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Richard 'raconteur' Grykosurvived a nearly 5 1/2 hour long heads-up battle with Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leahto win the €3,250 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha event at WSOP Europe and his first career bracelet Tuesday in Berlin. The win also came with a €126,345 ($143,793 US) payday. Like many first-time WSOP bracelet winners, Gryko was overwhelmed by what he had just accomplished. "I haven't really begun to process it, to be honest. All I can say is I've been a poker player since well before I should legally have been a poker player. So, a long time has been leading up to today," said Gryko after his win. "The sight of the river card… I've never given a fist pump for winning a tournament before. That alone should tell you how much it means." The final table could easily be told as two stories. It took just over two hours to go from eight players to two. Ismael Bojang, making his fourth WSOP final table appearance this year, was the first elimination of the day, falling to Gryko just about 30 minutes into the start of the day. Max Pescatori, who started as the shortest stack, managed to avoid being the first one eliminated but couldn't muster much more, falling in seventh at the hands of Mikkel Plum. That's when Leah went to work. Leah eliminated the next four players in a little over an hour. Benjamin Pollak went out in sixth, Lawrence Lazar was eliminated in fifth, Roberto Romanello busted in fourth, and Plum was Leah's final victim, going out in third place. That domination got Leah heads-up against Gryko with a 2-1 chip lead. However, that would be as close as Leah got to bracelet number two. Gryko took the lead for the first time after just an hour of heads-up play. Gryko raised to 24,000, Leah called, and the two saw a flop of Ac Ts 4h. Leah check-called Gryko's 26,000 bet. After the Jh on the turn, Leah bet 66,000 and Gryko called. The river was the 7s and Leah bet 165,000 and Gryko called. Leah showed Ad 8d 8h 7h for two pair, but Gryko turned over Kc 9c 8s 4s for a rivered straight. After that hand, Gryko continued to chip away at Leah's stack and eventually busted him just after 8:30pm local time. Leah's runner-up performance came nearly one year after his first bracelet win at WSOP APAC 2014. In WSOP events this year, he's cashed ten times, made three final tables, and banked $230,000 in earnings. Gryko has had most of his career success in his native England. In August, he won the United Kingdom Poker Championships Six-Max High-Roller for £30,000 ($46,887 US) and this is his third six-figure score but first since 2009 when he won a GUKPT event in Luton, England. The next WSOP Europe final table is the €1,650 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em event on Wednesday. Final Table Payouts Richard Gryko - €126,345 Mike Leah - €78,150 Mikkel Plum - €55,755 Roberto Romanello - €40,480 Lawrence Lazar - €29,940 Benjamin Pollak - €22,535 Max Pescatori - €17,240 Ismael Bojang - €13,445
In what has to go down as one of the crazier days of the 2019 World Series of Poker, four players won bracelets including a Poker Hall of Famer, a New Jersey online poker beast, and two players for whom the bracelet was a long time coming. Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu got as close to winning his seventh career bracelet as he could possibly get without actually winning it. Joseph Cheong Wins First Bracelet in $1K Double Stack Coming into the final table of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event, Joseph Cheong's WSOP resume included three runner-up finishes and one rather infamous third place finish, but no wins. That all changed on Wednesday night though. Cheong rode a massive chip stack throughout the final table into the final heads-up confrontation with David Ivers and wasted little time in erasing that '0' next to his bracelet count. The win came with a $687,782 payday, Cheong's second largest WSOP score behind only his third place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Ivers walked away with $424,791 s the runner-up. "I've played poker so long, it was just another day at work," Cheong said afterwards. This lines with what Cheong said in May 2018, when he said "I’ve never been interested in trophy collecting other than for the fact that first place pays the most money. Also…why a bracelet? Who wants a bracelet? Something cooler might make me want one. I have no interest in any trophy or trinket." Final Table Payouts Joseph Cheong - $687,782 David Ivers - $424,791 Zinan Xu - $314,876 Andrea Buonocore - $235,099 Arianna Son - $176,820 Ido Ashkenazi - $133,970 David Guay - $102,258 Ivan Deyra - $78,638 Brock Wilson - $60,930 David Dibernardi - $47,568 Michael Blake Leads Super Seniors Final 10 Seniors Week in Las Vegas is about to come to an end. On Wednesday, 120 players who managed to make Day 2 of the Super Seniors event were widdled down to just 10. Michael Blake, from Gallup, New Mexico, ended with the chip lead. Kanajett Hathaitham is the player closest to Blake after finishing with 9,235,000. Rick Austin sits third with 6,475,000. CardPlayer Magazine co-owner Barry Shulman sits sixth with 3,665,000. Action resumes at 11 AM PT on Thursday and will play down to a winner. Final 10 Chip Counts Michael Blake - 12,300,000 Kanajett Hathaitham - 9,235,000 Rick Austin - 6,475,000 Jeffrey Miller - 5,525,000 Cary Marshall - 5,500,000 Barry Shulman - 3,665,000 Miles Harris - 3,265,000 Bruce Treitman - 3,254,000 William Davis - 2,755,000 Timothy Joseph - 2,535,000 Ismael Bojang Wins $1,500 PLO for Bracelet #1 Ismael Bojang was starting to enter some dangerous territory. After the money bubble burst on Day 2 of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event, Bojang became the first player to pick up 10 cashes at the 2019 WSOP. It almost moved him into sixth place on the all-time cashes list for players without a bracelet. He's not on that list at all anymore though. Bojang outlasted 1,215 other players to win the $1,500 PLO event, $298,507 and his first gold bracelet on Wednesday night, putting an end to a streak of 71 cashes without a win. “Everybody keeps asking me when I am going to win my first bracelet, I guess I can dodge those questions now,'' Bojang said. Bojang beat James Little heads-up for the title. Little has emerged from relative obscurity in the poker world to pick up eight cashes this summer. The $184,424 runner-up prize is the second largest of his career behind only his win in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Classic in February. Former WPT Player of the Year, Ben Zamani finished third for $131,335. Final Table Payouts Ismael Bojang - $298,507 James Little - $184,424 Benjamin Zamani - $131,335 Johannes Tobbe - $94,669 Denis Bagdasarov - $69,082 Mihai Niste - $51,041 Richard Tuhrim - $38,189 Glen Cressman - $28,940 Matthew Mueller - $22,215 Hennigan Denies Negreanu in $10K Seven Card Stud The final table of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event was one for the history books. For the first time in WSOP history, two Poker Hall of Fame members battled heads-up for a bracelet. John Hennigan, who was enshrined last summer, defeated Daniel Negreanu heads up to win the sixth bracelet of his career, four of which are Championship events. "It was a very tough duel, especially for me," Hennigan. "(Negreanu) played so well, and I played so poorly, he really did not get what he deserved. He made every right decision and I made every wrong decision, and it was just bad luck for him at the end." Along with the bracelet, Hennigan took home $245,451 for the win. Negreanu walked away with $151,700 and the ninth runner-up finish of his WSOP career. David 'ODB' Baker finished third for $104,416. Russia's Mikhael Semin, the only player the at the final table without a bracelet earned $73,810 for finishing fourth. It's his second $10,000 Championship event final table of the summer. He previously finished sixth in the $10,000 HORSE. Final Table Payouts John Hennigan - $245,451 Daniel Negreanu - $151,700 David 'ODB' Baker - $104,416 Mikhail Semin - $73,810 David Singer - $53,621 Chris Tryba - $40,066 Frank Kassela - $30,817 Frankie O'Dell - $24,419 Adam Lamphere Leads $600 NLHE/PLO Deepstack Final Table Just seven players stand between Adam Lamphere and a WSOP victory in the $600 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event after the Lansing, MI native worked his way into the final table chip lead after outlasting 187 other players on Wednesday. Lamphere bagged up 17,200,000 which puts him ahead of second place Dan Matsuzuki's 14,000,000. Raghav Bansal ended the day with the third biggest stack at 9,300,000. Rainer Kempe made his first WSOP final table since 2017, ending the day with 8,000,000 and the fourth biggest stack. Among the 187 casualties on Day 2 were former #1-ranked PocketFivers Calvin Anderson, Tim West, and Ari Engel. Jesse Silvia, Tony Miles, Matthew Wantman, Jamie Gold, and Jake Schwartz also busted on Wednesday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Adam Lamphere - 17,200,000 Dan Matsuzuki - 14,000,000 Raghav Bansal - 9,300,000 Rainer Kempe - 8,000,000 Aristeidis Moschonas - 7,325,000 Ashish Ahuja - 6,975,000 Stephen Ma - 6,325,000 Amazon Daniel Moravec - 2,950,000 Ryan Hughes Leads $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Final Table In the three-year history of the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event, nobody has outperformed Ryan Hughes, but he doesn't have a bracelet to show for it. Yet. Hughes, who finished second in this event in 2018 and seventh in 2017, finished Day 2 with the chip lead with just seven players remaining. Hughes is the only player to cash in this event all three years. Right behind Hughes is Arthur Morris. Phillip Hui, with seven cashes coming into this event, sits third. Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton and three-time bracelet winner Loren Klein are also at the final table. Jared Bleznick, David Benyamine, Jeff Lisandro, Max Kruse, Chris Ferguson, Layne Flack, Alex Foxen, Dan Smith, John Monnette and Joao Vieira were amongst the players who busted on Wednesday with an in-the-money finish. The final table begins at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Ryan Hughes - 1,212,000 Arthur Morris - 728,000 Phillip Hui - 425,000 Joseph Couden - 405,000 Jonathan Depa - 223,000 Mike Sexton - 182,000 Loren Klein - 95,000 Ignacio Molina Leads $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty After Day 1 Day 1 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event drew 1,807 players, but 10 levels of play left just 272 standing. Leading the field is Ignacio Molina of Andorra with 624,500. Kevin Naegelen sits second with 576,500 and Baitai Li is third with 506,000. Phil Ivey headlines the list of notables to make it to Day 2. The 10-time bracelet winner bagged up 59,500. He's joined by Nacho Barbero, Martijn Gerrits, Loni Harwood, Steven van Zadelhoff, Justin Young, and Barry Greenstein. Day resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Ignacio Molina - 624,500 Kevin Naegelen - 576,500 Baitai Li - 506,000 Benjamin Chalot - 505,000 Walter Fisher - 499,500 David Thomas - 475,500 Tom Hall - 470,000 Shahar Levi - 460,000 Matthew Volosevich - 455,500 Harrison Gimbel - 454,500 Keith Lehr Leads $25K PLO High Roller After Day 1 The biggest buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event on the calendar got underway Wednesday, with 222 players entering the $25,000 PLO High Roller. Keith Lehr edged out Pennsylvania poker pro Paul Volpe for the Day 1 chip lead as 128 advanced to Day 2. Lehr finished with 692,000, while Volpe ended up with 682,000. Firas Sadou sits third with 625,000. Shaun Deeb continues his quest for the WSOP Player of the Year title and finished with the ninth biggest stack. Alex Epstein, Ben Tollerene, Justin Bonomo, John Racener, Ben Lamb, and Anthony Zinno were among the notables moving on to Day 2. Phil Galfond, Mike Gorodinsky, Michael Mizrachi, Dan Zack, Chance Kornuth, and Chris Hunichen were among the players who busted at least one bullet on Day 1. Players are allowed one re-entry. With registration open until the end of the second level of play on Day 2, the field should surpass the 230 from 2018. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Keith Lehr - 692,000 Paul Volpe - 682,000 Firas Sadou - 625,000 Dario Sammartino - 595,500 Ludovic Geilich - 590,000 Alexey Makarov - 584,500 Niko Soininen - 574,500 John Riordan - 537,000 Shaun Deeb - 518,500 Ka Lau - 492,500 Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo Wins $500 Online NLHE Turbo Deepstack Stand up New Jersey. For the second time this summer, a New Jersey online poker pro has picked up some shiny gold hardware. Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo, the #3-ranked player in the Garden State, beat out 1,180 other players to win the $500 Online No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack for the first bracelet of his career. His win comes just 2.5 weeks after Yong Kwon won the $400 Online bracelet event. Final Table Payouts Dan 'centrefieldr' Lupo - $145,273.90 David 'DTC13' Clarke - $89,692.92 'johnsonck' - $63,771.03 'JSTRIZZA' - $45,959.67 'staeks' - $33,475.82 'MisterKK' - $24,729.16 'jnutz' - $18,526.99 'TonyStarsGFK' - $13.994.64 'HITRII999' - $10,734.52
The 2019 World Series of Poker is in the books, and so is the first part of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. Through nearly 90 eligible events, Australian Robert Campbell leads the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,418.78 points. Campbell put together a tremendous 2019 WSOP. He cashed nine times, reached the top 10 on five occasions, and won two gold bracelets. Campbell’s first bracelet, which also happened to be the first of his career, came when he won the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament for $144,027. He would later go on to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763. Campbell also made the final table in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event and the $1,500 Razz event. Heading into this fall’s 2019 WSOP Europe, Campbell’s lead is less than 140 points over the defending WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Daniel Negreanu sits third with 3,166.24 points and Dan Zack is fourth with 3,126.13 points. Campbell, Deeb, Negreanu, and Zack are the only four players to accumulate more than 3,000 points during the summer. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Standings PLAYER CASHES FTs WINS EARNINGS POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 10 4 2 $679,359 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 17 4 0 $642,532 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 17 4 0 $2,049,062 3,166.24 4 Dan Zack 14 3 1 $351,259 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 10 3 1 $1,279,093 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 11 2 1 $354,819 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 9 2 1 $823,788 2,595.54 8 David 'ODB' Baker 14 2 1 $381,537 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 19 3 0 $253,540 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 8 3 1 $473,730 2,443.22 Sitting just outside of the top 10 are Ismael Bojang in 12th with 2,372.48 points and Scott Clements with 2,368.02 points. Bojang racked up 15 cashes at the 2019 WSOP and won his first-ever gold bracelet. Clements cashed six times, won his third career gold bracelet, and made two additional final tables. Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, earned 2,289.78 points this summer. In addition to this runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event, Sammartino took third in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, fourth in the WSOP.com $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack, and ninth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, among other cashes. Sammartino’s summer has him currently 19th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Hossein Ensan, winner of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, cashed just once at the series this summer, banking $10 million and 1,730.84 points in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That’s good enough to have Ensan sitting in 53rd place. It’s still a ways off the top of the leaderboard, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Ensan to make a push later this year as he’s a German player and WSOP Europe won’t be too far away in Rozvadov. WSOP Europe features 11 gold bracelet events ranging in buy-ins of €350 to €100,000 and takes place Sunday, October 13, through Monday, November 4.