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  1. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Donnie recap the second week of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online which included a 70-year-old first-time online poker player winning a bracelet, 2015 Joe McKeehen winning the third bracelet of his career, and poker YouTuber Ryan Depaulo winning almost $160,000 and his first WSOP bracelet from the parking lot of a New Jersey Whole Foods. The guys also preview the upcoming WSOP events on GGPoker and the World Poker Tour Online World Championships on partypoker and discuss how some recent field sizes in the PokerStars Stadium Series might be indicative of players saving their bankroll for other things. Lastly, they discuss the latest in the Phil Ivey-Borgata lawsuit and start to get a little bit excited about the potential return of Ivey to the live poker scene - when live poker returns, that is. Make sure you subscribe to The FIVES – available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  2. When Las Vegas-based poker pro Kami Hudson decides to do something she tends to go “full out.” From her morning meditation routine clearing her head, setting her intentions, and getting active to grinding online, Hudson’s approach to all of her passions is one of positivity and going for it. “I’m a big believer in positive thinking and in poker and in life I do my best to look on the bright side of things.” And there’s been plenty to be positive about for Hudson, who plays on WSOP.com under the screen name ‘Loco4coco’, when it comes to her poker career. More specifically, her positivity helped her in her recent victory in the World Series of Poker $320 Online Circuit Season Finale NLHE event in which she took home her first career gold ring and a payday of over $50,000. “I was really excited to win a ring,” Hudson said. “As all MTT players know, it isn’t easy to win a tournament, and all of the close calls can really start to wear on you.” Hudson had been tracking down a WSOP Circuit ring for years, making three final tables over the past three years in various WSOPC events. She also bubbled a WSOP final table in 2017, finishing in 10th place in a $1,500 event for over $23,000. But those close calls just encouraged her press forward. “Yes, I’ve had a lot of close calls and have been close to winning several events, but instead of letting that get me down, I use it as motivation and look at it as a sign that I am growing,” she said. “I don’t look at it as a failure but instead as improvement and that I must be doing a lot of things right to get so deep and close.” Hudson, who grew up in Oklahoma and earned her degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, has always found herself drawn to pursuits that lend themselves to success in the game. “As a kid growing up and throughout my entire life I have always been curious and inquisitive, into playing games, solving various kinds of puzzles, and super interested in studying people and the psychology behind everything I encounter,” she said. “I’ve been around a poker environment since the age of 18 and that’s how I began picking it up. In the beginning, it was more of just a hobby and it wasn’t until about four years ago I became more interested in it and started taking it more seriously.” At the same time that Hudson first encountered poker, she also was introduced to another life passion. In her first year of college, she was invited to go on a trip to Honduras to visit and work with an orphanage. “From that very first trip, I fell in love with the people and the place, and the rest is history,” she said. “Those kids broke my heart wide open and change my entire life in the best ways possible. Thirteen years and twenty trips later, it has become my biggest passion.” Hudson isn’t a part of an organization, it’s a personal endeavor that she at first shared with a friend but now has now extended to her entire family including her parents and sisters. Projects for the orphanage have included installing an entire water purifying system, purchasing a new playground, fixing up the building, providing greater security and essential items like bedding and pillows for the children. “But the biggest thing I have a heart for, the type of service most important to me, is investing my time and energy into the children emotionally and mentally,” she said. After her first trip, she immediately started learning Spanish so she could better connect with the kids. "I spend a lot of my time there sitting with the kids and communicating about life and their goals and what we can do to accomplish their dreams." “Each time I leave, I leave a piece of my heart there, but at least I know I leave with them knowing that they are loved, brave, smart and that people believe in them,” she said. “My days there are spent laughing, crying, playing, building, teaching, learning, starting and keeping traditions, showing consistency, capturing the good times on camera so that they can have photos of a happy childhood with people who love them with people who love them, and making memories with some of the most beautiful people on the planet.” “I know it might not look like much to some people but to these kids, it might be the first time a person has been a constant source of love and support in their life.” That love and support, when at it’s best, is a two-way street. Hudson not only has had the opportunity to change the lives of children in desperate need but in return, she found love and purpose in her own life. "I will never forget the time I heard one of my little 6-year-olds praying before dinner, and she prayed for the lives and health of her mother and father, who she had never met, and then followed that with all of the things she was grateful for. That hit me hard,” Hudson said. “Those kids have changed my life, they have given me so much. I will never be able to repay them, but I will continuously return to them, over and over, to do all that I can to try." Hudson credits her current life as a poker pro with giving her the flexible schedule and free time to continually support the orphanage and the kids. She has plans on returning to Honduras at some point after her current World Series of Poker grind. “I plan on playing the majority of the WSOP.com/USA event because I think they are amazing value,” she said, noting that one of the reasons she originally moved to Las Vegas was to have access to these types of events. “I do intend to travel to Mexico to play some of the [GGPoker] events next month, but mainly the $1Ks and lower. Winning an online bracelet would be a great accomplishment but I don’t think I will feel fully satisfied until I win one live.” For Hudson though, satisfaction in poker is one thing while the definition of success is another. “We all have our definitions of success,” she said. “Success and happiness are relative. One of the biggest lessons my kids in Honduras have taught me is that happiness isn't based on material things. Because despite not having money or many material items, they are so much happier than the majority of people I know who society would consider being "rich". In my opinion, the key to happiness and success is being grateful for what you have and always doing the best you can with what you know at the time.”
  3. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.
  4. GGPoker’s World Series of Poker Silk Road satellite series is making the dream of competing for a WSOP gold bracelet available to everyone - including micro-stakes grinders. Unprecedented Satellites From July 1 through August 31, the online site is offering a series of satellites to WSOP bracelet events with buy-ins ranging from $1.08 to $21.60 with thousands of dollars in tournament tickets guaranteed. But this is not a step system or a super-satellite, these are direct satellites - win and you’re in. Players that make it to the end of a Silk Road tournament will find themselves playing for a bracelet on GGPoker. The guarantees start at $1,000 worth of tickets and climb all the way to $100,000. During the first week alone, there is more than $289,000 worth of WSOP entries on the line. Silk Road LeaderBoard In addition to having the opportunity to play a bracelet event for a previously inconceivably small buy-in, GGPoker is also giving Silk Road grinders a leaderboard that will award the winner a $5,000 WSOP Main Event ticket. The leaderboard runs from the start of the series on July 1 through August 29, two days before the start of the Main Event. If by chance, the winner of the leaderboard has already locked up a ticket to the $25,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, then they will be paid out in tournament dollars. Every time you play in a Silk Road event, you have the opportunity pick up points for the leaderboard. And calculating those points is easy with GGPoker’s published formula. Leaderboard Point = f * sqrt (Prize pool / k) k is the place of finish f=2.0 (1st place) f=1.5 (Final table) f=1.0 (In the money) f=0.5 (Bubble) An item of note for players is that the first World Series of Poker ticket won during the series is a must-play for any target event. It cannot be exchanged for tournament dollars. If a player wins multiple tickets for the same event, any unused duplicate tickets will be exchanged for GGPoker tournament dollars. GGPoker WSOP Silk Road Series - Week One [table id=71 /]
  5. The 2020 World Series of Poker on GGPoker is less than two weeks away and on Sunday some of the game's brightest stars appeared more than ready to get after a bracelet a two. Stephen Chidwick dominated on partypoker, earning wins in the High Roller Club The Big Game and $10,300 High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance beating 165 and 44 players respectively to win a total of $367,727.71. Chidwick wasn't the only high stakes regular who picked up a pair of wins on Sunday. Artur 'mararthur1' Martirosian beat out 99 other entries in the PokerStars $5,200 High Roller to win $88,459.85 and then another 39 in the PokerStars $2,100 High Roller Club Sunday High Roller to earn $34,653.40. In both events, fellow Russian 'hello_totti' finished runner-up and was left to console himself with $110,606.71. The biggest single score on the day belonged to Ali Imsirovic. Beating 37 other entries in the partypoker High Roller Club Main Event, Imisorovic banked $387,125. Runner-up Rob Yong walked away with $251,750 while Martirosian added another $156,750 to his Sunday haul after coming in third place. 'mathouse' defeated 'Martin Pineiro' heads-up to win the GGPoker GGMasters outright for $71,947.50. The event had a $35,768 overlay on the $500,000 guarantee after drawing 3,364 players. PokerStars High Roller Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 100 Prize pool: $500,000 Artur 'mararthur1' Martirosian - $115,217.45 hello_totti - $88,459.85 Malaka$tyle - $67,916.35 PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $2,100 Entries: 40 Prize pool: $80,000 Artur 'mararthur1' Martirosian - $34,653.40 hello_totti - $22,146.86 WATnlos - $14,153.98 PokerStars Bounty Builder Buy-in: $109 Entries: 3,051 Prize pool: $305,100 exitonlyKK - $18,791.21 + $10,649.42 in bounties yAAwn - $18,787.99 + $5,191.15 in bounties Marto115 - $11,005.78 + $3,499.16 in bounties partypoker High Roller Club Main Event Buy-in: $25,500 Entries: 38 Prize pool: $950,000 Ali Imsirovic - $387,125 Rob Yong - $251,750 Artur Martirosian - $156,750 partypoker High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance Buy-in: $10,300 Entries: 44 Prize pool: $440,000 Stephen Chidwick - $176,000 Dan Shak - $112,615.80 Jake Schindler - $57,200 partypoker High Roller Club The Big Game Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 165 Prize pool: $866,370 Stephen Chidwick - $191,727.71 Thomas Boivin - $137,752.83 Michael Watson - $100,498.92 GGPoker GGMasters Buy-in: $150 Entries: 3,364 Prize pool: $500,000 ($35,768 overlay) mathouse - $71,947.50 Martin Pineiro - $50,874.60 eggt8rt - $35,973.80 GGPoker Global MILLION$ Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,639 Prize pool: $1,000,000 1kkwinner - $82,359.39* BigToeJoeBeiso - $78,579.86* Drupada - $109,484.08* Raisetwice1994 - $70,795.17* GGPoker Bounty Hunters Main Event Buy-in: $210 Entries: 1,910 Prize pool: $382,000 michael79 - $43,612.13* + $21,133.19 in bounties BanBang! - $23,522.92* + $3,888.28 in bounties NocturnalSagitario - $27,957.93* + $6,619.84 in bounties
  6. The 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event was always going to be a big deal. Now it's official - it will have the largest prize pool in the history of online poker. GGPoker released its entire 2020 WSOP online schedule on Friday and the $5,000 Main Event comes with a $25 million guarantee. "We knew GGPoker would go BIG on the WSOP Online Series, but this is ridiculous," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. "The single biggest guarantee in the history of online poker is exactly what this once-in-a-lifetime event deserves." The Main Event is clearly the highlight of the 54-event schedule, but there is also a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha, $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event, a $10,000 Short Deck event, and the $25,000 NLHE Players Championship to make up the rest of the marquee events. The Main Event The $25 million guarantee on the Main Event makes it the largest online poker tournament prize pool ever. The previous high was the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS which guaranteed $20 million and ended up at $21,780,000. There are multiple starting flights, each one a freezeout, for the $5,000 buy-in Main Event beginning on August 16. Day 2 runs on August 30 and the final table will be played out on September 6. Players start with 50,000 chips and the event will be played eight-handed throughout. Two Other Eight Figure Guarantees Along with the Main Event, there are two more eight-figure guarantees, one belonging to the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Super MILLION$ and the other is the $25,000 buy-in NLHE Poker Players Championship coming in at $10 million each. The other events with guarantees are the $100 buy-in The Opener ($2 million), $400 Colossus ($3 million), $400 PLOssus ($1 million), $1,500 Millionaire Maker ($5 million - $1 million to first), HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship (HK$8 million), $150 GGMasters WSOP Edition ($1 million), $500 Mini Main Event ($5 million), $50 BIG50 ($1 million), and the $100 WSOP Millions ($2 million). Asian Market Focus Taking advantage of GGPoker's strong following in Asia, there are 11 events with a start time that puts it in prime time in most of that market. These events all begin at 8 am ET which puts them at 8 PM in Beijing, China, and 9 PM in Seoul, Korea, and Tokyo, Japan. The highlight of that group is the HK$8,000 buy-in Asia Championship. The No Limit Hold'em event has an HK$8 million guarantee. [table id=66 /] The Great Game of Pot Limit Omaha While Hold'em makes up a bulk of the schedule, there are nine Pot Limit Omaha events on the schedule including the $5,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Championship on July 21. The biggest PLO field is likely to come from the $400 PLOssus. There are 15 starting flights beginning July 19. Players can reenter each flight one time and the event has a $1 million guarantee. There are no Omaha 8-or-better events on the schedule. Familiar Events Throughout It just wouldn't be the WSOP without some of the nicknamed events on the schedule. The 2020 WSOP Online schedule includes the Millionaire Maker, the Marathon, Colossus, PLOssus, and the Monster Stack. The Millionaire Maker has a $1,500 buy-in with $1 million going to the eventual champion. Players can enter the event through the 15 starting flights that begin on July 26 and players can reenter each flight once. Players start that event with 50,000 chips and levels will be 13 minutes long. The $400 buy-in Colossus has a total of 14 starting flights beginning July 20 and players can reenter one time per flight. People's Choice One unique element of the schedule includes four events at the tail-end of the schedule that will be decided by the players through one of three methods. There are two events dubbed "People's Choice - Most Popular", a "People's Choice - Spin the Wheel" event, and a "People's Choice - Pros Vote" event. The manner in which this tournament formats and structures will be determined was not announced. Streaming Schedule Seven final tables, including the Main Event, will be streamed on PokerGO. Other PokerGO events include Event #2 ($1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief), Event #10 ($400 Colossus), Event #11 ($300 PLOssus), Event #17 ($1,500 Millionaire Maker), Event #25 ($10,000 Heads Up NLHE), and Event #38 ($25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship). Each of these seven events will be stopped once they reach the final table and broadcast on PokerGO the following Saturday, The remaining 47 final tables will be streamed on GGPoker's Twitch channel GGPoker.TV. 2020 WSOP ONLINE SCHEDULE - GGPOKER [table id=73 /] Note: An earlier version of this article listed the number of Main Event flights. PocketFives is working to confirm this number.
  7. When World Series of Poker officials announced in mid-April that the 2020 WSOP was being postponed due to the uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, they promised that players would be playing for "WSOP glory from their homes" this summer. That promise was met last week when the WSOP announced a total of 85 online bracelet events with 31 set for WSOP.com for players in Nevada and New Jersey, and another 54 for players outside of the United States to be battled for on GGPoker.com. The response from some of the poker community wasn't all that positive with a large number of complaints focused on the fact that these events will award each winner a WSOP bracelet. "My reasoning is likely separate from many others as I was indifferent to holding (a bracelet) until I learned of the significance it has with friends I love who love the game," said Brandon Shack-Harris, who won a bracelet in 2014 and another in 2016. "I realized that some people go their whole lives dreaming of realizing what I was lucky to stumble onto, and had been taking for granted." Shack-Harris took to Twitter to tell the story of how Chad Brown being awarded an honorary WSOP bracelet before his passing in 2014 and subsequently learning how much the bracelet meant to Brown forced to him to better recognize and appreciate the personal significance of the award. The history behind and prestige of the bracelet is front of mind for Shack-Harris and others who fear that WSOP executives aren't keeping that in mind as they make decisions. "The WSOP does a fantastic job with some things like holding tournaments for an inordinate number of participants and incorporating all types of game formats," said Shack-Harris. "I don't think the entity itself cares much about poker overall, and there are frequently sloppy executions of various aspects of the series that have demonstrated this assumption." Shack-Harris lists the increasing number of reentry events, smaller buy-in events, and WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific as evidence that the WSOP has sacrificed the value of a bracelet. He believes the WSOP should follow examples from major sporting championships like tennis' Wimbledon or golf's The Masters in regards to the exclusivity of the titles. "Not every player is going to agree with every business decision you make. But we are guided by the simple principle that we want the WSOP to mean as much as it can to as many people around the world as possible not the same as it once did to a few," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP. "Our mission and our opportunity is to present the poker world to the rest of the world and paint the game in a positive light." Not all players believe the decision to turn to online poker in light of the unprecedented circumstances created by the pandemic is a bad direction. Mike Leah, who won a WSOP bracelet in 2014 at WSOP APAC, thinks the pandemic provided a catalyst for Series officials to expand their offering. "The thing that it really did for them is it gave them an urgency to find a partner outside of the US which I think is amazing because instead of being forced to play on WSOP.com, there's another avenue for WSOP prize pools and bracelets and that's probably the biggest positive that came out of this," said Leah. The postponement of the 2020 WSOP live series came with a caveat that organizers were targeting the fall to host some form a live event in 2020. Shack-Harris believes that adding 85 bracelet events without solidifying plans for the live series sets a dangerous precedent. "I think there will likely still be a live series later in the year, and offering up 85 online events for a bracelet with no transparency regarding the potential of a live format going or not going bothers me more than anything else," said Shack-Harris. "If people make arrangements to play online because they feel this is their only shot at a bracelet this year, and then a postponed series shows up out of the blue, I think it's somewhat deceitful, but probably great business." Despite their intentions to hold a live event in Las Vegas this year, Stewart isn't sure how that can happen as the coronavirus situation changes frequently. Current Nevada gaming regulations limit the number of players at a table to no more than six and not all poker rooms are even open. Travel restrictions in place would also significantly limit the number of players who could attend from outside of the United States. "We have no concrete pathway to the offline event. We have a partner who is absolutely all-in. We have the opportunity to organize massive prize pools, deliver buzz and energy for the industry, and perhaps most of all, engage an entirely new segment of players," Stewart argued. "I’m looking at WSOP Online as the biggest ever marketing vehicle for international players and the only failure will be if we can’t convert many of them to playing WSOP Las Vegas when we’re back in session." The online series puts the lack of online poker regulation in the United States into the spotlight once again. Only players physically located in Nevada or New Jersey will be able to play the bracelet events on WSOP.com and GGPoker does not accept players from the United States. Pennsylvania has had regulated gaming, including poker, available since last summer, but Stewart indicated the company is still in the development process of getting up and running in that state and was unable to give a timeline for their launch there. This leaves a large percentage of the United States on the outside, unable to play without traveling and Leah believes a high number of the complaints are coming from players who simply can't play. "I think if you went through the people that have negative feedback or complaints about this, probably at least 80% of them are from people who are not in New Jersey or Nevada or the rest of the world or somewhere where they can play," said Leah. "I'd be disappointed as well, but people have been disappointed about unregulated poker in the US for a long time so this is just something that brings it to the forefront again." The complete GGPoker event schedule has not been posted, but it is expected to include only Hold'em and Omaha event. The 31-event schedule from WSOP.com also includes only those two games. The lack of mixed games - traditionally a staple of the WSOP schedule - has also upset many players that feel the online product isn't a proper reflection of the history of the Series. "I'm disappointed too and you best believe you may see even more mixed games at the next live WSOP," said Stewart. "But while much of the summer schedule will feel familiar to the spirit of WSOP at the Rio, this is WSOP Online, and online is dominated by flop games. If we gave GGPoker a little more time to develop, who knows. But we are not going to ask them to rush a new unproven derivative to the market in time for the summer." Some in the industry have made the suggestion that the bracelets awarded this summer shouldn't be held in the same regard as events won in a live tournament. The argument is similar to the one that people made when Caesars expanded the tournament offering to Europe with bracelet events in 2007 and Asia-Pacific in 2013. Rob Yong, owner of the Dusk Till Dawn cardroom in England and partypoker partner, floated the idea of awarding silver bracelets for events not held in Las Vegas. "I understand the argument, the sentiment of it, but I also know that a lot fewer people would play," said Leah. "With bracelets, they'll be even bigger but if you take them away you're going to lose some of the interest and obviously the prize pools will be smaller and make people not want to play as much. I think a lot fewer people will play. If it's a bracelet event I know I'm going to do my best to play every single event." Leah, who lives in Canada, has already begun the search for full-time childcare for his one-year-old son to ensure he can play as many of the 54 events as possible. Stewart thinks any attempt to diminish any bracelet win is going to be difficult given the expected turnout for the online events and feels comparison of various events and eras isn't worth the headache. "The relative value of bracelets is not up to me to determine; large fields vs high rollers, Europe fields vs 1990’s Binion’s," Stewart said while indicating the bracelet design for these 85 events is a differentiating factor. "But I have my strong point of view on this series. Based upon the numbers we project for most of the events, these will statistically be some of the hardest bracelets to win, ever. And the prize pools will be such that it will be very difficult to try and diminish the accomplishment." The original 2020 WSOP schedule had a total of 101 events, with 14 of them being played exclusively on WSOP.com. A sevenfold increase in the number of online events is a gigantic leap with huge revenue opportunities for the WSOP. Leah doesn't think the online events will ever be able to replace or replicate the summer camp, bucket list feel that the live tournament series is famous for. "I don't think anything's ever going to change the annual WSOP in Vegas every summer because that's everyone's favorite thing of the year. But adding to it, maybe an online bracelet series at some point in the year on WSOP.com and GG ends up being an annual thing and I could see that as being a pretty positive thing." Going from 85 online events this year to a smaller number next year goes against the WSOP's previous expansion online. Since launching online events in 2015, the total number of them on the schedule has gone from one (2015, 2016) to three (2017) to four (2018), to nine (2019) with 14 originally scheduled for 2020. Stewart believes the unique set of circumstances presented to them this year doesn't mean they'll end up with a similar schedule once a full schedule can be played live in Las Vegas. "I don’t foresee we’ll have this number of online events again. But there certainly is a place for online bracelets on an every year basis," Stewart said. "I am optimistic this year will be huge, and then we can evaluate. Everything we do is on a year to year basis to test the reception. The same players against the idea of a vast online series now may be demanding it in the future."
  8. In 2020, the action of the World Series of Poker looks to be taking place entirely online. And as he has been in years past, Daniel Negreanu is here for all of it. Last week it was announced that the 2020 World Series of Poker was pivoting to a schedule of 85 online gold bracelet events in response to the live summer series indefinite postponement. The first half of the schedule offers 31 bracelets to online players in Nevada and New Jersey on WSOP.com. The remaining 54 bracelet events will be taking place on GGPoker where, for the first time, players outside the U.S. can compete in a WSOP online event. Negreanu, a devout believer in the WSOP brand and current GGPoker ambassador, has not only announced that he’s planning on competing in the entire series but he also inciting additional action with a brand new bracelet bet where he’s publicly offered to take on all comers. As explained, the bet pits Negreanu versus any bettor who can choose any player they’d like to win a bracelet. It’s ‘must-win’ bracelet bet, and Negreanu is taking up to $100,000 worth of action against any given player. If both players win a bracelet, the bet is a push - the same if neither takes one down. The bet also has an interesting caveat that it’s not just for the online series, but it’s for the rest of the calendar year. That means that if the WSOP decides to hold any live events in Las Vegas in the fall, those will count. As would any bracelet events that take place at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov or any other unspecified alternate locations. Within 24 hours of offering the bet, Spring Championship of Online Poker record-setter Connor Drinan was officially maxed out. The next day, 2018 Poker Masters champion Ali Imsirovic was also off the board, in what looks like a case of a player picking himself against Negreanu. That’s not the only way Negreanu is looking to drum up action. He’s also putting up to a total of $1 million at 2.5 to 1 that he finally captures bracelet number seven in 2020. He instantly picked up action from all corners of the poker community including booking smaller bets in his replies against pros Daniel Strelitz and Eoghan O’Dea. Some money may be on the sidelines, waiting to see what the GGPoker schedule of bracelet events will look like. The WSOP.com schedule is complete with a bracelet event being offered every day throughout the month of July. The entire GGPoker schedule has yet to be completely unveiled, as the online operator has indicated that the schedule will be rolled out a little at a time, perhaps week by week in the summer. Whatever the second-half schedule turns out to be, Negreanu plans on being there for it. As mentioned on the DAT Poker Podcast, Negreanu has already set up a poker pad in Mexico with all the amenities he needs to grind from August through the end of the series in the second week of September. Going big for the World Series of Poker is nothing new for ‘Kid Poker’, who has been betting big and bringing fans on his WSOP journey for some time now. Just last year, Negreanu offered fans the ability to purchases pieces of his entire WSOP schedule. When all was said and done, Negreanu had profited over $2 million over the course of the series and, according to him, made his investors over $481,000. His daily WSOP vlogs have also been a huge hit with fans, with each video routinely getting over 100K in views. Additionally, this will not the first time that Negreanu has been involved in a high-profile bracelet bet. In 2018, Negreanu went looking for high-stakes bets of $25,000 that either he or Phil Ivey would bink and bracelet. Neither of whom booked a win that year. Bracelet bets have long since been a part of World Series of Poker culture. Some of the most exciting moments of the WSOP gripped the poker world when it was known that there is huge money on the side. It was just four years ago that Jason Mercier nearly won a 180:1 bet on $10,000 against Vanessa Selbst that he would win three bracelets in a single summer. Within a week, Mercier took down two bracelets and a runner-up finish. Mercier came close but didn’t cash in on the bet. He did, however, take down the 2016 WSOP Player of the Year honors. Perhaps the most exciting post-poker boom bracelet bet belongs to Tom Dwan. Many in the poker community was feverishly anti-sweating Dwan when he was heads up in a $1,500 NLHE bracelet event against Simon Watt. It was rumored that Dwan would have won upwards of $12 million if he earned his first bracelet on that day in 2010 with players like Phil Ivey, Eli Elezra, and Negreanu himself on the other side of the bet with seven-figure sums at risk. This year, Negreanu is the one hoping to make his opponents sweat. By taking on a number of $100K heads-up bets, should he win an online bracelet, the windfall for him would be exponential. The World Series of Poker online events begin on July 1 on WSOP.com and expand onto GGPoker on July 19.
  9. The World Poker Tour and partypoker have tabled their hand with their summer plans. On Friday, the two premier poker brands announced the first-ever WPT World Online Championships, a nearly two-month-long online series that offers players a shot at becoming a WPT champion while guaranteeing $100,000,000 million in total prize money. Just weeks removed from the successful conclusion of the record-setting WPT Online Championship series, the World Poker Tour and partypoker have teamed up once again. The WPT World Online Championships will take place from July 17-September 8 and hold 12 WPT Online Championship events. Five of the 12 events will be considered full-featured WPT Main Tour Events. The winners of those tournaments will earn all the same perks as a player who has gone the distance in a live event. This includes membership in the WPT Champions Club, a $15,000 seat to the Season XVIII WPT Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, and the player's name engraved on the WPT Trophy. The $10M Gtd Main Event, which kicks off on August 29, has a $10,300 buy-in and two starting flights, each with a single re-entry available. The tournament will take five days to play out and, as the tournament progresses, has a structure close to that of a live event with levels at the final table extended to 60 minutes each. The other four WPT Champions Club tournaments each have a $3,200 buy-in and a $3 million guarantee over a variety of NLHE formats. “The WPT World Online Championships brings together the World Poker Tour and partypoker together once more for what will be the largest series in both of our histories,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour in a press release. “The spectacle on display during the WPT Online Series will be heightened once more come July with another major milestone for the World Poker Tour. Five WPT Champions crowned in a single series is a first for the WPT in 18 seasons and we look forward to welcoming them all into the WPT Champions Club.” The full schedule is packed with No-Limit Hold’em events including 8-Max, 6-Max, and Knockout tournaments. For variety, there is also a Pot Limit Omaha, PLO Hi-Lo, as well as Heads Up tournament. Most of the events also have three tiers of buy-ins. For each of the Main Events, there is a Mini and a Micro version of the events. In addition to the Main Event, there are a pair of tournaments aimed at pleasing the biggest names in the game. The $25,500 High Roller on September 5 guarantees $10 million while the $102,000 Super High Roller has a $5 million guarantee. Also of note, on July 29, the WPT is holding a one-off WPT Shooting Stars for Charity PKO tournament with a $1,100. “This is a true series for players across the board,” said Hermance Blum, WPT VP Europe. “Limited re-entries, buy-ins at all levels, and five ways to become a WPT Champion are all highlights of the first-ever WPT World Online Championships.” With no live World Series of Poker taking place in Las Vegas this summer, the race to fill the void with online offerings is on. The WPT World Online Championships will go head-to-head with the recently announced World Series of Poker online schedule which kicks off on July 1. Like the WPT, the World Series of Poker was forced to adjust to the times. They pivoted to offer 31 gold bracelet events for players in the United States on the WSOP.com platform and another 54 bracelet events on through their partnership with GGPoker which concludes on September 6. Between the two series, there will be no shortage of online titles to battle for this summer and the industry is still awaiting a potential announcement from PokerStars as to what they may have planned. “I’m delighted that we have been able to partner with the WPT to revive the WPT World Championships and bring the series online for the first time,” said partypoker Managing Director, Tom Waters. “We want to give the festival more of a live event feel, so the tournaments will be structured as such, including single re-entry for all No Limit Hold’em event, freezeouts, limited late registration, and limited Day 1’s. Due to popular demand, players will be able to see each other’s real names at the tables.” WPT World Online Championships Schedule [table id=55 /] * bold events indicate Main Tour events. For a Full Festival schedule of events, click here.
  10. After having to postpone the 2020 World Series of Poker due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, WSOP officials promised poker players they would soon have a solution so that would "allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes." On Monday, the WSOP took the first step towards fulfilling that promise. The WSOP has announced 31 events for players in the regulated American markets served by WSOP.com and 54 events on GGPoker for players located outside of the United States. Before being postponed, the 2020 WSOP was scheduled to award 101 bracelets including 14 that were going to be played on WSOP.com for players in New Jersey and Nevada. "It wouldn't be summer without WSOP," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP. "While we are thrilled to be reopening our venues and optimistic about future offline events, we couldn't be more excited about deepening our relationship with GGPoker and watching some history unfold online this summer." This marks the first time that players located outside of the United States have been able to compete for a WSOP bracelet online. Players inside Nevada borders first played for a WSOP bracelet in 2015. In 2018, players in New Jersey played in bracelet events alongside their Nevada-based colleagues following the intra-state merger of player pools in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. "There's nothing in the world like winning a WSOP bracelet," said Daniel Negreanu, who joined GGPoker as an ambassador earlier this year. "Bringing this experience online will open the door for a new generation of poker players to feel the rush of competing for the game's biggest prize." WSOP.com is currently not available in Pennsylvania. Stewart also indicated that PokerCentral, owner of PokerGO and the official streaming partner of the WSOP, will also be involved in creating content including live streams, highlight packages as well as "virtual bracelet ceremonies" with interviews with each winner. The decision to partner with GGPoker for the WSOP bracelet events just weeks after the conclusion of the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series on the growing online poker site which awarded $6,728,197.80 over 18 ring events and nearly $128 million over 498 events scheduled around those ring events. WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events 2020 The WSOP.com online bracelet events kick-off on July 1 with one event each day through the month of July culminating with the $1,000 buy-in Championship event on Friday, July 31. There are six other events with a $1,000 buy-in as well as a $1,500 and a $3,200 High Roller event. According to a press release, WSOP.com players will also be able to win their share of $100,000 to be awarded to top performers in July's bracelet events. [table id=49 /] GGPoker Online WSOP Bracelet Events 2020 Players who are able to play on GGPoker will begin chasing bracelets on July 19. The event schedule for the WSOP bracelet events on GGPoker has not been announced but the company indicated they plan to "unveil its bracelet schedule on a rolling basis". The final event concludes on September 6. "With over $100M in guarantees during the WSOPC Super Series in May, it's clear that GGPoker and the WSOP make a good pair," said Steve Preiss, GGPoker's head of Poker Operations. "We're excited to create bracelet events that the community will embrace, as well as innovative programming with PokerGO." Buy-ins are expected to be similar to those offered by GGPoker in the WSOP Super Circuit Online where buy-ins ranged from $50 up to $25,000.
  11. After nearly a month of non-stop online poker action, the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series on GGPoker has come to an end. For the first time, players outside of the United States were afforded the opportunity to compete in 18 different online WSOP Circuit gold ring events in a series that promised more than $100,000,000 in total prize money. If anyone had their doubts about the partnership of these “two like-minded global organizations” the numbers released by GGPoker this week indicate that not only did the series perform up to the hopes of the WSOP and GGPoker but it was incredibly popular with the players as well. The $100M Guarantee In addition to the WSOP brand, the $100,000,000 top-line total series guarantee was a big part of the initial marketing push. Billed as the largest guarantee ever placed on an online series, GGPoker looked to solidify itself as a major player when it comes to offering big-time online series. The WSOP Super Circuit smashed the $100M number by more than 30% (which was officially $102,365,000), delivering $134,706,274 in total prize money. GGPoker was able to get there by surrounding the 18 WSOP Circuit gold rings events in a massive schedule that offered a total of 516 tournaments which in turn drew in 485,851 entries. “Over 500 events, more than 485,000 tournament entries, and, of course, $134 million in prizes awarded. The GGPoker community fully embraced and supported the WSOP Super Circuit Series,” said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of Business Development for GGPoker. Gold Ring Events Outperform While there were literally hundreds of events taking place, the main focus of the series was clearly on the WSOP Circuit events. These 18 tournaments represented $28 million of the initially advertised guarantees. When all was said and done, the gold ring events ended up paying out a total of $46,881,552, besting the guarantees by just over 160%. Every single event surpassed its guarantee by a considerable amount. Event #17 ($5M Gtd Main Event) stood out above the rest when measuring the dollar amount exceeding the guarantee. It’s $4,290,050 overage allowed ‘schimmelgodx’ to turn their $1,000 buy-in into a $1.271 million score. Other tournaments including Event #2 ($50 KICK-OFF) and Event #18 ($500 The Closer) saw its $500K guarantee more than double. The closest any tournament came to missing a guarantee wasn’t really close at all. Event #11 ($210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters) drew 3,297 runners to generate a $659,400 prize pool, well abovt its $500K guarantee. While the 18 events represented just 3% of the total schedule, the 126,756 entries they generated was good for 26% of the total number of festival’s 485,851 entries. “The support of the gaming community for the WSOPC on GGPoker was insane,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “No guarantees were too big. Congratulations to all 18 ring event winners.” Incredible ROI’s As impressive as the prize pools and entrants have been, the numbers that really turned heads have been the first-place payouts. Of the 18 gold ring events, 13 paid the winner six-figures or more and eight of those tournaments had buy-ins of less than $1,000. In Event #2 ($50 KICK-OFF), ‘JuanMartinDelPotro54’ turned a $50 buy-in into a massive $137,120 score for a 2,742% ROI in that tournament. In Event #9 ($100 Mini Main Event), ‘miya111’ walked away with $278,361.52 for a $100 buy-in. For many, especially those who play at those stakes, that’s life-changing money. The only tournaments where players didn’t earn more than 100x on their investment was in the High Rollers where there are fewer eligible participants. In Event #8 ($25,000 High Roller Championship), ‘800-522-4700’ earned the biggest payday of the series from the largest prize pool of the series. With their victory, they took home $2,198,291.68, earning 87x on their money. While in Event #10 ($10,000 PLO High Roller Championship), after Pascal Lefrancois bested the 234-player field he turned his $10,000 buy-in into $442,040.69, which was the lowest return on investment for a winner at 44x. In total, the winners of the 18 WSOP Circuit online events hauled in $6,728,197.85. Or roughly 5% of the total amount awarded in the series. WSOP Online Circuit Ring Events [table id=48 /]
  12. The WSOP Super Circuit Online on GGPoker is now in the home stretch after two more events played to a champion on Sunday including on that awarded nearly a half-million dollars to the eventual winner. 'WhiteChick' came out on top of the 9,603-entry field in Event #13 ($400 COLOSSUS) to claim the WSOP Circuit ring and accompanying $499,339 score. Finishing one spot short of the ring, 'Gius2020' earned $347,922 and 'kimokh' won $242,423 for finishing in third place. The $3,649,140 blew right past the initial $2,000,000 guarantee. Event #13: $400 COLOSSUS Entries: 9,603 Prize pool: $3,649,140 WhiteChick - $499,339 Gius2020 - $347,922 ]kimokh - $242,423 momosiso - $168,913 KingWilfred - $117,694 Money209 - $82,006 Luizftorres14 - $57,139 getaxc56 - $39,813 .sitting out - $27,740 The other event that wrapped on Sunday also had no trouble meeting the guarantee. Event #12 ($200 Monster Stack) had 4,846 entries to create a $891,644 prize pool to easily beat the $500,000 guarantee. When the last hand was dealt, '5Dinks4all' stood tall with a $126,949 score to go along with the WSOP Circuit ring. Runner-up 'Piko1432' earned $87,855 while 'MrWheatToast' added $60,803 to their bankroll for coming in third. Event #12: $200 Monster Stack Entries: 4,846 Prize pool: $891,644 5Dinks4all - $126,949 Piko1432 - $87,855 MrWheatToast - $60,803 TheRealElysioum - $42,080 Loazi - $29,122 tonkatsu&wagyu - $20,155 BigMac_373$ - $13,949 GorillaWarfare - $9,653 sinqularis - $6,681 Just five events remain on the WSOP Super Circuit Online schedule with the $1,000 Main Event set to wrap-up next Sunday, May 31. Date Time (UTC) Event Buy-In May 26 13:00 Event #14: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 31 13:00 Event #15: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #16: PLO Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #17: Main Event $5M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #18: The Closer $500,000 GTD [Turbo] $500  
  13. The #1-ranked online poker player in Lithuania added some jewelry to his collection on Tuesday. Gediminas 'NeverGambol' Uselis beat out nearly 3,300 players to win a WSOP Circuit ring in Event #11 ($210 Deepstack Bounty Hunter) of the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series on GGPoker. Uselis earned $47,445 from the prize pool plus an additional $25,643 from bounties collected. It is the third-largest score of Uselis' online career trailing the $78,137 he won on GGPoker in late March and the $105,000 he won for finishing runner-up in a September 2017 Powerfest event. Runner-up 'jackwu9011123' had to settle for a $33,547 prize pool share and another $8,476 in bounties. Third place finisher 'eFJey' won $23,721 and collected another $2,901 from bounties. There are seven more WSOP Super Circuit Online Series events left on the schedule. Next up is Event #12 ($200 Monster Stack) on Sunday, May 24. The Series concludes on Sunday, May 31 with final day of the $5,000,000 guaranteed Main Event. Event #11: $210 Deepstack Bounty Hunter Entries: 3,297 Prize Pool: $659,400. NeverGambol - $47,445 + $25,643 in bounties jackwu9011123 - $33,547 + $8,476 in bounties eFJey - $23,721 + $2,901 in bounties OtterPop - $16,773 + $3,616 in bounties Simpy_The_Best - $11,861 + $10,363 in bounties rlsz - $8,367 + $1,564 in bounties amirc328 - $5,930 + $2,355 in bounties PaiTaSafe! - $4,193 + $5,101 in bounties Smart10 - $2,965 + $2,368 in bounties
  14. Four players earned rings in Sunday's WSOP Super Circut Online Series on GGPoker but only one of them walked away a millionaire. Costa Rica-based '800-522-4700' took down Event #8 ($25,000 High Roller Championship) for $2,198,292. Former #1-ranked Patrick 'Babu$hka' Leonard fell one spot short of the ring but took home $1,611,342 as a consolation prize. Third place finisher 'HotPot44' also picked up a seven-figure score, earning $1,181,110. The $25,000 buy-in event is the largest buy-in in WSOP Circuit history. The 505 entries built the prize pool to $12,372,500 making it the fifth largest online poker tournament prize pool ever. The only events with more money up for grabs were the 2019 and 2018 partypoker MILLIONS ($21,780,000 and $21,090,000), the PokerStars 14th Anniversary Sunday Million ($18,603,200), and the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million ($12,423,200). 'ShopChop96' topped the 5,161-player field in Event #7 ($200 Monster Stack) to win the ring and add $135,965 to their bankroll. Runner-up 'Jayb0y_11' earned $92,875 while 'LuckyBuda' took home $63,866 for coming in third place. Event #9 ($100 Mini Main Event) drew 29,357 entries over the course of 12 starting flights. On Sunday, 'miya111' earned the winner's share of $278,361 from the $2,700,844 prize pool for outlasting everybody. Runner-up 'lecimy_tutaj' scored a $198,411 payday and 'Freddyf86' rounded out the podium finishers and secured a $141,434 bankroll boost. The great game of Pot Limit Omaha rounded out the Sunday schedule in a big way. Event #10 ($10,000 PLO High Roller Championship) had 234 entries to create a $2,269,800 prize pool. Canada's 'ChilaxChuck' picked up the win and $442,041 for their efforts. Just missing out on the ring gave Austrian 'BailaMorena' a $330,250 payday while 'SillyRabbit' - another Canadian - earned $246,731 for finishing in third place. The WSOP Super Circuit Online continues on Tuesday with the final day of Event #11: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD. There are another eight ring events and $10.5 million in guarantees on the schedule. Event #7: $200 Monster Stack Entries: 5,161 Prize Pool: $949,624 ShopChop96 - $135,965 Jayb0y_11 - $92,875 LuckyBuda - $63,866 mezcal - $43,918 LMFAO - $30,200 Yummers19 - $20,767 GanhadorDeFazenda - $14,280 benbenbigalo - $9,820 NWO1985 - $6,753 Event #8: $25,000 High Roller Championship Entries: 505 Prize Pool: $12,372,500 800-522-4700 - $2,198,292 Patrick 'Babu$hka' Leonard - $1,611,342 HotPot44 - $1,181,110 BlackPhillip - $865,750 M0therLover - $634,592 mm1993 - $465,154 AlwaysWithNuts - $340,956 gaufreancienne - $249,920 Sub_Zero - $183,190 Event #9: $100 Mini Main Event Entries: 29,357 Prize Pool: $2,700,844 miya111 - $278,361 lecimy_tutaj - $198,411 Freddyf86 - $141,434 LUCKYBabies - $100,818 Mikhail Semin - $71,867 Gameovered - $51,229 raul-gonzalez - $36,518 black0ut61 - $26,031 JessieCheung88 - $18,555 Event #10: $10,000 PLO High Roller Championship Entries: 234 Prize Pool: $2,269,800 ChilaxChuck - $442,041 BailaMorena - $330,250 SillyRabbit - $246,731 Mikhail Tal - $184,333 4sigma - $137,716 SUPERUNKNOWN - $102,888 DaddyDayCare - $76,868 Pablo21311 - $57,428 Orange5 - $42,905
  15. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The FIVES Poker Podcast returns with an all-new episode and Lance and Donnie bringing you the very latest news from around the world of poker. This week, after a much talked about tweet from partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard, the guys debate the merit of some kind of poker player's union and the impact of unlimited rebuys in the current online poker surge. Plus, the latest results from all of the major online series including PokerStars SCOOP, the World Poker Tour Online series on partypoker, and the WSOP Super Circuit Online on GGPoker. Subscribe to The FIVES Poker Podcast! Available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  16. Natural8 has patched up another pro as Pennsylvania-based grinder Thai Ha becomes the latest brand ambassador for the rapidly growing online poker site. The 29-year old Ha has already had quite an impressive career with over $2.3 million in career earnings and experience battling in live tournaments at some of the highest stakes. Now, he joins the likes of Danny Tang, Michael Soyza, Henri Bueller, and Kitty Kuo on the Natural8 roster. “I am looking forward to playing the rest of the APT schedule, as well as all the WSOPC events. The $1,000 WSOP Super Circuit Main Event with $5 million guaranteed will be very exciting, but I will same my run good for the $25,000 High Roller Championship with $10 million guaranteed,” Ha said. Natural8 has been making plenty of moves as of late, including helping the Asian Poker Tour take their 2020 schedule online for the very first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ha's live tournament resume is packed with results from high buy-in events. He was even one of the high-profile winners of a $25,000 Platinum Pass for the 2019 PokerStars PSPC. But there was a time that online poker was his main grind, spending several years as an online pro. “I have been playing poker since about 2013 when I was still in college,” Ha said to PocketFives last year. “Since 2014, after I graduated and couldn’t get the job I wanted until very recently, my only income was from poker.” Ha’s career has elevated with some exceptional scores over the past 12 months. They include a second-place finish in the $10,000 Short Deck event at the 2019 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, as well as a runner-up finish in the €25,500 Short Deck event at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe for $511,788, a career-high cash. Despite not taking home the bracelet in either of those events, Ha's success in Short Deck has turned him into a bit of a Short Deck specialist. “It has the most fun, fast, and addicting action. That being said, I still like No Limit Hold’em tournaments and a mix of some Pot-Limit Omaha cash games,” Ha said. As a member of the Natural8 team, players can find him grinding online under his own name, “Thai Ha”, and splashing around in the mid-to-high stakes cash games and tournaments. For Ha, the features of the Natural8 software, which is part of the GGPoker Network, is just one of the things that made joining the team so enticing. “The Natural8 software makes me feel more relaxed. It’s more like playing a video game instead of poker. Being able to squeeze the river cards are fun as well, and the staking platform is also unique and easy to use. What gets me excited is the sound system, especially the all-in sound!” Ha is planning on playing the remaining schedule of the WSOP Super Circuit Series which runs through May 31.
  17. For the second time in six events, a Brazilian player has stood tall at the conclusion of a WSOP Super Circuit Online event. Gustavo 'JoaoValli' Pinto topped the 3,615-entry field in Event #6 ($210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters) to win a Circuit ring, $51,879 from the prize pool and another $32,827 in bounties. Pinto joins 'BlaireauEnColere' as Brazilian champions from this Super Circuit. 'BlaireauEnColere' earned their ring and $491,988 by winning Event #5 (BIG $500 NLHE) Finishing one spot behind Pinto, 'HowdyTeeexas' earned $36,405 and picked up $3,980 from bounties. Third place went to 'fishunclefishuncle' for $25,548 and just $1,511 in bounties. The next ring events on the schedule won't finish until May 17. Event #7 ($200 Monster Stack), ($25,000 high Roller Championship), Event #9 ($100 Mini Main Event), and Event #10 ($10,000 PLO High Roller Championship) all play down to a champion on Sunday. Event #6 $210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters 3,615 Entries $723,000 Prize Pool JoaoValli - $51,879 + $32,827 HowdyTeeexas - $36,405 + $3,980 fishuncle - $25,548 + $1,511 ChapoGuzman - $17,929 + $5,194 gringo843 - $12,582 + $1,494 mrbradleyy - $8,830 + $9,998 IAMWILLIAM - $6,196 + $2,361 Vamooooooooos - $4,348 + $3,812 sissyphus - $3,052 + $5,241 WSOP Super Circuit Online Schedule Date Time (UTC) Event Buy-In May 17 13:00 Event #7: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #8: High Roller Championship $10M GTD $25,000 13:00 Event #9: Mini Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $100 13:00 Event #10: PLO High Roller Championship $1M GTD $10,000 May 19 13:00 Event #11: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 24 13:00 Event #12: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #13: Colossus $2M GTD [Final Day] $400 May 26 13:00 Event #14: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 31 13:00 Event #15: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #16: PLO Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #17: Main Event $5M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #18: The Closer $500,000 GTD [Turbo] $500
  18. 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.
  19. The third event on the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series on GGPoker played down to a winner on Tuesday with 3,669 total entries taking their shot at a WSOP Circuit ring. After 12.5 hours of play in Event #3 ($210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters), 'PetitFoxx' emerged victorious for a $47,529 payday and a WSOP Circuit ring. Once heads-up, 'PetitFoxx' and 'Brtz' made a deal before playing it out for another 30 minutes to determine a champion. 'Brtz' wound up earning a $41,797 score for finishing as the runner-up. Third-place finisher 'ArchieAndrews' won $25,849. This is the second title that 'PetitFoxx' has won on GGPoker in the last three days. On Sunday, they outlasted 24 other entries in the Asian Poker Tour Event #21 ($5,000 Super High Roller) to win $53,383.12. Event #3: $210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters 3,669 Entries $733,800 Prize Pool Final Table Payouts PetitFoxx - $47,529 Brtz - $41,797 ArchieAndrews - $25,849 ArtjnDuer - $18,140 GOMEZOFESP0!R - $12,730 kingjouni20 - $25,234 dudu2508 - $6,269 TonyGPT - $4,400 unlucky2k11 - $3,088 There are still 15 WSOP Circuit ring events on the schedule with the next set to run on May 10. The $200 buy-in Event #4 (NLHE Monster Stack) has a $500,000 guarantee and allows for unlimited reentry. WSOP Super Circuit Online Schedule Date Time (UTC) Event Buy-In May 10 13:00 Event #4: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #5: Big $500 $2M GTD $500 May 12 13:00 Event #6: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 17 13:00 Event #7: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #8: High Roller Championship $10M GTD $25,000 13:00 Event #9: Mini Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $100 13:00 Event #10: PLO High Roller Championship $1M GTD $10,000 May 19 13:00 Event #11: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 24 13:00 Event #12: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #13: Colossus $2M GTD [Final Day] $400 May 26 13:00 Event #14: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 31 13:00 Event #15: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #16: PLO Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #17: Main Event $5M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #18: The Closer $500,000 GTD [Turbo] $500
  20. Sunday's opening day of the WSOP Super Circuit Online on GGPoker awarded a pair of Circuit rings, helped push the site to a record-setting number of players on the site, and raised a six-figure donation to COVID research. 'TheMadQueen' took down Event #1 ($1,111 Covid Charity Event) for $269,267 by beating a field of 1,595 entries. Finishing in second place gave 'Igutu' a $193,604 bankroll boost while 'asonthe river' picked up $139,203 for coming in third place. Fourth-place finisher 'tiredfella' also earned a six-figure score, collecting $100,088. $111 from every $1,111 buy-in went to the Nevada Community Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and the total raised ended up being $177,045. The second event on Sunday's slate had a much smaller buy-in with a massive turnout. Event #2 ($55 Kick-Off Event) had 28,291 entries to build a $1,330,366 prize pool. 'JuanMartinDelPotro54' navigated their way through all of them to win a WSOP Circuit ring and $137,120. Runner-up 'jolen' had to settle for $97,302 while 'ValueForNuts' walked away with $69,666 as the third-place finisher. WSOP Super Circuit Online Final Table Results Event #1 - $1,111 Covid Charity Event Entries: 1,595 Prize Pool: $1,772,045 TheMadQueen - $269,267 Igutu - $193,604 asonthe river - $139,203 tiredfella - $100,088 Tourmination - $71,964 Joji123 - $51,743 zagzig - $37,204 FeelsGTOman - $26,750 Ben Carson - $19,233 Event #2 - $55 Kick-Off Event Entries: 28,291 Prize Pool: $1,330,366 JuanMartinDelPotro54 - $137,120 jolen - $97,732 ValueForNuts - $69,666 Schleichmaus - $49,660 fastercallme - $35,399 DirCOOLes - $25,234 pistuk - $17,987 Alice- - $12,822 WangDoenJang - $9,140 WSOP Super Circuit Online Schedule There are 16 more ring events on the WSOP Super Circuit Online schedule between now and May 31. Date Time (UTC) Event Buy-In May 10 13:00 Event #4: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #5: Big $500 $2M GTD $500 May 12 13:00 Event #6: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 17 13:00 Event #7: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #8: High Roller Championship $10M GTD $25,000 13:00 Event #9: Mini Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $100 13:00 Event #10: PLO High Roller Championship $1M GTD $10,000 May 19 13:00 Event #11: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 24 13:00 Event #12: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #13: Colossus $2M GTD [Final Day] $400 May 26 13:00 Event #14: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 31 13:00 Event #15: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #16: PLO Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #17: Main Event $5M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #18: The Closer $500,000 GTD [Turbo] $500
  21. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Another week, another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast with Lance and Donnie discussing all of the most important news from this week in the world of poker. The first-ever Poker Masters Online series has concluded with Alexandros Kolonias winning the overall leaderboard and taking home the Purple Jacket. Plus the World Series of Poker has teamed up with GGPoker to present the $100,000,000 guaranteed WSOP Super Circuit Series featuring 18 gold rings to be won by players outside of the United States. Click the subscribe button to never miss an episode of The FIVES! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  22. The schedule for the WSOP Super Circuit Online to be held at GGPoker has been announced. The series features 18 gold ring events, 595 total tournaments, and more than $100 million in guaranteed prize money to be won. Although the official dates for the series are listed as May 3-31, the series gets underway on Monday, April 27, with the first batch of several starting flights in WSOP Circuit Ring Event #2: Kick-Off $500,000 GTD. This event has 50 starting flights, with several per day leading up to the final day for the event on Sunday, May 3. The event has a $50 buy-in and a $500,000 guarantee. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Also on Sunday, May 3, is WSOP Circuit Ring Event #1, which is the $1,111 buy-in 'Covid Charity $1 Million GTD' tournament. In this event, $111 of each player's buy-in will be donated to the Nevada COVID-19 Task Force. The biggest guarantee from the series comes from WSOP Circuit Ring Event #8: High Roller Championship. This event has a $25,000 buy-in and a huge $10 million prize pool guarantee. It takes place on Sunday, May 17. Sunday, May 10, marks the kickoff of the WSOP Circuit Ring Event #17: Main Event. This $1,000 buy-in tournament has multiple starting days and boasts a $5 million prize pool guarantee. The final day is on Sunday, May 31. "GGPoker is the first and only poker room to guarantee at least $100,000,000 in cash prizes in a single tournament series - our WSOP Super Circuit Online Series is a game-changer in the world of poker." Jean-Christophe Antoine, head of GGPoker, said in a press release. "There’s so much to play for at GGPoker this May; oodles of big prizes, 18 WSOP Circuit gold rings and a whole lot of tournament glory." Ty Stewart, executive director of WSOP, added, "GGPoker just seriously raised the bar. We’re tremendously proud to see that GGPoker’s first international WSOP-C series will sit amongst the biggest online events of all time." Check out the dates for the 18 gold ring events below. Keep in mind that the gold ring events in the schedule below that show "Final Day" are for the final days of those tournaments. Starting flights will take place in the days leading up to the final day. For full schedule details, head to GGPoker.com. WSOP Super Circuit Online Schedule Date Time (UTC) Event Buy-In May 3 18:00 Event #1 Covid Charity $1M GTD $1,111 19:00 Event #2: Kick-Off $500,000 GTD [Final Day] $50 May 5 18:00 Event #3: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 10 13:00 Event #4: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #5: Big $500 $2M GTD $500 May 12 13:00 Event #6: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 17 13:00 Event #7: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #8: High Roller Championship $10M GTD $25,000 13:00 Event #9: Mini Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $100 13:00 Event #10: PLO High Roller Championship $1M GTD $10,000 May 19 13:00 Event #11: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 24 13:00 Event #12: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #13: Colossus $2M GTD [Final Day] $400 May 26 13:00 Event #14: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 31 13:00 Event #15: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #16: PLO Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #17: Main Event $5M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #18: The Closer $500,000 GTD [Turbo] $500
  23. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. It's 2020 and the guys are back on the air and talking poker on another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast! This week, Lance and Donnie get you all caught up with the most important news from the world of poker in the New Year. Phil Galfond prepares to embark on a full schedule of high-stakes poker challenges, online poker site GGPoker introduces a low buy-in, high guarantee Sunday freezeout tournament, and speculation begins about when and if partypoker will finally go live in Nevada. Listen to the latest episode below or download and subscribe from wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  24. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The FIVES Poker Podcast returns as Lance and Donnie bring you all of the need-to-know news from this week in poker. With current events driving people indoors, online poker is seeing a boost in popularity as players take to the virtual felt to stay in action. Plus, after bring down over €900,000 in the Galfond Challenge, Phil Galfond has mounted a comeback against his talented opponent 'VeniVidi1993' and has cut his deficit by nearly €600,000. Also, with the majority of live poker events around the world being canceled or postponed everyone is waiting on what is expected to happen to the 2020 World Series of Poker. The guys dive into that and much more so make sure you download, listen and subscribe to The FIVES! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  25. The 2020 World Series of Poker has been officially postponed. Officials from Caesars Entertainment made the announcement Monday afternoon that the 2020 WSOP would be postponed - not canceled - due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the temporary closure of businesses and the cancellation of sporting events around the world. WSOP executives indicated that a number of events would be played online in the United States through WSOP.com and outside of the United States with unnamed partners. "We are committed to running the World Series of Poker this year but need additional time to proceed on our traditional scale while prioritizing guest and staff well-being," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. "In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes." Last week, the WSOP announced a partnership with GGPoker for 18 WSOP Circuit ring events to be held online in May. The WSOP also has a longstanding partnership with 888poker as the official host of online satellite events. The announcement comes as Las Vegas casinos enter a second month of being closed by order of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. The initial order, issued March 17, was to last for 30 days but Sisolak has not indicated when he will lift the order. The WSOP also indicated that WSOP Europe will remain on the schedule for this Fall.

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