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  1. [caption width="640"] Asher Conniff and Jessica Dawley were at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport during Friday's shooting. (WPT photo)[/caption] Just moments after a gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, killing five people and injuring at least another eight, a handful of poker players were waiting to board their flight to Nassau, Bahamas to play in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas event. Included in that group were Asher Conniff and Jessica Dawley. The pair was sitting at their gate in Terminal 3, just a few hundred yards from Terminal 2 where the shooting took place. Word of anything happening at the airport first came from a fellow passenger who had seen something on social media. Five minutes later, Conniff saw the news on his own timeline and quietly mentioned it to Dawley. Instead of chaos and panic, Conniff was surprised by how calm everything was around him. “Life was going on as if nothing had changed and the number one news story was happening one terminal over in the same airport,” said Conniff. “Everything seemed so normal in the airport. It was the weirdest occurrence. And then you watch the news and it’s complete chaos.” Other passengers seemed oblivious to what was happening just one terminal over and there was no mention of anything from airline staff or airport officials. Conniff even noticed that the TVs in the terminal that normally show news channels like CNN or MSNBC were showing a sports channel. “It felt more like weird and I can’t believe they haven’t locked down the airport yet,” said Dawley. “Only a few people in our surrounding little sitting area knew about it.” It took a little longer than usual, but eventually Conniff and Dawley and the rest of the passengers boarded the flight. Flying on JetBlue, every passenger had access to a personal seatback satellite TV. Some began tuning in to the coverage. “We got on the plane and it was a whole other set of weirdness because everyone’s watching it happen and we’re there on a plane,” said Conniff. “When were on the plane, (Allen) Kessler still didn’t know,” said Dawley. “The stewardesses did say a few things on the plane along the lines of ‘we know this is a hectic time so you can use your phones’, but never said that something was wrong or okay there was a shooting.” Both Dawley and Conniff did take the opportunity to send texts to friends to let them know they were safe and on their way to the Bahamas. “We were watching the news and we’re waiting to take off and we’re taxiing for a while, and we’re watching CNN and the guys says something along the lines of ‘So all air traffic has been grounded. No more air traffic allowed out ’ and we’re like, damn this sucks,” said Conniff. “Then he goes ‘Wait, it looks like there is one plane that’s still on the runway. So I guess that one plane may still take off’ and we don’t move at all and Jessica and I look at each and we’re like ‘this can’t be real’, but we remind each other, ‘You know what we’re safe, we’re alive’, five seconds later the wheels started turning.” The flight took off an hour later than scheduled, but both players are grateful to have arrived safe and sound. “It was pretty crazy. But the whole time the over-arching theme for us was anything that happens after this point, how can we complain?,” said Conniff. “We were just in an airport where five people got killed and it’s not us and we’re safe and we’re happy and who cares how long we sit in this plane or if we don’t get to take off?”
  2. 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.
  3. We left you with a bit of a cliffhanger yesterday, as a former PocketFives no.1 player was heads-up for his second bracelet. The two players returned on Saturday to finish things off, and in just five hands Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had secured the jewellery. Saturday was an action-packed day at the 2018 World Series of Poker, both in and outside of the Rio. Two online bracelet winners were crowned, as well as the champion of the Ladies Event. Here’s all the info from June 30. Anderson Finishes The Job, Wins $10K Razz Championship When we last spoke, we told you that Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had a huge chip lead against three-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. The two had paused play at the end of Friday night, and when they resumed action on Saturday the whole thing was over in just five hands. In the last hand, Kassela had a ten-low draw while Anderson, who was already ahead in the hand, had a seven-low draw. He peeled over a five to complete a seven-five, and Kassela could only muck. Anderson reflected on his success in his winner’s interview, telling WSOP reporters: "I spend a lot of time studying the Law of Attraction and a lot of other universal and spiritual truths from various people, and basically, I think it's important to keep a positive attitude because then you attract a lot of positive things in your life. “Whenever you do complain and get frustrated, you're losing a lot of power and giving it to someone else. Not only in the game, but anywhere else. Things like this happen all the time, and a big reason why I like poker is because it's so relatable to life in so many areas." Final Table Results: Calvin Anderson - $309,220 Frank Kassela - $191,111 Julien Martini - $134,587 Mike Leah - $96,744 Jerry Wong - $71,014 Alex Balandin - $53,253 John Hennigan - $40,817 Dzmitry Urbanovich - $31,992 Jessica Dawley Takes Down Ladies Event for $130,230 One woman has outlasted 695 others to become a WSOP bracelet winner: Jessica Dawley. She’s banked $130,230 for her efforts over the past three days of play in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship. [caption id="attachment_619773" align="aligncenter" width="579"] Jessica Dawley Becomes a Bracelet Winner[/caption] Jill Pike led the final table coming into play on Saturday, and she would ultimately meet Dawley heads-up. Pike had doubled up Dawley early on in the finale, and Dawley took those chips and used them to eliminate Tara Cain in sixth. Pike still held the chip lead though, but when things got three-handed Dawley went on a run that saw her collect 50% of the chips in play. Lisa Fong then crashed out in third, running her ace-six into Dawley’s pocket kings, before a short, four-hand heads-up battle ended when Pike shoved five big blinds with king-four and was called by eight-five suited. A five on the flop was all it took to end it. ''I can't even put into words," Dawley said after securing victory. "It has not hit me yet. I kept picturing myself as I was sitting here, I kept looking at these boxes of everyone in their bracelet photos, and I honestly kept trying to get my head straight with that. Looking at those pictures, I was like: 'I just really hope that that's me at the end of the day'. I'm just really happy. It's been a grind for the past ten years so I'm happy to have something to kind of commemorate that.” Final Table Results: Jessica Dawley - $130,230 Jill Pike - $80,444 Lisa Fong - $55,812 Mesha James - $39,334 Jacqueline Burkhart - $28,167 Tara Cain - $20,499 Weiyi Mo - $15,167 Molly Mossey - $11,411 Tara Snow - $8,732 Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth and Ryan Tosoc Win Online Bracelets The first online bracelet event to end on Saturday actually began on Friday, continuing into the early hours of the morning. Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship finally ended with Ryan ‘Toosick' Tosoc holding all the virtual chips, winning $238,778 in the process. Tosoc outlasted 1,635 entries to win his first bracelet, defeating Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio heads-up. Final Table Results: Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc - $238,778 Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio - $175,206 Joel 'AjaWilson22' Feldman - $124,570 James '5.56cal.' Robinson - $89,777 Justin 'lappypoker' Lapka - $65,391 Markus 'thegreatrise' Gonsalves - $48,306 Russell 'AntonChigurh' Powers - $36,190 Aurelian 'Winamax' Guiglini - $27,337 Aditya 'pokerpop76' Sushant - $20,968 Later on Saturday, Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em High Roller kicked off, attracting 480 entries. When all was said and done, it was Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth who took it down for his second bracelet and $341,598. https://twitter.com/ChancesCards/status/1013364416853655553 The entire tournament was wrapped up in just 12 hours, with ‘bewater' finishing runner-up. Final Table Results: Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth - $341,598 'bewater' - $212,021 'poker.' - $144,168 'ThePunter' - $99,809 'flcrivello' - $70,625 'ReadyGambo' - $50,926 'kingfortune' - $37,355 'LobyPewis' - $28,016 'petechen' - $21,596 THE GIANT Reaches Final Table They’re down to just nine in Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em, as the massive 8,920 field has been whittled down over six days of play (five starting flights, and Saturday’s Day 2). Only 527 players returned today, with Alexander Lakhov holding the chip lead. He’d manage to ride that stack to the finale, coming in third in chips (38.3 million). However, it’s Renato Kaneoya (56.1 million) and Luis Vasquez (42.7 million) who top the counts. All nine are guaranteed $24,353 when play kicks off at 2pm Sunday, but there’s $250,000 up top, plus the bracelet and the glory. Final Table Stacks: Renato Kaneoya - 56,100,000 Luis Vazquez - 42,700,000 Alexander Lakhov - 38,300,000 Kevin Rines - 21,500,000 Jeremy Perrin - 19,000,000 Daniel Fuhs - 18,300,000 Svetlozar Nestorov - 13,100,000 Lawrence Chan - 7,900,000 Matthew Smith - 7,100,000 John-Robert Bellande Tops Final Six in $5K 6-Max Could this be the one in which ‘JRB’ wins his first WSOP bracelet? Things are certainly set up perfectly for John-Robert Bellande, as he holds the lead in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed with a final table set. Bellande has almost double his closest competitor, with 5.05 million to Dean Lyall’s 2.7 million. JRB has never managed to secure a bracelet despite racking up $2.2 million in WSOP career cashes. Throughout the day we lost 21 players, including the likes of Greg Merson (19th - $21,018), Jimmy Guerrero (12th Place - $34,545), Dave Stefanski (11th Place - $34,545), Arsenii Karmatakii (10th Place - $45,764), Sergio Aido (9th Place - $45,764), James Mackey (8th Place - $61,931), and Arthur Morris (7th Place - $61,931). A sixth-place finish is worth $85,570, but there’s $616,302 up top when action resumes at 2pm Sunday. Final Table Stacks: Jean-Robert Bellande - 5,050,000 Dean Lyall - 2,700,000 Kacper Pyzara - 2,605,000 Andrew Graham - 2,430,000 Tay Nguyen - 1,485,000 Eric Blair - 1,310,000 Day 2 Done in $10K PLO 8 Championship Michael McKenna has ended Day 2 of Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship as chip leader, with just 24 players remaining. McKenna, eyeing up his second final table of the summer, bagged up 1,048,000 and is the only player above a million. He’s followed by Ali Abduljabbar with 804,000, and Michael Abecassis with 699,000. There were plenty of casualties throughout the day, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Allen Kessler, Brian Rast, Ben Yu, Robert Mizrachi, Jesse Martin, Rep Porter, and defending champion Bryce Yockey. A few notables who went deep and cashed include Nick Schulman (35th for $15,000), Andrew Kelsall (34th for $15,000), Ryan Laplante (32nd for $16,494) and Ian O'Hara (29th for $16,494). There are still plenty of big names in the hand for this one, with Nathan Gamble (640,000), Jim Collopy (582,000), Cliff Josephy (480,000), Randy Ohel, (476,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (417,000), Chris Ferguson (344,000), David ‘ODB’ Baker (319,000), Phil Galfond (308,000) and Eli Elezra (146,000) all returning tomorrow. Play gets going again at 2pm, with $567,788 awaiting the winner. Top 10 Stacks: Michael McKenna - 1,048,000 Ali Abduljabbar - 804,000 Michel Abecassis - 699,000 Benjamin Eilers - 686,000 Chris Lee - 673,000 Nathan Gamble - 640,000 Chase Steely - 633,000 Chad Power - 628,000 Andreas Klatt - 628,000 Jim Collopy - 582,000 Crazy Eights $888 Event Down to 90 After Day 1 Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed got a big turnout Saturday, with 1,908 players taking part over two starting flights, all hoping to win the guaranteed $888,888 first-place prize. After 24 levels of play, that field is down to just 90, and it’s Christian Liel who tops them all with 793,000. A few notables to advance include Nissar Quraishi (377,000), Jiri Horak (199,000), Mike Leah (155,000), Shai Zurr (87,000), and Galen Hall (64,000). It wasn’t such a good day for Barry Greenstein, Greg Raymer, Joseph Cheong, Shaun Deeb, Faraz Jaka, Alex Foxen, and DJ MacKinnon, as they all hit the rail. There will be two other starting flights tomorrow, starting at 10am and 5pm. Top 10 Stacks: Christian Liel - 793,000 DID NOT REPORT - 685,000 Matthew Schreiber - 662,000 Troy Southerland - 519,000 Vismantas Marijosius - 433,000 Jed Hoffman - 378,000 Nissar Quraishi - 377,000 Chad Mizner - 356,000 Brett Apter - 356,000 Orestis Kanakopoulos - 348,000
  4. Some of the biggest names in poker will put a target on their back as the World Poker Tour returns to Jacksonville, Florida for the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble. The WPT’s $5,000 Main Event will take place from October 19-23 at bestbet Jacksonville and feature 24 players with a $2,500 bounty on their head. The Main Event A staple of the WPT Main Tour, the bestbet Jacksonville has been a key stop for the past seven seasons. The Bounty Scramble Main Event carries a $5,000 buy-in ($4,630 + $290 entry fee + $80 staff) and a $1 million guarantee. Players have the option of two starting days beginning on October 19 with both starting days allowing players unlimited re-entry. The four-day structure has the final table playing out on a lifestream on Friday, October 23. Additionally, the WPT has incorporated the big blind ante as well as a 30-second Action clock which starts when the tournament is only one table away from the money. Capture A Bounty The standard structure of a WPT event is normally enough to get players excited to attend an event. However, the bestbet Bounty Scramble gives players an extra incentive to grab a seat and make a loose call. There will be (at least) 24 players in the field that, if they are eliminated of the tournament, will give the player that knocked them out $2,500 on the spot. This year, bestbet Jacksonville has taken a positive step in continuing to promote the game of poker to women. They have doubled the number of women invited to participate as bounties from 2017. In 2018, ten of the 24 players that have been selected as bounties are not only some of the best players on the planet but they also happen to be women. The list includes 2018 World Series of Poker Ladies Champion Jessica Dawley, 2-time WSOP bracelet winner Loni Harwood, Kitty Kuo, Jamie Kerstetter, WSOP Main Event standout Kelly Minkin and more. Joining them are some of poker’s most notable names. A sampling of those with a price tag on their backs includes 4-time WPT Champion Darren Elias, Bryan Kaverman, Martin Rettenmaier, Matt Affleck, 3-time NFL Super Bowl Champion Richard Seymour, actor Kevin Pollack and 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Tony Miles among others. A Look Back Bounty tournaments at the highest level come with an extra level of adrenaline. The idea that after taking out an opponent, the tournament director may be giving you four-figures on the spot gives players extra incentive to get in the mix. bestbet Jacksonville has appeared on the WPT schedule since Season 10 (2011-2012). It wasn't until Season 13 that they formally changed the name to the Bounty Scramble and increased the buy-in to $5,000. In that year, Ryan Van Sanford from Colorado Springs, CO took down the field of 461 players to win a career-high cash of $421,668. Tyler Patterson, who returns again as a bounty in 2018, took down the title in 2014 besting Benjamin Zamani heads-up for $375,270. Patterson returned to the final table of the very next year in what was a stacked final table that included Noah Schwartz, Ankush Mandavia and eventual winner Sam Panzica. Panzica won over $350,000 for his first WPT title. He would go on to win a second WPT title in another bounty tournament - the 2017 Bay 101 Shooting Stars for over $1.3 million. Like Patterson before him, Panzica also made the final table the year after he won it. Just last year, Panzica finished runner-up to Paul Petraglia. Petraglia, a Florida local, defeated the 323 player field for a cash of over $315,000. Prior to his win, his largest recorded cash was for just over $3,000. What To Watch For It’s still early in WPT season 17 with WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble as only the fifth event, but the WPT Player of the Year race is in full swing. After his victory in the WPT Maryland Live! Main Event, two-time WPT Champion Tony Ruberto has taken the POY lead. If he makes the trip to Jacksonville, he will be looking separate him from the field of other Season 17 winners. Keep an eye on the core group of bounties as well. The WPT has chosen a refreshing group of young pros as well as players who have traditionally done well in this event. Minkin, Miles and Dawley will be mixing it up with players who have multiple WPT titles like Elias and Rettenmaier to vie for the title of last bounty standing. With so much talent, it’s not altogether unlikely that a bounty (maybe two) will make it to the final table of six. Finally, the industry will be watching for the number of runners bestbet Jacksonville will register in 2018. Over the past three years, entries and the prize pool have been on the decline in Jacksonville. The $1 million guarantee placed on the Main Event is the lowest guarantee on tour (WPT Choctaw also had a $1 million guarantee which was more than doubled). Even though there’s $60,000 taken out for the bounties, the hopes are that there is an uptick at the Bounty Scramble. A prize pool of over $1.5 million, exceeding 2017, should be considered a win. Follow Along Live updates for the event will be provided by the World Poker Tour on their website. Also, the final table will be broadcast on a live streamed on Tuesday, October 23. The final table will start at 4:00 pm ET on a 30-minute delay. Complete List of Bounties $2,500 Bounty Player Allison Hollander Byron Kaverman Darren Elias Ester 'Etay' Taylor James Calderaro Jamie Kerstetter Jessica Dawley Jo Kim Kelly Minkin Kevin Pollack Kitty Kuo Lacey Jones Lexy Gavin Loni Harwood Marvin Rettenmaier Matt Affleck Matt Glantz Matt Savage Nabil (Doc) Hirezi Paul Petraglia Richard Seymour Tony Miles Tristan Wade Tyler Patterson
  5. The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 'Big 4' crowned its winners on Tuesday. Sean Winter won the SHRPO $5,250 Championship, Keith Brennan won the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em, Jessica Dawley won the $2,650 No Limit Hold’em, and Shaun Deeb won the $25,500 High Roller. Together, the four events awarded more than $8.3 million in prize money. Sean Winter Wins $5,250 Championship for $698,175 [caption id="attachment_626088" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Sean Winter captures first place in the SHRPO $5,250 Championship for $698,175 (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $5,250 Entries: 809 Prize Pool: $3,923,650 Sean Winter topped the 809-entry field in the SHRPO $5,250 Championship, scoring a first-place prize of $698,175. The score was the fourth largest of Winter’s career and pushed him to more than $13.6 million in live tournament earnings. 1st: Sean Winter - $698,175 2nd: Shalom Elharrar - $487,695 3rd: Jerry Robinson - $314,230 4th: Jordan Fisch – $232,065 5th: Giuliano Lentini - $176,350 6th: Ben Farrell - $139,705 7th: Joseph Cheong - $115,300 8th: Brandon Carl - $91,365 9th: Nick Schwarmann - $69,800 Winter entered the final table in the $5,250 Championship with a chip-leading stack of 9.49 million. At the time, Joseph Cheong’s stack of 6.595 million was the next largest, but even he was 48 big blinds behind. Cheong lost a big pot early when Jordan Fisch doubled through him, and then Nick Schwarmann also doubled through Cheong shortly thereafter. Despite that double by Schwarmann, he was the first player eliminated at the final table, and it was Winter who sent him packing. Winter then knocked out Brandon Carl in eighth place before Cheong’s run came to an end in seventh. On Cheong’s elimination, Fisch had raised from the under-the-gun position to 275,000 with the blinds at 75,000-125,000 with a 125,000 big blind ante. Cheong, who had just lost the majority of his chips when Giuliano Lentini doubled through him, called all in for 150,000 from the next seat. Shalom Elharrar then called from the cutoff seat. Fisch and Elharrar checked down the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="4d"] board before all three players revealed their holdings. Fisch had the [poker card="Td"][poker card="Tc"], Elharrar showed the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Th"], and Cheong turned up the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"]. With his pair of jacks, Elharrar scooped the pot and Cheong was eliminated. After Ben Farrell went out sixth and Lentini busted fifth, Winter took out Fisch in fourth place with pocket tens holding up against the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="8c"]. Three-handed play only saw the continuation of the Sean Winter show. He continued to increase his lead and then busted Jerry Robinson in third place, again holding pocket tens. Robinson had the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kc"] and couldn’t win the flip. Heads-up play lasted nearly 50 hands as Elharrar battled hard. Ultimately, Winter and his enormous stack of chips were too much to overcome. On the final hand, Winter’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"] dominated Elharrar’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Th"] and that was all she wrote. For the win, Winter took home $698,175. Elharrar scored $487,695 for his second-place result. Keith Brennan Wins $1,100 No Limit Hold’em for $104,035 [caption id="attachment_626087" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ireland's Keith Brennan won the $1,100 No Limit Hold'em for $104,035 (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $1,100 Entries: 537 Prize Pool: $537,000 Keith Brennan from Ashbourne, Ireland, served up a victory in the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em event to the tune of $104,035. He topped a field of 537 entries to get the win and secured the largest payday of his live tournament career. 1st: Keith Brennan - $104,035 2nd: Cangir Elcin - $72,285 3rd: John Michalak - $46,400 4th: Gary Leibovitz - $32,550 5th: Jack Duong - $24,935 6th: Mario De La Puente - $20,540 7th: Brock Wilson - $17,030 8th: Corey Hochman - $13,545 9th: David Castranovas - $10,350 This tournament looked as though it was going to end up with Cangir Elcin in the winner’s circle. He was the big chip leader with five players left after knocking out Mario De La Puente in sixth place. Brennan was able to get a boost to his stack by busting Jack Duong in fifth place, but he still had less than half the chips that Elcin did. Elcin continued to dominate by busting Gary Leibovitz in fourth place, then he won a big one off of John Michalak to gather even more chips. But then, Brennan doubled through him to take a chunk of chips back. Eventually, Brennan moved into the lead and began to pull away. Although Elcin knocked out Michalak in third place, he was still down more than 4-1 in chips to Brennan entering heads-up play. Brennan made quick work of his opponent, Elcin, but it wasn’t without a dramatic final hand. The money went in with Brennan holding the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"] to Elcin’s [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"]. The flop was [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"] to give Elcin a set of nines, but the [poker card="Ac"] on the turn gave Brennan some outs going to the river. The river was the [poker card="Ad"], just what Brennan needed, and his full house topped Elcin’s to give him the victory. Jessica Dawley Wins $2,650 No Limit Hold’em for $204,610 [caption id="attachment_626086" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Jessica Dawley took first place in the $2,650 No Limit Hold'em, defeating Faraz Jaka in heads-up play to win $204,610 (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $2,650 Entries: 385 Prize Pool: $1,000,000 Jessica Dawley earned the largest score of her live tournament career when she topped the 385-entry field in the SHRPO $2,650 No Limit Hold’em event. Dawley defeated Faraz Jaka in heads-up play and took home $204,610. 1st: Jessica Dawley - $204,610 2nd: Faraz Jaka - $142,880 3rd: Nicholas Zautra - $91,690 4th: Philip Rigby - $61,090 5th: Raj Vohra - $46,890 6th: Justin Zaki - $38,790 7th: Jordan Cristos - $32,490 8th: Jake Daniels - $26,240 9th: Thai Ha - $20,460 En route to victory, Dawley knocked out Jake Daniels in eighth place and Raj Vohra in fifth place, but it was the elimination of Vohra that could’ve changed a lot had Dawley not come from behind in miraculous fashion. Vohra was all in with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"] to Dawley’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jh"]. Vohra was in a dominating position to double and he looked pretty good on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"] flop and [poker card="Th"] turn. But, the [poker card="8s"] on the river gave Dawley a straight to the jack and sent Vohra to the rail. Dawley was ever so slightly behind Jaka entering heads-up play, and Jaka even extended his lead to start the duel. Dawley fought back and eventually doubled into the lead. That’s where she stayed for the remainder of the match. On the final hand, Dawley’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2h"] beat Jaka’s [poker card="8h"][poker card="8c"] to win it all. Dawley flopped an ace after the money went in preflop and held up from there. Shaun Deeb Wins $25,500 High Roller for $778,300 [caption id="attachment_626089" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Shaun Deeb earned $778,300 for winning the $25,500 High Roller (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $25,500 Entries: 115 Prize Pool: $2,840,500 Shaun Deeb proved once again he is one of the greatest tournament players we’ve ever seen, winning the SHRPO $25,500 High Roller for $778,300. Deeb topped a field of 115 entries to take top honors and improve to more than $7.5 million in career live tournament winnings. 1st: Shaun Deeb - $778,300 2nd: Albert Daher - $545,375 3rd: Olivier Busquet - $340,860 4th: Andy Andrejevic - $235,760 5th: TK Miles - $150,545 6th: Josh Ray - $110,780 7th: Jake Schwartz - $90,895 8th: Matthew Wantman - $76,695 Deeb came into the final day second in chips behind Andy Andrejevic, but he quickly moved his way into the top spot bu busting Matthew Wantman in eighth place. Deeb would then bust Josh Ray in sixth place and TK Miles in fifth place. Andrejevic went out in fourth, falling to the hands of Olivier Busquet when his dominated [poker card="Ac"][poker card="4d"] couldn’t come from behind against the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"]. Although Busquet and Albert Daher both doubled through Deeb during three-handed play, Deeb kept pushing forward and eventually knocked out Busquet in third place to set up the heads-up match with Daher. In blind-versus-blind action, Deeb limped in from the small blind and Busquet checked from the big blind. The dealer revealed the [poker card="8c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2s"] flop and Deeb check-raised Busquet’s bet of 125,000 to 400,000. Busquet called, the dealer placed the [poker card="Jd"] on the board on the turn, and Deeb moved all in. Busquet made a big call for his tournament life and he had the [poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"]. Deeb had the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8d"]. The river was the [poker card="2c"] and Busquet was eliminated. Deeb entered heads-up play against Daher with 7.39 million in chips to Daher’s 4.12 million. He increased his lead to start and then finished Daher off with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qh"] to Daher’s pocket sevens.
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