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  1. It took one more day than originally planned, but Kevin 1SickDiseaseEyster (pictured) captured gold in Event #24 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament that drew 541 entrants. Eyster told WSOP officials what the win meant: "This is what I've been dreaming about for my whole life. This is what I've been wanting to win my whole life. I've been watching this on ESPN. I mean words can't even explain it. I'm speechless." --- 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. --- Eyster started Friday's action with a 2:1 chip lead and never relinquished. In fact, he had built a 7:1 edge by the time Pierre Neuville called all-in with K-Q, well ahead of Eyster's K-9 of clubs. However, the flop gave Eyster two pair and another nine on the turn improved his hand to a boat. Neuville was playing for a chop on the river, but a harmless ace fell to give Eyster the title. The finale took all of 24 hands and meant a $622,000 bankroll boost for Eyster. Eyster saluted his rail from Louisiana as well, telling WSOP staff, "I really appreciate that all of them came out to cheer me on. After yesterday, they were as tired as I was, but they showed up today to support me and I appreciate their help." Eyster's bracelet is the 11th by members of the PocketFives community. The all-time record for number of bracelets by PocketFivers is 23, set in 2011. Eyster has $3.3 million in cashes in his PocketFives profile and was ranked as high as #4 on our site in 2010. He won an FTOPS Two-Day Event last year for a monstrous $333,000 and won the site's $150 Rebuy five years ago for $80,000. He's a two-time FTOPS jersey winner who has added another $1.4 million in live scores, including a WPT win in 2013 and a WSOP Circuit ring. Third place went to Andrew luckychewy Lichtenberger (pictured), who has already had four cashes at this year's WSOP. Event #24 marked his first WSOP final table this year and fourth all-time: 1st Place: Kevin 1SickDiseaseEyster - $622,998 2nd Place: Pierre Neuville - $385,041 3rd Place: Andrew luckychewyLichtenberger - $242,827 4th Place: Bryn BrynKenney Kenney - $160,927 5th Place: Jeremy Kottler - $109,844 6th Place: David Borrat - $77,145 Elsewhere at the Rio, after starting the day in 11th place out of 12, Andrew Rennhack took down Event #26, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Rennhack, last year's Carnivale of Poker Player of the Series, beat PocketFiver Michael Bonzo9876 Katz heads-up. Ryan gutshtallin Welch (pictured in 2010), who started the final table as a monster chip leader, finished in fourth place. He turned in his best showing in a WSOP event since a bracelet win in 2010 and said to WSOP staff, " It feels good. I've had a few close calls in between, a 12th, a 14th, and a couple of 20+ finishes. I have come close, but it's nice to be back, for sure." Welch is just shy of $900,000 in career WSOP scores; his bracelet came in a $3,000 buy-in Triple Chance No Limit Hold'em event. PocketFivers performed pretty admirably in this event. Entering the final 12, there were six PocketFivers and, perhaps not shockingly, all six made the final table. Tony DrunkPPlaya Gargano, who started Friday's play as the short stack out of a dozen players, doubled up through Welch on the fourth hand of the final table after his A-10 outraced 8-8 and ended up finishing in third. Here's how the nine-handed final table in Event #26 cashed out: 1st Place: Andrew Rennhack - $408,953 2nd Place: Michael Bonzo9876Katz - $252,826 3rd Place: Tony DrunkPPlayaGargano - $166,384 4th Place: Ryan gutshtallinWelch - $119,946 5th Place: Reed calbears22 Goodmiller - $87,797 6th Place: Heinz zhiv Kanutzki - $65,202 7th Place: Geremy Eiland - $49,106 8th Place: Eric Rappaport - $37,486 9th Place: Dan KingDan Smith - $28,986 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Play went on for 12 hours on Thursday in Event #24 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament. In the end, the action was paused until 1:00pm Pacific Time on Friday with two people remaining: Kevin 1SickDiseaseEyster (pictured) and Pierre Neuville. --- 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. --- In case you're wondering why the two didn't play down to a winner on Thursday, WSOP coverage explained, "Per World Series of Poker rules, after 10 levels of play, the remaining players are allowed to continue for one more level if they unanimously agree, and Neuville was a bit tired and declined to continue. Eyster, who has a more than two-to-one chip advantage, briefly protested, but there was nothing the American could do." Eyster won the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown in April 2013. Third place went to Andrew luckychewy Lichtenberger (pictured), who called all-in after much deliberation on a board of 4-Q-Q-3-K. As WSOP staff vividly narrated about Lichtenberger's tank, "He sat back in his chair, resting his head on his hand as he riffled chips with the other and studied both the board and Eyster. For the better part of three minutes, the only sound you could hear in the Mothership was Lichtenberger's chips going up and down. Up and down. Up and down." When the cards were flipped over, Lichtenberger had A-8, while Eyster showed 10-10. Lichtenberger made $242,000 and reached his first WSOP final table in two years. You might remember that "Chewy" took 18th in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for a half-million dollars. Bryn BrynKenney Kenney finished in fourth place after running A-5 into Neuville's A-9. The hand was not without some drama, however, as Kenney flopped a five, but Neuville turned a nine to retake the lead. The final card was a blank and Kenney exited $160,000 richer for his wear. Here's how the chip stacks look entering Friday's restart of Event #24: 1. Kevin 1SickDiseaseEyster - 5,515,000 2. Pierre Neuville - 2,605,000 Meanwhile, Event #26, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em contest, has longtime PocketFiver and WSOP bracelet winner Ryan gutshtallinWelch (pictured) at the top with 1.55 million in chips, almost double the second place stack. Welch hit it big during the final level of the tournament on Thursday after 6betting all-in pre-flop with aces and receiving a taker in Anthony holdplz Spinella, who had A-K of spades. Spinella was drawing dead by the river and Welch scored a monster double-up. There are a half-dozen PocketFivers in the final 12 of Event #26, which is scheduled to play down to a winner today: 1. Ryan gutshtallinWelch - 1,524,000 2. Dan KingDan Smith - 887,000 3. Reed calbears22 Goodmiller - 862,000 4. Jonas Wexler - 612,000 5. Eric Rappaport - 588,000 6. Christopher Symesko - 491,000 7. Michael Bonzo9876 Katz - 439,000 8. Will Failla - 421,000 9. Geremy Eiland - 420,000 10. Heinz zhiv Kamutzki - 358,000 11. Andrew Rennhack - 358,000 12. Tony DrunkPPlaya Gargano - 216,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, powered by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. Kevin Eyster(pictured), known on PocketFives as 1SickDisease, won the World Poker Tour's Five Diamond World Poker Classic on Saturday night at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for $1.5 million. He'll also get a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. There were 639 entrants in this year's Five Diamond event, the second largest turnout in the tournament's history. Eyster entered the final table with the second largest chip stack at 98 big blinds and ultimately emerged with his second WPT title. Eddie Ochana was the Five Diamond final table's first elimination. After 14 hands, he shoved all-in with K-J, but ran into A-J and could not draw out. Then, Eyster made his mark, moving his chips in before the flop with pocket aces against Jake Schwartz's pocket queens and holding to take the chip lead. Schwartz had entered the final table as the chip leader. Cate Hall, the last woman standing in the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, busted in fifth place after losing a race with pocket fives against Ben Yu's A-7. Then, Yu sent Schwartz to the rail. Schwartz had A-10 in the hand and was ahead to start, but Yu hit a four on the flop with A-4 to pull ahead for good. On the 149th hand of the Five Diamond final table, Yu was all-in with K-Q against Eyster's pocket sixes in a race. The pocket pair held, relegating Yu to the rail and setting up heads-up play between Eyster and Bill Jennings. Eyster was up 9.8 million to 9.3 million in chips to start. Heads-up play lasted almost 40 hands. Ultimately, on hand #187, Jennings check-raised all-in on a board showing A-9-4-4 with K-9. Eyster called quickly with A-Q for a better two pair and the board filled out with a 5, giving Eyster the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic title. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1st Place: Kevin 1SickDiseaseEyster – $1,587,382 2nd Place: Bill Jennings – $929,745 3rd Place: Ben Yu – $607,433 4th Place: Jake Schwartz – $412,187 5th Place: Cate Hall – $291,320 6th Place: Eddie Ochana – $226,238 Eyster's other WPT win came in 2013 in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $660,000. The following year, he won a World Series of Poker bracelet in a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event. Eyster finished 42nd in the Five Diamond last season. Congrats to Kevin Eyster on his second WPT title! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. The World Poker Tour will close out 2018 action with the prestigious WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. The tournament, held at the iconic Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be the eighth WPT Main Tour stop of Season XVII. It’s an event that comes with a $10,400 buy-in and has been a part of the World Poker Tour schedule since the very first season. The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400 Main Event kicks off Tuesday, December 11, 2018, and runs through Saturday, December 15. The format calls for 40,000 in starting chips, big blind ante, registration until the start of the 12th level, and unlimited reentry until the close of registration. Levels will be 60 minutes long on Day 1 and 90 minutes long on Day 2, 3, and 4. The final table will be played with 60-minute levels until heads-up play. The full tournament festival begins Thursday, November 29. Rich Prizes, Storied History, and Legendary Champions The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic was the very first event on the World Poker Tour, held all the way back in 2002 when the WPT got its start. In that inaugural event, 146 players ponied up the $10,000. The one and only Gus Hansen emerged victorious to claim the $556,460 top prize and his first of three WPT titles. In Season III, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic had a $15,300 buy-in and an incredible first-place prize of more than $1.77 million. Winner the event was none other than Daniel Negreanu after he defeated the popular Humberto Brenes in heads-up play. Season V of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic attracted 583 entries and awarded a first prize of more than $2.2 million. Walking away with the title was Joe Hachem, who had just won the World Series of Poker Main Event one year prior. With the WPT Five Diamond victory, Hachem became the fourth player in poker history to own both WSOP Main Event and WPT titles, alongside Doyle Brunson, Scotty Nguyen, and Carlos Mortensen. More stars of the game captured WPT Five Diamond titles in Season VI, Season VII, and Season VIII of the World Poker Tour. First, it was Eugene Katchalov winning in Season VI for $2.482 million. In Season VII, Chino Rheem took the title and $1.538 million. For Rheem, it was his first of three WPT titles. In Season VIII, Daniel Alaei scored first place for $1.428 million. As if the likes of Hansen, Negreanu, Hachem, Katchalov, Rheem, and Alaei weren’t enough, Antonio Esfandiari earned his second WPT title when he won the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Season IX for $870,124. Esfandiari returned to the final table the following season and earned a sixth-place finish worth $119,418. Then in Season XI, Esfandiari was back at the final table, taking fourth for $329,339. To date, Esfandiari has cashed six times in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio, earning more than $1.4 million in total from the event through its first 16 editions. Dan Smith earned the WPT Five Diamond title for $1.161 million in Season XII. Then in Season XIII and Season XIV, both Mohsin Charania and Kevin Eyster won WPT Five Diamond for their second World Poker Tour titles. Charania won for $1.177 million, and Eyster won for $1.587 million. Record-Breaking Turnouts and Tosoc’s Back-To-Back Success In Season XV, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic drew a mammoth field of 791 entries, setting a new record for the WPT Five Diamond tournament and tying the all-time record for a $10,000 buy-in event in WPT history. That tournament created an enormous prize pool of more than $7.67 million and saw the top two places walk away with seven-figures scores - first place earned $1.938 million and second place won $1.124 million. James Romero defeated Ryan Tosoc in heads-up play to win the event. The following season, an even larger field turned out for the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, with 812 entries setting new records for the largest turnout in the WPT Five Diamond event and a $10,000 buy-in WPT event. Nearly $7.9 million was up for grabs, and once again the top two places earned seven figures - first place took home $1.958 million and second place earned $1.134 million. In a jaw-dropping back-to-back run, Tosoc, who placed second the year before for $1.124 million, won the event for $1.1958 million. From the two-season WPT Five Diamond run, Tosoc earned $3.082 million in total prize money. Big Buy-In Events Galore In addition to the $10,400 Main Event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule features several big buy-in tournaments. Included in the Season XVII schedule are seven other events with buy-ins of $10,000 or more. They are, as follows. - Wednesday, December 5, at 2 p.m.: $10,000 buy-in Bellagio 10K PLO 02 - Thursday, December 6, at 2 p.m.: $10,000 buy-in Bellagio 10K PLO 03 - Friday, December 7, at 2 p.m.: $15,000 buy-in Bellagio 15K 8-Game 01 - Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m.: $25,000 buy-in Bellagio 25K 01 - Monday, December 10, at 2 p.m.: $25,000 buy-in Bellagio 25K 02 - Friday, December 14, at 2 p.m.: $25,000 buy-in Bellagio 25K 03 - Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m.: $100,000 buy-in Bellagio 100K 01 There are also two $5,200 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments on the schedule. The first starts on Sunday, December 9, at 1 p.m., and the second starts on Thursday, December 13, at 1 p.m. *Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.
  5. The crazy week for the World Poker Tour continued on Friday afternoon as the $10,000 buy-in ARIA Summer Championship played down to a winner. Matthew Wantman eliminated four of the final six players to win $443,475 and his first WPT title. Wantman also earned automatic entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions that gets underway Saturday at ARIA. It took just four hands to get the first elimination. Action folded to Ryan Laplante and he moved all in from the hijack and Wantman called from the big blind. Laplante turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] which had him racing against Wantman's [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="jc"] runout missed Laplante and gave Wantman an unneeded set of jacks to bust Laplante in sixth place. Laplante wasted no time in getting back on the horse though. The next elimination came just six hands later. Jim Collopy limped for 15,000 before Wantman raised to 65,000 from the small blind. Collopy moved all in for 540,000 and Wantman called. Collopy tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"] and Wantman was well ahead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop failed to connect for Collopy and all he could do was watch the [poker card="td"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river miss him again to officially eliminate him in fifth place. The fast pace of eliminations continued and only five more hands passed before Wantman found another victim. From the button, Wantman raised to 40,000 and Art Papazyan called from the small blind before Kevin Eyster shipped his last 375,000 from the big blind. Wantman called and Papazyan folded. Wantman again turned over a monster, this time [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] while Eyster needed some help with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="7h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="tc"] runout gave Wantman a queen-high flush and eliminated Eyster in third. It took four hours and 140 hands to go from three players to heads up. Papazyan, who was looking for his third career WPT win, button-raised to 85,000 and then moved all in for 1,545,000 after Igor Kurganov made it 300,000 from the small blind. Kurganov called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] and Papazyan was in rough shape with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="js"] flop gave Kurganov top pair and Kurganov bottom pair with players drawing to a chop with Broadway. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river the [poker card="5c"] to give Kurganov the pot and send him to heads up against Wantman while Papazyan was out in third position. The players were nearly even in chips when heads up began; Wantman held 53% of the chips. Over the next two hours, Kurganov and Wantman played 53 hands and traded the chip lead a few times before Wantman finally put Kurganov away for good. Down to 18 big blinds, Kurganov shipped all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"] and Wantman called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"][poker card="ts"] flop gave Wantman a commanding lead in the hand and neither the [poker card="6d"] turn or [poker card="4s"] river changed anything to send Kurganov out in second and award Wantman his first WPT title. The event drew 192 entrants for a total prize pool $1,824,000. In 2018, the Bobby Baldwin Poker Classic, which held the same spot on the calendar at ARIA, attracted 162 players. Final Table Payouts Matthew Wantman - $443,475 Igor Kurganov - $285,650 Art Papazyan - $209,980 Kevin Eyster - $156,220 Jim Collopy - $117,640 Ryan Laplante - $89,685
  6. Another televised World Poker Tour final table is set. This time, it’s the Season XVIII WPT L.A. Poker Classic. The event drew 490 entries to Commerce Casino and generated a prize pool of $4.727 million. Just six players remain and they’ll be on hiatus until action resumes at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 2. Leading the way in the chase for the $1.015 million top prize is Balakrishna Patur. Patur brings 6.32 million in chips to the final table. He’ll be joined by two WPT Champions Club members in Matas Cimbolas and James Carroll, Ka Kwan Lau, Scott Hempel, and WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka De Silva. De Silva will be the short stack with 930,000 when action resumes in April. WPT LAPC Final Table Seat 1: Scott Hempel - 1,670,000 Seat 2: James Carroll - 4,125,000 Seat 3: Matas Cimbolas - 4,310,000 Seat 4: Ka Kwan Lau - 2,250,000 Seat 5: Upeshka De Silva- 930,000 Seat 6: Balakrishna Patur - 6,320,000 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Each of the six is guaranteed a minimum payday of $185,330. Included in the event’s first-place prize is a $15,000 seat to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal. How the Final Table Was Reached Day 1 saw Demo Kiriopoulos emerge as the event’s chip leader when the first day of play was in the books. Then it was Isaac Baron atop the field at the end of Day 2. Entering Day 3, 104 players remained and the top 62 were set to reach the money. With 63 players left, WPT Champions Club member Jordan Cristos was all in against fellow WPT champion Daniel Strelitz. According to the WPT Live Updates team, Cristos was all in with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] on the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] flop. Strelitz had made the call with the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="Jh"] on the turn and 8h on the river allowed Cristos to double up, but that would be the last time he doubled up this tournament. Shortly thereafter, still on the money bubble with 63 players remaining, Cristos was all in on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] flop with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"]. His opponent, Claude Codru, had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Ts"]. Once again, it was Cristos needing to fade a draw. This time, the [poker card="Qs"] came right out on the turn and gave Codru an unbeatable flush. The river completed the board with the [poker card="2d"] and Cristos was sent home as the "bubble boy." Once in the money, the eliminations began to stack up, including Barry Greenstein (61st - $16,905), Jesse Sylvia (55th - $18,845), and Lee Markholt (41st - $21,290). To close out Day 3, 39 players remained with Patur on top of the pack. Day 4 saw the field whittled down to 11 players. Baron remained in contention and finished Day 4 as the chip leader, with Hempel sitting second and Patur sitting third. Donald Maloney (37th - $24,375), John Hennigan (34th - $24,375), JC Tran (29th - $28,275), and Dylan Linde (14th - $58,215) were among the casualties on Day 4. Baron couldn’t get anything going on Day 5, though, and he fell in 11th place for $71,950. Charles Kassin and Lau both scored early double ups through Baron, and then De Silva picked off a bluff from Baron. On his final hand, Baron held pocket eights against Hempel’s pocket tens but could not come from behind. Hempel also knocked out WPT Champions Club member Kevin Eyster in 10th place. Strelitz went bust in eighth, and his elimination came in a three-way clash of WPT champions involving Carroll and Cimbolas. Strelitz was all in preflop with side action between Carroll and Cimbolas. On the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8c"] flop, Cimbolas bet 300,000 and Carroll shoved for more than 5 million. Cimbolas called all in for 1.56 million total with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"]. Carroll had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2c"] and then Strelitz had the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river was the [poker card="3s"], keeping Cimbolas’ aces in front and eliminating Strelitz. After Strelitz busted, Shi Chen was sent packing in seventh place to set the official TV final table. Play Resumes in April Guaranteed $185,330 each with the chance to win $1.015 million, the final six players in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic will resume action on Thursday, April 2, at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table is the third delayed final table during Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour. Taking place in the days before it are the finales to the WPT Gardens Poker Championship and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Chance Kornuth leads the WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table, with action set to resume on Tuesday, March 31. Veerab Zakarian leads the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open final table, with action set to resume on Wednesday, April 1. All three of these final tables - the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and WPT L.A. Poker Classic - will play out at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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