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  1. Tony Dunst topped a 1,361-entry field to win World Series of Poker Online Event #21 ($777 Six Max NLHE) to give him the second WSOP bracelet and a $168,342 payday early Wednesday morning. Dunst eliminated four of his final five opponents at the final table and held the chip lead for all but a few moments on his way to victory. The win comes four years after Dunst, also a World Poker Tour commentator, won his first bracelet in a $1,000 NLHE tournament. Dunst's path of destruction at the final table started with Jon Turner as the first casualty. Dunst raised to 300,000 from UTG before Turner moved all in for 462,593 on the button. Dunst called and showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"] while Turner tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="9d"]. The flop came [poker card="jc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4c"] to give Dunst top pair and Turner second pair. Neither the [poker card="4d"] turn or [poker card="th"] river was any help for Turner and he was out in sixth. Dunst waited all of two minutes before busting another player. Krista 'Pollux' Gifford moved all in from the button for 764,508 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="th"] and Dunst moved all in over the top from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"]. The board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="8s"] to give Dunst the pot and eliminate Gifford in fifth place. Four-handed play last 15 minutes a blind versus blind battle saw one player sent home. From the small blind, 'ilosestackz' moved all in for 1,555,996 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="8c"] and 'paymycollege' called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4s"] flop gave 'paymycollege' a strangle hold which stayed through the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="8h"] river to eliminate 'ilosestackz' in fourth. Dunst resumed his role as table captain and 15 minutes later sent the tournament to heads up. Alec 'Tango_Bravo' Parslow raised to 350,000 from the small blind and Dunst moved all in from the big blind. Parslow called and then tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"] to Dunst's [poker card="as"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Parslow to reason for concern. The [poker card="8h"] turn gave Dunst an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="jd"] river completed that straight toeliminate Parslow in third and gave Dunst 65% of the chips in play. Over the next 15 minutes, 'paymycollege' took a slight chip lead before losing all but half of a big blind when Dunst made a flush again their straight on a [poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="qh"] run out. Two hands later it was over. 'paymycollege' shoved from the button for 230,992 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="3s"] and Dunst called from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="jc"] to eliminate 'paymycollege' in second and give Dunst the second bracelet of his career. Final Table Payouts Tony Dunst - $168,342 paymycollege - $103,940 Alec Parslow - $72,215 ilosestackz - $50,779 Krista Gifford - $36,203 Jon Turner - $26,199 Faces in the Crowd For the 13th time this Series, Ryan Laplante managed to work his way into the money before busting in 99th for a $1,524.32 score. Both Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth also earned a cash on Tuesday. Negreanu finished 30th for $5,144.58 while Hellmuth came in 114th for $1,429.05. Among the other notables who cashed on Tuesday were Alan 'GladiusIII' Goehring (26th - $5,144.58), Ari Engel (39th - $3,429.72), Vanessa 'ContainsNuts' Kade (55th - $2,000.67), Ryan 'bitc0in' Riess (60th - $2,000.67), Ian 'apokerjoker2' Steinman (69th - $1,810.13), Jason Somerville (87th - $1,619.59), and Event # 1 winner Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler (89th - $1,619.59).
  2. The weekend brought out all of the superstars to the halls of the Rio for the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. As one more tournament came to a conclusion, one of the largest tournaments of the summer, the Millionaire Maker, saw thousands of players begin their latest journey. Here’s a wrap-up of everything that happened on Saturday (June 9) at the WSOP. Zhigalov Wins H.O.R.S.E. It only took 20 minutes on an unscheduled Day 4 for Andrey Zhigalov to defeat Timothy Frazin heads-up in Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Zhigalov wins the $202,787 first place prize and his first career WSOP gold bracelet. After a three hour battle on Day 3 late into the night, play was suspended for the night and the pair came back ready to go back to war. However, a long match was not in the cards and an excited Zhigalov closed out a career-defining win. “I was excited to make Day 2, then I got excited to make Day 3, and then here I was on Day 4,” Zhigalov said, speaking about his journey. “I usually only play limit mixed games. When I play Hold’em and look down at two cards, I think ‘Where are my other cards? Two cards is kind of boring.” Final Table Results For Event #15 1. Andrey Zhigalov - $202,787 2. Timothy Frazin - $125,336 3. Bradley Smith - $87,769 4. Matt Woodward - $62,379 5. Nicholas Derke - $45,006 6. Sandeep Vasudevan - $32,971 7. Scott Clements - $24,531 8. JW Smith - $18,541 Schulman, D’Angelo Final Table Event #17 Bracelet winner Joey Weissman will head into the final table of Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed with a substantial chip lead. However, he’s not the only bracelet winner to reach the final six, in what turned out to be a stacked final table. Popular poker pro and two-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman, as well as bracelet winners Ryan ‘g0lfa’ D’Angelo and China’s Yue Du will also be in the hunt for the $378,743 first place prize. The day started with 27 players and so it only took a swift six hours of play to whittle the field down to the final table. The final six will reconvene at 12:00 noon on Sunday to play to a winner with the final table live-streamed on PokerGo beginning at 1:00 pm PT. Event #17 Final Table Chip Counts 1. Joey Weissman - 3,683,000 2. Ognyan Dimov - 2,560,000 3. Ryan D’Angelo - 2,350,000 4. Antonio Barbato - 2,205,000 5. Nick Schulman - 861,000 6. Yue Du - 796,000 Three Left In $10K Dealer’s Choice The evening came to an end in Event #18: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice with three players remaining to play for the bracelet and the $293,275 first place prize. Bracelet winner Adam Friedman holds the chip lead over Alexey Makarov and Stuart Rutter when the trio return to wrap this up Sunday afternoon at 2 pm PT. Chris Klodnicki ($90,713), David “ODB” Baker ($65,308), Anthony Zinno ($35,082) and Jesse Martin ($26,184) were among the 13 players who started the day but were ultimately busted during the day. Final Table Chipstacks In Event #18 1. Adam Friedman - 3,075,000 2. Alexey Makarov - 1,325,000 3. Stuart Rutter - 1,145,000 Unofficial Final Table Set for $565 PLO Day 2 of Event #19: $565 Pot Limit Omaha is in the books and only ten of the 100 players that started the day remain with chips. Canada's Maxine Heroux returns as the chip leader when the unofficial final reconvenes to determine a winner of the WSOP gold bracelet and the over $181,000 first place prize. Joining Heroux and in pursuit of his fourth WSOP victory is fellow Canadian and former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel will enter the day as the only bracelet winner at the final table and fifth in chips. The contest will be settled on Day 3 which begins Sunday at 2 pm PT. Event # 19 Final Table Chip Counts 1. Maxime Heroux - 2,530,000 2. Criag Varnell - 1,570,000 3. Ilian Lu - 1,410,000 4. Christopher Trang - 1,350,000 5. Jonathan Duhamel - 1,120,000 6. Seth Zimmerman - 1,020,000 7. Jason Lipiner - 850,000 8. Conway Frankenheimer - 760,000 9. Omar Mehmood - 700,000 10. Shaome Yang - 635,000 $5K Big Blind Ante Enters Final Day The elite field of Event #20: $5,000 Big Blind Ante NLHE slimmed down to just 24 after a long day of Day 2 play. At the end of the day, Chris Bolek claimed the overnight chip lead, However, there are plenty of big-name, high-stakes crushers hot on his heels. A number of notable names still remain to vie for the $537,710 first place prize including Jake Schindler, Shawun Buchanan, Seth Davies, Michael Gagliano, Kristen Bicknell and David Peters. There were also plenty of players who managed to make the money but were unable to survive the day. Dominil Nitsche ($14,572), Justin Bonomo ($12,331), Bryn Kenney ($10,639), Humberto Brenes ($8,506), Erik Seidel ($7,860), Kitty Kuo ($7,860) and Olivier Busquet ($7,435) all hit the payout cage on Day 2. Event #20 is scheduled to play to a winner on Day 3 starting at 2 pm PT on Sunday. Event #20 Top 10 Chip Stacks 1. Chris Bolek - 1,129,000 2. Kenneth Smaron - 990,000 3. Jake Schindler - $926,000 4. Ran Ilani - 924,000 5. Shawn Buchanan - 846,000 6. Seth Davies - 812,000 7. Asi Moshe - 698,000 8. Peter Neff - 683,000 9. David Laka - 673,000 10. Patrick Truong - 655,000 Over 3000 Register For Milly Maker Day 1A Event #21: $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker saw 3,046 runners flood the convention halls of the Rio to take their shot at turning a little bit of money into a lifetime score. At the end of the day, Canadian Kyle Hartree ran his stack up to bag the overnight chip lead for this opening flight. There were a number of notable names who also managed to end the evening with a top 10 stack including James Dempsey, JC Tran, Blair Hinkle, Jack Sinclair, Michael Gathy and Faraz Jaka. Plenty of poker superstars survived the day as well. Main Event Champions Ryan Reiss, Martin Jacobson, Joe Cada, Joe McKeehen, Chris Ferguson and Phil Hellmuth all made it through with healthy stacks. Also still left in the field is Shaun Deeb, Adrian Mateos, Lily Kiletto, Mike Dentale, Loni Harwood, Niall Farrell, Tony Dunst and ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey, just to name a few. The total number of participants and prize pool money will be announced once registration for the second flight of this massive tournament closes on Sunday. Millionaire Maker Day 1A Top Ten 1. Kyle Hartree - 208,500 2. James Dempsey - 167,400 3. Nick Schwarmann - 165,800 4. JC Tran - 140,200 5. Blair Hinkle - 124,400 6. Jake Daniels - 116,400 7. Jack Sinclair - 109,400 8. Faraz Jaka - 105,000 9. Rees Scruggs - 102,400 10. Michael Gathy - 86,500 Turner Leads In 8-Game Mix 481 players showed up to register for Event #22: $1,500 8-Game Mix, generating a first place prize of over $147,000. The man in the best position to capture that headed into Day 2 is chip leader Jon Turner. However, a mixed game tournament, no matter the buy-in, is bound to draw some big name competition and that is exactly what Turner faces moving forward. David Bach, Amnon Filippi, Fabrice Soulier, Valentin Vornicu and Daniel Negreanu all managed to bag top 10 chip stacks. There are 134 players left, 70 of which will make the money when play resumes at 2 pm PT on Sunday. Upcoming Action (June 10) Sunday brings the second flight of Event #21B: $1,500 Millionaire Maker at 10 am PT. Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit Lowball Championship will also get underway at 3:00 pm PT. Last year saw 92 players enter with eventual winner John Monnette collect over $256,000 for first place. Finally, the second flight of Event #11B: PLO GIANT will take place at 7:00 pm PT. The first flight which took place on June 4 saw 423 runners register. Lubbock, Texas’ Pedro Arroyos finished the day with 1,757,000 chips to lead all players.
  3. [caption width="640"] Tyler Smith topped the biggest Pot Limit Omaha field ever to win his first WSOP bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] The second weekend of the 2017 World Series of Poker has come to an end, so while you sip your Monday morning coffee and prepare yourself for another week, why not catch up on all of Sunday’s action from the Rio? Tyler Smith wins first bracelet in largest ever live Pot Limit Omaha event Last year’s $565 PLO tournament attracted a staggering 2,479 entries. Pot Limit Omaha might be the ‘great game’ to some, but to many it’s still unexplored water. How refreshing, then, to see that this year’s $565 PLO (Event #18) shattered last year’s turnout, bringing 3,186 runners into the Rio, and creating the largest ever live PLO tournament. Late Sunday night, when all was said and done, just one man remained with the chips, the cash, and his first gold bracelet: Tyler Smith, now $244,344 richer. Smith battled his way through an international final table line-up, featuring Americans, Canadians, Russians, Czechs, and Belgians. And when Smith got heads-up with fellow American Jason Stockfish, it took him just one hand to get the job done. With a roughly 13:1 chip advantage, Smith opened to 600,000 before calling Stockfish’s all-in with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"]. Stockfish held the [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5h"], but after a [poker card="jh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="js"][poker card="2s"] runout, Smith’s ace-queen held up to take it down. ”It feels amazing," said Smith. "You know, when you enter these things and there are so many people, it's a minefield, but they seem unwinnable to an extent. So, kind of every level that you go and you make it a little bit further. It's like a surreal experience.” Primarily a cash game player, Smith added that his experience with the roller coaster ride of PLO helped him remain in the right frame of mind. "I guess I've just played so much PLO that I'm used to it,” he said. "I don't really play no-limit [hold'em] at all anymore. I'm pretty much exclusively a PLO guy. I guess you just expect it. You just understand that that is part of the landscape and that is the nature of the game. Whatever happens, just kind of happens." Final table payouts: Tyler Smith - $244,344 Jason Stockfish - $138,655 Igor Sharaskin - $102,045 Scott Davies - $75,699 Marek Ohnisko - $56,607 Jessie Bryant - $42,673 John Dallaire - $32,432 Ryan Wince - $24,852 Yves Kupfermunz - $19,201 Ten remain for $1,500 8-Game Mix 6-Handed Finale (Event #21) Monday sees ten players return to the Rio to battle it out for the $1,500 8-Game Mix 6-Handed bracelet. Among them are a couple of well-known Frenchman, and a guy whose closest WSOP run was ended by another well-known Frenchman. Gregory Jamison is the chipleader coming into the finale, having eliminated two players in a monster pot at the business end of Day 2 Sunday. Back in 2008 he finished runner-up to David Benyamine in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, so he’ll be hoping to go one better than that today. However, he’ll have to fight his way through two more formidable Frenchman, what with Fabrice Soulier and Alex ‘alexonmoon’ Luneau still in contention, sitting fifth and seventh in chips respectively. Soulier is aiming for his second WSOP bracelet, while anyone who saw Luneau in the excellent documentary ‘Nosebleed’ knows that winning one means a lot to him. He’s still seeking his first victory. The same can’t be said for Christopher Vitch, who’s also still alive in this one. Vitch took down his first bracelet at the 2016 WSOP in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) (Event #40). Final Day chip counts: Gregory Jamison - 714,500 Ron Ware - 511,000 Sachin Bhargava - 470,000 Ryan Himes - 410,000 Fabrice Soulier - 346,000 Christopher Sensoli - 345,000 Alexandre Luneau - 310,500 Georgii Belianin - 168,000 Christopher Vitch - 148,000 Michael Ross - 118,500 Millionaire Maker Day 1B concludes One of the more exciting lower-buy-in events on the WSOP schedule is the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. While Day 1A took place on Saturday, Sunday saw 4,323 hopefuls take their seats on Day 1B, making a total field of 7,761. After a full day’s play, just 678 remained. The man who bagged the most yesterday was Brian Altman (227,800), followed by Billy Graybeal(209,200), Scott Skirba (207,500), Adam White (182,000), David Peters(173,200), Dustin Fox (168,600), and Kenny Hallaert (148,500). Just a few of the notable names who will return for Day 2 today include recent bracelet winners David Pham(68,500) and John Racener (32,100), plus Antonio Esfandiari (73,900), Joe Elpayaa (91,800), Dan O’Brien (65,300), Ravi Raghavan (108,000), Tristan Wade(19,400), Darryll Fish(63,600), Jeff Gross (9,000), Dutch Boyd(68,500), Johanssy Joseph (62,000), Matt Waxman (46,600), and Jake Bazeley (108,600). The 1,187 remaining players will be back to work at 11am Monday, with only 1,165 making the money. That means it’ll be bubble time almost from the get go. a min-cash is worth $2,249, but nobody wants just that; not when there’s $1,221,407 and a gold WSOP bracelet for the winner. A who’s who come out for the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship Sometimes referred to as the ‘Nick Schulman Invitational’, due to the fact that Schulman has won this event twice, the$10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship (Event #22) brought out all of the big guns, each allowed one re-entry. Ten one-hour levels saw 67 unique entries and 25 re-entries whittled down to 30 survivors, with Jon ‘Pearljammer’ Turner (367,300) and Mike Leah (361,500) leading the bunch. Other big stacks at the end of play include John Monnette (265,400), Robert Mizrachi(255,000), Shaun Deeb (230,700),Phil Galfond(223,100), Mike Watson (218,600) and Mike Gorodinsky (109,000). Schulman himself is also doing nicely, bagging up 186,000, good for ninth right now. Recent bracelet winner Jesse Martin also had a nice day (105,900), while all-round beast Paul Volpe also survived (97,700). It was not a good tournament for others though. Both Jason Mercier and Phil Hellmuth fired two bullets and won’t be returning, while Chris Klodnicki, Eric Wasserson Stephen Chidwick, Felipe Ramos, Richard Ashby, Jennifer Harman, Ben Tollerene, and Benny Glaser all tried their luck to no avail. Just fourteen players will make the money, and there’s $256,610 up top. The final 30 will play down to a final table today. Top 10 chip counts: Jon Turner - 367,300 Mike Leah - 361,500 John Monnette - 265,400 Robert Mizrachi - 255,000 Shaun Deeb - 230,700 Xavier Kyablue - 228,800 Phil Galfond - 223,100 Mike Watson - 218,600 Nick Schulman - 186,000 Darren Elias - 179,400
  4. On Friday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, Dan Zack finished off his 11th cash of the summer with a fourth-place result in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Not only did the run earn Zack another $94,305 in prize money, but it paid big dividends in keeping him in the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That same day, Phil Hui had finished off his ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP with a win in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. It was Hui’s third final table appearance of the summer and skyrocketed him to 2,830.68 points. Had Zack not earned at least a sixth-place finish, the race would have a new leader on Saturday morning and it would have been Hui. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 *Leaderboard as of Saturday, June 29, at 9 a.m. PT. 1. Dan Zack - 2,920.76 2. Phil Hui - 2,830.68 3. Shaun Deeb - 2,393.50 4. Scott Clements - 2,368.02 5. Jason Gooch - 2,268.02 6. Anthony Zinno - 2,186.20 7. Upeshka De Silva - 2,162.02 8. Robert Campbell - 2,034.56 9. Daniel Strelitz - 2,032.04 10. Ari Engel - 1,997.03 Comparing the two players, Zack and Hui, both have a gold bracelet win and both have three final tables. To date, Zack has earned $338,490 from his 11 cashes and Hui has earned $1,277,104 from his nine cashes. The two players have also set their sights on winning the WSOP Player of the Year award. "My plan was always to chase Player of the Year," Zack said following his gold bracelet win a few weeks ago. "When I came in the last three years, I always came in the first week or so with the plan to do that and then if I didn’t do anything in the first week I usually ended up in cash games. This is the first year I’ve done anything in the first couple weeks, so I’m more committed to actually trying going forward." After he won gold this week, Hui echoed the same goal. "I want to win Player of the Year," Hui said. "That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list." Deeb, Clements, and Gooch Round Out Top Five Behind Zack and Hui is Shaun Deeb, the defending champion of the WSOP Player of the Year title. Deeb has 11 cashes at the 2019 WSOP, including a runner-up finish in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship and a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Scott Clements, who is currently fourth in the race, nearly earned his fourth final table of the summer with a 14th-place finish in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event recently. For Clements, he has six cashes at the 2019 WSOP to date and won the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event at the beginning of June. Jason Gooch rounds out the top five at 2,268.02 points, and his place on this leaderboard is an interesting one in that the bulk of his points have come from two of the online gold bracelet events held on WSOP.com. Gooch took second in the $600 Online Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha event for $85,560 and 474.4 points, then he won the $1,000 Online Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em event for $241,493 and 1,030 points. Gooch’s WSOP.com screen name is 'TheBigGift.' Zinno, Engel, Turner, and Negreanu Climb Anthony Zinno took down the aforementioned $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo that Clements ran deep in. The win pushed him to sixth on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Also in that event, Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner finished fourth and Ari Engel placed 10th. Those results allowed Engel to jump to 10th and Turner to 11th on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Daniel Negreanu finished fifth in the $10,000 Razz Championship to earn another 379.1 points and improve to 1,817.21 points overall. It was Negreanu’s 11th cash and third final table of the 2019 WSOP, and he’s now 12th in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
  5. [caption width="640"] Jon Turner can now add "WCOOP champ" to his list of accomplishments (WPT Photo)[/caption] Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner was once ranked as high as #3 in the world on PocketFives. He now spends a good chunk of his time in Las Vegas, playing live poker, but when the big online series run, Turner heads to Mexico to play. And with PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker underway, Turner is in action and after Thursday's action, he's now a 2017 WCOOP champion. Turner topped the 208-player field in Event #13 (Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Eight-or-better) to win $35,991.08. The win came after the final three players made a deal.'BlackFortuna' finished second and won $29,910.04, while 'Zanos_Goda' took home $30,308.74 for finishing third. Despite all of his previous online tournament success - $7.86M in lifetime winnings, four Triple Crowns - this is the first COOP title for Turner. He's had a number of close calls over the years including a third place finish in the 2009 Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event that won him $527,100. The biggest winner on Thursday was British grinder 'Ahhh ls lt?' who took home $68,721.63 for besting the 2,320-entry field in Event #14 High ($215 Bubble Rush No Limit Hold'em). Marcelo 'bettoBR' Betto finished runner-up and earned $48,592.40. The last of the three WCOOP titles awarded on Thursday went to Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis of Chile. He won $47,520.00 for winning Event #12 High ($1,050 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout). The final table included Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion finishing fifth for $12,960, Aren 'juarnes' Coulier in fourth for $17,280.00 and Thiago 'tgrigoletti' Grigoletti finishing runner-up for $33,156.00. Event #12 (High): $1,050 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 216 Prize pool: $216,000 Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis - $47,520.00 Thiago 'tgrigoletti' Grigoletti - $33,156.00 deadfizh - $24,840.00 Aren 'juarnes' Coulier - $17,280.00 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $12,960.00 DaanOss - $8,640.00 Event #13 (High): $1,050 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Eight-or-better Entries: 208 Prize pool: $208,000 Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner - $35,991.08* BlackFortuna - $29,910.04* Zanos_Goda - $30,308.74* russiadgl - $18,470.79 IAmSoSo - $14,180.96 krokotopus - $10,887.44 *Three-way deal Event #14 (High): $215 Bubble Rush No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,320 (1,780 entries, 540 re-entries) Prize pool: $464,000 Ahhh ls lt? - $68,721.63 Marcelo 'bettoBR' Betto - $48,592.40 bakker276 - $34,360.03 FaceRolly - $24,296.24 andr31123 - $17,180.06 Cyberraver - $12,148.16 Anjeyyy - $8,590.07 NMASR - $6,074.13 bloczek60 - $4,295.06
  6. Those who know Dan Zack and know of him won’t ever question his ability, but even all the talent in the world is sometimes not enough to overcome the breaks in poker. Zack entered the third and final day of Event #6: $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw at the 2019 World Series of Poker in 10th place on the leaderboard with 13 players remaining. He lost the first two hands that of the day, which knocked him even further down the leaderboard, but he never gave up, eventually walking away with his first gold bracelet and $160,447 top prize. As players around him hit the payout desk one by one, Zack inched closer to the finish line. There was one problem, though. He wasn’t really picking up any chips. Rather, Zack was treading water with everything from the neck down submerged. Every time he began to pick up some traction he was knocked right back down. “This whole tournament, I was not above average until I came to [the final table] with seven left,” Zack said. “I think the hand before we moved from eight players to seven players was the first time I was above average the entire tournament.” Along the way, Zack joked that he kept telling his friends and family that he was going to go bust soon, but it just never happened. For whatever reason, the poker gods kept him alive on the felt but not in a way that made Zack feel overly excited about his chances. In fact, as he claimed his text log would prove, he thought he’d be out at any moment. “I have a million texts,” Zack said. “My brother asks for text updates on every break, and every break for the last two days has been, ‘Yeah, I’m in dead last,’ ‘I’m in last place,’ ‘I’m about to be out,’ ‘Holy cow, I made the money but don’t worry I’ll min-cash and bust soon.’ Just over and over and over again. Every break, I was bottom five in chips for the entire tournament.” Eventually, Zack hit a rush that stuck. He climbed up the ladder to the middle of the pack and then the next thing he knew, he was at the final table of seven following the elimination of two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Mike Gorodinsky in eighth place. The trip to the WSOP main stage marked the eighth WSOP final table of Zack’s career, but that didn’t exactly shed a beaming light of confidence on the well-rounded pro. You see, Zack had never made it to the top three of a WSOP event before. According to someone on social media, the only player with more WSOP final tables without a top-three finish was Tony Cousineau. Zack got that monkey off his back, though. “Yes, it’s been a running joke that someone tweeted at me that I had the second most final tables without a top three somehow,” Zack said. “This was a relief because I was starting to question if I was just doing something terrible at every final table that I made.” At the final table, Zack started to really rocket up the counts. A few players hit the rail as he moved up and then Zack knocked out Jon Turner in fourth place. From there, he only kept shredding and took a commanding chip lead into the dinner break with three players left. When they went to eat, Zack had 80% of the chips in play. Zack admitted to getting a little nervous on the dinner break. Nervous in the sense that he didn’t want to blow it because a lot of his supporters were already congratulating him. “It was just a little bit nerve wracking,” Zack said. After dinner, Zack continued to steamroll his opponents. He quickly knocked out Brayden Gazlay in third place and then ended the tournament by busting Sumir Mathur in second. Now, with one gold bracelet wrapped around his wrist and a six-figure boost to his bankroll, Zack will step on the gas to chase WSOP Player of the Year. He only plans to take five days off when his girlfriend gets into town. Other than that, it's going to be poker, poker, and more poker. “My plan was always to chase Player of the Year,” Zack said. When I came in the last three years, I always came in the first week or so with the plan to do that and then if I didn’t do anything in the first week I usually ended up in cash games. This is the first year I’ve done anything in the first couple weeks, so I’m more committed to actually trying going forward.” Prior to this victory, Zack had a 12th-place finish in Event #2: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $18,667. He also had already accumulated a hefty stack in Event #3: $500 ‘Big 50’ No-Limit Hold’em that became a record-setting tournament. In that event, Zack has 1.985 million chips in the bag advancing to Day 3, which he’ll resume playing on Wednesday. After his result in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty and win in the $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw, a deep run in the ‘Big 50’ could really boost his efforts in the WSOP Player of the Year race.

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