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  1. After five straight days of No Limit Hold'em action in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, the four-card wizards got their first chance to shine with on Monday night with a Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better event and Nathan Gamble emerged to win his second career WSOP bracelet in this variant. Event #6 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) drew 833 runners for a $449,820 prize pool and when the final table began, Gamble sat right in the middle of the chip counts with a less-than-average stack. Ten minutes into the final table, action folded to Simon 'bagelbites' Lam in the cutoff and he raised to 350,000 and 'danish01' called from the button. After the [poker card="qd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] flop, Lam shoved for 576,136 and 'danish01' called. Lam showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] for a pair of kings while 'danish01' turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"] for a wrap and the only low draw. The [poker card="ad"] turn actually gave 'danish01' top pair and that held up through the [poker card="4h"] river which gave both players two pair to bust Lam in sixth. From the button, 'rainman3817' raised to 350,000 and 'hansdigalo' and 'SSJTimmy' defended the small and big blinds respectively. After the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] flop, 'hansdigalo' bet 120,000, 'SSJTimmy' called all in for 43,644, and 'rainman3817' called. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and 'hansdigalo' bet 771,822 and 'rainman3817' called. The [poker card="9c"] river completed the board and 'hansdigalo' and 'rainman3817' both checked. 'rainman3817' showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] for missed flush and low draws, 'SSJTimmy' turned over [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] for jacks and eights, while 'hansdigalo' showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] for trip eights to eliminate 'SSJTimmy' in fifth place. Twenty minutes later Gamble picked up his first elimination of the night on his way to the title. Gamble opened to 320,000 as first to act and 'hansdigalo' replied with a three-bet to 1,120,000 from the small blind. Gamble called to see a [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"] flop. 'hansdigalo' moved all in for 1,799,668 and Gamble called. Gamble showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="2s"] for two pair with multiple straight draws while 'hansdigalo' was behind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and the river was the [poker card="7d"] to give Gamble the pot and eliminate 'hansdigalo' in fourth. Just five minutes passed before Gamble went back to work. 'rainman3817' opened to 320,000 and Gamble called. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"] and Gamble bet 720,000 and 'rainman3817' called. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and Gamble fired 1,520,000 into the pot and 'rainman3817' called for his last 1,257,760. Gamble showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"] while 'rainman3817' showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="3d"] river changed nothing and Gamble's flush was good enough to take down the pot and eliminate 'rainman3817' in third. Gamble held a commanding 87% of the chips in play but still needed another 20 minutes to eliminate his final opponent. 'danish01' battled back during heads-up play to face only a 2-1 deficit but wasn't able to build upon that. On the final hand, 'danish01' raised to 600,000, Gamble re-raised to 1,800,000, and 'danish01' moved all in for 3,368,864 and Gamble called. 'danish01' turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and Gamble showed [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"] flop kept 'danish01' ahead but left Gamble with a straight draw and multiple low draws. The [poker card="5d"] turn assured Gamble of at least half of the pot but the [poker card="4d"] river gave him a straight to take the high and low pots to eliminate 'danish01' in second place and give Gamble another PLO8 bracelet. Gamble's first bracelet came in 2017 when he beat 829 other entries to win the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Final Table Payouts Nathan 'surfbum' Gamble - $89,424 danish01 - $55,283 rainman3817 - $38,865 hansdigalo - $27,484 SSJTimmy - $19,792 Simon 'bagelbites' Lam - $14,484 Faces in the Crowd One day after making threats against another player on his YouTube live stream, Mike Matusow played his way into the money before going out in 37th for $1,754.29. Other notables who cashed include Jeremy 'Chipchecka' Ausmus (8th - $9,096.76), Max 'MaxSparrow' Pescatori (10th - $4,813.07), Randy 'StayAlive' Ohel (12th - $4,813.07), Shaun 'ddtgg' Deeb (21st - $2,518.99) Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (53rd - $1,529.38), and Daniel Negreanu picked up his third cash of the Series, finishing in 59th place for $1,304.47. WSOP commentator Norman Chad drove from Los Angeles to Nevada specifically to play this event and finished 112th for $899.64.
  2. After four days of play, Tom Marchese defeated the 536-entry field of the inaugural partypoker MILLIONS Vegas at the ARIA Resort & Casino to take home the $1,000,000 first place prize. Packed with superstar talent, the $10,000 buy-in event exceeded the $5 million guarantee, generating a prize pool of $5.36 million in partypoker’s first foray into Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker. The trip to Sin City paid off for partypoker in what was a dream final table lineup packed with some of the biggest names in the game of poker vying for the MILLIONS title and seven-figure payday. Perhaps the biggest of those names at the final table was that of Chris Moneymaker. The Poker Hall of Fame nominee entered the final table as one of the chip leaders but after losing a clash with Sergio Aido, found himself with a vulnerable stack. After Marchese opened from early position, Moneymaker three-bet from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. Marchese made the call holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The flop came [poker card="2c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5h"]. Moneymaker bet the flop and Marchese called. The turn provided Marchese the [poker card="8s"]. Moneymaker checked and Marchese took the lead putting out a healthy bet, which Moneymaker called. The river was the [poker card="4h"] and after Moneymaker checked for a second time, Marchese moved all-in. Moneymaker quickly called with his overpair but after being shown Marchese’s set, the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion headed for the cage to collect his $80,000 prize for finishing in ninth. Germany’s Tobias Duthweiler was the next to exit the final table after shipping his short stack in holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="js"]. 888poker sponsored pro Ana Marquez reshoved with the [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"]. The race was on and the board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"][poker card="th"][poker card="ad"] giving Marquez the hand and Duthweiler $100,000 for finishing in eighth place. Rainer Kempe shipped his stack in holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="ts"] in late position, however Marchese looked down at [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"] in the big blind and made the call to put Kempe at risk. Kempe was going to need some help, but the board of [poker card="7h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="7s"] provided little drama. Kempe, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion, finished his tournament in seventh place adding $130,000 to his over $20 million in career live earnings. The next elimination happened when Jeremy Ausmus opened the hand with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] only to be three-bet all in by UK online phenom Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford who picked up [poker card="th"][poker card="tc"]. Ausmus made the call and Beresford saw the bad news. The flop fell [poker card="3d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6h"] providing little help to Beresford who was going to need to spike a ten or running straight cards. The turn was the [poker card="qs"], leaving Beresford drawing to two outs. The river was the [poker card="7h"] and Beresford exited in sixth place, collecting a career-high live cash of $170,000. Already with a massive chip lead, Marchese added to his stack in a hand with Sergio Aido. Marches raised under the gun with [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"] and Aido put in his remaining chips holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="3d"]. After a short deliberation, Marchese called and the flop came [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="jc"] offering Aido a few extra chop outs. However the turn was the [poker card="9s"] and the river was the [poker card="th"] sending Aido to the rail in fifth place for $230,000. Marchese wasn’t done knocking players out and his next opponent was poker legend Freddy Deeb. Marchese put in a raise holding [poker card="9s"][poker card="9d"] and Deeb made his all in move holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"]. Marchese made the call and the flop came [poker card="7c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9c"] giving Marchese top set. Deeb needed running cards to get out from under but the turn was the [poker card="2d"] and the river the [poker card="8s"]. Deeb finished in fourth place for $319,200, his largest cash since 2015. After Ausmus picked up chips off Marchese, the two of them had a large chip advance over Ana Marquez. After battling for some time, Marquez’ tournament came to an end in a blind on blind confrontation with Ausmus. From the small blind Marquez put her short stack in holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="2h"] and Ausmus made the quick call with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="qd"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Ausmus a pair, taking away some outs for Marquez. The turn came [poker card="3s"] and the [poker card="5d"] river saw the 888poker ambassador exit in third place for $445,000. Heads up play began with Marchese holding a sizable chip lead that was quickly equalized by Ausmus. Although he got close to Marchese at one point, Marchese never relinquished the chip lead and Ausmus soon saw the gap widen as Marchese eventually opened up a 4:1 chip advantage. The pair of Aria regulars battled for quite some time until the final hand of the tournament saw Marchese open with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] only to be shipped on for 14bbs by Ausmus. Marchese eventually made the call and Ausmus turned over the [poker card="kh"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out clean for Marchese with a [poker card="5c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="7d"] flop and a turn [poker card="ah"] which left Ausmus drawing dead to the river [poker card="4h"]. Ausmus finished as the runner-up, settling for $650,000. Tom Marchese picked up an even $1,000,000 for first place, the seventh seven-figure score of his career. partypoker MILLIONS Final Table Payouts 1. Tom Marchese - $1,000,000 2. Jeremy Ausmus - $650,000 3. Ana Marquez - $445,000 4. Freddy Deeb - $319.200 5. Sergio Aido - $230,000 6. Conor Beresford - $170,000 7. Rainer Kempe - $130,000 8. Tobias Duthweiler - $100,000 9. Chris Moneymaker - $80,000
  3. August is the time to go 'Big' or go home. The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and will run from August 1-13 with a 27-event schedule culminating in the return of their four featured tournaments, dubbed ‘The Big 4’. The schedule gets off to a fast start with a multi-flight $1 million guaranteed $600 DeepStack and is followed by a full slate of tournaments with wide-ranging variants and buy-ins that will attract every level of player, leading up to the starting dates of The Big 4. The Big 4 Since 2015, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted The Big 4, four individual tournaments that all play down to a final table together so they can be live-streamed on the same day at the same time. This year the Big 4 include: $5,250 SHRPO Championship - $3 million guarantee $2,650 NLHE - $1 million guarantee $1,100 NLHE - $500,000 guarantee $25,500 High Rollers - $2 million guarantee. Since 2013, SHRPO has been a favorite destination for poker pros from all over the world. Headed into their fifth year of the The Big 4 promotion, organizers are looking forward to making 2019 the biggest Big 4 yet with all eyes on the $5,250 Main Event. $5,250 SHRPO Championship In 2014, the year before SHRPO Championship was a part of The Big 4, Daniel Colman took down the $5,300 tournament for $1.44 million. The $5 million guaranteed SHRPO Championship event drew 907 runners in 2015 and the big story was that Colman returned to the final table, looking to go back-to-back and defend his 2014 SHRPO Championship title. In the end Colman couldn’t get there, falling in third place for $310,000 as Omar Zazay went on to win the $1,000,000 first-place prize for a career-high score. Pennsylvania’s Paul Volpe also made an appearance at this final table, but he ended up hitting the rail in eighth place for $100,000. Even though registration dipped in 2016, the tournament still held a $5 million guarantee. That meant there was a healthy overlay for the field of top-tier players who made the trip. Ryan Fair and Joe Serock joined regular high rollers Seth Davies and Jason Koon at the final table where Koon ended up taking home the title and his very first seven-figure score of $1 million. In 2017, the tournament reduced the guarantee to $3 million when Australia’s Martin Kozlov picked up the largest cash of his career by winning the $754,083 first-place prize. Matt Berkey finished in third place this year while Aaron Mermelstein, Adam Levy, and Joe Kuether all also had a seat at the final table. Then, just last year, Brandon Eisen denied Jeremy Ausmus the title in 2018, taking home $771,444 for the win. Familiar faces Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener and Ryan D’Angelo also made the final table in what was the largest SHRPO Championship field in The Big 4 era with 914 runners. Big Buy-In, Big Moments The Big 4 have had plenty of standout performances outside of the Main Event over the years. As one might expect, the $25K High Roller has always been flush with big-name pros looking to take home six-figure scores. In 2015, Florida’s All-Time Money List leader, Jason Mercier, took down the $25K High Roller for over $517K in his own backyard, surviving an all-star final table that included runner-up Ian O’Hara, Sean Winter, Ankush Mandavia, Barry Hutter, David ‘Doc’ Sands, and Phil Laak. One year later, Marvin Rettenmaier denied Daniel Colman another SHRPO title by taking first place and over $787K. John Andress took home the High Roller title in 2017 and then in 2018, Jake Schindler topped the 123 player field for a score of over $800K after defeating Shaun Deeb heads up. Another amazing Big 4 feat has been the performance of the GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen who, in 2017 took down the $2,650 NLHE for $204,600 and then followed that up by defending his title in that even in 2018 for another $208,452. All the action from the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open begins on August 1 with all four of the Big 4 set to be live-streamed on August 13. 2019 SHRPO Schedule of Events DATE EVENT # EVENT TIME BUY-IN 8/1 1A Deep Stack NLH Flight A (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/1 1B Deep Stack NLH Flight B (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/2 1C Deep Stack NLH Flight C (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/2 1D Deep Stack NLH Flight D (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/3 1E Deep Stack NLH Flight E (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/3 1F Deep Stack NLH Flight F (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/4 1 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/1 2 Omaha 8 Or Better (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/2 3 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/3 4 PLO 8 (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 5 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 6 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD 3:00 PM $1,700 8/5 6 Day 2 2:00 PM -- 8/5 7 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/5 8 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/5 9 PLO (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/5 10 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - $5,250 Championship Seat Added - One Day Event 6:00 PM $150 8/6 11 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 11:00 AM $600 8/6 12 Big O (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/6 13 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/6 14 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) - One Day Event 5:00 PM $1,100 8/7 15 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $200,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $2,200 8/7 16 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic - One Day Charity Event 7:00 PM $300 8/8 17 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $1,100 8/8 18 Super High Roller NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 1:00 PM $50,000 8/9 18 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/8 19 Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400.00 8/9 20A SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/10 20B SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/11 20 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/12 20 Day 3 12:00 PM -- 8/13 20 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 21 NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 2:00 PM $2,650 8/12 21 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/13 21 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 22 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD 11:00 AM $1,100 8/13 22 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 23 High Roller (Re-Entry) - $2,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 12:00 PM $25,500 8/13 23 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 24A NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/12 24B NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/13 24 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 5:00 PM -- 8/12 25 PLO (Re-Entry) 6:00 PM $2,650 8/13 25 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 3:00 PM -- 8/13 26 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/13 27 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 12:00 PM $10,000
  4. The 2019 Poker Masters kicked off this week and the first event is in the books. Winning Event #1: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em was Isaac Baron. Baron topped the field of 97 entries to take home $223,100. To win the title, Baron topped a final table that included Jeremy Ausmus, Sam Soverel, and Scott Blumstein, and he defeated Chance Kornuth in heads-up play. Kornuth earned $164,900 for his runner-up finish. Event 1 Final Table Results 1st: Isaac Baron - $223,100 2nd: Chance Kornuth - $164,900 3rd: Ralph Wong - $116,400 4th: Jeremy Ausmus - $97,000 5th: Sam Soverel - $77,600 6th: Scott Blumstein - $58,200 7th: Dan Shak - $48,500 8th: Thai Ha - $38,800 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Baron entered the final table of eight with the chip lead and it was Pennsylvania poker pro Thai Ha to bust first in eighth place. Ha went out at the hands of Ausmus when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9h"] lost to Ausmus’ [poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"] in all-in preflop action. Dan Shak was next to bust, and it was Baron who sent him packing. Ausmus had opened to 120,000 holding the [poker card="As"][poker card="Tc"] with the blinds at 30,000-60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante, and Baron reraised to 330,000 with pocket fives. Shak, who was on a severe short stack, then called all in for 75,000 with the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jd"]. Ausmus folded, and it was off to the races for Baron and Shak. No help came for Shak and he was out in seventh place. Although Soverel busted Blumstein in sixth place, he was the next one to bust, and it was once again Baron doing the deed. Baron’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"] held up against Soverel’s [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"] and Soverel was out fifth. After Ausmus was knocked out in fourth and Ralph Wong in third, both at the hands of Baron, it was time for the heads-up match between Baron and Kornuth. Entering the duel, Baron had 8.415 million in chips to Kornuth’s 1.29 million. The two wasted no time getting the money in, as Baron shoved with the [poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"] against Kornuth and his stack of 10 big blinds. Kornuth looked at the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9h"] and made the call. Unfortunately for Kornuth, the board ran out [poker card="Th"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Kc"] to give Baron the victory. With the win, Baron took the early lead in the race for the overall Poker Masters title with 300 points. The player to earn the most points over the course of the series will be crowned Poker Masters champion and receive a $100,000 bonus plus the trophy purple jacket.
  5. Join PocketFives throughout the month of December as we bring you the PocketFives 12 Days of Christmas to help keep you in the spirit of giving. As family and friends gather during the holiday season, what are some of the favorite foods poker players are filling up their plates with? We caught up with Jeremy Ausmus, Shannon Shorr, 'Boston' Rob Mariano, Felipe 'mojave14' Ramos, Vince Van Patten, and Mike Sexton about their favorite holiday eats. "I grew up on this family recipe of homemade rolls that are phenomenal," Ausmus, a WSOP gold bracelet winner with more than $6 million in live tournament earnings, said. "I think it's about all I ate as a kid at holiday dinners. Now, I make them. Fresh out of the oven, with butter - nothing is better." Shorr recently relocated to Las Vegas from Alabama, and we're hoping he packed the recipe for his aunt's holiday dish that was his all-time favorite because it sounds like a great one. "Growing up in Alabama, my all-time favorite holiday food had to be sweet potato casserole that my Aunt Pat made," Shorr said, "It was loaded with all the things a 14-year-old boy loves: pecans, chocolate, marshmallows. Unfortunately, I can't get away with eating like that anymore." Mariano, winner of Survivor: Redemption Island for $1 million who now frequents poker events around the world, does not disappoint when it comes to his family’s holiday meals. It's a two-day affair across Christmas Eve and Christmas Day featuring some delicious-sounding menu items. "I'm Italian, so there's no shortage of food around my house during the holidays," Mariano said. "Christmas Eve is usually reserved for seafood - everything from lobster to crab and the traditional Italian-style salted cod dish called Baccala. Then on Christmas Day, we always have some type of macaroni with a special homemade red sauce (gravy) and usually eggplant Parmesan, which is my wife’s favorite." Ramos, a Brazilian, is also accustomed to large holiday meals with family, but a recent lifestyle change has caused him to switch up from one holiday favorite to another. "Talking about tradition, my favorite food was always whatever my Grandma was cooking," Ramos said. "In Brazil, we are very attached to the family tradition, especially because we are Christians, so this date means a lot to us. As the world's second-largest meat producer (behind the USA), we are meat lovers and tradition always told us to have a turkey at the table and many more meat options. Recently, like two-and-a-half years from now, I have been trying to go vegan, knowing of the problems that meat production are causing to the world, and much more. I have made my transition to veganism now and I still love my family and friends, but my favorite meal is not meat anymore. My favorite foods are nuts and dried fruits, truly. I love all kinds, especially cashews and walnuts, figs and apricots. Roasted cauliflowers are part of my favorite meal, with a lot of spices. I think that will be my favorite holiday food from now on." For Van Patten, the energy behind bringing the World Poker Tour TV show into homes every single week, he said his family mixes it up but that he enjoys a little traditional simplicity. "We mix it up, but for tradition, it's turkey, dressing, popovers, and gravy," Van Patten said. Van Patten's former longtime partner in the WPT commentary booth for 15 years, Sexton, said he and his family enjoy doubling down on their Thanksgiving feast but with a little bit of a twist. "My favorite holiday food is Christmas dinner, which is the same at our house as Thanksgiving but we usually substitute ham for turkey," Sexton said. "Mmmmm!" Do you have a favorite holiday food? Let us know by commenting on this article or tweet to us at @PocketFives. Don’t forget to share the recipe so we can cook it up ourselves! Happy Holidays! *Photos courtesy of Run It Up and the World Poker Tour.
  6. Wearing a maize and blue University of Michigan shirt, 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Cada (pictured), known as jcada99on PocketFives, won his second bracelet on Monday. According to WSOP.com, Cada snapped a rather dubious streak for Main Event winners in the process: "Since Carlos Mortensen won the Main Event in 2001, then followed it up with a second bracelet in 2003, no subsequent Main Event winner has been able to return to the winner's circle." So much for that. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by [externalurl="http://www.pocketfives.com/visit/real-gaming/?referrer=wsop"]Real Gaming[/externalurl], a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. [externalurl="http://www.pocketfives.com/visit/real-gaming/?referrer=wsop"]Play now[/externalurl] for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Cada's win came in a $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event that brought out 264 entrants. First place was worth $670,000 and, perhaps more importantly than the money, the win solidified Cada's place in poker history and ensured that he won't go down as a one-hit wonder. He told WSOP staff, "This is definitely up in the top three [events I wanted to win]. The Heads-Up $10K, the Six-Handed $10K, and the $25K… I think those are the three next best events [after the Main Event]." In the end, it was a battle of players with November Nine experience, as Cada defeated fellow PocketFiver Jeremy Ausmus heads-up. The latter started heads-up play with the chip lead, but in the defining hand of the tournament, Cada called all-in before the flop after Ausmus 5bet. Cada flipped over 8-8, while Ausmus showed A-J of diamonds for a coin flip. With 93% of the chips in play up for grabs, the flop came 10-7-2 rainbow, keeping Cada out in front with a pair. The turn was a second diamond, providing plenty of drama for those in attendance at the Rio in Las Vegas, but the river was a brick and Cada doubled up, taking a 13:1 chip lead. Five hands later, Ausmus (pictured) ran jacks into queens to give Cada his second gold bracelet. Perhaps PocketFives karma was in play, as Cada told us in an exclusive interview in March that he had been commuting between Michigan and Ontario in order to play online poker and continue gaining experience: "You get more hands in online. You can also learn easier online than live. I've been playing online almost every day of the week." He has made the final table in three of his last four WSOP cashes. Cada is the 13th PocketFives member to win a bracelet this year, and members of our community have earned over $11 million from WSOP final tables. To top it off, Cada had to navigate a final table that consisted of four bracelet winners and a former WSOP Player of the Year. Here's how the group cashed out: 1st Place: Joe jcada99Cada - $670,041 2nd Place: Jeremy Ausmus - $414,104 3rd Place: Max Silver - $273,646 4th Place: JC Tran - $185,971 5th Place: Erick Lindgren - $129,192 6th Place: Dario Sammartino - $91,670 Speaking of November Niners, Joseph subiimeCheong (pictured), who finished third in the Main Event the year after Cada won, is second in chips in Event #36, a $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament, with 38 players left. He's trailing Brian tsarrast Rast and the field also features Phil Hellmuth in 11th place. Rast and Hellmuth have already made one WSOP final table apiece this year. There were 241 entrants. PocketFives will continue to bring you the latest WSOP news, sponsored by [externalurl="http://www.pocketfives.com/visit/real-gaming/?referrer=wsop"]Real Gaming[/externalurl], a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. August has not been a good month for sponsored poker pros. In recent weeks, three Latin American grinders have been confirmed cuts from Team PokerStars, while four more have seemingly disappeared from the US online site Ultimate Poker's roster. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- In an interview with CardPlayerLA, PokerStars Regional Manager Juan Carreno revealed that two-time Latin American Poker Tour champ Jose "Nacho" Barbero along with Mexican pro Angel Guillen would no longer return as Team Pros. He also discussed the reason behind the move and assured that it had nothing to do with Amaya's recent acquisition of the company. "It was a change in strategy due to a budget reduction. Even though the region is growing well, countries like Argentina or Mexico can't support two Team Pros," he said. "It's something difficult to take advantage of since we don't have live events in either of the two countries. Justifying those investments becomes very difficult, even knowing that they are great players." Also on the chopping block was the Costa Rican two-time bracelet winner Humberto Brenes (pictured above), who announced on Monday that he and the online poker giant would be parting ways. "My contract with PokerStars ended in late July and it was not renewed," Brenes told PokerNews. "This decision was made through mutual agreement between the parties. The terms of the renewal were not suited for the company or for myself, so we decided to end the relationship." Brenes said the departure was mutual and he is focusing on family and business ventures back in his home country. "One of my sons has already been incorporated into our company working as an engineer and the other two are close to graduating," he said. "[PokerStars'] new management approach goes beyond poker. They had to make strategic decisions and I think in my case this came at a good time." Another reason for the change, according to Carreno, was the need for fresh faces from countries that so far have not been represented. "The reason why Angel and Nacho were chosen to leave was because they had already been with us for a long time," he said. "There has to be a generational change. New figures arrive, new talents. I've got some players in mind that I'd like to hire, but I can't say too much about it right now." Marketing execs at Ultimate Poker, the first online poker site to enter the regulated US market, seem to be making changes to their own dream teams as well. As SrslySirius pointed out on 2+2, William Reynolds, Jeremy Ausmus (pictured), Phil Collins, and Brent Hanks no longer appear listed under the Team U Roster on the company's website. The Station Casinos-owned site still sponsors four pros, including inaugural Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari. PokerStars still keeps a large number of pros on-hand, including 34 Team Pros, 21 Team Online Pros, and 3 Team SportStars. Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, and Rafael Nadal are just a few of the members of the company's large stable. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. On Tuesday night, World Poker Tour Champions Club member Tony Ruberto defeated the 554 player field of WPT Maryland at Live! Casino Main Event, taking home $344,755 and earning his second WPT title. In addition to Ruberto, the final table of the World Poker Tour Maryland Live featured experienced players from all over the poker spectrum. Perhaps the most notable would be PokerGo on-air talent and one-time World Series of Poker final table participant Jeremy Ausmus. Also taking their shot at a first WPT title was WSOP bracelet winner and final table chip leader William Givens, HPT and MSPT Main Event winner Mark Sandness, former WPT final table participant Shankar Pillai and cash game specialist Aaron Pinson. The first elimination of the day came within the first ten hands of the final table as Sandness three-bet shoved his roughly 27 big blind stack over an open from Ruberto with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"]. Roberto’s quickly called with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="5s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="js"][poker card="4s"] board ran out clean offering no pair for either player and Sandness exited in sixth place for $69,609. The cash is the second WPT result for the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event Champion, pushing his live career total earnings over $700,000. It took nearly an hour for the next player to fall. Pinson, who came in as the shortest stack but doubled early, laddered into fifth position but ran into a big hand from Ruberto. After a raise from Ausmus, Ruberto three-bet with [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"] only to have Pinson four-bet shove 20 big blinds holding [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"]. Ausmus let his hand go and Ruberto showed Pinson the bad news. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="3d"] sending Pinson home in fifth place for a career-best $91.230. As is often the case when tournaments wind down, big flips determine the fate of the players. After a raise from Pillai and a call from Ruberto, Givens three-bet from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. With the action back on Pillai, he put in another raise that squeezed Ruberto out of the hand. The raise was big enough to put Givens’ tournament at risk. Givens called and Pillai turned over [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. This was a big flip for Givens. The flop came down [poker card="7d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="ts"] keeping Pillai in the lead with some additional backup outs. When the [poker card="qh"] fell on the turn. Givens added some equity. But the river [poker card="7h"] sealed the hand for Pillai and Givens, a WSOP bracelet winner, was sent to the cage in fourth for the six-figure sum of $121,112. He’ll add that to his already impressive $1.7 million in lifetime earnings. An hour later Jeremy Ausmus was short-stacked but still fighting for the opportunity to win his first WPT title. In a blind on blind confrontation, Ausmus limped holding [poker card="9s"][poker card="9d"] and Ruberto checked his option with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"]. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"] giving Ruberto bottom pair however Ausmus was still in the lead. Ausmus checked, Ruberto put in a small bet, Ausmus called. The turn was the [poker card="8d"]. Ausmus checked again and after Ruberto followed up with another bet, Ausmus check-raised all in. Roberto called and Ausmus was at risk needing some help. The river [poker card="jc"] was no help and the part-time PokerGo commentator’s WPT run ended in third for $162,597. Roberto entered heads-up play against Pillai with a 4.5-1 advantage. While Pillai would find a double and bring the chip counts nearly event, after nearly two hours of play the pair would find a flop they both liked enough to get it all in. Pillai raised the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"] and Ruberto, holding a better than 2:1 chip advantage called with his [poker card="td"][poker card="7d"]. The flop was action. [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5d"]. Roberto checked from the big blind, Pillai bet. Roberto check-raised. Pillai tank-shoved. Roberto eventually made the call putting Pillai’s tournament at risk. The turn was the [poker card="ks"] giving Ruberto a gutshot straight draw to go with his flush draw. The river was the [poker card="9d"], not only giving Ruberto the flush, but also the victory. Pillai finished as the runner-up and earned $220,780. Tony Ruberto is the winner of WPT Maryland, earning $344,755 for first and his second World Poker Tour title. The World Poker Tour’s next stop will be the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble in Jacksonville, FL on October 19. Final Table Payouts 1. Tony Ruberto - $344,755 2. Shankar Pillai - $220,780 3. Jeremy Ausmus - $162,597 4. William Givens - $121,112 5. Aaron Pinson - $91,230 6. Mark Sandness - $69,609
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