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  1. Sunday at the 2018 World Series of Poker was a busy one with thousands of players battling on the felt at the Rio as well as the virtual felt of WSOP.com. It ended up being a big day for France, with both bracelets won on Sunday going to French players. Here's a full recap of what went down on Sunday Julien Martini Lives the Dream by Winning $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Julien Martini used to watch poker on TV in awe of the big names and the even bigger stakes. That was on his mind Sunday afternoon as he beat Kate Hoang to win his first career WSOP bracelet and $239,771. "When I was 14 and I started poker, I was like, ‘Whoa, what kind of guy can win a $1,500 tournament or a $10,000?’," said Martini. "I was dreaming about this for seven years. It’s one of the best things in my life. I’m super proud and very happy." Martini and the other three players who returned to the table on Sunday were supposed to be doing something else. Originally scheduled to end on Saturday, the event needed an extra day to finish thanks to a bigger-than-expected field of 911 players. This is the second time in three years that Hoang finished runner-up in an Omaha Hi-Lo event at the WSOP. In 2016, she finished second to Kyle Bowker in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. Other notables that cashed in the event include Chris Bjorin (17th - $8,296), Daniel Buzgon (18th - $8,296), Mike Leah (30th - $5,605), Jerry Wong (33rd - $5,605), Benny Glaser (63rd - $3,526), John Racener (86th - $2,595). Final Table Payouts Julien Martini - $239,771 Kate Hoang - $148,150 Mack Lee - $104,0164 William Kopp - $74,058 Brandon Ageloff - $53,482 Chad Eveslage - $39,182 Rafael Concepcion - $29,128 Denny Axel - $21,977 Tammer Ilcaffas - $16,832 Nick Petrangelo Leads Final Six into $100,000 Super High Roller Final Table Just five events into the 2018 WSOP, Elio Fox has already won one WSOP bracelet and now he's suddenly at a final table with a chance at a second. But he's not the headliner. Fox sits third in chips at the $100,000 Super High Roller final table behind Nick Petrangelo and Bryn Kenney. Stephen Chidwick, the #1-ranked player on the Global Poker Index, sits sixth. Sunday's play started with 10 players still in contention and Petrangelo was firmly planted at the top and he stayed there as Adrian Mateos, Fedor Holz, Chris Moore and Jason Koon all fell by the wayside. Petrangelo, Kenney and Fox have all won a WSOP bracelet before, while the three players making up the bottom half of the chip counts, Andreas Elier, Aymon Hata, and Chidwick, have not. Play resumes Monday at 6 pm ET and will be streamed on PokerGO. Final Table Chip Counts Nick Petrangelo - 12,200,000 Bryn Kenney - 10,200,000 Elio Fox - 8,620,000 Andreas Eiler - 8,490,000 Aymon Hata - 7,280,000 Stephen Chidwick - 5,740,000 Duta and Alberquerque Have Colossal Days on Sunday Two more starting flights of the $565 Colossus made sure that the tables at the Rio were jam-packed with players of all skill levels taking a shot at a potentially huge return. After 3,495 players played Saturday's two flights, 3,519 more showed up on Sunday. Nobody enjoyed Flight 1C more than Romanian Florian Duta. He bagged up 442,000 - almost twice as much as the next biggest stack from 1C. That stack of 241,000 belongs to WSOP bracelet winner John Racener. While Duta's stack is impressive, Philip Alberquerque did even better later in the day. The American finished Flight 1D with 503,000 and finds himself sitting second overall behind Day 1A leader Anthony Parill, who finished with 607,000. For the 2018 event to reach the 18,054-player field size, Flights 1E and 1F on Monday will need to average 5,520 players each. The final two flights last year had 3,966 and 3,923 players respectively. Day 1C Top 5 Chip Counts Florian Duta - 442,000 John Racener - 241,000 Jong Jin - 238,000 Clayton Maguire - 172,000 Abe Deguzman Jr. - 151,000 Day 1D Top 5 Chip Counts Philip Alberquerque - 503,000 Daniel Cai - 272,000 Alex Foxen - 268,000 Maxime Heroux - 260,000 Ilkin Amirov - 256,000 Chris Vitch in Pole Position For Third Bracelet in Three Years Two years ago, Chris Vitch won his first WSOP bracelet in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball event. He followed that up in 2017 by winning the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event. Now, he's in position to win his third career bracelet and doing it the event that started his winning trend. Vitch bagged up 493,000 chips to lead the final 12 players in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball event. The group chasing him includes Scott Seiver, Bryce Yockey, Frank Kassela and Mike Leah. The day began with over 90 players still chasing the bracelet. There were 37 players who busted on Sunday who did manage to get into the money before their tournament ended. Included in that group was Chris Ferguson picking up his first cash of 2018 (48th - $3,721). Some of the big names who picked up a result on Sunday included Ismael Bojang (47th - $3,721), Shaun Deeb (37th - $3,937), Jon Turner (32nd - $4,329), John Monnette (21st - $5,847), Billy Baxter (18th - $7,163) and Brian Hastings ($14th - $7,163). Final 12 Chip Counts Chris Vitch - 493,000 Damjan Radanov - 476,000 George Trigeorgis - 462,000 Scott Seiver - 431,000 Alex Simma - 400,000 Luis Velador - 390,000 Jesse Hampton - 350,000 Bryce Yockey - 271,000 Frank Kassela - 268,000 Mike Leah - 174,000 Johannes Becker - 172,000 Michael Wagner - 147,000 Chris Bjorin Bags Biggest Stack After Day 1 of $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo The second $10,000 "Championship" event of the 2018 WSOP started Sunday afternoon as 161 players showed up for the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. Through eight levels of play, 86 players were eliminated but Chris Bjorin was most definitely not one of them. Bjorin finished Day 1 of the event with 249,500, good enough for the overnight chip lead. Right behind him is Jesse Martin, Daniel Ratigan, and Steve Chanthabouasy. Another eight levels are scheduled for Monday starting at 5 pm ET. Top 10 Chip Counts Chris Bjorin - 249,500 Jesse Martin - 232,000 Daniel Ratigan - 231,000 Steve Chanthabouasy - 228,000 Tai Nguyen - 211,000 Viacheslav Zhukov - 206,500 Robert Mizrachi - 204,000 Nikolai Yakovenko - 203,000 Rafael Concepcion - 194,500 Larry Kantor - 179,500 William 'Twooopair' Reymond Makes First WSOP Cash a Memorable One For the first time in WSOP history, players in more than one state were playing online for a WSOP bracelet on Sunday. A record-smashing 2,972 entries pushed the total prize pool to $974,816 - well past the $500,000 guarantee. Taking home the winner's share of that and his first career WSOP bracelet was Frenchmen William 'Twooopair' Reymond. At the start of the tournament, Reymond was happy just to be clicking buttons. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Playing the $365 online WSOP event and listening to <a href="https://twitter.com/andrewneeme?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@andrewneeme</a> on twitch. My definition of an almost perfect Sunday <a href="https://t.co/F3OxXRIiA0">pic.twitter.com/F3OxXRIiA0</a></p>&mdash; William Reymond (@WilliamReymond) <a href="https://twitter.com/WilliamReymond/status/1003437120948563968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Shawn 'sHaDySTeeM' Stroke took home $94,265 for his runner-up performance. To the surprise of nobody, Anthony 'nowb3athat' Spinella made the final table and eventually finished seventh for $21,251. Spinella won the very first online bracelet in 2015 and earlier this year became the first to win a WSOP Circuit ring playing on WSOP.com. Final Table Payouts William 'Twooopair' Reymond - $154,996 Shawn 'sHaDySTeeM' Stroke - $94,265 Stephen 'SteveSpuell' Buell - $69,017 Ryan 'LoveMy11Cats' Belz - $50,593 Elliott 'Ekampen05' Kampen - $37,530 Josh 'YoelRomero' King - $27,977 Anthony 'nowb3athat' Spinella - $21,251 Michael 'myapologies' Hauptman - $16,279 Jennifer 'moistymire' Miller - $12,478
  2. In a storybook ending to the historic PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship, Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas defeated WSOP bracelet winner Julien Martini to become the first-ever PSPC champion, earning $5.1 million. "A lot of players were saying that this was the most important tournament in history," Colillas said in the afterglow of the victory. "So now, it's only about happiness and enjoying the moment." But before the Spaniard was able to celebrate, Colillas, as a Platinum Pass winner, needed to navigate a difficult final table full of seasoned pros. The final table of the largest $25,000 tournament of all time took only five-and-a-half hours to play to a winner. However, it took roughly an hour and a half before the first player hit the rail. Talal Shakerchi and France's Julien Martini were the first to clash in a battle of big hands. The action started as Marc Rivera opened, only to be three-bet by Martini who was holding the [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"]. Farid Jattin, holding a pocket pair in the small blind, found a fold, however Shakerchi woke up with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] in the big blind. Shakerchi moved all in and was called by Martini. The flop came [poker card="3c"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2h"], giving little life to Martini. However, the [poker card="ts"] on the turn opened a number of backdoor outs for the Frenchman. The river provided Martini the flush as the [poker card="5s"] completed the board. Shakerchi’s run ended in eighth place for $509,000. Marc Perrault was sitting on roughly two big blinds, which made the next elimination so surprising. In the hijack seat, Martini opened holding the [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. Jattin looked down at the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and went deep into the tank. Finally, he decided to shove over Martini, allowing Perrault to get out of the way in the small blind. Start-of-day chip leader Scott Baumstein folded the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] and Martini snap-called. Jattin, all in and at risk, was dominated, but the flop provided some life. It came [poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"], giving Jattin a wealth of additional outs. The [poker card="qd"] arrived on the turn and the [poker card="tc"] on the river closed the door on Jattin’s tournament. Jattin earned a career-high cash of $746,000 for his seventh-place run, propelling him to more than $3.5 million in total live earnings. After the hand, Martini pulled away from the field to hold nearly three times as many chips as anyone left. With six players left and running on fumes, it was finally time for Perrault to make his stand. After laddering two spots, he found himself all in and at risk holding the [poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] against Colillas' [poker card="kh"][poker card="kc"]. The board [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"] ran out clean for Colillas. Perrault, who started the day as the shortest stack, ended his day as a millionaire. The Canadian turned his $25,000 entry into $1,012,000 for his sixth-place finish. Jason Koonce had been picking his spots, but after being forced to fold in a hand right before the first break of the day he found himself on a short stack. On one of the first hands after the break, he made his move by shipping his stack on the button holding the [poker card="td"][poker card="7d"]. Colillas called him from the big blind holding [poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"]. Koonce needed to catch, but when the board ran out [poker card="2c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6d"], it provided him with no help. The Colorado sports memorabilia aficionado’s dream run ended in fifth place with a $1,304,000 "consolation prize." His previous career live earnings were just over $6,000. Shortly thereafter, Martini continued to gain momentum after a clash with Baumstein. Martini opened under the gun with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] and when it folded back to Baumstein, he shipped his short stack in the middle with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. Martini made the call and Baumstein was at risk. The flop of [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"] favored Martini and left Baumstein looking for an ace or backdoor hearts. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river fell the [poker card="ts"]. Baumstein, the longtime New York pro, was rewarded with a career-best $1,657,000 score for his fourth-place finish. With three players left, Martini held a comfortable chip lead over both Colillas and Rivera, the remaining Platinum Pass winners. The three played roughly six orbits before Rivera made his final stand. Martini, with his large chip lead, opened the button with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and Rivera pushed in his 16-big blind stack with the [poker card="as"][poker card="3d"]. Martini snap-called and Rivera needed some serious help. The flop had none for him as it came [poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="ts"] on the turn left Rivera searching or a three. The river was the last of Rivera’s tournament, it came the [poker card="td"], and sent the Platinum Pass winner to the rail in third place with a massive $2,168,000 score. Headed into heads-up play Martini held a roughly 2:1 chip lead over Colillas. After Colillas began to close in Martini the pair played what would be the pivotal hand of the heads-up match. Martini opened holding the [poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] and Colillas called with the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="5s"]. The flop was perfect for Martini, [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"][poker card="qh"] for the flopped flush. Colillas with flopped middle pair called Martini’s bet. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] improving Colillas to trips. Martini placed a large bet, Colillas called. The river turned out to be one of the most pivotal cards of the tournament - the [poker card="5d"] giving Colillas a backdoor full house to Martini’s flopped flush. Colillas checked, Martini shoved, Colillas snapped and secured a massive double up reducing Martini’s stack to roughly 20 big blinds. In the end, after his stack had trended downwards, Martini made a stand on the button with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"] and Colillas made the call with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5s"]. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"] giving both a pair but putting Colillas in position to secure a historic victory. The turn was the [poker card="2c"]. Colillas and Martini then saw the championship card of the [poker card="5d"] fall. Colillas was the champion and Martini's PSPC dream run ended in second place for $2,974,000. Ramon Colillas made his way to his rail and was quickly engulfed by supporters. The Platinum Pass winner, with $10,000 in recorded live cashes according to his Hendon Mob page, became the inaugural PSPC champion, earning the life-changing sum of $5.1 million for the victory. PSPC Final Table Payouts Ramon Colillas - $5,100,000 Julien Martini - $2,974,000 Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 Marc Perrault - $1,012,000 Farid Jattin - $746,000 Talal Shakerchi - $509,000
  3. The final table for the PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship is set. On Thursday, the final eight players will take their seats to play for a massive $5.1 million first-place prize in what is the largest $25,000 tournament of all time. New York tournament professional Scott Baumstein once again finished the day as the overnight chip leader with 10,725,000 chips. Baumstein, had a roller coaster ride on Day 4, even finding himself all in, at risk and behind only to survive and go on an incredible heater. “It’s a little surreal at the moment, with all of the chips, getting lucky,” said Baumstein in an interview with PocketFives. Two Platinum Pass winners have made the final table including Marc Rivera, who sits right behind Baumstein in terms of chips (10,350,000). Rivera won his Platinum Pass by winning the APPT Manila National in August 2018 and is representing the Philippines at the final table. Rivera and Baumstein are the only two players of the final eight to have more than 10 million in chips which equates to more than 40 big blinds. France’s Julien Martini (8,600,000) continues to find himself towards the top of the end of day chip counts as he has since the completion of Day 2. Colombian pro Farid Jattin (8,525,000), the Day 2 chip leader, also had a very swingy day. He started Day 3 with his chip stack 36th out of 38. However, and with his well-timed aggression and plenty of rungood he, at one point, soared into the chip lead. Jattin finishes the day fourth in chips. The second of the Platinum Pass winners, Ramon Colillas (8,300,000) along with the U.S's Jason Koonce (7,125,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi and Canada’s Marc Perrault (2,275,000) fill out what looks to be an entertaining final table. Those players that were unable to make it through the day but still secured very healthy paydays by making the final two tables include Florian Duta (9th for $405,000), PocketFiver Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (10th, $328,500), Kristen ‘krissyb24’ Bicknell (11th, $328,500), Jake Schwartz (12th, $261,750) and Former PocketFives #1-ranked Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger (14th, $229,700). Other notable names who made it to Day 4 but were knocked out throughout the day include Scott Stewart ($202,400), Platinum Pass winner Michael Robionek ($150,600), Marvin Rettenmaier ($126,000), Dan O’Brien ($105,000), Mikita Badziakouski ($88,600), Tony Gregg ($86,400) and Platinum Pass winner from Boring, Oregon Jackie Burkhart who finished in 38th place for a career-high score of $86,400. There is still $15.4 million of the over $26.4 million prize pool to be fought over. Six of the top eight will earn themselves no less than $1 million. The final day of play in the PSPC resumes on Thursday a noon ET. 2019 PSPC Final Table Chip Counts 1. Scott Baumstein - 10,725,000 2. Marc Rivera - 10,350,000 3. Julien Martini - 8,600,000 4. Farid Jattin - 8,525,000 5. Ramon Colillas - 8,3000,000 6. Jason Koonce - 7,125,000 7. Talal Shakerchi - 5,500,000 8. Marc Perrault - 2,275,000
  4. There are only 38 players left to pursue the $5.1 million first-place prize of the $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold’em Championship. Day 3 of the record-setting tournament started with 207 players of which only 181 would make the money. By the end of the day, New York tournament pro Scott Baumstein flew into the chip lead with 4.24 million in chips, followed closely by Yiannis Liperis (4.21 million). However, before the stacks could reach such heights, there was a money bubble that needed popping. As one might expect in a tournament where there were over 300 players who gifted their $25K entry, plenty of players were hanging tough to pick up the $25,450 min-cash. With four players left to the actual bubble, the remaining 185 players went hand for hand. It took roughly an hour, plus a 20-minute break in the middle, but eventually, Team Ireland’s Paul Leckey ran pocket kings into Tianle Wang’s pocket aces. Leckey didn’t go home empty-handed though, as the official bubble boy received an EPT package worth over $11,000. After that, the bustouts were fast and furious, with the next pay ladder happening faster than tournament officials could break and rebalance tables. At the conclusion of Day 3, only Baumstein and Liperis have eclipsed the 4 million chip mark, but there’s plenty of top-flight competition left in the field. France’s Julien Martini (3,250,000), Canada’s Louis Boutin (3,040,000) and Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas (2,895,000) from Spain complete the top 5 chip leaders. Other notables still left in the field include Mikita Badziakouski (1,910,000), Dan O’Brien (1,765,000), Griffin Benger (1,560,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi (1,330,000), Brazil’s Pedro Padilha (1,315,000), Kristen Bicknell (1,115,000), Tony Gregg (905,000), Platinum Pass winner Jackie Burkhart (660,000) and Day 2 chipleader Farid Jattin (640,000). By the end of the day, 143 players found their way to the cashier to pick up their earnings. Including Felix Schneiders ($69,100), Max and Sam Greenwood ($69,100), Mustapha Kanit ($56,800), Christoph Vogelsang ($56,800), Ryan Reiss ($56,800), former PocketFives #1-ranked Bryan Piccioli ($56,800), Blair Hinkle ($56,800), Athanasios Polychronopoulos ($45,700), Victor Ramdin ($45,700), Benjamin Pollak ($45,700), Dan Shak ($45,700), Brandon Adams ($39,500), Darren Elias ($39,500), Christian Harder ($39,500), Dylan Linde ($39,500) and Matt Affleck ($35,000). Three of the winners of the $86 Moneymaker PSPC Tour made the money, however, all three failed to bag at the end of the day. Clifford Ellefson ($39,500), Anthony Maio ($35,000) and Ori Kossonogi ($35,000) all found a way to turn their Platinum Passes into five-figure scores. Additionally, there were plenty of big name pros who made the money but were unable to ladder up. Parker Talbot, Sam Grafton, JC Alvarado, Frank Kassel, and Sean Winter were just a few of the roughly 30 players to settle for the min-cash of $25,450. Play in the PSPC resumes when 38 players will play down to the final table at noon ET.
  5. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast is LIVE this week from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with daily episodes bringing in all of the guests and action from the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship and the PCA Main Event. Over 500 players saw their PokerStars Players Championship dream die on Day 2. Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters bring you a complete recap including interviews with Julien Martini, Griffin Benger and Brandon Adams. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  6. The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is in the books, with notable victories coming from Ramon Colillas in the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship, David 'Chino' Rheem in the PCA Main Event, Sam Greenwood in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and Martin Zamani in the PCA $25,000 High Roller. Each of those players earned mammoth payouts from their victories, but where do they stack up on the 2019 money leaderboard? Let’s take a look. The $25,000 buy-in PSPC was such an enormous tournament that the top three finishers from that event make up the top three spots on the 2019 PCA money list, with Colillas on top thanks to the huge $5.1 million score he earned. Runner-up in that event, Julien Martini, sits second on the list, and third-place finisher Marc Rivera is third on the list. Here are the top 25 money earners from the 2019 PCA festival. Top 25 2019 PCA Money List 1. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 2. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 3. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 4. Sam Greenwood - $1,954,860 5. Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 6. David 'Chino' Rheem - $1,576,200 7. Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 8. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 9. Rainer Kempe - $1,202,760 10. Jesus Cortes - $1,153,440 11. Stephen Chidwick - $1,084,322 12. Marc Perrault - $1,040,520 13. Talal Shakerchi - $994,300 14. Daniel Strelitz - $964,020 15. Alex Foxen - $904,040 16. Martin Zamani - $895,110 17. Farid Jattin - $746,000 18. Igor Kurganov - $697,100 19. Sean Winter - $673,120 20. Scott Wellenbach - $671,240 21. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 22. Steffen Sontheimer - $623,220 23. Dominik Nitsche - $606,360 24. Pavel Veksler - $560,240 25. Justin Bonomo - $533,370 As you can see, Greenwood sits fourth after having won $1.954 million from the 2019 PCA series. Greenwood's big win was in the $100,000 Super High Roller when he scored a $1.775 million first-place prize, but he also added scores of $89,320, $69,100, and $20,980 to his bankroll. Greenwood was one of 21 players to cash at least four times at the 2019 PCA. Another player to cash four times was the player 18th on the 2019 PCA money leaderboard, Igor Kurganov. He banked scores of $378,760, $129,780, $121,040, and $67,450 for a total of $697,100. The largest of those four scores was a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller that Greenwood was victorious in. Other than Greenwood and Kurganov, no player cashed four times in the top 25. Several players in the top 25 cashed three times, though, in addition to Greenwood and Kurganov, of course. Those players were Rainer Kempe, Jesus Cortes, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Strelitz, Alex Foxen, Sean Winter, and Steffan Sontheimer. Kempe won the most money of that bunch with more than $1.2 million in payouts. He placed fourth in a $25,000 no-limit hold’em event before he won a $50,000 no-limit hold’em event and a $10,200 no-limit hold’em knockout turbo. The $50,000 buy-in tournament that Kempe won earned him $908,000. Foxen doesn't appear that he's going to slow down after an epic 2018 saw him haul in more than $6.6 million in live tournament earnings. Foxen has already won more than $900,000 in 2019 thanks to his performances at the 2019 PCA. He placed 11th in a $25,000 buy-in event, second in the $50,000 event that Kempe won, and third in another $50,000 buy-in tournament. Foxen's three scores were for $45,020, $651,980, and $207,040 in those three events, respectively. Four players cashed five times each at the 2019 PCA, but none of them ranked higher than 75th on the 2019 PCA money list. Sitting in 75th overall with a total of $136,460 won was Ariel Celestino. Daniel Tang, Sean Legendre, and Fernand Dos Santos Ferreira were the others to cash five times during the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament series. How did the 2019 PCA change the festival's all-time money list? With a little help from our friends at HendonMob.com, here’s a look at the new top 25 following the completion of the 2019 PCA. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List 1. Bryn Kenney - $6,262,731 2. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 3. Steve O'Dwyer - $3,910,382 4. Tony Gregg - $3,183,095 5. Poorya Nazari - $3,000,000 6. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 7. Scott Seiver - $2,970,620 8. Sam Greenwood - $2,927,337 9. Galen Hall - $2,877,080 10. Vanessa Selbst - $2,824,640 11. Jason Koon - $2,645,595 12. Isaac Haxton - $2,583,616 13. Justin Bonomo - $2,524,742 14. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - $2,484,120 15. Daniel Negreanu - $2,348,097 16. Harrison Gimbel - $2,329,220 17. Dan Shak - $2,323,840 18. Byron Kaverman - $2,307,235 19. Cary Katz - $2,257,420 20. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 21. Mustapha Kanit - $2,077,000 22. Dimitar Danchev - $1,985,000 23. John Dibella - $1,960,700 24. Daniel Dvoress - $1,946,102 25. Tyler Reiman - $1,937,770 As you can see, Bryn Kenney reigns supreme. He came into the 2019 PCA with a big lead on this list, thanks to $6.245 million in earnings from the PCA, and Kenney added a small cash by his standards of $17,620 to move up to $6.262 million. The most notable additions to the top 25 of the PCA all-time money list were three players we already talked about, Colillas, Martini, and Rivera. Those three finished first, second, and third in the 2019 PSPC. Colillas moved to second on PCA's all-time money list, Martini jumped to sixth, and Rivera went up to 20th. Another big jump was had by Greenwood, who entered the 2019 PCA with $972,477 in earnings from the series. After winning nearly $2 million this year, Greenwood shot up the all-time PCA leaderboard to eighth with nearly $3 million in earnings total from the event. Justin Bonomo also increased his standing, going from 17th to 13th on the all-time PCA list after winning $533,370 at the 2019 PCA. Notable departures from the top 5 PCA all-time money list were Christopher Oliver, Eugene Katchalov, Will Molson, and Nick Petrangelo.
  7. Even after the fanfare of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100K Super High Roller died down with Canadian Sam Greenwood earning his sixth career seven-figure score of $1.775M, the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino was still buzzing. Day 1B of the 2019 PCA Main Event was in full swing and, in the afterglow of the PokerStars NL Hold'em Poker Championship, players were eager for one more chance at a huge score to start the year. Along with the Main Event, the superstars of the high roller scene continued to battle it out on the felt - this time in a $50K Single-Day tournament. Enjoy some photos from around the room on this action-packed day. $50K Single-Day [caption id="attachment_622269" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Mikita Badziakouski is a high fashioned high roller.[/caption]   Mikita Badziakouski is a stone-cold killer in high roller tournaments and he’s got the results to prove it. He has over $20.8m in live earnings and also finished 34th in the 2019 PSPC as a Platinum Pass winner for over $86,000. [caption id="attachment_622270" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Christoph Vogelsang's decision to cover up in this manner has sparked some debate.[/caption] Christoph Vogelsang is at the center of an ongoing debate/discussion on how to handle it when players use extreme measures to cover up any facial tells. At first, it was just a scarf, but Vogelsang has now moved to this current look. Say what you want about the Super High Roller Bowl winner - he has results and is currently Germany’s #2 leader in all-time cashes, right behind Fedor Holz. [caption id="attachment_622271" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kurganov is consistently finding himself at high roller final tables. His last victory came in Dec. 2017.[/caption] Daniel Dvoress (left) pocket nines outrace Igor Kurganov’s AJ. When a nine hits the turn, the Jack on the river is nothing but a needle for the PokerStars ambassador Kurganov. Kurganov is coming off a sixth-place finish in the PCA $100K for over $378,000. [caption id="attachment_622272" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dominik Nitsche has amassed over $17M in lifetime earnings.[/caption] Dominik Nitsche reflects on his time in front of a solver while contemplating a decision as Timothy Adams (left) looks on. Nitsche’s most recent high roller success was a fourth-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K for $370,000 in December. PCA Main Event Day 2 Shots from around the room shortly after the dinner break. [caption id="attachment_622273" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Poker legend Barry Greenstein mixes it up in the PCA Main Event.[/caption] Beresford and The Bear. Along with Scott Stewart (right), we look over the shoulder of top-ranked UK online grinder Conor Beresford as he sits with the legend Barry Greenstein. [caption id="attachment_622274" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ole Schemion (left) won the 2019 PCA National for over $148K.[/caption] Two of the final four in the 2019 PCA National are side-by-side once again in the Main Event. National champ Ole Schemion (right) chats with Alexandre Mantovani. READ: Alexandre Mantovani WCOOP Score Into Live Success [caption id="attachment_622276" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Julien Martini finished as the runner up in the historic $25K PSPC for $2.9M.[/caption] PSPC Runner-Up Julien Martini (right) is still feeling good after his multi-million score. Here he sits with Netherlands pro Martijn Gerrits in the PCA Main. [caption id="attachment_622277" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Chino Rheem bubbled the final table of the 2019 PCA National.[/caption] Chino Rheem doing what he does best. Building big stacks in large field tournaments. [caption id="attachment_622278" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Leo Margets has over $1.1 million in live tournament earnings.[/caption] Winamax pro Leo Margets already made a deep run during the 2019 PCA National. Here's she's putting together some chips to make a run in the Main Event. [caption id="attachment_622279" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Has the covering of faces gone too far or is it just no big deal?[/caption] What do you think of this look? Hate it? Love it? Does it bother you or is it fair game? We want to know what you think - tweet at us @PocketFives
  8. The World Series of Poker has a history of making stars and has played a key role in solidifying the reputation of some of the game's biggest stars. Finding the players who could enjoy new success on the WSOP stage isn't an easy task but the PocketFives editorial staff has accepted the challenge. Jeff Walsh, Senior Writer You never really know who that "Breakout Player" will be but I’ve got a couple of players I’m keeping my eye on this summer that I think could take the next step and elevate their game. You might remember Ian Steinman from his hero fold against Joe McKeehan at the 2018 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event when he spikes a set of kings on the river and after exhausting all of his time bank chips found an amazing fold. Well, Steinman is not only an accomplished online grinder, having won the WSOP.com online Player of the Year award in 2016 but a mid-stakes live beast. Like most amazing NLHE players, he’s fearless at the table and is able to accumulate chips in a hurry. Last year, Steinman barely missed out on his first gold bracelet falling to Eric Baldwin in heads up play in a $1,500 NLHE event, settling for a $197K score for second place. This could be the year he takes the experiences from all those big-time spots and puts it together to pick up his first WSOP win. It feels like it’s just a matter of time for this West Coast grinder and it may be this year. Speaking of big-time my second pick has already had plenty of time in the spotlight. You might remember Julien Martini from his runner-up finish at this year’s PokerStars Players Championship. Martini is a fantastic player who plays all the games and picked up his first bracelet event in 2018. So, with all these accolades how can he break out? I’m tracking Martini to pick up his second bracelet this year in one of the Championship events. He plays all the games and he’s bringing that PSPC bankroll boost to the summer series. I figure when all is said and done, his price in the 2020 $25K Fantasy Draft is going to go through the roof. Donnie Peters, Managing Editor Adam Owen is very much skilled in all poker variants and is known to put in a lot of volume. His name may be known around the poker community, but the Brit has yet to truly breakout. Not only has he not won a WSOP gold bracelet yet, but he’s never experienced a major tournament victory. Specific to the WSOP, Owen has a handful of final tables and a trio of top-three finishes. I’m going to say that 2019 is a huge summer at the World Series of Poker for Owen. He’ll win his first bracelet, rack up the cashes, and contend for WSOP Player of the Year. Ping Liu is another player who can be considered in a similar light as Owen is. Liu has gained some notoriety through his run on the World Poker Tour this season, and he’s challenging to win the WPT Player of the Year award. Like Owen, his best finish in a WSOP event is a third-place result and he’s still searching for his first major tournament title. Liu has been very much on form in recent months and earned some big scores. He closed out 2018 with a fourth-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond event for $600,000. With his padded bankroll and so many No Limit Hold’em events on the WSOP schedule, look for Liu to make a few big splashes this summer. I can easily see him winning his first WSOP gold bracelet if he puts in any sort of decent volume. Lance Bradley, Editor in Chief It's hard to pick players out of relative obscurity that might enjoy success at the WSOP. That's why the first player on my list is more of a known commodity that maybe anybody else listed here. Patrick Leonard is a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, the current #3-ranked player in the world, and has a little more than $2.4 million in live earnings. Despite all of that, he's never really had a big WSOP. He only has seven WSOP cashes for $114,229 in earnings but he's never committed to a full schedule. That changes this year. Leonard is putting the online grind to the side for seven weeks to play a full WSOP schedule. He's an extremely talented player and will be free of the potential distraction of returning to the online felt. I expect Leonard's going to find his way deep in a number of events this summer and might finally find himself with a realistic shot at winning his first bracelet. Each year there's a handful of players who skyrocket into the public eye with double-digit level cashes after having previously found some success at the Rio. Last year, Lexi Gavin cashed seven times at the WSOP including a 12th place finish in a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha. That doubles her lifetime career cashes and I don't see any reason why the upward trend can't continue. She's predominantly a No Limit Hold'em player and the WSOP schedule includes an almost endless number of opportunities for her to run up a stack and potentially make her first career final table.
  9. The 2019 World Series of Poker continued on Saturday with another massive field in the Big 50 as that event quickly hurtles toward a record for the largest WSOP event ever. Ben Heath Leads Talented Final 12 in $50K High Roller Players were able to register for the $50,000 No Limit Hold'em (Event #5) until the mid-way point of Day 2. This lead to a total of 110 entries and a final prize pool of $5,280,000. Just 12 players remain in contention for the bracelet and the first place prize of $1,484,085. Leading the way is Britain's Ben Heath. Finishing with 5,255,000, Heath managed to go from starting the day second in chips to sitting atop the chip counts. Russian Dmirty Yurasov spent a good amount of time as the chip leader and was only eclipsed in the last level of the night. Yurasov bagged up 4,800,000. Elio Fox sits third with 4,695,000. Chip Leader Coaching's Chance Kornuth ended up in fourth place with 4,510,000. Top 10 Chip Counts Jake Schwartz - 117,600 Julien Martini - 117,400 Jordan Siegel - 95,000 Brayden Gazlay - 91,000 John Racener - 83,100 Jason Daly - 81,300 Andrey Zhigalov - 77,500 Wes Self - 74,500 Layne Flack - 66,200
  10. History was on the line Wednesday as 15-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth found himself battling heads-up for a record-extending 16th WSOP title in the 2019 WSOP Europe €25,500 Mixed Games Championship. However, it was not meant to be for Hellmuth on this day as he ran into the heater of Switzerland’s Besim Hot, who defeated Hellmuth in heads-up play and took home the €385,911 first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Besim finished Day 2 of the tournament with a massive chip lead and never found himself in very much trouble throughout the final table despite being up against some of poker’s toughest competition. As one might expect, the final table of the €25,500 Mixed Games Championship was loaded with some of poker's elite mixed game talent, including WSOP Player of the Year contender Daniel Negreanu, 2019 PSPC runner-up Julien Martini and 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event third-place finisher Alex Livingston. It took over two hours into the final table for the first player to fall. During a Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better round, Alex Livingston lost a big hand to Daniel Negreanu where Negreanu hit a high hand of two pair holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"] and showing [poker card="4s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="qh"][poker card="ad"]. The very next hand Livingston found himself all in and facing elimination against Hot who hit a ten-high straight on sixth street while Livingston made a set of aces. Seventh street didn’t improve Livingston’s hand and he bowed out in seventh place, taking home €38,389. Negreanu’s stack took a big hit in the Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better round and he found himself clinging to a short stack as the game changed to Razz. In Negreanu’s final hand of the tournament, he was at odds with Hellmuth, who was battling for the chip lead. Negreanu took the betting lead early in the hand but was raised all-in on fifth street where Negreanu committed the last of his chips. When the card were turned up Negreanu held [poker card="ax"][poker card="9x"]/[poker card="7x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="9x"] to Hellmuth’s [poker card="8x"][poker card="2x"]/[poker card="5x"][poker card="jx"][poker card="3x"]. Sixth street was the killer for Negreanu who double paired his board when he picked up a [poker card="7x"] and Hellmuth grabbed an [poker card="ax"]. Negreanu was drawing dead and exited in sixth place for €54,287. However, his deep run in this pivotal tournament provided him enough points to take over the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race for the time being. In a Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better round partypoker ambassador Dzmitry Urbanovich mixed it up with France’s Julien Martini. Urbanovich completed holding a [poker card="9x"] and Martini made the call showing a [poker card="kx"]. Urbanovich led out on fourth and fifth street, and as Martini continued to call, his stack was starting to dwindle. Urbanovich bet again on sixth, Martini continued to call and on the seventh card, Urbanovich put Martini all-in. Martini, with less than one big blind behind, was forced to call showing down [poker card="2h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="tc"]/[poker card="kh"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="7s"] for a pair of deuces and a missed low draw. Urbanovich showed down two pair with his [poker card="qc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3d"]/[poker card="9c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] hand, taking down a healthy pot and sending Martini to the rail in fifth place for €77,502. With four players left, during a No Limit Hold’em round, Benny Glaser found himself super short stacked. He put in a raise holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"] but left himself a single chip behind. Urbanovich made the call with [poker card="9d"]9c] on the button and Hellmuth called from the big blind. The flop fell [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="5h"] and Glaser tossed in his final chip. Urbanovich isolated with a raise and Hellmuth's cards hit the muck. Glaser needed help to remain in the tournament. The [poker card="qc"] hit the turn and as the [poker card="ad"] fell on the river, Glaser said his goodbyes to the table and headed to the cashier to pick up his €111,689 for his fourth-place finish. Despite picking up the knockout, Urbanovich was still looking up at both Hellmuth and Hot on the leaderboard. After losing a couple of big hands, one in O8 and another in Razz, Urbanovich was sitting on under ten big blinds. During the same Razz round that he lost a huge hand to Hellmuth, he found himself all-in, again facing Hellmuth. Urbanovich was drawing live to seventh street hoping to improve on his [poker card="6x"][poker card="2x"]/[poker card="kx"][poker card="7x"][poker card="qx"][poker card="4x"] hand versus Hellmuth’s [poker card="7x"][poker card="4x"]/[poker card="2x"][poker card="9x"][poker card="8x"][poker card="7x"]. But on the final card, Urbanovich picked up a [poker card="6x"], pairing his six leaving him dead to Hellmuth’s hand. Urbanovich busted in third place for €162,463. It was a familiar sight for World Series of Poker fans as Phil Hellmuth prepared to battle in hopes of extending his WSOP record and claim his 16th bracelet. However, Besim Hot was running like his namesake as the duo sat down to close out the tournament. From the onset, Hot continually chipped up as Hellmuth found himself losing hand after hand, no matter what game was being played. The final hand of the tournament was played in PLO as Hot raised on the button holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] and Hellmuth defended with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"] and Hellmuth checked to Hot who slid out a bet. Hellmuth check-raised and Hot shipped. Hellmuth made the call, putting himself at risk, but holding the best hand. The turn was the [poker card="jc"], improving Hot a full house and leaving Hellmuth drawing to one of the final three aces. The river was the [poker card="4c"] which secured the hand and the tournament for Hot as Hellmuth fell just short of bracelet number 16, finishing as the runner-up for €238,509. In only his third ever WSOP cash, Besim Hot is the winner of the 2019 WSOPE €25,500 Mixed Games Championship for a career-high cash of €385,911 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. €25,500 Mixed Games Championship Final Table Payouts 1. Besim Hot - €385,911 2. Phil Hellmuth - €238,509 3. Dmitry Urbanovich - €162,463 4. Benny Glaser - €111,689 5. Julien Martini - €77,502 6. Daniel Negreanu - €54,287 7. Alex Livingston - €38,389
  11. The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event wrapped up on Thursday with Alexandros Kolonias picking up the first live win of his career and €1,133,678. Two players eliminated on Wednesday, leaving just six coming back to the felt on Thursday to play down to a winner. Those six played for just over two hours before one was finally sent packing. Down to just 10 big blinds, Rifat Palevic moved all in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="2d"] when action folded to him in the small blind and Anh Do called when he looked down at [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] run out offered Palevic no assistance and he was out in sixth place. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] It took another 2.5 hours before the next player busted. From the cutoff, Anh Do raised to 1,800,000 and Claas Segebrecht called from the button. After the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] flop, Do moved all in for 450,000 and Segebrecht called instantly. Do showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] but he was behind Segebrecht's [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. The turn was the [poker card="ts"] and the river was the [poker card="3h"] and Do was done in fifth place. Dario Sammartino became the fourth player to make the final table of the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event in the same year but he wasn't able to improve his runner-up finish from Las Vegas. Sammartino moved all in from the small blind for 3,000,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] after Segebrecht raised to 1,000,000 from the button. Segebrecht called and turned over [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop moved Segebrecht ahead and Sammartino was eliminated in fourth after the [poker card="7h"] turn and [poker card="2s"] river failed to improve his hand. Three-handed play went on for 3.5 hours before Anthony Zinno clashed with Kolonias and wound up on the rail. Kolonias made it 1,300,000 from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="th"] before Zinno moved all in from the small blind for 7,650,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"]. Kolonias called and then moved ahead on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"] flop. Neither the [poker card="8c"] turn or [poker card="kc"] river were able to save Zinno and he was eliminated in third place. Despite being eliminated in third, Zinno can still win WSOP Player of the Year. A Main Event win would have meant Zinno needed a min-cash in the Colossus but he'll now need to finish top two and hope Shaun Deeb or Daniel Negreanu fail to pick up any more points if he hopes to win POY. Heads-up play began with Segebrecht holding a 2-1 chip lead but over less than 30 minutes of play, Kolosias took over the chip lead. On the final hand of the tournament, Kolosias, who held 55% of the chips in play at the time, raised to 1,200,000 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] before Segebrecht moved all-in for 23,200,000 with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"]. Kolosias called and then watched the board run out [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2s"][poker card="js"][poker card="5s"] to give him the first major live title of his career. Final Table Payouts Alexandros Kolonios - €1,133,678 Claas Segebrecht - €700,639 Anthony Zinno - €485,291 Dario Sammartino - €341,702 Anh Do - €244,653 Rifat Palevic - €178,171 Julien Martini - €132,017 Jakob Madsen - €99,555
  12. A new addition to the Poker Masters schedule for 2019, the $10,000 Big Bet Mix featuring a rotation of No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Deuce to Seven drew 52 runners and at the end of it all, Julien Martini had his first win of 2019 over a talented group of players.[ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Playing No Limit Deuce to Seven with blinds at 40,000/80,000 (80,000 ante), Pedro Bromfman moved all-in for 450,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"]. Kahle Burns re-raised to 770,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2d"] and Jorryt van Hoof folded behind. Burns drew the [poker card="6s"] to make and 8-6 while Bromfan ended up with the [poker card="qs"] for Q-7 and was eliminated in sixth. Stephen Chidwick started the final table with a massive chip lead but after just an hour and 40 minutes of play, he was all in for his tournament life. From UTG, Chidwick moved all-in for 930,000 with [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] and Sam Soverel called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5h"] to eliminate Chidwick in fifth place. Unfortunately for Soverel, that pot wasn't able to propel him to victory. Down to under a million, Soverel moved all-in with [poker card="qc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] and Burns called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"]. Soverel drew the [poker card="jc"] and Burns stood pat to eliminate Soverel in fourth place. Another Duece hand resulted in the next elimination. From the button, van Hoof, who was down to just six big blinds, moved all-in with [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"]. Martini moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"] and Burns called from the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"]. Martini drew the [poker card="4d"] to make an 8-7, Burns patted his J-8, and van Hoof drew the [poker card="7c"][poker card="4s"] to double pair and was eliminated in third place. Martini started heads up with a 2-1 chip lead over Burns and it took less than an hour for the Frenchman to acquire all of the chips and he did it in heroic fashion. Playing No Limit Hold'em and with stacks nearly even, Martini raised to 450,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"] and Burns defended with [poker card="kd"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"] and Burns check-called Martini's bet of 200,000. The turn was the [poker card="js"] and both players checked. The river was the [poker card="2s"] river and Burns moved all-in for 2,200,000. Martini took just over a minute before calling to eliminate Burns and pick up his first live win since he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in June 2018. Final Table Payouts Julien Martini - $166,400 Kahle Burns - $109,200 Jorryt van Hoof - $72,800 Sam Soverel - $52,000 Stephen Chidwick - $41,600 Pedro Bromfman - $31,200 Yuri Dzivielevski - $26,000 Erik Seidel - $20,800 Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 420 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini - 300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Sam Soverel - 270 Jorryt van Hoof - 270 Alex Foxen - 270 Thai Ha - 210
  13. On Wednesday, Britain's Jareth East topped a record field in the WPTDeepStacks Online event at partypoker to win $557,658.14. East's triumph came from besting a 3,554-entry field. The $1,050 buy-in event proved the largest field size in WPTDeepStacks history. The win also proved to be the largest score of East's poker career. Prior to this WPTDeepStacks Online win, East's largest online score was for $132,200. His largest live tournament score was for $35,940. East, a PocketFives member since 2013 who has been ranked as high as 12th in the world, defeated Jon Van Fleet in heads-up play. Van Fleet earned $392,717 for his runner-up performance. East entered the final day of the event in ninth chip position with 15 players remaining. When it was all said and done, East was the last man standing to win the $557,658.14 first-place prize. Notable deep runs were had by Ludovic Gelich (12th - $27,259.18), Govert Metaal (19th - $15,282.20), Connor Drinan (29th - $11,052.94), and Julien Martini (41st - $8,636.22). Event #40 $1,050 WPTDeepStacks Entries: 3,554 Prize pool: $3,554,000 Jareth East - $557,658.14 Jon Van Fleet - $392,717 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - $253,755.60 Maksim Bukreev - $167,748.80 Phillip Mighall - $116,215.80 Rimantas Petras Boguzas - $79,431.90 Mihail Zavoloka - $55,087 Sergei Denisov - $35,113.52 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Maksim Bukreev, who entered the final day as the chip leader, placed fourth for $167,748.80. On his final hand, Bukreev opened from under the gun to 3.52 million with the blinds at 400,000/800,000 with a 100,000 ante. Bukreev left himself with 420,628 behind after the raise. On the button, Van Fleet called and the two took a flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"]. Bukreev moved all in and Van Fleet called, to reveal that it was Bukreev's [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Tc"] up against the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qs"] for Van Fleet. The turn was the [poker card="5d"] and the river was the [poker card="2c"] to bust Bukreev. Farmakoulis fell in third place. East raised to 1.68 million from under the gun and Farmakoulis called out of the big blind to leave himself with 3.85 million behind. On the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2c"] flop, Farmakoulis moved all in and East made the call with the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"]. Farmakoulis had the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"] and bricked out with the [poker card="6d"] and [poker card="4h"] hitting the board. Van Fleet had the lead to start heads-up play, with 65.54 million to East's 40.75 million. The two battled for about 40 minutes before the final hand was played. On the final hand, East limped the button for 1.2 million and Van Fleet checked his option in the big blind. The flop was [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] and Van Fleet checked. East bet 1.2 million and Van Fleet raised to 3 million. East then made it 5.4 million and Van Fleet shoved for 18.73 million. East called with the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"] and Van Fleet had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="3s"]. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and the river was the [poker card="2h"] to give Van Fleet the win. Anton Yakuba Wins Mini WPTDeepStacks Online As with the entire WPT Online Series at partypoker, there was a mini version of the WPTDeepStacks event. The Mini WPTDeepStacks Online had a $109 buy-in and drew a field of 10,400 entries for a $1.04 million prize pool. The winner was Anton Yakuba for $137,396.29 after a deal was made with Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho. Filho took home $129,311.72 Michael Tureniec finished third in the Mini WPTDeepStacks Online for $70,262.40, and Griffin Benger took fifth for $31,116.80. Event #40 $109 Mini WPTDeepStacks Entries: 10,400 Prize pool: $1,040,000 Anton Yakuba - 137,396.29* Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho - 129,311.72* Michael Tureniec - 70,262.40 Rodrigo Semeghini - $45,552 Griffin Benger - $31,116.80 Peter Haden - $21,008 Ivan Tononi - $14,622.40 Bernardo Soares - $9,287.20 *Denotes a deal. Also running deep were Shawn Buchanan (12th - $7,134.40), Jan-Eric Schwippert (21st - $3,723.20), Paul Vas Nunes (26th - $2,506.40), and Kenneth Hicks (36th - $2,121.60).
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