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  1. As the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker heads into its final weekend of action, the action continued on Thursday with Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger taking down one of the biggest buy-in tournaments for nearly $588,000. Other highlights of the day included Joao 'Naza114' Vieira, Mike 'SirWatts' Watson and Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy each picking up titles. Loeliger beat out the 103 other players in Event #43 High ($25,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller) including a final table that included two former #1-ranked players, Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen and Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard, as well as Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang, Rachid 'SkaiWalkurrr' Ben Cherif and eventual runner-up Henrik 'hhecklen' Hecklen. The outright victory earned Loeliger $587,747.32 while Hecklen had to settle for $451,251.38. The Medium version of that event attracted 662 runners with Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac taking home $228,348.36 for the win. 'AS Leshly' and 'ReadngSouls' chopped the Low version for $131,349.41 and $112,902.97 respectively. Vieira topped Event #42 High ($2,100 Triple Draw Duece to Seven) to win $49,595. The final table included Luke Schwartz, Daniel Cates, and Harley Thrower. Mike 'SirWatts' Watson won the Medium buy-in event for $15,325.20 while 'pokerqmaster' took down the Low for $4,915.91. One of the hottest players on the planet, Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy continued his solid run, beating out 149 other players to win Event #44 High ($2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout) for $66,000. His victory denied Watson a second WCOOP title of the day. The Canadian finished runner-up for $46,050 while NLZWERVERNL finished third for $34,500. Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones added $31,425.08 to his bankroll thanks to his victory in the Medium buy-in event and Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe scored $12,014.08 for winning the Low. Event #42 (High): $2,100 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 91 Prize pool: $182,000 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $49,595 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $33,125 WD89lol<3 - $25,480 Daniel 'w00ki3z' Cates - $17,290 Harley 'Harleyy30040' Thrower- $12,740 fr0zZy - $9,555 Event #42 (Medium): $215 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 396 Prize pool: $79,200 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $15,325.20 Denis XXX007 - $11,365.20 Lance84 - $8,514 Chillolini - $5,860.80 pantri - $4,197.60 9cream4 - $2,692.80 Event #42 (Low): $22 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 1,536 Prize pool: $30,720 pokerqmaster - $4,915.91 Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo - $3,686.40 schu_81 - $2,764.80 Donald - $1,843.20 thefish01x - $1,228.80 dAASSSmayer - $724.99 Event #43 (High): $25,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 104 Prize pool: $2,550,600 Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger - $587,747.32 Henrik 'hhecklen' Hecklen - $451,251.38 fr0zZy - $346,454.88 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang - $265,995.69 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - $204,221.95 Rachid 'SkaiWalkurrr' Ben Cherif - $156,794.30 bartek901 - $120,391.17 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $92,424.30 Event #43 (Medium): $2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 662 Prize pool: $1,324,000 Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac - $228,348.36 Killer_00000 - $162,774.01 etxnl01 - $116,030.85 Liv Boeree - $82,710.80 kurzatwarz - $58,959.17 NukeTheFish! - $42,028.12 NEWFlat - $29,959.07 Picasso 2 - $21,255.85 Event #43 (Low): $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 5,010 Prize pool: $1,002,000 AS Leshly - $131,349.41 ReadngSouls - $112,902.97* samoooth - $72,459.22 Schamane22 - $51,651.39 Hciappolino - $36,818.79 baaadshaaa - $26,245.68 Little Kraut - $18,708 s3c3_1978 - $13,336.21 Event #44 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 150 Prize pool: $300,000 Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy - $66,000 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $46,050 NLZWERVERNL - $34,500 Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo - $24,000 ja.sam.gale - $18,000 hotmark777 - $12,000 Event #44 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 982 Prize pool: $196,400 Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones - $31,425.08 com 157 - $23,568 FshnIsMyPrfn - $17,676 FiatEruditio - $11,784 M_Acevedo - $7,856 Speedyy1986 - $4,870.72 Event #44 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 4,619 Prize pool: $92,380 Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe - $12,014.08 lsp pest - $8,776.10 andreyayo9 - $6,466.60 sharkkings23 - $4,157.10 Grimeyyyy - $2,309.50 bencb789 - $1,293.32
  2. Just days after winning the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller for £450,000, Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer won first place in the series’ £10,000 High Roller. In this one, O'Dwyer bested a field of 105 entries and took home a first-place payday of £314,000. The combined haul from the two events saw O’Dwyer win £764,000. Final Table Payouts 1. Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer - £314,000 2. Gianluca Speranza - £193,000 3. Preben Stokkan - £129,000 4. Dominik Nitsche - £95,000 5. Michael Zhang - £75,000 6. Chris Brammer - £60,000 7. Joao Vieira - £45,000 8. Anthony Elliott - £35,000 9. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez - £27,500 The three-day partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK High Roller began Friday and entering Sunday’s final day of action, 13 remained with O’Dwyer atop them all. Anton Wigg was the first player to bust on the final day, falling in 13th placard putting the tournament on the money bubble. Shortly thereafter, Mustapha Kanit was eliminated at the hands of Dominik Nitsche to send the remaining 11 players into the money. Juan Pardo Dominguez busted first in the money in 11th place, then Adrian Mateos went out 10th. The final nine then joined to one table before Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, the players O'Dwyer defeated in heads-up play in the £25,000 Super High Roller, busted in ninth. Anthony Elliott went out to Nitsche in eighth place, Joao Vieira and Chris Brammer busted to Michael Zhang in seventh and sixth places, respectively, and then Zhang went out in fifth. On Zhang's bust, he ran the [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"] into the pocket kings of O'Dwyer and couldn't pull out the win. O'Dwyer kept his foot on the gas in four-handed play before he knocked out Nitshce in fourth. This time it was pocket aces doing the trick for O’Dwyer, as he sent Nitshce packing with the [poker card="As"][poker card="2d"]. In the clash that saw third-place finisher Preben Stokkan hit the rail, O'Dwyer held another big hand -- the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"]. He was up against Stokkan's [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jc"] but turned a king to score the elimination. That left O'Dwyer and Speranza to battle for the £314,000 top prize and the title. Both had already locked up £193,000 in prize money, and O’Dwyer took the lead into the final duel with 69.575 million in chips to Speranza's 35.45 million. O'Dwyer chipped away early and had Speranza on the ropes with less than 10 big blinds. Eventually, O'Dwyer moved all in and Speranza felt he had no choice but to take a stand. Speranza didn’t have much with the [poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"], but things only looked grimmer when O'Dwyer tabled pocket aces once again. Speranza flopped a pair of threes, but it wasn’t enough as the board ran out [poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="Qs"]. The victory was another impressive score for O'Dwyer in 2018, who now has more than $4.5 million in live tournament earnings won on the year. The result was also his ninth six-figure live score of the year. As if his 2018 live tournament results aren’t enough jaw-dropping figures for your next great bar debate, O'Dwyer recently won his first PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title for $227,101 and took down Event #123 Super High Roller Championship Event: $25,500 No Limit Hold’em in the partypoker POWERFEST series for $896,610. Photo courtesy of My partypoker LIVE.
  3. For most of 2018, Steve O'Dwyer has been unbeatable in high roller tournaments, both online and live. Roger Teska flipped the script on that narrative late Monday night at the $25,500 buy-in Caribbean Poker Party MILLIONS World, coming back from a 4-1 heads up chip deficit to win $2,000,000 and his first live title in over nine years. Teska started the final table with the third shortest stack and had to battle against the likes of Rainer Kempe, Niall Farrell, Joao Vieira, Ben Tollerene and Andras Nemeth on his way to the title. Teska's last live win came in 2009 when he won a $500 buy-in Bellagio Cup V event. It didn't take long for the first casualty at the nine-handed final table. Paul Tedeschi raised to 2,500,000 from middle position with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] before Vieira moved all in for 17,500,000 from the hijack with [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. Tedeschi called and watched the [poker card="qh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] runout keep him in full control and eliminated Vieira in ninth place. Ten minutes later, Farrell became the next victim of the final table. O'Dwyer raised from the button to 2,600,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"] and Farrell moved all in for 10,500,000 with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"] from the small blind. Roger Teska re-raised all in from the big blind with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. O'Dwyer folded and Farrell could only watch after the [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"] flop kept Teska well ahead. The turn was the [poker card="td"] and the [poker card="qd"] completed the board to send Farrell to the rail with an eighth place finish. O'Dwyer found his first final table victim almost 30 minutes later. O'Dwyer raised to 2,500,000 from UTG+1 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. From the button, Kempe moved all in for 15,600,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"] and O'Dwyer called. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5d"] flop gave O'Dwyer complete control as the [poker card="6d"] and [poker card="ks"] hit the turn and river respectively to eliminate Kempe in seventh. It took nearly two hours of play before there was another elimination. Teska and Tollerene tangled in a pre-flop all in hand that saw Teska win with runner-runner flush against Tollerene's pocket pair. Left with just fumes, the next hand was the end of the line for Tollerene. Tollerene moved all in for 10,000,000 from UTG with [poker card="kd"][poker card="2h"] and Nemeth called from the big blind with [poker card="js"][poker card="7c"]. The [qs[poker card="jh"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Nemeth second pair. The turn was the [poker card="6c"] and the river was the [poker card="ad"] to eliminate Tollerene in sixth. Nemeth had plans on putting his newfound big stack to work but ran into the buzzsaw that is O'Dwyer. From the button, O'Dwyer raised to 3,700,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and Teska called from the small blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"] before Nemeth moved all in for 71,500,000 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"] from the big blind. O'Dwyer called and Teska folded. O'Dwyer got great news on the [poker card="ad"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"] flop. Neither the [poker card="qc"] turn or [poker card="5c"] river were any help for Nemeth and he was eliminated in fifth place. Tedeschi lost a monster pot to Teska before O'Dwyer finished him off for good. Teska and Charles La Boissonniere both folded and Tedeschi moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="2d"]. O'Dwyer called from the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="7h"] and then moved ahead with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2c"] flop. The [poker card="ts"] turn and [poker card="3d"] river failed to save Tedeschi and he was out in fourth. As O'Dwyer continued to build his stack, he did so largely at the expense of La Boissonniere. The Canadian had less than 10 big blinds and found himself in the big blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. O'Dwyer folded the button, Teska moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="7d"] and La Boissonniere called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"][poker card="th"] flop gave Teska the lead. The [poker card="8s"] turn gave La Boissonniere outs to a straight, but the river was the [poker card="6h"] and he was out in third place. When heads-up play began, O'Dwyer had 79.1% of the chips in play. The tournament was all but over a few minutes later when Teska four-bet all in holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and O'Dwyer called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="qs"] on the flop moved Teska in front and neither the turn or river helped O'Dwyer and the stacks were nearly even. Teska's momentum continued and less than an hour later he was posing with the trophy. O'Dwyer button-raised to 9,000,000 holding [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] and Teska shoved with [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"] and O'Dwyer called all in. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2h"] moved Teska ahead and the [poker card="qd"] turn and the [poker card="3c"] river sealed O'Dwyer's second place finish. Final Table Payouts Roger Teska - $2,000,000 Steve O'Dwyer - $1,300,000 Charles La Boissonniere - $1,000,000 Paul Tedeschi - $700,000 Andras Nemeth - $550,000 Ben Tollerene - $450,000 Rainer Kempe - $350,000 Niall Farrell - $300,000 Joao Viera - $250,000
  4. After a busy Friday on the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule, Saturday saw just nine players walk away with a SCOOP title, including one player picking up his second of 2019. Joao 'Naza114' Vieira topped the 89-player field in Event #24 High ($1,050 HORSE) to win $48,505. That goes along with his win in Event #12 Low ($109 No Limit Hold’em) from Wednesday. 'WTFOMFGOAO' finished runner-up for $32,930 while Noah 'Exclusive' Boeken took home the third place prize of $24,920. Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert also added to his COOP title collection on Saturday. The Belgian poker pro picked up $94,989.94 for winning Event #29 High ($2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Turbo). Former #1-ranked Andras 'probirs' Nemeth finished one spot behind Hallaert for $72,438.87 and Rui 'sousinha23' Sousa took home $55,241.64 for third. The final table also included 'Black88' and Martin Jacobson. The biggest winner on the day was China's 'SH-rookie-AS'. Topping the 977-player field in Event #23 High ($1,050 Eight Max No Limit) earned him $164,397.70. Harrison 'gibler321' Gimbel was the runner-up and banked $118,812.40 'neeno1990' took home $85,867.20 for finishing third. Other SCOOP winners on Saturday included 'alexMFNb','Krooovy', 'Minek96', 'ISmellToast', 'kuzya1993', and '8_Spizzico_9'. Event #23 (Low): $11 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 20,069 Prize pool: $196,676 alexMFNb - $20,358.92 Assad91 - $14,386.49 DR.LOBE - $10,172.78 blairtoast - $7,193.23 moewollis - $5,086.38 Dueces4Days - $3,596.61 Meluzina19 - $2,543.18 Ratabalbu - $1,798.28 Event #23 (Medium): $109 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 5,301 Prize pool: $530,100 Krooovy - $75,392.87 IceStream - $52,905.94 TheTeacherAY - $37,127.72 12maxel13 - $26,055.05 konigkunde - $18,284.58 viejojuan5 - $12,831.54 TakiToRivers - $9,004/75 Adrluiz - $6,319.26 Event #23 (High): $1,050 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 977 Prize pool: $1,000,000 SH-rookie-AS - $164,397.70 gibler321 - $118,812.40 neeno1990 - $85,867.20 Dhr.Awesome - $62,057.40 Faaaarst - $44,849.70 Sam Fartoviy - $32,413.509 chicalltreta - $23,425.60 _paul€Faul_ Event #24 (Low): $11 HORSE Entries: 2,304 Prize pool: $46,080 Minek96 - $7,834.95 kurtWSOP - $5,529.60 marcoavb - $4,361.01 AR2A3Z4Z5 - $3,225.60 Ols82 - $2,304.00 GusRus - $1,382.40 ARPPoker - $921.60 KevinK82 - $460,80 Event #24 (Medium): $109 HORSE Entries: 436 Prize pool: $87,200 ISmellToast - $16,568 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $12,208 DSmunichlife - $8,946.72 theNERDguy - $6,540 Kusu_a - $4,360 FMpire - $3,052 Desslock - $2,180 lorbyronnz - $1,744 Event #24 (High): $1,050 HORSE Entries: 89 Prize pool: $178,000 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $48,505 WTFOMFGOAO - $32,930 Noah 'Exclusive' Boeken - $24,920 nilsef - $16,910 sandman201 - $12,460 Senkel92 - $9,345 theNERDguy - $7,565 Benny 'RunGodlike' Glaser - $5,785 Event #29 (Low): $22 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Turbo Entries: 8,340 Prize pool: $166,800 kuzya1993 - $16,832.63* NarcoTourist - $14,944.38* LeCaribouFou - $15,666.34* ChaseTyler14 - $13,044.74* kirbyi17 - $6,045.16 sballard78 - $4,309.19 volfer - $3,071.73 pyszalek - $2,189.63 Event #29 (Medium): $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Turbo Entries: 1,527 Prize pool: $305,400 8_Spizzico_9 - $39,621.52* tikidiii - $31,557.03* Grande_Prego - $32,168.92* ahess - $16,854.62 majagua69 - $12,014.52 Shniman - $8,654.36 AAligator33 - $6,104.97 zyang1982 - $4,351.82 Event #29 (High): $2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Turbo Entries: 247 Prize pool: $494,000 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert - $94,989.94 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - 72,438.87 sousinha23 - $55,241.64 krkaukra - $42,127.08 Black88 - $32,125.95 M.nosbocaJ - $24,499.13 ArtHouse2011 - $18,682.93 42ayay - $14,247.60
  5. If the 2019 World Series of Poker has any sort of theme, it might be centered around the great players how have eliminated the zero next to their personal bracelet count. While Day 1B of the Main Event was taking up most of the available tables on Thursday, two more talented and respected players picked up their first taste of WSOP victory. Juha Helppi Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Juha Helppi is an online poker OG. The 42-year-old Finnish pro has somehow managed to receive fewer accolades or hype during his career than fellow countrymen Patrik Antonius or Ilari Sahamies. That might change now though after Helppi beat Mike Lancaster heads-up to win the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $306,622 and a WSOP bracelet. “This means a lot to me to win a bracelet. It’s such a long journey,” Helppi said. The win comes 51 weeks after Helppi finished runner-up to Yaser Al-Keliddar in a $3,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em event. “Of course it feels great. I don’t feel that tired right now because it’s so exciting to play for a bracelet,” Helppi said. "I’ve been coming here since 2003." Lancaster earned a career-best $189,505 for finishing second. Josh Arieh, who just last week finished second in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, picked up a fifth-place finish for $53,095. Final Table Payouts Juha Helppi - $306,622 Mike Lancaster - $189,505 Tommy Hang - $133,718 Anthony Marsico - $96,272 Kevin Song - $70,750 Josh Arieh - $53,095 Kyle Ray - $40,709 Qinghai Pan - $31,902 Robert Como - $25,566 Joao Vieira Defeats Joe Cada to Ship $5,000 Six Max NLHE Joe Cada almost did it again. The 2009 WSOP Main Event champion came within a whisper of winning his fifth WSOP bracelet but Portugal's Joao Vieira had other ideas. Vieira, who had cashed six times this summer before this event, beat Cada heads-up to win his first WSOP bracelet. “In Portugal, we say that the finals are meant to be won. As soon as you get heads-up, it doesn't matter if it's Joe Cada, John Doe... it doesn't matter. At that point I'm just trying to compete, trying to do the best I can," Vieira said. "I made a big hand right away, and as soon as I took the lead, I tried to close the deal.” The 29-year-old recently made the decision to move from Portugal to London, England to escape the ringfenced online poker market. This past Spring he picked up two PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles and finished second on the leaderboard. “I just moved (London) really recently. Four months ago,” Vieira said. "It's a good place in terms of the tax situation there, and it's a good place to live. I have a lot of friends and family.” The win came with a $758,011 payday for Vieira. Cada, meanwhile, had to console himself with the $468,488 second-place prize money. This marks Cada's second career runner-up finish and eighth time winning more than $100,00. Last summer he finished fifth in the Main Event and then immediately entered, and won, the $1,500 Closer event. Final Table Payouts Joao Vieira - $758,011 Joe Cada - $468,488 Jamie O'Connor - $317,956 Pierre Calamusa - $219,468 Olivier Busquet - $154,112 Barry Hutter - $110,127
  6. Most of the poker world was focused on the start of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event on Wednesday, but there was plenty of other stuff going on on Wednesday including three brand new bracelet winners and another Championship event reached a final table. Jeremy Saderne Takes Down Mini Main Event The rail for the Mini Main Event was so raucous that some players in the Main Event complained. The noise was mostly for France's Jeremy Saderne as he won his first WSOP bracelet by beating Lula Taylor heads-up. "All of my friends were here. It was incredible," Saderne said. "I’ve never seen that before. It was better than Marseilles Stadium, in the south of France. I just want to say thank you to all of my friends. They gave me a lot of power and energy." Saderne earned $628,654 for the win while Taylor walked away with $388,284. Andres Korn, who started the day with the chip lead, picked up $287,219 for finishing in third place. Final Table Payouts Jeremy Saderne - $628,654 Lula Taylor - $388,284 Andres Korn - $287,219 Yi Ma - $214,047 Koji Takagi - $160,715 Stefan Widmer - $121,586 Philip Gildea - $92,686 Ben Alloggio - $71,199 James Stewart - $55,188 Rick Alvarado Outduels Mark Radoja for $888 Crazy Eights Title If Rick Alvarado has his way, the $888 Crazy Eights tournament would change its name to the Lucky #7 event. The 27-year-old Californian entered the Crazy Eights event seven times and turned that into an $888,888 cash and his first career bracelet. Alvarado started the final day as the third smallest stack with ten players left. He was convinced enough that it wasn't going to turn out the way it did that he told his mom not to bother coming to Las Vegas to be on his rail. “I told my mom not to worry about coming when I made the final ten because I was short-stacked. Then when I doubled up, she was like, 'Should I come?' I said, 'It's up to to you,' and then she talked to one of my friends and he said she should come. So she booked the flight this afternoon," Alvarado said. “She said she was running through the airport to catch it, and then my friend went and picked her up from the airport, not more than 20 or 30 minutes before I won the bracelet. She got here with five minutes to spare. She saw maybe three hands. I'm really happy that she was here in time.” Alvarado and Mark Radoja played just over 30 minutes of heads up before Alvarado won. Radoja, who won a bracelet in each 2011 and 2013, banked $548,888, also a career-high cash. Thomas Drivas was third for $409,888. 888poker Ambassador Vivian Saliba finished fourth for a career-best $308,888. Final Table Payouts Rick Alvarado - $888,888 Mark Radoja - $548,888 Thomas Drivas - $409,888 Vivian Saliba - $308,888 Aleksandras Rusinovas - $233,888 Patrick Clarke - $177,888 Vlad Darie - $136,888 Mario Hofler - $105,888 Brandon 'DrOctagon' Adams Wins $3,200 Online High Roller The largest buy-in online bracelet event on the 2019 schedule drew 593 entries and after 12 hours of play, Brandon 'DrOctagon' Adams emerged with a bracelet and a massive $411,561 payday. Adams beat Nabil Mohamed Abdien 'thebrownbear' Cardoso heads up for the win. Cardoso walked away with $253,643 for his runner-up finish. Vladimir 'stuey_haxton' Alexandrov took home $173,241 for finishing third. Former #1-ranked online poker player, Calvin Anderson, finished fifth for $85,449. Final Table Payouts Brandon 'DrOctagon' Adams - $411,561 Nabil Mohamed Abdien 'thebrownbear' Cardoso - $253,643 Vladimir 'stuey_haxton' Alexandrov - $173,241 Michael 'VinnyV' Vanier - $120,422 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $85,449 Norbert 'balkan500' Szecsi - $61,653 Lior 'morningowl' Orel - $45,429 Harsukhpaul 'MjMafia' Sangha - $34,071 lowrider71- $26,139 Joao Vieira Leads $5,000 Six Max Final Table Joao Vieira is considered by many of his peers to be one of the best tournament players in the world. His 2019 WSOP includes six cashes but nothing even close to a final table appearance. That narrative took a turn on Wednesday though as the Portuguese pro bagged up 7,635,000 and the chip leading heading into the final table of the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event. If Vieira hopes to turn that chip lead into gold, he'll need to get past a talented group of opponents including Olivier Busquet, Joe Cada, and Barry Hutter. Jamie O'Connor finished Day 3 with a second biggest stack of 5,190,000. Busquet and Cada hold down the third and fourth spots with 4,050,000 and 3,105,000 respectively. Pierre Calamusa sits fifth with 2,700,000 and Hutter brings in the short stack with 1,265,000. Day 3 began with 28 players still in contention. Some of the notables who saw their run end a bit too early include Christopher Brammer, Chris Hunichen, Patrick Tardif, and Ankush Mandavia. The final table begins at Noon. Final Table Chip Counts Joao Vieira - 7,635,000 Jamie O'Connor - 5,190,000 Olivier Busquet - 4,050,000 Joe Cada - 3,105,000 Pierre Calamusa - 2,700,000 Barry Hutter - 1,265,000 Taylor Carroll Leads $500 Salute to Warriors Event Taylor Carroll finished Day 2 of the $500 Salute to Warriors sitting atop the chip counts with just eight players left. Carroll bagged up 13,525,000 and holds nearly double that of any other player. Susan Faber holds the second-best stack with 7,280,000 while Dean Yoon is third with 6,845,000. There were 287 players still alive at the start of the and 28 of the 279 who busted on Wednesday did so without picking up a cash. Once the bubble burst, the eliminations came at a quick clip. Some of the familiar faces that finished in the money but did not advance to the final table include Vinny Pahuja, Mike Sexton, DJ MacKinnon, and Ben Yu. The players now get July 4 off before returning on Friday to play to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Taylor Carroll - 13,525,000 Susan Faber - 7,280,000 Dean Yoon - 6,845,000 Christopher Canan - 6,105,000 Robin Stark - 3,650,000 Kulwant Singh - 2,225,000 Jordan Knackstedt - 2,050,000 Jose Annaloro - 1,265,000 Mike Lancaster Leads $10K Limit Hold'em Championship Just 15 players remain in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship with California's Mike Lancaster the only player with a seven-figure stack. Lancaster bagged up 1,201,000 on Day 2. Juha Helppi sits second with 986,000 and Josh Arieh, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, sits third with 772,000. John Racener, Eli Elezra, and Andrew Brown highlight the notables still chasing this bracelet. James Obst busted in 16th place for his 10th cash of the 2019 WSOP. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Mike Lancaster - 1,201,000 Juha Helppi - 986,000 Josh Arieh - 772,000 Kevin Song - 744,000 Anthony Marsico - 689,000 Qinghai Pan - 527,000 Tommy Hang - 527,000 Robert Como - 476,000 John Racener - 304,000 Eli Elezra - 250,000
  7. The Poker Masters Online continued on Saturday. Two more events took place and there was nearly $2 million in prize money up for grabs. Event #14: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] was won by Mustapha Kanit and Event #15: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] saw Timothy Adams take top honors. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Kanit Wins Event #14 for $279,300 Kanit was victorious in Event #14: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] to the tune of $279,300. Kanit topped a field of 114 entries to take home the top prize from the $1.14 million prize pool. Kanit beat Alexandros Kolonias in heads-up play. Kolonias won $199,500 for the runner-up result, and then it was Artur Martirosian finishing in third for $142,500. Alex Foxen has enjoyed some success during the Poker Masters Online series and he finished eighth in this event for $37,050. The top 16 spots reached the money and you can find the results below. Event #14 Results Mustapha Kanit - $279,300 Alexandros Kolonias - $199,500 Artur Martirosian - $142,500 Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque - $99,750 Christoph Vogelsang - $74,100 Edwin Villalobo Amaya - $57,000 Simon Pedersen - $45,600 Alex Foxen - $37,050 Simon Higgins - $28,500 Lucas Reeves - $28,500 Jake Schindler - $28,500 Christopher Malcolm Fraser - $28,500 Mike Watson - $22,800 Nick Petrangelo - $22,800 Niklas Astedt - $22,800 Kahle Burns - $22,800 Adams Takes Event #15 Title for $243,988 In Event #15: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max], a field of 78 entries generated a prize pool of $780,000. Adams, winner of this year's Super High Roller Bowl events in Russia and Australia, finishing in first place. The victory earned Adams $243,988.68. Joao Vieira finished in second place for $152,100 and Dario Sammartino placed third for $93,600. Foxen, who took eighth in the other Poker Masters Online event on Saturday, placed fourth in this one and picked up $68,250. Kolonias finished in seventh place for $25,350, continuing his impressive Poker Masters Online series. Included in Kolonias' results this series was a win in Event #6. Event #15 Results Timothy Adams - $243,988.68 Joao Vieira - $152,100 Dario Sammartino - $93,600 Alex Foxen - $68,250 Ben Heath - $48,750 Ali Imsirovic - $33,150 Alexandros Kolonias - $25,350 Yahia Fahmy - $25,350 Jorryt Van Hoof - $25,350 Sami Kelopuro - $21,370.44 Elias Talvitie - $21,370.44 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $21,370.44 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the seventh day of play. Alexandros Kolonias - 592 points Timothy Adams - 584 points Andras Nemeth - 535 points Alex Foxen - 493 points Luuk Gieles - 492 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 450 points Michael Addamo - 406 points Elias Talvitie - 401 points Pauli Ayras - 393 points Kahle Burns - 367 points
  8. Thanks to three Pot Limit Omaha events on Tuesday's World Poker Tour Online series slate, more than a handful of the best PLO tournament players in the world took their turn in the spotlight. Andrew Pantling picked up the outright victory and a $302,287.20 payday for topping the 120-entry field in Event #22 ($10,300 PLO High Roller). Marcello Marigliano finished as the runner-up and walked away with $204,000. Former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth earned a bronze medal finish and the accompanying $144,000 score. Sweden's Kristoffer Edberg and Colombia's Farid Jattin chopped Event #23 ($2,100 Pot Limit Omaha) with the former earning the title and $69,086.18 while the latter had to settle for runner-up status and $68,360.03. Joao Vieira wound up in third place and added $37,800 to his bankroll. Dorian Rios won $14,440.09 for taking down Event #23 Mini ($215 Pot Limit Omaha). Tuesday also saw the third and final day of the WPT500 event and the final four players agreed to a deal that saw them split up more than $900,000. Fabio Sperling picked up $281,125.93 and the title for finishing in first place. Walter Treccarich, who started the day as the chip leader, finished in second place and won $235,666.74. Austrians Markus Prinz and Christopher Putz finished third and fourth respectively to win $202,012.42 and $187,289.83. WPT500 4,828 Entries $2,414,000 Prize Pool Fabio Sperling - $281,125.93 Walter Treccarich - $235,666.74 Markus Prinz - $202,012.42 Christopher Putz - $187,289.83 Philipp Dietrich - $74,785.72 Harutyun Sahakyan – $50,887.12 Daan Mulders - $35,799.62 Giuseppe Vassallo - $23,174.40 Event #22 $10,300 PLO High Roller 120 Entries $1,200,000 Prize Pool Andrew Pantling - $302,287.20 Marcello Marigliano - $204,000 Andras Nemeth - $144,000 Marcello Marigliano - $102,000 Jens Kyllonen - $75,000 Gavin Cochrane - $49,800 Event #23 Mini $215 Pot Limit Omaha 361 Entries $72,200 Prize Pool Dorian Rios - $14,440.09 Alexander Harty - $10,685.60 David Callaghan - $7,761.50 Joao Studart - $5,471.31 Andres Ojeda - $3,971.00 Martin Almaas - $2,743.60 Event #23 $2,100 Pot Limit Omaha 168 Entries $336,000 Prize Pool Kristoffer Edberg - $69,086.18 Farid De Jesus Jattin Jaraba - $68,360.03 Joao Vieira - $37,800 Maksim Shuts - $27,384 Arvi Vainionkulma - $20,160 Saku Nasman - $13,440
  9. Michael Addamo dominated two of the biggest events on Sunday's MTT schedule to secure a mid-six-figure score while Fedor Holz, Ole Schemion, and Jon Van Fleet also found their way into the winner's circle. Addamo topped the 39-entry field to take down the $25,500 buy-in partypoker High Roller Club Main Event and then denied 50 other players a shot at redemption in the $10,300 buy-in High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance event. All told, the Australian earned $611,500 for the two victories. Rok Gostisa finished runner-up in the Main Event for $265,000 while Sergi Reixach won $130,531 as the second-place finisher in the 2nd Chance event. Jon Van Fleet beat 220 other entries in the partypoker High Roller Club The Big Game to win $211,552. The Poker Masters PLO Series kicked off Sunday on partypoker with only one of the two events playing down to a winner. Andras Nemeth beat Viktor Blom heads-up to win Event #2 ($5,200 buy-in) for a $126,686.43 score. Blom had to settle for a $78,975 payday while fellow Swede Alexander Holmberg Nordén took third for $48,600. Former #1-ranked Fedor Holz was the biggest winner on PokerStars after taking down the Summer Series Event #167 ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) for $156,377. Runner-up Joao 'Naza114' Vieira had to settle for $121,057 while 'WATnlos' narrowly missed out on a six-figure win after finishing third for $93,714. The PokerStars Sunday Million had 11,545 runners with 'wazaahun' beating all of them to win $117,425.03. 'MickeyM' won the GGPoker High Roller Million$ to turn their $500 buy-in into a $285,986 return. 'GoJiGo' had an even bigger ROI after winning the $100 buy-in GGPoker Global Million$ event for $132,092.20. The GGPoker GGMasters had a $46,118 overlay on the $500,000 guarantee. 'BleyBley' outlasted the 3,288 other players in the freezeout event to win $71,947.50. partypoker High Roller Club: Main Event Buy-in: $25,500 Entries: 39 Prize Pool: $1,000,000 ($25,000 overlay) Michael Addamo - $407,500 Rok Gostisa - $265,000 Pascal Lefrancois - $165,000 partypoker High Roller Club: Mix-Max 2nd Chance Buy-in: $10,300 Entries: 51 Prize Pool: $510,000 Michael Addamo - $204,000 Sergi Reixach - $130,531 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $66,300 partypoker High Roller Club: The Big Game Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 221 Prize pool: $1,037,530 Jon Van Fleet - $211,552 Laszlo Bujtas - $153,554 Kristen Bicknell - $109,459 partypoker Poker Masters PLO Event #2 Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 81 Prize pool: $405,000 Andras Nemeth - $126,686.43 Viktor Blom - $78,975 Alexander Holmberg Nordén - $48,600 PokerStars Summer Series Event #167: NLHE High Roller Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 149 Prize pool: $745,000 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $156,377 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $121,057 WATnlos - $93,714 PokerStars Summer Series Event #142: Sunday Warm-Up SE Buy-in: $109 Entries: 4,129 $412,900 Prize pool: $412,900 vasiokkk91 - $48,217.12* bambo0bear - $41,979.92* Jeffin_DF - $39,941.62* PokerStars High Roller Club: $2,100 Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $2,100 Entries: 49 Prize pool: $100,000 ($2,000 overlay) giftmyra - $39,235.30 master888888 - $25,696.01 Str8$$$Homey - $16,828.86 PokerStars Sunday Million Buy-in: $109 Entries: 11,545 Prize pool: $1,154,500 Wazaahun - $117,425.03 oardnasol - $85,209.25 mitch85 - $61,836.28 GGPoker Global Million$ Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,638 Prize pool: $1,000,000 GoJiGo - $132,092.20 Rodrigo74 - $94,159.90 12u55 - $67,120.50 GGPoker High Roller Million$ Buy-in: $500 Entries: 674 (Day 2) Prize pool: $2,000,0000 MickeyM - $285.986 Cirquit - $145,319 SACKMAN69 - $203,861 GGPoker GGMasters Buy-in: $150 Entries: 3,289 Prize pool: $500,000 ($46,118 overlay) BleyBley - $71,947.50 Guohua - $50,874.60 Trondheim - $35,973.80 888 Poker Sunday Mega Deep Buy-in: $109 Entries: 608 + 225 rebuys Prize pool: $100,000 ($16,700 overlay) BeeTheBeagle - $18,890 cl0wn888 - $13,700 AVR26 - $10,100
  10. The final events of the inaugural World Poker Tour Online Series played out on partypoker this weekend including Sunday's spotlight tournament, the $500K Gtd Weekender, and what turned into a star-studded final table of the $1,575 Bounty Hunter. Brazil’s Rodrigo ‘selouan1991’ Selouan closed out the online festival with the largest score of the day by topping the 115-runner field of Event #55 ($1,050 Weekender, Final Day) to collect an online career-high $151,725 payday. Selouan, currently ranked #86 in the world, adds a WPT Online title to his other impressive accolades that include a partypoker POWERFEST victory, PokerStars Winter Series win, and a PocketFives Triple Crown which he picked up in November 2019. The six-figure score will send Selouan past the $3 million mark in lifetime online earnings. PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2013 champion Dimitar Danchev was forced to settle for second place in this event, but he still collected a healthy $107,950 to add to his bankroll. Viktor Zsemiye fell in third place and earned $72,505 for his efforts. The current #1-ranked player in the world, Conor Beresford ended up in fourth place and took home $49,130. The final two players in the $109 Mini Weekender cut a deal that had Brazil’s Matheus Adrian declared the official winner taking home $47,203.48 for first. Tudor Purice from Austria took home nearly as much, locking up $46,381.12 as the runner-up. Joao Divino Domeles Neto was on the outside of the deal, falling in third place but still walking away with $25,077.75. In the final event of the series, Event #56 ($530 Closer) Russia’s Sergei ‘Futti18’ Koliakov was the last player standing. Ranked #19 in the world, Koliakov bested the 1181-runner field for a $39,737.08 score plus an additional $28,820.41 in bounties. Fellow Russian Stoyan Obreshkov finished in second place and picked up $39,677.39 plus $12,127.22 in bounties. France’s Ivan Emanuely found his tournament end in third place for which he picked up a total score of $37,327.46. Daniel Paul Haddon Pickles took home the title in Event #56 ($55 Mini Closer) earning $15,131.90 for first place plus another $7,096.71 in bounties. Martins Kliens was the runner-up and collected $15,103.28 and another $5,456.27 in bounties. And Tudor Aioanei finished in third place which paid out $9,695.17 and he collected another $1,975.96 in bounties. In other action over the weekend, Barry Hutter picked up a WPT Online title after taking down Event #54 ($1,575 Bounty Hunter, 8-Max) for $42,400.15 plus another $52,171.93 in bounties. His combined total of $94,572.08 is the fourth-largest WPT cash and pushes his lifetime total WPT cashes just up over $1 million. Joao Vieira, who has found himself at several final tables over the past week, finished as the runner-up and walked away with $42,344.63 and an additional $25,617.19 in bounties. Scott Hill climbed into third place, securing a total score $38,908.74. The Bounty Hunter had an exceptionally stacked final table that included partypoker ambassadors Kristen Bicknell (4th, $26,541) and Ludovic Geilich (6th, $17,200) as well as recreational high roller Lauren Roberts who finished in fifth for a total score of $16,200.38. The Mini Bounty Hunter saw Pablo Roman defeat a field of 1517 entries to clinch the title and a first-place prize of $15,100.09 and an additional $13,577.62 in bounties. Marco Mucha was the runner-up, taking home $15,086.53 plus $1,456.65 in bounties. Finally, Francois Billard fell in third place and logged off with a score of $9,813.64 and an additional $3,368.30 in bounties. Event #54: $1,575 Bounty Hunter, 8-Max 369 entries $553,500 prize pool Barry Hutter - $42,400.15 + $52,171.93 in bounties Joao Vieira - $42,344.63 + $25,617.19 in bounties Scott Hill - $29,357.95 + $9,550.79 in bounties Kristen Bicknell - $21,034.82 + $5,507.81 in bounties Lauren Roberts - $14,981.63 + $1,218.75 in bounties Ludovic Geilich - $11,107.59 + $6,093.74 in bounties Casio Pisapia De Almeida Kiles - $7,717.59 + $375 in bounties Kristoffer Johan Rautio - $5,629.46 + $7,804 in bounties Event #54: $162 Mini Bounty Hunter, 8-Max 1517 entries $227,550 prize pool Pablo Roman - $15,110.09 + $13,577.62 in bounties Marco Mucha - $15,086.53 + $1,456.65 in bounties Francois Billard - $9,813.64 + $3,368.30 in bounties Evgeny Nekrasov - $6,555.01 + $1,462.81 in bounties John Bakalis - $4,655.19 + $1,524.04 in bounties Gustavo Restelatto Tochetto - $3,271.21 + $1,139.06 in bounties Robert Kacinski - $2,264.68 + $2,854.70 in bounties Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque - $1,497.21 + $1,642.97 in bounties Event #55: $1,050 Weekender [Final] 115 entries $850,000 prize pool Rodrigo Selouan - $151,725 Dimitar Danchev - $107,950 Viktor Zsemlye - $72,505 Conor Beresford - $49,130 Tomas Paiva - $34,680 Pedro Marques - $24,990 Renato Ribeiro - $17,850 Andrei Chernokoz - $12,410 Event #55: $109 Mini-Weekender [Final] 440 entries $354,900 prize pool Matheus Adrian - $47,203.48* Tudor Purice - $46,381.12* Joao Divino Domeles Neto - $25,077.75 Pomah Oypmahob - $16,672.38 Felipe Boianovsky - $11,587.65 Carl Carlsson - $7,921.11 Mihail Surin - $5,447.92 Bruno Cardoso - $3,447.92 Event #56: $530 Closer 1181 entries $590,500 prize pool Sergei Koliakov - $39,737.08 + $28,820.41 in bounties Stoyan Obreshkov - $39,677.39 + $12,127.22 in bounties Ivan Emanuely - $26,069.87 + $11,257.59 in bounties Niklas Astedt - $17,445 + $5,110.35 in bounties Troy Quenneville - $12,367.73 + $2,589.84 in bounties Luc Lafontaine - $8,722.50 + $4,665.53 in bounties Jakub Oliva - $6,118.76 + $3,503.90 in bounties Emil Olsson - $5,403.34 + $4,100.87 in bounties Event #56: $55 Mini Closer 5,078 entries $253,900 prize pool Daniel Paul Haddon Pickles - $15,131.90 + $7,096.71 in bounties Martins Kliens - $15,103.28 + $5,456.27 in bounties Tudor Aioanei - $9,695.17 + $1,975.96 in bounties Craig Stewart - $6,312.47 + $483.82 in bounties Bruno Gizdic - $4,335.22 + $1,398.67 in bounties Daniel Lynch - $2,941.10 + $2,134.81 in bounties Terrence Green - $2,067.83 + $1,499.98 in bounties Macelo Tadeu - $1,330.43 + $1,130.58 in bounties
  11. Just 48 hours after nearly capturing two Super High Roller Bowl Online Series prelim titles on the same day, online poker superstar Viktor Blom was back in the winner’s circle with another Super High Roller victory on Thursday. Blom topped the 40-entry field in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max) to capture his second win in three days and a $407,500 payday. It marked the fourth SHRB Online Series final table cash for Blom, all of which have been either victories or runner-up finishes. His first score came last Sunday in Event #2 ($25,500 Super High Roller) where he finished as the runner-up to Christopher Hunichen, taking home $320,625. Then on Tuesday, Blom earned another second-place finish in Event #8 ($25,500 Super High Roller), falling to Dan Smith in heads-up play, which brought him $213,750. Finally, in Event #9 ($10,300 High Roller) Blom scored an outright win and added $213,750 to his totals. All told through 15 events, the man known as ‘Isildur1’ has earned more than $1.3 million in less than a week. Finishing right behind Blom in Event #14 was Mike Watson, who picked up $265,000 for second place. And David Peters found the podium for the second time on Thursday, finishing in third place for $165,000. David Peters’ first podium finish was in Event #13 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) where he outlasted the 70-entry field to take down the $217,000 first-place prize. Joao Vieira finished as the runner-up which was good for $150,500. Then Justin Bonomo, who picked up the biggest win in the series thus far on Wednesday, notched another result with a third-place finish for $98,000. The third event on the schedule to wrap up today was Event #15 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) which saw Mark Radoja take home the title and $195,000. Pauli Ayras fell in second place but locked up the six-figure sum of $132,000. Finally, Ole Schemion followed up his PokerStars SCOOP winning performance on Wednesday with a bronze in this one, taking home another $88,500. Three more high roller tournaments will wrap up on Friday including the conclusion of Event #17 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max) which has Adrian Mateos holding the overnight chip lead. Event #13: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 70 entries 700,000 prize pool David Peters - $217,000 Joao Vieira - $150,500 Justin Bonomo - $98,000 Matthias Eibinger - $63,000 Christopher Hunichen - $49,000 Aleksejs Meiess - $40,250 Kristen Bicknell - $33,250 Lucas Reeves - $26,250 Event #14: $25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max 40 entries $1,000,000 prize pool Viktor Blom - $407,500 Michael Watson - $265,000 David Peters - $165,000 Adrian Mateos - $100,000 Sam Greenwood - $62,500 Event #15: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 60 entries $600,000 prize pool Mark Radoja - $195,000 Pauli Ayras - $132,000 Ole Schemion - $88,500 Guillaume Nolet - $55,500 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $43,500 Justin Bonomo - $34,500 Christopher Hunichen - $28,500 Timothy Adams - $22,500
  12. In the first 50 years of the World Series of Poker just two players from South Africa managed to win bracelets. Early Wednesday morning, Michael 'YesPlease' Clacher became the third to do it. Clacher beat out 1,341 other entries in WSOP Online Event #36 ($1,500 Fifty Stack NLHE) to take home $297,496.30 and the jewellery. He joins Norman Keyser (1989) and Hugh Todd (1990) as bracelet winners from his home country. Clacher started the final table trailing only Olivier 'BigPapyBoss' Rebello in chips. Rebello got things started not long after the final table began. Jose 'Machenzzio' Davilla moved all in from middle position with [poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] and Rebello called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Rebello control and Davilla found no help on the [poker card="tc"] turn nor [poker card="kd"] river and was eliminated in ninth. Three minutes later, Joao Vieira raised to 1,000,000 from middle position and Viktor 'Ryuzaki1' Zsemlye moved all in from the small blind for 5,090,054 and Joao Vieira called. Zsemlye showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] and Vieira tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. Zsemlye could do nothing but watch as the [poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"] run out eliminated him in eighth place. Two of the players at the final table sold action in the GGPoker client and both managed to give their investors a solid return. Rebello raised to 1,050,000 from UTG+1 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] and Rich 'DadPoker' Dixon, who sold 35% of himself, moved all in from the hijack for 4,735,158 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"] before Martin 'FuTimReilly' Zamani reshoved from the button for 4,983,978 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"] forcing Rebello to fold. Dixon failed to connect with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5h"] flop and was eliminated in seventh when the [poker card="4c"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river completed the board. The other player who sold action was the next to go. Neel 'Neel' Joshi sold 20% of himself at no mark-up and gave his investors a 40-1 return. Action folded to Rebello in the small blind and he moved all in for 15,159,790 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"] and Joshi called all in with [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="td"][poker card="8d"] runout couldn't save Joshi from a sixth place finish. Five minutes later Zamani picked up another elimination. Zamani opened to 1,500,000 from the cutoff and Vieira moved all in for 10,215,368 from the small blind before Rodrigo 'PAPAI_PIG' Dos Santos Caprioli moved all in over the top. Zamani folded and Vieira showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"] while Caprioli held [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"] flop move Vieira ahead. The [poker card="4h"] turn was a safe card for Vieira but the [poker card="jd"] river gave Caprioli the pot to send Vieira out in fifth. Zamani was the next player out. First to act, Zamani raised to 4,000,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"] and Caprioli made it 7,200,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"]. Zamani responded by moving all in for 12,150,301 and Caprioli called. Neither player was able to make a pair on the [poker card="8c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7h"] runout and Zamani was eliminated in fourth when Caprioli's jack kicker played. Clacher picked up his first elimination of the night after 12 minutes of three-handed play. Clacher moved all in from the button for 19,115,720 with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] and Rebello called for 13,944,804 from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2s"] flop gave Rebello extra outs but the [poker card="5h"] turn gave Clacher a set. The [poker card="ac"] river paired Rebello but it wasn't good enough to save him from a third place result. Heads up play began with the players nearly tied in chips and t,he pair battled for 12 minutes before Clacher ended things. Caprioli raised to 2,000,000 from the button and Clacher called. The flop was [poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"] and both players checked. The turn was the [poker card="tc"] and Clached check-called Caprioli's bet of 2,883,200. The river was the [poker card="qc"] and Clacher fired 1,250,000. Caprioli moved all in for 12,087,996 and Clacher called. Caprioli showed [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"] for a missed straight draw while Clacher tabled [poker card="qd"][poker card="4d"] for top and bottom pair to eliminate Caprioli in second place and win his first career bracelet. Final Table Payouts Michael Clacher - $297,496.30 Rodrigo Dos Santos Caprioli - $215,892.45 Olivier Rebello - $156,673.09 Martin Zamani - $113,697.09 Joao Vieira - $82,510.25 Neel Joshi - $59,877.78 Rich Dixon - $43,453.18 Viktor Zsemlye - $31,534.07 Jose Luis Davila - $22,884.32
  13. 'Best poker player in the world’ is an impossible metric. Tournament winnings are, for the most part, public information but do not properly track player net wins and losses. Likewise, the biggest winners - and losers - from cash games are, at best, based on exaggerated rumor and braggadocio. Attempting to properly quantify the relative skill sets of mixed game experts versus those who specialize in No Limit Hold’em and the myriad of players who exist in between those two poles adds another complex layer to an equation with no answer. Joao Vieira knows this but also believes that if there are going to be conversations about the best players in the world, his name needs to be included. "I think I’m up there. I’m not the best player in the world, I don’t think so. I’m one of the best tournament players in the world, especially if you put mixed games in it too," Vieira said. "If you play in a tournament format, I’m very certain I’m up there. There’s so many people, so many good players around. It’s very hard." Vieira doesn’t demand that his name be included in those discussions, but rather expects it because he knows how much work he has put into the game and believes that with $3.8 million in lifetime live earnings plus untold millions of online earnings he has the results necessary to be included. That success comes from a combination of a passion for poker and an insatiable work ethic that he developed while growing up in Madeira, Portugal. "I just love the game. I’m trying to be the best version of myself. I’m trying to get the absolute best of my abilities and then I’m going to see if that’s the best in the world or not," Vieira said. [caption id="attachment_631834" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] In 2019, Joao Vieira removed his name from the best players without a WSOP bracelet list. (WSOP photo)[/caption] This time last year, Vieira was still basking in the glow that came from winning his first bracelet and in the process removing himself from a list most tournament players would rather avoid: best player without a bracelet. Vieira won the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event for $758,011. While there was certainly a celebration to be had, Vieira felt a sense of accomplishment and relief. "To be honest, (it was) kind of a weight off my shoulders more than anything else," Vieira said. "It’s something that I kind of felt that I should have won already. So I felt it was a long time coming, that it was kind of validation for me. I felt that winning that would at least prove a point to myself." It’s not as if Vieira had been coming to the WSOP for a decade or more and simply wasn’t able to pick one up. His first time out to Las Vegas to play the Series was 2016. Some ambiguity over the Portuguese tax laws made it nearly impossible for him or other players from Portugal to play in the United States before that. That changed in 2016 and Vieira has made the trip across the Atlantic each year since. He cashed nine times in 2016, six times in 2017, and then seven times in 2018. Last summer he found the money nine times including the bracelet win. Despite averaging more than seven cashes per summer over his first three years, Vieira believes he should have - and could have - done better. "I ran pretty bad the first two years. Sometimes I feel like you need to run really good to understand when you were actually running bad and when you weren’t," Vieira said. "I put a lot of cashes in, I built a bunch of stacks, but then I ran really bad in the mid-game," Vieira said. "Your luck has to hold for a couple of days, and then you’re going to get a final table or something. Otherwise, you’re just not going to get that far." Confident enough in his poker game, Vieira couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to take up Daniel Negreanu on his high stakes bracelet bet. In mid-June, Negreanu challenged any other player to bracelet bets for the 2020 WSOP and was willing to bet up to $100,000 per player. Vieira was immediately intrigued. So were his friends. "He put it up there on Twitter. He was taking all comers. As soon as I saw the bet, I got a bunch of text messages from friends who were saying, 'Can I get a piece of your action?’, assuming I was going to bet," Vieira said. It didn't take long for Vieira and Negreanu to settle on terms. The player who wins the most bracelets on GGPoker events from August 2 onward wins $100,000 from the other. Whether or not Vieira, and his ever-supportive group of friends, thinks he's the best tournament player in the world or not, he does believe that some of the people betting against Negreanu aren’t giving the six-time bracelet winner enough respect. "I think the high stakes, the super high roller crew, or at least the high stakes community underestimates Daniel’s online ability and his ability to compete. The amount of stacks that he just gets handed because the recreational players are in such awe," Vieira said. "People underestimate him a lot. I’m not going to do that. I just have to do my thing. I’m not competing directly versus him, but I think he’s far better than the younger generation like to admit." Vieira was 15 years old when he started playing basketball for CAB Madeira, the local pro team in his hometown. While playing time may have been in short supply those first few seasons, it was during the frequent road trips across Portugal where he was first introduced to poker. His teammates, some in their 30s with wives and kids at home, were playing cash games in the hotel to kill time. "They were spewing hard. $3/$6 No Limit Hold’em games. For sure, they compete but that’s how it went. We were playing like $1K pots. I was like, 'Well, this is interesting’," Vieira said. "It was never about the money. Then I found out a little bit about the strategy and I went from there. The money never really struck me. It was more about the game itself, the puzzle." While he learned about poker while playing the first game he ever loved, the first game he ever loved prepared him for his life as a professional poker player. Heading into the WSOP Online - or any series, live or online, for that matter - Vieira puts energy towards studying because he knows once the series begins, it’s game time. "I think you have to have the same approach as I did when I played basketball. You do the preseason, you go really hard, you get ready, get your conditioning ready, get your skill set ready, and then when it’s time to play, it’s time to play," Vieira said. "You’re not going to work on your form in the middle of the season, (before) the playoffs. That’s either done or you’re done. That’s it." Motivation has never been hard to find for Vieira. Growing up he ran track, played soccer and basketball and always wanted to be the best. Any statistic he could use as a metric to track his progress - either team or personal - was part of the way he pursued excellence. That carried over when he turned to online poker and admits PocketFives played a role earlier in his career. "All the Triple Crowns, I think I had 15. I was on my way to catch (Chris) Moorman. I was #2 all-time and I was #5 on the PocketFives Rankings and all of that was a big part of my motivation," Vieira said. "Those kinds of challenges, the titles, the scores, the point per game or season, that kind of basketball mentality, that’s what motivates me. To have all of the accolades, the rankings, all of the bracelets, in this case, the stats. That’s what keeps me going." Wanting more than just the one bracelet, Vieira has spent years playing every poker variant with the intent of getting better at it. That desire came from hearing an interview with a Poker Hall of Famer. "A cool thing that Barry Greenstein said once was 'If you’re a true poker player, you play all the games’. I was just starting. I was just a fish at the time and that sentence stuck," Vieira recalled. "I was like, 'Oh yeah, that makes sense. If you really love poker, you love all forms of poker, not just your form of poker. Not just the two cards." The purist in him believes that to be considered one of the best poker players, you have to be able to play more than just one game type. That’s part of the reason why Vieira, a self-described poker purist, loves the annual trip to Las Vegas for the WSOP so much. "That’s my favorite time of the year … Even though I’m European, I think I fully embraced the American mixed game culture. So every time I go (to Las Vegas), it’s a chance that I have to play the $10Ks, the $1,500s, the $3Ks, the non Hold’em events," Viera said. "I want the $1,500 Single Draw, I want the Badeucy, Badacey, whatever they can find. I want it." There have been a number of players who have railed against the WSOP holding 85 bracelet events online this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vieira hears them loud and clear and agrees that the WSOP needs to be vigilant in protecting the brand and the value of the bracelet. "I’m one of the guys that puts a lot of emotional value behind (bracelets). But I know it’s just emotional value, because the difference between the Rio events and the Venetian events, it’s just the bracelets," Vieira admitted. "If the World Series wants to be here in 20 years, they need to protect the emotional value. So they can’t just hand out 300 bracelets a year, otherwise nobody cares in 10 years. And what’s the World Series of Poker without the bracelet’s emotional value? It’s nothing." Over the next six weeks, Vieira plans to be in front of his computer each and every day hunting down WSOP bracelets in an attempt to make it even harder for his colleagues and the rest of the poker community to ignore his place at the top of the game. Even if the bracelets don’t come, Vieira wants to leave his mark on the game he loves so much by simply putting in the work. "I’m 30. I’m young, but this thing goes fast. I know. I always have that idea of mortality in my mind," Vieira said. "One day I’m not going to be here. So as long as I’m going to be here, I’m going to go 100%."
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