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  1. It's something most of us do hundreds, even thousands of times a day: decide how we want to continue with a hand. The information in a given hand is massively clarified from where it stood pre-flop. It's a huge turning point and one of the most important decision points in tournament poker. Do we c-bet or not? If so, what size? What's the board like and what can the turn and river hold for us? This article is not meant to be an exhaustive guide on things to consider, but it will list a lot of the factors in play. Most of you already know these things, but I think it helps to clarify, even if just to refresh it in our mind. We need to start thinking about how the flop came to be! Pre-flop is the baseline for how we are going to proceed. We need to note our and our opponent's action pre-flop and their associated sizing. One of the most overlooked pieces of information on later streets is what position our opponent raised from pre-flop. I used to always screw that up, putting my opponent on enough straight draws only to realize later that they just don't have 6-5 suited after raising from under the gun (most don't.) Once we get to the flop, we gather the information we need. We automatically think about our actual hand in relation to all of the other hands in its absolute value. How can our hand improve? How can the board get worse for our hand? What is the pot and what position are we in at the table? How many chips do we have? What was the action pre-flop? Level 1 gathering of our hand info. Next, we have to think about our opponent's information. This is Level 2 and where poker begins to be fun. What is their stack and what is their range of hands considering their play before the flop? What is their position and what are they like as a player? After we have the necessary information about our decision, we have to compute that information into a decision. This is where the "feel" player's expertise ends. Let's say we are deciding whether to continuation bet. If we decide to bet, is our opponent likely to raise? With what parts of their range of hands are they going to call and fold with? How does this benefit us as a player? Does sizing it differently affect our opponent's potential decisions? If we check, how often do they bluff later on in the hand? Do we have a hand strong enough to slow play? Are they likely to improve on a lot of turn cards or is the board such that they won't? It's important to note that these ways of thinking about flop decisions are all based around an exploitative strategy. That is, a strategy that tries to maximize our profit against our opponent's leaks. If we are facing someone really good, we may want to take a non-exploitative style. Continuation bet 45% with all of our hands all of the time (given a certain board texture). Check 20% of hands randomly and bet 80% of hands two-thirds of the pot size. This would be so that our opponent can't catch on to what we are doing, but this style should only be saved for strong-thinking opponents. Even a lot of pros won't adjust to your exploitative style on the fly. If necessary, we can go deeper and think about what they think about us, maybe even what they think we think about them and how that affects their game plan. We can consider range versus range instead of hand versus range (a whole different article I'm not qualified to write). It's a never-ending rabbit hole and it goes as deep as your opponent wants it to go. Hopefully you don't come away from this article more confused about flop decisions. Most of the time, it really is just Level 1 and Level 2 thinking: "They probably don't hit this flop very often, so I'm going to put out a small c-bet and over the long-run profit at a good rate here." This should be common thinking. That said, maybe I opened some doors to intricacies you can use next time a spot is close or tricky. Thanks for reading and if you don't mind, comment below with some of the things you think about on the flop that I missed.
  2. As PocketFives reported on Monday, Jaime Staples(pictured) finished fifth in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and bagged $22,000. It was the largest online poker tournament cash PocketFives has tracked for Staples and, perhaps not surprisingly, he attracted a throng of 13,000 viewers on his Twitch channel to watch his run. Yes, 13,000. According to PokerUpdate, Staples set his own record for the largest number of concurrent viewers. The site explained that Staples' run also meant big things for the poker industry in general: "During his Twitch broadcast, the game of poker temporarily jumped as high as the #5 spot of all video game categories on the live streaming platform… The PokerStaples channel was also ranked #5 among all Twitch casters for over an hour, including those who stream video game content." Staples is a PokerStars Friend and has 47,000 followers on Twitch. He posted over on Twitter when all was said and done, "Thanks all for hanging out on my best Sunday. 5th for 22k and so close to glory. Thanks for the love #twitch #poker." He reportedly had two-thirds of his own action, which means he pocketed over $15,000. Poker has exploded in popularity on Twitch, which has traditionally been used to live-stream video games. Now, poker stalwarts like Staples, Jason JCarverSomerville, and Daniel Negreanu have been streaming action on Twitch, roping new players into the game. Somerville has over 140,000 followers alone and was one of the pioneers of poker on Twitch. Staples won the Big $109 twice earlier this year in back-to-back months, but perhaps more importantly, he has developed a rapport with fans of poker that is quite unique. Congrats to Staples on his big Sunday! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. It's a hot, humid April Sunday afternoon in Augusta, Georgia. Millions of people from around the world are tuned in to their televisions to watch the final round of the Masters. As the final pairing head to the 18th green, thousands of fans in attendance are in an all-out sprint to get to a spot where they can see the final, championship-winning putt. A three-foot tap-in putt should be the final stroke of the tournament. Up by two strokes, the leader just needs to tap the ball just right to earn the green jacket that comes with one of golf's majors. The ball is struck and rolls gently, eventually dropping out of sight and into the hole. Jim Nantz, the voice of the Masters known for his over-the-top witticisms as the tournament ends and a new champion stands tall, is prepared for the moment. "A New Staple of golf's elite. Jaime Staples, Masters Champion.” That's the world a 14-year-old Jaime Staples imagined for himself growing up in a family that loved the game of golf. * * * It's a rainy Friday night in November in a random major metropolitan city. Thousands of people are sitting in a concert hall waiting for the evening's entertainment to take the stage. As the lights go down and the velvet curtains begin to open they see a Steinway grand piano sitting alone in the center of the stage. The silence is broken as the audience applauds politely as the Canadian pianist they've paid to see walks from stage left toward the piano before a soft-spoken voice over the loudspeaker introduces the man. "Ladies and gentlemen, Jaime Staples”. Staples takes his seat and smiles at the crowd as he begins to play the opening notes to Beethoven's "Für Elise”. The crowd falls silent again. That's the world Susie Staples imagined for her teenage son who was growing up as the offspring of two people who had dedicated their professional lives to teaching music to the world. * * * Today, Jaime Staples is not in contention for the Masters – or any other pro golf event for that matter – and while he can still play a bit of piano, he's not filling concert halls with fans of his ivory tickling. But he's does have fans around the world - tens of thousands of them in fact. The 24-year-old has had what can only be described as a meteoric rise from relative obscurity in the online poker world to one of its most beloved stars. Today, Staples is one of the most popular and successful poker players on Twitch, the live streaming service that puts poker players onto the monitors, tablets and phones of poker enthusiasts around the world as they play. "I think it's just the most connected community I've ever been a part of. It really feels like you all share this common interest, which is poker or gaming or streaming or whatever it is, and you get to hang around and interact with like-minded people,” said Staples. "You get to do that from the comfort of your home. It's a great feeling to have that many people gathered in one place, and with live chat it's like something completely different than we've seen before.” The Twitch community has readily accepted Staples and helped him become a star. He recently crossed the 3 million views milestone. * * * Susie Staples is proud of her son and what he's managed to accomplish so far but when he was a little kid running around the house, he was doing so only after having put in the practice hours on the piano. "He was a really nice pianist. Both his Dad and I are musicians. I teach music at a high school and my husband is a retired university professor that taught music,” said Susie. "So he was certainly raised in a musical environment and he played in the school band and he took piano lessons and he did some writing as well.” While music was important to the Staples family, they also played golf. Not just Jaime and his parents and siblings though. The passion for the links came from the top. Grandma loved the game. Mention that the Staples grew up in a Southern Alberta city and most will picture a snow-covered tundra and not an ideal place to play a game best suited for warmer climates. The truth is though that Lethbridge, Alberta has some of the best golf courses in Western Canada. The entire family played the game, but it was his cousin Mike Mezei who introduced Staples to the game and the possibilities it presented. Staples was young and Mezei was making a real run at becoming a professional golfer. The impressionable Staples was fascinated and after getting out for just a couple of rounds with cousin Mike, Staples decided knew where he wanted his life to go. "My cousin was a professional golfer for around 10 years, with moderate success. He took me out to the course when I was a kid, really loved it, and decided yeah, that's about it,” said Staples. "I'd say maybe nine, ten years old is when I sort of said, ‘Okay, let's do this'." His interest wasn't just some pre-teen phase though; Staples got into golf in a big way. While his parents made sure school was still the priority, he was golfing nearly every day, working with private coaches and doing everything he could to get better at the game. "I think (Mike) was a really large influence on him. Also, most of the people in our family golf, and his grandmother was an avid lover of golf. So he was raised in an atmosphere where that was something we did. He really liked it actually. That was what he did before poker,” said Susie. Even as hard as we was pursuing the pro golf career, there eventually came a time where Staples recognized that it probably wasn't going to be where he ended up. He was working a part-time job and taking some university courses when he found poker and made a life-changing decision to drop golf and turn all of his dedication to poker. "Golf was pretty stagnant, and it was becoming a reality that I wasn't going to make it. I was sort of losing some of that naivety and was like ‘Okay, this isn't going to happen',” said Staples. "I watched some poker TV shows and thought it was really cool. I thought being a poker pro would be amazing. Compete with your mind and live this glamorous lifestyle as a card player.” The highly edited TV poker shows he was watching made the game look easy and flying around the world to play for millions of dollars looked exciting. Like nearly every other player his age, Staples jumped online in search of poker. First he found play money sites and then started entering freerolls and eventually started playing for real money. "Well, when I first saw the game, I was like, ‘Wow, I can do this', just because I was really arrogant,” said Staples. "I guess the first thing that made it a little bit real was I got fifth place in the $3 rebuy on PokerStars.” That finish was worth $2,700 and at the time that was more money that Staples was making in a month at his part-time job. Which, unsurprisingly, was at one of the local golf courses where Staples had made enough connections to get a job. But Staples wasn't fitting guys for new spikes in the pro shop or driving the cart picking up the balls duffers had launched on the driving range. "At the time, I was working as a cart girl at a golf course. Typically a female job, for whatever reason, in the golf industry, and I somehow got the job,” said Staples. "(The golfers) weren't expecting me, but I'd play into it. I'd drop a button (on my shirt) and then play it up and do my best.” Despite his ability to make the duffers laugh, the wages and tips didn't add up to a lot of money and even though he was living at home with his parents and siblings, he still had bills to pay. "I was living paycheck to paycheck. I was in debt a little bit to my brother for golf training that he paid for,” said Staples. "So yeah, I quit my job when I won that $2,700.” The golf cart gig wasn't the only thing Staples stopped doing. Whatever energy he had been directing towards his pursuit of a pro golf career, he turned towards online poker, but it meant he'd have to drop out of school, something not exactly music to his parents' ears. "I remember a few years ago when he said ‘mom, this university thing is not me' and, of course, my reaction is what you'd expect any high school teacher to have,” remembered Susie. "Our whole life has been based on education and setting our kids up for their future, so I said ‘I never want you to come back and tell me that you shouldn't have let me do that or whatever'.” Momma Staples wasn't going to stand in the way of one of her adult kids making a decision to pursue something they were so passionate about. She knew she'd have come across as a bit of a hypocrite had she put up any real resistance. "The thing is we've always told our kids to be passionate, so I have to follow through with what I've said. I say it in my classroom every day ‘you find that thing you love',” said Susie. "I still remember Jaime saying ‘I want to work, I want to do this, mom. School might be there later in my life but right now this is what I want to do'.” Parents have a way of giving approval while also being cautious and concerned as they watch their offspring venture out into the real world and take risks. Staples knew his parents were okay with the transition, but also understood there was still some concern as he ventured off into a world completely foreign to them. "They didn't know anything about poker, so there was no difference between poker and blackjack originally to them. They were quite concerned in the beginning,” said Staples. "I think as I started to not have a job and eventually not need a job, to be able to buy whatever I want and pay whatever measly bills I ended up having, living at home, they were like, ‘Okay, we'll live with this,' and as I continued to make a little bit more every year, they were okay with it.” Staples was resolute in the path he was taking and now had a bankroll big enough to make some things happen. "I knew what I wanted to do, and that I wanted to chase the dream and it didn't really matter if I failed,” said Staples. "I just had to do it, school was just a placeholder, and I finally took the plunge." Around the same time that Staples was "going pro” another newcomer appeared on the poker scene, one that again altered the path that Staples was on. "Twitch just appeared, and it was just like a perfect fit," said Staples. Staples saw Jason Somerville stream a couple of times and read through a few posts on TwoPlusTwo about other players who were streaming on Twitch. "I knew I wanted to participate in the industry around poker and give back to the game if I was going to dedicate my life to it for at least the time being. I was like, ‘all right, I'm going to give this a go',” said Staples. "I didn't really expect anything, maybe I'll make an extra $10,000 a year or something, and it'll be a lot of fun, and I'll play better, and it grew to be a lot more than that.” Even an extra $10,000 a year seems like a lot considering that Staples didn't really have any idea how to make Twitch work. Rather than sit down and plan out how to build a following and ramp up his audience, Staples basically just turned the camera on and went to work playing, while letting the few that tuned in early get a glimpse of his personality. "Going back to the dreamer part of my personality, I had stars in my eyes very quickly, but from day one, day two, day three, I had no plans,” said Staples. "I really didn't think of it as a business or as something that needed to be managed when I got into it. I saw it as just people sitting down and playing their games and talking. I didn't really realize that there was more to it than that as the channel grows.” Staples, really an unknown commodity in the online poker world with limited big scores to his name at this point, started modestly. But things escalated quickly and he broke through the 100-viewer benchmark within the first week. "I sort of realized it was going to extrapolate into something bigger. I was taking it seriously then, but it wasn't the production that we have going now,” said Staples. "It's been a slow progression, but like I said, I like to project those things early and dream about them. This one was, I guess, attainable.” To the outsider, a Twitch stream looks easy enough. Fire up some tables, turn on the webcam and off you go. That's how Staples started, but as his audience and his chances to make money off of it grew, he knew he needed help. Staples now employs a handful of people to manage his stream and all of the ancillary products that go with it. "I have four people working for me full time doing various stuff, and that takes a lot of managing, but they're doing jobs that I, at one point, was doing all myself, and that time I now have back to produce more content,” said Staples. "There's a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes to try and grow the stream, to connect with the community and continue to grow the community.” That level of dedication to the product is a big reason why Staples was able to grow his audience so quickly. With so many eyeballs tuning in to watch him play, it was only a matter of time before sponsors came calling. In early 2015 that's exactly what happened – and it wasn't some small time company offering free gear or energy drinks – it was the biggest online poker company in the world. "It was the day after I won the Big $109 in March, which was my biggest score ever for $19,700,” said Staples. "(PokerStars) called me. I was in bed getting ready to stream and actually knew who it was on the phone. It was a guy that goes on the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast a lot, Steve Day.” Day was the manager of Team PokerStars Online at the time and it was part of his responsibility to recruit new members. Staples had a pretty good idea as to why Day was calling. Even though it came quickly, the call was the culmination of a lot of hard work and started the ball rolling on Staples completing what he thought would be a lifelong goal. "At the end of 2014, I was like, ‘Okay. This is going to happen one day. I'm going to be sponsored by PokerStars.' That's the dream. That's what I had wanted forever. That was the end goal for me when I got into poker,” said Staples. "I thought it would be a year later, not three months. I was totally unprepared and nervous. I hadn't really had very much sponsorship opportunity before that. I wasn't ready.” Staples had very little live experience so a spot on Team PokerStars Pro wasn't likely and Day wasn't ready to offer full Team Online status to Staples right away. He was made a ‘Friend of PokerStars' and told that if he could make Supernova Elite status – a requirement for Team Online members - he'd most likely be asked to join Team Online full time. "It was clear they wanted to work with me and they recognized me as a poker professional, but I sort of needed to prove myself to one of those teams to make that happen,” said Staples. "I set out with goal to make supernova status and made it on the last day that I set for myself, and then they accepted me to Team Online.” Even though he didn't have much live experience, his exposure on Twitch and as a member of Team PokerStars Online, opened up some opportunities for him that weren't there before. Last summer, Poker Night in America came calling and invited him to be part of a cast that included some of the biggest names in poker including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Randy ‘nanonoko' Lew. The opportunity was something he cherished. "I wasn't nervous to play poker at all. I was a little bit nervous to meet some of those guys in that they're the ones, a couple years ago, that I really looked up to,” said Staples. "I remember going to the 2013 World Series of Poker, I believe, and seeing ‘nanonoko' in the halls and being afraid to shake his hand, like being afraid to approach him, and now I was playing in a game with him.” Opportunities to play live are a perk of the job, but Staples understands a bulk of his energy needs to go to his core product, the live stream and the supporting content. While many young players simply bury themselves in poker; playing, hand review, session study and Skype chat, Staples devotes a lot of his free time to making sure he's improving his product. "I only think about poker when I'm actively studying or playing. Other than that, it's 100% the stream, because it's new - it's like 2003 of Twitch poker right now,” said Staples. "It isn't a very efficient game yet, and it's just the Wild West. It's a rush to grow, to be better. So that's where almost all of my thinking goes throughout the day.” Being good at poker, winning tournaments and having deep runs is an integral part of the formula for success, but it's certainly not the most important piece. While Staples' early foray into golf prepared him for the competitive side of poker, his music lessons and performances taught him about the value of connecting with his audience, something Staples knows will be the foundation his career is built on. "It has to come down to caring about the people that are investing their time in you. Interacting with them on a real basis, trying to connect with them on social media and keep up with what's going on in their lives and answering their questions in chat and answering their emails and doing everything you can to be a good person, be a valuable person to them,” said Staples. Growing as a poker player and as a streamer are the two focuses of Staples' life right now, but he knows that if he continues to have success in those two areas, other doors will open for him. He's just not sure what those opportunities might be. "Streamer does not define it anymore. I would like to do a lot. I'd like to keep climbing the mountain, basically, keep improving in my life, and that's really sort of all I know right now,” said Staples. "Right now I'm focused on poker, hardcore streaming, YouTube, community. Where will that be in three years? I don't know, but somewhere where hopefully I'm continuing to improve and work towards my goals.” While his audience continues to grow by leaps and bounds as more and more poker players discover Twitch and more of the core Twitch audience finds poker, Staples has one viewer who's always going to be tuning in, no matter what. "I probably go in every day and listen to him talk just a little bit because he's in Calgary and we're (in Lethbridge) so we don't see Jaime that often,” said Susie. "So I have watched him, but I have to be truthful - I don't know how to play poker.” She doesn't play the game, but checks out the stream as a show of support and to watch her son put his passion for the game for the world to see. When something happens on the stream that she doesn't quite understand she relies on friends and colleagues to explain it to her. "Somebody who understands poker will tell me, ‘no, he didn't have a choice there, that wasn't bad play, those are the cards, he didn't do anything wrong',” said Susie. "Oh okay. As long as he didn't do anything stupid, that's all I want to know.” Even if he had made a bad play, she knows that Staples is making his own decisions now. The golf thing turned out to be a bit of a phase and the musician's life just wasn't meant to be for Staples, but Susie has known since her son was born that his destiny was really up to him. "The day he was born I remember his dad saying, he owns himself we just get to raise him,” said Susie. "And I still remember that day, the day he was born, and it really is true.”
  4. Buying pieces of some of the best online poker players in the world as they chase down riches from PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is going to send somebody to Las Vegas with a chance to win hundreds of thousands of their own. Each month StakeKings.com offers a leaderboard that tracks how well those buying pieces do. They’ve stepped up big for May’s leaderboard to take full advantage of the heavier-than-usual online poker schedule. The top nine finishers this month will be entered into an online sit-n-go, streamed live on Twitch, that pays the ultimate winner a a $1,500 Monster Stack entry, two nights stay in the Palms Place Penthouse and a chance to wine and dine with the StakeKings team in Las Vegas. "The StakeKings SCOOP leaderboard is an exciting way to gamify buying action on StakeKings,” said Tyler Hancock, StakeKings co-founder. “There is already a lot of money that can be won or lost buying action during SCOOP, but we wanted to take that a step further and provide additional bonus prizes to StakeKings users who want to compete against other users." The other eight players in the sit-n-go don’t go home empty handed. Finishing second through ninth is worth $25 in StakeKings cash, with each player being given the opportunity to play heads up against a StakeKings for $50 instead. Some of the players selling SCOOP action on StakeKings include former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver, Team PokerStars Pro Jaime Staples, and Doug Polk. Backers earn one point for every $1 won from backed players. Throughout the month, StakeKings will announce multiple “Daily Double” promotions that award two points for every dollar won. While the promotion is built around SCOOP, backers will earn leaderboard points based on every available package including 888poker XL Inferno, partypoker Powerfest and any live events. The contest runs until May 21. View the current leaderboard standings here.
  5. The notion of vlogging isn’t completely new, with some of the world’s most popular vloggers, like Casey Neistat, having turned the camera on themselves for the better part of this decade. But when it comes to vlogging in poker, it’s still a little bit of the Wild West. The growing genre is finding many previously largely unknown personalities now making a name for themselves by showcasing their on-the-felt (and off) adventures for all to see. But while many of the personalities that are drawing attention in the space are of the up-and-coming variety some of the biggest stars in poker have spent time vlogging letting their fans in on what they are doing and increase their reach. Daniel Negreanu Daniel Negreanu, arguably, one of the most well-known poker players on the entire planet occasionally turns to vlogging to bring fans inside his routine while playing some of the biggest events of the year. During the 2017 World Series of Poker Negreanu’s team produced 45 days worth of behind-the-scenes content of how Daniel prepares himself to play day-in and day-out. More recently, he fired up the vlog again in his quest to capture the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. He mentioned on his podcast that despite the fact that the WSOP vlog was a ton of continuous work, there’s a good chance that his over 166,000 subscribers will get a fresh batch of WSOP footage beginning this June. Doug Polk One of poker’s more masterful marketers, Doug Polk commands the attention of a legion of fans. Not just in poker but also in the world of cryptocurrency. Nowadays, he’s been more into the world of crypto news and, on the poker side, going in-depth in breaking down televised hands. But Polk has been known to take his audience for a ride along when he’s out doing things like…winning the 2017 High Roller For One Drop at the WSOP for over $3.6 million. Polk has always seemingly been able to jump between social mediums, racking up nearly 175,000 subscribers on his Doug Polk Poker YouTube channel, 100,000 Twitter followers and roughly 70,000 followers on Instagram. It’s been a while since he’s properly vlogged but should crypto take a nose dive and Polk needs to find his way back to the Rio this summer, there’s a good chance his camera won’t be too far behind. Matt Berkey High-stakes cash game grinder Matt Berkey helped produce the eight-part Dead Money documentary on his path to the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl. The episodes are available as streaming-content on PokerGo and Berkey has continued to chronicle his adventures in poker on his YouTube channel. In addition to being a promotional vehicle for his training site, Solve For Why Academy, the vlog focuses on Berkeley and his team as they do everything from detail hand histories from tournaments to recap live cash games. Berkey’s channel is still growing, with just over 6,000 subscribers currently, but Dead Money won an American Poker Award and so it’s likely he’s in the content creation game for some time to come. Jaime Staples As one of the most prolific poker streamers, Jaime Staples is also on a near daily vlogger. Staples documents his travels around the world, looking for places to eat, houses with the best wi-fi and, of course, providing updates on one of the craziest #ultimatesweat weight loss (and gain) bets the poker world has seen since Ted Forrest’s $2 million bet with Mike Matusow. The Team PokerStars Online pro has been gaining followers while shedding pounds. He has been steadily increasing his influence in the community through his 15,000 followers of his daily vlog and the near 50,000 that follow his poker highlights YouTube channel. Jeff Gross Jeff Gross was once dubbed a “professional best friend”, hanging around with the likes of Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, original One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari and Streamboat Captain Bill Perkins. Nowadays, he’s hanging out with his viewers having secured a sponsorship deal with PokerStars, Gross spends his time streaming his Flow Show and dabbling in the occasional vlog when he’s playing live events. These are just a few of already established players who have taken to vlogging. Others like World Series of Poker bracelet winner Ryan Laplante, Team PokerStars Online pro Fintan Hand, and Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram all have taken turns breaking down hands, sharing their thoughts and peeling back the curtain of their day-to-day lives. With less than 100 days left until the World Series of Poker fans of poker vlogs can expect an avalanche of content from some of these popular poker personalities.
  6. Former #1-ranked Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson won a record-breaking ninth PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title on Day 6 of SCOOP and catapulted himself into the top spot on the overall series leaderboard. Anderson came into the day's play already holding a record eight SCOOP titles, but by the end of it, he had made that number nine by winning Event #19 (High) for $126,659. After 335 entrants had departed the $2,100 buy-in field, the final three of Anderson, Aaron Been and David 'dpeters17' Peters went to battle. Peters, fresh off the back of his fourth-place finish at the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event for $280,770, was the first to depart taking away $67,143 for third place, leaving Been the only man standing between Anderson and a ninth SCOOP title. However, Been, who has eclipsed over $3.8M in online tournament earnings, was unable to stop the formidable Anderson from achieving the accolade as the American claimed another six-figure score exactly a year to the day after his last, which came during the 2017 SCOOP series. Anderson's victory propels him to the top of the overall SCOOP leaderboard, overtaking Roman Romanovsky, in a race that will see the winner receive the trophy and a much coveted PokerStars Platinum pass to next year's PCA worth over $30,000. Elsewhere on Day 6, The UK's Jon 'luckyfish89' Clark also achieved quite a remarkable feat after taking down Event #18 (High) for his third 'Thursday Thrill' title in just over eight weeks. The SCOOP special edition 'Thrill' tournament featured a massive $1m guaranteed prize pool with 1,344 entrants all looking for the first-place prize. But it was the former Sunday Million runner-up Clark who went the distance after beating Oscar 'owilson25' Ramirez heads-up, to claim his first SCOOP title and a prize of $104,935. Canada's 'D PitcherAK' won $51,979 for coming through a 7,334 player field in the Event 18 (Medium) Mini Thursday Thrill. 'MarioDutraJR' took the silver medal for $35,971 and 'Whatzaq' took $24,894 in third. Jon 'LUFCBas' Spinks finished in a very respectable fourth-place in the mammoth Event #18 (Low) 19,648 player field. The two-time Sunday Warm-Up champion received $3,636 for his efforts as 'rawacha' took the title for $9,797. PokerStars online-pro Jaime Staples made an appearance at the Event #17 (Low) final table, with the well-known Twitch steamer securing a fifth-place finish for $1,461. 'RunGodLike' was the eventual champion for $6,201 after they beat 'Stoffers1' heads-up, who took $4,320 for second place. 'villepn' won $13,701.09 and Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira secured $48,271 for winning Event #17 (Medium) and Event #17 (High) respectively. Ferreira was able to come through a final table which featured online phenomenon Victor 'Isildur1' Blom, who exited in sixth-place for $12,876.67 Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, ($57,321), 'WhoAreYoux1' ($39,938) and Alberto 'bertotraste' Novoa ($27,828) made up the top three in Event #19 (Medium), as world no.#10 Petrone secured his first SCOOP title. 'GodOf.com' beat 'karas1926' to victory in Event #19 (Low) and jumped to the top of the SCOOP Low Leaderboard. The win earns them $21,995, with the runner-up taking $15,319. Event #23 saw three 5-Card NLO Six-Max Turbo tournaments take place with 'BigTreeStump' taking down the $530 (High) for $29,791.'Foxy1029' turned $55 into $10,512 in the (Medium) tournament after they negotiated a final table that included current world no.#1 'C. Darwin2', who finished in sixth place. The final three players agreed to a deal before 'Foxy1029' became the last player standing. And in the final result on Day 6, 'SFARRRR' took the Event #23 (Low) win for $3,277 after seeing off 'jogrepiria' ($2,180.14) in second, and 'schmidt88888' ($1,963.11) in third after once again a three-handed deal was made. Below are the SCOOP results for Friday, May 11 Event #17 (Low): $22 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 2,074 Prize pool: $41,480 RunGodlike - $6,201.94 Stoffers1 - $4,320.13 nicholaswang - $3,010.14 KeysOfCyprus - $2,097.39 jaimestaples - $1,461.40 Netinho_RJ - $1,018.26 Event #17 (Med): $215 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 373 Prize pool: $74,600 villepn - $13,701.09 EMOYI - $9,971.90 markovitsus - $7,757.86 PikkuHUMPPA - $5,282.50 Dancer King - $3,844.77 JeremiieLand - $2,798.34 Event #17 (High): $2,100 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 101 Prize pool: $202,000 RuiNF - $48,271.22 Senkel92 - $37,060.45 PikkuHUMPPA - $28,453.39 Mordnilap - $21,845.24 hotmark777 - $16,771.81 Isildur1 - $12,876.67 Event #18 (Low): $11 PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 19,648 Prize pool: $192,550.40 rawacha - $9,797.83 Ignas309 - $7,033.46 Enklereliv - $5,057.11 LUFCBas - $3,636.10 Loko12rus400 - $2,614.38 SamBakuSV - $1,879.75 myrandrea - $1,351.56 cigonas301 - $971.77 Rihard4a - $698.70 Event 18 (Medium): Mini Thursday Thrill PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 7,334 Prize pool: $733,400 D PitcherAK - $51,979.90 MarioDutraJR - $35,971.14 Whatzaq - $24,894.93 wannawinyou - $17,229.25 fiyaW - $11,924.02 Vladzikass - $8,252.40 Nevks - $5,711.35 ADREKS - $3,952.73 Servasx - $2,735.61 Event #18 (High): $1,050 Thursday Thrill PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 1,344 Prize pool: $1,344,000 luckyfish89 - $104,935.81 owilson25 - $76,179.53 DanielLUCKY - $55,303.92 P0KERPR02.0 - $40,148.90 Cashcid Linc - $29,146.79 xxMaecksxx - $21,159.60 mcc3991 - $15,361.18 Lincownz - $11,151.70 MisterTipper - $8,095.78 Event #19 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 7,790 Prize pool: $155,800 GodOf.com - $21,995.76 karas1926 - $15,319.84 AadrovanRj21 - $10,674.45 strflushtome - $7,437.64 Runninggreat - $5,182.34 Mihska - $3,610.89 Event #19 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 1,913 Prize pool: $382,600 ramastar88 - $57,321.20 WhoAreYoux1 - $39,938.58 bertotraste - $27,828.10 zajac69 - $19,389.82 ziototo94 - $13,510.29 TurboDoc - $9,413.60 Event #19 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 338 Prize pool: $676,000 cal42688 - $126,659.11 AaronBeen - $92,218.70 dpeters17 - $67,143.15 power2prut - $48,886.08 NLZWERVERNL - $35,593.29 papan9_p$ - $25,915.00 Event #23 (Low): $5.50 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 4,874 Prize pool: $23,882.60 SFARRRR - $3,277.65* jogrepiria - $2,180.14* schmidt88888 - $1,963.11* PixelPi - $1,149.71 NVladislav - $801.09 BKLaw - $558.17 *Denotes a three-way deal Event #23 (Medium): $55 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 1,504 Prize pool: $75,200 Foxy1029 - $10,512.51* Kaggis - $7,725.70* mer760 - $6,798.14* justholdplz - $3,880.77 vitja1234 - $2,704.01 C. Darwin2 - $1,884.08 *Denotes a three-way deal Event #23 (High): $530 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 318 Prize pool: $159,000 BigTreeStump - $29,791.28 raidalot - $21,690.49 p0cket00 - $15,792.54 BiggestFish - $11,498.35 Erä_Koira - $8,371.79 aacheckmate - $6,095.39    
  7. 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.
  8. Brazil's Warley Bruno Galvão made it second-time-lucky after he took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for $145,086, just three months after his first final table appearance in the same event. Galvao's previous best online cash for $13,264 came back in July when he finished eighth in the Million, but the Brazilian made sure he went the distance this time around after a heads-up battle with 'eisenhower1'. After 5,369 entrants created a $1,073,800 prize pool, 'SmilleThHero' took third place for $71,450 before 'eisenhower1' fell at the final hurdle and banked $101,814 as runner-up, leaving Galvao to pick up the title. 'patasss' came through a heads-up match with Joao Valli to take the title in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series 68: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday High Roller SE] along with over $145,000. The special edition event drew in 457 entrants along with big money bounties. Once the final table of eight was whittled down the final three, 'sk2ll_m0dR' departed first for $45,253 + $15,203 before Brazil's Valli exited in second place for $60,884 + $26,843, which left 'patasss' to claim victory. 'CrazyLissy' got the better of the Swedish phenoms 'Lena900' and 'C.Darwin2' to claim the $64,151 top prize in the PokerStars Bounty Builder High Roller. Former PocketFives #1 ranked 'C.Darwin2' exited with the bronze medal for $32,596 + $9,776 before his compatriot and the current world ranked #1 'Lena900' departed in second place for $45,728 + $12,746. This meant 'CrazyLissy' was the victor and walked away with the first-place money as well as $48,081 in bounties. This week's PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up title went to 'ice931128' after coming through a final table that featured PokerStars Online Team Pro and popular Twitch streamer Jaime Staples. Staples banked $18,235 for third place and tweeted his joy at making such a deep run while continuing his tradition of buying a new piece of art for every major online score he achieves while streaming. https://twitter.com/jaimestaples/status/1051661317642309632 Staples' departure set the way for the heads-up battle, with 'HU4FU' having to settle for second place and $25,362, and 'ice931128' taking the $35,275 first-place prize. Over on partypoker, 'GlobalHappiness' came through an 86 player field to win the $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller for $56,975. Samuel 'JHelppi' Vousden took third place for $27,950 before 'jizonhisniz' lost out heads-up and banked $39,775 in second. 'MAAAMANNN' added $51,586 to their bankroll after coming through a 253 player field in the $1,050 Sunday Main Event. Online crusher 'probirs' took the bronze for $26,691 and 'MoNddLeR' took the silver for $37,444 after falling victim to 'MAAMANNN' heads-up. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,369 entrants, $1,073,800 prize pool WarleyBruno - $145,086.89 eisenhower1 - $101,814.27 SmilleThHero -$71,450.11 Flush098765 - $50,141.41 glissario - $35,187.78 Turbo565 - $24,693.74 folkevogn - $17,329.30 D.END.49 - $12,161.21 Sergey260594 - $8,534.45 PokerStars Bounty Builder Series 68: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday High Roller SE], $500K Gtd 457 entrants, $914,000 prize pool patasss - $81,914.63 + $63,632.80 Joao Valli - $60,884.60 + $26,843.75 sk2ll_m0dR - $45,253.73 + $15,203.13 Jacobuz_Q77 - $33,635.79 + $19,414.06 blackaces93 - $25,000.50 + $4,890.63 Pimmss - $18,582.12 + $5,828.13 Vojcieszek - $13,811.54 + $5,937.50 vvvpoker - $10,265.72 + $19,687.50 PokerStars Bounty Builder Series 67: $530 High Roller, $500k Gtd 1,697 entrants, $848,500 prize pool CrazyLissy - $64,151.80 + $48,081.62 Lena900 - $45,728.63 + $12,746.57 C.Darwin2 - $32,596.99 + $9,776.60 Groni - $23,236.25 + $3,947.75 L1VeYRdrEamS - $16,563.61 + $1,968.75 Frecc22 - $11,807.13 + $2,783.20 Sykoen - $8,416.56 + $6,216.80 mikki696 - $5,999.16 + $7,230.45 RPILON - $4,276.77 + $3,554.69 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,087 entrants, $217,400 prize pool ice931128 - $35,275.02 HU4FU - $25,362.55 jaimestaples - $18,235.88 twirlpro - $13,111.76 corresao - $9,427.46 TheFan83 - $6,778.44 Fellatiado - $4,873.76 bagoch - $3,504.29 Svennieee - $2,519.62 partypoker $530 Sunday Big Bounty-HR $250k Gtd 501 entrants, $256,762 prize pool the18Wizard - $23,609.83 + $24,521.42 LoSientoGrace - $16,808.55 + $3,744.75 Iveybluffallin - $11,523 + $2,288.68 OreoMilkshake - $8,016 + $1,423.24 Level1pro - $5,686.35 + $2,608.60 i remember - $4,133.25 + $7,475.14 Quatroe3ehFLIP - $2,943.37 + $1,665.23 Paul07new - $2,129.25 + $5,992.41 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event – HR $200k 253 entrants, $253,000 prize pool MAAAMANNN - $51,586.70 MoNddLeR - $37,444 probirs - $26,691.50 BITMEZREKT - $19,734 skitzo793 - $13,915 OXOXOXO - $10,626 VolZok_ - $7,843 donzledurbru - $5,819 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 86 entrants, $215,000 prize pool GlobalHappiness - $56,975 jizonhisniz - $39,775 JHelppi - $27,950 BITMEXREKT - $19,350 VolZok_ - $15,050 WelshWizard - $11,287.50 MoNddLer - $9,137.50 barm111 - $7,525 partypoker $1,050 Bounty Hunter-HR $200k Gtd 196 entrants, $200,000 prize pool p0kchkmonsta - $19,998.56 + $22,018.75 eet_smakelijk - $14,515.84 + $10,676.25 VolZok_ - $10,347.44 + $5,427.50 FairPlay373 - $7,650.24 + $4,452.50 lincownz - $5,394.40 + $3,672.50 Phil_Gruissem - $4,119.36 + $2,632.50 BateBicoPLZ - $3,040.48 + $4,322.50 Drulitooo - $2,255.84 + $1,950
  9. Twitch streaming poker professionals Jeff Gross and Jaime Staples have announced, in back-to-back days, that they have parted ways with their mutual sponsor, PokerStars. Gross and Staples were sponsored members of Team PokerStars thanks in large part to their dedication to streaming poker on their respective Twitch channels, as well as their wide-reaching online presence on YouTube and other social media outlets. Jeff Gross Steps Down On Monday, Jeff Gross released a video announcing that he “will no longer be working with or representing PokerStars” after the two sides could not come to an agreement to move forward. Gross was signed as an ambassador for the world's largest online poker site at the start of the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2017. Gross is the host of his own Twitch channel show dubbed “The Poker Flow Show” and is also known as a consistent vlogger with videos posted on his YouTube Channel of over 25K subscribers. In addition to his inclusion on Team PokerStars, Gross was also named a member of Jason Somerville’s Team Run It Up. Somerville is a member of Team PokerStars and his Run It Up stable of streamers is a partner of PokerStars. Gross, in his statement, admits that the future of his relationship with Run It Up is uncertain. “It’s unclear where that will go with me and how that will work, whether we’ll still be working together or not.” Gross insisted that while it may be the end of his PokerStars deal, this is just the beginning for him when it comes to his poker ambitions. “Is this it for you in poker? The answer is ‘no’,” Gross stated in his announcement. “If anything, we are just getting locked in, just getting strapped in and it’s seriously about to turn up.” Staples Hopes For 'Something Bigger' One day later, former fellow Team Pokerstars Online Pro Jaime Stapes followed suit. “As of today, PokerStars and I are no longer continuing our relationship,” Staples announced in a video posted to his YouTube channel. Staples, the former “friend of PokerStars” who was elevated to a full-fledged member of Team PokerStars Online in December 2016, called it a “happy breakup.” He indicated that the decision was his to make and it was in favor of pursuing other opportunities. “I felt as if I might have an opportunity to do something bigger with my career in poker,” Staples said in his departure announcement. “It was a risk and I thought about it a lot and I decided to go on my own.” Staples rose to popularity by streaming poker on Twitch from his mother’s basement. He worked his way into becoming one of the premier stars of the medium with over 9.3 million channel views. "This is an opportunity to do something different. It's still going to be poker at the end of the day but it's a new direction. It's a scary one. It's a risky one. But I couldn't be more excited." Staples took to streaming poker immediately after his announcement, playing on both PokerStars and partypoker. The title of his Twitch stream was "Free Agent Plays Poker". Staples and Gross have more than their involvement with PokerStars in common. Both served as a two-person committee to help businessman Bill Perkins select The Thirst Lounge 10, the next batch of hosts for the expansion of Perkins' own Twitch channel.
  10. Amid a flurry of recent news in the world of online poker ambassadorship, partypoker has announced the creation of their own “Team Online” and have revealed the first two players to be named to it. Online Twitch streamers Matt Staples and Hristivoje ‘AllinPav’ Pavolic are the first poker pros named in what is expected to be a series of announcements of new members to the expanding team. Matt Staples Matt Staples, younger brother of former PokerStars ambassador Jaime Staples, followed in brother's footsteps in becoming a full-time Twitch Poker streamers. From starting at the micros at age 18, Matt Staples, now 22, has come into his own as a full-time mid-high stakes regular tournament grinder. “Becoming a sponsored pro is something I’ve aspired to for a while now and I couldn’t be happier about the partnership,” Staples said. “There’s nothing I like more than streaming tournaments on Twitch and I’m pumped to have the opportunity to showcase and help grow partypoker and their Twitch community.” “Signing with partypoker ranks as one of my proudest achievements,” said Pavlovic. “I’m stoked to represent a company that has strong ethics at its heart, and I can’t wait to help build the great game of poker.” Pavlovic, also a regular MTT grinder, is known for marathon Twitch sessions and consistently posting his wins and losses on his Twitter feed. partypoker Tunes In It's clear that partypoker has decided to dive into the deep end when it comes to increasing their marketing efforts with regards to online streaming. Not only is it expected that their own Team Online will be growing throughout the next week, but they have also agreed to a sponsorship/partnership deal with Bill Perkins’ “The Thirst Lounge.” They also have plans to live stream a new online high stakes cash game. “We have been a bit behind the curve when it comes to streaming,” said partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters. ”We are hoping to make up for lost time by compiling an elite team that will be able to stream entertaining and engaging content 24/7.” In addition to their newly created Team Online, partypoker promises streaming sessions from some of their already established Team partypoker Pros including Ludovic Geilich, Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Fedor Holz.
  11. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Back from a Super Bowl party, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters jump right back into the world of poker and discuss the deal that Bryn Kenney struck that awarded him a seven-figure score and the Aussie Millions Main Event championship. They also debate whether or not Cary Katz is still a "recreational player" after his win in the Aussie Millions $100K Challenge. Also on the show this week, a look at the second week of the $109 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Million, how 888poker's RakeLESS weekend did, and talk about what the departures of Jaime Staples and Jeff Gross from Team PokerStars might actually be leading to. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  12. Twitch Poker pioneer Jamie Staples has announced that he will be joining partypoker’s emerging Team Online. Over the past few weeks, partypoker has been incredibly active in announcing a steady stream of online poker pros to their newly formed Team Online, their squad of streaming poker players aimed at promoting play for the online site. On Friday, came the biggest announcement yet. Former PokerStars ambassador Jaime Staples will officially become part of the fledgling team as of May 4. The May 4 date falls 90 days after Staples announcement that he was leaving PokerStars. Jaime Stapes’ story is well-known to those who have followed the rise of poker streaming in recent years. He started streaming poker from the basement of his mother’s house where he cultivated a healthy online following. PokerStars took notice and he took up a position as a “friend of PokerStars”. That turned into a full-time position as a Team PokerStars Online ambassador in late 2016. Jaime and his younger brother Matt enjoyed a year of skyrocketing popularity in 2017 as they participated in the #UltimateSweat prop bet. With a significant weight discrepancy between them, the brothers were tasked by businessman and fellow poker player Bill Perkins to get within a pound of each other in a year. The duo accomplished that task, winning $150,000 in the process and the story of Jaime’s transformative weight loss made mainstream news. Then, just over a month ago, the relationship with PokerStars came to an end. Staples posted a video announcing that he was stepping away from the online poker giant to pursue a new opportunity. “I felt as if I might have an opportunity to do something bigger with my career in poker,” Staples said at the time. It appears as if that opportunity has now presented itself. According to Staples own Twitter account, he will not only be joining partypoker’s Team Online as a player but he and Jeff Gross, another former Team PokerStars Online pro who has teamed up with partypoker, will be taking a leadership role on the team, helping to grow the team. In addition to Staples’ expertise in the ‘Twitch streets’, he brings one of poker’s largest online followings to partypoker. His Twitch channel features more than 120,000 followers, while his Twitter following is over 31,000 strong. He also has a pair of Youtube channels that, combined, have over 87,000 subscribers. Although not officially a member of Team Online as of yet, Jamie Staples is the eleventh poker pro named to the team. The first streamer named in mid-February was his brother Matt Staples. He was then joined by Hristivoje ‘ALLinPav’ Pavlovic. The announcements didn’t stop as Travis ‘dramaticdegen’ Darroch, Patrick ‘XxXMLGPROXxX’ Tardif, Alan ‘hotted89’ Widmann, Ryan ‘RSchoonbaert’ Schoonbaert, Courtney ‘courtiebee’ Gee, Steven ‘DWstevie’ Kok, Monika ‘HeyMonia’ Zukowicz and Jeff Gross all signed on. Should Jaime Staples and Gross be working side-by-side to keep the partypoker Team Online roster fresh, it would not be their first time building a streaming stable. The pair were instrumental in the construction of Bill Perkins’ ‘Thirst Lounge 10’, a roster of personalities that are featured on Perkins’ own partypoker sponsored Twitch channel. In the meantime between now and May 4, Staples has implied that nothing will really change.
  13. After tabulating the votes of over 130 Nomination Panel members, the Global Poker Index, along with their partner PokerCentral, has unveiled the nominations in thirteen of the 20 categories of the first ever Global Poker Awards. The awards are set to take place on April 5 at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas where poker players and industry members from 10 different nations will be represented in a wide variety of categories that aims to celebrate all aspects of the poker community. PocketFives is well represented within the nominees. The Fives Podcast is one of five nominees for Podcast of the Year and PocketFives' President & Editor in Chief Lance Bradley's book, The Pursuit of Poker Success, Here are the nominees, presented in alphabetical order: Tournament Performance of the Year Justin Bonomo (Super High Roller Bowl IV) John Cynn (2018 World Series of Poker Main Event) Maria Lampropulos (2018 PCA Main Event) Dylan Linde (WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic) Breakout Player of the Year Almedin ‘Ali’ Imsirovic Maria Konnikova Ping Liu Christopher Michael Soyza Streamer of the Year Jeff Gross Jason Somerville Jaime Staples Lex Veldhuis Vlogger of the Year Marle Cordeiro Joe Ingram Andrew Neeme Daniel Negreanu Doug Polk Podcast LFG Podcast PokerCentral Podcast PokerNews Podcast The Chip Race The Fives Poker Podcast Broadcaster Maria Ho Lon McEachern Nick Schulman Lex Veldhuis Poker Journalist Drew Amato Sarah Herring Remko Rinkema Christian Zetzsche Media Content Drew Amato (photo: Brunson bids farewell to WSOP) Lance Bradley (book: The Pursuit of Poker Success) Haley Hintze (article: Vayo v. PokerStars) PokerCentral/PokerGO (Super High Roller Club: Schulman featuring Nejad) Industry Person Angelical Hael (World Poker Tour) Cary Katz (Poker Central) Matt Savage (WPT, TDA) Ty Stewart (World Series of Poker) Rob Yong (Dusk Till Dawn, partypoker) Tournament Director Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock) Paul Campbell (ARIA) Jack Effel (World Series of Poker) Kenny Hallaert (Unibet Open) Mid-Major Tour/Circuit 888poker LIVE RUNGOOD Poker Series Unibet Open WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit Event of the Year partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Super High Roller Bowl IV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic WSOP Main Event Moment of the Year Jeremy Hilsercop received PSPC Platinum Pass via Christmas Day viral video Joe Cada wins The Closer after finishing 5th in WSOP Main Event Doyle Brunson plays his final WSOP event Justin Bonomo wins Big One for One Drop, completing Super High Roller Streak In addition to the above categories, there are seven other awards that will be given out during the ceremony. Due to their results in 2018, Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell will each be receiving awards for the 2018 GPI Player of the Year and the 2018 Female Player of the Year respectively. Along with trophies for Foxen and Bicknell the following categories will be determined by the Global Poker Awards Jury: - Lifetime Achievement in Poker Award - Charitable Initiative - Jury Prize As has been the case in previous GPI award shows, the “people” will have a voice and will vote to award the People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year. Also, PocketFives will be handing out the PocketFives Legacy Award acknowledging a player who has come from the world of online poker to make major contributions to poker’s live tournament scene. The Global Poker Awards can be watched live on PokerGO on April 5.
  14. On Wednesday, partypoker announced the addition of well-known Twitch Poker streamer Kevin Martin to their expansive stable of Team Online pros. Martin, who gained notoriety as a two-time contestant and winner of the Canadian version of the TV show Big Brother, is considered a veteran of the Twitch Poker scene. He picked up streaming back in 2015, only one year after taking up poker full time and brought his ever-growing audience along for the ride as he evolved in the game of poker. His dedication to the platform earned him an ambassadorship with PokerStars, a roster spot on Jason Somerville’s Team Run It Up and a dedicated following of over 83,000 on his Twitch channel. Back in February, at the onset of partypoker’s Team Online, Martin publicly announced that he and PokerStars had agreed to part ways. Martin is one of a number of Team PokerStars Online pros who made the jump to partypoker in recent months. Former PokerStars ambassadors Jeff Gross and Jaime Staples both made videos in February announcing that they were leaving the online giant and both have subsequently joined the partypoker ranks, with Staples making his official debut to the team on May 4. partypoker picks up a massive online presence with the addition of Martin. In addition to his 83,000 Twitch followers, Martin adds another 40,000 subscribers on YouTube and 35,000 followers on Twitter. While Martin is best-known of his online poker exploits, he has also had surging results in his own live poker game, rapidly approaching $300,000 in lifetime earnings. In 2018, Martin, who plays mostly low/mid-stakes live tournaments booked six five-figures scores among his four outright victories in the tournaments he played. With Martin on board and Staples officially joining the team later in the week, partypoker’s Team Online will consist of 12 total online personalities. The rapid growth started with the announcements of Matt Staples and Hristiivoje ‘ALLinPav’ Pavlovic as the first players named to the team. Then partypoker released a string of near-daily announcements that included Travis ‘dramaticdegen’ Darroch, Patrick ‘XxXMLGPROXxX’ Tardif, esports standout Alan ‘hotted89’ Widmann, Ryan ‘RSchoonbaert’ Schoonbaert, Courtney ‘courtiebee’ Gee, Steven ‘DWstevie’ Kok, Monika ‘HeyMonia’ Zukowicz and Jeff Gross. parrtypoker’s online strategy also includes sponsorship of poker personality Bill Perkins’ own ensemble of online players which grind online on his ‘Thirst Lounge’ channel. To catch Kevin Martin in action, check him out on his Twitch channel.
  15. Saturday was the calm before the storm at the World Poker Tour Online at partypoker with just four events playing down to a champion. Luke Martinelli outlasted 253 other entries in Event #19 ($530 Turbo) to win the title and $25,895.30. Finishing one spot behind Martinelli earned Freek Scholten $18,796 while Norbert Szecsi took home $13,398.50 for coming in third place. Mohamed Bachir Andolssi earned $8,652.15 for winning Event #19 Mini ($55 Turbo). Saturday also the seventh WPT500 starting flight. Julio Fantin finished Day 1G with the biggest stack at 440,689. A total of 68 players advanced to Day 2 including Alex Fortin-Demers (408,580), Kevin MacPhee (330,663), Alexandr Trofimov (281,301), and Jaime Staples (270,972). Note: results from Event #16 and Event #16 Mini were not made publically available. WPT Online Event #19 Mini $55 Turbo 1,175 Entries $58,750 Prize Pool Mohamed Bachir Andolssi - $8,652.15 Andrea Panarese - $8,532.84 Rafael Roglio - $4,705.87 Carson Barton - $3,149.00 Marlon Singh - $2,232.50 Dzhem Yumer Yumer - $1,574.50 Evgeny Nekrasov - $1,104.50 Henrik Zeis - $740.25 WPT Online Event #19 $530 Turbo 254 Entries $127,000 Prize Pool Luke Martinelli - $25,895.30 Freek Scholten - $18,796.00 Norbert Szecsi - $13,398.50 Jimi Koponen - $9,906.00 Ognyan Dimov - $6,985.00 Anthony Spinella - $5,334.00 Thomas Boivin - $3,937.00 Roger Tondeur - $2,921.00 WPT Online WPT500 Day 1G 473 Entries $236,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Julio Fantin - 440,869 Alex Fortin-Demers - 408,580 Kevin MacPhee - 330,663 Alexandr Trofimov - 281,301 James Staples - 270,972 Pedro Madeira - 248,984 Valerii Kutepov - 243,358 Jose Manuel Nadal - 223,099 Anton Morgenstern - 213,659 Pavel Savin - 209,238

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