the day's first elimination. Viewers at home saw Natty Light beer logos all over the table and were treated to a host of random emblems and sayings in the background given the outdoor setting, including sweatshirts that read "Year of the Fatboy," "Angry Pirates," and "Run Forrest Run." If you played the America's Cardroom drinking game, you took four shots, as ESPN showed four commercials for the unregulated US-facing site. Our e-mails sent to ESPN PR staff about why the network, which is owned by the publicly traded Walt Disney Company, were responded to a few hours after this article was published. ESPN's response can be found in the third-to-last paragraph of this article. Germany's Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche (pictured above) doubled up after connecting with his straight flush draw against Ashton. Despite drawing, Nitsche was a 69% favorite to win the hand on the flop and hit his straight on the river. Then, Polychronopoulos hit kings-up after a seemingly harmless deuce came on the final card, leading ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad to say sarcastically, "When does a deuce on the river change anything?" Tracy Doss, who won his seat to the National Championship through the regulated poker site WSOP.com, busted in fifth place after losing a race. The second one-hour episode aired at 9:00pm ET and began with Christopher Bibb 4betting all-in before the flop with A-7 and receiving a taker in Nitsche, who had A-K of spades. The German turned a flush to send Bibb packing in fourth place. One of the defining hands of the tournament saw Ashton double-barrel bluff with J-9 on a board of 2-2-4-6. Nitsche, who had A-9 of spades for the nut flush draw, called and the river was an offsuit six. The action went check-check and Nitsche's ace-high was good enough to scoop a pot worth 1.3 million in chips. Ashton was eliminated in third place after losing a race with 3-3 against Nitsche's A-J. Ashton was sitting pretty after flopping a set, but Nitsche rivered a flush. Nitsche ultimately pulled out the victory after his A-8 drew out on Polychronopoulos' (pictured) A-10 to win the 2014 WSOP National Championship. The outdoor setting was definitely quite different, especially considering the hodge-podge of humanity that showed up and the fact that the final table was held in a mundane white tent. There wasn't the excitement surrounding a final table that you typically see given the lack of a live crowd that actually cared what was going on, which took away from the broadcast. Also, ESPN showing ads for the unregulated America's Cardroom alongside ads for the regulated WSOP.com is a bit confusing and definitely sends mixed messages to viewers and to the poker community. It's the same America's Cardroom ad we've seen for a while now and, when we last asked about it, we were told it was a commercial that appeared in select local markets. On the decision to air America's Cardroom dot-net ads, ESPN officials told PocketFives, "The site is not a gambling siteand includes all the proper disclaimers and website requirements for this category." The 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop, featuring the controversial Dan Colman, begins on Tuesday, July 29 on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN on Sunday night with a pair of one-hour episodes beginning at 9:00pm Eastern Time. The program began with the start of Day 6 and 79 players remaining. Mark Newhouse (pictured), who made the 2013 November Nine, was chip leader, poised to become the first two-time November Niner. Jason kgb_borisLeifer was the first player who busted on the ESPN broadcast of Day 6, getting his money in the middle in a set-over-set situation after Dan KingDanSmith called the clock to speed up his decision. Bruno Politano, who won the hand, called out Smith for his actions. Maria Ho, who started the day as the shortest stack, was eliminated after running J-8 of diamonds into queens on her final hand. She was the Last Woman Standing in 2014 after holding the same title in 2007, the third player ever to earn that superlative multiple times along with Annie Duke and Marsha Waggoner. Gable Paul moved all-in on a flop of 6-7-4 with two hearts with A-10 of the suit for the nut flush draw. Kyle Keranen (pictured), who had jacks, held on for the win and became the tournament's new chip leader. ESPN spent much of the first episode focusing on Bill Cole, the elder statesman of the remaining field. At one point, Cole doubled through Newhouse, yelling that he was "living the dream" to a rail that included longtime PocketFiver Blair Rodman. Cole eventually ran 9-9 into aces to bust from the Main Event. In the closing minutes of the first episode, Jorryt Van Hoofwon a coin flip against Matt Waxman, sending the latter's chip stack careening to 10 big blinds. To start the second episode, Van Hoof held K-J and had Waxman on the ropes with A-5. However, Waxman ultimately doubled after hitting a flush as the two continued to exchange chips. Chris hattrick8810 Odle moved all-in pre-flop with sevens against Keranen, who had A-10 of hearts. Odle picked up a flush draw on the flop as Keranen hit an ace, but it failed to come through on the turn or river. Keranen stacked 200 big blinds when all was said and done and became the 2014 WSOP Main Event's chip leader. Brian Roberts 4bet to 720,000 in chips with jacks and New Jersey poker player William Tonking (pictured) 5bet all-in for 3.2 million with kings. Roberts called and could not draw out, leaving Tonking to tell his opponents, "I play a lot better when I get kings against jacks." One of the more profound beats of the night went to Vladimir Bozinovic, who moved all-in on a two-club flop of J-9-5 with jacks for top set. Peter Placeycame along with K-4 of clubs for a flush draw, which hit on the river to send Bozinovic home. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad put it best by saying, "It's a brutal game." Finally, Waxman moved all-in pre-flop with tens and was up against Keranen's nines and Eddy Sabat's aces. The board ripped off 4-7-J-K-7, Sabat tripled up, Waxman hit the rail, and Keranen dropped to third place after the three-way pot. ESPN then showed a text from Waxman complaining that Sabat had celebrated too much. You can catch more of Day 6 of the 2014 WSOP Main Event next Sunday at 9:00pm Eastern Time on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. Day 5 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on Sunday night on ESPN, going up against the Philadelphia Eagles' beat down of the New York Giants. When the first of two hour-long episodes began at 9:00pm Eastern Time, there were 139 players left and former #1 ranked PocketFiver Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured) was third in chips. As Greg Raymer put it in the opening montage, "The better you play, the less luck you're going to need." The first hand, for example, saw Tony Ruberto win a pot from Benger with just ace-high. Afterward, Benger talked to ESPN's cameras about making a living playing video games and mastering Counter-Strike. Speaking of Ruberto, an interview with the young gun aired in which he brushed off the notion that driving deep in the Main Event is buzz-worthy: "It's not a big deal. You want to know why? It's just another tournament. That's all it is. There's no glory. Yeah, it's the Main Event and there's a little more prestige, but it's still another day at the office." Meanwhile, Maria Ho, who would ultimately be the Last Woman Standing in the Main Event in 2014 for the second time in her career, called an all-in with pocket queens against an opponent with A-10. No bullet came and Ho continued to stack chips. Trending the opposite way was the boisterous Curtis Rystadt (pictured), who dropped 20% of his stack after his J-10 could not suck out on A-K of diamonds. Rystadt had gotten into it with California pokerpro Kyle Keranen earlier on Day 5, but the two had improved to "frenemies." Meanwhile, former "2 Months, $2 Million" star Brian Roberts bluffed all-in with Q-10 on a board of J-A-7-5-7, getting an opponent with A-10 to lay down his hand. Then, Roberts busted a player after his jacks stood tall against pocket tens. The latter hand caused Roberts' chip stack to swell by 70%. On a board of 9-Q-8-A, Dan KingDanSmith, holding queens, put Kane Kalas all-in. Kalas, who had Q-9 for two pair, stared down Smith, who coyly swallowed and looked nervous. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad said of Smith's move, "Camp counselors shouldn't give off false tells." Smith was a camp counselor in high school, by the way, as I'm sure several people reading this article were. In any case, Kalas called and was eliminated. The second episode, which aired at 10:00pm Eastern Time, began with three players all-in pre-flop on the same hand. The holdings: 4-4, A-J, and A-K, with a player who had J-J having all of them covered. The board rolled out 10-4-9-8-9 and Billy Pappas, who had 4-4, quadrupled up. Rystadt continued to bleed chips, this time his entire remaining stack. On a board of K-6-Q-2-4 with three clubs, Rystadt, who had an offsuit K-4, bet 400,000 and Keranen, his new best bud, shoved all-in with A-10 of clubs for the flopped nut flush. Rystadt stewed over his decision and ultimately called, sending him away from the Main Event and leaving Keranen to breathe a sigh of relief. In one of the final hands of the night, Benger moved all-in before the flop with J-J and Chad evechad Eveslage called with Q-Q. The better hand held and Benger was eliminated in 90th place. Despite doubling up a player and dropping one-fifth of his stack, Mark Newhouse(pictured) ended Day 5 as the Main Event's chip leader, seeking to become the first two-time November Niner. As Chad put it, "If he makes back-to-back final tables, I will zip line across the Grand Canyon with Mike Matusow on my back." Have fun with that, Norm. You can catch Day 6 of the Main Event starting at 9:00pm Eastern Time on Sunday on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. On Sunday night, going up against the nationally-televised New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals NFL game, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN. Two hours of action hit the small screen beginning at 9:00pm ET. This author tuned in at 10:00pm ET for an hour after the Sunday Night Football game ceased to be competitive. To start off the second hour of coverage, Kyle Keranen(pictured) won a pot to go over three million in chips at the feature table. After raking another pile of chips to pass 3.5 million, ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad quipped, "Kyle Keranen – winning another pot to make it look easy." Keranen and the flamboyant Curtis Rystadt were the two most heavily featured players during the hour; both had their chairs pulled around the feature table. Hedge fund manager David Einhorn busted in 173rd place, continuing his impressive showing in the Main Event. Einhorn finished 18th in the 2006 version and told ESPN, "To just hang in there, catch a few cards, and play like I did – I am really happy with this result." He finished third in the 2012 Big One for One Drop for a mind-numbing $4.3 million. Meanwhile, USC alum Eddy Sabat(pictured) made a call for 275,000 in chips with a pair of fours and ran into a flush. Sabat asked for the clock to be called on himself and seemed rather indecisive about whether to continue. To quote Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, "He chose poorly." Elsewhere in the quickly-shrinking Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas, Andrew Liporace went all-in with Jc-10c on a board of 2-K-K-9. Dan KingDan Smith, holding A-A, insta-called and was 75% to win. The river was the 7h and Liporace was eliminated in 159th place. As a result, Smith boosted his stack to nearly three million. Following that hand, a piece about Smith and his passion for chess aired. Smith talked about starting to play the strategy-laced game at six years old and pointed out, "I wouldn't be the poker player I am today if it weren't for chess, and for that I am grateful." The 2014 Main Event marked Smith's 17th WSOP in the money finish. Back at the feature table, Keranen continued to roll, scooping a pot of almost 700,000 in chips with J-J after forcing a player with third pair to fold. Also at the feature table was Rystadt, who constantly opened his mouth and got under the skin of several of his opponents. Chad asked whether Rystadt had an off switch, to give you an idea of how bad it was. Following that comment, an interview with Rystadt aired in which he talked about the importance of seeing the world. Chad wondered, "I wonder if he trash-talks locals." Rystadt (pictured) then busted a player with 10-10 against Q-10 after ducking 15 outs on the river. He had cracked Keranen's aces with Q-4 on Day 5, then ran his mouth. Apparently Rystadt and Keranen are now BFFs despite the argument, as they were seen joking with each other several times during the hour. Meanwhile, Limit specialist Maria Ho raised to 53,000 pre-flop with J-10 of clubs. Jack Schanbacher, with Q-Q, popped it to 137,000 and Ho called. The flop came 9-10-K and the action went check-check. The turn was a four and Schanbacher check-called a bet of 160,000. After an ace hit on the river, Schanbacher check-folded to a bet of 350,000 with the board showing two overcards. Chad observed about the California poker player, "She plays Limit and No Limit Hold'em very well." When the curtain fell on the second episode on Sunday night, there were 142 players left. Bruno Politanowas on top at 5.6 million. You can see what happens this Sunday, with two new episodes starting at 9:00pm ET on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. Change is coming to ESPN's broadcast of the World Series of Poker Main Event. This year, the live final table on the sports station will expand to three days, one more than in years past. --- 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. --- The final table will begin on Sunday, November 8 and play down from nine players to four. Then, the action will pause until Monday, November 9, when two more players will be ousted to get down to heads-up. On Tuesday, November 10 at 9pm ET, a winner will be determined. It'll go head-to-head with both Sunday Night Football on NBC and Monday Night Football on ESPN. In 2014, two days of live coverage existed; the first saw the field whittled down from nine to three, with a winner being determined one day later. WSOP coverage on ESPN this year begins with the National Championship on August 18 on ESPN2. Two hours of coverage are dedicated to the tournament, which moves to Harrah's Cherokee in the Smoky Mountains this year. Main Event coverage begins on September 14 on ESPN2. Starting October 4, the tournament switches to ESPN and will be broadcast for 2.5 hours per night, a half-hour longer than usual. Here's the full broadcast schedule: August 18 at 9pm ET – WSOP National Championship (ESPN2) September 14 at 8pm ET – WSOP Main Event (ESPN2) September 21 at 8pm ET – WSOP Main Event (ESPN2) September 28 at 8pm ET – WSOP Main Event (ESPN2) October 4 at 8:30pm ET – WSOP Main Event (ESPN) October 11 at 8:30pm ET – WSOP Main Event (ESPN) October 18 at 8:30pm ET – WSOP Main Event (ESPN) October 25 at 8:30pm ET – WSOP Main Event (ESPN) November 1 at 8:30pm ET – WSOP Main Event (ESPN) November 8 at 8:30pm ET – WSOP Main Event Live (ESPN) November 8 at 11pm ET – WSOP Main Event Championship Live (ESPN2) Play to 4 November 9 at 8pm ET – WSOP Main Event Championship Live (ESPN2) Play to 2 November 10 at 9pm ET – WSOP Main Event Championship Live Finale (ESPN) Check your local listings for more details. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. The last new, prepackaged episodes of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on Sunday night on ESPN against some pretty stiff competition: the Kansas City Royals' Game 5 World Series win on Fox and a battle of 6-0 NFL teams between Green Bay and Denver on NBC. Nevertheless, PocketFives caught the action for an hour starting at 9:00pm ET. It was still Day 7 of the Main Event, the final day of action in July. The hour began with Justin Schwartzbusting out in a set-over-set situation. Then, Joseph dude904McKeehen, who had kings, bet 2 million on the river of a 10-J-4-6-4 board after betting the turn and checking the flop. Daniel Negreanu (pictured), who had Q-J for top pair, said, "You got it" upon flipping over his hand and shed two-thirds of his stack. ESPN poker commentator Lon McEachern said McKeehen was "running hotter than the sun." McKeehen was in the top four of the start-of-day chip counts on Days 4, 5, and 7 of the Main Event. After the hand against Negreanu, he was in second place with 13 left. Negreanu later doubled through McKeehen much to the delight of the crowd. Then, a segment about Max Steinberg(pictured) aired in which he preached his passion for daily fantasy sports. Steinberg explained, "It's sort of like a poker tournament in a sense that you have a bunch of players putting up the buy-in and then whoever does the best gets the money." Steinberg won his way into the Main Event via a satellite on DraftKings. Patrick Chan4bet all-in before the flop with A-Q of hearts and turned a flush to double up through Pierre Neuville, the oldest player left in the field. Also doubling was Federico Butteroni, who committed his chips with 8-7 on a board of K-7-8-4. Fellow European Alexander Turyansky insta-called with A-8 and Butteroni's hand held. Watching the play, Norman Chad asked, "An insta-call with that hand?" Matt Guan ran queens into aces to bust out in 13th. McKeehen, who didn't deliver the knockout blow but was seated at the same table, told Guan, "You played insanely well all those days." To close out the hour we caught, Zvi Sternraised to 675,000 before the flop with 10-8 of spades, George McDonald re-raised to 2.2 million with queens, and Stern bluff-shoved for 12.1 million. McDonald called all-in and tragically lost to a turned flush. A couple of days earlier, Stern had similarly cracked aces with 8-7 of spades and continued running hot. The November Nine resumes this Sunday, November 8 starting at 8:30pm ET. The action will be "live" on a 30-minute delay from Las Vegas and beamed around the US on ESPN. Coverage will continue on Monday at 8:00pm ET and Tuesday at 9:30pm ET. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. On Sunday night, the 2015 WSOP Main Event aired on ESPN for 2.5 hours. We checked in during the last hour, which aired at 10:00pm ET and began with 87 players left on Day 5. Daniel Negreanu was still camped out at the feature table. In the cavernous Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas, retired Wall Street trader Rick Barabino was sent packing courtesy of 72-year-old Pierre Neuville (pictured) with K-Q against A-A. The better hand held and the Main Event inched closer to a winner. Neuville would end Day 5 as the overall chip leader. Fedor Holz3bet all-in before the flop with kings and got a taker in Upeshka De Silva, who had nines. The online poker prodigy better known as CrownUpGuy doubled up after there was no drama on the flop, turn, or river and continued his solid live poker performance. Two women remained in the Main Event. One of them, Kelly Minkin, doubled with aces against the nines of Trevor Pearlman, a former owner of the Bourbon Street Casino in Las Vegas. The other woman in the field, Diana Svensk, who was voted Entrepreneur of the Year in her native Sweden, went busto after running A-10 into aces. Her opponent faded a flush draw and a 10 on the river, making Minkin the Last Woman Standing. In one of the most dramatic hands of the episode, Tai Nguyen moved all-in before the flop with sixes, Justin ZeeJustinBonomo called with sevens, Matt Waxman 3bet all-in with jacks, and Erasmus Morfe moved over the top with kings. Bonomo got out of the way and the board ran out 3-Q-K-10-7, giving Morfe top set and a double knockout. Incredibly, Waxman logged back-to-back top-100 finishes in the Main Event and told ESPN of getting knocked out with jacks, "It hurts… I had to go with it." In the last hand shown on Sunday night, former November Niner Matt Jarvis (pictured) check-raised on a flop of 8-6-Q holding bottom set and Neil Blumenfield called with kings. The two checked an ace on the turn to see a four on the river. Jarvis bet half-pot, Blumenfield called, and the former November Niner raked in a pot worth 3.4 million in chips. As the closing bell on Day 5 sounded, ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad asked, "Can Matt Jarvis make another Main Event final table?" You can find out when ESPN's coverage of the 2015 WSOP Main Event continues this Sunday at 10:30pm ET for 90 minutes. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  9. Amid all of the hoopla of PokerStars being granted a license to operate in New Jersey, we finally had a chance to catch up on this week's coverage of the WSOP Main Event on ESPN. We took in the second of two hours, which aired on Wednesday night in a special time slot. The action began on Day 5 with 162 players left and Max Steinberg holding the chip lead. John $JMONEY$Racener, a former November Niner, went busto to open the episode after coming out on the wrong end of a flip with queens against Joe dude904 McKeehen's A-K. McKeehen (pictured) spiked an ace on the river to win in dramatic fashion. At the feature table, Daniel Negreanu took center stage. Sporting a rather full beard, Negreanu was the second shortest stack at the table with 19 big blinds and 3bet all-in before the flop with A-K against 7-7. Negreanu told his opponent, "Wow, really? You thought I was bluffing," before hitting an ace to double up. It was his first time being all-in during the 2015 WSOP Main Event. McKeehen won a pot worth 1.4 million in chips with kings-full after an opponent bluffed with a busted straight draw and, as a result, took the overall chip lead. Then, Las Vegas cash game pro Lily Newhouse (pictured) 3bet all-in before the flop with pocket eights and ran into Federico Butteroni's aces. As ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad put it, "Her son is named Ace. She's not fond of any aces right now." After a flop of K-10-3, Chad added, "She should have named her kid Eight." The board rounded out 9-J and Newhouse was eliminated. Longtime PocketFiver Mark P0ker H0Kroon, with Phil Hellmuth perched on his rail, busted a player after his aces withstood eights. Kroon and Brian Stinger885 Hastings were both wearing black "What Would Phil Do?" shirts. On a board of K-5-3-2-Q with three hearts, Justin ZeeJustinBonomo (pictured) checked with pocket fives for a set and Matt Waxman checked behind with A-K for top pair. The dealer pushed Bonomo a pot worth 1.1 million and he was up to a healthy 145 big blinds. In the last pot shown during the second hour of coverage, Negreanu called all-in before the flop with kings after Salvatore DiCarlo 5bet with A-K. Negreanu tanked for a couple minutes before calling, at one point saying, "I've only done that twice in my life," referring to folding kings pre-flop. One time, his opponent held aces and Negreanu was right; the other time, his opponent had queens and he was wrong. Negreanu ultimately decided to call and the board ran out an innocuous 10-3-8-4-7. Negreanu doubled up to 2.6 million in chips and the screen faded to black. New WSOP on ESPN episodes air this Sunday from 8:30pm to 11:00pm Eastern Time. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  10. The World Series of Poker Main Event on ESPN aired head-to-head on Sunday night against a surprisingly competitive football game between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants on NBC. The action was in Day 6 of the tournament, when 69 players remained and the average stack was 2.7 million. Kelly Minkin(pictured), the last woman standing in this year's Main Event, was all-in pre-flop in a race with jacks against A-K. Minkin hit a set on the flop to retain control of the hand and doubled up. Also stacking chops was Josh asdf26 Beckley, who tripled up after his tens beat eights and queens. The money went in on a 2-8-10 flop, with Beckley's set holding against another set and an overpair. Neil Blumenfielddoubled courtesy of Brian Stinger885Hastings. Not as fortunate was Justin ZeeJustin Bonomo, who hit the rail after his A-10 couldn't win a race against pocket nines. Bonomo recorded his deepest Main Event run ever and finished in 64th place. Then there was Upeshka De Silva, who had a player on the ropes with A-9 against K-9. The board ran out 2-4-J-J-J and De Silva moved to almost three million in chips. The camera then panned back to Beckley, who won a massive pot worth five million in chips after shoving on the river of a 10-8-8-3-J board with 10-9 for tens-up. His opponent, former November Niner Matt Jarvis, folded pocket fives and Beckley continued his strong run. Anton Morgenstern busted a player after hitting a full house with pocket queens. Then, Jarvis delivered a knockout blow with A-K against A-2 to keep culling the field. Beckley (pictured) continued to play big pot after big pot. Holding 6-5 on a board of 10-2-Q-K-6 and being behind the entire hand, he bet one million. Erasmus Morfe, who was out in front with A-Q, called after some contemplation to win a pot worth 4.3 million in chips. As ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad said of the hand, "Beckley has been drawing dead for over an hour." In the second-to-last hand of the night, on a flop of 9-2-5, Blumenfield, holding Q-10, bet 125,000 and Hastings, who had A-9, raised to 425,000. Blumenfield 3bet all-in for one million and Hastings snap-called. Chad said of the Silicon Valley executive's ill-timed shove, "In Silicon Valley, they call that getting your hand caught in the cookies jar." The jokes never get old, Norman Chad. The board miraculously ran out K-J, however, giving Blumenfield a straight and another double-up from Hastings as an underdog. This week, the WSOP on ESPN airs on Sunday at 8:30pm ET. Check your local listings for more details. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. On Sunday, the World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN. We checked in during the second episode, which lasted an hour. It was the end of Day 6 when 31 players remained. To start the coverage, David Peterswas all-in for his last eight big blinds with 2-2 against A-10. The poker gods smiled upon him, as he won the flip and doubled up. Then, Max Steinberg doubled up an opponent who had trip fives after calling with nines on an ace-high board. Steinberg shipped 19% of his stack to his tablemate. At the feature table, Daniel Negreanu(pictured) won a pot worth 3.1 million in chips after turning a straight. He took half of Neil Blumenfield's stack in the process. Then it was the demise of the last woman standing this year, malpractice attorney Kelly Minkin. She dropped a pot worth five million after calling with 4-4 on a board of 10-J-3-3-5. Her opponent had J-7 for a better two pair. Then, she 3bet all-in with 10-4 for trips on a flop of 6-10-10, but ran into Q-10. She was drawing dead by the turn and busted in 29th place. ESPN showed other players in the room shocked by Minkin's departure. Minkin (pictured) told ESPN, "I'll definitely be back. I'm going to still continue to play tournaments. You can't win all of them, so I'll be back." Back at the feature table, Negreanu, armed with pocket eights, raised to 275,000 before the flop and Wasim Ahmar shoved over the top with deuces. Negreanu called an extra 900,000 in chips and the better hand held, further trimming the Main Event field. Andrew Moreno, holding A-10, moved all-in before the flop and received a taker in Joseph dude904McKeehen, who had A-Q. The board ran out 5-Q-2-A-9 and Moreno was eliminated in 28th place, setting up the final 27 and Day 7. As ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad put it, "The only time 200 grand feels bad is right here." Thomas Kearneyheld the chip lead when 27 players remained at 14.4 million. You can catch Day 7 beginning this Sunday at 8:30pm ET on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  12. On Monday night, going head-to-head with two Monday Night Football games on ESPN, the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event began airing on ESPN2. Like in recent years, the action started not on Day 1, but on Day 4, when 661 entrants remained. Amar Anand held the chip lead and Phil Hellmuth (pictured) graced the feature table. --- 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. --- To open the first hour of coverage, Daniel Negreanu, seated at an outer table, put in a raise, saying he didn't actually see three diamonds on the board until after he bet. Negreanu didn't have a flush and his opponent got out of the way, giving "Kid Poker" even more chips. Meanwhile, Michael Shanahan won a pot with K-J of diamonds against K-J offsuit after rivering a flush and delivering a bad beat. He became the new chip leader of the Main Event as a result. Trending the opposite way was former Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel, who ran K-Q into A-7 on his final hand. The first Main Event champion from Canada was drawing dead by the turn and busted out. Antonio Esfandiari, the inaugural Big One for One Drop winner, doubled up an opponent who flopped a pair of nines and rivered trips. Esfandiari held ace-high in the hand and dropped almost half his stack. Joe dude904McKeehen (pictured) busted a player who had pocket tens after hitting a set of aces. Then, William Wachter, the oldest player ever to cash in the Main Event at age 94, hit the rail after committing his chips with K-J on a flop of 3-7-A against an opponent who had A-J. The board filled out K-7 and Wachter was eliminated. Back at the feature table, it was Hellmuth being Hellmuth. ESPN showed a segment called "Mic Check" in which Hellmuth spouted off phrases like "Three times they re-pop; it's gonna be such a good day" and "It's so yummy." Yummy indeed. One of our favorites was, "You play the cards, Mukul [Pahuja]; I play the people… and the cards." To start the second one-hour episode, it was ice cream time. Hellmuth asked Tournament Director Jack Effel for rocky road ice cream for the table, but Effel ended up bringing out chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry instead. Who says the WSOP doesn't play favorites? In non-dairy matters, 2013 WSOP November Niner JC Tran was all-in with kings against jacks and watched as his opponent hit a jack on the flop. Tran busted as a result and the camera flashed to Negreanu moving to the feature table. Also at an outer table, 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (pictured) moved all-in pre-flop with pocket sevens and ran into pocket queens. The board ran out 3-9-3-4-4 and Riess was done. Back to Hellmuth now. He shoved all-in with queens and got a taker in Negreanu, who had A-K. "Kid Poker" hit a king on the flop and never looked back, sending Hellmuth to the rail. As ESPN poker commentator Lon McEachern put it, "It all comes crashing down for Phil Hellmuth." In his post-game interview, Hellmuth appeared a tad vindictive, saying, "I made him call it off on a guess." He added that he had only been all-in twice during the 2015 WSOP Main Event and said he deserved to still be in the tournament. Poor Phil. You can catch new episodes of the WSOP on ESPN2 next Monday at 8:00pm ET. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  13. On Tuesday, the 2015 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN for two hours. The main story of the first hour was the elimination of Daniel Negreanu in sixth place, so we'll move on to the second hour, which began with Loni Harwood (pictured) holding the chip lead five-handed. --- 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. --- The National Championship, which was held in the rolling foothills of the Smoky Mountains at Harrah's Cherokee, had 100 automatic qualifiers. Up to 100 other players were offered the chance to buy in. On the first hand shown in the second hour of coverage, Brad St. Vincent "misclicked" live against Harwood, putting the wrong color chips in for a call and accidentally raising. Harwood re-raised and St. Vincent mucked, losing 12% of his stack. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad joked, "At the Norman Chad School of Poker, you can major in misclicking." An interview with Harwood then aired in which she gave her thoughts on being a role model as the Last Woman Standing and a former bracelet winner: "I never really think of myself as a role model. I always looked up to Vanessa Selbst, so it's crazy to think that people look up to me." Vince Moscati doubled up several times before ultimately busting in fifth place. In his final hand, he was all-in before the flop with 7-6 of clubs against Harwood's K-9 of hearts. Harwood paired her nine on the flop and that was it, sending Moscati to the rail $83,000 richer for his wear. St. Vincent was the next to go. He was all-in before the flop with J-10 and in dire straits against Harwood's K-J. St. Vincent was drawing dead by the river and exited in fourth place for $111,000. It was Harwood's third elimination at the final table. PocketFiver Darryl DFishFish (pictured), who spiked a one-outer to stave off elimination earlier in the episode, busted in third place after his K-J of hearts could not draw out on Alex Masek's A-J. Fish picked up flush and straight draws on the flop, but couldn't connect, giving Masek the chip lead entering heads-up play. It was the first time since there were 11 players left that Harwood had not held the chip lead. Despite entering as the short stack, Harwood ran over Masek heads-up. Masek, who holds the record with eight WSOP Circuit rings, eventually called all-in before the flop with A-7 against Harwood's 3-3 for a race. Harwood hit a set on the flop and won the WSOP National Championship. There was very little emotion by either player, leaving Chad to say, "It appears to be over. Someone needs to tell them." Roll credits. Harwood became just the third woman ever to win two or more open WSOP bracelets, joining Selbst and Jennifer Harman. The 2015 WSOP Main Event will begin airing on ESPN2 on Monday, September 14 at 8:00pm ET. It'll run head-to-head with Monday Night Football for three weeks before moving to Sunday nights starting October 4. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
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