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  1. [caption width="640"] Ryan D'Angelo now has a WSOP bracelet to his name after winning the ,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven.[/caption] There were supposed to be two bracelets awarded Wednesday at the 2016 World Series of Poker, but Ryan D'Angelo ended up getting the spotlight all to himself. D'Angelo battled and beat John Monnette heads-up to win his event while the first $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event of the summer stopped with four players remaining and Michael Addamo leading. Event #6: Michael Addamo Leads Final Four in $1,500 No Limit Hold'em You could say the last few months have been pretty good to Michael Addamo. The Australian poker pro won just over $140 when he won a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker event and now he finds himself leading the final four of a WSOP bracelet event with $438,417 and the bracelet on the line. The $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event was supposed to finish on Wednesday night but hit the 'hard stop' just after midnight PT. Addamo ended the day with 6,595,000 chips - more than the combined total of the two players right behind him, Davis Aalvik and Peter Eichhardt. Aalvik finished with 3,630,000 while Eighhardt bagged up 2,640,000. 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener has the shortest stack with 2,490,000. The day began with 36 players still in contention for the title. Justin Young, who started the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in 22nd place for $13,786. WSOP Circuit all-time wins leader Alexandru Masek took home the same payout for his 20th place finish. Matt Berkey finished 18th for $17,134, his first cash of the 2016 WSOP. Anthony Zinno made the final table but was eliminated in eighth place for $45,582. Play resumes at Noon PT and will play down to a champion. Final Four Chip Counts Mike Addamo - 6,595,000 Davis Aalvik - 3,630,000 Peter Eichhardt - 2,640,000 John Racener - 2,490,000 Event #7: Ryan D'Angelo Beats John Monnette Heads Up in $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven Ryan 'g0lfa' D'Angelo overcame a player considered one of the best Deuce to Seven players in the world to win his first bracelet Wednesday night. D'Angelo defeated John Monnette to win the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and $92,338. D'Angelo and Monnette were responsible for all of the eliminations at the final table. D'Angelo sent Alex Dovzhenko packing in sevneth place and a few minuteslater Todd Barlow, Konstantin Maslak and Dan 'djk123' Kelly fell at the hands of Monnette. Three-handed play lasted 90 minutes before D'Angelo eliminated Tom Franklin to set up heads up play. When heads up play began D'Angelo held 85% of the chips in play and he needed just 30 minutes to get the rest. “I feel like it all came together here in this tournament. I felt really centered throughout this tournament. The cards came my way," D'Angelo said. "It was like the perfect tournament, in a way. I was never at serious risk. I was able to pick up pots here and there. It’s such a fun game.” After his victory, D'Angelo praised Monnette. “(John) is obviously a terrific high-stakes player. He was definitely my toughest opponent," D’Angelo said. "There were surely some good players. Dan Kelly – he’s another tough one. It was tough to see him at the final table. He has a great track record and he’s good at all the games, so it was good to see him go out earlier. I’d say those two players were the toughest, probably.” Monnette, who has two WSOP bracelets to his credit, has now finished second in a WSOP event three times. The previous two runner-up performances came against David 'Bakes' Baker and Phil Ivey. Final Table Payouts Ryan D'Angelo - $92,338 John Monnette - $57,061 Tom Franklin - $38,582 Dan Kelly - $26,632 Konstantin Maslak - $18,775 Todd Barlow - $13,524 Alex Dovzhenko - $9,959 Event #8: Ben Ponzio Looking for Bracelet #2 in $1,500 HORSE Day 2 of the $1,500 HORSE event saw the field go from 202 player to just 20. Leading the pack with 837,000 chips is bracelet winner Ben Ponzio. But the group right behind, not surprisingly, includes a number of talented players. Justin Bonomo(559,000), Noah Bronstein (456,000) and Ismael Bojang (362,000) sit second through forth. Other notables still in the hunt include Scotty Nguyen (270,000), Andre Akkari (236,000) and Maureen Feduniak (100,500). Matt Glantz is the shortest stack with just 60,000 to work with on Thursday. It took over one hour for the bubble to burst and get all remaining 117 players into the money. Some of the notables who cashed on Wednesday but were unable to survive include Jared Bleznick, Adam Owen, Ray Henson, five-time WSOP bracelet winner Berry Johnston, Brandon Cantu, Chris Klodnicki, Matt Vengrin and Rep Porter. Naoya Kihara, who began the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in 48th place. The final 20 players return to the felt at Noon PT to play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Ben Ponzio - 837,000 Justin Bonomo - 559,000 Noah Bronstein - 456,000 Ismael Bojang - 362,000 Christopher Vitch - 357,000 Nick Kost - 340,000 Georgios Sotiropoulos - 335,000 Ian Johns - 317,000 Craig Carrillo - 306,000 Connor Berkowitz - 302,000 Event #9: Olivier Busquet Highlights Final Four in $10K Heads Up Championship Olivier Busquet is considering by many to be one of the best heads-up tournament players in poker. He's proving those people correct with his run in the $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship. Busquet, who has also had tremendous success recently in the heads-up Global Poker League matches, is one of four players left in contention of the bracelet and $320,574. Alex Luneau, John Smith and Alan Percal are the other three players remaining. Busquet beat Chance Kornuth, Jared Jaffee and Orlando Romero on Wednesday to advance. He'll face Alan Percal in the semi-finals. Percal beat Alan Wehbi, Konstantin Ramazanov and Benjamin Geisman to get to the semi-final. Alex Luneau beat Bobby Oboodi, former EPT Grand Final champ Adrian Mateos and Matthew Diehl to reach the semi-final where he will face off against John Smith. Smith, who finished 11th in this event in 2014, defeated Igor Yaroshevskyy, Antonio Esfandiari and Nicholas Yunis. The semi-final matches began at Noon PT with the finals scheduled for 3 PM PT. Event #10: Daniel Strelitz Bags Day 1 Chip Lead in $1,500 Six Max Day 1 of the $1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event saw 1,477 players register but only 183 make it through the day. Daniel Strelitz managed to bag the biggest stack on Day 1, finishing with 250,800. Strelitz, alongwith Eric Afriat's 208,000, weret he only two players to finish above 200,000. Just days after watching his brother Robert win his fourth career bracelet and break the tie between the two, Michael Mizrachi finished with 163,100, good enough for sixth best. Former #1 ranked PocketFiver Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz finished right behind Mizrachi with 150,000 on the button. Jesse Sylvia, Mike Watson, Simon Deadman, Matt Jarvis and Christian Harder are among some of the notables remaining in the field. The eventual champion walks away with the bracelet and $346,088. Top 10 Chip Counts Daniel Strelitz - 250,800 Eric Afriat - 208,000 Niccolo Steffanini - 187,900 Tom Cannuli - 179,800 Javier Garcirreynaldos - 178,100 Michael Mizrachi - 163,100 Fedor Holz - 150,000 Nick Rampone - 137,500 Phong Nguyen - 135,000 Mike Sowers - 133,000 Event #11: Bruno Fitoussi Leads Star-Studded Field in $10,000 Dealers Choice Another day, another $10,000 Championship event gets underway, this one involving a grand total of 19 different games. France's Bruno Fitoussihad the best Day 1 of the 118 players who registered, bagging up 318,700 at the end of the night. Right behind Fitoussi are two players with track records of WSOP success. Brandon Shack-Harris and Brian Hastings finished with 270,200 and 252,100 respectively. Dan Smith sits fourth while Jussi Nevanlinna, who finished sixth in this event last summer, rounds out the top five. Only 41 players surived the opening day. Other notables still in contention include James Obst, John Monnette, Mike Gorodinsky, Phil Hellmuth and Anthony Zinno. Top 10 Chip Counts Bruno Fitoussi - 318,700 Brandon Shack-Harris - 270,200 Brian Hastings - 252,100 Dan Smith - 247,000 Jussi Nevanlinna - 241,400 Philip Sternheimer - 241,400 Dmitry Chop - 232,400 Frank Kassela - 201,400 Richard Ashby - 196,300 Randy Ohel - 186,000
  2. Friday was a three-bracelet day at the 2018 World Series of Poker. One player took home his fifth piece of WSOP jewellery, while two players claimed their first gold. There’s plenty of other things to tell you about too, including Day 1 of the $50K Players Championship. For that, and a lot more, here’s a recap of June 15’s action. John Hennigan Wins Fifth Bracelet, Takes Down $10K HORSE There is now officially a new member of the five-bracelet club. It almost happened on Thursday night, when then four-time bracelet winner John Hennigan and two-time bracelet winner David ‘Bakes’ Baker ended Day 3 of Event #27: $10,000 HORSE Championship heads-up, with Hennigan holding a dominating chip lead. After one level of play on Friday, Hennigan finished the job. It all ended in a Limit Hold’em hand, when Baker was all-in with ace-six off versus Hennigan’s jack-three off. A three hit the flop, and Baker couldn’t catch up. Hennigan wins $414,692 for his efforts, as well as the fifth bracelet, while Baker banked $256,297. Will Johnny World focus all his attention on capturing bracelet no.6 now? "We'll see what happens,” he said afterwards. “I’m not too preoccupied with it, but five does feel better than four.” Final Table Results: John Hennigan - $414,692 David "Bakes" Baker - $256,297 Lee Salem - $179,216 Iraj Parvizi - $127,724 Randy Ohel - $92,808 Albert Daher - $68,783 Daniel Zack - $52,016 Michael Noori - $40,155 Michael Addamo Wins First Bracelet in The Marathon ($653,581) Australia’s Michael Addamo has long been a beast on the poker tables, but after Friday he can now call himself a WSOP bracelet winner too. [caption id="attachment_619563" align="aligncenter" width="635"] Bracelet #1 for Michael Addamo[/caption] Addamo, who moved to Thailand for online poker after law changes in his home country prevented him from playing, overcame a tough final table in Event #24: $2,620 The Marathon No-Limit Hold’em, one which included 2014 WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson (5th), bracelet winner and WPT champ Taylor ‘taypaur’ Paur (4th), and Belgium’s Bart Lybaert (3rd). It was American recreational player Mark Sleet who Addamo met heads-up, and he was complimentary of Sleet’s game. “He was mixing it up, trying to put me to the test, like opening big sizes, doing all sorts of different things, trying to get me off my normal game. I think I adjusted ok but yeah, who knows,” Addamo said. Holding a big chip lead, the final hand saw all the money go in on a ten-high flop. Addamo had top pair, and Sleet had two overs and a flush draw which couldn’t hit on the turn or river. The 1,637 total runners were down to nine at the beginning of the day, and the first to depart from the final table were Ihar Soika, Cate Hall, Anton Morgenstern, and Ying Chan. Final Table Results: Michael Addamo - $653,581 Mark Sleet - $403,870 Bart Lybaert - $290,315 Taylor Paur - $210,995 Martin Jacobson - $155,062 Ying Chan - $115,244 Anton Morgenstern - $86,631 Cate Hall - $65,875 Ihar Soika - $50,678 Hahn Tran’s the Man, Wins First Bracelet in $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw The second new bracelet winner of the day was Austria’s Hahn Tran, who claimed victory in Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw for $117,282. [caption id="attachment_619564" align="aligncenter" width="636"] Hahn Tran Captures his First Bracelet[/caption] Tran came into Friday’s final table with the chip lead, but it was by no means a smooth ride to the title. The chip lead swung around the table multiple times, but five eliminations later Tran was heads-up against Oscar Johansson. Having whittled Johansson down to just three bets, Johansson tabled a nine-eight but Tran had that beat with a nine-six. Three-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings fell in fifth, while David Prociak couldn’t capture his second bracelet, finishing in third. “I’ve come here for eight years but I don’t play many tournaments, I’m more of a cash game player,” Tran said once the win was locked up. “I play cash games in 2-7 and I’m very excited. This is one of my favourite games. I’m just here for vacation, have fun with my friends, and party!” Final Table Results: Hanh Tran - $117,282 Oscar Johansson - $72,471 David Prociak - $46,729 Cody Wagner - $30,926 Brian Hastings - $21,021 Yong Wang - $14,687 Jared Bleznick - $10,555 Gal Yifrach Leads Final Three in $3K Six-Max It seems like a lot of tournaments this year are going longer than expected. The final table of Event 28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed was scheduled to finish Friday night, but with three players still in play was paused and will resume on Saturday. Gal Yifrach holds the chip lead, with 6,965,000 to James Mackey’s 3,100,000 and Gary Hasson’s 1,960,000. They’ll return at 12pm Saturday with blinds at 60,000/120,000. Five-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier was among the early exits today, while Tony Dunst bowed out in 13th. another bracelet winner looking for more jewelry, lost with eights versus ace-king to go out in 13th place. Anatoly Filatov, Luiz Duarte, Yorane Kerignard, Ben Palmer (7th), and Ana Marquez (6th) also exited. Check back tomorrow to find out who wins the bracelet and the $461,798 first-place prize. They’re all guaranteed $193,716. Day 2 Takes $1,500 PLO Down to 13 Event #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha has just 13 of the 799 players remaining, and will play down to a champ on Saturday. Ryan Bambrick holds the overnight chip lead, with double the amount of his closest competitor, Phil Riley. On the other end of the chip counts, Lexy Gavin and Victor Ramdin are the most at risk. Throughout the day this one lost the likes of Ryan Riess, Dutch Boyd, Darryll Fish, Thomas Taylor, Scott Davies, Rob Salaburu, and Scott Clements. There’s $217,123 and the coveted WSOP bracelet awaiting the winner, while all 13 players are guaranteed $9,173 overnight. Play resumes at 12pm Saturday. Final 13 Chip Counts: Ryan Bambrick - 1,727,000 Phil Riley - 864,000 Sampo Ryynanen - 633,000 Jared Ingles - 575,000 Tim McDermott - 527,000 Randy White - 437,000 Jody Fayant - 326,000 Pushpinder Singh - 266,000 George Xu - 180,000 Jeanmarc Thomas - 165,000 Danny Woolard - 165,000 Victor Ramdin - 84,000 Lexy Gavin - 80,000 Ferguson and Lisandro Headline $11,500 Seven Card Stud Finale There are a whole lotta bracelets between the nine final table players in Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud. One time bracelet winner Michael Moore (not the documentary filmmaker) holds the chip lead, but he’s followed by six-time bracelet winners Chris Ferguson and Jeff Lisandro, both on the hunt for the elusive seventh bracelet. The final table is even more star-studded with legendary music producer Steve Albini returning tomorrow fifth in chips. Albini is arguably most famous for his work with Nirvana and Pixies. And rounding out the unofficial final table is two-time bracelet winner Frankie O’Dell. The bubble burst at 47 players today, and some of those who failed to make the cash include Barbara Enright, Scott Bohlman, Carol Fuchs, Brandon Shack-Harris, Tom McEvoy and Cory Zeidman. Once they were in the money, we lost the likes of Ben Yu (45th - $2,250), Shirley Rosario (40th - $2,398), Dzmitry Urbanovich (37th - $2,398), Kevin Ioacofano (35th - $2,398), Perry Friedman (21st - $2,982), Jameson Painter (14th - $4,155), and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (11th - $5,110). The guaranteed payout right now is $6,451, but there’s $105,629 up top. Play resumes at 2pm Saturday. Final Table Chip Counts: Michael Moore - 485,000 Chris Ferguson - 325,000 Jeff Lisandro - 291,000 Paul Sexton - 276,000 Steven Albini - 270,000 Katherine Fleck - 226,000 Esther Rossi - 186,000 Stephen Rivers - 143,000 Frankie O'Dell - 74,000 The $50K Poker Players Championship Begins, Benny Glaser Leads After Day 1 When people predict success for players prior to the WSOP, Benny Glaser is always a name that comes up. The three-time bracelet winner has proved today why he’s thought so highly of in the mixed-game world, bagging up the Day 1 chip lead in Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship. There were 77 entries today, and Glaser ended up with 574,900. He’s most closely followed by Anthony Zinno (493,200), Brian Rast (473,900), James Obst (450,100), and John Hennigan (449,000), the latter of which jumped straight into this event having won the $10K H.O.R.S.E. earlier in the day. There are 14 bracelets between that top five. Only three players failed to make it through the day (Scott Seiver, Frank Kassela, and Kristijonas Andrulis) as we ended with 74 players. It’s very early days in this one, with a long road ahead. Registration is still open for another four levels tomorrow, when action resumes at 2pm. Top 10 Chip Counts: Benny Glaser - 574,900 Anthony Zinno - 493,200 Brian Rast - 473,900 James Obst - 450,100 John Hennigan - 449,000 Naseem Salem - 433,400 Alexander Kostritsyn - 415,600 Shaun Deeb - 394,200 Paul Volpe - 390,800 David "ODB" Baker - 387,400 Seniors Event Breaks Records on Day 1 Event #33: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship attracted a massive 5,919 field, breaking records for this event and making this the largest single Day 1 in WSOP history. When the bags were brought out for the end of Day 1, 934 players remained. Kevin O’Donnell holds the overnight chip lead, while Neil Blumenfield (134,000), Dave Peterson (123,000), Andrei Konopilko (120,000), Mitchell Garshofsky (73,300), Carol Fuchs (36,800), and Jan-Peter Jachtmann (57,200) will all return. Greg Raymer, Gregg Markow, Victor Ramdin, Mike Sexton, Kathy Liebert, Ivo Donev and Marcel Luske were among the 5,000 eliminated players today. This one kicks off again at 11am on Saturday. You’ll find the top 10 stacks below. Kevin O'Donnell - 172,100 Christopher Ocksrider - 157,000 Frank Cupello - 128,300 David Peterson - 123,100 Michael Lang - 121,000 Andrei Konopelko - 120,000 James Passas - 118,300 Frank Berry - 106,000 Neil Blumenfield - 104,400 Tommy Townsend - 104,000 Day 1C of THE GIANT Wraps Up A quick note on Day 1C of Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em. Mathieu Philbert of France bagged the chip lead, amassing an impressive 1,940,000. Phil Laak, Benjamin Yu, Kathy Liebert and Canada's Calen McNeil. Sandeep Vasudevan, Bradley Butcher and Allen Kessler all tried but failed to make it through. There are two more Day 1 flights scheduled for the next two Fridays before all survivors merge for Day 2 on June 30. Day 1C Top 10 Stacks: Mathieu Philbert - 1,940,000 Kevin Ninkovich - 1,505,000 Arkadiy Tsinis - 1,495,000 Terry Kelley - 1,035,000 Artan Dedusha - 1,025,000 Jett Blackwell - 975,000 Alexander Allegranza - 875,000 Nipun Java - 872,000 Jeremy Brown - 820,000 Peter Eichhardt - 780,000
  3. As the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe festival winds down in Rozvadov, there are two storylines emerging. The first is the three bracelet wins for Isreali players through the first five events. The second is the players who won a bracelet this summer and have added another one to their collection this week - and that's the one that played out Thursday night. Michael Addamo, who won the $2,620 Marathan No Limit event this summer, beat Germany's Christian Rudolph heads-up to win the €25,500 Super High Roller event for €848,702 ($962,276 US). Addamo started the final table, which included Manig Loeser, Dominik Nitsche, Mikita Badziakouski and Benjamin Pollak, with just 19 big blinds but managed to work his way up and eliminated the final three players standing between himself and his second career bracelet. The first elimination at the final table came after 45 minutes of play in a blind vs blind confrontation. Action folded to Loeser in the small blind and he moved all in for his last 9,300,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"] and Yu called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"] flop gave Yu a pair and kept him in the lead. The [poker card="8h"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="jd"] river ended Loeser's run with an eighth place finish. Just a few minutes later, James Romero followed Loeser out the door. From the cutoff, Christian Rudolph raised to 1,300,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. Action folded to Romero in the big blind and he moved all in for 7,800,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"]. Rudolph called and watched as the board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"] to give him the pot and eliminate Romero in seventh. Rudolph found another final table victim just about 30 minutes later. From the hijack, Pollak raised to 1,600,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] and Rudolph called from the cutoff with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] and Yu also came along from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2d"] flop missed Pollak, but gave Rudolph top set and Yu the nut flush draw. After Pollak checked, Rudolph put out a bet for 2,600,000. Yu raised to 8,500,000, Pollack folded and Rudolph moved all in and Yu called all in. The [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river were both safe cards for Rudolph and Yu was eliminated in sixth place. Rudolph's path of destruction didn't slow down and ten minutes after Yu was sent packing, Dominik Nitsche joined him. Nitsche raised all in from UTG for 13,00,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Rudolph called from the small blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"] leaving Rudolph in front. Nitsche was unable to improve after the [poker card="ks"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river and was eliminated in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted two hours and the next elimination didn't involve Rudolph. After Pollak and Rudolph both folded, Mikita Badziakouski raised to 16,500,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"]. Addamo responded by moving all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3s"]and Badziakouski called off the rest of his stack. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3d"] flop all but officially ended Badziakouski's run. The [poker card="8h"] turn eliminated any runner-runner hop the Belarussian had. The river was the [poker card="jc"]. The next player sent to the rail was also a victim of Addamo. The Australian called from the button holding [7d[poker card="7s"], Pollak moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] and Addamo called. The board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] to miss Pollak and eliminate him in third spot. Heads up play began with Addamo holding two more big blinds than Rudolph. Rudolph briefly held the chip lead, only to surrender it to Addamo for the final time. One hour later, Addamo put the finishing touches on his second bracelet win of 2018. Rudolph moved all in from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"] and Addamo called with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="th"] runout eliminated Rudolph in second place. Final Table Payouts Michael Addamo - €848,702 Christian Rudolph - €524,532 Benjamin Pollak - €370,219 Mikita Badziakouski - €266,767 Dominik Nitsche - €196,328 Winfred Yu - €147,642 James Romero - €113,505 Manig Loeser - €89,253
  4. The €10,300 EPT Prague High Roller came to a conclusion on Tuesday after a dominating final table performance by Denmark’s Henrik Hecklen propelled him to take home the €503,700 first-place prize and title of EPT High Roller Champion. Hecklen did the majority of the work at the final table himself, eliminating six of his final seven opponents. In the end, Hecklen secured his career-high live cash by besting one of Germany’s most formidable players in Ole Schemion in a lengthy heads-up match. Before that occurred, there was a tough final table that needed to be dealt with. With the elimination of Anton Yakyba in ninth place, the final eight players got down to the business of finishing off the final table. The first to fall was Australia’s Michael Addamo. After losing a big hand to Hecklen earlier, Addamo had been surviving on a short stack. The pair clashed again on Addamo’s final hand. Heckled opened with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] and from the big blind, Addamo moved in holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Heckling called and the Addamo needed to catch to survive. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]94h], leaving Addamo drawing dead on the turn. He finished in eighth place for €63,310, his third cash of EPT Prague. Right behind Addamo, the Netherlands’ Jasper Meijer Van Putten was put to the test. Hecklen again made the open and Van Putten three-bet his short stack all-in from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3h"]. Hecklen, going for his second knockout in under 10 minutes, made the call with [poker card="kc"][poker card="th"]. The flop fell [poker card="9d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6h"] giving Hecklen a gutshot straight draw, but keeping Van Putten in the lead. The turn was gin for Hecklen, the [poker card="qs"] and it left Van Putten drawing dead. The [poker card="4s"] completed the board and Van Putten headed for the cage to collect his €86,170 for seventh place. Next, it was Tomas Paiva’s turn to tangle with Hecklen. From under the gun, Paiva shipped just under 20bbs with [poker card="9s"][poker card="9h"]. In the hijack, Hecklen reshoved, covering Paiva and holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board provided no drama for Hecklen, running out six-high. Paiva earned a career-high cash of €117,340 for his sixth-place finish. After a break, the final five players were back at it and so was Hecklen, who had another final table confrontation. Canada’s Daviel Dvoress put in a raise with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] and was three-bet by Hecklen. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="ac"][poker card="5d"]. Hecklen bet, Dvoress call and they saw the turn of the [poker card="5c"]. Hecklen led again, Dvoress called again. The river was the [poker card="8s"] and Hecklen, covering Dvoress shoved. Dvoress tank called and Hecklen turned over the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] for top two pair, eliminating Dvoress in fifth place for €155,010. While Hecklen was busy knocking out opponents, Alexandre Reard was busy doubling up. He actually did that a few times to climb out of critical condition and back into contention. After crippling defending Prague High Roller champion Danny Tang in a hand just minutes prior, Reard finished the job. Tang shoved his short stack from under the gun with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"] and Reard made the call from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3s"]. The flop was [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="ts"] offering Tang some backdoor opportunities and Reard a nut flush possibility. The turn was the [poker card="js"] giving Tang some life. However the river was a hapless [poker card="7h"] and Tang who won this event last year, settled for fourth place and another €197,720 for his bankroll. Reard was making headway into Hecklen’s lead but then he ran into German legend Ole Schemion who was biding his time, looking for openings. Schemion and Reard clashed in all-in confrontation that led to Schemion doubling through Reard. Then Reard faced the same situation as four other players before him, a clash with Hecklen. Hecklen raised the button and Reard defending hold [poker card="6h"][poker card="6c"]. The flop came [poker card="4c"][poker card="kc"]p6s] and Reard check-called a bet from Hecklen. The turn was the [poker card="8h"], Reard check-called an even bigger bet from Hecklen. The river was the [poker card="9s"], Reard, holding a set, checked again, Hecklen thought and shoved, having Reard covered. Reard snap called with his set, however, it was Hecklen who was ahead since the turn, turning over the [poker card="7d"][poker card="5h"] for a straight. Reard’s valiant final table performance came to an end in third place for €244,950 pushing the Frenchman’s total live cash north of $2 million in his career. Hecklen, who has dominated the final table now faced his toughest challenge in that of Schemion. Holding a 5:1 chip lead when play began, Hecklen lost a few key hands early, allowing Schemion to double thru and, at one point, take the chip lead. However, Hecklen seemed destined to close out this tournament as he battled back to reclaim the chip lead. In the final hand, Schemion called on the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="2c"] and Hecklen put in a raise with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="qc"]. Schemion waited a breath and moved all in only to be snap called by Hecklen. The board ran out clean for Hecklen - [poker card="ks"][poker card="3d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="kd"] - leaving the German phenom to settle for second place and €334,900. The result leaves Schemion just shy of $15 million in live total earnings. For his part Hecklin’s High Roller victory is the current money peak of his career and is his first live victory since winning the Estrellas High Roller at EPT Barcelona back in 2014. Hecklen earns €503,700 ($572,688) for the victory. PokerStars next stop will be at the 2019 PCA, which will include the $25K PSPC. The festival gets underway on January 6. EPT Prague High Roller Final Table Payouts Place Player Payout 1 Henrik Hecklen € 503,700 2 Ole Schemion € 334,900 3 Alexandre Reard € 244,950 4 Danny Tang € 197,720 5 Daniel Dvoress € 155,010 6 Tomas Paiva € 117,340 7 Michael Addamo € 86,170 8 Anton Yakuba € 63,310
  5. There’s a reason that summer in Las Vegas is often called ‘poker player summer camp’ and it’s not just because the World Series of Poker is going on. During the summer bracelet chasing takes center stage in Sin City but over the past decade, many other Las Vegas poker rooms have battled with the WSOP for the hearts and minds of the poker playing public by consistently scheduling competing summer series that offer players excellent value through great structures and big guarantees. Here's a quick look around the city at some of those non-WSOP tournaments keeping poker players in action. ARIA Poker Classic and High Roller Series There are basically two tournament series happening at the same time inside the ARIA. The first is for the everyday player. It's filled with buy-ins right around the $400 and $240 buy-in level, The ARIA Poker Classic. The second is home to the high rollers - small fields, high buy-in, and elite competition - The ARIA Summer High Roller Series. Even though the Rio has offered some big buy-in tournaments early in the WSOP schedule, many of the biggest names in the game have been spending more time in the ARIA this summer simply because it’s where the biggest games are. Before he was embroiled in controversy for folding out of order at the WSOP, Sam Soverel bested the 23 player field in Aria High Roller 11 on May 30 for a $235,880 payday. He was joined in the money by David Peters (runner-up, $189.620), Jake Schindler (3rd, $92,000) and Poker Central founder Cary Katz (4th, $57,500). Australia’s Michael Addamo won the $10,000 buy-in ARIA High Roller 12 on June 4 for $136,000, defeating Germany’s Manig Loeser heads up. Loeser finished in second place taking home $88,400 for his efforts while fellow countryman Rainer Kempe finished in third for $54,400. Spain’s Juan Dominguez is having a nice start to his summer as he went back-to-back at the ARIA. First, he topped the 45 player field of the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 13 for $153,000 and the very next day he won the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 14 for another $126,682. Ben Yu was the official runner-up, taking home $125,318 while the familiar faces of Jake Schindler (3rd, $67,500), Manig Loeser (4th, $45,000) and Ali Imsirovic (5th, $36,000) also made final table appearances. The 2019 Wynn Poker Classic One of the nicer properties on the Las Vegas strip, the Wynn/Encore hosts the Wynn Poker Classic and through the first week and a half, players have been turning up en masse to play in their daily offerings. The Wynn has been offering multiple $1K+ buy-in tournaments and some well-known names have been showing up for them. On June 3, 484 runners showed up for the $1,100 in which the UK’s Louis Salter took home the $98.452 first-place prize and defeated a final table that included Connor Drinan (runner-up, $64,295) and Lily Kiletto (7th, $13,907). The next day 432 players jumped into the $1,600 buy-in which saw Florida’s Evan Teitelbaum hold off one-time WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen to take down the $138,209 first place prize. McKeehen settled for $89,018 as the runner-up. Other notable final table players included Mark Radoja (5th, $31,068) as well as Entourage and Ballers music supervisor Scott Vener (9th, $12,468). Keven Stammen bested the 618 runners of the $550 daily on June 6 for a $50,940 payday while Justin Liberto defeated Germany’s Bart Lybaert on June 8 to win a $1,100 tournament for $94,659. Lybaert’s $61,412 runner-up prize helped push him to over $3M in career earnings. The DeepStack Championship Poker Series at The Venetian The Venetian continues to provide large field tournaments for players looking for action outside the Rio. They have a partnership with the Mid-States Poker Tour for some of their larger events but also provide daily tournaments for players looking for buy-ins under $1,600. Although the Deepstack Series starts in the middle of May, the $1,100 ‘Summer Kickoff ‘ Event from May 27-29 brought out 518 runners where World Poker Tour Champion Brian Altman took home the $90,905 first-place prize. He defeated Robert Kuhn who ended up with $84,390 as the runner-up. The final table included popular Twitch Poker streamer Ricky ‘RatedGTO’ Guan who finished in fourth for $36,364, a top-3 score for his young career. Pot Limit Omaha cash game grinder Sasha Liu outlasted the 144 runners in the $800 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max Bounty to take down the $20,161 first-place prize. Canadian Kevin Barton fell in second place for a $11,995 payday.
  6. Bulgaria's Rosen 'dtminator' Apostolov banked their first six-figure online cash after navigating through a 10,344 player-field in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for $108,027. Apostolov crushed their previous best score of $12k after a heads-up victory over Canada's 'Samuel Peace'. Morocco's 'bibichov1989' claimed the bronze medal for $55,843, with the well-known name of Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah making a final table appearance in ninth-place for $7,715. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] World #4 Andras 'probirs' Nemth collected another gold medal with victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $41,015. The Hungarian got the better of Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo heads-up on a final table that included Conor Beresford, 'prebz' and 'Remi Lebo_10' 'Stakelis24' topped 913 entrants in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for a score worth over $67,000. Former #1 ranked 'C.Darwin2' took ninth place for $3,134 + $687 and after 'abarone68' exited in third for $20,027 + $8,493, 'ZaraJung' was unable to save thier bounty and departed in second for $27,568 + $11,393. 'fellatiado' was this week's PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up champion for $24,907. Former SCOOP champion 'clapjkspit' took the bronze for $13,117, before three-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner and former Sunday Million champion 'OMGACEACEACE' was the final player to fall in second place for $18,075. 'PayAndPlay' won the biggest Sunday prize on partypoker for $129,850, after winning the $5,200 Sunday High Roller Big Game. 106 entrants created a $530,000 prize pool with 'AGORAVAI' taking third place for $66,250. 'patience' in name and nature made their way into the final two, but ultimately had to settle for the runners-up spot worth $92,750. World #2 Patrick Leonard won the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator for an impressive $78,760 score. The partypoker pro topped the 149 player-field after a heads-up victory over 'junglemandan', who banked a consolation prize worth $28,511 + $11,632. Leonard, who has already been at the top of the online rankings in 2019, could be set to reclaim his seat at the top after yet another impressive result. PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 10,344 entrants, $1,034,400 prize pool dtminator - $108,027 Samuel Peace - $77,667 bibichov1989 - $55,843 wendellau - $40,151 Miry1313 - $28,869 Conglomo222 - $20,757 D!egoRezende - $14,924 Seaman58 - $10,730 goleafsgoeh - $7,715 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 66 entrants, $132,000 prize pool probirs - $41,015 imluckbox - $29,557 Iimitless - $21,300 mararthur1 - $15,349 1_conor_b_1 - $11,061 prebz - $7,971 Remi Lebo_10 - $5,744 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $350k Gtd 913 entrants, $456,500 prize pool Stakelis24 - $37,611 + $30,055 (in bounties) ZaraJung - $27,568 + $11,393 abarone68 - $20,027 + $8,493 ShippityShip - $14,812 + $3,888 nilsef - $10,857 + $6,615 slarki1 - $7,958 + $2,515 jvieiradias8 - $5,833 + $2,039 rojorulez - $4,275 + $1,921 C. Darwin2 - $3,134 + $687 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $115k Gtd 733 entrants, $146,600 prize pool fellatiado - $24,907 OMGACEACEACE - $18,075 clapjkspit - $13,117 smir9david - $9,519 jeff710 - $6,907 BOKPOWER - $5,013 joaoMathias - $3,638 Leitnant - $2,640 EduardoGarl@ - $1,915 partypoker $5,200 Sunday High Roller Big Game $500k Gtd 106 entrants, $530,000 prize pool PayAndPlay - $129,850 patience - $92,750 AGORAVAI - $66,250 Greenstone25 - $46,375 Junglemandan - $34,450 Forrest_guuump - $26,500 Slim_Shady - $21,200 fromHolland1945 - $17,225 partypoker $530 High Roller Phased Final - $250k Gtd 563 entrants, $275,050 prize pool WhaledShark - $44,253* SpankyMcfarland - $43,460* zavor - $24,837 StrA1dEr - $17,190 Sphynx7 - $12,102 five90fspades - $8,746 Joe Panini - $6,298 SapereAude - $4,510 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $300k Gtd 149 entrants, $305,450 prize pool Patrick_Leonard - $28,541 + $50,219 (in bounties) junglemandan - $28,511 + $11,632 MahmoudMokhtar - $20,136 + $13,026 TopGirl - $14,263 + $4,921 kqroqigmqtbmqom - $10,487 + $8,793 Jacques - $6,693 + $4,528 patience - $4,693 + $2,887 Sundaynightking - $4,693 + $3,806 partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $300k Gtd 993 entrants, $305,844 prize pool El_Cucuy - $20,306 + $14,565 (in bounties) caraanchoa81 - $20,276 + $8,082 FlipTheShiip - $15,015 + $6,388 Rick OShea - $10,307 + $6,154 RustInPeace - $6,736 + $3,309 AegonTargaryen - $4,162 + $4,967 Benetnasch - $2,651 + $849 Jacquees - $2,651 + $3,554 888poker $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep $215 470 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Perrymejsen - $19,350 LeetRunGoot - $14,500 magnit7 - $11,000 RagnAArok - $8,250 Kelvin_kerbe - $5,700 sweet_dr34ms - $4,400 Rumukuluss - $3,400 xvckneru - $2,400
  7. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC
  8. Any conversation about who the best high roller poker player in the world that doesn't include Stephen Chidwick is wasted energy. Chidwick proved it again this week by winning the inaugural Australian Poker Open Championship against some of the toughest fields in recent memory. On his way to the title, Chidwick cashed in three of the seven APO events, including a win, a runner-up finish and very important Main Event min-cash. All told, Chidwick earned won $949,000 (AUD). Mike Watson Opens Things With a Win The opening event of the APO, a $10,000 No Limit Hold'em event, drew 59 entries with Canadian pro Mike Watson beating all of them to win $177,000 and take the early lead in the Australian Poker Open Championship. "I'm thrilled to have won it," Watson said. "Especially in these series, it's great to get off to a good start and set the tone, get your confidence high, and try to make a run for that player of the series title. It's also the first live event I've won a little while, so that monkey's off my back." A pair of Australian's filled the other two spots on the podium. Michael O'Grady finished second for $118,000 and Benjamin Shannon came in third for $82,600. Other players who picked up a cash were Orpen Kisacikoglu, Ben Lamb, Luc Greenwood, Andras Nemeth, and Elio Fox. Event #1 Payouts Mike Watson - $177,000 Michael O'Grady - $118,000 Benjamin Shannon - $82,600 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $59,000 Jamie Lee - $47,200 Andras Nemeth - $35,400 Elio Fox - $29,500 Ben Lamb - $23,600 Luc Greenwood - $17,700 Former #1 PocketFiver Andras Nemeth Wins Event #2 After finishing sixth in the opening event, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth beat out the 42 other entries in Event $2, $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha, but still couldn't ascend to the very top of the Australian Poker Open Championship standings. "It's nice to not only play one thing, so that keeps me motivated, but I also love to play poker and that keeps me motivated and my fiancée is my biggest motivation," Nemeth said. "She, and our families, are very supportive and she travels with me to big events and that makes a big difference for me." Nemeth beat Najeem Ajez heads-up to claim the $146,200 first place prize and 300 APO points while Ajez took home $93,600 and 210 points. Nemeth had 340 points. Unfortunately for Nemeth, Watson actually extended his Championship lead, finishing third for $64,500 and 150 points to bump his two-event total to 450. Others who managed to pick up a cash in this event were Sean Winter, Chino Rheem, and Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. Event #2 Payouts Andras Nemeth - $146,200 Najeem Ajez - $93,600 Mike Watson - $64,500 Joni Jouhkimainen - $43,000 Sean Winter - $34,400 Erik Seidel - $25,800 Chino Rheem - $21,500 Timothy Adams Beats Stephen Chidwick for Event #3 Title Chidwick's march towards the APO Championship began in earnest in Event #3, a $25,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 49 entries. Chidwick managed to outlast all of them except one. Canadian Timothy Adams beat Chidwick heads-up to earn $416,500 and 300 points. "This final table was really tough with all guys I'm used to playing against," Adams said." At the high stakes you play mainly against all the same players and those guys are all really great and I'm very happy that I won. To win a tournament a lot of things have to go your way and today that happened to me." Chidwick picked up a $269,500 score and his first 210 APO Championship points. Australian Andy Lee ended up with a $183,850 payday. Also cashing in this event was Steve O'Dwyer, Orpen Kisacikoglu, and for the second time in two events, Chino Rheem posted a seventh place finish. Event #3 Payouts Timothy Adams - $416,500 Stephen Chidwick - $269,500 Andy Lee - $183,750 Steve O'Dwyer - $122,500 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $98,000 Aaron Van Blarcum - $73,500 Chino Rheem - $61,250 Farid Jattin Stays Hot with $25K PLO Victory Farid Jattin has had himself an amazing start to 2020. Just one week after winning the Aussie Millions $25K Challenge and finishing runner-up in the Aussie Millions $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, Jattin topped the 29-player field in Event #4, a #25,000 PLO event. "I came from Melbourne with a nice win and today I came in with a big chip lead and I'm lucky that things worked out again," Jattin said. "Today was a special situation because all their stacks were very even, and I could apply a lot of pressure on them. This favored me a lot, but there's a lot of luck in PLO, but it felt like I played flawlessly and I'm happy with my performance." Runner-up Jouhkimainen ended up pocketing $188,500 while third place finisher George Wolff earned $116,000. The APO Championship lead changed hands after this event. Nemeth ended up in fourth place and added 120 points to his total to move past Watson by 30 points. Event #4 Payouts Farid Jattin - $290,000 Joni Jouhkimainen - $188,500 George Wolff - $116,000 Andras Nemeth - $72,500 Alex Foxen - $58,000 Stephen Chidwick Beats Erik Seidel for $25K NLHE Win Chidwick took the APO Championship lead in dramatic fashion after beating Seidel heads-up in Event #5, $25,000 NLHE. The $399,500 winner's share also added 300 APO Championship points to his total to move him past Nemeth. Following the win, Chidwick talked about the Open Championship format and how he always seems to do well in them. "I really like this format of playing a week of tournaments, one every day, and battling against some of the best players to see who can run the best," Chidwick said. "It also feels nice to be in contention for the Australian Poker Open title, it seems like I'm in contention in most of these series that I play." Seidel earned $258,500 while Seth Davies banked $176,250 for his bronze medal performance. Also cashing in this event were Michael Addamo, Jorryt van Hoof, Matthias Eibinger, and Jattin. Event #5 Payouts Stephen Chidwick - $399,500 Erik Seidel - $258,500 Seth Davies - $176,250 Michael Addamo - $117,500 Jorryt van Hoof - $94,000 Farid Jattin - $70,500 Matthias Eibinger - $58,750 Canadian Luc Greenwood Ships Event #6 It wouldn't be a high roller series if at least one of the Greenwood brothers didn't ship something. Luc Greenwood did the family proud by besting the 35-player field in Event #6, a $50,000 NLHE event. Greenwood earned $700,000 for the win. "I was having a really rough trip to Australia so far with only one min-cash so far," Green admitted after his win. "This was a tough field and a big battle, and even though it looked like I was gonna run away with it three-handed, I really had to fight for it and I'm glad that I won. I think I played quite well overall." Mikita Badziakouski finished in second for $455,000 while Nemeth added $280,000 in earnings and another 150 Championship points to his total to move past Chidwick for the lead. Nemeth had 630 points while Chidwick had 510. Rheem picked up a third APO cash by coming in fourth place while Addamo earned a min-cash of $140,00 for coming in fifth. Event #6 Payouts Luc Greenwood - $700,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $455,000 Andras Nemeth - $280,000 Chino Rheem - $175,000 Michael Addamo - $140,000 Michael Addamo Wins Main Event, Stephen Chidwick Earns Championship Michael Addamo did his native Australia proud in the $100,000 Main Event, topping the 28-player field to win $1,288,000. That win was overshadowed however by Chidwick's fourth place finish which propelled him to the Championship victory. Aaron Van Blarcum finished in second for $784,000 while two-time reigning GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen finished in third for $448,000. Chidwick rounded out the in-the-money finishers, coming in fourth place for $280,000 and 140 Championship points - enough to push him past Nemeth at the last possible moment. “Hopefully these style of events continue because I think it’s a bit more of an achievable accolade to win a multiple of or, over time, determine who the best player is rather than looking at a single tournament," Chidwick said. "Obviously there’s a lot of luck involved in this too, but over the course of seven, eight, or ten events you’re going to see the better players win more often and it would be fun to see who can collect the most titles like this.” Chidwick adds the Australian Poker Open title to the US Poker Open Championships that he earned in 2018. “I would love to complete the collection, get the whole set,” Chidwick said. In 2019, Chidwick finished second to Sam Soverel in the British Poker Open. Australian Poker Open Main Event Payouts Michael Addamo - $1,288,000 Aaron Van Blarcum - $784,000 Alex Foxen - $448,000 Stephen Chidwick - $280,000 Australian Poker Open Championship Standings Stephen Chidwick - 650 Andras Nemeth - 630 Michael Addamo- 560 Mike Watson - 450 Luc Greenwood - 360 Farid Jattin - 360 Joni Jouhkimainen - 330 Aaron Van Blarcum - 305 Timothy Adams - 300 Erik Seidel - 270
  9. Less than a week after winning the Industry Person of the Year award at the Global Poker Awards, Paul Phua took home $1.512 million for winning the MILLIONS Super High Roller Series Sochi $100,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Final Table Payouts Paul Phua - $1,512,000 Matthias Eibinger - $1,008,000 Webster Lim - $672,000 Adrian Mateos - $420,000 Michael Addamo - $336,000 Kahle Burns - $252,000 The event attracted 42 entries and generated a prize pool of $4.2 million. The top six spots were set to be paid, with a min-cash being worth $252,000. Entering the final table, it was Michael Addamo in the lead. Following the eliminations of Cary Katz and Ben Heath, the tournament was on the money bubble. The next player to fall was Michael Soyza, hitting the rail just one spot outside the money and securing a cash for the others. Soyza went out at the hands of Matthias Eibinger. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] According to the partypoker LIVE reporting staff, first to bust in the money was Kahle Burns, going out in sixth place at the hands of Adrian Mateos. Then it was Addamo falling in fifth place to Webster Lim. With four players left, Phua was third in chips and Mateos was fourth. Mateos moved all in from the small blind with the [poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] and Phua made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="7c"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="9h"] and Mateos took his exit with a $420,000 payday. Shortly after busting Mateos, Phua doubled through Eibinger to take the chip lead. Eibinger had opened with a raise on the button and Phua had moved all in from the big blind. Eibinger called with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"] but was dominated against Phua’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qc"]. The [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Tc"] board kept Phua in the lead and scored him the double. Despite losing a chunk of chips doubling up Phua, Eibinger wasn’t the next player to bust. That was Lim who fell after Phua made a very good call against him. After a preflop raise by Phua on the button and a call from Lim out of the big blind, Lim check-raised all in on the [poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"] flop. Phua tanked for a bit and eventually called with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5d"]. Lim had the [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and the river was the [poker card="9c"] to give Phua the win and send Lim out in third place for $672,000. Phua took the chip lead into heads-up play against Eibinger and made fairly quick work of his opponent. On the final hand, Phua had raised with the [poker card="As"][poker card="8s"] and Eibinger defended with a call holding the [poker card="Th"][poker card="8h"]. Eibinger then called bets on the flop and turn of the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="Kd"] board to bring the two to the [poker card="6c"] on the river. After Eibinger checked the river, Phua bet to put him all in. Eibinger made the call with his pair of eights but saw the bad news that Phua had two pair. With that, Eibinger was eliminated in second place for a $1.008 million payday. The victory pushed Phua to more than $18.2 million in career live tournament earnings, and the score was his sixth seven-figure payday from a live poker tournament.
  10. Two more winners were crowned in the Poker Masters Online series at partypoker on Thursday. Event #10: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] was won by Kahle Burns and Michael Addamo took first place in Event #11: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]. Both earned almost $300,000 for the victories. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Burns Wins Event #10 for $291,550 Event #10: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] attracted a field of 119 entries to create a prize pool of $1.19 million. It had a buy-in of $10,300. Up top, Burns won $291,550 for the victory. Burns topped Luuk Gieles in heads-up play and rounding out the top three positions was Eelis Parssinen. Gieles won $208,250 and Parssinen picked up $148,750. The top 16 finishers placed in the money in the event, with a min-cash worth $23,800. Event #10 Results Kahle Burns - $291,550 Luuk Gieles - $208,250 Eelis Parssinen - $148,750 Gianluca Speranza - $104,125 Joao Vieira - $77,350 Wiktor Malinowski - $59,500 Edwin Villalobo Amaya - $47,600 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $38,675 Ian Engel - $29,750 Giuseppe Iadisernia - $29,750 Ben Heath - $29,750 Thomas Muehloecker - $29,750 Timothy Adams - $23,800 Karim Khayat - $23,800 Mike Watson - $23,800 Chris Hunichen - $23,800 Addamo Wins Event #11 for $294,037 The second Poker Masters Online event on Thursday was Event #11: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]. It drew a field of 94 entries for a buy-in of $10,300, creating a $940,000 prize pool. Taking home the lion's share of that prize pool was Addamo, who won $294,037.64 for his first-place finish. Addamo beat Chris Hunichen in heads-up play. Hunichen earned $183,300 for the finish to go along with his min-cash of $23,800 from Thursday's other event. Jorryt Van Hoof placed third. The top 12 finishers made the money in this one. Event #11 Results Michael Addamo - $294,037.64 Chris Hunichen - $183,300 Jorryt Van Hoof - $112,800 Yahia Fahmy - $82,250 Justin Bonomo - $58,750 Aliaksandr Hirs - $39,950 Jake Schindler - $30,550 Lukas Matthias Nowakowski - $30,550 Luuk Gieles - $30,550 Wiktor Malinowski - $25,754.12 Talal Shakerchi - $25,754.12 Alexandros Kolonias - $25,754.12 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the fifth day of play. Andras Nemeth - 511 points Michael Addamo - 406 points Pauli Ayras - 393 points Elias Talvitie - 380 points Alex Foxen - 352 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 350 points Sergi Reixach - 347 points Alexandros Kolonias - 342 points Chris Hunichen - 315 points Mike Watson - 295 points
  11. Seven days ago, Michael Addamo was sitting on top of the world after winning over $600,000 and a pair of partypoker High Roller Club titles. On Sunday, Addamo had a chance to pick up a second consecutive partypoker High Roller Club Main Event title before he ran into Nick Petrangelo. Petrangelo outlasted 29 other runners and then beat Addamo heads-up to win the Main Event and earned $356,500. Addamo had to settle for the runner-up score of $217,000. Isaac Haxton defeated former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt in the partypoker High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance event to bank $184,000. Astedt, who has over $20,000,000 in online poker earnings, added $117,734.70 to that total for his second-place result. The PokerStars Sunday Million was up to 12,860 runners this week, an increase of 1,315 over last week, to build a total prize pool of $1,286,000. The final two players chopped up a little more than $220,000. Eventual champ 'c0rl30n3_89' took home $118,981.31 while runner-up 'fcb-serv' squeaked out a six-figure score, earning $101,074.92. Third place went to 'eValiukas' for $67,153.11. Ivan 'Negriin' Luca defeated Simon 'IgorKarkarof' Rønnow heads-up in the PokerStars $5,200 High Roller event. Luca added $134,799.35 to his bankroll for the win while Rønnow earned $104,441.26. Rønnow had a bigger six-figure score after winning the partypoker High Roller Club The Big Game for $181,357.65. Daniel Dvoress finished in the silver medal position in that event for $130,302.04. The GGPoker GGMasters had 3,367 entries to fall $35,354 short of making the $500,000 guarantee. Swiss grinder 'Gogac1' outlasted all of them to win $71,947.50. Finishing one spot behind them, 'TeuCu' banked $50,874.60 and 'spicypigeon' rounded out the podium finishers to earn $35,973.80. PokerStars Sunday Million Buy-in: $109 Entries: 12,860 Prize pool: $1,286,000 c0rl30n3_89 - $118,981.31* fcb-serv - $101,074.92* eValiukas - $67,153.11 PokerStars High Roller Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 123 Prize pool: $615,00 Ivan 'Negriin' Luca - $134,799.35 IgorKarkarof - $104,441.26 needdollarz - $80,920.16 PokerStars Bounty Builder Buy-in: $109 Entries: 3,439 Prize pool: $343,900 IceStream - $20,998.57 + $12,186.45 in bounties woody1234321 - $20,995.62 + $6,553.83 in bounties Skammes - $12,151.99 + $2,652.67 in bounties partypoker High Roller Club Main Event Buy-in: $25,500 Entries: 31 Prize pool: $775,000 Nick Petrangelo - $356,500 Michael Addamo - $217,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $139,500 partypoker High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance Buy-in: $10,300 Entries: 46 Prize pool: $460,000 Isaac Haxton - $184,000 Niklas Astedt - $117,734.70 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $59,800 partypoker High Roller Club The Big Game Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 161 Prize pool: $819,509.70 Simon Rønnow Pedersen - $181,357.65 Daniel Dvoress - $130,302.04 Bujtás László - $95,063.12 GGPoker GGMasters Buy-in: $150 Entries: 3,367 Prize pool: $500,000 ($35,354 overlay) Gogac1 - $71,947.50 TeuCu - $50,874.60 spicypigeon - $35,973.80 GGPoker High Roller Blade Mulligan Buy-in: $5,000 Entries: 119 Prize pool: $565,250 IAmZeCaptainNow - $123,894.89 Corey Burbick - $94,245.09 PascalHartmann - $71,690.99
  12. Michael Addamo dominated two of the biggest events on Sunday's MTT schedule to secure a mid-six-figure score while Fedor Holz, Ole Schemion, and Jon Van Fleet also found their way into the winner's circle. Addamo topped the 39-entry field to take down the $25,500 buy-in partypoker High Roller Club Main Event and then denied 50 other players a shot at redemption in the $10,300 buy-in High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance event. All told, the Australian earned $611,500 for the two victories. Rok Gostisa finished runner-up in the Main Event for $265,000 while Sergi Reixach won $130,531 as the second-place finisher in the 2nd Chance event. Jon Van Fleet beat 220 other entries in the partypoker High Roller Club The Big Game to win $211,552. The Poker Masters PLO Series kicked off Sunday on partypoker with only one of the two events playing down to a winner. Andras Nemeth beat Viktor Blom heads-up to win Event #2 ($5,200 buy-in) for a $126,686.43 score. Blom had to settle for a $78,975 payday while fellow Swede Alexander Holmberg Nordén took third for $48,600. Former #1-ranked Fedor Holz was the biggest winner on PokerStars after taking down the Summer Series Event #167 ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) for $156,377. Runner-up Joao 'Naza114' Vieira had to settle for $121,057 while 'WATnlos' narrowly missed out on a six-figure win after finishing third for $93,714. The PokerStars Sunday Million had 11,545 runners with 'wazaahun' beating all of them to win $117,425.03. 'MickeyM' won the GGPoker High Roller Million$ to turn their $500 buy-in into a $285,986 return. 'GoJiGo' had an even bigger ROI after winning the $100 buy-in GGPoker Global Million$ event for $132,092.20. The GGPoker GGMasters had a $46,118 overlay on the $500,000 guarantee. 'BleyBley' outlasted the 3,288 other players in the freezeout event to win $71,947.50. partypoker High Roller Club: Main Event Buy-in: $25,500 Entries: 39 Prize Pool: $1,000,000 ($25,000 overlay) Michael Addamo - $407,500 Rok Gostisa - $265,000 Pascal Lefrancois - $165,000 partypoker High Roller Club: Mix-Max 2nd Chance Buy-in: $10,300 Entries: 51 Prize Pool: $510,000 Michael Addamo - $204,000 Sergi Reixach - $130,531 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $66,300 partypoker High Roller Club: The Big Game Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 221 Prize pool: $1,037,530 Jon Van Fleet - $211,552 Laszlo Bujtas - $153,554 Kristen Bicknell - $109,459 partypoker Poker Masters PLO Event #2 Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 81 Prize pool: $405,000 Andras Nemeth - $126,686.43 Viktor Blom - $78,975 Alexander Holmberg Nordén - $48,600 PokerStars Summer Series Event #167: NLHE High Roller Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 149 Prize pool: $745,000 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $156,377 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $121,057 WATnlos - $93,714 PokerStars Summer Series Event #142: Sunday Warm-Up SE Buy-in: $109 Entries: 4,129 $412,900 Prize pool: $412,900 vasiokkk91 - $48,217.12* bambo0bear - $41,979.92* Jeffin_DF - $39,941.62* PokerStars High Roller Club: $2,100 Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $2,100 Entries: 49 Prize pool: $100,000 ($2,000 overlay) giftmyra - $39,235.30 master888888 - $25,696.01 Str8$$$Homey - $16,828.86 PokerStars Sunday Million Buy-in: $109 Entries: 11,545 Prize pool: $1,154,500 Wazaahun - $117,425.03 oardnasol - $85,209.25 mitch85 - $61,836.28 GGPoker Global Million$ Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,638 Prize pool: $1,000,000 GoJiGo - $132,092.20 Rodrigo74 - $94,159.90 12u55 - $67,120.50 GGPoker High Roller Million$ Buy-in: $500 Entries: 674 (Day 2) Prize pool: $2,000,0000 MickeyM - $285.986 Cirquit - $145,319 SACKMAN69 - $203,861 GGPoker GGMasters Buy-in: $150 Entries: 3,289 Prize pool: $500,000 ($46,118 overlay) BleyBley - $71,947.50 Guohua - $50,874.60 Trondheim - $35,973.80 888 Poker Sunday Mega Deep Buy-in: $109 Entries: 608 + 225 rebuys Prize pool: $100,000 ($16,700 overlay) BeeTheBeagle - $18,890 cl0wn888 - $13,700 AVR26 - $10,100
  13. The final three preliminary events of the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series took place on Sunday afternoon giving nosebleed online players one last shot at a six-figure score and SHRB title ahead of Monday’s $100,000 buy-in $3M Gtd Main Event. Linus Loeliger scored his second SHRB Online title after battling through the 64-entry field of Event #26 ($25,000 Super High Roller, 8-Max) for $520,000. Loeliger has only appeared at two final tables and with his victory in Event #18 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) where he earned $237,732, the online pro has a combined winnings total of$757,732. It was yet another final table and six-figure score for Artur Martirosian who, when all was said and done, made seven total final tables in the prelims. Here, he finished as the runner-up and added $352,000 to his soaring SHRB Online totals. Kristen Bickell claimed yet another third-place finish which was good for $236,000. In Event #25 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) Finland’s Samuel Vousden bested the 103-entry field to take home the title and $252,350 payday. Timothy Adams picked up his largest score of the series, finishing his sixth SHRB final table as the runner-up for $180,250. Thomas Muehloecker fell in third place, earning $128,750. Michael Addamo picked up his third final table cash of the series with a win in Event #27 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) for $228,800. Finishing right behind him was Belarusian high stakes crusher Mikita Badziakouski who collected $162,800 as the runner-up. Then, in third place, was Artur Martirosian once again. His seventh final table netted him another $114,400. All told, Martirosian earned $1,684,644 throughout the 27 prelim events. Now, the high-stakes community will turn their attention to a pair of SHRB Online Main Events. Both the $3M Gtd Super High Roler Bowl Main Event and the $1M Gtd Mini Super High Roller Bowl kick off on Monday, June 1 and will play down to a winner the very next day. Event #25: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 103 entries $1,030,000 prize pool Samuel Vousden - $252,350 Timothy Adams - $180,250 Thomas Muehloecker - $128,750 Lucas Reeves - $90,125 Nick Schulman - $66,950 Christian Rudolph - $51,500 Kahle Burns - $41,200 Nick Petrangelo - $33,475 Event #26: $25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max 64 entries $1,600,000 Linus Loeliger - $520,000 Artur Martirosian - $352,000 Kristen Bicknell - $236,000 William Foxen - $148,000 Timothy Adams - $116,000 George Wolff - $92,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $76,000 Isaac Haxton - $60,000 Event #27: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 88 entries $880,000 Michael Addamo - $228,800 Mikita Badziakouski - $162,800 Artur Martirosian - $114,400 Kahle Burns - $79,200 Dan Smith - $61,600 Luuk Gieles - $44,000 Ilya Anatski - $35,200 Sam Greenwood - $30,800
  14. Austria's Christian 'WATnlos' Rudolph had himself a day on Sunday, winning more than $148,000 after taking down a pair of High Roller tournaments on PokerStars to highlight the Sunday Majors. Rudolph beat 91 other entries in the $5,200 buy-in High Roller to win $119,483.15. He followed that up by chopping the $2,100 High Roller Club Sunday High Roller for $28,630.02. Runner-up and former #1-ranked 'C. Darwin2' walked away with $28,170.24. Despite the two wins, Rudolph was far from the biggest winner on the day. That distinction belonged to Australian Michael Addamo who earned $376,937.50 for winning the $25,500 buy-in partypoker High Roller Club: Main Event. Rok Gostiva finished with the silver medal and earned $245,125 while bronze medalist Vyacheslav Buldygin added $152,625 to his bankroll. Bujtas Lazslo chopped the partypoker High Roller Club: The Big Game with Fedor Holz to win $165,894.95. Holz had to settle for runner-up status and $146,115.55. 'GTOEXPERT' came away with the title and $248,887.40 after chopping the $500 GGPoker High Roller MILLION$. Runner-up 'hurSt' banked $242,308.40. 'Simon Higgins' won the $100 buy-in GGPoker Global MILLION$ for $132,092.20. PokerStars High Roller Club $2,100 Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $2,100 Entries: 38 Prize pool: $80,000 ($4,000 overlay) WATnlos - $28,630.02* C. Darwin2 - $28,170.24* XMorphineX - $14,153.98 PokerStars High Roller Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 92 Prize pool: $500,000 ($40,000 overlay) WATnlos - $119,483.15 Passiveaggro - $92,337.85 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $71,359.65 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder Buy-in: $109 Entries: 3,076 Prize pool: $307,600 Legenden - $18,944.11 + $18,539.58 jonimella - $18,941.94 + $2,085.54 PaPi7092 - $11,095.96 + $3,372.02 PokerStars Stadium Series Heat #9-M Buy-in: $109 Entries: 4,544 Prize pool: $454,400 AkulaGame - $64,803.12 TRIGGA_TIGER - $45,819.78 caramelo123 - $32,399.49 PokerStars Stadium Series Heat #9-H Buy-in: $1,050 Entries: 515 Prize pool: $515,000 BC1989RF - $61,295.07* NoTilit - $60,600.21* needdollarz - $72,572.05* Tomatee - $54,919.42* partypoker High Roller Club: The Big Game Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 157 Prize pool: $790,100 Bujtas Lazslo - $165,894.95 Fedor Holz - $146,115.55 Ramiro Petrone - $94,812 partypoker High Roller Club: Main Event Buy-in: $25,500 Entries: 37 Prize pool: $925,000 Michael Addamo - $376,937.50 Rok Gostisa - $245,125 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $152,625 partypoker High Roller Club: Mix-Max 2nd Chance Buy-in: $10,300 Entries: 22 Prize pool: $330,000 Pascal Lefrancois - $148,500 Mark Davis - $97,262.88 Ali Imsirovic - $49,500 GGPoker GGMasters Buy-in: $150 Entries: 3,331 Prize pool: $500,000 ($40,322 overlay) NoodleMuncha - $71,947.50 Ezio Auditore - $50,874.60 HarSh_985 - $35,973.80 GGPoker High Roller MILLION$ Buy-in: $500 Entries: 659 (Day 2) Prize pool: $2,000,000 GOTEXPERT - $248,887.40* hurSt - $242,308.40* maotsetung888 - $145,719.20 GGPoker Global MILLION$ Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,609 (Day 2) Prize pool: $1,000,000 Simon Higgins - $132,092.20 24hourban - $94,159.90 sydens - $67,120.50
  15. When the final table of the Super High Roller Online $100,000 buy-in began Justin Bonomo's stack was neatly positioned in the back half of the final eight. He had five players in front of him including Sam Greenwood, David Peters, and chip leader Pauli Ayras. Five hours later, Bonomo was the only one with chips and a cool $1,775,000 score. The eight-handed final table was actually the bubble. Orpen Kisacikoglu started with the shortest stack and quickly fell victim to Michael Addamo to bust the $100,000 buy-in event with nothing to show for it. Just over 20 minutes later, Dan Shak eliminated Greenwood in seventh place. It took another 45 minutes before another player was shown the door. Ayras busted Linus Lloeliger in sixth. Just 20 minutes after that, Bonomo eliminated Shak before Addamo took over the role of the dream killer. Addams busted Ayras and Peters inside of a two-minute span to send the tournament to heads-up play while holding 65% of the chips in play. The first six eliminations of the final table took a little less than two hours and the heads-up portion of the tournament took just as long. Bonomo and Addamo traded the chip lead back and forth multiple times before the final hand. Addamo called from the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] before Bonomo moved all-in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="5d"]. Addamo called and then could do nothing but watch the [poker card="kd"][poker card="th"][poker card="3h"] flop move Bonomo into the lead. The [poker card="kc"] and [poker card="3d"] cemented Addamo's fate and gave Bonomo the title. This win marks the third time that Bonomo has won a Super High Roller Bowl event. His first two Super High Roller Bowl wins both came in 2018. He beat out 74 other entries to win Super High Roller Bowl China for $4,823,077 and just over two months later topped the 48-entry field to win the Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas for $5,000,000. Super High Roller Bowl Online Payouts Justin Bonomo - $1,775,000 Michael Addamo - $1,187,500 David Peters - $762,500 Pauli Ayras - $487,500 Dan Shak - $325,000 Linus Loeliger - $250,000 Sam Greenwood - $212,500
  16. One of the most prestigious gold bracelets of the year will be awarded this weekend when the final four players in the 2020 World Series of Poker $10K Heads-up No Limit Hold’em Championship battle down to a winner. The field of 128 players featured some of the biggest stars and brightest minds in the game, a fact not lost on Canadian poker player Alyssa MacDonald. Having won her way into the final four, the relatively unknown pro finds herself surviving and thriving in a sea of sharks, ready to take her shot at poker history. “It would mean so much to me to win first and the bracelet,” MacDonald said. “It still feels like a dream and honestly I have just been trying not to think too much about it until Day 2 comes so I can stay calm, cool, and collected and not a nervous wreck.” MacDonald may be new to a stage as big as the $10K Heads-up semi-finals, but she is by no means new to poker. A poker pro since 2007, MacDonald came up initially grinding online on Full Tilt Poker and currently specializes in No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournaments. Among her accomplishments, she estimates she has earned “well over a million USD in online cashes." Now she adds to her poker resume with a spot in the $10K Heads-up final four with which she has locked up a minimum score of $124,160. To get to this point, MacDonald had to face down some extremely tough competition including Brazilian grinders Brunno Albuquerque and Belarmino De Souza, World Poker Tour High Roller winner Ajay Chabra, and WSOP bracelet winner Mark Radoja. “At some points, it did not feel like I was going to make it to the next round. This is why it’s very important, not online in poker but in all things, to never give up. [David Peters] also never gave up when he was down to his final five big blinds and he made a big comeback to make it to the final four.” In fact, when play resumes on August 15 on GGPoker, David Peters will be MacDonald’s next hurdle and perhaps her toughest test yet. Peters, by many, is considered one of the very best No Limit Hold’em players on the planet. He also currently sits seventh on the All-Time Money List and will be gunning for his second WSOP bracelet. Should MacDonald get past Peters, Australian high-stakes crusher Michael Addamo or UK phenom Michael Chi Zhang will be waiting for her in the finals. While all of that competition may be intimidating to some, MacDonald feels like her years of experience has her ready to compete. “I am just playing my game with the skills I have learned over my career along with a lot of training and preparation for this huge moment," she said. Peters has a history with the WSOP dating back to 2010, but this is the first World Series of Poker that MacDonald has had the opportunity to participate in and she plans on making the most of it. She’s been firing (and cashing) in multiple events and when the door opened for her to sell a little action and play in the $10K Heads-up she stepped up and happily accepted the challenge. “Since this is my first WSOP and I am in a great position to do so, I am trying to take as many risks and leaps in these big buy-in events as possible to make up for lost time,” she said. “I've been doing well at the high stakes level lately and decided to push myself even further, all while learning and experiencing something truly unique and rare.” A part-time poker streamer on Twitch, MacDonald was a former ambassador for PPI Poker (which, coincidentally, merged with GGPoker) where she shared part of her journey rising up through the ranks with an online audience. Streaming is also a tool for MacDonald as a student. She credits watching fellow streamers as a part of her studies, religiously tuning in and learning as a part of her continued pursuit to evolve. Now 13 years of hard work is paying off for MacDonald and she is in line to play for the biggest payday of her career, one that she hopes will take her game to the next level. Having started playing live poker in 2017, she plans on traveling to play even more when the live circuit returns to form. Specifically, she has her eye on making her first appearance at the WSOP in Las Vegas next year. “I feel I am a very strong poker player with a lot of my own accomplishments that may not match some of my opponents but will certainly be a force to be reckoned with once I start hitting the live arena.” “It's crazy, it's all life-changing stuff for me and I am really just super humble and excited to even be in the position I am in right now. It's certainly the start of something hopefully big and will further my career in poker and any success that may come from it.”
  17. David Peters defeated Alyssa MacDonald in the semi-final and then Michael Addamo in the final on Saturday on take down the World Series of Poker Online $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Championship for $260,480 and his second career bracelet. The final four played down to a winner on Saturday after the original field of 128 started last Saturday to play down to the final four players. Semi-Final: Michael Addamo vs. Michael Zhang Addamo and Michael Zhang, with a combined $11.8 million in live tournament earnings played for just 30 minutes. The pair each took multiple turns as the chip leader. On the final hand between the two, Addamo raised the button to 40,0000 with [poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"] and Zhang responded by raising to 160,000. Addamo called and the two saw a flop of [poker card="kc"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"]. Zhang bet 80,000 and Addamo called. The turn was the [poker card="th"] and Zhang fired 288,000 into the pot and Addamo called again. The river was the [poker card="2s"] and Zhang moved all in for 887,334 and Addamo called to eliminate his opponent and advance to the final. Semi-Final: David Peters vs. Alyssa MacDonald While the Addamo versus Zhang match ended relatively quickly, Peters and MacDonald had a much more deliberate pace to their match. Peters took the chip lead very early before surrendering it to MacDonald for the next 30 minutes. It took 90 minutes of action and an action-filled hand ended the semi-final. Peters opened to 76,800 with [poker card="js"][poker card="ts"] before MacDonald re-raised to 268,800 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] and MacDonald bet 177,408 and Peters called. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] adn MacDonald bet 390,498 and Peters called. The river was the [poker card="9c"] and MacDonald checked to Peters who moved all in. MacDonald spent 1:11 in the tank before calling off her last 661,422 before being given the bad news allowing Peters to advance to the finals. Final:Michael Addamo vs. David Peters Addamo was the first to enjoy a long run with the chip lead before losing a 1,514,400 pot with a full house of [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6h"] being second best to Peters' [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"]. Peters wasn't able to hold onto that lead for long and Addamo had as much as 75% of the chips in play at one point. Peters earned a full double up in dramatic fashion. Peters called from the button with [poker card="8d"][poker card="5s"] and Addamo checked with [poker card="as"][poker card="4h"]. The flop came [poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"] and Addamo check-called Peters' 51,200 bet. Addamo checked again and Peters bet 163,840 Addamo called. The [poker card="jh"] river got Addamo to check once more. Peters bet 768,000 and Addamo tanked before moving all in and Peters called. That pot gave Peters the chip lead, but only temporarily. The pair exchanged the lead back and forth After an hour and 10 minutes, of battle Addamo was down to just seven big blinds and moved all in from the button for 1,054,200 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="3c"] only to have Peters call with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"] to give Peters an unneeded full house to eliminate Addamo and claim another bracelet to pair with the one he captured in 2016. Final Four Payouts David Peters - $360,480 Michael Addamo - $223,488 Alyssa MacDonald - $124,160 Michael Zhang - $124,160
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