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  1. [caption width="640"] On Saturday, John Racener won his first bracelet and dedicated the victory to his late mom (WSOP photo)[/caption] Saturday saw two gold bracelets won at the 2017 World Series of Poker. It also saw two events with massive fields record another day in the books. Without further ado, here’s a run through all of Saturday's action. John Racener wins first bracelet in $10K Dealer’s Choice Championship “I've been wanting this forever. I’ve got so many seconds and thirds. I have over $10 million in earnings, but no gold. I've just been wanting to win so bad. I didn't even look at the prize pool. I didn't even know what first place was. I just wanted to win the bracelet. It's all I really cared about. I don’t show much emotion, but when I finally got it, then it was time to celebrate.” Those are the passionate words of an emotional John Racener, the 2010 WSOP Main Event runner up, and your latest 2017 WSOP bracelet winner. Racener’s first taste of WSOP victory came in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship, a coveted event which attracted 102 of poker’s best. When it got down to a final table, there were still several big names remaining including two-time bracelet winner Viacheslav Zhukov, four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow, and 2013 One Drop High Roller runner-up Chris Klodnicki. Schuyler Thornton was the first to leave the final table, followed by the Mouth in fifth. Matusow met his demise in an A-5 Triple Draw hand with Klodnicki on the button. By the third draw Matusow was all-in against Zhukov, who then showed the wheel. Matusow mucked and was eliminated. Dennis Eichhorn then busted to Racener in fourth. Eichhorn had chosen to play Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball, and a pre-draw raising war saw him get all his chips in. In the first draw, Eichhorn took two and Racener took one, before Racener stood pat after the second. Eichhorn tanked and eventually drew one card, which he’d do again on the third draw after Racener stood pat again. Racener showed an eight-six, and Eichhorn was unknowingly drawing dead on the third draw. Klodnicki busted in a pretty standard No Limit Hold’em hand, selected by Racener. He shoved his short stack with the [poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"] and was called by Racener holding the dominating [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"], which held up. Sticking with what Racener considers his “best game”, he’d then win it in a No Limit Hold’em hand - the very first pot of heads-up play. Racener shoved with ace-jack and was Zhukov called with pocket sevens, and a jack on the flop (plus another on the river) was all she wrote. “You have to plan for success,” Racener said after his win. “I always said to myself that I wanted to win my first bracelet for my Mom. She's always been my biggest fan, and she still is from up above.” Racener’s mom passed away four years ago, having been diagnosed with cancer during her son’s 2010 Main Event run. However, Racener says she kept her illness a secret from him, so that he could be in the “best spot” to do well in the Main Event. "That's how much she cared about me. She didn't want me to be all upset or lose focus. “No matter what time of the day it was back home, with the three-hour time span, she would always stay up and sweat me online all night. Even if she had to get up for work at 8 am She would stay up and sweat me until she had to go to work. I just really wanted to win the first one for her.” Final Table Payouts John Racener - $273,962 Viacheslav Zhukov - $169,323 Chris Klodnicki - $117,786 Dennis Eichhorn - $83,263 Mike Matusow - $59,827 Schuyler Thornton - $43,707 Eric Crain - $32,474 James Obst - $32,474 Ben Yu - $24,546 Shawn Buchanan - $24,546 Anthony Marquez takes the gold in Event #16: $1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold'Em [caption width="640"] Anthony Marquez won the first bracelet of his career Saturday in the ,500 Six Max No Limit Hold'em (WSOP photo)[/caption] The second first-time champion to be crowed yesterday was Anthony Marquez, who came out on top in Event #16, the $1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold'Em tournament. This one got 1,748 runners, so naturally there was going to be some stiff competition in the latter stages. That was certainly the case, as Marquez found himself on a final table which included Matt Berkey and Daniel Weinman. However, Berkey would bust out in fifth, following the elimination of Ilkin Amirov in sixth. The short-stacked Berkey moved all-in with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"], which was tank-called by Marquez holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="3s"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="js"][poker card="8h"] flop was an interesting one, giving Berkey a flush and gutshot draw, while Marquez hit top pair. However, the board ran out [poker card="ah"] then [poker card="jd"], securing Marquez the knockout. We then had a double elimination, after Steven Buckner, Weinman and Marquez had a three-way all-in encounter. It was pocket jacks for Buckner, pocket kings for Weinman, and ace-king for Marquez; and after a brutal [poker card="9d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="4h"] runout, Marquez had made the wheel to eliminate both players. Heads-up play would end thanks to a bit of a cooler. On a ten-high flop, Demosthenes Kiriopoulos got all his money in with jack-ten, but found himself dominated by Marquez holding king-ten. He couldn’t find any help, and Marquez - a $100/$200 and $200/$400 Limit Hold’em cash grinder - took it down. "I'm overwhelmed," said Marquez, afterwards. "I'm kind of speechless. I've been knocking on the door. [I've made] a lot of Day 2's and now I'm over the hump. It feels so good. It's a dream come true." Final Table Payouts Anthony Marquez - $393,273 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos - $242,978 Daniel Weinman - $170,477 Steven Buckner - $121,114 Matt Berkey - $87,141 Ilkin Amirov - $63,506 Final table set in $565 PLO There were plenty of well-known casualties during Day 2 of Event #18, the $565 PLO. That’s because this event, which attracted a field of 3,186, broke the record for the largest ever live PLO tournament. The likes of Chris Ferguson, Dermot Blain, Erick Lindgren, Will Failla, Jason Mercier, Ankush Mandavia, Mark Radoja, JC Tran, Adam Owen, and Joey Ingram all made the money, but none could reach the bag-and-tag stage. Only nine players return for Sunday’s Day 3. They’re all playing for a $224,344 first-place prize; here’s how they stack up: Final Table Chip Counts Jessie Bryant - 3,245,000 Igor Sharaskin - 2,010,000 Scott Davies - 1,765,000 Yves Kupfermunz - 1,745,000 Jason Stockfish - 1,650,000 Ryan Wince - 1,610,000 Marek Ohnisko - 1,340,000 Tyler Smith - 1,335,000 John Dallaire - 1,210,000 Millionaire Maker and $1,500 8-Game Mix get going Day 1A of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker kicked off with a bang on Saturday, with 3,439 players taking their seats - more than last year’s 3,088 1A turnout. Just 535 of those runners will return for Day 2, and the man out in front right now is Boris Kolev with 290,700, followed by Barry Hutter (259,900), Scott Skirba (207,500), Michael Falson (191,700), Darwin Giles (185,000), Kevin Saul(146,200), and Jonas Wexler (150,000). Joe Cada (66,700) and ElkY (60,200) also made it through, but some of the notable names who didn’t include Carlos Mortenson, Liv Boeree, Melanie Weisner, Greg Raymer, Andy Frankenberger, Eddy Sabat, Olivier Busquet, Jeff Madsen, Chris Ferguson, Ari Engel, and Sam Abernathy. However, all of them can have another shot at the $1M first-place prize as they can enter Day 1B today (Sunday). Day 1A top counts: Boris Kolev - 290,700 Barry Hutter - 259,900 Scott Skriba - 207,500 Michael Falcon Ravn - 191,700 Darwin Giles - 185,000 Frank Stepuchin - 180,700 Andre Garcia - 169,300 Rick Jones - 154,300 Jonas Wexler - 153,200 Kevin Saul - 146,200 Meanwhile, it was also Day 1 of Event #21 - the $1,500 8-Game Mix 6-Handed, which brought in 472 players. When the bags were brought out, just 106 had survived. Christiopher Vitch leads the bunch, but has stiff competition from the likes of Alex Luneau, Daniel Negreanu, Sam Grafton, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Shaun Deeb and Fabrice Soulier, all of whom sit in the top 10 counts. There will be $145,577 for the winner, and here are those closest right now: Christopher Vitch - 98,700 Alex Luneau - 72,400 Daniel Negreanu - 57,300 Ron Elkins - 55,900 Sam Grafton - 49,800 David "ODB" Baker - 49,600 Carol Fuchs - 48,000 Shaun Deeb - 44,800 Christopher Kirk - 44,600 Fabrice Soulier - 44,000
  2. [caption width="640"] Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson feeling the Player Of The Year the pressure[/caption] This year's World Series of Poker Europe begins Thursday at King's Casino in Rosvadov, Czech Republic and along with it the race for the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year is enters its final lap. Players have 11 bracelet events left in which they can rack up cashes and add-on to their current point totals from this past summer. The player who finishes in first will be crowned the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year, get free entry into the 2018 WSOP Main Event, and have a banner of themselves draped in rooms of the Rio for 2018 and years to come. Former Full Tilt Poker officer Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson has returned to the spotlight and this time he's looking to get away with the WSOP Player of the Year award. After an impressive summer of results, having cashed in 17 events and posting 898.46 points, Ferguson sits atop the current leaderboard putting him in the driver's seat to take the title. Giving Ferguson an extra leg up on those that would overtake him is a free entry into the €10,350 WSOPE Main Event, one of the benefits of being the points leader after the summer in Las Vegas. Right behind Ferguson sits two-time WSOP bracelet Winner, Ryan Hughes (876.35). Hughes is only 22.11 points out of first and after a stellar summer of his own, making three final tables in the midst of 16 cashes, the Arizona grinder find himself in the best position to make a move on first place. Capturing his third WSOP gold bracelet in 2017 in Event #22 ($10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship) helped put well-rounded poker pro John Monnette (865.21) in third place in the POY race. Only 33.25 points out of first, should Monnette decide at the last minute to make the trip to Rozvadov rather than stay in the States to root on his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers, he would be one to watch down the stretch. Former November Niner John Racener (853.16) also won a bracelet, his first, in 2017. His victory in Event #17 ($10,000 Dealers Choice Championship), along with a monster summer, complete with 17 scores at the Rio, catapulted Racener into fourth place – 45.3 points behind Ferguson. The recently-married Racener is currently on honeymoon in Europe, perhaps planning to wrap up the celebration of love with a stop at King's Casino. Over the course of two weeks, Raymond Henson (768.49) sat at 4 final tables and posted a string of five-figure scores allowing him to round out the POY Top 5. His nearly 130 point gap is by no means insurmountable. Using the 2015 WSOP as a barometer, it would require something akin a deep run in the Main Event or an outright victory in a side event, while those above him stay static, in order to make the leap. It seems unlikely though that the Houston resident will make the trip abroad to take a crack at getting the banner. The second half of the top 10 is littered with top-tier pros, all who could make a real run at the crown if the right amount of heat is applied. Two-time bracelet winner Ben Yu (766.49) sits right behind Henson in sixth and poker pro Alex Foxen (754.36) has already confirmed that he'll be in Rozvadov trying to finish strong. Two-time WSOP Player of the Year winner Daniel Negreanu (717.26) has never made any pretenses that he would like to win it yet again. To get there the six-time bracelet winner would need to post some serious results, perhaps even adding a seventh bracelet to his collection could do it. Despite his previous intentions, Negreanu has confirmed that he plans on skipping the WSOPE this year. Italy's Dario Sammartino (710.96) and tournament director turned poker crusherKenny Hallert (686.81) complete the top 10. The fact is, as the formula to determine points this year is based on ROI, taking into account buy-in and amount won, if any of these players, or even some further down on the list, make amazing strides and win all the money they may find themselves earning the prestigious title of World Series of Poker Player of the Year. The sprint to the finish begins when those who make the trek to Leon Tsoukernik's King's Casino take their seats on October 19.
  3. [caption width="640"] Martin Kabrhel couldn't be happier to capture the bracelet in WSOPE Event #3[/caption] With over $3,000,000 in recorded lifetime earnings and a pair of World Series of Poker Circuit rings, Czech Republic poker pro Martin Kabrhel has had much to celebrate in his extensive poker career. On early Thursday morning though Kabrhel reached a new high as he emerged victorious in the WSOPE Event #3 (€1,100 Super Bounty Turbo) on his home turf of the King’s Casino in Rozvadov for €53,557 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. The one-day turbo tournament featured a healthy 325-entry turnout (92 re-entries) and a prize pool of over €214,000. With 20-minute levels and every player carrying a €300 bounty, bustouts were fast and furious throughout the day as the field looked to accumulate enough to take a seat at the final table. Plenty of notable names made the money but fell along the wayside including Kristen Bicknell (32nd), Brandon Cantu (24th), Felipe Ramos (23rd), 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (11th) and Mike Leah (10th) who was knocked out by Kabrhel to bubble the final table. Additionally, current World Series of Poker Player of the Year points leader Chris Ferguson (36th) notched another cash to extend his current lead for the award. Kabrhel had a rocky start to the final table, relinquishing the chip lead for a short amount of time on a failed bluff, but would find his back in control by hunting down his fellow tablemates and putting together a string of knockouts that would take him to the winner's photo. After the elimination of Viktor Kovachev (9th) and Georgios Koliofotis (8th), Kabrhel would call and cover the short stack shove of Bernd Gleissner. Gleissner, all in and behind holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="ts"] against Kabrhel's [poker card="td"][poker card="tc"] found no help on the runout and Gleissner fell in seventh. The newly married former November Niner, John Racener, who is looking to gain ground on Ferguson in the WSOP Player of the Year race, was the next to fall to Kabrhel. In fact, he and Yves Kupfermunz would bow out on the same hand. Kupfermunz shoved his suited [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"] and Racener, who was covered, called off with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"]. When it came around to Kabrhel in the big blind, with the chance for the double knockout, also called holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"]. Though Racener had the best of it preflop by a small margin, the flop ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4s"], putting Kabrhel way in front. The case [poker card="as"] turned, drawing Racener dead and with only three outs left, Kupfermunz's bracelet quest ended in fifth place with the river [poker card="kd"]. Racener's sixth place finish, helped him surge to thrid position on the Player Of The Year leaderboard, now only roughly 50 points behind Ferguson. Only three hands later Kabrhel was at it again. After raising with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] Kabrhel was shoved on by Liran Twito who held [poker card="qc"][poker card="jd"]. Kabrhel snap-calls and while the duo paired their queens, Twito's kicker problems put him on the rail in fourth. Salvatore Camarda later found himself entangled in a pot with Kabrhel. In the big blind three-handed Carmarda held [poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"] on a [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4d"] flop. Bottom pair though was not good enough as the red-hot Kabrhel had the [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"] in the hole. After they checked around, the [poker card="kd"] turned and Kabrhel had yet another opponent drawing dead. Camarda proceeded to get all of his chips in on the next two streets, finishing in third. The first seven eliminations at the final table took all of 31 hands. The heads-up battle between Kabrhel and Germany's Philipp Caranica would take another 58 more. The back and forth battle saw a number of lead changes as both battled for the bracelet. Early in the morning, the first hand after a break, the end finally came as the chip leader Kabrhel and Caranica put all the chips in the middle preflop . Caranica slightly ahead, holding the suited [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] was up against Kabrhel's [poker card="th"][poker card="7h"]. A fortuitous runout of [poker card="jd"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"] brought in the double-gutter backdoor straight draw for Kabrhel, awarding him his seventh knockout of the final table and his first WSOP bracelet. FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS Martin Kabrhel - €53,557 Philipp Caranica - €33,094 Salavatore Camarda - €22,159 Liran Twito - €15,168 Yves Kupfermunz - €10,620 John Racener - €7,609 Bernd Gleissner - €5,582 Georgios Koliofotis - €4,195
  4. The action continues to heat up at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino as the 49th Annual World Series of Poker saw a plethora of events spread throughout the convention area. Two bracelets were awarded, the final table of the Colossus was established and the start of the prestigious $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship got underway. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know from Wednesday (June 6). Paul Volpe Wins Third Bracelet Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship came to a finish as Paul Volpe finished off popular poker TV mainstay Eli Elezra in route to his third career bracelet. “I just ran really good,” Volpe said after taking home the win. “I think a lot of people with the same cards as me would’ve won the tournament. I was playing solid in the beginning, and with Omaha, as there gets to be less people, you get more aggressive.” After having lost the first three players of the final table on Tuesday, the final six returned to play out the remainder of the tournament in an added day four. Elezra, who is a three-time bracelet winner himself, would settle for the $258,297 payday as the runner-up, Volpe takes home $417,921 as the winner. Event #9 Final Table Payouts 1. Paul Volpe - $417,921 2. Eli Elezra - $258,297 3. Adam Coats - $181,374 4. Kyle Miaso - $129,648 5. Viacheslav Zhukov - $94,730 6. Dustin Dirksen - $69,971 7. Robert Mizrachi - $52,866 8. Daniel Zack - $40,715 9. Per Hildebrand - $31,977 Jeremy Harkin Takes Down $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Event #12: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice wrapped up with Jeremy Harkin taking the first place prize of $129,882 and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. “I basically gave up on the dream of ever winning a bracelet last year,” Harkin said. “Everything seemed to click for the last few days.” Harkin, who entered the final day as the chip leader, bested the field of 406 entires and navigated a tough final day that included a number of high-profile players. Despite he effort needed to close it out, Harkin stood resolved. “This is a chance to play and see how I stack up against these guys. I just kinda visualized it. I thought I was playing well. If it didn’t work out, it didn’t work out.” It did work out for Harkin and now his dream of being a gold bracelet winner has finally come true. Players who made the final day but busted before the final table include John Hennigan ($11,930), Chris Klodnicki ($8,815), Mike Leah ($8,815), Jeff Lisandro ($6,698), Chris Bolek ($6,698) and Chris Vitch ($5,238) all of whom have earned at least one WSOP victory in the past. Event #12 Final Table Payouts 1. Jeremy Harkin - $129,882 2. Frankie O’Dell - $80,256 3. George Trigeorgis - $52,130 4. Anthony Arvidson - $34,700 5. James Woods - $23,686 6. Scott Abrams - $16,589 Nine Left In Colossus From a field of over 13,000, only nine players remain in Event #7: $565 Colossus. Headlining the Colossus final table is former November Niner and bracelet winner John Racener. Sang Liu will hold a sizable chip lead to start the day, as he and Scott Margereson are the only two players with over 10,000,000 in chips. The pay jumps are huge in this contest as the winner of this event will be taking home a cool $1 million while the runner-up taking home half of that. The next player to bust will walk with just over $57,000. That said, there’s a lot at stake when this table reconvenes on Thursday. All of the action being broadcast on PokerCentral’s Twitch channel beginning at 3:00 PM PT. Colossus Final Table Stacks 1. Sang Liu - 18,205,000 2. Scott Margereson - 13,855,000 3. Joel Wurtzel - 8,375,000 4. Gunter Dumsky - 6,535,000 5. Song Choe - 5,835,000 6. Roberly Felicio - 4,750,000 7. John Racener - 3,540,000 8. Timothy Miles - 2,810,000 9. Steven Jones - 1,300,000 Dutch Boyd Leads The Way Into Day 3 of Event #13 Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes NLHE started the day with just 224 of the original 1,306 players left in the field. At the end of the day, there were but 29 left with three-time gold bracelet winner Dutch Boyd holding the overnight chip lead. Other notable names to advance to day 3 include Day 2 chip leader Stephen Song, Justin Young, Ankush Mandavia, Daniel Strelitz, and Shaun Deeb. With 196 players making the money there were plenty of players who earned a payday but did not survive the day. Dylan Wilkerson, Jeff Madsen, Chance Kornuth, Nick Schulman, Calvin Anderson, Jeff Gross, Dominik Nitsche as well as former WSOP Main Event Champions Qui Nguyen and Jonathan Duhamel all earned at least the minimum payday of $2,456 in this one. Day 3 resumes at 12:00 noon PT as players will chase the over $315,000 first place prize and the coveted gold bracelet. Top 10 Day 3 Chip Stacks 1. Dutch Boyd - 748,000 2. Stefan Vidojkovic - 744,000 3. Steven Snyder - 497,000 4. Tony Ruberto - 488,000 5. Mark Barrett - 485,000 6. Stephen Song - 455,000 7. Yiannis Liperis - 431,000 8. Romain Lewis - 420,000 9. Jan Christoph Von Halle - 409,000 Three Left In $1,500 NL Lowball Draw There are only three players remaining to compete for the Event #14: $1,500 No Limit Lowball Draw title. One of them is chip leader Daniel Ospina, who holds a commanding chip lead. But the story here is that another one of them is Shaun Deeb. The same Shaun Deeb who survived into Day 3 of Event #13. Deeb was live multi-tabling, rushing back and forth between tournaments and maintain a stack in both and now he’ll be entering Thursday for a chance to win two bracelets in the same day. Of the 206 runners who started the tournament, only 55 returned for Day 2 with 39 promised a payday. Mike Wattel ($24,920), Michael Gathy ($9,263), Ray Henson ($5,420), Maria Ho ($3,522), David Prociak ($3,522), Ian Steinman ($3,522), Owais Ahmed ($2,959), Jesse Martin ($2,557) and last year’s champion Frank Kassela ($1,138) all found their way into the money, but ultimately fell on Day 2. The final table plays to a conclusion starting at 2 pm PT. Final three chip counts 1. Daniel Ospina - 1,144,000 2. Shaun Deeb - 477,500 3. Timothy Mcdermott - 429,500 Damjan Radanov Holds Chip Lead In H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 of Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. saw 731 runners take their seats and at the end of a long day, 256 survived to return for Day 2. The prize pool swelled to just under $1 million with a first place prize of over $200,000 to the eventual winner. The man in the best position right now is Damjan Radanov who bagged the overnight chip lead. However, there are plenty of notable names who survived the day and will be gunning to run deep. Matt Grapenthien, Chris Bell, Matt Woodward, Ryan Laplante, Brian Hastings, Mark Gregorich, Scott Clements, Brock Parker, James Obst, Fabrice Soulier, Chris Tryba, Barry Greenstein, Brandon Shack-Harris, Mike Leah and 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth are amongst those still in the hunt. Top 10 Day 2 Chip Stack For Event $15 1. Damjan Radarnov - 98,600 2. Walter Treccarichi - 77,800 3. Manelic Minaya - 72,300 4. Thomas Chung - 64,700 5. Connor Berkowitz - 63,800 6. Aron Dermer - 63,000 7. Matthew Schultz - 59,000 8. Derek Raymond - 56,800 9. Alexander Kuzmin - 55,800 10. Sandeep Vasudevan - 52,300 It's The Sweet 16 In The $10K Heads-Up Championship A total of 114 of some of the world’s best players posted their $10,000 to take part in the 2018 WSOP Heads-Up Championship. Of those 114, 14 received a bye to the Round of 64 while the other 100 effectively had a play-in round (and they each received half their buy-in back). By the end of the day, three rounds had been played and only 16 players remained. Players who made it through to the sweet 16 include 2018 Super High Roller Bowl Champion Justin Bonomo, Galen Hall, Niall Farrell, Kan Kalas, Kahle Burns, Jason Mo and Scott Seiver. Players return at 12:00 noon PT on Thursday to play down to 8 where they will reach the money. Streaming coverage of the event begins at 1:00 pm PT on PokerGo. Upcoming Action (June 7): Another pair of events will begin on Thursday. The first will be Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed which begins at 11:00 AM PT. Then, an event that is likely to bring out the biggest names in poker, Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed. Professionals of every discipline, with 19 total games to choose from, will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday. Defending champion John Racener will be focused on the final table of Colossus while analysts will be looking to see if the field will best last year’s turnout of 102 runners. Professionals in every discipline will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday.
  5. The 2018 World Series of Poker gets cards in the air on Wednesday afternoon. Whether you're making the trip to Las Vegas to chase a bracelet of your own or if you're just a fan excited to tune in from home, our weekly guide will get you hyped and prepared for the week ahead. Let's Get This Party Started The pomp and circumstance that will come with Wednesday's opening two events is all fine and dandy, but the biggest event of the first week has a six-figure buy-in and in all likelihood, a field full of the best players in the world. Event #5, the $100,000 No Limit High Roller, starts Friday - just long enough for the wounded souls from the Super High Roller Bowl to regroup and get ready for more high stakes battles. You can count former #1-ranked PocketFiver and Germany's all-time leading money winner Fedor Holz as ready to go. 2018 WSOP Week 1 Schedule Day Event # Event Defending Champion Wednesday 1 $565 Casino Employees Bryan Hollis Wednesday 2 $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NONE Thursday 3 $3,000 NL Shootout Upeshka de Silva Thursday 4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Benjamin Zamani Friday 5 $100,000 NL High Roller NONE Friday 6A $365 NL Giant Dieter Dechant Saturday 7A $565 Colossus Thomas Pomponio Saturday 7B $565 Colossus -- Saturday 8 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Jesse Martin Sunday 7C $565 Colossus -- Sunday 9 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Abe Mosseri Get Your Popcorn Ready Between the 16 final tables streaming on PokerGO and the 30 that are being shown for free on Twitch this year, poker fans probably won't need to leave their couch. The first week is a bit rough though as just three events will make it to air, but that includes Day 3 of the $100,000 High Roller. 2018 WSOP Week 1 Live Streaming Schedule Day Time (ET) Event Outlet Saturday 4:00 PM $3,000 NL Shootout FT PokerGo Saturday 6:00 PM $1,500 Omaha 8 FT Twitch Sunday 6:00 PM $100,000 High Roller Day 3 Twitch News & Notes There were three players who managed to pick 20 or more cashes during the 2017 WSOP: Chris Ferguson (23), John Racener (21) and Mike Leah (20). Prior to last year, the record for most cashes in a single year was 13 by Roland Israelashvili in 2016. The Player of the Year system was overhauled yet again this year after players complained that the system in place for 2017 gave too much credit for min-cashes and lower buy-in events. Ferguson rode those 23 cashes, which included a bracelet win at WSOP Europe, to POY honors and will have his POY banner unveiled Wednesday. The annual $25,000 buy-in WSOP Fantasy Draft was held Tuesday night at the Aria, with 15 teams participating. The players who went for the most in the auction were Daniel Negreanu ($131 - an all-time record), James Obst ($129), Stephen Chidwick ($97), Jason Mercier ($91) and Racener ($88). Teams each had $200 to bid on players to fill their eight-spot roster.
  6. The record-setting WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic wrapped up at Bellagio in Las Vegas, with the $10,400 Main Event attracting a huge field of 1,001 entries and featuring some of poker's biggest names. In addition to the Main Event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule featured several events with five-figure buy-ins and one with a six-figure price of entry. Here are the winners from a tremendous week of poker in Sin City. The biggest winners overall from these high buy-in events, excluding the $10,400 Main Event, were Jake Schindler, Jason Koon, Seth Davies, Chris Hunichen, and Dominik Nitsche. Although he didn't earn the most money, it's certainly worth noting that Sam Soverel cashed in four of these events for a total of $314,500. No one else cashed in more than two. Ladines Wins First $10,000 PLO Event The first two high roller events on the schedule were both $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournaments. The first one attracted 35 entries for a $350,000 prize pool and saw the top five places make the money. Joshua Ladines took the event’s title and $128,090 top prize, with both Brian Rast and Sam Soverel finishing in the money. Joshua Ladines - $128,090 John Riordan - $102,910 Jonathan Abdellatif - $56,000 Brian Rast - $35,000 Sam Soverel - $28,000 Soverel Takes Second $10,000 PLO Event In the second $10,000 PLO event, a group of familiar faces was back in the money. Soverel topped the field of 29 entries to win the title and $116,000, Ladines finished third for $46,400, and WPT Five Diamond wonder boy Ryan Tosoc scored fifth for $23,200. Tosoc notably finished second in the Season XV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.134 million before going on to win the event in Season XVI for $1.958 million. Sam Soverel - $116,000 Jonathan Depa - $75,400 Joshua Ladines- $46,400 Michael Song - $29,000 Ryan Tosoc - $23,200 Hennigan Captures $10,000 8-Game Mixed Title If you know Bellagio, you know it’s home to the most iconic high-stakes poker room in the world, Bobby’s Room. It’s where the game’s elite compete for astronomical cash-game stakes, but during WPT Five Diamond some of those players shifted their focus to tournament play, specifically in the $10,000 buy-in 8-Game Mixed High Roller. The tournament generated 24 entries, and it was none other than five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member John Hennigan taking home the top prize of $110,400. John Hennigan - $110,400 Ben Yu - $67,200 Randy Ohel - $38,400 John Racener - $24,000 Loeser and Fox Chop First $25,000 High Roller In the first of three $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments on this year’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic slate, 42 entries were generated to create a prize pool of $1.05 million. The top six places paid, and the top two spots went to Manig Loeser and Elio Fox in a chop that earned each player more than $300,000. Loeser scored first place for $321,300, and Fox took second for $308,700. Manig Loeser- $321,300 Elio Fox - $308,700 Jake Schindler - $168,000 Dan Smith - $105,000 Cary Katz - $84,000 Nick Petrangelo - $63,000 Petrangelo Wins Second $25,000 High Roller The second $25,000 buy-in tournament attracted 47 entries and generated a $1.175 million prize pool. The top seven places reached the money, with several notables cashing. None earned more than Nick Petrangelo, though, who chopped the event heads up with Sergio Aido to take home the winning prize of $289,944. Aido scored $287,634 for second. Petrangelo was coming off a sixth-place result for $63,000 in the first $25,000 event of this series. Soverel, who finished in the money of the first two high rollers on the schedule, including winning one for $116,000, finished sixth in this event for $70,500. Nick Petrangelo - $289,944 Sergio Aido - $287,634 Seth Davies - $256,672 Ben Yu - $117,500 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - $94,000 Sam Soverel - $70,500 Rainer Kempe - $58,750 Davies Victorious in Third $25,000 High Roller The third and final $25,000 high roller tournament on the WPT Five Diamond schedule drew 50 entries for a $1.25 million prize pool. The top eight places reached the money, and it was Seth Davies taking the title and $341,920 in first-place prize money. The win came just days after Davies took third in the previous $25,000 high roller event during the series of $256,672, as you can see above. Davies did a deal with Isaac Haxton in second place, who earned $320,580. The money was filled with notable high rollers, including Alex Foxen taking third for $175,000. Foxen has had himself quite a 2018 and is closing it strong both on the live felt and the virtual felt. In the online world, Foxen recently achieved a new all-time high in the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. You'll also notice Soverel's name appearing in the in-the-money places once again, this time for fifth place, worth $100,000. Seth Davies - $341,920 Isaac Haxton - $320,580 Alex Foxen - $175,000 David Peters - $125,000 Sam Soverel - $100,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $75,000 Rainer Kempe - $62,500 Elio Fox: $50,000 Schindler Defeats Koon for $100,000 Super High Roller Victory The final big buy-in event from the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule this year was the $100,000 Super High Roller. The event drew 37 entries to Bellagio for a $3.7 million prize pool and the top six spots reached the money. Earning the $1.332 million first-place prize was Jake Schindler. Adding that score to the $168,000 he won earlier in the series for taking third place in one of the $25,000 high rollers, Schindler scored $1.5 million in prize money at Bellagio this December. Schindler beat out Jason Koon for the win, and Koon took home $888,000 for his second-place finish. Jake Schindler - $1,332,000 Jason Koon - $888,000 Chris Hunichen - $592,000 Dominik Nitsche - $370,000 Ben Tollerene - $296,000 Talal Shakerchi - $222,000
  7. 2019 marks the 50th annual World Series of Poker. The most prestigious poker festival in history has played a pivotal role in creating many of the legends and superstars of the game. To commemorate the occasion, PocketFives editorial staff each ranked the top 50 players in WSOP history in an effort to define and rank the most important, influential, and greatest WSOP players of all time. #50 - Eli Elezra BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 59 $1,882,898 20 When Eli Elezra picked up his first WSOP cash in 1999, nobody knew that it would lead to a career that included 58 more cashes and three gold bracelets. Elezra's first bracelet win came in 2007 when he beat Scotty Nguyen heads up to win the $3,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo title. He defeated another Poker Hall of Famer to win his second bracelet, outlasting Daniel Negreanu in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw event in 2013. He won his third bracelet in 2015, taking down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Of his 59 cashes, 14 are in $10,000 Championship events, including three WSOP Main Event cashes. #49 - Mickey Appleman BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 48 $1,188,108 25 Mickey Appleman's four WSOP bracelets span 23 years. After playing his first WSOP in 1975, Appleman won the first bracelet in 1980 in a $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event. His other wins came in 1992 ($5,000 No Limit 2-7), 1995 ($5,000 Limit Hold'em), and 2003 ($2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em). In 1987 and 2000, Appleman made the final table of the WSOP Main Event, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively. He has three other Main Event cashes (1989, 1990, 2011). #48 - Amarillo Slim Preston BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 12 $437,265 4 'Amarillo Slim' took poker to the mainstream after winning the 1972 WSOP Main Event. As much as he seemed to revel in the spotlight provided by The Tonight Show and 60 Minutes, Preston continued to prove his mettle at the table as well. Along with the 1972 win, he earned bracelets in 1974 ($1,000 No Limit Hold'em), 1985 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys), and 1990 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha). #47 - Max Pescatori BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 73 $2,527,086 18 In the 15 years that Italy's Max Pescatori has been coming to the WSOP, he's amassed 73 cashes and his four bracelet wins have come in four different games. He won a $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event in 2006, a $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha/Hold'em event in 2008 and then won the $1,500 Razz and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship events in 2015. #46 - Vanessa Selbst BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 29 $2,201,877 11 It took Vanessa Selbst just nine years to go from respected online poker grinder to three-time WSOP bracelet winner. In 2008, she won a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event for her first bracelet. She followed that up by winning a $2,500 10-Game Mixed bracelet two years later. Her third bracelet came in a $25,000 Mixed Max No Limit Hold'em event in 2014. "Vanessa Selbst is one of the most important players in the modern WSOP era, and it's a shame we may not get to realize the extent of what her dominance could have been as she's moved on from playing poker full time. Her résumé speaks for itself, and if she were to ever return to playing a full WSOP schedule, she'd easily be one of the top contenders to win WSOP Player of the Year." - PocketFives Managing Editor, Donnie Peters. #45 - John Racener BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 1 71 $7,948,710 19 John Racener might be most famous for his runner-up finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, but he's also picked up 70 other cashes covering nearly every game offered by the WSOP. Proving his mixed game abilities, Racener's sole WSOP bracelet came in the $10,000 Dealer's Choice event in 2017. He's finished seventh and 11th in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and has eight cashes in $10,000 Championship events. “Some may just remember John Racener from his final table appearance at the November Nine, with his front row seat to one of the wildest hands that ever took place during the WSOP between Jonathan Duhamel and Joseph Cheong. However, he’s been a cashing beast year-in and year-out during the series since 2007. He won a bracelet in the difficult field of the 2017 $10K Dealer’s Choice and he’s racked up a total of 68 cashes during the summer series and another six in Europe.” - PocketFives Senior Writer, Jeff Walsh. #44 - John Monnette BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 67 $2,341,395 21 More than two-thirds of John Monnette's WSOP cashes have come in games other than No Limit Hold'em. As a further testament to his diversity, Monnette's three gold bracelets came in $2,500 Eight Game Mix (2008), $5,000 Seven Card Stud (2012), and $10,000 No Limit 2-7 (2017). His 21 top 10 finishes include three runner-up finishes and four third-place finishes. "The only thing keeping John Monnette from more WSP success is the high-stakes cash game scene during the summer in Vegas, because he is as good as they come when it comes to mixed events. Although we always focus on bracelets, Monnette is a great example of how we should look a little deeper. He has three finishes in second place and four in third place. It takes an incredible amount of skill to consistently reach the top three in gold bracelet events, and Monnette is there what seems like every single year." - Donnie Peters. #43 - Paul Volpe BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 47 $3,567,941 14 Paul Volpe, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, has won three WSOP bracelets while also picking up 20 cashes in $10,000 Championship events. On top of that, he's finished sixth and 11th in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Volpe has also put together three deep runs in the Main Event, finishing 20th (2012), 29th (2016), and 142nd (2018). "The early days of the WSOP were all about the best going against the best. Paul Volpe's success comes in a very different era, but it's all come in events where he's up against the elite poker players in multiple variants. He's a throwback in many ways. The fact he's able to crush the $10K Championship events with consistency is a testament to just how talented Volpe is to his craft." PocketFives Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley. #42 - Robert Mizrachi BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 63 $3,096,947 19 Robert Mizrachi won his first bracelet in 2007, beating 312 other players in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event before picking up a bracelet each year between 2014 and 2016. His four wins came in four different variations: Pot Limit Omaha, Dealer's Choice, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha Hi-Lo. He's cashed three times in both the $50,000 Players Championship and the Main Event. #41 - Dewey Tomko BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 45 $2,674,848 29 Dewey Tomko won three bracelets, including two in 1984, but might most famously be remembered for being one of four players in WSOP history to finish runner-up in the Main Event twice. In 1982, Tomko came second to Jack Strauss, and then 19 years later, ended up one spot behind Carlos Mortensen. Tomko's three bracelets are in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event (1979), $10,000 No Limit 2-7 (1984), and $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys (1984). For more discussion on PocketFives' Top 50 Greatest Players in WSOP History, check out the latest episode of The Fives podcast. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher Stay tuned to PocketFives as we continue to count down the 50 greatest players in WSOP history leading up to the start of the 2019 festival.
  8. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event went from 1,286 players down to 354 on Tuesday Those left are deep in the money and guaranteed $34,845, and it’s Dean Morrone holding the chip lead entering Day 5. Former NFL star Richard Seymour was one of the big stacks to advance. Morrone Leads the Way Morrone is a Canadian player and a qualifier from 888poker. He’s making his first career WSOP cash with his run in this year’s WSOP Main Event and it’s also his largest live tournament score to date as he entered the tournament with just $10,138 in live earnings. Morrone entered Day 4 with 365,000 before he went on to finish with 4.98 million and the lead. Other big stacks in the group behind Morrone on the leaderboard were Lars Bonding (4.04 million), Michael Messick (3.925 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (3.9 million), and Henrik Hecklen (3.862 million) to round out the top five. Morrone’s fellow 888poker qualifier Mihai Manole finished the day with a very healthy 3.781 million. Top 10 Chip Counts Dean Morrone - 4,980,000 Lars Bonding - 4,040,000 Michael Messick - 3,925,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 3,900,000 Henrik Hecklen - 3,862,000 Mihai Manole - 3,781,000 Robert Heidorn - 3,700,000 Sean Mills - 3,692,000 Christopher Wynkoop - 3,563,000 Andrew Brokos - 3,518,000 Former NFL Star Richard Seymour On the Rush Former NFL star and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour was among those to advance to Day 5. He spoke with The Fives Poker Podcast at the end of Day 3 about his sixth time playing the WSOP Main Event being a charm and things only got sweeter on Tuesday. Seymour came into the day with 275,000 and quickly got his stack up to 400,000. It wasn’t long before he reached 1 million in chips and then the progression only continued after he was moved to one of the secondary features tables. Seymour bagged up 2.75 million in chips, but he wasn’t the only former NFL player to move on. Eric Stocz, who spent time in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, reached the money in the WSOP Main Event for the second time in his poker career. He’s already outperformed the 402nd-place finish he netted in 2011 that earned him $30,974 and will only be looking for more. Stocz bagged 350,000 for Day 5. Former PocketFives #1 Players Performing Well A handful of former PocketFives #1 players are performing well and have advanced to Day 4 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Fabrizio Gonzalez bagged 2.916 million, Chris Hunichen finished with 2.617 million, and Yuri Dzivielevski ended with 1.79 million. Hunichen bagged those chips despite losing one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far. He got involved in a big one with David Guay and Guay flopped a set of tens against Hunichen’s pocket kings. The hand resulted in a full double for Guay and took a dent of about 1.2 million out of Hunichen’s stack. Eight from Pennsylvania Still Alive Pennsylvania online poker has been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When sites do go live there will be a handful of players with some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs in this WSOP Main Event. Eight players from Pennsylvania remain, with Thomas Parkes of Alburtis finishing Day 4 with the most chips at 3.172 million. Pittsburgh’s Chad Power is next with 2.78 million, and then it’s Matthew Sabia (1.81 million), Kenneth Smaron (1.806 million), Edward Pham (1.43 million), Jake Schindler (1.168 million), Donald Dombach (799,000), and Matt Glantz (690,000). Yoon, Esfandiari, Cheong Among Bracelet Winners Remaining In addition to all the names that have been mentioned, Brian Yoon (2.622 million), Antonio Esfandiari (2.583 million), Craig McCorkell (2.5 million), Chris Wallace (1.98 million), and Joseph Cheong (1.958 million) represent some of the WSOP gold bracelet winners still in the field. Yoon and Esfandiari are both three-time gold bracelet winners who have had some deep runs in the WSOP Main Event before. Yoon has finished in the top 60 on three separate occasions (2018, 2016, and 2011), and Esfandiari finished 24th in 2009. McCorkell took 13th in 2014, and Wallace finished 32nd in 2017. We also know very much about Cheong’s third-place finish behind Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener in 2010 that earned him $4.13 million. All Former Main Event Champs Gone Of course, not every player could advance. Three former WSOP Main Event champions began the day, with Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Qui Nguyen still in the field, but all three of them busted out on Day 4. Moneymaker finished 687th for $20,200, Chan took 560th for $24,560, and Nguyen went out 455th for $30,780. Nguyen’s bust came when he got the last of his chips in with pocket fives only to lose out to an opponent’s two sixes. With no former WSOP Main Event champions in the field, we will see a brand new winner in 2019. Others to bust on Day 4 were Ricky Guan (362nd - $34,845), Scott Lazar (388th - $34,845), Jean-Robert Bellande (415th - $30,780), Bryan Campanello (435th - $30,780), Josh Arieh (485th - $27,390), Adam Owen (570th - $24,560), and Cliff Josephy (759th - $20,200). Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Wednesday, July 10 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
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