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  1. Had this been any other summer under a normal set of circumstances, the poker world would be in the midst of the World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas. That madness would surely have included some of poker's brightest stars owning the stage for their victories, but it also would have featured a number of lesser-known players finding a way to claim their first gold bracelet and thrusting themselves into poker's biggest and brightest spotlight. As everybody is well aware, there isn't really anything normal about this summer. Wednesday marks the beginning of the 31 2020 World Series of Poker online bracelet events on WSOP.com. The big names will all be battling for bracelets and their share of the glory that comes with yet another title. This year, maybe more than any other in the 51-year history of the WSOP, players who have been flying below the radar will have plenty of opportunities to join the exclusive club of bracelet winners. Here are five American players who could put on a show worthy of a little slice of the poker world's attention over the next 31 days. David Coleman David Coleman gets the advantage of starting off the 2020 WSOP with a marquee win fresh in his rearview. On Sunday, Coleman topped the 868-entry field in the World Poker Tour Online Poker Open on the partypoker US Network for a $56,585.70 score. He's not some kid on a heater though. In January, the 27-year-old Livingston, New Jersey resident took over the #1 spot in the USA Rankings for the first time in his career. In April, he earned a New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker title by beating 242 other entries in the $350 Sunday Special SE. Coleman has won the PokerStars NJ Sunday Special a staggering eight times since November 2016. All told, Coleman has earned over $3 million playing online in New Jersey and has picked up 257 wins and a 180 second-place finishes. Coleman has had only a small sampling of WSOP success thanks to nine total cashes with just five of them coming on the live felt. In 2017, he picked up a 726th place finish in the Main Event for $18,693. His next best live result came last summer when he finished 27th out of 1,083 players in the $2,620 Marathon event for $13,780 WSOP.com Screenname: 'dehhhhh' Tenzin Chakdor The #19-ranked player in the United States, Tenzin Chakdor was a relatively well-kept secret on the New Jersey online scene until October when he topped the 373-runner field in the PokerStars NJ New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event to win $19,111.88. He's also managed to pick up three cashes in June that rank in his top five all-time scores. He won the WSOP.com $40,000 Weekly Tuesday and the WSOP.com $50,000 Tuesday Showdown for nearly $30,000. Sandwich in between those was a third-place finish in the WSOP.com Online Finale Circuit High Roller for $25,011. He has one previous WSOP.com online bracelet event result, finishing 141st in Event #46 ($500 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em Deep Stack) in 2019. By choice, Chakdor remains a real mystery on the live scene. The New Jersey grinder has had some live success, most notably at Parx Casino in Pennsylvania, but has chosen to keep his live results private. WSOP.com Screenname: 'tc_ownz' Jed Hoffman Jed Hoffman may be one of the most accomplished online grinders in the state of Nevada and very few casual poker fans have ever heard of him. Hoffman has spent a good chunk of the last four years as the #1-ranked online poker player in Nevada and has over $1.1 million in earnings on WSOP.com alone. On June 1, Hoffman beat 483 of the best online players in Nevada and New Jersey when he won the WSOP.com $100,000 Guaranteed Sunday event for $55,198.50. In 2019, Hoffman won a WSOP Circuit ring online - his fourth ring overall - for $22,170. The Reno native is limited to a single online poker site but has 99 wins from 1,346 cashes on WSOP.com. His three previous WSOP Circuit wins all came in the live arena. His first two came in 2013 (Choctaw and Lake Tahoe) and his third 2019 (Thunder Valley). He has 22 WSOP cashes to his credit and in 2013 made the final table of a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event where he finished in seventh place. WSOP.com Screename: 'jchak' Ryan Dodd Sitting just outside of the top five ranked players in the country, Ryan Dodd has been piling up online results throughout 2020. Seven of his top eight lifetime online scores have come in the last six months, all of them coming on WSOP.com. In January, he won the WSOP.com $100,000 Guaranteed Sunday event for $29,574. He followed that up with a third-place finish the New Years Kick-off Series Main Event on WSOP.com for $16,368. He won a $20,000 Weekly Monday in March before crushing in April. Dodd picked up three big wins; $20,000 Weekly Monday, WSOP.com Spring Online Championships event #28, and the $40,000 Weekly Tuesday for $45,000 total. He also won the $30,000 Weekly Saturday in early June for $10,765. The Runnemede, New Jersey native has never cashed in a live WSOP event but does have $141,552 live cashes on his Hendon Mob profile. Almost all of his live results are from events in Atlantic City including a pair of wins at the Borgata in the summer of 2019. His biggest live cashes also come from the Borgata. He finished second in a $1,090 Borgata Summer Poker Open event for $24,500 in 2019 and in a WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in 2020 for $17,431. WSOP.com Screename: 'Whosyourdodd' Tyler Sumrall The #2-ranked player in Nevada, Tyler Sumrall has put in an incredible amount of volume on WSOP.com over the past three months. In June alone, Sumrall has cashed 35 times with four of them being victories. In May he cashed 52 times with two wins. On April 9, the Texas native won a WSOP.com Spring Online Championship and earned $10,870.81 for the largest single cash on the regulated site. His total winnings on WSOP.com of $262,086 might pale in comparison to some of his New Jersey-based colleagues, but most of that has come over the past 12 months alone. He's also eight live cashes at the WSOP including two in the Main Event. In 2011, he finished 304th for $35,492 and last summer he bested that, coming in 280th place for $43,935. His other live WSOP cashes all been in lower buy-in, bigger field No Limit Hold'em events. His only live result that paid more than the Main Event cashes came in 2009 when he finished 11th in the WinStar $2,100 Main Event for $48,000. WSOP.com Screename: 'TIPnTimeBOMB'
  2. Just like that, Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn is back on top. Nevada’s former #1 grinder retakes the Silver State throne after coming off an extended hiatus from the online grind. For months, at the end of 2017 and into 2018, McLawhorn was absent from the Nevada online poker scene, not having recorded a cash since early October. Well, he fired up his WSOP.com client and started crushing tournaments again. One may think “crushing” is hyperbole, but McLawhorn registered 12 cashes from January 14 through the end of the month. He final tabled 11 of them, won 6 of them outright and finished as the runner-up in 3 more. Here’s another way to look at his January run: of those tournaments he cashed, he was in for roughly $1800 in base buy-ins (not counting possible re-entry or rebuys). He cashed for just a breath under $39,000. Also, of his 12 cashes, 11 of them brought him qualified PLB points. Of course, it doesn’t tell a complete picture but it’s safe to say, McLawhorn is back and, apparently, he hasn’t missed a beat. Last month’s #1 ranked player, Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman slips to #2, but remains well within striking distance of McLawhorn. Hoffman took a couple weeks off in the middle of the month, presumably to travel to play the World Series of Poker Circuit events at Thunder Valley in California, but managed some significant online results as well. His online grind in January was topped with a win in the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown on January 10 for $5,702.07. He sits only 260 PLB points behind McLawhorn. Reno, Nevada’s ‘Power’ keeps the #3 spot locked up this month. He had a sporadic month in terms of volume, after putting in a massive grind in December of 2017, but managed to add a pair of qualifying cashes to his PLB total. ‘Power’ is on the verge of eclipsing a major milestone as he’s less than $5,000 away from achieving $250,000 in lifetime earnings. He’ll have to put in a little more volume should he wish to earn it this February. Rising four spots in the ranking to #4 is ‘wsopfreezer’. The Las Vegas grinder was doing what he does best to start the year, grinding. He recorded over 70 cashes in the month of January alone, 12 of which were good for qualifying PLB points. Five of his scores were for four-figures, the most notable being a podium finish in Tuesday Showdown on WSOP.com early in the month for over $2,900.00. If ‘wsopfreezer’ continues to push his output in comparison to those who currently rank above him, they won’t be ranking above him for long. Where’d Joe go? Nevada’s former #1 ranked player Joe ‘JoeMomasNuts’ Mitchell slides to #5 this month however, once again, it’s based on old results. The top-tier bracelet winner hasn’t been on the online tables since early November but should he wish to come back, there’s no doubt he’ll be able to pick up where he left off. Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts rose in the rankings to #6 this month. Despite light volume from Roberts he managed to pick up valuable PLB points in the few tournaments he did play. Building on a solid December, Roberts picked up $2,500 on January 1 with a runner-up performance in the WSOP.com Sunday Reloader for his largest score of 2018 so far. Slotted in the #7 rank for Nevada is Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney. Down a couple spots from last month, the Las Vegas player had himself a very good month, recording a hefty 79 total cashes. Six of his scores qualified for PLB points, leaving him roughly 100 points away from his former #5 rankings. ‘stuckonluck7’ (#8) and Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato (#9) both slipped two spots this month as well. ‘stuckonluck7’ put in light volume but she managed to bring in roughly $3,500 in earnings. Didonato only recorded five total results in all of January but he certainly made them count. All five qualified for PLB rankings with one being a victory and another a runner-up finish. Closing out the top 10 is ‘Sporksin’ who just surpassed $50,000 in lifetime online earnings on New Year’s Day when he took second place in the WSOP.com $20,000 Weekly Sunday for $3,400. He’s since surged into the Nevada top 10 and put together a string of 11 qualifying cashes thus far in 2018. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 bcm4924 2,282.36 2 JCHAK 2,021.55 3 Power 1,846.59 4 wsopfreezer 1,811.84 5 JoeMomasNuts 1,786.48 6 Roberts34 1,700.57 7 Butters 1,683.50 8 stuckonluck7 1,676.45 9 Wolf_51 1,574.22 10 Sporksin 1,570.73
  3. It was an extended heater for Bobby ‘bcm4924 McLawhorn that has helped him retain his #1 ranking in the state of Nevada for the third straight month. McLawhorn, one of the most consistent players on Nevada WSOP.com, put together a stunning 21 qualified cashes since the beginning of February, pushing his total PLB score north of 3000 (3088.65 PLB points). His impressive run since that time includes 14 scores of four-figures or more. His largest PLB point total came in the Event #25 of the NVPC II Series where he took first place for $9,495.91 and 182.53 PLB points. But that wasn’t his largest score in the past 60 days as McLawhorn finished as the runner-up in event #7 of the same series for over $11,000. He’s put some serious distance between himself and the current #2-ranked Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman (2,330.25). Hoffman, another superstar from Nevada, has been pulling double duty - crushing both online and live. His recent online conquests include 6 podium finishes on WSOP.com, financially highlighted by his runner-up finish in Event #30 of the NVPC II for $12,618/186.74 PLB points. Since that time Hoffman was spotted going deep in live events like the most recent Run It Up Reno events and the Atlantis All In Poker Series. The #3-ranked player in the Silver State right now is ‘wsopfreezer’ (2294.19). The grinder is a persistent presence on WSOP.com registering over 65 cashes since March 1. His month was capped off by a final table finish in the Tuesday Showdown on WSOP.com on March 21 for 2,802 and 70.70 PLB points. He could soon find his grind paying off as he currently sits less than 37 points away from the #2 spot and that can be overcome on any given day. After an extremely light volume months in both January and February, the #4-ranked Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts (2,043.91) really picked up his pace in March. He managed to make it in the money 65 total times and of those times, he claimed victory 13 times. Perhaps he was motivated to put in the volume after his early March victory in the WSOP.com $500 Tuesday Showdown for over $6,700 and 138.37 PLB points. That was just one of his 6 four-figure cashes in the month. Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato (2,009.55) is ranked #5 and is right on Roberts heels. Currently 34.36 PLB points shy of laddering in the rankings, Didonato only cashed-in four times in March. The good news for Didonato, all four were qualifying cashes, keeping him in the Top 5 and adding nearly $3,000 to his bankroll. Power (1,936.23) checks in at #6 on the back of victory in the WSOP.com $500 BIG Deal which brought his $10,161 and 178.20 PLB points. The cash is a career-high score for Reno resident. David 'MastAAce08' Goodman (1,762.47) scored a pair of four-figure scores in March which helped him crack the top 10, landing at #7. While he put in pretty light volume, notching only seven total cashes in March, six of them qualified for PLB points. Two of his cashes were for over $4,000, adding roughly $11,000 to his bankroll. Low-to-mistakes grinder Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney (1,708.43) holds down the #8 spot while 'The_Razor' (1,563.61) leveraged 5 top three finishes in March to leap into Nevada’s Top 10. Rounding out the list is Las Vegas’ 'Sporksin' (1,555.43) who finished runner-up in the WSOP.com $20,000 Guaranteed Weekly Sunday for $4,196 in early March and then proceeded to accumulate nine qualified PLB cashes. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 bcm4924 3,088.65 2 JCHAK 2,330.25 3 wsopfreezer 2,294.19 4 Roberts34 2,043.91 5 Wolf_51 2,009.55 6 Power 1,936.23 7 MastAAce08 1,762.47 8 Butters 1,708.43 9 The_Razor 1,563.61 10 Sporksin 1,555.43
  4. [caption id="attachment_617305" align="alignnone" width="640"] Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman takes over as Nevada's new #1.[/caption] Nevada has a new #1. Two-time WSOP Circuit Winner Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman rises to the top spot after a month of racking up qualifying cashes while other top Nevadians took some time off. Hoffman, putting in time on WSOP.com, accumulated over $13,000 in earnings in December. His route to becoming the #1-ranked player in the Silver State was punctuated by a pair of victories, one for $3,700 in the $10,000 Gtd Sunday Reloader on December 18 and the second for $6,393 in the Tuesday Showdown on December 27. The latter score was good for 131.45 PLB points, his best for the current period. Joe ‘JoeMomasNuts’ Mitchell slipped to #2 this month. One look at his recent activity will tell you the story - he simply hasn’t been grinding tournaments as of late. His last qualifying cash was recorded back on October 30. Even with the ample time off, should Mitchell fire up the online tables again soon, he could catch Hoffman as he finds himself only 30.63 PLB points behind the leader. Last month ‘Power’ was sitting in 4th, looking to climb the rankings. This month he accomplished his goal as he takes over the #3 spot. ‘Power’ continues to put in volume, recording 52 cashes in the month of December. Nine of his cashes which contributed to his boost in PLB points, and overall he added $16,000 to his bankroll. Bobby ‘bcm4924 McLawhorne falls two spots to #4 for the same reasons as Mitchell - he’s seemingly taking a vacation from the grind. No recorded cashes in the past two months finds his PLB score deteriorating. We’ll have to wait and see if the former #1-ranked player in Nevada returns to the online tables anytime soon. The top five is completed by Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney who rises one spot due to his 91 recorded cashes in the month of December. There was no slowing down for the holidays as Kearney won nearly $1,500 on Christmas Day alone, making the final table in five out of his six cashes. His largest cash of the month came with his fifth-place finish in the WSOP.com $20,000 Gtd Weekly Sunday for $1,416.91. Las Vegas’ ‘stuckonluck7’ is enjoying her highest ranking to date, making her debut in the top 10 at #6 thanks to nine qualifying cashes in December. Less than 10 PLB points behind her is Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato, who falls two spots to #7. ‘wsopfreezer’ finds himself in the #8 position. Despite putting in a healthy schedule and recording a win in the WSOP.com $3,000 Gtd Nightly on December 19 for $1,914.00, he's one spot removed from his position last month. Completing the top 10 are Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts (#9) and Daniel ‘voff’ Deveau (#10). Deveau took the first half of December off but has since returned and is putting up results at a rate that may see him make upward moves in January. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 JCHAK 2.073.41 2 JoeMomasNuts 2,042.78 3 Power 1990.99 4 bcm4924 1,845.82 5 Butters 1,774.42 6 stuckonluck7 1,725.55 7 Wolf_51r 1,717.38 8 wsopfreezerf 1,697.62 9 Roberts34 1607.16 10 voff 1,434.67
  5. It’s hard to believe that the World Series of Poker Main Event is already upon us. With the expansive coverage of the event on ESPN and PokerGo, the hopes and dreams of thousands of poker players rise and fall with every hand that is dealt. But that's not the only place we’ve seen some compelling content as photos of starting stacks and tales of the worst bad beat stories ever told have continually spilled onto #pokertwitter and the social media feeds of poker fans around the world. So, while it’s impossible to catch it all, here are a few of some of our favorite social moments from the past week that at the WSOP. GIANT Lines Before the start of the Main Event, players were looking to take their last shot in the $365 GIANT. As poker players are wont to do, many waited until the last minute to purchase their seat, thus making the lines to register for the event befitting of the name. Selfie Stack Spend enough time in Las Vegas and you’ll quickly find out that much of what you see is a mirage. The World Series of Poker is no exception where what you see is not always what you get. (Investors beware!) Hey Ladies! One of the few snafus by WSOP organizers this year occurred at the start of the final table for the Ladies Event. Rather than being the featured table on PokerGo or Twitch, the event was regulated to the back of the room while Razz…yes Razz…got the initial spotlight. Credit to those in charge, the situation was quickly rectified and Jessica Dawley’s victory was broadcast and seen by thousands. Main Event Mascot Joe Camel’s roommate, Chippy, is the new mascot for the World Series of Poker. Not saying Chippy’s not adorable but perhaps he's promoting everything that the WSOP actually doesn’t want at the table: headphones, sunglasses and a bottom row of teeth so yellow it’s clear he’s taken one too many smoke breaks in the 100 degree heat. Look close: Kevmath is about to knock Chippy out of the tournament. Main Event Mania The excitement of playing the Main Event is simply too much for some. They get there, pay their $10K and simply can’t wait to get it in… Max pain for Max Steinberg. The Bank Of Timex is back in action.   Hellmuth gunna Hellmuth. Ausmus showed THEM! Bay to the Bay Area for Blumenfield. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Jordan Young keeps building...   Stacks on stacks. Class Act The defending WSOP Main Event Champion, upon being eliminated from the event on Day 1 while on a feature table, responds to an online critic with the same class and thoughtful voice that he used throughout his year as the reigning champion. Finally, Ferguson Faces The Truth Hellmuth may be the hero we get, Uncle Ron is the hero we deserve.
  6. The WSOP Circuit took to the virtual felt the past two weeks for a series of 13 gold ring events that took place on WSOP.com. Buy-ins ranged from $200 to $1,000, and the festival was capped off by the $525 Main Event. The series featured $1.035 million in guaranteed prize pools, with more than $1.6 million in prize money given out when it was all said and done. Among the winners of gold rings were Matt Stout, Anthony Maio, and Jed Hoffman. Event #1: $200 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout The first event of the series was the $200 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout tournament, and it attracted 387 entries. Up top was $9,604 and it was PocketFiver Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert grabbing first place and the first gold ring of the series. Seifert defeated Matt 'OutDriveYou' Moore in heads-up play. Notable finishes were had by PocketFivers Robert 'SLHalper' Taylor (4th), William 'Kyhomp' Jacob (12th), Paul 'rungood27' Scaturro (17th), and Joel 'BaoWow' Fuji (25th). 1st: Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert - $9,604 2nd: Matt 'OutDriveYou' Moore - $5,930 3rd: Jennifer 'jinjen007' Lee - $2,993 4th: Robert 'SLHalper' Taylor - $2,289 5th: Joshua 'SoulReads' Turner - $1,937 6th: Andrew 'PintoPedro' Donabedian - $1,585 7th: Vincent 'Allinvin138' Moscati - $1,197 8th: Adam 'C0ldKid' Vazquez - $810 9th: Kami 'Loco4coco' Hudson - $528 Event #2: $215 No-Limit Hold'em The second event of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series drew 585 entries and generated a prize pool of $117,000. Up top was nearly $30,000, and it was Finian 'Acesrkings' Anuforo finishing in first place to collect the $29,250 winning prize. The highest finish by a PocketFiver was Matthew 'Martycohen' Weiss' fifth-place result for $6,435. Fellow PocketFivers Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds (8th) and Richard 'findaway18' Davis (10th) also ran deep. 1st: Finian 'Acesrkings' Anuforo - $29,250 2nd: David 'GTOB0t' Yoon - $16,380 3rd: Daniel 'StayActive' Chan - $9,945 4th: Brett 'herrrooooo' Reiss - $7,605 5th: Matthew 'Martycohen' Weiss - $6,435 6th: Batuhan 'batuking' Zadeh - $5,265 7th: Ryan 'Mink32' McCusker - $3,978 8th: Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds - $2,691 9th: Jonas 'Puffin_Nails' Wexler - $1,755 Event #3: $320 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed The third event of the series was the largest one yet in terms of prize pool, attracting 428 entries for a $128,400 prize pool. PocketFiver Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan scored first place and won $34,026. Another PocketFiver, Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb, also reached the final table and finished fifth for $7,447. 1st: Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan - $34,026 2nd: Krista 'Pollux' Gifford - $19,902 3rd: Mark 'gotemmmmmm' Perry - $11,363 4th: Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng - $8,731 5th: Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $7,447 6th: Iurii 'Rainmakerr' Dzetsyna - $6,163 Event #4: $250 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo The fourth event of the series drew a field of 356 entries for a fast-paced affair in the $250 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament. Jed 'jchak' Hoffman, a PocketFives member, won the event for $22,170. Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb, who had just finished fifth in the event prior, reached the final table in this event, too. This time, Gottlieb took fourth for $5,689. 1st: Jed 'jchak' Hoffman - $22,170 2nd: Paul 'meandharpua' Hirschorn - $12,967 3rd: John 'PokerBull197' Dombroski - $7,404 4th: Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $5,689 5th: Corey 'TheGilroy' Klima - $4,852 6th: Ryan 'Hero11' Herold - $4,016 7th: Jason 'JayRiv' Rivkin - $3,012 8th: Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio - $2,008 9th: Pierre 'P_aire_146' Deissler - $1,422 Event #5: $320 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack Next up was the $320 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack tournament, and it drew a field of 358 entries to create a $107,400 prize pool. Some name players reached the final table, with Scott 'BigRiskky' Clements (3rd) and Dutch 'Dutch' Boyd (9th) both making the final nine, but finishing at the top was PocketFives member Brian 'pure__reason' Wood to earn the $27,924 first-place prize. Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo, who is currently ranked No. 2 in both New Jersey and the United States, finished 11th for $1,396. 1st: Brian 'pure__reason' Wood - $27,924 2nd: Matthew 'TrstThePrcss' Paston - $16,110 3rd: Scott 'BigRiskky' Clements - $9,451 4th: Blake 'obiwin' Kelso - $7,303 5th: Joshua 'SoulReads' Turner - $6,122 6th: Stephen 'NJ_Treeve' Ma - $5,048 7th: Sean 'FilthyDiaper' Ruane - $3,866 8th: Isua 'MMMbang' Mbang - $2,578 9th: Dutch 'Dutch' Boyd - $1,826 Event #6: $320 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack A big field of 612 entries showed up for the series' $320 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack tournament, generating a prize pool of $183,600. Plenty of notable names were in the money and ran deep, but finishing better than them all was Matt 'RubberFist' Stout to win the $44,982 first-place prize. PocketFiver and 2018 WSOP.com Player of the Year Ted 'olmuggins' Ely placed 27th in the event for $734. He finished just one spot better than Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman. 1st: Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $44,982 2nd: Dylan 'TheSmith' Smith - $25,245 3rd: Anna 'PoFuk' Antimony - $15,422 4th: Jonas 'Puffin_Nails' Wexler - $11,750 5th: Marcus 'MarcoPoloo' Acuna - $9,914 6th: Robert 'bjacks' Jackson - $8,078 7th: Barry 'Flopaholic' Finn - $6,059 8th: Craig 'imgrinding' Varnell - $4,039 9th: Sridhar 'sri50k' Sangannagari - $2,662 Event #7: $200 No-Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo Another turbo tournament took place with the seventh event of the series, and it was Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds who enjoyed the most success from the field of 407. Reynolds won the event for $21,164, beating Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio in heads-up play. Michael 'itWasThatOr0' Gagliano finished 19th for $773. 1st: Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds - $21,164 2nd: Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio - $12,210 3rd: Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $7,163 4th: Steven 'CHAU.GIANG' Rice - $5,535 5th: Mikhail 'AntiKiller' Sher - $4,640 6th: Thayer 'Rasta_Raf' Rasmussen - $3,826 7th: Norman 'Abnormality' Michalek - $2,930 8th: Michael 'RUA11' Michnik - $1,954 9th: Jennifer 'Jlfitzgib100' Fitzgibbon - $1,384 Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Handed The largest buy-in of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series took place on Tuesday, March 5. The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Handed tournament drew a field of 191 entries and generated a prize pool of $182,405. More than $50,000 awaited the winner, and when the dust had settled, it was PocketFives member Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat scoring the $50,161 first-place prize. Bibat defeated a fellow PocketFiver in heads-up play, as Ryan 'saucebae' Hohner took second for $29,185. Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein placed seventh, Joseph 'MegolaMan1ac' Liberta took eighth, and Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds finished ninth. Michael 'itWasThatOr0' Gagliano finished 14th. 1st: Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat - $50,161 2nd: Ryan 'saucebae' Hohner - $29,185 3rd: Pierce 'Victoria53' Mckellar - $16,599 4th: James 'Dequavious' Casement - $12,951 5th: Thomas 'Carter12' Carter - $11,127 6th: Tara 'bertperton' Cain - $9,303 7th: Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein - $7,114 8th: Joseph 'MegolaMan1ac' Liberta - $4,560 9th: Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds - $3,283 Event #9: $215 No-Limit Hold'em Finishing atop the field of 419 entries in Event #9: $215 No-Limit Hold'em and winning the $21,788 first-place prize was Alexandre 'Apalexpex' Moreira. Three PocketFives members made the final table, with Alex 'DimSumGuru' Jim (4th), Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein (5th), and Don 'blonde2020' Himpele (9th) all reaching the final nine. Outside of the final table, Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio finished 11th for $1,089. 1st: Alexandre 'Apalexpex' Moreira - $21,788 2nd: Thomas 'Thomasippoli' Ippolito - $12,570 3rd: Kevin 'GoneBananas' Garosshen - $7,374 4th: Alex 'DimSumGuru' Jim - $5,698 5th: Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein - $4,777 6th: Ana 'Lagrock' Valentin - $3,939 7th: Jim 'nokilok' McCrink - $3,017 8th: Longsheng 'AllenTan' Tan - $2,011 9th: Don 'blonde2020' Himpele - $1,425 Event #10: $320 No-Limit Hold'em The 10th event of the series was another $320 buy-in event and it attracted 386 entries. The prize pool tallied in at $115,800, with a first-place prize north of $30,000 up for grabs. Charles 'TahoeSkiBum' Ambrogi emerged as the winner, defeating Steve 'Gborooo' Gross in second place. Two PocketFivers reached the final table. John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza finished in sixth place, and Joseph 'JOEYdaMUSH' Galazzo took seventh. 1st: Charles 'TahoeSkiBum' Ambrogi - $30,687 2nd: Steve 'Gborooo' Gross - $17,949 3rd: Brandon 'z00m7' Setzer - $10,248 4th: Troy 'Troy_Altmuth' Altbaum - $7,874 5th: Dean 'Nikobellic99' Curreri - $6,716 6th: John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza - $5,558 7th: Joseph 'JOEYdaMUSH' Galazzo - $4,169 8th: Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke - $2,779 9th: Veronica 'pokeryogi' Dunn - $1,969 Event #11: $215 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio scored his first WSOP Circuit ring when he won Event #11: $215 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. Maio topped a field of 295 entries and took home $15,930. Brett 'hangerman' Richey finished in third place for $5,310, and Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen took eighth for $1,416. 1st: Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio - $15,930 2nd: Skylar 'SkyGonzo' Gonzalez - $9,292 3rd: Brett 'hangerman' Richey - $5,310 4th: Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall - $4,130 5th: Ronnie 'MarlaSinger' Pease - $3,540 6th: Michael 'HankdaTank' St. John - $2,950 7th: Edward 'Eddiegood598' Espino - $2,242 8th: Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen - $1,416 9th: Steven 'FreshCakes' Grybas - $1,003 Event #12: $320 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack With a field of 387 entries, the second-to-last event of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series generated a prize pool of $116,100. The top 40 places reached the money, with Rafael 'sosana' Perry winning the $30,186 first-place prize. Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat, who won the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Handed, took third for $10,216. 1st: Rafael 'sosana' Perry - $30,186 2nd: Christopher 'MineMineMine' Horter - $17,415 3rd: Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat - $10,216 4th: Robert 'lowrider711' Chasen - $7,894 5th: Daniel 'BanaCreamPie' Buzgon - $6,617 6th: Michael 'geNet1x_' Cannon - $5,456 7th: Matt 'OMG_Obama' Iles - $4,179 8th: Douglas 'CheeksK' Kurth - $2,786 9th: Matthew 'Martycohen' Weiss - $1,973 Event #13: $525 Main Event The feature event of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series was the $525 Main Event. It boasted a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool and brought in 770 entries for a final prize offering of $385,000. Taking top honors and the $92,400 first-place prize was William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine from Riverside, Connecticut. Romaine beat out Jeffrey 'memorymotel' Orem in heads-up play to earn the title, with Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio finishing in fifth place. The top 100 places reached the money, with a min-cash worth $808. Notable finishes were had by Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds (11th), Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert (13th), and Steve 'Gborooo' Gross (25th). 1st: William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine - $92,400 2nd: Jeffrey 'memorymotel' Orem - $48,895 3rd: Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio - $31,955 4th: Brad 'bd3109' Albrinck - $24,255 5th: Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio - $20,405 6th: Alexander 'ShadowFiend1' Condon - $16,555 7th: Joseph 'PITCHTHEBTCH' Curcio - $12,320 8th: Marc 'speechdoc' Farro - $8,085 9th: Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall - $5,390
  7. Yet again, Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon (aka 'LuckySpewy1'), is atop the PocketFives United States Online Poker Rankings, as he continues to crush tournaments out of New Jersey. Kwon has 5,205 points, which is ore than 300 points ahead of Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo in second place. Kwon has been charging hard in the online poker streets daily, and we don’t expect he’ll be slowing down anytime soon, especially with the WSOP.com Fall Online Championships running for much of October. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Kwon has been a fixture on the podium of online poker tournaments in recent weeks, with 22 top-three finishes dating back to September 1. Over that time period, he has seven victories. Kwon's most recent win came in the PokerStars NJ Sunday High Roller [6-Max] - $500, $8,000 Gtd on October 6, when he took first place for $5,640 and 106.21 points. On September 26, he won the PokerStars NJ $250 Thursday Thrill [Progressive KO], $5,000 Gtd for $1,767 and 69.11 points. Kwon’s biggest score dating back to the beginning of September was a third-place finish in the WSOP.com $30,000 Weekly Sunday [Re-entry, 6 Max] on September 23 for $6,837 and 122.45 points. Overall, Kwon now has more than $2.6 million in lifetime online tournament earnings. U.S. Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon 5,205 2 Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo 4,885 3 David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman 4,748 4 Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov 4,550 5 Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner 4,198 6 Jon ‘itsmejon’ Borenstein 4,043 7 Jason ‘JLaw’ Lawhun 3,879 8 Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano 3,612 9 Mike 'Lav519' Lavenburg 3,595 10 Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman 3,423 Plenty of notable names make up the top 10 of the PocketFives U.S. Online Poker Rankings, including the aforementioned Lupo in second with 4,885 points, David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman in third with 4,748 points, Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov in fourth with 4,550 points, and Ryan 'shipthesherb' Hohner with 4,198 points. As you can expect, Kwon also leads the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings, which has the exact same top 10 leaderboard as the U.S. Online Poker Rankings. It’s not until you get to #12 on the U.S. Online Poker Rankings leaderboard that you find someone from outside of New Jersey. That someone would be David ‘bewater’ Goodman who plays out of Nevada and is the new top-ranked player in the Nevada Online Poker Rankings after overtaking Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman. Goodman has booked nine four-figure cashes going back to the start of September, including three wins for nearly $16,000 combined in a one-week span, all coming on WSOP.com. He won the $15,000 Weekly Friday [Re-entry, 6 Max] on September 14 for $5,294 and 128.62 points, the $15,000 Weekly Sunday Deepstack [R&A, Super Addon] on September 16 for $5,565 and 143.57 points, and the $15,000 GTD Circuit Warm-Up Turbo Deepstack [Re-entry] on September 21 for $4,855 and 132.87 points. Goodman also took fourth in the WSOP Circuit Event #12 - $100,000 NLH Double Stack 2x Re-entry (Official Ring Event) on September 29 for $7,262 and 142.25 points. Checking in on Pennsylvania, where regulated PA online poker is set to launch soon, Thai 'thaiha91' Ha is still atop the Pennsylvania Online Poker Rankings with 1,281 points. Ha has quite the lead over his fellow competitors, as he’s up nearly 500 points on Chris ‘Billypoker101’ Bilinsky. New Jersey Online Poker Rankings Top 5 New Jersey online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon 5,205 2 Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo 4,885 3 David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman 4,748 4 Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov 4,550 5 Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner 4,198 Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 5 Nevada online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 David ‘bewater’ Goodman 3,171 2 Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman 2,978 3 PunnyYouSayThat 2,539 4 Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat 2,531 5 Bobby 'bcm4924' McLawhorn 2,266 Pennsylvania Online Poker Rankings Top 5 Pennsylvania online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Thai 'thaiha91' Ha 1,281 2 Chris ‘Billypoker101’ Bilinsky 807 3 RyJS 711 4 Andrew ‘Head218’ Carnevale 600 5 sr86 521
  8. It’s another month on top of the PocketFives.com Nevada Rankings for Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn. Despite taking it relatively easy when it comes to volume, McLawhorn (3,008.32 PLB points) managed to make four of his total six cashes in the month of April count toward his PLB total. In fact, he made the final table in all six of his April results, four of which resulted in four-figure scores. The short-but-sweet run was capped with a victory in the $500 Tuesday Showdown on WSOP NV on April 18 for $5,874 and 126.01 PLB points. McLawhorn remains the only player in the Nevada player pool to accumulate north of 3,000 PLB points. McLawhorn’s closest competition is Reno resident Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman (2,419.18) who remains #2 in the rankings. Hoffman put together an impressive month as well, adding over $16,000 to his bankroll over a dozen cashes in April. The bulk of his success came early in the month when he won the $20,000 GTD Weekly Sunday tournament on WSOP NV for $5,700 and 141.42 PLB points. He then repeated the feat the very next Sunday for over $5,800. Hoffman sits just outside the Worldwide Top 1000, currently ranked #1004 in the world. Staying true to form, 'wsopfreezer' (2,200.67), Nevada’s #3-ranked player, put in a healthy amount of volume in April. Of his 49 cashes in the month, four of them qualified for PLB points. This included a third-place finish in the April 25 edition of the $15,000 Tuesday Showdown where he took home over $3,300 and 77.45 PLB points, his largest score of the month. The mistakes grinder is currently closing in on $500,000 in lifetime earnings, just over $43,000 away from the mark. Hot on the heels of 'wsopfreezer' is Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts (2,174.45). Roberts, currently ranked #4 in Nevada, is only 26.22 PLB points shy of the #3 ranking and with the amount of volume he’s been putting in - he could take that spot at any time. Roberts, who plays mostly small to mid-stakes tournaments managed to accumulate eight PLB-qualifying cashes in April. Three of his finishes resulted in four-figure scores, the largest being his victory in the April 14 edition of the $3,000 GTD Nightly on WSOP NV for $1,867.32. In March, the #5-ranked Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato (1,973.75) managed only four cashes but all four qualified for PLB points. In April, he did exactly the same thing. He put in light volume and managed a total of four qualifying cashes. In total, he brought in over $3,500 for his efforts and while his PLB point total did slip a little, he managed to maintain his top 5 status. ‘Power’ (1,931.69) put together back-to-back victories on WSOP NV on April 15 to help him maintain the #6 ranking. First up, he won the $3,000 GTD Nightly for $1,702.15 - his largest cash in April. Then he capped off the $850 GTD for an additional $552.91. Both David ‘MastAAce08’ Goodman (1,885.06) and Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney (1,704.93) also held fast in the #7 and #8 rankings respectively throughout April. Las Vegas’ ‘CloverSparklesFartShovels’ (1,565.40) climbs into the top 10, currently ranked #9, after putting together 12 total qualifying cashes in April. His month was highlighted by a win in the April 4 edition of the $3,000 GTD Nightly on WSOP NV for $1,861.75 and 80.61 PLB points. Completing the rankings this month is ‘Sporksin’ (1,532.70). He put together an impressive month, notching 10 qualifying cashes out of 22 results for the tournament grinder. With WSOP.com introducing shared liquidity between players in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware there will likely be larger prize pools and therefore more PLB points up for grabs. This could mean big shakeups in the Nevada rankings in the upcoming months. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 bcm4924 3,008.32 2 JCHAK 2,419.18 3 wsopfreezer 2,200.67 4 Roberts34 2,174.45 5 Wolf_51 1,973.75 6 Power 1,931.69 7 MastAAce08 1,885.06 8 Butters 1,704.93 9 CloverSparklesFartShovels 1,565.40 10 Sporksin 1,532.70
  9. PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with JCHAK, aka Jed Hoffman (pictured). His total winnings to date online with WSOP.com currently stands at $65,000 and climbing. PocketFives: Are you living in Nevada or visiting? Jed Hoffman: I live in Reno. It's a great place. There is a lot of growth and development in the area and it's close to Lake Tahoe and the Sierras, so there are always a lot of things to do. PocketFives: What do you base your current successes online? Jed Hoffman: Perseverance in clicking buttons. The factors and variables in the algorithm of No Limit tournament poker are numerous and complex; for me, situational experience is the best way to optimize results. Recognition of equitable spots, player image, game flow, stack size implications, ICM considerations, and evolution in game tactics all become increasingly familiar with experience. Plus, it's really fun to click buttons. PocketFives: What do you like best about playing online poker? Jed Hoffman: Being able to play tournaments from home is pretty sweet. Nothing beats shipping a tourney while watching a "Breaking Bad" marathon. I used to play a considerable amount online prior to Black Friday and for it to be back and growing is great. Hopefully, legislation will continue to progress and eventually allow shared state player pools so six-figure scores will once again be possible. PocketFives: What was you most memorable moment in 2014? Jed Hoffman: Poker-wise, winning a Circuit ring at Choctaw was pretty memorable, that and making two HPT televised final tables. I was also able to move forward on a development project funded entirely by my poker winnings from the previous year. Overall, it was a pretty decent year. PocketFives: Do you have any special plans for poker in 2015? Jed Hoffman: The first part of the year I have been finishing up a project, so I have been on a bit of a poker hiatus. I'm currently on vacation and when I get back I will be hitting up some series on the West Coast. It's good to take a break now; it allows you to come back refreshed and invigorated, which is important, as poker has a way of grinding down your enthusiasm if you let it. PocketFives: Do you plan to play at the Rio in the upcoming WSOP? Jed Hoffman: Every year is different for me as far as what events I play and how much time I spend in Vegas during the Series. Sometimes, it's several 10-day trips and sometimes it's a two-month trip; it just depends on how I'm feeling about my game, what projects I have going, and how things work out.
  10. There’s a new #1-ranked player in Nevada as David ‘bewater’ Goodman had himself a massive month of June to reach a new career-high ranking. Goodman (3,944.96 PLB points) ran hot in the month of June, turning in 13 podium finishes, eight of which were outright victories for combined total earnings of just over $126,000. Benefitting from the swelling prize pools of the WSOP.com’s recently implemented shared liquidity with New Jersey and Delaware, Goodman had four five-figure scores including his victory in the WSOP OC Event #66 for $36,797. He also finished the month strong with another $26,587 score in WSOP’s OC #102 High Roller. In addition to the money he scooped up, Goodman piled on the PLB points. In the month of June, the Las Vegas resident accumulated a mammoth 2,124.95 points helping him surge, not just to Nevada’s #1 spot, but to #274 in the world. While all of that is well and fine, Goodman rode his hot streak right into the 49th Annual World Series of Poker where he finished as the runner-up in one of the four online bracelet events, Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com Online High Roller for another $212,022. Basically, right now, it’s good to be Goodman. Holding down the #2-rank in June is Reno regular Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman (3,255.76). Hoffman, who has spent the better part of the summer firing in WSOP live events, did not neglect his online grind and put together a nice month of his own. Hoffman’s managed a pair of five-figure scores including a victory in WSOP.com’s OC Event #47 for just over $16,000 and 243.75 PLB points. In total, Hoffman earned 857.77 PLB points and just north of $41,000 in online earnings for June. While it doesn’t count for his online resume, Hoffman also managed to end the month on a positive note by finishing in 71st place during WSOP Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights for roughly another $10,000. Nevada's former #1-ranked player, Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn (3,116.49) sits in the #3 spot for June. He’s back on the grind and picked up a highlight cash of just under $7,000 for a third-place finish in WSOP.com’s OC Event #19 on June 6. That’s the same result that helped propel Las Vegas’ McLawhorn to over $700,000 in lifetime earnings. ‘wsopfreezer’ (2,487.24) posted over 55 results in June. This including a final table finish in WSOP.com’s OC Event #38 for $12,518 and 192.19 PLB points, helping him secure the #4 ranking for June. In total, ‘wsopfreezer’ banked six four-figure scores en route to earning his $500,000 lifetime earnings badge. Rounding out Nevada’s top 5 is ‘Power’ (2,089.18) who gathered 820.74 PLB points on the back of a nice mid-month heater. In the course of 24-hours ‘Power’ posted four PLB-qualifying results, three of which were victories with four-figure paydays. He finished in first during WSOP.com’s OC Event #37 for $7,454 on June 11. Then the very next day he booked wins in the $5,000 Daily Freezeout and the $7,000 Daily R&A for a total of $4,200. Nevada Online Poker Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 bewater 3,944.96 2 JCHAK 3,255.76 3 bcm4924 3,116.49 4 wsopfreezer 2,487.24 5 Power 2,089.18 6 Wolf_51 2,057.04 7 Roberts34 1,731.37 8 The_Razor 1,491.29 9 chaipoker 1,491.11 10 Butters 1,476.33
  11. On April 16, online poker operator WSOP.com announced that they would be combining the player pools for all three states (Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware) where online poker is currently legalized and regulated in the United States. The combined player pool is set to begin on May 1. The announcement comes with less than two months before the WSOP flagship event, the 2018 World Series of Poker which will contain four different online bracelet events. “We hope to break records in all of our events this year,” said Bill Rini, Head of Online Poker for WSOP. “We started off with the $1,000 WSOP bracelet event (in 2015) and the next year we had two events, last year we had three and this year we’re hosting four online bracelet events and we expect they’ll all perform spectacularly.” His hopes are warranted with players from New Jersey being able to participate in bracelet events for the first time from over 2,500 miles away. Though players in Delaware will be wrapped into the new player liquidity agreement, WSOP.com doesn’t operate those online poker rooms, keeping players from that state from participating in a sanctioned WSOP-specific tournament. The timing of the announcement is no coincidence according to Rini, it was important for the online arm of the most recognizable poker series to have liquidity happen before the start of this year’s WSOP. Then again, it’s been something of importance for quite some time. “We started working on this as soon as the multi-state agreement was announced by regulators in October of 2017,” Rini said “It was very important to us to get pooled liquidity out there before the WSOP. We really wanted to have New Jersey players eligible to play in our online bracelet events. And, of course, players were anxious to start playing interstate as well. I can’t think of a week that has gone by since last year where someone hasn’t asked me about it.” One of those players eager to dive into the new player pool is Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman, a one-time #1-ranked player in Nevada and consummate grinding online player at WSOP.com. “A six-figure score will once again be possible in legal online gaming in the U.S. so that’s going to be pretty sweet,” Hoffman said. “I just hope that WSOP.com realizes that keeping poker relatively pure is extremely important and valuable moving forward.” As Hoffman looks forward to swelling prize pools and improved customer support, Rini promises that there will be some tweaking in the tournament schedule in the near future, even if he cannot expand on that just yet. “We’ll take advantage of the increased prime-time resulting from two time-zones to have a really powerful lineup of tournaments and guarantees are being tweaked accordingly. We also have a lot of other things in the works worth getting excited about, but you’ll have to wait for further announcements on that.” As players look forward to logging more hands with more players, the issues access of hand histories once again has risen to the surface with New Jersey's #1-ranked player Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano recently voicing concern over player security. "Big unanswered question is what is happening with hand histories," Gagliano tweeted on April 16, shortly after the initial announcement. "Players need access to downloadable hh (hand histories) to ensure game integrity and security. Removing huds is fine, however downloadable hand histories are vital to a safe gaming environment." Understanding the need for game security, Rini addressed the topic of hand histories and the current state of reviewable hands. "Players can replay their hands in the hand re-player that is in the client. That covers the last thirty days of hands played. We will, on a limited basis and within certain limits, provide hand histories over thirty days old. While the hands can't be imported into tracking software, it does allow players to review their gameplay which we, of course, recognize is a valid need," Rini said. "We're aware of the arguments made for unfiltered access to hand histories in order to audit game fairness but there are other mechanisms to deal with those concerns. This has worked for the Nevada market for close to five years now without incident and there will be additional regulatory bodies monitoring the integrity of the games with shared liquidity. If players are concerned about game integrity they can contact us or the relevant regulators to conduct an investigation." In addition to integrating the three player pools, WSOP.com is gearing up for another wave of poker tourists ready to fire up their online client for another summer grind when the official WSOP starts on May 29. While players in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware have discovered a couple items that need attending such as the need for re-creating screen names and the removal of HUD's for players in New Jersey, Rini anticipates a fairly smooth re-integration of anyone playing on WSOP.com during the series. “For the most part it will be business as usual, except that they will have to create a new account if they had one previously,” Rini said. “The only thing that we want to make players aware of, and this applies to new players also, is if we have difficulty verifying identity we may need you to upload some documents like a recent utility bill or bank statement. We have always had this policy but if someone is coming to Vegas for the WSOP and has done this already, we will not be migrating that data over to the new multi-state platform, so they may have to do that again.” “That’s especially important for anybody visiting us from outside of the U.S. as it is often a little more difficult to access those documents after they leave.” Though not yet enabled, the shared player pool is being looked at as a major step forward in the progress of online poker in the U.S. When additional states like Pennsylvania finally get online, WSOP.com is Rini is hoping that they’ll be able to bring them into the fold as soon as possible. “Obviously, we’ve been encouraged by what we’ve seen so far and we’re hopeful that Pennsylvania will allow shared liquidity from the start.” Players located in both New Jersey and Nevada will be available to register and vie for all four of the official WSOP online bracelet events beginning on June 3. June 3 – Event #10: $365 No Limit Hold'em June 22 – Event #47: $565 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max June 29 – Event #61: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em June 30 – Event #63: $3,200 High Roller
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