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  1. [caption width="640"] Luis Calvo was the sole bracelet winner Tuesday at the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP photo)[/caption] Tuesday was another day at the 2017 World Series of Poker where only one player walked away with a bracelet, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a day full of action. The Monster Stack carried on and has just 20 players left, a one-time “young gun” bagged up a Day 2 chip lead in a bounty event and a two-time bracelet winner finds himself in position for his first bracelet in 12 years. Just 20 Remain in $1,500 Monster Stack; Stoyan Obreshkov Leads When Day 3 of the $1,500 Monster Stack began Tuesday, Bulgarian Stoyan Obreshkov had the 19th biggest stack. When it wrapped up, he had the biggest, with just 19 players between him and the first WSOP bracelet of his career. Obreshkov finished play Tuesday with 11,300,000 and the chip lead. No other player finished with an eight-figure stack. Stanley Leesits second with 8,980,000 while Joldis Cosmin has 7,935,000 for the third biggest stack. A few notables have managed to navigate their way through the massive field and still have a shot at the $1,094,349 first place prize. Former November Niner Scott Montgomery sits fifth with 7,335,000, Will Failla has 5,400,000 and Maurice Hawkins ended the day with 3,500,000. The player who started the day on top, Scott Baumstein, managed to survive the 213 eliminations with 1,955,000, the fourth smallest stack. Action resumes at Noon PT and is scheduled to play down to a winner on Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts Stoyan Obreshkov - 11,300,000 Stanley Lee - 8,980,000 Joldis Cosmin - 7,935,000 Pfizer Jordan - 7,825,000 Scott Montgomery - 7,335,000 Gregory Milliron - 6,550,000 Salvatore DiCarlo - 6,460,000 Thomas Ryan - 5,700,000 Paul Gibbons - 5,580,000 Will Failla - 5,400,000 Cash Game Grinder Luis Calvo Wins $3,000 Six Max PLO Luis Calvo doesn’t play many tournaments, instead preferring to focus his efforts and energy on the cash games in Florida. After taking a bad beat to bust out of an earlier WSOP event, Calvo fired up the $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event and just never busted. "I'm not really a big fan of tournaments, but I did decided to play the $1,500 (PLO) and this one; I took a bad beat in the $1,500, but I knew that I would enjoy it,” said Calvo. Coming out on top of the 630-player field earned him his first WSOP bracelet and $362,185. While he might not be a household name, Calvo is longtime friends with one of Florida’s most successful poker families. "Mike (Mizrachii) and I have been friends since '99. We started playing in the same underground clubs with Robert Mizrachi, Chino Rheem, Stuart Patterson... a lot of guys that have had a lot of success in poker,” said Calvo. “They've gone out and really crushed it on the tournament scene, and I've really just been along for the ride on the cash-game scene. They always push me to play tournaments." Runner-up Rudolphk Sawa earned $223,812 in what was his first WSOP cash. Final Table Payouts Luis Calvo - $362,185 Rudolphk Sawa - $223,812 Mark Reilly - $149,258 Eric Hicks - $101,513 Aleksei Altshuller - $70,438 Gerhard Schleicher - $49,885 Harrison Gimbel Leads $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (w/bounties) into Day 3 If the live poker Triple Crown is still a thing, Florida’s Harrison Gimbel is on the verge of finishing the final leg. Gimbel, who has already won a World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour title, leads the final 29 players in the $1,500 NLHE with bounties event. Gimbel ended Day 2 with 1,085,000 and was the only player with at least one million in chips. Behind Gimbel is Marc Foggin (982,000), Tobias Peters (963,000), Jiri Horak (943,000) and Jacob Bazeley (904,000). Day 2 started with just 264 players already in the money. Among the 235 Day 2 eliminations were Chris Bjorin, Joseph Cheong, Justin Young, Michael Addamo, Joshua Field, Dzimitry Urbanovich, Brandon Cantu and Mike Leah. Day 3 begins at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Harrison Gimbel - 1,085,000 Marc Foggin - 982,000 Tobias Peters - 963,000 Jiri Horak - 943,000 Jacob Bazeley - 904,000 Thomas Lutz - 880,000 Tom Hall - 875,000 Govert Metaal - 792,000 Uri Reichenstein - 751,000 Zhaoxing Wang - 700,600 Josh Arieh on Top of $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship It’s been 12 years since Josh Arieh last won a WSOP bracelet. On Tuesday he took a huge step toward ending that streak, finishing Day 2 of the $10K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship with an impressive chip lead. Arieh ended the day with 1,695,000 with just 14 other players still in contention. The second biggest stack belong to Bruce Yamrom with 1,040,000. No other player bagged more than one million. Ray Henson has his ninth 2017 WSOP cash in the books and can add to his WSOP Player of the Year lead on Wednesday. Henson has 588,000, good enough for the seventh best stack. He’s hoping to add a bracelet to his impressive 2017 WSOP, not just another cash. The player that Arieh beat heads-up for his last bracelet, Chris Ferguson, is also still in contention here, but bringing just 486,000 into the final day. The final 15 will unbag their chips at 2 pm PT and play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Josh Arieh - 1,695,000 Bruce Yamron - 1,040,000 Kate Hoang - 991,000 Quentin Krueger - 931,000 Tyler Groth - 860,000 Bryce Yockey - 629,000 Ray Henson - 588,000 Damjan Radanov - 569,000 Jeremy Joseph - 559,000 Mark Herm - 518,000 246 Players Survive Day 1 of $1,500 NLHE; Kework Besiktasliyan Leads Kework Besiktasliyan has cashed three times at the WSOP this summer, all in smaller buy-in No Limit Hold’em events. Tuesday he took a big step towards adding a fourth and possibly even a bracelet. Besiktasliyan finished Day 1 of the $1,500 NLHE event with the chip lead with just nine more eliminations to go before reaching the money. His three previous cashes came in Colossus, the Millionaire Maker and the Monster Stack. Some of the more familiar faces to make it to Day 2 include Will Molson, Cary Katz, former NFLer Richard Seymour, Bernardo Da Silveira Dias, Tony Dunst, Kevin Saul, Eddy Sabat, Eugene Katchalov, Andy Frankenberger, Matt Stout, Jason Mercier and Rob Tinnion. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Kework Besiktasliyan- 177,400 Kyle Muelrath - 131,500 Parker Drew - 119,300 Griffin Malatino - 116,500 Finn Zwad - 113,700 Jean-Pascal Savard - 108,600 Brandon Ageloff - 104,700 Denny Crum - 102,000 Pratik Ghatge - 101,000 Dylan Hortin - 97,300 Juha Helppi Leads $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em After Day 1 Finnish poker prop Juha Helppi doesn’t play a lot of WSOP events, but when he does, he makes them count. Helppi, who cashed in the $3,000 Six Max PLO event, ended Day 1 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold’em event with 146,000 and the chip lead. Justin Thurlow is in second with 122,000. Just 73 of the 256 players advanced to Day 2 including 2017 bracelet winners Jesse Martin, Frank Kassela, James Obst, David Bach, Chris Vitch, John Racener and Joe McKeehen. Action resumes at 2 pm PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Juha Helppi - 146,000 Justin Thurlow - 122,000 Ayaz Mahmood - 111,300 Steve Chanthabouasy - 110,000 Jesse Martin - 98,200 Frank Kassela - 96,200 Ayman Qutami - 89,900 Jason Fan - 87,400 Georgios Kapalas - 86,100 John Hoppmann - 85,400
  2. Thursday at the 2019 World Series of Poker had a rare occurrence on Thursday: nobody won a bracelet. The only event that was scheduled to play down to a winner, the $600 Deepstack Championship event, stopped for the night with five players left, needing an extra day. Across the Amazon Room, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship played from 12 players down to a final table of six that will not include Day 4 chip leader Phil Ivey. Josh Arieh Leads $50K PPC; Shaun Deeb Lurking At the start of Day 4 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, all eyes were on 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey as he lead the field with 12 players remaining. Through just seven hours of play, however, Ivey was sent to the rail as one of six eliminations on Thursday. At the end of the day, Josh Arieh bagged up 6,220,000 for the chip lead. No other player broke the 5,000,000 chip mark. Bryce Yockey sits second heading into the final day with 4,465,000 with Phillip Hui right behind him with 4,135,000. Ivey was one of three players eliminated by John Esposito on Thursday. Talal Shakerchi and David Oppenheim were the other two victims that helped Esposito make it to Day 4 with the fourth best stack. Shaun Deeb ended the day with 2,485,000 and is guaranteed no fewer than 453 WSOP Player of the Year points at this point. He currently sits sixth in WSOP POY standings, just over 600 points behind current leader Dan Zack. The final table begins at Noon PT with the final table stream on PokerGO beginning at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Josh Arieh - 6,220,000 Bryce Yockey - 4,465,000 Phillip Hui - 4,135,000 John Esposito - 3,630,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,485,000 Daniel Cates - 1,260,000 $600 Deepstack Championship Goes into Overtime Originally scheduled as a two-day event, the 6,140-player field in the $600 Deepstack Championship event was only able to get down to five players on Day 2 and will be returning for a third day. Raymond Foresman bagged up the chip lead with 74,600,000 and holds nearly 30,000,000 more than any other player. That second largest stack belongs to bracelet winner Will Givens. The Colorado native finished with 45,500,000. The rest of the chase group consists of Steffen Logen, Jeff Hakim, and Hlib Kovtunov. Day 2 started with 83 players still in contention. Lang Lee, who started the day with the biggest stack, was one of the 78 players sent to the rail on Thursday. Lee finished 18th for $17,096. The final five players return to action at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Raymond Foresman - 74,600,000 Will Givens - 45,500,000 Steffen Logen - 30,100,000 Jeff Hakim - 24,300,000 Hlib Kovtunov - 9,800,000 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha HiLo or Better The Deepstack Championship wasn't the only event that needs an extra day. The $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event has nine players remaining with Scott Abrams standing tall atop the chip counts. Abrams finished with 6,600,000 which puts him comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Rodney Burt finished with 4,675,000 for the second-best stack while Jordan Spurlin managed to put 4,250,000 in the bag for third best. Anthony Zinno and Erik Seidel are the only two bracelet winners at the final table while Jon Turner and Connor are chasing their first. The final nine players begin play at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Scott Abrams - 6,600,000 Rodney Burt - 4,675,000 Jordan Spurlin - 4,250,000 Anthony Zinno - 3,955,000 Thomas Schropfer - 3,565,000 Erik Seidel - 1,490,000 Jon Turner - 1,460,000 Connor Drinan - 1,125,000 Kyle Miaso - 530,000 $400 Colossus Draws Massive Day 1B Field With only two starting flights and a lower buy-in than previous years, the Colossus ended up drawing a five-figure field with 7,871 players showing up on Day 1B alone. That strong of a turnout made for long lines at registration as players waited for their opportunity to play. Somehow, 1,178 players managed to make it to Day 2. Romik Vartzar finished with 2,170,000 and is the only player from both Day 1A and 1B to bag more than 2,000,000. The second biggest 1B stack belongs to John Goyette with 1,453,000. Ian Steinman finished with the fifth best stack after amassing 1,127,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Maurice Hawkins, Norm MacDonald, David "Bakes" Baker, Michael Soyza, Joseph Galazzo, Jeremy Ausmus, Jon Friedberg, and Matt Berkey. GPI President Eric Danis also managed to find a bag at the end of Day 1B. The total field of 13,109 players makes this event the fifth largest WSOP field in history, surpassing the 2018 Colossus which had a $565 buy-in and six starting flights. The 1,948 survivors from Day 1A and 1B will combine on Friday for another 15 40-minute levels beginning at 11 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Romik Vartzar - 2,170,000 John Goyette - 1,453,000 Hien Tran - 1,152,000 Kyle Shaw - 1,130,000 Ian Steinman - 1,127,000 Julian Manolio - 1,095,000 Robert Georato - 995,000 Kulwant Singh - 991,000 Daniel Dizenzo - 985,000 Hannes Neurauter - 968,000 Chris Ferguson Leads $10,000 Razz with 12 Left Chris Ferguson will return to the Rio on Friday in position to win his seventh WSOP bracelet after bagging up the chip lead in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Ferguson finished with 1,280,000 and is joined by David Bach as the only players with more than a million to work with. Bach finished Day 2 with 1,087,000. Russian Andrey Zhigalov flirted with a seven-figure stack, ending the day with 976,000. The rest of the field is stacked. Current WSOP POY leader Dan Zack sits fourth with 815,000. Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, defending champion Calvin Anderson, Marco Johnson, Mike Gorodinsky, Andre Akkari, and Cary Katz also still have a shot at taking home the bracelet and the $301,421 first place prize. Action gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play until just six players remain. Final 12 Chip Counts Chris Ferguson - 1,280,000 David Bach - 1,087,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 976,000 Daniel Zack - 815,000 Scott Seiver - 622,000 George Alexander - 593,000 Daniel Negreanu - 478,000 Calvin Anderson - 385,000 Marco Johnson - 297,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 227,000 Andre Akkari - 106,000 Cary Katz - 96,000 $1,500 Omaha Mix Draws 717 Players Day 1 of the $1,500 Omaha Mix, which consists of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Big O, brought out 717 players and after 10 levels of play, Aaron Henderson ended up as the biggest stack. He wrapped up the day with 138,600. A total of 228 players made it through Day 1 including Bart Hanson, Patrick Leonard, Ryan Riess, Barry Greenstein, Ryan Laplante, and Eli Elezra. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Henderson - 138,600 John Evans - 130,400 Anatolii Zyrin - 117,800 Bart Hanson - 107,800 John Templeton - 106,200 James Chen - 102,100 Patrick Leonard - 97,000 Sean Yu - 95,100 Ivo Donev - 87,000 Corey Emery - 86,500
  3. There were three more brand-new World Series of Poker bracelet winners crowned on Monday, but all of that was overshadowed by the emergence of one Phil Ivey in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Ivey took full advantage of the Day 2 registration opportunity and built his stack up to the top of chip counts. He was joined in the field by Tom Dwan, making his 2019 WSOP debut. Dash Dudley Brings Home $10,000 PLO Championship "No more min-cash Dash," That's what Dash Dudley had to say after he beat James Park heads-up to win the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship for a seven-figure score and his first career WSOP bracelet. Despite starting with the chip lead, Dudley knew the volatility of PLO could cause havoc at the final table and was prepared for any scenario that presented itself. “I knew stuff might happen. People might get chips and I might get short. [But] I feel real confident in PLO, even short," Dudley said. "Everyone gets real impatient in PLO when they're short-stacked, and it causes them to make some crucial mistakes. People will justify it as coolers, but they're really getting the money in at 20% or 30%. There's a lot of spots you can avoid." Dudley's previous best WSOP result came in 2010 when he finished eighth for $67,221. Park earned $671,802 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Dash Dudley - $1,086,967 James Park - $671,802 Joel Feldman - $463,814 Jeremy Ausm- $325,693 Kyle Montgomery - $232,680 Eoghan O'Dea - $169,173 Andrei Razov - $125,215 Will Jaffe - $94,380 Santiago Soriano Wins $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack Spaniard Santiago Soriano laid a bad beat on Amir Lehavot to finish off the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event on Tuesday night to win the first bracelet of his career. On the final hand of the tournament, Soriano raised to 5,000,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] and Lehavot called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"]. All the money went in after the [poker card="tc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3s"] flop with Lehavot at risk. The [poker card="ts"] moved Soriano into the lead and the [poker card="3d"] river only improved his hand to win the tournament. “It was surprising (Lehavot) had that big of a hand,” said Soriano. “I flopped top pair, and heads-up, top pair is very, very good. Then I bet pretty big and he raises, and I bet all-in and he has the aces. It was unfortunate for him that the ten was in there on the turn, but it was really amazing." Lehavot earned $229,410, the third biggest score of his WSOP career behind his $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship win in 2011, and his third-place finish in the 2013 WSOP Main Event. Third place finisher Benjamin Underwood earned $168,960 and added another feather in his impressive summer. Underwood, from Port Elgin, Ontario, has five WSOP cashes this summer. Along with baby cashes in the Big 50 and the Millionaire Maker, Underwood finished fourth in the $600 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack, fifth in the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack. Final Table Payouts Santiago Soriano - $371,203 Amir Lehavot - $229,410 Benjamin Underwood - $168,960 Nick Blackburn - $125,432 Joao Barrosovalli - $93,866 Samuel Gagnon - $70,813 Daniele Dangelo - $53,858 Ori Hasson - $41,300 Jeffery Tahler - $31,933 Kevin Gerhart Wins $1,500 Razz Event Kevin Gerhart did almost all of the heavy lifting at the $1,500 Razz final table on his way to winning the first bracelet of his career and $119,054. Gerhart eliminated six of the last seven players. The 29-year-old Ohio native had a simple goal for his 2019 WSOP. "My goal this summer was just to make a final table, and the first final table you make, you win a bracelet? That’s unreal," Gerhart said. Sergio Braga finished runner-up for $73,577. Scott Clements finished sixth for $17,440 and earned 320.2 WSOP Player of the Year points which moved him into fourth place behind Upeshka De Silva, Jason Gooch, and current leader Dan Zack. Final Table Payouts Kevin Gerhart - $119,054 Sergio Braga - $73,577 Joseph Hoffman - $49,762 Andres Norbe Korn - $34,352 Jean Said - $24,216 Scott Clements - $17,440 Robert Campbell - $12,837 Grzegorz Wyraz - $9,663 Phil Ivey Leads $50,000 Poker Players Championship to Day 3 Don't look now poker fans, but Phil Ivey has the chip lead in one of the most prestigious events on the WSOP schedule. Ivey finished Day 2 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship with 1,253,500 chips to edge out John Hennigan for the lead. Hennigan, who won this event in 2014, ended with 1,209,000. Only two other players, Chris Vitch and 2019 Poker Hall of Fame nominee David Oppenheim, ended the day with more than 1,000,000 in the bag. Josh Arieh, who started Day 2 with the lead, finished with 939,000 and the fifth best stack. The 38 remaining players in the field include an almost overwhelming number of notables. Isaac Haxton, Daniel Cates, Luke Schwartz, Shaun Deeb, David 'ODB' Baker, Jason Mercier, Prahlad Friedman, and Phil Galfond on moved onto Day 3. Action resumes 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Phil Ivey - 1,253,500 John Hennigan - 1,209,000 Christopher Vitch - 1,103,000 David Oppenheim - 1,062,000 Josh Arieh - 939,000 David Benyamine - 937,000 Matthew Ashton - 911,000 Robert Mackie - 900,000 Jared Bleznick - 829,000 Isaac Haxton - 802,000 Monster Stack Down to Six; Benjamin Ector Leads Benjamin Ector could be just a few hours of poker away from winning his first WSOP bracelet. Ector finished Day 4 of the $1,500 Monster Stack event with 84,300,000 and the chip lead with just six players remaining. Kainalu McCue-Unciano, who lead this event after Day 2, sits second with 68,300,000. Gregory Katayama bagged up 55,100,000 for the third best stack. There were 49 players still chasing the bracelet when the day began. Some of the notables who didn't make it through the day were Andrew Moreno, Ryan Hughes, and Tom Koral. Kevin Roster, who is playing in the WSOP to raise awareness for Sarcoma research, finished 38th. Action resumes at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Benjamin Ector - 84,300,000 Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 68,300,000 Gregory Katayama - 55,100,000 Bart Hanson - 40,600,000 Vincent Chauve - 36,700,000 Igor Yaroshevskyy - 17,000,000 35 Teams Remain in $1,000 Tag Team Event The team of Chad Gieger, Daniel Dayan, and Barak Wisbrod sit on top of the chip counts in the $1,000 Tag Team event with just 35 teams remaining, but if they look over their collective shoulders on Day 3, they're going to see a number of stone cold killers coming for them. Former #1 PocketFiver Steven van Zadelhoff and teammate Kenny Hallaert sit second, Tuan Le and Thanh Tran are third, and Jason Koon and Sosia Jiang are fourth. There were 278 teams at the start of the day. Some of the other players who managed to make it to Day 3 include Ryan Leng, Zachary Gruneberg, Florian Duta, and Jordan Cristos. The team of Jared Jaffee, Aaron Massey, and Ralph Massey started Day 2 with the chip lead and managed to make it to Day 3 but will be the shortest starting stack when play resumes at 1 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Chad Gieger / Daniel Dayan / Barak Wisbrod - 1,340,000 Kenny Hallaert / Steven van Zadelhoff - 1,129,000 Tuan Le / Thanh Tran - 1,121,000 Jason Koon / Sosia Jiang - 1,072,000 Nicolas Betbese / Leandro Bianchini / Martin Pineiro - 1,003,000 Ryan Leng / Lisa Leng / Nikki Grandt / Ilana Grandt - 1,001,000 Lukasz Jankowski / Mateusz Rypulak / Jacek Pustula - 786,000 Brett Murray / Bobby Poe - 688,000 Michael Elbilia / Juan Endara - 686,000 Jerod Smith / Matthew Moreno / Lawrence Chan - 674,000 Dan Matsuzuki Leads $600 NLHE Deepstack Championship Dan Matsuzuki won his lone WSOP bracelet last summer in a $10,000 buy-in Championship event. This summer it seems he's set on putting on a show at a lower price point. Matsuzuki finished Day 1 of the $600 NLHE Deepstack Championship with 868,000 and the chip lead. This comes a week after he finished runner-up in the $600 NLHE/PLO Deepstack event. Dianlei Zhang finished with the next biggest stack at 790,000 and Bobby Oboodi is right behind him at 764,000. The event drew 6,140 entries for a $3,223,500 prize pool. The event originally had a $500,000 guarantee. Some of the 919 players moving onto Day 2 include Asi Moshe, Aleksandr Merzhvinskii, Chris Moorman, Joe Kuether, Greg Raymer, Jessica Dawley, Alex Foxen, and Kelly Minkin. Day 2 gets underway at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Dan Matsuzuki - 868,000 Dianlei Zhang - 790,000 Bobby Oboodi - 764,000 Mohammed Suhail - 729,000 Eric Rivkin - 718,000 Siagzar Payvar - 678,000 Yuwen Pan - 659,000 Olin Biddy - 638,000 Jacob Klein - 635,000 Andres Jeckeln - 625,000 Ray Medlin Tops Day 1 of $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo While the tables were mostly full of No Limit Hold'em players in the $600 Deepstack Championship, 1,117 players managed to find a place to play the $15,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. Ray Medlin finished with the biggest stack of the 417 survivors. Fresh off of winning his first career bracelet, Ari Engel bagged up 216,200 for the fourth best stack heading into Day 2. Nick Guagenti, Scott Clements, Jeremy Ausmus, James Obst, Ben Yu, Chris Bjorin, Ray Henson, Frank Kassela, and Mike Sexton were just a handful of the notables who finished Day 1 with chips. Day 2 gets underway at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Ray Medlin - 240,100 Richard Bai - 225,200 Danny Woolard - 217,500 Ari Engel - 216,200 Stephen Moreschi - 208,200 Blaz Zerjav - 207,400 Philipp Eirisch - 188,100 Warren Sheaves - 183,200 Robert Slezak - 175,100 Alex Scattareggia - 174,200
  4. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
  5. For many of the world's best poker players, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship is their version of the Super Bowl. The event draws the best players and forces those players to play an eight-game rotation. This year's Day 1 field was the smallest in history, but a two-time bracelet winner ended Day 1 with the chip lead. The only bracelet awarded on Monday was the result of a single-day Super Turbo event. Jonas Lauck Dominates $1,500 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty Five years ago, Germany's Jonas Lauck saw a heads-up opportunity for a bracelet go the wrong way and he had to settle for second place. On Monday night, Lauck left little chance of a second-place finish by eliminating the final seven players to win the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty event for his first bracelet and $260,335. "It was a little bit surreal because there were so many all-ins and it goes so quick," Lauck said. "To me, it was a special win because once before, I was heads-up and I lost it. But once you have this bracelet, it feels very good." Thanks to the turbo structure and Lauck's dominance, the final table took just over two hours to complete. The single day event attracted 1,867 players and needed just 15 hours to go from 'Shuffle Up and Deal' to bracelet winner photo. Robert Bickley finished third for $160,820 while Markus Gonsalves finished third for $85,141. Some of the more notable players that cashed on Monday included Anton Wigg, Connor Drinan, Alex Foxen, Blair Hinkle, Tim West, Daniel Strelitz, Loni Harwood, Chris Ferguson, Bertrand Grospellier, Brian Yoon, Zachary Gruneberg, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Kristen Bicknell, and Daniel Negreanu. Final Table Payouts Jonas Lauck - $260,335 Robert Bickley - $160,820 Markus Gonsalves - $85,141 Anil Jivani - $62,901 Aaron Pinson - $46,951 Arron Woodcock - $35,412 Aaron Johnson - $26,992 Edward Courage - $20,793 Josh Arieh Tops $50K Poker Players Championship Day 1 The opening day of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 64 players and two-time bracelet winner Josh Arieh finished on top of the 63 survivors with 658,100. Right behind Arieh is Justin Bonomo with 646,100. No other player pushed their stack past 600,000. The field of 64 players is well behind the 77 that played last summer. Just like last year, registration is open until the end of the fourth level of play on Day 2. The 2018 event finished with 87 runners. The field is a who's who of some of the best players in the world. John Hennigan, Stephen Chidwick, Isaac Haxton, Shaun Deeb, Phil Ivey, Dario Sammartino, Paul Volpe, Phil Galfond, and James Obst all advanced to Day 2. The event also marked the 2019 WSOP debut of Jason Mercier. The five-time bracelet winner finished Day 1 with 345,600. The only player to bust on Day 1 was Mike Gorodinsky. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Josh Arieh - 658,000 Justin Bonomo - 646,100 John Esposito - 585,000 Mike Glick - 521,000 Jared Bleznick - 488,000 Prahlad Friedman - 464,500 Adam Friedman - 462,100 John Hennigan - 444,300 Andrew Brown - 436,600 Mikael Thuritz - 411,500 Dash Dudley Leads $10,000 PLO Final Table Just eight players remain in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship with Michigan native Dash Dudley leading the way. Dudley ended Day 3 with 6,550,000. Only one other player even flirted with the 6,000,000 mark. Kyle Montgomery bagged up 5,960,000. Just two of the final eight players have previously won a bracelet. Jeremy Ausmus, who won his bracelet in 2013, ended with the sixth-best stack at 3,625,000, while Will Jaffe, who won his bracelet in 2012, ended There were 50 players still in the field when Day 3 began. Shaun Deeb, Luke Schwartz, Ian O'Hara, Sylvain Loosli, and Daniel Alaei were all eliminated on Monday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Dash Dudley - 6,550,000 Kyle Montgomery - 5,960,000 James Park - 4,995,000 Eoghan O'Dea - 5,150,000 Joel Feldman - 3,625,000 Jeremy Ausmus - 2,405,000 Andrei Razov - 1,215,000 Will Jaffe - 1,150,000 Monster Stack Down to 49; Vincent Chauve Leads It's taken three days - including two starting flights - but the $1,500 Monster Stack is down to just 49 players still in conention for the bracelet and $1,008,850 first place prize. Vincent Chauve ended Day 3 with 22,000,000 chips and a decent lead over the rest of the field. Bryan Kim sits second after finishing with 17,725,000 while Anthony Kazgandjian is third with 15,700,000. There were 458 eliminations on Monday, including Mark Radoja, Arash Ghaneian, Owen Crowe, Pierre Neuville, Ali Imsirovic, Ryan Hohner, Alex Lynskey, and Joe Cada. Action resumes at Noon PT and will play down until just six players remain. Top Chip Counts Vincent Chauve - 22,000,000 Bryan Kim - 17,725,000 Anthony Kazgandjian - 15,700,000 Ramiro Petrone - 13,900,000 Andre Haneberg - 12,725,000 Jonathan Seltzer - 12,125,000 Randall Hernandez - 11,975,000 Bart Hanson - 11,650,000 Benjamin Ector - 11,465,000 Willaim Lorring - 9,400,000 $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em (Event #57) If Day 1 of the $1,000 Tag Team is any indication, the final table could be a rowdy one. The team of Jared Jaffee and Ralph and Aaron Massey bagged up the chip lead, finishing with 255,000. They topped the 278 teams that survived Day 1 from the 976-team field. Right behind them is the team of Martijn Gerrits, Preston Lee, and Kane Kalas sits second with 236,100. WSOP Player of the Year frontrunner Dan Zack is part of the third-best team along with Michael Wang and Ajay Chabra. Action resumes at 2 PM PT and will play another 10 levels. Top Chip Counts Jared Jaffee / Ralph Massey / Aaron Massey - 255,000 Martijn Gerrits / Preston Lee / Kane Kalas - 236,100 Michael Wang / Dan Zack / Ajay Chabra - 197,000 Jeffrey Lutes / Eric Garma - 186,100 Aaron Soulliere / Eric Longpre - 181,800 Andrew Brown / Max Elisman / Richard Tuhrim - 172,500 David Petrus / Suzanne Petrus - 171,700 Aleks Dimitrov / Nikol Nikolaeva / Stoyan Obreshkov - 170,400 Shaotong Chang / Jie Xu - 165,700 William Carlton / George Kalfayan - 162,600 Andres Norbe Leads $1,500 Razz After Day 2 Argentina doesn't have a 2019 bracelet win yet, but Andres Norbe is in position to change that. The Buenos Aires native finished Day 2 of the $1,500 Razz event with the chip lead with just 15 players remaining. Norbe bagged up 546,000 which puts him ahead of Jean Said's 469,000. Christopher Kusha ended the day in third with 401,000. There are four WSOP bracelet winners still in the field. Jennifer Tilly finished with 332,000 for the fifth best stack while Scott Clements ended the day with 330,000 for the seventh best stack. A pair of Australian bracelet winners, Robert Campbell and Gary Benson, finished outside of the top 10. Action resumes 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Andres Norbe - 546,000 Jean Said - 469,000 Christopher Kusha - 401,000 Noah Bronstein - 358,000 Jennifer Tilly - 332,000 Sergio Braga - 331,000 Scott Clements - 330,000 Mike Ross - 307,000 Grzegorz Wyraz - 306,000 Harold Parker - 268,000 $800 NLHE Deepstack Down to 10 Six countries are represented in the final 10 players in the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event with Spain's Santiago Soriano on top. The Spaniard ended Day 2 with 27,300,000. Italy's Daniele Dangelo sits second with 21,425,000 and American Amir Lehavot is third with 20,175,000. Some of the notables eliminated on Monday included Chris Ferguson, Joao Simao, Daniel Strelitz, Asi Moshe, and Alex Foxen. Originally scheduled for two days, the 3,759-player field caused WSOP officials to add a third day of play. Action resumes at 1 PM PT. Final Chip Counts Santiago Soriano - 27,300,000 Daniele Dangelo - 21,425,000 Amir Lehavot - 20,175,000 Samuel Gagnon - 15,200,000 Nick Blackburn - 14,675,000 Ori Hasson - 13,100,000 Benjamin Underwood - 11,350,000 Joao Barrosovalli - 9,900,000 Jeffery Tahler - 9,650,000 Gustavo Hess - 6,350,000
  6. Saturday's World Series of Poker action, which included just six events in play, was highlighted by Scott Seiver winning the third bracelet of his career and a $10,000 Championship event stopping early so that the players could make their way to a party. Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Razz Championship Ninety minutes. That's all the time Scott Seiver needed on Saturday to finish off Andrey Zhigalov to win the $10,000 Razz for $301,421 and the third bracelet of his career. Seiver and Zhigalov needed a fourth day after being unable to finish on Day 3. Seiver started Day 4 with a 4:3 chip lead and never once surrendered it on his way to the win. Seiver plays a limited tournament schedule in an effort to balance his time between the lucrative cash games available during the summer and the tournaments that aren't offered any other time of year. “Honestly, there's so many cash games also that I feel the need to balance between the two. The times I've done all cash games I burn out too fast. The times I do all tournaments I burn out too fast," Seiver said. "For whatever reason, in my brain, it feels like two separate entities, and when I feel myself getting tired of one, I switch to the other. I've always been kind of a half-and-half person." Seiver's previous two wins came in 2008 ($5,000 No Limit Hold'em) and 2018 ($10,000 Limit Hold'em). Zhigalov, who finished fourth in this event in 2017, took home $186,293 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Scott Seiver - $301,421 Andrey Zhigalov - $186,293 Chris Ferguson - $131,194 Daniel Zack - $94,305 Daniel Negreanu - $69,223 Andre Akkari - $51,911 David Bach - $39,788 George Alexander - $31,185 Georgios Kapalas Leads Colossus Final Table Ninety-nine players saw their Colossus run end on Saturday and Greece's Georgios Kapalas probably had a hand in a lot of them. Kapalas began Day 3 with a middle-of-the-pack stack and over the course 7.5 hours of play, built that stack into 105,700,000 and the chip lead with just eight players left. Andrew Barber finished with the second-best stack after finishing Day 3 with 89,300,000. Maksim Kalman is on his heels with 85,500,000. Ian Steinman, Eddy Sabat, Tom McEvoy, and Joe Kuether were some of the more notable names to end up in the results column rather than the chip count column on Saturday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Georgios Kapalas - 105,700,000 Andrew Barber - 89,300,000 Maksim Kalman - 85,500,000 Ryan Depaulo - 72,400,000 Juan Lopez - 56,500,000 Sejin Park - 48,400,000 Norson Saho - 47,900,000 Patrick Miller - 18,500,000 Anatolii Zyrin Leads $1,500 Omaha Mix Final Four Three different variations of Omaha, four players still in the hunt. Day 3 of the $1,500 Omaha Mix, which includes a rotation of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Big O, started with 38 players and finished with Anatolii Zyrin leading the final four players. If the Russian Zyrin is going to win his first bracelet on Sunday, he'll need to get past the defending champion in the event, Rich Zhu. Zhu finished with the second biggest stack, 595,000 behing Zyrin's 3,330,000. Mesbah Guerfi and James Van Alstyne round out the final four. Barry Greenstein, Bart Hanson, Ryan Riess, Phil Laak, and Patrick Leonard all busted on Saturday evening. The final four players are back in action beginning at 2 PM PT and will play down to a winner. Final Chip Counts Anatolii Zyrin - 3,330,000 Rich Zhu - 2,735,000 Mesbah Guerfi - 1,960,000 James Van Alstyne - 585,000 $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em (Event #64) Another 2,830 players piled into the Rio on Saturday to play Day 1C of the $888 Crazy Eights tournament. Just 333 players survived the day with Ian Simpson working his way to the top of the chip counts with 1,284,000. Alexandre Fradin is right behing him with 1,125,000. Josh Arieh, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, leads the group of notables moving on to Day 2. Florian Duta, Steve Gross, Jesse Sylvia, and Scott Davies also managed to find a Day 1C bag. Day 1D begins on Sunday at 10 AM and Day 2 goes Monday. Day 1C Top Chip Counts Ian Simpson - 1,284,000 Alexandre Fradin - 1,125,000 Adam Daniel - 1,078,000 Shaun Mcbride - 938,000 Samad Razavi - 926,000 $10,000 PLO Hi-Lo Stops Early; Chris Vitch Leads An unusually short Day 2 in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event left 43 players still in the hunt and Christopher Vitch sitting on top of the chip counts. Vitch bagged up 795,000 which put him ahead of Scott Bohlman (628,000) and Bryce Yockey (535,000). WSOP organizers had the event end after just six levels so players could attend the 50 Honors celebration at the Rio. Day 3 begins 14 players away from the money. Yuri Dzivielevski, Brian Hastings, Joe Hachem, Michael Mizrachi, Nick Schulman, and Chris Ferguson are a handful of the previous bracelet winners still in the event. Day 3 will be a full day of play beginning at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Christopher Vitch - 795,000 Scott Bohlman - 628,000 Bryce Yockey - 535,000 Michael McKenna - 477,000 Kim Kallman - 420,000 Corey Hochman - 414,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 414,000 Viacheslav Zhukov - 410,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - 402,000 Brian Hastings - 394,000 Shirley Rosario Leads $1,500 Limit Hold'em Day 1 Shirley Rosario outchipped all of the 184 Day 1 survivors in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. The California-based poker pro finished with 107,600 which put her just ahead of Z Stein's 106,100. No other player crossed into six-figure territory. The event attracted a total of 541 runners to build the prize pool to $730,350 with $161,139 going to the eventual winner. Some of the familiar faces who made it to Day 2 include Benny Glaser, Terrence Chan, Joe McKeehen, Matt Grapenthien, Andre Akkari, David 'ODB' Baker, Daniel Negreanu, Ben Yu, and Matt Glantz. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Shirley Rosario - 107,600 Z Stein - 106,100 Timothy Su - 94,700 Steve Chanthabouasy - 90,600 Adam Tyburski - 90,300 Manu Manuel - 84,700 Jason Janes - 81,600 Kerry Welsh - 80,600 Tai Ly - 80,600 Benny Glaser - 77,200
  7. Wednesday's action at the 2019 World Series of Poker included two more events wrapping up, the Colossus drawing over 5,000 runners, and the start of another $10,000 Championship event, but all eyes were squarely on the $50,000 Poker Players Championship as Phil Ivey finished with the chip lead for the second day in a row. Kainalu McCue-Unciano Takes Down Monster Stack The 2019 Monster Stack event might be the smallest one in the six-year history of the event, but that really doesn't bother Kainalu McCue-Unciano. The 25-year-old Hawaii native topped the 6,035-player field to win $1,008,850 and the first bracelet of his career. McCue-Unciano ended Day 2 with the chip lead and it started to feel like something special was about to happen. Wednesday night, that special feeling became reality. “Everyday I told myself that I would do it. It’s just an unreal feeling. It’s kicking in slowly, it’s crazy. It’s a crazy feeling,” he said. The final day of play saw six players return with McCue-Uncianos sitting second in chips. McCue-Unciano handled the first two eliminations and got to heads-up with a substantial chip lead. “Definitely a roller coaster of emotions. I thought the match was going to be over when I held with ace-king. He battled back to chip lead and it was tough, he was a very tough opponent. I just got there on him when I needed it,” he said. Vincent Chauve earned $623,211 for his runner-up performance. Final Table Payouts Kainalu McCue-Unciano - $1,008,850 Vincent Chauve - $623,211 Gregory Katayama - $461,369 Bart Hanson - $344,079 Benjamin Ector - $258,516 Igor Yaroshevskyy - $195,687 Bryan Kim - $149,247 Andre Haneberg - $114,694 Javier Zarco - $88,817 Israeli Trio Takes Down $1,000 Tag Team Title The number of Israeli bracelet winners at the 2019 WSOP doubled on Wednesday. Well, kind of. The team of Chad Geiger, Daniel Dayan, and Barak Wisbrod - all Israelis - took down the $1,000 Tag Team event for the fourth event won by their countrymen. The win came with $168,395 and a bracelet for each of them - and that hardware is what this team was all about once the final table started. “It was a different kind of final table. It’s really not about the money, it’s about the bracelet and I’m only 23. This is my first time in Vegas. I felt pretty good playing, but I did feel like there was more on the line when playing,” Wisbrod said. The team of Jerod Smith, Matthew Moreno, and Lawrence Chan earned $104,025 as the runner-up while Anthony Zinno and John Hinds finished third for $73,329. Pennsylvania online poker grinder Zachary Gruneberg and teammate Timothy Jurkiewicz finished fourth, taking home $52,390. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Steven van Zadelhoff and his teammate Kenny Hallaert picked up $15,674 for finishing eighth. Israeli's Yuval Bronshtein, Eli Elezra, and Asi Moshe all won bracelets earlier this year. Final Table Payouts Chad Geiger / Daniel Dayan / Barak Wisbrod - $168,395 Jerod Smith / Matthew Moreno / Lawrence Chan - $104,025 Anthony Zinno / John Hinds - $73,329 Timothy Jurkiewicz / Zach Gruneberg - $52,390 Fabio Coppola / Richard Washinsky - $37,944 Danny Wong / Steve Sung / Chahn Jung / Aaron Motoyama - $27,864 Daniel Marder / Michael Marder / Paul Steinberg - $20,750 Steven van Zadelhoff / Kenny Hallaert - $15,674 Jie Xu / Shaotong Chang - $12,011 Phil Ivey Leads $50K Poker Players Championship into Day 4 Just 11 players stand between Phil Ivey and a victory in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for what would be his 11th WSOP bracelet. Ivey finished Day 3 with 4,775,000 and the chip lead. Josh Arieh was the only other player to bag more than 3,000,000. The two-time bracelet winner finished the day with 4,029,000. Shaun Deeb ended with 2,450,000 for the third best stack. There are five more WSOP bracelet winners still in the field; Bryce Yockey, Phillip Hui, John Esposito, Christopher Vitch, and Andrew Brown. David Oppenheim, a 2019 Poker Hall of Fame finalist, has a third place and ninth place finish in this event to his credit. He made it through Day 3 with the fifth best stack. The bubble burst on Wednesday when Chris Klodnicki was eliminated by Arieh in 13th place. Daniel Cates, with only one previous WSOP cash to his credit, advanced to Day 4 with the second shortest stack. The final 12 players will be back in action beginning at 2 PM PT and will play until six players remain. Final 12 Chip Counts Phil Ivey - 4,775,000 Josh Arieh - 4,029,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,450,000 Bryce Yockey - 2,386,000 David Oppenheim - 2,108,000 Dario Sammartino - 1,721,000 Phillip Hui - 1,540,000 John Esposito - 1,200,000 Talal Shakerchi - 785,000 Christopher Vitch - 523,000 Daniel Cates - 369,000 Andrew Brown - 210,000 Lang Lee Leads $600 Deepstack Championship Just 83 players remain in the $600 Deepstack Championship and Lang Lee holds a narrow lead over Will Givens heading into the final day of play. Lee finished with 6,075,000 while Givens bagged up just 50,000 less. Steffen Logen ended with a third-best stack of 5,485,000. Day 2 started with 919 players. Included in the 836 players who were sent to the rail on Wednesday were Lexy Gavin, John Phan, Chris Moorman, Humberto Brenes, and Eric Baldwin. Action resumes at 2 PM PT and is scheduled to play down to a winner. Top Chip Counts Lang Lee - 6,075,000 Will Givens - 6,025,000 Steffen Logen - 5,485,000 Riccardo Trevisani - 5,475,000 Giovani Torre - 5,455,000 Carl Brewington - 5,130,000 Dan Matsuzuki - 4,630,000 Luke Martinelli - 4,380,000 Andres Jeckeln - 4,370,000 Gabor Molnar - 3,990,000 Grinder Lurking in $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Matt O'Donnell ended Day 2 of the $1,5000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event with the chip lead, but all eyes are on the third biggest stack. That stack belongs to Michael Mizrachi. The five-time bracelet winner ended with 1,196,000 with just 57 other players remaining. Sandwiched between them is James Chen, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event. The rest of the top 10 includes a number of other notables. David Prociak, Jon Turner, Ray Henson, Ari Engel, and Scott Abrams all finished with a stack near the top of the chip counts. Connor Drinan, Anthony Zinno, Erik Seidel, Joao Vieira, and Chris Bjorin also advanced to Day 3. There were 459 players eliminated on Day 2 including 110 in the money. Jeff Lisandro, Daniel Negreanu, Shawn Buchanan, Barry Greenstein, Patrick Leonard, Joseph Cheong, Shannon Shorr, Frank Kassela, Robert Campbell, and David 'Bakes' Baker all picked up a cash but were unable to advance. Day 3 begins at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Matt O'Donnell - 1,388,000 James Chen - 1,227,000 Michael Mizrachi - 1,196,000 David Prociak - 1,030,000 Jon Turner - 1,008,000 Jordan Spurlin - 1,004,000 Raymond Henson - 922,000 Ari Engel - 798,000 Thiago Macedo - 778,000 Scott Abrams - 774,000 Amador Trinidad Turns Colossus Day 1A into a Milly At just $400, the 2019 version of the Colossus has the lowest price point of any live event on the WSOP schedule. Amador Trinidad had a very successful Day 1A, using the 12 40-minute levels to turn his 40,000 starting stack into 1,012,000. No other player got to the seven-figure mark. Joseph Torres got close though. He ended with 992,000. Marc Korner bagged the third best stack with 937,000. Day 1A drew 5,238 entries with 770 of them advancing to Day 2. The bubble burst late on Day 1A giving Greg Raymer, Mark Seif, Amir Lehavot, and Ylon Schwartz a cash and a stack heading into Day 2. Top Chip Counts Amador Trinidad - 1,012,000 Joseph Torres - 992,000 Marc Korner - 937,000 William Blais - 934,000 Haoxiang Wang - 901,000 Arturs Daugis - 860,000 Carolyn Grad - 852,000 Greg Raymer - 850,000 Kunal Patni - 849,000 Matthew Beisner - 828,000 Andre Akkari Leads $10,000 Razz After Day 1 Andre Akkari spent a good amount of time on Wednesday making the worst hand. That worked out just fine for the Brazilian as he finished Day 1 of the $10,000 Razz Championship with 508,000 and the chip lead. He's nearly 200,000 ahead of the next closest player. David Bach finished with 308,500. Marco Johnson bagged up 254,000. Defending champion Calvin Anderson put himself in position to repeat after collecting 248,500 chips on Day 1. Day 1 drew 97 entries. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 and 22 players will need to register to meet the 2018 field of 119. David 'ODB' Baker, Jason Mercier, Eli Elezra, Frank Kassela, Robert Mizrachi, Brandon Shack-Harris, were among the 55 players who busted on Day 1. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Andre Akkari - 508,000 David Bach - 308,500 Marco Johnson - 254,000 Calvin Anderson - 248,500 Max Pescatori - 241,000 Daniel Zack - 240,500 Cary Katz - 228,000 John Monnette - 220,500 Julien Martini - 217,000 Michael McKenna - 210,500
  8. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event went from 1,286 players down to 354 on Tuesday Those left are deep in the money and guaranteed $34,845, and it’s Dean Morrone holding the chip lead entering Day 5. Former NFL star Richard Seymour was one of the big stacks to advance. Morrone Leads the Way Morrone is a Canadian player and a qualifier from 888poker. He’s making his first career WSOP cash with his run in this year’s WSOP Main Event and it’s also his largest live tournament score to date as he entered the tournament with just $10,138 in live earnings. Morrone entered Day 4 with 365,000 before he went on to finish with 4.98 million and the lead. Other big stacks in the group behind Morrone on the leaderboard were Lars Bonding (4.04 million), Michael Messick (3.925 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (3.9 million), and Henrik Hecklen (3.862 million) to round out the top five. Morrone’s fellow 888poker qualifier Mihai Manole finished the day with a very healthy 3.781 million. Top 10 Chip Counts Dean Morrone - 4,980,000 Lars Bonding - 4,040,000 Michael Messick - 3,925,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 3,900,000 Henrik Hecklen - 3,862,000 Mihai Manole - 3,781,000 Robert Heidorn - 3,700,000 Sean Mills - 3,692,000 Christopher Wynkoop - 3,563,000 Andrew Brokos - 3,518,000 Former NFL Star Richard Seymour On the Rush Former NFL star and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour was among those to advance to Day 5. He spoke with The Fives Poker Podcast at the end of Day 3 about his sixth time playing the WSOP Main Event being a charm and things only got sweeter on Tuesday. Seymour came into the day with 275,000 and quickly got his stack up to 400,000. It wasn’t long before he reached 1 million in chips and then the progression only continued after he was moved to one of the secondary features tables. Seymour bagged up 2.75 million in chips, but he wasn’t the only former NFL player to move on. Eric Stocz, who spent time in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, reached the money in the WSOP Main Event for the second time in his poker career. He’s already outperformed the 402nd-place finish he netted in 2011 that earned him $30,974 and will only be looking for more. Stocz bagged 350,000 for Day 5. Former PocketFives #1 Players Performing Well A handful of former PocketFives #1 players are performing well and have advanced to Day 4 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Fabrizio Gonzalez bagged 2.916 million, Chris Hunichen finished with 2.617 million, and Yuri Dzivielevski ended with 1.79 million. Hunichen bagged those chips despite losing one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far. He got involved in a big one with David Guay and Guay flopped a set of tens against Hunichen’s pocket kings. The hand resulted in a full double for Guay and took a dent of about 1.2 million out of Hunichen’s stack. Eight from Pennsylvania Still Alive Pennsylvania online poker has been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When sites do go live there will be a handful of players with some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs in this WSOP Main Event. Eight players from Pennsylvania remain, with Thomas Parkes of Alburtis finishing Day 4 with the most chips at 3.172 million. Pittsburgh’s Chad Power is next with 2.78 million, and then it’s Matthew Sabia (1.81 million), Kenneth Smaron (1.806 million), Edward Pham (1.43 million), Jake Schindler (1.168 million), Donald Dombach (799,000), and Matt Glantz (690,000). Yoon, Esfandiari, Cheong Among Bracelet Winners Remaining In addition to all the names that have been mentioned, Brian Yoon (2.622 million), Antonio Esfandiari (2.583 million), Craig McCorkell (2.5 million), Chris Wallace (1.98 million), and Joseph Cheong (1.958 million) represent some of the WSOP gold bracelet winners still in the field. Yoon and Esfandiari are both three-time gold bracelet winners who have had some deep runs in the WSOP Main Event before. Yoon has finished in the top 60 on three separate occasions (2018, 2016, and 2011), and Esfandiari finished 24th in 2009. McCorkell took 13th in 2014, and Wallace finished 32nd in 2017. We also know very much about Cheong’s third-place finish behind Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener in 2010 that earned him $4.13 million. All Former Main Event Champs Gone Of course, not every player could advance. Three former WSOP Main Event champions began the day, with Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Qui Nguyen still in the field, but all three of them busted out on Day 4. Moneymaker finished 687th for $20,200, Chan took 560th for $24,560, and Nguyen went out 455th for $30,780. Nguyen’s bust came when he got the last of his chips in with pocket fives only to lose out to an opponent’s two sixes. With no former WSOP Main Event champions in the field, we will see a brand new winner in 2019. Others to bust on Day 4 were Ricky Guan (362nd - $34,845), Scott Lazar (388th - $34,845), Jean-Robert Bellande (415th - $30,780), Bryan Campanello (435th - $30,780), Josh Arieh (485th - $27,390), Adam Owen (570th - $24,560), and Cliff Josephy (759th - $20,200). Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Wednesday, July 10 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
  9. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC

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