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  1. At this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, no matter how big a tournament's field is, brand name pros are rising to the top. We've already seen pros like Phil Hellmuth, Phil Galfond, and Shaun Deebwin bracelets this year. Now, we could have bracelet #1 from Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured), the most successful PocketFiver in history. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Kai Yang from Plano, Texas leads the way with a stack of 1.35 million in chips as we enter Day 3 of a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event (#30). He's one of two players to bag more than one million in chips on Day 2, along with Artur jaggalo1231 Rudziankov. Twenty-one players remain. Then there's Moorman, who has the third largest stack in the tournament at 966,000. Moorman, the owner of a record 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns, already has a World Poker Tour title. He has been the runner-up in two bracelet events during his career, but is still looking for his first WSOP win. Moorman busted Ronald Lee in 25th place on Monday after his pocket sixes beat Lee's pocket fives. The money went in before the flop and both players hit full houses. That hand sent Moorman's stack to almost one million. 2012 Big One for One Drop winnerAntonio Esfandiari (pictured) is also still alive and has the 15th largest stack at 249,000. "The Magician" luck-sacked his way to an elimination of Fernando Brito late on Monday after he spiked a king with K-Q against Q-Q. He has $21.1 million in career WSOP winnings and is #2 on poker's all-time money list. Eleventh place belongs to Bertrand ElkY Grospellier, who has a stack of 471,000. The French bracelet winner will record his first 2015 WSOP cash in this tournament and is seeking his first final table since 2013. Finally, we wanted to single out PocketFivers Jordan Jymaster0011Young and Jason JAKoon1985Koon, who are at #17 and #14 on the leaderboard, respectively. Young was #1 in the PocketFives Rankings in 2011, while Koon cracked the top 40 in 2009. Both are in search of their first bracelet. The $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament restarts at 1:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday from the Rio in Las Vegas. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. We're pretty sure Jason JAKoon1985Koon's favorite day of the week is officially Tuesday. Koon (pictured) has made the last two Tuesdays count, winning the PokerStars Super Tuesdayand LA Poker Classic Turbo High Roller on back-to-back weeks for a combined $550,000. We'll start with the Super Tuesday on PokerStars, which took place on February 24. His win in it was good for a blistering $111,000, as he defeated a field of 591 entrants. It was his first time winning a tracked online poker tournament in almost two months, and he certainly made it count, as he defeated a final nine that included two top-100 ranked PocketFivers. Koon held the chip lead entering the Super Tuesday final table. He told the PokerStars Blog of his strategy, "Coming into final tables with the chip lead is extremely valuable. Raw aggression deep is certainly something that is rewarded at the end. Being able to leverage other stacks and continually pick up chips is one of the most important parts to winning a poker tournament. This one wasn't a finale table where people would just lay down, though. Most of these players seemed very competent, so I had to tread pretty lightly the entire final table." Koon Tweeted when the Super Tuesday was over: Which brings us to the LAPC two days ago. There, Koon took down a $50,000 Turbo High Rollerfor $436,000 in "live monies" after a three-way deal with JC Tran and Connor blanconegro Drinan. First place was originally scheduled to make $552,000, according to PokerNews, and the tournament itself sported a prize pool of $1.5 million. It was Koon's largest live cash and boosted his career live winnings to over $3.1 million, according to the Hendon Mob. Koon told PocketFives on Thursday, "It has been a fun week! I always love coming to Southern California. I got third in the High Roller last year here and was a bit bummed about not closing it out. It feels good to get that monkey off my back! Poker tournaments are very streaky, so I try not to get caught up in the highs and lows; that said, the heaters are always a good time." Koon is up to $3.7 million in online winnings in his PocketFives profile, the vast majority of which has come on PokerStars and Full Tilt. He plays on the latter as NovaSkyand was ranked as high as #39 on PocketFives in 2009. Congrats to Jason Koon on his rock solid Tuesday finishes! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. We don't normally get a chance to talk about high-stakes live cash games here on PocketFives, so when we do, we're going to relish it. Recently, longtime PocketFiver Jason JAKoon1985Koon (pictured) hit $4 million in career online tournament winnings and although that's where our conversation started, we quickly moved to high-stakes live games in Las Vegas and Macau. Now, it's on to the interview with the Run it Once pro! PocketFives: Awesome job getting to $4 million in career online tournament winnings. Tell us how you're feeling about it. Jason Koon: I don't really keep track of earnings anymore. I just focus on winning the most money and play what games are the best for my hourly and happiness. I don't play that many MTTs anymore, only on days I'm really feeling it. I still really love tournaments, it's just a massive commitment to your day. In order to actually play your best, you need to be ready to sit in your chair for 12 or 13 hours and most days I would much rather play sessions that are around five to eight hours and then do life things and poker side work. Every MTT grinder knows what it's like to play a session when you're not feeling it. Some days you can get through it and turn a profit, but most days you will just end up punting. I have a better understanding of my moods and mindsets now. Hitting any milestone in poker is always good for reminding me that I still love what I do. I get to enjoy all of life's freedoms and play an incredible game to pay the bills. It doesn't get much better. PocketFives: What are you doing instead of playing tournaments? Jason Koon: I play high-stakes cash games and sit and gos. Both are a work in progress for me, but I'm really enjoying learning all the different variations. I play just about anything as long as I am stimulated and do a lot of off-the-table work on the game. The past few years I have been playing a lot of big cash, mostly live in Macau or Vegas, but you will be seeing a lot of me in the months to come in the big online games as well. PocketFives: Tell us about the Las Vegas and Macau high-stakes cash games. Jason Koon: The games can get very big in Macau (pictured). However, the biggest game I've played this year was in Vegas. It was $300/$600/$1,200 in Ivey's Room at Aria. One guy had over $6 million sitting in front of him. As for Macau, it's not what it was made out to be. People talk like it's a goldmine. Maybe it used to be that way, but honestly, five days of the week it's a bunch of world-class players and mediocre regs battling it out waiting for a VIP. Most of the big pots I played last trip were exclusively against regs. The usual game is 500/1,000 HKD, or $60/$120 USD, but it will run up to 10 times that size depending on what VIPs want to play. Some trips are pretty sick because you can grind for weeks against regs and then your profit/loss will mainly come down to one game when you're playing massive. It's pretty high-variance, but very deep-stacked in most circumstances and a lot of fun. The last trip, I saw a lot of familiar faces like jungleman and trueteller and a bunch of other strong players frequented the game. PocketFives: What about the Vegas high-stakes games? How are they different? Jason Koon: Most of the big cash in Vegas (pictured) is either $200/$400 at Bellagio or $300/$600/$1,200 at Aria. Bellagio was pretty easy to get into this summer during the WSOP. Most of the time at Aria, though, you won't get a seat. Bellagio's games weren't great at all, but I didn't play a ton of them this summer. I enjoy live poker, but don't enjoy the politics. PocketFives: What's your advice for online tournament pros? Jason Koon: Remember that every tournament counts. You're basically laying down a bet. If you aren't in the mood or feeling well or really tired, etc., that +EV bet becomes a losing bet. Punting one tournament may not seem that consequential, but that kind of thinking is cancerous because of the course of a career, you would have punted hundreds or thousands of tournaments, which is a massive hit to your win rate and well-being. Try to always make winning bets. You don't have to grind if your body, heart, and mind aren't feeling it. Go outside and go for a walk or spend time with friends and loved ones. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu and Kevin Hart are just two players that could round out the field of the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Just about two weeks ago, Aria poker room management was faced with a difficult decision. When registration opened for the 2017 PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl, a total of 54 players put down a deposit to lock up their spot in the $300,000 buy-in event. Only problem was there were only 35 spots open to the public while the other 15 spots in the 50-player event were being held for invited players only. Degens gonna degen, so the only solution was to hold a lottery, drawing 35 numbered balls out of a tumbler. Each number corresponded to one of the players who had paid the deposit. You can view the final list of 35 names here and you’ll notice it’s missing some of the bigger names in the game today. In an effort to make make things easier on Aria’s Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack we’ve compiled a list of ten names - five pros and five recreational players – that should be pat of the field when action kicks off May 28. Daniel Negreanu – Poker’s all-time leading money winner was one of those players who paid their deposit and was ultimately left out of the group of 35. It just makes too much sense to get Negreanu into the event. First off, he’s a PokerCentral ambassador, but beyond that he makes for great TV and success in this event would help him get closer to crossing some of his 2017 goals off of his list. Phil Ivey – The high stakes room at Aria – the host of the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl – is named Ivey’s Room after the ten-time WSOP bracelet winner, an honor bestowed on him when the Aria poker room first opened in 2009. Only problem is Ivey probably couldn’t find it without a map since he apparently hasn't spent a lot of time inside the room. To many poker fans out there, Ivey is still the draw and having him in one of poker’s biggest buy-in events feels like a win for everybody. Jason Koon – Another one of the players who lost out on the lottery, Jason Koon might be one of the hottest high stakes players on the planet right now. Since July 2016 he’s cashed ten times, with four of those being wins, for $4,544,781. In January he won the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller for $1,650,300. While other players might not want him there, he's certainly earned the invite with his play. Phil Hellmuth – With four days of live TV coverage expected, it’s hard to imagine that Phil Hellmuth won’t find a way to get in front of the cameras. Sure, he can do the commentary like he does for the WSOP Main Event, but Hellmuth loves getting in with the best in the game and showing he can hang. He’s also a PokerCentral and Aria ambassador so it seems likely he’s getting an invite. Mike McDonald – Sure, he’s taken his talents to Twitch lately and is dedicating some time to his PokerShares.com project, but Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald is still a threat on the high stakes tournament scene and has built himself quite the following over the past few years. Besides, who doesn’t want to tune into CBS Sports' coverage of the Canadian guy just staring at everybody? Kevin Hart – The recent PokerStars Championship Bahamas saw comedian Kevin Hart make his super high roller debut. Hart played the $100,000 SHR event, firing two bullets in the event. He made every table he played at a fun one and could be a star of the live broadcast should he find his way to a feature table. Cary Katz – Locks are for doors and windows, but you can safely bet your net worth on Cary Katz getting one of the 15 reserved seats in the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl. Why so sure? Well, he’s the founder of PokerCentral and the Super High Roller Bowl is one of his proudest creations. Bobby Baldwin – Sure, he’s a WSOP Main Event champion but even he’s ready and willing to admit that he’s not a professional anymore. Still, having Bobby Baldwin in the tournament would give it a level of prestige and allow the old guard to be represented by one of the best ever. Dan Shak - Yes, he has a day job that he happens to be extremely successful at, but Dan Shak has also amassed $8.7 million in lifetime earnings at the poker table including a seventh place finish in last year's Super High Roller Bowl. He's a regular in the Aria high roller events and has proven on multiple occasions that he's capable of hanging with the younger pros who regularly populate those events. Bill Perkins – If you look at the group of extremely successful businessmen who have entered the world of high stakes tournament poker, none have had more fun that Bill Perkins – and it’s got nothing to do with winning. The hedge fund manager just loves playing poker and the bright lights of the SHRB would be a great place to showcase that.
  5. [caption width="640"] Ryan Riess captured his first World Poker Tour title on Thursday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale (WPT photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] The final table of the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale had an amazing group of players with storylines galore; Two former #1-ranked players on PocketFives, a World Series of Poker Main Event champion, a WPT Champions Club member, one of the hottest players on the planet, and a relative unknown. In the end though it was 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess who outlasted the likes of Cliff Josephy, Tim West, Alan Sternberg and Jason Koon to win his first WPT title and $716,088, including a seat in the upcoming WPT Tournament of Champions. “It feels amazing. The final table was so hard, it feels really good to beat a final table with Cliff Josephy, Jason Koon and Alan (Sternberg) played great. He's very tough, very aggressive and put me in a lot of hard spots. It feels really good,” Riess said. The win marks the first for Riess since 2015 when he won a side event at Seminole Hard Rock and his first six-figure or bigger cash since taking down the WSOP Main Event. While comparing anything to that win might sound crazy, earning his first WPT title was still special for Riess. "I didn't start crying this time but I got very close. It just feels great, because I've been playing a lot of them,” said Riess. “I run really good in 10Ks and it brings all the best players out so to win the tournament with such a stacked field where all the best players in the world, minus a few that are in Macau, are all here, it feels really good.” Josephy started the final table with the third smallest stack but ended up as the first one to hit the rail. West raised to 150,000 from UTG and Josephy moved all in from the button for 1,290,000 before Alan Sternberg called from the big blind. West folded and Josephy turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"] and Sternberg showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="5d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3c"] and failed to save Josephy, eliminating him in sixth place. Just 20 minutes later another player found himself out of the tournament. Jason Koon raised to 70,000 from the button and Terry Schumacher called from the big blind. Schumacher then check-called Koon’s 45,000 bet after the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4c"] flop and then check-called another 225,000 bet from Koon after the [poker card="7h"] turn. The river was the [poker card="8h"] and Schumacher checked for a third time. Koon moved all in for 715,000 and Schumacher tank-called. Koon showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"] for a missed straight draw and Schumacher showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"] for top pair to eliminate Koon in fifth. The next elimination took almost two hours and it meant the end of the line for the former #1-ranked players at the final table. With blinds of 25,000/50,000 (5,000), action folded to West in the small blind and he moved all in for 505,000 and Riess called from the big blind. West showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"] and Riess showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="2s"] flop put West ahead before the [poker card="kd"] turn gave Riess broadway. The [poker card="7h"] river didn’t fill West up and he was out in fourth place. Riess claimed another victim just 30 minutes later. Sternberg raised to 120,000 from the button, Riess called from the small blind before Terry Schumacher moved all in from the big blind for 1,355,000. Sternberg folded, but Riess called and showed [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"]. Schumacher needed help with [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="kd"][poker card="4h"] runout did nothing for Schumacher and he was out in third place, leaving Sternberg and Riess to play heads up for the title. Sternberg began heads up play with a 5-4 chip lead over Reiss, but over the course of the next three hours of play, the chip lead changed five times before Riess was finally able to end it. Riess raised to 450,000 and Sternberg re-raised to 1,150,000 before Riess move all in. Sternberg called and showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] and found out he was racing against Riess’ [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] flop put Riess ahead and the the [poker card="kd"] turn ended it all before the meaningless [poker card="tc"] river. Final Table Payouts Ryan Riess - $716,088 Alan Sternberg - $491,081 Terry Schumacher - $315,726 Tim West - $204,466 Jason Koon - $157,599 Cliff Josephy - $130,370
  6. [caption width="640"] Jason Koon beat Charlie Carrel to win the 0,000 buy-in PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Jason Koon overcame one of the toughest high roller fields on the poker calendar to win the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller and a career-best $1,650,300. For the 31-year-old, the win brought back memories of time when he was playing smaller buy-ins but dreaming bigger. “My first PCA, I was walking out of the casino and before I knew Scott Seiver that well, I saw him walk by me with headphones on, walking to the final table of a $100K or a $25K and being like ‘hell yeah, that’s Scott Seiver and he’s going to play the final table of this $100K’,” said Koon. “I was trying to satellite into the Main. I was thinking, one day I hope I can play those $25Ks and $100Ks. Sitting there with the trophy in front of me was just kind of a surreal moment.” Over the last six months Koon has recorded eight cashes, six of them for at least six-figures and total earnings of $3,909,741. Along with this Super High Roller he’s also won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event and the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic High Roller. “It’s just ridiculous. Poker tournaments are silly. That’s all I can say,” said Koon. “I don’t know how much of that is bias is from like ‘oh, I’ve been running well so I’m going to come in and feel good’ and when you’re running bad that’s not the case.” Koon started the final table with the third-biggest stack, trailing only Charlie Carrel and Dan Colman, but got to work on moving up the chip counts. Just and hour into play Koon raised to 100,000 from the button before Bryn Kenney, who won this event last year and has cashed in the event two other times, moved all in for 655,000. Koon called and tabled [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] and Kenney turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2c"] flop kept Kenney ahead and the [poker card="6h"] turn was no harm, but the [poker card="qs"] completed Broadway for Koon and eliminated Kenney in seventh place. Almost two hours later, Carrel picked up his first elimination of the final table. Carrel raised to 205,000 from the button before Connor Drinan moved all in from the big blind for just under 700,000. Carrel called and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] which put him well ahead of Drinan’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="4c"]. The [poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"] flop put Drinan ahead and gave him a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="ks"] turn flipped the script though and left Drinan drawing thing on the river. The [poker card="ac"] river gave Carrel top two pair and eliminated Drinan in sixth. Byron Kaverman was the next victim, falling victim to Dan Colman in a blind-vs-blind batle. Action folded to Colman in the small blind and moved all in, Kaverman called off his 720,000 stack. Colman had [poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] while Kaverman had [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2s"] flop put Colman ahead and neither the [poker card="2h"] turn or [poker card="ks"] river were any help for Kaverman and he was out in fifth. Just over an hour later a pair of back-to-back eliminations got the tournament to heads up. Carrel raised to 225,000 from the button before Daniel Dvoress moved all in for 2,000,000. Carrel called and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"], having Dvoress’ [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] dominated. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Carrel even more reason to breathe easy, but the [poker card="8h"] turn gave Dvoress a flush draw. The [poker card="ah"] river completed Dvoress’ flush but filled up Carrel to send Dvoress to the rail in fourth place. On the very next hand Colman raised to 3,000,000 and Carrel called from the button. Colman turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] but got bad news when Carrel showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9d"] board was no help for Colman and he was out in third place. After being responsible for eliminating both Dvoress and Colman, Carrel began heads-up play with Koon holding 8,700,000 of the 12,500,000 chips in play. Over the course of the next two hours, with neither player interested in looking at chop numbers, Koon turned the tables on Carrel and finally put the young Brit away. The two checked through a flop of [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="2s"] and [poker card="8s"] turn. Carrel bet 400,000 after the [poker card="jd"] river and Koon moved all in. Carrel called off his remaining stack and then mucked his [poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"] after Koon showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="8d"] for two pair and the win. The $100,000 buy-in event attracted a total of 54 entries with 41 unique entries for a total prizepool of $5,239,080. Final Table Payouts Jason Koon - $1,650,300 Charlie Carrel - 1,191,900 Dan Colman - 759,660 Daniel Dvoress - 576,300 Byron Kaverman - 445,320 Connor Drinan - 340,540 Bryn Kenney - 275,060
  7. [caption width="640"] Jason Koon, Marvin Rettenmaier, Bradley Snider and Ruslan Dykshteyn all took down SHRPO Big 4 events on Tuesday[/caption] The 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was 28 total events but on Tuesday the focus was on the “Big 4” as four final tables, packed with some of the best tournament players in the world, played down to four different winners including Jason Koon and Marvin Rettenmaier. Jason Koon Wins Main Event for Largest Career Cash Jason Koon beat Seth Davies heads-up to win the $5,250 main event and the $1,000,000 first place prize. “I feel fantastic. I mean, it’s a great result, it’s a lot of money, and I got to play heads-up with my buddy. It’s a special moment,” said Koon. The million dollar score is the first seven-figure of Koon’s career and is his second straight first place finish following his win in a $25,000 Bellagio High Roller in July. The main event had 847 entrants which put the event 153 players short of making the $5,000,000 guarantee. The final table also included Tim Burt, Joe Serock, Ryan Fair and Zo Karim. Final Table Payouts Jason Koon - $1,000,000
 Seth Davies - $575,000 
Tim Burt - $310,000 
Roman Valerstein - $220,000 
Tom Midena - $180,000
 Joe Serock - $150,000
 Paul Balzano - $125,000
 Ryan Fair - $100,000
 Zo Karim - $75,000 Marvin Rettenmaier Tops Star-Studded High Roller Final Table Marvin Rettenmaier topped the 105 entries in the $25,500 High Roller event to win $787,497. He beat out Daniel Colman for the title, the $787,497 first place prize money and his first tournament win since September 2013. Colman started heads-up play with a 4-3 lead over Rettenmaier but over the three hours of heads-up play the pair traded the lead back and forth. The final hand saw all the money go in pre-flop with Colman holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"] and dominating Rettenmaier’s [poker card="jd"][poker card="9d"]. The [k4][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"] flop however changed everything and the turn and river failed to give Colman a full house, eliminating him in second place and giving Rettenmaier the title. "I ran very well on the final table. Three-handed I get queens to jacks and aces to kings,' Rettenmaier said afterwards. The event had 105 entries for a total prize pool of $2,625,000. As is the case with most high roller events, the final table was filled with some of the best players in the world. Along with Rettenmaier and Colman, Nick Petrangelo, Daniel Strelitz, Barry Hutter, Rainer Kempe and Andjelko Andrejevic also found final table success. High Roller Final Table Payouts Marvin Rettenmaier - $787,497 Daniel Colman - $485,625 Ray Qartomy - $291,375 Nick Petrangelo - $190,313 Daniel Strelitz - $147,000 Barry Hutter - $120,750 Rainer Kempe - $102,375 Andjelko Andrejevic - $89,250 Francisco Picasso - $78,750 Ivey Leaguer Bradley Snider Wins $2,650 No Limit Hold’em Event Bradley Snider is a 21-year-old Princeton student who hasn’t had much time to play poker over the last few years as he’s been focused on his education. He made up for lost time on Tuesday taking down the $2,650 No Limit Hold’em event for $246,400. Not only is that the largest cash of his career, it’s his only career cash. Snider only began playing the game recently and learned a lot of from a now very familiar source. "Me and my brother started watching poker on Twitch," said Snider. "And that’s what really got us into it. I wanted to play more and learn the game and study." Snider beat out a final table that included Irish pro Dermot Blain, Koray Aldemir, Dan Heimiller and November Niner Jerry Wong but he’s not ready to declare himself a pro just yet. 'I think poker will continue to just be a serious hobby for me," he said. "I really enjoy playing casually and thinking about the game. And this will let me play a lot more poker in the future.' Final Table Payouts Bradley Snider - $246,400 Dermot Blain - $147,800 Nicholas Immekus - $88,400 Koray Aldemir - $73,900 Jeffrey Chang - $61,600 Alex Wilson - $49,300 Dan Heimiller - $37,000 James Gilbert - $30,800 Jerry Wong - $25,575 Ruslan Dykshteyn Beats Phillip Hui for $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Win It might have had the smallest buy-in of the Big 4 but that didn’t matter to Florida local Rusland Dykshteyn. He beat out Phillip Hui after the two agreed to a nearly even chop for the first live win of his career. Dykshteyn is originally from New York City but moved to Florida after a rude introduction to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open a few years ago. “I have a little home field advantage. I moved out here three years ago from New York,” said Dykshteyn. “I came here to play the $5,000 event three years ago. Put seven bullets into it but didn’t make Day 2. I had a couple of friends here and just decided to change my scenery.” Aaron Massey and Daniel Buzgon also made the final table, earning $22,700 and $15,500 respectively. Final Table Payouts Ruslan Dykshteyn - $151,100 Phillip Hui - $87,600
 Marsha Wolak - $52,900 
Jordan Joeckel - $45,300 
Guy Smith - $37,800 
Adam Krach - $30,200
 Aaron Massey - $22,700
 George Boyadjian - $18,900
 Daniel Buzgon - $15,500
  8. [caption width="640"] The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl will be the largest field in the three-year history of the event (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] When registration for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl opened last week a total of 54 players made the initial deposit to secure their spot in the biggest buy-in tournament of the year. Only problem is, there were only 35 seats available. The remaining 15 seats were being held back for ARIA VIPs and high rollers. After holding a lottery for the available 35 seats, there were 19 players left out in the cold and unable to play in the $300,000 buy-in event. On Wednesday the ARIA announced they would be adding six more seats to bring the total to 56 players - eight seven-handed tables. “Based on the success of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl and the overwhelming interest in this year’s event, ARIA believed it was in our best interest to increase the size of the event by six players,” said Sean McCormack, ARIA’s Director of Poker Operations. The 21 open spots will now be at the discretion of McCormack and the rest of the ARIA poker management team. Announcements as to who is filling those available seats could come as early as next week. Some of the bigger names who missed out on the lottery include Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon, Dan Colman and Dan Smith. READ: 10 Players We Hope to See in the Super High Roller Bowl Field“More players getting a chance to play against some of the best competition in the world and more recreational players getting a chance to measure themselves against those top players in a televised event will only add to the total experience for poker fans,” said McCormack. With the rake-free event expected to sell out all 56 seats, the total prize pool will be $16.8 million with the eventual winner walking away with $6 million. Given the overwhelming popularity of the event and the subsequent expansion of the field, organizers have already determined to expand the field for 2018 to 56 as well. The Super High Roller Bowl runs May 28 - 31 at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Complete list of the 35 players guaranteed a seat in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl Koray AldemirBryn KenneyStefan Schillhabel Matt BerkeyIgor KurganovJake Schindler Pratyush BuddigaJason LesErik Seidel Christian ChristnerAndrew LichtenbergerScott Seiver Connor DrinanAnkush MandaviaSteffen Sontheimer David EinhornTom MarcheseSam Soverel Antonio EsfandiariDominik NitscheBen Sulsky Isaac HaxtonDavid PetersBen Tollerene Fedor HolzNick PetrangeloChristoph Vogelsang John JuandaDoug PolkHaralabos Voulgaris Byron KavermanBrian RastSean Winter Rainer KempeAndrew Robl
  9. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES Tune in this week as PocketFives President & Editor in Chief Lance Bradley listens in absolute estonishment as poker writer extraordinaire Matt Clark makes the case for Art Papazyan as the "new Phil Ivey". Is the two-time World Poker Tour winner really following a path just like the one that has made Ivey one of the most successful poker players ever>? The guys also talk about Jason Koon joining partypoker as an ambassador and Clark tells a story about a budding bromance between Olivier Busquet and Sam Grafton.
  10. [caption width="640"] Jason Koon won last year's SHRPO Championship as part of The Big 4. (Card Player photo)[/caption] Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL is one of the premier poker destinations in the United States and its largest series of the year is currently underway. The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) is firmly established as can’t-miss for any player, whether recreational or professional. In 2015, The Big 4 premiered at SHRPO to great fanfare and is back for the third straight year this series. The Big 4 is four tournaments of different buy ins and structures that will have their respective final table live streamed over Twitch simultaneously on Tuesday, August 15. The tournaments are as follows in order of buy in size: $1,100 entry, $500,000 guaranteed $2,650 entry, $1,000,000 guaranteed $5,250 entry, $3,000,000 guaranteed (SHRPO Championship) $25,500 entry, $2,000,000 guaranteed (SHRPO High Roller) The buy-ins are the same from the previous two years but feature a few structure adjustments, with the SHRPO Championship seeing the biggest facelift. The $1,100 event starts on Wednesday, August 9 and will reach the final table in one day. All levels on Day 1 are 30 minutes with players starting with 15,000 chips. All final table levels are 90 minutes, with the exception of heads up play, where the levels are reduced to 60 minutes. The former SHRPO Championship that was once a freezeout, is now re-entry for this year. The $5,250 buy in that has had guarantees of $5,000,000 and $10,000,000 in previous years is now $3,000,000. The main event of the SHRPO series has a starting flight on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12. The SHRPO Championship is a four-day event and Day 3 will be played until the nine-handed final table is reached. At the price point of $2,650, the $1,000,000 guaranteed event is the only freezeout on the 2017 schedule. The three-day event starts on Sunday, August 13 and will play out over consecutive days to the Big 4 final table. Finally, the $25,500 High Roller is the second-highest buy in of SHRPO, behind the two-day $50,000 Super High Roller on August 8-9. The High Roller is also two days with Day 1 starting on August 14. The SHRPO Championship has crowned high profile winners in recent years with Dan Colman and Jason Koon taking down the title in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Seminole Hard Rock is on every list of great tournament series and the 2017 edition of SHRPO should put together another elite grouping of final tables that will play out at once for the whole world to see.
  11. [caption width="640"] Richard Seymour is back at the WPT Five Diamond after finishing 18th last year (WPT photo)[/caption] Since retiring from the National Football League after the 2012 season, Richard Seymour has become a regular on the live poker tournament scene. As Day 2 of the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic gets underway in Las Vegas, Seymour is one of the players unbagging chips. "From playing a while now I'm a lot more selective in the events that I choose and this is just one of the best tournaments of the year," said Seymour, who finished 18th in this event last year. A deep run this year means Seymour, who lives in an Atlanta suburb, won't be able to attend Saturday's Georgia High School football state championship game. The Five Diamond runs through Sunday night. "Yeah, I will have a conflict, but I think I'll have to stay and watch it on TV," laughed Seymour. Seymour's playing career included three Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots, seven Pro Bowl appearances and a spot on the Patriots' All-2000s team. Seymour played cards as a kid and then played Texas Hold'em with his Patriots teammates. Once his career ended, Seymour was looking for an outlet for his competitive side and found it through poker. Along with making the final two tables last year, Seymour has cashed four other times and has $103,799 in lifetime WPT earnings. He's picked up $36,159 in cashes in other events. The Five Diamond marks his return to the felt after a bit of a break. "I've only played once since the Main Event. Probably a little rusty, but I'm probably one of the only guys I know that comes to Vegas to relax. Most of these poker guys - they're grinding," said Seymour. During his time on the circuit, Seymour has a made a few friends, including Jason Koon. Their friendship is less about poker, and more about their backgrounds. "Me and Jason hit it off outside of poker," said Seymour. "We both busted a tournament at the same time and we went and grabbed a beer and we just had similar stories and were like-minded in a lot of ways. We're just good buddies." Seymour starts Day 2 with 35,000. Richard Seymour’s WPT Cashes EventYearPlaceEarnings Five Diamond World Poker Classic2016-201718$52,174 Rolling Thunder2015-201640$7,329 Bay 101 Shooting Star2015-201644$21,580 bestbet Bounty Scramble2015-201629$11,817 bestbet Bounty Scramble2014-201537$10,899
  12. [caption width="640"] PokerStars returns Prague with a 43-event schedule over 12 days beginning on December 7[/caption] All the presents in the Twelve Days of Christmas are nice and all, but for poker players from around the world twelve days of non-stop poker action is what they really want for the holidays and the PokerStars Championship Series is more than happy to oblige. From December 7-18 the PokerStars Championship series returns to Prague, the largest city in the Czech Republic, for their final stop of the calendar year, PokerStars Championship Prague. The festival includes a little something for everyone in the 43-event schedule, including the €5,300 Main Event. The Hilton Prague Hotel will once again play host to the competition, as it has ever since PokerStars began bringing players to Prague back during the European Poker Tour Season 4 in 2007. One of the more popular winter destinations for players, both for the action and the city that surrounds it, many memorable moments have been made over the years in Prague for the PokerStars crew. In 2009, local grinder Jan Skampa won the main event for over $1 million and two years later the live poker world was introduced to German superstar Martin Finger when he won his EPT Main Event in Prague. Of course, just last year, Dutch player Jasper Meijer was crowned the final EPT champion and as he hoisted the trophy in Prague, the final stop of Season 13, it marked the final stop of the entire tour. It was the end of the EPT era. Now PokerStars is back in Prague for the first time since that emotional finale, ready to start new traditions and anoint new champions in the Golden City. To help with that, PokerStars is bringing out a number of their pros to both mingle with the players as well as test their mettle on the felt. Andre Akkari, Marcin Horecki, Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, who makes his home in Prague, have all confirmed to be on hand. While there is plenty to do in the city of Prague like check out the city’s Christmas markets, stroll across the Charles Bridge or visit the St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle, the tournament schedule PokerStars has put together is likely to keep dedicated grinders indoors and on the felt. The massive 43-event line-up hopes to have a number of events for players managing any type of bankroll. From the €330 multi-flight Prague Poker Cup for those looking for a big score on a modest buy-in to the €50,000 PokerStars Championship Super High Roller, which is likely to have big names vying for even bigger payouts and every buy-in level in between. Of course, all eyes will be on the €5,300 Main Event. Registering 1,192 runners in 2016, last years participants were the most the Prague stop had ever seen, making it a benchmark for comparison here at the start of the Championship years. The Main Event gets started on December 12 and has two starting days. Then, if one can't be in Prague, beginning on Day 2, would-be viewers can tune-in to all-star commentators James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton as they host featured-table action from the event on PokerStars.tv. PokerStars also is continuing their PokerStars Championship Player of the Year leaderboard promotion awarding the winner of the Prague tournament leaderboard a chance to win a $17,000 VIP package to the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and a seat at a $100,000 free roll in the winner-take-all 2017 PokerStars Championship Player of the Year Sit & Go. If that sounds like an amazing opportunity, one had better be prepared to bring their “A” game as the list of players that have already qualified include some of the best in the game, including Koray Aledmir, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Daniel Dvoress, Nick Petrangelo, Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen and high roller regular Bryn Kenney. Online satellites to the Main Event are currently running on PokerStars and, just in case the tournaments scene doesn’t agrehoursth you, PokerStars will be running 24-hour a day cash games with all the action beginning on December 7.
  13. Over the last 12 months, Jake Schindler has proven to be a legitimate threat in high roller tournaments around the world. He finished runner-up in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl, runner-up in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open High Roller, third in a Poker Masters $50,000 event, runner-up in the US Poker Open Main Event. In March, he picked up two wins in Aria High Rollers, but on Wednesday in Barcelona he posted what could be considered a breakthrough win. Schindler beat Stephen Chidwick heads-up and overcame a final table that included Erik Seidel, Jason Koon and Bryn Kenney to win the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for €1,750,000 ($2,163,174 US), the second biggest score of his career. The day began with 11 players still in contention for the €1.75 million first place prize but Koray Aldemir, Dominik Nitsche, Mikita Badziakouski, Steffen Sontheimer all failed to make the money, and once Keith Tilston went out in seventh, the remaining six players were all in the money. The first player to bust was Seidel. Down to less than five big blinds, Seidel three-bet all in over Kenney's UTG raise. Kenney called and showed [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"] which put him ahead of Seidel's tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"] gave Seidel more outs but the [poker card="td"] turn and [poker card="ah"] river were no help and he was left with a sixth place finish. Despite picking up the first in-the-money elimination, things went south from that point on for Kenney. Kenney was on the button and raised to 350,000 and Schindler called from the big blind and then checked after the [poker card="th"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"] flop. Kenney bet 305,000 and Schindler raised to 1,200,000. Kenney moved all in for 4,410,000 total and Schindler called. Kenney showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="7s"] for an open-ended straight draw while Schindler showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] for middle set. The [poker card="ac"] turn was a blank and Schindler improved to quads with the [poker card="6s"] river to bust Kenney in fifth. A little over an hour later two more players were sent packing in quick succession by Chidwick. From the button, Chidwick raised to 400,000 and Koon moved all in from the small blind for 5,975,000. Chidwick called and turned up [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"] while Koon showed [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="th"][poker card="js"][poker card="7c"] to eliminate Koon. Left with just three big blinds, Jean-Noel Thorel moved all in for 600,000 from the button and Chidwick and Schindler called from the small and big blind respectively. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] flop saw both remaining players check. The [poker card="5h"] turn got Chidwick to be enough for Schindler to fold. Chidwick showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"] for top pair with the second nut flush draw. Thorel needed help with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="8c"] but got none after the [poker card="9h"] river to go home in third. Heads up play began with Schindler holding just 54% of the chips in play. The two players traded the led back and forth for almost three hours before Schindler was able to finish Chidwick off. On the final hand, Schindler raised to 875,000 and Chidwick called. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"], Chidwick checked, Schindler bet 500,000 and Chidwick called. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and Chidwick checked again, Schindler bet 1,800,000 but Chidwick raised to 5,100,000. Schindler called and both players saw the [poker card="7s"] river. Chidwick moved all in and Schindler called. Schindler showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="6h"] for a bluff while Schindler showed [poker card="as"][poker card="3h"] for a wheel and the final pot of the night. Final Table Payouts Jake Schindler - €1,750,000 Stephen Chidwick - €1,100,000 Jean-Noel Thorel - €726,000 Jason Koon - €500,000 Bryn Kenney - €340,000 Erik Seidel - €240,000
  14. From May 6-20 partypoker’s online mega-series POWERFEST returns and, by all accounts, it’s primed to be the biggest yet. The two-week series is scheduled to have a massive 366 events and $40,000,000 total guaranteed prize pool, the largest ever series prize pool ever offered by the online site. “I don’t know who keeps coming up with these insane guarantees but it sure is a great time to be playing with partypoker,” said partypoker ambassador and popular high-stakes regular Jason Koon. Of the 366 events, 13 of them will carry a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, ensuring that plenty of players will have the opportunity at six-figure scores. Another partypoker ambassador, Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (currently ranked #23 in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings) has been extremely hands-on when it comes to crafting the upcoming schedule for POWERFEST and according to him, there’s going to plenty for everyone to play for. “I’ve been more heavily involved in this POWERFEST scheduling than ever before. There is a lot of consistent logic throughout giving the most varied, exciting and fun POWERFEST schedule since partypoker’s resurrection a few years ago,” Patrick said to the partypoker blog. “There are more 6-Max events, more PLO, more high rollers but also buy-ins for all bankrolls and most importantly lots of chances of glory. I don’t think I’ll take a day off over the 2 weeks.” Part of the new ALL-IN movement for partypoker has been to push the boundaries of their guarantees in both their live and online events. The previous POWERFEST online series promised $15,000,000 in prize pools while the current partypoker LIVE Season One Grand Final in Barcelona offered €23,000,000 in total guarantees. As the partypoker events get more popular, the guarantees seem to only be growing. “These guarantees both live and online are huge and I can’t wait to play every day of both! With this being the largest POWERFEST on partypoker I am proud to be associated with a company who just keep making things bigger and better for the players,” said Sam Trickett, another member of Team partypoker. Players can be sure that with so much money up for grabs partypoker will be offering a number of satellites and phase tournaments to help players find their way into as many events as possible. Though the full schedule of events has yet to be released, Jason Koon seems pretty fired up about it. “I’ve seen the schedule and I can’t wait for players to see it too, it’s definitely the best one yet.”
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  16. Justin Bonomo is having himself quite a year and that theme continued on Wednesday night as he defeated a final table that included Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon and Christoph Vogelsang to win the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl for $5,000,000. The win comes just over two months after he won the Super High Roller Bowl China event for $4.8 million. He’s now won $13.9 million in 2018 from 16 cashes, including six victories. Nick Petrangelo started Day 4 with the second smallest stack and any hope of turning that into a long day was taken away on the first hand of play. Petrangelo raised from the cutoff to 50,000 before Jason Koon re-raised to 130,000 from the button. Petrangelo moved all in for 400,000 and Koon called. Petrangelo showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] but found nothing but bad news when Koon tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="5s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="qh"] to eliminate Peterangelo in sixth place. It took another two hours before the next player was sent to the rail. Down to just seven big blinds, Christoph Vogelsang moved all in from the small blind and Mikita Badziakouski happily called from the big blind and flipped over [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] while Vogelsang, the defending champion, wasn’t quite drawing dead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Vogelsang all kinds of hope, but the neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="8d"] river fulfilled that hope and Vogelsang was out in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted nearly 5.5 hours before Bonomo and Badziakouski clashed in a blind vs. blind battle. Bonomo raised to 140,000 from the small blind and Badziakouski defended his big. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] Badziakouski called Bonomo’s bet of 225,000. The turn was the [poker card="4c"] and Bonomo bet 475,000 before Badziakouski moved all in for 1,500,000. Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"] while Badziakouski showed [poker card="td"][poker card="8s"] which put him behind. The river was the [poker card="2h"] and Badziakouski, who began the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in fourth place. The final three players had roughly the same stacks before Koon lost 80% of his chips to Bonomo after both players flopped two pair. Koon was unable to spin his stack up and was eliminated by Bonomo just a few hands later. When heads-up play began, Bonomo had 80% of the chips in play and over the next 90 minutes, he never relinquished the lead before finally finishing off Negreanu. Bonomo raised to 200,000 from the button and Negreanu called. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"] and Negreanu checked. Bonomo bet 160,000 and Negreanu responded with a raise to 500,000. Bonomo kept the throttle on and made it 1,250,000 to go, forcing Negreanu into the tank. After a minute to consider his options, Negreanu moved all in for 4,400,000 and Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] for top set while Negreanu showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"] for an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the [poker card="ks"] and the river was the [poker card="6c"], giving Bonomo an unneeded full house and his second Super High Roller Bowl title of 2018. Payouts Justin Bonomo - $5,000,000 Daniel Negreanu - $3,000,000 Jason Koon - $2,100,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,600,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $1,200,000 Nick Petrangelo - $900,000 Stephen Chidwick - $600,000 Seth Davies - $90,000
  17. There are three bracelet winners to tell you about from Thursday’s 2018 World Series of Poker action: Two first-time winners, and one player who has captured his second piece of poker jewellery nine years after claiming his first. Meanwhile, the $25K PLO High Roller is down to just 35 players. Scroll down to find out who is still in with a shot of winning the enormous $1,402,683 prize. All of that and more in today’s recap of June 21. ErIc Baldwin Wins Bracelet #2, $1,500 NLHE for $319,580 With just two players returning on Thursday to finish Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, it looked very likely that Eric Baldwin would capture his second bracelet. It had been nine years since his first WSOP win, and he held a dominating chip lead over his sole opponent, Ian Steinman. Baldwin began with 7,550,000 against Steinman’s 2,200,000, and Baldwin won a big pot right from the get go. However, Steinman was able to double up with pocket sixes against ace-king, and then looked set to double again with pocket kings against ace-jack. However, a jack on the turn followed by an ace on the river gave Baldwin the win. An emotional Baldwin celebrated with his rail, including his mother, before dedicating the victory to his late father, who passed away three years ago. "In a lot of ways, this one is for him,” he said. "It was a lot of hours of poker and a lot of short-handed play, that really sucks your mental energy," Baldwin added. "But man it's fun! I wish everyone could experience this. It's so cool!” Final Table Results: Eric Baldwin - $319,580 Ian Steinman - $197,461 Enrico Rudelitz - $140,957 Aaron Massey - $101,819 Robert Georato - $74,434 Michael Finstein - $55,077 Stephen Song - $41,257 Gilsoo Kim - $31,290 Mathew Moore - $24,032 Scott Bohlman Takes Down Mixed Big Bet for $122,138 [caption id="attachment_619647" align="aligncenter" width="657"] First Bracelet for Scott Bohlman[/caption] Another event which ended short-handed on Wednesday night was Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. That meant three players returned today, and again, there was a dominating chip leader. Scott Bohlman held 60% of the chips in play three-handed, but had stiff competition from WPT champ Daniel Weinman and two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes. Both of those managed to double up and one point the stacks were virtually even with Hughes even holding the chip lead. After a break though, Bohlman returned refreshed and eliminated Weinman in third with trips against kings-up in a 5-card draw hand. He then had a 5:1 lead over Hughes, and finished the job with a set against top pair and low draw in a Big O pot. Bohlman’s bracelet win is his 52nd WSOP cash. It seems the 52nd time was a charm, as he is now $122,138 richer. Final Table Results: Scott Bohlman - $122,138 Ryan Hughes - $75,477 Daniel Weinman - $49,541 Aaron Rogers - $33,344 Marcel Vonk - $23,028 Jeremy Harkin - $16,329 Preston Lee is SHOOTOUT Champ, Wins $236,498 Thursday’s third and final bracelet came in Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, which Preston Lee took down for $236,498. [caption id="attachment_619648" align="aligncenter" width="639"] SHOOTOUT Champ Preston Lee[/caption] The final table of ten took over 12 hours to play out, with a four-hour heads-up duel between Lee and eventual runner-up Corey Dodd taking up four of those. The chip lead switched back and forth between the two, before Lee was finally able to take it down with king-deuce holding up against six-five. Lee said he was mostly a cash game player, but that he’d been playing more online to get back into live tournament poker. That work seems to have paid off, giving him his first bracelet. Final Table Results: Preston Lee - $236,498 Corey Dodd - $146,146 Anthony Reategui - $105,907 Dylan Linde - $76,829 Jesse Kertland - $56,763 Young Phan - $42,476 Royce Matheson - $32,198 Alexander Lakhov - $24,728 Bas de Laat - $19,245 Endrit Geci - $15,180 Just 19 Remain in $1,500 Limit Hold’em The field in Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em has been chopped down from 596 to just 19 after Day 2, with Matt Woodward leading the way with 438,000 chips. He’s most closely followed by Jeffrey Scheibner (427,000) and Robert Nehorayan (418,000). Matt Grapenthien bagged a top ten stack (238,000), and he’s the only bracelet winner remaining in the field. Grapenthien took down the $10K Stud Championship back in 2014. Action resumes at 12pm Friday. Top 10 Stacks: Matthew Woodward - 438,000 Jeffrey Scheibner - 427,000 Robert Nehorayan - 418,000 Matt Russell - 361,000 Brad Albrinck - 323,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 312,000 Kevin Song - 290,000 Brian Vollick - 286,000 Matt Grapenthien - 238,000 Michael Jex - 232,000 Ben Yu Leads Final 35 in $25K PLO High Roller One of the biggest events on the WSOP schedule is down to 35 players from the 230 who entered. Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller has a massive $1,402,683 for the winner, and right now the player closest to it is chip leader Ben Yu. Yu bagged up 3,695,000, having enjoyed a massive spin-up late in the day. Yu had just 200,000 at the dinner break, before busting two players and riding the wave to the largest end-of-day stack. His closest competitors are Jason Koon (2,540,000), Ryan Tosoc (2,220,000), and Shaun Deeb (2,120,000). There are plenty of big names still in the field though, including multiple bracelet winners Scotty Nguyen (2,010,000), Jason Mercier (1,905,000), Robert Mizrachi (1,005,000), Luis Velador (1,045,000), Erik Seidel (725,000), Mike Leah (660,000), Craig Varnell (625,000), Christopher Frank (565,000), David Benyamine (425,000), Sam Soverel (380,000), Paul ‘paulgees91’ Volpe, and Jarred Graham (300,000). Defending champ James Calderaro (705,000) is still in too, as is Tom Marchese (440,000). Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen is the short stack with just 85,000. A few players who failed to cash in this one include Daniel Negreanu, Anthony Zinno, Jens Kyllonen, JC Tran, Scott Seiver, Chris Ferguson and Michael Mizrachi. Play resumes at 2pm, with all players now guaranteed a min-cash of $37,500. Top 10 Stacks: Ben Yu - 3,695,000 Jason Koon - 2,540,000 Ryan Tosoc - 2,220,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,120,000 Scotty Nguyen - 2,010,000 Jason Mercier - 1,905,000 Jonathan Depa - 1,180,000 Luis Velador - 1,045,000 David Prociak - 1,020,000 Robert Mizrachi - 1,005,000 $2,500 NLHE Gets Going One of the two new events to get started on Thursday was Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. It attracted 1,071 entries, and after ten levels just 297 remain. While Ashwin Sarin holds the overnight chip lead with 166,200, it’s David ‘dpeters17’ Peters who headlines the top 10 stacks with 140,500. Former PocketFives no.1 player Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen also finished in the top 10 with 131,500. They’ll all return for Day 2 at 12pm tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: Ashwin Sarin - 166,200 Steve Foutty - 155,800 Josh Bergman - 145,000 Markus Gonsalves - 143,700 David Peters - 140,500 Andrew Brokos - 140,100 Kainalu Mccue-Unciano - 131,800 Chris Hunichen - 131,500 Brett Shaffer - 130,900 Mark Dube - 130,300 Big Names Advance in $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship The second new event of the day was Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, which saw 100 players take a shot. When all was said and done after ten levels of play, it was Michael Noori who could call himself the overnight chip leader over the 41 survivors, bagging up 335,000. He’s followed by professional soccer player Max Kruse (282,000). There are plenty of other big names through, including Christopher Kruk (247,500), Luke Schwartz (200,000), Lawrence Berg (171,000), Andrey Zhigalov (170,500), Chris Vitch (159,500), Benny Glaser (156,000), Eli Elezra(155,500), Mike Matusow (136,500), Vanessa Selbst (120,000), Cary Katz (114,000), and Jesse Martin (88,500). Some of those less fortunate today were Daniel Negreanu, John Hennigan, Michael Mizrachi, Stephen Chidwick, John Monnette, Jean Robert-Bellande, James Obst, and David "ODB" Baker. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 tomorrow, which kicks off at 2pm. Top 10 Stacks: Michael Noori - 335,000 Max Kruse - 282,000 Christopher Kruk - 247,500 Luke Schwartz - 197,000 Lawrence Berg - 171,000 Brant Hale - 171,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 170,500 Quek Sheng - 161,500 Chris Vitch - 159,500 Benny Glaser - 156,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 22) It will be a busy day in the Rio tomorrow. Not only do we have all the aforementioned events resuming play, but four other events kick off too (albeit one online). At 11am, Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) gets going. That’s then followed by Event #46 $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better at 3pm. A little later at 3:30pm, Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed gets started, while the evening sees Event #6D: GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold’em play out.
  18. Another busy day! Three more bracelets were won on Saturday at the 2018 World Series of Poker, one of which went to a former PocketFives no.1 player. Meanwhile, a final table was set, with a controversial figure in the poker world holding the chip lead over the final six. Here’s all the news from June 23. Shaun Deeb Wins Third Bracelet In $25K PLO High Roller ($1.4M) Last year, Shaun Deeb got heads-up versus Ben Yu in the $10K Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship. Yu got the best of it that day, forcing Deeb to settle for second place. Former no.1-ranked player Deeb got his revenge on Saturday though, denying Yu his third bracelet. He won the heads-up to win Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller for his third WSOP bracelet, and a massive score of $1,402,683. With six players returning on the day, the two had battled through a tough line-up which included Ryan Tosoc (6th), Jason Koon (5th), defending champion James Calderaro (4th), and Poker Hall of Famer Scotty Nguyen (3rd). Nguyen held the chip lead coming into the day, but Deeb grabbed the chip lead early. Tosoc stuck around for just four hands before making an exit, getting it in with middle pair and a flush draw versus Yu’s top pair, which held. Koon fell next, jamming with top pair but getting called by Deeb with two pair and failing to catch up. Calderaro put up a great title defence, but ultimately fell in fourth. He got unlucky to do so, with him and Deeb both getting it all in with the same top two, but Deeb hit a runner-runner backdoor straight for the KO. Three-handed, Yu doubled Nguyen to leave the 1998 Main Event champ short. Nguyen them jammed with two kings and a ten-nine, which Yu called with two queens and an ace-three. An ace hit the flop, and that proved enough. Heads-up, Deeb and Yu swapped the chip lead a couple of times, but in the end the match was short. Yu got it all-in on a low board with an overpair, straight draw and flush draw, while Deeb had a bigger overpair and a gutshot. The board bricked for Yu, giving Deeb the win. “No one really ever put me in a bad spot,” Deeb said after his victory. “I was able to control the pot sizes the way I wanted to almost every hand. That really helps, to not get in an inflated pot with a marginal hand. Everyone played their best game, I just ran the best. “I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle, hop in every event I can and just enjoy myself.” Final Table Results: Shaun Deeb - $1,402,683 Ben Yu - $866,924 Scotty Nguyen - $592,875 James Calderaro - $414,134 Jason Koon - $295,606 Ryan Tosoc - $215,718 Spain’s Mario Prats Garcia Wins First Bracelet ($1K NLHE Turbo) Another super fast day played out in Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels), with 41 players getting down to a winner in less than seven hours. Mario Prats Garcia ended up victorious, taking down his first bracelet and the $258,255 first-place prize. Garcia has had close calls in the past, including a runner-up finish last year, but now has a piece of WSOP jewellery. [caption id="attachment_619661" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Mario Prats Garcia Wins First Bracelet[/caption] He defeated PocketFiver Matthew ‘theginger45’ Hunt heads-up for the title, securing the win after just three hands. Hunt took the first pot, then managed to double-up in the second. But the third would end it all, when Hunt made a straight only for Prats Garcia to have a flush. You can find the rest of the final table results below, while some of 1,712 entries who went deep in this one include Justin Oliver (37th - $5,376), Manig Loeser (33rd - $6,505), Conor Beresford (32nd - $6,505), Esther Taylor (21st - $7,967), Joseph Cheong (19th - $7,967), Kathy Liebert (18th - $9,877), and Athanasios Polychronopoulos (11th - $15,730). After his win, Prats Garcia said: "Super excited, I'm super happy. I thought I could never get back here and the FT was hard. I sucked out a couple of guys and I got all the chips! I'm super excited and nervous." Final Table Results: Mario Prats Garcia - $258,255 Matthew Hunt - $159,532 Sebastian Dornbracht - $114,909 Michael Wang - $83,663 Mark Schluter - $61,580 Gregory Worner - $45,828 DJ MacKinnon - $34,486 Martin Staszko - $26,245 Lander Lijo - $20,202 Nicholas Seiken Wins Bracelet in First Ever 2-7 Tournament Here’s one for the books: Nicholas Seiken, normally a NLHE player, had never played a stand-alone 2-7 Triple Draw tournament before entering Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship. Three days later, he’s a bracelet winner and $287,987 better off. [caption id="attachment_619663" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Nicholas Seiken Wins First Bracelet[/caption] Seiken first played the game in an 8-game mixed event, and clearly took to it like a deuce to water as he defeated a tough final table today which included bracelet winner Randy Ohel, three-time bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi, one-time bracelet winner Hanh Tran, Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk, Matt Glantz, and start-of-day chip leader Michael Noori. "I played the 2-7 Triple Draw in the 8-Game and I was like, 'I like triple draw, I want to play some triple draw,” Seiken said after his win. "The only thing that gave me a shot was having so many chips because I was playing against such good players. I had a big stack and I wanted to sit on it for a while. I didn't want to take marginal spots. I folded hands that I should be playing because I didn't want to get out of line, getting in massive pots with guys like Randy." Ohel would be his heads-up opponent, and in the final hand Ohel made a jack-nine but that was crushed by Seiken’s seventy-six. Final Table Results: Nicholas Seiken - $287,987 Randy Ohel - $177,992 Kristijonas Andrulis - $125,190 Farzad Bonyadi - $89,078 Matt Glantz - $64,131 Jason Gray - $46,722 Hanh Tran - $34,450 Christopher Kruk - $34,450 Michael Noori - $25,712 MattEMenz Wins First Ever Online PLO Bracelet Yesterday we told you how a bracelet in Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed was awarded, making it the first online PLO bracelet handed out. However, the tournament went deep into the early morning hours Friday night, so we didn’t have a winner when we went to publish. We can now tell you that it was Matthew ‘MattEMenz’ Mendez who took it down for a $135,077 score, defeating a tough final table which included Anthony Zinno and Ankush ‘pistons87’ Mandavia. Mendez is also the first bracelet winner to play outside of Nevada. Mendez took this one down from the comfort of his New Jersey home. Final Table Results: Matthew 'mendey' Mendez - $135,077 Marton 'GS.GURU' Czuczor - $82,865 Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $57,299 Alex '3shotwonder' Smith - $40,256 Ankush 'rickrosstheb' Mandavia - $28,745 Ao 'Maimai1990' Chen - $20,859 Chris Ferguson Leads Final 6 in $2,500 NLHE After 1,071 players took a shot, a final table of six has now been set in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. The player holding the chip lead is none other than 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson. Ferguson is seeking his sixth bracelet, and is in good shape with a massive 5,680,000 stack. He’ll be joined by Timur Margolin (3,520,000), Ismael Bojang (2,610,000), Michael Marder (1,765,000), Dylan Linde (1,330,000), and bracelet winner Ryan Laplante (700,000). A huge pot gave Ferguson the big lead. Seth Davies was all-in with pocket fives and Bojang called with ace-king. Ferguson then woke up with pocket kings, busting Davies and getting a big double through Bojang. There’s $507,274 up top in this one, while all six are currently guaranteed $87,189. The finale kicks off at 12pm Sunday. Final Table Stacks: Chris Ferguson - 5,680,000 Timur Margolin - 3,520,000 Ismael Bojang - 2,610,000 Michael Marder - 1,765,000 Dylan Linde - 1,330,000 Ryan Laplante - 700,000 MONSTER STACK Kicks Off Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK got going with Day 1A on Saturday, with 2,246 players taking part. Ten levels later and just 723 advanced. There are multiple notable PocketFivers who bagged top 10 stacks, including Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner, Marc ‘sluglife’ MacDonnell, Shyam ’s_dot111’ Srinivasan, and Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert. It’s James Karamanis who leads the field though, bagging up 163,600 when the bags were brought out. Others who made it through include Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson (116,600), Daniel Strelitz (90,600), Bart Lybaert (77,400), and Annette Obrestad (68,500). Some of those who failed to find a bag today include Phil ivey, Phil Laak, Joe Cada, Greg Raymer, Scott Blumstein, Arkadiy Tsinis, Dara O'Kearney, Kenna James, Mike Leah, Parker Talbot, and Antoine Saout. Day 1B begins at 10am tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: James Karamanis - 163,600 Jonathan Turner - 156,500 Jerome Tan - 153,300 Colin McHugh - 149,400 Marc MacDonnell - 148,200 Shyam Srinivasan - 146,000 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 135,300 Francesco Zollo - 132,000 Kenny Hallaert - 124,600 Almedin Imsirovic - 119,200 Final 15 in Mixed Hi-Lo 8 Out of the 402 players who took a shot in Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, only 15 remain after another ten levels on Day 2. There are three players in contention for their second bracelets: Eric Rodawig, Cyndy Violette, and Hani Awad. However, it’s Ian Shaw who holds the overnight chip lead. The bubble burst today at 61 players, and a few who failed to reach the cash include Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Shanon Petluck, Nicholas Derke, Tommy Hang, Robert Campbell, John Hennigan, Barry Greenstein, Jeff Lisandro, Phil Hui, Marco Johnson, Kate Hoang, and Jesse Martin. Some of those who did make a profit include Scott Abrams (60th for $3,736), Joe Hachem (49th for $3,891), Konstantin Puchkov (47th for $4,165), Robert Mizrachi (45th for $4,165), Ian Johns (38th for $4,577), Scott Clements (33rd for $4,577), Jameson Painter (23rd for $5,969), and Ron Ware (21st for $5,969). Action gets going again at 2pm tomorrow, and they’ll play down to a winner. Whoever that ends up being will bank $214,291, while they’re all currently guaranteed $7,074. Final 15 Stacks: Ian Shaw - 575,000 Tyler Groth - 540,000 Daniel Ospina - 530,000 Brendan Taylor - 488,000 William Shelton - 458,000 Paul Tedeschi - 361,000 Levon Torosyan - 320,000 Eric Rodawig - 301,000 David Brookshire - 297,000 Carl Restifo - 294,000 Eddie Blumenthal - 272,000 Cyndy Violette - 223,000 Delmiro Toledo - 139,000 Hani Awad - 117,000 Jeffrey Mitseff - 115,000 Hughes, Lamb, Ingram Advance in 10K PLO As the $25K High Roller came to an end, Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship got going, attracting 439 runners. Ten levels later and 175 players will be returning for tomorrow’s Day 2, all led by chip leader Ryan Hughes who ended with 475,400. He’s joined at the top of the counts by Veselin Karakitukov (350,800) and Ben Lamb (314,100). A few notables who made it through include poker Youtuber Joey Ingram (258,500), Michael Kamran (290,000), four-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi (275,100), Stephen Chidwick (245,300) and six-time bracelet winner Layne Flack (206,400). They’ll all be back at 2pm Sunday for Day 2. Top 10 Stacks: Ryan Hughes - 475,400 Veselin Karakitukov - 350,800 Ben Lamb - 314,100 Lautaro Guerra - 296,600 Hok Yiu Lee - 292,600 Michael Kamran - 290,000 Matthew Schreiber - 280,000 Michael Mizrachi - 275,100 Orlando Romero - 273,500 Jonathan Kamhazi - 270,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 24) Sunday June 24 is mostly a day of additional Day 1s. At 10am you’ve got Day 1B of the Monster Stack, while at 7pm it’s Day 1D of the PLO Giant. The only new event to begin kicks off at 3pm: Event #50: $1,500 Razz. However, we should have at least two new bracelet winners to tell you about, so make sure you come back tomorrow for all the news.
  19. There may have only been one 2018 World Series of Poker bracelet winner within the Rio on Friday, but two bracelets were actually awarded. That’s because an online event played out into the early morning hours, as 657 PLO players took their shot on the virtual felt. There was still no winner at the time of publishing, so we’ll have to bring you that info tomorrow. Speaking of PLO, the $25K High Roller has reached a stacked six-handed final table which includes a former PocketFives no.1 player. Here’s everything you need to know about June 22 at the WSOP. Robert Nehorayan Wins First Bracelet in $1,500 Limit Hold’em ($173,568) After three days of play, Robert Nehorayan has come out on top of the 596 players who took part in Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em. For his efforts, he’s banked the lion’s share of the $804,600 prize pool, $173,568, as well as his first gold bracelet. Nehorayan came into the day third in chips, and managed to maintain a big stack as the 19 players returning were whittled down to a final table. Things were a bit swingier from there on, and four-handed saw Terricita Gutierrez hold almost half of the chips in play. However, after losing a few big pots in a row, she found herself short and ended up busting in fourth. Kevin Song and David Gee joined Nehorayan in three-handed play, and a big pot between all of them would take it down to two. Gee was all-in with jack-seven against Song’s pocket aces and Nehorayan’s king-seven. It must have been Nehorayan’s day, as his hand ended up winning to bust Gee in third and take a 3:1 chip lead into heads-up. The two players battled though, and at one point Song managed to take the lead. In the end though, Song was all-in with eight-six suited against Nehorayan’s ten-seven off, and a ten on the flop got the job done. "It feels pretty good,” said Nehorayan after the win. “I got a little frustrated throughout the match but fortunately I was able to overcome my emotions. The cards helped too obviously." Final Table Results: Robert Nehorayan - $173,568 Kevin Song - $107,242 David Gee - $73,860 Terricita Gutierrez - $51,733 Michael Jex - $36,860 Brad Albrinck - $26,725 Oleg Chebotarev - $19,723 Matt Russell - $14,820 Matt Woodward - $11,343 Scotty Nguyen, Shaun Deeb, Ben Yu, Jason Koon Reach $25K PLO Finale There’s going to be one heck of a final table on Saturday, with six players returning in Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller. It’s 1998 Main Event champion and five-time bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen who holds the chip lead, followed by defending champion in this event James Calderaro. If he can win this one back-to-back, it’ll certainly be an amazing achievement. Especially when you consider his other competition. Former PocketFives no.1 Shaun Deeb comes in third in chips, followed by Ben Yu, Jason Koon, and finally Ryan Tosoc. Just 35 of the 230 runners returned for Friday’s Day 3, and along the way we lost the likes of Jarred Graham, Paul ‘paulgees1’ Volpe, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, Tom Marchese, Erik Seidel and Mike Leah. David Benyamine went out in 7th, bringing the day to an end. He found himself all-in on a flop with middle pair and a straight draw versus Nguyen’s top pair and the higher end of the straight draw. The turn and river bricked, and Benyamine hit the rail to collect $161,020. All six players are guaranteed $215,718 when they take their seats tomorrow at 2pm. There’s a massive $1,402,683 up top for the champ. Final Table Stacks: Scotty Nguyen - 7,010,000 James Calderaro - 6,445,000 Shaun Deeb - 6,305,000 Ben Yu - 4,775,000 Jason Koon - 2,905,000 Ryan Tosoc - 1,300,000 Down to 34 in $2,500 NLHE Day 2 of Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em saw the 1,071-strong field chopped down further to just 34 players, and leading them all overnight is Seth Davies. He bagged up 1,305,000, but he’ll be joined by some tough competitors tomorrow including Jeff Hakim (1,164,000), Javier Fernandez (1,093,000), Andrew Brokos (625,000), Daniel Buzgon (570,000), Ismael Bojang (497,000), David Peters (480,000), Chris Ferguson (402,000), Ryan Laplante (292,000), and Andreas Klatt (230,000). Where there are survivors there must be casualties, and few of those who failed to make it through the day include Asi Moshe, Justin Bonomo, Humberto Brenes, Kristen Bicknell, Chance Kornuth, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Peter Eichhardt, Dutch Boyd, Maria Konnikova, David “Bakes” Baker, Nick Shulman and John Racener. The final 34 are all in the money, with $12,345 locked up. All eyes will be on the $507,274 winner’s prize though, when play kicks off again at 12pm Saturday. Top 10 Stacks: Seth Davies - 1,305,000 Jeff Hakim - 1,164,000 Javier Fernandez - 1,093,000 Chris Edwards - 720,000 Edan Sucov - 682,000 Jonathan Cohen - 677,000 Andrew Brokos - 625,000 Daniel Buzgon - 570,000 Andre Haneberg - 551,000 Samuel Gagnon - 524,000 $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship Down to 13 Michael Noori is once again your overnight chip leader in Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, having bagged the lead after Day 1 too. His 870,000 stack sits atop the pile, and he’s followed by Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (658,000), Quek Sheng (645,000), Randy Ohel (602,000), and Jason Gray (569,000). Other notables to advance to Day 3 include PocketFives former no.1 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson, although he’s short with 168,000. Matt Glantz and Farzad Bonyadi will both be back tomorrow, with Bonyadi seeking his fourth bracelet after his mom, Farhintaj, won her first a couple of days ago. Out of the 100 players who entered, 41 would make today’s Day 2 including Jordan Siegel (17th), Todd Brunson (16th), Andrew Kelsall (15th), and Mike Matusow (14th) who all went deep. The min-cash is currently $14,864, while there’s $287,987 up top. Action resumes at 2pm. Final 13 Stacks: Michael Noori - 870,000 Christopher Kruk - 658,000 Quek Sheng - 645,000 Randy Ohel - 602,000 Jason Gray - 569,000 Hanh Tran - 423,000 Farzad Bonyadi - 392,000 Nicholas Seiken - 384,000 Kristijonas Andrulis - 304,000 Matt Glantz - 198,000 Steven Tabb - 170,000 Calvin Anderson - 168,000 Tyler Meservy - 65,000 Turbo Time in the 1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) A fast-paced Day 1 of Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) was played out today, with just 41 of the 1,712 field making it through. Two-time bracelet winner Steven Wolansky bagged the chip lead with 620,000, winning a huge pot to eliminate Pierre Neuville towards the end of the night. All-in with ace-queen against Wolanksy’s ace-eight suited, Wolansky flopped a backdoor flush draw and hit runner runner to win. Joining him at the top of the remaining counts are DJ MacKinnon (532,000), Michael Wang (355,000), King Lun Alan Lau (350,000), Mike Hauptman (338,000), Lander Lijo (290,000), Joseph Cheong (280,000) and Robin Hegele (245,000). Meanwhile, other notables to advance include Athanasios Polychronopoulos (156,000), Kathy Liebert (245,000), Esther Taylor (126,000), and Kelly Minkin (136,000). Plenty of well-knowns tried and failed today, including Joe McKeehen, Martin Jacobson, Greg Raymer, Ryan Riess, Scott Davies, Heidi May, Nipun Java, Michael Gathy, Niall Farrell, Ben Keeline, and David "ODB" Baker. However, they all exited before the bubble burst at 257 players. Some of those who made it into the cash include Kenny Hallaert (251st - $1,501), Aditya Agarwal (246th - $1,501), Steven van Zadelhoff (230th - $1,549), Maria Konnikova (227th - $1,549), Tristan Wade (221st - $1,549), Barry Greenstein (209th - $1,549), Chris Moorman (181st - $1,621), Jesse Capps (177th - $1,720), Kristen Bicknell (175th - $1,720), Benjamin Dobson (156th - $1,720), Nipun Java (150th - $1,851), Bart Lybaert (110th - $2,019), Brian Yoon (85th - $2,503), and Loni Harwood (74th - $2,843). Play resumes tomorrow at 12pm Saturday, with $258,255 and a WSOP gold bracelet awaiting the winner. Top 10 Stacks: Steven Wolansky - 620,000 DJ MacKinnon - 532,000 Michael Wang - 355,000 King Lun Alan Lau - 350,000 Michael Hauptman - 338,000 Rick Offley - 320,000 Lander Lijo - 290,000 Joseph Cheong - 280,000 Mario Prats Garcia - 280,000 Elliott Peterman - 272,000 Negreanu, Ivey Advance in Mixed Omaha/Stud Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better also got going Friday, with 402 players taking part. After ten levels, just 152 remain. At the top of the counts is Sergio Ramirez with 139,700, followed by the likes of Eric Rodawig (123,400), Kate Hoang (76,900), Scott Abrams (74,400), Robert Mizrachi (62,500), Felipe Ramos (52,600), Daniel Negreanu (42,200), Jesse Martin (31,900), Marco Johnson (28,000) and Phil Ivey (8,100). While that line-up is pretty stacked, it could have been even more so had any of this lot made it through the day: Phil Hellmuth, John Racener, Linda Johnson, Joe McKeehen, Frank Kassela, David Bach, Frankie O'Dell, Eric Buchman, Benny Glaser, Allen Kessler, Michael Gathy, Max Pescatori, Brandon Cantu and Mike Leah. The bubble is set to burst at 61 players, and there’s $214,291 reserved for the champ. Play gets going again at 2pm tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: Sergio Ramirez - 137,900 Eric Rodawig - 123,400 David Prociak - 91,000 Magnus Edengren - 87,400 Eddie Blumenthal - 83,100 Gary Bolden - 78,300 Paul Edwards - 76,300 Scott Abrams - 74,400 Bruce Hoyt - 74,100 Kate Hoang - 71,700
  20. When Ali Imsirovic took his seat at the final table of Poker Masters Event #5: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em he was likely the least known poker pro of the star-studded six. But even though Imsirovic, the 2018 Borgata Spring Poker Open Champion, may not be one of the faces regularly seen during high-stakes broadcasts, he didn’t let the moment get away from him. He navigated the tough final table and in the end, claimed his first Poker Masters title and a career-high cash of $462,000. Generally considered one of the toughest high-stakes tournament players in the world, Aria regular Jake Schindler started the day with a healthy chip lead. On the other end of the chip counts, poker celebrity Daniel Negreanu had just a few big blinds left to try and make something happen. Joining the pair in the final six was Ben Yu, Brian Rast, Jason Koon, and Imsirovic. Roughly 20 minutes into play Negreanu took a stand with his short stack. Yu raised from the hijack holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] and Negreanu flat called holding the [poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"]. Leaving himself less than a third of a big blind, Negreanu put it at risk on the [poker card="td"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5d"] flop. Yu called and the board ran out with the [poker card="3s"] on the turn and the [poker card="7s"] on the river leaving Negreanu’s small pair unimproved. Negreanu hit the rail in sixth place for a $99,000 score. It is his second sixth-place finish of the 2018 Poker Masters. The eliminations continued just minutes later when Imsirovic raised in the cutoff with [ak][poker card="kd"]. Koon, who now held the shortest stack remaining, shipped the chips holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"]. Imsirovic made the quick call and Koon soon discovered he was dominated. The flop left little hope for Koon as it came [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="4c"]. Looking for some running cards, the [poker card="qs"] provided a few outs to the straight for the Triton SHR Short Deck Champion. But when the [poker card="9h"] completed the board, Koon was eliminated in fifth place. He adds another $132,000 to his over $11.3 million in earning in 2018. This was Koon’s third cash of the series. As the final table wore on, Schindler lost the chip lead, lost a substantial hand that doubled up Ben Yu and found himself as the short stack with four players left. Folded to Schindler in the small blind, he open shipped his five big blinds with [poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"]. Imsirovic in the big blind quickly called showing down [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"]. Both players whiffed the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4h"] flop. But when the [poker card="ad"] turned, Schindler was drawing dead. The river brought an inconsequential [poker card="8s"] and Schindler headed to the cashier for his $165,000 fourth-place payday. Rast, who had the chip lead when Schindler hit the rail, then lost a pair of very big hands. First, doubled up Imsirovic and then quickly second doubled up Yu when Yu hit a 3-outer on the river. It wasn’t much longer after that second double through that Rast had to play for it all. Imsirovic, now the chip leader, was applying pressure to both shorter stacks. He moved all in from the button with [poker card="6s"][poker card="6d"]. Rast, in the big blind made the call only seeing the [poker card="ac"]. The [poker card="3d"] was his second hole card and he was going to have to catch up to stay in the game. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"][poker card="th"][poker card="2h"] offering no help to Rast. Rast collected $214,500 for third place. Heads up play between Yu and Imsirovic didn’t last very long. After a few hands, Imsirovic limped on the button with [poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"]. Yu moved all in from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] and Imsirovic made the quick call. It was a flip for Yu’s tournament life and to give Imsirovic the win. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"], providing a set for Imsirovic and Yu needed running cards to catch up. The turn was the [poker card="2h"] leaving Yu with no outs. He finished the tournament as the runner-up and earned $330,000 for his efforts. Imsirovic takes the first place prize of $462,000 holding pocket fives. In his winner’s interview dedicated the performance to his father who he credited with teaching him strategy games. “A year ago I was watching [Stefan Sontheimer] win everything and I was like it would be really cool if I could do that in a few years. I’m very surprised it came this fast but I’m super fortunate and I want to dedicate this win to my dad.” Event #5 Final Table Payouts 1. Ali Imsirovic - $462,000 2. Ben Yu - $330,000 3. Brian Rast - $214,500 4. Jake Schindler - $165,000 5. Jason Koon - $132,000 6. Daniel Negreanu - $99,000
  21. Lot. Of. Action. Tuesday’s schedule in the partypoker POWERFEST was one of the most loaded yet, with two $10,300 Super High Rollers as well as ten other events in the High and High Roller tiers. When all was said and done, the day belonged to “mbtremendo”. He or she outlasted a 208-strong field full of the game’s best players to win Event #108 Super High Roller: $10,300 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event for a massive $424,112. The final table also included “Alien_Army”, who finished second for $307,840. He or she already won a title this POWERFEST, when they took down Event #082-HR: $200K Gtd PKO Mix-Max on Day 13 for $20,515 plus $5,434 in bounties. Over in the other Super High Roller, Event #112 Super High Roller: $10,300 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Championship Event, it was “MysterioBrown” who emerged victorious. They overcame a tough final table which included partypoker ambassadors Jason Koon (2nd) and Isaac Haxton (3rd) to bank $303,421.82. Two players made multiple final tables last night. “petdet3ctive” placed fifth in Event #112 High Roller: $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max for $3,281.25, as well as picking up a third-place finish in Event #113 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive knock-out for $6,075 plus $1,189 in bounties. Chris "therealmoorm" Moorman finished fifth in that one for $3,240 + $1,066. Meanwhile, “Doyle_B” was also having a busy night. He or she finished third in Event #107 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max for $11,510.10, and followed that up later in the evening with another final table in Event #114 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Turbo, finishing fifth for $1,560. Bulgria’s “SUPERSCOUSER” also took down a title, winning the Event #110 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em for $80,675 after a heads-up chop against "TheFatMexican" ($80,675). Other winners on the day include “BateBicoPLZ”, “BateBicoPLZ”, “Watdaf”, “LaheyRandy”, “zanzibazaar”, “JaegsEZ”, “BucketsOfRain”, “CemboUnchained”, and “YOUgoValhalla”. Event #107 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Entries: 567 Prize pool: $113,400 BateBicoPLZ - $21,262.67 MaXiMuSpkr - $15,341.65 Doyle_B - $11,510.10 Al_Magellan - $8,108.10 WhoDatt. - $5,670 KONY2012 - $3,402 Event #109 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Mix-Max Progressive knock-out Entries: 557 Prize pool: $300,000 NinjasHyper - $24,967.25* + $13,650 whofish11 - $24,673.83* + $11,930 SandaiKitetsu - $15,609.43 + $5,619 TigerVSyou - $10,995.80 + $4,880 Soupstyles - $7,689.37 + $3,662 faker432 - $4,613.62 + $5,988 Event #109 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Mix-Max Progressive knock-out Entries: 1,614 Prize pool: $200,000 Watdaf - $16,374.99 + $9,163 holyguacamole - $11,848.62 + $3,167 batataxpp - $9,027.52 + $2,451 walkom - $6,488.53 + $967 Thanan36 - $4,400.91 + $597 whresmymind - $2,538.99 + $269 Event #108 Super High Roller: $10,300 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event Entries: 208 Prize pool: $2,080,000 mbtremendo - $424,112 Alien_Army - $307,840 ChanceSeeYou - $219,440 p0kchkmonsta - $162,240 PhileasFogg - $114,400 PlayingOnlyNuts - $87,360 MoNddLeR - $64,480 Mar10k4rt3n - $47,840 Event #110 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 495 Prize pool: $500,000 SUPERSCOUSER - $80,675* TheFatMexican - $80,675* Welsh187 - $46,000 polariced - $32,000 getmechips - $22,700 probirs - $16,500 NHONHOj6 - $11,750 Hahaha_Owned - $8,500 Event #110 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 923 Prize pool: $200,000 LaheyRandy - $34,960 AstraIncognita - $24,960 Aldeberan90 - $16,620 BowserPT - $11,200 slime16 - $7,900 Wacko90 - $5,660 lippyagain - $4,000 Sa11y - $2,780 Event #112 Super High Roller: $10,300 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Championship Event Entries: 97 Prize pool: $970,000 MysterioBrown - $303,421.82 Jason_Koon - $189,150 Ike_Haxton - $116,400 Drulitooo - $84,875 VolkZok_ - $60,625 KingJamesMVP - $41,225 Event #112 High Roller: $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Entries: 105 Prize pool: $52,500 zanzibazaar - $16,422.33 slashman888 - $10,237.50 NoOnionsBlud - $6,300 Sr.Coluna - $4,593.75 petdet3ctive - $3,281.25 Badhandman24 - $2,231.25 Event #112 High: $109 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Entries: 123 Prize pool: $12,300 JaegsEZ - $3,098.46 CozzysDAman - $2,091 TeddybearCub1 - $1,476 cantwinapot89 - $1,045.50 ICELANDSnr1 - $768.75 DIKKEKARPER - $510.45 Event #113 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive knock-out Entries: 216 Prize pool: $110,700 BucketsOfRain - $13,449.60 + $14,710 katoquny209 - $8,640 + $4,450 petdet3ctive - $6,075 + $1,189 prebzzz - $4,401 + $2,723 Therealmoorm - $3,240 + $1,066 RipRising - $2,160 + $1,443 Event #113 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive knock-out Entries: 702 Prize pool: $75,000 CemboUnchained - $6,306.18 + $5,649 IEatBears - $4,821.96 + $1,668 JusaFromUsa - $3,523.74 + $918 cbk6866 - $2,524.77 + $511 n1ceFTW - $1,761.87 + $1,212 MrWayland - $1,112.76 + $567 Event #114 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Entries: 295 Prize pool: $30,000 YOUgoValhalla - $5,970 ANCHOAZO - $4,320 F.Bulsara - $3,030 T-BAGGIN_Felt - $2,205 Doyle_B - $1,560 birgu1530 - $1,170
  22. One of the biggest events on the partypoker POWERFEST schedule played out last night: Event #123 Super High Roller Championship Event: $25,500 No Limit Hold’em and one of poker's brightest minds shined brightest against tough competition. Steve 'eet_smakelijk' O'Dwyer earned an online career-best $896,610 for the win, defeating Orpen 'orpenkk' Kisacikoglu heads-up ($643,500). O'Dwyer's victory came three days after he won a PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker event for what was then a career-best $227,000. Other notables who made the final table include Michael 'mczhang' Zhang, who has been on a tear of late. He added $468,000 to his ever-growing bankroll, while legendary PocketFiver Jon “sordykrd” Van Fleet (aka “apestyles") would also make the final table, busting in fifth for $234,000. 'nipa3p3' finished in sixth for $147,420, bringing his total online earnings up to $3.89 million. Rounding off the finale was partypoker ambassador Jason Koon, who earned an eighth-place finish for $117,000. But what else happened on Thursday night? Well, 'Tightguy66' was very busy indeed. He made an incredible three final tables: 4th in Event #123 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out ($7,078.50 + $967) 5th in Event #125 High Roller: $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max ($12,060) 4th in Event #125 High: $109 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max ($1,232.50)   We also saw 'GiGioDoNNa99' make multiple finales. He or she finished sixth in Event #123 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out for $3,689.40 (+ $2,649), and finished fourth in Event #123 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out for $3,226.72 (+ $2,232). 'NoOnionsBlud' has been making final tables consistently throughout this POWERFEST, and he added two more last night. First off he locked up a fourth-place cash in Event #121 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max for $8,179.60, and followed that up with a sixth-place finish in Event #125 High Roller: $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max for $8,040. We’ve got to give a shout-out to 'Paul_Folders' too. He won a title and $23,500 on Wednesday, and took down another one on Thursday, winning Event #126 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive Knock-out for a bankroll-boosting $12,157.59, plus $10,390 in bounties. Other winners on the day in High and High Roller tier events include Eder 'KingJamesMVP' Campana, 'TheRepoMan86', 'MisterN411', 'midgedate', 'goran445', 'Iveybluffallin', 'mudlo', 'Dabledore', and 'Nepteidon'. Event #121 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Entries: 572 Prize pool: $114,400 TheRepoMan86 - $21,450.18 redcorvette73 - $15,476.94 OMG_MIGAAA - $11,611.60 NoOnionsBlud - $8,179.60 jaimelaviande - $5,720 PokeyB_RedBaron - $3,432 Event #123 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Entries: 429 Prize pool: $219,862 MisterN411 - $20,484.90 + $24,210 Fishin234 - $14,693.25 + $4,774 Baniclvan - $10,081.50 + $4,228 Tightguy66 - $7,078.50 + $967 unstoppablemind - $5,062.20 + $1,509 GiGioDoNNa99 - $3,689.40 + $2,649 GewoonBoef - $2,606.17 + $2,477 Drulitooo - $1,898.32 + $3,264 Event #123 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Entries: 1,204 Prize pool: $125,216 midgedate - $10,264.10 + $8,207 d5t6y7 - $7,344.10 + $2,268 Graftekkel - $4,822.02 + $917.16 GiGioDoNNa99 - $3,226.72 + $2,232 eurochild - $2,287.60 + $320 Batdog666 - $1,613.36 + $1,327 flipeta94 - 1,131.76 + $1,327 Fenryr03 - $758.52 + $1,126 Event #123 Super High Roller Championship Event: $25,500 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 156 Prize pool: $3,900,000 eet_smakelijk - $896,610 orpenkk - $643,500 mczhang - $468,000 shlongoperator - $331,500 sordykrd - $234,000 jizonhisniz - $185,250 nipa3p3 - $147,420 Jason_Koon - $117,000 Event #124 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Mix-Max Progressive Knock-out Entries: 332 Prize pool: $338,640 goran445 - $37,876.92 + $24,780 Tartaruga13 - $25,315 + $4,517 CASHEEEGAMEEE - $18,260 + $10,320 slayerv1fan - $13,280 + $4,960 VamosSuarez - $9,130 + $1,779 AmorEnLaBoca - $6,640 + $3,965 Event #124 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Mix-Max Progressive Knock-out Entries: 941 Prize pool: $200,000 Iveybluffallin - $16,793.22 + $15,640 Riverixxx - $12,351.75 + $1,596 AWi10 - $9,273.49 + $3,504 RirriMcRirri - $6,366.12 + $1,448 Malapisk - $4,1260.54 + $2,256 WnrWnrPaROkDnr - $2,570.91 + $1,273 Event #125 High Roller: $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Entries: 201 Prize pool: $201,000 KingJamesMVP - $50,062.32 Omicron_ - $32,160 Iveybluffallin - $22,612.50 ChanceSeeYou - $16,381.50 Tightguy66 - $12,060 NoOnionsBlud - $8,040 Event #125 High: $109 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Entries: 145 Prize pool: $14,500 mudlo - $3,652.64 NeLeSi - $2,465 OBV_NUTS - $1,740 Tightguy66 - $1,232.50 petdet3ctive - $906.25 xsibi - $601.75 Event #126 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive Knock-out Entries: 195 Prize pool: $100,000 Paul_Folders - $12,157.59 + $10,390 GamblingCabin - $7,810 + $2,614 GRANTHAMMAN - $5,491.40 + $2,538 xkgdrds1 - $3,978.21 + $2,321 ymbzjhhbllib - $2,928.75 + $1,894 jo1ntheparty - $1,952.50 + $1,812 Event #126 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive Knock-out Entries: 608 Prize pool: $63,232 Dabledore - $5,168.06 + $3,803 crushyourmind - $3,952 + $3,040 ThePokerMonk10 - $2,970.80 + $1,531 goldencosty - $2,128 + $371 Doyle_B - $1,489.60 + $275 iBetUfoldPLZ - $912 + $300 Event #127 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Mix-Max Turbo Entries: 292 Prize pool: $30,000 Nepteidon - $6,845.22 muchofkingusto - $4,575 futomako1 - $3,300 rohdiiin - $2,400 ikbenlen - $1,650 StariMorskiVuk - $1,200
  23. The record-setting WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic wrapped up at Bellagio in Las Vegas, with the $10,400 Main Event attracting a huge field of 1,001 entries and featuring some of poker's biggest names. In addition to the Main Event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule featured several events with five-figure buy-ins and one with a six-figure price of entry. Here are the winners from a tremendous week of poker in Sin City. The biggest winners overall from these high buy-in events, excluding the $10,400 Main Event, were Jake Schindler, Jason Koon, Seth Davies, Chris Hunichen, and Dominik Nitsche. Although he didn't earn the most money, it's certainly worth noting that Sam Soverel cashed in four of these events for a total of $314,500. No one else cashed in more than two. Ladines Wins First $10,000 PLO Event The first two high roller events on the schedule were both $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournaments. The first one attracted 35 entries for a $350,000 prize pool and saw the top five places make the money. Joshua Ladines took the event’s title and $128,090 top prize, with both Brian Rast and Sam Soverel finishing in the money. Joshua Ladines - $128,090 John Riordan - $102,910 Jonathan Abdellatif - $56,000 Brian Rast - $35,000 Sam Soverel - $28,000 Soverel Takes Second $10,000 PLO Event In the second $10,000 PLO event, a group of familiar faces was back in the money. Soverel topped the field of 29 entries to win the title and $116,000, Ladines finished third for $46,400, and WPT Five Diamond wonder boy Ryan Tosoc scored fifth for $23,200. Tosoc notably finished second in the Season XV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.134 million before going on to win the event in Season XVI for $1.958 million. Sam Soverel - $116,000 Jonathan Depa - $75,400 Joshua Ladines- $46,400 Michael Song - $29,000 Ryan Tosoc - $23,200 Hennigan Captures $10,000 8-Game Mixed Title If you know Bellagio, you know it’s home to the most iconic high-stakes poker room in the world, Bobby’s Room. It’s where the game’s elite compete for astronomical cash-game stakes, but during WPT Five Diamond some of those players shifted their focus to tournament play, specifically in the $10,000 buy-in 8-Game Mixed High Roller. The tournament generated 24 entries, and it was none other than five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member John Hennigan taking home the top prize of $110,400. John Hennigan - $110,400 Ben Yu - $67,200 Randy Ohel - $38,400 John Racener - $24,000 Loeser and Fox Chop First $25,000 High Roller In the first of three $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments on this year’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic slate, 42 entries were generated to create a prize pool of $1.05 million. The top six places paid, and the top two spots went to Manig Loeser and Elio Fox in a chop that earned each player more than $300,000. Loeser scored first place for $321,300, and Fox took second for $308,700. Manig Loeser- $321,300 Elio Fox - $308,700 Jake Schindler - $168,000 Dan Smith - $105,000 Cary Katz - $84,000 Nick Petrangelo - $63,000 Petrangelo Wins Second $25,000 High Roller The second $25,000 buy-in tournament attracted 47 entries and generated a $1.175 million prize pool. The top seven places reached the money, with several notables cashing. None earned more than Nick Petrangelo, though, who chopped the event heads up with Sergio Aido to take home the winning prize of $289,944. Aido scored $287,634 for second. Petrangelo was coming off a sixth-place result for $63,000 in the first $25,000 event of this series. Soverel, who finished in the money of the first two high rollers on the schedule, including winning one for $116,000, finished sixth in this event for $70,500. Nick Petrangelo - $289,944 Sergio Aido - $287,634 Seth Davies - $256,672 Ben Yu - $117,500 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - $94,000 Sam Soverel - $70,500 Rainer Kempe - $58,750 Davies Victorious in Third $25,000 High Roller The third and final $25,000 high roller tournament on the WPT Five Diamond schedule drew 50 entries for a $1.25 million prize pool. The top eight places reached the money, and it was Seth Davies taking the title and $341,920 in first-place prize money. The win came just days after Davies took third in the previous $25,000 high roller event during the series of $256,672, as you can see above. Davies did a deal with Isaac Haxton in second place, who earned $320,580. The money was filled with notable high rollers, including Alex Foxen taking third for $175,000. Foxen has had himself quite a 2018 and is closing it strong both on the live felt and the virtual felt. In the online world, Foxen recently achieved a new all-time high in the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. You'll also notice Soverel's name appearing in the in-the-money places once again, this time for fifth place, worth $100,000. Seth Davies - $341,920 Isaac Haxton - $320,580 Alex Foxen - $175,000 David Peters - $125,000 Sam Soverel - $100,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $75,000 Rainer Kempe - $62,500 Elio Fox: $50,000 Schindler Defeats Koon for $100,000 Super High Roller Victory The final big buy-in event from the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule this year was the $100,000 Super High Roller. The event drew 37 entries to Bellagio for a $3.7 million prize pool and the top six spots reached the money. Earning the $1.332 million first-place prize was Jake Schindler. Adding that score to the $168,000 he won earlier in the series for taking third place in one of the $25,000 high rollers, Schindler scored $1.5 million in prize money at Bellagio this December. Schindler beat out Jason Koon for the win, and Koon took home $888,000 for his second-place finish. Jake Schindler - $1,332,000 Jason Koon - $888,000 Chris Hunichen - $592,000 Dominik Nitsche - $370,000 Ben Tollerene - $296,000 Talal Shakerchi - $222,000
  24. Sometimes the adrenaline at the beginning of a big tournament can be a little overwhelming. Especially if you happened to satellite your way into a tournament that may be outside of your usual bankroll. When it comes to big online tournaments, the upcoming partypoker MILLIONS Online will undoubtedly be the biggest for some time to come. It’s $20 million guarantee will make it the largest online tournament of all time, exceeded the current largest tournament by a massive $7.5 million. In order to just meet that guarantee, the tournament will need roughly 4000 runners. That means that before you make the money there’s going to be plenty of poker to be played. “Early levels just play a lot like a cash game,” said partypoker ambassador and regular High Roller tournament player Jason Koon. “You’re playing really deep and you’re playing for chip EV because you're not concerned about any pay ladders since you’re so far away so you are just trying to accumulate as many chips as you possibly can.” As the saying goes, you can't win the tournament in the early levels but you can set yourself up for good things to happen down the line. However, Patrick Leonard, another elite player in partypoker’s stable of pros, cautions that the only thing you should expect early is the unexpected. “The structure is as close to a live tournament as you can find,” said Leonard. “Its so good it has multiple days and often when you qualify for a tournament you get so excited, you think about it all the time. You can't sleep thinking about the exciting prospect and then things go the opposite of how you imagine and you fluster and screw it up.” Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard knows the life cycle of online tournaments better than most. The #10-ranked player in the world has nearly $6 million in online tournament earnings and has been a member of PocketFives since 2010. “Be ready for disappointment, I've never played a tournament where everything has gone super smoothly, there is always ups and downs, its how you react to the downs that can make the difference between making a comeback and winning $2m or going out in level 3.” Koon offers some additional practical advice when navigating through the early levels. “For players that haven’t played a lot of deepstack poker, don’t overplay your overpairs on boards…say if you raise and two people call you and the flop comes 9-7-5 you shouldn’t be in a hurry to get in your 200bb stack with pocket aces on a board like that. If a lot of money has gone in at any point in the hand you’re probably going to be near drawing dead. “So, don’t overplay your big hands and be more careful about getting your stack in - try to make the nuts. If you’re playing big pots try to be drawing to the nuts rather than playing a big pot with an overpair bluff catcher. It’s way more valuable to be drawing at a nut open-ender or a nut flush draw when you’re playing a huge pot than having two kings and a bunch of money getting shoveled in on a nasty board.” Of course, there are multiple Day One’s for the MILLIONS Online should something go really wrong early on. But if things don’t appear to be going your way early, don’t panic and find a way to keep your head about you. “I would highly recommend starting mediating as part of your daily routine and especially before the tournament,” said Leonard. “This will really help your chances of staying chill and zen throughout.” The partypoker $20M guaranteed MILLIONS Online runs from November 25 through December 5 with five staring flights and $2.5 million guaranteed for first place.
  25. February may seem like forever ago, but it wasn't too long ago that the second month of 2018 saw the names of Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, and Viktor 'isildur1' Blom capture the headlines. Below are PocketFives' top five stories from February 2018, plus a look back at the February's Monthly PLB winner. MILESTONES: Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Earns 27th Triple Crown Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is online poker’s leading all-time money earner with, at time of writing, $15.595 million in online tournament winnings. In February 2018, Moorman captured headlines when he won his record 27th PocketFives Triple Crown. Moorman achieved the feat when he scored first place in tournaments from three different sites in back-to-back-to-back days. Moorman then went on to win two more in 2018 and bring his industry-leading total to 29. READ: MILESTONES: Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Earns 27th Triple Crown Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural U.S. Poker Open Title The poker world was treated to the first-ever U.S. Poker Open in February 2018. The eight-tournament high-roller series took place at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. An elite group of poker's best were in competition across the eight events, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, Dan Smith, and Jason Koon. In addition to individual tournament scores for large sums of money, each player was looking to become the first overall U.S. Poker Open champion. At its completion, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick had cashed in four of the eight events to win more than $1.25 million combined and be crowned U.S. Poker Open champion. READ: Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural U.S. Poker Open Title WPT: Mike Leah Wins Fallsview Classic for First WPT Title The World Poker Tour once again made its seasonal stop at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, back in February. With it came a record-breaking field of 517 entries for the event and a final table that included one staunch Canadian grinder, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, looking for his first WPT title. Leah entered the final day of play ranked third in chips among the remaining 20 players. From there, he went on to claim victory and his first World Poker Tour title worth C$451,821 ($359,001). READ: Mike Leah Wins Fallsview Classic for First WPT Title Viktor Blom Stages Huge Comeback to Win partypoker MILLIONS Germany If 2018 was the year of anything, it's likely the year of partypoker. The online poker giant’s live tournament offering, partypokerLIVE, delivered enormous prize pool upon enormous prize pool all across the globe, including February's partypoker MILLIONS Germany in Rozvadov. That's where Viktor 'isildur1' Blom grabbed the title worth €1 million, but not without having to overcome a greater than 6-to-1 chip deficit during heads-up play against Pavel Plesuv. READ: Viktor Blom Stages Huge Comeback to Win partypoker MILLIONS Germany Leon Tsoukernik's Counterclaim Against Matt Kirk Dismissed Speaking of Rozvadov, King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik was back in the headlines in February with another episode involving his dispute with high-stakes poker pro "Aussie" Matt Kirk. Three months prior, in November, Tsoukernik filed a counterclaim for $10 million in damages. That was followed by Kirk's lawyers filing a motion to dismiss. At the end of February 2018, a Las Vegas judge dismissed Tsoukernik’s counterclaim it what appears to have ended a highly publicized legal tug o' war. READ: Leon Tsoukernik's Counterclaim Against Matt Kirk Dismissed 'European' Wins February Monthly PLB Title With 4,133.54 points, 'European' won the Monthly PLB title for February. 'European' booked 48 cashes in February, including scores of $86,000 for 707.11 points, $58,160 for 584.38 points, $56,975 for 463.68 points, $49,574 for 383.28 points, and $46,418 for 415.33 points. The $86,000 win for 'European' came in the $530 buy-in partypoker Powerfest #46-M: $500K Gtd NLH under the username 'JHelppi' when he outlasted a field of 979 entries.
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