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  1. [caption width="640"] Igor Kurganov joins long-time girlfriend Liv Boeree as a member of Team PokerStars Pro. (PokerStars photo)[/caption] He's Russia's all-time leading in live tournament earnings. He's had 21 six-figure or bigger scores. He's fluent in three different languages. He's the co-founder of Raising for Effective Giving. And now Igor Kurganov is a member of Team PokerStars Pro. The addition of Kurganov was announced on Friday. “I'm as active in the game as I've ever been, so I'm excited to work with PokerStars on their future plans. They have undoubtedly been, and will continue to be, the driving force in the poker market and the company that I believe provides the best poker experience for a wide range of players," said Kurganov. "Additionally, PokerStars are going to be supporting some of our plans with REG this year, which makes me really happy.” Kurganov co-founded REG alongside girlfriend fellow Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree. The 28-year-old first broke into the live scene in 2009 with four cashes, including a fifth place finish at the Irish Masters. He began to really make a name for himself in 2011 when he final tabled three high roller events. He finished second to Bertrand Grospellier at the 2011 European Poker Tour Madrid High Roller for $182,560, third in the EPT Tallinn High Roller for $58,210 and second to Philipp Gruissem at the EPT London Hiigh Roller for $497,499. Kurganov's first live win came at the 2012 EPT Grand Final High Roller where he beat Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu heads-up to win $1,425,874. He's cashed 59 times and now has live earnings of $12,042,540, mostly in big buy-in high roller events. Since Kurganov speaks Russian, German and English fluently, PokerStars will be able to use him in multiple markets to promote the brand. "With all the talk of artificial intelligence and poker, we're proud to bring someone with such profound human intelligence as the newest member of PokerStars Team Pro. Igor's mathematical poker mind and passion for giving back to society represent some of the best traits in poker," said Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for PokerStars. "As an outspoken advocate for online and live poker players, he'll contribute to our products, our policies and our promotion of live and online poker in Russia, Germany and serve as a global ambassador for poker as a member of Team Pro.” Kurganov can now be found on PokerStars, playing under the screenname 'IgorKurganov'.
  2. [caption width="640"] Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree took down the ,000 Tag Team Championship on Friday for the first career bracelets (WSOP photo)[/caption] Since they first started dating a few years ago, Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov have been one of poker's "power couples". On Friday night at the 2017 World Series of Poker, they proved that, winning the $10,000 Tag Team Championship for the first WSOP bracelets of their careers. Their win was the highlight of the first busy day of the WSOP. Boeree and Kurganov Deny Negreanu #7 When the final six teams returned to action in the $10,000 Tag Team Championship on Friday, most people were focused on the team with the chip lead since it featured Daniel Negreanu going for bracelet #7. Negreanu's team, which consisted of Eric Wasserson, Mark Gregorich and David Benyamine, managed to get three-handed with the chip lead but Boeree and Kurganov had other ideas. Team Negreanu was eliminated in third place, leaving Boeree and Kurganov to battle heads-up with Ankush Mandavia and Joe Kuether. Mandavia and Kurganov battled for a little over 90 minutes before Kurganov finally eliminated his team's last opponent. "This is genuinely an event where I'm happier about the two bracelets that we win from it," said Kurganov. "People always say that I want to win the bracelet, but here the ratio of bracelet-to-money is even better than usual." The couple also announced they would be donating half of their total winnings to Raising for Effective Giving, the charity they founded together. "The charity was basically our third and fourth player," said Kurganov. Final Table Payouts Liv Boeree - Igor Kurganov - $273,964 Ankush Mandavia - Joe Kuether - $169,323 Daniel Negreanu - Eric Wasserson - David Benyamine - Mark Gregorich - $119,753 Anthony Ajlouny - David Fong - Mike McClain - $86,237 Javier Gomez - Lander Lijo - $63,253 Martin Jacobson - Mark Radoja - $47,271 J.C. Tran - Nam Le - Antonio Gutierrez - $36,008 Connor Drinan - Mike Aron - $27,967 Dietrich Fast - Moritz Dietrich - Jan Schwippert - $22,156 Busquet, De Silva, Paur Highlight $3K Shootout Final Table Just ten players remain in the $3,00 No Limit Hold'em Shootout after Day 2 and a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives is among them. Taylor Paur, who was #1 in 2011, is joined by Olivier Busquet, Jean Gaspard and Upeshka De Silva. Jan Schwippert is also at the final table, making him the first player to make two final tables this summer. Schwippert was part of a team that finished ninth in the $10K Tag Team Championship. The final 10 begins play at Noon. Final Table Chip Counts Olivier Busquet - 571,000 Jan Schwippert - 564,000 Casey Carroll - 562,000 Upeshka De Silva - 550,000 Jean Gaspard - 550,000 Mark McMillin - 550,000 Louis Helm - 548,000 Linglin Zeng - 548,000 Taylor Paur - 536,000 John Richards - 521,000 Christopher Logue Leads Final 29 of $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Only 29 players remain in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or better event, with Christopher Logue sitting on top with 498,000. The day started with 254 players still in contention but 10 levels of play saw 225 of them, including Day 1 chip leader Rex Clinkscales, sent to the rail. World Poker Tour Player of the Year Ben Zamani bagged a top-10 stack. Other familiar faces that will return to Day 3 on Saturday include Marco Johnson, James van Alstyne and Jordan Rich. Action resumes at 2 pm PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Christopher Logue - 498,000 Jim Collopy - 433,000 Kevin Gerhart - 393,000 Jon Seaman - 370,000 Benjamin Zamani - 340,000 James Chen - 336,000 Jared Hemingway - 323,000 Kate Hoang - 320,000 Jordan Rich - 299,000 Gary Vick - 294,000 Little Buy-in, Big Field - Colossus Kicks Off The first two flights of the $565 Colossus - guaranteed to be the biggest WSOP field this year - saw a combined 4,783 players dwindled down to just 157 players with Mark Peters holding the overnight chip lead with 426,000. Peters made his way through the Day 1A field of 2,756 players. Hunter Frey bagged up 400,000 after topping the 1,982 players in Day 1B. Just 157 players survived the two flights and will return on Monday for Day 2. In 2016, Day 1A and 1B, which was on a Thursday, put a combined 5,402 players through the turnstiles - meaning the 2017 Day 1A and 1B numbers are down almost 11.5%. Given that there are four starting flights on a weekend this year, the Colossus field size could see a significant bump over the next two days. Day 1A Top 5 Chip Counts Mark Peters - 426,000 Jack Blair - 396,000 Kevon Bakhtiari - 382,000 Mohammad Farah - 370,000 William Scarsdale - 315,000 Day 1B Top 5 Chip Counts Hunter Frey - 400,000 Ryan Buckholtz - 386,000 Vlad Darie - 360,000 Scott Bohlman - 346,000 Jesse Vilchez - 331,000 Jacobson, Carrel, Polk Shine on Day 1 of One Drop High Roller While the Colossus represents one end of the WSOP buy-in schedule, the $111,111 One Drop High Roller represents the other. Day 1 action saw 119 players show up and after eight levels of play, former WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson stood tall as chip leader. Jacobson bagged up 1,677,000 to edge out Charlie Carrel. The Brit, who took down the 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship Main Event two weeks ago, ended up with 1,624,000. The top five also includes Doug Polk, Brian Rast and Dan Smith. Leon Tsoukernik, fresh off of his Super High Roller Bowl cash, bagged up the sixth biggest stack. Some of the players who did not make it through Day 1 included reigning champion Fedor Holz, Darren Elias, Justin Bonomo, Stephen Chidwick, Anthony Gregg and Super High Roller Bowl winner, Christoph Vogelsang. After hearing numerous complaints from some of the players in the field, WSOP staff decided to cut the day short by two levels. Players can continue to enter until the end of the second level of play on Saturday. To match the field from 2016, an additional 64 players will have to enter before registration closes. Top 10 Chip Counts Martin Jacobson - 1,677,000 Charlie Carrel - 1,624,000 Doug Polk - 1,522,000 Brian Rast - 1,456,000 Dan Smith - 1,360,000 Leon Tsoukernik - 1,325,000 Rainer Kempe - 1,271,000 Adrian Mateos - 1,210,000 Scott Seiver - 1,199,000 Dominik Nitsche - 1,179,000
  3. [caption width="640"] Igor Kurganov was a superstar at work at the PSC Barcelona High Roller final table Monday (PokerStars photo/Neil Stoddart)[/caption] At a star-studded final table in the PokerStars Championship Barcelona High Roller on Monday, nobody shone brighter than Igor Kurganov. The Team PokerStars Pro eliminated six of the final eight players in his way to pick up seven-figure score and his first live high roller win since last October. Daniel Negreanu started the final table with a middle of the pack stack but couldn’t win the races he needed to stay alive. Negreanu lost an all-in preflop battle with Dietrich Fast when his [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] couldn’t beat Fast’s [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] and was left with just 45,000. He was eliminated on the next hand by Kurganov. Down to just eight players, Kurganov went back to work. Kurganov raised to 175,000, Koray Aldemir called but Stanley Choi moved all in from the big blind for 1,305,000. Kurganov called and Aldemir folded. Choi showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] while Kurganov tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5c"] to give Kurganov a pair of aces and eliminate Choi in eighth. Just five minutes later action folded to Bryn Kenney in the small blind and he moved all in for 860,000. Christopher Kruk called from the small blind and showed [poker card="as"][poker card="2h"] while Kenney was behind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="7d"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"] flop kept Kruk ahead and neither the [poker card="8s"] turn, or [poker card="5c"] river offered Kenney any help and he was eliminated in seventh place. Kruk’s run lasted only one hour longer. Kruk moved all in from the button for 1,600,000 and Kurganov called from the big blind. Kruk showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] but found himself trailing Kurganov’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="5h"]. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="ac"] to eliminate Kruk in sixth place. The next elimination came just a few hands later. Ivan Luca moved all in for 1,300,000 and Aldemir called. Luca got bad news after he tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"] and found himself dominated by Aldemir’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"]. The flop was [poker card="qc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2h"], leaving Aldemir ahead, as did the [poker card="6c"] turn and [poker card="ad"] river to send Luca out in fifth. It took almost 90 minutes before the next elimination happened, and once again it was Kurganov conducting things. Kurganov raised to 260,000 before Fast moved all in from the small blind for 1,500,000. Kurganov called instantly and showed [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"] which put him well ahead of Fast’s [poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"]. The board ran out with no relief for Fast and he was eliminated in fourth. An hour after that, Kurganov did it again. Bartlomiej Machon folded his button, Kurganov raised to 360,000 from the small blind before Aldemir moved all in for 4,500,000 from the big blind. Kurganov snap-called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"] while Aldemir was behind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop kept Kurganov. So did the [poker card="9c"] turn. The [poker card="as"] turn was simply icing on the cake for Kurganov, while Aldemir was out in third. Heads-up play began with talk of a deal between Kurganov and Machon. It didn’t take long for the two to come to an agreement. After that, it took just 30 minutes for Kurganov to pick up his sixth and final elimination of the final table. The final hand of the night saw Machon move all in with [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"] only to have Kurganov find [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] for an easy call. Machon was unable to improve and was eliminated in second, giving Kurganov the title and over €1,000,000. Final Table Payouts Igor Kurganov - €1,078,106* Bartlomiej Machon - €864,694* Koray Aldemir - €528,500 Dietrich Fast - €406,790 Ivan Luca - €322,100 Christopher Kruk - €251,900 Bryn Kenney - €198,200 Stanley Choi - €154,900 Daniel Negreanu - €117,700
  4. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu is taking a new approach to tournaments after spending a few months working with coaches (WPT photo)[/caption] Daniel Negreanu's first tournament score was over 20 years ago. Since then he's become poker's all-time leading money earner with $35,269,814 in winnings and become one of the most widely recognized poker players in the world, if not the most. And yet the 42-year-old recently realized he needed to go back to school if he wanted to continue to consider himself elite. After posting just one cash - an eighth-place finish for $102,000 - in five PokerMasters events, Negreanu looked around the table and recognized that the high roller tournaments were being dominated by one group of players, and if he was going to continue to play in them, he needed to change some things about his approach. "I've been playing poker 20 years, so I know the difference between running bad and playing bad or being outclassed. I know I had been running bad in those things, there's no question, but there's no real value in focusing on that stuff because it's out of your control," said Negreanu. "What I can focus on, what about the little spots? I'm getting outplayed in those. And that was happening more than I'd like." The Poker Masters events allowed Negreanu to get a better-than-front-row view as to what the German players were doing and how they were dominating the high rollers. "It became pretty obvious to me that as a team, not in any collusive way, the Germans have worked together to become really, really good at this specific format and they're sharing information with each other," said Negreanu. "So I knew that in order for me to be able to compete that I needed to find some people that I could do that with today, that's more up to date on what's available in terms of learning tools." While trying to figure out what his approach should be or who he should start working with, Negreanu's agent, Brian Balsbaugh, mentioned that he knew of two players who were interested in taking on more coaching projects and might be right up his alley. Negreanu was skeptical at first, but agreed to meet with them and hear their pitch. "I really liked what they had to share. They showed me some data, and they showed me some flaws in other peoples systems and I said, 'Let's make this thing work'," said Negreanu. "I went into partnership with them to work hard for two to three months, three to four times a week at the house for five or six hours a day. It's been a combination of a lot of different things we're studying and I'd say we're probably 25-30% of the way down. There's a lot more to go." As Negreanu sat down with "Matt and MJ" for their first coaching session, Negreanu found himself intimidated by what they were coaching and wondered if he'd ever be able to pick it up and change his game. "Then a couple of hours in, I was like 'Wait - I get it!' I was starting to get it. For 20 years in poker, I've been thinking 100% exploitatively, just do things based on what your opponents perceive of you. So learning how to come from a more game theory baseline was totally alien to me. I didn't grow up with that. It was a little hard in the beginning, but it's really helped a lot of balance and aggression to my game," said Negreanu. German players such as Fedor Holz, Steffen Sontheimer and Stefan Schillhabel have turned the high roller poker world on its head over the past few years by emphasizing the game theory optimal approach to the game. While that's a big part of what Negreanu is learning now, it's not everything he's working on. "I love the way they teach things because they're essentially a hybrid. They're not teaching me how to play GTO, because GTO is not the best way to play, it's just not. Theoretically, exploitative play is better. The problem with exploitative play is you become exploitable," said Negreanu. "What I think about now is what would be the GTO line if I was playing a robot? Then I deviate by saying, well this guy's not a robot, he folds way too often, so I'm going to up my bluffing frequency an extra 20-30% or this guy never folds so I'm going to go down. So I'm deviating from what would be considered the correct play against a robot." After taking time off and focusing on re-tooling his game, Negreanu jumped back into action last week at the Bellagio for a $100,000 Super High Roller event, eventually finishing runner-up behind Dan Smith and earning $936,000 in the process. While he ultimately didn't win the event, Negreanu's quite happy with the outcome not only because it came with a huge cash score, but proved to him he's on the right path. "I like the results. The results are good. I essentially feel like I won that tournament. I got it in with 82% for all the chips and I did everything I could to win that tournament. I felt really, really good about a wide variety of things," said Negreanu.
  5. [caption width="640"] PokerStars returns Prague with a 43-event schedule over 12 days beginning on December 7[/caption] All the presents in the Twelve Days of Christmas are nice and all, but for poker players from around the world twelve days of non-stop poker action is what they really want for the holidays and the PokerStars Championship Series is more than happy to oblige. From December 7-18 the PokerStars Championship series returns to Prague, the largest city in the Czech Republic, for their final stop of the calendar year, PokerStars Championship Prague. The festival includes a little something for everyone in the 43-event schedule, including the €5,300 Main Event. The Hilton Prague Hotel will once again play host to the competition, as it has ever since PokerStars began bringing players to Prague back during the European Poker Tour Season 4 in 2007. One of the more popular winter destinations for players, both for the action and the city that surrounds it, many memorable moments have been made over the years in Prague for the PokerStars crew. In 2009, local grinder Jan Skampa won the main event for over $1 million and two years later the live poker world was introduced to German superstar Martin Finger when he won his EPT Main Event in Prague. Of course, just last year, Dutch player Jasper Meijer was crowned the final EPT champion and as he hoisted the trophy in Prague, the final stop of Season 13, it marked the final stop of the entire tour. It was the end of the EPT era. Now PokerStars is back in Prague for the first time since that emotional finale, ready to start new traditions and anoint new champions in the Golden City. To help with that, PokerStars is bringing out a number of their pros to both mingle with the players as well as test their mettle on the felt. Andre Akkari, Marcin Horecki, Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, who makes his home in Prague, have all confirmed to be on hand. While there is plenty to do in the city of Prague like check out the city’s Christmas markets, stroll across the Charles Bridge or visit the St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle, the tournament schedule PokerStars has put together is likely to keep dedicated grinders indoors and on the felt. The massive 43-event line-up hopes to have a number of events for players managing any type of bankroll. From the €330 multi-flight Prague Poker Cup for those looking for a big score on a modest buy-in to the €50,000 PokerStars Championship Super High Roller, which is likely to have big names vying for even bigger payouts and every buy-in level in between. Of course, all eyes will be on the €5,300 Main Event. Registering 1,192 runners in 2016, last years participants were the most the Prague stop had ever seen, making it a benchmark for comparison here at the start of the Championship years. The Main Event gets started on December 12 and has two starting days. Then, if one can't be in Prague, beginning on Day 2, would-be viewers can tune-in to all-star commentators James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton as they host featured-table action from the event on PokerStars.tv. PokerStars also is continuing their PokerStars Championship Player of the Year leaderboard promotion awarding the winner of the Prague tournament leaderboard a chance to win a $17,000 VIP package to the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and a seat at a $100,000 free roll in the winner-take-all 2017 PokerStars Championship Player of the Year Sit & Go. If that sounds like an amazing opportunity, one had better be prepared to bring their “A” game as the list of players that have already qualified include some of the best in the game, including Koray Aledmir, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Daniel Dvoress, Nick Petrangelo, Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen and high roller regular Bryn Kenney. Online satellites to the Main Event are currently running on PokerStars and, just in case the tournaments scene doesn’t agrehoursth you, PokerStars will be running 24-hour a day cash games with all the action beginning on December 7.
  6. When PokerStars announced the Platinum Pass program in late 2017, they promised to find unique and interesting ways to give the $30,000 packages away. Over the last six months, players have won them by winning PokerStars-branded live events, random draws at those same events and through online play as well. Now they've weaponized their Ambassadors in quite possibly the most unique Platinum Pass offering yet. Jason Somverille, Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov, and Jaime Staples have created specific programs tailored towards their own fan base and following that will award a Platinum Pass. Somerville, who has developed his Run It Up Twitch stream into a highly-successful brand of its own, is looking to find The Next Great Twitch Streamer. Streamers can submit their name between now and July 27 with Somerville choosing three finalists who will be judged by a panel including fellow Ambassadors Lex Veldhuis, Kevin Martin, Staples, Ben 'Spraggy' Spragg, Jeff Gross and Fintan Hand to select a winner. To be eligible, the streamer must log at least 150 broadcast hours during the contest period and play a majority of their games on PokerStars. “I am incredibly excited about the Platinum Pass that PokerStars will be giving away to the next top Twitch poker streamer. What an amazing opportunity for someone to get involved in Twitch poker, try your hand at Twitch poker streaming and be awarded with a Platinum Pass," said Somerville. "If you need any help getting started with your streaming journey, we have a comprehensive guide on RunItUp.com and I am excited to see who gets involved and what these streams look like. I think it is going to be awesome for both poker and Twitch.” Just a few short months after winning a six-figure weight loss prop bet with Bill Perkins, Staples is looking to continue inspire people to take on a challenge and he's offering up a Platinum Pass as inspiration. The challenge, dubbed Your Ultimate Sweat, doesn't have to be a weight loss bet, though. “I wish people could have their own Ultimate Sweat experience. Now thanks to PokerStars you can! I am giving away one Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship and you get to set your own challenge. Lose weight, learn to play Omaha poker, read a book a day, run a marathon,” said Staples. Staples is taking submissions beginning July 1. The last of the three programs announced Wednesday could put players front and center with two of poker's strongest thinkings. Boeree and Kurganov are teaming up to run the Next Great Poker Minds challenge. Players will be tested in a series of multiple-choice quizzes with the top 10 finishers after the four preliminary rounds advancing to the final scheduled for October 3. “What we’ve always loved most about poker is the strategy of the game and how it constantly challenges you to think deeply. Much of this translates to better decision making in everyday life. So when PokerStars gave us two Platinum Passes to give away to our followers, we immediately knew we wanted to do something around rationality and logic,” said Boeree. These three passes are just the first ones being offered by PokerStars through direct interaction with their Ambassadors. Players are encouraged to follow the Ambassadors via social media for more information on qualifying.
  7. One might think that with the holidays on the horizon December would be a quiet month of people spending time with their family. Not for the world of poker. December 2018 was full of record-breaking tournaments and huge headlines. Here are some of the names that made the news in December. Dan Smith Makes A Difference For the past five years, regular high-roller Dan Smith has been collecting donations for various charities at Christmas time. This year, Smith and his collaborators amassed $1.29M for the Double Up Drive and that they would use to match donations to spread to 10 carefully cultivated charities. They nearly got that amount in a single day when DFS champion Tom Crowley promised to give 50% of any winnings he might make from the DraftKings World Championship Final. Crowley, known as ‘ChipotleAddict’, went on to win the event for $2 million and over the weekend hauled in a total of $2.254 - half of which was donated to the Double Up Drive. The donation was ‘surreal’ but Smith wants to make sure people knew that donations of any size are welcome. “I want to clarify that any amount makes a difference,” Smith told PocketFives. “People in Uganda are living off 65 cents a day, an amount we don’t even consider at all.” READ: Dan Smith Charity Drive Gets “Surreal” $1.1M Donation via DFS Champ Isaac Haxton Wins Super High Roller Bowl V The fifth edition of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl saw Isaac Haxton best the field of 36 elite players to earn a career-high cash of $3.672 million dollars. “This is easily the best tournament result I’ve ever had and it’s an event I love. It feels great to win here at ARIA. This is the highlight of my tournament career, no doubt,” said Haxton after the win. The final table was replete with talent including Poker Masters champion Ali Imsirovic, Igor Kurganov, Adrian Mateos, Talal Shakerchi, Stephen Chidwick, and eventual runner-up Alex Foxen. Foxen took home a career-best $2.1 million for his second-place finish. This capped off an amazing year that saw him earn 12 cashes of six-figures or better as well as rise to become the #1-ranked player on the GPI. READ: Isaac Haxton Wins Super High Roller Bowl for $3.672 Million READ: Alex Foxen’s Drive Takes Him to the Super High Roller Bowl The World Series of Poker Releases 2019 Dates Just before Christmas the World Series of Poker delivered players an early present by announcing a partial schedule of the 2019 WSOP. This summer will be the 50th anniversary for the longest-running tournament series and to help commemorate the occasion the WSOP is planning a number of special events for the players. The schedule included the announcement of the ‘Big 50’, a $500 buy-in tournament with a $5 million guaranteed prize pool and a $1 million guarantee for first place. Additionally, in an extra effort to “make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around” many of the marquee events of the summer have an increased starting stack. This includes the WSOP Main Event which is increasing their starting stack to 60,000. READ: WSOP Releases 2019 Dates, New ‘Big 50’ Event - $500 Buy-in, $5M GTD Dylan Linde Wins WPT Five Diamond for $1.6 Million The crypto crash of 2018 has some in the industry fearing that the numbers for the World Poker Tour’s highlight event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, might see a dip in registration. However, just the opposite happened as players flocked to the Bellagio in record-setting numbers. The event attracted 1001 runners and generated a prize pool of $9.7 million. In the end, longtime poker pro Dylan ‘ImaLucSac’ Linde (who re-entered five times in the event) dominated a stacked final table that included Andrew Lichtenberger, Ping Liu, Lisa Hamilton, Barry Hutter and runner-up Milos Skrbic. Linde won a career-high $1.6 million and earned the title of WPT Champion. READ: Dylan Line Wins Record-Shattering WPT Five Diamond Title for $1.6 Million Manuel ‘Sheparentao’ Ruvio, Pim ‘ForMatherRussia’ De Goede Chop 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online. partypoker’s 2018 $20M GTD MILLIONS Online did not disappoint. The incredible online tournament surpassed its posted guarantee and set the record for the largest single online tournament in history with players vying for a first place prize of over $2.6M. In the end, after one hand of heads-up play, Manuel ‘Sheparentao’ Ruvio and PocketFiver Pim ‘ForMatherRussia’ De Goede settled on a lightning-fast chop that awarded both players over $2.3M. Rubio, technically, earned the victory, taking home $20K more than De Goede and now owns the record for the single largest online payday in history. READ: Manuel ‘Sheparentao’ Ruvio and Pim ‘ForMatherRussia’ De Goede Chop partypoker MILLIONS Online A December To Remember December was just one of those month’s where huge news seemed to break every day. Here are some of the other must-read major headlines in December. Michigan opens its doors to online poker. READ: Michigan Becomes Fifth State to Regulate Online Poker The poker world loses a legend in the passing of Thor Hansen. READ: Thor Hansen Passes Away at 71 The pitch black bathroom bet comes to an abrupt end. READ: The $100K Bathroom Prop Ends Early; Alati, Young Agree on $62K Buyout Bay 101’s Shooting Star returns without the WPT behind it. READ: After a Year Away, Bay 101 Shooting Star Returns With New Look
  8. The fifth edition of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl crowned its champion on Wednesday night, with Isaac Haxton topping the exclusive field of 36 entries to earn the $3.672 million prize. "I just feel f***ing great," Haxton said in the moments following the big win. "I'm just super happy, even a little relieved it's over. Obviously, a day like today is pretty stressful, in the best way." With the victory, Haxton moved to more than $23.65 million in live tournament earnings, which bumps him up ahead of Jake Schindler and into 13th place on poker's all-time money list. "I'm gonna have more than a couple drinks and probably eat at least 1,500 calories of something disgusting," Haxton said about his plans to celebrate, with a smile of course. "That should do it, and then hopefully sleep for about 12 hours. That would be a perfect victory party for me." Super High Roller Bowl V Results 1st: Isaac Haxton - $3,672,000 2nd: Alex Foxen - $2,160,000 3rd: Stephen Chidwick - $1,512,000 4th: Talal Shakerchi - $1,188,000 5th: Adrian Mateos - $972,000 6th: Igor Kurganov - $756,000 7th: Ali Imsirovic - $540,000 For the past three days, the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas played host to the high-stakes affair that attracted the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Fedor Holz, and Justin Bonomo, just to name a few. After Monday’s Day 1, 27 players remained. After Day 2, just seven were left, all in the money and guaranteed a $540,000 payday. Bubbling the money in eighth place was Mikita Badziakouski. Haxton started the final table as the chip leader and Ali Imsirovic was bringing up the rear with the shortest stack left. After starting the final table with 875,000 and blinds of 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 big blind ante, Imsirovic worked his way to nearly 1.9 million before taking a dive in the other direction that ultimately resulted with his seventh-place elimination. Imsirovic lost a pot to Stephen Chidwick that knocked him all the way back down to 520,000 and then got the last of his stack in with pocket jacks against the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5c"] of Haxton. Haxton flopped a flush draw and hit it on the turn to knock out the 23-year-old in seventh. Next to go was Igor Kurganov, who was never able to get any real momentum going on the final day. On his final hand, Kurganov, on the button, moved all in for 350,000 over the top of a raise to 65,000 from Chidwick with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 big blind ante. Talal Shakerchi reraised all in from the small blind and Chidwick folded. Shakerchi had pocket tens to Kurganov’s pocket sevens, and the board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Ac"] to send Kurganov home in sixth place. Shakerchi continued to climb after he busted Kurganov and even worked his way into the chip lead, but then he started to slide the other way as Alex Foxen increased. Adrian Mateos was next out the door when he was eliminated in fifth place by Foxen, falling in the 25,000/50,000 level with a big blind ante of 50,000. Mateos raised and then four-bet all in with pocket nines against Foxen, who made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"]. Foxen flopped a king and held from there to send the young Spaniard to collect his $972,000 payout. With Foxen out in front by a large margin and Haxton in second place, the final four players moved into Level 21 with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante. Shortly after the level went up, Shakerchi went out, and he was busted by Haxton. Haxton opened to 140,000 and Shakerchi reraised all in for 1.285 million. Haxton called with two nines and won the flip against Shakerchi's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"]. Shakerchi collected $1.118 million for his finish. Not too long after, Haxton added another chunk of chips when he busted Chidwick in third place. The two got the money in a blind-versus-blind situation, with Chidwick on the ropes holding the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"] to Haxton’s pocket jacks. To make matters worse for Chidwick, Haxton flopped top set to leave him needing runner-runner. It didn't come and Chidwick was out in third for $1.512 million. Although Foxen held the lead going into heads-up play - his 5.84 million to Haxton's 4.965 million - Haxton made short work of the match. Haxton won the first heads-up pot to take a 2-1 chip lead and Foxen could never recover from there. On the final hand, Haxton limped the button holding the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jh"]. Foxen raised to 225,000 out of the big blind with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"] and Haxton jammed. Foxen called to put himself at risk for 1.33 million, but he wouldn’t be doubling up. The final board ran [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"] to give Haxton two pair and the victory. For Foxen, his second-place finish was worth a whopping $2.16 million and put quite the cap on an incredible year that saw him win more than $6.6 million on the live felt. "For tournament results, there's no competition," Haxton said of where he ranked this Super High Roller Bowl triumph. "This is my biggest score ever and the other ones that come somewhat close are second- and third-place finishes. This is easily the best tournament result I've ever had and it's an event I love. It feels great to win here at ARIA. This is the highlight of my tournament career, no doubt." Widely known as a high-stakes cash game player, Haxton certainly does his fair share of competing in the largest tournaments in the world. As for how he wins this much money, Haxton will take it any way he can get it. "If I can win $3.6 million, I'm not going to be picky about how I win it," Haxton said. "It can be in the lottery, on Wheel of Fortune, I don’t care. Give me the $3.6 million. I’m not going to complain about how I won it."
  9. The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is in the books, with notable victories coming from Ramon Colillas in the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship, David 'Chino' Rheem in the PCA Main Event, Sam Greenwood in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and Martin Zamani in the PCA $25,000 High Roller. Each of those players earned mammoth payouts from their victories, but where do they stack up on the 2019 money leaderboard? Let’s take a look. The $25,000 buy-in PSPC was such an enormous tournament that the top three finishers from that event make up the top three spots on the 2019 PCA money list, with Colillas on top thanks to the huge $5.1 million score he earned. Runner-up in that event, Julien Martini, sits second on the list, and third-place finisher Marc Rivera is third on the list. Here are the top 25 money earners from the 2019 PCA festival. Top 25 2019 PCA Money List 1. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 2. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 3. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 4. Sam Greenwood - $1,954,860 5. Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 6. David 'Chino' Rheem - $1,576,200 7. Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 8. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 9. Rainer Kempe - $1,202,760 10. Jesus Cortes - $1,153,440 11. Stephen Chidwick - $1,084,322 12. Marc Perrault - $1,040,520 13. Talal Shakerchi - $994,300 14. Daniel Strelitz - $964,020 15. Alex Foxen - $904,040 16. Martin Zamani - $895,110 17. Farid Jattin - $746,000 18. Igor Kurganov - $697,100 19. Sean Winter - $673,120 20. Scott Wellenbach - $671,240 21. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 22. Steffen Sontheimer - $623,220 23. Dominik Nitsche - $606,360 24. Pavel Veksler - $560,240 25. Justin Bonomo - $533,370 As you can see, Greenwood sits fourth after having won $1.954 million from the 2019 PCA series. Greenwood's big win was in the $100,000 Super High Roller when he scored a $1.775 million first-place prize, but he also added scores of $89,320, $69,100, and $20,980 to his bankroll. Greenwood was one of 21 players to cash at least four times at the 2019 PCA. Another player to cash four times was the player 18th on the 2019 PCA money leaderboard, Igor Kurganov. He banked scores of $378,760, $129,780, $121,040, and $67,450 for a total of $697,100. The largest of those four scores was a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller that Greenwood was victorious in. Other than Greenwood and Kurganov, no player cashed four times in the top 25. Several players in the top 25 cashed three times, though, in addition to Greenwood and Kurganov, of course. Those players were Rainer Kempe, Jesus Cortes, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Strelitz, Alex Foxen, Sean Winter, and Steffan Sontheimer. Kempe won the most money of that bunch with more than $1.2 million in payouts. He placed fourth in a $25,000 no-limit hold’em event before he won a $50,000 no-limit hold’em event and a $10,200 no-limit hold’em knockout turbo. The $50,000 buy-in tournament that Kempe won earned him $908,000. Foxen doesn't appear that he's going to slow down after an epic 2018 saw him haul in more than $6.6 million in live tournament earnings. Foxen has already won more than $900,000 in 2019 thanks to his performances at the 2019 PCA. He placed 11th in a $25,000 buy-in event, second in the $50,000 event that Kempe won, and third in another $50,000 buy-in tournament. Foxen's three scores were for $45,020, $651,980, and $207,040 in those three events, respectively. Four players cashed five times each at the 2019 PCA, but none of them ranked higher than 75th on the 2019 PCA money list. Sitting in 75th overall with a total of $136,460 won was Ariel Celestino. Daniel Tang, Sean Legendre, and Fernand Dos Santos Ferreira were the others to cash five times during the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament series. How did the 2019 PCA change the festival's all-time money list? With a little help from our friends at HendonMob.com, here’s a look at the new top 25 following the completion of the 2019 PCA. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List 1. Bryn Kenney - $6,262,731 2. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 3. Steve O'Dwyer - $3,910,382 4. Tony Gregg - $3,183,095 5. Poorya Nazari - $3,000,000 6. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 7. Scott Seiver - $2,970,620 8. Sam Greenwood - $2,927,337 9. Galen Hall - $2,877,080 10. Vanessa Selbst - $2,824,640 11. Jason Koon - $2,645,595 12. Isaac Haxton - $2,583,616 13. Justin Bonomo - $2,524,742 14. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - $2,484,120 15. Daniel Negreanu - $2,348,097 16. Harrison Gimbel - $2,329,220 17. Dan Shak - $2,323,840 18. Byron Kaverman - $2,307,235 19. Cary Katz - $2,257,420 20. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 21. Mustapha Kanit - $2,077,000 22. Dimitar Danchev - $1,985,000 23. John Dibella - $1,960,700 24. Daniel Dvoress - $1,946,102 25. Tyler Reiman - $1,937,770 As you can see, Bryn Kenney reigns supreme. He came into the 2019 PCA with a big lead on this list, thanks to $6.245 million in earnings from the PCA, and Kenney added a small cash by his standards of $17,620 to move up to $6.262 million. The most notable additions to the top 25 of the PCA all-time money list were three players we already talked about, Colillas, Martini, and Rivera. Those three finished first, second, and third in the 2019 PSPC. Colillas moved to second on PCA's all-time money list, Martini jumped to sixth, and Rivera went up to 20th. Another big jump was had by Greenwood, who entered the 2019 PCA with $972,477 in earnings from the series. After winning nearly $2 million this year, Greenwood shot up the all-time PCA leaderboard to eighth with nearly $3 million in earnings total from the event. Justin Bonomo also increased his standing, going from 17th to 13th on the all-time PCA list after winning $533,370 at the 2019 PCA. Notable departures from the top 5 PCA all-time money list were Christopher Oliver, Eugene Katchalov, Will Molson, and Nick Petrangelo.
  10. Even after the fanfare of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100K Super High Roller died down with Canadian Sam Greenwood earning his sixth career seven-figure score of $1.775M, the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino was still buzzing. Day 1B of the 2019 PCA Main Event was in full swing and, in the afterglow of the PokerStars NL Hold'em Poker Championship, players were eager for one more chance at a huge score to start the year. Along with the Main Event, the superstars of the high roller scene continued to battle it out on the felt - this time in a $50K Single-Day tournament. Enjoy some photos from around the room on this action-packed day. $50K Single-Day [caption id="attachment_622269" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Mikita Badziakouski is a high fashioned high roller.[/caption]   Mikita Badziakouski is a stone-cold killer in high roller tournaments and he’s got the results to prove it. He has over $20.8m in live earnings and also finished 34th in the 2019 PSPC as a Platinum Pass winner for over $86,000. [caption id="attachment_622270" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Christoph Vogelsang's decision to cover up in this manner has sparked some debate.[/caption] Christoph Vogelsang is at the center of an ongoing debate/discussion on how to handle it when players use extreme measures to cover up any facial tells. At first, it was just a scarf, but Vogelsang has now moved to this current look. Say what you want about the Super High Roller Bowl winner - he has results and is currently Germany’s #2 leader in all-time cashes, right behind Fedor Holz. [caption id="attachment_622271" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kurganov is consistently finding himself at high roller final tables. His last victory came in Dec. 2017.[/caption] Daniel Dvoress (left) pocket nines outrace Igor Kurganov’s AJ. When a nine hits the turn, the Jack on the river is nothing but a needle for the PokerStars ambassador Kurganov. Kurganov is coming off a sixth-place finish in the PCA $100K for over $378,000. [caption id="attachment_622272" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dominik Nitsche has amassed over $17M in lifetime earnings.[/caption] Dominik Nitsche reflects on his time in front of a solver while contemplating a decision as Timothy Adams (left) looks on. Nitsche’s most recent high roller success was a fourth-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K for $370,000 in December. PCA Main Event Day 2 Shots from around the room shortly after the dinner break. [caption id="attachment_622273" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Poker legend Barry Greenstein mixes it up in the PCA Main Event.[/caption] Beresford and The Bear. Along with Scott Stewart (right), we look over the shoulder of top-ranked UK online grinder Conor Beresford as he sits with the legend Barry Greenstein. [caption id="attachment_622274" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ole Schemion (left) won the 2019 PCA National for over $148K.[/caption] Two of the final four in the 2019 PCA National are side-by-side once again in the Main Event. National champ Ole Schemion (right) chats with Alexandre Mantovani. READ: Alexandre Mantovani WCOOP Score Into Live Success [caption id="attachment_622276" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Julien Martini finished as the runner up in the historic $25K PSPC for $2.9M.[/caption] PSPC Runner-Up Julien Martini (right) is still feeling good after his multi-million score. Here he sits with Netherlands pro Martijn Gerrits in the PCA Main. [caption id="attachment_622277" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Chino Rheem bubbled the final table of the 2019 PCA National.[/caption] Chino Rheem doing what he does best. Building big stacks in large field tournaments. [caption id="attachment_622278" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Leo Margets has over $1.1 million in live tournament earnings.[/caption] Winamax pro Leo Margets already made a deep run during the 2019 PCA National. Here's she's putting together some chips to make a run in the Main Event. [caption id="attachment_622279" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Has the covering of faces gone too far or is it just no big deal?[/caption] What do you think of this look? Hate it? Love it? Does it bother you or is it fair game? We want to know what you think - tweet at us @PocketFives
  11. One of the most prestigious high rollers of the year came to a conclusion on Saturday as Sam Greenwood defeated the 61 player field in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller for $1,775,460. Late on Friday night, the tournament saw the money bubble burst when Gregory Jensen bowed out in ninth place. The players could have opted to end the day of play right there returning for the live streamed final table with a full table. However, they continued to play to the end of the level. During that time they lost three of the eight remaining players including U.S. Poker Open champion Stephen Chidwick in eighth ($236,720), Steffen Sontheimer in seventh ($301,820) and PokerStars ambassador Igor Kurganov in sixth place ($378,760). When they returned on Saturday, the table was five-handed with Canadian Chris Hunichen with the chip lead. LISTEN: The FIVES Poker Podcast LIVE from the Bahamas with guest Chris Hunichen The first elimination of the day took place during a clash between Talal Shakerchi and Greenwood. Greenwood raised holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="qd"]. When the action made it to Shakerchi, he shoved just over 20 bigs with [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"]. Greenwood made the quick call. The [poker card="3c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="th"] flop paired Shakerchi and the [poker card="qs"], while improving Greenwood’s hand, provided Shakerchi even more outs. The [poker card="7c"] river was not one of them and Shakerchi, who made his second final table of the PCA in as many events, settled for fifth place and another $485,300. This result brings Shakerchi's total 2019 PCA earnings to $994,300. Hunichen had lost his chip lead after taking providing Greenwood a double up earlier in the day. He quickly found himself with a 10 big blind stack. Hunichen subsequently lost another hand to Greenwood and was running on fumes. His tournament came to an end when he made an all-in call holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"] against Henrik Hecklen’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="3s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="ks"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5c"] board never really provided much of a sweat and ‘Big Huni’ bowed out in fourth place for $627,340, a new career-high cash. Hunichen has been on a run as of late as this result comes on the heels of his third-place place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K, where he won his previous largest cash of $592,000. Greenwood then separated himself from both Jesus Cortes and Hecklen and at one point had a greater than 2:1 chip advantage over each of them. Not long after Hunichen's departure, Greenwood and Cortes faced off in a massive cooler that claimed Cortes’ tournament life. Greenwood opened on the button with [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"] and Cortes flatted on the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ks"] action flop provided Greenwood a flopped straight and a set for Cortes. Cortes checked, Greenwood bet, Cortes flat called. The turn was the [poker card="6d"] and after Cortes checked again, Greenwood placed in a larger bet. Cortes, again, just called. The river brought the [poker card="2s"]. Cortes checked for the third time. Greenwood, covering Cortes, shipped all-in. Cortes could not get away from the hand and after seeing the results, headed for the cashier in third place. He collected $828,560 for his efforts. The score almost exactly doubles the total of his previously recorded live cashes of $828,201. With a commanding chip lead headed into heads-up, it didn’t take long for Greenwood to close out the tournament. Greenwood open limped from the small blind with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"] and Hecklen moved all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"]. Greenwood instantly made the call and the pair saw the flop of [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3s"] leaving Hecklen with very few outs. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] providing no help. The [poker card="2d"] river sealed the deal for Greenwood, giving him the victory. This was another amazing showing for Denmark’s Hecklen, who finished in second place for a career-high cash $1,284,260. It comes on the heels of his victory in the EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller where he dominated the table from start to finish picking up $568,680. In total, Hecklen now surpasses $3M in total career live earnings. Greenwood, a PocketFiver, picked up the PCA Super High Roller trophy and takes home $1,775,460 for his performance. This is his second largest cash in his impressive career, one that now includes six seven-figure scores. Greenwood now exceeds $14.5 million for his career and climbs to 37th place on the All-Time Money List. PCA $100K Final Table Payouts 1. Sam Greenwood - $1,775,460 2. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 3. Jesus Cortes - $828,560 4. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 5. Talal Shakerchi - $485,300 6. Igor Kurganov - $378,760 7. Steffen Sontheimer - $301,820 8. Stephen Chidwick - $236,720
  12. The crazy week for the World Poker Tour continued on Friday afternoon as the $10,000 buy-in ARIA Summer Championship played down to a winner. Matthew Wantman eliminated four of the final six players to win $443,475 and his first WPT title. Wantman also earned automatic entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions that gets underway Saturday at ARIA. It took just four hands to get the first elimination. Action folded to Ryan Laplante and he moved all in from the hijack and Wantman called from the big blind. Laplante turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] which had him racing against Wantman's [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="jc"] runout missed Laplante and gave Wantman an unneeded set of jacks to bust Laplante in sixth place. Laplante wasted no time in getting back on the horse though. The next elimination came just six hands later. Jim Collopy limped for 15,000 before Wantman raised to 65,000 from the small blind. Collopy moved all in for 540,000 and Wantman called. Collopy tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"] and Wantman was well ahead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop failed to connect for Collopy and all he could do was watch the [poker card="td"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river miss him again to officially eliminate him in fifth place. The fast pace of eliminations continued and only five more hands passed before Wantman found another victim. From the button, Wantman raised to 40,000 and Art Papazyan called from the small blind before Kevin Eyster shipped his last 375,000 from the big blind. Wantman called and Papazyan folded. Wantman again turned over a monster, this time [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] while Eyster needed some help with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="7h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="tc"] runout gave Wantman a queen-high flush and eliminated Eyster in third. It took four hours and 140 hands to go from three players to heads up. Papazyan, who was looking for his third career WPT win, button-raised to 85,000 and then moved all in for 1,545,000 after Igor Kurganov made it 300,000 from the small blind. Kurganov called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] and Papazyan was in rough shape with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="js"] flop gave Kurganov top pair and Kurganov bottom pair with players drawing to a chop with Broadway. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river the [poker card="5c"] to give Kurganov the pot and send him to heads up against Wantman while Papazyan was out in third position. The players were nearly even in chips when heads up began; Wantman held 53% of the chips. Over the next two hours, Kurganov and Wantman played 53 hands and traded the chip lead a few times before Wantman finally put Kurganov away for good. Down to 18 big blinds, Kurganov shipped all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"] and Wantman called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"][poker card="ts"] flop gave Wantman a commanding lead in the hand and neither the [poker card="6d"] turn or [poker card="4s"] river changed anything to send Kurganov out in second and award Wantman his first WPT title. The event drew 192 entrants for a total prize pool $1,824,000. In 2018, the Bobby Baldwin Poker Classic, which held the same spot on the calendar at ARIA, attracted 162 players. Final Table Payouts Matthew Wantman - $443,475 Igor Kurganov - $285,650 Art Papazyan - $209,980 Kevin Eyster - $156,220 Jim Collopy - $117,640 Ryan Laplante - $89,685
  13. In the eight years since the World Series of Poker Main Event went to a three-starting flight schedule, only once has the Day 1A field reach 1,000 or more players and that was 2012 when they snuck into four-digit territory with 1,066 players. There was no sneaking in on Wednesday. 1,336 players showed up to play Day 1A, giving WSOP officials hope that this year's event might be a record-breaker. Williams wasn't the only notable to suffer an early end to his Main Event. Shane Warne, Frank Kassela, Bryn Kenney, Mohsin Charania, Brandon Shack-Harris, and Kristen Bicknell all ended with a zero as their Day 1A chip count. Former Main Event Champs Advance Just two former Main Event winners managed to work their way through the five levels of play on Day 1A. Chris Moneymaker, fresh off of his ninth-place finish in the partypoker MILLIONS Las Vegas, ended the day 95,000 while 2016 Main Event winner Qui Nguyen had a much better day, finishing with 180,500. Foxen, Strelitz, Bonomo Highlight Notables Moving on to Day 2A There were 960 players who made it through Day 1A. While a number of top players like to wait until Day 1C to play, there were a plethora of poker superstars who played on Wednesday and finished with chips in a bag. Daniel Strelitz, still basking in the flow of winning his first bracelet, finished with 185,300. Poker vlogger Johnnie Moreno (aka Johnnie Vibes) tripled his starting stack and finished with 184,000. Alex Foxen nearly did the same, ending with 173,200. Justin Bonomo accumulated 96,000 through the day to move on to Day 2. Other notables advancing from Day 1A include Patrick Serda (216,700), Jeff Lisandro (180,100), Jack Sinclair (153,800), Isaac Baron (146,600), Kelly Minkin (137,100), Billy Baxter (131,500), Brian Hastings (124,200), Matt Glantz (120,800), Arlie Shaban (113,600), Brian Rast (109,100), Kevin MacPhee (82,500), Garrett Greer (69,300), Ben Yu (63,600), Mike Gorodinsky (57,800), Erik Seidel (57,400), Stephen Chidwick (45,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (30,800), and Poker Hall of Fame finalist Chris Bjorin (18,000). Rapper Hoodie Allen Goes to Work, Bags Big Rapper Hoodie Allen, real name Steven Markowitz, was a Happy Camper at the end of Day 1A. The 31-year-old University of Pennsylvania grad lived up to The Hype and finished with 151,500, good enough for a top 100 stack. Markowitz will hope People Keep Talking when he returns for Day 2AB on Sunday. He has one previous WSOP cash, a 35th place finish in a 2016 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event. Michael Miller Leads Pennsylvania Contingent into Day 2A With the launch of Pennsylvania Online Poker looming, 17 players from the Keystone State managed to turn Day 1A into a trip to Day 2A. Leading the way is Michael Miller. The Haverford, PA native just missed out on having a top 10 stack after finishing with 235,800. The next biggest Pennsylvania stack belongs to Gregory Fishberg with 168,800. They're joined by Jesse Smith (136,600), Alan Schein (135,000), Brian Hastings (124,200), Matt Glantz (120,800), Alexander Krisak (117,000), John Andress (104,900), Joseph Palma (100,100), Sean Magee (88,500), Dennis Cronin (85,700), David Knudsen (76,600), James Hundt (72,900), Jennifer Shahade (72,400), Ronald Lankin (49,500), Gary Bowker (25,800), and Seth Berger (DNR). The Day 1A Numbers Could Be Hinting at Something Big Historicially, Day 1A is always the least popular Main Event starting flight. It requires being in Las Vegas the longest amount of time, there's a two-day gap between Day 1A and Day 2A, and it means being in Sin City on July 4th. Over the last five years, Day 1A has accounted for an average of 11.44% of the overall field size, staying steady with a high of 11.75% last summer and a low of 11.01% in 2017. If that trend were to hold true this year, WSOP officials are looking at a record-setting year that will eclipse the 8,773 runners that turned out in 2006. Top 10 Chip Counts Bryan Campanello - 417,500 Timothy Su - 297,300 Quentin Roussey - 266,400 Takehiro Kato - 259,200 Charidimos Demetriou - 252,000 Craig Chait - 249,600 Stephen Graner - 247,100 Mark Zullo - 245,600 David Lolis - 245,100 Thomas Roupe - 238,800
  14. The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London kicks off this week with the biggest buy-in in tournament poker history as the highlight. Deemed the Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity, the event has a gargantuan £1,050,000 buy-in, of which £1,000,000 goes to the prize pool and £50,000 goes towards charitable causes. The Triton Million takes place at London Hilton on Park Lane and is sponsored by partypoker LIVE. It is scheduled as a three-day event from August 1-3. Charitable causes to benefit include Caring For Children Foundation, R.E.G., Healthy Hong Kong, Credit One World Charity, and One Drop. Triton Million Provides Unique Twist The Triton Million has a freezeout format with a rather unique twist to it. It’s invite-only. Invited players were issued invitations from a committee, and these players are of the recreational or businessman or woman variety. Those fortunate enough to receive invitations can then issue one invitation of their own to a guest player. The guest player can be a professional poker player. This allows for the field to be at least a 50% businessmen. For the first six hours of tournament play, the two player pools will be separated, such that the recreational/businessmen and women compete against one another and the guests/professionals play against one another. Furthermore, players will be asked to dress in formal attire for the final table. The Triton Million field has 25 businessmen signed up. Let’s take a look at them. Paul Phua [caption id="attachment_625843" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Paul Phua (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Paul Phua has been around the ultra high-stakes poker scene for nearly a decade now, amassing more than $11,400,000 in live tournament earnings and cashing in some of the richest poker events in the world. He has two victories on record, first in the Aspers £100,000 High Roller in 2012 for £1,000,000 ($1,621,297) and second in the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €100,000 High Roller for €752,700 ($825,619). As for his business exploits that have earned him a fortune, Phua has been a well-known junket operator for some of the world’s richest and he’s been in the news as the "world's biggest bookie," having his Caesars Palace villa raided in July 2014 for running an illegal gambling operation. The raid came just about a month after Phua was arrested in Macau under similar charges. Phua's guest player for the Triton Million is Tom Dwan. Cary Katz [caption id="attachment_625842" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Cary Katz (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Cary Katz is the man atop the Poker Central organizational chart, having founded the company in 2015. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of one of the largest student loan companies in the United States. On the felt, Katz has nearly $20,000,000 in live tournament earnings, including a career-best score of €1,750,000 ($1,929,203) when he finished fifth in the 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. In January 2018, Katz won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller to the tune of $1,492,340, and he placed eighth in the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $1,306,667. Katz's guest player for the Triton Million is Bryn Kenney. Rob Yong [caption id="attachment_625844" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Rob Yong (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Rob Yong is the owner of Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino in Nottingham, UK. Under Yong’s watchful eye, Dusk Till Dawn was built into what is considered to be one of the best card rooms in the world, with top-tier brands such as the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, partypoker, and UK & Ireland Poker Tour holding events there. Yong is now heavily involved with partypoker and partypoker LIVE, helping to grow these two brands in the online and live realms, respectively. Although his live tournament results amount to only a little more than $330,000, Yong has been a regular at some of the highest stakes in the world, specifically when it comes to cash games. At the table, he’s an entertaining competitor who doesn’t shy away from risk and will liven up any game. Yong's guest player for the Triton Million is Sam Trickett. Talal Shakerchi [caption id="attachment_625845" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Talal Shakerchi (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Talal Shakerchi is a player from the recreational/businessmen category that could likely fit into the professional poker player category. He doesn’t have the most live tournament earnings, with more than $7,300,000 won in his career, but make no mistake about it, Shakerchi is a grinder. For quite some time, Shakerchi kept his online poker name a secret so others in the high-stakes community wouldn’t realize his ability or the amount of volume he was putting in. On the business side, Shakerchi is an investment manager, running Meditor Capital Management Limited, which he founded. Shakerchi's guest player for the Triton Million is Igor Kurganov. Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga [caption id="attachment_625841" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Antanas Guoga, who is best known as 'Tony G' in the poker world, is another player listed in the recreational/businessmen category that could very well be considered a professional poker player. At least that’s what he used to be. Now a politician and Lithuanian Member of the European Parliament, Guoga is rarely seen on the poker scene these days. He is the founder of PokerNews.com and TonyBet. Guoga boasts more than $6,000,000 in live tournament earnings and became famous for his brash table talk. His biggest cash came at the European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,500 High Roller in 2009, when he took third for €420,000 ($552,239). He won the 2005 European Poker Championships Main Event for £260,000 ($456,822) and placed second in the World Poker Tour €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris for €339,930 ($414,478) in 2004. Guoga's guest player for the Triton Million is Fedor Holz. Additional Triton Million players from the recreational/businessmen category are listed below, with their guest players in parentheses. Richard Yong (Dan Cates) Stanley Choi (David Peters) Wai Kin Yong (Rui Cao) Bobby Baldwin (Jason Koon) Liang Yu (Mikita Badziakouski) Ivan Leow (Timofey Kuznetsov) Alfred DeCarolis (Stephen Chidwick) Chin Wei Lim (Wai Leong Chan) Chow Hing Yaung (Christoph Vogelsang) Pat Madden (Nick Petrangelo) Sosia Jiang (Sam Greenwood) Qiang Wang (Elton Tsang) Zang Shu Nu (Tan Xuan) Leon Tsoukernik (Martin Kabrhel) Orpen Kisacikoglu (Matthias Eibinger) Ferdinand Putra (Justin Bonomo) Rick Salomon (Vivek Rajkumar) Bill Perkins (Dan Smith) Winfred Yu (Danny Tang) Andrew Pantling (Andrew Robl) Ben Wu (Michael Soyza) How To Watch the Triton Million Fans from around the world can watch the Triton Million for free on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will call the action, with professional poker player Nick Schulman alongside to provide expert commentary. Action starts Thursday, August 1, at 8 am ET and PokerGO will have coverage for the entirety of the event. 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  15. Sunday's online poker action saw victories for a PokerStars Team Pro and a popular Twitch streamer, as well as a $1.9m prize pool up for grabs on GGPoker. The PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed played out as a PKO tournament this week, and saw a boosted 14,446 entrants. 'ispLashcrans' sealed third-place for $35,352 + $9,904 in bounty prizes, before the UK's 'T54T97s' was the final player to fall. 'HR_Dub' was crowned champion for $67,141 + $28,805, with 'T54T97s' banking $48,715 + $5,517 as runner-up. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] [ptable zone="GG Poker"] PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov topped a 100 player-field to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller. The final table was full of global talent, including Ole 'WizoWizo' Schemion, Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo and Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche. 'Remi Lebo_10' took the bronze medal for $27,184, before 'Bit2Easy' departed as runner-up for $35,395, with Kurganov claiming gold for $46,086. Henri 'Buehlero' Buehler won the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO for over $67,000, following a heads-up deal. The prize pool was set at $492,500 after 985 players took to the tables, with 'peceli' banking $21,801 + $5,886 in bounties for a third-place finish. Buehler and 'dantegoyaF' then agreed to a money-deal before popular Twitch streamer Buehler sealed the gold medal for $35,866 + $32,056 in bounties, and shared his joy with his Twitter following. https://twitter.com/henribuehler/status/1178544983948894209?s=20 The GGPoker GGS#3 Series $1m guaranteed $25,000 buy-in event took place with 78 entrants coming together to create a huge $1,911,000 prize pool. Familiar names of 'ImLividBuddy' and Andras 'PokerBluff1' Nemeth made the final table, before regular casher 'PyramidOfSkulls' banked $270,466 in third. 'RL-Stine' battled well but fell as runner-up for $355,057, with 'baita' taking the title for a massive $466,105. Elsewhere on GGPoker, 'AlwaysWithNuts', who took fifth place in the $1m Gtd $25k, this time went the distance to win the GGPoker GGS #456: $5,000 $200k Gtd event for $102,439, after a heads-up victory over 'HectorHermano'. 'IlProfessore' added $30,135 to their bankroll after victory in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack $100k Gtd. 'PrinzOfDTO' missed out on a place in the heads-up match and settled for $15,375 in third-place, before 'jojopoker236' succumb to the pressure from 'IlProfessore', and departed with $21,525 in second-place. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed PKO 14,446 entrants, $1,444,600 prize pool HR_Dub - $67,141 + $28,805 (in bounties) T 54 T 97s - $48,715 + $5,517 ispLashcrans - $35,352 + $9,904 P. Borba77 - $25,655 + $5,032 Bolko - $18,618 + $3,143 Koenig30 - $13,511 + $5,334 Dancer King - $9,805 + $3,572 Rashad 42412 - $7,115 + $7,686 sound-ks - $5,163 + $934 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $75k Gtd 100 entrants, $200,000 prize pool IgorKurganov - $46,086 Bit2Easy - $35,395 Remi Lebo_10 - $27,184 Bounatirou - $20,878 Bonglim - $16,035 imluckbox - $12,315 TheCleaner11 - $9,458 x_zola25 - $7,264 wizowizo - $5,579 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $250k Gtd 985 entrants, $492,500 prize pool Buehlero - $35,866* + $32,056 dantegoyaF - $34,452* + $17,646 peceli - $21,801 + $5,886 Pendall - $15,980 + $9,058 yurasov1990 - $11,713 + $6,234 j_peso4 - $8,585 + $1,585 Belabacsi - $4,613 + $3,328 DON_CHICHO21 - $4,613 + $3,281 Dela1112 - $3,381 + $1,750 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $100k Gtd 842 entrants, $168,400 prize pool Cmw3011 - $25,743* random_chu - $22,597 "0PIGGYBANK" - $14,537 tochetto885 - $10,452 Alan.t81 - $7,515 Eleres88 - $5,403 skalexjung - $3,885 calvo1989 - $2,793 julianpineda - $2,008 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack $100k Gtd 123 entrants, $123,000 prize pool IlProfessore - $30,135 jojopoker236 - $21,525 PrinzOfDTO - $15,375 mararthur1 - $10,762 The0neWhoKn0cks - $7,995 Dhr.Dogsome - $6,150 mfennell - $4,920 El_Cucuy - $3,997 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Predator - $50k Gtd 84 entrants, $85,680 prize pool BuddyRW - $8,449 + $12,155 MoStack - $8,441 + $5,200 Shaundeeb - $5,934 + $1,950 CharlesBarkley - $4,108 + $3,965 Tigerbluff - $3,195 + $260 relentless - $2,396 + $3,055 aaaaaaaaaaaaa - $1,940 + $1,105 BaBaDeBaBa - $1,597 + $2,080 partypoker $215 Sunday Terminator $50k Gtd 448 entrants, $92,288 prize pool draebersneglen - $6,736 + $7,156 xanex - $6,727 + $1,223 MatthewStaples - $4,619 + $3,766 Hibachi - $3,243 + $1,917 MeisterYoda - $2,319 + $1,721 Pobeda87 - $1,690 + $828 Meowly Cyrus - $1,194 + 728 TheDrino - $869 + $772 AANNRR - $636 + $298 partypoker $109 Sunday Phased Final - $100k Gtd 1,076 entrants, $110,130 prize pool PhatToad - $18,943 Wardo1965 - $13,568 Albert66 - $8,975 Dangerr44 - $6,013 NinoMagKeinKino - $4,262 SetzerGambler - $3,017 A.Falkdahl - $2,114 All in Pav - $1,431 888poker $100,000 $215 Sunday Mega Deep 469 entrants – $100,000 prize pool eltxupacabra - $19,350 Hanivm99 - $14,500 JonnyJamz - $11,000 IWant2Gamble - $8,250 weneedit - $5,700 tutten7 - $4,400 fakery - $3,400 Jack_It_Up - $2,400 MJacobson888 - $1,750 GGPoker GGS #473: $1m Gtd $25,000 78 entrants, $1,911,000 prize pool baita - $466,105 RL-Stine - $355,057 PyramidOfSkulls - $270,466 SasukeUchiha - $206,028 AlwaysWithNuts - $156,942 PloFishh - $119,551 PokerBluff1 - $91,069 ImLividBuddy - $69,372 Omar Bingo - $62,779 GGPoker GGS #456: $5,000 $200k Gtd 91 entrants, $432,250 prize pool AlwaysWithNuts - $102,439 HectorHermano - $77,579 Meursault - $58,753 ImLividBuddy - $44,495 Michael Soyza - $33,697 KenBrynney - $25,519 nbvcxz - $19,326 baita - $14,636 ilsy168 - $12,576 *Denotes money-deal
  16. Kahle Burns almost won the Global Poker Index Player of the Year title in 2019. On Wednesday, the 31-year-old Australian took a step towards being a contender in 2020 by beating Igor Kurganov heads-up to win the partypoker UK MILLIONS $25,000 High Roller and $350,000. The first day of the two-day event ended with 23 entries and registration still open. By the time registration closed on Day 2, the field had swelled to 37 to produce a total prize pool of $925,000. [ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Once down to a final table of nine players, Burns was in pole position with the chip lead. Rainer Kempe was eliminated in ninth, Yair Bitoun went out in eighth, and Leon Tsoukernik busted in seventh to leave players on a $75,000 bubble. Luke Reeves, who started the day as the chip leader and came to the final table second in chips, was eliminated by Kurganov on the bubble. Five minutes later, Kurganov sent Steve O'Dwyer packing. Action folded to O'Dwyer in the cutoff and he moved all-in for 2,540,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] and Kurganov called from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2s"] to eliminate O'Dwyer in fifth place and prevent him from defending the title he won in 2019. Preben Stokkan was the next to go. From the cutoff, Stokkan moved all-in for 1,280,0000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"], Kurganov folded his button before Ben Heath moved all-in over the top for [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. Burns folded [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] in the big blind leaving Stokkan and Heath to see a runout of [poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="jc"][poker card="5d"]. Preben was unable to improve and was sent hom in fourth place. Winning that pot offered Heath no real momentum and he started three-handed play as the shortest stack. Just 20 minutes later, his tournament was over after a blind vs blind battle. Burns folded his button, and Kurganov raised to 5,000,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="5s"]. Heath took his time before calling all-in with [poker card="jc"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"] flop was no help and neither the [poker card="7c"] turn or [poker card="7h"] river failed to save Heath from a third-place result. Kurganov started heads-up play with a 2.7-1 chip lead over Burns. Over the next hour-and-a-half, Burns battled back to take a nearly 3-1 lead of his own before finishing Kurganov off for good. On the final hand, Kurganov called from the button with [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"] and Burns raised to to 1,400,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. Kurganov moved all-in for 9,875,000 and Burns called instantly. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="9h"] flop gave Burns more outs. He found one of those on the [poker card="jh"] and made Broadway to eliminate Kurganov and win his first title of 2020. The inconsequential river was the [poker card="tc"]. partypoker MILLIONS UK High Roller Final Table Payouts Kahle Burns - $350,000 Igor Kurganov - $222,250 Ben Heath - $150,000 Preben Stokkan - $100,000 Steve O'Dwyer - $75,000
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