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  1. Justin ZeeJustinBonomo (pictured) earned his first World Series of Poker bracelet on Wednesday in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event (#11) that featured a final table entirely composed of PocketFivers. What started as a field of 1,587 players, up 50% year-over-year, was whittled down to 10 by the time Wednesday rolled around. Bonomo had the second largest stack when play began and ended up pocketing the top prize of $449,000. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Mike SowersUNCC Sowers, also in search of his first gold bracelet, held a 7:2 chip lead entering heads-up play, but Bonomo battled back. As coverage on WSOP.com put it, "Sowers would not give up without a fight, doubling up a remarkable six times after being left with just a handful of chips." In the last hand of the tournament, the money went in on a flop of 4-8-7, all hearts, with Bonomo holding 10h-3h for a flush, while Sowers had Qh-10c for a queen-high flush draw. A diamond and spade completed the board and Bonomo Tweeted when it was all over, "Wow, I'm still in shock and already slightly drunk. Thank you so much to everyone that supported me!" Bonomo has had an impressive start to the 2014 WSOP, finishing second to Tuan Le in a Limit 2-7 Triple Ball Lowball event last week for $219,000 and then winning on Wednesday. He told WSOP staff, "After coming in second again the other day, I started thinking that maybe I shouldn't worry so much about winning the bracelet and just concentrate on the money. But then to have this actually happen, I see how important it is. It feels incredible." The Six-Max event featured six PocketFivers in the final 10 and, amazingly enough, all of them made the final table. Taylor taypaurPaur was eliminated in sixth place after coming out on the short end of a race with queens against the Big Slick of Daniel Deoxyribo Strelitz. Paur was ahead until a river king ended his tournament. Niel fly44Mittelman hit the deck in fifth place after Sowers (pictured) check-raised all-in on a flop of 4-7-5. Mittelman called all-in with queens and was ahead of Sowers' nines, but a one-outer on the river gave Sowers the win in the hand. Then, Lance kingpin023 Harris open-shoved pre-flop with J-10 and Sowers once again was the executioner, this time after making the call with A-Q and holding on. Finally, Strelitz was booted in third place after running queens into Sowers' aces to set up heads-up play. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Justin ZeeJustinBonomo - $449,980 2. Mike SowersUNCCSowers - $278,518 3. Daniel DeoxyriboStrelitz - $180,587 4. Lance kingpin023Harris - $119,977 5. Niel fly44Mittelman - $80,341 6. Taylor taypaurPaur - $55,703 PockeFivers are also dominating the field of a $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event (#13), with Paul paulgees81 Volpe (pictured) leading the way with seven players remaining. The tournament, which had a field of 87, will cough up a top prize of $253,000. Adding more intrigue to this event is the presence of Daniel Negreanu in third place heading into the final day. Negreanu, if you'll recall, teamed up with Phil Ivey to offer anyone a 1:1 bet that the pair would win a bracelet in 2014. It seems as if the bet could pay off after just 13 events after many had mocked the likelihood of a bracelet win. Here are the seven remaining players, featuring a host of brand names: 1. Paul paulgees81Volpe - 783,000 2. Jason treysfull21 Mercier - 469,000 3. Daniel Negreanu - 426,000 4. Brian tsarrast Rast - 390,000 5. Larry Wright - 203,000 6. John Monnette - 169,000 7. Abe Mosseri - 162,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Even with a city packed full of tourists for the July 4th weekend, the 2016 World Series of Poker continued on Monday with one bracelet winner and another day of action in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship event, which got past the bubble and saw the same name at the top of the chip counts throughout the day. Event #54: Hung Le Wins $888 Crazy Eights Event [CAPTION=100%]Hung Le turn $888 into "life-changing money" on Monday (WSOP photo)]/CAPTION] Many amateur poker players dream of going to the WSOP and hitting the jackpot. Whether it's a bracelet, a big score or both, the WSOP is where poker players come to make it happen. That's exactly what Hung Le did on Monday night, winning the $888 Crazy Eights event and walking away with $888,888. “I tried to come out to Las Vegas to get lucky,” Le said, “I have five kids. We are a lower middle class family. We work hard. This is life changing money for us.” The 53-year-old Vietnamese immigrant beat out a final table that included bracelet winner Loni Harwood and former PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion Dimitar Danchev. His previous biggest score came in 2014 when he won $8,208 for taking down a Hollywood Poker Open event in Columbus, OH. Final Table Payouts Hung Le - $888,888 Michael Lech - $401,888 Dimitar Danchev - $297,888 Rafael Yaraliyev - $222,888 Henry Grunzweig - $167,888 Loni Harwood - $126,888 Aurelien Guiglini - $96,888 Yang Zhang - $74,888 Event #55: Justin Bonomo Leads $50,000 Poker Players Championship Day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship began with Justin Bonomo leading the final 42 players. Jason Mercier and Howard Lederer were also in the hunt for the bracelet and Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. Ten levels of play didn't change the name at the top but those three players, and 26 others were eliminated on Monday. Bonomo finished on top with 3,127,000. Behind him is the player who denied Mercier a bracelet earlier this summer, Ray Dehkharghani, with 2,662,000. Lamar Wilkinson rounds out the top three with 2,659,000. Michael Mizrachi. who won this event in 2010 and 2012, is still in contention for his third PPC title after bagging up 2,016,000 on Monday. Georgios Sotiropoulos was eliminated by Eric Wasserson on the bubble. A few minutes later, Robert Mizrachi was eliminated in 14th place. Lederer and Mercier weren't the only notable eliminated without cashing on Monday. Todd Brunson, James Obst, Scott Seiver and Phil Hellmuth were also among the Monday casualties. Hellmuth took his elimination in stride. The final 13 players get cards in the air at 2 PM PT. Final 13 Chip Counts Justin Bonomo - 3,127,000 Ray Dehkharghani - 2,662,000 Lamar Wilkinson - 2,659,000 Rep Porter - 2,056,000 Michael Mizrachi- 2,016,000 Eric Wasserson - 1,920,000 Brian Rast - 1,569,000 Paul Volpe - 1,500,000 Tommy Hang - 1,400,000 Elior Sion - 1,247,000 Daniel Alaei - 1,045,000 Daniel Negreanu - 995,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 526,000 Event #56: Matt Affleck on Top After Day 2 of $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Matt Affleck was one of just two players to finish Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event with over one million chips. Affleck finished on top with 1,420,000 while Kilian Kramer ended the day with 1,250,000. Just 28 players remain in event after Day 2. Included in that group is David Peters (579,000), Dar O'Kearney (484,000) and Faraz Jaka (423,000). Action resumes at Noon Top 10 Chip Counts Matt Affleck - 1,420,000 Kilian Kramer - 1,250,000 Jason Seitz - 757,000 Muhammad Abdel Rahim - 739,000 Chahnhoon Jung - 657,000 David Peters - 579,000 Pablo Gordillo - 567,000 Michael Aron - 551,000 Chun Law - 548,000 Benjamin Zamani - 530,000 Event #57: David Nowakowski Leads $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo into Day 3 David Nowakowski ended Day 2 of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event with the chip lead after eliminating two players on one hand. Nowakowski bagged up 1,203,000 - almost 500,000 ahead of any other player. Nowakowski has two previous WSOP cashes - both in Omaha Hi-Lo variants - but his last one came in 2011. Canadian Timothy Vukson is the player closest to Nowakowski. He ended Day 2 with 721,000. Only 16 players remain in the field including two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson and former Main Event runner-up Martin Staskzo. The tournament resumes at 2 PM PT and is scheduled to play down to a winner on Tuesday. Top 10 Chip Counts David Nowakowski - 1,203,000 Timothy Vukson - 721,000 James Alexander - 595,000 Marco Johnson - 447,000 Jonathan Bascom - 424,000 Victor Chang - 420,000 Stephen Johnson - 306,000 Kenneth Po - 260,000 Scott Anderson - 255,000 Matt Lefkowitz - 239,000 Event #58: $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em With the July 4th holiday occupying a good number of the players in Las Vegas, the WSOP schedule had only one event on the docket on Monday - a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event with 30-minute levels. A total of 1,397 players played the event with only 28 making it through the first day. Leading the pack is Germany's Enrico Rudelitz. He finished with 904,000 - exactly 300,000 more than his closest competitor, Mikhail Petrov. Some of the notables who made it through Day 1 include Fatima Moreira de Melo, Jordan Young, Ryan Riess and Martin Kozlov. The final 28 players will be back in action beginning at Noon PT on Tuesday and will play to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Enrico Rudelitz - 904,000 Mikhail Petrov - 604,000 William Liang - 602,000 Nikolay Mantsurov - 601,000 Benjamin Reinhart - 501,000 Marc MacDonnell - 404,000 Ryan Pochedly - 387,000 Ryan Leng - 377,000 Fatima Moreira de Melo - 270,000 Gualter Salles - 238,000
  3. Sunday at the 2016 World Series of Poker included a couple of players winning their first WSOP bracelets and a couple of brothers continuing to crush one of poker’s most prestigious events. Andrew ‘luckychewy’ Lichtenberger and Allan Le each won an event on Sunday while Michael and Robert Mizrachi are both in hot pursuit of $50,000 Poker Player Championship chip leader Justin Bonomo. Event #52: Andrew Lichtenberger Wins $3,000 No Limit Hold'em [caption width="640"] Andrew Lichtenberger now has a WSOP bracelet after winning the ,000 NLHE event (WSPO photo)[/caption] Andrew Lichtenberger credited a healthy lifestyle to helping him win his first WSOP bracelet Sunday in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Lichtenberger beat Craig Blight heads-up to win the bracelet and $569,158. “Nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and a positive attitude were all integral factors in my victory today,” Lichtenberger said. “Without adopting these choices, I wouldn’t be here. The human body is simple, but also very deep in its workings. To sit for so many hours and not nourish it, you’re going give yourself more difficulty when the crucial moments come. So, just by doing what I do, I was able to make good decisions that really mattered today.” Lichtenberger and Blight returned on Sunday to finish the event after being unable to get to a winner on Saturday night. Lichtenberger now has a WSOP bracelet to go along with his WSOP Circuit ring and Alpha8 title. “It feels amazing to win this,” Lichtenberger said. “I’ve been playing the World Series since 2009 and I’ve been watching it since I was a kid when I saw Chris Moneymaker win his.” Other notables to cash in this event include Jay Farber (15th - $25,485), James Akenhead (18th - $20,382), Pierre Neuville (19th - $16,536), John Hennigan (27th - $16,536), Tristan Wade (31st - $13,612), Kevin ‘BeL0WaB0Ve’ Saul (63rd - $8,304). Final Table Payouts Andrew Lichtenberger - $569,158 Craig Blight - $351,721 Chris Johnson - $249,336 Mac Sohrabi - $179,015 Linglin Zeng - $130,191 Erhan Iscan - $95,925 Thomas Miller - $71,617 Roger Teska - $54,190 Daniel Wagner - $41,563 Event #53: Allan Le Wins Inaugural Running of Omaha HI-Lo Trio [CAPTION=100%] One of the new events on the 2016 WSOP schedule was the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Trio – the game included Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and Big O Hi-Lo and nobody mastered the rotation of those three games better than Allan Le. He walked away with the first bracelet of his career and $189,223. Germany’s Phillipp Elrisch finished as runner-up, earning $116,915. The event also featured another 2016 WSOP final table appearance Gavin Smith. The Canadian poker pro came into Day 4 with the chip lead and eventually finished fourth for $54,889. Smith, who made the final table of the $1,500 Eight Game Mix earlier in the Series, hadn’t been at a WSOP final table since 2013. Other notables to cash in John Monnette (9th - $11431), Bart Hanson (14th - $8,850), Jason Somerville (26th - $5,639) and Ted Forrest (63rd - $2,663). Final Table Payouts Allan Le - $189,223 Philipp Eirisch - $116,915 Cody Crouch - $79,403 Gavin Smith - $54,889 Keith Ferrera - $38,634 Yuval Bronshtein - $27,696 David Bach - $20,229 Gary Bolden - $15,059 John Monnette - $11,431 Event #54: Just 12 Remain in $888 Crazy Eights Chase Johnson leads the final 12 players in pursuit of the $888,888 first place prize money and bracelet in the $888 buy-in Crazy Eights event. Johnson bagged up 4,405,000 to put himself just ahead of Michael Lech who finished with 4,250,000. 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event winner Dimitar Danchev sits fifth with 3,165,000. The only WSOP bracelet winner still in contention is Loni Harwood – she ended Day 2 with 2,060,000 and seems confident heading into the final day.2 fuckin million in the bag going to 80kbb tomorrow with 12 people left
  4. The 2016 World Series of Poker featured a single Shootout final table, the Monster Stack field assembled as one for the first time and two big bet action games kicked off on Sunday. Phillip McAllister Claims Gold in $3,000 Shootout Final Table [caption width="640"] Phillip McAllister outlasted a final table of accomplished pros looking for first bracelet.[/caption]Sit & Go final tables are like NASCAR events where all contestants have an even playing field and it’s up to the driver to win. Ten players on their third round of Shootout tables started with even stacks and Phillip McAllister was the last player standing to win his first bracelet and $267,720. The 22 year-old British pro final tabled the 2016 PCA Main Event for a huge score and partly credited that experience factoring into his bracelet win. “That gave me a fair amount of money doing so well in January,” he said. “Coming in third allowed me to play a heavier schedule at the Series this summer.” “It’s really an unusual tournament since you just have to win three Sit & Gos,” he added. “It’s not at all easy, but there is some luck involved. I got lucky with my table and seat draws… the last two tables are more difficult, but I also ran very well with the table draws.” Maria Ho pushed her WSOP earnings past $1.2 million with her fourth place finish. Faraz Jaka, Stephen Chidwick and Jesse Yaginuma also missed out on a chance to claim their first WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Phillip McAllister - $267,720 Kyle Montgomery - $165,450 Christopher Kruk - $119,686 Maria Ho - $87,487 Andreas Freund - $64,628 Marcos Antunes - $48,252 Jesse Yaginuma - $36,416 Rhys Jones - $27,783 Faraz Jaka - $27,783 Stephen Chidwick - $16,617 Nabil Mohamed Leads Monster Stack with 267 Survivors Day 2 of the Monster Stack event was the first time the field assembled as one with 2,001 players and after a long day of action the field was trimmed to 276 survivors. Nabil Mohamed finished way out in front with 1.9 million in the bag. Andrew Moreno finished 28th in the 2015 WSOP Main Event and is second in chips, poker media veteran Chad Holloway sits 6th and Biloxi pro Tim Burt rounds out the top ten. Matt Stout, Brandon Meyers, Justin Liberto, Barny Boatman and Matt Affleck all finished with above average stacks. Top Ten Chip Counts Nabil Mohamed – 1,928,000 Andrew Moreno – 1,341,000 Donghai Wu – 1,334,000 Fabrizio Gonzalez – 1,084,000 Daniel Dipasquale – 958,000 Chad Holloway – 937,000 Alexandru Iliescu – 936,000 Andrew Brown – 908,000 Vincent Bartello – 900,000 Timothy Burt – 896,000 Justin Bonomo Leads Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship to Day 3 Day 2 of the Seven Card Stud HiLo Championship saw 51 players return to play and after ten levels of action a dozen players remain. It was a long, slow march of a day to hit the money at 21 players and Justin Bonomo leads the charge to the final table. On Saturday Bonomo spent most of the day at the final table of the Six Max No Limit Hold’em Championship. He finished third in a blockbuster double elimination, shook hands with his opponents and was one of the last players to buy-in. Adam Friedman, Per Hildebrand, Phillip Hui and Dan Shak cashed in the event but didn’t finish the day. Dzmitry Urbanovich, Mike Gorodinsky and Brian Rast began the day and busted before the money. Top Ten Chip Counts Justin Bonomo – 1,287,000 George Danzer – 1,049,000 Todd Brunson – 743,000 Scott Clements – 701,000 Esther Taylor-Brady – 680,000 Eli Elezra – 582,000 Randy Ohel – 550,000 David Benyamine – 406,000 Jack Duong – 336,000 Roland Israelashvili – 277,000 Event 44: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em The 11 AM $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event drew 2,076 entries and after nearly 12 hours on the felt only 225 players remain. The field made the money at 312 players and Iliodoros Kamatakis ended with the largest stack. Justin Zaki, Jennifer Shahade, Cord Garcia, David “ODB” Baker and Asher Conniff all finished in the top half of the counts. Kory Kilpatrick, Victor Ramdin and Tom Cannuli also advanced but have short stacks. Top Ten Chip Counts Iliodoros Kamatakis – 178,900 Dejan Boskovic – 169,100 Wenlong Jin – 142,400 Ugarte Rodriguez – 136,200 Stoyanov Plamen – 135,300 Nathan Sheeran – 125,600 Eric Rivkin – 124,600 Uri Reichenstein – 119,000 Young Sik Eum – 117,300 Michael Shanahan – 115,700 Event 45: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha Mix Most Mixed Game events lean towards the Limit side of things but big bet poker fans were in for a treat on Sunday with the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha Mix. The tournament drew 919 entries and 138 players advance to Day 2 with Loren Klein leading the field. The entrants combined for a $1,240,650 prize pool for the 138 players advancing. The top 15 players make five-figures, a trip to the final table guarantees $16,980 and the winner walks with $241,427. Top Ten Chip Counts Loren Klein – 215,600 David Callaghan – 180,000 Shawn Rice – 176,200 Craig Varnell – 166,600 Martin Finger – 160,800 Aaron Rogers – 156,000 Niall Farrell – 150,200 John Racener – 149,100 Marko Neumann – 138,400 Brandon Shack-Harris – 135,200 Monster Moving Day, Bounties and Triple Draw Championship. Granted, the players alive in the Monster Stack are in the money, but the payouts will climb and the jovial tone should be much more serious. The early event is the $1,500 Bounty No Limit Hold’em event and the WSOP wants players to make a single trip to the cage to cash out bounty chips. The late event is the $10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Championship.
  5. [caption width="640"] James Romero earned almost million and etched his name on the WPT Champions Cup with his Season XV Five Diamond Win.(WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] The World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic is one of the tougher WPT fields each year. The Bellagio event draws some of the best poker players in the world to Las Vegas each December and the list of previous champions is a testament to that. Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Mohsin Charania, Dan Smith and Antonio Esfandiari are just a few of the players who have captured the title. The record-sized field that showed up in Las Vegas this past week for the Season XV Five Diamond Classic was star-studded, but in the end it was a relatively unknown player, playing his first WPT event, that managed to capture the title and the nearly $2,000,000 first place prize. James Romero topped a final table that included Justin Bonomo, Igor Yaroshevskyy and Jake Schindler to earn the first live win of his career. Romero came in to the final table with over 40% of the chips in play and never relinquished his lead, eliminating four of the five players that stood between himself and the title. Yaroshevskyy was one of just two players at this final table and came in*with the fourth largest stack, but that didn't stop him from being the first*player eliminated. With blinds at 50,000/100,000, Yaroshevskyy moved all in*from UTG for 1,420,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] and Romero called from the big blind with*[poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2d"] flop left Romero ahead and when Yaroshevskyy failed* to connect with the [poker card="9c"] turn or [poker card="3d"] river he was out in sixth place. The*$268,545 sixth place cash is he third biggest of his career, falling behind his*second place in a 2015 World Series of Poker $5000 NLHE Turbo ($303,767) and a*fourth place finish at the 2015 WPT LA Poker Classic ($333,680). Two hands later Justin Bonomo joined Yaroshevskyy in the payouts line.*Schindler raised to 225,000 from the cutoff before Bonomo moved all in for*995,000. Schindler called and tabled [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"] while Bonomo showed [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"]. The*[poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"] flop left Bonomo needing runner-runner fives. The turn was [poker card="ad"] to*officially seal Bonomo's fate before the [poker card="ah"] hit the river. Three hands later Romero found himself another victim. Action folded to Alex*Condon on the button and he moved all in for 1,170,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"] and Romero*called from the big blind with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Condon*extra outs but neither the [poker card="as"] turn or [poker card="7d"] *were any help and he was*eliminated in fourth place. After three eliminations in the span of five hands, the pace slowed down but at no point Romero continued to build up his lead. After 2.5 hours of three-handed play, and with Romero holding almost 75% of the chips, he used his overwhelming lead to bust another player. Ryan Tosoc folded his button, Romero called from the small blind before Schindler moved all in for just over 4,000,000 from the big blind. Romero called and tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"] while Romero showed [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2s"] to give Romero the pot and eliminate Schindler, the only other player with a WPT final table appearance, in third place. Heads up action between Romero and Tosoc began with Romero holding a 7-1 lead. Tosoc managed a nearly full double early, but it only took 16 hands for Romero to end the party. Down to just 2,000,000, Tosoc moved all in pre-flop and Romero called. Tosoc tabled [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] but found himself up against Romero’s [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="6c"] run out made the elimination official and crowned Romero as champion, eliminating Tosoc in second place for $1,124,051. The $1,938,118 first place score doesn’t even push Romero’s lifetime live tournament earnings over $2,000,000. The 27 year old was previously focused on online poker and Las Vegas cash games. The event drew a field of 791 players, a record for this event. The previous largest Five Diamond field was in 2007 when 664 players entered the then-$15,000 buy-in event. The buy-in was lowered to $10,000 in 2010. The next WPT event is the Borgata Winter Poker Open in January. Final Table Payouts James Romero - $1,938,118 Ryan Tosoc - $1,124,051 Jake Schindler - $736,579 Alex Condon - $494,889 Justin Bonomo- $345,272 Igor Yaroshevskyy - $268,545
  6. The 2016 World Series of Poker could have sold some expensive seats in the Amazon Room as the final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship crowned a repeat champ, though not the one many expected. The $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Day 1 field watching the final table while the rest of the Rio was partying it up in the $1,000 Tag Team event. Brian Rast Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship for 2nd Time, 3rd Bracelet [caption width="640"] Brian Rast became the second person to win the Chip Reese Trophy twice.[/caption]Brian Rast believed in himself, put his money where his mind was – booking additional action on himself – and entered the final table middle of the pack in chips. Rast got short as Justin Bonomo looked to have all the momentum in the world, played his way back to even and won his second PPC bracelet in a blockbuster hand. Rast pushed his WSOP earnings past $5.5 million at a final table that featured a Mixed Game format. “I ran good but this gives me a little validation,” he said. “I felt a little slighted by some the lines against me and took more action on myself, so it’s nice to get to punish too.” “This says I know how to play Limit and I can play all the games,” he added. “The first (PPC win) was my first major win and the rush that went with that I’ll never top in my poker career.” “There were a lot of crazy ICM situations at the final table,” Rast said. “I was short and had to pick spots and ladder up. I started making a run at three-handed.” The final hand came during a round of No Limit Hold’em and around ten big blinds separated Bonomo and Rast. Bonomo opened, Rast called and the flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="5c"]. Rast check-called 350,000, the turn came [poker card="ac"] and Rast checked again. Bonomo bet 2,200,000, Rast called after some thought and the river came [poker card="ks"]. Rast checked a third time, Bonomo moved all in and Rast called after re-checking his hole cards. Bonomo turned up [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"] for Broadway but Brian Rast tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] for the full house. Bonomo threw his hands in the air with a heavy breath and Rast became the second player to win the event twice. Final Table Payouts Brian Rast - $1,296,097 Justin Bonomo - $801,048 Eric Wasserson - $545,772 Michael Mizrachi - $380,942 Wil Wilkinson – $272,558 Ray Dekharghani - $200,027 Marius Gierse Leads 47 Players to Day 3 in $5,000 No Limit Event Day 2 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event began with 359 survivors playing for the 130 spots that made the money. A full ten levels later 47 players remain and Marius Gierse holds an average stack-lead over second place Jordan Knackstedt. Ismael Bojang, Byron Kavorman and Fedor Holz return with healthy stacks while Andy Hwang, Isaac Baron and Chris Hunichen will have a steeper hill to climb on Thursday. Zvi Stern, Tom Marchese, Tom Middleton, David Vamplew and former Main Event champs Ryan Riess and Martin Jacobson all made deep runs in the 863 entrant field. Day 3 has cards in the air at noon and the field will play down to a final table before bagging and tagging. They’ll return for a final table on the ESPN Feature Table stage and play for $800,586 and the bracelet. Top Ten Chip Counts Marius Gierse – 1,496,000 Jordan Knackstedt – 1,013,000 Yue Du – 902,000 Kane Kalas – 863,000 Matt O’Donnell – 853,000 Dominik Nitsche – 734,000 Javier Gomez – 687,000 Upsheka De Silva – 661,000 Justin Adams – 650,000 Georges Georgiou – 646,000 John Monnette Looking for Fifth Final Table of Summer in $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo The final Stud event of the 2016 WSOP drew 521 entries, brought 124 of them to Day 2 and full day of action left 14 players remaining with John Monnette looking for his 5th final table of the summer. A loaded field features Jameson Painter, Calvin Anderson, Bryan Devonshire, Michael Ross and Brandon Shack-Harris. Phillip Hui, Paul Sokoloff and Jimmy Fricke all made deep runs but fell short of Day 3. Daniel Negreanu, Chris Klodnicki, Ben Yu and Mike Leah min-cashed in the event. Play resumes at 2 PM and though the pace of Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo is deliberate, they should crown a winner by day’s end. Top Ten Chip Counts David Prociak – 701,000 John Monnette – 420,000 Al Barbieri – 382,000 Jameson Painter – 379,000 Gaurav Kalro – 375,000 Calvin Anderson – 347,000 Bryan Devonshire – 243,000 Michael Ross – 214,000 Phillip Penn – 184,000 Louis Russo – 163,000 First $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em Event Draws 836 Teams Team events are not new to the WSOP, Doyle Brunson won a Mixed Doubles event bracelet, but the Tag Team format is new. A player had to register as captain and each teammate had to play at least one round of blinds before the end of registration to be considered official. The event drew 836 teams and 130 remain but it’s anyone’s guess as to how many players are actually still in the event. A team captained by Vladimir Geshkenbein leads the field with 100,000 but those captained by Mike Leah and Alex Bolotin also landed in the top ten. Andy Philachack, Huy Nguyen, James Dempsey, Ben Yu, Cory Waaland, Conor Drinan. Leo Wolpert and Doug Polk all advanced to Day 2. Brian Rast won $1.3 million in the PPC and recorded a cash in the Tag Team event as part of a team with Jeff Gross and Antonio Esfandiari. Each teammate will receive a cash in the event for the amount divided evenly among all members regardless of time played. The field generated a $776,700 prize pool, five-figure payouts start at the final table and the winning team earns $153,358. Top Ten Chip Counts (Team Captain listed) Vladimir Geshkenbein – 100,000 Nick Yunis – 98,300 Mike Leah – 91,400 Nicolas Fischer – 82,700 Alex Bolotin – 81,500 Akash Malik – 79,200 Chris Lindh – 78,100 DNR – 74,400 Matthew Leecy – 68,500 Jeremy Joseph – 65,300 Michael Huntress Tops Elite Field in $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller The $25,000 High Roller event always draws players we're not used to seeing at the WSOP and this summer the event is Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha. It drew 163 entrants and 95 players advanced, but registration remains open until the start of Day 2. Michael Huntress is the first of three huge stacks with Ludovic Geilich and Cary Katz also sitting comfortably. Dan Shak, Josh Pollock and Ryan D’Angelo all bagged up top ten stacks with Paul Volpe, Galen Hall, Max Silver, Christian Harder and Dan Smith all ending with above average stacks. George Danzer, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Joey Ingram and Scott Seiver return with short stacks. The prize pool swelled to over $3.8 million but will most likely go up with a few stragglers deciding to join the field late. Isaac Haxton, Mohsin Charania, Talal Shakerchi, Mike Gorodinsky, Anthony Zinno, Phil Galfond, Ben Lamb and Scott Clements are among the players eliminated on Day 1. Top Ten Chip Counts Michael Huntress – 685,000 Ludovic Geilich – 663,000 Cary Katz – 576,500 Joshua Ladines – 452,000 Dan Shak – 450,500 Josh Pollock – 396,000 Arie Miller – 388,000 Dmitry Savelyev – 386,500 Sean Winter – 383,500 Ryan D’Angelo – 369,000 Main Event Madness Creeping Up The Rio’s hallways come to bursting point as the Main Event draws near and the crowds will love Thursday’s schedule of $1,000 No Limit Hold’em at 11 AM PT and the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in the afternoon.
  7. [caption width="640"] David Peters can no longer be considered one of the best players without a WSOP bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] Three players won their first career bracelet at the2016 World Series of Poker on Tuesday, but none will get more attention than the one that walked out of the latest $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. David Peters, with wins all over the world over his career, finally broke through to capture the first bracelet of his career. And while Justin Bonomo has the final table chip lead in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, he's not the player everybody is talking about right now. Michael Mizrachi is still in with a shot at winning the event for the third time in its 11-year history. Mizrachi is right behind Bonomo with just six players remaining. Event #55: Michael Mizrachi Gunning for Third $50,000 Poker Players Championship Title One player winning any one particular WSOP event three times is a rare enough feat as it is. Doing it against arguably the toughest tournament field of the year is another story altogether. Thats's what Michael Mizrachi is on the verge of though. Mizrachi finished with the third biggest stack in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship on Tuesday and now headlines a final table that could become one for the history books. Leading the final six players is Justin Bonomo with 7,750,000. Sandwiched between Bonomo and Mizrachi, who finished with 5,535,000, is Lamar Wilkinson with 7,045,000. Eric Wasserson, Brian Rast and Ray Dehkharghani round out the six-handed final table. Day 4 of the event began with 13 players still in contention for the bracelet, Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and $1,296,097 first place prize money. Reigning champion Mike Gorodinsky was eliminated in 13th place. Right behind him, Daniel Negreanu went out in 12th. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Paul Volpe was then eliminated in 10th. Daniel Alaei, who had cashed in this event twice before, added a third score to his total, finishing in eighth place. The final six players return to the felt at 2 PM PT and the final table will be streamed on WSOP.com. Final Table Chip Counts Justin Bonomo - 7,750,000 Lamar Wilkinson - 7,045,000 Michael Mizrachi - 5,535,000 Eric Wasserson - 3,800,040 Brian Rast - 3,185,000 Ray Dehkharghani - 395,000 Event #56: David Peters Wins $1,500 No Limit HOld'em Event for Bracelet #1 Every year it seems one or two players scratch themselves off of the "Best Player Without a WSOP Bracelet" list. On Tuesday, David Peters did that just that by winning the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event for $412,557. Peters, who now has over $12 million in lifetime earnings, actually won a $25,000 buy-in high roller event at Aria Resort & Casino on Saturday, the day before this WSOP event began. Peters was happy to finally get that first bracelet - even if it took him longer than he expected. “I was definitely surprised it took me as long as it did (to win),” Peters said. “There were a lot of close calls. I came in almost every place at the final table, except first. I knew it was coming, so it definitely feels amazing to get it.” One of the most respected tournament players in the world, Peters did his best to block everything out as other players at the table kept busting. “I tried not to let myself think about that,” Peters said. “Everything was going good, and the vibes were good, and I tried to keep my focus. I tried not to think about the gold bracelet or anything. It worked out.” Peters beat Cathal 'Shinerrr' Shine heads-up. The Irish poker pro entered this event straight after recording a cash in the $888 Crazy Eights event. Matt Affleck finished third for $184,456. Final Table Payouts David Peters - $412,557 Cathal Shine - $254,890 Matt Affleck - $184,456 Muhammad Abdel Rahim - $134,845 Zachary Okin - $99,592 Brendan Sheehan - $74,321 Takuya Suzuki - $56,044 Minatoku Kilian Kramer - $42,711 David Patterson - $32,900 Event #57: David Nowakowski Wins $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo [caption width="640"] David Nowakowski now has some extra money to help pay his tuition in the fall (WSOP photo)[/caption] David Nowakowski moved overseas after Black Friday to continue playing online poker. Earlier this year he made the decision to move back to the United States to continue his education. First, he wanted to play some WSOP events. On Tuesday night he won the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event for a little over $200,000 - money he plans to use to pay for school. “I just decided to move back to the U.S. recently,” Nowakowski said. “I plan on returning back to school and finishing up my degree in the fall, so this win definitely helps.” Nowakowski beat Timothy Vukson heads-up for the bracelet. Two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson finished third for his fourth cash of the summer. After his win, Nowakowski admitted to not having much experience playing Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. “I played rush Omaha online, but haven’t played a lot of PLO High-Low recently,” Nowakowski said. “I definitely wanted to win this. It’s a dream come true. It’s still all a bit surreal to me.” Former Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko finished eighth. Final Table Payouts David Nowakowski - $203,113 Timothy Vukson - $125,507 Marco Johnson - $87,192 James Alexander - $61,519 Kenneth Po - $44,094 Colin Gelker - $32,114 Stephen Johnson - $23,772 Martin Staszko - $17,890 Matt Lefkowitz - $13,691 Event #58: Corey Thompson Wins $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em [caption width="640"] Corey Thompson capped an excellent year with a WSOP bracelet win (WSOP photo)[/caption] Nine months ago Corey Thompson topped a Heartland Poker Tour event in Daytona Beach, FL for the biggest score of his career - $131,720. On Tuesday he beat that by a almost $90,000, winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em event. “It’s been a huge year,” Thompson said. “I don’t play cash games that much. I’ve been playing more tournaments. The HPT win was really huge. I really caught fire since then. I started coming out here (to the WSOP) four years ago, but mostly played just a few smaller events. This win was huge.” The win more than doubles Thompson's lifetime earnings to $438,700. Most WSOP final tables somehow find a way to include at least one former WSOP bracelet winner - but not this one. The final nine players were all seeking their first WSOP bracelet. The event featured 30-minute levels with players playing 20 levels each day instead of the standard 10. Final Table Payouts Corey Thompson - $221,163 Enrico Rudelitz - $136,651 William Liang - $97,811 Darren Terazawa - $70,821 Ankit Ahuja - $51,878 Terry Fan - $38,452 Matthew Chang - $28,842 Ryan Pochedly - $21,897 Benjamin Reinhart - $16,827 Event #59: Jason Helder Leads $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em A total of 863 players came out for Day 1 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event with just 359 advancing to Day 2. Jason Helder leads the pack with 228,300 heading into Day 2. Only two other players, Christopher Park (205,200) and Jayakrishnan Nair (201,000), finished above 200,000. Two members of the 2015 November Nine managed to finish Day 1 with top 10 stacks. Pierre Neuville finished with 155,100 whil Zvi Stern ended with 149,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Liv Boeree, Sorel Mizzi, Joe Kuether, Chris Hunichen, Toby Lewis, Joao Simao, Ismael Bojang, Maria Ho and Fedor Holz. One player who didn't advance was Jason Mercier. After collecting two bracelets early in the Series, Mercier has been unable to get a third and cause all kinds of pain for those who bet against him. The remaining 359 players return at Noon to play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Jason Helder - 228,300 Christopher Park - 205,200 Jayakrishnan Nair - 201,000 Tai Nguyen - 179,000 Keith Lehr - 163,300 Pierre Merlin - 159,000 Daniel Lee - 158,100 Pierre Neuville - 155,100 Justin Adams - 152,000 Event #60: Jimmy Fricke and Calvin Anderson in Top 10 of $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Jimmy Fricke and Calvin Anderson ended Day 1 of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event with top 10 stacks, but they're not the only notables still remaining in the field. Fricke finished with 82,200, just one spot behind chip leader Jesse Hampton's 87,500. Anderson ended with the sixth biggest stack of 64,900. Corey Zeidman (59,800), Bryan Devonshire (59,000), John Monnette (56,100), Yuval Bronshtein (55,200), David Chiu (49,500), Andrey Zaichenko (47,700) and defending WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen (42,800) all ended with above average stacks. Benny Glaser, Todd Brunson, Scott Clements and Dan Kelly were among the notables that entered but failed to advance to Day 2. Mercier also entered and was eliminated. Top 10 Chip Counts Jesse Hampton - 87,500 Jimmy Fricke - 82,200 Yen Wu - 80,000 Curtis Ikeuchi - 76,700 Phillip Penn - 66,500 Calvin Anderson - 64,900 Dana Kellstrom - 64,000 Michael Ross - 63,200 Kevin Cote - 62,300
  8. The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker continues to draw in large fields for new events and that trend continued on Thursday. Fields in the hundreds and thousands turned out for tournaments such as the Total Knockout Bounty event and the No Limit Omaha Win The Button. A few familiar faces took down titles including Chance 'ChanceCU' Kornuth. Kornuth finished on top in Event #39 High ($1,050 Total Knockout Bounty) and earned $81,336, all from collecting bounties. Other players from the 832 who entered, included Andre 'aakkari' Akkari and top #3-ranked 'C. Darwin2'. Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo almost claimed his second victory of SCOOP in the SCOOP Event #40 High ($10,300 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) but fell to Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac, who earned $386,400 for the largest win of the day. Skeularac already had one PLO final table to his name from earlier in the series and denied Bonomo of his second SCOOP title of 2017. The Medium version of the PLO event was chopped three ways but it was 'BlackFourtuna' who when the tournament and over $109,000 adjusted first place prize. Event #41 High ($5,200 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max) brought in a field of 252 entries and '€urop€an' beat them all to earn $252,525 and the title. Jens 'Jeans89' Kyllönen and Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovsky made the final table but bowed out in fourth and fifth place, respectively. mikki696 came out on top in Event #42 ($530 No Limit Omaha Eight Max Win The Button) in a three-way deal for $31,207 at a final table that featured Mike 'SirWatts' Watson and Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan. SCOOP Event #39 (High): $1,050 Progressive Total Knockout Bounty No Limit Hold'em Entries: 832 Prize pool: $0 ($832,000 in bounty pool) Chance 'ChanceCU' Kornuth - $81,336 in bounties Andre 'aakkari' Akkari - $12,461 in bounties Greenstone25 - $11,906 in bounties iamivar - $21,938 in bounties C. Darwin2 - $17,906 in bounties q4kolino - $12,891 in bounties elmelogo4 - $11,344 in bounties prebz - $9,469 in bounties SCOOP Event #39 (Medium): $109 Progressive Total Knockout Bounty No Limit Hold'em Entries: 5,029 Prize pool: $0 ($502,900 in bounty pool) cataccc7 - $15,305 in bounties DanielLCUKY - $17,870 in bounties Godliker_ - $798 in bounties Paulharvey3 - $4,548 in bounties rytmusego - $2,077 in bounties bliiz - $2,149 in bounties All-In-Marek - $2,514 in bounties huangque_cn - $6,252 in bounties SCOOP Event #39 (Low): $11 Progressive Total Knockout Bounty No Limit Hold'em Entries: 19,797 Prize pool: $0 ($197,970 in bounty pool) Noodladonk - $3,268 in bounties IamY0u - $315 in bounties reckoner4 - $3,939 in bounties deyrzuited - $3,471 in bounties syava-mius - $693 in bounties tim_kenyon55 - $776 in bounties lion blow - $686 in bounties juy2308 - $825 in bounties ALSY8 - $752 in bounties SCOOP Event #40 (High): $10,300 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max High Roller Entries: 161 Prize pool: $1,610,000 Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac - $386,400 Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo - $266,455 XD89lol
  9. [caption width="640"] Justin Bonomo was one of a handful of high-profile SCOOP winners on Sunday (WPT photo)[/caption] Many observers consider Ben 'Sauce123' Sulsky to be one of the best poker players in the world and on Sunday he provided more evidence to this after topping the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker $25,000 Heads-up No Limit Hold'em event. Sulsky's win was one of 15 SCOOP events that wrapped up on Sunday. Sulsky beat 'alimounda' in the Event #26 (High) final after dispatching 'donthnrmepls' in the semi-final to win $180,000. Finishing second was worth $100,000. Ben 'ben86' Tollerene lost in the semi-final to 'donthnrmepls'. Each semi-final loser won $60,000. The Medium version of the event was won by'mandza17' for $88,800 while Luke 'LFMagic' Fields took home $28,491.87 for winning the Low version. Sulsky wasn't the only high-profile winner on Sunday though.Justin Bonomo won Event #25 High ($2,100 Eight Game) for $95,680 and the second SCOOP title of his career. Bonomo overcame a stacked final table that included 'iteopepe88', Benjamin 'lulDocuments' Lukas and RaúlGonzalez. Brazilian 'fred_volpe' won the Medium version for $25,210.90 and 'phinster' topped the Low event for $11,281.02. Possibly the toughest final table of the day though came in a game not spread very often - No Limit Omaha Eight or Better. Sam 'SamSquid' Grafton won the event for $51,285 after outlasting Bernardo 'Bedias' Dias, former #1-ranked Joao 'joaoMathias' Mathias Baumgarten, mixed game specialist Richard 'CHUFTY' Ashby and Brian 'Brianm15' England. The Medium version was chopped heads-up by 'Krakukra' and 'Jp_3391' for $18,405.36 and $16,097.76 respectively with 'Krakurkra' earning the title. The Low version was won by 'SomovRulit' for $6,873.19. Ukrainian 'gunnersfun' made both the final table of the Medium and Low version of the event, finishing third and second respectively. SCOOP Event #24 (High): $530 Six Max NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 1,111 Prize pool: $277,750 + $277,750 in bounties Rino2016192 = $46,523.55 + $12,810.50 in bounties etxnl01 - $34,718.75 + $23,230.38 in bounties tomasko66 - $26,386.25 + $5,462.87 in bounties Dsavo - $18,053.75 + $3,917.96 in bounties julz1833 - $11,915.47 + $5,320.30 in bounties spwipp - $8,332.50 + $5,886.70 in bounties SCOOP Event #24 (Medium): $55 Six Max NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 5,466 Prize pool: $136,650 + $136,650 in bounties EyesNvrLie - $17,935* + $6,380.98 in bounties t1moha17 - $17,597.64* + $1,588.47 in bounties Ernão - $10,590.37 + $1,241.52 in bounties Cinguzis - $6,490.87 + $828.38 in bounties johnnycash65 - $3,874.02 + 826.31 in bounties likasor09 - $2,049.75 + $2,366.69 in bounties SCOOP Event #24 (Low): $5.50 Six Max NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 16,552 Prize pool: $41,380 + $41,380 in bounties RockyRoxin - $5,336.24 + $1,118.23 in bounties stekubuk - $3,827.65 + $135.49 in bounties Von Gerhardt - $2,586.25 + $284.29 in bounties Jab0c0 - $1,344.85 + $310.79 in bounties Mr.Lucky232 - $827.60 + $436.86 in bounties bmorn - $434.49 + $69.00 in bounties SCOOP Event #25 (High): $2,100 Eight Game Entries: 208 Prize pool: $416,000 Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo - $95,680 iteopepe88- $64,560 RaúlGonzalez - $49,920 Benjamin 'lulDocuments' Lukas - $33,280 EPUBLI2005 - $24,960 Maxxx72alba - $17,056 SCOOP Event #25 (Medium): $215 Eight Game Entries: 715 Prize pool: $143,000 fred_volpe - $25,210.90 Skint Paddy - $18,590 diffsam - $14,300 kiy101 - $10,010 Boeken - $7,150 Leukotape - $4,290 SCOOP Event #25 (Low): $27 Eight Game Entries: 2,917 Prize pool: $71,612.35 phinster - $11,281.02 NarTrivedi - $8,235.42 Pius 'MastaP89' Heinz - $6,015.43 mikal12345 - $3,902.87 scuadush - $2,493.54 wr3ckl3sss - $1,271.11 SCOOP Event #26 (High): $25,000 Heads-Up NLHE High Roller Entries: 16 Prize pool: $400,000 Ben 'Sauce123' Sulsky - $180,000 alimounda- $100,000 donthnrmepls - $60,000 Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene - $60,000 SCOOP Event #26 (Medium): $2,100 Heads-Up NLHE High Roller Entries: 148 Prize pool: $296,000 mandza17 - $88,800 Henrik 'kingsize86' Wahlberg - $53,280 RuckusTheJame - $29,600 weichhart - $29,600 SCOOP Event #26 (Low): $215 Heads-Up NLHE High Roller Entries: 942 Prize pool: $188,400 Luke 'LFMagic' Fields - $28,491.87 HU4FU - $18,129.73 kobmish - $9,063.92 Decidophobie - $9,063.92 SCOOP Event #27 (High): $1,050 No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 263 Prize pool: $263,000 Sam 'SamSquid' Grafton - $51,285.00 Bernardo 'Bedias' Dias - $38,135.00 Joao 'joaoMathias' Mathias Baumgarten - $28,930 Internett930 - $21,040.00 Richard 'CHUFTY' Ashby - $14,465.00 Antonio7 - $10,520.00 Brian 'Brianm15' England - $7,890.00 Robc1978 - $6,575.00 SCOOP Event #27 (Medium): $109 No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 1113 Prize pool: $111,300 Krakukra - $18,405.36* Jp_3391 - $16,097.76* Gunnersfun - $11,130.00 Ales_84 - $7,791.00 Nemisoi - $5,565.00 Mr Longhit – $3,339.00 Desslock - $2,226.00 Zombob0 - $1,113.00 SCOOP Event #27 (Low): $11 No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 4,362 Prize pool: $43,620 SomovRulit - $6,873.19 Gunnersfun - $4,786.85 Ainna88 - $3,882.18 Yakut888 - $3,009.78 Card-4-john - $2,137.38 Phillo283 - $1,264.98 Zvejyss10 - $545.25 Jonasof87 - $327.15 SCOOP Event #28 (High): $530 NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 605 Prize pool: $302,500 Dennis 'Dberglin' Berglin - $28,435.33 + $11,543.65 in bounties PanchoSuper - $20,721.25 + $11,907.66 in bounties darthVaderNL - $15.276.25 + $1,734.37 in bounties chipcomehere - $11,495.00 + $3,566.40 in bounties AppelKruimel - $8,076.75 + $5,100.56 in bounties Cinquzis – $6,428.12 + $2,812.48 in bounties Respect_Lt – $4,915.62 + $3,068.34 in bounties Arttyomka – 43,403.12 + $1,792.96 in bounties SCOOP Event #28 (Medium): $55 NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 2758 Prize pool: $137,900 morryAA - $10,861.03 + $3,914.25 in bounties Zihuatanejo3 - $8,101.62 + $3,209.00 in bounties Karafla-stam – $5,791.80 + $1,197.87 in bounties Vershinin - $3,964.62 + $1,208.71 in bounties Merceko - $2,999.32 + $367.94 in bounties Termospullo - $2,309.82 + $1,577.54 in bounties Stknsidewayz – 41,620.32 + $500.96 in bounties MACC157 - $932.20 + $516.76 in bounties SCOOP Event #28 (Low): $5.50 NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 9563 Prize pool: $47,815 Mr_Plejer7x - $3,353.47 + $744.99 in bounties Sladjan 68 - $2,438.56 + $43.38 in bounties Sindrel - $1,721.34 + $367.83 in bounties Alfonso306 - $1,195.37 + $248.74 in bounties Korobochka2 - $956.30 + $246.24 in bounties Kenny_rieger - $717.22 + $63.46 in bounties Besgod - $478.15 + $135.76 in bounties SERGEY AIS - $239.07 + $278.69 in bounties
  10. [caption width="640"] Steffen Sontheimer won the 0K Poker Masters event to easily take home the Purple Jacket (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] Steffen Sontheimer came into the $100,000 Poker Masters final event as the leading money earner through the first four $50,000 events. Sontheimer finished fourth in Event #1, won Event #2 and then finished fifth in Event #4. His total earnings were $1,221,000 and he was the front-runner to win the Purple Jacket, awarded to the player with most earnings. Then he won Event #5, beating a final table that included three of his German countrymen, to win $1,512,000 and easily claim the Purple Jacket. When the final six players began play on Wednesday, Sontheimer was third in chips behind Christian Christner and chip leader Fedor Holz. Through the next eight hours, the Germans each took a turn with the chip lead before Sontheimer ended up on top. It took a little over four hours before the first player was eliminated. Justin Bonomo raised 60,000 from UTG and a short-stacked Stefan Schillhabel moved all in for 285,000 and Bonomo called. Schillhabel tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"] while Bonomo was behind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Bonomo a flush draw and the [poker card="9d"] turn added a straight draw. Bonomo missed both of those draws, but the [poker card="kc"] river was enough to give him the pot and send Schillhabel out in sixth. Five-handed play went on for another 29 hands and another hour and fifteen minutes before the next elimination. From the hijack, Bonomo moved his last 365,000 into the middle and Sontheimer called from the cutoff and Christner called from the big blind. Christner and Sontheimer checked through the [poker card="8h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] runout. Bonomo got bad news after he tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"], Sontheimer flipped up [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"] and Christner showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] to take the pot. That left Seth Davies as the last non-German in the field. He started the day with the shortest stack and while he was able to outlast two of his opponents, his shot at the seven-figure score ended short. Christner opened from the button to 85,000 before Davies moved all in for 535,000 from the big blind and Christner called. Davies got good news when he showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="7s"] and found he had Christner's [poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"] dominated. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"] changed that though and after the [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="6h"] river, Davies was out in fourth. It took just two hands to go from three-handed play to heads-up. Sontheimer raised to 90,000 from the button, Holz moved all in from the small blind for 645,000 and Christner re-jammed from the big blind. Sontheimer folded and Holz needed some helpe after showing [poker card="qh"][poker card="jd"] and finding he was up against [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] to send Holz to the rail in third place. Heads-up play began with Christner holding a better than 2-1 lead over Sontheimer. That lead changed just once and after 41 hands, Sontheimer eventually put Christner away for good. Sontheimer raised to 115,000, Christner moved all in for 1,890,000. Sontheimer called instantly and flipped up [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"] while Christner showed [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3c"] flop was safe for Sontheimer and neither the [poker card="4d"] turn or [poker card="9d"] river produced a save for Christner and he was out in second place. With the win, Sontheimer raised his Poker Masters earnings to $2,733,000. The next highest total belonged to Event #3 winner Bryn Kenney with $1,085,000. Payouts Steffen Sontheimer - $1,512,000 Christian Christner - $864,000 Fedor Holz - $504,000 Seth Davies - $324,000 Justin Bonomo - $216,000 Stefan Schillhabel - $180,000
  11. A few days ago Cary Katz contemplated skipping the opening few days of the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure altogether and flying his family to Atlanta to watch his alma mater, the University of Georgia Bulldogs, play in the NCAA Championship football game. He didn't though, and Monday night, just minutes after the game kicked off, Katz capped off an impressive three-day run to win the $100,000 Super High Roller for nearly $1.5 million. "I did think about flying to the game to watch it, but decided I'd rather watch it here with my family, even if it's not live," said Katz. "If Georgia wins, it will be the greatest night of my life for sure," said Katz. It took just 10 hands before the first player was sent packing. Bryn Kenney raised to 110,000 from UTG before Sam Greenwood moved all in from the big blind. Kenney called and tabled A♦A♥ while Greenwood showed K♣K♠. The board ran out J♠8♣6♣9♦J♣ to eliminate Greenwood in seventh place. Ivan Luca picked up the next elimination. The table folded to Luca in the small blind and he moved all in. Isaac Haxton gave some consideration to folding before eventually calling all in for 1,410,000. Luca tabled A♥4♥ while Haxton showed Q♥J♥. The K♠9♣3♣ flop gave Haxton extra outs but neither the K♣ turn or 7♣ river was any help and he was out in sixth. That hand propelled Luca to the chip lead but just two hands later, the Argentinian was shaking hands and heading to the payout window. After losing almost 1,000,000 on one hand against Kenney, Luca went to battle against the American again. Luca raised to 175,000 from the cutoff and Kenney re-raised to 635,000 from the small blind. Luca moved all in for 3,095,000 and Kenney called instantly. Luca turned over A♥J♣ and found himself in bad shape after Kenney tabled A♣K♣. The board ran out 9♦7♣3♥A♦7♥ to send Luca out in fifth place in dramatic fashion. Kenney had a small part in another elimination 28 hands later. Kenney raised to 210,000 from UTG and action folded to Daniel Negreanu in the small blind. He moved all in for 840,000, Justin Bonomo then moved all in over the top from the big blind and Kenney folded. Negreanu turned over K♥K♠ and Bonomo showed A♣J♥. Kenney told the table he folded an ace, leaving Bonomo just two more to hit. The flop came A♦5♦4♣ to put Bonomo ahead. Neither the Q♥ turn or 2♦ river were any help for Negreanu and he was forced to settle for a fourth-place result. Kenney's run eventually ended in a confrontation with Bonomo. Katz folded his button, Bonomo moved all in from the small blind and Kenney called all in from the big. Bonomo showed Q♠10♦ which put him behind Kenney's K♥9♦. The J♦10♣3♥ flop flipped the script though and Kenney was unable to catch back up after the A♥ turn or 4♠ river. The tournament ended just seven hands later. Bonomo moved all in for 3,300,000 and Katz called, having Bonomo covered. Bonomo revealed A♣K♥ while Katz had 8♣8♦. The 9♥3♠2♠ flop changed nothing and Katz remained safe through the Q♠ turn and J♥ river to eliminate Bonomo and win a second career $100,000 buy-in event. Final Table Payouts Cary Katz - $1,492,340 Justin Bonomo - $1,077,800 Bryn Kenney - $686,960 Daniel Negreanu - $521,140 Ivan Luca - $402,700 Isaac Haxton - $307,940 Sam Greenwood - $248,720
  12. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Matt are back in studio this week following a one-week hiatus to talk about the Super High Roller Bowl lottery and Justin Bonomo's win at Super High Roller Bowl Macau. They also get into the BB Ante debate that continues to dominate Poker Twitter and make fools out of nearly everybody involved. The guys also talk about the recently announced changes to rake at PokerStars and how that could have been handled better by PokerStars. They also review the recently completed VLOG / TURN / RIVER series. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER
  13. The action continues to heat up at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino as the 49th Annual World Series of Poker saw a plethora of events spread throughout the convention area. Two bracelets were awarded, the final table of the Colossus was established and the start of the prestigious $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship got underway. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know from Wednesday (June 6). Paul Volpe Wins Third Bracelet Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship came to a finish as Paul Volpe finished off popular poker TV mainstay Eli Elezra in route to his third career bracelet. “I just ran really good,” Volpe said after taking home the win. “I think a lot of people with the same cards as me would’ve won the tournament. I was playing solid in the beginning, and with Omaha, as there gets to be less people, you get more aggressive.” After having lost the first three players of the final table on Tuesday, the final six returned to play out the remainder of the tournament in an added day four. Elezra, who is a three-time bracelet winner himself, would settle for the $258,297 payday as the runner-up, Volpe takes home $417,921 as the winner. Event #9 Final Table Payouts 1. Paul Volpe - $417,921 2. Eli Elezra - $258,297 3. Adam Coats - $181,374 4. Kyle Miaso - $129,648 5. Viacheslav Zhukov - $94,730 6. Dustin Dirksen - $69,971 7. Robert Mizrachi - $52,866 8. Daniel Zack - $40,715 9. Per Hildebrand - $31,977 Jeremy Harkin Takes Down $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Event #12: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice wrapped up with Jeremy Harkin taking the first place prize of $129,882 and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. “I basically gave up on the dream of ever winning a bracelet last year,” Harkin said. “Everything seemed to click for the last few days.” Harkin, who entered the final day as the chip leader, bested the field of 406 entires and navigated a tough final day that included a number of high-profile players. Despite he effort needed to close it out, Harkin stood resolved. “This is a chance to play and see how I stack up against these guys. I just kinda visualized it. I thought I was playing well. If it didn’t work out, it didn’t work out.” It did work out for Harkin and now his dream of being a gold bracelet winner has finally come true. Players who made the final day but busted before the final table include John Hennigan ($11,930), Chris Klodnicki ($8,815), Mike Leah ($8,815), Jeff Lisandro ($6,698), Chris Bolek ($6,698) and Chris Vitch ($5,238) all of whom have earned at least one WSOP victory in the past. Event #12 Final Table Payouts 1. Jeremy Harkin - $129,882 2. Frankie O’Dell - $80,256 3. George Trigeorgis - $52,130 4. Anthony Arvidson - $34,700 5. James Woods - $23,686 6. Scott Abrams - $16,589 Nine Left In Colossus From a field of over 13,000, only nine players remain in Event #7: $565 Colossus. Headlining the Colossus final table is former November Niner and bracelet winner John Racener. Sang Liu will hold a sizable chip lead to start the day, as he and Scott Margereson are the only two players with over 10,000,000 in chips. The pay jumps are huge in this contest as the winner of this event will be taking home a cool $1 million while the runner-up taking home half of that. The next player to bust will walk with just over $57,000. That said, there’s a lot at stake when this table reconvenes on Thursday. All of the action being broadcast on PokerCentral’s Twitch channel beginning at 3:00 PM PT. Colossus Final Table Stacks 1. Sang Liu - 18,205,000 2. Scott Margereson - 13,855,000 3. Joel Wurtzel - 8,375,000 4. Gunter Dumsky - 6,535,000 5. Song Choe - 5,835,000 6. Roberly Felicio - 4,750,000 7. John Racener - 3,540,000 8. Timothy Miles - 2,810,000 9. Steven Jones - 1,300,000 Dutch Boyd Leads The Way Into Day 3 of Event #13 Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes NLHE started the day with just 224 of the original 1,306 players left in the field. At the end of the day, there were but 29 left with three-time gold bracelet winner Dutch Boyd holding the overnight chip lead. Other notable names to advance to day 3 include Day 2 chip leader Stephen Song, Justin Young, Ankush Mandavia, Daniel Strelitz, and Shaun Deeb. With 196 players making the money there were plenty of players who earned a payday but did not survive the day. Dylan Wilkerson, Jeff Madsen, Chance Kornuth, Nick Schulman, Calvin Anderson, Jeff Gross, Dominik Nitsche as well as former WSOP Main Event Champions Qui Nguyen and Jonathan Duhamel all earned at least the minimum payday of $2,456 in this one. Day 3 resumes at 12:00 noon PT as players will chase the over $315,000 first place prize and the coveted gold bracelet. Top 10 Day 3 Chip Stacks 1. Dutch Boyd - 748,000 2. Stefan Vidojkovic - 744,000 3. Steven Snyder - 497,000 4. Tony Ruberto - 488,000 5. Mark Barrett - 485,000 6. Stephen Song - 455,000 7. Yiannis Liperis - 431,000 8. Romain Lewis - 420,000 9. Jan Christoph Von Halle - 409,000 Three Left In $1,500 NL Lowball Draw There are only three players remaining to compete for the Event #14: $1,500 No Limit Lowball Draw title. One of them is chip leader Daniel Ospina, who holds a commanding chip lead. But the story here is that another one of them is Shaun Deeb. The same Shaun Deeb who survived into Day 3 of Event #13. Deeb was live multi-tabling, rushing back and forth between tournaments and maintain a stack in both and now he’ll be entering Thursday for a chance to win two bracelets in the same day. Of the 206 runners who started the tournament, only 55 returned for Day 2 with 39 promised a payday. Mike Wattel ($24,920), Michael Gathy ($9,263), Ray Henson ($5,420), Maria Ho ($3,522), David Prociak ($3,522), Ian Steinman ($3,522), Owais Ahmed ($2,959), Jesse Martin ($2,557) and last year’s champion Frank Kassela ($1,138) all found their way into the money, but ultimately fell on Day 2. The final table plays to a conclusion starting at 2 pm PT. Final three chip counts 1. Daniel Ospina - 1,144,000 2. Shaun Deeb - 477,500 3. Timothy Mcdermott - 429,500 Damjan Radanov Holds Chip Lead In H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 of Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. saw 731 runners take their seats and at the end of a long day, 256 survived to return for Day 2. The prize pool swelled to just under $1 million with a first place prize of over $200,000 to the eventual winner. The man in the best position right now is Damjan Radanov who bagged the overnight chip lead. However, there are plenty of notable names who survived the day and will be gunning to run deep. Matt Grapenthien, Chris Bell, Matt Woodward, Ryan Laplante, Brian Hastings, Mark Gregorich, Scott Clements, Brock Parker, James Obst, Fabrice Soulier, Chris Tryba, Barry Greenstein, Brandon Shack-Harris, Mike Leah and 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth are amongst those still in the hunt. Top 10 Day 2 Chip Stack For Event $15 1. Damjan Radarnov - 98,600 2. Walter Treccarichi - 77,800 3. Manelic Minaya - 72,300 4. Thomas Chung - 64,700 5. Connor Berkowitz - 63,800 6. Aron Dermer - 63,000 7. Matthew Schultz - 59,000 8. Derek Raymond - 56,800 9. Alexander Kuzmin - 55,800 10. Sandeep Vasudevan - 52,300 It's The Sweet 16 In The $10K Heads-Up Championship A total of 114 of some of the world’s best players posted their $10,000 to take part in the 2018 WSOP Heads-Up Championship. Of those 114, 14 received a bye to the Round of 64 while the other 100 effectively had a play-in round (and they each received half their buy-in back). By the end of the day, three rounds had been played and only 16 players remained. Players who made it through to the sweet 16 include 2018 Super High Roller Bowl Champion Justin Bonomo, Galen Hall, Niall Farrell, Kan Kalas, Kahle Burns, Jason Mo and Scott Seiver. Players return at 12:00 noon PT on Thursday to play down to 8 where they will reach the money. Streaming coverage of the event begins at 1:00 pm PT on PokerGo. Upcoming Action (June 7): Another pair of events will begin on Thursday. The first will be Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed which begins at 11:00 AM PT. Then, an event that is likely to bring out the biggest names in poker, Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed. Professionals of every discipline, with 19 total games to choose from, will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday. Defending champion John Racener will be focused on the final table of Colossus while analysts will be looking to see if the field will best last year’s turnout of 102 runners. Professionals in every discipline will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday.
  14. Justin Bonomo is having himself quite a year and that theme continued on Wednesday night as he defeated a final table that included Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon and Christoph Vogelsang to win the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl for $5,000,000. The win comes just over two months after he won the Super High Roller Bowl China event for $4.8 million. He’s now won $13.9 million in 2018 from 16 cashes, including six victories. Nick Petrangelo started Day 4 with the second smallest stack and any hope of turning that into a long day was taken away on the first hand of play. Petrangelo raised from the cutoff to 50,000 before Jason Koon re-raised to 130,000 from the button. Petrangelo moved all in for 400,000 and Koon called. Petrangelo showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] but found nothing but bad news when Koon tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="5s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="qh"] to eliminate Peterangelo in sixth place. It took another two hours before the next player was sent to the rail. Down to just seven big blinds, Christoph Vogelsang moved all in from the small blind and Mikita Badziakouski happily called from the big blind and flipped over [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] while Vogelsang, the defending champion, wasn’t quite drawing dead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Vogelsang all kinds of hope, but the neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="8d"] river fulfilled that hope and Vogelsang was out in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted nearly 5.5 hours before Bonomo and Badziakouski clashed in a blind vs. blind battle. Bonomo raised to 140,000 from the small blind and Badziakouski defended his big. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] Badziakouski called Bonomo’s bet of 225,000. The turn was the [poker card="4c"] and Bonomo bet 475,000 before Badziakouski moved all in for 1,500,000. Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"] while Badziakouski showed [poker card="td"][poker card="8s"] which put him behind. The river was the [poker card="2h"] and Badziakouski, who began the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in fourth place. The final three players had roughly the same stacks before Koon lost 80% of his chips to Bonomo after both players flopped two pair. Koon was unable to spin his stack up and was eliminated by Bonomo just a few hands later. When heads-up play began, Bonomo had 80% of the chips in play and over the next 90 minutes, he never relinquished the lead before finally finishing off Negreanu. Bonomo raised to 200,000 from the button and Negreanu called. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"] and Negreanu checked. Bonomo bet 160,000 and Negreanu responded with a raise to 500,000. Bonomo kept the throttle on and made it 1,250,000 to go, forcing Negreanu into the tank. After a minute to consider his options, Negreanu moved all in for 4,400,000 and Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] for top set while Negreanu showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"] for an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the [poker card="ks"] and the river was the [poker card="6c"], giving Bonomo an unneeded full house and his second Super High Roller Bowl title of 2018. Payouts Justin Bonomo - $5,000,000 Daniel Negreanu - $3,000,000 Jason Koon - $2,100,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,600,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $1,200,000 Nick Petrangelo - $900,000 Stephen Chidwick - $600,000 Seth Davies - $90,000
  15. There are 22 events in the books at the 2018 World Series of Poker but the player who took down the first bracelet of the year continues to hold down the lead for Player of the Year. The Leader: Elio Fox Elio Fox, who won the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event on the opening day of the Series, sits atop the POY leaderboard with 2,010.14 points. He earned 1,108.8 of those points from that Bounty event and another 634.9 from his runner-up finish in the $100,000 High Roller event. A baby cash in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker earned him an additional 266.5 points. The Chase Group: Joe Cada and Paul Volpe The closest challengers to Fox include a former World Champion and a newly minted three-time bracelet winner. Joe Cada started his WSOP off with a ninth-place finish in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event and then navigated his way through three tables to win the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout. He's now cashed five times this WSOP for 1,692.71 POY points and sits 317.43 points behind Fox. Paul Volpe, a former #1-ranked PocketFiver, grabbed his third career bracelet in the $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Championship event. He has three other cashes, all in events with buy-ins of $10,000 or more for 1,671.30 points - just 62.41 points behind Cada. The Peloton: Bracelet Winners Galore The rest of the top 10 is populated mostly players who have already grabbed a bracelet this summer. Arne Kern won the Millionaire Maker for his only cash so far, but it was good enough to earn him 1,332.5 points, which puts him in fourth place. Nick Petrangelo, Robrely Felicio, Craig Varnell, Julien Martini sit fifth through eighth thanks largely to their bracelet wins. The only player in the top 10 without a victory yet this summer is John Racener. The former Main Event runner-up sits ninth thanks to six cashes this summer. Racener has 1,149.33 points thanks to a 16th place finish in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty, an 86th place result in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo, an eighth-place finish in the Colossus, a 51st place in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event, a fourth-place finish $1,500 Eight Game and an 81st place finish in the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em. Despite not having a bracelet yet, Racener sits 860.81 behind Fox. Justin Bonomo wraps up the top 10 with 1,120.3 points thanks to his win in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship. WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Elio Fox 2,010.14 2 Joe Cada 1,692.71 3 Paul Volpe 1,671.3 4 Arne Kern 1,332.47 5 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 6 Roberly Felicio 1,264.46 7 Craig Varnell 1,194.63 8 Julien Martini 1,159.45 9 John Racener 1,149.33 10 Justin Bonomo 1,120.3
  16. It was an absolutely packed day in the halls of the Rio for the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. Two more bracelets were given away, a stacked field of poker's best jumped in a $5K and the $10K Dealer's Choice speeds to a conclusion. Here's everything you need to know from Friday (June 8) at the WSOP. Justin Bonomo’s Heater Continues When Erik Seidel went on his high stakes heater in 2011, no one thought there would ever be another like it. Along came Fedor Holz and his epic multi-million run through 2016-2017 and that seemed to be the pinnacle of a heater. Now, Justin Bonomo’s 2018 campaign had stepped into the spotlight and his latest achievement is (perhaps) the icing on the cake. Bonomo defeated the UK’s Jason McConnon in the finals to claim the crown in Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up NLHE Championship for $185,965 and his second career bracelet. “I think I am dreaming,” said Bonomo. “I think that this is not real life and I think that’s the secret. Just win in your dreams because there you can actually win every tournament.” Bonomo has just come off a $5,000,000 victory in the Super High Roller Bowl. Two months earlier he was crowned Champion of the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl China for $4.8 million. In total, Bonomo has surpassed $14.75 million in 2018 alone and currently sits in third place on the All-Time Money List. It’s not Bonomo’s first time in the WSOP winner’s circle and when speaking about the significance of his latest victory, he’s still happy to simply to keep on winning. "The first bracelet definitely felt a lot more special. I had four second-place finishes at that time without a first-place finish.” Bonomo said. “Now, I don't really have to feel like I have to get any monkey off my back anymore or kill any kind of curse. The significance of this one just means that my insane winning streak isn't over. I just hope it continues." Event #16 Final Four Payouts 1. Justin Bonomo - $185,965 2. Jason McConnon - $114,933 3. Juan Pardo Dominguez - $73,179 4. Martijn Gerrits - $73,179 Benjamin Moon Claims Event #13 California’s Benjamin Moon is over the moon, having taken down Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes NLHE tournament for $315,346 and his first gold bracelet. “I’m trembling, I’m just so excited,” Moon said upon closing out the tournament. “I only just started playing at the beginning of the year after taking a hiatus. Decided to try and go pro in October, playing the cash game in San Diego and then the tournaments in Los Angeles. Got a good start at the beginning of the year, since then the cash has been going well and I decided to give it a shot here at the WSOP. And we’re here now.” Moon was the chip leader entering the final extended day as six players returned for an unscheduled Day 4. 1,306 players decided to enter the first-ever Big Blind Antes tournament at the WSOP and Moon will forever be its inaugural champion. "I love the big blind ante. They do it in Los Angeles, all the tournaments I played there have mostly been big blind ante. So, it makes it way faster. There is only one negative if there was any. It's for short stack play, you seem to get punished more. Otherwise, it's great,“ said Moon. Moon’s victory is far and away a career-high cash for him. Event #13 Final Table Payout 1. Benjamin Moon - $315, 346 2. Romain Lewis - $194,837 3. Colin Robinson - $138,938 4. Steven Snyder - $100,268 5. Nhathanh Nguyen - $73,242 6. Bohand Slyvinskyi - $54,160 7. Eric Polirer - $40,549 8. Raymond Ho - $30,742 9. Dutch Boyd - $23,605 Zhigalov And Frazin Heads-Up For H.O.R.S.E. They need just a little more time to determine the winner of Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Play was suspended late into the night pausing the conclusion of the heads-up battle between Andrey Zhigalov and Timothy Frazin until the next day. The pair battled for over three hours and with the air conditioner on the fritz in the Amazon room, it was determined that putting in 14 hours at the table was enough for one day. 24 players had returned for Day 3, all well into the money. A few notable names that fell during the day included Brian Hastings (15th for $7,120), Scott Clements (seventh for $24,541) and Matt Woodward (fourth for $62,379). Play resumes at 12:00 noon PT when a winner will be crowned. Event #15 Final Two Chip Stacks 1. Andrey Zhigalov - 3,080,000 2. Timothy Frazin - 2,510,000 Event #17 Enters Day 3 Of the 264 players who entered Day 2 of Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Max only 27 players remain in the field. The overnight chip lead was held by Gabriel Baumgartner. He’ll have plenty of competition for the over $378,000 first-place prize and the gold bracelet from players like Day 1 chip leader Bart Lybaert, bracelet winner Ryan D’Angelo and two-time bracelet winner and voice of the Super High Roller Bowl, Nick Schulman. Plenty of notable names who made Day 2 were able to add a little to their bankroll before busting. Vinny Pahuja ($6,457), Jared Hamby ($5,413), Adrian Mateos ($4,608), Martin Jacobson ($4,608), Jeff Madsen ($3,984), Christian Harder ($3,124), and last year’s champion in this very event Anthony Marquez ($2,835) all made the money but could not survive the day. Play for the final 24 resumes at 12:00 noon PT with the intent to play down to a winner. Event #17 Top Five Chip Counts 1. Gabriel Baumgartner - 987,000 2. Alexandro Tricarico - 983,000 3. Luke Brereton - 767,000 4. Yue Du - 749,000 5. Bart Lybaert - 716,000 Anthony Zinno Surges To 10K Dealer’s Choice Lead There are 13 players remaining in Event #18: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed and three-time World Poker Tour Champion Anthony Zinno holds the overnight chip lead. Zinno, in pursuit of his second career WSOP bracelet, leads a stacked field into Day 3. Adam Friedman, Chris Klodnicki, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Marco Johnson, Jesse Martin and Dylan Linde all return to vie for the $293,275 first-place prize and, of course, the bracelet. Event #18 Top Five Chip Counts 1. Anthony Zinno - 922,000 2. Adam Friedman - 735,500 3. Alexey Makarov - 709,500 4. Chris Klodnicki - 560,000 5. Joey Couden - 536,000 $565 Omaha Launches Two Flights The $565 two-starting flight Omaha event was a big hit with roughly 2,419 players combining in both sessions to push the total combined prize pool to over $1.2 million. In Day 1A, Christopher Trang claimed the chip lead as only 52 of the starting 1,193 players made it through the day. Other names to watch out for from this flight who advanced include John Racener, Ludovic Geilich, Ryan Laplante and former WSOP Main Event Champion, Jonathan Duhamel. Day 1B saw even more players enter as the entries rose to 1,226. In the end, it was Jeff Gibson who bagged the chip lead for the flights. Loni Harwood, James Obst, and JC Tran all played this flight and made it through to day two. The two flights will now be combined on Day 2 and the 101 survivors will return at 2:00 pm PT to resume play. Dan Clopoys Leads Stacked Field In $5K Big Blind Antes Of the nearly 500 players who ponied up the $5,000 buy-in, only 170 remain in Event #20: $5,000 Big Blind Antes NLHE. Dan Clopoys holds the overnight chip lead. However, plenty of serious threats in the field loom large. Justin Bonomo, Seth Davies, Kristen Bicknell, Kitty Kuo, Isaac Baron and Brian Yoon all survived the day with a top 20 stack. The list of players who bagged at the end of day 1 reads like a who’s who of poker: Cliff Josephy, Anthony Spinella, Antoine Saout, Stephen Chidwick, Valentin Vornicu, David ‘The Dragon’ Pham, Kenny Hallaert and Erik Seidel are just a few of the players that are still in the mix. Play resumes at 2 pm PT when players will continue their quest for the WSOP gold bracelet. Event #20 Top Ten Chip Stacks 1. Daniel Colpoys - 403,000 2. Richard Tuhrim - 229,600 3. Jeremy Cate - 180,800 4. Justin Bonomo - 175,800 5. Seth Davies - 175,300 6. Kristen Bicknell - 170,800 7. Long Nguyen - 155,800 8. Peter Neff - 155,500 9. Ryan Olisar - 149,600 10. Kitty Kuo - 144,100 Upcoming Action (June 9) Saturday will see the start of Event #21: 1,500 Millionaire Maker at 10 am PT. The popular event guarantees a $1 million payout for first. Last year 7,761 players registered over the two starting flights with Canadian Pablo Mariz winning it all over for $1.2 million. Also, starting at 3:00 pm PT Event #22: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix will get underway.
  17. Every year, history is made at the World Series of Poker. In 2018, poker fans were inundated with amazing accomplishments from some of the most notable names in the game. At the 49th annual WSOP, there was no shortage of superior stories and top-flight headlines to be had to help to make this summer series one for the ages. As the day-to-day details of the WSOP slowly fade from memory, there are some stories from this summer that will be retold for years to come. Here’s a look back at the stories that kept everyone buzzing during the 2018 WSOP. Cynn For The Win There’s always at least one opportunity for poker history to be written each year and that’s when the Main Event champion is crowned. Whoever earns the Main Event bracelet will have their name etched into the WSOP history books and their image forever commemorated with a banner in the Rio. It's a title that can never be taken away. This year, that honor belonged to Los Angeles cash game pro John Cynn. No matter who won the Main Event, it would be memorable. However, Cynn made an extra impression based on how he went about winning. Always smiling, the affable Cynn, showed that he was not only good at the game, but he was good for it too. His personality and charisma were easily captured on camera as he took every flop, turn and river all in stride. His entire journey to the winner's circle showed an entire community what it means to play hard and win with grace. Hellmuth Proves It Again Hellmuth made headlines all summer for a number of shenanigans. Whether it was the "markup controversy" or his Asgardian entrance to the Main Event, Phil made sure that the public didn’t forget about Phil. However, the most amazing moment of Hellmuth’s summer came when he defeated the 452 person field in Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 Minute Levels) for $485,082 and his record-extending 15th career WSOP bracelet. Hellmuth has a lot of critics, both for his on-the-felt antics and his constant self-promotion. Those critics were forced to accept that for the sixth time in the post-Moneymaker era, Hellmuth earned himself another gold bracelet. Only Jeffrey Lisandro and Phil Ivey have earned as many bracelets as Hellmuth after 2003. Ivey and Johnny Chan are the only active players within five bracelets of Hellmuth. Should Hellmuth continue to play at the pace he currently does, it may be a generation or more before anyone even comes close to catching him. Bonomo Takes The Lead One of the biggest stories of the summer came on the last day of the WSOP. Justin Bonomo, having one of the most remarkable years a poker pro has ever experienced, capped off the summer by winning the $1 Million Big One For One Drop. The $10 million payday catapulted Bonomo to just under $25 million in earnings in 2018. The score, combined with his victories in both of 2018's Super High Roller Bowls, has pushed his total career live earnings to $42,979,591. The total is good enough to surpass poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu on the much talked about All-Time Money List. Grinder Makes It Three Not to be overlooked, one of the biggest stories of the summer came during the $50,000 Poker Players Championship when Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi dropped jaws by winning the event for the third time since 2010. The event is billed as one of the most prestigious by elite players in the game. The contest tests the mettle of poker’s best by rotating through a wide variety of games, making Mizrachi's multiple victories all the more impressive. Mizrachi battled through a field of 87 top-tier pros including a final table that seated Dan Smith, Benny Glazer, Mike Leah, Aaron Katz and Poker Hall of Famer John Hennigan. In total, Mizrachi’s earned more than $4.2 million over the course of his three victories (2010, 2012 & 2018). Not to be overlooked, he finished fourth in the PPC at the 2016 WSOP for another $380,000. Thanks in part to his summer performance, “The Grinder” is on the cusp of $17 million in lifetime earnings. With three victories of the PPC under his belt, when he turns 40 in three years, he will likely be in the conversation for a nomination into the Poker Hall of Fame. Cada Closes Out The WSOP 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada was already having a stellar summer when he registered for the 2018 Main Event. Earlier in the series, Cada was the last man standing in Event #3: $3,000 Shootout No Limit Hold'em. The victory scored Cada his third bracelet and added over $226,000 to his bankroll. But things really looked up for the Michigan grinder when he made an improbable deep run in the Main Event. Cada became the first post-Moneymaker Main Event Champion to make it back to another Main Event final table. For a moment there were notions of Cada becoming the first repeat champion since Stu Ungar in 1997 (Cada, like Ungar, had also been bestowed the nickname "The Kid"). However, it wasn't meant to be, as Cada bowed out in fifth place, taking home $2.15 million as a consolation. Remarkably, Cada wasn't finished with the 2018 WSOP. After eight grueling days of the Main Event, Cada immediately registered for one of the final events of the summer. Event #75: $1,500 THE CLOSER saw 3,120 players register in hopes of saving their summer with a big score. Unfortunately for them, Cada came to play and, in the end, he earned bracelet number four by outlasting them all. With the win, Cada picked up another $612,000. In total, Cada cashed in seven different events, made four final tables, won two bracelets and earned himself over $3 million in what will be known as one of the best summer performances in history.
  18. It seems that nothing can stop Justin Bonomo. Nearly six weeks after winning the $10,000 Heads Up Championship at the 2018 World Series of Poker, Bonomo won the biggest buy-in event on the calendar, the $1 million Big One for One Drop for a $10 million score and sole possession of the top spot on poker's all-time earnings list. On top of the pair of WSOP bracelet wins, Bonomo also won the Super High Roller Bowl in Macau in March, the Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas, two $25,000 Aria High Roller events and two €25,000 High Rollers at EPT Monte Carlo. On Tuesday night he beat out a final table that included Fedor Holz, Dan Smith, and Byron Kaverman to pass Daniel Negreanu for #1 on the all-time earnings list. In 2018 alone, Bonomo has won $24,945,435. The third and final day of the Big One for One Drop began on the stone bubble with six players still hoping to show some form of positive return on the $1 million of investment. Unfortunately for David Einhorn, who finished third in the inaugural Big One for One Drop, he ended up going home with nothing. Action folded to Einhorn on the button and he raised to 1,100,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"]. Holz folded his small blind but Bonomo defended with [poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"] flop gave Bonomo the chance to check-raise all and Einhorn called. Neither the [poker card="2h"] turn or [poker card="kc"] river were any help for Einhorn and he was eliminated on the bubble. Two hands later, two more players were sent packing in a three-way preflop all in that included a bit of controversy. Kaverman moved all in from UTG holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"], Holz called from UTG+1 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] before Rick Salomon moved all in for 26,900,000 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Action was back on Holz at which point a discussion at the table began about whether or not one of Salomon's cards had flashed. Tournament director Jack Effel determined it had and ruled that Salomon had to expose the [poker card="ah"] to the entire table. Holz took some time to consider his options and eventually decided to call. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2c"] to give Salomon two pair. The [poker card="qc"] turn gave Kaverman outs to the nut flush and Holz outs to Broadway. The river was the [poker card="td"], giving Holz a set and eliminating Kaverman in fifth and Salomon in fourth place. Three-handed play began with Holz holding nearly 48% of the chips in play. Holz continued to hold that lead, even after Bonomo sent Dan Smith packing in a blind vs. blind battle. Holz folded his button, Bonomo moved all in from the small blind holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"] and Smith called off his last 12,500,000 holding [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"]. The board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="js"][poker card="qh"] to give Bonomo the ace-high straight and send Smith out in third. Even after that pot, Bonomo still had an uphill climb ahead of home with just 37.5% of the chips. The pair battled back and forth with Bonomo gaining ground before he took the chip lead after catching Holz bluffing. Holz raised to 2,800,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"] before Bonomo three-bet to 9,500,000 with [poker card="8d"][poker card="4d"] and Holz called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"] flop got Bonomo to bet 5,000,000 and Holz called. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and Bonomo check-called after Holz bet 11,500,000. The river was the [poker card="6d"], Bonomo checked again and then snap-called Holz's shove. That hand put Bonomo in front with 81.4% of the chips in play. Holz managed to double-up twice but ultimately wasn't able to reverse his fortunes. On the final hand of the night, Bonomo completed with [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"], Holz moved all in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="4s"] and Bonomo called. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="qd"] to give Bonomo the win. Big One for One Drop Payouts Justin Bonomo - $10,000,000 Fedor Holz - $6,000,000 Dan Smith - $4,000,000 Rick Salomon - $2,840,000 Byron Kaverman - $2,000,000
  19. For the second day in a row, Ali Imsirovic stood tall at the end of a Poker Masters event as champion and now finds himself in control of the race for the Purple Jacket. Imsirovic beat Koray Aldemir heads-up on Thursday night to win Event #6 ($50,000 No Limit Hold'em) for $799,000. On Wednesday night, Imsirovic beat Ben Yu to win Event #5 ($25,000 No Limit Hold'em) for $462,000. “I don’t know how to put this into words, this is surreal,” Imsirovic said. “I’ve dreamt about winning the Poker Masters Purple Jacket, but I never thought this would be possible. Right now I don’t want to think about it, because I don’t want to be let down too much if I don’t end up winning it.” The final table began with Imsirovic holding just over half the chips in play and Aldemir, Jake Schindler, Seth Davies, Justin Bonomo, and Sam Soverel all chasing him. It took an hour for the first elimination to go down and unsurprisingly, it was Imsirovic doing the work. From the cutoff, Imsirovic raised to 50,000 with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8s"] and called off his last 15,000 from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3s"] flop was a safe one for Bonomo, but the [poker card="jd"] turn put Imsirovic ahead. Bonomo didn't improve on the [poker card="as"] river and was eliminated in sixth place for $141,000. That cash put Bonomo's 2018 earnings past the $25,000,000 mark. Seven hands later, another player was sent to the rail and once again it was at the hands of Imsirovic. From UTG, Imsirovic raised to 70,000 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] before Soverel moved all in for 225,000 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Imsirovic called and then watched the board run out [poker card="6h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2d"] to give him the pot and bust Soverel in fifth for $188,000. Imsirovic continued to push the action and ten hands later, he busted yet another player. Action folded to Imsirovic in the small blind and he moved all in with [poker card="7c"][poker card="5d"] and Schindler called form the big blind with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"] flop put Imsirovic ahead and he stayed there through the [poker card="8h"] river and [poker card="ac"] turn to eliminate Schindler in fourth for $235,000. Four hands after Schindler exited, so did Davies. Aldemir folded the button, Imsirovic limped from the small blind with [poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"] and Davies responded by raising to 110,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"] and Imsirovic checked. Davies bet 155,000 and Imsirovic moved all in and Davies called with his tournament at risk. The turn was the [poker card="3d"] and the river was the [poker card="qs"] to bust Davies in third for $352,500. Heads up play began with Imsirovic holding a 2.5-1 lead over Aldemir. The final two played heads up for over three hours with Aldemir eventually battling all the way back to take the chip lead. Imsirovic quickly retook it and soon after picked up his fifth elimination to win his second Poker Masters event in as many days. The final hand saw Aldemir move all in with [poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"] and Imsirovic called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] flop kept Aldemir's hopes alive but the [poker card="qs"] on the turn ended all the drama and the tournament, leaving Aldemir collecting $517,000 while Imsirovic picked up $799,000. Final Table Payouts Ali Imsirovic - $799,000 Koray Aldemir - $517,000 Seth Davies - $352,500 Jake Schindler - $235,000 Sam Soverel - $188,000 Justin Bonomo - $141,000 Bryn Kenney - $117,500 The win also earned Ismirovic 300 points towards the Purple Jacket race and propelled him past Brandon Adams for the lead. Along with his two victories, Ismirovic also has an eighth place finish from Event #1 ($10,000 No Limit Hold'em) and now lead Brandon Adams by 150 points. Purple Jacket Standings Ali Imsirovic - 660 points Brandon Adams - 510 Isaac Haxton - 480 Jake Schindler - 390 Ben Yu - 360 Keith Lehr - 300 David Peters - 300 Jonathan Depa - 270 Jason Koon - 240 Koray Aldemir - 210 The only event left on the Poker Masters schedule is the $100,000 Main Event which began Thursday evening.
  20. February may seem like forever ago, but it wasn't too long ago that the second month of 2018 saw the names of Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, and Viktor 'isildur1' Blom capture the headlines. Below are PocketFives' top five stories from February 2018, plus a look back at the February's Monthly PLB winner. MILESTONES: Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Earns 27th Triple Crown Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is online poker’s leading all-time money earner with, at time of writing, $15.595 million in online tournament winnings. In February 2018, Moorman captured headlines when he won his record 27th PocketFives Triple Crown. Moorman achieved the feat when he scored first place in tournaments from three different sites in back-to-back-to-back days. Moorman then went on to win two more in 2018 and bring his industry-leading total to 29. READ: MILESTONES: Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Earns 27th Triple Crown Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural U.S. Poker Open Title The poker world was treated to the first-ever U.S. Poker Open in February 2018. The eight-tournament high-roller series took place at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. An elite group of poker's best were in competition across the eight events, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, Dan Smith, and Jason Koon. In addition to individual tournament scores for large sums of money, each player was looking to become the first overall U.S. Poker Open champion. At its completion, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick had cashed in four of the eight events to win more than $1.25 million combined and be crowned U.S. Poker Open champion. READ: Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural U.S. Poker Open Title WPT: Mike Leah Wins Fallsview Classic for First WPT Title The World Poker Tour once again made its seasonal stop at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, back in February. With it came a record-breaking field of 517 entries for the event and a final table that included one staunch Canadian grinder, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, looking for his first WPT title. Leah entered the final day of play ranked third in chips among the remaining 20 players. From there, he went on to claim victory and his first World Poker Tour title worth C$451,821 ($359,001). READ: Mike Leah Wins Fallsview Classic for First WPT Title Viktor Blom Stages Huge Comeback to Win partypoker MILLIONS Germany If 2018 was the year of anything, it's likely the year of partypoker. The online poker giant’s live tournament offering, partypokerLIVE, delivered enormous prize pool upon enormous prize pool all across the globe, including February's partypoker MILLIONS Germany in Rozvadov. That's where Viktor 'isildur1' Blom grabbed the title worth €1 million, but not without having to overcome a greater than 6-to-1 chip deficit during heads-up play against Pavel Plesuv. READ: Viktor Blom Stages Huge Comeback to Win partypoker MILLIONS Germany Leon Tsoukernik's Counterclaim Against Matt Kirk Dismissed Speaking of Rozvadov, King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik was back in the headlines in February with another episode involving his dispute with high-stakes poker pro "Aussie" Matt Kirk. Three months prior, in November, Tsoukernik filed a counterclaim for $10 million in damages. That was followed by Kirk's lawyers filing a motion to dismiss. At the end of February 2018, a Las Vegas judge dismissed Tsoukernik’s counterclaim it what appears to have ended a highly publicized legal tug o' war. READ: Leon Tsoukernik's Counterclaim Against Matt Kirk Dismissed 'European' Wins February Monthly PLB Title With 4,133.54 points, 'European' won the Monthly PLB title for February. 'European' booked 48 cashes in February, including scores of $86,000 for 707.11 points, $58,160 for 584.38 points, $56,975 for 463.68 points, $49,574 for 383.28 points, and $46,418 for 415.33 points. The $86,000 win for 'European' came in the $530 buy-in partypoker Powerfest #46-M: $500K Gtd NLH under the username 'JHelppi' when he outlasted a field of 979 entries.
  21. It's going a very high roller holiday season as Poker Central has announced that the return of the Super High Roller Bowl will be sooner than expected. The fifth edition of one of the most prestigious high roller tournaments of the year now takes place from December 17-19 at the PokerGO Studio at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The change to hold the newly dubbed Super High Roller Bowl V during the holiday season is a break of recent tradition for Poker Central. Over the past three years, the SHRB was played in late May, acting as an appetite-whetter for the World Series of Poker. Many expected the next tournament to be held at the same time in 2019. The move to December now takes advantage of the popular World Poker Tour Five Diamond schedule while simultaneously closing out the high roller circuit year with its biggest event. The upcoming December event will have many of the same specifics as the previous event held just six months ago. The $300,000 rake-free buy-in will generate a $14,400,000 prize pool with a $5 million first-place prize and championship ring for the winner. With a 48 seat cap, players who wish to have a shot at a seat need to place their $30,000 deposit by Monday, November 26. For those that do put down a deposit, there will be a live-streamed lottery on PokerGO to award players a seat into the tournament. The ARIA reserves eighteen of the 48 seats for ARIA VIP guests. Tournament officials will hand out these seats at their discretion. The five remaining seats are awarded to the top five players in Aria’s 2018 High Roller of the Year rankings. The current points system will be in place right up until the lottery for Super High Roller Bowl V. Currently the five players with the most points include Poker Central founder Cary Katz, Sam Soverel, Jake Schindler, David Peters, and Isaac Haxton. Poker Masters Champion Ali Imsirovic sits just outside the top five in sixth place with regular high rollers Adrian Mateos and Dan Smith not far behind. According to the Poker Central website, there are currently seven more opportunities for the high roller community to accumulate points. High roller events are taking place every day from October 31-November 6. “In its first five years of existence, Super High Roller Bowl has grown into one of the most exclusive and highly coveted poker championships in the world as the pinnacle of the High Roller Triple Crown,” said Vice President of Content for Poker Central, Sam Simmons. “We’re proud to celebrate that milestone in December, as we implement changes that will continue the success of the event for many years to come.” It just six months ago that Justin Bonomo won the previous Super High Roller Bowl for $5 million. The win was a significant contribution to Bonomo ascending to become the new leader of the All-Time Money List. He currently sits with over $43 million in career earnings. Daniel Negreanu finished as the 2018 runner-up, taking home $3 million for his efforts. The PokerGO platform will stream all of the Super High Roller Bowl. Additionally, the NBC Sports Network will air episodes on their website and the NBC Sports App. Super High Roller Bowl History Year Entries Winner Amount Won Prize Pool 2015 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000 $21,500,000 2016 49 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000 $15,000,000 2017 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000 $16,800,000 2018 48 Justin Bonomo $5,000,000 $14,400,000
  22. May was a jam-packed month in the poker world and there were plenty of major headlines that grabbed our attention. Here are PocketFives' top five stories from May 2018, including a regulated online poker milestone, a lawsuit against PokerStars, and a handful of record-breaking performances. Interstate Online Poker Now Live in New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware It's a new era for online poker in the United States, and the regulated online poker market has been growing slowly and continues to gain momentum. In May 2018, it received another big boost when Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware went live with interstate online poker on WSOP.com, allowing players from the three states to play against players in other states for the first time in the history of regulated online poker in the United States. The game-changing development paved the way for more robust interstate online poker series and online gold bracelets events available to those in New Jersey and Delaware. READ: Interstate Online Poker Now Live in New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware Gordon Vayo Suing PokerStars for Confiscating 2017 SCOOP Winnings Gordon Vayo went on an incredible ride in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing second for $4.66 million, but his roller coaster 2018 was even more dramatic. It started when news dropped in May that Vayo was suing PokerStars for confiscated winnings from a 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker tournament. Vayo's score was worth nearly $700,000, but PokerStars denied payment of the funds based on suspicions he violated the site's terms of service and played from the United States. READ: Gordon Vayo Suing PokerStars for Confiscating 2017 SCOOP Winnings SCOOP: Calvin Anderson Does It Again, Wins 10th SCOOP Title We're going to cheat a little bit here and roll two stories into one, but they both involve the record-breaking success of Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson in the PokerStars SCOOP. Anderson, a former #1-ranked online poker player, won his ninth and 10th SCOOP titles in 2018, both of which set records, and he did it in back-to-back days. Anderson first won Event #19 (High): $2,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em for $126,659 and then he captured the Event #26 (High): $1,050 Omaha Eight-or-Better (Eight-Max) title for $26,305. READ: Calvin Anderson Does It Again, Wins 10th SCOOP Title WPT: Darren Elias Wins Bobby Baldwin Classic, Record 4th WPT Title Anderson wasn’t the only high-profile player to have a record-setting victory in May, but this next player did it in the live realm. Darren Elias, one of the World Poker Tour's most successful competitors, earned his record-setting fourth WPT title when he took down the WPT $10,000 Bobby Baldwin Classic in May. Elias topped a field of 162 entries to win $387,580. At the final table, Elias battled with an elite group that included Kitty Kuo, Joe McKeehen, Dietrich Fast, Sam Panzica, and Jonathan Little. READ: Darren Elias Wins Bobby Baldwin Classic, Record 4th WPT Title Justin Bonomo Beats Daniel Negreanu to Win Super High Roller Bowl Justin Bonomo had himself an absolutely tremendous 2018 and the month of May was huge for him. Just two months after winning the Super High Roller Bowl China for more than $4.8 million, Bonomo won the Super High Roller Bowl IV title in Las Vegas for $5 million. Bonomo topped the field of 48 entries in the $300,000 buy-in tournament and defeated Daniel Negreanu in heads-up play. The score was part of Bonomo's $25.4 million year that became the most winningest year in poker history and vaulted Bonomo to the top spot on poker's all-time money list. READ: Justin Bonomo Beats Daniel Negreanu to Win Super High Roller Bowl Sweden’s ‘lena900’ Wins May Monthly PLB Title From a PocketFives Monthly PLB perspective, Sweden’s 'lena900' had the best month ever for an online poker player, earning 7,135.57 points. His largest Monthly PLB point win was worth 1,414.21 when he won the $10,300 buy-in Powerfest #53-SHR: $2M Gtd [Championship Event - PKO] for $430,047. 'Lena900' also won not one but two SCOOP titles in May. His first was a victory in the SCOOP-25-H: $530+R NLHE, $400K Gtd $102,115 and 748.70 points. His second came in the SCOOP-39-H: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max], $175K Gtd for $50,391 and 513.81 points. *Photos courtesy of the World Poker Tour.
  23. The Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas is full of some of the best poker players on the planet for the start of Day 2 of the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller. Of the original 56 entries, 33 players survived Day 1. With registration open through the beginning of Day 2, a number of pros who went broke in the first eight levels decided to fire another $100K bullet including Daniel Negreanu and Super High Roller defending champion Cary Katz. We decided to take a quick look around the room at some of the players who are taking part in the nosebleed tournament action. [caption id="attachment_622243" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Jason Koon (left) and Daniel Negreanu have combined lifetime earnings of over $63 million.[/caption] Jason Koon and PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu are settled in and keeping the conversation casual. [caption id="attachment_622244" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Hungary's #1-ranked online pro Andras 'probirs' Nemeth has been seen playing the highest stakes live as of late.[/caption] PocketFives #4-ranked Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth has over $2.7 million in live earnings along with his $9.6 million in online cashes. Nemeth had a breakout year in 2018 playing high rollers, winning the EPT Barcelona €25,000 Event for a career-high cash of $692,882. [caption id="attachment_622245" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Nick Petrangelo (left) took down the $100K Super High Roller at the WSOP in 2018 for $2.9 million.[/caption] Nick Petrangelo and U.S. Poker Open Champion Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick survey their tough table. [caption id="attachment_622246" align="alignnone" width="1024"] GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen is off to a fast start in 2019.[/caption] Stare master Alex Foxen is looking to build on his impressive 2019 PCA campaign. So far he's cashed in the $25K Single Day event and finished as the runner-up in the $50K for $651,980. Foxen is now less than a half million away from $10 million in career scores. [caption id="attachment_622247" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Patrik Antonius (left), Talal Shakerchi (center) & Sam Greenwood.[/caption] Murderers row: Rail Heaven’s Patrik Antonius, PSPC eighth place finisher and regular high roller Talal Shakerchi and PocketFives #46-ranked Sam Greenwood battle it out on one side of a tough table. [caption id="attachment_622248" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Justin Bonomo (left) is looking to continue the massive success he found in 2018.[/caption] Chris Hunichen tries to get a read on the GTO sitting style of Justin Bonomo. Hunichen is coming off a third place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100,000 Super High Roller for a live career-high $592,000 score. [caption id="attachment_622249" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Canadian Christopher Kruk finds the fun in high rollers.[/caption] Despite the massive stakes, Chris Kruk is still able to have a little fun. The prize pool for the $100,000 Super High Roller is over $5.9 million. For updates on the $100K as well as everything from the 2019 PCA, subscribe to The FIVES Poker Podcast.
  24. Every time the calendar turns to July, the poker world becomes laser-focused on just one thing: the World Series of Poker Main Event. 2018 was no different by Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo and Chris Moorman did everything they could to act as a distraction from poker's biggest event. It Seems Everybody Came to Play the WSOP Main Event Expectations for the field size of the 2018 WSOP Main Event ranged from 7,000 players all the way up to around 8,500. The number ended up being 7,874 - a nine per cent jump over 2017 - thanks in part to a record-setting 4,571 entrants on Day 1C. The final prize pool ended up being $74,015,600 with $8,800,000 up top. As the Main Event progressed from Day 1A to the eventual champion, PocketFives caught up with a number of players in the field. Longtime PocketFiver and sports talk radio host Ben Mintz found himself back in the Main Event for the first time in five years. “It took five years to build it back, to get to this point. Now I’m back and I’ve got the radio show with me too,” said Mintz. “Even though I haven’t played this in five years I’ve fallen right back into poker like I never left, except I actually have an income now to sustain it.” READ: WSOP: Ben Mintz is Back Mixin’ It Up in First Main Event Since ‘13 Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen and Chance Kornuth have been buying pieces of players in the Main Event for years now. The pair decided to get even more serious about the side business this year and hired a lawyer to draw up contracts for all of the players they bought pieces from. Despite taking it to another level, they still ran into trouble with one player deciding to try and pull a fast one. READ: WSOP: Piece-Buying Now Serious Business for Hunichen and Kornuth Clayton Fletcher's day job isn't actually a day job - he works night. Fletcher is a New York-based stand-up comedian who has been playing poker for almost his entire life. In July, he put together a deep run in the WSOP Main Event for the second time. In 2015, Fletcher finished 96th in the Main Event. This summer he outlasted all but 27 players on his way to a $230,475 score. As the Main Event field got smaller and smaller, Fletcher talked about his passion for poker and how he was enjoying another deep run. READ: WSOP: Clayton Fletcher is More Than Just a Comedian Who Plays Poker Making the final table of the Main Event can be a real grind for even the most experienced of players. After Day 2 of the 2018 Main Event, Tony Miles felt like he needed to have somebody on his rail to help him what was coming. He had a premonition that he was on the verge of something big, so he called in Jenn Gene. Miles ended up finishing in second and Gene was there the entire way. READ: WSOP: Tony Miles Had a Feeling, So He Called in Reinforcements The Main Event final table concluded with one of the longest heads-up battles in WSOP history. In the end, John Cynn defeated Miles to win poker's most prestigous title and a whopping $8.8 million. READ: WSOP: John Cynn Beats Tony Miles to Win 2018 Main Event, $8.8M Phil Hellmuth Captures WSOP Bracelet #15 It's almost impossible to upstage the pomp and circumstance of the WSOP Main Event, but if there is one player in the 49 year history of the WSOP who could do it, it's Phil Hellmuth. While the Main Event got to a final table in one of the most talked about hands of the year, Hellmuth was in another room battling against Steven Wolansky for the title in the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) event. He eventually overcame a 2.5-1 chip defecit to add another bracelet to his collection. “I said, … ‘When’s the next time you’re going to have an opportunity like this where you’re heads up for a bracelet? You just need to hang in there and stay strong’, and I stayed strong and then luckily hit some cards,” said Hellmuth. READ: WSOP: Nicolas Manion Leads Main Event Final Table, Hellmuth Wins #15 Hellmuth wasn't the only big name to do big things after being eliminated from the Main Event. 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada made the Main Event final table, only to bust out in fifth place. He simply marched down the hall, entered the $1,500 Closer event and beat out 3,119 other players to win the fourth bracelet of his career READ: WSOP: Cada Closes Out Epic Series, $1 Million One Drop Get Underway Two days later, Justin Bonomo continued his incredible 2018 by winning the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for his third super high roller win of the year. Bonomo beat a final table that included Dan Smith, Byron Kaverman, Rick Salomon and eventual runner-up, Fedor Holz to add $10,000,000 to his lifetime earnings. Shaun Deeb Leaves Las Vegas in Control of WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb had himself one helluva time at Poker Summer Camp. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver cashed in 16 WSOP events, winning two and winning over $2.5 million along the way. All of that success put him atop the WSOP Player of the Year standings with just WSOP Europe left to go. Deeb lead the player closest to him, Ben Yu, by 588.02 points. READ: WSOP: Shaun Deeb Locks Up Player of the Year…For a Few Months
  25. The fifth edition of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl crowned its champion on Wednesday night, with Isaac Haxton topping the exclusive field of 36 entries to earn the $3.672 million prize. "I just feel f***ing great," Haxton said in the moments following the big win. "I'm just super happy, even a little relieved it's over. Obviously, a day like today is pretty stressful, in the best way." With the victory, Haxton moved to more than $23.65 million in live tournament earnings, which bumps him up ahead of Jake Schindler and into 13th place on poker's all-time money list. "I'm gonna have more than a couple drinks and probably eat at least 1,500 calories of something disgusting," Haxton said about his plans to celebrate, with a smile of course. "That should do it, and then hopefully sleep for about 12 hours. That would be a perfect victory party for me." Super High Roller Bowl V Results 1st: Isaac Haxton - $3,672,000 2nd: Alex Foxen - $2,160,000 3rd: Stephen Chidwick - $1,512,000 4th: Talal Shakerchi - $1,188,000 5th: Adrian Mateos - $972,000 6th: Igor Kurganov - $756,000 7th: Ali Imsirovic - $540,000 For the past three days, the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas played host to the high-stakes affair that attracted the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Fedor Holz, and Justin Bonomo, just to name a few. After Monday’s Day 1, 27 players remained. After Day 2, just seven were left, all in the money and guaranteed a $540,000 payday. Bubbling the money in eighth place was Mikita Badziakouski. Haxton started the final table as the chip leader and Ali Imsirovic was bringing up the rear with the shortest stack left. After starting the final table with 875,000 and blinds of 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 big blind ante, Imsirovic worked his way to nearly 1.9 million before taking a dive in the other direction that ultimately resulted with his seventh-place elimination. Imsirovic lost a pot to Stephen Chidwick that knocked him all the way back down to 520,000 and then got the last of his stack in with pocket jacks against the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5c"] of Haxton. Haxton flopped a flush draw and hit it on the turn to knock out the 23-year-old in seventh. Next to go was Igor Kurganov, who was never able to get any real momentum going on the final day. On his final hand, Kurganov, on the button, moved all in for 350,000 over the top of a raise to 65,000 from Chidwick with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 big blind ante. Talal Shakerchi reraised all in from the small blind and Chidwick folded. Shakerchi had pocket tens to Kurganov’s pocket sevens, and the board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Ac"] to send Kurganov home in sixth place. Shakerchi continued to climb after he busted Kurganov and even worked his way into the chip lead, but then he started to slide the other way as Alex Foxen increased. Adrian Mateos was next out the door when he was eliminated in fifth place by Foxen, falling in the 25,000/50,000 level with a big blind ante of 50,000. Mateos raised and then four-bet all in with pocket nines against Foxen, who made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"]. Foxen flopped a king and held from there to send the young Spaniard to collect his $972,000 payout. With Foxen out in front by a large margin and Haxton in second place, the final four players moved into Level 21 with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante. Shortly after the level went up, Shakerchi went out, and he was busted by Haxton. Haxton opened to 140,000 and Shakerchi reraised all in for 1.285 million. Haxton called with two nines and won the flip against Shakerchi's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"]. Shakerchi collected $1.118 million for his finish. Not too long after, Haxton added another chunk of chips when he busted Chidwick in third place. The two got the money in a blind-versus-blind situation, with Chidwick on the ropes holding the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"] to Haxton’s pocket jacks. To make matters worse for Chidwick, Haxton flopped top set to leave him needing runner-runner. It didn't come and Chidwick was out in third for $1.512 million. Although Foxen held the lead going into heads-up play - his 5.84 million to Haxton's 4.965 million - Haxton made short work of the match. Haxton won the first heads-up pot to take a 2-1 chip lead and Foxen could never recover from there. On the final hand, Haxton limped the button holding the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jh"]. Foxen raised to 225,000 out of the big blind with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"] and Haxton jammed. Foxen called to put himself at risk for 1.33 million, but he wouldn’t be doubling up. The final board ran [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"] to give Haxton two pair and the victory. For Foxen, his second-place finish was worth a whopping $2.16 million and put quite the cap on an incredible year that saw him win more than $6.6 million on the live felt. "For tournament results, there's no competition," Haxton said of where he ranked this Super High Roller Bowl triumph. "This is my biggest score ever and the other ones that come somewhat close are second- and third-place finishes. This is easily the best tournament result I've ever had and it's an event I love. It feels great to win here at ARIA. This is the highlight of my tournament career, no doubt." Widely known as a high-stakes cash game player, Haxton certainly does his fair share of competing in the largest tournaments in the world. As for how he wins this much money, Haxton will take it any way he can get it. "If I can win $3.6 million, I'm not going to be picky about how I win it," Haxton said. "It can be in the lottery, on Wheel of Fortune, I don’t care. Give me the $3.6 million. I’m not going to complain about how I won it."
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