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  1. 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.
  2. 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. 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 The first flight of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event had 246 entries take their one-and-only shot in the $10,000 buy-in tournament. At the end of 16 30-minute levels, just 62 players advanced to day two with Germany’s Julian ‘VWgunther’ Menhardt bagging the chip lead with 534,490 chips (107 big blinds). Germany’s Paul ‘AsiaStylez’ Esau finished the day with 472,075 (94 bbs) for second in chips while the Netherlands Dirk Gerritse rounded out the top three with a 472,075 stack (91 bbs). Plenty of star power entered and survived through Day 1A. This includes former WSOP Main Event standout Preben Stokkan, a pair of Brazil’s best in Brunno Botteon and former #1-ranked player Yuri Dzivielevski, Anatoly Filatov, Daniel Dvoress, and Russia’s Artur Martirosian among others. For others though, the dream of becoming the WSOP Main Event champ will have to wait another year. Fedor Holz, Kristen Bicknell, Christian Rudolph, Julien Martini, and former #1-ranked players Steven van Zadelhoff and Andreas Nemeth were among those notable players who busted before the day was done. Joining them on the rail are the likes of Pablo Brito Silva, Jans Arends, Ole Schemion, Rainer Kempe, Christian Jeppsson, Sebastian Sikorski, and Patrik Antonius. The players that made it through to Day 2 of the WSOP 2020 Main Event will return to the online tables on December 7 and merge with the remaining fields of Day 1B and Day 1C to play down to a final table of nine. Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=129 /]
  3. As the poker world has turned nearly its entire focus to online poker in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the best tournament players in the world have found themselves battling more frequently on the virtual felt. Following its launch in June, the GGPoker Super MILLION$ 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.
  4. 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 /]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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."
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. [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
  17. [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
  18. 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
  19. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz will receive his 2015 GPI Player of the Year trophy at the European Poker Awards[/caption] On May 3, a veritable who's who of the top names in European poker will gather at the Monte Carlo Bay and Resort in luxurious Monaco. Over the course of the evening, nine awards will be given out as part of the 15th Annual GPI European Poker Awards, honoring players for their achievements in 2015. The nominees were announced on Monday. The list of potential winners was pared down to four nominees per category by a panel of 62 members of the poker world including players, media, and operators. The nominees include some of the top names in the game like Fedor Holz, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and English legend John Gale. It also includes mainstays of the poker tournament scene in Europe including European Poker Tour President Edgar Stuchly and World Poker Tour Europe General Manager Hermance Blum. Attendees will also have a chance to relive memorable moments like Dzmitry Urbanovich winning four tournaments during EPT Malta, Barny Boatman winning his second career WSOP bracelet, and Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit winning the EPT Barcelona €10K High Roller. Events to be recognized include the EPT Grand Final, WSOP Europe Main Event, and PokerListings Battle of Malta. The awards will take place on May 3 in a ceremony emceed by American Joe Stapleton. 2015 GPI European Player of the Year Fedor Holz and European Female Player of the Year Liv Boeree will also receive their trophies during the gala, which will take place at the exclusive Blue Gin Bar. "I'm lucky enough to travel a lot in Europe and have met most of the nominees of the newest edition of the GPI European Poker Awards," GPI owner Alex Dreyfus said. "I believe the panel did a great job of nominating and, as always, it's going to be very difficult and painful to make a choice." The newest edition of the European Poker Awards comes just a few months after the American Poker Awards were doled out in Los Angeles for the second straight year. Winners at that ceremony included the likes of Josh Beckley, PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters, and PocketFives Community Manager Kevin 'Kevmath' Mathers, who received the Jury Award. "We acquired the European Poker Awards and then, last year, we launched the American Poker Awards," Dreyfus said. "I believe that players, media, and communities in the US and Europe are different. While the game is the same and the competition is worldwide, each market has different needs. It wouldn't make sense to have one award for the whole industry since there are so many differences. How would you compare events held in the US and in Europe? So, we hold two different award ceremonies." Here's the complete list of nominees: Breakout Player of the Year Charles Carrel Dzmitry Urbanovich Fedor Holz Rainer Kempe Low Buy-In Event of the Year (below €2,000) Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona Norwegian Championships Norway Cup PokerListings Battle of Malta WPT500 at Dusk Till Dawn High Buy-In Event of the Year (€2,000 and up) EPT Barcelona Main Event EPT Grand Final Main Event EPT Prague Main Event WSOP Europe Main Event Industry Person of the Year Edgar Stuchly Hermance Blum Luca Vivaldi Rob Yong Thomas Lamatsch Innovation/Initiative of the Year Norwegian Championship broadcast (sports style) PokerStars Play Along App - Interactive Poker on TV PokerStars using superstars (athletes) for global campaign WSOP Europe remote Twitch broadcasts Media Content of the Year "The Future of Poker in the Post-Boom Era", Sam Grafton blog "The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of Defeat", Neil Stoddart's picture captures Montury consoling Messina at EPT Malta "Devilfish: A Friend with a Heart of Gold", PokerNews article (Jesse May, Mickey May) Remko Report, PokerNews Podcast, August 2015 - Eli Elezra talks time in Israeli Army and high stakes with legends Media Person of the Year Frank Op de Woerd Lee Davy Neil Stoddart Remko Rinkema Moment of the Year Dzmitry Urbanovich wins Crazy Pineapple tourney at EPT Malta - 4th win of series Epic hand between Mateos and Lodden at EPT Grand Final (Negreanu on stream `We're seeing some high-level poker`) John Gale returns from three years off (because of brain tumor) to win WSOP bracelet #2 Pierre Neuville qualifies for the WSOP November Nine - after declaring he wasn't done (at 2014 Euro Awards) Tournament Performance of the Year Adrian Mateos Wins the 2015 EPT Grand Final Main Event Barny Boatman wins second career WSOP bracelet at WSOP Europe Fedor Holz Wins WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas Mustapha Kanit wins EPT Barcelona 10K High Roller
  20. [caption width="640"] Can poker help Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz achieve Ikigai?[/caption] "Every single one of us should strive to discover his reason for being, his Ikigai." That's the sticky you'll find when you look at Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz's Twitter feed. And for Holz, poker might not be the path to his Ikigai. "It's a Japanese idea of what should be the goal of your life," Holz said, pointing to the Venn diagram that explains what the concept of Ikigai is all about. "You should be doing what you get paid for, what you love to do, what you're skilled at, and what has meaning in the world. If you find something that combines all of these four things, you should do it." Passion, mission, profession, and vocation are all part of Ikigai. However, for Holz, poker might not be the key to achieving Ikigai, at least right now. "Poker is not that for me because it's missing the part of doing something good," he said. "I think that's a reason why poker players do a lot of charity work. I also think that's a reason a lot of players quit at some point – they feel like there's something missing." It's not like Holz hasn't been successful in poker. In 2014, he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $75,000. That was just a tune-up, though, for the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, one of the biggest online tournaments of the year. He took that down for $1.3 million. That remains one of the largest online paydays ever. After his WCOOP Main Event win, he found the winner's circle of the Full Tilt Sunday Major and PokerStars Sunday 500 once again. More recently, the German took down the WPT Alpha8 event at Bellagio and the $200,000 buy-in Triton Super High Roller at Solaire Resort in the Philippines. Despite everything, Holz doesn't feel like he can realize Ikigai in poker. "Everyone is different, but I feel like I can't have it in poker," he said. "This environment changes so much, though. Right now, if it stays like this, I would definitely not play as much as I do right now. I think I'd take some time off. Online, the stakes are not high enough to consistently play something. There's nothing more to reach pretty much. Poker is not really growing online. If Americans come back, it could be huge. There are a lot of things we don't know about right now." [caption width="600"] A Venn diagram of Ikigai[/caption] Holz was just getting into poker when Black Friday hit in 2011. He recorded his first live score the following year in Rozvadov. He's seen the changes in the poker industry first-hand since PokerStars, Full Tilt, Absolute Poker, and UB left the American market five years ago. "The setup was better around Black Friday because the industry was carried by what happened in the years before that," Holz said. "Now, it's all changing to the new set of sites. Everyone thought there was so much money in poker, but there's not anymore. Now, it's going on a slightly upward trend again. People understand that we can't just spew around money. It's on a good trajectory, but I'm not hooked right now to continue for the next 20 years." In order to find a profession that satisfies Ikigai's demands for something "that the world needs," Holz has turned to coaching. "I really like coaching," he said. "That's what I've been doing. I really like the psychological side of it too. I feel like a lot of my coaching drifts into life coaching. It's about going to the root of the problem and not just getting poker coaching. I really enjoy that and can see myself doing something like that." Holz has received life coaching and now notices a major difference when he sits down at a table. You can tell it when he plays. He's confident, composed, and feels comfortable no matter who he's up against. "There's a big difference when you get life coaching," said Holz. "Most of the time, people understand their problem in some kind of way. But, problems are such that you can see them in so many different ways. Someone saying something in a certain way can change your view completely. You somehow understand what your issue is, but you can't explain it or express it, but if someone talks to you about it, they'll help clarify it." For Holz, life coaching and poker coaching yielded one important leak in his game, which has probably already netted plenty to his bottom line. "I sometimes tried to win hands that I shouldn't be winning or win pots that I shouldn't be winning," Holz said. "Like my coach said, it's not about winning every pot. If that means folding, you won the hand that way. That helped me so much to think that I can fold 50 times in a row. If you win the pot, you might actually lose the hand."
  21. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb joined Paul Volpe as the only former #1-ranked players to win a bracelet this summer[/caption] Shaun Deeb beat out a stacked final table towin the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event and earn the second bracelet of his career and second for former PocketFives #1-ranked players. Deeb's victory was one of just 21 cashes by this group in the last week. They've now recorded 75 WSOP cashes this summer earning a total of $870,602. Here are the highlights from the last week. Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb2016 WSOP cashes: 5 2016 WSOP earnings: $162,112 Shaun Deeb became just the second former PocketFives #1-ranked players to win a bracelet in 2016 when he took down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event last week. He beat out a final table that included former bracelet winners Cory Zeidman, John Monnette, Eugene Katchalov, Max Pescatori and Adam Friedman to win 111,101. With $162,112 in winnings, Deeb now has the second most of any former #1-ranked player behind Paul Volpe. That appears to be as close as he's going to get though as an urgent family matter made for an early end to his WSOP. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 10 2016 WSOP earnings: $62,625 Dan Kelly is one of just three players to have cashed 10 times so far at the 2016 WSOP along with Jason Mercier and Ryan LaPlante. Four of Kelly's cashes came in the last week. He finished 714th in the Monster Stack, 236th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em, 78th in the $5,000 Turbo and 114th in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event. He's averaging a cash every three days so far this summer. Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 6 2016 WSOP earnings: $253,682 With one bracelet already in the bag, Paul Volpe continues to lead the group of former PocketFives #1-ranked players in terms of money earned. He's now made $253,682 this summer - 29% of all the money earned by this group. In the last week he recorded two more cashes including a close call in the $10,000 Six Max Championship where Volpe finished 10th. That put another $49,677 into his total earnings. He followed that up with a 52nd place finish in the $5,000 Turbo for $9,566. Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard2016 WSOP cashes: 4 2016 WSOP earnings: $57,755 With just one cash in the first four weeks, Patrick Leonard wasn't having the best WSOP. That may have turned around in the last week as Leonard scored two five-figure scores. He finished 26th in the $10,000 Six Max Championship for $20,767 and then 14th in the $5,000 Turbo event for another $22,119. Steve 'gboro780' Gross2016 WSOP cashes: 6 2016 WSOP earnings: $57,830 After four cashes over the first four weeks, Steve Gross found two in the last week including his biggest of the summer. Gross finished 11th - one spot behind Volpe - in the $10,000 Six Max Championship for $38,268. He then made it through his first table in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout before busting for a 96th place finish and a $4,955 cash. Other NotablesWhile Fedor 'crownupguy' Holz has only cashed twice in WSOP events for a little over $26,000, he's done just fine away from the WSOP tables. Since May 27th he's cashed four times in high roller events, including the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl, for a total of $4,928,000. Kevin 'bel0wab0ve' Saul finally hit the scoreboard this past week, finishing 63rd in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event.
  22. [caption width="640"] Paul 'paulgees' Volpe is one of seven former #1-ranked players hoping to score their second career bracelet this summer.[/caption] In the long and storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, there have been a grand total of 51 players who have earned the #1 spot. Chris Moorman, Annette Obrestad, Shaun Deeb, Sorel Mizzi and Yevgeniy Timoshenko are just a handful of the players who have seen their online poker play take them to the top of the rankings. But only nine of those players have ever turned their dominance online into a World Series of Poker Bracelet. Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly are the only two players with more than one WSOP title to their credit. FORMER #1 RANKED PLAYERS WITH WSOP BRACELETS Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb Steve 'gboro780' Gross Taylor 'taypaur' Paur Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli Dan 'djk123' Kelly Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson As the 2016 World Series of Poker enters its second week PocketFives introduces The Rank & File: a weekly feature tracking the former #1-ranked players on their quest for a WSOP bracelet. Paul Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $33,393 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe, who was #1 just once in his online career, has already cashed once so far, making the final table of the $1,500 Dealers Choice event. Volpe was eliminated in fourth place by eventual winner Lawrence Berg. Dating back to last summer, five of Volpe’s last six cashes have been top 10 finishes. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $26,632 Dan 'djk123' Kelly, who spent a total of eight weeks in the PocketFives Rankings top spot in his career, also has just a single score so far at the 2016 WSOP. Kelly finished fourth in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event after being eliminated by eventual runner-up John Monnette. Calvin Anderson2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $25,329 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson has climbed to the top of the PocketFives Rankings eight times in his career including a 22-week stint from September 2012 – February 2013. Anderson, who is two years removed from his bracelet win, has two cashes to date this summer. Like 21,612 other players, Anderson took a shot at the $1,000,000 first place prize in Colossus II but had to settle for a 1,691st place finish and a $1,187 cash. He had more success in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud championship, finishing eighth for $24,142. Steve Gross2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $6,977 Steve 'gboro780' Gross also has two cashes this summer, both in lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events. He finished 682nd in Colossus II for $2,837 and then followed that up with an 84th place finish in the first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. Gross had four stints as the #1 ranked player between February 2009 and August 2010. Small Blinds Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli leads the seven former #1-ranked players who cashed in Colossus II. Piccioli finished 316th for a $5,406 score. Through Event #7, former #1-ranked players have cashed a total of 14 times for $115,583.
  23. [caption width="640"] Rainer Kempe won the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl Wednesday (photo courtesy Poker Central/Joe Giron)[/caption] The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl featured 49 of the world’s best poker players and to the surprise of nobody who has been watching the world of high roller poker tournaments the past few years, it ended up being another celebration of German poker excellence. Rainer Kempe beat countryman Fedor Holz to win second annual Super High Roller Bowl and the $5,000,000 first place prize. Holz’s runner-up finish earned him $3,500,000. The two Germans were responsible for every elimination at the final table on Wednesday night. After Holz opened to 140,000, Dan Shak, down to just over 500,000 in chips, moved all in and Holz called. The German pro tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] and was ahead of Shak who tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="jd"] to give Holz a jack-high straight and send Shak out in seventh place for $600,000. Nearly one hour later two more players went out. The first to go was Bryn Kenney. With action folded to him on the button, Kenney moved all in for 1,300,000 only to have Holz call from the small blind. Kenney got bad news when he found out his [poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"] was up against Holz’ [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] to send Kenney out in sixth place. Despite being on the good side of the first two eliminations, Holz remained in second place behind Kempe. And on the very next hand, Kempe put even more distance between himself and the other players. Matt Berkey called from the button before Kempe raised to 205,000 from the small blind and Holz folded his big blind. Berkey responded by moving all in for 1,300,000 and Kempe called. Berkey showed [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] and needed to improve against Kempe’s [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"]. Kempe ended up making a set on the [poker card="7h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"] flop, but the [poker card="8s"] turn gave Berkey outs to a flush. The [poker card="4d"] river was no help for Berkey and he was out in fifth place for $1,100,000. The final four players played for over two hours before seeing another elimination. While Kempe and Holz did their best to maintain the top two spots, Poker Hall of Famers Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth traded turns as the short stack before the 14-time WSOP bracelet winner saw his tournament end. Holz and Seidel folded to Hellmuth who just called from the small blind. Kempe announced he was all in and Hellmuth quickly called. Kempe turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] before Hellmuth stood and showed a dominated [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"]. Hellmuth could do nothing but watch as the [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] flop, [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="7s"] river brought him no save and he was eliminated in third place. The $1,600,000 fourth place prize is the second largest of Hellmuth’s career, behind only the $ 2,645,333 he earned for his fourth place finish in the Big One for One Drop in 2012. That left the two young Germans and Seidel in contention and although he spent a good part of the final table fighting off elimination, Seidel eventually did bust. After Holz folded his button, Seidel shoved for 1,200,000 and Kempe called. Seidel held [poker card="ac"][poker card="7d"] but was behind Kempe’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="td"]. Seidel could do nothing but watch the [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] run out before exiting the tournament area. The $2.6 million score moved Seidel past Antonio Esfandiari on poker’s all-time earnings list. Seidel has now won $29,283,817 over the course of his career and trails only Daniel Negreanu. While Kempe began the final table with the chip lead and never appeared to have that lead in danger, the heads-up finale proved to be a different story. Kempe and Holz traded the chip lead back and forth over the course of three-and-a-half hours before Kempe finally emerged victorious. The final hand was pocket pair versus pocket pair. Holz raised to 400,000 before Kempe made it 1,200,000 to go. Holz, with just 4,380,000, moved all in and Kempe called. Holz had [poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"] and needed to improve against Kempe’s [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"]. Holz got no help on the [poker card="th"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"] flop, [poker card="4c"] turn or the [poker card="3d"] river and was eliminated in second place as Kempe celebrated the first seven-figure cash of his career. Final Table Payouts Rainer Kempe - $5,000,000 Fedor Holz - $3,500,000 Erik Seidel - $2,400,000 Phil Hellmuth - $1,600,000 Matt Berkey - $1,100,000 Bryn Kenney - $800,000 Dan Shak - $600,000
  24. [caption width="640"] Don't bet against Phil Hellmuth winning WSOP Bracelet #15 this summer[/caption] The 2016 World Series of Poker gets cards in the air on Wednesday, July 1. Over the next five days PocketFives presents the 2016 WSOP Preview highlighting everything you need as the poker world heads to their own version of Summer Camp. With a record 69 bracelets on the line this year, the 2016 World Series of Poker could be one of the most grueling ever for players who play a busy schedule. That being said, there’s still going to be one or two or three players who rise to the occasion, find themselves on the heater of a lifetime and ride that to a bracelet (or two) and maybe even WSOP Player of the Year. We’ve picked out eight players that are worth watching this summer – some for their WSOP history, some for the promise they bring and some because we all hate them. We’ll let you decide who is who. Phil Hellmuth – 14 bracelets, $13,539,727 million in WSOP earnings The legend doesn’t let anyone forget that he has the most WSOP bracelets in history (14) and he’s always a safe bet to win another. Hellmuth plays tournaments sparingly outside of the WSOP so he will play almost every event he can, including of some of the lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events that most of his peers skip. Phil Ivey – 10 bracelets, $6,447,630 million in WSOP earnings With the proper motivation and mindset, Phil Ivey may be the most feared player on the WSOP felt. He’s the most likely candidate to pass Hellmuth’s career bracelet record, but seemingly without six-figure side action driving Ivey he might not even show up. Such was the case in 2015 when he only played the One Drop High Roller and the Main Event because the richest cash games in the world were not in Vegas. 2014 was the last year Ivey put in a full schedule and scored his tenth bracelet and four cashes. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 0 bracelets, $0 in WSOP earnings Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Jeff Lisandro, Ted Forrest and Puggy Pearson – the only players in WSOP history to win three bracelets in a single year. But none of them did it their first WSOP and none won $4.1 million at 20 years-old. Dzmitry Urbanovich has $10,000 bet with 200-1 odds with Vanessa Selbst that he can do exactly that. Urbanovich is the first real 21 year-old rookie people have had their eyes on in many years, but the main difference is that he already is used to big stage in a live event with a couple of European Poker Tour wins and two runner-up finishes in Super High Roller events. Ari Engel – 0 bracelets, $695,157 in WSOP earnings Ari Engel hasn’t had a home in over two years, opting instead to live week-to-week travelling to different poker events. He’s won eight WSOP Circuit rings but he’s never won a bracelet despite 23 cashes in bracelet events. If Engel doesn’t win a bracelet soon, he may be remembered as this generation’s Tony Cousineau. Mike Leah – 1 bracelet, $1,410,735 in WSOP earnings Mike Leah’s WSOP resume is that of a grinders’ grinder. He has lived at the Rio the past couple summers in order to play the most events possible – sometimes three in a day. Though he only has one bracelet, he has 37 career cashes and cashed nine times in 2015 alone. He’s been a contender in multiple Player of the Year/Series titles, both live and online, can play all the games well and has the bankroll to play as many events as he can handle. Howard Lederer – 2 bracelets, $1,617,227 in WSOP earnings Perhaps the most hated person in poker, Howard Lederer is seemingly returning to WSOP action this summer. He has been seen here and there over the last couple years at poker events and rooms and recently released a public apology. If Lederer returns to play a number of events at the WSOP an incident-free summer seems highly unlikely. Daniel Negreanu – 6 WSOP bracelets, $16,172,789 in WSOP earnings The most recognizable poker player in the world and only two-time WSOP POY has said many times that he feels he should have more bracelets that he does. His most recent bracelet came during the 2013 WSOP Europe and he hasn’t won a bracelet in Las Vegas since 2008. Negreanu’s deep run in the 2015 Main Event has been eating at him for months and no one should be surprised if he takes home two bracelets this summer. Fedor Holz – 0 WSOP bracelets, $651,849 The German Wunderkind debuted at the WSOP in 2015, cashed four times, finished 3rd in the $10,000 Six Max Championship and finished in 25th place in the Main Event. His big game experience from Europe places him in rare air with a couple other young German players. Outside of the WSOP Holz won two big buy-in events – a High Roller in the Philippines and Alpha8 Bellagio – and final tabled two Super High Roller events at EPT Monte Carlo.
  25. [caption width="640"] Dzmitry Urbanovich won Breakout Player of the Year at the 2015 European Poker Awards[/caption] The 15th edition of the European Poker Awards was held on Tuesday night at the Blue Gin Bar at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco. After a 60-minute happy hour for all attendees, 11 awards were doled out. Emcee Joe Stapleton opened by telling the crowd of about 100 people, "Thank you to Kara Scott for not being able to host." Scott hosted the first two editions of the American Poker Awards as well as the 2015 European Poker Awards. Global Poker Index and European Poker Awards head Alex Dreyfus then took the mic. "There can only be one winner for every award," said Dreyfus. "These awards mean more year after year." Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz was given his award for 2015 GPI Player of the Year, telling the assembled crowd, "I'm overwhelmed by this. I want to thank my friends. I started playing because of them. I wouldn't be here without them." Holz won the WPT Alpha8 in December and had eight six-figure live scores last year. The Female GPI Player of the Year went to PokerStars pro Liv Boeree. "It's a huge honor. Thank you so much to everyone who was supportive of me," said Boeree, who finished third in the EPT Barcelona High Roller in 2015. "Thank you to Igor Kurganov for being my everything and my best supporter ever." Breakout Player of the Year went to Dzmitry Urbanovich. The then-21-year-old cashed 23 times in 2015 including winning four events during EPT Malta in March. "It was an awesome year for me," Urbanovich said. "Thank you to all of you who voted for me. I'm very happy to get this." The award for Event of the Year with a Buy-In of Up to €2,000 went to the Norwegian Championships Norway Cup, which was held in November. Awarded after that was the gold for the Tournament Performance of the Year, which went to Adrian Mateos for winning the 2015 EPT Grand Final Main Event. [caption width="637"] The 2015 European Poker Awards winners[/caption] The award for Media Content of the Year went to Jesse May and Mickey May for a PokerNews article called "Devilfish: A Friend with a Heart of Gold." "Mickey [May] and I want to dedicate this to the Devilfish. This award shows that European poker players know how important he was for poker," said Jesse May. "If he were here, he'd say: 'Fucking joke, mate. I die and you get a prize for the obituary.'" May compared Ulliott to Chris Moneymaker. The award for Industry Person of the Year went to Hermance Blum, General Manager of WPT Europe, who said, "I'm really overwhelmed. This is teamwork. I have a tremendous respect for EPT." The award for Event of the Year with a Buy-In of More than €2,000 was awarded to EPT Barcelona, and Media Person of the Year went to Remko Rinkema of PokerNews. Rinkema beat out longtime friend and fellow PokerNews writer Frank Op de Woerd for the award.. Poker Innovation of the Year went to the Norwegian Championship broadcast. A representative told the crowd, "We started broadcasting poker in 2015. We want to get up close and we want to get personal. We feel that is the way forward with poker on TV." Photographer Neil Stoddart, who was also nominated in the Media Person of the Year category, took home the Special Achievement in Industry Award, a category decided upon by only the jury. "I wasn't expecting that," Stoddart said. "Thank you to the PokerStars Blog. They do a fantastic job. Thank you to Mad Harper for disseminating my work. Thank you to the players. Thank you for letting me capture your moments of triumph and your agonies of defeat." To close out the evening, John Gale won Moment of the Year for returning from three years off because of a brain tumor to win his second career WSOP bracelet. "Thank you very much to the jury," Gale said in a short speech. "Thank you again."
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