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  1. The concept of a shot clock in poker, in which a person would have only a limited amount of time to act, has taken off recently. The World Poker Tour, for example, surveyed its clientele, who voted 80-20 in favorof implementing a maximum amount of time to act. That spurred World Series of Poker officials to comment that we might see a shot clock on the Circuit this year. PartyPokerpro Marvin Rettenmaier (pictured) critiqued the concept in a blog post, saying that 30 seconds, the rumored length for a single decision, was simply not enough time to act. "For instance, at the Aussie Millions, I played a hand against Tom Dwan where I raised, he three-bet, and the dealer then took 20 seconds to count out the chips after he three-bet," the PartyPoker pro said. "It would then give away the strength of my hand if I have to decide within a few seconds what I want to do." Members of our industry like Court Harringtonhave repeatedly said that creating an environment that's warm and welcoming to amateurs will help build poker going forward. According to Rettenmaier, "newcomers are already scared when they have to play in a live setting for the first time" and, with additional restrictions on time, amateurs could be even more intimidated. Rettenmaier offered two alternatives to a shot clock, saying, "Perhaps the real shift needs to be that it becomes more acceptable to call the clock earlier on opponents… An alternative would be an individual time bank as they have it in chess or online poker, but it still makes playing a poker tournament less attractive to an amateur." The latter could also prove to be difficult to implement. If four-fifths of the WPT's clientele are in favor of a shot clock, then would the tour be unwise to implement it? "A huge majority voted in favor of the shot clock," Rettenmaier argued, "but I don't think players have really thought this through and are just thinking, 'Yes, playing faster is awesome, let's play more hands,' but forget the greater spectrum and that it's basically impossible to implement." What do you think? We've had PocketFivers come in on both sides of the fence of the shot clock debate. In a recent interview with our site, Michael Mizrachi said a shot clock would be advantageous to pros more so than amateurs. Where do you stand? Let us know by commenting below. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Michael Mizrachi (pictured) is #8 on poker's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob, and launched a first-of-its-kind online dealer training academy this week that is available at MizrachiDealerAcademy.com. The three-time bracelet winner sat down with PocketFives to gab about the incident involving fake tournament chips at Borgata, the concept of a shot clock in poker, and launching his online academy. PocketFives: Thanks for joining us. What are your thoughts about the incident involving fake poker chips in a live tournament at Borgata? Michael Mizrachi: It's crazy for something like that to happen. It's really sad to see. Thank god for Borgata catching it. That's one of my favorite casinos actually. Hopefully people will learn a lesson from it. They should be hard on anyone who cheated. PocketFives: How would you allocate the prize pool given the tournament was canceled when 27 players remained? Michael Mizrachi: We would come up with something like playing it out or doing a chip count deal. I would personally want to play it out, but I'd want to make it fair for everyone else. It's a tough decision, but in poker, there's always one winner and one champion, so the right thing to do would be to play it out. PocketFives: Another hot topic of conversation in the poker world is the introduction of a shot clock. Are you in favor of it? Michael Mizrachi: I'm in favor of it. I hate it when people take five minutes to act. If you're a great player, you want to see as many hands as possible. The more hands you get, the more of an advantage a professional poker player has. Maybe you should have a time bank, but that's all you need in a tournament. If you're a professional player, you already know what you're doing when it's your turn to act, so not acting quickly is just wasting time. It's like when I used to play chess, I played speed chess. If you think you're a better player, you want a shot clock. You can see more hands and play more pots. PocketFives: Several arguments against a shot clock include having players from multiple countries who don't speak English as their first language trying to learn a new rule and people potentially taking the full length of the shot clock to act on every decision. How would you respond? Michael Mizrachi: People come from other countries, but hopefully they'll eventually play with a shot clock around the globe and so everyone will be used to it. People are playing hands, so I don't think the language barrier has much of anything to do with the shot clock. It would be ridiculous for every player to take the entire minute to act. I don't think any player needs more than one minute, either. Some tables are playing 20 hands an hour and some are playing 40. I want to see as many hands as possible. I know taking a long time and picking up tells are part of the game, but there has to be a limit. PocketFives: Congrats on launching your online dealer academy, MizrachiDealerAcademy.com. How much does it cost and what's involved? Michael Mizrachi: Thanks. It officially launched this week. Most great poker players start off as dealers like I did. Being a dealer is a high-paying job. Just like you can do school online, you can do this in your home and watch as many videos as you have time for. Anything you need, you can contact us. It's $800, so it's cheap, and it's the first online certified dealer school in America. We're the first school ever to give diplomas for dealer training online. Taking our course gives you the basics about dealing poker like techniques, how to calculate pot limits, how to handle customers, how to take rake and jackpot, and the essentials you need to work in a poker room. Once someone becomes certified, they still have to get a license in an individual state, but a diploma shows you have been trained by a professional and it's hard to get a job without one. I should also point out that the site is available on mobile devices, tablets, and regular computers. It takes a lot of time and effort to travel to a school, so this helps us reach people in all areas. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. The 2014 World Series of Poker started with a bang on Tuesday, as a $25,000 Mixed-Max NLHE tournament attracted 131 entrants. The winner, who will be crowned on Friday, will pocket $871,000 and the top 16 will finish in the money. Leading the remaining 60-player field is a familiar name in the poker world: Vanessa Selbst (pictured), who is #1 on tournament poker's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob. As PokerNews detailed, Selbst flopped quad jacks in a hand against 2014 PokerStarsCaribbean Adventure High Roller winner Jake Schindler on Tuesday to assume a massive stack. As coverage detailed, "The money went in the middle when Schindler turned a pair of tens to go with his open-ended straight draw, but Selbst held an unbeatable hand and raked in the 450,000-chip pot." Selbst has 562,000 in chips to start Day 2, which will be played six-handed at the Rio in Las Vegas, the site of the annual WSOP for the last 10 years. Trailing Selbst by 5,000 in chips is Brian tsarrastRast, who won the 2012 WSOP Poker Player's Championship. Rast was the executioner of two high-profile players on Tuesday in the event: nosebleed-stakes cash game player Phil Galfond and 2012 Main Event winner Greg Merson. Selbst and Rast have a commanding lead over the third place player on the leaderboard, three-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi, who has 399,000 in chips. Jason treysfull21Mercier (pictured), who told PocketFives in recent weeks that he is hell-bent on getting another bracelet in 2014, doubled up late on Tuesday in the Six-Max event to survive to Day 2. The chips hit the middle pre-flop in a race situation, with Mercier holding A-K against Barry Hutter's 9-9. Mercier flopped an ace to pull ahead for good and ended the day with 117,000. Also doubling up as the final seconds ticked away on Day 1 was Justin ZeeJustin Bonomo, who got his money in well behind with 7-7 against A-A. However, he hit a runner-runner straight to double up to over 200,000 in chips and ended the day at 178,000. No WSOP reporting would be complete without checking in on Phil Hellmuth (pictured). The outspoken Main Event winner has a stack of 181,000 entering Day 2. Hellmuth's big pot involved the money going in on a 10-8-7 two-diamond flop, with Hellmuth showing 8-8 for middle set and John Juanda showing 6-5 of diamonds for flush and straight draws. The 5h and Ks on the turn and river were no help to Juanda, however, and Hellmuth doubled through. Here are the top 10 stacks in the $25,000 Mixed-Max NLHE event (#2): 1. Vanessa Selbst - 562,800 2. Brian tsarrastRast - 557,400 3. Michael Mizrachi - 399,300 4. Jason Mo - 393,000 5. Fabrice Touil - 327,600 6. Dan Cates - 317,000 7. Ravi govshark2 Raghavan - 275,000 8. John Juanda - 264,800 9. Stephen stevie444 Chidwick - 260,600 10. Aaron aejones Jones - 235,800 There's one new event slated to start on Wednesday in Las Vegas, a $1,000 Pot Limit Omahatournament that kicks off at Noon Pacific Time. Keep it dialed to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. Lost in the hubbub surrounding the Colossus this weekend was Robert Mizrachi (pictured) winning his third World Series of Poker bracelet. We normally focus on online poker players, but the fact that Mizrachi has three bracelets, the same number as his brother Michael Mizrachi, is quite a feat. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Robert Mizrachi won Event #3 of the 2015 WSOP, a $1,500 Omaha High-Low Splittournament, for $251,000. The event drew 918 entrants and marked Mizrachi's 35th in the money finish in WSOP events over his career. "You can't play your best poker when you don't have proper rest," Mizrachi said afterward. "I've had this cold and really needed the break from last night. The rest really helped me to come back fresh." The 36-year-old won his second WSOP bracelet in two years. Mizrachi was down 2:1 in chips heads-up against Jacob Dahl on Sunday, but play lasted just an hour-and-a-half. As WSOP coverage explained, "A series of split pots kept Mizrachi alive on life support until finally the momentum swung in his favor and he was able to begin pushing small edges and forcing the action. Dahl seemed helpless to stop the reversal of fortune." Dahl took home $155,000 for second place. As you would expect, Mizrachi had his family by his side when he won. His brother and he have incredibly won six total WSOP bracelets. He said of his brotherly influence, "Anytime one of us is playing, we cheer for each other. When Michael(pictured) is playing, I'm always wanting him to do well and win if I'm not in it. There's never been a rivalry between us." Robert Mizrachi has two other brothers as well: Ericand Danny. Robert Mizrachi now has $2.3 million in career WSOP winnings. The former dealer also owns $5.4 million in live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, and is #6 on the all-time money list for Florida. The average age in the $1,500 Omaha High-Low Split event was 45.5 years, about 10 years older than an average WSOP event. Over 86% of the field was American. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Robert Mizrachi - $251,022 2. Jacob Dahl - $155,333 3. Don Zewin - $97,185 4. Ryan Himes - $70,540 5. Dominick Cuzzi - $52,075 6. James Juvancic - $39,037 7. Nguyen Tran - $29,693 8. Bruce Levitt - $22,889 9. Thomas Taylor - $17,883 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  5. [caption width="640"] Rafael Moraes is one of two Brazilian players in the top three on Day 2C of the WSOP Main Event[/caption] Just two days after the World Series of Poker announced that Brazil would be hosting a WSOP Circuit stop as soon as October, two Brazlian players rose to the top of the chip counts on Day 2C of the 2016 WSOP Main Event. Gustavo Lopes finished with the biggest stack on Day 2C, bagging up 630,700. That puts him 59,800 ahead of countryman Rafael Moraes, who finished with 571,900. In between the two Brazilians is Italy’s Raffaele Castro with 587,900. The top American stack on Wednesday belongs to a player who has had his share of Main Event success over the years, Michael Mizrachi. The two-time Poker Players Championship winner finish with 549,900 - good enough for fifth best. “I usually have a good performance in the Main Event,” said Mizrachi, who has cashed three times in the Main Event, including a fifth place finish in 2010. “There’s so much play in this tournament, so I can get away with playing so many more hands. Here you can grind, you’ve got a much bigger stack - it’s two hour levels and you have a lot more play and a lot worse players.” Reigning World Champion Joe McKeehen managed to move on to Day 3 with 183,900. Joining him as former World Champions moving on to Day 3 were Phil Hellmuth and Ryan Riess. Other notables to move on to Day 3 include Ole Schemion with 438,400, recent bracelet winners Tony Dunst (388,300) and Kristen Bicknell (381,500), Dan Heimiller (402,000), Liv Boeree (364,400) and Max Silver (361,600) Just 1,416 of the 3,252 players who started the day moved on to Day 3. They’ll join up with the 760 players that survived Day 2AB on Thursday and for the first time during the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, all remaining players will be playing at the same time. The Day 3 restart was moved from 11 AM to Noon to allow players on extra hour of sleep. Former #1s Still in the Hunt Former #1-ranked PocketFivers had themselves quite a day on Wednesday. No fewer than six of them were among the top 500 chip counts when play ended for the night. Griffin Benger - 394,500 Chris Hunichen - 371,100 Sorel Mizzi - 369,800 Paul Volpe - 219,300 Tim West - 197,700 Cliff Josephy - 196,000 Cliff Josephy is just happy to be in the Main Event, but after a big day on Wednesday, a deep run could be on the horizon. Folding Quads - Face Up In what is bound to be one of the most talked about Main Event hands ever, WSOP.com reported that Kyle Bowker, facing an all in bet from his opponent, had the clock called on him with the board showing [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]7x7x[poker card="js"].Bowker eventually folded the two remaining sevens face up. End of the Line for Some Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey were both eliminated on Day 2C as was $111,111 One Drop High Roller winner Fedor Holz. Top 10 Chip Counts Gustavo Lopes - 630,700 Raffaele Castro - 587,000 Rafael Moraes - 571,900 Albert Daher - 570,200 Michael Mizrachi - 549,400 Samuel Roussy-Majeau - 545,500 Kilian Kramer - 513,800 Benjamin Vinson - 503,600 Lorenzo Lavis - 483,800 Caufman Talley - 474,000
  6. [caption width="640"] Michael Mizrachi could add a third Poker Players Championship to his resume on Wednesday (WSOP/BLUFF photo)[/caption] On Wednesday afternoon at the 2016 World Series of Poker the prestigious $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship will play down to a winner. While Justin Bonomo is the chip leader, Michael Mizrachi is right behind him and is hoping to win the event for an unprecedented third time. His success in the event goes far beyond having already won it twice though. This week in Beyond the Bracelets focuses on just how dominant Mizrachi has been in the PPC and how special a third win would be. One Event, Three BraceletsIn the 47-year history of the WSOP, only three players have won the same event three times. The most famous of which is Stu Ungar who won the WSOP Main Event in 1980, 1981 and 1997. The other players to pull off the hat trick are Johnny Moss and Bill Boyd. Moss won the WSOP Main Event three times: in 1970 by a vote, in 1971 when the buy-in was $5,000 and in 1974 when the buy-in was $10,000. Starting in 1971, Boyd won the $1,000 Five Card Stud event three consecutive years. His winnings of $40,000 wouldn’t even buy him into the Poker Players Championship today. The Most Cashes LeaderboardRegardless of where he finishes, this marks the third Poker Players Championship cash for Mizrachi - but that’s not the record. Andy Bloch, who finished runner-up to Chip Reese in 2006, and Barry Greenstein have each found the cashier cage four times in this event. Along with his second place finish, Bloch has finished third (2012), 15th (2008) and 16th (2010). Greenstein has finished sixth (2008), seventh (2007), 12th (2006) and 15th (2011). Averaging DownEven if Mizrachi wins this year’s event, his average cash is going to drop. In 2010 he won $1,559,046 after beating 115 other players. Two years later he took home $1,451,527 for topping a 108-player field giving him an average cash of $1,505,286.50. With just 91 players in this year’s event, first place pays “just” $1,296,097. The $3 Million ClubEven before factoring in the 2016 result, Mizrachi is the only player to have earned more than $3,000,000 in this event. The only player who has a chance to join him is Brian Rast. With $1,720,328 in earnings - from his 2011 win - Rast needs to take home the $1,296,097 first place prize to pass $3,000,000 and move into second place for lifetime Poker Players Championship earnings. Mizrachi currently has $3,010,573.00. Top Five FinishesSo long as Mizrachi outlasts one player at Wednesday’s six-handed final table, he’ll set the record for most top five finishes with three. He currently holds the record along with five other players; John Hennigan, Bloch, Matt Glantz, Chris Klodnicki and John Hanson. Of that group, the other player other than Mizrachi to win it was Hennigan in 2014. Best Finishes by Other WinnersNot only is Mizrachi the only player to win it twice, he has quite a bit of distance between himself and any other previous winner in terms of other finishes. No other previous winner has managed a top 10 finish during their career. Brian Rast, who won the 2011 event, is also at Wednesday’s final table. Only three of the nine previous winners have failed to cash a second time and one of those three is the late Chip Reese. After Reese died in December 2007 the WSOP created a special trophy for this event that now bears his name. 2015 - Mike Gorodinsky: finished 13th this year 2014 - John Hennigan: finished 12th in 2012 and third in 2013 2013 - Matthew Ashton: finished 12th in 2015 2011 - Brian Rast: no other cashes (currently fourth in chips) 2009 - David Bach: finished 11th in 2008 2008 - Scotty Nguyen: no other cashes 2007 - Freddy Deeb: finished 14th in 2009 2006 - Chip Reese: no other cashes No Sibling RivalryRobert Mizrachi, who currently has one more WSOP bracelet than his brother Michael, has also had some success in this event. He’s also cashed three times, but his best finish was fifth in 2010. He also finished 14th in 2014 and again this year. His total earnings for those three cashes is $516,650 - roughly 1/6 of what Michael has won.
  7. The 2016 World Series of Poker could have sold some expensive seats in the Amazon Room as the final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship crowned a repeat champ, though not the one many expected. The $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Day 1 field watching the final table while the rest of the Rio was partying it up in the $1,000 Tag Team event. Brian Rast Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship for 2nd Time, 3rd Bracelet [caption width="640"] Brian Rast became the second person to win the Chip Reese Trophy twice.[/caption]Brian Rast believed in himself, put his money where his mind was – booking additional action on himself – and entered the final table middle of the pack in chips. Rast got short as Justin Bonomo looked to have all the momentum in the world, played his way back to even and won his second PPC bracelet in a blockbuster hand. Rast pushed his WSOP earnings past $5.5 million at a final table that featured a Mixed Game format. “I ran good but this gives me a little validation,” he said. “I felt a little slighted by some the lines against me and took more action on myself, so it’s nice to get to punish too.” “This says I know how to play Limit and I can play all the games,” he added. “The first (PPC win) was my first major win and the rush that went with that I’ll never top in my poker career.” “There were a lot of crazy ICM situations at the final table,” Rast said. “I was short and had to pick spots and ladder up. I started making a run at three-handed.” The final hand came during a round of No Limit Hold’em and around ten big blinds separated Bonomo and Rast. Bonomo opened, Rast called and the flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="5c"]. Rast check-called 350,000, the turn came [poker card="ac"] and Rast checked again. Bonomo bet 2,200,000, Rast called after some thought and the river came [poker card="ks"]. Rast checked a third time, Bonomo moved all in and Rast called after re-checking his hole cards. Bonomo turned up [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"] for Broadway but Brian Rast tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] for the full house. Bonomo threw his hands in the air with a heavy breath and Rast became the second player to win the event twice. Final Table Payouts Brian Rast - $1,296,097 Justin Bonomo - $801,048 Eric Wasserson - $545,772 Michael Mizrachi - $380,942 Wil Wilkinson – $272,558 Ray Dekharghani - $200,027 Marius Gierse Leads 47 Players to Day 3 in $5,000 No Limit Event Day 2 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event began with 359 survivors playing for the 130 spots that made the money. A full ten levels later 47 players remain and Marius Gierse holds an average stack-lead over second place Jordan Knackstedt. Ismael Bojang, Byron Kavorman and Fedor Holz return with healthy stacks while Andy Hwang, Isaac Baron and Chris Hunichen will have a steeper hill to climb on Thursday. Zvi Stern, Tom Marchese, Tom Middleton, David Vamplew and former Main Event champs Ryan Riess and Martin Jacobson all made deep runs in the 863 entrant field. Day 3 has cards in the air at noon and the field will play down to a final table before bagging and tagging. They’ll return for a final table on the ESPN Feature Table stage and play for $800,586 and the bracelet. Top Ten Chip Counts Marius Gierse – 1,496,000 Jordan Knackstedt – 1,013,000 Yue Du – 902,000 Kane Kalas – 863,000 Matt O’Donnell – 853,000 Dominik Nitsche – 734,000 Javier Gomez – 687,000 Upsheka De Silva – 661,000 Justin Adams – 650,000 Georges Georgiou – 646,000 John Monnette Looking for Fifth Final Table of Summer in $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo The final Stud event of the 2016 WSOP drew 521 entries, brought 124 of them to Day 2 and full day of action left 14 players remaining with John Monnette looking for his 5th final table of the summer. A loaded field features Jameson Painter, Calvin Anderson, Bryan Devonshire, Michael Ross and Brandon Shack-Harris. Phillip Hui, Paul Sokoloff and Jimmy Fricke all made deep runs but fell short of Day 3. Daniel Negreanu, Chris Klodnicki, Ben Yu and Mike Leah min-cashed in the event. Play resumes at 2 PM and though the pace of Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo is deliberate, they should crown a winner by day’s end. Top Ten Chip Counts David Prociak – 701,000 John Monnette – 420,000 Al Barbieri – 382,000 Jameson Painter – 379,000 Gaurav Kalro – 375,000 Calvin Anderson – 347,000 Bryan Devonshire – 243,000 Michael Ross – 214,000 Phillip Penn – 184,000 Louis Russo – 163,000 First $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em Event Draws 836 Teams Team events are not new to the WSOP, Doyle Brunson won a Mixed Doubles event bracelet, but the Tag Team format is new. A player had to register as captain and each teammate had to play at least one round of blinds before the end of registration to be considered official. The event drew 836 teams and 130 remain but it’s anyone’s guess as to how many players are actually still in the event. A team captained by Vladimir Geshkenbein leads the field with 100,000 but those captained by Mike Leah and Alex Bolotin also landed in the top ten. Andy Philachack, Huy Nguyen, James Dempsey, Ben Yu, Cory Waaland, Conor Drinan. Leo Wolpert and Doug Polk all advanced to Day 2. Brian Rast won $1.3 million in the PPC and recorded a cash in the Tag Team event as part of a team with Jeff Gross and Antonio Esfandiari. Each teammate will receive a cash in the event for the amount divided evenly among all members regardless of time played. The field generated a $776,700 prize pool, five-figure payouts start at the final table and the winning team earns $153,358. Top Ten Chip Counts (Team Captain listed) Vladimir Geshkenbein – 100,000 Nick Yunis – 98,300 Mike Leah – 91,400 Nicolas Fischer – 82,700 Alex Bolotin – 81,500 Akash Malik – 79,200 Chris Lindh – 78,100 DNR – 74,400 Matthew Leecy – 68,500 Jeremy Joseph – 65,300 Michael Huntress Tops Elite Field in $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller The $25,000 High Roller event always draws players we're not used to seeing at the WSOP and this summer the event is Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha. It drew 163 entrants and 95 players advanced, but registration remains open until the start of Day 2. Michael Huntress is the first of three huge stacks with Ludovic Geilich and Cary Katz also sitting comfortably. Dan Shak, Josh Pollock and Ryan D’Angelo all bagged up top ten stacks with Paul Volpe, Galen Hall, Max Silver, Christian Harder and Dan Smith all ending with above average stacks. George Danzer, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Joey Ingram and Scott Seiver return with short stacks. The prize pool swelled to over $3.8 million but will most likely go up with a few stragglers deciding to join the field late. Isaac Haxton, Mohsin Charania, Talal Shakerchi, Mike Gorodinsky, Anthony Zinno, Phil Galfond, Ben Lamb and Scott Clements are among the players eliminated on Day 1. Top Ten Chip Counts Michael Huntress – 685,000 Ludovic Geilich – 663,000 Cary Katz – 576,500 Joshua Ladines – 452,000 Dan Shak – 450,500 Josh Pollock – 396,000 Arie Miller – 388,000 Dmitry Savelyev – 386,500 Sean Winter – 383,500 Ryan D’Angelo – 369,000 Main Event Madness Creeping Up The Rio’s hallways come to bursting point as the Main Event draws near and the crowds will love Thursday’s schedule of $1,000 No Limit Hold’em at 11 AM PT and the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in the afternoon.
  8. [caption width="640"] David Peters can no longer be considered one of the best players without a WSOP bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] Three players won their first career bracelet at the2016 World Series of Poker on Tuesday, but none will get more attention than the one that walked out of the latest $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. David Peters, with wins all over the world over his career, finally broke through to capture the first bracelet of his career. And while Justin Bonomo has the final table chip lead in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, he's not the player everybody is talking about right now. Michael Mizrachi is still in with a shot at winning the event for the third time in its 11-year history. Mizrachi is right behind Bonomo with just six players remaining. Event #55: Michael Mizrachi Gunning for Third $50,000 Poker Players Championship Title One player winning any one particular WSOP event three times is a rare enough feat as it is. Doing it against arguably the toughest tournament field of the year is another story altogether. Thats's what Michael Mizrachi is on the verge of though. Mizrachi finished with the third biggest stack in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship on Tuesday and now headlines a final table that could become one for the history books. Leading the final six players is Justin Bonomo with 7,750,000. Sandwiched between Bonomo and Mizrachi, who finished with 5,535,000, is Lamar Wilkinson with 7,045,000. Eric Wasserson, Brian Rast and Ray Dehkharghani round out the six-handed final table. Day 4 of the event began with 13 players still in contention for the bracelet, Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and $1,296,097 first place prize money. Reigning champion Mike Gorodinsky was eliminated in 13th place. Right behind him, Daniel Negreanu went out in 12th. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Paul Volpe was then eliminated in 10th. Daniel Alaei, who had cashed in this event twice before, added a third score to his total, finishing in eighth place. The final six players return to the felt at 2 PM PT and the final table will be streamed on WSOP.com. Final Table Chip Counts Justin Bonomo - 7,750,000 Lamar Wilkinson - 7,045,000 Michael Mizrachi - 5,535,000 Eric Wasserson - 3,800,040 Brian Rast - 3,185,000 Ray Dehkharghani - 395,000 Event #56: David Peters Wins $1,500 No Limit HOld'em Event for Bracelet #1 Every year it seems one or two players scratch themselves off of the "Best Player Without a WSOP Bracelet" list. On Tuesday, David Peters did that just that by winning the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event for $412,557. Peters, who now has over $12 million in lifetime earnings, actually won a $25,000 buy-in high roller event at Aria Resort & Casino on Saturday, the day before this WSOP event began. Peters was happy to finally get that first bracelet - even if it took him longer than he expected. “I was definitely surprised it took me as long as it did (to win),” Peters said. “There were a lot of close calls. I came in almost every place at the final table, except first. I knew it was coming, so it definitely feels amazing to get it.” One of the most respected tournament players in the world, Peters did his best to block everything out as other players at the table kept busting. “I tried not to let myself think about that,” Peters said. “Everything was going good, and the vibes were good, and I tried to keep my focus. I tried not to think about the gold bracelet or anything. It worked out.” Peters beat Cathal 'Shinerrr' Shine heads-up. The Irish poker pro entered this event straight after recording a cash in the $888 Crazy Eights event. Matt Affleck finished third for $184,456. Final Table Payouts David Peters - $412,557 Cathal Shine - $254,890 Matt Affleck - $184,456 Muhammad Abdel Rahim - $134,845 Zachary Okin - $99,592 Brendan Sheehan - $74,321 Takuya Suzuki - $56,044 Minatoku Kilian Kramer - $42,711 David Patterson - $32,900 Event #57: David Nowakowski Wins $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo [caption width="640"] David Nowakowski now has some extra money to help pay his tuition in the fall (WSOP photo)[/caption] David Nowakowski moved overseas after Black Friday to continue playing online poker. Earlier this year he made the decision to move back to the United States to continue his education. First, he wanted to play some WSOP events. On Tuesday night he won the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event for a little over $200,000 - money he plans to use to pay for school. “I just decided to move back to the U.S. recently,” Nowakowski said. “I plan on returning back to school and finishing up my degree in the fall, so this win definitely helps.” Nowakowski beat Timothy Vukson heads-up for the bracelet. Two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson finished third for his fourth cash of the summer. After his win, Nowakowski admitted to not having much experience playing Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. “I played rush Omaha online, but haven’t played a lot of PLO High-Low recently,” Nowakowski said. “I definitely wanted to win this. It’s a dream come true. It’s still all a bit surreal to me.” Former Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko finished eighth. Final Table Payouts David Nowakowski - $203,113 Timothy Vukson - $125,507 Marco Johnson - $87,192 James Alexander - $61,519 Kenneth Po - $44,094 Colin Gelker - $32,114 Stephen Johnson - $23,772 Martin Staszko - $17,890 Matt Lefkowitz - $13,691 Event #58: Corey Thompson Wins $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em [caption width="640"] Corey Thompson capped an excellent year with a WSOP bracelet win (WSOP photo)[/caption] Nine months ago Corey Thompson topped a Heartland Poker Tour event in Daytona Beach, FL for the biggest score of his career - $131,720. On Tuesday he beat that by a almost $90,000, winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em event. “It’s been a huge year,” Thompson said. “I don’t play cash games that much. I’ve been playing more tournaments. The HPT win was really huge. I really caught fire since then. I started coming out here (to the WSOP) four years ago, but mostly played just a few smaller events. This win was huge.” The win more than doubles Thompson's lifetime earnings to $438,700. Most WSOP final tables somehow find a way to include at least one former WSOP bracelet winner - but not this one. The final nine players were all seeking their first WSOP bracelet. The event featured 30-minute levels with players playing 20 levels each day instead of the standard 10. Final Table Payouts Corey Thompson - $221,163 Enrico Rudelitz - $136,651 William Liang - $97,811 Darren Terazawa - $70,821 Ankit Ahuja - $51,878 Terry Fan - $38,452 Matthew Chang - $28,842 Ryan Pochedly - $21,897 Benjamin Reinhart - $16,827 Event #59: Jason Helder Leads $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em A total of 863 players came out for Day 1 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event with just 359 advancing to Day 2. Jason Helder leads the pack with 228,300 heading into Day 2. Only two other players, Christopher Park (205,200) and Jayakrishnan Nair (201,000), finished above 200,000. Two members of the 2015 November Nine managed to finish Day 1 with top 10 stacks. Pierre Neuville finished with 155,100 whil Zvi Stern ended with 149,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Liv Boeree, Sorel Mizzi, Joe Kuether, Chris Hunichen, Toby Lewis, Joao Simao, Ismael Bojang, Maria Ho and Fedor Holz. One player who didn't advance was Jason Mercier. After collecting two bracelets early in the Series, Mercier has been unable to get a third and cause all kinds of pain for those who bet against him. The remaining 359 players return at Noon to play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Jason Helder - 228,300 Christopher Park - 205,200 Jayakrishnan Nair - 201,000 Tai Nguyen - 179,000 Keith Lehr - 163,300 Pierre Merlin - 159,000 Daniel Lee - 158,100 Pierre Neuville - 155,100 Justin Adams - 152,000 Event #60: Jimmy Fricke and Calvin Anderson in Top 10 of $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Jimmy Fricke and Calvin Anderson ended Day 1 of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event with top 10 stacks, but they're not the only notables still remaining in the field. Fricke finished with 82,200, just one spot behind chip leader Jesse Hampton's 87,500. Anderson ended with the sixth biggest stack of 64,900. Corey Zeidman (59,800), Bryan Devonshire (59,000), John Monnette (56,100), Yuval Bronshtein (55,200), David Chiu (49,500), Andrey Zaichenko (47,700) and defending WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen (42,800) all ended with above average stacks. Benny Glaser, Todd Brunson, Scott Clements and Dan Kelly were among the notables that entered but failed to advance to Day 2. Mercier also entered and was eliminated. Top 10 Chip Counts Jesse Hampton - 87,500 Jimmy Fricke - 82,200 Yen Wu - 80,000 Curtis Ikeuchi - 76,700 Phillip Penn - 66,500 Calvin Anderson - 64,900 Dana Kellstrom - 64,000 Michael Ross - 63,200 Kevin Cote - 62,300
  9. [caption width="640"] Daniel Weinman grabbed his second WPT title of 2017 at the Season XV Tournament of Champions (WPT Photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Two months ago Daniel Weinman added his name to the World Poker Tour Champions Cup with a win at the Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City. Sunday night in Hollywood, Florida the 29-year-old capped off Season XV of the WPT by winning the Tournament of Champions. "I feel incredible, this was such a tough tournament and to come out on top it's super special," said Weinman, who had to pass up a trip to The Masters final round after making the final table. ""It's crazy, usually you play these tournaments with a thousand people and there may be 850 people that really don't have a chance at winning the tournament that you go deep. They're just not comfortable with all the spots they're going to encounter. Having 66 people that have already won this and have had some success in the poker world, coming out on top is incredible." After running kings into aces, Dylan Wilkerson wasn’t left with much of a stack to work with. Daniel Santoro raised to 40,000 from UTG and Wilkerson moved all in from the cut off for 179,000. Santoro called and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"] while Wilkerson had [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] flop put Santoro ahead and neither the [poker card="3d"] turn or [poker card="6d"] river were any help to Wilkerson and he was out in sixth. Just six hands later Santoro picked up another elimination. With blinds of 8,000/16,000, Seidel all in for 138,000 from UTG and Santoro called, this time showing [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"] and again found himself up against an ace as Erik Seidel showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] flop put Santoro ahead with second pair and left Seidel hoping for one of the three remaining kings or running fives. The [poker card="2h"] turn was no help and neither was the [poker card="7h"] turn and the Hall of Famer Seidel was eliminated in fifth. The Daniel Santoro show kept on going. David Ormsby moved all in from the button for his last 286,000 and Santoro re-raised from the small blind, forcing big blind Michael Mizrachi to fold. Ormbsy tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="4c"] but this time Santoro was ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="td"] to eliminate Ormbsy in fourth place and leave Santoro as the chip leader with three players remaining. Unfortunately for Santoro, just over two and a half hours later, the show came to an abrupt halt. Mizrachi folded his button, Weinman moved all in from the small blind and Santoro called all in from the big blind. Weinman showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] while Santoro had [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"] flop put Santoro ahead and he dodged the [poker card="7c"] turn, but the [poker card="ac"] gave Weinman a better pair and eliminated Santoro. When heads-up play began, Weinman had Mizrachi outchipped 4.5-1 and it took him just 18 hands to end things. Mizrachi moved all in for 890,000 and Weinman called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"] while Mizrachi showed [poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="3c"] flop kept Mizrachi ahead, but the [poker card="8s"] turn gave Weinman third pair. The [poker card="7c"] river card was no good for Mizrachi and he was eliminated in second place, improving his TOC finish from last year by one spot and leaving Weinman as the Season XV TOC winner. Along with the $381,500 first place prize money, Weiman also won a 2018 Audi S5 Coupe, a pair of rose gold wireless Monster Headphones, a custom poker table, a seat in Tiger’s Poker Night and a one-week stay with Wyndham Extra holidays. Final Table Payouts Daniel Weinman - $381,500 Michael Mizrachi - $218,000 Daniel Santoro - $133,525 David Ormsby - $95,375 Erik Seidel - $73,575 Dylan Wilkerson - $57,225
  10. [caption width="640"] Artur Rudziankov became the second WSOP bracelet from the Czech Republic on Monday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Tuesday was supposed to be one of the rare bracelet-free days on the 2017 World Series of Poker schedule, but that wasn't the case thanks to an extended heads-up battle that required a fourth day for one of Monday's final table. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship and $888 Crazy Eights event both plowed through another day. Artur Rudziankov Finishes Off $1,500 NLHE Event Artur Rudziankov and Mario Prats Garcia came back to the Rio on Monday to finish playing heads-up in the latest $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Rudziankov began the day with a 2-1 chip lead and needed just 32 hands to finish off Prats Garcia and become just the second Czech-born player to win a WSOP bracelet. The first Czech player to win a bracelet was Thomas Junek, back in 2012. As coincidence would have it , Junek and Rudziankov are friends and this bracelet win may have created a bit of a friendly rivalry between the two. "He's one of our friends," Rudziankov said. "He is not going to be very happy." Final Table Payouts Artur Rudziankov - $395,910 Mario Prats Garcia - $244,611 Timothy Miles - $176,455 Arman Zolnoorian -$128,645 Christian Rudolph - $94,799 Lee Watkinson - $70,618 John Esposito - $53,184 Martin Kabrhel - $40,500 Scott Lychwick - $31,187 Ian O'Hara Leading $888 Crazy Eights into Final Day Ian O'Hara, considered by a number of players to bethe top American tournament player under the age of 25, might be on the verge of adding a WSOP bracelet to his list of accomplishments. The 23-year-old finished Day 2 of the $888 Crazy Eights NLHE event with the chip lead after bagging up 5,660,000. There are just 28 players remaining in contention for the bracelet and the $888,888 first place prize. The second biggest stack belongs to Romanian Alexandru Papazian with 4,840,000. Other notables in the field include Michael Tureniec, Eric Baldwin and Vlad Darie. The second shortest stack belongs to 2017 bracelet winner and WSOP Player of the Year contender, Ben Yu. He has the 27th largest stack with just 610,000 - just 7.5 big blinds. A fourth-place finish or better would move Yu into the POY lead heading into the the final week of the WSOP. Top 10 Chip Counts Ian O'Hara - 5,660,000 Alexandru Papazian - 4,840,000 Michael Tureniec - 4,640,000 Eric Baldwin - 4,505,000 Vlad Darie - 4,420,000 Guillaume Diaz - 4,090,000 Paul Berger - 3,000,000 Jose Reyes - 2,635,000 Randy Pfeifer - 2,595,000 Toby Price - 2,575,000 Aaron Katz Leads $50K PPC into Day 3, 'Grinder' Lurking In the history of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, Michael Mizrachi has won the event twice and made the final table one other time. On Monday he put himself in position for a fourth deep run, finishing Day 2 with the third biggest stack. Mizrachi bagged up 1,087,000, putting him behind only overall leader Aaron Katz (1,642,000) and Talal Shakerchi (1,480,500). Other notables to make it to Day 3 include Anthony Zinno (863,500), David Bach (735,000) Phil Galfond (719,500), Daniel Negreanu (678,500) and Jason Mercier (592,000). Some of the 43 players who were eliminated on Monday included John Monnette, Mike Gorodinsky, Mike Leah, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Nick Schulman. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Katz - 1,642,000 Talal Shakerchi - 1,480,500 Michael Mizrachi - 1,087,000 Elior Sion - 1,033,500 Andrey Zaichenko - 962,000 Matthew Ashton - 910,500 Gary Benson - 882,000 Anthony Zinno - 863,500 David Bach - 735,000 Jake Abdalla - 731,500 Michael Telker Leads $1,000 NLHE After Day 1 Another $1,000 buy-in NLHE event kicked off on Monday with 1,750 players entering. Through 10 levels of play just 182 remain, including overnight chip leader Michael Telker. Spain's Marco Fernandez sits second with 187,000. The top 10 chip counts includes players from six different nations including Spain, Honduras, China, Brazil, England and the United States. Some of the notables stil alive in this event include Dimitar Danchev, Ankush Mandavia, Jackie Glazier, Eddy Sabat, Parker Talbot, John Monnette, Ismael Bojang, Conor Beresford and Cliff Josephy. Day 2 begins at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Michael Telker - 195,200 Marcos Fernandez - 187,000 Koen Breed - 167,800 Richard Tuhrim - 142,000 Yunsheng Sun - 124,900 Daniel Dealmeida - 117,900 Viet Vo- 113,700 Myron Oliva - 110,300 Daniel Rudd - 107,300 Gilsoo Kim - 107,100 Ryan Laplante, Chris Moorman TOp $1,500 NLHE/PLO Mix After Day 1 1,058 players signed up for the $1,500 NLHE/PLO Mix event but just 166 of them made it through the opening day. Leading the way is 2016 WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Laplante with 245,000. The only other player to bag up more than 200,000 chips was former #1-ranked Chris Moorman. Just three weeks after winning his first WSOP bracelet, Moorman built up a stack of 200,500. Other notables still in the field include Bryce Yockey, Juha Helppi, Steve Gross, Jay Farber and Matt Affleck. Day 2 begins at 2 PM on Tuesday. Top 10 Chip Counts Ryan Laplante - 245,000 Chris Moorman - 200,500 David Schwind - 195,100 Victor Choupeaux - 192,000 Mario Diliberto - 175,000 Khorchidian Nichan - 165,500 Bryce Yockey - 162,000 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos - 140,200 Soheb Porbandarwala - 138,700 Juha Helppi - 132,300
  11. Things are really heating up now in one of the most prestigious events at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Just 12 players remain in the $50K Poker Players Championship, and it’s a former two-time winner who bagged up the chip lead. Meanwhile, a ten-time bracelet winning legend bagged a top five stack. Sunday’s WSOP action also the record-breaking Seniors Event reach a final table, while two events played through Day 1 flights. Here’s all the news from Sunday June 18 at the WSOP. Michael Mizrachi Leads $50K Championship; Ivey, Smith, Glaser, Hennigan Still In It’s set to be a very exciting day at the tables tomorrow, as a tournament with one of the most coveted bracelets on offer edges closer towards a final table. Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship has seen its 87-strong field chopped down to just 12, and it’s two-time winner Michael Mizrachi who again holds the overnight chip lead, having ended Day 2 as chip leader too. [caption id="attachment_619602" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Could Mizrachi Win It a Third Time?[/caption] Mizrachi ended play with 4,232,000, and he’s most closely followed by Mike Leah with 3,134,000, and Aaron Katz with 2,480,000. The rest of the field is a who’s who of the game, with ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey finishing with the fourth biggest stack (2,146,000). Three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser (1,967,000) is still in the hunt, while Dan Smith seeks his first bracelet (1,816,000). Five-time bracelet winner John Hennigan is looking for his second bracelet of the summer (1,458,000), while Greg Mueller, Brian Rast, Chris Vitch, and Shaun Deeb are all hoping to add more WSOP jewellery to their collections. At the bottom of the counts is Jean-Robert Bellande, who is in bad shape with just 213,000. They’re all in the money though, with 14 players paid and Mike Gorodinsky the unfortunate bubble boy. He ran pocket kings into pocket aces to cooler his way out. Everyone in this tournament is a notable name, but a few other bust-outs they saw today include Jason Mercier (28th), Daniel Negreanu (26th), and defending champion Elior Sion (23rd). There’s $1,239,126 for the champ, as well as the prestige and the bracelet. The guaranteed pay-out right now is $88,627, with action set to resume at 2pm Monday. Full Chip Counts: Michael Mizrachi - 4,232,000 Mike Leah - 3,134,000 Aaron Katz - 2,480,000 Phil Ivey - 2,146,000 Benny Glaser - 1,967,000 Dan Smith - 1,816,000 John Hennigan - 1,458,000 Greg Mueller - 1,439,000 Brian Rast - 1,167,000 Chris Vitch - 1,160,000 Shaun Deeb - 533,000 Jean-Robert Bellande - 213,000 Final Table Set in Seniors Event Event #34: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship broke records for the largest ever Day 1 in history back on Friday. Now, after Day 3, just eight of the 5,919-strong field remain. It’s final table time. Gary Friedlander is in pole position coming in, having bagged a chip lead with 8,080,000. He’s followed by Bill Stabler (6,085,000) and Matthew Davis (6,010,000). Day 3 began with 101 players returning for their shot at the bracelet and the massive $662,983 first-place prize. All eight have locked up $76,204 for their efforts, and they’ll return at 11am Monday to play down to a champ. Final Table Chip Counts: Gary Friedlander - 8,080,000 Bill Stabler - 6,085,000 Matthew Davis - 6,010,000 Bill Bennett - 2,735,000 Frank Berry - 2,090,000 Rachel Delatorre - 1,645,000 Joseph Schulman - 1,510,000 Scott Hamilton-Hill - 1,455,000 Big Names Out for Double Stack Day 1B Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em chalked up its Day 1B flight on Sunday, with a massive 3,314 entries, which when added to the Day 1A field makes 5,700 total entries. Just 1,285 of them would make it through both flights, and today it was Mike Tayakama who bagged up the most. He ended with 177,400, while there were many notable survivors including bracelet winners Loni Harwood (23,000), Chris Moorman (67,200), Niall Farrell (58,000), Bertrand Grospellier (20,700), and Chris Ferguson (12,200). Others to advance include Giuseppe Pantaleo (131,600), Anatoly Filatov (9,500), Harry Lodge (6,500), Manig Loeser (28,700), and Ari Engel (38,800). Day 2 kicks off at 12pm Monday, with only 855 of them making the money. A min-cash will be worth $1,500, while the eventual champ will get $644,224. Top 10 Stacks: Mike Takayama - 177,400 Eimantas Adomavicius - 168,500 Vinny Pahuja - 167,100 Fabrizzo Dagostino - 164,200 Chahn Jung - 147,500 Pablo Fernandez - 146,500 Rulah Divine - 145,100 Cher Vang - 139,700 Benjamin Jones - 132,400 Giuseppe Pantaleo - 131,600 Another Mizrachi Bags Big While his brother Michael is chip-leading the $50K, Robert Mizrachi was doing good work himself over in Event #35: $1,500 Mixed Omaha. The tournament, which rotates between Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and Big O (5-Card PLO/8), got 751 total entries. But now, with Day 2 in the books, there are 31 players remaining. Mizrachi almost had the overnight chip lead, but in the last few hands of the night his 439,000 was pipped to the post by James Alexander (466,500) and Gabriel Ramos (452,000). Ryan Hughes (276,000), Jon Turner (218,000), Carol Fuchs (215,000), Mark Gregorich (176,500), and Bart Hanson (35,000) will also be returning Monday. The same can’t be said for this lot, who crashed out today: Martin Staszko (103rd - $2,258), Andrew Barber (84th - $2,444), Calen McNeil (71st - $2,444), Max Pescatori (69th - $2,631), Barry Greenstein (53rd - $3,256), Erik Seidel (43rd - $3,741) and Phil Hellmuth (35th - $5,252). Prior to the bubble bursting, Dan Heimiller, Connor Drinan, Chris Ferguson, and Stephen Chidwick were all eliminated. Play continues at 2pm Monday, and the plan is to play down to a winner, who will receive $211,781. Top 10 Stacks: James Alexander - 466,500 Gabriel Ramos - 452,000 Robert Mizrachi - 439,000 Eddie Blumenthal - 343,500 Chip Jett - 292,500 Christopher Carey - 290,000 Ryan Hughes - 276,000 Robert Jackson - 249,500 Jon Turner - 218,000 Carol Fuchs - 215,000 Super Seniors Out For Day 1 If you were 60 or over and busted out of the Seniors Event today, chances are you went and hopped straight into Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. This one got a massive field of 2,191 runners today. Ten levels later and just 347 remain. Clifford Matthews can call himself chip leader overnight with 137,900, but Henri Bisson isn’t far behind with 130,000. A few notables we lost today include Marcel Luske, TJ Cloutier, Neil Bluminfield and Dan Harrington. Action resumes at 11am Monday, with only 329 players making the money ($1,500 min cash). Top 10 Stacks: Clifford Mathews - 137,900 Henri Bisson - 130,000 Steven Wenrich - 122,300 Charles Zis - 109,300 Jeff Heiberg - 103,600 Tim Ebenhoeh - 95,800 Michael Rice - 93,300 Donald Clause - 90,900 Jeffrey Weber - 90,600 Alan Marks - 86,100 PLO Giant Continues On Sunday, there was also another starting flight in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha. The flight attracted 429 runners, but only 23 of those will proceed to Day 2. Tim Andrew leads with 1,375,000 after 21 20-minute levels. Other to advance include Yoni Basin (1,130,000), Russell Sartin (1,025,000), Layne Flack, (825,000), Steve Gagliano (795,000), Sandeep Pulusani(670,000) and Joon Park (495,000). Some of those who made the cash but couldn’t find a big were Thomas Taylor (31st - $861), Ylon Schwartz (37th - $750), Kevin MacPhee (45th - $750), Mikhail Semin (55th - $605), Chris Back (57th - $605), Danny Wong (64th - $560), and Dan Zack (65th - $560). There will be another starting flight next week. Top 10 Day 1C Stacks: Tim Andrew - 1,375,000 Yoni Basin - 1,130,000 Russell Sartin - 1,025,000 Layne Flack - 825,000 Steve Gagliano - 795,000 Sandeep Pulusani - 670,000 Joon Park - 495,000 Robert Covert - 335,000 Jeff Miller - 270,000 Greg Aversa - 97,000
  12. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Listen in this week as Lance Bradley and Matt Clark discuss Michael Mizrachi's third Poker Players Championship victory and whether or not that guarantees him a place in the Poker Hall of Fame once he's eligible. They also wax poetically about John Hennigan and whether or not the poker world doesn't appreciate the five-time bracelet winner enough. They wrap up the episode by getting into the details of the Alex Foxen-Kristen Bicknell win at the Venetian and the controversy that followed. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  13. One of the most prestigious bracelets of the 2018 World Series of Poker was awarded today, and it went to a man who has now won the event an unprecedented three times. Tuesday also saw one other bracelet handed out. It was almost a three-bracelet day, but two players ended the Super Seniors event heads-up, so we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find who will take down their first WSOP gold. Here’s all the news from June 19. Michael Mizrachi Wins $50K PPC for a Third Time Maybe it was on the cards all the way back on Day 2. Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi bagged the chip lead that night in Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and then finished Day 3 as the chip leader too. He then had by far the biggest stack after Day 4, entering Tuesday’s final table in pole position. Now, The Grinder is a four-time bracelet winner, a three-time PPC champion, and $1,239,126 richer. "It's quite an accomplishment," Mizrachi said after the victory. "To win the first one was amazing. The second one was great. The third one is unheard of.” Mizrachi’s journey through this final table was almost entirely smooth sailing, despite such a tricky line-up. "I never had big swings this whole tournament," he admitted. "All the cards went my way. I hit a bunch of hands. Everything went my way. I just won every pot.” Aaron Katz was the first to fall today, when his top pair was outdrawn by Benny Glaser’s bottom pair and backdoor flush draw. Glaser and Mike Leah remained the short stacks during five-handed play, and ultimately Glaser would exit in fifth. He lost a large chunk of his stack in a stud hand, when he made a value bet with two pair on seventh street only for John Hennigan to call with a better two pair. Leah then felted Glaser a little later in a 2-7 hand. Leah managed a double up shortly after, but that couldn’t prevent him from finishing in fourth, busting to Mizrachi in a PLO pot. Dan Smith would then depart in a limit hold’em hand. Smith had an open-ended straight draw to Hennigan’s ace-high with two overs, but the board bricked for Smith. Hennigan, a former PPC winner, lost two big 2-7 hands to Mizrachi right off the bat in heads-up play. It all ended in NLHE, with Hennigan shoving a flop with an open-ender and Grinder calling with a pair and flush draw which hit on the turn. A huge crowd then burst onto the stage to congratulate your 2018 $50K PPC champion, Michael Mizrachi. Final Table Results: Michael Mizrachi - $1,239,126 John Hennigan - $765,837 Dan Smith - $521,782 Mike Leah - $364,197 Benny Glaser - $260,578 Aaron Katz - $191,234 China’s Yueqi Zhu Finishes the Job in $1,500 Mixed Omaha Only three players returned Tuesday in Event #35: $1,500 Mixed Omaha, and Yueqi Zhu of China had a dominating lead with almost 80% of the chips in play. [caption id="attachment_619627" align="aligncenter" width="628"] Yueqi Zhu Takes It Down[/caption] It didn’t take long for Zhu to seal the deal today and win his first WSOP bracelet. The only player who already had a bracelet, Carol Fuchs, went out in third, followed by a brief heads-up match versus Gabriel Ramos. Zhu had a 10:1 advantage, but Ramos almost doubled up when his top set was all-in versus Zhu’s wrap in a PLO-8 hand. Zhu’s draw then completed to give him the win. After more than 12 years of grinding at the WSOP and some 70 cashes, including a second-place finish back in 2006, Zhu is now a bracelet winner and $211,781 richer. Final Table Results: Yueqi Zhu - $211,781 Gabriel Ramos - $130,850 Carol Fuchs - $89,488 Matthew Gregoire - $62,226 Jon Turner - $44,007 Peter Neff - $31,662 Ryan Hughes - $23,182 20 Remain in Double Stack Day 3 of Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em played out today, taking the field from 162 (of 5,700 total) down to just 20. Keith Ferrera holds the overnight lead with a stack of 7,550,000, more than 2 million in chips more than the closest competitor, Tomas Teran Paredes (5,050,000). Robert Peacock completes the top three stacks with 4,500,000. Other notables returning tomorrow include Matt Stout (3,920,000), Joshua Turner (3,905,000), Pfizer Jordan (2,450,000), Pablo Fernandez (1,760,000), Ramin Hajiyev (1,420,000) and WSOP bracelet winner Andrey Zaichenko (1,205,000). Throughout the course of action we lost the likes of Jake Bazeley (141st place), WSOP bracelet winners Phil Hui (107th place), Anthony Spinella (101st place), Nipun Java (87th place) and Tony Dunst (69th place), as well as Maria Lampropulos (79th place), Isaac Baron (66th place), Mike Del Vecchio (51st place) and Matt Berkey (24th place). All 20 are guaranteed a $22,122 payday, but it’s the $644,224 first-place prize they’re really after. Action resumes at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Keith Ferrera - 7,550,000 Tomas Teran Paredes - 5,050,000 Robert Peacock - 4,500,000 James Ostrowski - 3,985,000 Matt Stout - 3,920,000 Joshua Turner - 3,905,000 Steven Tymms - 3,575,000 Daniel Eichhorn - 3,300,000 Don Johnson - 2,690,000 Pfizer Jordan - 2,450,000 Two Set to Return to Battle for Super Seniors Action ended heads-up after Day 3 of the Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em, with Robert Beach holding a massive chip lead over Farhintaj Bonyadi. Beach will return tomorrow with 9,010,000 to Bonyadj’s 1,975,000. The runner-up will receive $192,397, while the winner will bank $311,451. Action kicks back off at 11am tomorrow, with blinds at 50K/100K. Check back tomorrow to find out if Beach can get the job done. Stud Championship Reaches Final Table A final table has been set in Event #38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. With eight players of the 83-strong field left, it’s Yaniv Birman who enters the finale as chip leader. Birman bagged up 958,000 - 40 big bets, and he’s followed by multiple bracelet winner Jesse Martin (916,000). Mixed game beasts Ben Yu (559,000), James Obst (216,000), and Matt Grapenthien (507,000) will also return tomorrow. Throughout the day we lost the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jordan Siegel, Michael McKenna, Perry Friedman and Todd Brunson. All eight have locked up $23,443, while there’s $236,238 up top. Play kicks back off at 2pm Wednesday. Final Table Stacks: Yaniv Birman - 958,000 Jesse Martin - 916,000 Ben Yu - 559,000 Matt Grapenthien - 507,000 Lee Salem - 473,000 Joseph Cappello - 360,000 James Obst - 216,000 Lars Gronning - 168,000 First Round in $1,500 SHOOTOUT Done Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT kicked off today, with 908 runners hoping to win their first table in order to proceed. 100 players did just that, and there are some big names amongst them. Phil Hellmuth took down his table to become one of the first Day 2 players, defeating the likes of Heidi May and Maurice Hawkins. Other notables to advance include reigning WSOP Main Event Champion Scott Blumstein, last year's runner-up in this event Thomas Boivin, as well as Steven Wolansky, Rep Porter, 2014 Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson, Matthew Waxman, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Arkadiy Tsinis, Justin Liberto, and William Kakon. Where there are survivors there must be casualties. Some of those who couldn’t make it through today include Ryan Riess, Qui Nguyen, Joe Cada, Erik Seidel, Joe McKeehen, Brian Yoon, Mark Radoja, Michael Gagliano, Barny Boatman, Humberto Brenes, Annette Obrestad, Niall Farrell, Taylor Paur, Chris Moorman, John Racener, Brian Hastings, David Peters, Calvin Anderson, Frank Kassela, Jennifer Tilly and Jeff Madsen. Round 2 begins at 12pm Wednesday. There’s $236,498 for the eventual champ, while all 100 players have now won $5,227. Big Bets All Round The second new event to begin on Tuesday was Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. 205 players took their shot, but after ten levels just 51 remain. Naoya Kihara holds the overnight chip lead with 119,700, followed by Dario Sammartino with 117,000. Plenty of other big names have advanced, including the red-hot John Hennigan (111,850), fresh from his $50K runner-up finish. Six-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro also had a good day, chip leading for much of it before ending with 90,000. Andrew Kelsall (66,200), Mike Matusow (72,300), Eli Elezra (70,000), David "ODB" Baker (41,075), Barry Greenstein (27,375), and Brian Rast (23,150) also advanced. Play resumes at 2pm Wednesday with 31 players making the money. A min-cash is worth $3,777, while there’s $122,138 for the champ. Top 10 Stacks: Naoya Kihara - 119,700 Dario Sammartino - 117,650 Scott Bohlman - 114,000 John Hennigan - 111,850 Daniel Harmetz - 100,000 Jeff Lisandro - 90,000 John Racener - 88,400 Brandon Shack-Harris - 84,100 Stuart Rutter - 77,250 Aaron Rogers - 73,325 Tomorrow’s Action (June 20) There are two new events ready to get going on Wednesday. First up is Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, kicking off at 11am. However, arguably the more exciting of the two is Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller, which begins at 3pm. James Calderaro took that one down last year, defeating a final table that included the likes of Dario Sammartino, Dan Smith, and Ben Tollerene to claim the $1,289,074 winner’s prize.
  14. 5 Things is a column, written by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley, that covers pressing topics and current events in the poker world today. It appears periodically at PocketFives.com. The final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2018 World Series of Poker had almost everything you'd want from that event. Michael Mizrachi going for an almost unbelievable third PPC title in nine years. John Hennigan looking to become the third player to win multi PPC titles. Dan Smith going for his first WSOP bracelet. The 2018 PPC saw just 87 players - the second lowest turnout in the history of the event and a far cry from the all-time high of 148. To the mixed game players who circle the dates of this event on the calendar every year, the Poker Players Championship is a big deal. Yet to those same players, it simply felt more like Event #33 and seemingly no more important or worth celebrating more than Event #8 ($2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball) or Event #45 ($1,000 Big Blind Antes No Limite Hold'em 30 Minute Levels). It didn't unnoticed by one of the event's biggest advocates, David Baker. Baker, who plays the event every year, isn't wrong. Say what you will about former WSOP commissioner Jeffrey Pollack and his dubious place in poker history, but he understood what the PPC was - a significant event on the calendar and an opportunity for the WSOP to celebrate the best players in the game. Following the passing of Chip Reese, the first player to ever win the event, the WSOP created the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and awarded it, along with the bracelet, to the winner of the event. In 2006, the first year after Reese's death, players were invited to be part of the unveiling of the trophy along with a special "Shuffle Up and Deal". Tables were set up to give players more space and give fans watching on the rail the understanding that this wasn't just another tournament. This year there was nothing like that and it's time that this event receives more celebration in the lead-up and more pomp and circumstance during the five days that it takes place each summer. Here are the Five Things the WSOP could do to give the Poker Players Championship its proper due. Opening Ceremony This seems like a low-cost no-brainer. The opening flights of the Main Event all have a special "Shuffle Up and Deal" announcement from a former champion or prominent player. There are nine former PPC Champions still with us. Having all of them on hand for the start of the tournament to welcome players and fans alike would add a special moment that only increases in importance each year. It also provides another opportunity to celebrate the first champ - Reese - and the trophy named for him. Fan Friendly Set Up Poker as a spectator sport struggles at the best of times. The ESPN mothership at the WSOP provides stadium seating and a big-time event feel, but the first four days of the event play out like any other event. Creating an area inside the Amazon Room specifically for this event and allowing fans on the rail to be able to walk on the outside the cordoned off area is a vast improvement over what the event has now and gives them better access to some of the game's best players. Special Felt The event is played at six-handed tables. Using the largest PPC field in history (148 in 2007 and 2008), that means 25 tables would be in play. Putting an event-specific felt on each of those tables would give the players the feeling that they're part of something special, not just another event. Choose a color other than green and it helps the fans on the rail understand that this event is different. Improved Live Stream Offering This time last year, the PPC wasn't livestreamed at all. PokerGO stepped up in a big, big way this year and gave fans not just the final table on PokerGO, but Day 4 coverage on Twitch. Let's take it even further for 2019 and livestream this tournament from the beginning. PokerGO producers would be able to choose which of poker's biggest stars - the ratings draws - were featured early and the fans benefit. It also allows viewers at home the chance to see the opening ceremony, the fan-friendly setup and the unique look and feel offered by the special felt. Find a Sponsor This is the hardest of the five by far, but if WSOP executives can make the first four items happen, the fifth one becomes easier. The Poker Players Championship presented by ... works so long as that sponsor not only puts money into the WSOP's coffers but adds value for the players as well. Even if it's $50,000 so that the winner gets a freeroll the next year, it's a start down a path many players have hoped poker would take for a long time.
  15. It’s finally here! After more than a month of awesome action and anticipation, the $10,000 Main Event is upon us at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Monday saw Day 1A kick off, but it also saw some other events begin to wind down. It’ll by no means be a quiet end to the PLO Giant, Crazy Eights, or $10K Stud 8 though, as they all have big names still remaining. Here’s all the news from July 2. $10,000 Main Event Kicks Off, Defending Champ Blumstein Out Well, one thing’s for sure right off the bat: we’re going to see a new champion this year. It was always going to be a super long shot that Scott Blumstein could go back-to-back (like, super long), but his elimination today means a new Main Event champ will be crowned in 13 days. The day saw 925 runners take their seats, and when all was said and done after five two-hour levels just 661 remained. Timothy Lau bagged up the chip lead, spinning his 50,000 starting up to 338,700 by the time the bags were brought out. He’s joined at the top by fellow American Truyen Nguyen with 324,800, and the UK’s Chris Fraser with 316,100. Matt Berkey had a good opening day, ending with 185,600, just behind Kevin ‘Phwap’ Boudreau with 186,300. Alexandru Papazian (147,100), Gordon Vayo (87,100), former Main Event champions Joe Hachem (84,700), Scotty Nguyen (84,400) and Joe McKeehen (36,200), as well as Erik Seidel (72,100) will all be back for Day 2. Alas, Blumstein won’t. He check-called all the way on a low board with pocket tens, only for Brian Yoon to hit running spades giving him the nut flush. He wasn’t the only former Main Event winner to bust though, with Qui Nguyen and Jerry Yang also hitting the rail, alongside the likes of Brian Rast, Christopher Andler, Felipe Ramos, Stephen Chidwick, Chance Kornuth, former football star Richard Seymour and Jonathan Little. Seymour repped the celebrity world away from the felt, and was joined by actor Kevin Pollak (71,300) and comedian Ray Romano (61,100). WSOP commentator David Tuchman (111,000) also advanced. Attention now turns to setting up for Day 1B tomorrow, which kicks off at 11am. Check back with PocketFives tomorrow for all the latest on that one. Top 10 Day 1A Stacks: Timothy Lau - 338,700 Truyen Nguyen - 324,800 Chris Fraser - 316,100 David McCaw - 220,400 John Vossoughi - 220,300 Matthew Davidow - 216,600 Frank Crivello - 215,000 Casey McCarrel - 206,200 Eric Hicks - 204,000 Tristan Bain - 193,200 Mizrachi Headlines PLO Giant Finale, Seeks 2nd Bracelet of Summer Whether the buy-in is $50K or $365, it doesn’t seem to stop Michael Mizrachi from playing his best. The Grinder ended Day 2 in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha fifth in chips out of the remaining nine, and will therefore headline Tuesday’s final table. Mizrachi came into the day as chip leader, and added to his big stack early in the day. He’d end with 10,150,000, putting him in the middle of the pack. It’s Srinivas Balasubramanian who holds a big chip lead though. His 18,325,000 is comfortably out in front of his closest competitor, Robert Cicchelli with 11,055,000. All players are now guaranteed $10,25, but there’s $116,015 up top for the winner. Can Mizrachi win his fifth bracelet and second of the summer? We’ll find out tomorrow when play resumes on the final table at 2pm. Final Table Stacks: Srinivas Balasubramanian - 18,325,000 Robert Cicchelli - 11,055,000 Pete Arroyos - 10,550,000 Tim Andrew - 10,425,000 Michael Mizrachi - 10,150,000 Kevin Nomberto - 7,700,000 James Sievers - 5,450,000 Sandeep Pulusani - 4,375,000 Raymond Walton - 3,075,000 Moorman Among Final 29 in Crazy Eights There was another big name headlining the 29 survivors over in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ended Day 2 bagging chips, and will return tomorrow with 2,620,000. It’s Galen ‘Turk Malloy’ Hall who chip leads overnight though, ending the day with 6,595,000. He’s followed by Paul ‘pvas2’ Vas Nunes with 6,410,000, Hunter Frey with 5,730,000, and Men Nguyen with 3,350,000. There were a bunch of notable bust-outs today, including Martin Jacobson, Jeff Madsen, Eric Baldwin, Jeremy Ausmus, Mike Leah, and Ryan Riess. Day 3 begins at 2pm with blinds at 30K/60K. There’s $888,888 up top, and they’re all guaranteed $22,292 right now. Top 10 Stacks: Galen Hall - 6,595,000 Paul Vas Nunes - 6,410,000 Hunter Frey - 5,730,000 Men Nguyen - 3,350,000 Arthur Conan - 3,140,000 Alexandre Novaes - 2,835,000 Franz-Xaver Ditz - 2,745,000 Eduards Kudrjavcevs - 2,730,000 Chris Moorman - 2,620,000 Michael Barlow - 2,600,000 Vitch Leads Again With 14 Left in $10K Stud8 Defending champion Chris Vitch is once again the overnight chip leader in Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. He’s putting up an incredible title defence, and leads the 14 Day 2 survivors with a 1,014,000 stack. Other notables through to tomorrow include Scott Bohlman (883,000), Bryce Yockey (539,000), and Ken Aldridge (538,000), Andrew Kelsall (506,000), Jesse Martin (506,000), Tom Koral (392,000), and Mike Watson (348,000). Vitch won $320,193 for his win in this one last year, and if he can take it down again he’ll bank more than that, with $364,387 up top. A few notables who cashed in this one today include Andrew Yeh (22nd - $14,739), Tim Finne (21st - $14,739), Daniel Negreanu (20th - $14,739), Yuval Bronshtein (19th - $14,739), Jose Paz-Gutierrez (18th - $14,739), Tim Marsters (17th - $14,739), and Richard Sklar (16th - $16,439). The same can’t be said for Benny Glaser, Adam Friedman, Shirley Rosario, Shaun Deeb, David Benyamine, and bubble boy Chris Klodnicki, who all busted prior to the money. Final 14 Stacks: Chris Vitch - 1,014,000 Scott Bohlman - 883,000 Bryce Yockey - 539,000 Ken Aldridge - 538,000 Andrew Kelsall - 506,000 Jesse Martin - 506,000 Dan Matsuzuki - 418,000 Tom Koral - 392,000 Mike Watson - 348,000 Jack Duong - 343,000 Jerry Wong - 340,000 Andrew Rennhack - 338,000 Daham Wang - 284,000 Joseph Michael - 250,000 Roland Israelashvili - 231,000
  16. Two big names in the poker world picked up their first and third bracelets on Sunday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Both are regulars in Bobby’s Room, playing the highest stakes mixed games going. They’re both pretty good at tournaments too, as they proved today. Meanwhile, the Crazy Eights event played through another two starting flights, while the $365 PLO Giant starting flights end with a four-time bracelet winner as overall chip leader. Another $10K Championship kicked off too. Here’s everything you need to know from July 1. Phil Galfond Claims Bracelet #3 in $10K PLO 8 ($567,788) Legendary online cash game player and Run It Once founder Phil Galfond picked up his third WSOP bracelet on Sunday, taking down Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship for a massive $567,788 score. Galfond has had quite a few weeks, what with the upcoming launch of his online site, the announcement that he’s expecting his first child with his wife Farah, and now another WSOP win for his incredible CV. "There's nothing like the first [bracelet], so that stands ahead," Galfond said afterwards. "It still feels really good, on par with the second. I just ran really hot at the right time. I ran bad all summer, so I was saving it up for now. Now, it's even.” Galfond defeated Michael McKenna heads-up for the title, after hitting a pair in all-in-pre pot. McKenna racks up another close call, having finished fourth in a $1,500 Razz event earlier this summer. Other notables to final table this one include Chad Power (4th - $168,725), Chris Lee (5th - $120,263), Marco Johnson (6th - $87,830), and David ‘ODB’ Baker (7th - $65,579). Galfond was facing a 2:1 chip deficit versus McKenna, but found a way to get it done. Galfond said he’ll now turn his attention back to the launch of Run It Once Poker. "It feels like we're almost there and finally I'll be free," he said. "But, I can only imagine there's going to be more work once we launch the poker site. I'd like to find a way to play more poker because I really miss it. But, Run it Once poker is going to be the first priority." Final Table Results: Phil Galfond - $567,788 Michael McKenna - $350,922 Ali Abduljabbar - $240,497 Chad Power - $168,275 Chris Lee - $120,263 Marco Johnson - $87,830 David “ODB” Baker - $65,579 Chase Steely - $50,086 Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet in $5K 6-Max ($616,302) [caption id="attachment_619806" align="aligncenter" width="648"] JRB Wines and Dines with First Bracelet[/caption] Sunday started with a six-handed final table set in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed. Jean-Robert Bellande led the survivors (see what we did there?), and he had a strategy coming in: https://twitter.com/BrokeLivingJRB/status/1013515157513781248 It wasn’t an outrageous call that ended it though. More like an easy one, when Dean Lyall shoved with ace-three off heads-up, and Bellande woke up with pocket queens which held. A similar story saw him bust Kacper Pyzara in sixth (ace-seven into Bellande’s pocket jacks). Eric Blair fell in fifth, followed by Tan Nguyen in fourth and Andrew Graham in third. Bellande began heads-up play with a 2:1 chip lead, and kept the pressure on before taking it down. “I had a blast,” Bellande said after his win. “I had so much fun during this tournament, not just winning but mixing it up. Six-handed is cool because you’re always in action. The guys were all fun. We just had a good time. Every day we just had a blast.” Final Table Results: Jean-Robert Bellande - $616,302 Dean Lyall - $380,595 Andrew Graham - $254,684 Tan Nguyen - $173,598 Eric Blair - $120,669 Kacper Pyzara - $85,570 Michael Mizrachi Leads PLO GIANT Well whaddaya know? After five starting flights in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha, it’s none other than Michael Mizrachi who tops the overall chip counts. Day 1E played out today with 1,247 players taking a shot. Play ended with just 79 survivors, with Mizrachi topping tonight’s counts with 1,845,000 - more than any other end-of-day leader. Other notables to advance today include Robert Dukes (1,530,000), Srinivas Balasubramanian (1,245,000), Mark Darner (1,165,000), Nick Guagenti (1,125,000), four-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche (360,000), and bracelet winners Robert Cheung (345,000) and Arne Kern (370,000). Day 2 begins at 2pm Monday, with everyone guaranteed $843. Michael Mizrachi - 1,845,000 Robert Dukes - 1,530,000 Srinivas Balasubramanian - 1,245,000 Mark Darner - 1,165,000 Nick Guagenti - 1,125,000 Cherie Baber - 530,000 James Hoppner - 435,000 Arne Kern - 370,000 Dominik Nitsche - 360,000 Robert Cheung - 345,000 Moorman, Salsberg Top Final Starting Flights in CRAZY EIGHTS All four starting flights have now ended in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed, with two notables bagging up the biggest stacks. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman topped the 2,492 runners in Day 1C, bagging up 511,000. The former PocketFives #1 and all-time money leader was the only player to eclipse 400Km, with 140 players advancing. Other notables to get through that flight included Eric Baldwin (250,000), Mohsin Charania (307,000), and Kevin Eyster (287,000). Day 1C Top 10 Stacks: Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman - 511,000 Franz Ditz - 381,000 Christophe De Meulder - 321,000 Mohsin Charania - 307,000 Kevin Eyster - 287,000 Mark McGovern - 276,000 Fabrice Casano - 275,000 Marvin Rettenmaier - 242,000 Champie Douglas - 229,000 David Jackson - 151,000 Later in the day saw an additional 2,495 entries add to the overall prize pool. Matt Salsbarg would lead the 138 survivors on 1D, bagging 483,000. Joining him at the top of the counts include Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer (254,000) and Ashton Griffin (170,000). All survivors will now join together at 2pm Monday for Day 2. Everyone is guaranteed $1,331. Day 1D Top 10 Stacks: Matt Salsberg - 483,000 Han WoolJang - 356,000 Au Ngo - 318,000 Ami Barer - 254,000 Dylan Wilkerson - 249,000 James Alexander - 183,000 Maurice Hawkins - 175,000 Ashton Griffin - 170,000 Andy Spears - 164,000 Alexander Kuzmin - 155,000 Chris Vitch Looks to Defend Title, Chip Leads $10K Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Yet another Championship event kicked off on Sunday, with Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship attracting 133 runners. After ten levels of play on Day 1, the chip leader is none other than defending champion Chris Vitch. Vitch bagged up 279,500, topping the 63 who made it through. He’s followed by Daham Wang (276,500), Stuart Rutter (236,000), Terrence Hastoo (220,000), and Ryan Miller (207,500). It might be early days, but if Vitch can continue the way he’s started and take this one down, he’ll join Matt Matros and Loren Klein as the only players to win a bracelet in three consecutive years. Daniel Negreanu will also be back tomorrow, bagging up 76,500. David Benyamine (166,500), Jesse Martin (158,500), Eric Rodawig (79,500), Mike Sexton (72,000), Tom Koral (189,000), Scott Bohlman (156,000), Max Pescatori (85,500), Adam Friedman (79,000), James Obst (68,000), and Robert Mizrachi (35,500) will also return. The same can’t be said for Eli Elezra, Esther Taylor, Frank Kassela, Scott Seiver, Brandon Shack-Harris, Erik Seidel, Allen Kessler, Mike Matusow, John Hennigan, Jeff Lisandro, and Brian Hastings, all of whom hit the rail today. Registration is still open until the beginning of Day 2 at 2pm tomrorow, so there’s a chance those who busted could re-enter. Top 10 Stacks: Chris Vitch - 279,500 Daham Wang - 276,500 Stuart Rutter - 236,000 Terrence Hastoo - 220,000 Ryan Miller - 207,500 Soner Osman - 202,000 Jose Paz - 195,000 Tom Koral - 189,000 David Prociak - 177,500 Tim Finne - 168,500 Tomorrow’s Action (July 2) We’ve reached that point, guys. It’s here. Monday sees only one event kick off, but it’s a big one. The biggest one of all. Day 1A of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship begins at 11am, with Day 1s following for the following two days after.
  17. In June, the poker world is consumed with results and stories coming out of the World Series of Poker. This year was no different with players, like Michael Mizrachi, accomplishing previously inconceivable feats and legends, like Doyle Brunson, hinting that their time playing the game may have finally come to an end. Here are some of the biggest stories that made headlines in the month of June. World Series of Poker Takeover If you follow poker, then it is impossible to get away from the World Series of Poker in June and here at PocketFives, we brought you wire-to-wire coverage of the biggest tournaments taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas. Some of the biggest names in the game were crushing the highest stakes and taking home new hardware to add to their poker legacy. Additionally, amateurs were making dreams come true by winning life-changing money and fulfilling their poker dreams. Relive some of the summer glory by checking out some of the most popular headlines from the WSOP. Read: Siever Takes Down $10K Limit, Nguyen Wins MONSTER Stack Read: WSOP Social Media Fun Ramps Up In Week One Read: Just How The **** Are You Supposed To Bead John Smith? Read: Matt Mendez ‘Goes From Cards’ And Chips To WSOP History Maker Doyle Brunson Hints At Retirement In the midst of the 2018 World Series of Poker, news came down that Doyle Brunson - who had given up WSOP tournaments in recent years - registered for the $10K No Limit Deuce To Seven event. It was “probably the last one I’ll ever play.” he tweeted. However, after comments he had made to Poker Central, it looked as if this was not only his last tournament but that he was planning on walking away from the game of poker at the end of the summer. “I’m planning on retiring after the summer,” Brunson said citing that he wished to spend more time with his wife Louise, who was in declining health. Brunson then went on a deep run in Event #23, eventually finishing in seventh place. He tipped his hat and left the Rio to a standing ovation. Brunson has not yet stepped away from the game, regularly appearing both in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio as well as on camera playing the highest mixed games on PokerGO. He had recently commented that his wife has been feeling better. Read: Doyle Brunson Spent 30 Hours Taking the Poker World Back In Time Read: Doyle Brunson Announces Retirement, Goes Deep in $10K 2-7 Shaun Deeb Wins Third WSOP Bracelet “I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle in every event I can and just enjoy myself.” - Shaun Deeb, Back in June, the writing was on the wall. Former #1-ranked PocketFives member Shaun Deeb was on a heater and on a collision course with the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year award. Deeb picked up his third WSOP bracelet this summer when he outlasted Ben Yu heads-up in the $25K PLO event during Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller for a massive score of $1.4 million. Deeb went on to pick up his fourth bracelet of the summer during Event #74: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Big Blind Ante for another $814K - essentially propelling him to his first WSOP Player of the Year title. Read: WSOP - Former #1 Shaun Deeb Wins $25K PLO For 3rd Bracelet ($1.4M) Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi Wins His Third $50K PPC Title The $50K Poker Players Championship is still one of the most coveted titles in poker. Which makes it all the more impressive that in June of 2018 Michael Mizrachi took down the event for an incredible third time, beating Poker Hall of Fame member John Hennigan heads-up for the title. “It’s quite an accomplishment,” Mizrachi said, reflecting on his win. “To win the first one was amazing. The second was great. The third one is unheard of.” His third PPC victory was the fourth bracelet win of his career and awarded him a $1.2 million payday. It was the sixth seven-figure cash of his storied career. Read: WSOP - Michael Mizrachi Wins Third $50K PPC Title ($1.23M) Read: 5 Things - The Poker Players Champions Deserves More Celebration Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell Chop Venetian $5K A tinge of controversy surrounded the $5,000 $1 Million Guaranteed Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event at the Venetian when well-known poker power couple Kristen Bicknell and Alex Foxen ended up chopping the event heads-up. Foxen, the high-roller powerhouse, officially took home the win, the trophy and $239,000 for first. His better-half Bicknell, took home $200,000 as the runner-up. However, after the tournament, there were some accusations of soft-play on social media between the couple. When the play became three-handed, Kahle Burns declined a three-way deal. When he fell in third place for $120,000, there was some over-analysis of hands that were played on the live stream and discussion over how to handle a situation where an actual couple is competing at a final table. Read: Alex Foxen Tops Venetian $5K To Headline Non-WSOP Events ‘C Darwin2’ Takes Down June PLB It was yet another month at the top of the PocketFives Monthly PLB for the Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ in June. He had held over the rankings for the better part of 2018 and his dominance continued into early summer. Despite pulling back on volume, ‘C Darwin2’ managed a few major scores in June. In the first week he took down the Winamax Mini Las Vegas High Roller for $46,404. He also managed a runner-up finish in the June 17 edition of the PokerStars $2,100 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $25,000. In total, he posted eight five-figure scores in the month. In the end, it wasn’t really a close race in June as ‘C Darwin2’ held a nearly 1000 PLB point lead over his closest competition, Denmark’s ‘x_zola25’.
  18. The first gold bracelet won every summer at the World Series of Poker is always a special one. For the winner, it’s an unbelievable thrill, a tone setter, a bankroll booster, and a stress reliever all at once. For the media and fans, it’s the first of many headline-grabbing triumphs. For other competitors, it represents that there is gold at the end of the long rainbow. All of those things are great, but does success beget further success? Here’s a look at how the first gold bracelet winner of the summer has performed throughout the rest of the WSOP. For this article, PocketFives examined the results of the first winner of an individual open gold bracelet event going back to 2004. This time period can be commonly referred to as the "modern poker era." 2004: James Vogl At the 2004 WSOP, James Vogl topped a field of 834 entries to win the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $400,000. Vogl would go on to cash twice more that summer, but the scores were much smaller than his victory. Vogl finished 27th in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $7,160 and 12th in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $12,660. 2005: Allen Cunningham Five-time gold bracelet winner Allen Cunningham was the winner of the first bracelet in 2005. Not only was his victory a big one, as Cunningham won the 2,305-entry $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $725,405, but it ignited quite the summer for the seasoned professional. After the opening win, Cunningham cashed four more times, and each of the additional cashes came in $5,000 buy-in events. First, he took fourth in the $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em and fourth in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha events for $89,865 and $141,245, respectively. Cunningham then placed 29th in the $5,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em for $8,490 and seventh in the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo for $42,110. All told, Cunningham earned $281,710 after his opening win that summer. Cunningham’s performances were enough to win him the 2005 WSOP Player of the Year award. 2006: Brandon Cantu After Brandon Cantu won the opening $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $757,839, he didn’t cash for the rest of the 2006 WSOP. 2007: Steve Billirakis Like Cunningham, Steve Billirakis opened with a win and then earned four cashes afterwards. His opening win was worth $536,287 after Billirakis topped a field of 451 entries in the $5,000 Limit/No Limit Hold’em tournament. He then scored 45th-, 29th-, 16th-, and 33rd-place finishes in future events. Whereas Cunningham won nearly $300,000 in additional prize money, Billirakis’ four other cashes only totaled $57,458. That’s not bad, but it’s not nearly the year Cunningham had. 2008: Nenad Medic Nenad Medic opened the 2008 WSOP with a bang, scoring first place in the stacked $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em tournament for $794,112. Medic only cashed once more that summer, taking 24th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em for $16,496. 2009: Thang Luu Not only did Thang Luu kick off the 2009 WSOP by winning the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low tournament for his second gold bracelet, but he did so after winning the same event the previous year. In 2009, Luu’s win was worth $263,190. After this, Luu cashed just once for $8,983. 2010: Michael Mizrachi The year 2010 was a banner year for Michael Mizrachi at the WSOP. He opened things up in enormous fashion by winning the famed $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1.559 million. Mizrachi then put together quite an impressive string of four more cashes and was challenging for the WSOP Player of the Year award that ultimately fell to Frank Kassela. Additional scores were had that year by Mizrachi when he took sixth in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship for $68,949, eighth in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship for $49,732, and 26th in the $2,500 Mixed for $6,324. Mizrachi wasn’t done there, either. He reached the final table of the WSOP Main Event and scored fifth place for a whopping $2.332 million. 2011: Jake Cody After Jake Cody opened the 2011 WSOP by winning the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship for $851,192, he only cashed twice that summer and both were for less than $20,000. Cody did, however, place seventh in the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event for €150,000 ($200,379). 2012: Brent Hanks Brent Hanks won the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event to kick off the 2012 WSOP. That event drew 2,101 entries and Hanks scored $517,725. Hanks’ only other cash that summer at the WSOP was a 282nd-place finish in the WSOP Main Event for $38,453. 2013: Trevor Pope The opening to the 2013 summer was a big one for Trevor Pope, as he scored first place in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $553,906. Pope came to the final table with an incredibly large chip lead and rode it all the way to the winner’s circle. After that, Pope cooled off and only cashed two more times. He finished 48th in the $2,500 Four-Max No Limit Hold’em for $5,253 and 13th in the $5,000 Six-Max Pot Limit Hold’em for $19,646. 2014: Vanessa Selbst Vanessa Selbst scored a big victory to open the 2014 WSOP when she won the $25,000 Mixed-Max No Limit Hold’em to the tune of $871,148. Following her opening win that summer, Selbst only cashed once more. Her second cash was a 38th-place finish in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo worth $5,517. 2015: Nick Petrangelo Nick Petrangelo had a great 2015. It was his first breakout year that saw him win more than $3.4 million on the live felt. Included in that was a $201,812 gold bracelet victory at the World Series of Poker. Petrangelo won the first piece of jewelry that summer by taking down the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout atop 308 entries. Despite his big year and first gold bracelet win, not much materialized for Petrangelo over the remaining WSOP events that year. In Las Vegas, he cashed in the $10,000 Main Event for $17,282, and then he took 26th in the €3,250 No Limit Hold’em event at WSOP Europe for €6,035 ($6,863). 2016: Kyle Julius Like Cunningham, Billirakis, and Mizrachi, Kyle Julius, winner of the first gold bracelet in the summer of 2016, cashed four additional times following his trip to victory lane. Julius opened the summer with a win in the $1,000 Top Up Turbo No Limit Hold’em for $142,972. He then record small cashes in the Colossus and $1,500 No Limit Hold’em before returning to a top-10 result in the $5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em. In that event, Julius took ninth from a field of 524 entries and won $35,636. That summer, Julius would also take 21st in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop to add $187,576 to his bankroll. 2017: Upeshka De Silva Upeshka De Silva stormed out of the gate in 2017 with a victory in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout for $229,923. He then put together four more cashes - just like Cunningham, Billirakis, Mizrachi, and Julius did in prior years - but De Silva couldn’t quite make it back to a WSOP final table that summer. He did place 30th in the 1,759-entry $2,620 Marathon tournament for $17,491, but that was De Silva’s deepest run outside of his opening gold bracelet win. 2018: Elio Fox In 2018, it was Elio Fox, winner of the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event, who took the first gold bracelet of the summer. Fox won the $10,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em event for $393,693. From there, Fox would put together a decent list of three more cashes. He took second in the $100,000 High Roller for $1.798 million, finished 92nd in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $8,976, and took ninth in the $50,000 High Roller for $139,699. $357,937 Won and 2.4 Cashes On Average Looking at the whole of it all, the first gold bracelet winners each summer, going back to 2004, averaged $357,937 won and 2.4 cashes that same summer following the gold bracelet win. None of these players were about to earn a second gold bracelet in that same summer, but some did come close by returning to a WSOP final table. Those to perform the latter were Cunningham in 2005, Mizrachi in 2010, Cody in 2011 if you count WSOP Europe, Julius in 2016, and Fox in 2018. Both Cunningham and Mizrachi made it back to three final tables following their opening win. In total, players to win the opening gold bracelet of the summer cashed 36 additional times at the WSOP that year, again that’s if you include WSOP Europe. Of those 36 cashes, six were worth more than six figures and two were in the seven figures. Three times a player landed a score for more than the gold bracelet win, too. Those three times came with Mizrachi in 2010, Julius in 2016, and Fox in 2018. What Does This Mean for Brian Green? The question now is, what does this all mean for Brian Green? He won the first gold bracelet at the 50th annual 2019 World Series of Poker when he topped a field of 204 entries in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty event. Green won $345,669. Green now has 25 WSOP cashes. A few times, he put together a nice handful of in-the-money finishes during the summer, so we’ll likely see a fair amount of volume from him given his successful start to the 2019 WSOP. In 2014 and 2015, Green cashed five times each summer at the WSOP. In 2016, he cashed four times. Although he failed to record a WSOP cash in 2017, Green added four more trips to the money in 2018. He frequents the higher buy-in No Limit Hold’em events a lot, so if he makes any additional noise in 2019 it will likely come from one of those tournaments. If we were to take a guess as to how Green will do for the remainder of the 2019 WSOP, we’d say he’ll land three or four more cashes and that there’s a high probability one of those is a score in the six figures.
  19. One of the top 50 players in World Series of Poker history added to his bracelet collection on Thursday while one of the top American players under the age of 25 picked up the first bracelet of his career. All of this happened while another field size record was almost broken in the Seniors event. 'The Grinder' Wins Bracelet #5 in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Michael Mizrachi is the only player to have won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship event three times. On Thursday he became the charter member of another exclusive club: the first player to win five bracelets in the 2010s. Mizrachi beat Robert Gray heads-up to win the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event and take home his fifth career WSOP bracelet and second in two years. Along with the three PPC titles, Mizrachi's other bracelet was in a €10,400 Split-Format No Limit Hold'em event in 2011. “It’s great. Obviously, I want the $50K again, but this is something different," Mizrachi said. "We needed a change. Everything was $10K or more, and now it’s a $1,500. I was due for a $1,500 one. It feels great.” Mizrachi is the 26th player to have won at least five bracelets. Gray earned $88,254 for his runner-up finish. His previous best finish was a 15th place result in a $1,500 HORSE event in 2016 for $7,555. Final Table Payouts Michael Mizrachi - $142,801 Robert Gray - $88,254 Michael Sopko - $60,330 Elias Hourani - $42,014 Jan Stein - $29,818 Jose Paz-Gutierrez - $21,575 Martin Sawtell - $15,921 Matthew Schultz - $11,986 Roman Korenev Leads Marathon Event into Home Stretch Just 16 players remain in the $2,620 Marathon event with Russian Roman Korenev sitting on top of the chip counts. Korenev finished Day 4 with 3,125,000 as 36 players were eliminated on Thursday. Korenev is on top, but the next five biggest stacks are all relatively close. Yicheng Xu sits just 80,000 chips behind and the next four players have between 2,710,000 and 2,850,000. Among the players who were eliminated on Thursday were Joseph Cheong (49th), Anatoly Filatov (46th), reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz (43rd), Mohsin Charania (38th), and David Coleman. Action resumes at 1 PM PT and is scheduled to play down to six players. Top 10 Chip Counts Roman Korenev - 3,125,000 Yicheng Xu - 3,045,000 Dong Sheng - 2,930,000 Matt Russell - 2,850,000 Vladimir Revniaga - 2,795,000 Joe Curcio - 2,710,000 Jared Koppel - 1,870,000 Peter Hong - 1,660,000 Sergio Fernandez - 1,615,000 Joseph Liberta - 1,340,000 Stephen Song Captures First Bracelet, $341,854 in $1K NLHE Stephen Song entered the final table of the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event with nearly 50% of the chips in play and just five players standing between him and his first bracelet. The 23-year-old from Connecticut didn't exactly coast to victory, but in the end, he was able to pull off the win. “At first I thought it was going to be pretty smooth sailing,” Song said “But then Renata flush-over-flushed me right away, and he's pretty good, so that was not ideal. Laplante kept on getting jams through so he kept on chipping up swiftly. It wasn't going as planned for sure; it was definitely a bumpy ride.” Renato Kaneoya picked up the first two eliminations before going home in fourth place at the hands of Ryan Laplante. Song then picked off Laplante in third and Scot Masters in second to win $341,854 and the bracelet. Song's previous best WSOP finish came last summer when he finished 7th in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Masters earned $211,177 as the runner-up while Laplante pocked $154,268, his fourth six-figure WSOP score. All came in events with a buy-in of $1,500 or less. Final Table Payouts Stephen Song - $341,854 Scot Masters - $211,177 Ryan Laplante - $154,268 Renato Kaneoya - $113,712 Sevak Mikaiel - $84,581 Dominic Coombe - $63,491 Pedro Ingles - $48,101 Vegard Ropstad - $36,783 Dario Sammartino Leads $10,000 HORSE Final Table Dario Sammartino picked up some heat on Day 2 of the $10,000 HORSE event and carried that momentum through Day 3 to end up with the chip lead with just seven players left. Sammartino bagged up 5,030,000 and sits comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Craig Chait sits second with 1,630,000 with Scott Clements the only other player with more than 1,000,000 at 1,355,000. Greg Mueller, Daniel Ospina, Mikhail Semin, and Matthew Gonzalez round out the rest of the field. Some of the players eliminated on Thursday included Justin Bonomo, Brian Hastings, Anthony Zinno, Marco Johnson, and Jen Harman. This is Harman's first cash in this event. Phil Hellmuth also played but was unable to make it to Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts Adilson Moraes - 379,200 Albert Halfon - 361,700 Ravinder Bedi - 321,800 Ronald Larsen - 289,900 Mark Kroon - 274,400 Anthony Martin - 273,700 Cristobal Romano - 267,500 Yue Du - 266,800 Danut Chisu - 264,000 Three-time Bracelet Winner Benny Glaser Leads $1,500 Triple Draw After Day 1 While the seniors were filling most of the tables on Thursday, a number of the better mixed game players entered the $1,500 Triple Draw event. Benny Glaser, who won this event in 2015 for the first of his three WSOP bracelets, finished Day 1 with 79,500 and the chip lead. He's followed closely by Jared Bleznick, Jeffrey Shea, Penh Lo, Robert Campbell, and Frederic Moss. The event drew 467 players, 111 more than it did last summer. Only 139 survived to see Day 2 and just 71 will finish in the money. Some of the notables that managed to advance were Nick Schulman, Daniel Negreanu, Ismael Bojang, Yuval Bronshtein, Frankie O'Dell, Phil Hellmuth, James Obst, Brian Hastings, and Daniel Strelitz. Day 2 starts at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Benny Glaser - 79,500 Jared Bleznick - 75,700 Jeffrey Shea - 72,900 Penh Lo - 72,600 Robert Campbell - 72,000 Frederic Moss - 70,600 Brett Bader - 69,000 Duncan Kirk - 68,400 Owais Ahmed - 64,100 Scott Bohlman - 63,000 Dan Zack Continues to Lead WSOP POY Race; Stephen Song Enters Conversation Dan Zack picked up his seventh cash of the summer on Thursday to extend his lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race but he's got some new competition occupying the #2 spot. After winning the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event, Stephen Song added 1,105.4 points to his total to move to #2. POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Dan Zack 1864.94 2 Stephen Song 1503.76 3 John Gorsuch 1431.95 4 Daniel Strelitz 1408.47 5 Isaac Baron 1396.76   Friday Schedule
  20. Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi wants to be remembered as "the person who won the most 50Ks." Right now, he's in the lead in that category, with three $50,000 Poker Players Championship titles from the World Series of Poker, but he’s also now one of 26 players with at least five WSOP gold bracelets. On June 13, Mizrachi won the WSOP $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo tournament for $142,801. It wasn’t the first time he found himself in the winner’s circle of a WSOP event, but it was for an event of this buy-in level. "It's great," Mizrachi said. "Obviously, I want the $50K again, but this is something different. We needed a change. Everything was $10K or more, and now it’s a $1,500. I was due for a $1,500 one. It feels great." Mizrachi is one of the most successful poker players in the history of the game, and his success at the WSOP has been well chronicled. He recently landed at #9 on PocketFives' list of the top 50 greatest players in WSOP history, and he’s already making the case to be ranked even higher. He's also now one bracelet ahead of his older brother, Robert Mizrachi, who has four and nearly won his fifth a few days prior. "I got him beat right now," Mizrachi said with a smile when asked about the sibling rivalry. "Who's the older brother now?" All of Mizrachi’s gold bracelets have come in the 2010s. He first won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship in 2010 for $1.559 million, then he won the WSOP Europe €10,400 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em for €336,008 ($448,861) in 2011. In 2012, Mizrachi was back on top of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1.451 million, and then in 2018 he pulled a three-peat in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship to the tune of $1.239 million. With the victory in the 2019 WSOP $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo event, Mizrachi became the first player to win five gold bracelets dating back to 2010. "It was all experience, and I feel I had a good edge on the table," Mizrachi said in the moments after winning his fifth WSOP gold. "Everything went my way." Mizrachi plans to continue to play a lot of events at the 2019 World Series of Poker and emphasized that it’s the $50,000 Poker Players Championship title that he wants the most.
  21. Three players won bracelets on Day 15 of the 2019 World Series of Poker and a couple of four-time champions put themselves in position to win their fifth. John Gorsuch, Rami Boukai, and Andrew Donabedian all ended their day by posing for winner photos. John Gorsuch Rallies to Win Millionaire Maker John Gorsuch was in a position that a lot of poker players have been in. Down to just two big blinds in a tournament and expecting the inevitable bust out. It never came for Gorsuch though. He went from two big blinds to WSOP bracelet winner and millionaire a few hours later after rallying to win the $1,500 Millionaire Maker Wednesday night. The 42-year-old from Florida has been at a WSOP final table before, finishing fifth a $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event in 2017. On Wednesday night, Gorsuch left nobody in his wake, including runner-up Kazuki Ikeuchi who started heads-up play with a 3-2 chip lead. Along with the $1.34 million score and WSOP gold bracelet, Korsuch was coveting something even simpler - the victory. “I haven’t won a tournament outright since maybe 2013 and it was a little bar tournament,” Korsuch said. Having recently sold his company, Korsuch seems to be set on simply playing cards for now and seeing where that takes him. “I’m a poker player for right now. I’ve talked to other people who’ve bought companies, sold companies. You always have that itch to figure out what’s next," Korsuch said. "Poker is awesome. I can play poker all day and all night long. This kind of helps figure out whether I want to keep doing it. Which I think I do.” Final Table Payouts John Gorsuch - $1,344,930 Kazuki Ikeuchi - $830,783 Lokesh Garg - $619,017 Vincas Tamasauskas - $464,375 Joshua Thibodaux - $350,758 Cory Albertson - $266,771 Bob Shao - $204,306 Fabian Gumz - $157,565 Joshua Reichard - $122,375 Rami Boukai Wins $1,500 Eight Game Mix After bagging up chips on Tuesday night, Rami Boukai and John Evans returned Wednesday to finish off the $1,500 Eight Game Mix event. Boukai wasted little time, taking Evans' final chips after just 45 minutes of play to capture his second bracelet and $177,294. “I don’t sleep too well in this city, I just didn’t want to fuck things up, I had a big chip lead," Boukai said of the need to play a fourth day. "It was as good of a spot as I could see myself in.” Boukai's first win came in 2009. Evan earned $109,553 as the runner-up for his largest career score and just second WSOP cash. His first came last week when he min-cashed the $1,500 HORSE event. Chris Klodnicki finished third for $72,933. Final Table Payouts Rami Boukai - $177,294 John Evans - $109,553 Chris Klodnicki - $72,933 Philip Long - $49,531 Allen Kessler - $34,329 Donny Rubinstein - $24,292 Andrew Donabedian Ships $600 PLO Deepstack Andrew Donabedian outlasted 2,576 other players to win the $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack bracelet and $205,605. He finished the job on Wednesday night, beating Todd Dreyer heads up for the third live tournament win of his career. A WSOP Circuit regular, Donabedian has yet to win a WSOP Circuit event. His two previous wins also came in PLO events on the Las Vegas Strip. His previous biggest score came last summer when he won $22,723. "Winning a bracelet is awesome honestly. I got a bracelet before I got a ring, I play a lot of circuit events and got a lot of second and thirds, but no win yet," Donabedian said. "I guess I was saving the win for the bracelet. I don’t feel like I need to win a ring now, because I have one better." Final Table Payouts Andrew Donabedian - $205,605 Todd Dreyer - $126,948 Robert Valden - $92,672 Corey Wright - $68,258 Mihai Niste - $50,732 Alexandru Ivan - $38,051 Tom Franklin - $28,803 Florian Fuchs - $22,006 Alexander Condon - $16,971 52 Players Left in the Running in Marathon Event Day 3 of the $2,620 Marathon No Limit Hold'em event was a busy one. The day began with 188 players still in contention and after 25 players were eliminated, the bubble burst leaving 163 players in the money in one of the longest tournaments on the WSOP schedule. At the end of the day just 52 players were left with Matt Russell bagging up the chip lead. His lead is a narrow one, however, as Peter Hong ended with 1,205,000 and Johan Guilbert finished with 1,204,000. Five other players finished with a stack of at least 1,000,000. Joseph Cheong, TK Miles, Mohsin Charania, Anatoly Filatov, Day 2 chip leader David Coleman, and reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz all moved on to Day 4. Some of the notables who cashed on Wednesday but weren't able to stay in the tournament included Andre Akkari, Joao Vieira, Maria Lampropulos, Kane Kalas, Matt Berkey, Ian O'Hara, Bertrand Grospellier, Cliff Josephy, Olivier Busquet, and Ole Schemion. Players return to action at 1 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Matt Russell - 1,260,000 Peter Hong - 1,205,000 Johan Guilbert - 1,204,000 Vladimir Alexandrov - 1,107,000 Tuan Phan - 1,041,000 Joseph Liberta - 1,030,000 Jason Wandling - 1,007,000 Sergio Fernandez - 1,000,005 Francis Anderson - 900,000 Preston Lee - 796,000 Michael Mizrachi Grinds His Way to $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Final Table Lead Michael Mizrachi, recently named the ninth greatest player in WSOP history, has just five more players to outlast in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo to claim his fifth career bracelet. Mizrachi, who started the day with the chip lead with 22 left, ended in the same position with just six players left. Mizrachi bagged up 1,355,000. Michael Sopko and Robert Gray are in the chase group, with 1,184,000 and 1,028,000 respectively. Mizrachi is the only player at the final table with a WSOP bracelet already to his credit. Yuval Bronshtein, fresh off of winning his first bracelet, busted in 13th place. The final table gets underway at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Michael Mizrachi - 1,355,000 Michael Sopko - 1,184,000 Robert Gray - 1,028,000 Elias Hourani - 425,000 Jose Paz-Gutierrez - 300,000 Jan Stein - 264,000 Stephen Song Leads $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Table From 346 players that started Day 2 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event, just six remain and Stephen Song sits with an overwhelming chip lead. Song finished with 24,655,000 and only one other player, Sevak Mikaeil, finished with more than 6,000,000. Ryan Laplante finished with the fourth biggest stack at 4,885,000. Phil Hellmuth picked up his fourth cash of the 2019 WSOP with a 16th place finish for $13,830. Daniel Alaei, Rich Zhu, and Phillip Hui all managed to find a cash before busting late on Day 2. Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Paul Volpe and defending champion John Hennigan were among the players who busted before the money bubble burst. Day 3 begins at 3 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Brian Hastings - 1,125,000 Dario Sammartino - 1,120,000 Daniel Ospina - 1,112,000 Greg Mueller - 734,000 Phil Galfond - 734,000 Marco Johnson - 631,000 David Brookshire - 611,000 Matthew Gonzales - 551,000 Nick Guagenti - 537,000 Tom Koral - 425,000 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Draws 1,526 Players One of just two events to get underway on Wednesday, the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event attracted 1,526 and through 10 levels of play, Bulgaria's Stefan Ivanov finished with the chip lead. Ivanov was one of 309 players who survived Day 1. Right behind Ivanov is Luis Zedan with 374,000. The third biggest stack belongs to Joseph Sabe with 330,000. JC Tran, Pim de Goede, Dan Shak, Ismael Bojang, Chris Moorman, Joao Simao, Eoghan O'Dea, Erik Seidel, Joao Vieira, and John Racener all managed to move on to Day 2. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT and will see the money bubble burst after 80 more players are eliminated. Top 10 Chip Counts Stefan Ivanov - 386,000 Luis Zedan - 374,000 Joseph Sabe - 330,000 Szymon Wysocki - 306,500 Neil Yekell - 277,000 Andrew Whitaker - 274,000 Joshua Gibson - 261,500 Jon Turner - 258,000 Christopher Aiello - 251,500 Anatolii Zyrin - 248,000 Former #1 Griffin Benger Tops $3K Six Max NLHE Day 1 Griffin Benger is no stranger to the spotlight at the World Series of Poker. Benger, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, finished seventh in the 2016 WSOP Main Event. On Wednesday, Benger finished on top of the 140 players who survived Day 1 of the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event. Benger ended the day with 427,000. The next biggest stack belongs to Upeshka De Silva with 306,000 chips in the bag. 2018 WSOP Main Event runner-up Tony Miles, Joe Cada, Jonathan Proudfoot, Ben Heath, Adrian Mateos, Dan Ott, Daniel Negreanu, and Chris Ferguson all moved on to Day 2. The tournament attracted a field of 754 players, down from the 868 that played in 2018. Top 10 Chip Counts Griffin Benger - 427,500 Upeshka De Silva - 306,000 Michael Tureniec - 263,000 Onur Unsal - 258,000 Manig Loeser - 245,000 James Obst - 242,000 Aleksandr Shevliakov - 222,000 Robert Bickley - 221,500 Kunuk Shin - 221,000 Francisco Torrecillas - 219,500 Thursday Schedule
  22.   Frankie O'Dell Wins Third Omaha Hi-Lo Bracelet Frankie O'Dell just might be the best Omaha Hi-Lo tournament player ever. On Sunday he beat out a final table that included Robert Mizrachi and Owais Ahmed to win his third bracelet in that variation and if you're still unsure about his place in the game, just ask him. "Well if you don't know, there's only one person who has three limit Omaha eight bracelets and you're talking to him," O'Dell said after his win. "So until someone passes me or catches me, I'm not going to say nothing. I'm just going to leave it right there." O'Dell's first bracelet came in 2003 when he outlasted 258 other players to win a $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Four years later he beat Thang Luu heads-up to win a $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event. He's also adept at other games. Last summer he finished second in the $1,500 Dealers Choice event and that performance has stuck with him since. "I thought about it the whole year. I came back this year and my mentality was to do better," O'Dell said. "I had an opportunity here today, I had chips, we had the best Omaha players in the world in this tournament and I ended up on top. So that was my motivation." Ahmed earned $443,641 for his win while Ahmed, who won his sole bracelet in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud/Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2011, earned $274,192 as the runner-up. Final Table Payouts Frankie O'Dell - $443,641 Owais Ahmed - $274,192 Robert Mizrachi- $194,850 Nick Guagenti - $140,522 Robert Campbell - $102,868 Jake Schwartz - $76,456 David Benyamine - $57,709 Edmond Vartughian - $44,245 Shaun Deeb - $34,467 Joe McKeehen Amongst Millionaire Maker Day 2 Leaders Joe McKeehen is mostly known for winning the 2015 WSOP Main Event, but it's impossible to ignore the success he's had at the WSOP in massive No Limit Hold'em fields. In 2014, he finished runner-up out of 7,862 entries in the $1,500 Monster Stack. In 2017, he managed to outlast all but 25 other players in the 6,716-player $1,500 Monster Stack. Last summer, he finished third out of 7,361 players in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. Now he's in position to do it again. McKeehen finished Day 2 of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker with the fourth largest stack. The day started with 2,263 players all hoping for a seven-figure score but just 309 players made it through Day 2. Samuel Cosby leads the way with 3,023,000 while McKeehen bagged up 2,416,000. Former #1-ranked Joao Simao finished in the top 10 with 1,891,000. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Calvin Anderson, Steven van Zadelhoff, Scott Clements, Shawn Buchanan, Ramon Colillas, Olivier Busquet, JC Tran, Chris Hunichen, and Daniel Strelitz. There were 941 players who started the day with the chips, but failed to make it past the money bubble. Vitaly Lunkin, Jim McManus, Phil Hellmuth, Faraz Jaka, Elio Fox, Eric Baldwin, Bryan Piccioli, Adrian Mateos, and Dzmitry Urbanovich were among the players who did manage to sneak into the money but not survive the day. Action resumes Monday at Noon. Top 10 Chip Counts Samuel Cosby - 3,023,000 Unknown Player - 2,521,000 Nathan Russler - 2,443,000 Joe McKeehen - 2,416,000 Renato Kaneoya - 2,351,000 Ryan Leng - 2,277,000 Vincas Tamasauskas - 2,265,000 Ricky Welch - 1,920,000 Joao Simao - 1,891,000 Joshua Reichard - 1,854,000 Eli Elezra Leads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Sunday's action in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event started with just 10 players left and finished after three hours of play with six players. Action was stopped with six players left to accommodate streaming of the final table on CBS All Access/PokerGO. Eli Elezra started the day in the middle of the pack, but made the most of those three hours and finished with the chip lead. Elezra ended with 1,221,000 which puts him just 2,000 ahead of Anthony Zinno. He bagged up 1,219,000. Those two are comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Valentin Vornicu is third with 262,000 and the three remaining players all have 61,000 or less. Rodney Pardey Jr., Tim Frazin, Scott Seiver, and Joshua Mountain were the players eliminated on Sunday. The final six players resume play at Noon PT and will be streamed on CBS All Access/PokerGO at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Eli Elezra - 1,221,000 Anthony Zinno - 1,219,000 Valentin Vornicu - 262,000 Rep Porter - 61,000 Tab Thiptinnakon - 60,000 David Singer - 30,000 Jean-Robert Bellande On Top of $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Final Table To the surprise of nobody, the final table of the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship is a star-studded group. Jean-Robert Bellande ended Day 2 action with 1,231,000 and the chip lead. For Bellande to pick up the second bracelet of his career, he'll need to outwit, outsmart, and outplay Prahlad Friedman, Paul Volpe, Darren Elias, Jim Bechtel, Day 1 chip leader Pedro Bromfman, and Vincent Musso. Friedman was the only other player to end Day 2 with a seven-figure stack. The former online prodigy finished with 1,019,000. Right behind him is former #1-ranked Paul Volpe with 938,000. Elias, who has a third and ninth place finish in this event on his resume, sits fourth with 887,000. There were 29 Day 1 survivors who were joined before registration closed at the start of Day 2 by Mike Watson, Per Hildebrand, Jake Schwartz, Kane Kalas, Chris Klodnicki, Matt Glantz, and Dan Smith. The remaining seven players are now being forced to take a day off before returning to play on Tuesday. The day off is to allow for the event to be streamed on PokerGO. Final Table Chip Counts Jean-Robert Bellande - 1,231,000 Prahlad Friedman - 1,019,000 Paul Volpe - 938,000 Darren Elias - 887,000 Jim Bechtel - 665,000 Pedro Bromfman - 395,000 Vincent Musso - 360,000 Massive Fields Continue: $1,000 Double Stack Event Draws 3,253 First, there was the Big 50, then the $600 Deepstack, and the Millionaire Maker. Huge fields in some of the more recreational player-focused events are becoming the norm at the 2019 WSOP. The $1,000 Double Stack event started Sunday and 3,253 players packed the tables to the max with just 430 of them making their way through 20 levels of play and onto Day 2. Bulgaria's Ivan Uzunov bagged up the Day 1 chip lead after amassing 1,912,000 in chips. Only five other players ended the day with a million chips in the bag. Israel's Timur Margolin is the closest challenger to Uzunov, finishing with 1,333,000. Some of the notable names moving on to Day 2 include WPT Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz, Adam Levy, British boxer Audley Harrison, Blair Hinkle, Jennifer Tilly, Maria Ho, Maria Konnikova, and Dan Ott. Day 2 begins at Noon and is scheduled to play down to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Ivan Uzunov - 1,912,000 Timur Margolin - 1,333,000 Jose Carlos Brito - 1,147,000 Sridhar Natarajan - 1,096,000 Jorden Fox - 1,075,000 Christopher Andler - 1,062,000 Eugenio Pernia - 901,000 Sven Reichardt - 852,000 Philip Wang - 830,000 Zachary Donovan - 824,000 Michael Mizrachi Bags Top 5 Stack in $1,500 Eight Game Mix A year after drawing 481 players, the $1,500 Eight Game event saw a huge uptick in attendance with 612 players sitting down to play the mix game event. Aleksandr Gofman finished with 95,800 to top the 225 players who managed to move on to Day 2. Mihails Morozovs sits second with 77,100 and Michael Mizrachi is right behind him in third with 74,500. John Cernuto, Matt Glantz, and WPT Aria Summer Poker Championship winner Matthew Wantman all finished with top 10 stacks. Other notables who are moving on to Day 2 include Andrey Zaichenko, Ian O'Hara, Jen Harman, Matt Grapenthien, Patrick Leonard, Dan Smith, Mike Sexton, and David 'ODB' Baker. Top 10 Chip Counts Aleksandr Gofman - 95,800 Mihails Morozovs - 77,100 Michael Mizrachi - 74,500 John Cernuto - 74,000 Keeth Beharrell - 73,500 Ashish Gupta - 72,600 Matt Glantz - 66,300 Isaac Crow - 63,900 Ben Ponzio - 62,600 Matthew Wantman - 60,400 'loofa ' Wins $600 Online Pot Limit Omaha Championship It took 13 hours, but 'loofa' wasn't complaining as he beat out 1,215 other players to win the $600 Online PLO Championship early Monday morning. The win came with a WSOP bracelet and $139,470.33. Runner-up 'TheBigGift' earned $85,560.10. Phil Galfond, who had the chip lead with five left, finished fifth for $29,680.12. This is the second online event of the 2019 WSOP. Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon won the $400 No Limit Hold'em event in the opening week. Final Table Payouts loofa - $139,470.33 TheBigGift - $85,560.19 jebronlames1 - $59,163.26 bathroomline - $41,565.31 Phil 'heyguys' Galfond - $29,680.12 babycow - $21,537.79 FlushStr8ted - $15,956.35 Tane. - $12,016.51 Daval_17 - $9,192.96
  23. The World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the entire world. It’s full of elite players. Those that are considered to the best of the best will tell you that it’s the most meaningful poker tournament to them, while others spend entire careers just trying to build up enough skill, experience, respect, and bankroll to simply compete in it. When it comes to the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, who are the best? That’s what we're going to take a look at here. The event’s first year was in 2006 and it drew 143 entries. David 'Chip' Reese, of whom many will tell you was the greatest all-around poker player ever, won the inaugural tournament by beating Andy Bloch in heads-up play. He earned $1.784 million for the win and is still one of the event’s top earners. In 2008, following the death of Reese in December 2007, the tournament’s trophy was named the 'Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.' With the completion of the 2019 edition of the event, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship has been played 14 times. From those 14 events, a total of 1,556 entries have been generated and 140 individual players have cashed. The total prize money that’s been awarded from the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship stands at $74.61 million. Twenty-one different players have cashed for $1 million or more in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and it’s none other than three-time winner Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi sitting atop the event’s all-time money list with $4.63 million in winnings. Mizrachi has cashed four times in the event, with each being a run to the final table. His success has been so great in this tournament that he’s nearly $1.5 million ahead of Brian Rast’s second-most winnings of $3.16 million. WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship Facts and Figures Michael Mizrachi is the event's all-time money leader with $4.63 million won 140 individual players have cashed at least once in the event 21 individual players have cashed for a total of $1 million or more Five individual players have cashed for a total of $2 million or more Three individual players have cashed for a total of $3 million or more Freddy Deeb holds the record for single-largest payday, winning $2.276 million for his victory in 2007 Five players are tied for most cashes in the event at four each - Michael Mizrachi, John Hennigan, Andy Bloch, Phil Ivey, and Barry Greenstein 19 individual players have cashed at least three times in the event Ralph Perry has cashed three times in the event but never reached the final table In 2013, Gary Benson and Joe Cassidy busted simultaneously with 17 players left, splitting 16th-place prize money and taking $55,947 each Michael Mizrachi has made the most final tables at four; John Hennigan has made the second most at three The event has awarded a total of $74.61 million Largest field size and prize pool came in both 2007 and 2008 - each year drew 148 entries for a prize pool of $7.104 million 2019 marked the event's smallest turnout and prize - 74 entries and $3.552 million WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship All-Time Money List PLAYER WINNINGS CASHES FINAL TABLES WINS Michael Mizrachi $4,630,641 4 4 3 Brian Rast $3,160,474 3 2 2 John Hennigan $3,091,166 4 3 1 Freddy Deeb $2,360,462 2 1 1 Matthew Ashton $2,025,385 3 1 1 Scotty Nguyen $1,989,120 1 1 1 Andy Bloch $1,813,988 4 2 0 Chip Reese $1,784,640 1 1 1 John Hanson $1,641,679 2 2 0 Mike Gorodinsky $1,519,715 3 1 1 Elior Sion $1,512,338 2 1 1 Bruno Fitoussi $1,448,599 2 2 0 David Bach $1,436,646 2 1 1 Michael DeMichele $1,243,200 1 1 0 Chris Klodnicki $1,148,249 2 2 0 Vladimir Schemelev $1,131,904 2 1 0 Phil Hui $1,099,311 1 1 1 Don Nguyen $1,096,254 1 1 0 Phil Hellmuth $1,063,034 1 1 0 Matt Glantz $1,044,458 3 2 0 Phil Ivey $1,013,457 4 1 0 Minh Ly $975,593 2 2 0 Brandon Shack-Harris $937,975 1 1 0 Barry Greenstein $928,919 4 2 0 Jean-Robert Bellande $873,455 2 1 0 David Oppenheim $869,955 3 1 0 Johannes Becker $862,649 1 1 0 Josh Arieh $803,969 2 1 0 Justin Bonomo $801,048 1 1 0 Erick Lindgren $781,440 1 1 0 David Singer $749,280 2 2 0 Huck Seed $708,651 3 2 0 David 'ODB' Baker $657,123 2 1 0 Abe Mosseri $642,726 3 1 0 Isaac Haxton $595,812 1 1 0 Jesse Martin $594,570 1 1 0 Amnon Filippi $586,080 1 1 0 Lyle Berman $573,957 2 1 0 Jim Bechtel $549,120 1 1 0 Eric Wasserson $545,772 1 1 0 Daniel Negreanu $535,634 3 1 0 Erik Sagstrom $522,393 1 1 0 Dan Smith $521,782 1 1 0 Robert Mizrachi $516,650 3 1 0 Shaun Deeb $507,791 3 1 0 David Benyamine $497,122 1 1 0 Daniel Alaei $492,771 3 1 0 Scott Seiver $484,567 3 1 0 Owais Ahmed $482,058 1 1 0 TJ Cloutier $480,480 1 1 0 Dewey Tomko $474,624 2 1 0 Mike Wattel $467,046 3 1 0 John Esposito $466,407 1 1 0 Kenny Tran $444,000 1 1 0 John Juanda $436,865 1 1 0 Ivo Donev $419,337 1 1 0 Luke Schwartz $406,736 1 1 0 Doyle Brunson $398,880 2 1 0 Ralph Perry $392,200 3 0 0 George Danzer $388,523 1 1 0 Vitaly Lunkin $368,812 1 1 0 Mike Leah $364,197 1 1 0 Ben Sulsky $353,928 1 1 0 Bryce Yockey $325,989 1 1 0 Roland Israelashvili $317,882 1 1 0 Paul Volpe $312,813 2 1 0 Jonathan Duhamel $307,018 2 1 0 George Lind $300,441 1 1 0 Ray Dehkharghani $299,617 2 0 0 Aaron Katz $288,562 2 1 0 Chun Zhou $286,122 1 1 0 Tommy Hang $279,292 2 0 0 Will Wilkinson $272,558 1 1 0 David 'Bakes' Baker $272,275 1 1 0 Benny Glaser $260,578 1 1 0 Stephen Chidwick $253,497 1 1 0 Jeff Lisandro $248,635 2 0 0 Patrick Bueno $230,880 1 1 0 Ville Wahlbeck $219,655 1 1 0 Frank Kassela $212,829 1 1 0 Gavin Smith $205,920 1 0 0 Patrik Antonius $205,920 1 0 0 Robert Williamson III $205,920 1 0 0 Bill Chen $205,856 1 1 0 Brett Richey $204,579 2 0 0 Ben Lamb $201,338 1 1 0 Joe Cassidy $193,227 2 0 0 James Obst $192,767 2 0 0 Thor Hansen $188,256 1 1 0 Mike Matusow $186,128 2 0 0 Daniel Kelly $184,222 1 1 0 Chau Giang $184,087 1 1 0 Mikael Thuritz $182,463 1 1 0 Chris Vitch $182,391 2 0 0 Raymond Davis $177,600 1 0 0 Michael Glick $173,796 1 0 0 Jason Lester $168,529 1 0 0 Dan Cates $168,305 1 1 0 Melissa Burr $165,435 1 1 0 Erik Seidel $162,381 1 1 0 Alexander Kostritsyn $152,730 1 0 0 Nick Schulman $152,730 1 0 0 Talal Shakerchi $149,398 2 0 0 Bryn Kenney $147,882 1 0 0 Greg Mueller $144,049 1 0 0 Yan Chen $143,400 1 0 0 Joseph Michael $142,080 1 0 0 Jason Mercier $139,265 1 0 0 Shawn Buchanan $139,265 1 0 0 Cong Do $137,280 1 0 0 David Levi $137,280 1 0 0 Allen Kessler $134,101 1 1 0 Gabe Kaplan $131,424 1 0 0 Kevin Song $128,620 1 0 0 Ian Johns $125,142 1 0 0 Mike Binger $124,723 1 0 0 Gus Hansen $123,895 1 0 0 Mark Gregorich $117,216 1 0 0 Stephen Wolff $117,216 1 0 0 Rep Porter $116,571 1 0 0 Todd Brunson $115,447 1 0 0 Allen Bari $113,030 1 0 0 Troy Burkholder $111,893 1 0 0 Justin Smith $110,073 1 0 0 Sebastian Ruthenberg $108,503 1 0 0 Viktor Blom $105,235 1 0 0 Greg Raymer $103,008 1 0 0 Tim Phan $103,008 1 0 0 David Chiu $99,590 1 0 0 Ilya Bulychev $98,330 1 0 0 Dario Sammartino $93,764 1 0 0 Chris Reslock $88,800 1 0 0 John Racener $87,010 1 0 0 Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga $83,630 1 0 0 John Kabbaj $72,914 1 0 0 Steve Billirakis $72,914 1 0 0 Randy Ohel $72,500 1 0 0 Yehuda Buchalter $72,500 1 0 0 Andrew Brown $72,078 1 0 0 Gary Benson $55,947 1 0 0 Last updated Saturday, June 29, 2019.
  24. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
  25. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In May, the poker world was surprised when it was announced that Daniel Negreanu, the face of PokerStars, was no longer going to be an ambassador for the online site. Daniel Negreanu And PokerStars Part Ways One of the most stable relationships in the poker world ended in May as Daniel Negreanu and PokerStars announced that they would be going their separate ways. Right before the World Series of Poker and only days after his high-profile wedding to Amanda Leatherman, Negreanu took to Twitter and posted a short video that announced that he would no longer be patched up for the online poker giant. Negreanu began representing the PokerStars brand in 2007 and quickly became the face of the company, including taking on plenty of criticism during PokerStars' controversial termination of the SuperNova Elite program in late 2015. “Daniel has been one of the most influential faces of poker and indeed PokerStars for 12 years,” said Stars Group Public Relations associate director Rebecca McAdam. “It has been wonderful to have his passion, support, and insights throughout our relationship. We wish Daniel the very best for the future, as well as wedded bliss and tons of run good this summer.” Six months after the end of his deal with PokerStars, Negreanu announced he would now be representing upcoming online poker site GGPoker in a deal that is believed to be worth even more than his contract with PokerStars. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] PocketFives Counts Down Top 50 Ahead of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker, the PocketFives editorial staff released their list of the 50 Greatest Players in World Series of Poker History. From old-school legends to internet grinders, the list is a snapshot of not just the history of the WSOP, but also of poker itself. Take a look back at our top 10 list of the players who made their name on the World Series of Poker stage. 10. Jason Mercier 9. Michael Mizrachi 8. Chris Ferguson 7. Erik Seidel 6. Daniel Negreanu 5. Johnny Chan 4. Phil Ivey 3. Stu Ungar 2. Doyle Brunson 1. Phil Hellmuth Phil Hellmuth Is Not Satisfied, Never Will Be With the 2019 World Series of Poker right around the corner, 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth spoke with PocketFives about what it means for him to hold all the records and what the 1989 Main Event winner was hoping would happen at the series, 30 years after his career-defining victory. “It’s in my nature, it’s in my DNA,” Hellmuth said of his drive to be the best. “I'm super competitive, and I’m competing against the best players in the world, in this era, and past and future eras, for greatest poker player of all time.” partypoker Invades Sin City Summer in Las Vegas belongs to the World Series of Poker. But in 2019, partypoker decided to get in on the action and announced that their partypoker MILLIONS series would be headed to the ARIA Hotel & Casino, marking the first time they’ve held a tournament in America. “We’re looking forward to MILLIONS making its debut this summer at the record,” said ARIA Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack. “Our team is excited to add an event of this magnitude to our extensive summer schedule.” The partypoker MILLIONS had a $10,300 buy-in and a $5 million guarantee. The tournament ended up crushing the guarantee with Thomas Marchese taking home the $1,000,000 first-place prize of the over $5.36 million prize pool. Alex ‘SploogeLuge’ Foxen Wins May PLB Live or online, when it comes to poker Alex ‘SploogeLuge’ Foxen has proved he can do it all. In May, he took down the PocketFives Leaderboard for the first time. The former GPI #1-ranked player spent plenty of time in Canada this year, grinding some of the biggest online poker tournaments which helped him reach a career-high ranking of #4 in the world and soar past $5 million in lifetime online earnings.

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