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  1. [caption width="640"] Scott Blumstein has almost half the chips at the 2017 WSOP Main Event final table (Fabian Gruber/888 photo)[/caption] The final table of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event began Thursday night in Las Vegas with Scott Blumstein sitting on the biggest stack. After 5.5 hours of play, two players were sent to the rail early but Blumstein? He remained on top throughout the night and ended with 49.4% of the chips in play with seven players left. John Hesp, the 64-year-old Brit that had endeared himself to poker fans and players alike, was in fine form early on and managed to end the night in the middle of the pack after cooler against Blumstein. Ben Lamb Busts Early Ben Lamb began the final table with just 18,050,000 and was looking for an early hand to double up with. On the fourth hand of the night, Jack Sinclair raised to 1,600,000 from the button and Ben Lamb moved all in from the big blind. Sinclair called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"], which put ahead of Lamb's [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"]. The board ran out [poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="th"] to eliminate Lamb in ninth place for a $1,000,000 payout. Scott Blumstein Doubles Up Dan Ott It took almost two hours for the next key hand to come up. Dan Ott made it 2,200,000 from the button and Hesp and Blumstein defended their blinds. Both checked to Ott after the [poker card="jh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2h"] flop and he bet 3,500,000. Hesp folded but Blumstein moved all in and Ott called off his last 14,525,000 and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] for top pair, top kicker while Blumstein showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="tc"] for an inside straight draw and overcard. The [poker card="6h"] turn kept Ott ahead and the [poker card="as"] river gave him an unnecessary two pair and doubled him up to 36,850,000 while Blumstein dropped to 82,825,000. Scott Blumstein Takes Massive Pot from John Hesp The day started with Blumstein and Hesp as the top two stacks and though they swapped positions with Hesp on top, the two clashed in the biggest pot of the tournament just 47 hands in. Blumstein made it 2,200,000 from UTG and Hesp defended from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5h"] and both players checked. The turn was the [poker card="ts"] and Hesp check-raised to 7,000,000 after Blumstein bet 3,000,000. Blumstein announced a re-raise, putting a total of 17,000,000 in the middle. Hesp announced he was all in and Blumstein called. Hesp showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"] for top two pair but Blumstein showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] for top set. The river was the [poker card="3c"] allowing the dealer to officially push the 156,050,000 chip pot to Blumstein. Hesp was left with just 24,225,000. Jack Sinclair Eliminated in Eighth Left with just 15,600,000, Sinclair moved all in from middle position before Bryan Piccioli also announced he was all in. Ott took a minute to think over his options before folding. Sinclair showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="js"] while Piccioli did the Beth Shak "aces" signal to his rail and tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"].The [poker card="kh"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Sinclair half of what he needed but the [poker card="8d"] turn and [poker card="6h"] river were both bricks, sending the Englishman home in eighth place. "Didn't make any mistakes, I think. The cards were not in my favor," said Sinclair. "Got a double up, which earned me $200K, so that was good." Early End to Action The original plan was to play until just six players remained, but with the five shortest stacks all playing to ladder up, action was halted after 5.5 hours with seven remaining. The final table resumes Friday at 5:30 PM PT with action airing on ESPN beginning at 6 PM PT. Chip Counts Scott Blumstein - 178,300,000 Benjamin Pollak - 77,525,000 Bryan Piccioli - 35,750,000 John Hesp - 22,475,000 Dan Ott - 16,350,000 Damian Salas - 15,625,000 Antoine Saout - 14,550,000
  2. The improbable story of John Hesp, the eccentric Englishman that took the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event by storm, is being given the Hollywood treatment. According to The Daily Mail, Hesp’s inspiring fourth place finish in the Main Event for $2.6 million dollars has been optioned by “two renowned movie producers.” This means that in the not-so-distant future Hesp’s trademark colorful coat will be able to be seen in actual technicolor. Fans who followed the Main Event in 2017 will be familiar with his story: a grandfather from East Yorkshire who had played poker about once a month for $10 went on the heater of a lifetime. Hesp battling some of the best young players the game has to offer and, in the process, he reminded a legion of poker players what it means to bring the fun back to the game of poker. “I feel blessed to have achieved this great success and truly hope my story will inspire others to have fun playing poker as that was my mood throughout my amazing run last year,” Hesp said. “Thought my run in Vegas last year I was playing in Party Mood and I often commented ‘let’s make poker fun!’” With his fastidious flare and colorful wardrobe which matched his personality, it didn’t take long for word of his incredible run made it into the mainstream. Film producer Marc Ambrose knew that this was just the kind of feel good story that could transcend poker itself. “Most poker movies are about the dark and seedy side to the game,” Ambrose told The Daily Mail. “This story flips that right on its head.” “Saying this movie is about poker is like saying The Full Monty is about stripping. This is really a story about living life to its fullest but realizing that the grass isn’t always greener.” For Hesp, he’s surprised at the interest. “I have been completely overwhelmed and humbled with the large number of people who have reached out to me from all parts of the world and told me how much they had enjoyed watching me on TV and how inspiring it was," Hesp said. As for who will play Hesp in the movie, nothing is concrete but Hesp has an idea or two. “George Clooney or Tom Hanks is acceptable.” While it’s unlikely that either of these actors have the chops to play the energetic Hesp, we would like to offer a few suggestions of fantasy casting for the upcoming movie. Here are some options for Ambrose as to who we think would make for a fantastic cast for the climatic WSOP Main Event Final Table scene. John Hesp as played by Michael Caine. Two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine can likely capture Hesp's English essence. WSOP Champ Scott Blumstein as played by young Seth Rogan. Sure, we may have to go back in time a few years, but Rogan's jovial nature and charisma would suit the likable personality of the 2017 champ. Dan Ott as played by Keanu Reeves. The scruffy silent type, Keanu Reeves would jump at the chance to play the runner-up. Benjamin Pollak as played by Bobby Cannavale. Bobby Cannavale, the star of Martin Scorcese's HBO show Vinyl would be a perfect fit for third-place finisher Pollak. Antoine Saout as played by Bradley Cooper. Is there another actor in Hollywood that wears a backward hat as well as Bradley Cooper? Bryan Piccoli as played by Emile Hirsch. Emile Hirsch would use what he learned playing the lead in Into The Wild to navigate Piccoli's Main Event journey. Damian Salas as played by Jon Stewart. C'mon, check this out! It's perfect! Jack Sinclair as played by Daniel Radcliff. British wizard as played by a British wizard. Ben Lamb as played by Matt Damon. The return of Mike McDermott. Have a better casting option for the John Hesp film? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter: @pocketfives
  3. A little over 14 months ago, Jack Sinclair made his way to the World Series of Poker Main Event final table only to finish in eighth place. On Friday, the 27-year-old Brit avoided a similar fate and outlasted one of online poker's toughest players to win the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event and the first bracelet of his career. Sinclair beat Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas heads-up to pick up the title and the €1,122,239 ($1,277,013 US) score. That narrowly edges out his Main Event final table performance, where he earned $1,200,000, for the largest score of his career. Ihor Yerofieiev started the final table as the shortest stack and lasted just 45 minutes. Yerofieiev moved all in from UTG with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] and Milos Skrbic called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"] from his direct right. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] flop gave Skrbic two pair and when neither [poker card="3c"] turn and [poker card="5d"] river failed to give Yerofieiev a set of sixes, he was eliminated in sixth. That hand increased Skrbic's overall chip lead but that's where the wheels fell off for the Serbian. He first dropped 4,600,000 to Krasimir Yankov and then doubled up Sinclair in aces versus queens hand. About 20 minutes later, his run at the bracelet was over. Down to just 3,625,000, Skrbic shoved from the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] and Bujtas called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. Skrbic could only watch in horror after the [poker card="ah"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Bujtas top pair and the [poker card="6d"] turn left him Skrbic drawing dead. After the meaningless [poker card="2c"] completed the board, Skrbic was officially eliminated in fifth. It was just a few minutes that 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess followed Skrbic to the payout window. Riess limped his button with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] and Bujtas completed his small blind holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="4h"] before Yankov raised to 1,000,000 from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"]. Riess responded by moving all in for 5,590,000, Bujtas folded and Yankov called. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2d"] runout did nothing to keep Riess alive and he was eliminated in fourth place. It took nearly two hours of three-handed play to get the tournament to heads-up. From the button, Yankov opened to 500,000 with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] and Sinclair and Bujtas called with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] and [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"] respectively. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] to give Yankov bottom set and Sinclair middle set. The blinds checked and Yankov bet 650,000. Sinclair raised to 2,000,000, Bujtas folded and Yankov called. Sinclair then checked the [poker card="ks"] turn and Yankov bet 2,300,000. Sinclair check-raised again, this time all in and Yankov called off the last of his stack. The [poker card="6s"] river completed the board and made Yankov's third place result official. Heads-up play began with Sinclair holding small edge over Bujtas but the first 30 minutes of heads-up play saw Bujtas climb to a 2-1 lead. That lead was gone just 30 minutes later and Sinclair never really looked back. After another 90 minutes of play, Sinclair put and end to the tournament and won his first bracelet. Having had stack down to just eight big blinds, Bujtas moved all in with [poker card="jd"][poker card="7c"] and Sinclair called with [poker card="qh"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Sinclair second pair and the [poker card="6h"] left Bujtas drawing dead. The meaningless river was the [poker card="7c"]. https://www.pocketfives.com/profiles/kraskata85/ Final Table Payouts Jack Sinclair - €1,122,239 Laszlo Bujtas - €693,573 Krasimir Yankov - €480,028 Ryan Riess - €337,778 Milos Skrbic - €241,718 Ihor Yerofieiev - €175,965
  4. November was a big month for attention-grabbing poker headlines. There was a hard-to-believe $100,000 prop bet that generated incredible buzz, the return of a high-profile lawsuit between a WSOP Main Event runner-up and the largest online poker site in the world, and the conclusion of a handful of prominent live poker tournaments that found winners. Here are PocketFives' top five stories from November 2018, plus a look at who won the PocketFives Monthly PLB title. Rory Young Reveals Details of $100K Pitch-Black Bathroom Prop Bet Poker players can be known to make wild prop bets, and that was certainly the case for Rory Young and Rich Alati. The two grabbed more than just poker headlines in November when their $100,000 bathroom prop bet was featured in headlines from several mainstream media outlets. It was one of the craziest prop bets we've ever heard of and will be one that is remembered for years and years to come. The bet was made to see if Alati could live in a pitch-black bathroom with no human contact and no electronics, among several other stipulations, for 30 days straight. Soon after the bet was made and began making its way around the poker world, PocketFives spoke with Young about the details of the bet and how it came to fruition. READ: Rory Young Reveals Details of $100K Pitch Black Bathroom Prop Bet Vayo Dismisses PokerStars Lawsuit; Stars Counters Alleging Forgery Back in May, it was made known that Gordon Vayo, runner-up in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, was suing PokerStars for the winnings the online poker site withheld from him from a 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker tournament that was worth nearly $700,000. That story made headlines everywhere within the poker world, but it made even bigger news in November when a November 12 California court filing revealed that Vayo had voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit. What really kicked things up a notch, though, were two things. First that the lawsuit was dropped amid accusations of forgery committed by Vayo. Second, PokerStars was seeking repayment of their attorney fees for nearly $300,000 - quite the tipping of the scales. READ: Vayo Dismisses PokerStars Lawsuit; Stars Counters Alleging Forgery Jack Sinclair Beats Laszlo Bujtas to Win WSOP Europe Main Event A former eighth-place finisher in the WSOP Main Event in 2017 for $1.2 million, Jack Sinclair was back in the World Series of Poker spotlight in November 2018, only this time in Europe. Sinclair made his way to the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event final table and emerged victorious atop the 534-entry field to win the €1.222 million ($1.277 million) first-place prize. To claim victory, Sinclair had to defeat one of online poker's toughest players in heads-up play, Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas. The victory earned Sinclair the largest payday of his poker career and first WSOP gold bracelet. READ: Jack Sinclair Beats Laszlo Bujtas to Win WSOP Europe Main Event Patrick Serda Wins WPT Montreal for C$855,000 The World Poker Tour was in action in Canada in November for the Season XVII WPT Montreal. The event attracted 792 entries, and it was Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda who came out on top after entering the final table with the chip lead. Serda defeated the first female winner of an open WPT Main Tour event, Ema Zajmovic, in heads-up play to take home the C$855,000 ($652,801) first-place prize, denying Zajmovic her second World Poker Tour title. READ: Patrick Serda Wins WPT Montreal for C$855,000 Big Titles Won at partypoker Caribbean Poker Party in the Bahamas While the WSOP and WPT were busy dishing out titles in colder climates, partypoker LIVE was down in the Bahamas for the much-anticipated partypoker Caribbean Poker Party tournament festival. The series was full of big buy-in events, notables faces capturing huge sums of cash, and nine seven-figure prizes awarded. The first big tournament of the series to find its winner was the $25,500 buy-in partypoker MILLIONS World. The event generated 394 entries and fell just short of its $10 million guarantee, but enormous prizes were still to be had, including the $2 million first-place prize that Roger Teska took home after he defeated Steve O'Dwyer in second place. O'Dwyer scored $1.3 million for the runner-up result, and third-place finisher Charles La Boissonniere also took home seven figures, winning $1 million. READ: Roger Teska Battles Back to Win partypoker MILLIONS World for $2M We then saw a $3.685 million winner come from the partypoker $250,000 Super High Roller Championships event, and it was Steffan Sontheimer earning a new career-best score. The event generated a field size of 34 entries for a prize pool of $8.235 million. Sontheimer beat out Sean Winter in heads-up play, and David Peters finished in third place. Winter and Peters took home $2.43 million and $1.42 million, respectively. READ: Steffan Sontheimer Wins partypoker $250K SHR Championships For $3.68M In the $5,300 buy-in Main Event, another $10 million prize pool guarantee was on the line. The event fell short of the guarantee with just 1,815 entries, but the top three spots still gave out a million dollars or more each. Winning the event was Portugal's Filipe Oliveira, taking home the $1.5 million top prize. Craig Mason finished second for $1.2 million, and Marc MacDonnell took third for $1 million. READ: Filipe Oliveira Wins 2018 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Sweden's 'lena900' Wins Another Monthly PLB Title in November Sweden's 'lena900' stayed hot and won another PocketFives Monthly PLB title in November after cashing 191 times for a total of $585,250. It was a dominating performance for 'lena900,' who racked up more than 4,900 points. The closest competitor was 'girafganger7' with a monthly point total of less than 3,900. A couple of the notable November scores for 'lena900' included a third-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million on November 25 for $80,555 and 569.39 points and a win in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller: $100K Gtd on November 18 for $41,480 and 387.30 points. READ: Top-Ranked ‘lena900’ Wins November Monthly PLB Title
  5. On Thursday, the World Series of Poker continued with its steady flow of announcements regarding its 2019 events by announcing the dates for WSOP Europe. The festival returns to King's Resort Rozvadov in the Czech Republic October 15 and runs through November 4, 2019. The 2019 WSOP Europe schedule features 10 gold bracelet events, highlighted by the €10,000 WSOP Europe Main Event. The WSOP Europe Main Event is scheduled for October 25-30. Last year's WSOP Europe Main Event attracted a field of 534 entries for a prize pool of €5,073,000. The UK's Jack Sinclair bested them all to win the €1.122 million first-place prize and coveted gold bracelet. "We love hosting WSOP Europe and treating the game's best players with our one-of-a-kind hospitality," King's Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik said in the press release. "We hope players who have participated in WSOPE come back this year, and for those yet to make it out to King's, we strongly encourage you to make plans to join us for Europe's richest annual live poker festival." The 2018 WSOP Europe festival drew 6,028 entries across its 10 gold bracelet events. Those entries generated just shy of €21 million in prize money. Although the 2019 WSOP Europe schedule of events has yet to be announced, players can likely expect a similar slate to last year's offering, which included a €550 Colossus, €1,100 Monster Stack, and €25,500 High Roller. Stay tuned to PocketFives.com for more news from the World Series of Poker.
  6. The story of the World Series of Poker just wouldn’t be the same without the United Kingdom. Some of the most memorable players in its 51-year history have come from ‘across the pond’ to pit themselves against the toughest poker competition the world has to offer. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman, Roland de Wolfe, Luke Schwartz, Max Silver, and Liv Boeree are just some of the high-profile players that count themselves among the players who have helped the UK accumulate 51 WSOP gold bracelets, third-most of any country in the world. In 2020, the UK is poised perfectly to add to their WSOP trophy case with players from the UK dominating the online poker scene. York resident Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford has had a stranglehold on the worldwide #1 rank for the better part of two months. His countryman Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard sits right behind him, ranked #2 in the world. In total 12, of the current top 100 hail from the UK and that doesn’t even include the UK native considered one of the most feared tournament players, online or live, in the game today. In addition to Beresford and Leonard, here’s a look at some of the top-ranked talent of the United Kingdom who very well could be in the mix to win a World Series of Poker bracelet during the 2020 WSOP. Stephen Chidwick Stephen Chidwick is the aforementioned most-feared tournament player on the circuit. How good is Chidwick? His high-roller tournament peers gave him the award for “Toughest Opponent” at the 2020 Global Poker Awards and by any measure, he's generally considered the favorite in any given event he decides to play in. He’s sixth on the Hendon Mob All-Time Money List with over $34 million in career live cashes and has (at least) another $5 million in online earnings. There’s seemingly no award Chidwick hasn’t won - he was the inaugural U.S. Poker Open champion, the first-ever Australian Poker Open champion, he has WCOOP and SCOOP titles, and, yes, a World Series of Poker bracelet. In 2019, after missing most of the series, Chidwick won the very first event of the summer he entered in which happened to be the $25K PLO High Roller for $1,618,417. Should Chidwick decided to grind the entire WSOP schedule on GGPoker, he might just be the first person to win multiple online gold bracelets. Sam Grafton London grinder Sam Grafton may be known as a hilarious guy to hang out with off the felt, but when he’s playing poker he’s serious competition. It was just last year that Grafton hit a career-high score when he finished as the runner-up in the EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller for $1,453,517. That score helped him leap to more than $4.1 million in career live earnings on a resume that dates back to 2009 and includes results in over 10 countries around the world. In 2020, 'TheSquid' has been putting up big numbers online as well. A runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Rollers Series Main Event brought him a $343,095 score, a career-high online cash. He also notched two more six-figure scores this year including a victory in the PokerStars Summer Series High PKO Main Event for $128,497. Tom Hall Long-time poker pro Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall is rapidly approaching $4 million in total online earnings thanks to consistent results that date back joining PocketFives back in 2010. Add to that his $2.75 million in life earning and you have a picture of a player who consistently puts himself in position to win tournaments. Hall has attended WSOP events dating back to 2013 and has over $180,000 in cashes over 24 results including a deep run in the 2017 Colossus where he finished in 27th place out of 18,054 runners proving he knows how to navigate through massive fields. That same year, Hall booked a win at the 888poker LIVE London Main Event for $104,170 less than a year after taking down the EPT Prague High Roller for $205,204. If Hall continues his bracelet chase on GGPoker, look for him to be making runs in the mid-stakes large field events. Tyler Goatcher The truth is, if you look at Tyler Goatcher’s live results, you might not be terribly impressed. He has just five total cashes on his Hendon Mob profile and zero experience at the World Series of Poker. But if you look up his screen name of ‘Wonderboy222’ you’ll see why he’s one of the UK’s most exciting players. Currently the #10-ranked player in the world, Goatcher has earned $3 million in career online earnings and is on a heater that any poker pro would die for. In March, he earned back-to-back partypoker POWERFEST titles right before he captured a May PokerStars SCOOP title in Event #54-H ($1,050 NLHE) for a career-high score of $107,504. Lately, Goatcher has been spending time racking up results in bounty event on GGPoker under his screen name ‘HELLODARKNESS’. Jack Sinclair London’s Jack Sinclair already has one bracelet, and it’s a big one. He took down the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for a career-high score of $1,277,012 but most poker fans might remember him from his eighth-place finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas where he won $1,200,000 on the televised final table. Despite all of that success, there’s no doubt that Sinclair would love to add some more WSOP to his collection. He’s been making the trek to Las Vegas and WSOP Europe since 2017 and has 18 cashes for a total of $2.8 million. Sinclair also grinds online, under the PokerStars screen name ‘Swaggersorus’ and has locked up a Spring Championship of Online Poker title.
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