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  1. PocketFives.com, the leading online poker community, has added their second high profile hire in the last three months, naming Lance Bradley as President and Editor in Chief. Bradley will oversee business development and bring his wealth of experience in developing quality poker content to the company. While continuing to provide the best coverage of the world of online poker under Bradley, PocketFives will have a more well-rounded approach to covering poker and will expand to include regular longform features, player profiles and podcasts. "Lance is passionate about poker and he's passionate about content - it's a perfect fit for PocketFives as we look to expand our audience," said PocketFives co-founder Adam Small. "With over ten years of working in the poker industry, Lance brings with him the respect of his peers." Bradley joins PocketFives after nearly eight years with BLUFF Media where he was Vice President of Content and Editor in Chief. During his time there, Bradley gained the respect of the poker community by producing top quality content, both online and in print. "The passion that PocketFivers have for the game of poker is really special and I hope we can cover the players and the game in a way that honors that," said Bradley. "Adam was the first person I heard from after BLUFF closed and after talking to him once, I knew it was where i was going to end up." One of poker's most respected journalists, Bradley has covered the poker world since 2006 and joined BLUFF in 2008. Prior to that he worked with Bodogfor five years including 2.5 years as Poker Room Manager, giving him a unique understanding of the business side of the game. Longtime PocketFives editor Dan Cypra will continue his role with the company and serve as Managing Editor, reporting directly to Bradley.
  2. [caption width="640"] Chris Moorman highlights Season 2 of Poker Central's Pokerography.[/caption] The true measure of whether or not a TV show is popular is whether or not the network decides to pick it up for a second season. That doesn’t explain why NBC never renewed Freaks and Geeks after its inaugural season, but thankfully that same fate isn’t following Pokerography to the one season graveyard. Poker Central, the self-described only 24/7 poker network, announced this week that the documentary-style show is coming back for a second season and they’re again they’re taking on some of the biggest names in poker, including one that is one of the most revered in online poker history. Chris Moorman, the only player in PocketFives history to have surpassed $10 million in online winnings, is one of 13 players that will be featured in Season 2. With $13,417,291 in winnings to his credit, Moorman is head and shoulders above the rest of the field. He’s also won 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns in his career, also more than any other player. Each episode focuses on one player and includes interviews with the player, friends, family as well as poker journalists, including PocketFives Editor in Chief Lance Bradley. Also included in Season 2 are episodes on Jason Mercier, Jennifer Tilly, Brian Rast, Maria Ho and Johnny Chan. Each episode is 30 minutes long and will be released on Poker Central beginning in the fall. The Jason Mercier episode promises to be one of the more interesting of Season 2. Interviews for this episode began in June, before he began his amazing World Series of Poker run, and weren’t completed after he won his second bracelet of the summer giving producers unprecedented access to the WSOP Player of the Year and his friends and family during his incredible run. While Chan, Mercier, Tilly and Moorman are some of the more well-known players chosen for Season 2, producers have added some lesser known, highly successful players as well including the likes of Byron Kaverman, Celina Lin and Nick Schulman. Complete List of Season 2 Episodes Jennifer Tilly Jason Mercier Brian Rast Maria Ho Liv Boeree Johnny Chan Jonathan Little Nick Schulman Chris Moorman Jason Koon Isaac Haxton Byron Kaverman Celina Lin The show is produced by Squad 47 Films with Steve Greenstein and Jane Bloom as Executive Directors. Season 1 of Pokeragraphy is available on demand on Poker Central. That season also included 13 episodes including Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Somerville and Vanessa Selbst. Poker Central is available as a streaming network on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, XBOX One, PlayStation Vue and Roku TV as well as other streaming sources.
  3. [caption width="640"] The third annual American Poker Awards go February 23 in Beverly Hills, California[/caption] Wednesday morning saw the announcement of all nominations for the third annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards, which take place Thursday February 23 at the Sofitel Beverley Hills in Los Angeles. It’s World Poker Tour host and all-round legend of the game Mike Sexton who headlines the nominations with three. Sexton is up for Tournament Performance of the Year and Moment of the Year for his win at the WPT Montreal. Away from the tables, Sexton has also been recognized in the Best Media Content category for his book Life’s a Gamble. Joining Sexton in the Tournament Performance of the Year category are Ari Engel for his Aussie Millions Main Event win, Kristen Bicknell for her bracelet victory in the WSOP No Limit Hold'em Bounty event, and Maurice Hawkins for his WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event success. Engel and Hawkins are also both nominated for Breakout Performance of the Year, along with Ankush Mandavia and Sam Soverel. PocketFives’ very own President and Editor In Chief Lance Bradley is up for two awards: Best Media Content for his article Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey, and for Media Person of the Year. “It’s such an honor to be nominated for two American Poker Awards. In both categories I’m thrilled to find myself amongst people that are not only colleagues, but friends as well,” said Bradley. “The fact that my piece about Bob and Charlie has resonated with so many, both inside and outside of the poker world, means the world to me. Being able to write stories like that is one of the many, many reasons I love covering poker.” Up against Bradley for Media Person of the Year are Sarah Herring, Joe Stapleton and David Tuchman. Meanwhile, joining Sexton and Bradley in Media Content of the Year recognition are Matthew Showell for Stu Ungar’s Last Chance Gone Wrong and Jason Somerville for his Aussie Millions Twitch stream. The Moment of the Year category is sure to be an interesting one. You have Griffin Benger’s infamous AA vs KK clash with William Kassouf in the WSOP Main Event; Jason Mercier’s WSOP heater that saw him win two bracelets, come second in another event (and almost bank an extra $1.8 million from Vanessa Selbst); David Peters finishing third at EPT Prague to snatch the GPI Player of the Year title from Fedor Holz; and the aforementioned Sexton WPT victory. Two new awards have been introduced this year: Twitch Streamer of the Year and Podcast of the Year. The nominees for Twitch Streamer are a line-up of the usual suspects: Jason ‘jcarverpoker’ Somerville, Jaime ‘PokerStaples’ Staples, Kevin ‘KevinMartin987’ Martin and Parker ‘TonkaaaP’ Talbot. Daniel Negreanu (Full Contact Poker) is up against Joe Ingram (Poker Life Podcast), Matthew Parvis and Sarah Herring (PokerNews Podcast) and Adam Schwartz, Terrence Chan and Ross Henry (TwoPlusTwo PokerCast) in the Podcast of the Year category. The only awards that have already been decided go to David Peters and Cate Hall for GPI Player of the Year and GPI Female Player of the Year, respectively. For all nominations, see below. TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Kristen Bicknell, WSOP No Limit Hold’em Bounty Ari Engel, Aussie Millions Main Event Maurice Hawkins, WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event Mike Sexton, WPT Montreal MOMENT OF THE YEAR Griffin Benger’s AA vs William Kassouf’s KK showdown in the WSOP Main Event Jason Mercier goes on historic one-week heater at the World Series of Poker David Peters, needing 3rd at EPT Prague to take GPI PoY from Fedor Holz, does exactly that Mike Sexton mounts incredible comeback to win first WPT title in Montreal BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Ari Engel Maurice Hawkins Ankush Mandavia Sam Soverel EVENT OF THE YEAR Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, FL Super High Roller Bowl, ARIA, Las Vegas WSOP Main Event, Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Bellagio, Las Vegas MID-MAJOR CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Heartland Poker Tour Mid-States Poker Tour WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Tony Burns, Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director Jack Effel, WSOP VP International Poker Operations & WSOP Director Sean McCormack, ARIA Director of Poker Operations Matt Savage, WPT Executive Tour Director & TDA Founder MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley Sarah Herring Joseph Stapleton David Tuchman PODCAST OF THE YEAR Full Contact Poker (Daniel Negreanu) Poker Life Podcast (Joe Ingram) PokerNews Podcast (Sarah Herring, Matthew Parvis) TwoPlusTwo Podcast (Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey (Lance Bradley, PocketFives) Life’s a Gamble (Mike Sexton) Stu Ungar’s Last Chance Gone Wrong (Matthew Showell, PokerListings) Twitch coverage of the Aussie Millions (Jason Somerville) TWITCH STREAMER OF THE YEAR Kevin Martin 'KevinMartin987' Jason Somerville 'jcarverpoker' Jaime Staples 'PokerStaples' Parker Talbot 'tonkaaaP' *Finalists for Twitch Streamer of the Year were selected by Twitch, however the members of the GPI American Poker Awards Jury will select the winner of this year’s Award.
  4. 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 interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES PocketFives.com Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark discuss the recent rule change by the World Series of Poker meant to curtail stalling, the success of partypokerLIVE MILLION North America in Montreal, the recently released schedule for the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. They also discuss Jessica Welman's recent post on PlayUSA.com about Salomon Ponte and problem gambling.
  5. 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 interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES Lance Bradley and Matt Clark are joined by Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas to talk about the sudden resignation of long-time online gaming opponent, Jason Chaffetz, the rumors surrounding Jeff Sessions and an update on Pennsylvania online poker momentum hitting a small snag. The guys also talk about the partnership between the World Poker Tour and PokerStars for the MonteDam Swing, and also discuss WPT Beijing, what it means to be an online poker room ambassador in 2017, and the overwhelming success of the "mid-major" tournament series' in the United States.
  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 interview players and industry leaders. The premiere episode includes guest Justin Hammer, the Tournament Coordinator from the Commerce Casino, talking about their recently announced "Social Experiment" tournament. Other topics discussed in this episode: 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule World Poker Tour Seminole stop predictions The latest PocketFives Rankings The WSOP Circuit National Championship LISTEN TO THE FIRST EPISODE ON ITUNES NOW
  7. 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 interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES Hosts Lance Bradley and Matt Clark join the chorus of people talking about Salomon Ponte and his appearance on the Poker Night in America live stream over the weekend and whether or not antics like his are acceptable and ultimately, good for poker. The guys also discuss the ongoing Twitter beef between Cate Hall and Matt Glantz, the big win by Maria Lampropoulos at partypokerLIVE Dusk Till Dawn, the WSOP Circuit win by Vanessa Truong and the Washington Post finding the story of a 70 year old woman who lives to play poker. And lastly, a hot debate about the PokerListings ranking of every poker show, ever.
  8. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES In this episode of The Fives, PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and writer Matt Clark are joined by 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess to talk about his deep run in the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Finale and if he still believes he's the best player in the world. The guys also talk about former #1-ranked Griffin Benger taking down the Irish Poker Open, the High Roller dominance of Steve O'Dwyer and the decision of the WSOP to move the One Drop High Roller event and not tell anybody. Other topics include: the Super High Roller Bowl moving to NBC Sports, the Bicycle Casino raid and an update on the PocketFives Rankings. Remember to subscribe to The Fives on iTunes and give us a five-star rating!
  9. [caption width="640"] The latest episode of The Fives is now available on iTunes and Stitcher.[/caption] 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 interview players and industry leaders. GREAT NEWS: The Fives is now available on Stitcher. Check out the links below to start listening on your favorite podcast app. Live from the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Lance Bradley and Matt Clark get the low-down on the registration fiasco at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond event, give some insight into the WPT's player forum and DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THE FIVES ON STITCHER
  10. Whether it comes to poker or to life, the path to chasing your dream is bound to be a unique journey. For Lance Bradley, the release of his new book The Pursuit of Poker Success not only provides his readers with the stories and insights of those who have found success in the game of poker, but it also marks a major milestone for Bradley himself. “I wanted to be an author since I was in the 2nd grade. I remember it pretty clearly. My teacher had read a short story I had written and said ‘You’re really good at this, you should do this.’ I was like, ‘OK, I’ll do just that.” Those who have been involved in the poker industry for even a short amount of time will recognize Bradley as a linchpin to the poker community. Bradley has practically done it all. In the early 2000’s he worked as an online poker room manager for Bodog, eventually putting his Journalism degree to work by transitioning to the media. He rose to the ranks of Managing Editor and, eventually, Editor in Chief of BLUFF Magazine. Now, the American Poker Award-winning writer resides as the President and Editor in Chief of this very organization, PocketFives. A job that, if you ask him about it, he loves. “I love writing. I love reading good writing and I love just sitting in front of the keyboard smashing words together,” Bradley said. He grew up learning the ins and outs of journalism, falling in love with old school newspapers and the art of the story. “In the back of my head though, I always thought that I wanted to write a book one day.” Then, last year, the inspiration for Bradley’s new book came to him in the form of a Tweet. Bradley, a prolific user of the social media platform, looked to prove that success in poker could not be defined. He reached out to his followers and asked the question - “How do you define success in poker?”. The results were vast and varied from accolades to cash to simply paying the bills. It was then he knew he may be on to something. Bradley, in search of an answer, decided to use the connections he had accumulated in his over 15 years in the industry. His idea: talk to some of the most respected players in the game and ask them how they became the player they became. He’d ask them how they defined their own success. “The goal was really to be able to put in words and on paper exactly what are some things that people can do to be a better recreational game player or a better semi-pro player. What are some things that they are going to face and what do these guys do that allowed them to become successful.” Bradley said. But this isn’t a strategy book. At least not in the classic sense. There’s no advice on how to play Jacks from MP2. That’s not to say there isn’t a good deal of strategy to be learned from The Pursuit of Poker Success. “It’s about how to be a professional. That’s the strategy.” Bradley said. “It’s different. I mean, I don’t want to feed hyperbole like ‘it’s never been done before’ but realistically, I’m not sure that a book like this has ever been done in poker.” Indeed, it’s a book with candid conversations from fifty of the most impactful players in poker history. Players like Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Adrian Mateos, Jason Somerville, Brian Rast, Maria Ho, Phil Galfond, Daniel Cates and Phil Hellmuth, just to name a few, all agreed to an interview. The list of superstars who opened up to Bradley is more than impressive. Perhaps just as impressive was the art of locking down conversations with this elite group in the first place. According to Bradley one of the most difficult parts of writing the book was nailing down the schedules of a group of players who play the game of poker so they don’t have to keep schedules. “It’s not even close, it was by far the hardest part. The logistics of trying to schedule this was crazy because while I work a 6 am to 6 pm kind of schedule because I work from home, poker players do not work that schedule.” Trying to catch these pros before a tournament, once they’ve busted, after they’ve been grinding the highest stakes cash games until the early morning hours proved to be a hurdle. That compounded with the time difference between Las Vegas, where many pros reside, and his hometown of Atlanta kept Bradley up nights. Bradley persisted. “There was a lot of ‘text me in the morning and I’ll see where I’m at’,” laughed Bradley. But 50 interviews, 90,000 words and nine months later the draft of Bradley’s first book was complete. Not a manual of how to play, but a potential guide for poker players to find their own path to success in the game. “I think the most important thing to understand as you sit down to read it is that there’s not just one way to become successful in poker,” Bradley said “One thing you have got to take away from it, you gotta have fun playing poker. You gotta work hard at it and you’ve got to have fun in order to be successful.” Bradley has taken that route in his own career. He’s worked hard, had his fun in journalism and now, he’s found success in fulfilling the career goals of his second-grade self. “The satisfying part for me is I can now say ‘author’ and that’s kind of cool because that’s something I wanted to do since I was my daughter’s age.” On June 7, Bradley’s hard work will be available via poker publishing powerhouse D+B Publishing as well as on Amazon.
  11. It's Christmas Eve for poker players. Or, if you want to borrow from the more contemporary metaphor, it's the day before Poker Summer Camp officially kicks off. Poker players from around the world have been flooding into Las Vegas over the past week to get settled and ready for the 2018 World Series of Poker. So, as the tables are getting set up at the Rio and dealers are getting last minute instructions on how to deal Triple Draw, the staff here at PocketFives take their turn at predicting exactly how some of the things at the 2018 WSOP will go down. The Panel Editor in Chief - Lance Bradley Community Manager - Kevin Mathers Writer & The Fives Co-Host - Matt Clark Writer - Jeff Walsh [caption id="attachment_619256" align="alignnone" width="800"] PocketFives Staff (L to R) Lance Bradley, Kevin Mathers, Matt Clark, Jeff Walsh.[/caption] JUST HOW BIG CAN THIS THING GET? There are a record-setting 78 bracelet events on the 2018 WSOP schedule, including 13 events that being after the Main Event does. Our esteemed panel dove deep into some heavy math and analytics to break down eight key events. EVENT #7 - $565 Colossus Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 16,133 17,425 17,653 16,960 There’s been a steady decline in attendance over the past few years (roughly a 20% drop in runners from year one to year three), potentially due to a small cannibalization of the lower buy-in player pool from the $365 GIANT (which gets underway the same weekend as the Colossus) and also possibly because there may just be so much offered at any given time at the start of the series, the star event that is the Colossus may have just faded a little. -Jeff Walsh EVENT #20 - $5,000 Big Blind Ante Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 659 603 622 645 The Big Blind Ante is all the rage in tournament poker right now and 2018 marks its debut at the WSOP. The price point for this one is definitely going to draw out a certain group of players, many of whom have already played with the big blind ante before and have come to enjoy it more than the traditional ante system. There were two $5,000 full ring NLHE events on the schedule last year drawing 505 and 623 players respectively. I think the hype of BBA puts this one over the top and we end up with over 650. -Lance Bradley EVENT #21 - $1,500 Millionaire Maker Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 7.483 8,049 6,541 7,644 One of the most popular events on the 'Weekend Warrior' schedule, the enticement of a $1,000,000+ guaranteed reward for first brings the droves to the Rio. After a couple of flat years, allowing players to re-enter each flight (for a maximum of four total) brought the field to 7,761 entries, up almost 600 from 2016. I expect another increase, passing the record number from 2014's 7,977 entries, with 8,049 entries after late registration closes. -Kevin Mathers EVENT #33 - $50,000 Players Championship Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 107 110 110 106 Each year, the $50,000 Players Championship attracts a select field of players, all eager to play some eight-game mix. Last year's field drew 100 players and has hovered around that number in recent years after bottoming out to 84 in 2015. This year, I'm predicting another modest increase, to 110 players. -Kevin Mathers EVENT #42 - $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight Max High Roller Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 203 180 210 213 The $25K PLO is one of the true elite field tournaments of the summer. Not only will it attract a regular slate of high rollers but it’s one of those tournaments when $10K regs may stretch into shot taking mode. The last three years this event has been offered there’s been a nice uptick in registration, including a massive 21 player jump from 2016 to 2017. The 2018 Aria Summer High Roller has an event a couple days before and after WSOP’s $25K PLO and I’m going to err on the side of this helping push the PLO player pool up as players may want a break from NLHE but want to play the same stakes. Plus, this event will very likely provide a seven-figure score for the winner and for the players who can afford the buy-in and handle the swings, that’s very enticing. -Jeff Walsh EVENT #61 - $1,000 WSOP.com Online Championship Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 2,729 2,400 2,005 1,802 Last year's number of 1,312 is going to be shattered. The player pool combination is already seeing increases across all WSOP.com tournaments and the bracelet "Main Event" is a great test for the platform. The influx of players in Nevada for the WSOP combined with New Jersey grinders equals 2,005 runners in 2018. - Matt Clark EVENT #74 - $10,000 Six Max NLHE Championship Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 299 340 294 308 In years past, the $10,000 Six Max NLHE event has drawn out the elite short-handed players, many of whom cut their teeth online. It's all been afforded a decent spot in the schedule. That's not the case this year though as it was moved to one of the "post-lim" events on the schedule and will share Rio floorspace with Day 7 of the Main Event. For a lot of players, the end of their Main Event means their WSOP is over. Fatigue - physical, mental and bankroll - comes into play and players look to get out of Vegas. A number of players who normally play this event might decide to skip it out and get a head-start on the post-WSOP detox. -Lance Bradley EVENT #65 - The Main Event Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 7,765 7,294 7,460 7,184 Go ahead and call me crazy, but I think the WSOP Main Event enjoys a big bump this year. I'm going to chalk a lot of it up to the crypto market. On July 8, 2017, Bitcoin was worth roughly $2,500. As of May 28, 2018, it's worth roughly three times that. Yeah, the market is volatile, but so many poker players were invested in crypto markets early. Poker is also in a better place than it has been in years. The bruises from 2011 are starting to heal and the live coverage from 2017 on ESPN/PokerGO will show some dividends. Seeing similar year/year growth this year that we did last doesn't seem out of the question. -Lance Bradley THE SUPERSTARS [caption id="attachment_619251" align="alignnone" width="1024"] This time last year nobody was picking Alex Foxen to do anything at the WSOP. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Every year a few players emerge from relative obscurity to win a bracelet and launch themselves into the world of poker celebrity. That being said, poker's biggest stage is also where the game's best players want to shine brightest. Our esteemed panel picked seven of the biggest names in poker right now and took a stab at predicting just well each of them will do this summer. Note: the table indicates if each panelist thinks that player will win a bracelet or not. Alex Foxen Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh No No No Yes Frankly, I hate taking the position that any player will win a bracelet in any given year, but by taking a "NO" stance that would be asking me to essentially bet against Foxen. That's not a position I'm willing to take. In 2017, he fired up and down the WSOP schedule resulting in cashing 13 times. Foxen made the final table three times, including taking a 3rd place in a NLHE $1K. Headed into the 2018 WSOP he's got high-roller experience under his belt and he's red hot having earned four six-figure scores in 2018. If he has the same drive he had in 2017 and is playing all the games, it's going to be very difficult to deny Foxen from leveling up his poker career with a WSOP bracelet. -Jeff Walsh Chris Ferguson Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh No No No No Ferguson has made numerous final tables since his 2016 return but carries only a win in Europe to show for it. Expect Ferguson to reach two final tables this summer but finish no higher than third. -Matt Clark Phil Ivey Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes No No No It was a pretty big deal when Phil Ivey announced he would be returning to the WSOP this year. There's a lot of opportunities for Ivey to be distracted in Las Vegas. The cash game scene during the WSOP is amazing, the high rollers offered at Aria and King's Lounge might take some of Ivey's attention, but many don't know that when Ivey went on his November Nine run in 2009, he would leave the Rio and head to Bobby's Room and play all night. He's wired for this. -Lance Bradley Daniel Negreanu Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh No Yes No Yes A revamped WSOP Player of the Year system gives Daniel Negreanu the motivation to play a full WSOP schedule to chase his third POY title. With the battering he's taken for his representing PokerStars in recent years, Negreanu wants to redeem himself in the eyes of the poker community and winning a bracelet, which he hasn't done since 2013, is his way of doing so. I predict Negreanu wins one bracelet and has at least two other top-three finishes, all in non-Hold'em events. -Kevin Mathers Adrian Mateos Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes Yes Yes Yes This is the only player that everybody on the panel agrees is leaving the Rio with new jewelry this year. It's not surprising. He's been one of the top-ranked players in the GPI for a while now and already has three WSOP bracelets to his credit and at 23 years old, fatigues just isn't going to be a factor for him. He'll also play every NLHE event on the schedule. -Lance Bradley Phil Hellmuth Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes No No No The all-time leader in bracelets is on a cold streak since his last win in 2015. Two final tables in the last two years for Hellmuth do not bode well for improvement in 2018. If there were 10 Razz events on the schedule, that would bolster his chances. -Matt Clark Stephen Chidwick Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes Yes No No High Rollers have Chidwick's attention now and his paltry five cashes last year prove his preference. Winning bracelets takes volume and Chidwick won't be putting in enough to make consistent deep runs. -Matt Clark BIGGEST SURPRISE [caption id="attachment_619250" align="alignnone" width="1024"] He's baaaaaa-aacckkkk. Phil Ivey is set to return to the WSOP felt. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] At the end of every summer camp, there's always a player who two that pulled off something really special or left poker fans wondering what happened. Each member of our esteemed panel took one player who might provide the poker world with a surprise performance - good or bad - this summer. Phil Ivey Phil Ivey's grand return in Montenegro gave poker fans a reason to believe Ivey might play this summer at the WSOP. Ivey confirmed as much when interviewed after the win. Poker fans teased themselves for years with a "Summer of Ivey." Sadly, this summer will not be that year. Cash games in Asia along with legal issues in the United States have Ivey's primary attention now for different monetary reasons. If the right bracelet bet comes along, maybe then Ivey will put in the volume to satisfy the masses. -Matt Clark Allen Kessler I'm going out on a very long limb here, but I'm going to predict than Kessler will win his first WSOP bracelet this year. The Chainsaw is quite the polarizing figure, especially if you're on #PokerTwitter, and I've surely had my war of words with him. He almost took down a bracelet during WSOP Europe in Rozvadov, Czech Republic finishing runner-up in the €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha. The last time he made a WSOP final table in Vegas was back in 2011, so that means he's gotta be due, right? When you play as many events as he does, eventually he'll be on the right side of variance for once, and I think it's time for him to win some gold. After his win, he'll go on a Twitter rant about the bracelet or some other trivial matter and everyone will turn on him once again #Drama. -Kevin Mathers Connor Drinan Every year since 2013 Connor Drinan has attended the WSOP and every year he's left without a single "trinket." This is the year I think he truly breaks through and not only wins himself a bracelet but perhaps takes down the biggest tournament of the summer - The $1 million Big One For One Drop. Drinan, the current PocketFives Worldwide #17-ranked online player is a consummate grinder, crushing just about any tournament series he dedicates himself to. Over the course of PokerStars' 2018 SCOOP series, Drinan made the money an impressive 32 times, putting him in the upper echelon of the series overall leaderboard. His WSOP resume consists of 25 cashes and nearly $1 million in total earnings, including in-the-money finishes in the $111,111 High Roller For One Drop in both 2017 and 2013. Should he find his way into the $1 million One Drop tournament, he's my pick to take it down. Should he not have the chance I see him taking his 2018 online success and translating it into multiple deep runs during the WSOP, including the Main Event, resulting in him being a player whose success won't be able to keep him out of the headlines. -Jeff Walsh Adam Owen So many people like to pigeonhole Adam Owen as a mixed game specialist. And while he's fantastic at games other than Hold'em (16 non-Hold'em cashes in SCOOP this year), he's also had some deep runs in bigger buy-in NLHE events. He finished second at the partypoker MILLIONS Barcelona Main Event for $1.6 million. He has 22 WSOP cashes over the last three years and given his recent big score, we could see him playing even more bracelet events this year. -Lance Bradley PLAYER OF THE YEAR [caption id="attachment_619252" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Mike Leah could finally capture WSOP Player of the Year this year. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Outside of Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer and apparently Phil Hellmuth, nobody was thrilled to see Chris Ferguson win Player of the Year last year. There were just as many people disappointed in the new system WSOP brass put in place which rewarded min-cashes in big fields with more points than runner-up finishes in Championship events. That same brass has promised the poker community that they fixed the POY issue, so the race is once again wide open. Our esteemed panel each made their pick for who reigns supreme this summer and through the end of WSOP Europe this fall. Mike Leah When you try to answer the ultimate poker question of "Who Loves It More?", you can't go wrong by answering Mike Leah. He loves everything about poker: the cash, the competition, and, yes, the awards. He's not shy about wanting it all and one would have to assume that the WSOP Player of the Year would be high on his list of wanted accolades. As a Canadian, he's faced with stiff tax laws on anything he wins in Las Vegas, but that has not stopped him from racking up 99-lifetime WSOP cashes and a bracelet. He plays everything at every buy-in level and in 2017, he cashed for 14 times in Las Vegas and another six time during the World Series of Poker Europe. His efforts left him in fifth place of the 2017 WSOP POY race but his determination did not go unnoticed. Leah is comfortable playing just about any buy-in level and has plenty of non-NLHE results in WSOP events. Should he get off to a fast start in 2018 or perhaps when capture his second bracelet, expect him to dive headlong into the WSOP Player of the Year race. -Jeff Walsh James Obst James Obst earned his first WSOP bracelet in 2017 and is a force in all games offered at the Rio. Since 2014, Obst has cashes in 10 events with a buy-in of at least $5,000. The Australian's consistency in 2017 put him in the running for POY despite the flawed scoring system. Four top-10 finishes and two podium results equal even more for Obst this summer. Two bracelets plus five total final tables equal a banner in 2019. -Matt Clark Daniel Negreanu The 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race was the most controversial edition yet, as Chris Ferguson took down the title after cashing a record 23 times in Vegas and Rozvadov. Many critiqued the criteria as others decided to not put in the volume to try and chase Ferguson. This year's POY criteria appears to be vastly approved, rewarding deep finishes over cashing. With plenty of events at a $10,000 or higher price point, it's likely someone who goes on a heater in those events will likely win (Ex. Jason Mercier in 2016, Phil Ivey in 2012). Negreanu was the most vocal critic last year, and he heartily approved the changes and I expect him to win WSOP POY for the third time. -Kevin Mathers John Monnette Avid readers will remember that I predicted Monnette would win Player of the Year last year. That was before the 2017 WSOP POY scoring system was discovered to be as ugly as it was. Monnette still managed to finish fifth, but probably put more emphasis on smaller buy-in No Limit Hold'em events than he wanted to. With the new system rewarding bigger buy-in events and mixed games, Monnette might be the odds-on favorite to win. He excels at mixed games and will play nearly every $10,000 or bigger buy-in event.
  12. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. After a one-week hiatus, PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley returns to the host's chair to talk poker with Matt Clark. The guys get into PokerStars' decision to award Platinum Passes to American players through live events, the upcoming WCOOP/Powerfest schedules and talk about how much fun Mikita Badziouski is having playing the Triton Poker Series. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  13. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The Fives is back with Lance Bradley and PocketFives' new Managing Editor, Donnie Peters sitting in the co-host chairs. Lance and Donnie recap the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and discuss how the 2018 Poker Masters might have been the breakout party for a young American pro. They also discuss the Chad Power vs. Cate Hall backing debate and talk about how William Kassouf's 15 minutes of fame might actually be up all over $100. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  14. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  15. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. In this week's episode of The Fives, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters discuss the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party and the intriguing overlay situation that is developing. They also preview the mammoth upcoming partypoker MILLIONS Online and project what - if any - overlay players can expect to find there. They also recap Patrick ‘prepprepprep’ Serda's win at WPT Montreal and talk about the dominance at Playground Poker Club shown by Ema Zajmovic before wrapping up the show with a new segment, Five Questions. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  16. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. In this week's edition of The Fives, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters take a journey back through the biggest stories of 2018. They break down the phenomenal years that Justin Bonomo, Alex Foxen and Ali Imsirovic put together and remember Phil Hellmuth's 15th bracelet win, Darren Elias' fourth WPT win and go over some of the biggest news from off the felt, including Gordon Vayo's failed bluff.
  17. 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 Bradley and Jeff Walsh have all the action from the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event as well as the $100,000 High Roller final table. They're joined on this episode by stand-up comedian and poker player Clayton Fletcher and discuss what a lazy day in the Bahamas looks like. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  18. 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. There are just 20 players left in the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event and two of them, Matt Berkey and Daniel Strelitz, join Lance and Jeff on this episode of The Fives. Both players discuss the up and down nature of their day and what it's like to go from the feature table to a side table and back again. Also - you can win an ultrarare PocketFives NWO shirt just by listening! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  19. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. This week on The Fives, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters talk all about the Run It Once launch and what just might be in store for the Phil Galfond-backed online poker site. For the third week in a row, the field in the Sunday Million dropped and the guys discuss what it might take for PokerStars to return the event to a $215 buy-in and restore some of the glory on the event. Other topics covered this week include the release of dates for WSOP Europe, the lack of hype for the upcoming U.S. Poker Open and give an update on the latest Phil Ivey news - spoiler alert, it's not great. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Subscribe</strong>: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fives/id1221471287?mt=2">Apple Podcasts</a> <strong>*</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ibohw4jpnetjmxbziu5ifwmted4">Google Podcasts</a> <strong>*</strong> <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pocketfives/the-fives">Stitcher</a></p>
  20. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Back from a Super Bowl party, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters jump right back into the world of poker and discuss the deal that Bryn Kenney struck that awarded him a seven-figure score and the Aussie Millions Main Event championship. They also debate whether or not Cary Katz is still a "recreational player" after his win in the Aussie Millions $100K Challenge. Also on the show this week, a look at the second week of the $109 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Million, how 888poker's RakeLESS weekend did, and talk about what the departures of Jaime Staples and Jeff Gross from Team PokerStars might actually be leading to. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  21. After tabulating the votes of over 130 Nomination Panel members, the Global Poker Index, along with their partner PokerCentral, has unveiled the nominations in thirteen of the 20 categories of the first ever Global Poker Awards. The awards are set to take place on April 5 at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas where poker players and industry members from 10 different nations will be represented in a wide variety of categories that aims to celebrate all aspects of the poker community. PocketFives is well represented within the nominees. The Fives Podcast is one of five nominees for Podcast of the Year and PocketFives' President & Editor in Chief Lance Bradley's book, The Pursuit of Poker Success, Here are the nominees, presented in alphabetical order: Tournament Performance of the Year Justin Bonomo (Super High Roller Bowl IV) John Cynn (2018 World Series of Poker Main Event) Maria Lampropulos (2018 PCA Main Event) Dylan Linde (WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic) Breakout Player of the Year Almedin ‘Ali’ Imsirovic Maria Konnikova Ping Liu Christopher Michael Soyza Streamer of the Year Jeff Gross Jason Somerville Jaime Staples Lex Veldhuis Vlogger of the Year Marle Cordeiro Joe Ingram Andrew Neeme Daniel Negreanu Doug Polk Podcast LFG Podcast PokerCentral Podcast PokerNews Podcast The Chip Race The Fives Poker Podcast Broadcaster Maria Ho Lon McEachern Nick Schulman Lex Veldhuis Poker Journalist Drew Amato Sarah Herring Remko Rinkema Christian Zetzsche Media Content Drew Amato (photo: Brunson bids farewell to WSOP) Lance Bradley (book: The Pursuit of Poker Success) Haley Hintze (article: Vayo v. PokerStars) PokerCentral/PokerGO (Super High Roller Club: Schulman featuring Nejad) Industry Person Angelical Hael (World Poker Tour) Cary Katz (Poker Central) Matt Savage (WPT, TDA) Ty Stewart (World Series of Poker) Rob Yong (Dusk Till Dawn, partypoker) Tournament Director Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock) Paul Campbell (ARIA) Jack Effel (World Series of Poker) Kenny Hallaert (Unibet Open) Mid-Major Tour/Circuit 888poker LIVE RUNGOOD Poker Series Unibet Open WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit Event of the Year partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Super High Roller Bowl IV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic WSOP Main Event Moment of the Year Jeremy Hilsercop received PSPC Platinum Pass via Christmas Day viral video Joe Cada wins The Closer after finishing 5th in WSOP Main Event Doyle Brunson plays his final WSOP event Justin Bonomo wins Big One for One Drop, completing Super High Roller Streak In addition to the above categories, there are seven other awards that will be given out during the ceremony. Due to their results in 2018, Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell will each be receiving awards for the 2018 GPI Player of the Year and the 2018 Female Player of the Year respectively. Along with trophies for Foxen and Bicknell the following categories will be determined by the Global Poker Awards Jury: - Lifetime Achievement in Poker Award - Charitable Initiative - Jury Prize As has been the case in previous GPI award shows, the “people” will have a voice and will vote to award the People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year. Also, PocketFives will be handing out the PocketFives Legacy Award acknowledging a player who has come from the world of online poker to make major contributions to poker’s live tournament scene. The Global Poker Awards can be watched live on PokerGO on April 5.
  22. 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
  23. When the poker industry gathers in Las Vegas Friday night to celebrate the best of 2018 at the Global Poker Awards, PocketFives.com will honor a player who has collected more accolades over the course of his online poker career than any player in the 15-year history of the site. Chris Moorman, one of the most successful players in online poker tournament history, is this year’s recipient of the PocketFives Legacy Award at the Global Poker Awards. “Chris’ success in the online poker world is nearly unmatched. When it came time to pick which player to recognize this year, there was never really any debate,” said PocketFives President & Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley. “We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate one of the most well-respected members of our community on such an important night.” Between 2008 and 2011, Moorman reached the #1-ranking on PocketFives a record 13 times and has held that spot for a total of 24 weeks. He’s the all-time leader in PocketFives Triple Crowns earned with 29 and arguably most impressively, Moorman’s $15,851,900 in online earnings makes him the all-time leader. While he originally made a name for himself in the online poker world, Moorman has also had success in the live arena as well. In 2014, he won the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic Main Event for $1,015,460. He followed that up with a World Series of Poker bracelet win in 2017. His lifetime live earnings are nearly $5.7 million. “It’s a great honor to receive this award. Without PocketFives, I’m not sure I would've had the same drive for success,” said Moorman. “When I discovered the site 10 years ago it motivated me to put in the volume and try to be the best I could be during my early years as a tournament player.” Moorman is the third player to receive the PocketFives Legacy Award. In 2017, Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy received the first PocketFives Legacy Award at the American Poker Awards. The 2018 recipient was Ari Engel. The awards show will be streamed for free on PokerGO Friday at 5 pm PT.
  24. The 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event was a watershed moment for the game. A record number of players - 8,773 to be exact - entered the event that year. Thanks to legal efforts in the United States though, the Main Event has never gotten close to that number again. With the 2019 World Series of Poker just hours away, PocketFives editorial staff have put together their picks for who will make the most out what should be an incredible summer. Here they discuss what the field sizes might look like in some of the more talked-about events on the schedule, including the Main Event. The Big 50 Possibly the most talked about event in WSOP history, the Big 50 offers players incredible value and a chance to help celebrate the 50th year of WSOP action. “I think the Big 50 is going to be massive. Players in my local card room, who have never been to the World Series of Poker, are making the trek this year because it feels like the best value tournament of the summer. While my gut says that this would be a complete sellout Friday - Sunday with 5,800 players in each (if that information is accurate) with the opening flight on Thursday reaching 2,500 runners. I feel like the only thing keeping this from eclipsing Colossus I is the rate at which people will or will not be busting. With 50K in chips and 50-minute levels, it’s a recreational players dream scenario (just in terms of a slow rate of play) and I can see people camping in their seats for the day making it hard for late-registrations to get involved. I'm going with 19,200 runners.” - Jeff Walsh, Senior Writer "For the Big 50, I don’t see it breaking the record for largest live tournament ever set by the 2015 WSOP Colossus that generated 22,374 entries, but it will be big. I think we’ll see something more in the 18,000-entry range." - Donnie Peters, Managing Editor "Everybody and their (service) dog is going to be playing the Big 50 and I'm surprised to see my colleagues thinking there isn't going to be a 20,000+ player field. I get that a Thursday starting day isn't ideal for those coming in to cross something off of their bucket list, but a good number of those are going to want to get in early to avoid any potential sellouts for Friday, Saturday, Sunday. If the capacity truly is somewhere around 23,200, I feel like 21,500 is a reasonable estimate." - Lance Bradley, Editor in Chief The Mini Main Event Another new "gimmick" event, the Mini Main Event comes in at $1,000 buy-in and the same structure as the Main Event. Players coming into town looking to throw some chips around could use this one to get themselves ready for the Main Event. “I could be totally off, but despite a great gimmick name - one that I had attributed to the Monster Stack for the past few years - I’m not sure if players are going to be eager to fire $1K into a tournament with 30-minute levels. The structure is great, of course, mirroring that of the actual Main Event, and 60K is plenty of chips with which to blast off but for those value-hunters, there are better options. Plus some of those who might play this may also opt to register for a mega to the actual Main Event. That said, I could be totally wrong, 4,000 runners will pile into the registration line and next thing you know this 2-day event will have to stretch in Day 1A of the Main Event." - Walsh "The $1,000 Mini Main Event is an interesting one. Albeit 30-minute levels, it has a decent structure and provides a nice lead-in for the WSOP Main Event. If you’re playing the WSOP Main Event and coming into Las Vegas for that, what’s a couple of extra days and an added $1,000 buy-in event? It’s the perfect warm-up and the WSOP may very well have its hands full with the event being scheduled for just two days. I think it will draw around 3,000 entries and be a little too much for the two-day window to handle." - Peters "Before partypoker swooped in with their MILLIONS Las Vegas event, I had a much bigger number in mind for this. It's not that I think the rec players are going to go across town and play a $10,000, but I think a good chunk of the WSOP grinders who would have taken a shot here, will have to go play for a $5M guarantee at Aria. Still, this thing looks like a lot of fun and I don't see why it can't pull at least 3,300 players." - Bradley The Main Event “For me, the only real number to consider is 8,000. Will the WSOP eclipse the 8K plateau for the first time since Jaime Gold’s historic Main Event victory in 2006, where he defeated 8,773. 2018’s registrants were the 2nd largest in the event’s history and my feeling is we only go up from here. Although I’m not as confident as some of my colleagues, I do think that we’ll see an increase and that registration will land between 8,000-8,100.” - Walsh "Interestingly, the field size trend for the WSOP Main Event closely mirrors that of the Aussie Millions Main Event that takes place each year in January. It’s not exact, but it’s pretty darn close. When the Aussie Millions Main Event sees an increase in turnout, so does the WSOP Main Event. When the Aussie Millions Main Event sees a decrease, so does the WSOP Main Event. Back in January, the Aussie Millions Main Event drew 822 entries, which was up from the 800 the years before - a 2.8% increase. A 2.8% increase on the 2018 WSOP Main Event field size of 7,874 entries would make for a field of 8,090 in 2019. I’ll couple that with the fact that the WSOP Main Event field size has increased three consecutive years now and predict it will hit 8,400 entries. Truth be told, I’m pretty bullish on it and wouldn’t be totally shocked if the 2019 WSOP Main Event set a new record and surpassed the 8,773 entries from the 2006 WSOP Main Event." - Peters "Three straight years of increased attendance is a pretty good trend and I see no reason why it won't do it again. It's the 50th year, so there's increased hype and that has to be considered, but I think more importantly Bitcoin is trending up and is up 35% over the price on July 1, 2018. It's only a good sign for the Main Event if that number can hold or - gasp - even increase between now and the start of the Main. I'm really not seeing much in the way of obstacles to growth. A down year this year would be a massive shock to me. Given what I'm told will be a robust live satellite offering this year, I'm going to go with 8,600 players in the Main Event." - Bradley
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