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  1. There are seven players remaining in the World Series of Poker National Championship being held at Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina (pictured below). Just a few weeks after his 11th place finish in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) is making another deep run and sits in third place with a stack of 543,000. The field is chasing Loni Harwood, who has 1.3 million in chips, double what second place bagged up on Thursday night. Harwood is looking to become the first woman to win the National Championship. She already has a WSOP bracelet, which came in 2013 in a $1,500 buy-in event, as well as two Circuit rings and more than $1 million in career WSOP winnings. Harwood trimmed the field to nine in dramatic style with a double knockout. The money went in before the flop with Harwood's K-K going up against A-K and 10-10. The board came Q-5-3-2-2 and the kings held, shooting her stack past one million in chips, a stranglehold on the final table. Then there's Negreanu, the crowd favorite and owner of a half-dozen bracelets. The poker world was crushed when "Kid Poker" failed to make the 2015 WSOP November Nine. Now, he has a chance at a little bit of redemption as well as bracelet #7. Negreanu joked on Twitter, "I made the final 7 of the WSOP National Championship. I'm the oldest one left! Times change. I still got it." The National Championship was the first tournament Negreanu had entered since the Main Event ended earlier this month. He added on Twitter that his "Kid Poker" moniker might be going the way of the dodo after the North Carolina tournament: "I'm thinking about changing my nickname to KoleFo since I am such a wild man at the poker table. A regular cold 4 bettin' machine." Read about two of Negreanu's Main Event mistakes. Here's how the field looks entering Friday's finale, which begins at 1pm ET. The blinds will be 5,000-10,000-1,000 and everyone left is guaranteed $49,000. The top prize is $341,000 and a bracelet: Seat 1: Vincent Moscati - 463,000 (46 bb) Seat 2: Darryll DFish Fish - 648,000 (64 bb) Seat 3: Daniel Negreanu - 543,000 (54 bb) Seat 4: empty Seat 5: Paul Mattioda - 167,000 (16 bb) Seat 6: Loni Harwood - 1,340,000 (134 bb) Seat 7: Alex Masek - 100,000 (10 bb) Seat 8: empty Seat 9: Brad St. Vincent - 410,000 (41 bb) Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. On Tuesday, the 2015 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN for two hours. The main story of the first hour was the elimination of Daniel Negreanu in sixth place, so we'll move on to the second hour, which began with Loni Harwood (pictured) holding the chip lead five-handed. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The National Championship, which was held in the rolling foothills of the Smoky Mountains at Harrah's Cherokee, had 100 automatic qualifiers. Up to 100 other players were offered the chance to buy in. On the first hand shown in the second hour of coverage, Brad St. Vincent "misclicked" live against Harwood, putting the wrong color chips in for a call and accidentally raising. Harwood re-raised and St. Vincent mucked, losing 12% of his stack. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad joked, "At the Norman Chad School of Poker, you can major in misclicking." An interview with Harwood then aired in which she gave her thoughts on being a role model as the Last Woman Standing and a former bracelet winner: "I never really think of myself as a role model. I always looked up to Vanessa Selbst, so it's crazy to think that people look up to me." Vince Moscati doubled up several times before ultimately busting in fifth place. In his final hand, he was all-in before the flop with 7-6 of clubs against Harwood's K-9 of hearts. Harwood paired her nine on the flop and that was it, sending Moscati to the rail $83,000 richer for his wear. St. Vincent was the next to go. He was all-in before the flop with J-10 and in dire straits against Harwood's K-J. St. Vincent was drawing dead by the river and exited in fourth place for $111,000. It was Harwood's third elimination at the final table. PocketFiver Darryl DFishFish (pictured), who spiked a one-outer to stave off elimination earlier in the episode, busted in third place after his K-J of hearts could not draw out on Alex Masek's A-J. Fish picked up flush and straight draws on the flop, but couldn't connect, giving Masek the chip lead entering heads-up play. It was the first time since there were 11 players left that Harwood had not held the chip lead. Despite entering as the short stack, Harwood ran over Masek heads-up. Masek, who holds the record with eight WSOP Circuit rings, eventually called all-in before the flop with A-7 against Harwood's 3-3 for a race. Harwood hit a set on the flop and won the WSOP National Championship. There was very little emotion by either player, leaving Chad to say, "It appears to be over. Someone needs to tell them." Roll credits. Harwood became just the third woman ever to win two or more open WSOP bracelets, joining Selbst and Jennifer Harman. The 2015 WSOP Main Event will begin airing on ESPN2 on Monday, September 14 at 8:00pm ET. It'll run head-to-head with Monday Night Football for three weeks before moving to Sunday nights starting October 4. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. [caption width="640"] Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is playing host to the WSOP Global Casino Championship.[/caption] This August, after making stops across the US and beyond, the WSOP Circuit returns to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina, where the season’s top players face off for the 2015-2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship and their shot at the minimum $1 million prize pool. The event, formerly known as the WSOP National Championship, runs August 9-11 and awards at least $1 million in prize money along with a coveted WSOP bracelet. This season marks the first time that International Circuit players are eligible to play for the championship. Winners from stops in Italy, Georgia, Morocco, the Czech Republic and others will be among the event’s qualifiers. Who’s Invited WSOP Circuit Main Event winners from each of the 2015-2016 stops earned a free seat into the tournament. The Casino Champion, or overall leaderboard points winner, of each venue also scores a free entry. The top 50 players on the Circuit leaderboard who did not win a Main Event seat or Casino Championship also receive free entry to the event. Those lucky enough to lock up a free seat will be treated to three nights' lodging at Harrah’s Cherokee and receive $500 for travel expenses. International qualifiers will automatically get four nights in the hotel, with an extra night being awarded to players who make the final table. There are still some automatic seats available. The 2015-16 WSOP Circuit schedule has four stops remaining; Council Bluffs, Cherokee, Montreal and New Orleans. Players can also continue to accumulate leaderboard points through the end of the New Orleans event. The top 100 players on the WSOP world ranking leaderboard - based on points earned during 2014 and 2015 World Series of Poker, WSOP Europe and WSOP APAC - can buy into the event for $10,000. Some of the players who are eligible to buy in are 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and former #1 ranked online player Paul Volpe. For the first time in the event's history, it's also allowing players who won a Circuit ring during the season to buy into the event as well. Each $10,000 entry fee is added on top of the $1 million prize pool put up by the WSOP. 2016-2017 Season Launch While the Global Casino Championship signals the end of the 12th WSOP Circuit season, it also coincides with the launch of the 2016-2017 season. Harrah’s Cherokee is hosting the first stop of the new season from August 4-16, while it simultaneously plays out the previous year’s championship. The Harrah’s stop features 12 ring events and includes a $1,675 Main Event and a $2,200 High Roller tournament. "The 2015 National Championship was a blast for us and we’re excited that the World Series of Poker is ramping up the game this year," said Brooks Robinson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s Cherokee. "Not only do we get to welcome in players from around the world, but we also get to help kick off the 2016-17 Circuit season. It really is a fantastic opportunity for our employees to help showcase the resort." Last year, Loni Harwood took the top spot in the 2015 National Championship, banking the $341,599 first-place prize. German grinder Dominik Nitsche took first in the 2014 championship for $335,659, with Jonathan Hilton taking home a $355,599 payday for his 2013 win.
  4. [caption width="640"] The best of the best from the WSOP Circuit are in Cherokee, NC for the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship.[/caption] Later this week roughly 100 of the best players the WSOP Circuit has to offer will be in Cherokee, North Carolina for the $1,000,000 guaranteed WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship. And they should have some company. The GCC, which replaced the WSOP Circuit National Championship, is open to three distinct groups of players and awards a WSOP bracelet to the winner. The first is the 100 players who earned a free seat based on their play in the 2015-16 WSOP Circuit season. The Main Event winner and Casino Champion from all domestic and international Circuit stops were each given automatic entry with another 50 spots going to the players who racked up the most Circuit Leaderboard points over the course of the season. This group includes Joe Kuether, Bernard Lee, Alex Masek and the top player on the Circuit this past season, Cody Pack. With 13 cashes and three rings, Pack finished atop the Leaderboard with 305 points. The second group is players who finished in the top 100 of the WSOP World Rankings - a combination of WSOP Player of the Year points for 2014 and 2015. Those players are eligible to buy in to the tournament for $10,000. This gives some of the best players on the planet a chance to get it on the action. Included in this group is Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, George Danzer, Paul Volpe, Mike Leah, Jason Mercier, Anthony Zinno and Phil Galfond. The third group is a new twist for 2016. Any player that won a WSOP Circuit ring in 2015-16 can also buy in to the event for $10,000. This makes players like Ari Engel, Valentin Vornicu, Alex Rocha, Antonio Esfandiari and Mukul Pahuja eligible. A number of them of them are already in Cherokee, playing in the first stop on the 2016-17 WSOP Circuit schedule. One additional GCC seat will be awarded at Cherokee this week. "We are thrilled to be able to return to Harrah’s Cherokee for our season-culminating championship," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "It’s only fitting that we end one season and start the next at Harrah’s Cherokee, a terrific host venue and locale for poker players far and wide." The event’s name was changed to reflect the growing international footprint of the WSOP Circuit. Players who qualified at events in Morocco, Georgia, Italy, the Czech Republic and Canada are eligible for the first time this year. A couple of eligible players have put packages up on YouStake.com to sell action for the event. David Aker, who finished 16th on the WSOP Circuit Leaderboard, is selling 14% of himself at 1.12 markup. Allen Kessler, who finished 88th on the WSOP World Rankings, is selling 50% of himself at 1.15 markup. Last year at the WSOP Circuit National Championship, Loni Harwood beat out 121 other players to win $341,599. Harwood did not qualify for this year's event. The 2016 GCC begins on August 9 and runs through August 11 with the final table being filmed for broadcast on ESPN later this year.
  5. [caption width="640"] Harrah's Cherokee will host the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship this August (WSOP photo)[/caption] For the third straight year the best players from the WSOP Circuit are going to be spending a few days in Cherokee, NC chasing down a WSOP bracelet, a big pay day and some ESPN screen time at the end of the summer. The World Series of Poker announced that the 2017 Global Casino Championship will be held at Harrah’s Cherokee August 8-10 and will once again have a guaranteed $1,000,000 prize pool. This marks the third consecutive year that the WSOP Circuit season-ending event will be held in Cherokee. “The growth of the World Series of Poker Circuit over the last year has been astounding,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We are reaching new players in the United States and around the world and it’s great to have them square off against one another in this one-of-a-kind event. We’re thrilled to be back at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee once again, which has always been a great host for this prestigious event.” There are 122 free spots reserved for players who qualified during the 2016-17 WSOP Circuit season. Any player who won a WSOP Circuit Main Event and the Casino Champion from each stop earn automatic entry. The remaining 50 open spots go to the top WSOP Circuit leaderboard point earners that do not already have a seat. The top 100 players in the WSOP Player of the Year rankings from 2016 and any player who won a WSOP Circuit gold ring event during the 2016-17 season can buy in to the GCC for $10,000. The $10,000 is added to the prize pool with no rake removed. The relatively remote location of the Cherokee property is unpopular with some players, but the field size has remained relatively constant since the move. Having the event there also allows organizers to kick off the new WSOP Circuit season at the same time. Last year Said El Yousfi traveled from Morocco and won the 2016 Global Casino Championship and $343,256. In 2015Loni Harwood beat out 121 players to win the 2015 WSOP Circuit National Championship, the predecessor to the Global Casino Championship, and $341,599.
  6. Some of the biggest names in poker will put a target on their back as the World Poker Tour returns to Jacksonville, Florida for the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble. The WPT’s $5,000 Main Event will take place from October 19-23 at bestbet Jacksonville and feature 24 players with a $2,500 bounty on their head. The Main Event A staple of the WPT Main Tour, the bestbet Jacksonville has been a key stop for the past seven seasons. The Bounty Scramble Main Event carries a $5,000 buy-in ($4,630 + $290 entry fee + $80 staff) and a $1 million guarantee. Players have the option of two starting days beginning on October 19 with both starting days allowing players unlimited re-entry. The four-day structure has the final table playing out on a lifestream on Friday, October 23. Additionally, the WPT has incorporated the big blind ante as well as a 30-second Action clock which starts when the tournament is only one table away from the money. Capture A Bounty The standard structure of a WPT event is normally enough to get players excited to attend an event. However, the bestbet Bounty Scramble gives players an extra incentive to grab a seat and make a loose call. There will be (at least) 24 players in the field that, if they are eliminated of the tournament, will give the player that knocked them out $2,500 on the spot. This year, bestbet Jacksonville has taken a positive step in continuing to promote the game of poker to women. They have doubled the number of women invited to participate as bounties from 2017. In 2018, ten of the 24 players that have been selected as bounties are not only some of the best players on the planet but they also happen to be women. The list includes 2018 World Series of Poker Ladies Champion Jessica Dawley, 2-time WSOP bracelet winner Loni Harwood, Kitty Kuo, Jamie Kerstetter, WSOP Main Event standout Kelly Minkin and more. Joining them are some of poker’s most notable names. A sampling of those with a price tag on their backs includes 4-time WPT Champion Darren Elias, Bryan Kaverman, Martin Rettenmaier, Matt Affleck, 3-time NFL Super Bowl Champion Richard Seymour, actor Kevin Pollack and 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Tony Miles among others. A Look Back Bounty tournaments at the highest level come with an extra level of adrenaline. The idea that after taking out an opponent, the tournament director may be giving you four-figures on the spot gives players extra incentive to get in the mix. bestbet Jacksonville has appeared on the WPT schedule since Season 10 (2011-2012). It wasn't until Season 13 that they formally changed the name to the Bounty Scramble and increased the buy-in to $5,000. In that year, Ryan Van Sanford from Colorado Springs, CO took down the field of 461 players to win a career-high cash of $421,668. Tyler Patterson, who returns again as a bounty in 2018, took down the title in 2014 besting Benjamin Zamani heads-up for $375,270. Patterson returned to the final table of the very next year in what was a stacked final table that included Noah Schwartz, Ankush Mandavia and eventual winner Sam Panzica. Panzica won over $350,000 for his first WPT title. He would go on to win a second WPT title in another bounty tournament - the 2017 Bay 101 Shooting Stars for over $1.3 million. Like Patterson before him, Panzica also made the final table the year after he won it. Just last year, Panzica finished runner-up to Paul Petraglia. Petraglia, a Florida local, defeated the 323 player field for a cash of over $315,000. Prior to his win, his largest recorded cash was for just over $3,000. What To Watch For It’s still early in WPT season 17 with WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble as only the fifth event, but the WPT Player of the Year race is in full swing. After his victory in the WPT Maryland Live! Main Event, two-time WPT Champion Tony Ruberto has taken the POY lead. If he makes the trip to Jacksonville, he will be looking separate him from the field of other Season 17 winners. Keep an eye on the core group of bounties as well. The WPT has chosen a refreshing group of young pros as well as players who have traditionally done well in this event. Minkin, Miles and Dawley will be mixing it up with players who have multiple WPT titles like Elias and Rettenmaier to vie for the title of last bounty standing. With so much talent, it’s not altogether unlikely that a bounty (maybe two) will make it to the final table of six. Finally, the industry will be watching for the number of runners bestbet Jacksonville will register in 2018. Over the past three years, entries and the prize pool have been on the decline in Jacksonville. The $1 million guarantee placed on the Main Event is the lowest guarantee on tour (WPT Choctaw also had a $1 million guarantee which was more than doubled). Even though there’s $60,000 taken out for the bounties, the hopes are that there is an uptick at the Bounty Scramble. A prize pool of over $1.5 million, exceeding 2017, should be considered a win. Follow Along Live updates for the event will be provided by the World Poker Tour on their website. Also, the final table will be broadcast on a live streamed on Tuesday, October 23. The final table will start at 4:00 pm ET on a 30-minute delay. Complete List of Bounties $2,500 Bounty Player Allison Hollander Byron Kaverman Darren Elias Ester 'Etay' Taylor James Calderaro Jamie Kerstetter Jessica Dawley Jo Kim Kelly Minkin Kevin Pollack Kitty Kuo Lacey Jones Lexy Gavin Loni Harwood Marvin Rettenmaier Matt Affleck Matt Glantz Matt Savage Nabil (Doc) Hirezi Paul Petraglia Richard Seymour Tony Miles Tristan Wade Tyler Patterson
  7. Prior to last year, the Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event was a staple of the World Poker Tour schedule. After a one-year hiatus, the Shooting Star returned to the poker calendar this week, just without the WPT TV cameras in tow. That didn't prevent the final table from being a star-studded affair, though. Sandeep Pulusani beat out a final table that included two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Loni Harwood, WPT Five Diamond winner Ryan Tosoc and Super High Roller regular Dan Shak to win $354,400 and the third live title of his career. Only five players remained at the start of the final day of play Friday, with Harwood on top with 34.4% of the chips in play. Early action wasn't kind to Harwood as she lost 25% of her chips to Tosoc and then doubled up Pulusani. She got a chunk of those chips back through John Andress before the Pennsylvania-based poker pro met his demise. Andress was down to 80,000 in the big blind. With the tournament using the Big Blind Ante format, Andress was all in for 80,000 before seeing a card. Shak called the 40,000 from the button and Tosoc completed from the small blind. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"] and Tosoc checked. Shak bet 50,000, forcing Tosoc to fold, and tabled [poker card="qd"][poker card="2d"]. Andress turned over [poker card="7d"][poker card="2s"]. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] to officially end Andress' run in fifth place. The river was the [poker card="5s"]. Harwood managed to hang around another 90 minutes before losing a flip in heartbreaking fashion. Tosoc raised to 125,000 from the button before Harwood moved all in for just over 1,000,000 from the big blind. Tosoc called and turned over [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"] while Harwood showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] flop kept Tosoc ahead. The [poker card="ks"] turn, however, gave Harwood top pair but the [poker card="7c"] river filled Tosoc's straight and eliminated Harwood in fourth place. It took nearly an hour for the next elimination to occur. Shak raised to 150,000 from the button, Tosoc called from the small blind and Pulusani folded his big. Tosoc checked after the flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"] and Shak continued for 200,000. Tosoc raised to 725,000 and then called when Shak moved all in for 3,760,000. Tosoc tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"] for top two pair while Shak showd [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] for top pair with a flush draw. Neither the [poker card="9d"] turn or [poker card="jd"] river were of any help for Shak and he was out in third place. Tosoc started heads up play with a 2.5-1 chip lead over Pulusani and it took just over 15 minutes for the final two players to agree to a deal. Pulusani was guaranteed $304,300 and Tosoc locked up $336,500 with an additional $50,100 for the eventual champion. It took another two hours before Pulusani finished off his comeback. Tosoc raised to 300,000 from the button, Pulusani re-raised to 900,000 and Tosoc announced he was all in and Pulusani called. Tosoc showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"] while Pulusani was well ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"][poker card="5s"][2][poker card="8c"] to give Pulusani top set and eliminate Tosoc. The $354,400 score for Pulusani is the second six-figure score of his career and his first since he won a $3,000 NLHE event at the 2013 WSOP for $592,684. Despite not being a part of the WPT, the Shooting Star still drew 440 players for a total prize pool of $2,156,000. Final Table Payouts Sandeep Pulusani - $354,400* Ryan Tosoc - $336,500* Dan Shak - $200,055 Loni Harwood - $142,440 John Andress - $103,710 Steve Kim - $76,850 Hiroaki Harada - $57,980 Antonios Roungeris - $57,980 John Ko - $44,555
  8. Shaun Deeb and Brandon Adams both bagged up chip leads in "post-lim" events in the shadows of the Main Event at the 2019 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Those two were the headliners in two of the five events outside of the Main Event on the calendar but Dan Zack also put on a show in his pursuit of WSOP Player of the Year honors. Brandon Adams Leads $50,000 Final Fifty Final Table Brandon Adams has already won one WSOP bracelet this summer and on Tuesday he took a gigantic step towards winning a second one. Adams finished Day 2 of the $50,000 Final Fifty event with the chip lead and just six players standing between himself and that second victory. Adams bagged up 11,970,000 and sits well ahead of the rest of the field. 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos has the second biggest stack with 7,375,000. Michael Addamo sits third with 5,765,000. Daniel Tang, Sam Soverel, Ali Imsirovic, and Keith Tilston round out the final table. There were 14 players who registered on Day 2, including Cary Katz. This presented the PokerGO owner with a challenge. He started the day with a healthy chip stack in the Main Event and was forced to actually multi-table between the two events. Katz managed to survive past the bubble of the Final Fifty before busting in 12th for $112,357. Final Table Chip Counts Brandon Adams - 11,970,000 Adrian Mateos - 7,375,000 Michael Addamo - 5,765,000 Daniel Tang - 4,550,000 Sam Soverel - 3,600,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,190,000 Keith Tilston - 1,500,000 Shaun Deeb Tops Little One for One Drop After Day 2 Shaun Deeb continues to chase down Player of the Year points and a fifth career bracelet. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver soared to the top of the chip counts after the $1,111 Little One for One Drop after Day 2 with 412 players still remaining. Deeb ended the day with 2,892,000 and holds a 526,000 chip lead over the next biggest stack belonging to Matt Souza. This is Deeb's 14th cash this summer and he sits just over 620 points behind WSOP Player of the Year leader Robert Campbell. There's a number of notables still in contention including Loni Harwood (1,121,000), Mike Sexton - (1,030,000), Ryan Laplante (747,000), and Day 4 Main Event casualty Cliff Josephy (676,000). An additional 787 players joined the field on Day 2 to push the final number of entries to 6,248 and the prize pool to $5,623,200. The eventual champion will earn $690,686. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 2,892,000 Matt Souza - 2,366,000 Jeremy Dresch - 2,300,000 Naor Slobodskoy - 2,109,000 Jaime Lewin - 1,980,000 Ian Simpson - 1,961,000 Dustin Goff - 1,751,000 Keith Carter - 1,700,000 Alan Schein - 1,637,000 Nick Shkolnik - 1,620,000 Tu Dao On Top of $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em Final Table Tu Dao finished fourth in the Ladies Championship event in late June, but now she's in position to improve on that after finishing Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event with 954,000 and the lead. Right behind Dao is Alain Alinat with 805,000. The two middle-of-the-pack stacks, Oleg Chebotarev and Jan Suchanek have 672,000 and 599,000 respectively. Chade Eveslage sits fifth 431,000 and Ian O'Hara rounds out the final six with 410,000. Among those who cashed on Tuesday include Patrick Leonard (15th - $6,748), Greg Mueller (23rd - $5,484), Joao Vieira (27th - $4,571) and Daniel Zack (28th - $4,571). Zach also picked up 46.1 POY points to move just 112.46 points behind current POY leader Robert Campbell. The day started with 57 players and needed just 11 hours to get down to a final table. The players will now take Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday to play down to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Tu Dao - 954,000 Alain Alinat - 805,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 672,000 Jan Suchanek - 599,000 Chad Eveslage - 431,000 Ian O'Hara - 410,000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Event Draws 1,130 Runners A year after 833 players entered the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty event, 1,130 players gave the event a decent-sized boost in entries and prize pool and so far nobody can be happier about that than Tobias Schwecht. The Austrian finished Day 1 with 419,200 and the chip lead. Richard Kellett is right on his heels though. The Brit finished with 414,600 and is just 4,600 behind Schwecht. China's Yingui Li and Kazuhiko Yotsushika wound up third and fourth respectively. The top American, Jason Young, bagged up the fifth biggest stack with 356,300. READ: A FIGHT FOR FATHERHOOD: THE BIGGEST WIN OF JASON YOUNG’S LIFE Some of the familiar faces that made it to Day 2 include Jesse Sylvia (205,800), Christian Harder (147,300), Connor Drinan (124,300), JC Tran (95,800), Gordon Vayo (90,600), Daniel Negreanu (64,800), Robin Ylitalo (62,800), and Daniel Zack (51,300). Just 247 players made it to Day 2 and the bubble will burst on Wednesday after 77 more players are sent to the rail. Top 10 Chip Counts Tobias Schwecht - 419,200 Richard Kellett - 414,600 Yingui Li - 379,400 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 359,600 Jason Young - 356,300 Jan-Peter Jachtmann - 354,100 Bradley Butcher - 341,200 Denis Strebkov - 331,700 Senovio Ramirez III - 302,400 Jonathan Depa - 300,400 Vlad Darie Edges out Andras Nemeth for $3K NLHE Lead Vlad Darie finished Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead, just ahead of former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth. Darie wound up with 284,000 while Nemeth accumulated 264,500. Darie and Nemeth are just two of the 148 players who advanced to Day 2. Other notables who bagged and tagged include Kristen Bicknell (192,000), Justin Bonomo (170,500), Patrick Leonard (103,500), Asher Conniff (92,500), Rainer Kempe (80,500), and Paul Volpe (46,500). Remarkably, Dan Zack managed to finish with chips in this event as well. Daniel Zack will have a busy day on Wednesday as he plays his stack in the $1,500 PLO Bounty event adn this one. Top 10 Chip Counts Vlad Darie - 284,000 Andras Nemeth - 264,500 David Margi - 263,500 Guillaume Nolet - 230,000 Peter Walsworth - 222,000 Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 221,000 Jay Sharon - 218,000 Dennis Brand - 216,500 Ronald Paolucci - 210,500 Michael Tureniec - 209,000  
  9. If you tuned into the World Series of Poker Main Event broadcast on Sunday, you were mostly viewing a feature table that had Nick Schulman and Loni Harwood as the prominent players. If you stuck around to watch, you likely noticed the player in Seat 2, well-built with a neatly trimmed beard and strong table presence. That's Ryan Pochedly. Living in Pennsylvania, Pochedly got his start in poker "like everybody else." He started playing in college, deposited some money with an online poker site, and never looked back. Today, poker is Pochedly’s profession and he's looking forward to regulated online poker coming to his home state. "I started playing online," Pochedly said. "I put like $30 on Pacific Poker and grinded it up from there." Pochedly performed well under the bright lights and television cameras, picking up chips and confidently building his stack. It was evident that he might’ve done this before. "I was on a live stream once when I final tabled a turbo event at the World Series a few years ago, but this was the first time for me being on live television," Pochedly told PocketFives. "It was really cool and I enjoyed it." Looking up Pochedly’s records, he had a deep WSOP Main Event finish in 2012, taking 182nd for $44,655. Scanning Pochedly’s list of results a little more reveals that he’s had 14 prior WSOP cashes, including the 2012 WSOP Main Event run and a WSOP final table in 2016 when he placed eighth in a $1,000 turbo event. "It definitely helps because I’m not as nervous as I would have been years ago," Pochedly said of how his prior WSOP experience has been helping him this year. "The first time I had a deep WSOP Main Event run, I had trouble sleeping and stuff like that. So far, so good. I’m sleeping like a baby, and I’m not tired or anything." Pochedly's career-best score is $101,105 from 2015 at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. In the Big Stax XI $1,600 event, Pochedly topped the field of 259 entries for the victory. The following year, he won another tournament at Part. This time it was the Big Stax XIX $340 tournament for $78,244. In that one, Pochedly topped a much larger field of 1,722 entries. In May 2019, just before the World Series of Poker, Pochedly finished fifth for $50,797 in the WPTDeepStacks Big Stax XXIX $340 event. All of those results are live tournament scores, but Pochedly is as excited as anyone about the thought of PA online poker opening up soon. When he was asked about how he felt about it, a smile came across his face before he gave his answer. "I'm probably one of the most excited guys about [online poker returning to Pennsylvania]," Pochedly said. "I used to play a lot online, and I’m looking forward to playing cash and then tournaments on Sundays and pretty much every day." Pochedly finished Day 2c of the 2019 WSOP Main Event with 182,000 in chips and will be back in action on Monday at 12 p.m. PT.
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