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  1. Joseph Cheong is one of the most consistent, prolific tournament players in the world today. His rise to poker prominence came during a roller-coaster run at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, where he finished in third place for over $4.1 million dollars. Cheong proved that he was no one-hit wonder, as his resume only continues to add accolades and grow in the years since. He’s amassed over 15 six-figure scores, including a victory at the APT Manilla Millions in 2013 for over $1 million. In total, his lifetime live earnings have soared to over $12 million and he’s earned over $280,000 thus far in 2018 alone. Joseph Cheong is good. If you follow his career, you already know this. So we reached out to get his opinions on topics in both poker and pop culture that you just gotta know. Unlimited Rebuys What’s the best format for a tournament? Old school freeze outs, single re-entry or unlimited re-buys? Poker tours try to balance the desire for larger prize pools, the need to accommodate players that travel great distances and keeping the playing field level for recreational players. “I hate unlimited re-buys. Generally, it is a rake trap and even soft events end up becoming extremely tough by the end. You might start with a field that has 40% recs but by the time all the entries are tallied it won’t be anywhere near that. Many people claim this is good for the pros and this is true for the best pros. However many lesser top pros and mid-level pros don’t realize it will kill their longterm ROI. It’s also bad for their backers and buyers because their expected ROI sitting down in Level 1 and with 30 sick players left is completely different but they still only look at the field as an overall. I do have one exception to this - smaller buy-in events with many more recs. Recs tend not to care about the rake and really enjoy huge prize pools for their buy-ins. These are bad for pros as well though since rake is insanely high.” Marvel Movies Marvel’s 'Avenger: Infinity War' looks to shatter all box office records in a culmination of 10 years of cinematic build up. Fans continue to flock to the theaters and the superhero genre shows no signs of slowing down. “I never watched a Marvel movie past the first Superman. They don’t interest me at all...I meant Spider-Man, I’d never watch Superman. I just think they are too simplistic with the ‘good versus evil’ thing…and I’m not into stupid costumes. I much prefer alternative categories like The Watchmen.” #BraceletHunting The WSOP is right around the corner and Cheong recently picked up his second WSOP Circuit ring. For many, the dream of holding up a coveted WSOP bracelet is still the quintessential poker dream. “I’ve never been interested in trophy collecting other than for the fact that first place pays the most money. Also…why a bracelet? Who wants a bracelet? Something cooler might make me want one. I have no interest in any trophy or trinket.” Sublime (the band) Followers of Choeng will note that his Twitter handle is @subiime, sometimes conjuring up the 90’s ska/punk/reggae trio from Long Beach who had hits like "What I Got", "Santeria" and "Wrong Way." “They’re good. I was never a huge fan or anything. My name isn’t from them, I just like the word ‘sublime’. (The band) is nostalgia from high school.” Taking Shots Prior a cash in the short-lived NAPT back in 2010, a $5,000 buy-in event, Choeng had never recorded a live cash in an event with a greater than $500 buy-in. Plenty of players dream of playing in the Main Event against the pros they see on TV. “Taking shots is part of being a poker player. None of the richest guys got there by grinding with strict bankroll management, aside from a select few who fortunately got into poker early and could easily grind it up. I’m not saying always put your entire bankroll on the line and risk going broke all the time. I sold action all summer during the 2010 World Series of Poker and decided I didn’t want to for the Main Event. World out well for me but some of my friends are still bitter. Not gunna name names but his name might start with a ‘D’ and rhymes with ‘blias.’” Spontaneity Despite having no plans to make it out to the WSOP Circuit in Cherokee, North Carolina, Cheong booked a win in Event #11 of the WSOPC for over $34,000. “I’m not sure what to say about this. I’m not very spontaneous even though it might seem like I am to people I know. I just suck at making plans ahead of time. I did go to WSOP APAC in 2013 on a whim. Mohsin Charania and I booked a flight the night before leaving and ended up going on a really nice Super High Roller run, taking 2nd in the $50K (he won over $530,000) followed by winning the Manila Millions HKD$1 million (for ~$1.3 million). Then second in the $100K WPT Championship at Bellagio (for over $600,000).” Cheong continues to play tournaments at the highest level and is currently a pro for the new online poker site Highstakes.com. Follow along on his journey on Twitter: @subiime.
  2. Throughout the course of the summer, the moves to the online poker’s rankings were subtle. Players took longer breaks, went on vacation or spent time grinding the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. All of that changed when the PokerStars 2018 World Championship of Online Poker began. The players flocked to the online tournament scene, generating a total prize pool of nearly $100 million, and got busy earning life-changing amounts of money. When the tournament swings can be big, so can the shifts in the PocketFives rankings. Some of the performances of top PocketFivers during WCOOP resulted in a lot of movement in the rankings. Back Into The Top 100 There were 16 players who, over the course of WCOOP’s two weeks, worked their way from outside the top 100 to sitting inside of it. Steve ‘MrTimCaum’ O’ Dwyer (+262, #33) Steve 'MrTimCaum' O’Dwyer, the regular high-roller with live earnings approaching $24 million, absolutely crushed the online scene during September. Playing out of his adopted home of Ireland, O’ Dwyer picked up his first WCOOP title in Event-57-H ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max) for a massive $227,101 score and 1,154.99 PLB points. He also broke a career-high cash with his $896,610 victory during partypoker’s POWERFEST. O’Dwyer’s rankings shot up 262 places to #33 in the world, which is, surprisingly, a career-best for one of the most consistent crushers in the world. Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido (#30) Another easily recognizable name making major moves in the rankings was Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido. Originally from Spain, but playing out of the UK, Aido flew past $4 million in lifetime earnings with his September online play. Coming off a four-month online poker hiatus, Aido continually racked up the PLB points with 16 qualifying tournaments. He picked up two six-figure scores in September with his standout being his final table finish in WCOOP Event-62-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $156,224. Aldo returned to his online account ranked number #209 and by rising 179 spots, made it the furthest into the top 100, landing at #30, a career-best. ‘simon1471’ (+697, #76) Hailing from the UK, ‘simon1471’ made the largest leap from outside the top 100 to earning a spot inside of it. Since the start of September, ‘simon1471’ has accumulated 20 PLB qualifying cashes highlighted by a WCOOP victory in Event-37-H ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em Turbo) for $98,678 and 747.66 PLB points. In total, he rocketed 697 spots from #776 to a career-high ranking of #76. His stellar series makes him the #10-ranked grinder in the UK and he has now accumulated over $1.785 million in career earnings. Major Movers There were a number of players who made massive jumps in the rankings during WCOOP either due to a major score or simply due to increased online activity. Chance ‘Chances Cards’ Kornuth (+9,285) U.S. based Chance ‘Chances Cards’ Kornuth, is a well-known live tournament beast with over $5.9 million in live earnings. This WCOOP, he once again proved he can make moves both live and online. His string of WCOOP cashes is nothing less than impressive. He registered 31 PLB qualifying cashes in a row on PokerStars in September raising his ranking from #9752 to #476. How was Kornuth ranked close to 10,000? He essentially took an entire year off from the worldwide player pool between WCOOP’s. That's not to say he wasn't playing online as he did win the WSOP.com $3,200 High Roller Online Bracelet event. The question is will Kornuth disappear from the world online scene for another year now that WCOOP is over? Shaun ’shaundeeb’ Deeb (+1766) Another American superstar, Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb found success grinding WCOOP outside of his home country. Deeb booked two wins during the series. The first was in WCOOP Event-22-H ($1,050 PLO8 Eight Max) for over $38,000. Then he backed that up with his second victory in Event-59-H ($2,100 PLO8 Six Max) for another $69,011. In total, the former #1-ranked player earned over $176,000 for the series and shot up 1,766 places to his current rank of #284. Deeb now has over $6.7 million in career online earnings to go with his $6 million in live earnings. Big Names On The Rise Some of the biggest names in poker found themselves on the list of top rankings risers. Joseph ‘subiime’ Cheong (+903) Former WSOP final table participant and guy with zero interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joseph ‘subiime’ Cheong put together 25 PLB qualifying cashes to rise 903 spots, back into the top 500 at #436. A former top-20 ranked player, Cheong, like many Americans, hadn’t played in the worldwide player pool since last May’s SCOOP. Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro One of Finland’s most well-known online nosebleed grinders, Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro, may not be mixing it up with Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey in 'Rail Heaven' anymore but he did have himself a profitable WCOOP. He finished runner-up in Event-54-H ($10,300 8-Game High Roller) for $150,000. He also made a final table appearance in Event-16-H ($25,000 PLO Six Max) for $135,274. Kelopuro cashed for five-figures of better 8-times during the series and shot up 149 spots to his current ranking of #36 in the world, another career-high.
  3. The 2019 U.S. Poker Open got underway on Wednesday with 90 players flocking to the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to take part in Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Even though it’s a brand new year and a brand new series, at least one thing remains the same: Stephen Chidwick plans on dominating at the USPO. Chidwick, the defending USPO champion bested a stacked final table, which included regular high roller Sean Winter and former November Niner Joseph Cheong. Chidwick eliminated four of his final five opponents in under three and half hours, earning $216,000 for his efforts. Final Table Results 1. Stephen Chidwick - $216,000 2. Sean Winter - $157,500 3. Joseph Cheong - $112,500 4. Joseph Cappello - $90,000 5. Lazaro Hernandez - $72,000 6. Joseph Orsino - $54,000 About an hour into the final table, the first player hit the rail when Joseph Orsino clashed with Cheong. Cheong raised from the cutoff holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] and Orsino made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"]. The flop of [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"] almost guaranteed action as both players flopped two pair. Orsino checked his bottom two pair over to Cheong. Cheong fired a bet and Orsino promptly check-raised. With the action back to Cheong, he moved all in and Orsino, who was covered, made the call with his tournament life on the line. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="9s"], ending Orsino’s USPO run in sixth place for $54,000. Lazaro Hernandez was the next player to fall. After losing a big hand to Chidwick, where Chidwick flopped a straight and doubled through him, Hernandez was crippled to under 10 big blinds. Holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] on the button, Hernandez pushed all in and was called by Chidwick in the small blind with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. Dominated, Hernandez was going to need some help to survive but the [poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6h"] provided very little. The turn was the [poker card="qh"], leaving Hernandez looking for one of the remaining tens. The river was the [poker card="3c"] to give the hand to Chidwick and send Hernandez home in fifth place for $72,000. Joseph Cappello and Cheong played a big pot where Capello’s pocket sevens flipped against Cheong’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"]. Cheong flopped two pair and held in the hand, sending Cappello to the bottom of the chip counts. Ten minutes later, he found a hand to move his final three big blinds in with. From the button, Cappello shipped it in with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="2h"] and, once again, Chidwick was there in the small blind, making a call with the dominating hand of the [poker card="ah"][poker card="4d"]. Although many boards might facilitate a chop, the [poker card="6h"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop put Chidwick way ahead. The [poker card="8c"] turn gave Cappello flush outs, but the [poker card="kh"] river was no help. Cappello hit the rail in fourth place for $90,000, helping him to more than $2.4 million in lifetime earnings. After that elimination, the tournament sped to a conclusion with Chidwick continuing his dominance and taking out his final two dangerous opponents in short order. First, it was Cheong. Chidwick opened from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and Cheong three-bet shipped all in with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="2h"]. Chidwick made the call, again dominating his opponent. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6c"], the [poker card="3c"] turn took away any chance of running hearts for Cheong, and the [poker card="5c"] river ended Cheong’s tournament in third place. He collected $112,500 for his seventh recorded cash of 2019. Finally, Sean Winter and Chidwick, a pair of regulars on the high-roller circuit, got down to the business of playing heads-up. It was not a long battle, however, as the pair got all the chips in the middle in short order. Chidwick limped holding the [poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] and Winter put in a raise with the [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Chidwick made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ks"]. Winter continued and Chidwick, with a gutshot straight draw, made the call. Then the [poker card="8s"] hit the turn. Winter bet his new set, Chidwick, with the chip lead, shipped over the top with his made straight. Winter made the call but needed the board to pair in order to continue the tournament. The [poker card="3h"] river did not improve Winter’s hand and he finished the event in second place, taking home $157,500 for his efforts. Stephen Chidwick, the reigning, defending USPO Champion, took down Event #1 for $216,000. It was his third career USPO tournament title and, with the win, he took the early lead in the race to repeat as USPO champion and take home the additional $100,000 prize. USPO Top 10 After Event #1 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 1 $216,000 200 2. Sean Winter 1 $157,000 140 3. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 4. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80 5. Lazaro Hernandez 1 $72,000 60 6. Joseph Orsino 1 $54,000 40 7. Jerry Robinson 1 $45,000 40 8. Maxx Coleman 1 $36,000 40 9. Jake Schindler 1 $27,000 40 10. Bryn Kenney 1 $27,000 40 The final table for Event #2: $10,000 PLO will take place on Friday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  4. Only one bracelet was awarded Tuesday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, but the table has been set for one of poker's biggest names to take center stage on Wednesday. Daniel Negreanu sits on top of the final seven players in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, putting him in position to win his seventh career bracelet. Meanwhile, Joseph Cheong used Tuesday to improve his chances of winning his first career bracelet. Joseph Cheong Headlines $1K Double Stack Final Six Three times in his poker career, Joseph Cheong has finished runner-up in a WSOP bracelet event. On Tuesday he did everything possible to give himself the best chance possible to improve upon those results. Cheong finished Day 3 of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event with 100,300,000 - over 40% of the chips in play - and heads into Wednesday's six-handed final table with the chip lead. The player closest to Cheong is David Ivers with 60,400,000. China's Zinan Xu, who started the day with the chip lead sits third with 53,900,000. Among the 34 players who busted on Tuesday were Jack Sinclair, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Tim West, and recent WPT ARIA Summer Championship winner Matthew Wantman. Action resumes at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Joseph Cheong - 100,300,000 David Ivers - 60,400,000 Zinan Xu - 53,900,000 Andrea Buonocore - 17,800,000 Ido Ashkenazi - 11,700,000 Arianna Son - 4,500,000 Robert Mitchell Wins $800 Deepstack Vegas-based poker pro Robert Mitchell beat Italy's Marco Bognanni to win the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event for the first bracelet of his career and nearly $300,000. "Overall, that’s what poker players play for is the bracelet," Mitchell said. "To have one now, it’s on my resume and it feels good." The win comes a little more than a week after the 41-year-old came 17th in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event. This is just the sixth career WSOP cash for Mitchell, but he felt the win was coming. “One-hundred percent I did. I knew I was going to have another shot at it. I’ve been playing poker for a long time and felt like it was long overdue. It’s awesome.” Bognanni had to settle for $183,742 as runner-up. Final Table Payouts Robert Mitchell - $297,537 Marco Bognanni - $183,742 Axel Hallay - $134,817 Francois Evard - $99,752 Benjamin Underwood - $74,435 Kamel Mokhammad - $56,019 Benjamin Moon - $42,524 Zachary Mullennix - $32,561 Nick Jivkov - $25,152 Just 120 Remain in Record-Setting Super Seniors Day 2 of the $1,000 Super Seniors event saw the field go from 838, through the money bubble and stopped with just 120 players still in contention for the bracelet and $359,863 first place prize money. Leading the way is Jay Hong, from California. Hong has a talented group of players chasing him though. Barry Shulman, co-owner of CardPlayer Magazine and winner of the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event, sits second. His wife, Allyn Shulman, also advanced to Day 3 with an average stack. Other notables still holding on to a shot at the title include Don Zewin, Larry Wright, Tom Franklin, and Humberto Brenes. The schedule calls for an 11 AM PT restart with plans to play down to a winner on Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts Jay Hong - 1,838,000 Barry Shulman - 1,270,000 James Plateroti - 1,181,000 Clifford Pappas - 1,165,000 Miles Harris - 1,090,000 Steven Wenrich - 1,074,000 Stuart Hosen - 992,000 Jimmy Crouch - 916,000 Aaron Dolgin - 898,000 Jian Zhang - 858,000 Denis Bagdasarov Bags Day 2 Chip Lead $1,500 PLO Pennsylvania poker player Denis Bagdasarov finished Day 2 of the record-setting $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event as the only player over 3,000,000 in chips and leads the final 21 players heading into Day 3. The rest of the field includes Ben Zamani, Anton Wigg, Ismael Bojang, and Steve Sung. This is Bojang's 10th cash of the 2019 WSOP and puts him alone atop the leaderboard for most cashes. He also has 72 career WSOP cashes without a win, moving him into sixth all-time on that list behind Roland Israealashvili, Tony Cousineau, Tom McCormick, Allen Kessler, and Shannon Shorr. James Little finished with the fifth largest stack. This is Little's eighth cash of the 2019 WSOP. He's only had three other WSOP cashes in his career. There were 200 players at the start of the day, and after 17 eliminations all remaining players were guaranteed an in-the-money finish. Matt Stout, Ankush Mandavia, Dan Zack, Loren Klein, Kenny Hallaert, Erik Seidel, and Mike Matusow were among the 162 players to cash and bust on Tuesday. The final 21 players are back in action beginning at a Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Denis Bagdasarov - 3,035,000 Glen Cressman - 2,910,000 Johannes Toebbe - 2,905,000 Benjamin Zamani - 2,900,000 James Little - 2,575,000 Anton Wigg - 1,900,000 Ismael Bojang - 1,900,000 Steve Sung - 1,450,000 William Mitchell - 1,405,000 Mihai Niste - 1,245,000 Daniel Negreanu Headlines $10K Seven Card Stud Final Table Daniel Negreanu gave his investors a chance to dance on Tuesday night. Negreanu, who sold pieces of himself to fans and followers before the Series started, has just six other players standing in the way of his seventh career bracelet and a $245,451 payday. Negreanu finished Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event with 1,502,000, nearly 500,000 more than the second biggest stack, belonging to David 'ODB' Baker. Those two are followed by bracelet winners Frank Kassela, John Hennigan, Chris Tryba, and David Singer. The only player at the final table who does not already have a WSOP bracelet is Russian Mikhail Semin. He recently finished sixth in the $10,000 HORSE Championship. Among the players to bust on Tuesday were Scott Seiver, Paul Volpe, Scott Clements, and Michael Mizrachi. Frankie O'Dell, who won the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event earlier this summer, busted in eighth place. The final table begins at a 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Daniel Negreanu - 1,502,000 David "ODB" Baker - 1,070,000 Frank Kassela - 919,000 John Hennigan - 682,000 Chris Tryba - 542,000 David Singer - 388,000 Mikhail Semin - 183,000 2,403 Players Flock to $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack At the start of the day, Adam Lamphere was just one of 2,403 players who entered the $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack event. After 20 30-minute levels, however, Lamphere was bagging up the chip lead. The Michigan native finished with 1,870,000 from a starting stack of 30,000 and sits 628,000 ahead of the next biggest stack, belonging to Caleb Hershey. A total of 2,208 players were eliminated on Day 1. Some of the 195 players who managed to avoid busting were Ylon Schwartz, Konstantin Puchkov, Jake Schwartz, Rainer Kempe, Mark Gregorich, Jamie Gold, and Matthew Wantman. Former #1-ranked PocketFivers Calvin Anderson, Tim West, and Ari Engel also managed to make Day 2. Day 2 starts at Noon PT and is scheduled to play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Adam Lamphere - 1,870,000 Caleb Hershey - 1,242,000 Dustin Goldklang - 1,114,000 Tim Finne - 1,110,000 Ylon Schwartz - 1,105,000 Hao Chen - 1,000,000 Andrew Ostapchenko - 915,000 Qi Luo - 900,000 Sean Legendre - 886,000 Henry Tran - 869,000 Jonathan Depa Leads $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Day 1 Day 1 of the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event, which includes a game rotation of No Limit and Pot Limit games, attracted 218 players and only 55 of them managed to survive to Day 2. Leading that group is Jonathan Depa with 171,600. Jared Bleznick sits second with 149,900 while Arthur Morris is third with 137,000. Ryan Hughes, who came second in this event last year, finished with the fourth best stack at 131,900. Players are just 23 eliminations away from the bubble when action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Jonathan Depa - 171,600 Jared Bleznick - 149,900 Arthur Morris - 137,000 Ryan Hughes - 131,900 Cary Katz - 99,600 Mateus Deoliveira - 95,700 David "Bakes" Baker - 94,900 Joseph Couden - 92,300 Max Kruse - 90,900 Brandon Shack-Harris - 87,500 Player of the Year Update Now properly credited with the 951.7 POY points he earned by winning the $600 Online Knockout Bounty event, Upeshka De Silva leads the WSOP Player of the Year race after passing Dan Zack. De Silva is just 15.82 points ahead of Zack. Scott Clements sits third after picking up an additional 97.7 POY points for his 10th place finish in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship on Tuesday. POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Upeshka De Silva 2,162.02 2 Daniel Zack 2,146.20 3 Scott Clements 1,837.33 4 Robert Campbell 1,605.08 5 Daniel Strelitz 1,597.26 Streaming Schedule
  5. Monday was a historic day at the 2019 World Series of Poker as Adam Friedman defended his title in the $10,000 Dealers Choice event to become the first player in four years to successfully defend their title in a WSOP event. Friedman's win was one of two bracelets awarded on Monday as there were seven events in play, including the start of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud championship. Adam Friedman Wins $10,000 Dealers Choice ... Again Adam Friedman should no longer be known as 'that guy who cried on ESPN'. The 37-year-old defeated Shaun Deeb heads-up to win the $10,000 Dealers Choice event for the second consecutive year. Friedman, who entered into heads up play with a slight chip lead over Deeb, needed just two hours to defeat Deeb. Towards the end of play, Deeb was picking almost exclusively No Limit Hold'em, while Friedman was moving between Big O, Badacey, and Stud Hi-Lo. 'I still think the $10K HORSE is the crown jewel of the $10K's at the World Series, just because it's the one people play in the most," Friedman said. "(But) this is unquestionably the most difficult of the $10K events. You've got to be able to play all 20 games and the ones that you're not experienced in, you have to have basic card (sense)." Friedman's other bracelet came in a $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event in 2012. Deeb meanwhile picked up $193,090 and 508.6 WSOP Player of the Year points for his runner-up finish. This moved him into eighth place in this year's race. Final Table Payouts Adam Friedman - $312,417 Shaun Deeb - $103,000 Matt Glantz - $130,126 David Moskowitz - $100,440 Michael McKenna - $72,653 Nick Schulman - $52,656 David Lambard Wins $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout The final table of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event featured a number of players who regularly sit in the High Roller and Super High Roller tournaments, but in the end, it was 44-year-old David Lambard who emerged with the bracelet and $207,103 payday. Lambard, whose only previous WSOP result was a 194th place finish in the 2017 Marathon event, beat a final table that included Justin Bonomo, Martin Zamani, and Andrew Lichtenberger to pick up his first gold bracelet. Johan Guilbert finished runner-up to Lambard, earning $128,042. Lichtenberger finished fourth for his fourth cash of this year's WSOP. He was runner-up to Ben Heath in the $50,000 High Roller event and then picked up two baby cashes in the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em and $1,000 Double Stack events. Final Table Payouts David Lambard - $207,103 Johan Guilbert - $128,042 Weiyi Zhang - $92,625 Andrew Lichtenberger - $67,706 Jan Lakota - $50,016 Ben Farrell - $37,342 Alexandru Papazian - $28,182 Adrien Delmas - $21,501 Martin Zamani - $16,586 Justin Bonomo - $12,937 $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em (Event #34) China's Zinan Xu finished Day 3 of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event with 16,775,000 and the chip lead over the other 39 players. Ido Ashkenazi sits second with 13,700,000 and Matthew Wantman, just a few weeks removed from his World Poker Tour ARIA Summer Poker Championship win, bagged up the third largest stack with 13,075,000. Joseph Cheong sits sixth with 11,175,000 while former #1-ranked PocketFiver Tim West ended up as one of the shorter stacks, bagging 3,450,000. Jake Schwartz, Bob Bounahra, Freddy Deeb, Felipe Ramos, Faraz Jaka, David 'ODB' Baker, Marvin Rettenmaier, Eric Baldwin, Dylan Linde, Jessica Dawley, and two other former #1s, Steven van Zadelhoff and Ari Engel were among the 319 players who started the day with chips but didn't finish with chips. Action resumes at Noon PT and will play until just six players remain. Top 10 Chip Counts Zinan Xu - 16,775,000 Ido Ashkenazi - 13,700,000 Matthew Wantman - 13,075,000 Ryan Jaconetti - 12,475,000 Donald Landwirth - 12,000,000 Joseph Cheong - 11,175,000 Noah Bronstein - 10,450,000 Arianna Son - 10,200,000 David Dibernardi - 9,550,000 Roger Taieb - 8,850,000 $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack Down to 26 Hamid Feiz started Day 2 of the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event just outside of the top 10. Through 12 levels of play he moved up 10 spots and now sits on top with 12,000,000. No other player has entered eight-figure territory. Nick Jivkov has the second best stack with 9,625,000 while Joshua Boulton bagged up 8,000,000 for the third best. Just 26 players remain from the 671 that started Day 2 on Monday. Phil Ivey was the most high-profile bustout on the day. The 10-time bracelet winner finished 64th for his first cash of the 2019 WSOP. Other notables who busted in the money on Monday included Elio Fox, Shawn Buchanan, Ismael Bojang, Kenny Hallaert, and Phil Hellmuth. The tournament resumes at Noon PT and will play down to a winner on Tuesday. Top Chip Counts Hamid Feiz - 12,000,000 Nick Jivkov - 9,625,000 Joshua Boulton - 8,000,000 Axel Hallay - 7,425,000 Benjamin Underwood - 6,175,000 Francois Evard - 5,800,000 Kevin Song - 5,550,000 Alberto Ortiz - 4,975,000 Marco Bognanni - 4,950,000 Zachary Mullennix - 4,650,000 Super-Sized Super Seniors Field Sets New Record A record-breaking 2,650 Super Seniors - those that are at least 60 years -old - packed the Rio on Monday for Day 1 of the $1,000 Super Seniors event. The previous high came last summer when 2,191 players entered. In the five-year history of the event, the field has grown from the 1,533 in 2015. Charles Bailey ended Day 1 with the chip lead. He's followed by Ken Gurley, Dennis Owen, Hector Sotelo, and Lorna Cerjance to round out the top five stacks. Barry Shulman, Tom McEvoy, Allyn Shulman, Don Zewin, Curt Kohlberg, Humberto Brenes Tom McCormick, TJ Cloutier, Chris Bjorin, Barry Greenstein, and Sam Grizzle all managed to make it through Day 1 with chips. There were but a few notables that busted on Day 1, including former Main Event champion Dan Harrington, Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, Dan Shak, Bill Klein, and Stan Jablonski. Play resumes at 11 AM PT. Top Chip Counts Charles Bailey - 330,000 Ken Gurley - 265,800 Dennis Owen - 247,000 Hector Sotelo - 235,000 Lorna Cerjance - 234,200 Mary Haught - 234,000 Pierce Webster - 232,000 James Hernandez - 226,800 Julie Thomas - 204,400 Jerome Middendorf - 200,000 Shahar Levi Tops Day 1 of Massive $1,500 PLO The 2019 WSOP is breaking all kinds of records in terms of attendance. The $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event drew 1,216 players - that's up 52% over the 799 that played last summer. Shahar Levi worked his way up to the top of the 200 players who survived Day 1. Sajal Gupta sits second with 512,500 and Keith Lehr is third with 464,000. Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo bagged up the fourth biggest stack while Matt Glantz went straight from busting the $10,000 Dealers Choice event in third place to finishing with the eighth best stack in this event. Erik Seidel sits tenth. Other notables who moved on to Day 2 include Dylan Linde, Jordan Cristos, Loren Klein, Matt Giannetti, Mike Matusow, Barny Boatman, Ben Zamani, and Tom Marchese. Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Phil Kessel also finished with chips, ending the night with 79,500. The 200 remaining players are back in action beginning at Noon and are scheduled to play down to six players. Top Chip Counts Shahar Levi - 519,000 Sajal Gupta - 512,500 Keith Lehr - 464,000 Robin Ylitalo - 435,500 Dimitri Holdeew - 414,500 Mark Liedtke - 412,000 James Little - 404,500 Matt Glantz - 380,000 Johannes Tobbe - 372,000 Erik Seidel - 368,000 Scott Seiver Leads Packed $10K Seven Card Stud Field The top 10 Day 1 chip counts from the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship includes seven previous WSOP bracelet winners with two-time bracelet winner Scott Seiver leading the way. Seiver finished with 329,500, just ahead of Scott Clements and $10,000 HORSE champion Greg Mueller. Michael McKenna, who finished 13th in this event last year and has made two $10,000 Championship event final tables this year, sits fourth while Michael Mizrachi is fifth. As expected, the remaining field is full of well-known including Frank Kassela, Eli Elezra, Daniel Negreanu, Paul Volpe, David 'ODB' Baker, Calvin Anderson, and James Obst. Yaniv Birman, who won this event last year, was unable to survive Day 1. Other notables who busted Monday include Nick Schulman, Shaun Deeb, Adam Owen, Brandon Shack-Harris and John Monnette. There was no sign on Day 1 of Phil Ivey, but he is eligible to enter up until the start of play on Tuesday. Action resumes at 2 PM. Top Chip Counts Scott Seiver - 329,500 Scott Clements - 290,000 Greg Mueller - 263,000 Michael McKenna - 245,500 Michael Mizrachi - 234,000 Tom Koral - 222,500 Bryce Yockey - 204,000 Andrew Kelsall - 202,000 Max Pescatori - 195,500 Paul Mangine - 190,000 Tuesday's WSOP Schedule
  6. In what has to go down as one of the crazier days of the 2019 World Series of Poker, four players won bracelets including a Poker Hall of Famer, a New Jersey online poker beast, and two players for whom the bracelet was a long time coming. Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu got as close to winning his seventh career bracelet as he could possibly get without actually winning it. Joseph Cheong Wins First Bracelet in $1K Double Stack Coming into the final table of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event, Joseph Cheong's WSOP resume included three runner-up finishes and one rather infamous third place finish, but no wins. That all changed on Wednesday night though. Cheong rode a massive chip stack throughout the final table into the final heads-up confrontation with David Ivers and wasted little time in erasing that '0' next to his bracelet count. The win came with a $687,782 payday, Cheong's second largest WSOP score behind only his third place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Ivers walked away with $424,791 s the runner-up. "I've played poker so long, it was just another day at work," Cheong said afterwards. This lines with what Cheong said in May 2018, when he said "I’ve never been interested in trophy collecting other than for the fact that first place pays the most money. Also…why a bracelet? Who wants a bracelet? Something cooler might make me want one. I have no interest in any trophy or trinket." Final Table Payouts Joseph Cheong - $687,782 David Ivers - $424,791 Zinan Xu - $314,876 Andrea Buonocore - $235,099 Arianna Son - $176,820 Ido Ashkenazi - $133,970 David Guay - $102,258 Ivan Deyra - $78,638 Brock Wilson - $60,930 David Dibernardi - $47,568 Michael Blake Leads Super Seniors Final 10 Seniors Week in Las Vegas is about to come to an end. On Wednesday, 120 players who managed to make Day 2 of the Super Seniors event were widdled down to just 10. Michael Blake, from Gallup, New Mexico, ended with the chip lead. Kanajett Hathaitham is the player closest to Blake after finishing with 9,235,000. Rick Austin sits third with 6,475,000. CardPlayer Magazine co-owner Barry Shulman sits sixth with 3,665,000. Action resumes at 11 AM PT on Thursday and will play down to a winner. Final 10 Chip Counts Michael Blake - 12,300,000 Kanajett Hathaitham - 9,235,000 Rick Austin - 6,475,000 Jeffrey Miller - 5,525,000 Cary Marshall - 5,500,000 Barry Shulman - 3,665,000 Miles Harris - 3,265,000 Bruce Treitman - 3,254,000 William Davis - 2,755,000 Timothy Joseph - 2,535,000 Ismael Bojang Wins $1,500 PLO for Bracelet #1 Ismael Bojang was starting to enter some dangerous territory. After the money bubble burst on Day 2 of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event, Bojang became the first player to pick up 10 cashes at the 2019 WSOP. It almost moved him into sixth place on the all-time cashes list for players without a bracelet. He's not on that list at all anymore though. Bojang outlasted 1,215 other players to win the $1,500 PLO event, $298,507 and his first gold bracelet on Wednesday night, putting an end to a streak of 71 cashes without a win. “Everybody keeps asking me when I am going to win my first bracelet, I guess I can dodge those questions now,'' Bojang said. Bojang beat James Little heads-up for the title. Little has emerged from relative obscurity in the poker world to pick up eight cashes this summer. The $184,424 runner-up prize is the second largest of his career behind only his win in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Classic in February. Former WPT Player of the Year, Ben Zamani finished third for $131,335. Final Table Payouts Ismael Bojang - $298,507 James Little - $184,424 Benjamin Zamani - $131,335 Johannes Tobbe - $94,669 Denis Bagdasarov - $69,082 Mihai Niste - $51,041 Richard Tuhrim - $38,189 Glen Cressman - $28,940 Matthew Mueller - $22,215 Hennigan Denies Negreanu in $10K Seven Card Stud The final table of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event was one for the history books. For the first time in WSOP history, two Poker Hall of Fame members battled heads-up for a bracelet. John Hennigan, who was enshrined last summer, defeated Daniel Negreanu heads up to win the sixth bracelet of his career, four of which are Championship events. "It was a very tough duel, especially for me," Hennigan. "(Negreanu) played so well, and I played so poorly, he really did not get what he deserved. He made every right decision and I made every wrong decision, and it was just bad luck for him at the end." Along with the bracelet, Hennigan took home $245,451 for the win. Negreanu walked away with $151,700 and the ninth runner-up finish of his WSOP career. David 'ODB' Baker finished third for $104,416. Russia's Mikhael Semin, the only player the at the final table without a bracelet earned $73,810 for finishing fourth. It's his second $10,000 Championship event final table of the summer. He previously finished sixth in the $10,000 HORSE. Final Table Payouts John Hennigan - $245,451 Daniel Negreanu - $151,700 David 'ODB' Baker - $104,416 Mikhail Semin - $73,810 David Singer - $53,621 Chris Tryba - $40,066 Frank Kassela - $30,817 Frankie O'Dell - $24,419 Adam Lamphere Leads $600 NLHE/PLO Deepstack Final Table Just seven players stand between Adam Lamphere and a WSOP victory in the $600 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event after the Lansing, MI native worked his way into the final table chip lead after outlasting 187 other players on Wednesday. Lamphere bagged up 17,200,000 which puts him ahead of second place Dan Matsuzuki's 14,000,000. Raghav Bansal ended the day with the third biggest stack at 9,300,000. Rainer Kempe made his first WSOP final table since 2017, ending the day with 8,000,000 and the fourth biggest stack. Among the 187 casualties on Day 2 were former #1-ranked PocketFivers Calvin Anderson, Tim West, and Ari Engel. Jesse Silvia, Tony Miles, Matthew Wantman, Jamie Gold, and Jake Schwartz also busted on Wednesday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Adam Lamphere - 17,200,000 Dan Matsuzuki - 14,000,000 Raghav Bansal - 9,300,000 Rainer Kempe - 8,000,000 Aristeidis Moschonas - 7,325,000 Ashish Ahuja - 6,975,000 Stephen Ma - 6,325,000 Amazon Daniel Moravec - 2,950,000 Ryan Hughes Leads $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Final Table In the three-year history of the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event, nobody has outperformed Ryan Hughes, but he doesn't have a bracelet to show for it. Yet. Hughes, who finished second in this event in 2018 and seventh in 2017, finished Day 2 with the chip lead with just seven players remaining. Hughes is the only player to cash in this event all three years. Right behind Hughes is Arthur Morris. Phillip Hui, with seven cashes coming into this event, sits third. Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton and three-time bracelet winner Loren Klein are also at the final table. Jared Bleznick, David Benyamine, Jeff Lisandro, Max Kruse, Chris Ferguson, Layne Flack, Alex Foxen, Dan Smith, John Monnette and Joao Vieira were amongst the players who busted on Wednesday with an in-the-money finish. The final table begins at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Ryan Hughes - 1,212,000 Arthur Morris - 728,000 Phillip Hui - 425,000 Joseph Couden - 405,000 Jonathan Depa - 223,000 Mike Sexton - 182,000 Loren Klein - 95,000 Ignacio Molina Leads $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty After Day 1 Day 1 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event drew 1,807 players, but 10 levels of play left just 272 standing. Leading the field is Ignacio Molina of Andorra with 624,500. Kevin Naegelen sits second with 576,500 and Baitai Li is third with 506,000. Phil Ivey headlines the list of notables to make it to Day 2. The 10-time bracelet winner bagged up 59,500. He's joined by Nacho Barbero, Martijn Gerrits, Loni Harwood, Steven van Zadelhoff, Justin Young, and Barry Greenstein. Day resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Ignacio Molina - 624,500 Kevin Naegelen - 576,500 Baitai Li - 506,000 Benjamin Chalot - 505,000 Walter Fisher - 499,500 David Thomas - 475,500 Tom Hall - 470,000 Shahar Levi - 460,000 Matthew Volosevich - 455,500 Harrison Gimbel - 454,500 Keith Lehr Leads $25K PLO High Roller After Day 1 The biggest buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event on the calendar got underway Wednesday, with 222 players entering the $25,000 PLO High Roller. Keith Lehr edged out Pennsylvania poker pro Paul Volpe for the Day 1 chip lead as 128 advanced to Day 2. Lehr finished with 692,000, while Volpe ended up with 682,000. Firas Sadou sits third with 625,000. Shaun Deeb continues his quest for the WSOP Player of the Year title and finished with the ninth biggest stack. Alex Epstein, Ben Tollerene, Justin Bonomo, John Racener, Ben Lamb, and Anthony Zinno were among the notables moving on to Day 2. Phil Galfond, Mike Gorodinsky, Michael Mizrachi, Dan Zack, Chance Kornuth, and Chris Hunichen were among the players who busted at least one bullet on Day 1. Players are allowed one re-entry. With registration open until the end of the second level of play on Day 2, the field should surpass the 230 from 2018. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Keith Lehr - 692,000 Paul Volpe - 682,000 Firas Sadou - 625,000 Dario Sammartino - 595,500 Ludovic Geilich - 590,000 Alexey Makarov - 584,500 Niko Soininen - 574,500 John Riordan - 537,000 Shaun Deeb - 518,500 Ka Lau - 492,500 Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo Wins $500 Online NLHE Turbo Deepstack Stand up New Jersey. For the second time this summer, a New Jersey online poker pro has picked up some shiny gold hardware. Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo, the #3-ranked player in the Garden State, beat out 1,180 other players to win the $500 Online No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack for the first bracelet of his career. His win comes just 2.5 weeks after Yong Kwon won the $400 Online bracelet event. Final Table Payouts Dan 'centrefieldr' Lupo - $145,273.90 David 'DTC13' Clarke - $89,692.92 'johnsonck' - $63,771.03 'JSTRIZZA' - $45,959.67 'staeks' - $33,475.82 'MisterKK' - $24,729.16 'jnutz' - $18,526.99 'TonyStarsGFK' - $13.994.64 'HITRII999' - $10,734.52
  7. The 2019 World Series of Poker is quickly coming to a close but that isn’t stopping plenty of players from heading back to the Rio for one last shot at gold plated glory. In addition to the spectacle of the Main Event final table, the WSOP has some of their biggest stars battling in the final events of the schedule including a super-sized field in the WSOP’s final online bracelet event of the summer, won by one of online poker’s best. Summer Saved: Taylor ‘Galactar’ Paur Wins $500 Online Event Former PocketFives #1-ranked online player Taylor ‘taypaur’ Paur earned his second career World Series of Poker gold bracelet after winning Event #88 ($500 ONLINE NLHE Summer Saver) for $149,240.52. With the win, Paur continues to prove that he’s a prolific poker player in both the online and live arenas. He first hit the #1-ranking back in 2010 and then did it again in 2011 en route to a career online earnings mark of over $5M. Back in 2013, Paur picked up the first of his two bracelets by taking down a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event for over $340,000. Even though his Sunday victory was an online event, it will be added to his career WSOP scores, pushing his live career earnings up over $4.8M. The victory marks Paur’s fifth WSOP cash of the summer, which included a 627th place finish in the Main Event for over $22,000. The final online event of the summer proved to be popular and followed suit with the live post-lims, drawing a massive field of 1,325 players looking to wrap up their summer with a win. Final Table Payouts 1. Taylor ‘Galactar’ Paur - $149,240 2. Francois ‘4everrekt’ Evard - $91.267 3. Satish ‘jfksbh’ Surapaneni - $65,250 4. John ’SquatCobbler’ Parker - $47,181 5. Jason ‘JadedJason’ James - $34,549 6. David ’SobBaget’ Liebman - $25,598 7. Joseph ‘Obamacare’ Harrahan - $19,240 8. Timothy ‘TruthBeTold7’ Rutherford - $14,555 9. Brian ‘Penny6’ Mancilla - $11,209 Tam Nguyen Bags Big On Day 1C of The Closer It was the last chance for players to fire in The Closer and the third of three starting flights saw 1,613 entries attempt to join the 75 players from the first two starting flights in moving on to Day 2. In the end, just 121 of the 1,613 bagged at the end of the night with Tam Nguyen finishing the night as the only player to top 1M in chips, good for the top stack of the flight. Other notable names moving on to Day 2 include former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, Eric Cajelais, Justin Young, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Mark Radoja, Ryan Tosoc, Dylan Linde, JC Tran, and Phil Hellmuth. Day 2 of The Closer will resume at noon local time with 196 players battling for one of the final bracelets of the summer. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Tam Nguyen - 1,284,000 2. Steve Yea - 924,000 3. Anton Wigg - 850,000 4. Wai Kiat Lee - 826,000 5. Kevin Killeen - 760,000 6. Fabrizio Gonzalez - 754,000 7. Lawrence Kiang - 748,000 8. Jason Reels - 740,000 9. Ian Simpson - 698,000 10. Shale Khalili - 683,000 Final Table Set For $3K Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed Millard Hale finished Day 2 of the $3K PLO 6-Handed with a healthy chip lead and his eyes on his first gold bracelet and the $448,392 first-place prize. However, John Richards, who stared Day 2 with the chip lead, has kept pace and sits right behind Hale on the leader board. Two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Alan Sternberg will also have a seat at the table, hoping to add a WSOP bracelet to his WPT Shooting Star trophy. Also, Joseph Cheong could become the second two-time bracelet winner of the summer should he spin up his short stack and take down the tournament. Final Table Chip Counts 1. Millard Hale - 5,400,000 2. John Richards - 4,800,000 3. Alan Sternberg - 2,625.000 4. Evangelos Kokkalis - 2,525,000 5. Ka Kwan Lau - 695.000 6. Joseph Cheong - 650.000 16 Remain In $10,000 NLHE 6-Handed Championship Sixteen players are headed to Day 3 of the $10K NLHE 6-Handed Championship with Anuj Agarwal holding the overnight chip lead. The tournament was packed with top-tier talent in what is undoubtedly one of the toughest fields of the entire summer. Despite holding a sizable chip lead the road to the $630,746 first-place prize will still be a difficult one fore Agarwai with players like Markus Gonsalves, Lauren Roberts, Kahle Burns, Ben Heath, and Simon Deadman still in the field. Plenty of big names made the money before busting including Max Silver (38th, $15,111), Yuri Dzivielevski (35th, $16,926), Paul Volpe (29th, $19,565), Jennifer Tilly (24th, $23,315), Jason Koon (23rd, $23,315) and Shaun Deeb (17th, $28,618). Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Anuj Agarwai - 2,171,000 2. Markus Gonsalves - 1,777,000 3. Jeffrey Trudeau - 1,651,000 4. Eric Kurtzman - 1,311,000 5. Vicent Bosca Ramon - 1,125,000 6. Alan Goehring - 1,102.000 7. Lauren Roberts - 1,100,000 8. Kahle Burns - 1,056.000 9. Ben Heath - 937.000 10. James Romero - 936.000 Bracelet Winners Contents In $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 of the $3K H.O.R.S.E. saw 127 players from the original 301 entries survive to make Day 2 with Harold Klein holding the overnight chip lead. The remaining field is absolutely packed with talent as 40 of the players headed into Day 2 are bracelet winners, including Daniel Negreanu, Brian Hastings, Chris Ferguson, Greg Mueller, Max Pescatori, Dominik Nitsche, Jeff Lisandro, Scott Clements, Mike Matusow, and Paul Volpe just to name a few. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Harold Klein - 123,200 2. Justin Liberto - 116,900 3. Yueqi Zhu - 115,000 4. David Lavi - 108,200 5. Christopher Wallace - 102,200 6. Nicolas Milgrom - 101,500 7. Andrey Zaichenko - 97,200 8. Brian Hastings - 95,500 9. John Monnette - 93,500 10. Denis Strebkov - 92,000
  8. Triton Poker set out to make poker history this week and they most certainly will and in more ways than one. Not only does the Triton Million’s £1,050,000 buy-in ($1,273215) make it the largest buy-in tournament in history, but with 54 players helping generate a prize pool of £54,000,000 ($65,611,361) the first place prize of £19,000,000 ($23,085,479) makes it the largest single tournament payout of all time. Million Dollar Payouts It’s not just first place that is going to find themselves flush after the Triton Million comes to an end. With an astronomical buy-in, Triton officials decided to flatten out the payouts opting to award 11 of the 54 registered players (20%) some piece of the prize pool. Granted, the players that just squeak into the money will be earning little more than their money back ($1,335,923) but a final table finish, resulting in a payday of $1,457,371 would make for a career-high cash for 20 of the participants including pros Andrew Robl, Vivek Rajkumar, Michael Soyza, and Matthias Eibinger. Triton Million Official Payouts Place Approx USD 1 $23,074,354 2 $14,176,836 3 $8,743,966 4 $5,355,679 5 $3,643,319 6 $2,671,767 7 $2,088,898 8 $1,700,266 9 $1,457,371 10 $1,335,923 11 $1,335,923 Eight-Figure Paydays The massive payouts of the Triton Million will add two more players into the extremely elite club of poker players who have earned themselves an eight-figure payday at the poker table. The addition of the first and second place scores makes for a total of ten $10M+ paydays in history and offers the current All Time Money List leader Justin Bonomo and the UK’s Sam Trickett the honor of being the first player to accomplish that remarkable score twice in their career. Until the Triton Million only the World Series of Poker’s $1 Million buy-in Big One For One Drop and the WSOP Main Event offered players the opportunity to hit such heights. The only exception was the 2016 Big One For One Drop Monte-Carlo Extravaganze one-off where Elton Tsang took home over $12.2 million in the invite-only tournament that excluded all of the world’s top players. History of Eight-Figure Paydays Year Event Place Player Payout 2019 Triton Million 1st TBD $23,085,479 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Antonio Esfandiari $18,346,673 2014 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Daniel Colman $15,306,668 2019 Triton Million 2nd TDB $14,176,836 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza 1st Elton Tsang $12,248,912 2006 WSOP Main Event 1st Jaime Gold $12,000,000 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 2nd Sam Trickett $10,112,001 2014 WSOP Main Event 1st Martin Jacobson $10,000,000 2018 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Justin Bonomo $10,000,000 2019 WSOP Main Event 1st Hossein Ensan $10,000,000 All Time Money List Possibilities With so much money in the prize pool, there are bound to be some major ramifications to the ever-shifting All Time Money List. At the start of the Triton Million, there were seven players that could possibly surge to the top of the list and overtake current list leader Justin Bonomo. Bonomo himself could put an amazing amount of distance between himself and the rest of the field as he currently holds a roughly $3.1 million lead over the #2-ranked Daniel Negreanu and over $9 million from the #3-ranked Erik Seidel, neither of which are in the Triton Million field. Here’s a look at the players that could make major moves on the ATML should Bonomo not be able to hold them off. Bryn Kenney - With over $34.9 million in total earnings, Kenney could become the new king of the ATML with a win or even a second-place finish. A third-place finish and he will leapfrog Negreanu for second place on the list and any cash will vault him over Seidel in third place, where he only sits $716,117 behind the legend. Jason Koon - The Triton ambassador has been steadily climbing the ATML, currently sitting in 8th place with $28,925,059 in earnings. A victory would send him north of $51 million and into first. A second-place finish in the event is not good enough to take over the top spot but it would put him in second place and within striking distance of #1 at $43 million. Dan Smith - A last-second invite from Bill Perkins puts Smith into the ATML leader mix, where he currently sits at #9 with $27,921,940. His situation is identical to Koon's - a win and he soars to over $50 million. Mikita Badziakouski - The nosebleed crusher from Belarus recently climbed into the #15 spot on the ATML and a win could put him in the top spot with over $48 million. A second-place finish would put him at just over $39 million, currently good for third place. Stephen Chidwick - Generally considered one of the very best tournament players on the planet, the UK savant has the exact same situation as Badziakouski as he only sits less than $3,000 behind him on the ATML. David Peters and Fedor Holz - Peters currently sits at #5 on the ATML and the German phenom, Holz sits right behind him at #6. Both players were among the first five players eliminated from the tournament ending their bid to climb the ATML ladder. Becoming An Instant Legend To say that first place in the Triton Million is massive is an understatement. But just how big is it? To put this first-place prize in perspective, had a player never cashed before, the first place prize alone would put you ranked at #19 on the All-Time Money List. That’s ahead of one of the most famous poker players on the planet, Phil Hellmuth, who has spent over 30 years accumulating his career total of $22,999,083. Second place also puts you in the midst of legends. The over $14 million payday would slot you in at #41 all-time, just ahead of recent bracelet winner Joseph Cheong and right behind 2009 WSOP World Champ Joe Cada. Finally, if the Triton Million third-place prize of over $8.7 million was your first Hendon Mob entry, you would just make it inside the top 100. You start your career at #100 all-time and you’d be the player to knock poker legend Johnny Chan out of the top 100.
  9. August is the time to go 'Big' or go home. The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and will run from August 1-13 with a 27-event schedule culminating in the return of their four featured tournaments, dubbed ‘The Big 4’. The schedule gets off to a fast start with a multi-flight $1 million guaranteed $600 DeepStack and is followed by a full slate of tournaments with wide-ranging variants and buy-ins that will attract every level of player, leading up to the starting dates of The Big 4. The Big 4 Since 2015, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted The Big 4, four individual tournaments that all play down to a final table together so they can be live-streamed on the same day at the same time. This year the Big 4 include: $5,250 SHRPO Championship - $3 million guarantee $2,650 NLHE - $1 million guarantee $1,100 NLHE - $500,000 guarantee $25,500 High Rollers - $2 million guarantee. Since 2013, SHRPO has been a favorite destination for poker pros from all over the world. Headed into their fifth year of the The Big 4 promotion, organizers are looking forward to making 2019 the biggest Big 4 yet with all eyes on the $5,250 Main Event. $5,250 SHRPO Championship In 2014, the year before SHRPO Championship was a part of The Big 4, Daniel Colman took down the $5,300 tournament for $1.44 million. The $5 million guaranteed SHRPO Championship event drew 907 runners in 2015 and the big story was that Colman returned to the final table, looking to go back-to-back and defend his 2014 SHRPO Championship title. In the end Colman couldn’t get there, falling in third place for $310,000 as Omar Zazay went on to win the $1,000,000 first-place prize for a career-high score. Pennsylvania’s Paul Volpe also made an appearance at this final table, but he ended up hitting the rail in eighth place for $100,000. Even though registration dipped in 2016, the tournament still held a $5 million guarantee. That meant there was a healthy overlay for the field of top-tier players who made the trip. Ryan Fair and Joe Serock joined regular high rollers Seth Davies and Jason Koon at the final table where Koon ended up taking home the title and his very first seven-figure score of $1 million. In 2017, the tournament reduced the guarantee to $3 million when Australia’s Martin Kozlov picked up the largest cash of his career by winning the $754,083 first-place prize. Matt Berkey finished in third place this year while Aaron Mermelstein, Adam Levy, and Joe Kuether all also had a seat at the final table. Then, just last year, Brandon Eisen denied Jeremy Ausmus the title in 2018, taking home $771,444 for the win. Familiar faces Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener and Ryan D’Angelo also made the final table in what was the largest SHRPO Championship field in The Big 4 era with 914 runners. Big Buy-In, Big Moments The Big 4 have had plenty of standout performances outside of the Main Event over the years. As one might expect, the $25K High Roller has always been flush with big-name pros looking to take home six-figure scores. In 2015, Florida’s All-Time Money List leader, Jason Mercier, took down the $25K High Roller for over $517K in his own backyard, surviving an all-star final table that included runner-up Ian O’Hara, Sean Winter, Ankush Mandavia, Barry Hutter, David ‘Doc’ Sands, and Phil Laak. One year later, Marvin Rettenmaier denied Daniel Colman another SHRPO title by taking first place and over $787K. John Andress took home the High Roller title in 2017 and then in 2018, Jake Schindler topped the 123 player field for a score of over $800K after defeating Shaun Deeb heads up. Another amazing Big 4 feat has been the performance of the GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen who, in 2017 took down the $2,650 NLHE for $204,600 and then followed that up by defending his title in that even in 2018 for another $208,452. All the action from the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open begins on August 1 with all four of the Big 4 set to be live-streamed on August 13. 2019 SHRPO Schedule of Events DATE EVENT # EVENT TIME BUY-IN 8/1 1A Deep Stack NLH Flight A (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/1 1B Deep Stack NLH Flight B (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/2 1C Deep Stack NLH Flight C (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/2 1D Deep Stack NLH Flight D (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/3 1E Deep Stack NLH Flight E (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/3 1F Deep Stack NLH Flight F (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/4 1 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/1 2 Omaha 8 Or Better (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/2 3 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/3 4 PLO 8 (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 5 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 6 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD 3:00 PM $1,700 8/5 6 Day 2 2:00 PM -- 8/5 7 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/5 8 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/5 9 PLO (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/5 10 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - $5,250 Championship Seat Added - One Day Event 6:00 PM $150 8/6 11 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 11:00 AM $600 8/6 12 Big O (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/6 13 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/6 14 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) - One Day Event 5:00 PM $1,100 8/7 15 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $200,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $2,200 8/7 16 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic - One Day Charity Event 7:00 PM $300 8/8 17 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $1,100 8/8 18 Super High Roller NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 1:00 PM $50,000 8/9 18 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/8 19 Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400.00 8/9 20A SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/10 20B SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/11 20 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/12 20 Day 3 12:00 PM -- 8/13 20 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 21 NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 2:00 PM $2,650 8/12 21 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/13 21 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 22 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD 11:00 AM $1,100 8/13 22 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 23 High Roller (Re-Entry) - $2,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 12:00 PM $25,500 8/13 23 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 24A NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/12 24B NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/13 24 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 5:00 PM -- 8/12 25 PLO (Re-Entry) 6:00 PM $2,650 8/13 25 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 3:00 PM -- 8/13 26 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/13 27 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 12:00 PM $10,000
  10. The final table of the World Poker Tour Montreal event was as star-studded as they come. A former World Series of Poker Main Event champion was joined by the reigning GPI Female Player of the Year, a former November Niner, and a former PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion and yet somehow Geoffrey Hum found a way to outshine them all. Hum, whose career earnings prior to Sunday was $51,588, eliminated the final four standing in his way to pick up a World Poker Tour title, an entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions, and $500,000 CDN ($381,000 US). [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The action started just 14 hands in. Martin Jacobson moved all in from UTG with [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] and Adedapo Ajayi called from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. The board ran out [poker card="9h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="js"][poker card="qd"] to give Ajayi a rivered pair of queens to beat Jacobson's turned pair of jacks and eliminate the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event champ in sixth place. Fourteen hands later, a cooler sent partypoker pro Kristen Bicknell to the rail. Bicknell raised from UTG to 350,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and Hum replied with a re-raise to 1,100,000 from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. Bicknell clicked back, making it 2,300,000 and Hum re-raised again, this time to 8,000,000 and Bicknell called all in. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="jh"] runout changed nothing and Bicknell was eliminated in fifth place. It took 47 more hands, but Hum was the benefactor of the next elimination as well. Hum raised from UTG to 450,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] and Mike Watson three-bet to 1,800,000 from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"]. Hum moved all in and Watson called all in for just under 8,000,000. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"] flop took away two of Watson's original outs and added three more thanks to the gutshot straight draw he picked up. That draw came to fruition with the [poker card="jc"] turn but the [poker card="2s"] river gave Hum a flush and eliminated Watson in fourth. Three-handed play lasted 62 hands and once again Hum was the one doing the work on the next elimination. Joseph Cheong made it 700,000 from the button with [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"], Ajayi called from the small blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jd"] and Hunm raised to 2,800,000 from the big blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. Cheong shoved for 8,550,000 total, Ajayi folded and Hum called. The [poker card="Td"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5s"] runout gave Hum a full house and forced Cheong to settle for the second-highest profile third place finish of his career. Thanks to his string of eliminations, Hum started heads-up play with 60% of the chips in play and needed just eight hands to capture the rest. Ajayi raised from the button to 800,000 and Hum defended his big blind. After the [poker card="kd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"] flop, Hum check-raised Ajayi's bet of 800,000 to 2,600,000. Ajayi then moved all in for 6,900,000 and Hum called. Ajayi tabled [poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"] for a flush draw but got bad news after Hum tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"] for top pair and a better flush draw. The [poker card="ah"] turn eliminated any drama and gave Hum the nut flush leaving Ajayi drawing dead. The meaningless river was the [poker card="ts"] and Ajayi was officially eliminated in second giving Hum his first major title. Final Table Payouts Geoffrey Hum - $380,648 Adedapo Ajayi - $255,034 Joseph Cheong - $179,126 Mike Watson - $137,034 Kristen Bicknell - $106,582 Martin Jacobson - $83,743
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