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  1. There is no arguing that Luke "FullFlush" Schwartz (pictured) is a fantastic poker player. It was almost six years ago that he made his presence known to the poker world when he started tearing up the high-stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker, going toe-to-toe with the game's best players. More than his poker skill, though, he immediately became known for his abrasive personality, as he was not shy about trash-talking. And it was frequently not lighthearted trash talking, either. Put it this way, he used to call Dan Cates an "autistic spaz" and called railbirds "railtards." He called a live tournament table populated by Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, and Phil Ivey "fishy." Now 30-years old, Schwartz sat down with PokerListings to see where he stands in poker and in life. Right off the bat, Schwartz appears to be more mature, as he had to put his kids to bed before the interview. He confirmed as much, saying, "I'm a new man now. I'm 30 years old - a bit different from the brash, ego-driven, crazy guy who roamed around the poker tables when I was in my early 20s." Once Schwartz gained attention for both his skilled poker play and his table antics, he began being invited to televised poker events such as the PartyPoker Premier League and Full Tilt Poker Million. He played it up for the cameras at the time, but is now actually embarrassed by the way he acted, telling PokerListings, "It's pretty cringe-worthy when I look back at myself. Everyone hates the sound of his or her voice and it's even worse when you are being stupid. I don't watch my old footage anymore." "I was a hyped-up kid with too much money. I was in my own little world really." He certainly was in his own little world. Take the time in 2009 when he was temporarily banned from the Vic Casino in London for refusing to remove his hat upon request. Fortunately, poker promoter Eddie Hearn, a friend of Schwartz's, was able to convince the casino to lift the ban. Then there was arguably his silliest and most infamous incident, which happened only a month later. After busting on Day 2 of EPT London, he went to the hospitality area and ordered a sandwich. We say "ordered" because he allegedly walked away without paying and played the "I'm awesome, I can do what I want" card when asked to pay. For a while, it was rumored he had been banned from all Grosvenor Casinos in the UK, but in the end he was given a warning. Even as recently as last year, Schwartz went on a Twitter rant against PokerStars for apparently temp-banning him from the site. He dropped f-bombs left and right while calling PokerStars management "Nazis" and the site "rigged." He says he is different now. While he still wouldn't be afraid to speak his mind at the tables, he says he isn't an "attention-seeking whore anymore." As for poker, Schwartz says he has been doing well lately and has been sticking to Mixed Games, mostly online. He has been staying away from big No Limit games because he feels they are unwinnable now. While he is only up about $18,000 on PokerStars this year according to HighStakesDB, he is up almost $150,000 since mid-November. Similarly, on Full Tilt Poker, he is only up about $37,000 on the year, but is up $174,000 since mid-November. Schwartz also discussed other poker players with PokerListings. The site asked him if Phil Hellmuth is a "whore" (likely referring to Hellmuth's constant desire to be in front of a television camera). Schwartz didn't go that far, saying he didn't have much of an opinion on the 13-time WSOP bracelet winner, but offered the opinion that Hellmuth isn't that skilled, and more power to him if he feels marketing himself is the best way to make money. On the flip side, there is Dan Colman, who Schwartz says is "far better" than Hellmuth, but since he doesn't have charisma, he isn't as "important" to the game as Hellmuth. Schwartz also said he greatly respects Alex Kostritsyn, calling him "a very honorable guy and very clever." He respects the game of Michael Thuritz, but says he has an "ego/attitude problem." Visit PokerListings for the full interview. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Luke Schwartz(pictured), who plays on PokerStarsas lb6121, won his third SCOOP title this week after taking down a $1,050 Pot Limit Five-Card Omaha High-Low Six-Max event. The tournament spanned two days, drew 125 entrants, and sported 69 rebuys and 102 add-ons. Eighteen players made the money and the final seven returned for a Day 2 to determine a winner. Eugene Katchalov was the leader in the clubhouse when play paused overnight at 221,000, while Schwartz was fourth on the leaderboard at 164,000. By the time heads-up play rolled around, Schwartz and Australia's TheHoodforged a deal that saw Schwartz get $65,000, TheHood get $59,000, and the eventual winner get $4,000 more. After a deal was struck, Schwartz and TheHood battled for an hour, with the former eventually earning his third career SCOOP title. All of his SCOOP wins have come in six-max events. Here's how the final table shook out: 1. Luke "lb6121" Schwartz (United Kingdom): $69,268 2. TheHood (Australia): $59,491 3. lacabanhita (United Kingdom): $38,480 4. Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine): $25,160 5. lukro8 (Poland): $19,240 6. Fred_Brink (Denmark): $13,320 Schwartz has $1.3 million in live tournament winnings to his name, according to the Hendon Mob, including a fourth place finish in the WSOP's Poker Player's Championship in 2012 for $406,000. He excelled in the PartyPoker Premier League five years ago and has been a staple of high-stakes games. Speaking of high-stakes games, HighStakesDB began tracking Schwartz on PokerStars in 2011 and, since then, he's down a little over $200,000. On Full Tilt, where he plays as __FullFlush1__, Schwartz is down $506,000. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. [caption width="640"] Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz keeps piling up SCOOP titles - he now has five after winning another on Monday.[/caption] James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst did the unthinkable on Tuesday. The Australian poker pro and former #1 ranked online player in the world won defended his PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title in the $1,050 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. Obst came to the final table with an overwhelming chip lead and never relented, eliminating the final five opponents to take home the $155,020.00 first place prize money. It was his fourth career SCOOP title. His third came in 2015 when he won the same event. Meanwhile, Luke ‘lb6121’ Schwartz grabbed the fifth SCOOP title of his career by beating Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy heads up in Event #6(H). The $2,100 buy-in No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event attracted 145 entries. For his win Schwartz earned $32,151.93 plus over $19,000 in bounties. With five SCOOP titles to his credit, Schwartz is now one behind all-time leader Calvin Anderson. Schwartz and Obst were just two of the 12 SCOOP event winners from Tuesday. The second biggest score belonged to Tommy 'tcblade' Chen, who took down Event #7(H) for $134,653.33. Chen outlasted 437 others to win the $700 No Limit Hold’em (with rebuys) event. This is his second SCOOP title. Event #6(M), $215 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, had 766 entries with ‘RedPh0enix’ coming out on top to take home almost $19,000 in cash, including a tournament-high $5,370.58 in bounties. The low stakes version of the event, with a $27 buy-in, had 2,966 players and was won by ‘Madkriss’ for $7,524.90 in winnings. SCOOP Event #6 (H): $2,100 NL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max (Progressive KO) Luke "lb6121" Schwartz - $51,730.05* Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy - $39,485.57* biszibosz - $20,350.0 Nelson "FeCoNiCuZn" Maccini - $19,575.00 João "Naza114" Vieira - $19,518.75 Bernardo "bedias" Dias - $11,587.50 *Based on deal made between remaining players SCOOP Event #6 (M): $215 NL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max (Progressive KO) RedPh0enix - $18,967.08 lautokastar - $14,027.56 xaffer - $11,156.28 Narcis ‘Narcisus90’ Nedelcu - $8,077.23 -kadlatko- - $5,197.18 SiiliSuhonen - $3,285.50 SCOOP Event #6 (L): $27 NL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max (Progressive KO) Madkriss - $7,524.90 Pycckui AA - $5,648.08 hamlo_ep - $3,786.16 mixxxxx99 - $2,483.52 Matu_zaramay - $1,416.11 Mastermandel -$1,096.28 SCOOP Event #7 (H): $700 No Limit Hold’em (with rebuys) Tommy 'tcblade' Chen - $134,653.33 jays94 - $99,989.97 bigbluffzinc - $73,676.82 hurrrrican3 - $56,134.72 TanTanSWE - $39,294.30 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski - $29,821.57 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $22,804.73 mnstrkll - $15,787.89 deuces85 - $11,647.95 SCOOP Event #7 (M): $82 No Limit Hold’em (with rebuys) nimuuuh - $59,829.89 Pascal "Päffchen" Hartmann - $44,871.60 PULGUITO - $33,653.70 TurnBrick - $24,585.89 7tHEcROw7 - $17,761.67 David "MissOracle" Yan - $13,835.41 luckyman147 - $10,096.11 Mejwon - $6,543.77 Calvin "cal42688" Anderson - $3,739.30 SCOOP Event #7 (L): $7.50 No Limit Hold’em (with rebuys) facunha - $25,370.06 holly17 - $18,663.77 pit25271 - $13,528.15 ilya-vd - $8,962.40 joshuah333 - $6,933.17 Mascarenhasa - $5,242.15 SCOOP Event #8 (H): $1,050 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em FL0R1DA - $66,840.00* Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk - $66,000.00* kalashn1kovv - $25,830.00 airlewis - $25,830.00 Koh1990 - $14,391.00 LLinusLLove - $14,391.00 Hoegh93 - $14,391.00 Ship It 2010 - $14,391.00 * denotes heads-up deal SCOOP Event #8 (M): $109 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em 5dioresta - $21,578.49* androo11 - $13,729.59 PhilRoyal888 - $6,867.36 forcadellmg - $6,867.36 mr.salgado30 - $3,823.56 Lepych - $3,823.56 giorgosfer - $3,823.56 VAH777 - $3,823.56 SCOOP Event #8 (L): $11 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Aethyr13 - $5,731.83 Cathulos - $3,641.97 P9kerpete - $1,840.22 DiegoCheblii - $1,840.22 Vinni-jok - $1,013.36 gotyoudude - $1,013.36 Grundahl - $1,013.36 Secoy - $1,013.36 SCOOP Event #11 (H): $1,050 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha (w/rebuys) James "Andy McLEOD" Obst - $155,020.00 Domce - $107,840.00 Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez - $80,880.00 Crisper - $53,920.00 huevo2000 - $40,440.00 Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde - $27,634.00 SCOOP Event #11 (M): $109 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha (w/rebuys) reilly11014 - $39,147.29* lucylooose - $39,115.89 Bjorin Kifs (Sweden) $33,156.58 Jamie "Jamie_KK" Kang (UK) $18,806.68 Sk2ll_m0dR (Germany) $13,234.33 th'Kick (Switzerland) $8,358.52 SCOOP Event #11 (L): $11 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha (w/rebuys) me so fish - $13,244.01 Abbe77 - $9,669.20 Dimoni - $7,146.80 Lystig - $4,624.40 Skjeroy - $2,942.80 gregor7878 - $1,593.31
  4. [caption width="640"] Luke Schwartz took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for Luke Schwartz took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for $130,7180,718[/caption] There was a four-way final table deal in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament ever the weekend that involved three PocketFives members. Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz' of the United Kingdom earned $130,718 upon becoming the event's official winner, as 'Stoooookie!' finished second for $109,571. The UK's Jayme Jayme 'jayme1987' Bury cashed for the largest amount with a 3rd place take-home of $135,511 and 144th-ranked 'The Great Pike' of Norway was awarded $106,119 for fourth place. The Sunday Warm-Up attracted 1,362 players as 'strflushtome' defeated the field to finish first for $45,627 followed by 'Yuhao_2010' in second for $33,369. The current #1 ranked online poker tournament player in the world 'C Darwin2' of Sweden looks to retain the top slot after overcoming a tough field in the Sunday Grand to win it for $44,377. Croatian Ivan Karlo 'Banicivan' Banic (ranked #50 worldwide) was the runner-up in that tournament for $32,550. A total of 800 players entered the Six Max Hyper Turbo Sunday Supersonic, with 'ismo
  5. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] 2017 saw it's fair share of poker players mixing it up both on and off the tables[/caption] As the final days of 2017 slowly tick by, it's time to take a look back at the year in poker. Over the last 10 days of the year, PocketFives is taking readers on a trip back in time to recap the last 12 months in a fun and unique way. To date we've gone over the top five off-the-felt news stories of 2017, the top heaters of the year, covered the game's newest characters and breakout stars. Now it's time to get into the he said, she said world of grudges Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow vs. Shawn Sheikan. Tom Dwan vs. Dan 'Jungleman' Cates. 'Jesus' Ferguson vs. The Poker Community at Large. Throughout the history of the game of poker, there's been no shortage of ill will, well-timed “needles” and downright disrespect among poker players. 2017 was no different with a number of hard-fought grudges developing over an assortment of disagreements. #5 - Maurice Hawkins vs. Tim Reilly An on-the-felt conflict led to a war of words off-the-felt this summer when 10-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Maurice Hawkins clashed with Massachusetts grinder Tim Reilly. Deep in WSOP Event #23, The Marathon, Hawkins and Reilly played a hand against each other where Reilly spiked a one-outer on the river to give him a royal flush against Hawkins aces full, allowing Reilly to double through Hawkins with only 22 remaining. Then, depending on which of the two you speak with, the reported war of words not only spilled off the table but into the press with Hawkins claiming that Reilly said to him “This ain’t the circuit. Go back to the circuit.” and Reilly saying that Hawkins “literally lies more than anybody I’ve met in my entire life” and that his table talk was simply “trying to belittle him.” As the tournament intensified it seems so did their mutual dislike with the needles going back and forth. Finally, Reilly says he went up to Hawkins to try and squash the beef and apologize but, according to Reilly, Hawkins told “Hey man, you’re a piece of ***.”, right to his face. Both players ended up at the final table with Hawkins finishing in ninth for $54,000 and Reilly in fourth for $224,000. Both went home with a grudge that likely won’t soon be forgotten. #4 - Doug Polk vs…Lots of Players Doug Polk, the YouTuber who won the 2017 High Roller For One Drop for over $3.6 million, has never shied away from the spotlight of controversy and in 2017 he found himself fighting very public battles on many fronts. Not one to be without an opinion and an audience with an insatiable appetite for content, Polk tackled a number of issues troubling to him, firing shots at a variety of popular poker players in the process. Just some of the items Polk took issue with were players who may or may not have angled on Poker Night in America by not having his big chips visible (Alec Torelli), players who may or may not have agreed to appear at televised poker games and opted not to show up (Matt Berkey), players who may or may not have tried to argue the notion that “more rake is better” (Daniel Negreanu) and players who lost a ton of money at the high stakes games on PokerStars (Luke Schwartz). For, each of these issues Polk took to his Silver Play Button YouTube channel (or Facebook live) to call them out. But a good grudge isn’t one sided and Torelli, Berkey, Negreanu and Schwartz all shot back, either defending themselves or attacking Polk directly, on their social media platforms and in the media. Are the grudges real? There seems to be some very real disdain from each of these guys but for Polk, who every day is finding new ways to market himself, 2018 will likely find him embattled in brand new issues with a new cast of high profile players - and we’ll likely be watching. #3 - Phil Hellmuth vs. The Germans Is there anyone who would disagree that the current contingency of German high rollers are crushing the game right now? Yes. Phil Hellmuth. Whether it’s just his public persona or very real hubris, the 14-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner seems to think he’s a favorite against the field in just about any No Limit Hold’em game. After the 2017 Poker Masters, despite a lackluster performance, Hellmuth tweeted out he was “always the #1 seed” in NLHE tournaments and it started off a firestorm between him and Daniel Negreanu as to just how much of a favorite Hellmuth is in today’s modern high-rolling circuit. Negreanu accusing Hellmuth of constantly muttering how bad all the players are, especially the Germans, and how disrespectful he was to their games. For his part, Hellmuth claimed he was a “good guy” and even told Fedor Holz and, the eventual winner of the 2017 Poker Masters Purple Jacket, Steffen Sontheimer that "he liked them". When the war of words began to escalate into a big-time prop bet Hellmuth ended up easing off the gas but never conceding that he is always a huge favorite. Sontheimer, for his part, kept it classy. In the media he talked about how he liked Hellmuth, but is more than willing to play him, just about anytime, anywhere. #2 - Leon Tsoukernik vs. Matt Kirk A late night high-stakes heads-up match at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas between King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik and “Aussie” Matt Kirk not only ended up with Tsoukernik losing $3 million of money he borrowed from Kirk but after a confusing series of events, the pair have found themselves in a bitter lawsuit in the Nevada court system. Depending on who you listen to Tsoukernik, Kirk or even Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong, who ended up as an intermediary between the two parties, Tsoukernik was either was too drunk to know what he was doing, simply lost a massive amount of money and refused to pay it back, or the pair struck a deal for a lesser amount which Kirk’s “backers” refused to take. However you look at it, the situation is cloudy and now the lawyers are involved. The lawsuit at first was simply Kirk wanting his $3 million back but now there is a countersuit from Tsoukernik claiming that the reports in the media that he refused to pay has damaged his reputation and he wants $10 million from Kirk for defamation of character and he also wants the Aria Resort & Casino in on the lawsuit for over-serving. Someone is not going to be happy at the conclusion of this saga and it’s not very likely that the pair will be shuffling chips on the felt together anytime soon. #1 - Cate Hall vs. Mike Dentale A three month war of words between the two outspoken professional poker players, Cate Hall and Mike Dentale, reached its conclusion back in March after the pair booked a mini-HU4Rollz match on Poker Night In America, finally putting their money where their mouths were. Dentale, very publicly, called out the play of Hall from a hand during the December 2016 World Poker Tour Five Diamond. Hall, eventually having enough, issued the challenge and before long the pair sat across the felt from each other with $15,000 playing $75/$150 NLHE in a best two-out-of-three match. While Dentale may have started it with his comments online, Hall finished it off by sweeping the Brooklyn player in two straight matches, earning his $30,000 and, maybe, his respect? Not so much. “Remember you will always suck,” Dentale said to Hall during the match. In the end, Hall took home the cash, Dentale apologized to his fans and both raised money for charity. All's well that ends well for the pair as both went on to earn six-figures over the course of 2017.
  6. Steve 'BetrThanPhil' Tripp took the headlines on Day 3 of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker after grinding his way to victory in Event #8 (High) for a score of $100,343. After 12 more events came to their conclusion on Tuesday, Tripp claimed his first SCOOP title after defeating "0PIGGYBANK" heads-up, with the latter taking away $86,213 after a deal between the two players had been agreed. It was Tripp's second largest recorded online cash after he won $193,804 for taking down FTOPS Event #9 back in 2010. Alex 'lynskey99' Lynskey came through an 8,562 player field in Event #8 (Medium) and claimed the first-place prize of $60,073. 'Kobasteris' was the player to lose the heads-up battle and took away $42,472 in second place. The biggest field of the day came in Event #8 (Low) after 27,101 players paid the $11 tournament entry fee and created a $265,589.80 prize pool, with Marcos 'Marcos Epa' Epaminondas taking the majority share. The Brazilian's prize for outlasting the enormous field was $13,172, the honour of a SCOOP title to his name and his largest recorded online cash to date. In Event #7 (High), 'aDrENalin710' beat out 120 opponents to win a score of $27,202, with 'BelovCaXa' banking $12,246 after securing victory in Event #7 (Medium). Russia's 'Iwantbearich' narrowly missed out on adding a SCOOP title to their previously won PokerStars MicroMillions gold medal after losing a heads-up battle to 'kagor82' in Event #7 (Low). The victor bagged a score of $4,841 with the Russian having to settle for a second-place prize of $3,371. Day 3 saw the first HORSE events of this year's series played out with 'CMoosepower' beating Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz to the title in Event #9 (High). Schwartz already has five SCOOP titles to his name, but the Brit was unable to attain his sixth on this occasion and had to settle for the runners-up prize of $24,800, with 'CMoosepower' earning $34,800 for the win. Event #9 (Medium) saw Russia's 'Zapahzamazki' record their second largest online cash after they came through an 823 field to take the title for $15,431. Thomas 'sandman201' Taylor was able to cash in all three of the HORSE events, which included victory in Event #9 (Low) for $5,625, and a near-final table miss in the 'High' after he exited in 10th place. Event #12 saw three Six Max 'Win the Button' PKO No Limit Hold'em tournaments played out with 'corsei', '88pro88' and 'alberto.m7' taking the titles. $4,381 was added to the bankroll of Romania's 'corsei' courtesy of their win in Event #12 (Low), The UK's Tommy '88pro88' Lawrence followed up on his impressive Sunday Million victory last month by taking down Event #12 (Medium) for $27,700, and last but certainly not least, 'alberto.m7' took the win in Event #12 (high) for $56,828 after seeing off the Brits Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot and Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford into second and third place respecitivelty. Below are the SCOOP results for Tuesday May 8 Event #7 (Low): $22 NLO8 Six Max PKO Entrants: 3,366 Prize pool: $67,320 kagor82 - $4,841.91 Iwantbearich - $3,371.36 freekick71 - $2,349.07 showdown90 - $1,636.76 WrestUA - $1,140.45 SvetJordanov - $794.63 Event #7 (Med): $215 NLO8 Six Max PKO Entrants: 714 Prize pool: $142,800 BelovCaXa - $12,246.18 smiechu0808 - $8,586.71 ruthless848 - $6,020.94 tvtotaliwin - $4,221.84 krakukra - $2,960 nemisoi - $2,075.32 Event #7 (High): $2,100 NLO8 Six Max PKO Entrants: 121 Prize pool: $242,000 aDrENalin710 - $27,202.12 Pardosh - $20,862.60 Shtopol' - $16,000.56 aless_84 - $12,271.62 TheRabbitFR - $9,411.71 iamivar - $7,218.31 Event #8 (Low): $11 Eight Max PKO No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 27,101 Prize pool: $265,589.80 Marcos Epa - $13,172.88 NiceYy8 - $9,370.93 Kimbalance - $6,679.93 vinymachado1 - $4,761.70 IcePunishU - $3,394.31 Buldo PP - $2,419.59 Messihorst85 - $1,724.78 familypok&r - $1,229.49 Event #8 (Medium): $109 Eight Max PKO No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 8,562 Prize pool: $856,200 lynskey99 - $60,073.19 Kobasteris - $42,472.61 pm_marke - $30,032.71 Dam4666 - $21,236.32 appart.2010 - $15,016.37 goa1908 - $10,618.20 husajn54 - $7,508.23 Lefebvre1101 - $5,309.16 Event #8 (High): $1,050 Eight Max PKO No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 1,413 Prize pool: $1,413,000 BetrThanPhil - $100,343.04* "0PIGGYBANK" - $86,213.04* Sanderssi - $55,397.51 drupa-lucker - $39,513.41 alimounda - $28,183.76 capotinha - $20,102.68 WRUUUUM - $14,338.70 Hymn2Ninkasi - $10,227.36 Event #9 (Low): $11 HORSE Entrants: 3,531 Prize pool: $34,603.80 sandman201 - $5,625.57 Van Bijnen - $4,003.65 lucas [Ik7s] - $3,114.34 raidalot - $2,442.26 sl8a - $1,730.19 ceJI9I - $1,038.11 Ulett_23 - $519.05 dalzini - $311.43 Event #9 (Medium): $109 HORSE Entrants: 823 Prize pool: $82,300 Zapahzamazki - $15,431.25 Plato2Newton - $11,110.50 hummylun - $8,230.00 woodbine ave - $6,172.50 BigPig400 - $4,115.00 Perumov - $2,880.50 Kusu_a - $1,851.75 mariop17 - $1,234.50 Event #9 (High): $1,050 HORSE Entrants: 160 Prize pool: $160,000 CMoosepower - $34,800.00 lb6121 - $24,800.00 WhooooKidd - $19,200.00 brianm15 - $13,600.00 flong78 - $8,800.00 Zbad - $7,200.00 Fabahaba - $5,600.00 Mikleler - $4,400.00 Event #12 (Low): $5.50 Six Max 'Win the Button' PKO No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 16,858 Prize pool: $82,604.20 corsei - $4,381.88 Brito.Aces - $3,046.67 madnet_rz - $2,122.84 lambbbbr - $1,479.13 whitfield950 - $1,030.62 vinypuh1 - $718.11 Event #12 (Medium): $55 Six Max 'Win the Button' PKO No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 7,881 Prize pool: $394,050.00 88pro88 - $27,700.01 Kuconi - $19,296.33 betpeter3 - $13,445.16 nefartovaya - $9,368.24 nameLarsen - $6,527.55 DoshevS - $4,548.24 Event #12 (High): $530 Six Max 'Win the Button' PKO No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 1,482 Prize pool: $741,000 alberto.m7 - $56,828.68 Proudflop - $39,596.11 1_conor_b_1 - $27,589.50 OMGjonyctt - $19,223.61 NEWFlat - $13,394.50 MonkeyBudg - $9,332.93
  7. By the time the 2019 World Series of Poker is over, the "Best Player Without a Bracelet" is going to be all new names. Three more players who have seen their names on the list in the past, pulled out a red marker on Saturday and crossed it off permanently. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Ari Engel, Stephen Chidwick, and Luke Schwartz all won bracelets just a few hours apart on another busy Saturday at the WSOP Stephen Chidwick Ships $25K PLO High Roller for $1.6M Stephen Chidwick, one of the most well-respected players in poker, recently became a father and that life change meant he wouldn't be able to play a full WSOP schedule this summer. He showed up this week and entered his first tournament of the summer and then promptly won it for $1.6 million and the first bracelet of his career. “It’s super ironic. Usually, I play every single tournament. Usually, I play a final table, bust and then register a $1,500 Stud immediately. Just play everything," Chidwick said. "I come in here halfway through, haven’t played any of the others and then just win the first one I play. Pretty funny.” Prior to Saturday's win, Chidwick had 52 career WSOP cashes and just north of $2.2 million in WSOP earnings. He had no bracelet though. That all changed dramatically after Chidwick eliminated James Chen heads-up “It means a lot. It feels great. It’s obviously a good one to win it in," Chidwick said. "I’m in shock a little bit." Chen walked away without the win, but still ended up earning a seven-figure payday. Matthew Gonzales finished third for $699,364 representing a career-best score for each of the top three finishers. Final Table Payouts Stephen Chidwick - $1,618,417 James Chen - $1,000,253 Matthew Gonzales - $699,364 Robert Mizrachi - $497,112 Alex Epstein - $359,320 Erik Seidel - $264,186 Wasim Korkis - $197,637 Ka Kwan Lau - $150,483 Tu Dao Maintains Lead in Ladies Event with Six Left Tu Dao started Day 3 of the $1,000 Ladies Event with the chip lead and 42 players standing in her way. On Saturday, she maintained that chip lead while 36 players were sent to the cashier cage after busting out. Dao now has to outlast just five more players to claim victory. Dao bagged up 5,420,000 which puts here ahead of Jiyoung Kim by just 320,000. Nancy Matson sits third with 4,530,000. The final three players find themselves trailing by quite a bit. Lyly Vo, Lexy Gavin, and Sandrine Phan all have between 1.185 million and 1.7 million. Kathy Liebert, Ana Marquez, Jackie Glazer, Lisa Costello, and Vanessa Kade were among the 36 bustouts on Saturday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Tu Dao - 5,420,000 Jiyoung Kim - 5,100,000 Nancy Matson - 4,530,000 Lyly Vo - 1,700,000 Lexy Gavin - 1,430,000 Sandrine Phan - 1,185,000 Ari Engel Takes Down $2,500 NLHE for First Bracelet Ari Engel, one of the most revered players in the history of PocketFives, can now call himself a WSOP bracelet winner. Engel topped a 996-player field to win the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event for $427,399. “It’s more crazy that Stephen Chidwick hadn’t won one before. Us huge field no-limit players, there’s no real "due". You play these, you expect to win one in a lifetime, maybe. I expect to f*** it up somewhere along the line and just blow it up," Engel said after his win. "I did that, I’m sure, a few times and I got lucky instead of losing the tournament. It’s a relief to not mess it up whenever I win a tournament because most of the time I do end up messing it up.” Engel defeated Pablo Melogno heads-up to win the bracelet. The 35-year-old thinks the win might help him in the next event he plays. Maybe. “I’m very competitive and poker’s a game of losing a lot. I lose my confidence very easily so I should be good to go for tomorrow at least,” he said. David 'Bakes' Baker picked up his fifth cash of the summer with a fifth place finish. Final Table Payouts Ari Engel - $427,399 Pablo Melogno - $264,104 Wilbern Hoffman - $186,392 Ben Keeline - $133,306 David 'Bakes' Baker - $96,632 James Hughes - $71,010 Raylene Celaya - $52,909 Stephanie Hubbard - $39,980 Josh Arieh - $30,643 Luke Schwartz Wins $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Luke Schwartz is one of the best poker players on the planet. Just ask him. On Saturday, Schwartz proved his mettle by taking down the $10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event for $273,336 and just his fifth WSOP cash. Schwartz was complimentary of the players he bested to win. “Everyone played great. Johannes – he was frustrating me so much, because I would stand pat with decent hands and he kept drawing and making it on the river. That happened so many times," Schwartz said. "Maybe the old me would have just got frustrated and tilted, but I took deep breaths and managed to see it through.” George Wolff, who held the chip lead at the start of the day, finished runner-up for $168,936. Johannes Becker, who Schwartz credited as being one of the best Triple Draw players in the world, ended up third for $116,236. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Calvin Anderson wound up sixth. Final Table Payouts Luke Schwartz - $273,336 George Wolff - $168,936 Johannes Becker - $116,236 Mark Gregorich - $81,635 Yueqi Zhu - $58,547 Calvin Anderson - $42,898 Monster Stack Sees Lowest Turnout in Six Year History Originally intended to give players perceived value through a larger starting stack, it appears the polish on the $1,500 Monster Stack is officially worn off. For the fifth consecutive year, the Monster Stack saw a year-over-year drop in attendance after 3,607 Day 1B players pushed the total field to just 6,035 players. The original Monster Stack, in 2014, had a 7,862-player field. YEAR ENTRIES Y/Y +/- 2019 6035 -3.59% 2018 6260 -6.79% 2017 6716 -3.05% 2016 6927 -3.68% 2015 7192 -8.52% 2014 7862 -- Pennsylvania poker player James Hundt finished Day 1B with 466,600 and the chip lead. A total of 1,778 survived 1B and will be part of the Day 2 restart beginning at 11 AM PT. Some of the notables moving on to Day 2 from 1B include John Racener, Tristan Wade, Ryan Hughes, Arash Ghaneian, Taylor Paur, and Greg Raymer. Top 10 Chip Counts James Hundt - 466,600 Kapila Garner - 464,100 Rick Alvarado - 443,600 Nishant Sharma - 429,000 John Gravagna - 415,000 Julian Manolio - 405,700 Michael Jagroo - 391,000 Venkata Chinta - 364,300 Terence Clee - 362,000 Matthew Kirby - 359,000 Michael Thompson Leads $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Final 12 Michael Thompson sits atop the final 12 players heading into the last day of play in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo but there's a WSOP Player of the Year contender still lurking around. Thompson bagged up 923,000 after Day 2, which puts him ahead of his closest competition, Daniel Ratigan, by just 24,000. Scroll down the second shortest stack and you see Dan Zack still chasing a second bracelet and those all-important WSOP POY points. Zack currently sits 15.82 points behind current leader Upeshka De Silva but will earn no fewer than 197.44 points on Sunday. A win would give him 987.22 points and a massive lead over the rest of the field. Included among the 49 players who busted after the bubble burst on Saturday were Jeffrey Lisandro, Yuval Bronshtein, Brett Richey, Eli Elezra, Simon Mattsson, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and Shaun Deeb. Action resumes Sunday at 2 PM PT. Final 12 Chip Counts Michael Thompson - 923,000 Daniel Ratigan - 899,000 Philip Long - 813,000 Denis Strebkob - 709,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 594,000 Gerard Rechnitzer - 496,000 Andrey Zaichenko - 424,000 Michael Coombs - 387,000 Alex Livingston - 254,000 Nickolai Orlov - 230,000 Dan Zack - 214,000 Carlos Rodriguez - 103,000 Yi Li On Top of $10K Pot Limit Omaha Championship Day 1 Don't look now, but there's a chance that the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship could crack 500 entries for the first time in history. Day 1 saw 494 players enter and registration is open until the start of Day 2. Yi Li finished the 10 levels of play Saturday with 572,000 and was the only player to end with more than 500,000. Mohsin Virani ended with the second biggest stack at 401,000. Ben Lamb, who won this event in 2011 by beating 360 players, finished with 343,700. Longtime PocketFiver Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas finished with a top 10 stack. Other notables among the 253 players moving on to Day 2 include Kahle Burns, Ryan Laplante, Bryce Yockey, Phil Galfond, Chance Kornuth, Chris Hunichen, Brian Hastings, and Daniel Negreanu. Top 10 Chip Counts Yi Li - 572,000 Mohsin Virani - 401,000 Timothy Batow - 358,700 Ben Lamb - 343,700 Andrew Loomis - 329,300 Antonios Rouggeris - 310,300 Alexey Makarov - 300,300 Laszlo Bujtas - 297,900 Frank Koopmann - 294,900 Grzegorz Derkowski - 288,100
  8. One of Brazil's top poker players went from online legend to World Series of Poker bracelet winner on Monday night while Korea's Ji young Kim became the first woman from her country to win a bracelet. Yuri Dzivielevski Ships $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Yuri Dzivielevski, who once held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for five weeks, added another accomplishment to his resume on Sunday night, beating Michael Thompson heads-up to win the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $213,750 and his first WSOP bracelet. Dzivielevski leaned on his years of experience playing tournaments to close out the final table. "I have a lot of experience in No Limit Hold'em tournaments, and I have a lot of experience with [statistical models], so I knew that the chips I could lose weren't worth the same as the chips when I win," Dzivielevski said. "That was my strategy – attack very specific spots, but play tight." Prior to Sunday, Dzivielevski's previous best WSOP performance came in 2016 when he narrowly missed out on the final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, finishing 11th for $44,911. Thompson took home $132,113 for finishing second. Dan Zack finished fifth for $43,950 but also picked up 370.2 WSOP Player of the Year points, which pushes him past Upeshka De Silvan and back into the lead through 51 events. Final Table Payouts Yuri Dzivielevski - $213,750 Michael Thompson - $132,113 Denis Strebkob - $89,744 Andrey Zaichenko - $62,176 Daniel Zack - $43,950 Philip Long - $31,710 Alex Livingston - $23,362 Daniel Ratigan - $17,584 Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch Wins $1,000 Online NLHE Double Stack Two weeks ago, Jason Gooch was heads-up for a bracelet on WSOP.com only to finish second to Josh 'Loofa' Pollock. On Sunday night he erased the bad taste that result left in his mouth and did one better, beating Brian 'pure__reason' Wood heads-up to win the $1,000 Online NLHE Deepstack event for $241.492.94. Wood, the #19-ranked New Jersey online poker player, earned $148,542.85 as the runner-up. Gianluca Speranza, the two-time defending PokerStars SCOOP Main Event champ, finished seventh. The final table also included Italian poker players Dario Sammartino and Max Pescatori. Final Table Payouts Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch - $241,492.94 Brian 'pure__reason' Wood - $148,542.85 Anthony 'scrotile' Augustino - $104,980.41 Dario 'Sirio87' Sammartino - $75,094.55 Tim 'Stucksoomuch' Wong - $54,543.05 Ran 'margarete' Koller - $40,143.29 Gianluca 'InMyHouse' Speranza- $29,885.86 Justin 'KingFortune' Liberto - $22,541.03 Max 'MaxSparrow' Pescatori - $17,348.99 Ji young Kim Wins Ladies Event Normally, you'll find Ji young Kim managing her coffee shop back in her hometown of Seoul, Korea. For the last four days, however, Kim was busy working her way through the 968-player field in the WSOP Ladies Event. On Sunday night, she wrapped up the victory by beating Nancy Matson heads-up. The win gives Kim her first WSOP bracelet and $167,308. Matson, from Santa Monica, CA, went home with $103,350 for her runner-up result. It's only her second WSOP cash. She previously finished 406th in the $800 NLHE Deepstack in the lead up to the Ladies Event. Lexy Gavin finished sixth for $27,643. Final Table Payouts Ji young Kim - $167,308 Nancy Matson - $103,350 Sandrine Phan - $72,821 Stephanie Dao - $52,007 Lyly Vo - $37,654 Lexy Gavin - $27,643 Raylene Celaya - $20,582 Stephanie Hubbard - $15,544 Barbara Blechinger - $11,911 Kainalu McCue-Unciano Leads Monster Stack After Day 2 Nearly 3,000 players crammed into 10-handed tables on Sunday for Day 2 of the $1,500 Monster Stack and by the time 10 levels were in the books, just 457 players remained. Kainalu McCue-Unciano leads the way with 2,187,000 and the only other player who put more than 2,000,000 in the bag was Andrew Moreno, with 2,034,000. Konstantin Puchkov, Pierre Neuville, Alex Lynskey, Ali Imsirovic, Ryan Hohner, Matt Salsberg, and Dan Sindelar all found a bag at the end of Day 2. The bubble burst mid-way through play Sunday with 447 players busting in the money. Some of the notables who picked up a cash on Day 2 include Taylor Paur, Jake Schwartz, PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas, and Barry Greenstein. Action resumes at 11 AM PT and will play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 2,187,000 Andrew Moreno - 2,034,000 Brady Bullard - 1,971,000 Justin Kindred - 1,900,000 Benjamin Ector - 1,869,000 Jeff Siegal - 1,840,000 Gergely Kulcsar - 1,839,000 Roman Korenev - 1,804,000 Duytue Duong - 1,800,000 Sean Yu - 1,682,000 Daniel Alaei Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Championship Daniel Alaei, recently named the 26th best player in WSOP history, spent Sunday building his case and his chip stack, in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event. The five-time bracelet winner finished Day 2 with 1,985,000. He'll have to work his way through a formidable group of challengers on Monday if he hopes to get anywhere close to bracelet #6. The next biggest stacks belong to players who registered at the start of Day 2. Luke Schwartz sits second with 1,700,000 while Shaun Deeb bagged the third biggest stack with 1,586,000. A total of 26 players took advantage of the Day 2 registration opportunity including Phil Ivey, Matthew Gonzales, Phil Kessel, and Stephen Chidwick. The 26 late-entries pushed the total field size to a record-setting 518 players. Just 50 of them survived to see Day 3 and will be in action beginning at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Daniel Alaei - 1,985,000 Luke Schwartz - 1,700,000 Shaun Deeb - 1,586,000 Adam Hendrix - 1,219,000 Dash Dudley - 1,199,000 Joel Feldman - 1,196,000 Will Jaffe - 1,179,000 James Park - 1,173,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - 1,116,000 Patrick Mahoney - US 1,024,000 $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack The opening day of the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event drew 3,759 players and through 20 30-minute levels, just 440 made it through. Kenneth Johnson ended up on top of the Day 1 chip counts with 1,400,000. Every player in the top 10 turned their starting stack of 40,000 into at least 1,000,000. This includes Alex Foxen who finished with 1,104,000 and the seventh-best stack. Joseph Cheong, Dutch Boyd, Joao Simao, Greg Raymer, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Affleck, Daniel Strelitz, Chris Ferguson, and Tim West were just some of the more recognizable faces that advanced to Da y2. Comedians Brad Garrett and Norm MacDonald also finished Day 1 with chips. Day 2 begins at 1 PM PT and is scheduled to play to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Kenneth Johnson - 1,400,000 Shmuel Hada - 1,340,000 Amir Lehavot - 1,330,000 Jordan Meltzer - 1,188,000 John Rice - 1,138,000 Michael Dichiaro - 1,110,000 Alex Foxen - 1,104,000 Sharavan Chhabria - 980,000 Loc Nguyen - 976,000 Piet Pape - 956,000 Eric Rodawig Tops Day 1 of $1,500 Razz Day 1 of the $1,500 Razz event saw 363 players enter with bracelet-winner Eric Rodawig finish the day with the lead after being the only player to break through the 100,000 chip mark. Rodawig finished with 118,7000 while his closest competitor, Stephen Burns, ended with 92,700. Adam Owen, Scott Clements, Jennifer Tilly, Matt Waxman, Don Zewin, and Steve Billirakis were part of the 127 players who advanced to Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Eric Rodawig - 118,700 Stephen Burns - 92,700 Doug Lorgeree - 90,400 Charles Lorentz - 85,000 Jaime Lezama - 83,700 Shane Littlefield - 83,400 Adam Owen - 82,800 Peter Brownstein - 81,000 Christopher Kusha - 77,700 Michael Ross - 76,600
  9. On Thursday, Loren Klein added his name to the World Series of Poker history books and now has a shot at erasing a few names in 2020. Klein was one of three players to win bracelets on Thursday, with the other two winning the first bracelets of their career. Aristeidis Moschonas Wins $600 NLHE/PLO Deepstack Title Greece is now on the board. Aristeidis Moschonas defeated Dan Matsuzuki heads-up to win the $600 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event to give his homeland of Greece their first bracelet of 2019. Moschonas, who typically plays PLO cash games, felt he had a noticeable advantage over the players in the field who specialize in No Limit Hold'em as the moved between PLO and NLHE. "My main game is PLO, I’m a PLO cash player. I also play No-Limit tournaments so it’s like the perfect format for me," Maoschonas said. "I have an edge against the No-Limit players who don’t know how to play PLO." The $194,759 score he got for winning was definitely nice, but the extra day the tournament needed to complete cost the 37-year-old the chance to play one of the marquee events on the schedule. “I wanted to play the $25K PLO but I went to deep on this one, but it’s OK I guess,” Maoschonas said. Matsuzuki, who won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event last year, banked $120,374 for the runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Aristeidis Moschonas - $194,759 Dan Matsuzuki - $120,374 Raghav Bansal - $88,410 Rainer Kempe - $65,482 Ashish Ahuja - $48,914 Stephen Ma - $36,852 Adam Lamphere - $28,006 Daniel Moravec - $21,469 Simon Samokovski - $16,603 Loren Klein Makes History With $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Win For the fourth straight year, Loren Klein has won a WSOP bracelet. Klein beat Ryan Hughes heads up to win the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event for $127,808. He joins Bill Boyd and Doyle Brunson as the only players to have won a bracelet four years in a row. Klein's other three wins were the $1,500 NLHE/PLO (2016), $1,500 PLO (2017), and the $10,000 PLO Championship (2018). Hughes has a streak of his own. This is the second consecutive year that he's finished runner-up in this event. He also finished seventh in 2017 to make him the only person to cash all three years that the event has existed. Philip Hui finished third for $51,346 and his eighth cash of the 2019 WSOP. Final Table Payouts Loren Klein - $127,808 Ryan Hughes - $78,985 Phillip Hui - $51,346 Arthur Morris - $34,328 Joseph Couden - $23,622 Jonathan Depa - $16,746 Mike Sexton - $12,240 Michael Blake Takes Down Super Seniors Michael Blake came out on top of the record-setting 2,650-player field in the Super Seniors event to win $359,863. “It's the third time I've played in it. I'm an old guy, I've played poker for most of my life, and I feel very fortunate,” said Blake, 71. Blake beat 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event champion and Card Player Magazine co-owner Barry Shulman for the bracelet. Shulman's wife, Allyn, who won the Seniors Event in 2012, finished 36th. Final Table Payouts Michael Blake - $359,863 Barry Shulman - $222,295 Cary Marshall - $162,536 Timothy Joseph - $119,888 Rick Austin - $89,217 Kanajett Hathaitham - $66,987 Jeffrey Miller - $50,751 Bruce Treitman - $38,802 Miles Harris - $29,939 Damjan Radanov Leads $1,500 NLHE Bounty into Day 3 Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event started with 272 players - all in the money - and ended with Damjan Radanov leading the 23 survivors. Radanov bagged up 4,625,000 while two-time bracelet winner Asi Moshe ended up right behind him with 4,530,000. Other notables moving on to Day 3 include Harrison Gimbel, Martijn Gerrits, and Kalidou Sow. Among the 249 players who were unable to make it through the 10 levels of play were Phil Ivey, Loni Harwood, Sam Grizzle, Steven van Zadelhoff, Scott Margereson, Justin Young, and Barry Greenstein. Day 3 begins at Top Chip Counts Damjan Radanov - 4,625,000 Asi Moshe - 4,530,000 Timothy Stephens - 3,220,000 Harrison Gimbel - 2,985,000 Andrew Hills - 2,580,000 Patrick Truong - 2,505,000 Tonio Roder - 2,300,000 Bastian Fischer - 2,185,000 Martijn Gerrits - 2,145,000 Benjamin Chalot - 1,900,000 Anson Tsang Leads Massive $25K PLO High Roller Day 2 of the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller was mostly about Anson Tsang, but it's impossible to ignore the 56 players who late-regged or re-entered on Day 2. Those players helped push this year's event to 278 total entrants, smashing the previous high of 230. Tsang finished Day 2 leading the final 39 players with a stack of 4,775,000. James Chen put on a late surge to move within striking distance of Tsang and bagged 4,140,000. Alex Epstein sits third with 2,450,000. Other notables still chasing down the $1,618,417 first place prize include Robert Mizrachi, Erik Seidel, Ben Tollerene, Paul Volpe, Stephen Chidwick, Justin Bonomo, and Dan Smith. Day 3 begins at 2 PM PT and will play down to six players. Top Chip Counts Anson Tsang - 4,775,000 James Chen - 4,140,000 Alex Epstein - 2,450,000 Firas Sadou - 2,430,000 Robert Mizrachi - 2,245,000 Wasim Korkis - 1,900,000 Esther Taylor-Brady - 1,730,000 Erik Seidel - 1,533,000 Ka Kwan - 1,415,000 Ben Tollerene - 1,215,000 Day 1 of Ladies Event Draws Huge Field; Familiar Faces Jennifer Lopez - no, not THAT Jennifer Lopez - ended Day 1 of the Ladies Event with the chip lead, narrowly edging out Katie Lindsay. Lopez finished with 251,900, while Lindsay bagged 245,600. For the first time in the history of the event, players were able to re-enter after busting one time. That helped lead to a record number entries - 968 to be exact - before registration closed. In 2018, the event drew a field of 696 players. Some of the notables moving on to Day 2 include Ana Marquez, Allyn Shulman, Erica Lindgren, Kathy Liebert, Maria Lampropulos, Maria Ho, Kelly Minkin, Gaelle Baumann, and Kristy Arnett. Defending champ Jessica Dawley was one of the 707 players who were eliminated on Day 1. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Jennifer Lopez - 251,900 Katie Lindsay - 245,600 Diane Cooley - 229,100 Raylene Celaya - 216,500 Tian Jin - 216,100 Iva Lazaova - 216,000 Ana Freitas - 210,000 Irina Batorevicova - 203,300 Dee Luong - 173,700 Erika Weinstein - 173,000 Baitai Li Leads Day 1 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Event Just 200 of the 996 players who entered the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event on Thursday managed to survive the opening day of play. New York's Baitai Li ended up with the chip lead as play wrapped for the night, ending with 354,800. Li's closest threat is Barny Boatman. The Brit finished with 263,100, just ahead of Canadian Mark Radoja, who bagged 248,000. Some of the bigger names who advanced to Day 2 include Ari Engel, David 'Bakes' Baker, Kitty Kuo, Kristen Bicknell, Bryan Piccioli, Martin Jacobson, Tony Dunst, Kenny Hallaert, Ben Yu, and Jake Schwartz. Day 2 begins at 1 PM PT and the first 50 players eliminated will do so without showing any return on their $2,500 buy-in. Play is scheduled to go another 10 levels. Top Chip Counts Baitai Li - 354,800 Barny Boatman - 263,100 Mark Radoja - 248,000 Antal Mezei - 246,400 Sebastian Percysmith - 245,000 Jesse Smith - 224,300 Oihan Abarzuza - 214,500 Adrian Apmann - 205,100 Truyen Nguyen - 190,000 Stefan Ivanov - 174,700 Johannes Becker Tops $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Day 1 Last summer, Johannes Becker won his first bracelet by taking down the $2,500 Mixed Lowball event. On Thursday he took a pretty good step towards winning another one, albeit against a tougher field. Becker finished Day 1 of the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Championship with 526,500 - 130,000 more than any other player. Benny Glaser, who won his first bracelet in a $1,500 buy-in version of this event in 2015, ended up second in chips with 396,500. A total of 92 players entered on Day 1 with players able to enter up until the start of Day 2. There is no re-entry in this event. There will need to be 17 Day 2 entries for this year's event to match the 109 that played in 2018. The 32 players that managed to avoid busting on Day 1 include Luke Schwartz, Calvin Anderson, Brian Hastings, Marco Johnson, Brian Yoon, David 'ODB' Baker, and Mike Matusow. Day 2 action gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play seven 90-minute levels. Top Chip Counts Johannes Becker - 526,500 Benny Glaser - 396,500 Luke Schwartz - 321,500 Mark Gregorich - 275,000 Daniel Ospina - 258,500 George Wolff - 232,500 Cary Katz - 223,000 Rep Porter - 216,500 Calvin Anderson - 208,000 Max Kruse - 195,500
  10. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In June, all eyes were on the 2019 WSOP, which kicked off with a bang that included the largest live poker tournament ever and Phil Ivey's return. WSOP Big 50’s Gigantic Turnout The first installment of the World Series of Poker $500 buy-in 'Big 50' tournament was one for the record books, literally. The tournament that was marketed to give comers from all levels a shot at WSOP glory did that and more, becoming the largest live poker tournament in history. The event attracted a field size of 28,474 entries, crushing the previous record of 22,374 entries set by the 2015 WSOP Colossus. Lance Bradley took a look at the record-breaking event to see how it stacks up against another monstrous tournaments, the number of unique entries versus reentries, and more. Nigerian-born Femi Fashakin turned a $500 entry into $1.147 million in the Big 50 and will forever be remembered for such an achievement. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Controversy at the WSOP The $50,000 High Roller tournament at the 2019 WSOP drew a lot of attention. Understandably so, given it’s huge buy-in and star-studded field. The resulting headlines were less than what was desired, though, as a bit of controversy came about. With four players left in the tournament, Sam Soverel opened with a raise, Dmitry Yurasov moved all in, Andrew Lichtenberger folded, and then Ben Heath asked for a count. While thinking, Heath tossed in a time bank card and Soverel, who might’ve thought the time bank card was Heath’s actual playing cards, quickly folded his hand. This allowed Heath to think through his decision without having to worry about what Soverel was going to do as the original raiser. Yurasov was not happy with Soverel’s play, as were many people on Twitter, including Isaac Haxton. Phil Ivey Returns Guess who’s back? Phil Ivey’s back! It seems that every summer the poker world is waiting to see if Phil Ivey will return to the WSOP tournament tables or not. In 2019, he returned a week into June, kicking things off with the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. The poker world was buzzing with his return to the series, but it’d have to until about a week later for him to get back on the WSOP scoreboard by cashing in the $800 NL Deep Stack. Ivey went on to cash five times at the WSOP in the summer and twice more at the 2019 WSOP Europe festival in Rozvadov. His best finish in Las Vegas was an eighth-place result in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $124,410. Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life Jason Young has had his fair share of success on the poker felt, with more than $1.2 million in live tournament earnings and a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to his credit. Despite all of that, it was a victory off the felt that proved to be the biggest win of his life. After Young and his girlfriend welcomed their daughter, Kaeley, into the world, things took a turn for the worse. His girlfriend abruptly moved to Florida, away from their home in New York, and she took the daughter with her. Young’s restaurant was lost and he fell into big debt. Through it all, Young kept fighting. He was fighting for his daughter and fighting to get his life back in order. Along the way, poker helped Young get things back together, and the story on Young by Lance Bradley is an absolute must-read. Chidwick, Engel, Schwartz All Wins Bracelets The conversation of who is the best player without a WSOP gold bracelet lost three key figures in the summer of 2019. That’s when Stephen Chidwick, Ari Engel, and Luke Schwartz all claimed their first pieces of WSOP hardware and can no longer be referred to as the "Best Player Without a Bracelet." To make things even more exciting, all three won their first gold bracelet on the same day.
  11. "I'm gonna keep playing." Those were the words that Phil Galfond posted on Run It Once's website regarding the 'Galfond Challenge' against 'VeniVidi1993,' with the post coming just more than two weeks after Galfond suspended the match. That was it. Short and sweet. Although he is an extremely busy man these days, Galfond took some time to sit down with PocketFives ahead of the restart against 'VeniVidi1993,' which comes on Wednesday, March 4. "First, I spent some time with family and took a short poker break," Galfond said of what he's been doing to regroup. "For the last week or two, I've been practicing, mostly in $25-50 heads-up Zoom pools, against tough competition." [ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' are slated to play 25,000 hands of heads-up €100-€200 Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker. Through 9,927 hands of play, Galfond is down more than €900,000 to his opponent. While that's an astronomical sum to many, it's a downswing that Galfond has experienced before. "In terms of absolute dollar value, it's not anywhere near my biggest [downswing], as I used to play 3-5 times these stakes regularly," Galfond told PocketFives. "In terms of buy-ins, I think it's getting up there, but to be honest I don't know. I've jumped around games and stakes so much during my career that I never kept track of a downswing in terms of buy-ins. I suppose that might mean I haven't had too many bad ones!" In the time off, Galfond has been able to do a lot of thinking on the current challenge, and he's thought about where he would like it to go. As things stand, Galfond is down more than 45 buy-ins to 'VeniVidi1993' and all signs point to him losing the additional €200,000 side bet he put up against the €100,000 of 'VeniVidi1993.' As the match goes forward, Galfond's task is focused on cutting into the deficit some now that he’s regrouped. "I'd like to end around minus €400,000," Galfond said. "Obviously, that's ambitious and there's a lot out of my control, so I'll try to focus on playing my best and keeping my mindset strong." Throughout the play against 'VeniVidi1993,' Galfond has received a ton of support from the poker community. Galfond is certainly viewed as the hero by almost everyone watching. "It has felt great, but to be honest I would much rather they support and rally behind Run It Once Poker than me!" Galfond said. "I've played poker for a decade and a half. I've been through plenty of downswings and I'm going to be just fine no matter the outcome of these challenges. What we're trying to do with Run It Once is much more important than my short-term results at the tables." Despite the hit, Galfond's bankroll has taken from battling with 'VeniVidi1993,' he said the challenge has been performing well on the promotional and marketing side as it pertains to Run It Once Poker. "It's been great for Run It Once so far," Galfond said. "We've got a lot of momentum building in these last few months and traffic has been getting better and better. I'm hopeful that with the challenge continuing, so will the trend. More traffic leads to better experiences for our players, which leads to more traffic, and so on. I'm rooting for that as much as or more than myself in these challenges." Starting with Wednesday's session, the Galfond Challenge against 'VeniVidi1993' is back on. After it's complete, Galfond has a handful of other challengers lined up, including Bill Perkins, Brandon Adams, Chance Kornuth, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and high-stakes online poker player 'ActionFreak.' There is even a challenge match on the table against Luke Schwartz, who has been quite vocal on social media, calling Galfond a "washed up nice guy" and saying that "it's clearly time to wave the white flag" about Galfond playing against 'VeniVidi1993.' Galfond said that he plans to play Schwartz as part of the Galfond Challenge, but that the details haven't been ironed out yet. Galfond said the match is likely to take place after the 2020 World Series of Poker. Although the challenge against 'VeniVidi1993' hasn’t gone in his favor, Galfond said that the toughness he has faced has only helped him and should put him in a better position for future challenge matches. "A difficult challenge like this to start has accelerated my learning curve, so I think that balances out the negatives (feeling less confident after losing so consistently)," Galfond said.
  12. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.

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