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  1. [caption width="640"] Harrison Gimbel now has a WPT title to go with his PCA Main Event victory (Joe Giron photo)[/caption] Harrison Gimbel burst onto the live poker scene in 2010 when the then 19-year-old took down the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure to become the youngest winner in the history of that event. On Wednesday night, Gimbel added another title to his resume after defeating Mohsin Charania heads-up to win the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder event and pocket $275,112. Along with the cash, Gimbel earns entry to the WPT Tournament of Champions next month in his home state of Florida. Charania was hoping to become the fourth player to capture three WPT titles joining Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen and Anthony Zinno, but Gimbel wouldn’t be denied. Starting the TV final table with the lowest chip stack, Derek Wolters knew he had some work to do. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out for the 26-year-old poker pro. Wolters raised from UTG to 90,000 and Gimbel called from the big blind. After a [poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5s"] flop, both players checked. The [poker card="th"] was enough for Gimbel to lead out for 85,000. Wolters responded by moving all-in for 565,000 and after 90 seconds thinking it over, Gimbel called and tabled [poker card="jd"][poker card="9c"], while Wolters showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"]. Wolters was ahead, but the [poker card="9d"] river gave Gimbel trip nines and Wolters was eliminated in sixth. Russell Garrett opened from the button to 80,000 and Hafiz Khan moved all-in from the small blind. Garrett called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"] and was up against Khan’s [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"]. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="9h"] to counterfeit Khan’s pair and send him home in fifth place. The third elimination of the night happened just 15 minutes later and again began with Garrett opening to 80,000. Gimbel called from the button before Markus Gonsalves made it 275,000 to go from the small blind. Garrett folded, but Gimbel took some time before announcing he was all-in. Gonsalves quickly called and tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"] and found himself ahead of Gimbel’s [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"]. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"][poker card="8c"] to put Gimbel ahead with top pair, but Gonsalves picked up a Broadway draw. The [poker card="qc"] turn put Gimbel further ahead with trips and the [poker card="jc"] river was no help for Gonsalves and he was eliminated in fourth. Three-handed play went on for 90 minutes before Garrett, who began the day with the chip lead, and Charania clashed. Gimbel raised to 120,000 from the button, Charania called from the small blind and Garrett moved all-in from the big blind for 1,770,000. Gimbel folded, but Charania eventually called and tabled [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] and found himself racing against Garrett’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5c"] flop was no help for Garrett and the [poker card="kh"] turn and [poker card="3c"] river were both bricks, sending him out in third place and leaving Charania and Gimbel to play heads-up for the title. When heads-up play began, the two players were separated by just 55,000 in chips - less than one big blind. While it took a little over two hours and 107 hands to go from six players to two, the duel between Gimbel and Charania lasted much longer. The two players played 116 hands of heads-up play with Gimbel and Charania trading the chip lead back and forth at least four times before it finally came to an end. With blinds of 100,000/200,000 and Gimbel holding the lead, Charania limped his button and Gimbel moved all-in. Charania called and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"], while Gimbel turned over [poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Gimbel extra outs for a straight. The [poker card="5d"] turn put Gimbel ahead and the [poker card="5s"] river sealed the deal to eliminate Charania in second place and give Gimbel his first WPT title. The next WPT stop is already underway as WPT Vienna began Tuesday and wraps up Sunday. From there the WPT heads to Florida for three events; the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale and the WPT Tournament of Champions. Final Table Payouts Harrison Gimbel - $275,112 Mohsin Charania - $192,132 Russell Garrett - $123,682 Markus Gonsalves - $91,616 Hafiz Khan - $68,712 Derek Wolters - $54,970
  2. [caption width="640"] While the WSOP Main Event started on Saturday, Harrison Gimbel was busy winning his first WSOP bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] After nearly six weeks of waiting, the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event began on Saturday with almost 800 players showing up to play Day 1A. That wasn’t the only event on the docket on Saturday though. Five other events were also in action, two of which played down to a winner. Morten Mortensen Conquers Main Event Day 1A Field 795 players showed up at the Rio on Saturday with the same dream; win the 2017 WSOP Main Event. At the end of five two-hour levels of play there were just 576 players who managed to still have chips and are moving on to Day 2. Denmark’s Morten Mortensen ended the day with the biggest chip stack with 276,000. That’s almost 20% more than any other player in the field. Sam Grafton bagged up 231,600 for the second biggest stack while Jonathan Little finished with 211,300 for the fourth largest stack. Other notables who put themselves in a good position on Day 1A include Barny Boatman (150,000), Bryan Piccioli (145,100), Alex Foxen (141,500), Faraz Jaka (119,800), Austin Buchanan (117,800), Jon Turner (103,900) and Patrick Leonard (103,500). Reigning champ Qui Nguyen spent his entire day on an ESPN featured table and managed to finish with 96,700. Some of the players who were eliminated include Sorel Mizzi, Blake Bohn, Leon Tsoukernik, Matt Savage, Jerry Yang, Rafe Furst and Brock Parker. Day 1B gets underway at 11 AM PT with action streaming live on PokerGO and later on ESPN2. Top 10 Chip Counts Morten Mortensen - 276,000 Sam Grafton - 231,600 Griffin Abel - 226,000 Jonathan Little - 211,300 David Eldridge - 207,000 Nachman Berlin - 205,000 Frank Crivello - 192,000 Michael Ravn - 188,800 Rahul Byrraju - 186,100 Ronnie Brown - 181,100 $365 Giant Down to 27 Players; John Hutchinson On Top Day 2 of the $365 Giant saw the 882 players who started the day whittled down to just 27 players. Leading the way after Day 2 is John Hutchinson out of San Clemente, CA. He finished the day with 21,200,00. He’ll need to work his way through 20 other players on Sunday if he hopes to win the bracelet and $291,240 first place prize money. Some of the players he’ll have to outlast on Sunday include Ravi Raghavan and Eric Baldwin. Action resumes at 2 PM PT on Sunday and will play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts John Hutchinson - 21,200,000 Hrair Yapoudjian - 18,875,000 Ravi Raghavan - 12,900,000 Michael Guzzardi - 11,450,000 Tremayne Jernigan - 9,800,000 Akin Tuna - 9,400,000 Dieter Dechant - 8,775,000 Eric Baldwin - 8,075,000 Andrew Crookston - 7,800,000 Martin Zamani - 7,375,000 Harrison Gimbel Completes Triple Crown with $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Win Just over a week after Mohsin Charania won his first WSOP bracelet to complete the live poker version of the Triple Crown, Harrison Gimbel did the same, beating Chance Kornuth to win the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event. The $645,922 first place prize is the second largest score of Gimbel’s live career. Gimbel, who won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in 2010 and the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event in 2016, now has a win on all three tours. Kornuth walked away with $399,132 for his runner-up finish. There were 37 players in the field at the start of Day 3. Matt Salsberg, Eric Froehlich, Kevin Saul, Daniel Negreanu and Ryan Laplante were just a handful of the players who were eliminated on Saturday. Nevada online poker grinder Ian Steinman finished 37th for his fifth cash of the 2017 WSOP. Final Table Payouts Harrison Gimbel - $645,922 Chance Kornuth - $399,132 Ryan Van Sanford - $285,148 John Griffin - $206,119 Christopher Farmer - $150,772 Enio Bozzano - $111,619 Vinicius Teixeira Alves - $83,644 Kristofer Homerding - $63,457 James Gilbert - $48,745 Jason Gola Beats David ‘ODB’ Baker Heads Up for $1,500 Razz Title All eyes were on Phil Hellmuth on Saturday as he entered the final day of the $1,500 Razz event with a chance at winning his 15th bracelet, but after ‘The Poker Brat’ was eliminated in sixth place, the attention shifted to David ‘ODB’ Baker. Baker started the day with the chip lead and eventually found himself heads-up against Jason Gola for a shot at the second bracelet of his career. The pair went back and forth with the lead before Gola finished Baker off. The win was the first for Gola and afterwards he spoke about how some of his good friends helped him come through. “The winner's bracelet for me is bringing in (the influence of) Brandon Shack-Harris. He's a really good friend of mine and I've watched and sweated him in tournaments,’ said Gola. “I don't know if anyone can bring back a small stack back better than Brandon. He's got to be one of the best in the world at it; I've watched him do it on a number of occasions – to win a bracelet and go deep in tournaments -- and he inspired me. You don't give up even when you have just a few chips.” Along with the bracelet Gola took hom $132,957 for the win while Baker added $82,174 to his bankroll. Final Table Payouts Jason Gola - $132,957 David ‘ODB’ Baker - $82,174 Brad Ruben - $55,958 Wendy Freedman - $38,847 Benny Glaser - $27,503 Phil Hellmuth - $19,865 Gerard Rechnitzer - $14,645 James Schaaf $11,024 Five Remain in Ladies Championship Event Just five players are left in the Ladies Championship event with Heidi May holding more than double the chips of any other player. The Australian grinder, who has already cashed in four big field NLHE events this summer, finished with 1,752,000 chips while Deborah Worley-Roberts has 861,000. Among the 80 players eliminated on Saturday were Julie Cornelius, Vanessa Selbst, Lynn Gilmartin and Amanda Baker. The final five players will play down to a winner beginning at 2 PM PT. Final 5 Chip Counts Heidi May - 1,752,000 Deborah Worley-Roberts - 861,000 Julie Dang - 458,000 Jana de la Cerra - 280,000 Katherine Ansorge - 250,000 Perry Friedman Leads $10K Seven Card Stud Championship It’s been 15 years since Perry Friedman won his only career WSOP bracelet but on Saturday he took massive strides towards changing that. Friedman rose to the top of the chip counts at the end of Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and now has just six other players in his way. Friedman finished with 1,737,000 which gives him more than double any other player. Chris Ferguson ended Day 2 with 853,000. The final seven also include Mike Wattel, Bryce Yockey, John Monnette and Shaun Deeb. The event has massive WSOP Player of the Year implications as well. Both Ferguson and Monnette could take a stranglehold on the race with a win in this event. Monnette is currently third in the standings, one spot ahead of Ferguson. Todd Brunson, Dan Zack, Jason Mercier, Randy Ohel and David Benyamine all busted after the bubble burst on Saturday. The restart is scheduled for 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Perry Friedman - 1,737,000 Chris Ferguson - 853,000 Sean Mirrasouli - 580,000 Mike Wattel - 511,000 Bryce Yockey - 392,000 John Monnette - 289,000 Shaun Deeb - 39,000
  3. Just like every other year going back to 2004, a fresh start to poker's yearly tournament calendar kicks off with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. This year brings a heightened level of excitement with the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship headlining the event in what is lining up to be a record-setting PCA. Speaking of records, in anticipation of the 2019 PCA festival, PocketFives went looking through the poker history books at HendonMob to find the biggest winners in history from PCA. Here’s what was found. Thanks to a gigantic $3 million payday in 2009, Poorya Nazari holds the record for the largest first-place prize at PCA. He won the 2009 PCA Main Event from a field of 1,347 entries to claim that prize. Three other times in history has the PCA Main Event winner taken home at least $2 million. In 2008, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier took home $2 million, Harrison Gimbel won $2.2 million in 2010, and in 2011 it was Galen Hall scoring $2.3 million. But, none of those players is the top all-time money earner from PCA. That title currently belongs to Bryn Kenney, and it doesn’t appear that Kenney is going to be caught anytime soon. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List PLAYER EARNINGS 1 Bryn Kenney $6,245,111 2 Steve O'Dwyer $3,800,542 3 Tony Gregg $3,096,596 4 Poorya Nazari $3,000,000 5 Scott Seiver $2,970,620 6 Galen Hall $2,877,080 7 Vanessa Selbst $2,824,640 8 Isaac Haxton $2,583,616 9 Jason Koon $2,555,555 10 Daniel Negreanu $2,521,490 11 Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier $2,484,120 12 Harrison Gimbel $2,329,220 13 Dan Shak $2,278,140 14 Cary Katz $2,257,420 15 Byron Kaverman $2,213,355 16 Mustapha Kanit $2,020,200 17 Justin Bonomo $1,991,372 18 Dimitar Danchev $1,985,000 19 John Dibella $1,955,300 20 Ty Reiman $1,937,770 21 Chris Oliver $1,834,160 22 Eugene Katchalov $1,763,220 23 Will Molson $1,750,735 24 Daniel Dvoress $1,607,302 25 Nick Petrangelo $1,581,665 As you can see, Kenney is worlds ahead of the competition, winning more than $2.4 million more than anyone else on the list. That $2.4 million gap alone is good enough for 12th place on this leaderboard. Kenney's largest score from PCA came in the 2016 Super High Roller, an event with a buy-in of $100,000 that saw him win $1.687 million. The following year, Kenney won a $50,000 and $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em events for $969,075 and $392,876, respectively. He also has a trio of third-place finishes over the years worth $873,880, $686,960, and $643,000. Steve O'Dwyer is the second highest money earner from PCA entering 2019, taking home more than $3.8 million in prize money throughout the years. O'Dwyer's a pretty good chunk of change away from Kenney, and he's also more than $700,000 ahead of Tony Gregg in third place. Knowing some of the performances O'Dwyer has put together over the years combined with what's on the schedule for 2019 doesn't make it out of the realm of possibilities that he can catch Kenney in 2019. O'Dwyer has one win in a $100,000 buy-in event and two wins from $50,000 buy-in events at PCA for $1.872 million, $945,495, and $760,500, respectively. The 2019 schedule features the $25,000 buy-in PSPC, three additional $25,000 buy-in tournaments, one $50,000 buy-in event, and two $100,000 tournaments, there certainly won’t be a lack of opportunities for O'Dwyer to win a ton of money in the Bahamas this January. That's not to mention the PCA $10,300 Main Event as well. Looking at the rest of the list for players we could see make big moves on the leaderboard after 2019, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon, and Daniel Negreanu are a few of the ones to watch, given their appetite for and success in high buy-in tournaments coupled with the robust schedule to suit their palate. Negreanu's largest score out of PCA came in 2011 when he finished second to Eugene Katchalov in the event’s inaugural $100,000 Super High Roller. Negreanu earned a cool $1 million for that result. He followed that finish up by returning to the final table of the event in 2012, when he took fifth for $250,900. In 2018, he took fourth in the same event for $521,140. Another big score Negreanu had from PCA came in the 2017 PCA $25,000 High Roller. In that one, he took fifth for $268,780. Byron Kaverman and Justin Bonomo are also ones from this top 25 list to keep an eye on. For players not currently in the top 25, don't be surprised if you see Mikita Badziakouski, Alex Foxen, Stephen Chidwick, or David Peters take home a ship full of money from the Bahamas and find themselves listed on the updated list of top 25 winners from PCA when the 2019 version is all said and done. Action from the Bahamas kicks off Sunday, January 6, 2019, with the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship from Atlantis Resort & Casino. PovketFives will be on site all the way through until the event's final day on January 16, so stay tuned for more coverage from the 2019 PCA poker series.

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