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  1. Only one player has held the #1 spot for more weeks than Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy, but while 'lena900' has had 10 turns as the #1-ranked player for 97 weeks, Josephy had one run that lasted an astonishing 74 weeks. That level of success has made Josephy a longstanding favorite of the PocketFives community and his PocketFives Legacy Award, which he won at the 2016 American Poker Awards, earned him the #7 seed in the Clubs bracket and an automatic bye into the second round. If Josephy wants to continue to add to his growing list of accolades, he'll need to survive a Clubs bracket that includes the likes of #1 seed Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez, Fedor Holz, and his former protege Kevin 'BeL0WaB0Ve' Saul. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! p0cket00 (#1) vs StrungOut1 (#16) Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski earned the #1 seed in this bracket thanks to being one of just six players to have worked their way into the #1 ranking on six different occasions. Those six reigns, turned into 28 weeks at #1 for Sikorski which, in addition to his seven Triple Crowns (good for 10th all-time), makes him one of the most accomplished players in PocketFives history. Michael 'StrungOut1' Wasserman held the #1 spot for one week in September 2015. He won two Triple Crowns before having his results no longer tracked by PocketFives. SixthSenSe19 (#2) vs Doc Sands (#15) Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez was ranked #1 on PocketFives on three separate occasions for a combined 21 weeks between October 2016 and March 2017. The Uruguayan has accumulated more than $10 million in lifetime online earnings thanks to PokerStars WCOOP and SCOOP titles as well as partypoker Powerfest wins. His path to Round 2 isn't an easy one though. David 'Doc Sands' Sands might have held the #1 ranking only one time, but his six-week reign and $3 million in online earnings, combined with his status as a popular member of PocketFives, make him a threat to advance. gboro780 (#3) vs SvZff (#14) It somehow feels like Steve 'gboro780' Gross might be a tad underrated as the #3 seed. Gross reached #1 on four separate occasions and has the fourth-longest combined time at #1 at 55 weeks. A majority of Gross' $6.2 million in lifetime earnings came before Black Friday as did his two Triple Crowns. Steven van Zadelhoff is the player standing in Gross' way of a first-round win. The Dutchman earned the #1 ranking in December 2017, just two months after he won the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $1.6 million. He held the top spot for a single week and has $11.4 million in earnings plus a Triple Crown to his credit. r4ndomr4gs (#4) vs aguskb (#13) Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren is part of the army of Swedish superstars who have held the #1 spot. Berggren first took the top spot in May 2014 and held onto it for one week before losing it to fellow Swede Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund. He grabbed it back two weeks later for a final two weeks on top. He's also one of just 13 players with at least $14 Million in earnings. Aaron 'aguskb' Gustavson could be in line for an upset here. Gustavson spent one more week on top than Berggren over his two reigns. djk123 (#5) vs Greenstone25 (#12) With three times on top of the PocketFives Rankings and a pair of WSOP bracelets, Dan 'djk123' Kelly is one of the most decorated players in the field. He no longer plays professionally, but during his time at the top of the Rankings, Kelly was one of the most respected MTT grinders on the planet. His first-round opponent, Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar is another member of the Swedish contingent in the field. Korsar was #1 for three weeks in December 2019 and was only displaced by fellow Swede 'lena900'. 1_conor_b_1 (#6) vs BeL0WaB0Ve (#11) This matchup is going to be one to keep an eye on and could come down to a battle of American and British voters. Kevin 'BeL0WaB0Ve' Saul is a legendary figure to most long-time PocketFivers and his seven-week run at #1 in 2006-2007 helped solidify that position. His longtime popularity makes him a threat to upset the #6 seed, Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford who brings a 29 straight week reign at #1 as his leading credential. He also has $15 Million in earnings and a trophy case full of some of online poker's most prestigious hardware. Tmay420 (#8) vs CrownUpGuy (#9) Some voters may consider live poker success and that makes Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz a threat to upset Tim 'Tmay420' West. Holz became #1 on three occasions, each time holding onto it for a single week. He won the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event and then went onto win more than $32 Million in live tournaments. West was #1 for seven weeks straight beginning in late 2006. He's won more than $4 Million online and nearly the same event in live events. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  2. [caption width="640"] The 2016 November Nine (Joe Giron/WSOP photo)[/caption] To many online poker players, Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy is already a legend. Monday night at the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, Josephy found the most incredible way to add to that status by making the November Nine with the chip lead. The 50-year-old Josephy is looking forward to coming back to the Rio in October for the November Nine festivities and he’s hoping to have a big rail cheering for him. “If I don’t bring back a better rail than I had here today - because my rail was non-existant - which is understandable. I have a bunch of 50 year old friends in New York with jobs. Judging from the advanced or premature texts that I’ve gotten over the past few days, they’re all looking forward and threatening to come here. We won’t be the most raucous rail. We’re not British. We’re not drunks anymore,“ joked Josephy, whos also going to lean heavily on his previous trips to the November Nine. “I was in the audience the first two years of the November Nine with Ylon Schwartz in 2008 and with Joe Cada in 2009 so I will know what to expect and it will not intimidate me one iota.” But Josephy, who spent a record 74 weeks straight as the #1-ranked online poker player in the world from April 2005 to September 2006, isn’t the only former #1-ranked player coming back in October. Griffin Benger, who was ranked #1 a total of five times in his career, is also going. Benger, who wasn’t going to play the Main Event until winning a 888 poker satellite two months ago, finished with 26,175,000 - the seventh best stack. Benger will be a staple of ESPN coverage once broadcasts begin including what is likely to become one of the most talked about hands in WSOP history. Benger raised to 875,000 from UTG and British poker pro William Kassouf bet 2,300,000 from the hijack only to have Benger make it 5,600,000. This sent Kassouf into the tank for several minutes where he talked - as he has been doing for most of the past few days - trying to get information from Benger. Kassouf eventually moved all in for 13,450,000 and Benger snap-called, tabling [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"]. Kassouf showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. The board ran out with no help for Kassouf and he was eliminated in 17th place. During and after the hand the pair exchanged verbal barbs that apparently resulted in WSOP tournament director Jack Effel giving Benger a warning. The player closest to Josephy is Qui Nguyen. The Las Vegas low stakes grinder, ended with 67,925,000. Nguyen has just 28 live cahes and only two of them came in a tournament with a buy-in greater than $1,000. The only previous win on his record came in a $125 nightly tournament at the Aria Casino in 2013. Gordon Vayo, who turned 27 earlier this week, is ecstatic to make the final table after nearly being eliminated on Day 6 when he risked his tournament life with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"] against Jonas Lauck who held [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="td"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"] to give Vayo Broadway and keep him alive. “I was out of the tournament. In my head that was it, it was over, it was done, I was gone. There was no chance I was going to remain in this tournament,” said Vayo, who is third with 49,375,000. “I was stunned. Obviously I was thrilled, but I couldn’t believe it happened and even though it happened, I was looking at it and my brain couldn’t process that it actually happened.” After hovering near the chip lead over the last two days of play, Kenny Hallaert managed to make the November Nine with 43,325,000. “It’s an unbelievable feeling. I’ve never been at this stage and probably never will be again. Probably going to have a beer now and let everything sink in,” said Hallaert. “I have some friends made it to the November Nine and I can ask what their experience was and if they have any tips for me.” Michael Ruane, an online grinder from Hoboken, NJ, sits sixth with 31,600,000. Ruane is an online grinder who has moved around the world with his brother to continue to play online poker. He and his brother now live and play on regulated sites in New Jersey. Czech poker pro Vojtech Ruzicka, who started Day 7 with the chip lead, ended the day with 27,300,000 - just ahead of Benger. Sittting in eighth is Day 5 chip leader Jerry Wong. He has 10,175,00. The shortest stack when play resumes in October will be Fernando Pons. He’ll be returning to just 6,150,000 - just over 12 big blinds. The day began with 27 players all hoping to survive the day and be part of the November Nine. Amongst the 18 players that were eliminated on Monday were former November Niner Antoine Saout, Jared Bleznick, online poker legend James Obst and former CardPlayer Player of the Year Thomas Marchese. Due to the U.S Presidential Election in the first week of November, this year’s November Nine is actually spread over three days beginning on October 30. All three days will be broadcast live on ESPN. November Nine Chip Counts Cliff Josephy - 74,600,000 Qui Nguyen - 67,925,000 Gordon Vayo - 49,375,000 Kenny Hallaert - 43,325,000 Michael Ruane - 31,600,000 Vojtech Ruzicka - 27,300,000 Griffin Benger - 26,175,000 Jerry Wong - 10,175,000 Fernando Pons - 6,150,000
  3. [caption width="640"] The eventual Main Event winner walks away with this special Main Event Champion bracelet.[/caption] Czech poker pro Vojtech Ruzicka ended an abbreviated Day 6 of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event with the chip lead after eliminating two players on two separate hands in the last few minutes of play. Ruzicka ended the day with 26,415,000 which puts him ahead of Michael Ruane and former PocketFives #1 ranked player Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy. Ruane started the day with 5,605,000 and built it up to 24,565,000. Josephy managed to finish the day with 23,860,000 though he can’t seem to recall too many big spots. “I really didn’t do much today. I mean I really did not do much today. I don’t even remember the all in pots that I won,” said Josephy. “I didn’t play any big pots, I didn’t get any controversy. I hit flops, if I defended my big blind I hit the flop.“ Heading into the last day of the summer with a top four stack, the 50 year old Josephy is enjoying the moment and claims he’s able to stay loose and have fun. “Do you see the smile on my face?” said Josephy, the last player in the field who already has a WSOP bracelet. “I don’t feel any pressure. I never feel pressure playing. I always love playing. I don’t know how it affects other people, I don’t know if they blow up. I’m not going to blow up. I’m not going to tilt. If I lose a hand, I lose a hand.” While Josephy is the only WSOP bracelet winner still in the field, he’s not the only one with experience. Antoine Saout, who made the 2009 November Nine, has a shot at joining Mark Newhouse as the only players to make multiple trips to the November Nine. He sees a lot of differences between this year and his first run. “Very different because now I’m a professional. I played a lot during the seven years. I know how to do it during the tournament. I was deep since Day 2,” said Saout. “This is my worst ending with like 26 or 27 (big) blinds for tomorrow. I played great this tournament. I’ve had a good run. I’m confident I can do it.” He’s the fourth smallest stack heading into Day 7, but again recalls his 2009 experience as a reason to be patient. “Even with the short stack you can spin it up and be deep. When I made the final table I was one of the shorter (stacks),” said Saout. “I doubled up once, twice, after I was the chip leader. I almost won it. If I win the first hand (Monday) maybe I can be deep again.” There is one other former #1-ranked PocketFiver still in the hunt for a November Nine berth. Griffin Benger bounced around the Day 6 chip counts and ended with 6,530,000 - the 20th biggest stack. Other notables still in include James Obst, Valentin Vornicu and Tom Marchese. There were 53 players eliminated on Monday including Paul Volpe (29th), Dan Colman (31st), Max Silver (33rd), Chris Klodnicki (45th), Tony Gregg (50th), Dietrich Fast (55th) and Tom Middleton (56th). The final 27 players return at Noon PT on Monday and will play down until only the 2016 November Nine remain. Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts Vojtech Ruzicka - 26,415,000 Michael Ruane - 24,565,000 Cliff Josephy - 23,860,000 James Obst - 19,560,000 Mike Shin - 19,345,000 Valentin Vornicu - 17,450,000 Fernando Pons - 17,270,000 Thomas Miller - 17,185,000 Kenny Hallaert - 15,465,000 Tom Marchese - 15,420,000 Event 69: Michael Tureniec Wins The Little One for One Drop [caption width="640"] Michael Tureniec beat Calvin Anderson heads up to win his first WSOP bracelet[/caption] Sweden’s Michael Tureniec beat out former PocketFives #1-ranked Calvin Anderson to win the $1,111 Little One for One Drop and take home his first WSOP bracelet - the last one available this summer. Tureniec earned $525,520 for the win, the third largest score of his career. “It’s overwhelming to win. It’s the biggest thing you can accomplish in poker,” Tureniec said of the WSOP bracelet. Anderson walked away with $324,597. Another player who made his name online before turning to live poker, Ryan D’Angelo, finished third. The event attracted 4,360 players meaning $483,960 was raised for the One Drop charity. Final Table Payouts Michael Tureniec - $525,520 Calvin Anderson - $324,597 Ryan D'Angelo - $239,232 Sam Ho - $177,695 Thai Tolly - $133,028 Lucas Blanco - $100,380 Samer Al-Shurieki - $76,351 Shai Zurr - $58,543 Guillaume Diaz - $45,254
  4. [caption width="640"] Christian Harder won the first ever PokerStars Championship event on Saturday, defeating Cliff Josephy heads-up to win PokerStars Championship Bahamas (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Just 2.5 months ago Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy was at the final table of the WSOP Main Event with a player he once backed in the pre-Black Friday era of online poker. Josephy eventually finished eventually busted in third while his one-time horse, Gordon Vayo, finished second. Christian Harder improved that narrative on Sunday night at the final table of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event. Josephy finished runner-up while Harder, once also backed by Josephy, took home the title and just over $400,000. It took just seven hands for the first elimination on the night and much to the delight of his legions of fans on PocketFives, it wasn’t Josephy. Harder opened the action, raising to 140,000 from UTG. Rasmus Glaesel moved all in UTG+1 and Harder called. Glaesel showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] and found himself racing against Harder’s [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] to give Harder a full house and eliminated Glaesel in sixth. That handed seemed to provide some momentum for Harder, but it also seemed to spell the beginning of the end for Michael Gentili, who started the final day with the chip lead. Over the course of the next five hours, Gentili saw his chip stack evaporate mostly at the hands of Aleksei Opalikhin. Josephy eventually finished him off. After Harder opened to 275,000, Josephy moved all in for 1,785,000 before Gentil called off the last of his stack from the small blind. Harder folded and Josephy showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] while Gentili had two live cards, [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] flop put Josephy ahead and he stayed there through the [poker card="js"] turn and [poker card="kc"] river to eliminate Gentili in fifth place. At this point Harder had almost 2/3 of the chips in play but again he sat back as another player was eliminated. Josephy opened to 240,000 before Michael Vela re-raised to 1,000,000. Opalikhin called his last 295,000 before Josephy folded. Vela showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"] and Opalikhin tabled [poker card="tc"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"] flop left Opalikhin drawing thin and while the [poker card="th"] turn and [poker card="9c"] river gave the Russian two full houses, they weren’t big enough and he was out in fourth place. Another 90 minutes of play passed with Harder still in command before the next elimination. Harder raised from the button to 350,000, Josephy called from the small blind but Vela moved all in for 1,485,000. Harder and Josephy both called. Harder and Josephy both checked through the [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4d"] board. Harder showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] for ace-high while Josephy tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] for a king-high flush and Vela tabled and mucked [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"] to be eliminated in third place. When heads-up play began Harder held 12,130,000 chips to Josephy’s 9,175,000. Play was paused to allow Harder and Josephy to discuss a chop and after just a few minutes the Americans agreed to a deal that saw Harder take $419,664 and Josephy $403,448 with an additional $10,000 going to the eventual champion. Just 20 minutes later Harder finished Josephy after a preflop all in spot. Josephy raised to 400,00, Harder raised to 1,100,000 and Josephy move all in for just over 6,000,000. Harder called and tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"] which had Josephy’s [poker card="as"][poker card="8h"] dominated. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="ks"][poker card="9c"] board was no help for Josephy and he was eliminated in second place leaving Harder standing tall with the first major title of his career. The $5,000 buy-in event, which replaced the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, attracted 738 entries. Last year the $5,300 buy-in PCA had a field of 928 and Mike Watson took home $728,325 for first. The next PokerStars Championship event is in Panama, March 10 - 20. In the meantime, the PokerStars Festival event hits London, England January 22 - 29. Final Table Payouts Christian Harder - $429,664* Cliff Josephy - $403,448* Michael Vela - $259,980 Aleksei Opalikhin - $191,420 Michael Gentili - $140,940 Rasmus Glaesel - $103,780 Brock Allison - $76,400 John Dibella - $56,260
  5. When the poker industry gathers in Las Vegas Friday night to celebrate the best of 2018 at the Global Poker Awards, PocketFives.com will honor a player who has collected more accolades over the course of his online poker career than any player in the 15-year history of the site. Chris Moorman, one of the most successful players in online poker tournament history, is this year’s recipient of the PocketFives Legacy Award at the Global Poker Awards. “Chris’ success in the online poker world is nearly unmatched. When it came time to pick which player to recognize this year, there was never really any debate,” said PocketFives President & Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley. “We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate one of the most well-respected members of our community on such an important night.” Between 2008 and 2011, Moorman reached the #1-ranking on PocketFives a record 13 times and has held that spot for a total of 24 weeks. He’s the all-time leader in PocketFives Triple Crowns earned with 29 and arguably most impressively, Moorman’s $15,851,900 in online earnings makes him the all-time leader. While he originally made a name for himself in the online poker world, Moorman has also had success in the live arena as well. In 2014, he won the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic Main Event for $1,015,460. He followed that up with a World Series of Poker bracelet win in 2017. His lifetime live earnings are nearly $5.7 million. “It’s a great honor to receive this award. Without PocketFives, I’m not sure I would've had the same drive for success,” said Moorman. “When I discovered the site 10 years ago it motivated me to put in the volume and try to be the best I could be during my early years as a tournament player.” Moorman is the third player to receive the PocketFives Legacy Award. In 2017, Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy received the first PocketFives Legacy Award at the American Poker Awards. The 2018 recipient was Ari Engel. The awards show will be streamed for free on PokerGO Friday at 5 pm PT.
  6. When PocketFives announced the 50 Greatest Players in WSOP History project, Eli Elezra narrowly made the cut, coming in at #50. On Monday, the 58-year-old made a case for an improved ranking the next time around by becoming the 47th player to win at least four bracelets. Elezra's win was the only bracelet victory on Monday as three other events on the schedule dwindled down and two more kicked off. Eli Elezra Wins $1,500 Seven Card Stud Eli Elezra started the final day of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event with the chip lead and though it wasn't a wire-to-wire win, he did eventually beat out Anthony Zinno heads-up to win the fourth bracelet of his career and $93,766. "I'm from the old school. I've still got it here, I've still got a feeling about hands. That's when I know when to fold," Elezra said after his win. "I think in the end though I was lucky because Anthony is a really good player." Elezra and Zinno came into the final table with over 85% of the chips in play and it was simply academic for David Singer, Rep Porter, Tab Thiptinnakon, and Valentin Vornicu to bust in front of them to lead to the seemingly inevitable heads up battle. The pair played for nearly four hours before Elezra prevailed. This is the second time Elezra has won the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. He won the previous one in 2015. Elezra's other two bracelets are in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo (2007) and Limit Deuce to Seven (2013). Final Table Payouts Eli Elezra - $93,766 Anthony Zinno - $57,951 Valentin Vornicu - $39,830 Tab Thiptinnakon - $27,933 Rep Porter - $19,996 David Singer - $14,619 Joshua Mountain - $10,920 Scott Seiver - $8,337 Josh Reichard Leads Final 34 in Millionaire Maker There are just 34 players left in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker and one of them is going to win $1,000,000 this week - well, $1,344,930 to be exact. Josh Reichard, winner of 11 WSOP Circuit rings, leads the final 34 players with 20,645,000. He's the only player with at least 20,000,000 and one of only six with 10,000,000. Included in that second group is Andrew Hinrichsen with 18,700,000 and Cory Albertson with 15,150,000. There are two former #1-ranked PocketFivers in the top 10. Steven van Zadelhoff sits fifth with 10,600,000 and Joao Simao ended up ninth with 9,050,000. Another former #1, Calvin Anderson, finished with the shortest stack at 1,875,000. Samuel Cosby, who started the day with the chip lead, is still alive with 4,085,000. There were 275 players who saw their shot at the seven-figure windfall end on Monday. Some of the notables to bust included Anthony Spinella (41st - $31,224), Jonathan Karamalikis (45th - $31,224), Bruno Politano (48th - $25,511), Joe McKeehen (65th - $17,416) Olivier Busquet (93rd - $10,399), Justin Young (102nd - $8,893), JC Tran (128th -$8,893), Daniel Buzgon (136th - $8,893), Ramon Colillas (145th - $8,893), and 2019 bracelet winner Daniel Strelitz (146th - $8,893). The remaining players return to action Tuesday at Noon and will play down to six players. The final table is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Top 10 Chip Counts Josh Reichard - 20,645,000 Andrew Hinrichsen - 18,700,000 Cory Albertson - 15,150,000 Fabian Gumz - 11,675,000 Steven van Zadelhoff - 10,600,000 Jacob Naumann - 10,565,000 Stephen Nussrallah - 9,960,000 Joao Simao - 9,050,000 Nathan Russler - 7,060,000 Damon Musgrave - 7,045,000 $1,000 Double Stack Needs Third Day; 11 Remain The $1,000 Double Stack event was supposed to be a two-day event, but a larger-than-expected field made that nearly impossible but that's just fine with Jorden Fox and 10 other players still chasing the $420,693 first place prize money. The top three stacks heading into Day 3 all belong to players who call California home. Fox leads with 26,150,000 ahead of Jeffrey Smith with 21,775,000. Scott Vener, a Hollywood music supervisor, sits third with 17,600,000. Reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz was the final player to bust on Monday, finishing 12th for $28,443. Other notables that were sent to the rail on Monday included Adam Levy, Maria Ho, Dylan Linde, former #1-ranked Tim West, Pennsylvani poker pro Zach Gruneberg, Andrew Lichtenberger, Ryan Laplante, and Kelly Minkin. The final 11 players will play down to a winner beginning at Noon. Final 11 Chip Counts Jorden Fox - 26,150,000 Jeffrey Smith - 21,775,000 Scott Vener - 17,600,000 Christopher Andler - 12,675,000 Jayachandra Gangaiah - 12,625,000 Sridhar Natarajan - 10,675,000 Ryan Teves - 8,725,000 Simon Legat - 7,950,000 Andrew Glauberg - 6,025,000 Atrayon Trevino - 4,550,000 Marco Garcia - 4,000,000 Alexander Livingston in Command in $1,500 Eight Game Alexander Livingston almost bagged up 600,000 chips at the end of Day 2 of the $1,500 Eight Game event. He finished with 587,000 and is the only player over 500,000 and the only one over 400,000. Chris Vitch finished with 395,000 for the second best stack on the day. Murilo Souza, who won the $1,500 HORSE event last week, sits third with 383,000. Only 28 of the 225 players who started the day managed to move on to Day 2. Pennsylvania poker is well represented with Chris Klodnicki and Matt Glantz both finding bags at the end of the night. Chris Bjorin, Allen Kessler, and Toby Lewis also stayed alive through the 10 levels of play. There were more than a few notable names that busted on Day 2. Ismael Bojang, Jeff Madsen, Mike Watson, Brian Yoon, Phil Hellmuth, Yuval Bronshtein, David 'ODB' Baker, Phillip Hui, Marco Johnson, Dan Smith, Shaun Deeb, Patrick Leonard, Alex Foxen, and Ian O'Hara didn't move on to Day 2 but did pick up a cash. Day 3 starts at 2 PM PT is scheduled to play down to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Alexander Livingston - 587,000 Chris Vitch - 395,500 Murilo Souza - 383,000 Philip Long - 353,000 John Trumbul - 348,500 Chris Klodnicki - 348,000 Matt Glantz - 342,000 Frederik Brink - 285,500 John Evans - 262,000 Rami Boukai - 257,500 Cliff Josephy Among $600 PLO Deepstack Top 10 Day 1 of the $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event, a new event for 2019, drew 2,577 players with 215 making it through the day. Corey Wright finished as the chip leader with 1,726,000. Former #1-ranked Cliff Josephy made his 2019 WSOP debut on Monday and seems to have made the absolute most of it, finishing in the top 10 Day 1 chip stacks. There were 171 players who busted on Day 1, but still managed to make it into the money. Daniel Negreanu picked up his fifth cash of the 2019 WSOP, finishing 381st for $875. Other notables to pick up a score on Monday included Joseph Cheong, Chris Ferguson, Greg Raymer, Kenny Hallaert, Joao Vieira, and Jesse Sylvia. The event is scheduled to wrap up on Tuesday, with cards in the air beginning at Noon. Top 10 Chip Counts Corey Wright - 1,726,000 Robert Valden - 1,275,000 Ryan Bambrick - 1,159,000 Peter Linton - 1,130,000 Peter Eichhardt - 1,100,000 Rafael Lebron - 1,059,000 Cliff Josephy - 1,009,000 Alex Feiner - 1,003,000 Darko Stojanovic - 987,000 Ioannis Angelou - 970,000 Fewer Runners in $2,620 Marathon Event While most of the No Limit Hold'em events in the early part of the 2019 WSOP schedule have seen an uptick in attendance, the $2,620 buy-in Marathon appears to be the exception. Just 947 players bought in on Day 1, down from the 1,479 who did the same last summer. Registration is open for two more levels on Tuesday (just like 2018). Peter Hong bagged up the chip lead, finishing the six 100-minute levels with 179,000 from a starting stack of 26,200. There's a close group right behind with Christopher Godfrey, Scott Menard, and Thong Ho all finishing with 170,000 or more. There were 466 players who finished Day 1 with chips as 481 were sent to the rail. Matt Berkey, Dietrich Fast, Tristan Wade, Andre Akkari, Jonathan Proudfoot, and Live at the Bike's Ryan Feldman, were just a handful of the notables moving on to Day 2. The event is scheduled to run until Saturday. Top 10 Chip Counts Peter Hong - 179,000 Christopher Godfrey - 177,100 Scott Menard - 171,700 Thong Ho - 170,700 Uri Reichenstein - 163,400 Vladimir Alexandrov - 163,000 Vladimir Revniaga - 156,000 Xi Yang - 155,100 Zu Zhou - 149,000 Roman Korenev - 147,400 Dave Alfa Leads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Day 1 Dave Alfa might be leading $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event, but poker fans around the world could be rejoicing as ESPN commentator Norman Chad finished Day 1 with a top 10 stack. Alfa bagged up 87,900 while Chad finished with 48,600. Longtime PocketFiver Andrew Kelsall finished with 69,700 for the second best stack. Poker Hall of Famer Barbara Enright finished right behind Kelsall with 68,800. The opening day drew 460 runners, down from the 596 last year. Some of the notables among the 195 players to advance to Day 2 include Eric Rodawig, Yuval Bronshtein, Daniel Negreanu, John Racener, Michael Mizrachi, Brian Hastings, and Daniel Zack. Top 10 Chip Counts Dave Alfa - 87,900 Andrew Kelsall - 69,700 Barbara Enright - 68,800 Gregory Yohn - 65,900 Allen Green - 53,600 Bryan Pimlott - 52,100 Eugene Parenti - 51,400 Stephen Clough - 51,200 Anna Wroblewski - 50,200 Norman Chad - 48,600 WSOP PLAYER OF THE YEAR UPDATE Dan Zack won his first bracelet in the opening days of the 2019 WSOP and has made it quite clear he intends to chase down the WSOP Player of the Year title. He now has five cashes this summer, including two since his win, and leads the POY race by Rank Player Points 1 Dan Zack 1,754.40 2 Isaac Baron 1,396.76 3 Femi Fashakin 1,384.62 4 Brett Apter 1,356.43 5 Daniel Strelitz 1,353.20 6 Ben Heath 1,339.27 7 Jeremy Pekarek 1,278.95 8 Frankie O'Dell 1,259.10 9 Ben Yu 1,219.61 10 Scott Clements 1,217.26 STREAMING SCHEDULE The $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven final table featuring Jean-Robert Belland, Prahlad Friedman, Paul Volpe, Darren Elias, and Jim Bechtel gets underway at NOON PT and will be streamed on both PokerGO and CBS All Access. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code “POCKET5S” for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan. TUESDAY at the WSOP
  7. 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.
  8. ClubWPT, the sweepstakes-based online poker membership club of the World Poker Tour, is upping its game for 2020. If a ClubWPT VIP member qualifies for a WPT Main Tour event and then goes on to win that WPT Main Tour event that they qualified, the qualifier will win an additional $1,000,000. The ClubWPT $1,000,000 Bonus comes in addition to any money won from the event itself. "Since 2010, hundreds of thousands of players have honed their skills on ClubWPT, and we’re proud to kick off a new decade with the ClubWPT $1,000,000 Bonus," Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, said. "With millions of dollars at stake in every WPT event, and now a $1,000,000 bonus on the line, ClubWPT is clearly the most rewarding way for players to qualify for a seat on the World Poker Tour." The WPT Gardens Poker Championship is the first event eligible for the ClubWPT $1,000,000 Bonus. Scheduled to start Thursday, January 9, 2020, this event takes place at the Gardens Casino in Southern California and features a $10,000 buy-in. It is the first televised WPT event of Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour, with the TV final table to play out on Tuesday, March 31, at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. Additional events with eligibility for the ClubWPT $1,000,000 Bonus are the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, and WPT Choctaw. A full list of qualifying events will be available soon. In recent seasons of the World Poker Tour, Bruce Collado is the ClubWPT VIP member to run the deepest in a WPT Main Tour event that he qualified for on ClubWPT.com. Collado won his way to the Season XVII WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship and finished in 56th place from the 1,075 entries. Running deep in a big-field event wasn’t something that Collado was new to, as he beat a field of 2,400 entries to win his way to the Borgata event. Collado turned his qualifying ticket into $11,123 for his 56th-place result. The season before, ClubWPT qualifier James McLaughlin also won his way to the WPT Borgata Poker Open. In a field of 1,132 entries, McLaughlin finished in 100th place for $6,993. During his run, McLaughlin got to play with Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy, winner of the first-ever PocketFives Legacy Award. McLaughlin’s in-the-money finish broke a dry streak for ClubWPT qualifiers. Before him, Ernest Evans was the last ClubWPT qualifier to cash in a WPT Main Tour event when he took 62nd from a field 1,476 entries in the Season XIII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $12,000. What Is ClubWPT? ClubWPT is the official subscription online poker game of the World Poker Tour. VIP users pay a monthly subscription fee to gain access to full episodes from every past season of the WPT television show, plus magazine subscriptions, and coupons. Plus, ClubWPT VIP members can play poker to win a share of $100,000 in cash and prizes each month, including seats to World Poker Tour events. It is the seats to those WPT events that can turn into a seven-figure bonus for ClubWPT VIP members. ClubWPT is online poker that operates under sweepstakes rules where allowed. Included in the 36 eligible territories is Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The full list is available on ClubWPT.com. According to ClubWPT.com, starting Wednesday, January 15, 2020, ClubWPT’s VIP membership costs $27.95 monthly, $74.95 quarterly, and $264.95 annually.

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