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[caption width="640"] Max Silver is looking for a couple of students hoping to get to the next level (EPT photo)[/caption] Nearly seven years Max Silver wouldn't stop pestering Jason Somerville. The two had met through a SomethingAwful subforum and Silver was always asking Somerville questions, the most consistent being 'will you coach me?'. Eventually Somerville agreed and started working with Silver. Now Silver, fresh off of 10 cashes at the 2016 World Series of Poker, is looking to take on some students of his own. The British poker pro posted on Twitter on Thursday that he was looking to coach and stake at least one current professional poker player that meets the following criteria: Been playing poker professionally for at least 6 months Be playing at least 100NL (or equivalent tournament size), preferably higher for the last 3 months Be not living in America Have the future possibility of being able to travel for live poker somewhere in the world The desire to coach goes back to Silver's early days as an online grinder when Somerville started coaching him. "Jason Somerville took a chance when he took me under his wing about seven years ago, we did six months of intensive group coaching and it gave me the opportunity to get where I am today," said Silver. "I’d like to offer that opportunity to someone else while making us both more money" In the seven years since Silver began learning from Somerville he's gone from highly respected online player to a force on the live circuit. He's cashed 63 times and earned nearly $3 million in live events. He's booked multiple UKIPT wins and last summer took down an Aria High Roller event for $432,960. Now he wants to go from student to mentor, while also providing financial backing to the player or players he selects. Most of the coaching will done via Skype but Silver also hopes to find face-to-face time with his proteges at live events that they both end up at. While the offer might sound enticing to nearly everybody playing today, Silver knows he has an ideal student in mind already. "Someone who doesn’t currently need staking, is already doing well on their own. They’ve tried to reach the next level but are struggling, unsure of where to go next. A hunger to learn, constantly keep an open mind and work hard," said Silver. "Poker is the toughest it’s ever been and the easiest it’s going to ever be, this isn’t going to be easy." Silver describes his coaching philosophy as intense and believes that making an already winning player into a better player requires a lot of focus for both the coach and student. "It’s more like a constant environment of poker learning. The group will be mixture of both planned and spontaneous poker theory, hand review and general discussion," said Silver. "I don’t like to commit to an exact number of hours due to still playing full time myself but I’d say an average of 8-10 hours a week." Silver plans to continue his normal poker schedule While taking on this challenge and while some might assume it could be a distraction, Silver thinks that this could actually help his game far more than it could ever hurt it. "If anything I think the opposite is likely, coaching helps me stay sharp and think about the game in a new way," said Silver. "I like my students to be willing to say they disagree with something I say and question everything, having to justify my own opinions makes me realise I’m not always right and have formed some new strategies because of it." Players interested in working with Silver can reach out to him via email at [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email].
[caption width="640"] Mohsin Charania won his first career WSOP bracelet on Thursday to add his name to the list of Triple Crown winners (WSOP photo)[/caption] Two more players earned their first World Series of Poker bracelet on Thursday with one player finally completing live poker’s version of the Triple Crown and another player winning an event in a game he just doesn’t play that often. The second-to-last $10,000 Championship event before the Main Event moved on to Day 3 as did the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Mohsin Charania Defeats Cary Katz to win $1,500 NLHE and Lock Up Triple Crown Coming into the 2017 WSOP, Mohsin Charania was one of just a few players who had a shot at completing live poker’s version of the Triple Crown: a World Poker Tour title, a European Poker Tour title and WSOP bracelet. Charania had two WPT wins (2013 & 2014) and won the Season 8 EPT Grand Final in 2012. Thursday night he rode a roller coaster of a final table to take home his first WSOP bracelet. At the start of the day Charania had the fifth biggest chip stack, but found himself swinging up and down the chip counts as the day progressed. "I kind of felt, maybe a little bit of pressure coming into the day because I had a lot of chips," said Charania. "And then the day just didn't work out for me in the beginning, so I was like seven of 10. It was really kind of a straightforward final table. I didn't get into any crazy spots, so I didn't have to make any massive decisions, so I never felt like any intense pressure." Charania eventually found himself heads-up with Cary Katz with a nearly 3-1 chip lead and it took him only 30 minutes to finish off Katz to win his first career bracelet. "This is pretty damn awesome," said Charania. Charania had a large and loud rail at the Rio cheering him on, but the 32-year-old from Chicago still managed to maintain his focus. "This happens when I'm just playing online on Tuesday, so I'm used to it. Wait until you see me get deep in like a $109 [online]. It's just chaos," said Charania. "No, you get used to it and you learn to block it out and you know like you're kind of excited because you know that when you win a pot, everyone is going to cheer for you, so it's kind of nice." Katz, who made his fortune in the student loan business and now owns PokerCentral and PokerGO, earned $225,181 for his runner-up performance. It’s the second time he’s finished runner-up in a WSOP event. In 2013 he finished second to Davidi Kitai in a $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event. Ian Steinman, the #4-ranked online poker player in Nevada, finished seventh for $48,276. He actually had the chip lead with seven players remaining but lost a series of pots including the last one which saw him racing with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] against Brandon Ageloff’s [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"] was a disaster for Steinman and when the turn did not produce an ace, he was out in seventh place. The five-figure score was by far the largest live score for the online pro. His previous best WSOP cash was for $5,199. Final Table Payouts Mohsin Charania - $364,438 Cary Katz - $225,181 Brandon Ageloff - $161,844 Andy Frankenberger - $117,611 Mikhail Rudoy - $86,424 Samuel Phillips - $64,226 Ian Steinman - $48,276 Yanki Koppel - $36,708 Milan Simko - $28,239 No Limit Specialist Max Silver Wins $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold’em [caption width="640"] Max Silver doesn't play much Limit Hold'em, but on Thursday he won his first career WSOP bracelet and it was in a Limit event (WSOP photo)[/caption] Max Silver has 25 career WSOP cashes and 21 of them are in No Limit Hold’em - seven of which came last summer. On Thursday, the British pro won his first WSOP bracelet, but it wasn’t in the game he specializes in, it was a Limit Hold’em bracelet. Silver beat San Francisco’s Guowei Zhang to win the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold’em event and $172,645. It’s the British pros third cash of the 2017 WSOP, with the previous two coming in NLHE. "I've had several nice scores, but this, this is just amazing,” said Silver after his win. Zhang’s runner-up payday of $106,694 was the largest score of his career. Silver had the chip lead throughout the final table and eliminated only two of his final five opponents. Afterwards Silver, who developed the SnapShove app to help No Limit players, joked about the future of his product. Final Table Payouts Max Silver - $172,645 Guowei Zhang - $106,694 Mickey Craft - $69,789 Ayman Qutami - $46,871 Lena Wang - $32,345 Georgios Kapalas - $22,952 Scott Clements Leads $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship There was a time where Scott Clements was considered one of the best Omaha tournament players on the planet. That may still be the case after the two-time WSOP bracelet winner stormed to the chip lead on Day 2 of the $10,000 Eight-handed Pot Limit Omaha Championship with just 39 players remaining. Clements bagged up 1,700,000 and now holds a commanding lead over the rest of the field heading into what is scheduled to be the final day of play. Michail Karapanos sits second with 1,133,000 while Ben Lamb and Ryan Miller each ave 1,090,000 and 1,011,000 respectively as the only players with seven-figure stacks. Recent bracelet winner John Racener rounds out the top five with 987,000. Other notables still in the field include Johnny Lodden (672,000), Jason DeWitt (657,000), eoghan O’Dea (376,000), John Monnette (246,000) and Mike Gorodinsky (228,000). There were 26 players who managed to finish in the money before busting on Thursday night including Toby Lewis (64th - $14,930), Ian O’Hara (59th - $14,930), Stephen Chidwick (52nd - $15,934) and defending champion Brandon Shack-Harris (45th - $17,420). Action resumes at Noon PT on Friday. Top 10 Chip Counts Scott Clements - 1,700,000 Michail Karapanos - 1,133,000 Ben Lamb - 1,090,000 Ryan Miller - 1,011,000 John Racener - 987,000 Cyrus Partow - 931,000 Chris Lee - 803,000 Aleksei Altshuller - 794,000 Sean Rafael - 792,000 Howard Millian - 708,000 Tsong Lin Heads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Tsong Lin has just two career cashes to his name, but on Friday afternoon he’ll have a shot at winning his first career WSOP bracelet after bagging up the Day 2 chip lead in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Lin finished play Thursday with 791,000. Yueqi Zhu, who has already cashed five other times this summer, ended with the second largest stack, 512,000. This is Zhu’s 10th career WSOP final table and second this summer. Last year he finished runner-up to Lawrence Berg in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event. The final table gets underway at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Tsong Lin - 791,000 Yueqi Zhu - 512,000 Cheryl Denzik - 304,000 Alexander Freund - 206,000 Daniel Mogavero - 163,000 Tom Koral - 147,000 Todd Bui - 113,000 Nacho Barbero On Top After Day 1 of $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em The final $5,000 No Limit Hold’em got underway on Thursday with the 623 players who entered also making it the largest. Just 247 players survived Day 1 with Nacho Barbero of Argentina ending Day 1 with the lead. Barbero finished with 230,300 to put him just ahead of David Coleman’s 205,200. Juha Helppi also managed to finish with a top five stack after putting 193,200 into his bag at the end of the night. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Matt Berkey, Michael Mizrachi, Olivier Busquet, Jason Mercier, Mike Watson, Kevin Stammen, Nick Schulman, Jonathan Little, Ari Engel, Calvin Anderson and Pratyush Buddiga. Day 2 begins at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Nacho Barbero - 230,300 David Coleman - 205,200 Carlos Chang - 197,600 Juha Helppi - 193,200 Donis Agnelli - 184,600 Pete Chen - 170,000 Matt Berkey - 165,500 Raymond Langbraaten - 158,700 Julian Stuer - 157,600 Michael Mizrachi - 148,900 $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Draws 405 Entries Larry Tull navigated his way to the top of the Day 1 chip counts in the $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo event with just 126 of the original 405 players moving on to Day 2. Tull finished with 152,200 while his closest competitor, David Matsumoto, had 124,900 after completing 10 levels of play. Igor Sharaskin, who has already cashed in four Omaha events this summer, finished with 112,600, good enough for third. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Larry Tull - 152,500 David Matsumoto - 124,900 Igor Sharaskin - 112,600 Jeremiah Callahan - 95,400 Alex Luneau - 94,000 Daniel Ratigan - 90,100 Josh Arieh - 84,200 Manuel Labandeira - 83,500 Yuebin Guo - 74,100 Matthew Mortensen - 73,500
After four starting flights and 2,130 entries, the first-ever World Poker Tour Online Championship Event saw just 398 players return for Day 2 on Monday. And at the end of the day, it was Super High Roller savant Sam Greenwood who assumed the overnight chip lead heading into Day 3. Throughout the course of the week, thousands of players packed the lobbies of the WPT Online starting flights helping the WPT crush the event’s $5 million guarantee to the tune of a $6,390,000 prize pool. On Monday, the 398 players that survived those opening flights reunited online to battle for the over $1 million first-place prize. Only 35 of the 398 runners found a virtual bag with tournament specialist Sam Greenwood grabbing the top spot (4,635,621) followed closely by Pascal Hartmann (4,431,202), and Max Silver (4,340,422). Rounding out the top five chip counts are Rayan Chamas and Aram Zobian who also finished the day with over four million in chips. Other notable names to advance include Vincent Bosca Ramon, Amichal Barer, Benny Glaser, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Matthias Eibinger, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Viktor Ustimov, and World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson. Although 398 players returned for Day 2, only 312 of them were going to get paid. Justin Bonomo, Rui Ferreira, Daniel Dvoress, Christoph Vogelsang, and Ludovic Geilich were among the players who picked up a $5,942.70 min-cash, exiting not long after the money bubble burst. Koray Aldemir (273rd, $6,134.40), #1-ranked Conor Beresford (243rd, $6,326.10), Darren Elias (203rd, $6,645) were able to ladder up a little. Chance Kornuth (184th, $7,604.10), Wiktor Malinowski (149th, $8,882.10), Jorryt Van Hoof (123rd, $9,521.10), Dominik Nitsche (109th, $10,160.10), and Igor Kurganov (108th, $10,160.10) were among those who looked to make a run but fell outside of the top 100. Mohsin Charania (97th, $10,799.10), Simon Deadman (88th, $11,438.10), Mikita Badziakouski (68th, $13,035.60), Chris Kruk (57th, $14,185.80), and Kristen Bicknell (43rd, $16,741.80) were among those who nearly advanced to day three but ultimately fell just short. With 35 players left, everyone is guaranteed a payday of at least $18,594.90 while the top seven are promised a six-figure score. There were plenty of six-figure scores to be had in the two-day Event #37 ($25,500 Super High Roller) as 91 players battled for the over half-a-million first-place prize. After a deal was made, Dan Smith emerged victorious taking home $555,503.38 for first while Daniel Dvoress agreed to accept $456,871.63 as the runner-up. It turned out to be a nice day for Lucas Reeves as well, in addition to finishing in 51st place in the Championship Event for $15,463 he also claimed the bronze in the High Roller for a more substantial $295,750 payday. There were more huge scores to be had as those who had busted out of the Main Event were given another $3,200 event to play at the same time. Event #41 ($3,200 Second Chance Turbo) had 110 entries as Phillip Mighall booked the win and banked $80,850 for first. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Andras Nemeth finished as the runner-up, adding $57,750 to his bankroll. And while his brother was leading the Main Event, Luc Greenwood was bringing honor to the family name by claiming the bronze in the Second Chance, earning $41,250 for his efforts. Event #20 - $3,200 WPT Online Championship 2,130 entries $6,390,000 prize pool Top 10 Chip Counts Sam Greenwood - 4,635,621 Pascal Hartmann - 4,431,202 Max Silver - 4,340,422 Rayan Chamas - 4,246,913 Aram Zobian - 4,246,619 Christian Jeppsson - 3,901,810 Mihail Zavoloka - 3,498,341 Maximilian Lehmanski - 3,155,635 Nikita Kupchin - 3,039,865 Daniel Reijmer - 3,005,600 Event #37: $25,500 Super High Roller 91 entries $2,275,000 prize pool Dan Smith - $555,503.38 Daniel Dvoress - $456,871.63 Lucas Reeves - $295,750 Rob Lipkin - $204,750 John O’ Shea - $159,250 Elias Talvitie - $113,750 Event #41: $3,200 Second Chance Turbo 110 entries $330,000 prize pool Phillip Mighall - $80,850 Andras Nemeth - $57,750 Luc Greenwood - $41,250 David Gradic - $28,875 Igor Yaroshevskyy - $21,450 Stewart Kirby - $16,500