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It should be an entertaining finish to Event #2 ($5,000 NLHE) of the 2015 World Series of Poker. On Saturday, the field will play down to a winner. Twenty runners remain on Friday out of the starting grid of 422, including several PocketFivers and one former Main Event champion. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The tournament resumes on Friday at 2:00pm PT and its final table on Saturday will be streamed on WSOP.com on a 30-minute delay. Among those you'll see on Friday is David Doc SandsSands (pictured above), who sent Brian Altman to the rails in 23rd place after his A-K withstood A-Q. Sands moved up to 825,000 in chips, or 82 big blinds, and ended the day in fourth place with 704,000. Kevin ImaLuckSac MacPhee doubled up late on Thursday to make Day 3, although he's short on chips at 178,000. MacPhee won a race with K-Q against 3-3 after spiking a king on the river to survive. He's in search of his third career WSOP final table. Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured), who led the field during a break on Thursday, was bumped in 29th place after running pocket fours into pocket aces. No help came for Hastings, who was extremely active on Twitter leading up to Wednesday's kickoff of the WSOP and won a bracelet in 2012. Here's how the field of 20 looks entering Friday's restart. The chip leader, Carl Westcott, is one of the founders of 1800Flowers: 1. Carl Westcott - 1,066,000 2. Artur Koren - 1,062,000 3. Greg gregy20723 Merson - 800,000 4. David Doc Sands Sands - 704,000 5. Jason jdpc27 Wheeler - 683,000 6. Long Nguyen - 659,000 7. Michael Wang - 653,000 8. Barry Hutter - 609,000 9. Bryn BrynKenney Kenney - 596,000 10. Corrie Wunstel - 526,000 11. Rong Li - 477,000 12. Amir Lehavot - 473,000 13. Byron Kaverman - 372,000 14. Steve SteveyBallGame Merrifield - 337,000 15. Michael Brenden - 327,000 16. Jack Schanbacher - 318,000 17. Joe ender555 Ebanks - 301,000 18. Alex Bolotin - 271,000 19. Kevin ImaLuckSacMacPhee - 178,000 20. Nam Le - 155,000 Speaking of Friday, the Colossusbegins at 10:00am PT with Flight A. Flight B will kick off at 7:00pm PT. The will call line, according to various reports, was over two hours long at times on Thursday as players who pre-registered checked into the tournament (pictured). However, no wait times were reported around 7:00am PT on Friday. The moral: always procrastinate. There were 14,000 pre-registrations for the Colossus, which has a $565 buy-in and $5 million guaranteed prize pool, although it's unknown how many of those registrations are unique since players can register for more than one flight. Tables for the Colossus were being set up throughout the Rio, including in the Poker Kitchen. Play is scheduled to begin 10-handed and get down to nine-handed as quickly as possible. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge.
Just five months ago, Kevin 'ImaLuckSac' MacPhee was just another player chasing his first World Series of Poker bracelet. He changed that this summer when he won his first bracelet in Las Vegas and Saturday in Berlin he won his second bracelet of the year, winning the WSOP Europe Main Event and €883,000 ($972,879 US). "It was a goal of mine just to win one bracelet," MacPhee said. "Having two in the same year feels pretty unreal. I'm not the greatest mixed-game player. I'm more of a no-limit tournament specialist. So it's very difficult for me to win two in a year." MacPhee started the six-handed final table with a commanding chip lead and other than a brief spell during heads-up play with David Lopez, he held control the entire night. The first two hours of the final table could fairly be described as a bloodbath. In a 45-minute span, four players were eliminated, leaving MacPhee and Lopez to play for the bracelet. Lopez kicked things into high gear by eliminating Felix Bleiker in sixth place. Just eight minutes later, MacPhee eliminated Kilian Kramer. MacPhee then cut short Andrew 'luckychewy' Lichtenberger's pursuit of his first bracelet when he was eliminated in fourth. When three-handed play began MacPhee was still in control, holding 6,300,000 of the 9,390,000 chips in play. Despite his impressive chip lead, MacPhee wasn't involved in the next elimination. Lopez raised to 90,000 from the button, MacPhee folded his small blind, and JC PrtyPsux Alvarado moved all-in for 595,000 from the big blind. Lopez called and tabled Ac Qs, but found himself behind Alvarado's Ad Kh. The flop came Ah 4c 2d to give both players top pair. The 6h was a safe card for Alvarado's double-up hopes, but the Qc river gave Lopez top two pair and sent Alvarado out in third place. While the first four eliminations came rather quickly, the final one took much longer. MacPhee maintained his lead for the first two hours before Lopez climbed his way to the top. It didn't take long for MacPhee to regain control one final time. On the final hand of the night, MacPhee raised to 140,000 before Lopez three-bet to 435,000. MacPhee announced he was all-in and Lopez quickly called and tabled Kc Kh. MacPhee flipped over Ad 4d. The flop came 7c 5h 2h to give MacPhee a gutshot straight draw. The 3c on the turn made MacPhee's wheel to wrap up the hand. The meaningless river was the Js. Final Table Payouts Kevin MacPhee - €883,000 David Lopez - €475,000 JC Alvarado - €315,000 Andrew Lichtenberger - €225,000 Kilian Kramer - €175,000 Felix Bleiker - €130,000
Saturday was the calm before the storm at the World Poker Tour Online at partypoker with just four events playing down to a champion. Luke Martinelli outlasted 253 other entries in Event #19 ($530 Turbo) to win the title and $25,895.30. Finishing one spot behind Martinelli earned Freek Scholten $18,796 while Norbert Szecsi took home $13,398.50 for coming in third place. Mohamed Bachir Andolssi earned $8,652.15 for winning Event #19 Mini ($55 Turbo). Saturday also the seventh WPT500 starting flight. Julio Fantin finished Day 1G with the biggest stack at 440,689. A total of 68 players advanced to Day 2 including Alex Fortin-Demers (408,580), Kevin MacPhee (330,663), Alexandr Trofimov (281,301), and Jaime Staples (270,972). Note: results from Event #16 and Event #16 Mini were not made publically available. WPT Online Event #19 Mini $55 Turbo 1,175 Entries $58,750 Prize Pool Mohamed Bachir Andolssi - $8,652.15 Andrea Panarese - $8,532.84 Rafael Roglio - $4,705.87 Carson Barton - $3,149.00 Marlon Singh - $2,232.50 Dzhem Yumer Yumer - $1,574.50 Evgeny Nekrasov - $1,104.50 Henrik Zeis - $740.25 WPT Online Event #19 $530 Turbo 254 Entries $127,000 Prize Pool Luke Martinelli - $25,895.30 Freek Scholten - $18,796.00 Norbert Szecsi - $13,398.50 Jimi Koponen - $9,906.00 Ognyan Dimov - $6,985.00 Anthony Spinella - $5,334.00 Thomas Boivin - $3,937.00 Roger Tondeur - $2,921.00 WPT Online WPT500 Day 1G 473 Entries $236,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Julio Fantin - 440,869 Alex Fortin-Demers - 408,580 Kevin MacPhee - 330,663 Alexandr Trofimov - 281,301 James Staples - 270,972 Pedro Madeira - 248,984 Valerii Kutepov - 243,358 Jose Manuel Nadal - 223,099 Anton Morgenstern - 213,659 Pavel Savin - 209,238
When the 2020 World Series of Poker Online schedule came out it was clear that Event #4 was designed with fireworks in mind in more ways than one. Event #4 ($500 Super Turbo NLHE) was designed to finish quickly so players could get outside on July 4th in Las Vegas and the quick pace of the event meant things moved along quickly. Those July 4th celebrations didn't seem to stop the players from turning out. There were 828 unique entries who fired a total of 351 rebuys to create a $530,550 prize pool. The event took just five hours and 48 minutes to play down to winner. The final table started with an average stack of just 10 big blinds. Holding nine big blinds, Jason 'Daluxxx' Luxenberg shoved for 3,554,584 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] from UTG+1. Action folded to Brian 'XcrazylegsX' Frasca who moved all-in for 5,081,808 on the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4d"] to give Frasca top set and eliminate Luxenberg in ninth place. Just five minutes later, Kevin 'ImALuckSac' MacPhee lived up to his screenname and it led to the elimination of Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels. MacPhee moved all in for 2,833,565 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] only to have Daniels call all in for 1,652,932 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. The [k][q][t] flop gave MacPhee top two pair but left Daniels drawing live to an ace or a jack. The [poker card="5h"] turn and [poker card="2s"] river were both bricks and Daniels was sent to the rail in eighth place. This was the second final table of the 2020 WSOP for Daniels after he finished fourth in Event #1 ($500 No Limit Hold’em Kickoff) for $42,060. Ryan 'Whosyourdodd' Dodd got to stick around for another six minutes before he was exiting stage right. Dodd moved all in from the button for 3,591,334 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] and Frank 'spaghettiii' Marasco called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="th"] to miss Dodd entirely and give Marasco a rivered top set. Dodd was out in seventh place. Down to just over two big blinds, Bode move all in for 2,129,268 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. Marasco then shoved for 13,068,178 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"], and 'DrJayTrotter' called all in for his last 1,048,964 wiht [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Bode top pair. The [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="as"] river were both bricks for 'DrJayTrotter' and they were eliminated in sixth place. Bode then picked up another victim. Down to 1.5 big blinds, MacPhee moved all in from UTG for 1,776,726 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"] Bode called from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Bode top pair and MacPhee was unable to get any relief through the [poker card="3d"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river and was denied a third WSOP bracelet with a fifth place result. The fast pace of eliminations continued and Bode was more than happy to be the one doing the work. Bode moved all in from the small blind for 12,342,242 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] and Marasco called all in for his last 5,213,910 from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop left Marasco needing a hail mary to stay alive but the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river were no help. Marasco was eliminated in fourth place. A few minutes later, Frasca sent the tournament to heads-up. Frasco moved all in from the small blind for 20,135,952 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="2s"] and 'KTUUUH' called all in for 1,745,872 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Frasco bottom pair and that held up through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="as"] river and 'KTUUUH' was eliminated in third. Frasca had a 2-1 chip lead when heads-up play began but over the course of eight hands, Bode found himself holding all of the chips. On the final hand of the night, Frasca moved all in for 13,593,648 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] and Bode called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"] to give Bode trip sevens to eliminate Frasca and capture his first career WSOP bracelet and $97,091. Final Table Payouts Matt Bode - $97,091 Brian Frasca - $59,952 'KTUUUH' - $42,603 Frank Marasco - $30,772 Kevin MacPhee - $22,389 'DrJayTrotter' - $16,500 Ryan Dodd - $12,362 Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels - $9,338 Jason 'Daluxxx' Luxenberg - $7,162 Hellmuth Cashes Again Phil Hellmuth finished in 37th place finish for $1,963.03 to go along with 11th place finish for $7,872 from Event #1. He wasn't the only familiar face to wind up in the money on Saturday night. Ryan 'KOVID19' Ko (14th - $4,403.56), Ari Engel (16th - $3,501.63), Tim 'unorth0dox' Reilly (17th - $3,501.63), Bryan 'Pellepelle' Piccioli, Event #3 champion Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (33rd - $2,334.42), and Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon ($75th - $1,061.10) were just a handful of players who earned a positive result.