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  1. Michael Addamo dominated two of the biggest events on Sunday's MTT schedule to secure a mid-six-figure score while Fedor Holz, Ole Schemion, and Jon Van Fleet also found their way into the winner's circle. Addamo topped the 39-entry field to take down the $25,500 buy-in partypoker High Roller Club Main Event and then denied 50 other players a shot at redemption in the $10,300 buy-in High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance event. All told, the Australian earned $611,500 for the two victories. Rok Gostisa finished runner-up in the Main Event for $265,000 while Sergi Reixach won $130,531 as the second-place finisher in the 2nd Chance event. Jon Van Fleet beat 220 other entries in the partypoker High Roller Club The Big Game to win $211,552. The Poker Masters PLO Series kicked off Sunday on partypoker with only one of the two events playing down to a winner. Andras Nemeth beat Viktor Blom heads-up to win Event #2 ($5,200 buy-in) for a $126,686.43 score. Blom had to settle for a $78,975 payday while fellow Swede Alexander Holmberg Nordén took third for $48,600. Former #1-ranked Fedor Holz was the biggest winner on PokerStars after taking down the Summer Series Event #167 ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) for $156,377. Runner-up Joao 'Naza114' Vieira had to settle for $121,057 while 'WATnlos' narrowly missed out on a six-figure win after finishing third for $93,714. The PokerStars Sunday Million had 11,545 runners with 'wazaahun' beating all of them to win $117,425.03. 'MickeyM' won the GGPoker High Roller Million$ to turn their $500 buy-in into a $285,986 return. 'GoJiGo' had an even bigger ROI after winning the $100 buy-in GGPoker Global Million$ event for $132,092.20. The GGPoker GGMasters had a $46,118 overlay on the $500,000 guarantee. 'BleyBley' outlasted the 3,288 other players in the freezeout event to win $71,947.50. partypoker High Roller Club: Main Event Buy-in: $25,500 Entries: 39 Prize Pool: $1,000,000 ($25,000 overlay) Michael Addamo - $407,500 Rok Gostisa - $265,000 Pascal Lefrancois - $165,000 partypoker High Roller Club: Mix-Max 2nd Chance Buy-in: $10,300 Entries: 51 Prize Pool: $510,000 Michael Addamo - $204,000 Sergi Reixach - $130,531 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $66,300 partypoker High Roller Club: The Big Game Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 221 Prize pool: $1,037,530 Jon Van Fleet - $211,552 Laszlo Bujtas - $153,554 Kristen Bicknell - $109,459 partypoker Poker Masters PLO Event #2 Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 81 Prize pool: $405,000 Andras Nemeth - $126,686.43 Viktor Blom - $78,975 Alexander Holmberg Nordén - $48,600 PokerStars Summer Series Event #167: NLHE High Roller Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 149 Prize pool: $745,000 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $156,377 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $121,057 WATnlos - $93,714 PokerStars Summer Series Event #142: Sunday Warm-Up SE Buy-in: $109 Entries: 4,129 $412,900 Prize pool: $412,900 vasiokkk91 - $48,217.12* bambo0bear - $41,979.92* Jeffin_DF - $39,941.62* PokerStars High Roller Club: $2,100 Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $2,100 Entries: 49 Prize pool: $100,000 ($2,000 overlay) giftmyra - $39,235.30 master888888 - $25,696.01 Str8$$$Homey - $16,828.86 PokerStars Sunday Million Buy-in: $109 Entries: 11,545 Prize pool: $1,154,500 Wazaahun - $117,425.03 oardnasol - $85,209.25 mitch85 - $61,836.28 GGPoker Global Million$ Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,638 Prize pool: $1,000,000 GoJiGo - $132,092.20 Rodrigo74 - $94,159.90 12u55 - $67,120.50 GGPoker High Roller Million$ Buy-in: $500 Entries: 674 (Day 2) Prize pool: $2,000,0000 MickeyM - $285.986 Cirquit - $145,319 SACKMAN69 - $203,861 GGPoker GGMasters Buy-in: $150 Entries: 3,289 Prize pool: $500,000 ($46,118 overlay) BleyBley - $71,947.50 Guohua - $50,874.60 Trondheim - $35,973.80 888 Poker Sunday Mega Deep Buy-in: $109 Entries: 608 + 225 rebuys Prize pool: $100,000 ($16,700 overlay) BeeTheBeagle - $18,890 cl0wn888 - $13,700 AVR26 - $10,100
  2. The Super High Roller Bowl Online continued on Monday with another three players, including a pair of Canadians, picking up titles on the second day of action in the 28-event series. The biggest score on Monday went to Canadian Daniel Dvoress. Outlasting 70 other entries in Event #5 $25,500 Six Max NLHE Super High Roller, Dvoress earned $613,986.70. Capping off the victory required Dvoress to take out a pair of former #1-ranked PocketFivers Andras Nemeth had to settle for a $399,375 for finishing as the runner-up while Fedor Holz finished in third place for $213,000. The day began with Mikalai Vaskaboinikau putting the finishing touches on a win in Event #4 ($10,300 Six Max NLHE High Roller). Vaskaboinikau won $293,090 for beating a final table that included George Wolff, Alex Foxen, Darrel Goh, Kristen Bicknell, and Poker Master Purple Jacket winner Alexandros Kolonias. Bicknell finished in second place for $185,500 with Kolonias taking up the final position on the podium for a $127,200 bankroll boost. Foxen made another final table appearance in the final event on Monday's slate. Event #5 $10,300 (Six Max NLHE Super High) had 83 entries with Foxen posting a runner-up performance as Pascal Lefrancois became the second Canadian to grab an SHRB Online title on the day. Lefrancois won $259,638.98 while Foxen ended up with $161,850. Third-place finisher Dan Smith just missed out on a six-figure score, pocketing $99,600 for his efforts. Day 3 of the Super High Roller Bowl Online consists of final tables for Event #7 ($10,300 NLHE High Roller), Event #8 ($25,500 NLHE Super High Roller), and Event #9 ($10,300 NLHE High Roller). Event #4 $10,300 Six Max NLHE High Roller 106 Entries $1,060,000 Prize pool Mikalai Vaskaboinikau - $293,090 Kristen Bicknell - $185,500 Alexandros Kolonias - $127,200 Darrel Goh - $91,160 Alex Foxen - $66,250 George Wolff - $43,990 Event #5 $25,500 Six Max NLHE Super High Roller 71 Entries $1,775,000 Prize pool Daniel Dvoress - $613,986.70 Andras Nemeth - $399,375 Fedor Holz - $213,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $159,750 Dan Smith - $115,375 Nick Petrangelo - $79,875 Event #5 $10,300 Six Max NLHE Super High Roller 83 Entries $830,000 Prize pool Pascal Lefrancois - $259,628.98 Alex Foxen - $161,850 Dan Smith - $99,600 Nick Petrangelo - $72,625 Samuel Vousen - $51,876 Chris Hunichen - $35,275
  3. The GGPoker stable of ambassadors picked up another big name this week after the online poker site announced tournament superstar Fedor Holz as an official GGPoker ambassador in a new partnership with online poker training site Pokercode. “Pokercode is yet another top brand to add to our list of partners,” said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of GGPoker. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Fedor Holz onto Team GGPoker. His passion for the game and success both live and online is truly impressive. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Fedor and the entire Pokercode community.” Prior to the official announcement from GGPoker, Holz grabbed GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu on Sunday for a live-streamed interview in which he broke the news on his own.
  4. Ole Schemion, Matthew Ashton, and Artur 'mararthur1' Martirosyan highlighted the 18 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winners on a jam-packed Monday of action. Fresh off of a Poker Masters series where he had the fifth-highest net winnings, Artur 'mararthur1' Martirosyan went toe-to-toe with Fedor Holz in Event #17 High ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max High Roller) and came out on top. The win earned Martirosyan $271,790.44 while Holz picked up $210,580.76. Jorryt 'TheCleaner11' van Hoof continues to post results, this time walking away with $163,156.10 after coming in third. Schemion earned the third SCOOP title of his career and $111,853.75 by topping the 293-player field in Event #16 High ($2,100 Six Max PLO). The final player Schemion eliminated was one of the best PLO tournament players in the world, Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas. The Hungarian poker pro earned $82,910.03 for his runner-up finish and 'boerni21' picked up $61,455.98 as the third-place finisher. '3DTemujiN' took down $40,506.35 plus another $34,658.94 in bounties for winning Event #13-High ($530 NLHE 8-Max Progressive KO). 'Succeeed' finished in second for $40,505.43 and another $18,989.09 worth of bounties while Alex 'lynskey99' Lynskey finished in third and walked away with $24,032.87 from the prize pool plus $5,834.72 in bounties. Austrian 'Körrinho' won Event #14-High ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max Sunday Warm-Up SE) for a $131,421.26 score. Finishing one spot behind them gave FreeLancerZZ a $96,396.82 bankroll boost and 'j_peso4' finished third for $70,706.87. 'Leqenden' won the second SCOOP title of their career by outlasting 556 other entries in Event #15 High ($2,100 NLHE Sunday High Roller SE). The victory earned 'Leqenden' $196,648.22. Francisco 'chicalltreta' Correia finished as the runner-up and pocketed $146,630.91 while 'serggorelyi17' snuck into six-figure cash territory by finishing in third place for $109,335.64. Ashton's win, the fourth SCOOP victory of his career, came in Event #19 High ($1,050 Six Max Limit Hold'em), where he navigated his way through a 110-player field. Ashton earned $24,729.17 for the win. The eventual runner-up, 'krakura' pocketed $18,966.00 as the third place finisher while 'bencb789' rounded out the podium finishers and secured the bag on a $14,545.97 payday. The Sunday Million - Event #15 Medium ($215 Sunday Million SE) - also played down to a winner on Monday with the final three players agreeing to chop up a touch more than $589,000. 'LuCasino' wound up in first place and earned $189,347.95 while the runner-up, 'Andy005', actually earned a bigger score thanks to the deal, pocketing $219,010.57. Third-place finisher 'lildani9' banked $180,700.44. Other winners on Monday included 'catam18' (Event #13-Low), 'Gelaman' (Event #13-Medium), 'fromKapshino' (Event #14-Low), 'acespice' (Event #14-Medium), 'Bomsis' (Event #15-Low), 'pistolp99' (Event #16-Low), 'Kaggis' (Event #16-Medium), 'compris' (Event #17-Low), 'aJarov' (Event #17-Medium), 'monopol' (Event #19-Low), 'SM4RTASS' (Event #19-Medium). Event #13-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max Progressive KO Entries: 1,203 Prize pool: $601,500 3DTemujiN - $40,506.35 + $34,658.94 in bounties Succeeed - $40,505.43 + $18,989.09 in bounties lynskey99 - $24,032.87 + $5,834.72 in bounties 42ayay - $17,131.47 + $2,890.63 in bounties dujo123 - $12,211.92 + $5,638.66 in bounties mandza17 - $8,705.08 + $5,289.06 in bounties GDZ4hotwings - $6,205.31 + $3,929.68 in bounties GM_VALTER - $4,423.37 + $2,140.63 in bounties Event #14-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Sunday Warm-Up SE Entries: 782 Prize pool: $782,000 Körrinho - $131,421.26 FreeLancerZZ - $96,396.82 j_peso4 - $70,706.87 RunLkMercier - $51,863.41 RUMUKULUS - $38,041.71 fattypants22 - $27,903.55 Vakio¤Ässä - $20,467.20 Fold Machiii - $15,012.60 Event #15-H: $2,100 NLHE Sunday High Roller SE Entries: 557 Prize pool: $1,114,000 Leqenden - $196,648.22 chicalltreta - $146,630.91 serggorelyi17 - $109,335.64 PapeDeuce - $81,526.30 Om3rta - $60,790.20 Jorryt 'TheCleaner11' van Hoof - $45,328.32 Lackoo87gcb - $33,799.09 flippetyflop - $25,202.35 Isidinho - $18,792.17 Event #16-H: $2,100 Six Max PLO Entries: 293 Prize pool: $586,000 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $111,853.75 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - $82,910.03 boerni21 - $61,455.98 pkrbt - $45,553.47 goodeh99 - $33,765.84 munkkis - $25,028.52 Event #17-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max High Roller Entries: 124 Prize pool: $1,240,000 Artur 'mararthur1' Martirosyan - $271,790.44 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $210,580.76 Jorryt 'TheCleaner11' van Hoof - $163,156.10 allin2bluff - $126,411.92 vicenfish - $97,942.88 Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira - $75,885.27 Grisha813 - $58,795.22 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $45,554.00 Event #19-H: $1,050 Six Max Limit Hold'em Entries: 110 Prize pool: $110,000 Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton - $24,729.17 krakura - $18,966.00 bencb789 - $14,545.97 XD89lol<3 - $11,156.02 LifeisagameX - $8,556.10 totti1992100 - $6,562.10
  5. Two more players joined the ranks of Poker Masters Online winners on Wednesday, as more high-stakes, Purple Jacket-chasing action played out on partypoker. The event titles up for grabs came in Event #8: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] and Event #9: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max], both with $10,300 buy-ins. The two winners were Joni Jouhkimainen and Pascal Lefrancois. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Jouhkimainen Wins Event #8 for $254,800 The $10,300 buy-in Event #8: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] attracted a field of 104 entries to more than double the guarantee with a $1.04 million prize pool. The top 16 spots made the money, with plenty of notable players running deep. Ultimately, Jouhkimainen came out on top to claim the event's $254,800 first-place prize. Jouhkimainen beat Andras Nemeth in heads-up play. Nemeth has enjoyed a bit of success in this series himself, as he already won Event #5 for $259,628. Overall, it's been a very good week for Nemeth. In addition to his Poker Masters Online results, he placed second in the Irish Poker Open Main Event for €325,423. Sergi Reixach finished third for $130,000. Event #8 Results Joni Jouhkimainen - $254,800 Andras Nemeth - $182,000 Sergi Reixach - $130,000 Elias Talvitie - $91,000 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $67,600 Timothy Adams - $52,000 Alex Foxen - $41,600 Dario Sammartino - $33,800 Chris Hunichen - $26,000 Joao Vieira - $26,000 Carlos Sanchez - $26,000 Simon Pedersen - $26,000 Benjamin Rolle - $20,800 Sami Kelopuro - $20,800 Mike Watson - $20,800 Rui Ferreira - $20,800 Lefrancois Wins Event #9 for $243,988 Event #9: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] drew a field of 78 entries, creating a $780,000 prize pool. The top 12 places finished in the money, and it was Lefrancois taking top honors for $243,988.68. Lefrancois defeated Justin Bonomo in heads-up play. Kristen Bicknell finished third for $93,600 to round out the podium, and then Fedor Holz placed fourth for $68,250. In fifth place was Nemeth, who once again put up an impressive result. Event #9 Results Pascal Lefrancois - $243,988.68 Justin Bonomo - $152,100 Kristen Bicknell - $93,600 Fedor Holz - $68,250 Andras Nemeth - $48,750 Dario Sammartino - $33,150 Ioannis Angelou-Konstas - $25,350 Jake Schindler - $25,350 Timothy Adams - $25,350 Alexandros Kolonias - $21,370.44 Ian Engel - $21,370.44 Pauli Ayras - $21,370.44 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the fourth day of play. Andras Nemeth - 511 points Pauli Ayras - 393 points Elias Talvitie - 380 points Alex Foxen - 352 points Sergi Reixach - 347 points Alexandros Kolonias - 316 points Joni Jouhkimainen - 282 points Pascal Lefrancois - 272 points Mike Watson - 271 points Sam Greenwood - 253 points
  6. In Wednesday's partypoker POWERFEST action, Fedor 'Fedor_Holz' Holz was among those to find the winner's circle. Holz won the $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Fast] tournament for $9,232.96 plus $18,768.75 in bounties. He defeated Ludovich 'Gr4vyBo4t' Gelich in heads-up play. Gelich, a partypoker Team Online pro, earned $9,223.05 plus $2,356.25 in bounties for that result, but it was his biggest POWERFEST score of the day and it wasn't his only time finishing runner-up on Wednesday. Gelich also took second in the $2,100 PLO [6-Max] tournament for $27,000. In that event, it was 'NoMoreBets85' finishing in first place for $41,508.96. Renato 'renato_nomura' Nomura also found success on Wednesday, as the partypoker Team Online pro won the $530 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack] event for $19,474.40. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Event: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack] 176 entries $88,000 prize pool renato_nomura - $19,474.40 ChilliConFahne - $13,992 Sundaynightking - $10,208 mogvision - $7,304 sixtybananas - $5,104 KarlMarx - $3,960 HajMat - $3,080 N0GUTSNOGloryAA - $2,420 Event: $1,050 NLHE [8-6 Mix-Max] 107 entries $107,000 prize pool SonOfPunt - $33,470.26 onehundredeyez - $20,865 Talespin - $12,840 Mirrors8177 - $9,362.50 Dandelion32892 - $6,687.50 AAAces - $4,547.50 Event: $2,100 PLO [6-Max] 60 entries $120,000 prize pool NoMoreBets85 - $41,508.96 Ludovich 'Gr4vyBo4t' Gelich - $27,000 bitw1 - $14,400 Cacacacacacaca - $10,800 NILAos - $7,800 JJouhki - $5,400 Event: $530 NLHE [8-Max, PKO] 345 entries $176,812.50 prize pool Biro-Biro 11 - $13,214.27 + $13,214.27 in bounties dartazzzz - $13,196.83 + $4,143.91 in bounties Tree91 - $9,149.49 + $1,647.81 in bounties RainMain74 - $6,555.56 + $4,119.02 in bounties fAkETaXi87 - $4,669.07 + $2,649.62 in bounties michaelscott78 - $3,461.71 + $2,083.60 in bounties Poseidon1 - $2,405.28 + $2,069.24 in bounties NoToday - $1,754.43 + $2,132.82 in bounties Event: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PKO, Fast] 60 entries $61,200 prize pool IIIIIIIIIIIII - $7,812.93 + $14,657.50 in bounties KamelAAsAA - $7,806.90 + $1,105 in bounties Go1den.618 - $4,165.28 + $1,137.50 in bounties CygnusCross - $3,123.96 + $715 in bounties Dandelion32892 - $2,256.19 + $520 in bounties StrawberryGirl - $1,561.98 + $1,690 in bounties Event: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Fast] 98 entries $100,000 prize pool Fedor_Holz - $9,232.96 + $18,768.75 in bounties Ludovich 'Gr4vyBo4t' Gelich - $9,223.05 + $2,356.25 in bounties MoStack - $6,591.39 + $2,535 in bounties WatchMeDance - $4,613.97 + $1,787.50 in bounties patience - $3,427.52 + $2,340 in bounties mararthur1 - $2,636.55 + $3,152.50 in bounties
  7. With poker players stuck inside their homes, glued to their computers, the second Sunday of partypoker’s POWERFEST saw prize pools and paydays swell one again. On partypoker, no prize pool was bigger the $1,342,535 collected in Event #70-SHR ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em Phase Final $1M Gtd). In total, 308 players made their way into the $5,200 finale through surviving the early phases or direct buy-in. In the end, it was ‘LittleRussia’ who won big, by taking down the tournament and earning $267,164.60 for the win. ‘PunchlineEnBeta’ also picked up a massive score, taking home $193,325.04 as the runner-up. ‘EmpireMaker’ claimed the bronze and $135,598.03, the third player of the tournament to notch a six-figure score. German superstar Fedor ‘Fedor_Holz’ Holz fell just outside a podium finish. The ‘retired’ high stakes pro climbed into fourth place and added $98,676.32 to his considerable list of impressive earnings. Also of note, partypoker ambassador Jason Koon fell just short of the final table, finishing in 11th place for $20,809.29. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In Event #71-HR ($530 No Limit Hold’em Phase Final $400K Gtd) it was ‘OMGKentaNuts’ that outlasted the 1143 entries to earn a $94,005.78 payday for first. His heads-up opponent, 'gob_b' settled for $67,264.70 as the runner-up while ‘Noragami’ finished in third place, securing $44,163.13. ‘Quantum_Leap’ was also a member of Sunday’s six-figure club, knocking out the competition in Event #74-HR ($2,100 8-Max PKO). They took home the first-place prize of $40,144.23 plus an additional $80,685.97 in bounties for a grand total of over $120,000. ‘BuddyRW’ finished in second place, earning $40,094.39 while only managing to grab $1,050 in bounties. partypoker ambassadors went head-to-head in the finale of Event #73-HR ($530 8-Max, PKO, Fast). Anatoly ‘NL_Profit’ Filatov and Renato ‘renato_nomura’ Nomura made it all the way to the end and battled it out heads-up for the title. In the end, Filatov prevailed. He earned $12,563 for the victory, plus another $21,270 in bounties. Nomura banked $12,546.55 plus an additional $3,150 in bounties. The score puts Filatov, currently the #12-ranked player in the world, over $5.4 million in total career earnings. Well-known online high roller ‘Junglemandan’ bounced back from finishing in sixth place in Event #73-HR by closing out Event #75-HR ($2,100 PLO 6-Max) for a $62,976.50 score. He edged out ‘Razorblade Nick’, who fell in second place for $42,500. ‘PeteZahad’ rounded out the top three in this event and claimed an even $30,000 for third place. ‘kristian150’ booked a big win in Event #68-HR ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max). They topped the 487 entries to earn $94,475.12. ‘ShortSqueeze’ may have fallen just short of the title, however, they still earned $70,128 as the runner-up. Finally, ‘BudLightLime’ will have plenty of beer money after collecting $50,404.50 for their third-place finish. POWERFEST #67-HR: $20K Gtd [8-Max, Grind] $530 buy-in 665 entries $332,500 prize pool feel solver - $47,862.84.84 OneManBand - $44,887.12 GangGangGang - $40,150.31 GoMore - $19,916.75 neomorf - $13,898.50 stakelevic24 - $10,108 Serenity25 - $7,315 AAceFromSpace - $5,120.50 POWERFEST #67A-HR: $200K Gtd [8-Max, PKO] $2,100 buy-in 151 entries $309,550 prize pool MerchantTanker - $26,659.38 + $43,657.06 PayAndPlay - $26,629.10 + $8,071.86 Razorblade Nick - $19,377.60 + $9,433.59 LetitGo - $13,725.80 + $525 XXjayXX - $9,688.80 + $13,026.56 Forrest_guuump - $7,670.30 + $3,543.75 JozinhoPP - $6,103.94 + $1,050 Paquiitoo - $4,844.40 + $3,117.19 POWERFEST #68-HR: $300K Gtd [6-Max] $1,050 buy-in 487 entries $487,000 prize pool kristian150 - $94,475.12 ShortSqueeze - $70,128 BudLightLime - $50,404.50 Madgenius111 - $35,551 OFF_SET - $25,324 ShipAndDate - $16,071 POWERFEST #69-HR: $100K Gtd [PLO 6-Max, PKO] $1,100 buy-in 153 entries $156,825 prize pool Thor09 - $14,654.01 + $23,592.24 Ryuga_Hideki - $14,638.62 + $6,775.77 JeffGross - $10,338.54 + $1,771.87 MrGoldmine - $7,323.13 + $262.50 icameisawilose - $5,384.65 + $2,100 TheGladiator - $3,575.41 + $2,493.75 POWERFEST #70-SHR: $1M Gtd [Phase Final] $5,200 buy-in 308 entries $1,342,535 prize pool LittleRussia - $267,164.60 PuchlineEnBata - $193,325.04 EmpireMaker - $135,596.03 Fedor_Holz - $98,676.32 CaptainJack75 - $69,811.82 DasistMirWurst - $52,358.86 tdvechicknbn - $52,358.86 im_fc_fish_pro - $26,850.70 POWERFEST #71-HR: $400K Gtd [Phase Final] $530 buy-in 1143 entries $511,350 prize pool OMGKentaNuts - $94,005.78 gob_b - $67,264.70 Noragami - $44,163.13 RichHomiePK_ - $29.552/36 KKGMHELL67 - $20,951.30 HajMat - $14,776.18 CHARA FERRAGNI - $10,365.38 BRAER_71RUS - $6,947.01 POWERFEST #73-HR: $150K Gtd [8-Max, PKO, Fast] $530 buy-in 328 entries $168,100 prize pool NL_Profit - $12,563.00 + $21,270.92 renato_nomura - $12,546.55 + $3,150 sims_or_sins… - $8,698.65 + $6,193.37 NOLIMITHOLDEM - $6,232.54 + $1,894.92 Coup_de_grace - $4,439.00 + $1,082.81 Junglemandan - $3,291.13 + $1,952.34 BigHoney - $2,286.75 + $1,771.88 MDM19 - $1,667.98 + $328.12 POWERFEST #74-HR: $400K Gtd [8-Max, PKO] $2,100 buy-in 249 entries $510,450 prize pool Quantum_Leap - $40,144.23 + $80,685.97 BuddyRW - $40,094.39 + $1,050 Stapler - $28,598.54 + $3,806.25 Achipindal - $21,143.94 + $12,189.84 attitudsproblem - $14,909.19 + $15,274.22 BAPPA - $11,385.20 + $1,837.50 fromHolland1945 - $8,403.36 + $4,003.12 AndreyBolkonsky - $6,234.75 + $8,071.87 POWERFEST #75-HR: $200K Gtd PLO 6-Max] $2,100 buy-in 125 entries $250,000 prize pool Junglemandan - $62,976.50 Razorblade Nick - $42,500 PeteZahad - $30,000 trustnobody_99 - $21,250 ChimneyBarrel - $15,625 Dandelion32892 - $10,375 POWERFEST #77-HR: $75K Gtd [6-Max, PKO, Turbo] $530 buy-in 168 entries $86,100 prize pool AndreyBolkonsky - $7,699.07 + $12,956.93 marathur1 - $7,690.59 + $3,137.69 IlProfessore - $5,410.40 + $2,666.02 XXjaycXX - $3,919.53 + $2,296.86 veegar - $2,885.54 + $393.75 Paaatrick - $1,923.69 + $1,501.76
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. [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."
  12. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz collects his World Series of Poker bracelet[/caption] On Tuesday afternoon Fedor Holz stood on stage at the 2016 World Series of Poker and was awarded the bracelet he won in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller just two days earlier. In a quick speech he thanked his friends, his family, and the woman who cooked his food all summer long. Barring a deep run in the Main Event, that just might be the last time the poker world ever hears from the German superstar. “I’m not going to continue as a professional player,” said Holz. After winning over $10,000,000 in the last six weeks Holz says he’s done with poker and is making plans to move on to the next stage of his life. He still has chips in the Main Event and returns to a stack of 93,300 for Day 1C on Wednesday. After the Main Event ends - whenever that is for him- the 22 year old plans on finding something else to do with his life that brings him a greater sense of personal satisfaction, he’s just not sure what that is yet. “I don’t know. Find out: that’s the mission I think,” said Holz of what he wants to do next. “I think travelling will help me find my way. I want to try out a lot of different things.” In the last 14 months Holz has won $18,051,950 and has a bankroll big enough to let him try those different things. “I think the biggest problem a lot of people have is that they don’t know their options. In poker you experience a lot of different things,” said Holz. “People have very unique jobs or have companies that are very special and I feel like there is something out there for me that I might enjoy a lot more than poker.” Holz still enjoys playing poker, but admits it’s less than it was even 18 months ago when he took the #1 spot in the PocketFives rankings for the first time. “I don’t - but I think that’s natural because the ceiling is just a lot closer. It’s way easier to set goals and you improve faster and this feeling gives you this rush of progress and I’m a person that is very dependent on progress, I need it. That makes me happy and if I don’t progress I just don’t feel happy,” said Holz. The $18,000,000 in winnings moved Holz all the way up to ninth in all time earnings. He’s now ahead of John Juanda, Jason Mercier and Mike McDonald. Fedor Holz's Summer of Domination [poker card="TD"]Date [poker card="TD"]Tournament [poker card="TD"]Buy-In [poker card="TD"]Place [poker card="TD"]Winnings [poker card="TD"]May 27 [poker card="TD"]Aria Super High Roller [poker card="TD"]$50,000 [poker card="TD"]7th [poker card="TD"]$122,400 [poker card="TD"]May 31 [poker card="TD"]Super High Roller Bowl [poker card="TD"]$300,000 [poker card="TD"]2nd [poker card="TD"]$3,500,000 [poker card="TD"]June 3 [poker card="TD"]Aria Super High Roller [poker card="TD"]$50,000 [poker card="TD"]1st [poker card="TD"]$637,392 [poker card="TD"]June 10 [poker card="TD"]WSOP Six Max No Limit [poker card="TD"]$1,500 [poker card="TD"]18th [poker card="TD"]$17,380 [poker card="TD"]June 10 [poker card="TD"]Aria Super High Roller [poker card="TD"]$25,000 [poker card="TD"]1st [poker card="TD"]$393,120 [poker card="TD"]June 16 [poker card="TD"]WSOP Six Max No Limit [poker card="TD"]$3,000 [poker card="TD"]47th [poker card="TD"]$8,716 [poker card="TD"]June 17 [poker card="TD"]Aria Super High Roller [poker card="TD"]$25,000 [poker card="TD"]1st [poker card="TD"]$276,012.00 [poker card="TD"]July 6 [poker card="TD"]WSOP No Limit Hold'em [poker card="TD"]$5,000 [poker card="TD"]39th [poker card="TD"]$15,823 [poker card="TD"]July 07 [poker card="TD"]Aria Super High Roller [poker card="TD"]$50,000 [poker card="TD"]3rd [poker card="TD"]$407,310 [poker card="TD"]July 10 [poker card="TD"]WSOP One Drop High Roller [poker card="TD"]$111,111 [poker card="TD"]1st [poker card="TD"]$4,981,775 Despite all of his recent success there are those that point out a good chunk of it came in big buy-in, small field tournaments. His three Aria Super High Roller wins, totalling roughly $1,300,000 in earnings, came against a combined 106 other players. The Super High Roller Bowl event that he finished runner-up in had just 49 entries. Holz doesn’t disagree with the sentiment. “The amount of money I’ve won makes it sound very impossible, but there are things in poker that happen that are way more unlikely than winning four 40-player tournaments in a row,” said Holz. Despite the success he had in those events, his early work at the WSOP wasn’t bearing fruit early on and that didn’t sit well with Holz. He got close early on, finishing 18th in a $1,500 Six Max No Limit event and Holz was worried that might be his only shot at a bracelet this summer. “For sure it’s frustrating. It’s a very intense grind and you get like three opportunities a summer on average and you obviously want to close the tournament,” said Holz. All of that frustration, which included two more WSOP cashes for just over $20,000, disappeared after a 90-minute heads up battle with Dan Smith in which Holz came out on top to win that first bracelet and almost $5,000,000. He described winning a WSOP bracelet as the most special moment of his poker career and even a few days later was struggling to find the right way to quantify it. “Because it was literally the perfect moment. Somebody asked me (earlier this summer) ‘What’s left?’ and I was like. ‘just a bracelet, that would be the only thing’ and I feel like this really gave me everything. Poker gave me everything I have right now, well pretty much most of it and I feel very grateful for it,” said Holz. “I don’t know a fitting word. People ask me ‘how do you feel?’ or ‘how has it been?’, I can’t describe it. I don’t really know a word that describes the way I feel right now. It’s just overwhelming, I guess.” While the bracelet is most likely going to end up being the exclamation point on a short, but impressive poker career, Holz admits he’d have made the decision to walk away from poker even if Smith had conquered him in the One Drop High Roller. “I think so. I said it before, I don’t think that changed too much but this makes it a lot easier, a bracelet was a very nice moment with my friends, it’s a very nice accomplishment for myself,” said Holz. While Holz plans on taking some time to travel and figure out what he’s going to do next, that’s actually the thing that he’s going to miss least about the life of poker pro. “I’m very dependent on getting my personal time, recharging batteries, I can feel it that I’m drained and super exhausted after live trips and but that’s also what I like because it’s so intense,” said Holz. “I feel like there are other things where you can have the same thing in a healthy environment, for example at home.” A player at the top of the game claiming that he’s retiring is nothing new to the poker world. Mike ‘Timex’ McDonaldand Shaun Deeb both tried to walk away from the game at one point only to return. “Let’s say it like this, I play about 2000-3000 hours of poker per year, talking about it or coaching or playing, and I feel like I enjoy the top 400 hours of it and the rest is just like work,” “I feel like right now I have the freedom to say ‘okay, I’m just going to play the 400 hours that I really enjoy’, and then it’s a hobby. And I’m not the person that sits around and relaxes at the beach, so I will find something else.”
  13. [caption width="640"] Shurane Vijayaram turned a Shurane Vijayaram turned a $130 satellite win into the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event title. (Crown photo)0 satellite win into the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event title. (Crown photo)[/caption] Sunday night in Melbourne Shurane Vijayaram completed an improbable run that is sure to become an Australian poker legend. Vijayaram, who won his way into the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event via a $130 satellite, beat out a final table that included Fedor Holz and Ben Heath to win the title and the accompanying $1.6 million AU ($1.2 million) first place prize money. Vijayaram was the overwhelming chip leader when the final table began with 7.47 million of the 21.62 million in play. No other player had more than 3.27 million at the time. Despite having that huge stack to work with, it was a lay down that Vijayaram made early on that will have people talking. Heath raised to 115,000 from the hijack with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] before Vijayaram re-raised to 315,000 from the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Heath called and then checked the [poker card="td"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop, allowing Vijayaram to bet 275,0000. Heath called and both players saw the [poker card="kh"] on the turn. Heath checked again and Vijayaram checked behind. The [poker card="2h"] river got Heath to fire out a bet of 585,000. Vijayaram took a few seconds before folding. It took another hour for the first elimination and it wasn’t Vijayaram doing the work and it wasn’t the shortest stack, Holz, leaving. Tobias Hausen raised from the button to 135,000 before Luke Roberts moved all in from the small blind for 675,000. Hausen took some time before calling and tabling [poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"]. Roberts was ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] and the [poker card="js"][poker card="jc"][poker card="5s"] flop kept him there. The [poker card="6s"] turn however completed Hausen’s flush and sent Roberts to the rail in seventh. The next elimination didn’t take long at all. Heath raised to 135,000 from UTG, Vijayaram called from the cutoff before Jeff Rossiter raised to 490,000 from the button. David Olson then four-bet 1.3 million. Both Heath and Vijayaram folded but Rossiter called. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"] flop was good enough for Olson to move all in for 1.3 million and Rossiter called instantly. Olson showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] and needed help against Rossiter’s [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="tc"] turn and [poker card="5s"] river were both blanks and Olson was eliminated in sixth. Despite coming in to the final table with the shortest stack, Holz managed to outlast two others and ladder his way up the payouts. That all ended at the hand’s of Rossiter though. The Australian, making his second Aussie Millions Main Event final table appearance, raised to 180,000 from the cutoff and Holz defended his big blind. The flop was [poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"]. Holz checked, Rossiter bet 140,000 and Holz responded by moving all in for 730,000 total. Rossiter called and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="7c"] for top pair with the nut flush draw. Holz showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"] for middle pair. The [poker card="kh"] turn and [poker card="4c"] river were no help for Holz and he was out of the Main Event in fifth place one day after finishing third in the $100,0000 Challenge. Despite picking up the previous two bustouts, Rossiter was unable to avoid Vijayaram’s run to the title. From UTG Rossiter made it 240,000 to go and chip leader Vijayaram moved all in from the big blind. Rossiter called and showed [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] while Vijayaram tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8d"] flop put Vijayaram ahead with top pair and neither the [poker card="ts"] turn or [poker card="jh"] river were any help for Rossiter and he was out in fourth place as Vijayaram continued to add to his stack. Vijayaram picked up another victim just a few minutes later. After he raised to 380,000 from the button, Hausen moved all in from the small blind for 1.265 million. Heath got out of the way before Vijayaram tanked and eventually called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"]. Hausen was well ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"].The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="2d"] flop furthered Hausen’s lead, but the [poker card="qc"] turn gave Vijayaram broadway. The [poker card="8s"] river was no help for Hausen and he was out in third place while Vijayaram and Heath were left to play heads-up. When heads-up play began, Vijayaram had a nearly 3-1 chip lead and never relinquished control over the 30 hands of play against Heath. On the final hand of the tournament Vijayaram raised to 350,000 from his button and Heath called and then checked the [poker card="9c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] flop. Vijayaram bet 400,000 and Heath called again. After the [poker card="3h"] turn Heath check-raised all in to 1.39 million. Vijayaram called to see the [poker card="qs"] river. Heath announced he was all in for 3.2 million and over five minutes later, Vijayaram called and tabled [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. Heath showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="8c"] for a missed straight draw and was eliminated in second place, leaving Vijayaram as 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event champion. Final Table Payouts Shurane Vijayaram - $1,600,000 Ben Heath - $1,000,000 Tobias Hausen - $620,000 Jeff Rossiter - $440,000 Fedor Holz - $335,000 David Olson - $270,000 Luke Roberts - $210,000
  14. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Paul Volpe First #1 to Grab Hardware in 2018 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe started off his 2018 WSOP in strong fashion. He finished third in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty, then 15th in the $100,000 High Roller and then everything came together for him in the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship, where he outlasted 168 other players to win his third career bracelet. He is the only former #1-ranked player to have won that many. He then picked up his fourth cash of the year on Monday, finishing 15th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. All told, Volpe has earned $757,185 this summer, the most of any former #1-ranked player. Shaun Deeb Continues Cashing While Volpe is the only one to win a bracelet so far, Shaun Deeb continues to earn visits to the payout desk. Deeb has picked up six cashes so far, two more than Volpe, for $59,808. While most of his results have been on the smaller side, he did come close to winning a bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. Deeb made the final table, only to finish third for $36,330. Here's a closer look at all of Deeb's cashes for 2018 to date: EVENT POSITION WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 44th $4,723 COLOSSUS - $565 No-Limit Hold'em 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 16th $11,553 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 Deeb still has some work to do to match or beat his 2017 performance which saw him pick up 10 cashes. Fedor Holz Makes the Most of His One Event After winning his first WSOP in 2016, Fedor Holz told the poker world he was retiring from poker but would still play, just at a reduced schedule. Despite this, he's continued to play the biggest events on the calendar while skipping anything that's not a high roller. Holz played the $100,000 High Roller in the opening days of the 2018 WSOP and finished ninth for $240,265. He then took to Instagram to let people know he was headed back to Austria and won't be back in Vegas until after the Main Event. The ninth place finish marks his first WSOP cash since beating Dan Smith heads-up to win the $111,111 One Drop High Roller in 2016. Chris Moorman Only Other Former #1 to Cash Three Times Chris Moorman, who won his first bracelet last summer, is the only other former #1-ranked player to pick up at least three cashes so far this year. He won his first round match-up in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em but couldn't win the second and ended up finishing 17th for $6,302. He followed that up by cashing in the Colossus for $1,118 and then came 191st in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $6,654. By The Numbers As a group, the former #1s have picked up 28 total cashes for $1,119,033 in earnings so far.
  15. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz's first project outside of poker is the mindset app Primed Mind. (WPT photo)[/caption] Fedor Holz put together one of the best year’s in modern poker history in 2016. The 23-year-old wunderkind accumulated over $16,000,000 in tournament earnings and left every peer in his wake as he racked up victory after victory. Then, he was gone. Holz announced after his World Series of Poker bracelet victory last summer that he was “retiring” from poker to focus on other opportunities outside of the game he had made a fortune playing. No one outside of Holz’s inner circle knew for sure what exactly what those opportunities would entail but everyone found out when Primed Mind hit the market. The mindset app is designed to enhance mental efficiency through “immersive mindset coaching.” Assisting Holz with the development of this project is famed mindset coach, Elliot Roe. With the team of Holz and Roe working to design an optimal product that would appeal to the largest consumer base, Holz believes Primed Mind will be able to produce for customers when it matters most. “The target audience of our first product Primed Mind is everyone who wants to improve his mental game and approach. If you feel like you can get more out of yourself, especially in these high-pressure situations where it matters. They can expect the highest-quality content and a team that is working non-stop on improving the product and experience.” The relationship between Holz and Roe goes back to before they were officially business partners. Holz says he started working with Roe to improve his own mental game about one and a half years ago. The literal “voice” behind Primed Mind, Roe narrates the sessions on the app as he helps users develop their own strong mindset. For most of his adult life, Holz has devoted his time to poker. The studying part of the profession carried over for Holz as he’s taken the first step in his new journey. Working with professionals he was already familiar with gave Holz the comfort to fully develop Primed Mind and allowed him to be energized toward engaging with them. “It's a great feeling to devote most of my time to Primed. The people I work with inspire me and it's 100% what I can identify myself with. The transition from poker to business is very fluid. Generally, there are lots of similarities - the biggest difference is that it's more of a team game and the ceiling is a lot higher.” The “ceiling” that Holz refers to is ostensibly not a monetary one considering the many millions he has won playing poker. Instead, Holz wants to create value. Holz speaks often about the power that positive thinking has had on his own career and he wants to spread that message to the users of Primed Mind. “The initial motivation was to create value - it still is. We want to reach as many people as we can to share the things we think can have the most positive influence on their daily life. We at Primed strive to have as much of a positive impact as we can.” The “retirement” that Holz said he was taking from poker has been more of an intermittent hiatus at this stage. Holz can be spotted playing in High Rollers around the world and recently participated in Super High Roller Bowl and the World Series of Poker One Drop event earlier this month. That might be all the poker Holz plays this summer as his other interests start to take up more time in his life. Holz’s Twitter bio lists him as an “investor” and he says he has future projects on the horizon as he further walls himself off from the poker world. “We have lots of ideas and we will launch other projects in the next months. Mainly we are looking for driven and inspiring people that want to create and give people a new perspective on how to perceive 'work' - as something without restrictions and without pressure.” Only Fedor Holz knows what the next step in his life is. With the early success of Primed Mind, Holz’s alternative life is off to a promising start and if the other projects manage to get off the ground, Holz’s goal of reaching as many people as possible will be well within reach.
  16. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz is one of the players that make PokerGO's Poker Masters a must-watch event (WPT photo)[/caption] The first-ever Poker Masters kicks off Wednesday night at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a number of the best players in the game today set to take their shot at some seven-figure prize pools and a custom-designed Purple Jacket. The Poker Masters is a series of five events; four $50,000 buy-in events with a single re-entry followed by a $100,000 buy-in freezeout. All five events will be streamed on PokerGO, giving poker fans around the world the chance to watch high roller action for eight straight days. The Purple Jacket will be awarded to the player with the highest total earnings across all five events. With cards in the air on Wednesday night, PocketFives has put together a list of five players to keep an eye on as the action progresses now through September 20. Daniel Negreanu He's poker's all-time leading money earner and easily the most visible star in the game today, but that doesn't mean Daniel Negreanu has any interest in resting on his laurels. Negreanu is - as he often is - very confident in how he thinks he's going to do during the Poker Masters. So much so, that he took on as many $50,000 must-win bets on himself against any other player in the field as he could book. Along with the prize money he'd win,Negreanu stands to win an additional seven figures if he takes home the Purple Jacket. It's worth noting that despite all of Negreanu's success, he has only won one event with a buy-in of $25,000 or more; the €25,600 2013 WSOP Europe High Roller. Fedor Holz Remember when Fedor Holz won the 2016 World Series of Poker One Drop High Roller and then promptly retired? Well, he still considers himself retired as he focuses his energy on his new company, Primed Mind, but the German superstar does come out of the woodwork every now and then to play an event or two. He'll be playing all five events and will be vlogging from start to finish for PokerCentral. Adrian Mateos At just 23 years old, Adrian Mateos already has a ridiculously impressive list of accomplishments next to his name. He's won three WSOP bracelets, the European Poker Tour Grand Final and almost $10,000,000 in live tournaments alone. Earlier this year, in the span of just 31 days, Mateos finished runner-up to Dietrich Fast at the $50,000 Super High Roller event at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida and then won the €50,000 Eight Max Shot Clock event at the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. Doug Polk Doug Polk should probably make this list just for being the most recent WSOP One Drop High Roller champ, but Polk has become one of the game's biggest stories thanks to the content he's produced and his willingness to put himself out there. He's also got a growing rivalry of sorts with Negreanu and getting the opportunity to see those two clash during any of the five events is worth the price of subscription alone. Phil Hellmuth We've already mentioned that all five events are streamed on PokerGO and everybody knows that Phil Hellmuth has never met a camera he didn't like. The chance to be a constant part of an eight-day long broadcast while sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best players in the game is something Hellmuth lives for. On top of that, he's also coming into the Poker Masters with a little bit of momentum. Three weeks ago he beat Polk and Dan Cates to win the Poker Night in America King of the Hill event. He followed that up with a runner-up finish in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker event for his 12th biggest score ever.
  17. Triton Poker set out to make poker history this week and they most certainly will and in more ways than one. Not only does the Triton Million’s £1,050,000 buy-in ($1,273215) make it the largest buy-in tournament in history, but with 54 players helping generate a prize pool of £54,000,000 ($65,611,361) the first place prize of £19,000,000 ($23,085,479) makes it the largest single tournament payout of all time. Million Dollar Payouts It’s not just first place that is going to find themselves flush after the Triton Million comes to an end. With an astronomical buy-in, Triton officials decided to flatten out the payouts opting to award 11 of the 54 registered players (20%) some piece of the prize pool. Granted, the players that just squeak into the money will be earning little more than their money back ($1,335,923) but a final table finish, resulting in a payday of $1,457,371 would make for a career-high cash for 20 of the participants including pros Andrew Robl, Vivek Rajkumar, Michael Soyza, and Matthias Eibinger. Triton Million Official Payouts Place Approx USD 1 $23,074,354 2 $14,176,836 3 $8,743,966 4 $5,355,679 5 $3,643,319 6 $2,671,767 7 $2,088,898 8 $1,700,266 9 $1,457,371 10 $1,335,923 11 $1,335,923 Eight-Figure Paydays The massive payouts of the Triton Million will add two more players into the extremely elite club of poker players who have earned themselves an eight-figure payday at the poker table. The addition of the first and second place scores makes for a total of ten $10M+ paydays in history and offers the current All Time Money List leader Justin Bonomo and the UK’s Sam Trickett the honor of being the first player to accomplish that remarkable score twice in their career. Until the Triton Million only the World Series of Poker’s $1 Million buy-in Big One For One Drop and the WSOP Main Event offered players the opportunity to hit such heights. The only exception was the 2016 Big One For One Drop Monte-Carlo Extravaganze one-off where Elton Tsang took home over $12.2 million in the invite-only tournament that excluded all of the world’s top players. History of Eight-Figure Paydays Year Event Place Player Payout 2019 Triton Million 1st TBD $23,085,479 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Antonio Esfandiari $18,346,673 2014 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Daniel Colman $15,306,668 2019 Triton Million 2nd TDB $14,176,836 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza 1st Elton Tsang $12,248,912 2006 WSOP Main Event 1st Jaime Gold $12,000,000 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 2nd Sam Trickett $10,112,001 2014 WSOP Main Event 1st Martin Jacobson $10,000,000 2018 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Justin Bonomo $10,000,000 2019 WSOP Main Event 1st Hossein Ensan $10,000,000 All Time Money List Possibilities With so much money in the prize pool, there are bound to be some major ramifications to the ever-shifting All Time Money List. At the start of the Triton Million, there were seven players that could possibly surge to the top of the list and overtake current list leader Justin Bonomo. Bonomo himself could put an amazing amount of distance between himself and the rest of the field as he currently holds a roughly $3.1 million lead over the #2-ranked Daniel Negreanu and over $9 million from the #3-ranked Erik Seidel, neither of which are in the Triton Million field. Here’s a look at the players that could make major moves on the ATML should Bonomo not be able to hold them off. Bryn Kenney - With over $34.9 million in total earnings, Kenney could become the new king of the ATML with a win or even a second-place finish. A third-place finish and he will leapfrog Negreanu for second place on the list and any cash will vault him over Seidel in third place, where he only sits $716,117 behind the legend. Jason Koon - The Triton ambassador has been steadily climbing the ATML, currently sitting in 8th place with $28,925,059 in earnings. A victory would send him north of $51 million and into first. A second-place finish in the event is not good enough to take over the top spot but it would put him in second place and within striking distance of #1 at $43 million. Dan Smith - A last-second invite from Bill Perkins puts Smith into the ATML leader mix, where he currently sits at #9 with $27,921,940. His situation is identical to Koon's - a win and he soars to over $50 million. Mikita Badziakouski - The nosebleed crusher from Belarus recently climbed into the #15 spot on the ATML and a win could put him in the top spot with over $48 million. A second-place finish would put him at just over $39 million, currently good for third place. Stephen Chidwick - Generally considered one of the very best tournament players on the planet, the UK savant has the exact same situation as Badziakouski as he only sits less than $3,000 behind him on the ATML. David Peters and Fedor Holz - Peters currently sits at #5 on the ATML and the German phenom, Holz sits right behind him at #6. Both players were among the first five players eliminated from the tournament ending their bid to climb the ATML ladder. Becoming An Instant Legend To say that first place in the Triton Million is massive is an understatement. But just how big is it? To put this first-place prize in perspective, had a player never cashed before, the first place prize alone would put you ranked at #19 on the All-Time Money List. That’s ahead of one of the most famous poker players on the planet, Phil Hellmuth, who has spent over 30 years accumulating his career total of $22,999,083. Second place also puts you in the midst of legends. The over $14 million payday would slot you in at #41 all-time, just ahead of recent bracelet winner Joseph Cheong and right behind 2009 WSOP World Champ Joe Cada. Finally, if the Triton Million third-place prize of over $8.7 million was your first Hendon Mob entry, you would just make it inside the top 100. You start your career at #100 all-time and you’d be the player to knock poker legend Johnny Chan out of the top 100.
  18. The partypoker MILLIONS Online wrapped up yet another starting flight on Sunday with Colombian Carlos 'carlitos350' Camargo topping the Day 1C field. Camargo ended the day with 19,285,021 which puts him sixth overall after the third starting flight. Sweden's 'JORD_GUBBEN' bagged up 18,421,926 for the second best stack of the day. Just 162 of the 1,112 Day 1C entries advanced to Day 2. There are now 464 players already through to Day 2 with two more starting flights to come. The #3-ranked player in the world, Russia's 'hellohellohello', finished with 13,648,610, the 15th biggest stack of the day. Fedor Holz finished with 11,946,929. The current #2-ranked player in the world, 'C Darwin2', snuck into the top 40 Day 1C stacks after finishing with 9,192,875. Overlay Tracking The Day 1C field added another $5,560,000 to the prize pool which now sits at $15,850,000 - $4,150,000 short of the guarantee with just two starting flights remaining. Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts carlitos350 - 19,285,021 JORD_GUBBEN - 18,421,926 hamishc2 - 17,777,764 Alien_Army - 17,351,003 Thomas 'chaAat' Boivin - 16,938,436 Joni 'JJouhki' Jouhkimainen - 16,158,283 RosenheimCops - 156,969,561 savetrpo - 15,329,451 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - 15,378,83 Hahaha_Owned - 15,042,585 Overall Chip Leaders Phil_Gruissem – 26,865,379 hi_all – 24,126,018 bfzhang – 22,549,892 patrondelmal – 21,904,963 Beezneez360 – 21,808,451 carlitos350 - 19,285,021 M1KE1NBRAZIL – 18,884,694 CASHEEEGAMEEE – 18,682,668 JORD_GUBBEN - 18,421,926 hamishc2 - 17,777,764 partypoker MILLIONS Online Schedule Monday, Dec. 3 – Day 1D Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Day 1E (Turbo) Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Day 2 Wednesday, Dec 5 – Final Day
  19. Each of the last five years, Dan Smith has organized a charity drive that pledges to match a portion of what is donated. This year, Smith, along with a group of poker and daily fantasy sports (DFS) pros, pledged to match up to $1.29 million. The drive is officially called the Double Up Drive and benefits 10 different charities, with eight focused on near-term causes and two focused on the long-term. "Poker is an inherently selfish game," Smith said about using his platform in poker to raise awareness and give back. "For me to win, that means somebody else directly has to lose. After a lot of years of it, I thought there was more to life than just playing cards, and I think it's cool that I was able to use my favorite thing to make a difference in the world." Every year, the drive receives a large amount of support from the gambling world, with both the poker and DFS communities heavily participating. Smith works with Tom and Martin Crowley on the drive, and this year Tom pledged half of his winnings from the DraftKings World Championship Final to the Double Up Drive. Known as 'ChipotleAddict' in the DFS world, Tom incredibly went on to win the event for a haul of $2 million and between that event and the FanDuel $2M WFFC Finals, Tom pulled in $2.254 million. That means $1.127 million is being donated to the Double Up Fund. "It's pretty surreal," Smith said of Crowley winning after pledging 50 percent. "When you're playing super high roller (poker tournaments), sometimes you just go completely numb to the value of a dollar. Like, we're playing a $300K tournament, that’s thousands of lives that are going to be literally saved. It's really hard to comprehend. It's a very cool thing, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s been so successful." One of the biggest elements leading to the success of Smith's drive has been the involvement of the poker and DFS communities, and Smith spoke to how much that’s meant to the drive. "Motivating people to do good I think is an unbelievable achievement," Smith said. "Fedor (Holz) last year, Stephen Chidwick this year made very large donations to the drive. It’s just really wonderful to get support. The charity drive is one of the big parts of my life now, and having people whom I respect - I'm great friends with Stevie - getting supported like that means a lot." The seven-figure charity drive is, as he admits, a big part of Smith's life, and with lots of moving parts, people involved, and tons of donations to be handled, both big and small, Smith said he and the group started putting everything together in October, but overall it might not take as much time as one might believe. "It takes a lot less time than you might think," Smith said. "We started brainstorming some charities in October, discussing numbers. We did a handful of one-hour calls. The most challenging thing, I suppose, was getting people to agree on which charities to include, but it makes sense if you’re divvying up what started as $1.3 million. It should take some time. There were a fair bit of logistics, but fortunately, the people at REG Charity were very helpful. They created the website, they’re entering the emails this year. As far as a multi-million dollar fundraiser would go, it takes a lot less time than you might think." Whereas Tom Crowley won more than $2 million from DFS and will be donating more than $1 million of it to the Double Up Drive, Smith hopes he can also make a large contribution from winning an event. Smith is currently in Las Vegas competing in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl. With nearly 40 entries in the field, the prize pool is well north of $10 million. First place is more than $3.6 million. Smith is playing in the event with five percent of his winnings pledged, and he’s not the only one. "Myself and Nick Petrangelo are playing five percent for charity," Smith said. "So that's $15,000, plus hopefully some skill edge, and I am hopeful that it spreads awareness and if people see it on the stream or television then they are encouraged to do good. Even though we talk a lot about the big numbers, I want to clarify that any amount makes a difference. People in Uganda are living off 65 cents a day, an amount we don’t even consider at all." If you're interested in donating to the Double Up Drive, or simply would like to learn more, you can do so at DoubleUpDrive.com. The Super High Roller Bowl Smith is competing in is being aired on PokerGO, and you can get $10 off an annual subscription through using the code "Pocket5s" when signing up.
  20. The fifth edition of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl crowned its champion on Wednesday night, with Isaac Haxton topping the exclusive field of 36 entries to earn the $3.672 million prize. "I just feel f***ing great," Haxton said in the moments following the big win. "I'm just super happy, even a little relieved it's over. Obviously, a day like today is pretty stressful, in the best way." With the victory, Haxton moved to more than $23.65 million in live tournament earnings, which bumps him up ahead of Jake Schindler and into 13th place on poker's all-time money list. "I'm gonna have more than a couple drinks and probably eat at least 1,500 calories of something disgusting," Haxton said about his plans to celebrate, with a smile of course. "That should do it, and then hopefully sleep for about 12 hours. That would be a perfect victory party for me." Super High Roller Bowl V Results 1st: Isaac Haxton - $3,672,000 2nd: Alex Foxen - $2,160,000 3rd: Stephen Chidwick - $1,512,000 4th: Talal Shakerchi - $1,188,000 5th: Adrian Mateos - $972,000 6th: Igor Kurganov - $756,000 7th: Ali Imsirovic - $540,000 For the past three days, the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas played host to the high-stakes affair that attracted the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Fedor Holz, and Justin Bonomo, just to name a few. After Monday’s Day 1, 27 players remained. After Day 2, just seven were left, all in the money and guaranteed a $540,000 payday. Bubbling the money in eighth place was Mikita Badziakouski. Haxton started the final table as the chip leader and Ali Imsirovic was bringing up the rear with the shortest stack left. After starting the final table with 875,000 and blinds of 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 big blind ante, Imsirovic worked his way to nearly 1.9 million before taking a dive in the other direction that ultimately resulted with his seventh-place elimination. Imsirovic lost a pot to Stephen Chidwick that knocked him all the way back down to 520,000 and then got the last of his stack in with pocket jacks against the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5c"] of Haxton. Haxton flopped a flush draw and hit it on the turn to knock out the 23-year-old in seventh. Next to go was Igor Kurganov, who was never able to get any real momentum going on the final day. On his final hand, Kurganov, on the button, moved all in for 350,000 over the top of a raise to 65,000 from Chidwick with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 big blind ante. Talal Shakerchi reraised all in from the small blind and Chidwick folded. Shakerchi had pocket tens to Kurganov’s pocket sevens, and the board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Ac"] to send Kurganov home in sixth place. Shakerchi continued to climb after he busted Kurganov and even worked his way into the chip lead, but then he started to slide the other way as Alex Foxen increased. Adrian Mateos was next out the door when he was eliminated in fifth place by Foxen, falling in the 25,000/50,000 level with a big blind ante of 50,000. Mateos raised and then four-bet all in with pocket nines against Foxen, who made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"]. Foxen flopped a king and held from there to send the young Spaniard to collect his $972,000 payout. With Foxen out in front by a large margin and Haxton in second place, the final four players moved into Level 21 with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante. Shortly after the level went up, Shakerchi went out, and he was busted by Haxton. Haxton opened to 140,000 and Shakerchi reraised all in for 1.285 million. Haxton called with two nines and won the flip against Shakerchi's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"]. Shakerchi collected $1.118 million for his finish. Not too long after, Haxton added another chunk of chips when he busted Chidwick in third place. The two got the money in a blind-versus-blind situation, with Chidwick on the ropes holding the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"] to Haxton’s pocket jacks. To make matters worse for Chidwick, Haxton flopped top set to leave him needing runner-runner. It didn't come and Chidwick was out in third for $1.512 million. Although Foxen held the lead going into heads-up play - his 5.84 million to Haxton's 4.965 million - Haxton made short work of the match. Haxton won the first heads-up pot to take a 2-1 chip lead and Foxen could never recover from there. On the final hand, Haxton limped the button holding the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jh"]. Foxen raised to 225,000 out of the big blind with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"] and Haxton jammed. Foxen called to put himself at risk for 1.33 million, but he wouldn’t be doubling up. The final board ran [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"] to give Haxton two pair and the victory. For Foxen, his second-place finish was worth a whopping $2.16 million and put quite the cap on an incredible year that saw him win more than $6.6 million on the live felt. "For tournament results, there's no competition," Haxton said of where he ranked this Super High Roller Bowl triumph. "This is my biggest score ever and the other ones that come somewhat close are second- and third-place finishes. This is easily the best tournament result I've ever had and it's an event I love. It feels great to win here at ARIA. This is the highlight of my tournament career, no doubt." Widely known as a high-stakes cash game player, Haxton certainly does his fair share of competing in the largest tournaments in the world. As for how he wins this much money, Haxton will take it any way he can get it. "If I can win $3.6 million, I'm not going to be picky about how I win it," Haxton said. "It can be in the lottery, on Wheel of Fortune, I don’t care. Give me the $3.6 million. I’m not going to complain about how I won it."
  21. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings #5-Ranked ‘Sheater’ Has Huge Week, Passes $9 Million One week after fellow countryman ‘lena900’ crossed the $8 million mark, Sweden’s #3-ranked player ‘Sheater’ did him one better and sped past the $9 million lifetime earnings milestone. The former Worldwide #1 (currently ranked #5 in the world) absolutely shattered the high money mark with his runner-up finish in Event #12 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em) for $77,405. In addition to the cash, the score also brought ‘Sheater’ over 480 PLB points, bringing him dangerously close to overtaking Brazil’s Joao Simao in the Worldwide rankings, now only trailing him by less than 40 points. The score was part of a solid week for ‘Sheater’ that included four final tables and just over $100,000 in earnings. The next step for the Swede is a step-by-step uphill climb to joining the prestigious $10 million club. ’nilsef’ Puts $6 Million In The Rearview Mirror German grinder ‘nilsef’ rocketed past the $6 million lifetime earnings mark this week by putting in a massive amount of volume and posting a string of seemingly non-stop results. The exact tournament that helped him make the mark was his first-place finish in the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold’em on November 30 for $4,491. While for many, even for ‘nilsef’, $4,491 is a solid score, the #1-ranked German player had himself a fantastic week by taking home massive five-figure scores in two of the recent PokerStars High Rollers. The first was a runner-up finish in Event #5 ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em) for $30,700 and then less than a week later, once again. finishing in second during Event #14 ($1,050+R No Limit Hold’em) for another $49,600. ‘nilsef’ recorded 66 cashes this week, including five outright victories in over 25 final tables. $5 Million Lifetime Badge For Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman Like ‘Sheater’ before him, Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman, yet another Top 10 Swedish beast, passed a major milestone when he took 14th place in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for $3,666 and passed the $5 million in lifetime earnings. Currently sitting in the Top 20 Worldwide (#18), Hellman kept busy at the online tables taking in 12 four-figure scores this week and amassing total earnings of over $33,000. ’proudflop’ Enters Top Half of Top-100, ‘kofi89’ Scratches Top-25 The UK’s Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot continues to march into the upper echelon of the Worldwide Top 100, making one of the largest leaps of the week, right into the top half of the rankings, currently sitting at #41. Joining him in making major moves is Argentina’s #1-ranked player, ‘kofi89’. Just last week we announced his surpassing the $2 million lifetime mark, this week he enters the Top 25 in the Worldwide rankings. His upwards move is in part to his victory in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $23,355 and 363.32 PLB Points. In addition, eight others reached new career highs in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 100 rankings. Career High Rankings In Top 100 Gary ’quiditbear’ Hasson - #96 to #92 ’untaktik’ - #98 to #91 'lofidream' - #93 to #82 'aziz.mancha' - #94 to #80 ’imlucknuts’ - #75 to #74 Patrick ’thebigdog09 Brooks' - #79 to #73 Owain ’sngwonder’ Carey - #55 to #51 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #51 to #41 'drupalucker'- #41 to #33 'kofi89'- #30 to #25
  22. [caption width="640"] Paul Volpe, Cliff Josephy, Ari Engel, Chris Moorman, Patrick Leonard and Shaun Deeb are among the group of elite players to have been ranked #1 on PocketFives at some time in their careers.[/caption] In 2016, we chronicled the adventures of all of the former #1-ranked players in PocketFives history as they chased down World Series of Poker glory. We followed Fedor Holz winning his first bracelet and the November Nine runs of Griffin Benger and Cliff Josephy. We're back this year, to follow 39 former #1 players throughout the 2017 WSOP. The Big Winners No other former #1-ranked player has more WSOP earnings than Holz. Thanks almost entirely to the $4,981,775 he took home for winning the $111,111 One Drop event last summer. In 2015, he won a combined $531,037 for deep runs in the $10,000 Six Max NLHE Championship and the Main Event. All told, the German has $5,675,543 in lifetime WSOP earnings. Josephy, who has two WSOP bracelets, is second with $4,263,393. The lifetime WSOP earnings for all 39 former #1-ranked players whose real name is confirmed is $32,388,502. All-Time Earnings for Former #1-ranked Players 1Fedor Holz$5,675,543 2Cliff Josephy$4,263,393 3Daniel Kelly$2,638,393 4Chris Moorman$2,426,563 5Annette Obrestad$2,166,575 The Most Decorated Josephy is one of four players in this group that have won two WSOP bracelets. The other three are Paul Volpe, Shaun Deeb and Dan Kelly. Another six players have one bracelet each, bringing the total number of bracelets won by this group to 14. The Kings of Cashes With over $33 million in cashes, it's no surprise to learn that former #1-ranked players have made their way to the cashier's cage at the Rio a grand total of 608 times. Nobody has done it more than Dan Kelly though. The two-time bracelet winner has cashed 47 times, including 12 times last year. Eleven cashes behind Kelly, Deeb and Sorel Mizzi are tied with 36 cashes each. All-Time Cashes for Former #1-ranked Players 1Daniel Kelly47 2Shaun Deeb36 2Sorel Mizzi36 4Steve Gross35 5Paul Volpe34 5Taylor Paur34 Can They Top Their 2016 Performance? It's hard not to look at what the group did in 2016 and think it just won't ever be topped. A total of 110 cashes, three players (Holz, Volpe and Deeb) each took home a bracelet, and the group walked away with $11,729,142 in cash - 34% of their all-time earnings. Two players, Josephy and Benger, made the Main Event final table, earning $3,453,035 and $1,250,190 respectively. Topping that is going to require a very special summer from at least two former #1-ranked players and we'll be tracking this group here on PocketFives throughout the summer.
  23. Some of the biggest names in poker are headed to Aria Hotel & Resort in a few weeks for the third annual Super High Roller Bowl. Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel and Dan Smith are just some of the 56 players in the field this year, and now 888poker wants to put you front and center for all of the action. Between now and May 15, poker fans from anywhere in the world can enter to win the Super High Roller Bowl VIP Backstage Pass, which includes travel for two, accommodation and the chance to meet some of the players at a VIP dinner. The package is valued at $5,000. The contest is free to enter and all it requires is some social media savvy and a little bit of creativity. Visit 888poker on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and post a picture, video or even just a comment explaining why you should get to the free to Las Vegas to rub elbows with some of the game’s greatest players. Make sure to tag 888poker in each post. The 888poker social media team will pick one winner on May 16. There are a couple of rules for entry. All participants must be at least 21 years old and must have a valid 888poker account. If you don’t have an 888poker account, you can sign-up here to get a free $10 on top of your first $10 deposit, PLUS a 100% bonus up to $700 on that same deposit.
  24. 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
  25. [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.

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