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  1. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event has arrived. The unique live-online hybrid solution to finding a successor to current reigning World Champion Hossein Ensan gives players, both in the United States and internationally, one final shot at winning a gold bracelet in 2020. Last updated: Sunday, December 7, 2020 The tournament, which comes with a traditional $10,000 buy-in and is a true freezeout, will hold all of its starting flights online. Players in the United States can travel to Nevada or New Jersey to play in a single opening flight on WSOP.com while international players have three starting flights to choose from on GGPoker. These two separate online tournaments will spawn two different final tables which will be played out live. The final nine from the WSOP.com player pool will determine a winner in Las Vegas as GGPoker's final table will battle it out at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Ultimately, the winner of each final table will face off in a winner-take-all heads-up battle in front of the ESPN camera on December 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner of that match will take home an additional $1 million and the title of WSOP World Champion. WSOP Main Event Schedule (GGPoker) [table id=130 /] WSOP Main Event Schedule (WSOP.com) [table id=128 /] Julian Menhardt Leads GGPoker Day 1A Survivors [caption id="attachment_633135" align="aligncenter" width="799"] The opening flights of the 2020 World Series of Poker are underway online. (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] The first flight of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event had 246 entries take their one-and-only shot in the $10,000 buy-in tournament. At the end of 16 30-minute levels, just 62 players advanced to day two with Germany’s Julian ‘VWgunther’ Menhardt bagging the chip lead with 534,490 chips (107 big blinds). Germany’s Paul ‘AsiaStylez’ Esau finished the day with 472,075 (94 bbs) for second in chips while the Netherlands Dirk Gerritse rounded out the top three with a 472,075 stack (91 bbs). Plenty of star power entered and survived through Day 1A. This includes former WSOP Main Event standout Preben Stokkan, a pair of Brazil’s best in Brunno Botteon and former #1-ranked player Yuri Dzivielevski, Anatoly Filatov, Daniel Dvoress, and Russia’s Artur Martirosian among others. For others though, the dream of becoming the WSOP Main Event champ will have to wait another year. Fedor Holz, Kristen Bicknell, Christian Rudolph, Julien Martini, and former #1-ranked players Steven van Zadelhoff and Andreas Nemeth were among those notable players who busted before the day was done. Joining them on the rail are the likes of Pablo Brito Silva, Jans Arends, Ole Schemion, Rainer Kempe, Christian Jeppsson, Sebastian Sikorski, and Patrik Antonius. The players that made it through to Day 2 of the WSOP 2020 Main Event will return to the online tables on December 7 and merge with the remaining fields of Day 1B and Day 1C to play down to a final table of nine. Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=129 /] Blaž Žerjav Takes Overall Chip Lead On Day 1B [caption id="attachment_633168" align="aligncenter" width="696"] The 2020 WSOP Main Event has a new chip leader after Day 1B. (photo: PokerFactor)[/caption] The World Series of Poker 2020 Main Event continued on December 5 as 171 players opted to take their $10,000 shot on Day 1B. After roughly nine-and-a-half hours of play, 16 total levels, just 42 players survived the day with their dream of becoming the next WSOP World Champion in tact. Slovania’s Blaž Žerjav, third-place finisher in the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online, finished the day atop the chip counts with a stack of 639,394 (128 bbs), good for an overall chip lead through two flights. Žerjav was followed closely by Brazil’s #9-ranked player, Rodrigo Valente (592,043, 118 bbs) in second place and Isreal’s Amir Divr (538,003, 108 bbs) in third. Online poker’s former #1-ranked crusher from Russia, Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov was the only other player to end the day with over 100bbs, finishing in fourth place with 551,114 in chips, good for 102 big blinds. Day 1B saw its share of notable names make it through to Day 2 including World Series of Poker gold bracelet winners Simon Lofberg, Toby Joyce, and Barak Wisbrod. Joining them in advancing was the likes of PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo SHR winner Sergio Aido, Swedish pros Anton Wigg and Simon Mattsson, as well as PokerStars WCOOP winner Alex Difelice. With nearly 3/4th of the field busting throughout the day, it’s fair to say that there was plenty of big-time talent that found themselves on the outside looking in. Some of those who shot and missed included GGPoker ambassadors Felipe Ramos and Kevin Martin, 888poker ambassador Daria Feshchenko, Team partypoker pro Dzmitry Urbanovich, Sylvain Loosli, Bert ‘girafganger’ Stevens, Jens Kyllonen, Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, Adrian Mateos, and former #1-ranked Swedish pro Niklas Astedt. Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=133 /] Senthuran Vijayaratnam Tops Day 1C, Takes Overall Chip Lead Into Day 2 The final starting day of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on GGPoker saw another 257 players post their $10,000 buy-in to boost the field size to a three-day total of 674 runners. This landed the total prize pool at $6,470,400 assuring a seven-figure score of $1,550,969 for GGPoker’s eventual winner as well as awarding $1,062,723 for the runner-up. At the end of another 16 levels, 75 players virtually bagged chips in Day 1C making for a total remaining field size of just 179 players who will return for Day 2 on Monday. Of those still in the hunt to become the 2020 WSOP World Champion, 80 will make the money and just nine will lock up a seat at the live final table, which set to take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic on December 16. Canada’s Senthuran Vijayaratnam leveraged the largest of the three starting flights to launch himself to the top of the overall chip counts. Vijayaratnam has a healthy lead on the field after dragging 966,714 (193 bbs) in chips, a number far above the tournament’s second-place player, the UK’s Jesse Wigan. Wigan just out chipped Day 1b chip leader Blaž Žerjav after finishing the day with 642,276 (128 bbs) in chips. Russia’s Viacheslav Buldygin rounds out the Day 1C top three, locking up 480,671 in chips to advance to Day 2. Day 1C had its fair share of notable names who made their way to the end of the day including WSOP bracelet winners Jonas Lauck and Sung Joo Hyun. Joining them in advancing to Day 2 include the likes of Gediminas Uselis, Damian Salas, Alexandros Kolonias, Ludovic Geilich, Antonine Saout, and Gary Hasson among others. Just like all of the other starting flights before it, Day 1C also saw plenty of big-time talent bust out before the end of the day. Eleven former bracelet winners failed to advance including GGPoker ambassador Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Davidi Kitai, Mike Leah, and 2020 WSOP Online Main Event winner Stoyan Madanzhiev. It was the same fate for the notable names of Dietrich Fast, Patrick Tardif, Dario Sammartino, Benjamin Rolle, Maksim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov, Mikita Badziakouski, David Peters, Kitty Kuo, and 2014 WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson. Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=134 /] Day 1 Combined Top 10 Chip Counts [table id=135 /]
  2. For every fantastic poker movie of the past 25 years (Rounders, Mississippi Grind), there’s been another which missed the mark. But the poker world (for better and for worse) isn’t lacking in incredible storylines, interesting characters, and dramatic tension. From epic biopics and romantic melodramas to buddy comedies and political thrillers, the poker world should be a screenwriter’s goldmine. Imagine cast sheets packed with poker’s biggest names (Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Stu Ungar) and the A-list Hollywood stars who would portray them. Here are five of the best real-life poker plot lines that could be - and should be - made into movies. Lights, camera, ACTION! TEXAS DOLLY Director: Martin Scorcese Starring: Russell Crowe (Doyle Brunson) Christopher Plummer (older Doyle) Armie Hammer (younger Doyle) Tom Hanks (Johnny Moss) Owen Wilson (Amarillo Slim) David Koechner (Puggy Pearson) Timothee Chalamet (Stu Ungar) Matt Damon (Chip Reese) Danny McBride (Todd Brunson) Synopsis: In the early 1950s, a devastating leg injury crushes the NBA dreams of prodigious college athlete Doyle Brunson. He turns to illegal poker games to fuel his competitiveness and soon finds himself on the road with a motley crew of Texan card sharks. Over the next 60 years, Brunson writes the book on poker, wins 10 World Series bracelets, and navigates the online poker boom while becoming the greatest player of all time. At 87, Brunson decides to step away from the tables, but one final high stakes game brings the Godfather of poker out of retirement. This is a no brainer. A three-hour biopic of the legendary Doyle Brunson directed by the equally legendary Martin Scorcese? Yes, please. In fact, why hasn’t this film been made already? Texas Dolly would make such an awesome movie. Brunson has sixty-plus years worth of stories to cherry-pick from a lifetime of playing the highest stakes poker games in the world. Imagine the backroom poker scenes, gunpoint robberies, tender family moments, and busto-to-robusto drama that Scorcese could reimagine on the big screen. He’s made plenty of big, bold biopics before (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Aviator, The Wolf of Wall Street, to name just a few) so Brunson’s story will be in the safest of hands. Instead of going down the digital de-aging route like Scorcese did in 2019’s The Irishman, cast different actors to play Brunson at the different stages of his life. Have Armie Hammer as the young NBA-ready Doyle for the first 45 minutes of the film, followed by Oscar winner Russell Crowe as Brunson for the next 90 minutes. Finally, Oscar winner Christopher Plummer bringing things home as Brunson today. Then just look at that merry band of Texan road gamblers in the supporting cast. A bald Tom Hanks with thick-rimmed glasses and a cardigan would make for an amazing Johnny Moss (Brunson’s mentor) and seeing the late Amarillo Slim reimagined by his fellow-Texan Owen Wilson would be superb. Anchorman’s David Koechner taking on Puggy Pearson, young superstar Timothee Chalamet bringing Stu 'the Kid' Ungar to life, and poker-movie royalty Matt Damon becoming one of the game’s all-time greats in Chip Reese (Brunson's best friend before Reese’s death at the young age of 56). Oh, and let’s not forget Danny McBride bringing some light comedy to proceedings as Brunson’s son Todd, also a successful high-stakes poker player in his own right. It’s actually ludicrous that the Godfather of Poker’s story hasn’t already been told on the silver screen, because the rounder lifestyle of poker’s pioneers is just so damn romantic. It feels like this film would resonate with a large audience, whether the majority are poker players or not. But then maybe the lack of biopic is Brunson’s doing. Perhaps he wants to keep his life story close to his chest, just as he has with cards throughout most of it. But with his blessing, then please, someone please write the script (*cough* Brian Koppelman and David Levien *cough*) and make this movie happen. BLACK FRIDAY Director: Adam McKay Starring: Jeff Daniels (Howard Lederer) David Krumholtz (Ray Bitar) Billy Bob Thornton (Chris Ferguson) Mandy Patinkin (Isai Scheinberg) Michael B. Jordan (Phil Ivey) Michael Fassbender (Gus Hansen) Sam Rockwell (George W. Bush) Synopsis: It’s 2011 and the poker boom comes to a crashing end when the United States Department of Justice issues an indictment against the three largest online poker websites in the country: PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. Popular PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg is among those indicted, but things are about to get even worse for the poker community when it’s revealed that Full Tilt Poker--run by Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, and shady businessman Ray Bitar--has been defrauding poker players out of more than $300 million and doesn’t have the funds to reimburse them. A brutally honest telling of online poker’s darkest day could make for the most important poker movie ever made. The pros of a Black Friday film? It’s a story that has everything. Rags-to-riches tales from online poker greats; government dealings and courtroom drama; the shock of the day itself; and both likable and downright unsavory characters for us to root for and against. The cons? It wouldn’t exactly paint online poker in the finest light. If there’s one filmmaker who could get across the importance of Black Friday and explain the difficult concepts involved in an entertaining, educational way, it’s Adam McKay. While he cut his teeth making some of the best comedies of the past two decades alongside Will Ferrell (Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys) it’s McKay’s 2015 film The Big Short--about the investors who made a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America in 2008--where he knocked it out of the park and booked the Black Friday writer/director gig. As for the cast, Jeff Daniels would make an excellent Howard Lederer. Daniels has carved a niche for himself lately playing powerful, unlikeable characters, and when it comes to Lederer...well, you can make of that what you will. Joining him at Full Tilt Poker would be the great Billy Bob Thornton as Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson--an ambiguous character whose involvement in the disgracefulness remains unclear--and David Krumholtz as Ray Bitar. The film would also feature top actors portraying some of poker’s biggest names for the first time on screen. Michael B. Jordan would provide the coolness Phil Ivey deserves, while Michael Fassbender as Gus Hansen would just be a joy to see. As for PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg, give Mandy Patinkin from Homeland the role, while Sam Rockwell who played President George W. Bush in McKay’s 2018 film Vice, could revive the role here for a few government scenes. SUITED CONNECTORS Director: Greta Gerwig Starring: Anna Kendrick (Kristen Bicknell) Channing Tatum (Alex Foxen) Cameron Diaz (Jennifer Harman) Will Poulter (Kahle Burns) Synopsis: Inspired by her poker-playing hero Jennifer Harman, Kristen Bicknell works her way to the top of a male-dominated game and becomes one of the best poker players around. When she falls in love with another top player, Alex Foxen, it feels like a match made in heaven. But complications arise when the two fierce competitors both wind up at the same final table of a major poker tournament and then get three-handed with Kahle Burns. In just about every poker movie, female characters are simply used as props to either annoy or inspire the leading man. Screw that. It’s about time there was a poker film with a woman crushing the game instead of just organizing it (Molly’s Game), and while there still aren’t enough women playing poker, there are plenty of world-class players who are as feared at the tables as any dude. As the No.1 ranked GPI female player in the world for the past three years running, Kristen Bicknell is undisputedly one of them. Like many other poker couples, Bicknell and Alex Foxen’s relationship was once just a lovely inconsequence to the poker community. But in 2018 it was suggested that they had gone easy on each other during the final table of the $5,000 MSPT Venetian, particularly when they got three-handed against Kahle Burns. The question is: can two competitive players really put their loving feelings aside and play coldblooded versus one another when deep down they both want to see each other succeed? It’s just a tricky situation and one ripe for some melodrama. Unlike other “road to the final table” poker films (looking at you, Lucky You), the conflict in this romantic dramedy doesn’t come from characters hating each other but rather characters loving each other, to the point where their game integrity is called into question. It’s also about what happens after the game is over. Greta Gerwig would be an incredible choice to direct Suited Connectors, a story largely based on a successful woman striving for greatness, who falls in love with someone completely different and yet perfectly similar to her. Gerwig’s two films so far (2017’s Ladybird and 2019’s Little Women) are both female-led stories, and she writes and directs with honesty and style. Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick has been brilliant in films like Up in the Air and The Voices and could pull off Bicknell’s dauntless determination, while Channing Tatum (aside from the fact he’s big and athletic like Foxen) has proven himself a fine (and funny) actor in films like Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, and The Hateful Eight. As for Jennifer Harman--the player who inspired the real-life Bicknell--coaxingh the great Cameron Diaz out of retirement for the role seems like a win. THE WEIGHTING GAME Director: Paul Feig Kevin Hart (Bill Perkins) Jaime Staples (himself) Matt Staples (himself) Mike Vacanti (Zac Efron) Synopsis: Two professional poker playing brothers find themselves in a high stakes game on the yacht of an eccentric billionaire, with who they make a large bet: Brothers Jaime (304lbs) and Matt (134lbs) have to weigh within 1lb of each other in exactly a year’s time. If they can do it, they’ll win big. With the help of a strict personal trainer, they’re going all in. But life on the road makes losing and gaining both weight and money harder than they thought. Let’s lighten the mood a little with a road-trip buddy movie. The Staples brothers (Jaime and Matt) had the entire poker community rooting for them in 2017/2018 when they bet Bill Perkins that they couldn’t weigh within one pound of each other in 12 months’ time, all the while streaming poker online and traveling to live events. They did it, of course, in a great story of perseverance and hard work paying off. For the sake of the film, however, instead of the brothers streaming online poker, have them playing poker on the road. And make the Perkins character wilder and more erratic than Perkins is in real life, just to spice things up. There's no better pick to play the brothers themselves, so they'll both have to get some acting lessons prior to filming. But for Perkins, let’s throw his real-life friend and poker enthusiast Kevin Hart in the mix. Hart is one of the biggest movie stars in the world and anyone who has observed his spontaneous antics at the poker tables knows he would make this thing hilarious, as would Zac Efron as a fictional draconian version of the Staples’ personal trainer Mike Vacanti. In the director’s chair would be Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat), one of the reigning kings of comedy movies. The whole thing could be like the section of Rounders where Mike and Worm go on the road to run up a stake, only instead of trying not to get caught base dealing, the brothers are trying not to eat the wrong things. THE BLIND STEAL Director: Aaron Sorkin Starring: Emma Stone (Veronica Brill) Ben Foster (Mike Postle) Jonah Hill (Justin Kuraitis) Pete Davidson (Joe Ingram) Synopsis: Poker player and commentator Veronica Brill grows suspicious that a successful player in her game, Mike Postle, has been cheating for months on a live-streamed Sacramento cash game with the help of cardroom manager Justin Kuraitis. They deny the allegations and will do anything to discredit Brill, so she turns to someone she hopes can help expose the suspected charlatans: popular YouTuber Joe Ingram. There have been some incredible films with ambiguous endings over the years. You don’t get to know whether the robbers’ gold-laden bus teeters over the cliff edge in The Italian Job; you don’t get to know who the Zodiac killer is in Zodiac; and by the end of The Blind Steal--this telling of the Mike Postle cheating scandal which took place at Stones Casino, Sacramento from July 2018 through September 2019--you won’t know with absolute certainty whether Mike Postle was cheating or not. The viewers will have enough information to make an informed decision though, and that’s all thanks to writer and director Aaron Sorkin. In his screenplays for The Social Network, Moneyball, and his 2017 directorial debut Molly’s Game, Sorkin has been able to enlighten audiences on some dense subject matter (from computer algorithms and data analysis to how a game poker works) in just a few pages of the script. And thanks to Molly’s Game, it's clear he understands poker and the severity of the Postle allegations against many players, not just Veronica Brill (who brought the allegations to light). So, with Sorkin at the helm, who would he cast? For Brill, possibly Emma Stone. In films such as Zombieland, The Favourite, and Battle of the Sexes, she’s shown herself to be tough and determined with no sign of intimidation. As for Joey Ingram, Pete Davidson could sling on a tank top and blazer and showcase Ingram’s dogged resolve. Ben Foster would be perfect for Postle. Anyone who saw Foster as Lance Armstrong knows he’s a master of playing manipulative, conniving schemers looking to get ahead at any means necessary, even at the expense of others. He could handle Postle too. Justin Kuraitis is harder to cast as, frankly, there isn't all that much to go on aside from some post-settlement tweets. But based on those tweets, the character in the film is going to be stubborn, goofy, and a bit corrupt. Jonah Hill is a great actor who has been nominated for an Oscar twice (The Wolf of Wall Street and Moneyball). He’s got that down. The ambiguous ending of The Blind Steal mentioned earlier? It will be a bit like the ending of The Social Network, Sorkin’s Facebook origin story. Just like Facebook is an ongoing thing, so too is the Postle lawsuits and investigation. But maybe a film like this will inspire more people to seek the truth of what went on during those live streams.
  3. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb grabbed his second WSOP bracelet on Thursday in the ,500 Seven Card Stud event (WSOP photo)[/caption] Just two bracelets were awarded on Thursday at the 2016 World Series of Poker and for both winners it was there second time winning one. Shaun Deeb beat a stacked final table to win the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event just one year after winning his first bracelet. Kristen Bicknell, the 2013 Ladies Champion, won her second career bracelet by coming out on top of the $1,500 Bounty event. While Deeb and Bicknell were winning their second career bracelets, Jason Mercier was a man on mission trying to win his third bracelet of the summer. Mercier played three events simultaneously in an attempt to advance a stack in all three events. Deeb's first bracelet came last year when he won the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championhip. Final Table Payouts Shaun Deeb - $111,101 Adam Friedman - $68,666 Max Pescatori- $46,312 Katherine Fleck - $31,899 Eugene Katchalov - $22,448 Yaniv Birman - $16,147 John Monnette - $11,878 Cory Zeidman - $8,941 Event #50: Vanessa Selbst Highlights 12 Players Left in $1,500 Shootout Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event saw 120 players return to play 12 10-handed tables with the winner of each moving on to the final day. The group of 12 who won their tables to advance includes Sam Greenwood and Niall Farrell but the real headliner is Vanessa Selbst. The remaining 12 players will start play with two six-handed tables on Friday and play down to a winner beginning at Noon. Final 12 Chip Counts Safiya Umerova - 654,000 Damian Salas - 654,000 Sam Greenwood - 653,000 Niall Farrell - 651,000 Erkut Yilmaz - 651,000 Alexander Lakhov - 646,000 Daniel McAulay - 641,000 Daniel Tang - 640,000 Vanessa Selbst - 639,000 Michael Mixer - 635,000 Yuliyan Kolev - 631,000 Raymond Ho - 630,500 Event #51: Tommy Lee Leads $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship Day 2 of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship saw just 28 players of the 159 who started the day move on to Day 3. Leading the pack is Tommy Lee with 2,100,000. He's the ony player to finish with more than 2,000,000. The group behind Le includes Brandon Shack-Harris (1,630,000), James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst (1,552,000), recent bracelet winner Loren Klein (760,000) and Max Silver (726,000). With the top 60 players all making the money in this event, there were 32 players eliminated on Thursday that managed to make a profit in the event including Erik Seidel ($15,113), Mike Matusow ($17,113), Taylor Paur ($17,113), Mike Watson ($18,925) and Jason Mercier ($18,925). The final 28 players return to play at 2 PM on Friday to play down to a winner or another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Tommy Le - 2,100,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 1,630,000 James Obst - 1,552,000 Melad Marji - 1,300,000 Junayed Khan - 1,122,000 Travis Pearson - 1,108,000 Harley Stoffmaker - 1,050,000 Dominique Mosley - 817,000 Loren Klein - 760,000 Benjamin Reinhart - 739,000 Event #52: Erhan Iscan Leads $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Erhan Iscan has just one previous tournament cash to his credit - a 32nd place finish in a $120 buy-in tournament in 2009. On Thursday he took a gigantic step towards his second cash, this time with a much bigger payout available. Iscan leads after Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 281,000. He is one of 286 survivors from Day 1 action. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Jordan Young finished with 177,000, good enough for a top five stack. Just two days after finishing runner-up to Ankush Mandavia in the $5,000 Turbo, Daniel Strelitz finished with a top 10 stack, after amassing 163,600 on Day 1. The event drew 1,125 players to create a $3,071,250 prizepool with the eventual champion walking away with $569,158. Some of the other notables to move on to Day 2 include Kevin Saul, Jay Farber, Stephen Chidwick, Joe Cada, Bryn Kenney and 888poker pro Sofia Lovgren. This is the only event of the day that Mercier managed to advance in. He'll have his work cut out for him on Friday however as he bagged up just 21,800 chips - the 251st biggest stack. Top 10 Chip Counts Erhan Iscan - 281,800 Oliver Bosch - 201,600 Keith Lehr - 188,200 Jordan Young - 177,000 Michael Kane - 174,000 Dorian Rios - 167,700 Christopher Kruk - 164,500 Daniel Strelitz - 163,600 Ivan Freitez - 156,900 Roman Valerstein - 142,800 Event #53: John Monnette Leads $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo After Day 1 One of the new events on the 2016 WSOP schedule this year, the $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo event rotates between Omaha Hi-Lo, Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and Big O (five card Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo). To the surprise of few, a player that has vast experience playing all three variations of the game in Las Vegas cash games made his way to the top of the chip counts after Day 1. John Monnette, who has already cashed six times this summer, finished with 87,650 and the Day 1 chip lead. Right behind him is Yuval Bronshtein with 81,725. Former $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner David Bach sits third with 75,050. Other former braclet winners to advance to Day 2 include Michael Mizrachi, Eli Elezra, Mike Leah, Jason Somerville, Barry Greenstein, Allen Cunningham and Andrey Zaichenko. The event brought out 668 players with 207 moving on to Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts John Monnette - 87,650 Yuval Bronshtein - 81,725 David Bach - 75,050 Cody Crouch - 74,400 Randy Schatz - 70,200 Michael Mizrachi - 67,325 Mark Johns - 65,050 Viliyan Petleshkov - 64,000 James Alexander - 63,100 Woody Deck - 61,325
  4. On Thursday, February 22 the Global Poker Index returns to Los Angeles to host the 4th Annual GPI American Poker Awards. Sponsored by PokerStars, the awards ceremony looks to celebrate not just the players of the game but the industry and influencers that help create and support the poker community. Having spent the last three years in Beverly Hills, the ceremony now moves to the Andaz West Hollywood hotel on the Sunset Strip. “We are very excited to return to the Los Angeles area for a fourth straight year to reward the most deserving poker players, industry leaders and media members in the business,” Alex Dreyfus, American Poker Awards President said. “We are proud to once again host the poker world and look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles.” In total, the ceremony will hand out 20 total awards including mainstay categories such as Breakout Player of the Year, Moment of the Year and Event of the Year. The awards also shine the spotlight on members of the media including Poker Journalist of the Year and Poker Media Content of the Year. In addition to these and other previously awarded categories, three new awards will be included in 2018 - all of which reflect the growing landscape of how poker is both presented and consumed. For the first time the categories of Video Blogger of the Year, Poker Broadcaster of the Year and Biggest Influencer will be presented, likely recognizing a new wave of content creators that are helping grow the industry. Two awards that need no nomination and have already been determined are the GPI American Player of the Year and the GPI Female Player of the Year. Both are pre-determined by tournament results of the players that scored the most points on the Global Poker Index during the 2017 season. The GPI American Player of the Year is New York’s high-rolling crusher Bryn Kenney. Kenney takes the award after an amazing 2017 that saw him rake in 15 six-figure scores headlined by a victory in the PokerStars Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller for $1,946.911. Canada’s Kristen Bicknell will be honored as the GPI Female Player of the Year. Her spectacular season was topped by a victory in the $5,000 side event during the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas for nearly $200,000. Once again, PocketFives is proud to be co-presenting the PocketFives Legacy Award. The award is presented to an online legend who has come out from behind the keyboard to make significant contributions to the live tournament circuit. Last year, one of the greatest, Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy was presented with the award. All the winners will be revealed on February 22 at 7:00 pm at the Andaz West Hollywood. If you are looking to reserve your spot, simply fill out the necessary form, noting that space is limited. 4th Annual American Poker Awards Categories GPI American Player of the Year - Bryn Kenney GPI Female Player of the Year - Kristen Bicknell Breakout Player of the Year Poker Journalist of the Year Poker Media Content of the Year Poker Podcast of the Year Video Blogger of the Year Poker Streamer of the Year Poker Broadcaster of the Year Mid-Major Circuit of the Year Event of the Year Industry Person of the Year Biggest Influencer in Poker Charitable Initiative of the Year PocketFives Legacy Award Award for Lifetime Achievement In Poker Jury Prize People's Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year
  5. On Thursday, February 22 the Global Poker Index and PokerStars present the 4th Annual American Poker Awards. The ceremony, being held in Hollywood, will bring together some of the biggest names in poker to celebrate the achievements of both players and industry members in 20 different categories. There’s a lot to look forward to when the celebration of the year-that-was takes place at the Andaz Hotel this week. PokerCentral Leads The Way There’s no doubt that Cary Katz’ PokerGo streaming service, part of Poker Central, has had an important impact on not just how fans can consume their favorite game but how much poker they now have at their disposal. Poker Central leads the way in award nominations with eight opportunities to pick up a trophy. Both the Super High Roller Bowl and the Poker Masters are included in the Event Of The Year category. Nick Schulman and the longtime poker voice of Poker After Dark, Ali Nejad are competing for the Broadcaster of the Year. Additionally, “Tom Dwan’s Return to Poker After Dark”, Matt Berkey’s “Dead Money” documentary, the Poker Central Podcast and Cary Katz himself are all up for awards as well. Doug And Daniel Go Head To Head It’s no secret that Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk, two of poker’s biggest personalities, have an acrimonious relationship. At the American Poker Awards the pair finds themselves nominated in a trio of categories against one another. Both are nominated for the Video Blogger Award (along with Joe Ingram and Andrew Neeme), The People’s Choice For Poker Personality of the Year (along with Jonathan Little and Andrew Neeme) and Poker’s Biggest Influencer (along with tournament director Matt Savage and Poker Central’s Cary Katz). Players Of The Year A pair of awards are pre-determined as both Bryn Kenney and Kristen Bicknell will be honored for their tournament performances in 2017. Kenney, who destroyed the high roller scene last year, earned himself the 2017 GPI American Player of the Year on the back of 15 six-figure scores. Bicknell will be presented with the 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year award with the help of her victory in the $5,000 prelim at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December of 2017 for just under $200,000. The Favorites There’s little doubt that all of the players and industry members that have been nominated are deserving. That said, there are a few that would likely be considered favorites in their respective categories. Vlogger Andrew Neeme crashed the poker personality party in 2017 with his engaging, well-produced vlogs. In a little over a year, the bulk of which occurred in 2017, he’s amassed over 80,000 subscribers to his YouTube Channel. He’s up against some heavy hitters including the award-winning Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram, Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu, but his consistent vlogging has opened up the new space of poker content like none other. The Broadcaster of the Year category is stacked with class as well. Longtime ESPN WSOP commentator Lon McEachern, Poker After Dark’s Ali Nejad and the lovable voice of both the PokerStars EPT and Poker Night In America, Joe Stapleton are some of live poker’s biggest assets. But the smooth delivery and easy-to-grasp hand analysis of Nick Schulman took over the coverage of the High Roller Bowl and was as highly-acclaimed as one could be by just about everyone who heard it. In the Podcast category, there’s some amazing content to be had, but the longevity and entertainment of the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast with Adam Schwartz, Terrence Chan and Ross Henry may have an edge this year. The trio does it all: addressing poker’s biggest issues, answering listener email, expounding on the latest #pokertwitter drama all while giving their listeners a glimpse into their real lives. It could be a close one, but it should be their year. An Industry Showcased Performances both at the table and away will be celebrated with both players and industry members getting their due. The categories of Breakout Player, Tournament Performance and Moment of the Year shine a light on the people and moments of 2017 that players and fans won’t soon forget. Event Of The Year, Industry Person of the Year, Journalist of the Year and the Media Content category celebrate the efforts of some in the world of poker who dedicate their time to showcasing the game we love. A Pair For PocketFives PocketFives.com is not without its own nominations this year as well. President and Editor-In-Chief of PocketFives.com, Lance Bradley, scored a nomination for Journalist of the Year for his work covering the personalities of both the live and online poker scene. Additionally, his article entitled "Resilience Defined: Sheddy Siddiqui Raising His Two Boys #ForCathy" was honored with a nomination for Media Content of the Year. Special Awards A handful of awards are without nominations but will be unveiled on Thursday including the Charitable Initiative award, the Jury Prize, our own PocketFives Legacy Award (celebrating an online legend who has made great strides in the live tournament circuit) and the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker. In a field that thrives on competition of the highest order, the American Poker Awards is more of a celebration of another successful year of those moments and individuals that expand the reach and grow the game of poker.
  6. 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. Listen in this week as Lance Bradley and Matt Clark discuss Michael Mizrachi's third Poker Players Championship victory and whether or not that guarantees him a place in the Poker Hall of Fame once he's eligible. They also wax poetically about John Hennigan and whether or not the poker world doesn't appreciate the five-time bracelet winner enough. They wrap up the episode by getting into the details of the Alex Foxen-Kristen Bicknell win at the Venetian and the controversy that followed. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  7. With the World Series of Poker well and truly in the books for another year, the online Sunday Majors saw some familiar names return to the tables to do battle for the richest prizes of the week. The PokerStars Sunday Million saw 5,916 entrants create a $1,183,200 prize pool with 'blackaces93' and 'keksi_sn' chopping heads-up, both taking away six-figure scores. 'luckyEVever' exited in third place for $78,672, which allowed the final two to agree to a deal. 'keksi_sn' added $125,930 to their bankroll and 'blackaces93' collected $145,930 after winning the heads-up battle to claim the remaining share of the prize pool and the Sunday Million title. 'DEX888' got the better of popular Twitch streamer Parker 'tonkaaaa' Talbot heads-up to come through a 89 player field and win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $42,184. Talbot banked a cool $31,947 for his second place finish after he beat off final table competition from 'AceSpades11' (3rd - $24,194), 'hello_totti' (4th - $18,323), Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell (5th - 13,876), Thomas 'WushuTM' Muhlocker (6th - 10,509), PocketFives Worldwide #1-ranked 'Lena900' (8th - $6,027.41) and Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo (9th - $5,178). 'donkno2' won a combined $66,000 for victory in the 749 player field PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. Their victory came after a heads-up battle with 'nailuj90', who fell at the last hurdle and collected a total prize worth $36,000.There was a familiar name in the final podium spot as current world #2-ranked 'C.Darwin2' took the bronze medal along with $19,750. 'despedespi33' took down the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up and banked $32,944 after they battled through the 1,005 player field. 'bossamtisch' took the runners-up spot for $23,907, with 'SoCloseCall' awarded $17,349 for third place. Chris 'Ad_Finem' Kruk was the big winner across the partypoker network after he took down the $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller for $44,625. A prize pool worth $127,500 was created after 51 entrants took part, as Kruk banked the majority share. 'barrm111' took the silver medal alongside $29,962, with 'omgitsgiraf' the third place finisher for $19,125. Sweden's Johannes 'TrollKonst8' Korsar emerged victorious in the 888poker $1,050 The Whale and walked away with the $24,790 first-place prize. After 67 entrants created a $67,000 prize pool, the top six places were paid. 'Farrugia_1', 'tutten7', and 'WAFAL' all cashed before Alessandro 'ZeroNineee' Valli took third place for $10,050. 'cuadrado12' departed during the heads-up battle and collected $16,750, as Korsar took the gold medal. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,916 entrants, $1,183,200 prize pool blackaces93 - $145,930.90* keksi_sn - $125,930.91* luckyEVever - $78,672.86 jaydog321 - $55,210.24 IdentityAK - $38,744.94 jricardosc - $27,190.05 STAS80AK - $19,081.22 RagnarZDead? - $13,390.74 regina83h - $9,397.32 *denotes heads-up deal PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 89 entrants, $178,000 prize pool DEX888 - $42,184.29 tonkaaaa - $31,947.24 AceSpades11 - $24,194.48 hello_totti - $18,323.12 krissyb24 - $13,876.57 WushuTM - $10,509.10 AnyTw0_Card$ - $7,958.80 Lena900 - $6,027.41 imluckbox - $5,178.99 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $250k Gtd 749 entrants, $374,500 prize pool donkno2 - $31,884.21 + $34,122.95 (in bounties) nailuj90 - $23,370.65 + $12,669.90 (in bounties) C.Darwin2 - $17,130.62 + $2,617.19 (in bounties) say#masallah - $12,556.70 + $3,623.05 (in bounties) J.Creutz - $9,204.01 + $671.88 (in bounties) Succeeed - $6,746.52 + $2,757.81 (in bounties) henry2021 - $4,945.17 (no bounties won) BellyBob - $3,624.78 + $3,140.64 (in bounties) alberto.m7 - $2,656.96 + $2,562.50 (in bounties) PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $150k Gtd 1,005 entrants, $201,800 prize pool despedespi33 - $32,944.10 bossamtisch - $23,907.06 SoCloseCall - $17,349.35 Edison82 - $12,590.41 SsicK_OnE - $9,136.85 padjes - $6,630.60 zianbeau - $4,811.81 Andrey_pok21 - $3,491.93 I Am Benjami - $2,534.08 partypoker $530 Sunday Major – HR $100k gtd 223 entrants, $111,500 prize pool eet_smakelijk - $21,894.60 theshadowalker - $16,048.52 MonkMode - $11,763.47 joaosimaobh - $8,622.62 Boy-George - $6,320.37 maniakboy - $4,632.82 Partyyycular - $3,395.28 LoSientoGrace - $2,489.12 SantaClaiMEer - $2,489.12 partypoker $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 51 entrants, $127,500 prize pool Ad_Finem - $44,625 barrm111 - $29,962.50 omgitsgiraf - $19,125 ImagineKing - $11,475 FkTheseGuysBro - $8,925 Zaymovishka - $7,331.25 aLiNeNok1617 - $6,056.25 partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR $150k Gtd 168 entrants, $168,000 prize pool IamPEAKing - $37,178.40 TullaMoreFan12 - $26,712 Gl4diat0r - $19,488 barrm111 - $13,944 PhileasFogg - $9,744 OMG_riverboys - $7,560 YoungSAVAGE - $5,880 dartazz - $4,620 partypoker $530 Sunday Big Bounty Hunter–HR $150k gtd 307 entrants, $157,337.50 prize pool Multifate - $15,273.38 + $13,701.40 (in bounties) servegilisgod - $11,052 + $6,798.37 (in bounties) Sentapied99 - $7,751.75 + $5,643.77 (in bounties) DrMiKee - $5,641.12 + $1,538.08 (in bounties) dlanger610 - $3,991 + $1,882.61 (in bounties) EnDTropY - $2,993.25 + $4,347.65 (in bounties) BaxterCroaked1 - $2,110.62 + $1,804.68 (in bounties) geileaap - $1,535 + $2,674.22 (in bounties) 888poker $1,050 The $60,000 Whale 67 entrants – $67,000 prize pool TrollKonst8 - $24,790 cuadrado12 - $16,750 ZeroNineee - $10,050 WAFAL - $6,700 tutten7 - $5,025 Farrugia_1 - $3,685 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 450 entrants – $90,000 prize pool Turrrrible - $17,550 EduardoGarla - $13,050 Urindeepshit - $9,900 Dustyourfish - $7,200 velkommeninn - $4,950 J0hnmccl3an - $3,600 _APO_1 - $2,700 youler - $2,250
  8. The Venetian and Wynn continue to trot out quality fields and huge guarantees. In the past week, Wynn held their largest event to date as part of the Wynn Summer Classic and The Venetian made headlines for some controversy at their recent live streamed final table. Strong Final Table Ends with Asterisk The highest buy-in to take place outside of the Rio this summer in a non-high roller event brought 178 entrants to The Venetian. The $5,000 $1 million guaranteed Mid-States Poker Tour event produced as good of a final table as live stream viewers could ask for. Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell, Kahle Burns, and Jake Schindler headlined the event and all but Schindler were among the final three. After declining a chop deal with the couple of Bicknell and Foxen, Burns lost and earned a $120,000 bronze medal. England's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford delivered fifth place and his largest cash of the summer. Foxen and Bicknell immediately chopped afterward and Foxen took home the trophy along with $239,000. Bicknell earned a quality $200,000 score. Accusations of soft-play and potential collusion filled the social media space during and after the event. The live stream indicated no blatant chip-dumping but the attention stays on that side of the aisle. Another six-figure was produced at The Venetian in the past week as Ben Jones won the $1,600 Six-Max $750,000 guarantee event outright. Jones beat Alexander Lakhov heads up to claim the $193,468 first-place prize. Lakhov settled for $109,138. David Jackson and Kevin Saul both made the final table while Jessica Dawley and Mike Del Vecchio placed at the final two tables. Wynn Brings in the Masses The first multi-day event of the Wynn Summer Classic attracted 2,427 runners for the $1,100 $1 million guarantee. 251 players made the money and top two prizes were chopped between Kwun Li and Dominic Coombe. The pair earned $280,594 and $266,639, respectively, for their two days of play. Coming in third was past MSPT Venetian champion Thomas Boivin. In June 2016, the Belgian outlasted a field of 2,887 to chop with Mukul Pahuja and earn $352,153. This time around, Boivin cashes out for $149,961. Ian O'Hara and Upeshka De Silva are among the other final tablists. The Wynn's schedule lists one more $1,100 $1 million event starting on June 26 with three starting flights available. ARIA 8-Game High Roller Ends in a Deal The $50,000 Poker Players Championship is the highest buy-in mixed game event on the schedule but ARIA added a matching event of their own for 2018. The $25,000 8-Game mix on June 14 attracted 30 entrants and featured quite a few players who entered the PPC the next day. Phillip Sternheimer and 2017 PPC winner Elior Sion chopped for $275,000 and $220,000 at a final table that included Luke Schwartz, Isaac Haxton, and Alexander Kostritsyn. All five players rolled over their cash into the PPC but none made the money in the year's pinnacle mixed event.
  9. Just three days after 'hello_totti' took down the PokerStars Thursday Thrill the PocketFives #3-ranked player achieved a fine finish to his week by picking up a career-best top score and first PokerStars Sunday Million title after defeating 'Pthelegend' heads-up to win $160,888. Those two wins could be enough to propel the Russian player to the #1 spot for the first time in his career. Latvia's 'auercan' claimed the bronze medal for $79,231.39 before the final two battled it out. 'Pthelegend' was unable to get the better of the online legend 'hello_totti' and exited as runner-up for $112,092. Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson was crowned this week's PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller champion after he beat out a 109 player field. Hasson took the $49,928 top-prize after a heads-up battle with 'SwalzB,' who collected the $37,594 runners-up prize after 'Pimmss' had exited in third place for $28,307. 'JWLMRS' won just over $60,700 for victory in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, after 881 entrants created a prize pool worth $440,500. 'JWLMRS' won $23,682 in bounties alone after '4rebmun' exited in second-place for over $38,000 and 'bk0705' had banked over $23,000 in third. Current world ranked #12 'Sasuke234' beat Russia's 'pokanuktus' heads-up for victory in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and the first-place prize worth $34,431. After 'agus_amestoy' had departed in third place for $17,799, 'pokanuktus' was the final player to fall and banked $24,755, as 'Sasuke234', who has over $9.4m in online earnings, picked up another gold medal for their tally. World ranked #1 'Drulitooo' added another win to their array of online poker achievements and bagged over $37,000 in the partypoker $530 Sunday Big Bounty Hunter. Billy 'stub8ornCnt' Chattaway finished in third place out of the 166 entrants for a score worth over $11,600 before fellow U.K. based player 'PicassoToo' went heads-up with online poker's current top dog. 'PicassoToo' wasn't able to get the better of 'Drulitooo' on this occasion and had to settle for a second-place finish worth over $17,700. 'ACHSO8000' saw off competition from 'jo1ntheparty' to be crowned this week's partypoker $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller champion for $54,987. 'Drulitooo' featured on another final table, this time banking $18,675 in fourth place before Samuel 'JHelppi' Vousdon, who lost out to his BITB partner Patrick Leonard heads-up in this event last week, found himself on the final table once more but this time he had to settle for the bronze medal worth $26,975. 'jo1ntheparty' was ultimately the final player to fall and banked $38,387 in second place as 'ACHSO8000' picked up the win. partypoker ambassador Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell took second place in the partypoker $530 Sunday Main Event for $21,407 after she fell to 'uwannagobud' heads-up. The tournament exceeded its $125,000 guarantee after 316 entrants created a $158,000 prize pool. 'ACHSO8000' added $15,535 onto the $54,987 they received for victory in the Super High Roller by taking third-place, before Bicknell exited during the final battle and 'uwannagobud' took the win for $29,498. 'josef_shvejk' went the distance in the 888poker $1,050 The $80,000 Whale and claimed the $26,000 first-place prize. The top eight places were paid after 72 entrants took part, as Poland's 'asiarat' finished in third place $12,000. 'jnevanli' was unable to defeat Russia's 'josef_shvejk' for the win and settled for the $16,000 runners-up prize. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,958 entrants, $1,191,600 prize pool hello_totti - $160,888.26 Pthelegend - $112,902.43 auercan - $79,231.39 Stormania - $55,602.20 karkamal0 - $39,020.01 jay6789 - $27,383.08 funkyphaquir - $19,216.69 pececada - $13,485.81 7Phenom1991 - $9,464.04 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $125k Gtd 109 entrants, $218,000 prize pool quiditbear - $49,928.31 SwalzB - $37,594.47 Pimmss - $28,307.51 elmerixx - $21,314.71 x_zola25 - $16,049.33 p0cket00 - $12,084.65 Bigfish112392 - $9,099.38 imluckbox - $6,851.56 Korrinho - $6,043.46 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 881 entrants, $440,500 prize pool JWLMRS - $37,055.12 + $23,682.27 (in bounties) 4rebmun - $27,160.72 + $10,897.20 (in bounties) bk0705 - $19,908.70 + $3,449.22 (in bounties) tobtheking1 - $14,593.03 + $10,548.35 (in bounties) pAtcAsh83 - $10,696.66 + $4,194.33 (in bounties) FU_15 - $7,840.61 + $3,210.94 (in bounties) maggess88 - $5,747.15 + $5,886.71 (in bounties) prebz - $4,212.65 + $5,513.68 (in bounties) markovitsus - $3,087.86 + $968.75 (in bounties) PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,061 entrants, $212,200 prize pool Sasuke234 - $34,431.27 pokanuktus - $24,755.90 agus_amestoy - $17,799.69 99dm84 - $12,798.14 GangstaZab - $9,201.96 FDBtazz - $6,616.31 Zhakinec09 - $4,757.18 micide - $3,420.47 limonadik586 - $2,459.35 partypoker $530 Sunday Main Event-HR $125k Gtd 316 entrants, $158,000 prize pool uwannagobud - $29,498.90 Krissyb24 - $21,407.10 ACHSO8000 - $15,535.19 csicserito1 - $11,273.77 Garrin4e1 - $8,181.39 The_ProfessorPP - $5,936.37 i remember - $4,308.66 jo1ntheparty - $3,126.82 C12SLY - $3,126.82 partypoker $530 Sunday Big Bounty Hunter–HR $150k 166 entrants, $169,320 prize pool Drulitooo - $16,766.92 + $20,336.88 (in bounties) PicassoToo - $12,337.95 + $5,403.12 (in bounties) stub8ornCnt - $9,078.95 + $2,600 (in bounties) skippyskip5 - $6,680.75 + $5,183.75 (in bounties) dartazz - $4,916.09 + $5,281.25 (in bounties) DOnt_DO-iT - $3,617.47 + $1,9495 (in bounties) HellmuthTheGr8 - $2,661.81 + $3,120 (in bounties) Gr4vyBo4t - $1,958.80 + $2,567.50 (in bounties) donkcallfold - $1,958.80 + $1,625 (in bounties) partypoker $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller $150k Gtd 83 entrants, $207,500 prize pool ACHSO8000 - $54,987.50 jo1ntheparty - $38,387.50 JHelppi - $26,975 Drulitooo - $18,675 LoSientoGrace - $14,525 iamnotyourbuddy - $10,893.75 MisterN411 - $8,818.75 DamianLillard - $7,262.50 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 109 entrants, $109,000 prize pool KERRMODE - $26,705 KidPoker2021 - $19,075 ADRIEN_BRODY - $13,625 CooperKupp - $9,537.50 GreenNaugahyde - $7,085 IamPEAKing - $5,450 x2fingerz_2u - $4,360 lgnent - $3,542.50 888poker $1,050 The $80,000 Whale 76 entrants – $80,000 prize pool josef_shvejk - $26,000 jnevanli - $16,000 asiarat - $12,000 OlNKOinkOink - $8,000 MisterN411 - $6,000 alwayswin111 - $4,400 prebzzz - $3,600 Graftekkel - $3,200 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 493 entrants – $100,000 prize pool radasahk - $17,412.99* youler - $16,087.01* Pik00rs - $10,750 SanttuO - $7,750 Farrugia_1 - $5,250 IHaveNoBoss - $3,750 pokerdeityy - $2,750 P1rateNati0n - $2,250 *denotes heads-up deal
  10. Day 7 of partypoker POWERFEST had one partypoker pro pick up a title and another one got as close to one as you can get without winning while also making a second final table appearance. Patrick Leonard was the most high profile winner on Day 7 and he pocketed over $40,000 in the process. The former #1-ranked online player in the world and current partypoker team pro beat out 378 other players to win Event #42 High ($530 Six Max No Limit Hold'em PKO) for $20,102.66 from the prize pool plus an additional $21,650.30 in bounties. The #2-ranked player in Russia, 'sweet_dreammm', finished runner-up for $14,875.85 while 'Specter_Litt' earned $10,805.09 as the third place finisher. The next biggest winner of the day was 'benderbei1' who took down Event #43 High Roller ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO) for $25,487.50. His victory denied Kristen 'Krissyb24' Bicknell the second victory of the day for partypoker team pros. Bicknell ended up in second place for $18,500. The #1-ranked player in Russia, 'PhileasFogg', wound up third for $13,187.50 Bicknell had another close call in Event #45 High Roller ($530 Fast Six Max No Limit Hold'em) where she finished fifth for $6,000. The eventual winner, 'daskalos20', earned $24,906 for the win. Event #41 (High): $215 Mix Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 475 Prize pool: $100,000 Tom.Sawyer - $19,399.40 Tru3Justic3 - $14,400 NoisiaRadio - $10,350 chnuschti18 - $7,300 summuNNN - $5,200 VblackholeV - $3,300 Event #42 (High Roller): $530 Six Max No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 379 Prize pool: $200,000 Patrick_Leonard - $20,102.66 sweet_dreammm - $14,875.85 Specter_Litt - $10,805.09 adolfnitler.ftw - $7,616.83 mmmmRektUWil - $5,528.18 megustaestrecha - $3,819.47 Event #42 (High): $109 Six Max No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 1,064 Prize pool: $110,656 ihadafeeling - $8,379.07 Gamblereiti - $6,403.15 justkot - $4,921 BanicIvan - $3,378.20 BL2858348 - $2,207.80 Kuuhaku. - $1,364.26 Event #43 (High Roller): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 250 Prize pool: $255,000 benderbei1 - $25,487.50 Krissyb24 - $18,500 PhileasFogg - $13,187.50 IN INFINITY - $9,750 IamPEAKing - $6,875 Pepe_Le_Spew - $5,250 CatsFreakMeowt - $3,875 JHelppi - $2,875 Event #43 (High): $215 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 799 Prize pool: $164,594 Dabledore - $14,262.15 NinjasHyper - $10,147.30 SanityWaterline - $6,815.47 JeansssRun - $4,618.22 Putadroga - $3,259.92 Sponix92 - $2,349.06 FL_RAP - $1,677.90 Dogaaanoff - $1,166.54 Event #44 (High Roller): $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Entries: 100 Prize pool: $50,000 recusant_89 - $15,640.30 gibidon - $9,750 Hell0M8 - $6,000 I_Bet_Your_Mom - $4,375 RevenirROI - $3,125 SanchoPansa95 - $2,125 Event #44 (High): $109 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Entries: 182 Prize pool: $18,200 kid1591 - $4,533.06 Tightguy66 - $2,912 bloodflood - $2,047.50 senoresfefo - $1,483.30 Doyle883 - $1,092 stmacka - $728 Event #45 (High Roller): $530 Fast Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 195 Prize pool: $100,000 daskalos20 - $24,906.60 PotPotBANG - $16,000 LoSientoGrace - $11,250 theshadowalker - $8,150 Krissyb24 - $6,000 BobBogdanovich - $4,000 Event #45 (High): $109 Fast Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 527 Prize pool: $52,700 savageplenty - $9,881.41 silentm0de - $7,129.67 fiolhoso - $5,349.05 Putadroga- $3,768.05 aWasZuTrinken - $2,635 goldencosty - $1,581 Event #46 (High): $109 Turbo No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 371 Prize pool: $38,584 vvv_777tv - $3,598.86 AstraesPL - $2,597 AKQ_POCKETS - $1,799.25 Gancas09 - $1,289.22 Hahaha_Owned - $918.22 Birkenstock78 - $680.78 BadBeatPeete - $473.02 JudgeDredd66 - $245.03
  11. The penultimate day of the partypoker POWERFEST is in the books, and it saw plenty of PocketFivers pick up titles. Kristen “Krissyb24” Bicknell won her first POWERFEST in Event #136 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out, outlasting 671 runners to bank $14,379.05 plus $7,519 from bounties. The partypoker ambassador has been crushing the live poker scene of late, with big scores in Las Vegas and Macau bringing her career earnings up to more than $2.2 million. Her fellow Team partypoker member, Ludovic “Gr4vyBo4t” Geilich, came close to a title himself. Geilich would ultimately finish in fourth in the High Roller version of Bicknell’s event ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out) for $4,263 (+ $3,835). “IamPEAKing” would emerge victorious in that one, adding $20,695.85 + $30,150 to his or her bankroll. On top of that, they also placed third in Event #138 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive Knock-out for an additional $5,540.62 (+ $4,421). One player who has been crushing this POWERFEST is the UK’s “NoOnionsBlud”, who has racked up multiple second and third-place finishes. A title eluded him prior to Saturday though, when he took down Event #137 High Roller: $530 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max for $12,744.64. Other PocketFivers to win titles on Friday include “ComeToMyParty”. He won Event #134 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Mix-Max for $19,399.40, bringing his winnings up above the million mark. Meanwhile, “VblackholeV” won Event #135 High Roller: $109 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Progressive Knock-out for $8,329.82 (+ $5,612), and can now boast more than $2.6 million in career online winnings. Two other players worth shouting out are “SlowplayAlex” and “DannyAgger”. Not only did the former finish third in the same event “ComeToMyParty” won (for $10,350), he also finished third in the event “IamPEAKing" won for $10,708.25 (+ $3,607). Meanwhile, “DannyAgger” notched up a seventh-place finish in the same event Bicknell won (for $1,735.22 + $2,472), and also final tabled Event #139 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Progressive Knock-out for another seventh ($405.62 + $155). The rest of the winners on Saturday were “Skipper22”, “Hero_Value”, “seotaji86”, “raissa1990”, and “Lebboy3333”. Event #134 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Mix-Max Entries: 479 Prize pool: $100,000 ComeToMyParty - $19,399.40 Garrin4e1 - $14,400 SlowplayAlex - $10,350 Pokewesjuh - $7,300 hotfils - $5,200 unstoppableMind - $3,300 Event #135 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Progressive Knock-out Entries: 355 Prize pool: $200,000 Skipper22 - $21,362.66 + $21,470 OsamaBinLosing - $15,808.25 + $4,122 miss rixy dixy - $11,482.34 + $5,118 Pider Ninni - $8,094.25 + $2,411 Severtsev - $5,874.68 + $2,731 VovTroyJeblt - $4,058.87 + $2,772 Event #135 High Roller: $109 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Progressive Knock-out Entries: 931 Prize pool: $100,000 VblackholeV - $8,329.82 + $5,612 King_loOol - $6,215.75 + $81 RingelStink - $4,599.65 + $2,562 vMagnus - $3,157.60 + $860 MichaB999 - $2,063.62 + $135 SnOwD0nk - $1,275.17 + $1,888 Event #136 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Entries: 203 Prize pool: $207,000 IamPEAKing - $20,695.85 + $30,150 KONY2012 - $15,022 + $7,312 SlowplayAlex - $10,708.25 + $3,607 Maguireblue - $7,917 + $3,445 BuyThaPot - $5,582.50 + $520 Ludovic “Gr4vyBo4t” Geilich - $4,263 + $3,835 Doyle_B - $3,146 + $2,015 TullamoreFan12 - $2,334.50 + $1,430 Event #136 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Entries: 671 Prize pool: $150,000 Kristen “Krissyb24” Bicknell - $14,379.05 + $7,519 Puffer_F1sh - $10,237.84 + $1,786 SupermanTY22 - $6,909.36 + $3,632 FishOnHeater - $4,724.55 + $4,047 DDNAX12 - $3,296.93 + $2,534 NoisiaRadio - $2,397.76 + $867 DannyAgger - $1,735.22 + $2,472 kevlar91 - $1,214.65 + $1,323 Event #137 High Roller: $530 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max Entries: 96 Prize pool: $50,000 NoOnionsBlud - $12,744.64* drewmscott - $12,645.67* Imlucknuts - $6,000 SchlampigaUhu - $4,375 zanzibazaar - $3,125 BeezaDog - $2,125 Event #137 High: $109 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max Entries: 169 Prize pool: $16,900 Hero_Value - $4,209.27 fbrym - $2,704 icf043 - $1,901.25 Tuersteher - $1,377.35 Odyssey2017 - $1,014 holyguacamole - $676 Event #138 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive Knock-out Entries: 197 Prize pool: $100,962.50 seotaji86 - $12,266.56 + $14,930 MoNddLeR - $7,880 + $3,785 IamPEAKing - $5,540.62 + $4,421 Tightguy66 - $4,013.87 + $262 hardf1sh - $2,955 + $1,829 WWWpartyCOM - $1,970 + $1,279 Event #138 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive Knock-out Entries: 509 Prize pool: $52,936 raissa1990 - $4,772.14 + $4,845 Andrey00611 - $3,443.07 + $1,667 leeking2525 - $2,583.17 + $840 Dvsricky - $1,819.67 + $954 JiggaWhat44 - $1,272.50 + $253 Gorgonzoler - $763.50 + $54 Event #139 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Progressive Knock-out Entries: 295 Prize pool: $30,680 Lebboy3333 - $2,935.38 + $3,875 CSABIPAPI - $2,124 + $1,156 NeverInduce - $1,489.75 + $686 mcbc87 - $1,084.12 + $303 Serg_Blak - $767 + $344 optimax17 - $575.25 + $330 DannyAgger - $405.62 + $155 Mendez-11 - $295 + $47
  12. Geovanne 'Grande_Prego' Pereira took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for $145,753 after defeating 'AndyKidPoker' in the final showdown. A total of 5,835 entrants took part and meant that the prize pool once again exceeded its guarantee and was set at $1,167,000. A familiar name in the world of online poker 'anteen' took the bronze medal worth $77,595, before the final two players agreed to a money-deal. The action then recommenced and saw 'Grande_Prego' take the title nearly 14 hours after the tournament had begun. 'AndyKidPoker' added a massive $122,386 to their bankroll, just over three years since a 13th place finish in the Million for $4,661 saw them bank their now third biggest online score. 'bartek901' got the better off Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland to claim victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $43,132. This week's edition saw 91 entrants come together to create a $182,000 prize pool. '0409479' took the bronze medal for $24,738, before Westmorland, who has over $5.1m in recorded online cashes, was the final player to depart the action and 'bartek901' picked up the win. Two-time PokerStars Sunday Million champion 'VinceVegaMFR' added the Sunday Warm-Up title to his list of accomplishments after he came through the 1,139 player field. Brazil's 'pabritz' took the bronze medal for $18,613 before heads-up play got underway between 'VinceVegaMFR' and 'jayjayme,' with the latter the final player to fall and departed with 25,888 as 'VinceVegaMFR' claimed the $36,006 top prize. 'TheRepoMan86' banked $52,337 after victory in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event-SHR following a heads-up battle with 'rdcrsnn.' There was a $263,000 prize pool up for grabs, with 'CropDustr' just missing out on a shot at the first-place prize after they departed in third place for $26,563. That left 'rdcrsnn' to do battle with 'TheRepoMan86', but it was the former who was to fall and had to settle for the runners-up prize worth $37,872. 'Ignent' took down the partypoker $530 Sunday Bounty Hunter for a score worth just over $54,000. partypoker ambassador Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell just missed out on a podium finish after she departed in fourth place for $8,697 + $3,542.50 (in bounties). 'BrunoBellagio44' was the next to fall and banked $11,763.25 + $3,201.25 in third place before the final battle commenced. 'spinner2255' ultimately succumb to the pressure from 'Ignent' and took second place for $16,502 + $7,141.87 and 'Ignent' secured the $22,734.85 first-place prize alongside a massive $32,069.38 in bounties. 'Specter_Litt' defeated partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao heads-up to collect the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller gold medal. The tournament saw 96 entries create a $245,000 prize pool and once the field was reduced to the final three in was 'aLiNeNok1617', on their second major final table of the day, who collected the bronze medal for $30,625. Brazilian Simao was then looking to take another title on his partner site but couldn't get the better of 'Specter_Litt' in the final showdown and departed in second place for $42,875, with the latter banking $60,025 as champion. Over on 888poker, recent XL Eclipse champion 'Kannwas' overcame current PocketFives #3 ranked 'Isildur1337x' to win the $1,050 Whale for $25,550. The prize pool was set at $73,000 after 73 entrants took part with the top seven places paid. Rodrigo 'sonmonedass' Perez banked $10,950 for a third-place finish before 'Kannwas' continued their impressive run on the 888poker client to take another title by defeating Sweden's 'Isildur1337x', who had to settle for the $16,425 runners-up prize. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,835 entrants, $1,167,000 prize pool Grande_Prego - $145,753.12* AndyKidPoker - $122,386.03* anteen - $77,595.69 Carsandi - $54,454.32 BuyMyLunch - $38,214.46 diw.2303 - $26,817.77 ludachips28 - $18,819.97 Matthew101 - $13,207.40 Squashchamp - $9,268.66 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 91 entrants, $182,000 prize pool bartek901 - $43,132.24 JWPRODIGY - $32,665.15 0409479 - $24,738.18 jackziyang - $18,734.87 sk2ll_m0dR - $14,188.41 T-Macha - $10,745.26 Str8$$$Homey - $8,137.65 huang33 - $6,162.86 ale6ka - $5,295.38 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder, $200k Gtd 2,848 entrants, $284,800 prize pool L1VeYRdrEamS - $20,483.84 alexMFNb - $14,482.48 K_banks1 - $10,240.67 snowrez - $7,241.25 ViDss - $5,120.34 Faaaarst - $3,620.64 glava38 - $2,560.18 ALWAYSBRAVES - $1,810.31 Cmon_Gasquet - $1,280.09 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,139 entrants, $227,800 prize pool VinceVegaMFR - $36,006.70 jayjayme - $25,888.10 pabritz - $18,613.76 edudrake1987 - $13,383.45 Moses4you - $9,622.79 crife1 - $6,918.87 Tomatee - $4,974.71 JopperHarryN - $3,576.87 south2 - $2,571.79 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event-SHR $200k Gtd 263 entrants, $263,000 prize pool TheRepoMan86 - $52,337 rdcrsnn - $37,872 CropDustr - $26,563 aLiNeNok1617 - $19,330.50 orud74 - $13,676 Echomaus - $10,257 SacredAccount - $7,232.50 SchelampigaUhu - $5,260 partypoker $530 Sunday Bounty Hunter – HR $200k 223 entrants, $227,460 prize pool Ignent - $22,734.85 + $32,069.38 spinner2255 - $16,502 + $7,141.87 BrunoBellagio44 - $11,763.25 + $3,201.25 Krissyb24 - $8,697 + $3,542.50 HungarysHero - $6,132.50 + $4,046.25 Smokeycoke12 - $4,683 + $390 jizonhisniz - $3,456.50 + $1,690 ROTTsFEARestFC - $2,564.50 + $2,080 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 98 entrants, $245,000 prize pool Specter_Litt - $60,025 joaosimaobh - $42,875 aLiNeNok1617 - $30,625 fren96 - $21,437.50 MoNddLeR - $15,925 Paul_Folders - $12,250 donzledurbru - $9,800 MOTHERSMATTERS - $7,962.50 partypoker $530 Main Event-HR 100k Gtd 263 entrants, $131,500 prize pool VolZok_ - $26,168.50 rudiqa1 - $18,936 MelonsAreYum - $13,281.50 ojanOmaha - $9,655.25 mwhldwn - $6,838 Quatroe3ehFLIP - $5,128.50 LoSientoGrace - $3,616.25 Patrick_Leonard - $2,630 888poker $1,050 The $50,000 Whale 73 entrants – $73,000 prize pool Kannwas - $25,550 Isildur1337x - $16,425 sonmonedass - $10,950 DosPoochies - $7,300 wellyxx - $5,475 - APOARSLAN - $4,015 Svengate - $3,285 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 560 entrants – $112,000 prize pool GritinhO-Dzi - $21,560 BrAvEHrT1 - $15,960 PoulPanasony - $12,040 GangstaGo - $8,680 radfish14 - $5,880 VitaliyPanko - $4,200 BeeTheBeagle - $3,080 Sinatra48 - $2,520  
  13. In June, the poker world is consumed with results and stories coming out of the World Series of Poker. This year was no different with players, like Michael Mizrachi, accomplishing previously inconceivable feats and legends, like Doyle Brunson, hinting that their time playing the game may have finally come to an end. Here are some of the biggest stories that made headlines in the month of June. World Series of Poker Takeover If you follow poker, then it is impossible to get away from the World Series of Poker in June and here at PocketFives, we brought you wire-to-wire coverage of the biggest tournaments taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas. Some of the biggest names in the game were crushing the highest stakes and taking home new hardware to add to their poker legacy. Additionally, amateurs were making dreams come true by winning life-changing money and fulfilling their poker dreams. Relive some of the summer glory by checking out some of the most popular headlines from the WSOP. Read: Siever Takes Down $10K Limit, Nguyen Wins MONSTER Stack Read: WSOP Social Media Fun Ramps Up In Week One Read: Just How The **** Are You Supposed To Bead John Smith? Read: Matt Mendez ‘Goes From Cards’ And Chips To WSOP History Maker Doyle Brunson Hints At Retirement In the midst of the 2018 World Series of Poker, news came down that Doyle Brunson - who had given up WSOP tournaments in recent years - registered for the $10K No Limit Deuce To Seven event. It was “probably the last one I’ll ever play.” he tweeted. However, after comments he had made to Poker Central, it looked as if this was not only his last tournament but that he was planning on walking away from the game of poker at the end of the summer. “I’m planning on retiring after the summer,” Brunson said citing that he wished to spend more time with his wife Louise, who was in declining health. Brunson then went on a deep run in Event #23, eventually finishing in seventh place. He tipped his hat and left the Rio to a standing ovation. Brunson has not yet stepped away from the game, regularly appearing both in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio as well as on camera playing the highest mixed games on PokerGO. He had recently commented that his wife has been feeling better. Read: Doyle Brunson Spent 30 Hours Taking the Poker World Back In Time Read: Doyle Brunson Announces Retirement, Goes Deep in $10K 2-7 Shaun Deeb Wins Third WSOP Bracelet “I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle in every event I can and just enjoy myself.” - Shaun Deeb, Back in June, the writing was on the wall. Former #1-ranked PocketFives member Shaun Deeb was on a heater and on a collision course with the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year award. Deeb picked up his third WSOP bracelet this summer when he outlasted Ben Yu heads-up in the $25K PLO event during Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller for a massive score of $1.4 million. Deeb went on to pick up his fourth bracelet of the summer during Event #74: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Big Blind Ante for another $814K - essentially propelling him to his first WSOP Player of the Year title. Read: WSOP - Former #1 Shaun Deeb Wins $25K PLO For 3rd Bracelet ($1.4M) Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi Wins His Third $50K PPC Title The $50K Poker Players Championship is still one of the most coveted titles in poker. Which makes it all the more impressive that in June of 2018 Michael Mizrachi took down the event for an incredible third time, beating Poker Hall of Fame member John Hennigan heads-up for the title. “It’s quite an accomplishment,” Mizrachi said, reflecting on his win. “To win the first one was amazing. The second was great. The third one is unheard of.” His third PPC victory was the fourth bracelet win of his career and awarded him a $1.2 million payday. It was the sixth seven-figure cash of his storied career. Read: WSOP - Michael Mizrachi Wins Third $50K PPC Title ($1.23M) Read: 5 Things - The Poker Players Champions Deserves More Celebration Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell Chop Venetian $5K A tinge of controversy surrounded the $5,000 $1 Million Guaranteed Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event at the Venetian when well-known poker power couple Kristen Bicknell and Alex Foxen ended up chopping the event heads-up. Foxen, the high-roller powerhouse, officially took home the win, the trophy and $239,000 for first. His better-half Bicknell, took home $200,000 as the runner-up. However, after the tournament, there were some accusations of soft-play on social media between the couple. When the play became three-handed, Kahle Burns declined a three-way deal. When he fell in third place for $120,000, there was some over-analysis of hands that were played on the live stream and discussion over how to handle a situation where an actual couple is competing at a final table. Read: Alex Foxen Tops Venetian $5K To Headline Non-WSOP Events ‘C Darwin2’ Takes Down June PLB It was yet another month at the top of the PocketFives Monthly PLB for the Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ in June. He had held over the rankings for the better part of 2018 and his dominance continued into early summer. Despite pulling back on volume, ‘C Darwin2’ managed a few major scores in June. In the first week he took down the Winamax Mini Las Vegas High Roller for $46,404. He also managed a runner-up finish in the June 17 edition of the PokerStars $2,100 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $25,000. In total, he posted eight five-figure scores in the month. In the end, it wasn’t really a close race in June as ‘C Darwin2’ held a nearly 1000 PLB point lead over his closest competition, Denmark’s ‘x_zola25’.
  14. Join PocketFives throughout the month of December as we bring you the PocketFives 12 Days of Christmas to help keep you in the spirit of giving. It would be nice to think that, as we grow older, the old adage of “it’s better to give than receive” is a feeling that most people come to embrace. That said, there’s an amazing feeling when the right person gives you the perfect gift. Quite often it’s not only the gift itself, but it’s the fact that there’s someone out there that knows you so well and wants nothing more than to make you happy. “This is a close one,” said PokerStars and WSOP broadcaster Joe Stapleton when thinking about the best gift he’s ever been given. “I’m gonna go with the original NES [Nintendo Entertainment System]. “Everyone on my block had one and my parents pretty much swore they weren’t going to get us one. Also, maybe Santa was still a thing then...I can’t remember. “When we finished opening our presents and the NES we so desperately wanted was not contained therein, we, my brother and I, did our best to hide our disappointment. We were good kids, (read: terrified of our parents), and it would have been rude and ungrateful to complain about not getting something for Christmas. Also, we were kinda genuinely good kids who didn’t want to make our parents feel bad.” However, not all hope was lost for Stapes. “My Grandma would always come over when we were done opening present for her non-Santa presents. You see where this is going so I’ll cut to the chase. She brought us the Nintendo. It was some real Red Rider BB Gun shit. We were thrilled.” New Jersey poker pro Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano has a similar story. For him, it was a gaming system that led him to a lifetime of playing games. “I would have to my favorite gift was when I got Nintendo 64. It was 1996, I was 11 and really into video games,” said Gags. “I had no idea what the N64 would bring. It was a video game system like I had never seen before. The games were amazing and I would spend the next seven years glued to it, playing every game imaginable. It really grew my interest and obsession with game and video games a ton, and probably is partly responsible for leading me to poker.” While some a gift may be an item that helped shape their future, for some, the best gifts of Christmas can’t be bought. Solve For Why coach and former PocketFives #1-ranked player Jordan Young didn’t have to think twice when recalling his perfect gift. “I have received the perfect Christmas gift,” Young said. “The best gift I ever received was from my parents and it was a memory book full of pictures of my dog, Doogan. That was the first time I ever received something and got emotional because I had just spent three years without him while I had moved abroad to play online poker.” For others that perfect gift isn’t an object at all. “It may sound a bit cheesy…” said partypoker Pro Kristen Bicknell “…but I think the true gift and magic of the holidays is being with family and loved ones. There really is something special and unique about the spirit of the season. One of my favorite things about Christmas that never fails is Christmas dinner. It’s definitely the best meal of the year.” World Poker Tour Executive Tour Director Matt Savage’s favorite gift falls in line with that sentiment. “My favorite gift has always been spending time with family. This year is going to be a tough one as my father recently passed away,” Savage said. “Christmas was his favorite holiday. He made every Christmas special when I was young with gifts I never needed but wanted. I always enjoy giving more than receiving and the perfect gift is the one that makes Maryann [his wife] smile.” Still looking for that perfect gift to give the poker player in your life? We have some suggestions to make their eyes light up with The Definitive Poker Player Holiday Gift Guide.
  15. Join PocketFives throughout the month of December as we bring you the PocketFives 12 Days of Christmas to help keep you in the spirit of giving. Get some popcorn; it's movie time. With good reason, some of the biggest blockbusters of all-time made their debut around the holidays. With extra time off, families flock to the theaters to take in a film and rewatch classics in the comfort of their home. So many great holiday films that have come out over the years, sometimes it’s hard to pick which one to throw on but there are some that are just so good they are worth watching over and over again. “My favorite movie has to be ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and I make it a point to watch it every year as it reminds me that if you do good deeds you will be repaid tenfold,” said World Poker Tour Executive Tour Director Matt Savage. “It’s also tough to beat Will Ferrell in 'Elf' or Bill Murray in 'Scrooged'.” [caption id="attachment_621631" align="alignnone" width="768"] It's A Wonderful Life, Elf and Scrooged are a trio of holiday classic films.[/caption] When it comes to taking the temperature on the poker world’s favorite holiday movie, the modern-day Christmas classic “Elf” starring Will Ferrell as a North Pole Elf making his way in New York City is clearly a top choice. “ELF! It isn’t even close,” says former #1-ranked PocketFiver and Solve For Why Academy coach Jordan Young. “Will Ferrell is just so damn hilarious and I love all the quotable lines from the movie.” Young. Team PokerStars Online pro and Twitch streamer, Jeff Gross agrees with Young. “I liked the movie and it puts a comedy spin on the holiday season, which can be stressful,” Gross said. “Bringing a lightness to the season is a nice twist.” Not everyone is looking for maximum relaxation during the holidays. An all-out action-packed Christmas classic is the favorite of online crusher ‘Girafganger7.’ “It’s easy and it’s not close - it’s 'Die Hard'. Bruce [Willis], barefoot, slaying German-accented baddies in a blaze of bullets and exposition, riddled with perfect one-liners,” Giraf said. Favorite character is Hans Gruber played by the untouchable Alan Rickman.” partypoker Ambassador Kristen Bicknell is on the opposite end of the spectrum, opting for sentimentality over swinging off a building from a fire hose. “There are so many good Christmas movies!” Bicknell said. “But if I had to pick one right now it would be ‘Love Actually.’ It’s full of emotion and charming characters.” One of which is also played by Alan Rickman. “Some other favorites of mine that come to mind are ‘The Santa Clause’ and ‘Home Alone’” [caption id="attachment_621632" align="alignnone" width="768"] Die Hard, Love Actually and Home Alone are other holiday favorites of the poker world.[/caption] One of New Jersey’s top online grinders, Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano couldn’t agree more. “Without a doubt, ‘Home Alone’,” Gagliano said. “I think I saw it when it came out in the mid 90’s. I don’t remember, but I do remember being obsessed with it as a kid and watching it over and over. The scene where Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) draws the battle plans to save his house was the best, and I used to try and make ones just like his.” But not every Christmas movie is a winner, right? Sometimes, those holiday movies miss the mark and can just take you right out of the holiday mood. “Even though everyone loves it, I’ve never cared for 'A Christmas Story'. It’s probably because I don’t remember watching it as a kid. I think I first saw it when it was a little older and I didn’t have the nostalgia that others have. It was just kind of boring to me and I didn’t really think the ‘classic’ scenes were funny or interesting at all,” Gagliano said. “My least favorite Christmas movies are the corny Hallmark movies that all seem to follow true to the same script,” Savage said. For Jordan Young, he’s simply not going to let some spoiled cinema take him out of the holiday spirit. “I’m sure I have a least favorite Christmas movie but for the same of being ‘cheery’, I will pretend that I don’t have one,” he laughed. Do you have a favorite holiday movie? Let us know by commenting on this article or tweet to us at @PocketFives. Happy Holidays!
  16. The penultimate Sunday in 2018 saw a final push for players to give themselves an early Christmas present, with Renan 'Internett93o' Bruschi winning the PokerStars Sunday Million for the second time in his career. The Sunday Million attracted 5,471 entrants and featured a $1,094,200 prize pool. Zapan 'MaDnesS100' Eduard, who finished fifth in the Sunday Million on Boxing Day 2016, enjoyed another Christmas gift after he took the bronze medal for $72,776. Last week's third-place finisher 'LEHMATLENTAA' achieved quite the feat, by not only making back-to-back final tables but also improving to a silver medal. The final two players agreed to a money deal with 'LEHMATLENTAA' banking $110,359 before Bruschi won the heads-up battle to walk away with $141,123 and one of the last Sunday Millions titles of 2018. Bruschi's first Sunday Million win came in 2015. 'silentm0de' took down the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller on a final table that featured Alex 'bigfox86' Foxen, world ranked #1 'Lena900', and Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche. Foxen and 'Lena900' departed in sixth and fifth place respectively, with Nitsche taking fourth place for $19,333. 'Prebz' then departed in third place for $25,145, before 'silentm0de' got the better of '4rebmun' to bank the $42,536 top-prize, with the runner-up taking away $32,704. 'Nolet20' banked over $68,000 after they came through a 425 player field in the PokerStars Winter Series $1,050 8-Max Turbo PKO. 'Armani1974' claimed a podium place in third for $19,810 + $8,328 in bounties before the final battle got underway. 'HITRII999' was then the final player to fall and claimed $27,493 + $5,664 in second place, which left 'Nolet20' to pick up the victory. A 967 player field in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up created a $193,400 prize pool with 'Pendos90' claiming the largest share. Michael 'Phanteidos1' Ender took third place for $16,693, 'WhatIfGod' second for $23,003 and 'Pendos90' banked $31,698 after going the distance. partypoker ambassador Kristen 'Krissyb24' Bicknell won the $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller on her partner site for $54,137 after she came through a 71 player-field. The final table featured 'HellmuthTheGr8', who took eighth place, and Bicknell's fellow partypoker teammate Patrick Leonard, who managed a fourth-place finish, among others. 'MechaCorta' added $24,850 to their bankroll for a third-place finish, before Bicknell got the better of 'ucantrybut' heads-up, with the latter taking away $36,387 as runner-up. 'rafaelmoraesgm' took down the first high roller event as part of the partypoker 'Christmas Freeze' festival. The $1,050 freezeout tournament came with a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool and saw 197 entrants take part. 'LLinusLLoses' took away $21,100 in third place before 'blackaces93' fought 'rafaelmoraesgm' for the win. But 'blackaces93' fell in second place and settled for $29,600, as 'rafaelmoraesgm' took the spoils for $40,780. World ranked #1 'Drulitooo' only continued his enhance his online reputation after they won the partypoker $1,050 Deepstack High Roller for $26,460. 'NoOnionsBlud' was the unlucky final player to fall, and exited during heads-up to bank $18,900, with 'pioMYASS' taking third place for $13,500. There was a special 'BONANZA' edition of the 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep this week, with a bumper $125,000 guaranteed prize pool. 500 entrants took part and when the field was whittled down to the final three, Christian 'progree69' Sampaoli was the first to exit for $13,437. 'Magicooo22' then faced off against 'Sinatra48' for the win, but was unable to last, and hit the rail in second place for $17,812, and 'Sinatra48' was left with the winner's glory alongside $24,062. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,471 entrants, $1,094,200 prize pool Internett93o - $141,123.79* LEHMATLENTAA - $110,359.21* MaDnesS100 - $72,776.22 MateeCocido - $51,072.22 ZeelandBoy - $35,840.95 pyszalek - $25,152.04 mextrex - $17,650.97 manipulatoor - $12,387.00 andresds - $8,692.87 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 89 entrants, $178,000 prize pool silentm0de - $42,536.04 4rebmun - $32,704.58 prebz - $25,145.52 Bounatirou - $19,333.59 Lena900 - $14,864.99 bigfox86 - $11,429.21 cigarromata - $8,787.55 SsicK_OnE - $6,756.48 Bryan0707116 - $5,952.76 PokerStars Winter Series $1,050 8-Max Turbo PKO, $350k Gtd 425 entrants, $425,000 prize pool Nolet20 - $38,156.15 + $30,919.89 (in bounties) HITRII999 - $27,493.25 + $5,664.06 Armani1974 - $19,810.27 + $8,328.13 pececada - $14,274.30 + $9,349.61 ULOSEMFKR!! - $10,285.34 + $1,515.63 6pokep - $7,411.10 + $9,488.29 Secret_M0d3 - $5,340.08 + $5,710.64 IneedMassari - $3,847.80 + $6,031.25 Kashmir_uzi - $3,229.61 + $1,875.00 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 967 entrants, $193,400 prize pool Pendos90 - $31,698.69 WhatIfGod - $23,003.11 Phanteidos1 - $16,693.35 KushGodDZA - $12,114.36 Vico$carpini - $8,791.38 rojorulez - $6,379.89 AadrovanRj21 - $4,629.87 remigio20 - $3,359.89 Free100 - $2,438.27 partypoker $1,050 Christmas Freeze $200k Gtd 197 entrants, $200,000 prize pool rafaelmoraesgm - $40,780 blackaces93 - $29,600 LLinusLLoses - $21,100 Gl4adiat0r - $15,600 pyscoelios - $11,000 RajonRando - $8,400 pokers59 - $6,200 smir9david - $4,600 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter $150k 144 entrants, $150,000 prize pool Gl4diat0r - $17,270.11 + $18,386.88 (in bounties) JimyTransaction - $12,394.80 + $8,750.62 GiGioDoNNa99 - $9,014.40 + $5,996.25 BHTB8 - $6,385.20 + $1,625 joaosimaobh - $4,507.20 + $2,275 proudflop - $3,568.20 + $910 omgitsgiraf - $2,839.53 + $2,372.50 Drulitoo - $2,253.60 + $0 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $150k Gtd 71 entrants, $177,500 prize pool Krissyb24 - $54,137.50 ucantrybut - $36,387.50 MechaCorta - $24,850 Patrick_Leonard - $15,975 Specter_Litt - $12,425 C12SLY - $9,726.50 Dork Pork - $8,431.25 HellmuthTheGr8 - $7,987.50 partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR $100k Gtd 108 entrants, $108,000 prize pool Drulitooo - $26,460 NoOnionsBlud - $18,900 pioMYASS - $13,500 KryptoKing420 - $9,450 NoisiaRadio - $7,020 dietz17 - $5,400 ABOUDIABY2 - $4,320 HellmuthTheGr8 - $3,510 888poker $215 $125,000 Sunday Mega Deep BONANZA 500 entrants – $125,000 prize pool Sinatra48 - $24,062.50 Magicooo22 - $17,812.50 progree69 - $13,437.50 EyeofSkadi - $9,687.50 mcvsp - $6,562.50 floatmasta - $4,687.50 Nordynordbrg - $3,437.50 ILoveFortune - $2,812.50  
  17. The final table for the PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship is set. On Thursday, the final eight players will take their seats to play for a massive $5.1 million first-place prize in what is the largest $25,000 tournament of all time. New York tournament professional Scott Baumstein once again finished the day as the overnight chip leader with 10,725,000 chips. Baumstein, had a roller coaster ride on Day 4, even finding himself all in, at risk and behind only to survive and go on an incredible heater. “It’s a little surreal at the moment, with all of the chips, getting lucky,” said Baumstein in an interview with PocketFives. Two Platinum Pass winners have made the final table including Marc Rivera, who sits right behind Baumstein in terms of chips (10,350,000). Rivera won his Platinum Pass by winning the APPT Manila National in August 2018 and is representing the Philippines at the final table. Rivera and Baumstein are the only two players of the final eight to have more than 10 million in chips which equates to more than 40 big blinds. France’s Julien Martini (8,600,000) continues to find himself towards the top of the end of day chip counts as he has since the completion of Day 2. Colombian pro Farid Jattin (8,525,000), the Day 2 chip leader, also had a very swingy day. He started Day 3 with his chip stack 36th out of 38. However, and with his well-timed aggression and plenty of rungood he, at one point, soared into the chip lead. Jattin finishes the day fourth in chips. The second of the Platinum Pass winners, Ramon Colillas (8,300,000) along with the U.S's Jason Koonce (7,125,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi and Canada’s Marc Perrault (2,275,000) fill out what looks to be an entertaining final table. Those players that were unable to make it through the day but still secured very healthy paydays by making the final two tables include Florian Duta (9th for $405,000), PocketFiver Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (10th, $328,500), Kristen ‘krissyb24’ Bicknell (11th, $328,500), Jake Schwartz (12th, $261,750) and Former PocketFives #1-ranked Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger (14th, $229,700). Other notable names who made it to Day 4 but were knocked out throughout the day include Scott Stewart ($202,400), Platinum Pass winner Michael Robionek ($150,600), Marvin Rettenmaier ($126,000), Dan O’Brien ($105,000), Mikita Badziakouski ($88,600), Tony Gregg ($86,400) and Platinum Pass winner from Boring, Oregon Jackie Burkhart who finished in 38th place for a career-high score of $86,400. There is still $15.4 million of the over $26.4 million prize pool to be fought over. Six of the top eight will earn themselves no less than $1 million. The final day of play in the PSPC resumes on Thursday a noon ET. 2019 PSPC Final Table Chip Counts 1. Scott Baumstein - 10,725,000 2. Marc Rivera - 10,350,000 3. Julien Martini - 8,600,000 4. Farid Jattin - 8,525,000 5. Ramon Colillas - 8,3000,000 6. Jason Koonce - 7,125,000 7. Talal Shakerchi - 5,500,000 8. Marc Perrault - 2,275,000
  18. There are only 38 players left to pursue the $5.1 million first-place prize of the $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold’em Championship. Day 3 of the record-setting tournament started with 207 players of which only 181 would make the money. By the end of the day, New York tournament pro Scott Baumstein flew into the chip lead with 4.24 million in chips, followed closely by Yiannis Liperis (4.21 million). However, before the stacks could reach such heights, there was a money bubble that needed popping. As one might expect in a tournament where there were over 300 players who gifted their $25K entry, plenty of players were hanging tough to pick up the $25,450 min-cash. With four players left to the actual bubble, the remaining 185 players went hand for hand. It took roughly an hour, plus a 20-minute break in the middle, but eventually, Team Ireland’s Paul Leckey ran pocket kings into Tianle Wang’s pocket aces. Leckey didn’t go home empty-handed though, as the official bubble boy received an EPT package worth over $11,000. After that, the bustouts were fast and furious, with the next pay ladder happening faster than tournament officials could break and rebalance tables. At the conclusion of Day 3, only Baumstein and Liperis have eclipsed the 4 million chip mark, but there’s plenty of top-flight competition left in the field. France’s Julien Martini (3,250,000), Canada’s Louis Boutin (3,040,000) and Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas (2,895,000) from Spain complete the top 5 chip leaders. Other notables still left in the field include Mikita Badziakouski (1,910,000), Dan O’Brien (1,765,000), Griffin Benger (1,560,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi (1,330,000), Brazil’s Pedro Padilha (1,315,000), Kristen Bicknell (1,115,000), Tony Gregg (905,000), Platinum Pass winner Jackie Burkhart (660,000) and Day 2 chipleader Farid Jattin (640,000). By the end of the day, 143 players found their way to the cashier to pick up their earnings. Including Felix Schneiders ($69,100), Max and Sam Greenwood ($69,100), Mustapha Kanit ($56,800), Christoph Vogelsang ($56,800), Ryan Reiss ($56,800), former PocketFives #1-ranked Bryan Piccioli ($56,800), Blair Hinkle ($56,800), Athanasios Polychronopoulos ($45,700), Victor Ramdin ($45,700), Benjamin Pollak ($45,700), Dan Shak ($45,700), Brandon Adams ($39,500), Darren Elias ($39,500), Christian Harder ($39,500), Dylan Linde ($39,500) and Matt Affleck ($35,000). Three of the winners of the $86 Moneymaker PSPC Tour made the money, however, all three failed to bag at the end of the day. Clifford Ellefson ($39,500), Anthony Maio ($35,000) and Ori Kossonogi ($35,000) all found a way to turn their Platinum Passes into five-figure scores. Additionally, there were plenty of big name pros who made the money but were unable to ladder up. Parker Talbot, Sam Grafton, JC Alvarado, Frank Kassel, and Sean Winter were just a few of the roughly 30 players to settle for the min-cash of $25,450. Play in the PSPC resumes when 38 players will play down to the final table at noon ET.
  19. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Jeff Walsh, The Fives Poker Podcast is LIVE this week from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with daily episodes bringing in all of the guests and action from the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship and the PCA Main Event. Lance and Jeff wrap up a busy Day 2 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and are joined on the show by Chino Rheem and Kristen Bicknell. All of the chip leaders, all of the bustouts and all of the action recapped just in time to get you ready for Day 3. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  20. Back in September, Ali Imsirovic put on a bit of a show on his way to winning the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket. On Monday night, the 24-year-old eliminated his final three opponents over a 20-minute span to win the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the 2019 US Poker Open. Final Table Payouts 1. Ali Imsirovic - $442,500 2. Cary Katz - $295,000 3. Dan Shak - $206,500 4. Nick Petrangelo - $147,500 5. Kristen Bicknell - $118,000 6. Joseph Cappello - $88,500 Joseph Cappello started the final table with three big blinds. An early double up was of little help though. Nick Petrangelo raised from under the gun to 60,000 with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"] before Cappello moved all in for 175,000 from the small blind with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. Petrangelo called and then Cappello watched the [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7h"][poker card="kc"][poker card="as"] runout give Petrangelo a straight to eliminate him in sixth place. With the short stack out of the way, five-handed play continued for an hour before the next elimination. Action folded to Kristen Bicknell on the button and she moved all in for 755,000 with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"] before Dan Shak moved all in over the top with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] and Imsirovic folded his big blind. The [poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3s"] flop kept Shak ahead and after the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="td"] river, Bicknell was out in fifth. It was at this point that Imsirovic went to work. From the button, Imsirovic raised to 120,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"], Cary Katz folded his small blind and Petrangelo moved all in for 1,160,000 with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. Imsirovic snap-called. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6d"] flop gave both players a set and the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="2c"] river couldn't save Petrangelo from a fourth-place finish. Five minutes later, Imsirovic had another victim. From under the gun, Imsirovic raised to 125,000 with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="3d"] and Shak called from the small blind with the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="9s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"] and Shak check-called a bet of 75,000 from Imsirovic. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] and Shak bet 150,000. Imsirovic raised to 550,000 and Shak responded by moving all in for 192,000. The river was the [poker card="tc"] and Shak was out in third. As heads-up play began, Imsirovic had a 10-1 lead over Katz and it took less than 10 minutes for Imsirovic to end it. On the final hand, Imsirovic raised to 180,000 and Katz called. After the [poker card="qs"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2c"] flop, Katz check-raised all in for 1,107,000 and Imsirovic called. Katz turned over the [poker card="kc"][poker card="5c"] for a flush draw and Imsirovic showed the [poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] for middle pair. The [poker card="5d"] turn paired Katz but the [poker card="8h"] river wasn't enough to save him from a runner-up finish and give Imsirovic the title. USPO Top 10 After Event #5 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 2. Stephen Chidwick 3 $354,950 340 3. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 4. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 5. Cary Katz 2 $346,200 200 6. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 7. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 8. Dan Shak 2 $232,100 140 9. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140 10. David Peters 1 $100,800 140   The final table for Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Monday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  21. The prestigious Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge wrapped up on Saturday with Cary Katz adding another high roller title to his resume. Katz, the founder of Poker Central, bested the 42-entrant field to take home the AU$1,481,760 ($1,074,658 USD) prize and ANTON Championship ring. Although Katz would eventually end up with all the chips, he was in need of some serious help earlier in the tournament after limp-shoving pocket kings against eventual runner-up Johannes Becker’s pocket aces. A king hit the board and Katz doubled through. He then used that bit of good fortune to stay alive and press on to win the fifth seven-figure score of his career. The final table of nine needed three eliminations before players found themselves in the money. Germany’s Manig Loeser fell in ninth place, followed by American Michael Soyza in eighth. Then Alex Foxen, who celebrated his birthday just one day prior, received the unkind gift of being the official bubble boy, busting in seventh place when his [poker card="as"][poker card="2h"] couldn’t spike against Becker’s [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"]. With six players remaining, Kristen Bicknell shoved her 15 big blinds in from the button holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="2d"]. Rainer Kempe made the call from the small blind with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"]. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"] giving Kempe some backdoor outs plus two overs to bust Bicknell, who just needed to hold. The [poker card="kc"] turn left Bicknell in need of an ace however the [poker card="4h"] river was no help. Bicknell’s run ended in sixth place for AU$288,100. It wasn’t long before the next elimination. Katz opened from under the gun with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] only to be shoved on by Jack Salter who held [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. Katz went into the tank, but eventually made the call. The [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"] flop gave Katz a commanding lead and left Salter searching for one of the final eights in the deck. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] and the river [poker card="js"] sending the UK pro to the rail in fifth place for AU$329,280. Four-handed play took place for nearly an hour before Kempe and countryman Abraham Passet clashed in a big hand. Passet raised small from under the gun with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"] and was called by both Katz and Becker. Kempe, in the big blind, pushed all in with his [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"]. Passet then reshoved, forcing both Katz and Becker out of the hand. The pair of Germans saw a board of [poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="qh"] keeping it clean for Passet’s pocket kings. Kempe, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl Champion, bowed out in fourth place for AU$452,760. The final three, eager to continue play, shortened their dinner break and pressed on with Passet in the chip lead and Katz sitting on the short stack. However, over the course of the next hour, Katz began chipping up and finally turned the tables. He found double through Passet holding pocket aces versus Passet’s pocket sixes, sending Katz into a chip lead he would not relinquish. Eventually, Passet’s tournament came to an end when Becker’s only called the small blind with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] prompting a shove from Passet with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"]. The flop fell [poker card="9s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="3c"] giving Passet some backdoor straight options along with his single overcard. The turn was the [poker card="9c"] and the river was the [poker card="ts"]. Passet took home AU$617.400 for his third-place finish. Once heads-up play began, Katz went on a run that had him eliminating Becker in just under an hour of play. After winning a series of hands, Becker was crippled and the final hand had the pair get all the chips in the middle with Katz holding [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"] against Becker’s [poker card="kc"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="8s"] flop was clean for Katz. The [poker card="2h"] turn offered some extra outs for Becker but the [poker card="jc"] river sealed his fate and the German finished in second place for AU$946,680. Katz earned AU$1,481,760 for the victory, his first ever result at the Aussie Millions. It marks his second major $100K Super High Roller win having also taken down the 2018 PCA $100K for $1,492,340. Katz now sits at #25 on the All-Time Money List with over $18.3 million in earnings. Aussie Millions AU$100,000 Challenge Payouts Place Player Payout AUD Payout USD 1 Cary Katz $1,481,760 $1,066,867 2 Johannes Becker $946,680 $681,610 3 Abraham Passet $617,400 $444,528 4 Rainer Kempe $452,760 $325,987 5 Jack Salter $329,280 $237,082 6 Kristen Bicknell $288,120 $207,446
  22. Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo was too strong for the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller field and added yet another win to his name. The American found himself heads-up against 'WATnlos' after players such as Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, Kristen 'Krissyb24' Bicknell and three-time Sunday Million champion 'veeea' had all departed from the final table. Ultimately Bonomo came through the final test and banked $55,673 for his win, with 'WATnlos' having received $42,848 as runner-up. 'CoriACE777' walked away from the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million with the biggest share of the prize pool following a three-way deal. The total prize pool was set at $1,155,900 after 11,559 entrants took part, and after 'MrsLynn18' hit the rail in fourth place for $44,929, the remaining three players agreed to a money-deal before play resumed. 'DIFINI' was awarded the second-highest chunk of cash, but the records will show they finished in third place. 'koyotus' was then the final player to fall and banked his share worth $76,066, as 'CoriACE777' picked up the title alongside $99,888. 'Sanderssi' came through a 1,090 player-field in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller and banked over $89,000. With the total prize pool set at $545,000, 'ade messi' departed with the bronze medal for $23,582 + $2,687 (in bounties), and when 'M.nosbocaJ' saw their title chances come to an end in second place for $32,172 + $734, 'Sanderssi' was the last player standing and collected the gold medal alongside $43,892 + $45,823. Russia's 'Fakhish' won this week's PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up and earnt himself $32,779 in the process. 950 entrants took part which meant the prize pool remained at the guaranteed $200,000. Bryan Paris made the final table and exited in sixth place for $6,597, with 'chicalltreta' and 'Respect_Lt' taking the following two spots. 'NY17PATS14' fell in third place for $17,263 and 'Fakhish' secured victory after he eliminated '12dürma89' in second place for $23,788. There was a return to the schedule for the partypoker $5,200 The Big Game: $1m gtd and with it came 196 entrants. When the final table of eight was set, the UK's Tom 'Fugliee' Simm departed first and banked $23,000, with 'Lintyonthelash', 'Colette1986', 'Don_Marato', and 'FMylife' the next players to hit the rail. High-stakes crusher Roman 'SanityWaterline' Romanovsky collected the bronze medal for $105,000 before 'RPILON' faced off against 'drakeonne' heads-up for the $203,900 first-place prize. The latter was ultimately the final player to fall and banked $148,000, with 'RPILON' taking the glory. partypoker ambassador Joao Simao won the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator for over $65,000 after he came through a 120 player-field. 'ifearpanic' exited in eighth place for $4,193 + $4,200 (in bounties), before the Sweden based trio of 'Drulitooo', 'haddoken' and 'MOTHERSMATTERS' were next to depart. 'RovoDice' took fourth place for $11,290 + $6,496, and Sam 'DeanMalenko' Greenwood just missed out on a place in heads-up after he fell in third place for $16,129 + $7,153. The Brazilian Simao then saw off the challenge from 'skitzo793' to record yet another victory on his partner site. Current PocketFives world-ranked #3 'omgitsgiraf' took down the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter for a score worth over $44,000. A entrants total of 227 created a $231,540 prize pool, and when the play had reached the final three, it was 'raedge' who collected the bronze medal for $13,035 + $6,816 (in bounties). 'rudiqa1' was the final player to lose their bounty and departed in second place for $18,275 + $4,501, which meant a 203rd PocketFives gold medal for 'omgitsgiraf'. Over on 888poker, 'FItip4ldI' came through a 67 player-field in the $1,000 $50,000 gtd Whale to win $24,790 following a heads-up match against PocketFives world-ranked #1 'tutten7' (aka 'Lena900') who collected $16,750 as runner-up. And in the $100,000 gtd $215 Sunday Mega Deep, 'Turrrrible' topped a 496 field for $19,350 after a heads-up win over 'IggyGak' who banked $14,500 in second. Below are this week's Sunday Major results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 11,559 entrants, $1,155,900 prize pool CoriACE777 - $99,888.91* koyotus - $76,066.14* DIFINI - $88,839.01 MrsLynn18 - $44,929.02 Polcito666 - $32,604.93 JasonX85 - $23,661.27 Bo$$ D4wg - $17,170.89 RamiroUY - $12,460.94 End now - $9,042.83 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $200k Gtd 127 entrants, $254,000 prize pool ZeeJustin - $55,673.22 WATnlos - $42,848.53 Kot_Spartac - $32,978.11 Pimmss - $25,381.40 probirs - $19,534.63 srxakgirona - $15,034.71 krissyb24 - $11,571.37 veeea - $8,905.82 Lrslzk - $6,854.31 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 1,090 entrants, $545,000 prize pool Sanderssi - $43,892.77 + $45,823.12 M.nosbocaJ - $32,172.73 + $734.38 ade messi - $23,582.51 + $2,687.50 JAGUARRRRRRR - $17,285.90 + $5,429.69 pvigar - $12,670.50 + $10,577.13 mraink - $9,287.43 + $3,968.75 bigstealer - $6,807.65 + $4,679.70 12durma89 - $4,989.99 + $4,863.28 LoneHixx - $3,657.67 + $4,787.11 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 950 entrants, $200,000 prize pool Fakhish - $32,779.54 12dürma89 - $23,788.12 NY17PATS14 - $17,263.04 Respect_Lt - $12,527.78 chicalltreta - $9,091.40 bparis - $6,597.62 Skubidu888 - $4,787.88 R0HR - $3,474.56 MinRaise - $2,521.48 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $200k Gtd 120 entrants, $246,000 prize pool joaosimaobh - $22,592.72 + $42,623.46 skitzo793 - $22,568.64 + $5,414.06 DeanMalenko - $16,129.03 + $7,153.12 RovoDice - $11,290.32 + $6,496.87 MOTHERSMATTERS - $8,387.09 + $3,018.75 haddoken - $6,451.61 + $1,575 Drulitooo - $5,161.29 + $2,231.25 ifearpanic - $4,193.54 + $4,200 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $200k Gtd 227 entrants, $231,540 prize pool omgitsgiraf - $18,298.70 + $26,731.26 rudiqa1 - $18,275.95 + $4,501.25 raedge - $13,035.88 + $6,816.87 marlin5555 - $9,637.90 + $4,103.12 madgenius87 - $6,795.95 + $1,755 YumsYums - $5,189.64 + $845 simba8787 - $3,830.44 + $3,315 GettinDaize - $2,841.94 + $2,356.25 partypoker $5,200 The Big Game: $1m gtd 196 entrants, $1,000,000 prize pool RPILON - $203,900 drakeonne - $148,000 SanityWaterline - $105,000 FMylife - $78,000 Don_Marato - $55,000 Colette1986 - $42,000 Lintyonthelash - $31,000 Fugliee - $23,000 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Grind - $200k Gtd 203 entrants, $203,000 prize pool SchelampigaUhu - $41,391.70 STORTjavlaGL - $30,044 megustaestrecha - $21,416.50 alwayswin2222 - $15,834 freddeaik11 - $11,165 PotatoLottery - $8,526 KONY2012 - $6,293 GewoonBeef - $4,669 888poker $1,000 $50,000 Whale 67 entrants – $67,000 prize pool FItip4ldI - $24,790 tutten7 - $16,750 matokr - $10,050 BriIliant - $6,700 Hateeeeem - $5,025 BeeTheBeagle - $3,685 888poker $100,000 gtd $215 Sunday Mega Deep 496 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Turrrrible - $19,350 IggyGak - $14,500 SkallePer58 - $11,000 Santtu0 - $8,250 SpiderMonk03 - $5,700 Graftekkel - $4,400 BluFFaLot90 - $3,400 allesrigged - 2,400
  23. Some of the biggest names in the game of poker along with prominent members of the poker industry gathered at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas on Friday night to celebrate the first ever Global Poker Awards presented by PokerStars. The ceremony acknowledged and celebrated the feats and achievements of members of the poker community in 2018 with 20 awards handed out in a wide range of subjects. PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis, who was nominated in two categories, walked away with the Streamer of the Year Award for his popular Twitch Poker channel. He was joined by another popular digital content creator Andrew Neeme, who picked up his second award as Vlogger of the Year. Maria Ho made her way to the stage to pick up the award for Broadcaster of the Year as did PokerNews' Sarah Herring who took home the Journalist of the Year award. Almedin ‘Ali’ Imsirovic was in attendance and picked up the trophy for the Breakout Player of the Year after appearing on the high roller scene and taking down the title of Poker Central’s Poker Masters champion. Fellow high roller Justin Bonomo’s outstanding 2018 campaign brought him the award for Moment Of The Year by winning the Big One For One Drop at the World Series of Poker. Once again the World Series of Poker Main Event received the award for the Event of the Year. The tournament that is widely considered to be the best-structured tournament of the year also brought its 2018 winner, John Cynn the award for Tournament Performance of the Year. PocketFives Editor in Chief Lance Bradley, who was also nominated for two awards on the evening, received an award for Media Content of the Year for his book The Pursuit of Poker Success. Another PocketFiver, Chris Moorman, was chosen to be awarded the PocketFives Legacy Award, given to an online legend who has made significant contributions to the live poker arena. Speaking of contributions to the game of poker, the Godfather of Poker himself, Doyle Brunson was celebrated with the Lifetime Achievement in Poker award which was not awarded during the broadcast. Complete List of Global Poker Award Winners Vlogger of the Year - Andrew Neeme Podcast of the Year - The Chip Race Poker Podcast Broadcaster of the Year - Maria Ho Breakout Player of the Year - Ali Imsirovic Journalist of the Year - Sarah Herring Mid-Major Tour/Circuit of the Year - RUNGOOD Poker Series Streamer of the Year - Lex Veldhuis Charitable Initiative Award - Robbie Strazynski, Run Well Series Tournament Director of the Year - Paul Campbell, ARIA PocketFives Legacy Award Winner - Chris Moorman Tournament Performance of the Year - John Cynn, WSOP Main Event Poker Media Content of the Year - Lance Bradley, The Pursuit of Poker Success Tournament of the Year - World Series of Poker Main Event Tournament Industry Person of the Year - Angelica Hael Poker Moment of the Year - Justin Bonomo Wins Big One For One Drop Jury Prize - Drew Amato People’s Choice Award Winner - Brad Owen 2018 GPI Poker Player of the Year - Alex Foxen 2018 GPI Female Poker Player of the Year - Kristen Bicknell Lifetime Achievement in Poker - Doyle Brunson
  24. For the second time in eight weeks, 'Lucky_Jew_17' won the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million and did so after surviving a heads-up battle against the #3world-ranked #3 'Lena900'. On March 3, 'Lucky_Jew_17' topped an 11,525 Sunday Million player-field for a career-best online score of $117,222, and today did it all over again after battling through 11,212 players to win another $114,039. 'blockstel' hit the rail in third place for $60,052, which meant the formidable 2018 PocketFives POY 'Lena900' was the only player standing between 'Lucky_Jew_17' and another gold medal. But the heads-up match lasted just a matter of minutes, as 'Lucky_Jew_17' used his chip advantage to put maximum pressure on the Swedish player and ultimately eliminated the former world #1 in second place for $82,751 and claimed the glory of becoming a two-time champion. Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet bested 128 entrants to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $56,111. The likes of 'hello_totti', Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson, 'Lena900' and Samuel '€urop€an' Vousden all came and went from the final table before 'WATnlos' picked up the bronze medal for $33,237. 'imluckbox' then fell at the final hurdle and picked up $43,185 in second place as Van Fleet added yet another win to his already stellar online poker credentials. 'ezynow99' defeated 'sk2ll_m0dR' heads-up to win the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $87,000. The prize pool was set at $558,000 after 1,116 players took to the virtual felt, and when the field was reduced to the final three, it was 'andrew_flash' who departed with a bronze medal worth $24,391 + $3,546 in bounties. When the final bounty battle resumed, 'sk2ll_m0dR' saw their deep run come to an end in second place for $33,275 + $5,123, as 'ezynow99' secured the knockout for victory. Patrick Leonard and Roman Romanovsky chopped the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator for over $43,000 a piece. partypoker ambassador Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell secured fifth place from the 177 player-field for $8,886 + $10,040 in bounties before current world-ranked #8 Sami 'LarsLuzak1' Kelopuro departed with $11,963 + $4,200 in fourth place. 'shorezydrew' then hit the rail in third place for $17,090 + $8,006, which allowed Leonard and Romanovsky to strike a money-deal, before partypoker's Leonard ultimately won the final battle for $23,927 + $23,493, with world-ranked #2 Romanovsky banking $23,924 + $19,490 as runner-up. But Romanovsky's day wasn't done however as the Ukrainian continued his fantastic 2019 form to win another $150,000 on the GGPoker network. In the first of three final table cashes, Romanovsky secured fourth place in the Blade Series #096 $1K for $18,000 and followed it up with a third-place finish in GGPoker Blade Series #095 $5k for $39,930. 'ImLividBuddy' topped the 55 player-field to win $90,506, following a heads-up battle with 'MiMosa1'. Romanovsky's biggest single cash of the day occurred in the GGPoker Blade Series #098 $10k after 38 entrants created a $368,600 prize pool. 'ST4rGaz3R' fell in fifth place for $23,169, with 'oivens22' banking $36,808 in fourth. 'Nator' just missed out on a place in heads-up after they took away $58,478 in third, before 'Picasso16' secured the $157,238 first-place prize after seeing off Romanovsky into second place for $92,904. Below are this week's Sunday Majors results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 11,212 entrants, $1,121,200 prize pool Lucky_Jew_17 - $114,039.34 Lena900 - $82,751.51 blockstel - $60,052.70 Tiu Patinh@s - $43,580.25 Havana85 - $31,626.13 sombrero21 - $22,950.96 BruinBeer - $16,655.42 A222RN - $12,086.87 cboboc - $8,771.37 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $225k Gtd 128 entrants, $256,000 prize pool apestyles - $56,111.60 imluckbox - $43,185.92 WATnlos - $33,237.78 €urop€an - $25,581.26 Lena900 - $19,688.44 Aggro Santos - $15,153.10 cskar4e1 - $11,662.48 hello_totti - $8,975.94 compris - $6,908.28 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $450k Gtd 1,116 entrants, $558,000 prize pool ezynow99 - $45,397.97+ $42,331.22 sk2ll_m0dR - $33,275.96 + $5,123.04 andrew_flash - $24,391.18 + $3,546.88 Tomatee - $17,878.65 + $5,824.86 Lincownz - $13,104.99 + $3,171.88 TakiToRivers - $9,605.91 + $3,302.73 lissi stinkt - $7,041.09 + $6,309.89 Gambler4444 - $5,161.10 + $5,837.26 pvigar - $3,783.10 + $3,746.10 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 910 entrants, $182,000 prize pool Roberta114 - $30,392.80 Hymn2Ninkasi - $21,852.12 gardze_wami - $15,711.85 BrunoBoucas - $11,296.95 edoiler - $8,122.60 Tenebrus321 - $5,840.21 twirlpro - $4,199.15 PalomoBuchón - $3,019.23 DeM!st3r - $2,170.84 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator $200k Gtd 184 entrants, $200,000 prize pool wildace10 - $17,699.48 + $28,396.88 Barsukeen - $17,678.46 + $7,239.37 NoMorep0lic3 - $12,905.10 + $5,638.75 HungarysHero - $9,233.82 + $2,275 SleeepWalker13 - $6,452.55 + $1,430 broooooooooooo - $5,006.29 + $2,340 Sheparentao - $3,893.78 + $1,820 partyplayer2018 - $3,059.40 + $2,080 partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $200k Gtd 451 entrants, $231,137.50 prize pool Drewchy - $16,654.83 + $20,277.77 MW1592 - $16,632.04 + $951.56 FrioPequeno - $11,409.72 + $4,677.87 andstar555 - $7,937.20 + $2,916.23 donzledurbru - $5,630.45 + $3,223.82 Britz1 - $4,092.61 + $2,770.11 easylimppp - $2,914.44 + $1,739.08 Slamdylan94 - $2,108.31 + $459.37 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $250k Gtd 177 entrants, $250,000 prize pool Patrick_Leonard - $23,927.42 + $23,493.75* SanityWaterline - $23,924.81 + $19,490.63* shorezydrew - $17,090.05 + $8,006.25 LarsLuzak1 - $11,963.03 + $4,200 krissyb24 - $8,886.82 + $10,040.62 onehundredeyes - $6,836.02 + $4,725 Drulitoo - $5,468.81 + $2,362.50 ADRIEN_BRODY - $4,443.41 + $2,625 partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $250k Gtd 855 entrants, $263,340 prize pool JimBlock - $17,650.90 + $17,476.99 jizonhisniz - $17,624.66 + $8,922.10 zupsherlock - $11,744.19 + $2,646.50 BadBony - $7,914.25 + $5,557.14 BHT88 - $5,582.387 + $2,501.47 SanityWaterline - $3,999.52 + $967.75 Pescano - $2,826.52 + $977.62 TullaMoreFan12 - $1,964.43 + $1,634.31 888poker $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep 477 entrants – $100,000 prize pool polomichi18 - $19,350 ROBBIEMAC01 - $14,500 MaximeC25 - $11,000 Namlleh - $8,250 REFpussy - $5,700 bluffing420s - $4,400 drupalucker - $3,400 poepKind. - $2,400 LizzyAlecia - $1,750 GGPoker Blade Series #095 $5k $200,000 Gtd 55 entrants – $261,250 prize pool ImLividBuddy - $90,506.61 MiMosa1 - $55,312.60 SanityWaterline - $39,930.05 Chun Lei Zhou - $28,825.41 ExclusiveA - $20,809 Omilly - $15,021.97 OtterPop - $10,844.33 GGPoker Blade Series #098 $10k $200,000 Gtd 38 entrants – $368,600 prize pool Picasso16 - $157,238.78 SanityWaterline - $92,904.81 Nator - $58,478.39 oivens22 - $36,808.87 ST4rGaz3R - $23,169.12 GGPoker Blade Series #102 $10k $250,000 Gtd 29 entrants – $281,300 prize pool vamossuerte - $126,456.13 HogFish333 - $77,719.89 HE22 - $47,766.62 SasukeUchiha - $29,357.35 *heads-up deal
  25. partypoker’s $30 Million guaranteed POWERFEST super series kicked off on Sunday with 25 of the 255 scheduled tournaments generating prize pools in excess of $4.28 million. The largest buy-in tournament of the day was the $5,200 POWERFEST #03-SHR which smashed it’s $500K guarantee as 141 entries created a prize pool of $705,000. Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood, playing under his partypoker screen name ‘DeanMalenko’ took down the contest for $162,079, the largest POWERFEST score of the day. Greenwood defeated Hungary’s #2- ranked ‘wildace10’ heads up, who took home his own six-figure payday of $116,325. The final table of this event was packed with online poker’s elite as ‘mwhldwn’ (aka ‘Bencb789’), ‘girafganger7’, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot and partypoker ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao all made the top six and took home five-figure cashes. There will be plenty of the popular Progressive Knockout tournaments throughout the POWERFEST schedule and the biggest buy-in of them all on Sunday was the $2,100 POWERFEST #04-HR. 250 entries helped the tournament exceed the $500,000 guarantee by $12,500. The bulk of that prize pool was claimed by ‘JgsNV’ who took home the $40,305 first place prize and added on over $56,000 in bounties. ‘pockjack0’ officially finished as the runner-up for $40,255 and an extra $17,156 in bounties. There were two $1K tournaments on the schedule on Sunday. ’Hac3Cosas’ bested the 371 entry field in the $1,050 POWERFEST #02-HR [Deep, Eight Max] to earn the $71,974 first place payday. He outlasted ‘bscmt’ who settled for just over $51,000 as the runner up. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot also made an appearance on this final table, bowing out in eighth place for $6,900. The second of the $1K’s saw the #10-ranked player in the world, Sweden’s ‘inhoo’, take down the $1,050 POWERFEST #06-HR [PKO, Fast, Eight Max] for a total score of over $50K. Playing under his partypoker screen name ‘petdet3ctive’, the Swede grabbed the first place prize of $23,827 and tacked on an additional $28,384 over 10 collected bounties. ‘MysterioBrown’ finished in second place, taking home $23,827 plus over $8,600 in bounties. partypoker ambassador Kristen ‘Krissyb24’ Bicknell finished in sixth place for over $6,400 + $1,885 in bounties. POWERFEST $530 #01-HR [Slow, 8-Max], $250,000 Gtd 555 entrants, $277,500 prize pool 1. Ignent - $51,726 2. DamianLillard - $36,768.75 3. beguidobao - $25,058.25 4. z-booooo - $17,343.75 5. La.Brouletterie - $12,210 6. spinner2255 - $8,824.50 7. Krissyb24 - $6,354.75 8. Alien_Army - $4,551 POWERFEST $1,050 #02-HR [Deep, 8-Max], $300,000 Gtd 371 entrants, $371,000 prize pool 1. Hac3Cosas - $71,974 2. bscmt - $51,940 3. Sheparentao - $35,987 4. TullaMoreFan12 - $25,784.50 5. BateBicoPLZ - $18,364.50 6. NoisiaRadio - $13,615.70 7. shorezydrew - $9,460.50 8. proudflop - $6,900.60 POWERFEST $5,200 #03-SHR [8-Max], $500,000 Gtd 141 entrants, $705,000 prize pool 1. DeanMalenko - $162,079.50 2. wildace10 - $116,325 3. mwhldwn - $84,600 4. omgitsgiraf - $59,925 5. proudflop - $42,300 6. joaosimaobh - $33,487.50 7. Equilibrium_x - $26,649 8. TIMEXCNT - $21,150 POWERFEST $2,100 #04-HR [PKO, 8-Max], $500,000 Gtd 250 entrants, $512,000 prize pool 1. JgsNV - $40,305.44 + $56,023.28 in bounties 2. pockjack0 - $40,255.41 + $17,156.83 in bounties 3. mnbvcxziki - $28,713.40 + $9,089,06 in bounties 4. lgnent - $21,228.86 + $17,316.80 in bounties 5. smir9david - $14,969.07 + $10,352.34 in bounties 6. hi_all - $11,430.92 + $1,570 in bounties 7. Beeeetelgeuse - $8,437.11 + $4,331.25 in bounties 8. Maddonaa - $6,259.79 + $525 in bounties POWERFEST $530 #05-HR [Deep, Turbo, 8-Max], $100,000 Gtd 218 entrants, $111,725 prize pool 1. lincownz - $22,780.79 2. spera9k1 - $16,535.30 3. Spacey1891 - $11,786.98 4. petdet3ctive - $8,714.55 5. Flompe - $6,144.87 6. Jeff7010 - $4,692.45 7. kimokh - $3,463.47 8. ilushan - $2,569.67 POWERFEST $1,050 #06-HR [PKO, Fast, 8-Max], $300,000 Gtd 303 entrants, $309,060 prize pool 1. petdet3ctive - $23,827 + $28,384.70 in bounties 2. MysterioBrown - $23,797.32 + $8,616.57 in bounties 3. A23456789 - $16,701.80 + $7,645.62 in bounties 4. alwayswin2222 - $12,154.28 + $9,441.24 in bounties 5. Otxark0agabr0 - $8,598.94 + $3,956.87 in bounties 6. Krissyb24 - $6,449.21 + $1,885 in bounties 7. KERBMODE - $4,547.52 + $6,191.25 in bounties 8. SleepWalker13 - $3,307.28 + $4,452.50 in bounties POWERFEST $530 #07-HR [PKO, Turbo, Mix-Max], $100,000 Gtd 230 entrants, $117,875 prize pool 1. Barsukeen - $10,105.27 + $14,917.51 in bounties 2. megustaestrecha - $10,093.70 + $3,248.45 in bounties 3. alex2pairs - $7,180.25 + $2,190.25 in bounties 4. Krissyb24 - $5,235.19 + $2,272.26 in bounties 5. RhymeAndReason - $3,909.46 + $1,529.89 in bounties 6. Maddonaa - $2,606.31 + $1,443.75 in bounties 7. BernhardPavar - $1,581.25 + $1,000.79 in bounties 8. zxsd1976 - $1,581.25 + $1,804.67 in bounties 9. Isildur1 - $1,581.25 + $2,411.71 in bounties

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