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  1. After more than five weeks of battle, the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest is down to a final four consisting of some of the greatest players in the history of online poker. From an initial field of 60 entrants, Niklas Astedt, Shaun Deeb, Fedor Holz, and Chris Moorman have all advanced to the semi-final stage. The contest began on March 29 with all 60 of the players who have held the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings seeded and placed into a bracket. Poker fans were then asked to vote on head-to-head match-ups in a format very similar to March Madness. The semi-final match-ups feature Moorman going against Deeb, and Holz taking on Astedt. Semi-final voting begins at 9 AM ET on Monday, May 10 and will run for 48 hours. Road to the Final Four: Chris Moorman Hearts Bracket #1 seed Career Earnings: $16,662,901 Weeks at #1: 23 Total Reigns: 13 Triple Crowns: 30 As one of four Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award winners, Moorman earned a first round bye in the bracket. His lifetime achievements, including 30 Triple Crowns and reaching the #1 ranking 13 different times made him the #1 seed in the Hearts bracket. In the second round, Moorman took 85.4% of the vote against Chad ‘m8kingkoves’ Batista to advance. He then dispatched of two of the Swedish players who have dominated the Rankings for the last six years. In the third round he took 91.3% of the vote against Christian ‘eisenhower1’ Jeppsson before defeating Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson in the quarterfinals with 65.4%. Road to the Final Four: Fedor Holz Clubs Bracket #9 seed Career Earnings: $10,859,366 Weeks at #1: 3 Total Reigns: 3 Triple Crowns: 0 At #9 in the Clubs bracket, Holz is the lowest seed to advance to the semi-finals and did so only after a quarterfinal victory over one of the most beloved players in PocketFives history. Holz easily defeated Tim ‘Tmay420’ West in the opening round with 85.3% of the vote. From there he defeated Canadian Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski with 68.3% and then Daniel ‘djk123’ Kelly after earning 64.1% of the vote. In the quarterfinal, Holz was paired up against Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy in one of the most hotly contested matches. After both players got active on social media promoting the match, Holz prevailed with 54.5% of the vote. Road to the Final Four: Niklas Astedt Spades Bracket #1 seed Career Earnings: $22,152,722 Weeks at #1: 97 Total Reigns: 10 Triple Crowns: 6 Joining Moorman as the only #1 seeds to make the semi-finals, Astedt did so without the benefit of a first round bye and averaged 87% of the vote through his four wins. In the first round, Astedt defeated Brian ‘brianm15’ England after scoring 88.2%. He then crushed Jordan ‘Jymaster0011’ Young by grabbing 92.5% of votes and then defeated the current #2-ranked player in the world, Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuru with 83.5%. In the quarterfinal, Astedt continued his dominance and grabbed 83.2% of the votes against Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth. Road to the Final Four: Shaun Deeb Diamonds Bracket #7 seed Career Earnings: $7,213,179 Weeks at #1: 8 Total Reigns: 2 Triple Crowns: 1 Like Moorman, Deeb was granted a first round bye as a PocketFives Legacy Award winner. He then had to battle his way through three other players, including the current #1-ranked player in the world. Deeb's easiest win came in the second round when he took 80.6% of the vote against Griffin ‘Flush Entity’ Benger. The next two rounds weren't that lopsided. Deeb went head-to-head with Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski, the current top-ranked player in the world, and collected 58.7% of the vote. In the quarterfinal, Deeb squeezed by Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson by the narrowest of margins, collecting 54.3% of the votes. Voting for the semi-finals opens Monday @ 8 AM ET and finals voting begins on Wednesday at Noon ET. Perfect Final Four has 'Ming' in Control Those four aren't the only ones in contention or a victory. 'Ming' leads the bracket prediction contest with 1,150 total points heading into the Final Four and has all four of the remaining players alive. Right behind him is Jason 'wackyjaxon' Glatzer with 1,040 points. Top Five Standings Ming - 1,150 points wackyjaxon - 1,040 points Moergis - 990 points mk2894 - 980 points lucus42 - 970 points The entrants are all playing for more than $2,000 in prizes from sponsors including Run It Once Training, Faded Spade Cards, Run Good Gear, and D&B Poker Books. View complete standings.
  2. The 330-event, $150 million guaranteed GGPoker Spring Festival wrapped up earlier this week and while there were 13 overlays, total prize pools soared past $175 million and five different players each walked away with a million-dollar score. Not surprisingly, the High buy-in category made up the bulk of the prize money. The 110 High buy-in events had $115,051,800 in prize money, for an average prize pool just north of $1 million each. Those events had a total of 44,677 entrants. The Medium buy-in events drew 157,691 total entrants and had prize pools totaling $44,558,725. Unsurprisingly, the Low buy-in events had massive turnouts, with 382,000 players all vying for their share of the $17,026,062 in prize money. Frequent Visitors to the Winner's Circle If winner photos were required for the GGPoker Spring Festival, former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt would have gotten a suntan from all the flashes going off. Astedt won a series-leading five events including Events #14-High ($1,050 PLO-NL Bounty), #19-High ($2,100 Bounty [6-Max]), #25-High ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty), #41-High ($25,500 Sunday Five Million), and #95-High ($2,100 Bounty) for a total of $1,432,201.51. He also narrowly missed out on a sixth title, finishing runner-up in Event #94-High ($1,050 Deepstack Bounty Turbo). There were four other players who each won four events with three of those players earning more than $1 million for their wins alone. The one of those four who banked the most from the four wins was Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb. A relatively unknown player, Gottlieb won Events #5-High ($10,300 Super MILLION$), #15-High ($10,300 Super Tuesday), #35-High ($10,300 PLO-NL High Roller), and #72-High ($10,300 PLO-NL High Roller) to take home $1,423,266.61. Gottlieb had no other podium finishes during the series. Sami Kelopuro, who is currently ranked #2 in the world, earned $1,417,190.60 for winning Events #49-High ($25,500 Super High Roller), #59-High ($5,250 PLO-NL), #68-High ($10,300 PLO-NL Bounty High Roller), and #84-High ($25,500 Super High Roller). He also bookended those four wins with a pair of runner-up finishes in Events #24-High ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) and #109-High ($25,500 Sunday Millions). Germany's Christian Rudolph also had four wins, two coming in High events and another two coming in Medium events. Rudolph won Event #27-High ($2,100 Bounty), Event #102-High ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event), Event #27-Medium ($210 Bounty), and Event #83-Medium ($1,050 Super Tuesday). Amazingly, he also had four second-place finishes and a third-place result. Possibly the quietest member of the four win was Tim 'BeardOilGuy' Rutherford. The Canadian won Events #14-Medium ($105 PLO-NL Bounty), #44-Medium ($250 Daily Main Event), #58-Low ($105 Thursday Thriller Bounty), and #67 Low ($50 PLO-NL) for a total of $88,160.48. [table id=218 /] A Million Dollars IS Cool There were five players who walked away from an event with a title a two-comma score. The single largest score went to Joakim Andersson for taking down the $10,300 GGSF Super MILLION$ Main Event. The Swede walked away with $1,537,605.12 for his efforts. The winner of the $1,500 GGSF Main Event came close to beating Andersson's score. 'KingKongJoel' topped the 6,803-entry field to win $1,133,634.47. Astedt (Event #41-High), Mikita Badziakouski (Event #75-High), and Guillaume Nolet (Event #6-High) all earned at least $1 million for winning an event. An additional six players each earned a half-million dollar score for the victory. [table id=217 /] Number Ones With A Bullet Astedt and Kelopuro weren't the only former top-ranked PocketFivers to grab a GGSF title but they were the only ones to win multiple titles. Fedor Holz won Event #37-High ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) for $124,456.71, Andras Nemeth took down Event #58-Medium ($1,050 Thursday Thriller Bounty) for $110,038.60, and Joao Simao grabbed the title in Event #110-Medium ($525 Festival Closer [Bounty Turbo]) for $53,918.96. The current #1-ranked player in the world had no intention of being left out of the fun. Yuri Dzivielevski shipped Event #42-H ($2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]) for a $72,235.16 payday.
  3. As the PocketFives #1 Number One contest continues to work its way through the opening round matchups, it was expected that Fedor Holz and Yuri Dzivielevski would be battling out. On Sunday, both took their turn in the spotlight after each took down a GGPoker Spring Festival event.Holz proved to be the biggest winner of the two on the day after shipping Event #37-H ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) for $124,456.71. Coming in one spot shy of the win made for a $93,329.06 score for 'raking-even' while 'Fantastik55' banked $69,986.93 for coming in third place. Dzivielevski beat out 203 other entries in Event #42-H ($2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]) to win $72,235.16. For the third time in the opening week of the Festival, 'VaPaCooler' made the podium but was unable to make his way to the top spot. This time they finished in second place for $45,241.30. Third place went to Dietrich Fast for $36,820.41. While those two were the highest profile winners on Sunday, David 'INSERTC0IN' Smolka took home the biggest payday. Smolka outlasted 356 other entries in Event #38-H ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) for $293,548.55. Andriy Derzhypilskyi came in second place and was left to console himself with $158,800.25. Preben Stokkan just missed out on a six-figure score after coming in third for $89,887.68. 'DDimancescu' topped the 1,183-entry field in Event #39-H ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) to win the title and $161,066.17. Joshua McCully also earned a six-figure score, taking home $120,781.75 after finishing second while 'pawwowbam' came in third place for $90,573.51. Farid Jattin and Graf Tekkel chopped up Event #34-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event]). Jattin pocketed $79,771.42 and the title while Tekkel skated away with $75,582.92 as the runner-up. Third place finisher 'PuppyGambler' wound up with $49,924.16. Event #34-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event]) Entries: 488 Prize pool: $488,000 Farid Jattin - $79,771.42* Graf Tekkel - $75,582.92* PuppyGambler - $49,924.16 *Heads-up Deal Event #37-H ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) Entries: 466 Prize pool: $664,050 Fedor Holz - $124,456.71 raking-even - $93,329.06 Fantastik55 - $69,986.93 Event #38-H ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) Entries: 357 Prize pool: $1,785,000 INSERTC0IN - $293,548.55 A Derzhypilskyi - $158,800.25 Preben Stokkan - $89,887.68 Event #39-H ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) Entries: 1,183 Prize pool: $1,183,000 DDimancescu - $161,066.17 Joshua McCully - $120,781.75 pawwowbam - $90,573.51 Event #42-H ($2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]) Entries: 204 Prize pool: $408,000 Y Dzivielevski - $72,235.16 VaPaCooler - $45,241.30 Dietrich Fast - $36,820.41
  4. The momentum from Sunday’s start of PokerStars 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker carried over into Monday as four new players added a SCOOP High title to their poker resumes and the action was highlighted by a high roller final table packed with some of online poker’s most prolific players. There were no soft spots at the final table of Event 06-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max High Roller) as Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas outlasted the 116-entry field to take home the $254,255.57 first-place prize and the third SCOOP title of his career. Among the final table participants were Samuel ‘€urop€an’ Vousden, Dominik Nitsche, Artur ‘marathur1’ Martirosyan, and Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet. For the second night in a row, former #1-ranked Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz was forced to settle for second place but walked away with a $196,994.91 payday. Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo finished in third, earning $152,629.90, and another former #1, Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson, fell in fourth place earning $118,256.31 which sends him over $17 million in career online earnings. The official SCOOP Kickoff tournament, Event 02-H ($530 NLHE, PKO) drew 1,321 runners to create a prize pool of $660,500. The winner was Montenegro’s Dejan 'dejanic357' Kaladurdevic who not only earned the $43,752.65 first-place prize and an additional $34,653.56 in bounties but also became the very first player from his country to win a SCOOP title. Kaladurdevic defeated Brazil’s ‘Alex Bez’ in heads-up play, who finished with $43,751.12 and an additional $21,872.42 in bounties for second place. The UK’s ‘dougiedan678’ captured the bronze for $25,958.60 plus $12,182/35 in bounties. Event 03-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE) bested the $500K guarantee as 669 runners pushed the prize pool to $669,000. In the end, it was Romania’s ‘kreiNt’ who took down the tournament and grabbed $113,891.16 for first. ‘KayhanMok’ finished as the runner-up for $83,403.49 while ‘L_Cesk’ from Greece rounded out the top three and took home $61,077.42 for third. Right behind them were a pair of high roller MTT specialists in Mikita ‘fish2013’ Badziakouski who finished in fourth place for $44,727.73, and Timothy ‘Tim0thee’ Adams who fell in fifth for $32,754.64. Event 05-H ($2,100 Pot Limit Omaha, 6-Max) was the only tournament of SCOOP 2021’s opening events to miss its guarantee. And it just barely missed, drawing 192 runners, just eight players shy of hitting the $400,000 guarantee. All the better for the players including the UK’s ‘Zero 1100101’ and ‘d.apollo777’. When it got to heads-up, the countrymen agreed on a deal that had ‘Zero 1100101’ walk away with $76,488.47 and the SCOOP title while ‘d.apollo777’ locked up $63,600.37. Just missing out on the deal was Sweden’s ‘sat1337en’ who finished in third place and took home $45,585.88. Also of note, on Sunday night, Event 07-H ($2,100 NLHE, 7-Max, Turbo PKO, Sunday Cooldown) wrapped up with current #18-ranked Maskim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov taking down the title and a total of $88,727.52 for first. Fedor Holz wrapped up as the runner-up and took home a total of $42,539.98 while Finland’s ‘Uivelo88’ finished in third for $24,179. Other winners on Monday included 'kilrogg94' (Event #2-M), 'emsbigbob25' (Event #2-L), 'Karl-King77' (Event #3-M), 'Westik1' (Event #3-L), 'Nethos' (Event #4-M), 'PIPQQUEER' (Event #4-L), 'Marcelinhobf' (Event #5-M), 'neto_gol' (Event #5-L), 'ludako123' (Event #6-M), 'neto_gol' (Event #5-L), 'Fabahaba' (Event #7-M), and 'Diegops_AKs' (Event #7-L). Event # 2 (High) - $530 NLHE [Progressive KO, Event # Kickoff] Entries: 1,321 Prize pool: $660,500 dejanlc357 $78,406.21 Alex Bez $65,623.54 dougiedan678 $38,140.95 Event #3 (High) - $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE] Entries: 669 Prize pool: $669,000 kreiNt $113,891.16 LayhanMok $83,403.49 L_Cesk $61,077.42 Event #5 (High) $2,100 PLO [6-Max] Entries: 192 Prize pool: $400,000 Zero 1100101 $76,488.47 dapollo777 $63,600.37 sat1337en $45,585.88 Event #6 (High) $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] Entries: 116 Prize pool: $1,160,000 omaha4rollz $254,255.57 CrownUpGuy $196,994.91 imluckbox $152,629.90 Event # 07 (High) - $2,100 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown SE] Entries: 183 Prize pool: $366,000 MAMOHT_T $88,727.52 CrownUpGuy $42,539.98 Uivelo88 $24,179.00
  5. The “HU4Rollz” revival gained more even momentum over the past week when high-stakes tournament pro Fedor Holz and nosebleed cash game crusher Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski agreed to battle each other in a live streamed, high-stakes heads-up challenge beginning on March 5. The pair have settled on a four-session challenge of $100/$200 Heads-up NLHE that will kick off on Friday, March 5 at 12:45 ET. Subsequent sessions will be played on March 8, March 10, and March 12. When the action kicks off they will be sitting 100bb deep and fans will get to watch live on GGPoker.TV on a 30-minute delay. The origins of the challenge dated back to August 2020 when Malinowski joined Joey Ingram on the Poker Life Podcast where he issued a challenge to play any player in the world heads up, at whatever stakes they want. In that same interview, Malinowski targeted Holz, calling him out specifically and even offering that he would play while drunk. Over six months after Malinowsky’s appearance, Holz responded by posting a short video on Twitter where he essentially took Malinowsky up on his offer. “I just want to get back to that offer you made on Joey’s podcast, to play me drunk whenever I want, whatever stakes I want. So yea…let’s fucking do it. I challenge you,” Holz said. Holz is well-known for his tournament prowess having accumulated more than $32 million in total tournament live earnings, including eight seven-figure scores. Just weeks after getting called out by Malinowski, Holz went on to win the 2020 World Series of Poker $25K Heads Up event for $1,077,250, his second career gold bracelet. Holz is also a former worldwide #1-ranked online player, having held the top spot on three different occasions dating back to 2014. Malinowski has a reputation as one of the most respected online nosebleed cash game pros in the game today. He started his journey by playing freerolls in 2014 and achieved success at every buy-in level along the way, eventually reaching the elite levels of the high-stakes. Not one to be short on confidence, Malinowski accepted this challenge with Holz even though he’s currently embroiled in another high-stakes challenge against Stefan ‘Stefan11222’ Burakov, which has seen him lose as much as $550,000 in a single week. The challenge looks to be another treat for fans of the format who have had a number of exciting challenges to follow in the past year. It was in April 2020 that Phil Galfond captured the attention of the poker world with his million-dollar comeback against ‘Venivivi1993’ in the first of the Galfond Challenges. Then, of course, the three-month-long High Stakes Feud between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu came to a conclusion in February, with Polk booking a win of more than $1.2 million. Now fans will have the opportunity to watch these two high-stakes heavyweights go at it exclusively on GGPoker in the four-session stretch. Billed by the online operator as “The Prince of Poker vs. The Notorious End Boss”, GGPoker is also promising expert commentary, exclusive interviews, and promotions surrounding the event.
  6. It’s been over six years since Brazil’s Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski was the #1-ranked online poker player in the world and this week he took another step closer to becoming it again. After weeks of hovering inside and out of the worldwide top five for the better part of two months, the tournament superstar unseated Croatia's Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic to assume the #2 spot and became the next player to make a run at fellow Brazilian Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon, who has now held the #1 ranking for 11 weeks in a row. For many, Dzivieleski first stepped into the poker spotlight when he was featured on the ESPN broadcast during the 2019 Main Event. Ever since then, he has continued to pile up the accolades. He’s won two World Series of Poker gold bracelets, including one in 2020, as well as multiple partypoker POWERFEST events, and a total of four PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker titles. A regular in the online high roller scene, with over $10 million in total lifetime online earnings, Dzivielevski has become known as one of Brazil’s very best all-around players. But there are also plenty of poker players and fans who know that ‘Yuri Martins’ has been a must-respected tournament grinder years before his 2019 “breakout” year. In 2014, he soared to the top of the rankings and ended Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro’s first two-week run as #1. Dzivielevski held the top spot for three weeks, lost it, and then clawed his way back to the top three months later knocking Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz out of the top spot. Now, he’s in a position to reach #1 again. He did this by maintaining a disciplined grind and continuing to rack up large scores. Of course, his runner-up finish in America's Cardroom Venom Main Event, which was covered last week, set the stage and pushed him back into the top five. But it was his work over the past week and a half that put him where he is now. A deep run in the February 15 edition of the Natural8 Sunday 500 High Roller brought him a $9,826 payday and 148.04 PLB points. Three days later he bested a field of 242 entries in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for over $10,253 and another 245.97 PLB points. Finally, he tacked on another 310.92 PLB points with his sixth-place result in the PokerStars Turbo Series Event #3 ($5,200 NLHE, High Roller) for $47,858. All of that said though, Dzivielevski has a tough task ahead of him if he’s going to reach #1. Botteon has not slowed down. He picked up three PLB qualifying scores of his own including a win in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder. Botteon currently holds a healthy lead on the field with a total of 13,963 total PLB points, 1,672 points above Dzivielevski. However, should Dzivielevski continues to pile on the results, as he did this week in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ where he finished in fourth place for $207,649, he has a real shot at becoming #1 in 2021. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • There were several notable jumps inside the top 100 this week including Dalton ‘daltonhb’ Hobold who soared 125 places from #160 to a career-high #36 by stringing together 11-PLB qualifying cashes so far this month including a ninth-place finish in the GGPoker Global MILLION$ where his final table finish brought him an $11,271 score. • ‘Olorion’ is Poland’s #1-ranked player thanks to his victory in the GGPoker Sunday Special $88 that brought him $21,572 and 416.82 PLB points. That spotlight score helped him leap from #217 in the world all the way to #58. However, it’s not a career-high for the longtime grinder who, back in 2013, reached as high as 28 in the world. • Alex ‘Veruz’ Butcher remains the #1-ranked player in the USA, landing at #64 worldwide. It’s hard for players in the USA to maintain high placements on the worldwide stage due to the limited offering of tournaments in America, but Butcher managed a pair of nice PLB scores one week ago and added to it this week with his win in the partypoker NJ Daily $10K GTD for $3,338 and 125.30 PLB points. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings [table id=178 /]
  7. There’s not a single year-end list that won’t be heavily influenced by the pandemic, and this one is no different. Nearly every industry faced overwhelming challenges in the face of COVID-19, the same was true for poker. As live poker events took a backseat to an online poker surge, some of this year’s brightest rising stars had career-making moments take place while playing online in the strangest of times. While there were plenty of poker players (and personalities) who succeeded in continuing their poker pursuits in 2020, these are our five Rising Stars who took what this year gave them and used it to step into the spotlight. Brunno 'bbotteon' Botteon Some in South America knew what Brazilian poker powerhouse Brunno Botteon had to offer, but after a year where Botteon seemingly never cooled off, now the whole poker world knows how great he really is. In 2020, no matter the online series, no matter the stakes, Botteon found a way to thrive. At the end of 2019, Botteon could regularly be seen playing mid-stakes, with the occasional high roller mixed in. That all began to change at the very start of 2020. In early January, on the same day at the same time, he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Winter Series $530 Main Event for $196,908 and third place in the Winter Series $5,200 Main Event for another $265,463. The hot start to his year set him up to make deep runs in many of the marquee series that made the move online when forced to postpone their live events. During the World Series of Poker Online events on GGPoker, Botteon found himself in the mix for a bracelet in some of the most prestigious events of the series. After he finished as the runner-up in Event #67 ($500 NLHE) for $41,855, Botteon made another final table in the $25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship. He ended up finishing in sixth for $388,837 for what was, at the time, a career-high cash. He bested that just days later when he made it to the finals of the WSOP $25,000 Heads Up Championship. He finished in second place, just behind German superstar Fedor Holz, for a new career-high score of $622,300. Botteon then turned his attention to the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker where he picked up his second career title in Event #36-H ($2,100 NLHE Midweek Freeze) for $80,642. He also finished as the runner-up in Event #48-H ($5,200 8-Max PKO) for another $95,458. By this time, Botteon had soared in the rankings and was sitting as the #3-ranked player in the world and was regularly competing and cashing in the biggest buy-in tournaments online. However, as much as Botteon had already achieved in 2020, he decided to save the best for last. Botteon weaved his way through the international leg of the 2020 World Series of Poker hybrid Main Event, taking the chip lead into the live final table. The Brazilian made his way to Rozvadov where, in the end, he finished in second place to Damian Salas, but locked up his first career seven-figure score of $1,062,723. It was the third time in 2020 that Botteon set himself a new career-high cash and, in total, in his first WSOP experience, Botteon earned more than $2.16 million. Sitting with more than $5.2 million in lifetime online earnings (excluding his WSOP Main Event haul) Botteon’s tenacity at the tables has helped him into online poker history as one of the elite few who has reached the top of the worldwide rankings. On December 12, Botteon finally became the #1-ranked player in the world, capping off an incredible year for one of 2020’s biggest breakout stars. Artur ‘marathur1’ Martirosyan Also known by his screen name ‘marathur1’, Russia’s Artur Martirosyan took his career to the next level in 2020 after capturing multiple titles and big-time cashes. During the Poker Masters Online series in April, Martirosyan narrowly missed out on winning the Purple Jacket after cashing in nine of the 30 high roller event events for a total profit of $551,674. Just weeks later Martirosyan’s heater extended into the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker where he took down Event #17 ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max High Roller) for over $271,000. Days later he grabbed his second title of the series in Event #19 ($5,200 NLHE Midweek Freeze) to add another $157,426 to his ever-expanding bankroll. In June, he was back dominating another Poker Central series when Martirosyan took a series victory in the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series. He made six final tables, eight cashes overall, over the series' 27 events and he earned just under $1.8 million for his efforts. He wasn't done. After a deep run in the World Poker Tour World Online Championships Main Event, he took down the WPT Mini Super High Roller for $239,500 which led to the Russian being named player of the series and winning an additional $50,000 for topping the leaderboard. Landon Tice When you make the leap from online micro-stakes to playing in some of the biggest live games Las Vegas has to offer in a matter of just a couple of years, people are going to take notice. That is exactly what 21-year old Landon Tice has done and his story, and talent, brought youthful energy and excitement to poker 2020. For those that follow poker closely it was hard not to encounter Tice in some form or another, from his on-stream appearances with Joey Ingram to guest co-hosting the Solve For Why podcast with Matt Berkey and Christian Soto, Tice took little time letting his personality shine in the poker media. At the same time, Tice's poker game has reportedly been taken under the wing of the likes of Nick Schulman, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Berkey among others. Tice's Las Vegas cash game exploits at the higher limits were recounted and analyzed on podcasts and social media. At the same time, he quickly proved that his talent translated to the tournament scene as well. Tice took down one of the few major live tournaments to take place this year, besting a field of 1,123 entries in the 2020 MSPT Venetian Main Event for a $201,529 first-place payday. And if the World Series of Poker is able to be run in its traditional form in 2021, one should expect to see a lot more of Landon Tice in the chip counts. Ryan Depaulo When it comes to seizing the spotlight in 2020, perhaps no one did it better than Ryan Depaulo. With his star already on the rise from his popular YouTube channel Ryan Depaulo: Degenerate Gambler, the New York pro successfully pulled off one of the most improbable WSOP gold bracelet victories of the year. In order to play WSOP Online Event #13 ($500 No Limit Hold’em, The Big 500), Depaulo drove his car to a Whole Foods parking lot in New Jersey in order to “borrow” a little internet. From the front seat of his car, Depaulo played all night and reached the final table. When he got there, he dominated. Depaulo eliminated six of his final eight opponents and grabbed the gold bracelet and a $159,563 score as the sun rose over the hood of his car. https://twitter.com/depaulo_ryan/status/1282600527839334400?s=20 After he locked up the win, Depaulo, stunned, jumped out of his car and as the Whole Foods employees were coming in to start their morning shift he screamed out loud “I’m a Legend!” He may not yet be a full-blown poker legend yet but if he continues to pull off insane feats like this one he might just be on his way to becoming one. Jeff Platt It would be fair to say that poker commentator Jeff Platt could have, and rightfully should have, been named a rising star a year ago. Maybe he was and if so, it would have been true. But in 2020, Platt found the opportunity to level up in poker once again by becoming one of the premier faces and voices of some of this year’s most-watched poker streams on Twitch. If Nick Schulman is the current GOAT when it comes to poker commentary, then Platt is the People’s Champion. Platt seemed to be everywhere he was needed in 2020. From grabbing a glass of wine and anchoring the WSOP pre-final table broadcast throughout the summer, to holding down the GGPoker Twitch stream during the Polk-Negreanu challenge, you could count on Platt to be a consummate pro juggling talking thru the action with indulging the chat. With so many events taking place online this year, plenty of content creators have taken a stab in the commentary booth, with varying degrees of success. But it’s Platt’s professionalism that will likely put him in line for more and more work in the poker industry for years and years to come.
  8. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event has arrived. The unique live-online hybrid solution to finding a successor to current reigning World Champion Hossein Ensan gives players, both in the United States and internationally, one final shot at winning a gold bracelet in 2020. Last updated: Sunday, December 7, 2020 The tournament, which comes with a traditional $10,000 buy-in and is a true freezeout, will hold all of its starting flights online. Players in the United States can travel to Nevada or New Jersey to play in a single opening flight on WSOP.com while international players have three starting flights to choose from on GGPoker. These two separate online tournaments will spawn two different final tables which will be played out live. The final nine from the WSOP.com player pool will determine a winner in Las Vegas as GGPoker's final table will battle it out at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Ultimately, the winner of each final table will face off in a winner-take-all heads-up battle in front of the ESPN camera on December 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner of that match will take home an additional $1 million and the title of WSOP World Champion. WSOP Main Event Schedule (GGPoker) [table id=130 /] WSOP Main Event Schedule (WSOP.com) [table id=128 /] Julian Menhardt Leads GGPoker Day 1A Survivors [caption id="attachment_633135" align="aligncenter" width="799"] The opening flights of the 2020 World Series of Poker are underway online. (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] The first flight of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event had 246 entries take their one-and-only shot in the $10,000 buy-in tournament. At the end of 16 30-minute levels, just 62 players advanced to day two with Germany’s Julian ‘VWgunther’ Menhardt bagging the chip lead with 534,490 chips (107 big blinds). Germany’s Paul ‘AsiaStylez’ Esau finished the day with 472,075 (94 bbs) for second in chips while the Netherlands Dirk Gerritse rounded out the top three with a 472,075 stack (91 bbs). Plenty of star power entered and survived through Day 1A. This includes former WSOP Main Event standout Preben Stokkan, a pair of Brazil’s best in Brunno Botteon and former #1-ranked player Yuri Dzivielevski, Anatoly Filatov, Daniel Dvoress, and Russia’s Artur Martirosian among others. For others though, the dream of becoming the WSOP Main Event champ will have to wait another year. Fedor Holz, Kristen Bicknell, Christian Rudolph, Julien Martini, and former #1-ranked players Steven van Zadelhoff and Andreas Nemeth were among those notable players who busted before the day was done. Joining them on the rail are the likes of Pablo Brito Silva, Jans Arends, Ole Schemion, Rainer Kempe, Christian Jeppsson, Sebastian Sikorski, and Patrik Antonius. The players that made it through to Day 2 of the WSOP 2020 Main Event will return to the online tables on December 7 and merge with the remaining fields of Day 1B and Day 1C to play down to a final table of nine. Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=129 /] Blaž Žerjav Takes Overall Chip Lead On Day 1B [caption id="attachment_633168" align="aligncenter" width="696"] The 2020 WSOP Main Event has a new chip leader after Day 1B. (photo: PokerFactor)[/caption] The World Series of Poker 2020 Main Event continued on December 5 as 171 players opted to take their $10,000 shot on Day 1B. After roughly nine-and-a-half hours of play, 16 total levels, just 42 players survived the day with their dream of becoming the next WSOP World Champion in tact. Slovania’s Blaž Žerjav, third-place finisher in the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online, finished the day atop the chip counts with a stack of 639,394 (128 bbs), good for an overall chip lead through two flights. Žerjav was followed closely by Brazil’s #9-ranked player, Rodrigo Valente (592,043, 118 bbs) in second place and Isreal’s Amir Divr (538,003, 108 bbs) in third. Online poker’s former #1-ranked crusher from Russia, Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov was the only other player to end the day with over 100bbs, finishing in fourth place with 551,114 in chips, good for 102 big blinds. Day 1B saw its share of notable names make it through to Day 2 including World Series of Poker gold bracelet winners Simon Lofberg, Toby Joyce, and Barak Wisbrod. Joining them in advancing was the likes of PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo SHR winner Sergio Aido, Swedish pros Anton Wigg and Simon Mattsson, as well as PokerStars WCOOP winner Alex Difelice. With nearly 3/4th of the field busting throughout the day, it’s fair to say that there was plenty of big-time talent that found themselves on the outside looking in. Some of those who shot and missed included GGPoker ambassadors Felipe Ramos and Kevin Martin, 888poker ambassador Daria Feshchenko, Team partypoker pro Dzmitry Urbanovich, Sylvain Loosli, Bert ‘girafganger’ Stevens, Jens Kyllonen, Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, Adrian Mateos, and former #1-ranked Swedish pro Niklas Astedt. Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=133 /] Senthuran Vijayaratnam Tops Day 1C, Takes Overall Chip Lead Into Day 2 The final starting day of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on GGPoker saw another 257 players post their $10,000 buy-in to boost the field size to a three-day total of 674 runners. This landed the total prize pool at $6,470,400 assuring a seven-figure score of $1,550,969 for GGPoker’s eventual winner as well as awarding $1,062,723 for the runner-up. At the end of another 16 levels, 75 players virtually bagged chips in Day 1C making for a total remaining field size of just 179 players who will return for Day 2 on Monday. Of those still in the hunt to become the 2020 WSOP World Champion, 80 will make the money and just nine will lock up a seat at the live final table, which set to take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic on December 16. Canada’s Senthuran Vijayaratnam leveraged the largest of the three starting flights to launch himself to the top of the overall chip counts. Vijayaratnam has a healthy lead on the field after dragging 966,714 (193 bbs) in chips, a number far above the tournament’s second-place player, the UK’s Jesse Wigan. Wigan just out chipped Day 1b chip leader Blaž Žerjav after finishing the day with 642,276 (128 bbs) in chips. Russia’s Viacheslav Buldygin rounds out the Day 1C top three, locking up 480,671 in chips to advance to Day 2. Day 1C had its fair share of notable names who made their way to the end of the day including WSOP bracelet winners Jonas Lauck and Sung Joo Hyun. Joining them in advancing to Day 2 include the likes of Gediminas Uselis, Damian Salas, Alexandros Kolonias, Ludovic Geilich, Antonine Saout, and Gary Hasson among others. Just like all of the other starting flights before it, Day 1C also saw plenty of big-time talent bust out before the end of the day. Eleven former bracelet winners failed to advance including GGPoker ambassador Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Davidi Kitai, Mike Leah, and 2020 WSOP Online Main Event winner Stoyan Madanzhiev. It was the same fate for the notable names of Dietrich Fast, Patrick Tardif, Dario Sammartino, Benjamin Rolle, Maksim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov, Mikita Badziakouski, David Peters, Kitty Kuo, and 2014 WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson. Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=134 /] Day 1 Combined Top 10 Chip Counts [table id=135 /]
  9. The “King Of Instagram” is coming to GGPoker as the online site announced that noted social media influencer Dan Bilzerian has signed on to become the latest addition to Team GGPoker in the role of brand ambassador. Bilzerian, perhaps best known for accumulating over 32 million followers on Instagram by providing a window into a lifestyle filled with excess, has also been a figure in the poker world for well over a decade. Back in 2009, Bilzerian, along with his brother Adam, first stepped into the poker spotlight after being featured during ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Soon thereafter, "Blitz" signed on as a pro for the short-lived online poker site Victory Poker. However, Bilzerian’s main ties to poker stem from the assertion that he has amassed a small fortune by playing nosebleed stakes in some of the world’s most exclusive private games. Now, he joins some of the biggest names in the game of poker, including Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Felipe Ramos, and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier in representing the fast-rising online poker site for both online and live events. “In these crazy times, GGPoker is the best option to get my poker on - they cater to the recreational players and that’s the future of poker, not a bunch of math nerds,” said Bilzerian. “I’ve battled guys from the $2 buy-in to the $200,000 buy-in tables at GGPoker, and will be working with GG to make cash game tables even better for the average player out there.” To celebrate the signing of Bilzerian, as well as his upcoming 40th birthday, GGPoker is holding a $100,000 Birthday Freeroll tournament on Monday, December 7 for new depositors. In addition to the $100,000 guarantee with a $10,000 first-place prize, the event offers a select few exclusive “Blitz”-like prizes including a “once-in-a-lifetime” heads-up match against Bilzerian for the winner and an “all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas” to party with Bilzerian himself for the player who knocks him out of his own tournament. Additionally, for players who eliminate any other Team GGPoker ambassador, member of the GGSquad stream team, or one of Bilzerian’s “special guests” (the list of which has yet to be revealed) GGPoker is gifting special Spin & Gold bundles and a cash prize of $1,000 for one player. “Dan joining Team GGPoker is a huge win!," said Daniel Negreanu about the signing. "No one in poker has a bigger reach than Dan.” More information on the Bilzerian's $100,000 Birthday Freeroll is available at GGPoker.
  10. As the poker world has turned nearly its entire focus to online poker in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the best tournament players in the world have found themselves battling more frequently on the virtual felt. Following its launch in June, the GGPoker Super MILLION$ has became one of the top destination for poker's elite. The Super MILLION$ is one of four events on the weekly MILLION$ schedule and features by far the largest buy-in. The other three are the High Roller MILLION$ ($500 buy-in), the Zodiac MILLION$ (¥500 buy-in) and the Global MILLION$ ($100 buy-in). Each of those events are doing well in their own right, but the murderer's row field that frequents the $10,000 buy-in Super MILLION$ each Sunday sets it apart. The fields often include the likes of Stephen Chidwick, Timothy Adams, Ali Imsirovic, Alex Foxen, Isaac Haxton, Artur Martirosyan, and former #1-ranked PocketFivers Niklas Astedt, Fedor Holz, and Yuri Dzivielevski all playing under the real name. The high buy-in and relative strength of the field are helping to turn the five-month old tournament into one of online poker's most prestigious Sunday events. The Dominance of Michael Addamo No player has had more success in this event than Australian Michael Addamo. The Super MILLION$ has run 23 times and Addamo has five cashes, four final tables appearances, and three victories for $1,537,452.90 in winnings. Addamo's wins came on June 28, July 19, and August 16. His two other results were a 33rd place finish on August 23 and a third place finish on October 18. He also finished on the stone bubble on September 20. No other player has won more than once. [table id=125 /] The Consistency of Stephen Chidwick While Addamo leads the way in wins and overall earnings, no player has cashed with a higher frequency than Stephen Chidwick. A former #1 on the Global Poker Index, Chidwick has found the cashier cage in 14 events. His best finish came on October 11 when he finished runner-up to 'blakjak19' and earned $263,791.65. Rui Ferreira is the only other player to have broken the double digit barrier in cashes with 10. [table id=124 /] The Excellence of Niklas Astedt Nobody who has been paying attention to the online poker rankings over the past three years is shocked to learn that Niklas Astedt has also found success in the Super MILLION$. Ranked #1 for 65 total weeks in the past three years, Astedt is widely considered amongst the best tournament players in the world and has proven to be a threat here as well. Astedt has made the final table five times, highlighted by a runner-up finish on October 25. Finishing one spot behind fellow Swede Joakim Andersson earned Astedt $251,336.47. Six other players have each cashed four times each. [table id=126 /] Livestreaming for the World to See With final tables packed with some of the most recognizable faces in the game, GGPoker knew they had a hit on their hands. The Super MILLION$ plays down to a final table on Sunday with the remaining nine players retuning on Tuesday to give GGPoker.tv the opportunity to stream the final table action. With Randy Lew and Kevin van der Kooi calling the action, the weekly stream has become one of the week's top options for those looking to rail some online poker heavyweight action. By the Numbers During the 2020 WSOP Online, the Super MILLION$ was one of the 54 bracelet events on the schedule. That day, Connor Drinan beat the largest Super MILLION$ field ever to win $1,435,048.71 and his first career WSOP bracelet. The tournament had 899 entries and a $8,720,300 prize pool. The Super MILLION$ was also a part of the recently completed High Roller Week on GGPoker with prize pools of $3,000,000 and $5,810,000. Despite the star-studded fields, there has been overlays in nearly 40% of the weekly events. The first five events, which ran June 14 through July 12, all had overlays, the largest coming on July 12 when 192 players created a $137,600 overlay.
  11. With some of the biggest online poker series of the summer concluding last month, it should be no surprise that the PocketFives Monthy PLB race for September was packed with some of the best players the online poker world has to offer. When the dust settled on the World Series of Poker Online series and PokerStars’ 2020 World Championship of Online Poker, it was former #1-ranked grinder Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver who topped the leaderboard for his fourth career Monthly PLB title. Oliver kicked off September with a massive score on September 1 as he clinched a WCOOP title in Event #10-M ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Freezeout, Super Tuesday) for $164,398 and an even 1,000 PLB points. However, as impressive as that six-figure score was, it paled in comparison to his next result which not only made his month but topped his online poker career of more than 13 years. On September 8, he finished in fourth place the WSOP Event #83 ($10K WSOP Super MILLION$) on GGPoker for an online career-high cash of $548,450 plus 1284.49 PLB points. The cash breaks his previous record of $285,311 which he set all the way back in 2012 by finishing as the runner-up in that year's PokerStars TCOOP Main Event. With nearly 125 results in the month, Oliver amassed an amazing 5,161 PLB points which were more than enough to lock up the Monthly PLB award and put an exclamation point on one of his most profitable runs since joining PocketFives back in 2007. Oliver wasn’t the only former #1-ranked player to crack the top 5 in September. Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski (3,909 PLB points) finished in the #2 spot and used his September results to continue his climb back into the elite worldwide rankings in an effort to reach the #1 spot he last held in 2015. Like Oliver, Dzivielevski’s month got off to a quick start. On September 1, he picked up one of his many WCOOP titles in Event #09-H ($1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw) for $21,938 and he followed that up with a fifth-place finish in Event #10-M, the same event Oliver ended up winning, for $44,850. He continued his WCOOP dominance with another title run in Event #20-H ($1,050 HORSE) for $31,115. The biggest of his WCOOP wins came just one week later when Dzivielevski went the distance in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam) for $127,410 (plus $118,124.97 in bounties) and a monthly high 817.01 PLB points. That wasn’t the end of the Brazilian’s big month as he added a final table finish in the Super MILLION$ High Roller on Natural8 for another $185,350 which lifted his career online total earnings to over $7.75 million and a spot in the worldwide top-10 rankings, where he currently sits at #6. Fellow Brazilian crusher Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon (3,871 PLB points) wrapped up the month in the #3 spot, thanks to his deep run in one of the biggest heads-up competitions of the year. Coming off a final table finish in the WSOP $25,000 NLH Poker Players Championship where he walked away with over $388,000, Botteon’s confidence carried over to WSOP Event #79 ($25,000 Heads Up NLHE). He weaved his way through the 127 player field to make it to the finals where he ended up falling to Fedor Holz, but walked away with a career-high score of $622,300 and 1,161.52 PLB points. Just three days later, he added a WCOOP title to his resume by winning Event #36-H ($2,100 NLHE Midweek Freeze) for $80,642 and narrowly missed out on another WCOOP victory by finishing in second in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, PKO) for another $95,458. The sum of his efforts has made him the #1-ranked player in the poker hotbed of Brazil and he currently sits as the #2-ranked player in the world. Canada’s Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson (3,818 PLB points) put up consistent results in September, good enough to land him in the #4 spot. Watson went on a run in the second week of the month by first, finishing in third place in the September 7 edition of the Natural8 High Rollers Blade Mulligan for $71,691 and 388.91 PLB points. The next two days must have felt like a reoccurring dream as he finished in third place in WCOOP Event #34-H ($2,100 8-Game) for $25,073 on September 8. Then, the very next day, he notched another third-place finish in WCOOP Event #36-H ($2,100 NLHE Midweek Freeze) for $47,804. While Watson may not have grabbed a gold medal, he does currently sits as the #4 player in the world, a career-high ranking for him. The September top 5 wraps up with the current #1-ranked player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford, finding himself on yet another leaderboard. Beresford, who is having a career year in 2020, saw his September highlighted by his first career WCOOP title when he won Event #33-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller) for $162,674 and 880.34 PLB points. [table id=110 /]
  12. On the first weekend of April, Fedor Holz (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as CrownUpGuy, took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 for an even $75,000 after a heads-up chop. The tournament paid out nearly a half-million dollars and Holz, who calls Austria home, continued a tradition of an early morning breakfast after big poker wins. Let's check out what he had to say. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "It felt great," Holz said of his win in the weekly $530 poker tournament on the largest site in the world. "I was playing really focused the whole time andI think it's my first big win where I am really proud of the way I played." There were 990 entrants and Holz recorded his second largest tracked score to date, trailing only a $142,000 haul for winning an FTOPS event last year. Holz entered the final table as the chip leader and "played really aggressively because no one played back." He added, "Four-handed and five-handed, they had big ICM issues, so I played even more aggressively. I lost the lead three-handed where I folded against a tighter regular. I ended up heads-up against him, felt I played my A-game, and finally took it down." Following his win, he continued a breakfast tradition. He relayed, "I went to have breakfast with my roommates. It's kind of a tradition for us. We've had a couple of really good Sundays in the last few months and every time afterwards, we went to a little cafe here in Vienna and had breakfast on the Monday morning after the nice scores. I have a stable too, so if a stakee won something big, that counted too." He has $622,000 in tracked scores in his profile, a number we'd expect to blossom in the near future, and started playing small-stakes cash games and tournaments three years ago. He transitioned into Stud, where he said he was quite successful, before going back to tournaments after Black Friday. On his overall philosophy in life and poker, Holz posted in a blog on Two Plus Two, "You never know what's best for you and you never will, but you have to change your life if you don't feel right. Never let yourself down and give yourself a shot to reach things you would never have dreamed of." Among his projects at the time was donating five-figures to charity, matching donations from fellow players. Nowadays, Holz has built up a stable of players and told PocketFives, "I still have a big passion for the game, so I try to play as much as possible. I can't play in Las Vegas yet, but I am going to stay at a nice house in Canada for the next six weeks with 10 other high-stakes players. While there, I plan to improve my Mixed Game skills in order to win a SCOOP bracelet somehow. Later this year, I will spend two months in South America for the World Cup. I'll also travel around and will be back home for the next EPT season." He wanted to send shout outs to Team GatsbyKempinho and his stable: "These guys are the reason why I am still chasing my dream the way I am. I have big plans for the future and hope we can share even more great experiences. Special thanks to Rainerfor being so supportive." The Sunday 500 runs weekly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through PocketFives' link and make a deposit to get one free month of PocketFives MTT Training. You'll also get a 100% up to $600 sign-up bonus. Click here for PocketFives' PokerStars link. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. We haven't seen a run like Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz's (pictured) in some time. He hit it big last month in the WCOOP Main Event, winning it after a six-way chop for a staggering $1.3 million, one of the highest payouts ever logged by a PocketFiver. Last weekend, he took down the Full TiltSunday Major for another $38,000. On the same day he won the WCOOP Main Event, he finished third in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $34,000. Other than that, Holz hasn't done much on the felts recently. "It's a very good feeling," Holz told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I have worked hard away from the tables, especially on my mindset, and am constantly talking with other players." As far as his approach goes, Holz said one of the keys to success is "not tilting in sessions." He added, "Preparing well is key. You have to be focused all the way and always try to play your best game. I think I improved those aspects a lot recently." Holz has rocketed all the way to #4 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and has $2.6 million in tracked online tournament scores to his name. He is the top-ranked player in Austria and said he'd like to allocate a portion of his newfound winnings toward buying property. However, he also wants to attend EPT London, so the real estate plan may get tossed out the window for the time being. If he ends up buying property, it'll likely be in Germany. Holz said, "My family lives there and I could increase their quality of life a lot and take some of the weight off their shoulders." Speaking of the live scene, we'd expect Holz to turn in some sort of breakthrough performance soon. He is #132 on the all-time money list for Germany, according to the Hendon Mob, and has $306,000 in live scores. His largest live cash was $58,000, which came by virtue of a win in an EPT Barcelona Eight-Max event in August. So what advice does a WCOOP Main Event champion have for the rest of us? What can we learn from Holz's recent run? He advised, "As long as you love what you are doing, keep doing it. Give it all you have and you'll get there at some point. Always work on the weakest parts of your game and be open-minded. Try to get as much input from others as possible and always question yourself in a healthy way." Congrats to Holz on his recent success. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and a free PocketFives t-shirt delivered to your door. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. The end of 2014 has been mighty kind to Austria's Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz (pictured). On the last weekend of September, he took down the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $1.3 millionfollowing a six-way deal. The following Sunday, he was back at it, winning the Full Tilt Sunday Majorfor another $38,000. And, in case you were caught up in the WSOP November Nine hoopla, you might have missed Holz winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright over the weekend for $65,000 and a hat trick. It was the second time Holz has won the Sunday 500 this year. "It feels good," Holz told PocketFives on Thursday. "It's not surreal at all." He attributes his recent hot streak to exploiting the tendencies of his opponents, a proper mindset, working on his game away from the tables, and, as he put it, "a lot of luck." Holz told PocketFives that he uses a Heads-Up Display, or HUD, and said, "I also value game flow and my intuition a lot." In terms of his studies away from the tables, Holz commented, "I work with CREV and HRC and talk a lot with other high-stakes-players about their way of thinking. We go through hand histories and talk about possible improvements. In addition to that, I coach, so there I have to explain my thought process as well, which helps. That's at least one-third of the time I invest in poker." It's hard to believe that we're already near the end of 2014 and, as such, it's time to start looking ahead to 2015. "I want to establish myself in the highest buy-in tournaments," Holz said of his goals for next year, "so I will play a lot of Super High Rollers. I really want to win a big live major." Speaking of his live game, Holz turned in five in the money finishes during EPT Barcelona in August and has $306,000 in career live tournament scores, according to the Hendon Mob. "I have played a lot of live poker in the last 12 months," Holz admitted, "but things didn't go my way in the big tournaments. I'm still confident, though, and enjoy playing live a lot more. I will definitely be at the PCA and Aussie Millions." Finally, the poker community has had a considerable amount of praise for Holz's accomplishments. After all, it's not very often that you see someone win three major tournaments in a span of seven weeks. Holz told us, "It's pure variance. I'm happier that I've consistently been doing well on the highest stakes against the toughest opponents and that I feel comfortable playing those stakes. The wins were awesome and I'm really happy about the way it worked out, but my game didn't change much in that time span." Congrats to Holz on his recent run. The Sunday 500 runs weekly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and a free PocketFives t-shirt. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  15. PocketFiver CrownUpGuy(pictured), whose real name is Fedor Holz, won the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event early Tuesday morning for $1.3 million. The 21-year-old outlasted a field of 2,142 entrants in the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament. A six-way chop ended matters and, according to PokerStars, the names of each finisher, along with their hometown and the amount they cashed for, were as follows: 1. Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz (Vienna, Austria) - $1,300,000 2. Yuri theNERDguy Martins (Curitiba, Brazil) - $708,251.21 3. Claas neckbr4ke Stoob (Potsdam, Germany) - $651,430.61 4. Elior Crazy Elior Sion (London, England) - $780,227.66 5. Faraz The-Toilet Jaka (Gdansk, Poland) - $945,000 6. Daniel 19Dan86 Rudd (London, England) - $769,813.52 7. Dylan Pokerl)eviL Hortin (Vancouver, Canada) - $214,200 8. Todd MaltLiquor40 Sisley (Toronto, Canada) - $160,650 9. Viktor Isildur1Blom (London, England) - $107,100 As you can see, there was a considerable amount of firepower at the final table, including high-stakes cash game guru Viktor Blom as well as Dylan Hortin, who incredibly also finished seventh in last year's WCOOP Main Event for $213,000. Faraz Jaka, who has been a member of PocketFives since 2006, has over $7 million live and online cashes to his name, according to PocketFives and the Hendon Mob. It was definitely not a walk in the park for Holz. The WCOOP Main Event deal left $200,000 to play for. In the final hand, Holz bested a full house with quads to rake in $1.3 million, the only player in the tournament to walk away with seven-figures. Holz told PokerStars after the WCOOP Main Event had ended, "I always wanted to run deep in such a tournament and it feels amazing to win the biggest tournament of the year. It's my biggest achievement so far and I can't put in words how happy I am." He won an FTOPS jersey a year ago. The $10.7 million prize pool of the WCOOP Main Event was the largest for the tournament since Black Friday and, according to PokerStars, "the 66-event Championship's total of $61,934,886 in prizes makes it the third richest WCOOP, a little over $1 million less than the 2010 World Championship, which still holds the record." The 2014 WCOOP Player of the Year was PocketFiver Alan ajgold23 Gold from the UK, who had a rousing 17 WCOOP cashes this year and two final tables. For being bestowed the title of WCOOP Player of the Year, Gold gets a Champions Trophy, a 2015 PCA package, a 2015 EPT Grand Final package, and a 2015 TCOOP Main Event ticket. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and a free PocketFives t-shirt delivered to your doorstep. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  16. The survivors of Days 1A and 1B of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event took to the Rio on Wednesday for Day 2AB. The players from Day 1A made their way to the Amazon Room, while the players from Day 1B were seated in the Brasilia and Pavilion rooms inside the cavernous convention center. --- 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. --- As coverage on WSOP.com explained, there was a runaway leader after Day 2AB: "Amar Anand seized control of Day 2 almost immediately after the dinner break. Anand edged his way into the chip lead by winning a flip with ace-queen, then extended his advantage with an aggressive final two levels. He was the first player to cross the 500,000-chip mark and he's still the only player to crest 600,000. Anand finished the day with 603,500 chips, the biggest stack in the room." Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz made the most of the final level of play, doubling up after shoving on a board of J-6-5-5-8. He received a taker who had K-K and rolled over A-A for the win. Holz ended the day in 18th place with a stack of 303,900. Also still alive is Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured), the most successful PocketFiver ever. Moorman's stack shot up to 145,000 after winning a pot with 6-6 on a board of 8-5-2-8-2. The Brit ended the day just inside the top 100 at #99 with 190,700. Moorman has a record 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns, seven more than the next closest person. Then there was Brian Stinger885Hastings (pictured at top). Despite being enveloped in a multi-accounting scandal, Hastings successfully navigated through the second day of the Main Event, winning a sizable pot with K-8 on a board of 2-K-7-5-9 to nearly pass 340,000. He finished strong, ending Day 2AB with a top 10 stack of 367,300. There were numerous high-profile eliminations on Day 2AB. As coverage on WSOP.com explained, "Chris Moneymaker took an early exit when he lost a flip with ace-king against Daniel Colman's pocket queens. Jorryt van Hoofand his king-queen couldn't beat Talal Shakerchi's ace-jack during his final hand… Amit amak316Makhija got his money in even better than those two, holding pocket queens against Vivek Psyduck Rajkumar's ace-ten. Two more aces flopped, though, and Makhija joined the list of eliminations." Former November Niner Jason PBJaxx Senti was among those who made it through to Day 3 on Friday, Tweeting, "Day 2 started with a bang & ended with a whimper. Got up to as much as 150k pretty quickly, but ended up bagging 78k. Very happy with my play." Former champion Jonathan Duhamel added, "Day 2 of @WSOP Main Event is over, 177,400 in the bag, again up and down at the end, but good day overall! Back for Day 3 on Friday!" Jordan Jymaster0011Young (pictured) escaped Day 2AB, telling his followers, "Made one bad read that cost me 50k and lost a few others to end the night with 84,100. Coming back Friday to 800/1,600/200." Ryan ryanghall Hall reported, "Bagged 55,500 to end the day and I'll take it! Day 3 Friday at 800/1,600!" On Thursday, the survivors from Day 1C will migrate to the Rio for Day 2C. They'll play the same five levels that the Day 2AB players did. Then, the field will merge for Day 3 on Friday. 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.
  17. It's that time of the week again. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankingshave been updated and Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz (pictured) has reclaimed the #1 spot in the world after a seven-day hiatus. Helping push him over the top were a fifth place finish in the Sunday Supersonic for $15,000 on March 8, a second place finish in the PokerStars $109 Cubed for $7,200 on March 5, and a win the same day in the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars for almost $7,000. Holz' rap sheet is pretty amazing. In the last 12 months, he has won the WCOOP Main Event, an FTOPS event, the Sunday 500 twice, the Sunday $109 Rebuy, the Bigger $162, and the Full Tilt Sunday Major. He also final tabled the Super Tuesday, the Sunday Supersonic, and a SCOOP $1,050 Rebuy during that time period. We think we'll be seeing plenty more of him down the road. Last week's #1, Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro, dropped one spot to #2. He won the 888Mega Deep over the weekend for $32,000 and continues to excel in the industry's biggest tournaments. It was his largest score ever on 888, where he plays as PKaiser. Mexico's norfair18 (pictured) moved up four spots worldwide to settle at #3, his highest ranking ever. He took second in the Super Tuesday last week for $76,000 and has three tracked online MTT wins this month. He has been a member of PocketFives since 2006 and has lifetime winnings of almost $1.5 million. Finally this week, we wanted to feature Canada's OU_dlanger610, who moved up 19 spots to #15, his highest position ever. He finished second in an FTOPS event over the weekend for $36,000 and won the PokerStars $55 Rebuy on Tuesday night. He's the fourth-ranked player in Canada and #3 in Ontario. Here are the top 10 players worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. CrownUpGuy- 7,380 points 2. PokerKaiser- 7,236 points 3. norfair18- 7,146 points 4. Big Huni - 7,130 points 5. joaomathias - 6,967 points 6. p0cket00 - 6,932 points 7. MendaLerenda - 6,690 points 8. Yuri Martins - 6,671 points 9. pleno1 - 6,538 points 10. Davidp18 - 6,495 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  18. Wow. If you're looking for a World Series of Poker tournament packed with talent, check out the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event, which is down to its final two tables. Nosebleed-stakes cash game player Doug WCGRiderPolk is atop the field with a stack of 1.4 million, one of two players who bagged seven-figures. --- 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. --- There are several brand name PocketFivers left. In fact, two former #1 playerscan be found in third and fourth: Paul paulgees81Volpe (pictured) and Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz, who have 896,000 and 841,000, respectively. Volpe has $5.1 million in career online tournament winnings and was last ranked #1 on PocketFives in 2011. Volpe won a bracelet last yearin a $10,000 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball event and was the runner-up to Shaun Deebin a $10K PLHE event this year. Holz, who has deactivated his PocketFives profile, was ranked #1 on PocketFives in March. Sam Pudge714Greenwood, who won a braceletlast week in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event, is in seventh place with 455,000. Greenwood has had success in daily fantasy sports as well, winning $100,000in a tournament on the daily fantasy sports site DraftKings. Chris SLOPPYKLOD Klodnicki (pictured) is in eighth. He has cashed for $2.5 million in online MTTs and will record his first in the money finish of the 2015 WSOP. Two behind Klodnicki on the leaderboard is Olivier livb112Busquet, who made waves over the weekend after calling out Phil Hellmuth for thanking his sponsorsduring his bracelet acceptance speech. Then, an image of a smiling Busquet rocking Full Tilt gear surfaced, which put an end to much of the debate. Finally, Mark AceSpadesRadoja is the short stack with 143,000 in chips. He's a two-time bracelet winner with heads-upand shootout titles. Here's how the leaderboard looks with 12 remaining. When play stopped, the price of poker was 5,000-10,000-1,000: 1. Doug Polk - 1,443,000 2. Kenneth Fishman - 1,200,000 3. Paul paulgees81Volpe - 896,000 4. Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz - 841,000 5. Kevin Song - 661,000 6. Byron Kaverman - 580,000 7. Sam Pudge714Greenwood - 455,000 8. Chris SLOPPYKLODKlodnicki - 434,000 9. Fernando Brito - 419,000 10. Olivier livb112Busquet - 403,000 11. Thomas Muehloecker - 254,000 12. Mark AceSpadesRadoja - 143,000 The tournament restarts at 2:00pm PT on Friday. 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.
  19. Over the weekend, Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz (pictured) won the Full Tilt Sunday Major for $41,000. The feat itself is impressive, as Holz defeated a field of 664 entrants and a top ten that featured four members of the PocketFives community. What's more impressive is the fact that Sunday marked the second time Holz had won the tournament in the last six months. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The last year has been rather remarkable for the Austrian. Here's what he has managed to accomplish since April 2014: Won the WCOOP Main Event in September for $1.3 million Won the PokerStars Sunday 500 twice for $152,000 total Won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $54,000 Won the Full Tilt Sunday Major twice for $80,000 total Final tabled a SCOOP Big Antes event for $47,000 As a reminder, all of the above occurred in the last 12 months. In tournaments tracked by PocketFives, Holz has pulled in $2.8 million and is currently #9 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. However, with the weekend's win in the Sunday Major, we'd expect him to climb even higher towards #1. He has already been the top dog on our site three times, the last coming earlier this month. What's also remarkable is the fact that Holz has just 19 tracked online MTT wins and 39 top-three finishes total. He is averaging almost $5,000 per in the money finish. Holz found time last month to final table the EPT Malta Main Event for $63,000 and is up to almost a half-million dollars in live tournament cashes, according to the Hendon Mob. He is #306 on the 2015 money list. Congrats to Holz on his recent success! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  20. Germany's Fedor Holz went into Day 7 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event in 19th place with 4.645 million chips. If he had won the whole thing, he wouldn't be the youngest to ever do so – that honor belongs to Joe Cada, who was a month shy of 22 years old when he took the title in 2009 – but he would be one of the youngest. He ended up in 25th place for $262,000. --- 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. --- Despite his age, Holz has already accumulated nearly $1.5 million on the live tournament circuit. He has never won a major event, but he did win a preliminary tourney at EPT Barcelona in 2014. He has also had a number of six-figure scores, including two in Super High Roller events at the EPT Grand Final in 2015 ($369,152 and $372,208) and a third place finish in the 2015 WSOP $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Championship ($268,463). Holz is also an accomplished online poker player. The highlight of his online tournament career came in September 2014 when he won the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event as CrownUpGuy, beating the likes of Faraz Jaka and Viktor Blom at the final table. One interesting tidbit about Holz is that back in October 2013, he started a charity drive on the Two Plus Two poker forums. He set out to play NL500 Zoom Poker on PokerStars for 20 consecutive days and donate half of his winnings to charity. At the same time, he pledged to match all donations dollar for dollar up to $20,000. In the end, he helped raise $45,834.18 for Casa Esperanza in Chile, "a house for children who have lost their families or grown up in absolute poverty."
  21. Friday evening in Berlin, Jonathan Duhamel put himself into elite territory when he beat David Kitai heads-up to win the €25,600 High Roller event at WSOP Europe to win €554,395 ($609,934 US) and his third WSOP bracelet. With the win Duhamel, who won the WSOP Main Event in 2010, became the first Main Event champion of the November Nine era to win a third bracelet. Duhamel's second bracelet came in July when he won the High Roller for One Drop. “It feels even better than the second one,” Duhamel said. “I felt like this tournament was really tough. It’s one of the toughest I’ve played in my life. To be able to win it, it means everything.” The last WSOP Main Event champion to win more than two bracelets was Chris Ferguson. The six-handed final table, which will be broadcast on ESPN later this year, took just over 6 1/2 hours to complete. When play began Italian poker pro Mustapha Kanit had an overwhelming chip lead but it was Duhamel who made the first move. Just after two hours into the day Duhamel eliminated Fedor Holz in sixth place. Holz, shortstacked for most of the day, raised to 170,000 and Duhamel moved all-in. Holz called and table Ts 9h while Duhamel was ahead with Ad 7s. The flop came Jh 7d 2d adding a gutshot straight draw to Holz's possibilities. The turne was the 7c leaving only the straight draw for Holz. The 5h missed and the young German out in sixth place. Kanit then put his big stack to work. He eliminated the only other German player at the final table, Christoph Vogelsong, in fifth and then Sam Chartier in fourth. With just three players remaining, Kanit had a slight chip lead over Kitai and Duhamel and it all went downhill from there for the Belgian pro. Kanit lost over half of his stack to Kitai on a board showing 9h 7h 3d Qd Jc when he couldn't best Kitai's 9d 8s. And then Duhamel finished the job when he called Kanit's preflop shove. Kanit, with Qh 5s, had live cards against Duhamel's Ac Jd. The flop, turn and river all missed Kanit, leaving Duhamel and Kitai to play heads-up. Duhamel had a slight chip lead over Kitai when heads-up play began and applied pressure throughout the early stages of heads-up play. Down to just over Kitai did double-up at one point but it was nothing more than a momentary blip for Duhamel. On the final hand of the night Kitai moved all-in from the button with Jh 7s and Duhamel called with 7c 7h. The As Ks 2s flop gave Kitai some outs but the 8h turn and 7d river weren't amongst them to give Duhamel the pot, the bracelet and the fourth biggest score of his career. Final Table Payouts Jonathan Duhamel - €554,395 Davidi Kitai - €342,620 Mustapha Kanit - €227,145 Sam Chartier - €160,775 Christoph Vogelsang - €121,020 Fedor Holz - €96,625 Timothy Adams - €81,420
  22. Several big names have thrown their hats into the ring for the Triton SHR Series Cali Cup,a $200,000 buy-in Super High Roller event that begins on January 3 at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila, Philippines, which is also hosting the WPT National Philippinesevent at the same time. There are 20 confirmed players for the event including Phil Ivey (pictured), Tom Dwan, Andrew Robl, Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz, Sam Trickett, Andrew Pantling, Vivek Rajkumar, Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, Richard Yong, Paul Phua, and Cali Group CEO Lei Tim Meng. Also participating, according to PokerNews, are Mui Man Bok, Qin "The Chairman" Si Xin, Wang "Shanghai Wong" Qiang, Zhang "Big Head" Xi Hong, Wang Zuo, Stanley Choi, Zhang Shu Nu Aaron, Liang Yu, and Chan Wai Leong. The Triton SHR Series Cali Cup has unlimited re-entries through the end of Level 9 and will crown a champion on January 4. Ivey, Dwan, and the newly announced names are regulars at some of the largest cash games and tournaments, both inside and outside of Asia. As a matter of fact, Ivey's last live tournament cash, according to the Hendon Mob, came in February, a win in an AUD $250,000 (USD $180,000) event during the Aussie Millions for USD $1.7 million. It was his third time winning the tournament in four years. Holz (pictured) is fresh off winning the WPT Alpha8 eventat the Bellagio in Las Vegas for $1.6 million, while Dwan took sixth in the same event at the 2014 Aussie Millions that Ivey won and earned almost a half-million dollars. Cates and Dwan have famously sparred online during the yet-to-be-completed Durrrr Challenge. President and CEO of the Poker King Club Winfred Yu commented in a press release last month, "We at Poker King Club always aim to push the boundaries of poker, which led to us being named the 'Home of the World’s Biggest Game.' That aim is now coming to WPT National Philippines with a Super High Roller and we are happy to add the gravitas of well-known poker players into that mix, such as Aussie Millions champion and businessman Mr. Richard Yong." The Cali Group and Poker King Club are organizing the Super High Roller. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  23. [caption width="540"] Fabian Quoss won the Aussie Millions 0K Challenge[/caption] After a four day break in action, the stacked final table of the 2016 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge final table resumed play on Friday night with Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene leading over Jason Mercier, Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz, Fabian Quoss, Connor Drinan and Sam Greenwood. It took just five hours to play down to a winner with Quoss outlasting Tollerene heads-up to win A$1,446,480 ($1,024,000 US). Holz, who won Super High Roller events in December and January, wasn’t able to overcome the short stack he started the day with. On just the sixth hand of the day, action folded to Drinan on the button and he moved all-in with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] before Holz tank-called from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] to keep Drinan in the lead and eliminate Holz in sixth place for A$281,260 for his tenth six-figure score in the last year. Just six hands later Greenwood became Drinan’s second victim of the day. From the cutoff Drinan raised to 40,000 before Greenwood moved all in from the small blind for 235,000. Drinan called and tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"] while Greenwood was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"] flop was safe for Greenwood, as was the [poker card="4d"] turn, but the [poker card="9d"] river gave Drinan a pair of nines and sent Greenwood home in fifth place. Despite adding the stacks of Holz and Greenwood to his own, Drinan’s run was cut short. After dropping pots to Mercier and Quoss to get short, Drinan doubled through Mercier before finding himself in a tough spot. Action folded to Quoss on the button and he raised to 55,000 with [poker card="ac"] [poker card="2c"] and Drinan called from the big blind with [poker card="qc"] [poker card="9s"]. After the [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7c"] Drinan check-called Quoss’ bet of 75,000. The [poker card="9c"] turn completed Quoss’ flush and after Drinan checked, Quoss bet 135,000. Drinan called. The river was the [poker card="6c"] which gave Drinan a flush of his own. Drinan bet 165,000 and Quoss responded by moving all in. Drinan went into the tank, eventually using the time bank chips players are given to extend the shot clock on any given hand. Drinan called, was given the bad news and was eliminated in fourth place. While the first three eliminations came in the first 26 hands, the next one took some time. It took 31 more hands of play to get to heads-up action. Holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"] Mercier button-raised to 60,000 and Quoss re-raised to 160,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"]. Mercier moved all in and Quoss called. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Quoss top pair. He improved to two pair after the [poker card="kh"] turn but Mercier was now drawing to the nut flush. The [poker card="2d"] missed Mercier and he was eliminated in third place. When heads-up play began Quoss had 2,500,000 in chips to Ben Tollerene’s 1,100,000. The pair played over 60 hands before Quoss conquered the highs stakes cash game specialist. Short-stacked after over two hours of heads up play, Tollerene called off his last 250,000 holidng [poker card="js"][poker card="td"] after Quoss moved all in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"]. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5d"], completley missing Tollerene and leaving Quoss with the third super high roller title of his career. Final Table Payouts Fabian Quoss - A$1,446,480 Ben Tollerene - A$924,140 Jason Mercier - A$602,700 Connor Drinan - A$441,980 Sam Greenwood - A$321,440 Fedor Holz - A$281,260
  24. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz has won over https://cdn.pocketfives.com/p5wp/2017/11/593308-fedor-holz-triton-super-high-roller.jpg million in the last two weeks thanks to back-to-back wins[/caption] It seems like there’s really nothing stopping Fedor Holz these days. Just two weeks after Holz won the WPT Alpha8 event at Bellagio, the German poker pro conquered another tough high roller field, winning the $200,000 buy-in Triton Super High Roller at Solaire Resort in the Philippines. The event, part of the WPT National Philippines schedule, attracted 40 unique players totalling 52 entries after re-entries, including Tom Dwan, John Juanda, Philipp Gruissem and Phil Ivey. Holz beat a final table that included Dan Colman, Steve O’Dwyer, David Peters and Ivey to win the $3.4 million first place prize. Holz eliminated thee of his six opponents at the final table on his way to the victory. Steve O’Dwyer, who started the day with the second largest stack behind only Ivey, picked up the first elimination of the day just 17 hands in. O’Dwyer opened the action with a raise to 65,000 from early position, Peters made it 160,000 before Paul Phua announced was all in for 485,000. O’Dwyer responded by moving all in and Peters folded. O’Dwyer tabled [poker card="as"] [poker card="qs"] while Phua showed [poker card="ad"] [poker card="jd"]. The board missed Phua entirely with O’Dwyer pairing his queen on the turn to send Phua home in seventh. Another player with well-documented success in high roller events was the next player to bust. Dan Colman raised to 85,000 and Tang and Ivey both called from the blinds. After the [poker card="jd"] [poker card="8d"] [poker card="7h"] flop, Tang bet 150,000, Ivey folded and Colman called. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] and Colman called Tang’s 200,000 bet. After the [poker card="ts"] river, Tang checked, Colman bet 300,000 and Tang announced he was all in. Colman called and mucked his hand when Tang showed T-9 for a straight to eliminate Colman in sixth. Starting the seven-handed final table with the biggest stack didn't mean much for Ivey. Left with just nine big blinds, Ivey moved all in from the cutoff with [poker card="qs"] [poker card="jc"] and Holz called from the small blind with [poker card="ah"] [poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"] [poker card="7h"] [poker card="2d"] [poker card="ad"] [poker card="9h"] to eliminate Ivey in fifth place, marking the fifth time that he has cashed in a tournament with a buy-in of at least $200,000. Holz continued the aggression to claim another elimination. The German raised to 140,000 from the button before O’Dwyer moved all in from the small blind for just over 1,300,000. Holz called and showed [poker card="td"] [poker card="ts"] against the [poker card="ah"] [poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="qh"] [poker card="9h"] [poker card="5h"] flop improved O’Dwyer’s hand but not enough to get ahead of Holz. The [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="7d"] turn were no help for O’Dwyer and he was eliminated in fourth. Devan Tang had been the frontrunner for most of the final table, but his run at the title came crashing to a halt three-handed against Peters and Holz. On his final hand of the tournament, Tang moved all in from the button for 1,620,000 only to have Peters move all in for 1,790,000 right behind him. Holz folded and left Tang, with [poker card="ah"] [poker card="qc"], and Peters, with [poker card="9d"] [poker card="9s"], battle it out. The board ran out [poker card="kd"] [poker card="ks"] [poker card="tc"] [poker card="3h"] [poker card="3c"] to eliminate Tang and send Peters to heads-up action with Holz. Holz had a nearly 2-1 chip lead when heads up play began but lost two of the first three hands of heads up play before the two made a deal based on stacks. The tournament ended on the fourth hand of heads-up play when the pair got it all in preflop with Peters holding [poker card="ac"] [poker card="qc"] and Holz barely leading with [poker card="7d"] [poker card="7s"]. The board ran out [poker card="jh"] [poker card="5d"] [poker card="5c"] [poker card="kd"] [poker card="kh"] to give Holz the trophy and the lions share of the money. Official Final Table Payouts Fedor Holz - $3,463,500 David Peters - $2,309,000 Devan Tang - $1,405,500 Steve O’Dwyer - $953,700 Phil Ivey - $652,500 Dan Colman- $502,000 Paul Phua - $401,600
  25. Three seperate times Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz has been the number ranked online poker player in the world. Sunday night in Las Vegas he add the biggest live win to his resume when he beat Nick Petrangelo heads-up to win the $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha8 event at the Bellagio. Holz started the eight-handed final table with the chip lead and needed just 106 hands to claim the title and the nearly $1.6 million first place prize. He only eliminated two players on Sunday; David Peters on the bubble and runner-up Petrangelo. It was Petrangelo that did most of the heavy lifting on Sunday. Daniel Negreanu eliminated Keith Tilston in seventh and Sean Winter busted Kathy Lehne, who was runner-up at the WPT Alpha8 event in St. Kitts last December, in sixth place. That’s when Petrangelo went to work. Just one hand after Lehne exited, Holz raised to 125,000 from under the gun, Petrangelo called from the cutoff before Ankush Mandavia moved all-in from the small blind. Holz got out of the way but Petrangelo called. Mandavia tabled Td Th and was ahead of Petrangelo’s 8c 8d. The flop cam 8h 7h 2d putting Petrangelo ahead. Neither the 5c turn or Qc river were of any relief to Mandavia and he was sent packing in fifth place. Petrangelo wasn’t done flopping sets. From UTG Petrangelo raised to 135,000 before Winter moved all-in for 990,000. Petrangelo called and flipped over 7d 7c while Winter needed help with Ac Ts. The flop came Kd Qh 7s giving Petrangelo bottom set but giving Winter a gutshot Broadway draw. The turn was the 4c and the river was the As and Winter was out in fourth place. His next victim was a little bit more high profile. After Holz folded his button, Negreanu moved all-in for 655,000 from the small blind and Petrangelo called. Negreanu was ahead with Kd 3s against Petrangelo’s Qd Jh. The flop changed everything though as the dealer spread out Js 9c 4s putting Petrangelo ahead. The Qc turn gave him top two and left Negreanu drawing to one of four tens for a straight. The 6s river sealed Negreanu’s third place finish. Petrangelo’s carnage took just 45 minutes. Despite being responsible for three consecutive eliminations to get heads-up with Holz, Petrangelo still trailed the young German by a 2.25-1 margin. Petrangelo closed the gap during heads-up play but ultimately couldn’t overcome Holz. it took just 23 hands before the tournament came to a close. Afte Holz limped from the button, Petrangelo shoved for 3,600,000 and Holz called. Petrangelo turned over Ad Qs while Holz showed 5c 5s. The board ran out Jc 3s 2d 4c 9s and Holz’s pocket fives stayed ahead to eliminate Petrangelo in second place. The win is just the fifth of Holz’s career with the most recent coming in the €770 High Roller event at the Israeli Poker Championships in September. The event, the first of WPT Alpha8 Season III, attracted 45 entrants - down 10 from the Season II turnout. There are currently no other Alpha8 events scheduled. Final Table Payouts Fedor Holz - $1,589,219 Nick Petrangelo - $1,015,335 Daniel Negreanu - $640,103 Sean Winter - $441,450 Ankush Mandavia - $309,015 Kathy Lehne - $242,798 Keith Tilston - $176,580 Photo courtesy Joe Giron/World Poker Tour
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