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  1. Alexandros Kolonias now has himself a brand new purple jacket and an additional $50,000 after winning the Poker Masters Online Championship. Taking the event online, PokerCentral partnered with partypoker on a 30-event schedule that had buy-ins ranging from $10,300 to $51,000 mirroring the live version of the Poker Masters. The Poker Masters Online was the second full series to take advantage of partypoker's real name functionality giving poker enthusiasts at home an easy way to track how the world's best players did against each other in a high stakes online series. More Than 250 Unique Players There were a total of 258 unique players throughout the 30-event schedule. That group combined for 1,717 total unique entries and 849 re-entries. Each event gave players a maximum of three entries and there were 201 instances were a player fired three bullets in an event. There were 35 players who played a minimum of 20 events and 76 who played just a single event. Jason McConnon was one of them and he ended up with the highest ROI of any player after finishing second in Event #30 ($10,300 Six Max NLHE) for a $248,200 score on a single entry. A high stakes cash game specialist, McConnon jokingly suggested a career change after his runner-up performance. $35 Million in Prize Money The Poker Masters Online was a big winner for partypoker and Poker Central. The total rake for the series was $912,300. Taking into consideration the $50,000 prize awarded to Kolonias for winning the Purple Jacket, the net for tournament organizers was $862,300 - more than any single player. Players were allowed a maximum of three entries per event. The rake earned off of the initial entries was $619,600 and re-entries accounted for the remaining $292,700. Taking the event online proved to be a boon to the field sizes. The 2019 Poker Masters had just 10 events, but average field sizes for 2020 were up across the board. There was an average of 93 players in $10,000 buy-in events compared to 57.6 in 2019, an increase of 61.5%. The $25,000 buy-in events saw an increase of 44.7% going from an average of 43.75 to 63.29 players. In both years the Championship event had a $50,000 buy-in and the year-over-year increase was the most dramatic going from 34 to 77 players - a 126.5% growth rate. The total prize pools for all 30 events totaled $35,385,000, more than doubling the $16.5 million guaranteed. None of the events missed their respective guarantee and 14 tournaments had a prize pool exceeding $1 million. Nothing But Net While there were seven players who had at least $1 million in earnings, the highest net earner was Italy's Dario Sammartino. Cashing in nine of the 22 events he played earned Sammartino an $823,625 net score. [table id=45 /] There were 32 players who had net earnings of $100,000 or more and 40 who had net losses of $100,000 or more. Of the 258 players who entered at least one Poker Masters event, 63 were net winners. There were 135 players who entered at least one event and cashed zero times. Busiest of the Bunch Jorryt Van Hoof was the only player to play all 30 events. The Dutch pro cashed in 10 of them for a net profit of $9,708.74. [table id=44 /] The only event that Alex Foxen skipped was Event #2 ($10,300 Six Max PLO). Ali Imsirovic and Linus Loeliger each skipped a pair of PLO events. Imsirovic skipped Event #2 and Event #17 while Loeliger sat out Event #17 ($10,300 Six Max PLO) and Event #22 ($10,300 Six Max PLO). Andras Nemeth missed the opening two events of the series and then played every tournament from Event #3 onward. Christian Rudolph played the most events of any player that was unable to pick up a single in-the-money result. Rudolph entered 10 events and never cashed. He only re-entered three of those 10 events for a total of 13 bullets fired. [table id=46 /] Double Dippin' There were six players who won two Poker Masters Online titles. The first to do it was Pauli Ayras who took down Event #6 ($10,300 Six Max PLO) and Event #19 ($25,500 Eight Max NLHE). Of the 28 events that Loeliger entered, he cashed in only three of them but made the most of those cashes by picking up wins in Event #18 ($10,300 Six Max NLHE) and the Main Event ($51,000 NLHE). Sandwiched between those two results was a fifth-place finish in Event #27 ($25,500 Eight Max NLHE). [table id=47 /]
  2. In Wednesday's Poker Masters Online action on partypoker, Dan Smith and Sebastian Lewin were the winners of the two events that took place. Smith won Event #21 and Lewin won Event #22. But, it was another high-stakes pro grabbing headlines with a pair of top-four finishes for a combined $291,900. Alex Foxen finished fourth in the $25,500 buy-in Event #21: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max], taking home $141,750. Foxen then placed second in $10,300 buy-in Event #22: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] for $150,150. Not only did the finishes earn Foxen a ton of money, but the two results have him climb the Poker Masters Online Championship Leaderboard even more. As things stand after Wednesday, Foxen jumped up to second on the Championship Leaderboard. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Smith Wins Event #21 for $511,875 Event #21: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] drew a field of 63 entries to generate a prize pool fo $1.575 million. Smith topped all competitors to win $511,875. Smith defeated Artur Martirosian in heads-up play, with Martirosian taking home $346,500 for the second-place result. Martirosian also picked up 208 points in the Championship Leaderboard race and moved to 798 points overall. That put Martirosian in first place on the Championship Leaderboard with eight events to go following Wednesday's play. Timothy Adams picked up his eighth cash with a third-place finish, and then it was Foxen finishing fourth. Event #21 Results Dan Smith - $511,875 Artur Martirosian - $346,500 Timothy Adams - $228,375 Alex Foxen - $141,750 Matthias Eibinger - $110,250 Steve O'Dwyer - $86,625 Eelis Parssinen - $74,812.50 Koray Aldemir - $74,812.50 Lewin Wins Event #22 for $240,860 Lewin was victorious in Event #22: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max], taking home $240,860.62. It was his first cash of the series and he topped Foxen in heads-up play. Foxen earned $150,150 for the runner-up finish. Alexandros Kolonias placed third for $92,400. It was the eighth cash of the series for Kolonias, tying him with Adams for the second most of the Poker Masters Online. The player with the most cashes during the festival is Jorryt Van Hoof, who took 11th in this event for $21,096.46. Event #22 Results Sebastian Lewin - $240,860.62 Alex Foxen - $150,150 Alexandros Kolonias - $92,400 David Peters - $67,375 Ali Imsirovic - $48,125 Joni Jouhkimainen - $32,725 Dario Sammartino - $25,025 Georgos Zisimopoulos - $25,025 Patrick Leonard - $25,025 Mark Radoja - $21,096.46 Jorry Van Hoof - $21,096.46 Kristen Bicknell - $21,096.46 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the 10th day of play. Artur Martirosian - 798 points Alex Foxen - 736 points Pauli Ayras -722 points Timothy Adams - 721 points Alexandros Kolonias - 684 points Eelis Parssinen - 610 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 606 points Andras Nemeth - 581 points Luuk Gieles - 579 points Justin Bonomo - 496 points
  3. After a day off on Monday, the Poker Masters Online resumed play on Tuesday at partypoker. On the schedule were two events, Event #19: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] and Event #20: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]. Between the two, $2.785 million in prize money was up for grabs. Stealing the show was Pauli Ayras, who was victorious in one of the events for his second Poker Masters Online title. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Ayras Wins Event #19 for $548,625 Less than a week ago, Ayras won Event #6 of the Poker Masters Online for $303,421. On Tuesday, he scooped the Event #19 title and picked up another $548,625 in prize money. The win also marked the fifth cash of the series for Ayras and moved him to the top of the Poker Masters Online Championship Leaderboard. The win gave Ayras the second largest Poker Masters Online score to date, behind only Jason Koon's recent win of $549,000. Event #19 drew a field of 77 entries. With a buy-in of $25,500, a prize pool of $1.925 million was on offer. Ayras defeated Sam Greenwood in heads-up play, and then it was David Peters finishing in third place. Event #19 Results Pauli Ayras - $548,625 Sam Greenwood - $375,375 David Peters - $259,875 Luuk Gieles - $173,250 Matthew Wantman - $134,750 George Wolff - $105,875 Guillaume Nolet - $91,437.50 Bartlomiej Ryszard Machon - $81,812.50 Justin Bonomo - $77,000 Andras Nemeth - $77,000 O'Dwyer Wins Event #20 for $269,013 Steve O'Dwyer topped the field in Event #20 to win $269,013.16. He topped a field of 86 entries to get the victory. Finishing in second place was Peters, who had just finished in third place in the other Poker Masters Online tournament of the day, Event #19. This score gave Peters $167,700 for a total on the day of $427,575. A notable finish was had by Jorryt Van Hoof, who took fifth for $53,750. The result was notable because it gave Van Hoof his eighth cash on the series, which is the most to date. Steve O'Dwyer - $269,013.16 David Peters - $167,700 Jake Schindler - $103,200 Guiseppe Iadisernia - $75,250 Jorryt Van Hoof - $53,750 Dario Sammartino - $36,550 Artur Martirosian - $27,950 Ali Imsirovic - $27,950 Eelis Parssinen - $27,950 Adrian Mateos - $23,562.28 Joni Jouhkimainen - $23,562.28 Michael Addamo - $23,562.28 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the ninth day of play. Pauli Ayras -722 points Alexandros Kolonias - 592 points Artur Martirosian - 590 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 585 points Timothy Adams - 584 points Andras Nemeth - 581 points Luuk Gieles - 579 points Eelis Parssinen - 565 points Alex Foxen - 501 points Justin Bonomo - 496 points
  4. Sunday was a big day for the Poker Masters Online on partypoker. Three big tournaments took place and $3.76 million in prize money was awarded. The biggest Poker Masters Online winner of the day was Jason Koon, but he wasn't the only player to grab a title, as Eelis Parssinen and Linus Loeliger also claimed victories. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Koon Wins Event #16 for $549,000 The largest first-place prize to date of the Poker Masters Online was up for grabs on Sunday, and it came in Event #16: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max]. The tournament attracted a field of 72 entries, and each ponied up the $25,500 buy-in to create a prize pool of $1.8 million. Up top was a $549,000 prize and it went to Koon when it was all said and done. It was the first cash of the series for Koon, but it was a big one. He also picked up 329 points for the Championship Leaderboard. Koon defeated Justin Bonomo in heads-up play and the top nine spots paid. Event #16 Results Jason Koon - $549,000 Justin Bonomo - $369,000 Steve O'Dwyer - $252,000 Conor Beresford - $162,000 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $126,000 Dario Sammartino - $99,000 Joni Jouhkimainen - $85,500 Dan Smith - $81,000 Ole Schemion - $76,500 Parssinen Grabs Event #17 Title for $287,781 Event #17: $500K Gtd [PLO, 6-Max] drew 92 entries and generated a prize pool of $920,000. Finishing in first place was Parssinen, who took home $287,781.52 in winnings. Parssinen beat out Bengt Sonnert in heads-up play, with Aku Joentausta taking third. Taking fourth place in this event was Jorryt Van Hoof. It was Van Hoof's seventh cash of the series and earned him another $80,500. The event had a buy-in of $10,300 and the top 12 places reached the money. Event #17 Results Eelis Parssinen - $287,781.52 Bengt Sonnert - $179,400 Aku Joentausta - $110,400 Jorryt Van Hoof - $80,500 Andreas Torbergsen - $57,500 Tobias Ziegler - $39,100 Andrew Moseley - $29,900 Pedro Zagalo - $29,900 Ferenc Deak - $29,900 Carlo Van Ravenswoud - $25,206.16 Niko Soininen - $25,206.16 Joao Vieira - $25,206.16 Loeliger Wins Event #18 for $325,318 The third and final Poker Masters Online event on Sunday was Event #18: $500K GTD [NLH, 6-Max] and it was won by Loeliger for $325,318.24. Loeliger beat Artur Martirosian in heads-up play, with Martirosian winning $202,800 for the result. Ole Schemion finished in fifth place for $65,000. Combine that with the $76,500 he won in Event #16 earlier in the day and Schemion picked up $141,500 in prize money on Sunday. Event #18 had a buy-in of $10,300 and drew 104 entries. There was $1.04 million up for grabs and the top 12 spots paid. Event #18 Results Linus Loeliger - $325,318.24 Artur Martirosian - $202,800 Darrell Goh - $124,800 Niklas Astedt - $91,000 Ole Schemion - $65,000 Edwin Villalobo Amaya - $44,200 Adrian Mateos - $33,800 Chris Hunichen - $33,800 Sergi Reixach - $33,800 Aliaksandr Hirs - $28,493.92 Luc Greenwood - $28,493.92 Nick Petrangelo - $28,493.92 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the eighth day of play. Alexandros Kolonias - 592 points Timothy Adams - 584 points Artur Martirosian - 562 points Eelis Parssinen - 537 points Andras Nemeth - 535 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 531 points Alex Foxen - 501 points Luuk Gieles - 492 points Justin Bonomo - 450 points Michael Addamo - 406 points
  5. More Poker Masters Online action took place on Friday on partypoker, with Event #12: $500K Gtd [PLO, 6-Max] and Event #13: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] playing out. Both events had buy-ins of $10,300 and together they combined for $1.55 million in prize money. Taking home the titles were Laszlo Bujtas and Luuk Gieles. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Bujtas Wins Event #12 for $272,141 The event of Friday was Event #12: $500K Gtd [PLO, 6-Max]. It drew a field of 87 entries and the top 12 spots reached the money. Up top was $272,141.22 and Bujtas was the winner, beating Ami Barer in heads-up play. Jorryt Van Hoof had another deep run in the Poker Masters Online series with a fourth-place finish in this event. Andras Nemeth, who led the Poker Masters Online Championship Leaderboard entering Friday, found another cash with an 11th-place result. Event #12 Results Laszlo Bujtas - $272,141.22 Ami Barer - $169,650 Carlo Van Ravenswoud - $104,400 Jorryt Van Hoof - $76,125 Bengt Sonnert - $54,375 Andreas Torbergsen - $36,975 Ali Imsirovic - $28,275 Adam Hendrix - $28,275 George Wolff - $28,275 Jean Carlos Rincon De La Hoz - $23,836.26 Andras Nemeth - $23,836.26 Christopher Frank - $23,836.26 Gieles Wins Event #13 for $235,217 After two cashes in Thursday's Poker Masters Online events, including one second-place finish for $208,250, Gieles won Event #13: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] for $235,217.44. He topped a field of 68 entries, including beating Timothy Adams in heads-up play. Taking this place in this event was Ludovich Gelich. Then Kahle Burns, who won Event #10: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] on Thursday for $291,550 and was the one who beat Gieles in heads-up play in that event, finished fourth $61,200. In this event, the top nine finishers reached the money. Event #13 Results Luuk Gieles - $235,217.44 Timothy Adams - $153,000 Ludovich Gelich - $81,600 Kahle Burns - $61,200 Alex Foxen - $44,200 Mike Watson - $30,600 Lukas Matthias Nowakowski - $24,727.52 Alexandros Kolonias - $24,727.52 Steve O'Dwyer - $24,727.52
  6. Two more winners were crowned in the Poker Masters Online series at partypoker on Thursday. Event #10: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] was won by Kahle Burns and Michael Addamo took first place in Event #11: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]. Both earned almost $300,000 for the victories. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Burns Wins Event #10 for $291,550 Event #10: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] attracted a field of 119 entries to create a prize pool of $1.19 million. It had a buy-in of $10,300. Up top, Burns won $291,550 for the victory. Burns topped Luuk Gieles in heads-up play and rounding out the top three positions was Eelis Parssinen. Gieles won $208,250 and Parssinen picked up $148,750. The top 16 finishers placed in the money in the event, with a min-cash worth $23,800. Event #10 Results Kahle Burns - $291,550 Luuk Gieles - $208,250 Eelis Parssinen - $148,750 Gianluca Speranza - $104,125 Joao Vieira - $77,350 Wiktor Malinowski - $59,500 Edwin Villalobo Amaya - $47,600 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $38,675 Ian Engel - $29,750 Giuseppe Iadisernia - $29,750 Ben Heath - $29,750 Thomas Muehloecker - $29,750 Timothy Adams - $23,800 Karim Khayat - $23,800 Mike Watson - $23,800 Chris Hunichen - $23,800 Addamo Wins Event #11 for $294,037 The second Poker Masters Online event on Thursday was Event #11: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]. It drew a field of 94 entries for a buy-in of $10,300, creating a $940,000 prize pool. Taking home the lion's share of that prize pool was Addamo, who won $294,037.64 for his first-place finish. Addamo beat Chris Hunichen in heads-up play. Hunichen earned $183,300 for the finish to go along with his min-cash of $23,800 from Thursday's other event. Jorryt Van Hoof placed third. The top 12 finishers made the money in this one. Event #11 Results Michael Addamo - $294,037.64 Chris Hunichen - $183,300 Jorryt Van Hoof - $112,800 Yahia Fahmy - $82,250 Justin Bonomo - $58,750 Aliaksandr Hirs - $39,950 Jake Schindler - $30,550 Lukas Matthias Nowakowski - $30,550 Luuk Gieles - $30,550 Wiktor Malinowski - $25,754.12 Talal Shakerchi - $25,754.12 Alexandros Kolonias - $25,754.12 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the fifth day of play. Andras Nemeth - 511 points Michael Addamo - 406 points Pauli Ayras - 393 points Elias Talvitie - 380 points Alex Foxen - 352 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 350 points Sergi Reixach - 347 points Alexandros Kolonias - 342 points Chris Hunichen - 315 points Mike Watson - 295 points
  7. On Monday, the first-ever Poker Masters Online continued with more high-stakes action on partypoker. After Sunday's opening day brought us the first three events of the series, Monday followed it up with two more. Winning the events were Mike Watson and Andras Nemeth, with both taking home right around a quarter of a million dollars. For Nemeth, the victory came one day after he finished second to Pablo Brito Silva in the Irish Poker Open Main Event. In that one, Nemeth scored €325,423. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Watson Wins Event #4 for $249,900 The fourth event of the Poker Masters Online was a $10,300 NL 8-Max event that had a $500,000 prize pool guarantee. With 102 entries, the prize pool came in at $1.02 million. Watson was the last man standing, taking home the $249,900 first-place prize. Watson defeated Sam Greenwood in heads-up play, with Greenwood taking home $178,500 for his finish. Greenwood had previously finished fourth in the first event of the series for $123,750. Jorryt Van Hoof rounded out the top three with a $127,500 score. Event #4 Results Mike Watson - $249,900 Sam Greenwood - $178,500 Jorryt Van Hoof - $127,500 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $89,250 Wiktor Malinowski - $66,300 Karim Khayat - $51,000 Patrick Leonard - $40,800 Pauli Ayras - $33,150 Zachary Clark - $25,500 Darrell Goh - $25,500 Alexander Kolonias - $25,500 Matthias Eibinger - $25,500 Andras Nemeth - $20,400 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $20,400 Simo Mattsson - $20,400 Simon Pedersen - $20,400 Nemeth Picks Up $259,628 with Event #5 Win Nemeth topped the 83-entry field in the fifth event of the series, a $10,300 NL 6-Max tournament that had a $500,000 guarantee. Nemeth won the lion's share of the resulting $830,000 prize pool to take home $259,628.98. Not only was Nemeth coming off a second-place finish in the 2020 Irish Poker Open Main Event on Sunday for €325,423, but he also finished 13th in Event #4 of the Poker Masters Online for $20,400. Nemeth defeated Orpen Kisacikoglu in heads-up play. Kisacikoglu earned $161,850 for his finish in this one, and he also took fourth in Event #4 for $89,250. Eelis Parssinen was also on the podium with a third-place finish for $99,600. Event #5 Results Andras Nemeth - $259,628.98 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $161,850 Eelis Parssinen - $99,600 Fedor Holz - $72,625 Dan Shak - $51,875 Sami Kelopuro - $35,275 Christoph Vogelsang - $26,975 Carlos Sanchez - $26,975 Joni Jouhkimainen - $26,975 Sergi Reixach - $27,740.34 Artur Martirosian - $27,740.34 Ian Engel - $27,740.34 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the second day of play. Alex Foxen - 310 points Elias Talvitie - 289 points Andras Nemeth - 280 points Sam Greenwood - 253 points Orpen Kisacikoglu - 251 points Mike Watson - 250 points Sergi Reixach - 217 points Artur Martirosian - 216 points Tobias Ziegler - 192 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 128 points
  8. A huge pot was shipped to Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured) on the 48th hand of final table play in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. On a board of K-K-10-5, according to WSOP coverage, "The river completed the board with the Ah and Felix Stephensen checked for a third time as Van Hoof bet out 3.4 million to make this pot bigger than three players' stacks - Martin Jacobson, Billy Pappas, and Bruno Politano. Stephensen deliberated for a few moments and then mucked while slipping to 24 million as Van Hoof climbed to over 46.5 million." A flush was possible by the river. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Stephensen check-called the flop of K-K-10 and check-called when the turn was a 5. When the cards were revealed on TV, Van Hoof had Q-Q for the nut flush, while Stephensen held A-10 with no heart. Van Hoof, who reclaimed the chip lead just before the first break, shot out in front by 20 million over the second place stack: Jorryt van Hoof - 46,525,000 Dan Sindelar - 25,450,000 Felix Stephensen - 24,325,000 William Tonking - 24,150,000 Andoni Larrabe - 24,150,000 Mark Newhouse - 16,200,000 Bruno Politano - 14,600,000 Billy Pappas - 14,200,000 Martin Jacobson - 10,875,000 A wild hand between Van Hoof and Andoni Larrabe (pictured) just before the first 15-minute break of the day saw Van Hoof shove the river of a 10-J-9-K-7 board with K-10 for two pair. Meanwhile, Larrabe, who had 9-8 for a straight, folded. Van Hoff reclaimed the chip lead from Stephensen as a result and Lex Veldhuis posted on Twitter, "If you're watching @WSOP Main Event right now, how good is @Jorryt_van_Hoof turning KT into a bluff. One of the illest live at work!" Scott Seiver, who is reportedly coaching Stephensen, said on Twitter of the hand, "IMO no way Larrabe is actually capped here. KT beats almost every hand that might fold." Antonio Esfandiari added when play resumed, "That was something else. I did not see that coming." Daniel Negreanu commented on what he expected to happen following the break: "What we'll see is chip dispersion… I think you'll see play pick up." Martin Jacobson was getting low on chips at the break, leading Phil Hellmuth remark, "I think he'll make a move soon." Jacobson was at 25 big blinds following the break, the first time anyone at the final table had slipped below 30. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. On Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers were eviscerating the Chicago Bears on NBC, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event was playing down to its November Nine on ESPN. The final two prepackaged episodes aired before Monday's near-live final table begins at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- There were 16 players left when the action began on Sunday, meaning we only needed seven bust-outs for our November Nine to be determined. The first player to bite the dust was Eddy Sabat, who called all-in on the river with J-10 of hearts on a three-heart board against Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured), who had the nut flush. Sabat called Van Hoof's exact hand while tanking and told ESPN, "I had a blast every day… I learned a lot. I'm definitely a better player coming out of this." The critical pots shown for Mark Newhouse, who made the November Nine last year, pretty much all involved hitting sets. He flopped three deuces against Bruno Politanoto scoop a pot of 10 million. Later, Newhouse raked in 14.9 million in chips after flopping another set against Politano, who paid Newhouse off with second pair. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad correctly discerned, "That pot might carry Mark Newhouse to another November Nine." Felix Stephensen(pictured) 4bet pre-flop to put Thomas Sarra all-in. Stephensen had A-K and Sarra curiously called all-in with K-Q despite starting the hand with a comfortable stack of 50 big blinds. Sarra told his tablemates that he "spewed" and the group watched as he was drawing dead by the turn. Stephensen nearly doubled up as a result and raked in a pot of 24.2 million. To start the second one-hour episode on Sunday, Oscar Kempsran K-J into Van Hoof's aces to end his Main Event run, pushing Van Hoof into the chip lead. Then, Christopher Greaveswas crippled after doubling up Billy Pappas with A-Q against K-K. Pappas pushed his chip stack to 18 million and Greaves was gone shortly thereafter. Also exiting short of the November Nine was PocketFiver Craig McCorkell, who was all-in with K-5 of clubs pre-flop against Newhouse, who had A-9. Neither player improved and McCorkell exited stage right. Maximilian Senft lost a race with K-Q against Newhouse's threes to end his Main Event run. Newhouse hit another set in that hand to seal Senft's fate and the 10 remaining players circled around the feature table for one final elimination. New Jersey poker player William Tonking(pictured) doubled with J-9 after drawing out on Martin Jacobson's A-J. Tonking flopped a straight, but had to duck a club on the river. With the entire crowd chanting for the November Nine, Dan Sindelar told Tonking, "You had to fade the entire room." Luis Veladorwas crippled after calling the all-in of Andoni Larrabe with A-K. Larrabe had aces and Chad commented, "Ten-handed on the November Nine bubble, you have to lay that down." Velador was eliminated shortly thereafter with 4-4 against Newhouse's 5-5. Politano folded 10-10 in the hand and Velador became the November Nine Bubble Boy. According to Chad, the odds of one person making back-to-back November Nines like Newhouse did in 2013 and 2014 were 1 in 524,000. Check out our exclusive interview with Mark Newhouse in which he talks about what might be the greatest feat in poker history. The November Nine begins on Monday at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2 on a 30-minute delay and will continue until three players are left standing. On Tuesday, three-handed play begins at 9:00pm ET on ESPN and will continue until the 2014 Main Event champion is crowned. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. On the 33rd hand of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, Felix Stephensen (pictured) muscled the chip lead away from fellow EuropeanJorryt Van Hoof. On a board of A-5-4-K-7, Stephensen fired out a bet of four million and Billy Pappas got out of the way. Just like that, we had our first November Nine chip lead change. Stephensen had Q-2, while Pappas had pocket eights. The pot was worth 8.25 million. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- We have seen a ton of premium pocket pairs after only a dozen hands, including multiple aces and multiple pocket jacks. We have also seen plenty of big-ace hands. However, the action, for the most part, has been fairly tepid, with no critical short stack and no dominant stack to push the table around. One of the pots laced with big hands saw Van Hoof raise to one million pre-flop and Dan Sindelarcall with pocket sevens. Martin Jacobson, who had 10-10, came along to a flop of Q-6-7. Sindelar, the second player to flop a set of sevens, bet 1.4 million after the other two players checked and Jacobson and Van Hoof got out of the way. ESPN commentators Norman Chad, Lon McEachern, and Antonio Esfandiariall praised Jacobson for his discipline in the early going. Also making an impression was Sindelar, whom Alex AssassinatoFitzgerald observed on social media seems "calm, cool, and collected." In one video package, Mark Newhouse (pictured) told ESPN, "This year [the final table is] softer… This year, I don't know anybody from before this tournament… I have a lot of chips and I like my chances." The crowd summarily booed after the package was shown in the Penn and Teller Theater. Kara Scott, reporting for ESPN, told viewers, "Bruno Politano said he was going to paint Las Vegas green and yellow." He estimated his 150 railbirds each spent $4,000, or $600,000 total. That's nearly ninth place money and demonstrates the dedication the Brazil poker community has. Politano has acted fairly deliberately at every juncture, with Chad calling him the "human rain delay." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. We have a winner! Martin Jacobson (pictured) has won the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, defeating Felix Stephensen heads-up after starting with nearly a 3:1 chip lead. Jacobson received a bundle of praise for playing a near-perfect game from many in the poker community throughout the night. The final tabled last 328 hands. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- After several shoves and would-be all-in confrontations heads-up, Stephensen opened for 3.5 million and Jacobson pushed, putting his opponent all-in. Stephensen called for about 25 million more and flipped over A-9 of hearts, while Jacobson showed 10-10. ESPN commentator Norman Chad noted that the cards basically played themselves. Stephensen's coach, Scott Seiver, continued to coach his student throughout the hand. WSOP's coverage detailed the rowdy scene, which appeared on ESPN on a half-hour delay: "With Stephensen at the disadvantage, each player's rail took to their feet and began chanting excessively. 'Ten for ten! Ten for ten!' shouted Jacobson's rail. 'Ace! Ace! Ace!' responded Stephensen's rail." Jacobson hit the flop hard, nailing a set, and Stephensen was drawing dead by the river. Jacobson's rail burst into cheers and included the likes of PocketFivers Jason JAKoon1985Koon, Mark AceSpadesRadoja, JC PrtyPSuxAlvarado, Connor blanconegroDrinan, and Mohsin chicagocards1 Charania. That's a lot of brainpower. Stephensen and Jacobson watched the final card from the stage together. Since Joe Cada in 2009, no player had gone from beginning chip leader of the event to champion, but Jacobson did so after finishing on top of the counts way back on Day 1A, according to WSOP officials. Additionally, Jacobson, at 27, is the oldest player to win the Main Event since Jerry Yang in 2007. Among those saluting Jacobson's performance in the 2014 WSOP Main Event was Mike Matusow, who said on social media, "Martin Jacobson has played mistake-free poker for 2 days, truly awesome to watch as a professional poker player." David "ODB" Baker gave his take: "Seriously impressed by everything about Jacobson. Great demeanor. Seems to have healthy confidence but not arrogance. Respect for opponents." Jean-Robert Bellande praised, "This Jacobson is such an amazing decision maker." Jacobson was down to a measly seven big blinds at one point during the final table, but stayed patient and chose his spots wisely. He knocked out November Nine chip leader Jorryt Van Hoofin third place after seemingly setting Van Hoof up with A-10. Read the hand. Stephensen raked in $5.1 million for second place and Jacobson captured the coveted WSOP Main Event bracelet and $10 million. 2014 marked the 14th time that a WSOP Main Event's winning hand had been a pocket pair; it has still never been aces. Jacobson was the second shortest stack entering the November Nine. We'll have more for you on Wednesday right here on PocketFives. Congrats to Martin Jacobson on making poker history! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  12. During the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker last May, Jorryt 'TheCleaner11' van Hoof final tabled the $10,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event, only to finish fifth as Ole Schemion went on to victory. On Thursday night though, van Hoof changed the narrative and came out on top of the World Championship of Online Poker $25,000 PLO High Roller beating some familiar faces along the way. The win earned van Hoof $465,559.91 while 'danfiu', who finished one spot better than van Hoof in the SCOOP, took home $308,357.94 for finishing as runner-up. 'WRUUUUM' scored $204,237.15 for finishing third. The final table also included Sami 'LrsLzk' Kelopuro and Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao. A pair of Finnish players picked up wins in the Medium and Low versions of the same event. Olli 'Era_Koira' Ikonen beat out 414 other players to win $150,420.25 in Event #16 Medium ($2,100 Six Pot Limit Omaha High Roller) while 'miikka84' won $44,563.45 for winning Event #16 Low ($215 Six Pot Limit Omaha High Roller). Ikonen's WCOOP win came 24 hours after he won a partypoker POWERFEST title. Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas beat Diogo 'phounderAA' Veiga in the final of Event #17 High ($2,100 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em) to collect $76,800 and his second career WCOOP title. Veiga pocketed $46,080 for second place. 'KingRakker' won the Medium buy-in event for $23,622.36 while 'andredos' pocketed $8,212.49 for winning the Low. Norway's 'Senkel92' won Event #20 High (No Limit Five Card Draw) and took home $17,100. Event #15 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Deep Stacks Entries: 1,153 Prize pool: $576,500 Nurlux - $88,319.74* solanj - $70,418.18* Speedyy1986 - $48,480.92 Grozzorg - $35,199.99 cwirek1982 - $25,557.39 vladxxxro - $18,556.20 ThEcLaiMEer - $13,472.97 Dam4666 - $9,782.22 xnrobix - $8,102.48 Event #15 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Deep Stacks Entries: 6,333 Prize pool: $316,650 ROMcavalier - $39,432.46* AWFUL@POK3R - $27,770.52* Jhoow-fitnes - $30,014.33* Igrok222 - $14,631.03 Osi1996 - $10,061.11 dmc.1m - $6,918.58 Lorenivy22 - $4,757.60 Tripaozao - $3,271.59 gibler321 - $2,249.73 Event #15 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Deep Stacks Entries: 15,356 Prize pool: $75,244.40 Luis Ernesto 'NetoGamboa' Gamboa Quilcate - $8,634.93 CurrD - $6,148.09 Franklin88 - $4,382.57 Bober301979 - $3,124.04 Patience&value - $2,226.91 perrynell - $1,587.42 Danptz - $1,131.57 easton95 - $806.61 ivannessaa - $574.98 Event #16 (High): $25,000 Six Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Entries: 54 Prize pool: $1,324,350 Jorryt 'TheCleaner11' van Hoof - $465,559.91 danfiu - $308,357.94 WRUUUUM - $204,237.15 Sami 'LrsLzk' Kelopuro - $135,274 EEE27 - $89,597.04 Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao - $65,803.11 Event #16 (Medium): $2,100 Six Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Entries: 415 Prize pool: $830,000 Olli 'Era_Koira' Ikonen - $150,420.25 Henri 'I_Mr_U_Bean' Koivisto- $107,332.11 magiet12 - $76,586.75 Chance 'ChanceCU' Kornuth - $54,648.44 Tagult - $38,994.31 dunphi - $27,824.33 Event #16 (Low): $215 Six Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Entries: 1,648 Prize pool: $329,600 miikka84 - $44,563.45* Dowgh-Santos - $40,481.76* KingOfThe$ea - $24,333.34 Andre_Hansen - $16,954.78 arron8 - $11,813.62 Ulett_23 - $8,231.39 Event #17 (High): $2,100 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Entries: 128 Prize pool: $256,000 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - $76,800 Diogo 'phounderAA' Veiga - $46,080 albierie - $25,600 AmStAf88 - $25,600 Event #17 (Medium): $215 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Entries: 781 Prize pool: $156,200 KingRakker - $23,622.36 solanj - $15,031.12 tailemne - $7,514.78 hashov888 - $7,514.78 Event #17 (Low): $22 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Entries: 3,897 Prize pool: $8,212.49 andredos - $8,212.49 RikAAk - $5,224.31 Boe1992 - $2,613.32 loucylove - $2,613.32 Event #20 (High): $1,050 No Limit Five Card Draw Entries: 57 Prize pool: $57,000 Senkel92 - $17,100 Lafleur71 - $11,400 scuel1975 - $8,550 Naz114 - $5,700 Phil 'MrSweets28' Galfond - $4,275 PSMozak - $3,135
  13. Netherlands poker player Jorryt van Hoof began Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event with 3.9 million in chips, which had him in 15th place with 79 players remaining. Jorryt van Hoof was the last man standing from the Netherlands after fellow countryman Joas Mudde was the last person to bust out in 80th place at the end of Day 5. Prior to the 2014 WSOP Main Event, van Hoof had recorded almost $360,000 in live tournament cashes. His four biggest cashes were all in his home country of Holland, with his biggest live tournament cash occurring in November 2006 when he finished in seventh place in the €5,000 LIDO Dutch Open Master of Classics of Poker Event for almost $68,000. Van Hoof won almost $43,000 when he won the 2013 Utrecht Series of Poker. His biggest cash prior to the 2014 WSOP Main Event came on the online poker felts when he won $100,000 in a winner-take-all $5,200 buy-in event under the screen name TheCleaner11 in December 2007. Early on Day 5, van Hoof found himself battling it out with Canadian poker player Quentin Siffledeen. With the blinds at 12,000/24,000, van Hoof fired out a bet of 500,000 into a pot of almost 700,000 on a board of 3s-2c-9h-2s-8c, which sent Siffledeen into the tank. Siffledeen asked if van Hoof would show his hand if he folded, which van Hoof agreed to. Van Hoof only had ace-high when he showed As-Ks to bring his chip count up to almost 1.9 million chips. Near the end of Day 5, van Hoof was in another memorable hand when he called American poker player Nicholas Nardello's 3bet shove of 305,000 in chips. Nardello's pocket eights were unable to improve against van Hoof's pocket nines on a Qs-4h-Ks-Ah-5c board, sending Nardello to the rail and bringing van Hoof's stack up to 3.8 million in chips.
  14. We're down to three players in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. After 244 hands, play ended at the Rio in Las Vegas during the morning rush hour on the East Coast. Jorryt Van Hoof, Martin Jacobson, and Felix Stephensen (pictured) will fight for a $10 million top prize on Tuesday night starting at 8:30pm ET, with the action airing on a half-hour delay starting at 9:00pm ET on ESPN. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Van Hoof had reclaimed the chip lead and play was eight-handed when this author turned in for the night around 1:00am ET. Shortly thereafter, Bruno Politano, who brought 150 screaming fans from Brazil, open-shoved with Q-10 offsuit and found a taker in Stephensen, who called from the big blind. Stephensen showed pocket sevens and the pair held, sending Politano home in eighth place for $947,000. Coverage on PokerNews detailed about Politano's exit, "As Stephensen scooped the pot to climb to over 27 million, Politano's rail continued to chant, cheer, and clap for their countryman as he embraced all the support with a big smile on his face before exiting the stage." Dan Sindelar(pictured) was the next to go after 4bet shoving pre-flop with pocket jacks. Van Hoof, who 3bet in the hand, called, showed A-3 of hearts, and flopped top pair and a flush draw to take a commanding lead. The offsuit jack never came for Sindelar, who headed to the rail in seventh place for $1.2 million. Billy Pappasdoubled up twice in a span of four hands to jump into third place in the Main Event. Then, on the 140th hand of final table play, Spain's Andoni Larrabe 3bet all-in before the flop and Van Hoof once again called, this time with K-5 of hearts. Larrabe had J-10 of clubs for what amounted to a coin flip, but the board ran out 8-3-K-8-6 to give Van Hoof the pot. Larrabe made $1.6 million for sixth place. With that pot, Van Hoof had 40% of the chips in play and seemed like a runaway freight train. One shy of hand #200, Stephensen doubled through him with A-8 against J-J. Stephensen hit an ace on the flop to take the lead and no saving jack came on the turn or river. Nine hands later, Jacobson, who had been quite short earlier in the night, doubled through Pappas with pocket fives against A-J. Jacobson hit a set on the flop to leave Pappas with less than an ante and the latter was eliminated on the next hand to set up four-handed play. Pappas Tweeted after his final pot, "Thanks everyone for the support! Seems like I became kind of a fan favorite. It's truly an honor!" Finally, William Tonking (pictured), who had looked impressive once he opened his game up, ran ducks into pocket tens on his final hand. Tonking picked up a flush draw on the flop, but blanked on the turn and river to bust in fourth place for $2.8 million. Despite the late hour, the action continued through the end of the level, or another 20 hands, setting up Tuesday night's conclusion. Here are the chip stacks: Jorryt van Hoof - 89,625,000 Martin Jacobson - 64,750,000 Felix Stephensen - 46,100,000 Former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson commented on social media, "All 3 of these guys would make a deserving champ. Excited to welcome one of them to the fraternity." Jacobson went from the second shortest stack in the room to the second largest three-handed, while Van Hoof and Stephensen were 1-2, respectively, when nine-handed play began. If you were sleeping, Mark Newhouse finished in ninth place after busting with pocket tens. This is the same position he finished in last year, but will still go down as one of the most impressive feats in the history of poker. When play resumes, the blinds will be 600,000-1.2 million with an ante of 200,000. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest from the 2014 WSOP Main Event. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  15. A pretty entertaining pair of one-hour episodes highlighting Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on ESPN on Sunday night starting at 9:00pm Eastern Time. Kyle Keranen was the start-of-coverage chip leader and the action was at the tail end of the sixth day of play. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the safest and largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- Speaking of Keranen, Michael Finstein got his money in before the flop against him with tens, but Keranen won a race with A-Q. Then, London's Iaron Lightbourne bluff-shoved with queen-high, which turned out to be the best hand, against Mark Newhouse to rake a pot worth 2.6 million in chips. Israeli Gal Erlichmanmoved all-in before the flop with A-J and doubled up through Bryan badbeatninjaDevonshire, whose kings could not hold on. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad told viewers that Erlichman sky-dives once a week to alleviate stress, saying, "I guess going all-in on Day 6 of the Main Event is the opposite of relieving stress." Luis Veladorwon a pot worth 8.5 million in chips courtesy of Keranen after the latter blanked on a flush draw. Then, on a flop of 6-Q-A with two clubs, Aaron Kaiser, who had aces for the nuts, tanked before calling all-in after a bet from Dan KingDan Smith (pictured above), who had jacks. The stall tactic elicited a bundle of "Kentucky justice" references, including Smith saying, "This would be some Kentucky justice if I've ever seen it" after the turn was another club, giving Smith a flush draw. With Kaiser needing to stave off a club on the river, Chad noted that there were "11 outs for Kentucky justice," which did not come when a red four hit on the river. A tournament official warned Kaiser it was his last stalling stunt. To start the second 60-minute episode, Erlichman ran kings into aces to bust from the Main Event. Shortly thereafter, Chris Johnson raised all-in on a board of 2-8-5-K-2 with aces and Smith, who had kings for a full house, called all-in and doubled up. "Kentucky justice" was ultimately delivered after Kaiser bet 450,000 on a board of 6-8-A-J-K with aces. Smith, who had Q-10 and hit runner-runner Broadway, put Kaiser all-in and the latter called, ending his Main Event run. Chad remarked, "Kentucky justice delayed is not Kentucky justice denied." That would mercifully be the last "Kentucky justice" reference of the episode. Elsewhere in the rapidly-shrinking Amazon Room field, California's Peter Placey(pictured) shoved all-in on a flop of A-5-4 with A-Q for top pair and Sweden's Martin Jacobson called with A-K for a cooler. The better hand held and the American was sent to the rails. Departing shortly thereafter was Johnson, who lost a race against Smith for his remaining chips. Jorryt Van Hoofmoved all-in in the dark with 8-8 on a flop of 3-9-8 for a set. Scott Mahin called in the dark and the two saw the board run out 2-6, setting Van Hoof up for an epic Main Event run. The second-to-last hand shown on ESPN's broadcast was a three-way all-in featuring Dong Guo's K-K versus Robert Campbell's 8-8 versus Billy Pappas' A-A. The latter had both covered and won when the board ran out Q-7-5-2-9. As a result, the field was trimmed to 28. The final elimination of Day 6 went to Matt Haugen, who ran tens into Devonshire's queens. There was zero emotion shown from either player during the bust-out, which made for some pretty awkward TV commentary. As a tip, Devonshire told Haugen that his corroded artery "went nuts" when he had a big hand. You can catch the beginning of Day 7 of the 2014 WSOP Main Event this Sunday at 9:00pm ET on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  16. We're three months away from the resumption of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Eventfrom the Rio in Las Vegas. The final nine features players from six countries including, for the first time ever, Brazil, whose representative, Bruno Politano, recently signed with 888 Poker. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- The 2014 WSOP November Nine also features Mark Newhouse (pictured), who became the first two-time November Niner and the first player to make back-to-back Main Event final tables since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004. At stake is a $10 million first place prize, with every person remaining guaranteed $730,000. In a thread that popped upin recent weeks on PocketFives, posters talked about who their pick is to win poker's most prestigious tournament. Despite being in eighth place, Sweden's Martin Jacobsonwas a popular choice. As PocketFiver JDougfrom the UK put it, "Have to fancy Jacobson if he can manage to double early. Dangerous player with chips!" PocketFives' New Jersey pokercommunity was largely pulling for William Tonking (pictured), who calls Flemington, New Jersey home and formerly attended the University of South Carolina. New Jersey player mikewebb68 wrote in the thread, "Rooting interest is Tonking since he is from NJ and plays on the regulated NJ online sites, but have to think Newhouse is the player to beat." Newhouse finished ninth in the Main Event last year and won the 2006 Borgata Poker Open. This article's author wrote in the same thread that Newhouse was the man to beat come November: "I like Newhouse to win it this year. I'm still blown away by someone making back-to-back November Nines." In case you're wondering what sports books think could happen, here are the latest odds to win from Ladbrokes: Jorryt van Hoof: 3/1 Felix Stephensen: 4/1 Mark Newhouse: 9/2 Martin Jacobson: 6/1 Dan Sindelar: 8/1 Andoni Larrabe: 8/1 William Pappaconstantinou: 11/1 William Tonking: 16/1 Bruno Politano: 18/1 Here are the chip stacks and home countries: 1. Jorryt van Hoof - 38,375,000 (Netherlands) 2. Felix Stephensen - 32,775,000 (Norway) 3. Mark Newhouse - 26,000,000 (USA) 4. Andoni Larrabe - 22,550,000 (Spain) 5. Dan Sindelar - 21,200,000 (USA) 6. William Pappaconstantinou - 17,500,000 (USA) 7. William Tonking - 15,050,000 (USA) 8. Martin Jacobson - 14,900,000 (Sweden) 9. Bruno Politano - 12,125,000 (Brazil) Who do you think will win the 2014 WSOP Main Event? Comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  17. With the final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event set to kick off in less than three weeks, gambling sites have started to post betting odds on which of the November Nine will go the distance to win the coveted gold bracelet and a cool $10 million for first place. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the safest and largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- Players are handicapped roughly according to chip stack, with a bet on chip leader Jorryt van Hoof (pictured) offering the lowest payday of 2.85/1, according to Bovada. The Dutchman has been playing poker professionally for 10 years and will go into the final stretch with 38,375,000 chips. On the heels of van Hoof is Norwegian pro Felix Stephensen, who will return to the final table with 32,775,000 chips. The 23-year-old is an online Pot Limit Omaha cash game specialist and is fixed at 4/1 to win the eight-figure first-place payday. Stephenson admits he ran incredibly well to reach the #2 spot and has stated a distaste for tournament play. American Mark Newhouse has already beat incredible odds to make back-to-back final table appearances. The Chapel Hill native had a disappointing ninth place finish in the 2013 Main Event for just over $700,000, but is better equipped this year with a starting stack of 26,000,000. With his experience at the final table, Newhouse will undoubtedly be more comfortable than his opponents and is handicapped at 5/1. Spanish pro Andoni Larrabe(pictured) and American WSOP veteran Dan Sindelar round out fourth and fifth place, respectively, and will head into the final table nearly even in chips. The 22-year-old Larrabe holds a slight lead with a 22,550,000 stack and will benefit from his experience grinding the live tournament circuit. Sindelar is a Las Vegas regular with 18 WSOP cashes and holds 21,200,000 in chips. A bet on Larrabe would bring a 7/1 payday, with Sindelar garnering slightly more at 7.5/1. With a stack of just 14,900,000, odds makers believe Swedish tournament pro Martin Jacobson's experience gives him an edge large enough to bump him two spots ahead of his chip rank. The 27-year-old can frequently be found in high roller tournaments around the world and boasts $5.5 million in recorded winnings. Jacobson's skill playing poker at the highest level has him set at 8/1 and will certainly give him an edge against his opponents on November 10. William Pappaconstantinou is the sole amateur at the table and will sit down with a 17,500,000-chip stack. "Billy Pappas" ranks among the world's best foosball players and is hoping to add the title of Main Event Champion to his resume. A wager on the 29-year-old will pay out at 10/1. New Jersey native Will Tonkingcomes in next-to-last and will try to make do with his 15,050,000-chip stack. Tonking plays live and online and recently pocketed a $50,000 score on the newly launched WSOP.com. A bet on the 27-year-old will bring a 12/1 payday. Starting with just 12,125,000 chips, Brazilian Bruno Politano (pictured) holds the smallest stack of the November Nine. Politano, 31, is the first Brazilian to make the Main Event final table and has $110,000 in tournament cashes to his name. Even though he is running low on chips, Politano will undoubtedly have the loudest fan club. While making his way toward the final table, his rail cheered and sang with gusto every time he was involved in a hand. With poker experiencing a major boom in Brazil, Politano will surely be watched with excitement by poker fans back home. The odds are long, but if the 31-year-old can take the top spot, his backers will enjoy a 16/1 payout. Players return to the final table of the Main Event to battle for $28,000,000 in prize money on November 10. You can check out the odds of the November Nine below: Jorryt van Hoof (38,375,000 Chips) 57/20 Felix Stephensen (32,775,000 Chips) 4/1 Mark Newhouse (26,000,000 Chips) 5/1 Andoni Larrabe (22,550,000 Chips) 7/1 Dan Sindelar (21,200,000 Chips) 15/2 Martin Jacobson (14,900,000 Chips) 8/1 Will Pappaconstantinou (17,500,000 Chips) 10/1 William Tonking (15,050,000 Chips) 12/1 Bruno Politano (12,125,000 Chips) 16/1 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  18. We've reached the 2014 World Series of Poker November Nine. The Main Event played down to its final nine players on Monday night and six countries are represented, including, for the first time ever, Brazil. The other five nations that will be part of the 2014 WSOP Main Event November Nine festivities are the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- One of the main storylines of the night involved Mark Newhouse, who became the first person ever to make multiple November Nines and the first person to make back-to-back Main Event final tables since Dan Harrington did so in 2003 and 2004. Harrington battled through a combined Main Event field of 3,415 players, while Newhouse had to contend with a combined Main Event field of 13,045. Newhouse (pictured) finished ninth last year and, according to WSOP.com, "In order to earn more money than Harrington did in those two years, Newhouse will have to finish in sixth place or higher." The unofficial final table of 10 in the Main Event lasted all of 24 hands and ended with Luis Velador 3betting all-in before the flop and getting a call from Newhouse. When the cards were turned over, it was pocket fours against pocket fives and, perhaps fittingly for this website, the better starting hand held. Velador took 10th place for $565,000 and, as a result, each player remaining is guaranteed $730,000. The winner, as has been trumpeted all year long, will win $10 million. On the 17th hand of 10-handed play, Velador served a double up to Andoni Larrabe, who 3bet all-in before the flop from the hijack. Velador called after some deliberation and rolled over A-K only to see he was up against aces. No help came for Velador and Larrabe doubled to 21.7 million, shrinking Velador's stack and helping lead to the eventual all-in. In addition to busting Velador, Newhouse sent Maximilian Senft to the rail in 11th place. Senft sent his chips into the middle before the flop and Newhouse came along with pocket threes against K-Q of diamonds. Newhouse hit a set on the flop and Senft was drawing dead by the river. For much of the waning stages of the Main Event, Sweden's Martin Jacobson(pictured) was perched somewhere atop the chip counts. He sent Christopher Greaves to the rail in 12th place with A-3 suited against K-5. The money went in before the flop and an ace immediately hit to keep Jacobson in the lead with top pair. Greaves was drawing dead by the river and Jacobson made the November nine with the second shortest stack. Shortly before Greaves' elimination, he doubled up William Pappaconstantinou with A-Q against kings. Pappaconstantinou finished the evening in sixth place with 17.5 million. Netherlands poker player Jorryt van Hoof, who busted two players in the latter stages of Monday's play, is your November Nine chip leader at 38.3 million. He has six million, or 17%, more in chips than Felix Stephensen, who calls Norway home and is in second place. The blinds ended at 200,000-400,000-50,000: 1. Jorryt van Hoof - 38,375,000 (Netherlands) 2. Felix Stephensen - 32,775,000 (Norway) 3. Mark Newhouse - 26,000,000 (USA) 4. Andoni Larrabe - 22,550,000 (Spain) 5. Dan Sindelar - 21,200,000 (USA) 6. William Pappaconstantinou - 17,500,000 (USA) 7. William Tonking - 15,050,000 (USA) 8. Martin Jacobson - 14,900,000 (Sweden) 9. Bruno Politano - 12,125,000 (Brazil) The November Nine will return to the Rio on November 10 and 11 to determine a winner. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  19. Just over two weeks after winning a €50,000 Short Deck event at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Jonathan Depa picked up another short deck title on Thursday after beating Alex Foxen heads-up in the Poker Masters $10,000 Short Deck event. The last four cashes on Depa's Hendon Mob profile are all in the game of Short Deck. "Heaters are always fun," Depa said. "I don't really play that many tournaments. To win two tournaments in two weeks is pretty awesome and it's always nice when you're just basically winning every all in." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The final table included a Poker Hall of Famer, a former November Niner, the reigning GPI Player of the Year, the reigning High Roller of the Year and a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner. None of them were a match for Depa though. Jorryt van Hoof, who finished third in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, limped with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"] before Sam Soverel raised all in to 940,000 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"]. Action folded back to Van Hoof and he used a time extension before calling. The board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"][poker card="qh"][poker card="ac"] to give both players two pair and leave Soverel, who won the PokerCentral High Roller of the Year title in 2018, out in sixth place. On the next hand, Ben Yu moved all in with [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"] and Depa called with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. The flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"] to give Yu to pair and a straight draw. The [poker card="kd"] turn gave Depa the advantage back and after the [poker card="7s"] completed the board, Yu was eliminated. First to act, van Hoof moved all in for 1,330,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] and Foxen also moved all for 1,890,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"] forcing Depa and Seidel to fold. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"] flop gave Foxen a stranglehold on the pot and the [poker card="6c"] turn gave him a full house to eliminate van Hoof in fifth place as the meaningless [poker card="tc"] completed the board. Foxen continued to enjoy the role of executioner and his next victim was Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. Seidel opened by moving all in for 1,230,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"] and Foxen mvoed all in behind him with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] and Depa folded. Foxen fell behind on the [poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] flop, but the [poker card="7c"] turn gave Foxen straight and flush draws. The [poker card="6c"] river completed Foxen's flush and eliminated Seidel in third. Thanks in part to those two eliminations, Foxen began heads-up play with 72% of the chips in play. The pair played for more than 90 minutes before Depa completed the comeback. Foxen opened by moving all-in with [poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] and Depa called with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jd"]. Foxen was unable to double up on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="9s"] runout and was eliminated in second place giving Depa the title. Final Table Payouts Jonathan Depa - $133,200 Alex Foxen - $88,800 Erik Seidel - $59,200 Jorryt van Hoof - $37,000 Ben Yu - $29,600 Sam Soverel - $22,200
  20. Just one month removed from finishing third in the World Series of Poker Main Eventfor $3.8 million, Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured) hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, winning the weekly tournament for $91,000. He plays on PokerStars under the screen name TheCleaner11 and entered the nine-handed final table in third place out of almost 3,000 entrants. PocketFiver Griffin Flush_Entity Benger was eliminated in seventh from the Warm-Up and was one of the big-name opponents standing in Van Hoof's way. Benger lost a race with 4-4 versus A-9 on his final hand after his opponent flopped two pair and hit a full house on the river. The Canadian earned $13,000 for his seventh place finish. Third place went to Malta's Bjorn kleathKleathersson, who dropped a pot worth nine million in chips to Van Hoof before shoving one hand later with A-8. DonTrustMe78called with 6-6 to set up another race, but this time, the pocket pair held after DonTrustMe78 flopped a set. Kleathersson earned $48,000. Van Hoof held a 3:2 chip lead entering heads-up play against DonTrustMe78 and, in the final hand, the latter pushed with 9-8 and Van Hoof woke up with A-Q. Van Hoof flopped three aces and rivered a boat for good measure to win the Sunday Warm-Up and $91,000. Van Hoof never relinquished the chip lead heads-up: 1. Jorryt TheCleaner11van Hoof (United Kingdom) - $91,814.29 2. DonTrustMe78 (Germany) - $68,421.60 3. Bjorn kleath Kleathersson (Malta) - $48,550.09 4. dan82mur (Romania) - $33,626.00 5. yeres (Chile) - $25,146.40 6. A.Saout (United Kingdom) - $19,298.40 7. Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (Canada) - $13,450.40 8. Jengleleg (Netherlands) - $7,602.40 9. FLBonatto (Brazil) - $4,678.40 Van Hoof was quite elated when he won, posting on Twitter: In addition to his third place finish in the 2014 Main Event, Van Hoof finished eighth in the EPT London High Roller Event in October for $78,000. He also took third in a Turbo Six-Max event during the same series for another $43,000. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  21. Who are you rooting for? The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event restarts at 8:30pm Eastern Time from the Penn and Teller Theater in Las Vegas, with the rest of the world able to catch the action on a 30-minute delay starting at 9:00pm Eastern Time on ESPN and other outlets. Jorryt Van Hoof(pictured) will be your chip leader when play resumes at 89.6 million. Following him are Martin Jacobsonand Felix Stephensen. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Former Main Event winner Greg Merson seemed to be rooting for all three of the survivors, Tweeting on Tuesday morning, "All 3 of these guys would make a deserving champ. Excited to welcome one of them to the fraternity." Bruce Buffer will give the ceremonial "Shuffle up and deal" command to start three-handed play. We'd expect that crowd seats will be much easier to come by on Tuesday than on Monday, when only 200 seats were initially available for the general public. Dylan Pokerl)evil Hortin was among those watching on Monday night and posted on Twitter, "I'm sufficiently tired, very confident Jacobson wins this tomorrow/tonight. I think the 3 best players at the ft are 3-handed. Gnight!" Hortin added, "Officially a Martin Jacobson fan, his table presence, poise, and completely unemotional/accurate decision making are something to strive for." Jacobson was a popular choice among the poker community. PocketFiver Sam TheSquid Grafton posted on Twitter, "Let's go @Martin_Jacobson. What an unbelievable boss that man is." Just to recap, here are the chip stacks of the three remaining players: Jorryt van Hoof - 89,625,000 (74 big blinds) Martin Jacobson - 64,750,000 (54 big blinds) Felix Stephensen - 46,100,000 (38 big blinds) One of the toughest eliminations of the night apparently belonged to New Jersey's William Tonking, who finished in fourth place after rising up the chip counts early on in the evening. ESPN's Andrew Feldman said on Twitter, "Tonking elimination interview was a tough one. He wanted no part of it for obvious reasons and walked away into the arms of 100s of friends." David "ODB" Baker was among those watching the action unfold from the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio and singled out Billy Pappas (pictured), a foosball champion whose unique look and infectious positivity shined throughout the Main Event: "Pappas definitely one of the big winners tonight. Came off fantastic on TV. Would have been a great ambassador." Who are you rooting for tonight? Leave a comment here and let us know! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  22. The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event resumed on Monday night on a 30-minute delay on ESPN2. As each member of the November Nine zoomed across the Rio's Voodoo Zip Line, the camera panned into the 1,200-seat Penn and Teller Theater, which was electric. As Bluff's Lance Bradley put it, "Three minutes in and Politano's rail is already the greatest of all time. It’s not even close." --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Antonio Esfandiari, a former One Drop champion, joined Norman Chad and Lon McEachern in the announce booth and said that Newhouse's experience "would be a huge difference-maker tonight." He added that if he were at the final table, he'd be the elder statesman. Jorryt Van Hoof was the chip leader when play resumed and was stacked with 95 big blinds, while Bruno Politano, whom Bradley referred to, had more than 30 big blinds as the short stack. As many have pointed out, unlike years past, there's no dominant chip stack and desperate short stack. To that end, Esfandiari said, "It's going to take a while." Last year's final table lasted 261 hands. ESPN flashed to an interview with Mark Newhouse, who said, "In the last four months, I haven't been playing much poker. Mark Newhouse the poker player – I don't even remember." He added, "I finished ninth last year and who would have known I'd have another shot at it." Reigning Main Event champion Ryan Riess gave the ceremonial "Shuffle up and deal" command and Newhouse started with the button. The blinds began at 200,000-400,000 with an ante of 50,000. Patches included 888 Poker, the Commerce Casino, and DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports site. Neteller, Ruffles, and NJOY logos appeared on the table itself. Hole cards are being shown on every pot, so viewers at home can know exactly what players have. We'll continue to bring you updates throughout the evening in sync with the TV broadcast right here on PocketFives.
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