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  1. Last month, the United Kingdom's Michael Chi mczhangZhang (pictured) came away with the win in the 888 Poker Mega Deep and booked a $25,000 payday. There were 783 entrants that week at a buy-in of $215 each, meaning the prize pool swelled to $156,000. "I've been waiting for a big score for a while," Zhang told PocketFives. "It's good not to blow up between eighth and 14th places like most times." Well said. It was the 20th online MTT win we've tracked for him and PocketFivers scooped 44% of the Mega Deep's prize pool. Just before the final table, Zhang mixed his game up a bit. He got lucky with A-K against A-A with 14 players left and proceeded to raise and 3bet every hand. He explained, "I was the chip leader and wanted to put maximum pressure on everyone. At the final table, I managed to put pressure on a lot of them, but I also made quite a few spewy plays." He was one of four PocketFivers to appear at the final table. Zhang, who calls Nottingham (pictured) home, will invest a chunk of his $25,000 payday into playing higher stakes online. He'll also travel to play tournaments and cash games on the EPT circuit. According to the Hendon Mob, he has $155,000 in live tournament winnings and is fresh off a Main Event final table appearance two weeks ago at the WPT's stop in Nottingham. Full-time, he's studying mathematics at the University of Birmingham, but considers himself a poker player, as he "just needed to get the degree out of the way." Zhang is the top-ranked player in Nottingham and is #55 in the highly competitive UK poker community. Zhang found poker when he was 16 years old. One of his classmates brought a chip set to school and Zhang began playing for fun with his peers. He eventually found online poker and, as they say, the rest is history. Since then, he has branched out into live poker and cash games, telling us, "When I play live, I usually play cash games, as tournaments are quite long and grueling and not really a reliable source of income. Recently, it has been pretty fun to go to live events, as you get to travel and play new, exciting tournaments." Zhang took third in the UKIPT Main Event in Bristol for $41,000. If you've never been to the English town, which the River Avon runs through, Zhang relayed, "It was a nice city. There was not as much to do in terms of poker, but it's nice to get away sometimes from playing so much online." Outside of poker, you can catch Zhang playing football, badminton, and video games. He has also gotten into streaming on Twitch. If you don't already have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a special 100% up to $600 deposit bonus, $88 free in most locations, and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners poker training. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. PocketFives all-time money list leader Chris 'Moorman1' Moorman took another step towards the $15 million online earnings accolade after taking down the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $39,343. Moorman, who celebrated his 28th triple crown last week, is now just over $250,000 away from becoming the first player to hit the $15 million mark. The Brit continued his excellent form into the Sunday Majors by defeating former Sunday Million runner-up 'dennysramos2' heads-up to claim his 360th recorded victory and extends his lead over Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro, atop the all-time money list. The U.K.'s Tommy '88pro88' Lawrence won this week's PokerStars Sunday Million after a three-way-chop with Canada's 'chonseSTEE' and 'designerboy'. The tournament saw 5,598 entries create a prize pool $1,119,600 of which Lawrence took the largest share post-deal banking $131,164 and the title. The result saw Lawrence smash his former highest-cash of $10,571 which came in 2016. 'chonseSTEE' and 'designerboy' collected $97,728 and $102,896 respectively. 'Bigfish112392' also had a brilliant evening on the PokerStars client after victory in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller as well as a seventh-place finish in the Sunday Million for combined total winnings of $74,341. 'Sasuke234', who came third in the anniversary Sunday Million earlier this year for $539,554, was the Super High Roller runner-up and earned $33,024 for their efforts. Elsewhere on Pokerstars, 'Randane8' outlasted former TCOOP-59 champion, 'newguy89' to win the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $36,846. The tournament saw 872 entries which generated a prize pool of $436,000. 2017 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event champion Steven 'kale333' van Zadelhoff won this week's 888poker $1,050 $100,000 Gtd Whale for $32,500 after beating a field of 61 entrants including former PocketFives world #1 'tutten7', who came second. Van Zadelhoff also achieved the feat of making the final table of the 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep, eventually falling in seventh-place for $2,750, with 'Streusalz' going on to win the tournament for $19,250. Over on partypoker, 'thebattler33' finished in the top three of $2,600 Sunday Major Super High Roller for the third time in as many weeks after securing the bronze medal for $22,475. This result follows last week's second-place finish and their victory in the previous week's tournament. Micheal 'mczhang' Zhang secured the win for $50,375 with 'ABOUDIABY2' claiming $34,100 in second. 'LeoMattosAK' was the biggest earner on the client after defeating a field of 2,090 players to win the partypoker $215 Super Sunday $500k Gtd Championship Event and its first-place prize of $83,500. 'Echomaus' eliminated former Sunday Million champion 'Aldeberan90' after a heads-up battle to secure the $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter title and $32,883. It was also back-to-back final tables for 'Aldeberan90' in this event after they finished in fifth-place last Sunday. Finally, a shoutout goes to 'maniakboy' who finished in seventh and eighth-place in the $2,600 Sunday Major Super High Roller and $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter respectively. Below are this week’s Sunday Major’s final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,598 entrants, $1,119,600 prize pool 88pro88 - $131,164.17* chonseSTEE - $97,728.40* designerboy - $102,896.09* Alexlai11 - $52,257.77 Epistokrat - $36,672.94 Bigfish112392 - $25,735.90 ManuelFel - $18,060.71 Bellebone - $12,674.54 dougiedan678 - $8,894.66 *Denotes three-way deal PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 92 entrants, $184,000 prize pool Bigfish112392 - $48,606.22 Sasuke234 - $33,024.11 ceremore - $25,010.03 shabalinvlad - $18,940.75 mamamamama70 - $14,344.32 kofi89 - $10,863.34 readas_reada - $8,227.08 raidalot - $6,230.58 qweasdyxc - $5,353.57 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 872 entrants, $436,000 prize pool Randane8 - $36,846.77 newguy89 - $27,008.19 DeuceofDuc0 - $19,796.92 Face333X - $14,511.10 LAP1293 - $10,636.59 Graftekkel - $7,796.59 _pauL€Faul_... - $5,714.89 krawiec - $4,189.00 wasylaa - $3,070.53 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,262 entrants, $252,400 prize pool Moorman1 - $39,343.88 dennysramos2 - $28,551.23 WithUsura - $20,719.61 great dant - $15,036.22 Marko9999 - $10,911.78 girafganger7 - $7,918.67 Lenballs1014 - $5,746.56 diffsam - $4,170.27 LendGamble - $3,026.37 partypoker $215 Super Sunday Championship Event-H $500k Gtd 2,090 entrants, $500,000 prize pool LeoMattosAK - $83,500 FearTheBeard13 - $58,850 AntiReapCity - $38,000 CamilaKons - $25,250 MERCY4NERDS - $17,725 weichhart - $12,200 JustTheNuts18 - $8,380 bougafish - $5,375 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $150k Super High Roller 62 entrants, $155,000 prize pool mczhang - $50,375 ABOUDIABY2 - $34,100 thebattler33 - $22,475 Drulitoo - $13,950 DamianLillard - $10,850 JohnBoy_ - $8,525 maniakboy - $7,362.50 Party_Animal - $7,362.50 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $300k Gtd 339 entrants, $339,000 prize pool Echomaus - $32,883 Aldeberan90 - $23,730 I am bored. - $16,441.50 thbstplrnthwrld - $11,780.25 Mitrandir88 - $8,390.25 sabonis77777 - $6,220.65 bigb0ss827 - $4,322.25 maniakboy - $3,152.70 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 61 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Kale333 - $32,500 tutten7 - $21,000 lovevalence - $15,000 SkallePer58 - $10,000 DosPoochies - $7,500 B.Mitchell - $5,500 PBD03 - $4,500 stevachenko7 - $4,000 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 346 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Streusalz - $19,250 GOLDENRUBY13 - $14,250 UrrShitStorm - $10,750 IbetUfold_x - $7,750 cube.com11 - $5,250 alexos888 - $3,750 Kale333 - $2,750 tdantas - $2,250
  3. This week's PokerStars Sunday Million saw three players turn $215 into over $100,000 after the final four agreed to a deal. 'Rohlik2' was awarded the biggest share of the $1,276,000 prize pool and banked $121,844, but it was 'Adam4_Condor' who took the first-place glory and netted $117,195 after the deal. 'Rohlik2' eventually departed in fourth-place with 'vidi.pkr' claimed the bronze medal in third for $89,558, which left 'nielssie88' to be the final player to fall from the 6,382-entry field and claim their prize of $109,027 as runner-up. Elsewhere, 'Sentapied99' achieved quite the feat after winning the partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR for the second week in a row. After coming through the 420-player field last week for $40,110, they this time outlasted 327 entrants to claim victory for $31,719 and the honor of defending his title. Michael 'mczhang' Zhang also had a Sunday to remember after final tabling two majors which included victory in the partypoker $2,600 SHR. Zhang took sixth-place in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, good for $12,195, and added another $53,662 to his bankroll after coming through the tough partypoker $2,600 SHR final table which included; Roman 'Sanitywaterline' Romanovsky, current PocketFives #1-ranked 'HellmuthTheGr8' and the winner of this tournament last week, 'BenRichards1.' Sweden's 'TanTanSWE' added another $36,910 to their already impressive $5.6m in online earnings after winning the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. 'TanTanSWE' came through the 896-player field to record the victory after seeing out 'ale6ka' into second-place, who took away $27,055. After well-known MTT player 'Bencb789' took down the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up last week, it was 'losos007' who this week felt that winning feeling after outlasting the 1,304 entrants to take the title and the first-place prize of $40,653. 'Alexxxd3' was their adversary heads-up but they could not go the distance and claimed $29,501 for second-place. 'justwhackit' was this week's partypoker $109 Super Sunday Main Event champion after beating Brazil's Fabiano 'ChicoRaise' Kovalski heads-up. The Brazilian's silver medal reward was $23,840 with 'justwhackit' winning $33,620 after overcoming the 1,944 player field. In partypoker's $530 HR Super Sunday Main Event, it was 'lena900' who was the last player remaining after seeing off partypoker pros Dzmitry Urbanovich' and Joao Simao before defeating 'Z-ENERGIES' in a heads-up battle. It would seem the final two players agreed on a deal before playing for the added first-place prize with 'Z-ENERGIES' taking away $32,543 for second and 'lena900' awarded $35,516 for first. Over on 888poker, 65 entrants came together to do battle in the $1,050 buy-in $100,000 Gtd Whale event with 'bigblindbets' going the distance and claimed the $30,000 first-place prize. Roman 'Romeopro33' Romanovsky was the runner-up for $20,000 with Russia's 'CalmRevolver' taking $15,000 in third. 'checcmate' was able to live up to their name and beat the 377 entrants in the $215 Sunday Mega Deep to claim the first-place prize of $19,250. 'genbab10' was the unlucky player to fall at the final hurdle and took $14,250 for second-place. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,382 entrants, $1,276,400 prize pool Adam4_Condor - *$117,195.36 nielssie88 - *$109,027.22 vidi.pkr - *$89,558.47 Rohlik2 - *121,844.39 flauschi16 - $41,789.08 Fran-Dutch - $29,326.31 WS Lynx - $20,580.29 Platzhirsch - $14,442.59 florilos - $10,135.38 *Denotes a four-way deal PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 110 entrants, $220,000 prize pool imluckbox - $50,386.35 Mad4it4life - $37,939.37 blanconegro - $28,567.22 Berndsen12 - $21,510.25 Sphinx87 - $16,196.57 mczhang - $12,195.52 RJYJYR - $9,182.86 Moloz345 - $6,914.42 Zwyyyy - $6,098.90 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 896 entrants, $448,000 prize pool TanTanSWE - $36,910.83 ale6ka - $27,055.21 Vokobyarrrrr - $19,831.39 IAmSoSo - $14,536.34 marcelomig - $10,655.09 dammsugarn - $7,810.16 munchenHB - $5,724.83 Mysters_Y - $4,196.28 Idog1974 - $3,075.85 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,304 entrants, $260,800 prize pool losos007 - $40,653.70 Alexxxd3 - $29,501.43 BanicIvan - $21,409.17 Mortan23 - $$15,536.63 camerofelix - $$11,274.93 djleet1337 - $$8,182.20 Manjelleg - $5,937.81 Stulle18 - $4,309.06 Bayesian - $3,127.09 partypoker $109 Super Sunday Main Event-H $200k Gtd 1,944 entrants, $200,000 prize pool justwhackit - $33,620 ChicoRaise - $23,840 Gancas09 - $15,500 Barsukeen - $10,320 Kuukupoopotin - $7,300 misclckmason - $5,080 WuHuu3Bet - $3,500 felipesinop - $2,280 partypoker $530 Super Sunday Main Event-HR $200k Gtd 415 entrants, $207,500 prize pool lena900 - $35,516.25 Z-ENERGIES - $32,543 k2Schogori - $19,505 DrMiKee - $13,695 HAMENAKE - $9,794 Dzmitry_Urbanov - $7,138 mafaka1 - $5,042.25 joasimaobh - $3,672.75 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $200k Super High Roller 81 entrants, $202,500 prize pool mczhang - $53,662.50 MentulaMagna - $37,462.50 SanityWaterline - $26,325 BenRichards1 - $18,225 HellmuthTheGr8 - $14,175 WelshWizard - $10,631.25 Cool_Dave - $8,606.25 PhileasFogg - $7,087.50 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $300k Gtd 327 entrants, $327,000 prize pool Sentapied99 - $31,719 EggsBenedict - $22,890 whresmymind - $15,859.50 catchinwreck - $11,363.25 A3APTEH - $8,093.25 Dalmatass107 - $6,000.45 CropDustr - $4,169.25 JappieGamble - $3,041.10 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 65 entrants – $100,000 prize pool bigblindbets - $30,000 Romeopro33 - $20,000 CalmRevolver - $15,000 Chikky11k - $10,000 UrShitStorm - $7,500 wellyxx - $5,500 Bullflag - $4,500 Dmilito22 - $4,000 boss7210 - $3,500 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 377 entrants – $100,000 prize pool checcmate - $19,250 genbab10 - $14,250 mndlssbrnt - $10,750 TrollKonst8 - $7,750 Canette_15 - $5,250 HmbleBmble - $3,750 lrdvoldemort - $2,750 Ezreaal - $2,250
  4. Ole ‘wizowizo’ Schemion secured his second win of the series on Day 11 of the 2018 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker as 'OLD TIME GIN' banked a massive $205,828. Just days after picking up a score of $283,260 for winning Event #32-High ($10,300 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha High Roller), Schemion once again finished at the top of the field as he took down Event #36-High ($530 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em) and won $85,080 in the process. There was a final table reunion of sorts for Schemion and his fellow pro David 'dpeters17' Peters after both players made it to the final eight of the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event earlier this month. Peters outlasted Schemion on that occasion, finishing in fourth place after the German-born player had departed in the eighth spot. Peters mirrored his performance this time around, as he once again departed in fourth-place, good for $33,210. But Schemion however remained and was left to do battle with 'Manni1822' and William 'Hellzito' Arruda for the title. After 'Manni1822' exited with the bronze medal and $45,442, Schemion secured his second title of this year's SCOOP series and the first-place prize money by defeating the 2015 WCOOP Super Tuesday champion Arruda into second-place for $62,179. Belguim's 'OempaLoempah' took down Event #36-Medium for $39,790 after coming through a final table that featured Ben 'gs08bjohnson' Jenkins, 'ranhhh' and John 'JohnecoN' Economides. 'moneyymakerr' banked $27,721 for second-place, with Jenkins earning $13,458 in fourth as 'ranhhh' claimed $9,377 in fifth. The 'Low' title went to 'Trikover' after they came through the large 12,553 player field. The win earns them $7,861 after 'RunerRunner0' exited in second-place for $5,510. It took Canada's 'OLD TIME GIN' just two months to eclipse the $161,238 they won for victory in the Sunday Million after they added a SCOOP title to their name alongside $205,828 in Event #37-High ($2,100 Eight Max Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em). 'OLD TIME GIN', who has over $4.5m in recorded online earnings, beat 'imluckbox' heads-up, with the second-place finisher banking a very respectable $152,624 after 585 entrants had come together to create a $1,166,000 prize pool. 'EzPaTuLa' collected a six-figure score of $113,173 for their third-place finish, with PocketFiver 'Benfica10' taking away $46,143 in sixth. Michael 'mczhang' Zhang continued their impressive form and narrowly missing out on a second SCOOP title of the week to Gabriel 'gabsdrogba' Schroeder in Event #37-Medium. Zhang, who won his first title in Event #22-High for $68,000, fell during heads-up play against the Brazilian Schroeder, who won $84,360 for topping the field. The Brit Zhang claimed a $60,000 score, with 'theNERDguy' ($42,865), 'Ruis Maker' ($30,555), 'jonaj10' ($21,781) and 'EndlessJ' ($15,526) making up the top six. 'Ifkata' was crowned the Event #37-Low ($22 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em) champion for $26,777 after they eliminated 'stuupid5' into the runner-up spot for $19,081. Germany's ''ArekSocal' completed the top three and binked their best recorded online cash for $13,601. As Day 11 of SCOOP drew to a close there was still time to complete one more tournament as 445 players took part in the $55 2nd Chance Heads-Up Shootout. PokerStars pro and popular Twitch streamer Lex Veldhuis finished a respectable 11th place for $384 with 'rrssrrss' taking the win for $4,034 ahead of 'IDOLLS' who finished second for $2,567. Event #36 (Low): $5.50 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em Entries: 12,553 Prize pool: $61,509.70 Trikover - $7,861.64 RunerRunner0 - $5,510.63 mikeracla - $3,867.18 athilapvh - $2,713.86 lsp pest - $1,904.50 7777BAR7777 - $1,336.51 Reiarturo - $937.92 Karuna78 - $658.20 thighTTKID - $461.90 Event #36 (Medium): $55 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em Entries: 5,598 Prize pool: $279,900 OempaLoempah - $39,790.52 moneyymakerr - $27,721.99 temoni18 - $19,315.95 gs08bjohnson - $13,458.79 ranhhh - $9,377.74 Neo_gracz - $6,534.15 AT_prodotico - $4,552.82 mojacko_king - $3,172.30 JohnecoN - $2,210.37 Event #36 (High): $530 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,042 Prize pool: $521,000 wizowizo - $85,080.56 hellzito - $62,179.05 Manni1822 - $45,442.40 dpeters17 - $33,210.72 matanzas1 - $24,271.46 lehout - $17,738.33 Timonpoika - $12,963.73 Black Panfer - $9,474.28 Cmon_Gasquet - $6,924.09 Event #37 (Low): $22 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 9,839 Prize pool: $196,780 Ifkata - $26,777.54 stuupid5 - $19,081.50 ArekSocal - $13,601.94 Parker09SA - $9,695.94 brian 27979 - $6,911.60 mos77reg - $4,926.83 LeandroC1993 - $3,512.03 runaldinho1 - $2,503.49 Event #37 (Medium): $215 Eight Max Mini Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,903 Prize pool: $580,600 gabsdrogba - $84,360.08 mczhang - $60,133.14 theNERDguy - $42,865.00 Ruis Maker - $30,555.64 jonaj10 - $21,781.09 EndlessJ - $15,526.34 Mossop7 - $11,067.74 feldegani.ps - $7,889.48 Event #37 (High): $2,100 Eight Max Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em Entries: 583 Prize pool: $1,166,000 OLD TIME GIN - $205,828.09 imluckbox - $152,624.61 EzPaTuLa - $113,173.70 aJarov - $83,920.28 A-TAIPEI-AA - $62,228.37 Benfica10 - $46,143.40 anteen - $34,216.15 MB TREMENDO - $25,371.81 SCOOP 2nd Chance $55 NLHE Heads-Up Shootout Entries: 445 Prize pool: $21,250 rrssrrss - $4,034.68 IDOLLS - $2,567.20 AZZAPHIL - $1,283.60 Dzidek93 - $1,283.60 Tychero5 - $715.11 Alexutzu88 - $715.11 Zemait1s - $715.11 the Beast159 - $715.11
  5. Michiel 'treg' Brummelhuis was the big winner on the first Saturday of the 2018 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker series after he defeated Austria's Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger to earn $194,883. Event #21 (High) saw 552 entrants create a $1,104,000 prize pool after they all stumped up the $2,100 buy-in. Once the final nine came together and the play resumed PocketFivers 'skyboy69', and Andrei 'ragaaaila19' Boghean was eliminated in eighth and sixth place, and took away $24,976 and $44,921 respectively. Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene, who won the PokerStars $2,100 High Roller last Sunday for $54,000, just missed out on the heads-up battle after he fell in third place for $108,354. Dutchman Brummelhuis, who finished in seventh place at the 2013 WSOP Main Event for $1,225,356, was able to find a way to send Loeliger to the rail in second-place for $145,314 and earnt himself a $194,883 payday alongside a coveted SCOOP title. 'KMasalskas' prevented 'alberto.m7' from earning a second SCOOP title of the series in Event #21 (Medium) after the players had agreed to a heads-up deal. 'alberto.m7', who took down Event #12 (High) earlier this week, agreed to a deal with 'KMasalskas' before eventually falling in second-place for $76,335. 'KMasalskas's win earnt them $89,839 and a title of their very own. In Event #21 (Low), 'pl@ta0plomo' outlasted 16,808 other entrants and turned $22 into $36,434, after winning a heads-up battle against 'FeelTh3Power', who took away $26,186 for second place. The UK's Michael 'mczhang' Zhang took his online tournament earnings over the $1m mark after seeing off Finland's Tomi 'elmerixx' Brouk in Event #22 (High). Linus "LLinusLLove" Loeliger made his second SCOOP final table appearance of the day but departed in sixth place before Phill 'Grindation' Mcallister exited in fourth place for $24,960. 'SwalzB' won $35,880 in third as Zhang and Brouk went to battle for the title. Brouk, who is one-third of the 'BITB' staking main coaching team alongside Patrick Leonard and Samuel Vousden, was the final player to depart the field and picked up the runners-up score of $47,892. Zhang continued his excellent 2018 form to add the title to his honours list as well as $68,640 to his bankroll. Event #22 (Medium) saw Canada's Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff outlast Francisco 'chicalltreta' Correia to win $31,233, on a final table that featured 'TiltzPhil', Igor 'Giopires21' Peredo and Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado. After Mackoff and Correia made it to heads-up play, it was the Canadian who got the better of the Brazilian to earn his second SCOOP title in as many years. In Event #22 (Low), 'Zlushchiy' picked up the first-place prize of $11,921 after coming through the 4,585 field and defeating 'jayme1987' into second place for $8,711. Jerry 'hummylun' Wong went the distance in Event #27 (High) to earn a second career SCOOP title and the first-place prize of $86,046. Their win comes just days after taking the bronze medal in Event #9 (Medium). The other two Event #27 Six Max PKO Turbo tournaments were won by 'JoeGall', who took away $44,569 for victory in the 'Medium', and 'MR.BUMFLUFF' who banked $10,301 for coming through the enormous 20,749 player field in the 'Low'. The final event of Day 7 saw three eight-max PLO8 tournaments take place as '1bloodflood' claimed a win in the 'Low' for $4,964. 'Dorination' saw off two-time SCOOP winner 'lukro8' for the title and $14,574 in the (Medium), and 'fers223' was named the 'High' champion for $35,684 after they defeated former no.#1 ranked Brian 'brianm15' England heads-up. Below are the SCOOP results for Saturday, May 12: Event #20 (Low): $11 Eight Max PLO8 Entrants: 3,534 Prize pool: $34,633.20 1bloodflood - $4,964.61 russiadgl - $3,537.27 netrom84 - $2,521.48 Tube10 - $1,797.40 Nr 1 Enemy - $1,281.24 JJuulliie - $913.31 konna - $651.04 Gibraltarian - $464.08 Event #20 (Medium): $109 Eight Max PLO8 Entrants: 877 Prize pool: $87,700 Dorination - $14,574.28 lukro8 - $10,388.69 Slavik_Krs - $7,405.41 Smertin - $5,278.82 Proacademik - $3,762.93 HeadSpeaker - $2,682.34 SkyScraper93 - $1,912.07 mhugge - $1,362.98 Event #20 (High): $1,050 Eight Max PLO8 Entrants: 177 Prize pool: $177,000 fers223 - $35,684.39 brianm15 - $27,781.19 Zombob0 - $21,628.39 nb_communist - $16,838.29 xpoh1 - $13,109.06 texasilainen - $10,205.76 robc1978 - $7,945.45 Beeethoven87 - $6,185.76 Event #21 (Low): $22 No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 16,809 Prize pool: $336,180 pl@ta0plomo - $36,434.53 FeelTh3Power - $26,186.27 robot_werter - $18,828.13 lyonsden6 - $13,537.59 Duze93 - $9,733.62 snackerdelux - $6,998.56 schimenas - $5,032.00 primkiller - $3,618.03 IQspndR - $2,601.39 Event #21 (Medium): $215 No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 3,376 Prize pool: $675,200 KMasalskas - $89,839.95* alberto.m7 - $76,335.94* KauanAnjos - $49,297.29 SwalzB - $35,140.78 JopperHarryN - $25,049.51 24b4tm4n24 - $17,856.13 dani_sun - $12,728.39 Ballage87 - $9,073.27 AQUA RAIDER - $6,467.74 *denotes heads-up deal Event #21 (High): $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 552 Prize pool: $1,104,000 utreg - $194,883.23 LLinusLLove - $145,314.66 Ben86 - $108,354.17 GamadGADOL - $80,794.47 mcc3991 - $60,244.50 ragAAAila19 - $44,921.42 Bit2Easy - $33,495.69 skyboy69 - $24,976.12 com 157 - $18,623.48 Event #22 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Shootout Entrants: 4,585 Prize pool: $91,700 Zlushchiy - $11,921.00 jayme1987 - $8,711.50 alexxx9366 - $6,419.00 Maestro Shao - $4,126.50 elion22 - $2,292.50 iGrind4Chips - $1,283.80 Event #22 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Shootout Entrants: 976 Prize pool: $195,200 donut604 - $31,233.44 chicalltreta - $23,424.00 dudd1 - $17,568.00 TiltzPhil - $11,712.00 GioPires21 - $7,808.00 vicenfish - $4,840.96 Event #22 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Shootout Entrants: 156 Prize pool: $312,000 mczhang - $68,640.00 elmerixx - $47,892.00 SwalzB - $35,880.00 Grindation - $24,960.00 cmase86 - $18,720.00 LLinusLLove - $12,480.00 Event #27 (Low): $11 Six Max PKO Turbo Entrants: 20,749 Prize pool: $203,340.20 MR.BUMFLUFF - $10,301.80 JAK-ATTAQ - $7,164.74 lo-fi dream - $4,992.20 Regis R69 - $3,478.44 Thegod84 - $2,423.69 Ässnacke - $1,688.76 Event #27 (Medium): $109 Six Max PKO Turbo Entrants: 6,272 Prize pool: $627,200 JoeGall - $44,569.15 kambo44 - $31,051.60 jeanfranco07 - $21,635.89 zeeh_pb - $15,075.28 DRONCHEK - $10,504.03 David3077 - $7,318.92 Event #27 (High): $1,050 Six Max PKO Turbo Entrants: 1,055 Prize pool: $1,055,000 hummylun - $86,046.93 TonyYayo5 - $59,954.75 henri72 - $41,774.78 jutrack - $29,107.50 TiltMeBig - $20,281.26 tarantaleo - $14,131.40  
  6. After the Spring Championship of Online Poker, Powerfest and 888poker's XL Inferno series all came to their conclusion last week the world of online poker saw its normal Sunday schedule resume once more this weekend. One player who showed no sign of slowing down was the UK's Michael Chi Zhang, who won the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for the second time this year. Zhang, who collected his first SCOOP title during this year's series after victory in Event #22-High, defeated 'shahter98' heads-up to bank $52,676, and repeat the feat he achieved back in January. The runner-up took away $39,663 as 'Sasuke234' departed with $29,865 for their third-place finish. 'nocz_joker' became $172,360 richer after they took this week's PokerStars Sunday Million crown. The $215 buy-in tournament attracted 6,384 entrants and created a prize pool worth $1,276,800. 'paardman' exited in third-place for $84,881 before 'T3G3S' was the final player to fall, as they collected $120,953. 2016 Irish Open Main Event champion Dan 'NukeTheFish!' Wilson won over $69,000 for his first-place finish in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. The Irishman beat 'Cashcid Linc' to the gold medal prize of $36,540 and also collected $32,477 in bounties along the way. 'thagrinda444' came through a Sunday Warm-Up final table that featured 'Kaktus26rus', Tom 'Jabracada' Hall, Michael 'M_Acevedo' Acevedo, Rasmus Agerskov Larsen and Armando 'Zareta' Sbrissa to claim victory for $37,270. The above players had all departed the field before the final four payout spots were awarded and when heads-up play was set 't8ofDiamonds' could not prevent 'thagrinda444' from taking the win and had to settle for the second-place prize of $26,797. 'reallygamble' was able to collect two silver medals in the partypoker Sunday majors for a combined score of $49,820. 'DameUnLimon' took the $25,350 top prize in the $109 Sunday Major after they defeated 'reallygamble' heads-up, and it was to be a second near miss for 'reallygamble' when 'LaurenceGosney' sent them to the rail in second-place in the $1,050 Super Sunday Deepstack High Roller and collected $43,838 as the victor. 'skippyskip5' got the better of 'trucker_' heads-up in the $2,600 Super Sunday Super High Roller for $45,500. World #16 Conor 'ADRIEN_BRODY' Beresford exited in fourth-place for $11,700 before 'barrm111' banked $19,500 in third. 'trucker_' then pocketed $30,550 in second as 'skippyskip5' took the glory. The $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR title went to 'N0-ILPTRI4I2I' after they knocked out 'Dextered' into the runner-up spot for $20,639.92 + $4,078 (in bounties). 'N0-ILPTRI4I2I' collected an impressive $37,618 in bounty rewards on top of the $28,355 winner's prize. 'MentulaMagna' and 'Pider Ninni' are two players that deserve mention after they cashed for $20,843 and $33,129 respectively for achieving double partypoker final table appearances. Over on 888poker, the flagship $1,050 The $100,000 Whale was won by 'derharry69' for a $30,300 payday. 'M4zlTov' was eliminated in the final battle and who took away $20,200 with 'jt7bl2f' receiving $15,150 for third. 'Fukuruku' went the distance in the $215 Sunday Mega Deep after agreeing to a deal with Bryan 'DePittsterje' Paris. The latter was sent to the rail in second-place but took the larger share of the remaining prize pool for $16,864 as 'Fukuruku' banked $16,635 after defeating the American Paris. 'Imyurfriend' earnt $10,750 for a third-place finish with the UK's Ian 'Simpioni' Simpson another notable name on the final table before he exited in sixth-place for $3,750. Below are the selected Sunday tournament results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,384 entrants, $1,276,800 prize pool nocz_joker - $172,360.22 T3G3S - $120,953.30 paardman - $84,881.15 firgli - $59,566.93 jackpot875 - $41,802.17 mentor1904 - $29,335.50 Mortan23 - $20,586.74 alpinko - $14,447.11 NemesisMsop - $10,138.55 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 115 entrants, $230,000 prize pool mczhang - $52,676.64 shahter98 - $39,663.89 Sasuke234 - $29,865.73 pampa27 - $22,487.99 Päffchen - $16,932.78 caipsa - $12,749.86 Danila4444 - $9,600.26 DSmunichlife - $7,228.71 RomeOpro - $6,376.12 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $250k Gtd 887 entrants, $443,500 prize pool NukeTheFish! - $36,540.11 + $32,477.41 (in bounties) Cashcid Linc - $26,783.45 + $4,089.85 (in bounties) GM_VALTER - $19,632.19 + $6,661.13 (in bounties) Niko Mikulic - $14,390.33 + $1,933.59 (in bounties) MIL_O_90 - $10,548.07 + $2,628.80 (in bounties) latscho wast - $7,731.71 + $3,003.91 (in bounties) NationalPPP - $5,667.33 + $7,449.19 (in bounties) bartek901 - $4,154.13 + $867.19 (in bounties) Ferran789999 - $3,044.96 + $765.63 (in bounties) PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,179 entrants, $235,800 prize pool thagrinda444 - $37,270.90 t8ofDiamonds - $26,797.25 stevesmobs64 - $19,267.45 patasss - $13,853.46 Kaktus26rus - $9,960.73 Jabracada - $7,161.85 M_Acevedo - $5,149.42 RasA86 - $3,702.48 Zareta - $2,662.11 partypoker $109 Sunday Major $150k Gtd 1,482 entrants, $150,000 prize pool DameUnLimon - $25,350 reallygamble - $18,000 T4ZD3VIL - $11,700 YTheSnaiL - $7,815 gfsg1989 - $5,550 DedoDeGorilla - $3,900 wasa7777 - $2,700 daykotoviezy - $1,785 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday Super High Roller 52 entrants, $130,000 prize pool skippyskip5 - $45,500 trucker_ - $30,550 barrm111 - $19,500 ADRIEN_BRODY - $11,700 MentulaMagna - $9,100 SchelampigaUhu - $7,475 Maniakboy - $6,175 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $300k Gtd 298 entrants, $303,960 prize pool N0-ILPTRI4I2I - $28,355.25 + $37,618 (in bounties) Dextered - $20,639.92 + $4,078 (in bounties) Pider Ninni - $15,129.01 + $6,175 (in bounties) frokennatur - $11,089.47 + $7,377 (in bounties) MOTHERSMATTERS - $8,128.54 + $2,242 (in bounties) MentulaMagna - $5,958.21 + $5,785 (in bounties) i-eat-rats - $4,367.63 DaviAugusto - $3,201.26 + $1,040 (in bounties) partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Deepstack High Roller $200k Gtd 215 entrants, $215,000 prize pool LaurenceGosney - $43,838.50 reallygamble - $31,820 PotatoLottery - $22,682.50 joaosimaobh - $16,770 Pider Ninni - $11,825 boxfresh_ - $9,030 eet_smakelijk - $6,665 RedDwarf9 - $4,945 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 101 entrants – $101,000 prize pool derharry69 - $30,300 M4zlTov - $20,200 jt7bl2f - $15,150 Bullflag - $10,100 InJeBakkes - $7,575 Graftekkel - $5,555 AsaNisse4 - $4,545 nelisschuif - $4,040 stevachenko7 - $3,535 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 462 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Fukuruku - $16,635.21* DePittsterje - $16,864.79* Imyurfriend - $10,750 Madeon1994 - $7,750 JerryBussAA - $5,250 Simpioni - $3,750 Openpunks - $2,750 Kuchiki - $2,250 *denotes heads-up deal  
  7. When Richard Yong and Paul Phua co-founded the Triton Super High Roller Series, they had visions of battling some of the best high roller players in the world on a regular basis. They probably never envisioned a day where one of them would battle with the other's offspring for £1 million. That's exactly what happened on Tuesday in London though. Wai Kin Yong, the son of Richard Yong, defeated Paul Phua heads-up after each outlasted 128 other entries in the £100,000 Triton Super High Roller Series London No Limit Hold'em Main Event for £3,080,000 ($3,752,394 US). The final table began with Phua holding the chip lead and Yong sitting third in chips. It took 5.5 hours of play for Yong to take down the crown as he eliminated four of the eight other players at the final table. It took just 10 minutes for things to get started in earnest. From the hijack, Wai Leong Chan moved all in for 1,650,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. Action folded to Wai Kin Yong in the big blind and he called instantly with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"] flop gave Yong a set of sixes and Chan was unable to get any help on the [poker card="3d"] turn. The meaningless river was the [poker card="4s"] and Chan was out in ninth place for $371,584. Nearly an hour passed before a three-way pot ended with two players heading to the cashier to collect a payout. Action folded to Daniel Cates in the cutoff and he moved all-in for 1,650,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="3d"]. Stephen Chidwick re-shoved for 2,300,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"] from the small blind only to have Michael Soyza call from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] to send Cates home in eighth for $499,507 and Chidwick out in seventh for $662,760. Phua found his first victim ten minutes later. Phua raised to 425,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] from the hijack. Michael Zhi Chang moved all-in for 5,010,000 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] from the small blind. Phua called and then celebrated when the [poker card="qh"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] flop left Chang in dire straits. The [poker card="qd"] turn gave Phua quads and eliminated Zhang in sixth place, earning $866,218 for the second-best score of his career. Five-handed play lasted nearly 90 minutes before a blind vs. blind altercation sent one player home. Action folded to Sam Greenwood in the small blind and he moved all-in for1,675,000 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"] and Wai King Yong called with [poker card="jh"][poker card="3s"] from the big blind. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Yong two pair. The [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river failed to save Greenwood from a fifth-place finish. The $1,098,915 score is the fourth time in 2019 that Greenwood has won at least $1 million in a poker tournament. He started the year off by winning the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100K Super High Roller for $1,775,460 and then finished runner-up to Soyza in the Triton HK$500K Super High Roller Six-Handed Event in Jeju for $1,019,251. In May he finished runner-up to Nikita Bodyakovskiy in the Triton HK$750K Short Deck event in Montenegro for $1,095,625. Soyza managed to outlast Greenwood yet again, but this time it didn't result in a trophy. Soyza moved all-in for 2,850,000 with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] in the small blind and Wong called from the big blind with [poker card="qh"][poker card="2h"]. There was no drama left after the [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"] flop gave Wong the flush. The [poker card="kc"] turn and [poker card="9h"] river were nothing but a formality and Soyza was out in fourth place with a $1,354,507 score. Just ten minutes later, the action went from three-handed to heads-up thanks to a bit of a setup that went badly for the favorite. Yong folded his button before Ben Heath called from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"]. Phua raised to 925,000 from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and Heath responded by re-raising to 2,500,000. Phua announced all in and Heath called instantly with his tournament life at risk. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] flop gave Phua Broadway and left Heath drawing to a chop or runner-runner full house. The [poker card="6d"] turn was no help and the [poker card="jd"] river finished off Heath's run in third place for $1,644,718. That win left Phua with 56% of the chips in play heading into heads-up play. Just over 45 minutes into heads-up play, Yong made a call for his tournament life with [poker card="kd"][poker card="5h"] on a [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="5d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"] board after Phua moved all-in on the river. That hand gave Yong the lead for the first time heads-up and he never looked back. Just over 30 minutes over the two clashed for the final time. Phua shoved for his last 4,250,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"] and Yong called with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] flop gave Phua a flush draw and he took the lead on the [poker card="6d"] turn. The [poker card="js"] river, however, eliminated Phua and gave Yong his third career Triton title and $3,752,394. Final Table Payouts Wai Kin Yong - $3,752,394 Paul Phua - $2,521,901 Ben Heath - $1,644,718 Michael Soyza - $1,364,507 Sam Greenwood - $1,098,915 Michael Chi Zhang - $866,218 Stephen Chidwick - $662,760 Daniel Cates - $499,507 Wai Leong Chan - $371,584
  8. Some of the top Short Deck players on the planet logged on to GGPoker and registered for Event #43 of the 2020 World Series of Poker ($10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship) but it was Lev ‘LevMeAlone’ Gottlieb, on his third entry, who topped the elite 130-entry field to take home the $276,393.39 first-place prize the gold bracelet. The tournament was the first five-figure buy-in of the series which attracted some of the biggest names in the game. Isaac Haxton, Sean Winter, Mike Leah, Sam Greenwood, Jason Koon and Joao Viera could all be seen in the field. The talent extended to the final table where Amichai Barer, Michael Chi Zhang, Dan Shak, and Sergi Reixach all stood between Gottlieb and the bracelet. But it was Belarusian Short Deck savant Mikita Badziakouski that proved to be the biggest hurdle for Gottlieb. Badziakouski, who has over $2.5 million in live Short Deck earnings on his resume, seemed in control for most of the final table (despite having an issue with his timebank). But Gottlieb overcame a huge initial chip deficit in a long, swingy heads-up battle to deny Badziakouski the bracelet. Amichai Barer was the first to exit the final table when he moved all-in with from early position with 25 antes holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"] and was looked up by Hong Kong’s Yin nam bjorn Li and his [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="ah"][[poker card="qh"]7s] flop put Li in the lead, and narrowed Barer’s possible outs to a gutshot straight or running cards. The [poker card="9c"] hit the turn and when the [poker card="8c"] completed the board, Barer was out in ninth place for $30,986.55. A few hands later, Gottlieb put in a raise to 270,000 from under the gun with [poker card="th"][poker card="jh"] and Carl Schrader quickly three-bet shipped his remaining 1,193,436 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] from the button. Gottlieb made the call, putting Schrader’s tournament life on the line. The [poker card="Kh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"] flop gave Schrader top pair but was a monster board for Gottlieb who turned the straight flush when the [poker card="qh"] peeled off on the turn. The meaningless [poker card="ad"] river sent Schrader to the rail in eighth place for $40,734.96. Li was the next to exit when he moved all-in for 1,756.631 holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] and was called by Badziakouski with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"] keeping Badziakouski ahead in the hand with two pair. The [poker card="qh"] turn provided Li a couple of extra outs but the [poker card="6c"] river was not one of them. Li wrapped up in seventh place for $53,550.25. Roughly forty-five minutes later, former worldwide #2-ranked online grinder Michael Chi Zhang exited the tournament. In a hand that went four ways to the [10s][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"] flop, it checked over Zhang on the button who put in a bet of 200,00 with his [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"], giving him a flopped straight. Gottlieb check-raised Zhang to 1,440,000 having flopped a higher straight with his [poker card="jh"][poker card="qh"]. Zhang shipped his remaining 2,466,458 stack and Gottlieb made the call. The turn was the [poker card="ah"][ and the river was the [poker card="8h"] eliminating Zhang in sixth place for $70,397. Dan Shak, playing out of Poland, was sitting on a short stack when he shipped his final ten antes with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"]. From the button, Nobuaki Sasaki made the call holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="9h"]. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="9c"] pairing Sasaki’s nine. The [poker card="qh"] turn improved him to a higher two pair but Shak still had outs to his king. The [poker card="7h"] river showed Shak the door and he finished the tournament in fifth place, good for $92,545. Badziakouski limped in with the [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] only to be shoved on by Sasaki who held [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"]. Badziakouski ended up making the call and the pair saw the [poker card="9d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="as"] flop, giving both players two pair but putting Sasaki in the lead. The [poker card="8s"] turn didn’t change anything but the [poker card="9h"] spiked for Badziakouski on the river improving him to a full house and shipping him the pot. Sasaki walked away in fourth place with a six-figure payday of $121,649.13, earning the 18 people who invested in him on the GGPoker staking platform a nice return on their investment. During three-handed play, Sergi Reixach suffered a pair of bad beats to Gottlieb, the second of which sent him to the rail. After Gottlieb limped for 60,000 with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"], Reixach raised to 360,00 holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"]. Gottlieb three-bet shoved and Reixach called off for less. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] flop kept Reixach in the lead. But the [poker card="jd"] turn put Reixach looking for a king to save his tournament life. The [poker card="6c"] completed the board and the Spanish superstar wrapped up in third place earning $159,933.38. It was an intense heads-up match from the start. Badziakouski started a dominating four-to-one chip lead, which Gottlieb managed to double through to take the lead. Badziakouski battled back to regain the chip lead but it slipped away once again. The whole time Badziakouski was having technical difficulties seeing his own ‘chess clock’ timebank, playing not knowing exactly how much time he had to make decisions. When the chips were evened out and both players had fewer than six seconds on their timebank. GGPoker support paused the table for roughly fifteen minutes to work on a solution. The pair then rejoined a newly created table with the standard timebank in place and the tournament continued. When the heads-up battle resumed it was nearly another two hours before the pair played their final hand. After a raise, a three-bet and a call, the duo got all the chips in the middle with Gottlieb holding [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"] while Badziakouski needed some help with his [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7d"] flop gave Badziakouski the lead. The tides then turned when the [poker card="qh"] peeled off on the turn. The pair sweat the river, with Badziakouski looking for a king or queen to stay alive, but it was the [poker card="6d"] which closed the door on Badziakouski's bracelet bid. Badziakouski was forced to settle for 210,248.67 as the runner-up. Lev Gottlieb takes home the $276,393.39 first-place prize and becomes just the second player in WSOP history to win a Short Deck gold bracelet. Final Table Payouts Lev Gottlieb - $276,393.39 Mikita Badziakouski - $210,248.67 Sergi Reixach - $159,933.38 Nobauaki Sasaki - $121,659.13 Daniel Shak - $92,544.53 Chi Zhang - $70,397.34 Yin nam bjorn Li - $53,550.25 Carl Schrader - $40,734.96 Amichai Barer - $30,986.55
  9. 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.”
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