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At the 2019 World Series of Poker, Finland's Juha Helppi beat out 117 other players to win the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship to erase his name from the Best Players Without a Bracelet list. On Tuesday, the Finnish pro added a second bracelet after beating a star-studded field in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship on GGPoker. The event drew 328 total entries for a $1,558,000 prize pool. The event played as a Six Max until the final table which was played nine-handed. Just a few minutes after the final table began, Jens Kyllonen raised to 120,000 from the small blind and Alex Difelice defended from the big. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4c"] and Kyllonen bet 240,000 and then called when Difelice moved all in for 303,518. Difelice showed [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4h"] while Kyllonen tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="jc"] turn gave Kyllonen a straight. The [poker card="qs"] river eliminated Difelice in ninth place. A few minutes later, Kyllonen had himself another victim. Marija Andrijasevic raised to 116,000 from UTG+1 and Kyllonen re-raised to 408,000 forcing Andrijasevic to call off the last 16,326 of his stack. Andrijasevic had [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4d"] while Kyllonen had [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"] flop left Kyllonen in front but gave Andrijasevic a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="kc"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="th"] river gave both players a pair of tens but Kyllonen had Andrijasevic Andrijasevic out-kicked to eliminate him in eighth. Mike Watson gave Kyllonen a break from doing the heavy lifting. Sergi Reixach raised to 140,000 from UTG and Watson called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"] and Watson bet 300,000 before Reixach moved all in for 360,000. Watson called and and showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2c"] while Reixach was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"]. Watson moved ahead on the [poker card="qh"] turn and Reixach was out in seventh after the [poker card="7c"] completed the board. Kyllonen and Yuri Dzivielevski tangled in a pot a few minutes later that saw the former #1-ranked Dzivielevski hit the rail. From the button, Kyllonen raised to 100,000 and Dzivielevski re-raised to 340,000 from the small blind. Kyllonen responded by re-raising to 580,000 and Dzivielevski called all in. Kyllonen showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"] while Dzivielevski showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Kyllonen a pair of tens and the [poker card="9d"] turn improved him to the best hand with two pair. The [poker card="4s"] river offered no saving grace for Dzivielevski and he was out in sixth. Despite being responsible for most of the final table bustouts, Kyllonen was next to go. Belarmino De Souza raised to 150,000 from the small blind and Kyllonen called. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6d"] De Souza bet 360,000 before Kyllonen moved all in for 440,248. De Souza called and showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"] which put him ahead of Kyllonen's [poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="kh"] to give Kyllonen some life but the [poker card="9c"] river completed a ten-high straight for De Souza to eliminate Kyllonen in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted nearly an hour before one of the most highly decorated players at the final table was eliminated. Jesus Cortes raised to 200,000 on the button before Mike Watson raised to 700,000 and Cortes called. After the [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"] flop, Watson moved all in for 1,200,000 and Cortes called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6d"]. Watson was behind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"] but caught the [poker card="qd"] on the turn to make Broadway. Cortes made a full house on the [poker card="6s"] river to eliminate Watson in fourth. De Souza lasted only five more minutes. Helppi raised to 240,000 from the button before De Souza re-raised to 780,000 from the small blind. Helppi re-raised and De Souza called all in. De Souza showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] and Helppi held [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8d"][poker card="ad"] to give Helppi a pair of aces on the river to bust De Souza in third place. Heads-up play began with Cortes holding a slight chip lead over Helppi. Helppi worked his way into the chip lead before putting a wrap on the second WSOP bracelet win of his career. Cortes called from the button and Helppi checked. After the [poker card="th"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5d"] flop, Helppi checked, Cortes bet 320,000 and Helppi clicked back a raise to 1,280,000. Cortes called off the last of his stack and showed [poker card="9h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] for two pair but Helppi was in full control with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3h"]. The turn was the [poker card="kd"] and the [poker card="kc"] completed the board to eliminate Cortes and award Helppi the bracelet and $290,285.58. Final Table Payouts Juha Helppi - $290,286 Jesus Cortes - $213,270 Belarmino de Souza - $156,688 Mike Watson - $115,117 Jens Kyllonen - $84,576 Yuri Dzivielevski - $62,137 Sergi Reixach - $45,651 Marija Andrijasevic - $33,540 Alex Difelice - $24,641
After nearly five weeks of events, the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event kicked off on Saturday with 764 players showing up for Day 1A action. And while the Main Event was kicking off, five other events continued including three that awarded bracelets to some well-known players. The 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event Gets Underway Day 1A is traditionally the smallest WSOP Main Event starting day of the three on the schedule. Most players play Day 1C to minimize the amount of travel and time off so the seemingly low turnout for Day 1A is really nothing to be concerned about. The 764 players who showed up for play on Saturday actually represent a slight increase of 2015. The biggest stack from Day 1A belongs to Gary Sewell with 312,500. He’s one of just two players to top the 300,000 mark as Alvaro Lopez finished with 306,200. Mathew Ashton overcame a tough table draw to finish with 212,600. Ashton played with Andy Black, Greg Mueller and James Akenhead for most of the day but still managed to end up in the top five. Dan Shak also had a Day 1A to remember after building his stack to 208,400 - good enough for the top ten. Just 567 players advanced to Day 2A. Included in that group are Shannon Shorr, Blake Bohn, Matt Matros, Jon Turner, Jonathan Little, Thor Hansen, Doc Sands, Alex Kravchenko, Andy Frankenberger and Matt Glantz. There were more than a few notable players to hit the rail on Saturday. Included amongst them was Billy Baster, Naoya Kihara, Greg Mueller and Calvin Anderson. Day 1B gets underway at 11 AM PT. Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts Gary Sewell - 312,500 Alvaro Lopez - 306,200 Scott Neuman - 226,000 Sean Case - 222,500 Matthew Ashton - 212,600 Alexander Barlow - 212,100 Joep Raemaekers - 211,170 Carl Carodenuto - 210,800 Dan Shak - 208,400 Derek Chang - 205,200 Event #62: Jens ‘Jeans89’ Kyllonen Wins $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha [caption width="640"] Jens Kyllonen took down the K PLO High Roller on Saturday[/caption] Just three players returned on Saturday to play down to a champion and a seven-figure payday. Once Dan Smith was eliminated in third, it took Jens Kyllonen nearly 2.5 hours to eliminate Tommy Le to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career. “I can’t remember having a rush like I had today,” Kyllonen said. “I had some big wins online and back in 2011 I won a million in a single day. But other than that, this is the biggest one.” Kyllonen, known as ‘Jeans89’ online, found the final table to be a little bit softer than you’d expect in a $25,000 buy-in PLO event. “I don’t want to get into other people’s mistakes at the table in this tournament, but online I play against tougher opposition.” The win marks just the third WSOP cash of Kyllonen’s WSOP career and his only two previous results came in the Main Event. Final Table Payouts Jens Kyllonen - $1,127,035 Tommy Le - $696,558 Dan Smith - $487,361 Ryan D'Angelo - $347,641 Veselin Karakitukov - $252,909 Dmitry Savelyev - $187,724 Ludovic Geilich - $142,227 Sean Winter - $110,035 Event #63: Tony Dunst Wins First Bracelet in $1,000 No Limit Hold'em [caption width="640"] Tony Dunst now has a WSOP bracelet to go with his WPT title.[/caption] Tony Dunst might be best known as part of the World Poker Tour broadcast family, but like many of his colleagues in that group, Dunst can play at a high level too. He proved that on Saturday night when he won the first bracelet of his career in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Dunst beat Jason Riykin heads-up for the bracelet and $339,254 first place prize. Finishing third was Joshua ‘jjprodigy’ Field. The controversial figure earned $153,015 for his finish. Final Table Payouts Tony Dunst - $339,254 Jason Rivkin - $209,596 Joshua Field - $153,015 Francisco Araujo - $112,724 Matas Cimbolas - $83,804 Sergio Cabrera - $62,880 Levon Torosyan - $47,622 Raffaele Castro - $36,406 David Sciacqua - $28,097 Event #64: Kyle Bowker Wins $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo [caption width="640"] Kyle Bowker won his first bracelet on Saturday.[/caption] Continuing Saturday’s trend of established players winning the first bracelet of their career, Kyle Bowker won the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event, earning almost $300,000 along the way. “This is a game not too many people play,” Bowker said.* “But I play it all the time online.*I’d rather be playing a final table in this game than any other.” Scott Clements, who has over $1 million in lifetime WSOP earnings in Omaha Hi-Lo tournaments, finished eighth for $24,409. Final Table Payouts Kyle Bowker - $294,960 Kate Hoang - $182,281 Jarred Graham - $124,360 Richard Ashby - $86,422 Chris Ruby - $61,196 Noah Bronstein - $44,171 Daniel Lowe - $32,510 Scott Clements - $24,409 Paul Taylor - $18,702 Event #65: $1,000 Ladies Championship Reaches Final Table Just nine of the 112 players that began Day 2 of the Ladies Championship event remain after 10 levels of play. Leading the pack by a large margin is Wendy Freedman with 909,000. No other players has even 700,000. Amanda Baker, who has cashed in this event three times included a seventh place result in 2013 bagged up the second biggest chip stack. Amanda Musumeci ended Day 2 with 403,000. Vanessa Selbst, celebrating her birthday, was eliminated in 23rd place. Ebony Kenney finished 16th. The final table resumes at Noon PT on Sunday. Final Table Chip Counts Wendy Freedman - 909,000 Amanda Baker - 675,000 Courtney Kennedy - 567,000 Barbara Johnson - 416,000 Amanda Musumeci - 403,000 Xiu Deng - 376,000 Natalia Breviglieri - 357,000 Yaxi Zhu - 221,000 Nicole Schwartz - 185,000 Event #67: Dan Smith Leads $111,111 One Drop High Roller Final 13 Dan Smith went straight from busting out of the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller in third place to a seat in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller and started building his stack. His work paid off and Smith ended Day 2 of the event with the chip lead and 22,500,000 - nearly 50% more than any other player. The day began with 88 Day 1 survivors plus a few last minute entries - including Smith - and ended with just 13 players remaining. Taylor Paur was elminated on the bubble setting off a frenzy of bustouts to get from 28 to 13. Some of those who managed to make the money in the biggest buy-in event currently on the 2016 WSOP schedule include Jason Mo, Rainer Kempe, Isaac Baron, Kyle Julius, Jeff Gross and Dario Sammartino. The final 13 players return at 2 PM PT to play down to a winner to allow all players to play Day 1 C o the Main Event. Final 13 Chip Counts Dan Smith - 22,500,000 Brian Green - 14,865,000 Jack Salter - 12,790,000 Joe McKeehen - 7,160,000 Koray Aldemir - 7,140,000 Fedor Holz - 5,365,000 Niall Farrell - 5,100,000 David Steicke - 4,375,000 Adrian Mateos - 3,830,000 Scott Seiver - 2,685,000 Nick Petrangelo - 2,400,000 Brandon Steven -1,985,000 Antonio Esfandiari - 1,650,000
After earning close to $100,000 on Wednesday, Jens Jeans89Kyllonen (pictured) extended his lead as the biggest winner of September at the high-stakes online cash game tables, according to HighStakesDB. The Fin also extended his lead as the biggest winner at PokerStars since 2010. --- 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. --- On Wednesday according to HighStakesDB, Kyllonen booked close to $100,000 in profit at Pot Limit Omaha, "all from a +$172k showing from two hours play at table Prylis V. Jeans89 is currently the biggest winner this month with close to $400,000 profit and is the biggest high-stakes winner at PokerStars since we started tracking back in late 2010 with close to $4.7 million in winnings." Kyllonen has had success on the live scene as well, winning an ECOOP Main Event title seven years ago for over $300,000 and booking a win in the EPT Copenhagen Main Event one year later for $1.1 million. He has $1.6 million in career live winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, and is #8 on the all-time money list for his home nation of Finland. Kyllonen is the leading money-earner on PokerStars so far this month in high-stakes cash games. He has amassed $370,000 in profit across 54 sessions and 4,481 hands, an average of $13,000 per session and $82 per hand. Here's how the rest of the top 10 shakes out: 1. Jeans89 - $370,254 2. kardioloq - $166,416 3. CHUFTY - $121,209 4. Ike Haxton - $109,102 5. belgarion55 - $92,527 6. jakedamus85 - $80,740 7. Blessed - $79,020 8. RaiseOnce - $66,072 9. kkopghy - $63,591 10. loooseslots 3 - $63,255 Phil Ivey leads the way across any site with $19.2 million in profit on Full Tilt. On PokerStars, Kyllonen is the leader in high-stakes cash games at $4.6 million. He has logged 10,000 sessions and 613,000 hands since HighStakesDB began tracking him five years ago. Here are the top 10 money-earners on PokerStars: 1. Jeans89 - $4,694,847 2. Sauce123 - $3,760,473 3. Kanu7 - $3,112,013 4. EireAbu - $2,591,915 5. azn_baller3 - $2,210,048 6. 1Il|1Il|1il| - $2,045,723 7. GVOZDIKA55 - $1,910,614 8. Ilari FIN - $1,826,479 9. Isildur1 - $1,550,098 10. MrSweets28 - $1,483,130 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.