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  1. It's not every day that a player known in part for his online chops takes down two World Series of Poker Circuit rings in 24 hours, but that's exactly what happened to Canada's Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured) on Friday. The scene of the crime: The Bike in Southern California. According to PokerNews, "Leah steamrolled Event #9, a $580 No Limit Hold'em tournament, on Friday afternoon. After claiming victory in that event and busting out of another tournament a short while later, Leah hopped in Event 11: $365 No Limit Hold'em Turbo. Less than 13 hours later, he won his second WSOP Circuit ring in a single day." Leah gleefully posted on Twitter, "So absurd; just won my 2nd @WSOPC ring of the day! Shipping Event #11 for $15k, no chop, and wrapped up Casino Champion at the same time." That Tweet brought out a wave of congratulations from peers, including Jason Brewer, who chirped back, "And you were just telling me 2 days ago how you didn't have one! Smh. Well done." David Paredesoffered his congratulations on Twitter, writing, "Amazing man! Congratulations. That's incredible, Mike." David "ODB" Baker added, "Pretty friggin impressive my friend... Save the Main for me, I'll be there Sunday." Leah reminded WSOP officials that he's experienced success at past Circuit stops: "I've been to three Circuit stops in the last two years and I've won Casino Champion at two of them. They're fun. I'm always motivated because I like Player of the Series stuff. It motivates me and helps me play my best every day. It gives you something to shoot for." He passed $2 million in live tournament earnings with the two rings, according to the Hendon Mob, and is third in terms of the number of in the money finishes in live events by Canadian players. His largest live cash to date came a half-decade go at Borgata in a $1,650 tournament for $319,000. Leah has $2.4 million in career online winnings in his PocketFives profile, including a $560,000 haul for chopping the WCOOP Main Event in 2011. He is a four-time FTOPS event winner, two of which came in 2013, and was once ranked as high as #78 worldwide on PocketFives. Congrats to Leah on his amazing accomplishment! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Longtime PocketFiver and former #1 ranked player Paul paulgees81Volpe (pictured) claimed the fifth World Series of Poker bracelet for PocketFivers in Las Vegas this year. The event was a $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament that brought out a star-laced field, including Daniel Negreanu, whom Volpe beat heads-up. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- You'll recall that Negreanu posted a prop bet prior to the WSOP in which Phil Ivey and he would offer up 1:1 odds on the pair winning a bracelet in Nevada. While many thought the odds heavily favored those punters betting against Ivey and Negreanu, the latter almost won a bracelet just 13 events into the 65-tournament series. Volpe told WSOP staff following the tournament, "I knew what this meant to Daniel because he has so many bets. So, I tried keeping the pressure on him and it worked… It feels amazing to get my first bracelet, especially in the $10K Deuce-to-Seven [event], which is one of the toughest events of the summer. I was confident I was going to win. I felt like I was going to win. It was a super tough table. It was unbelievable getting heads-up against Daniel. If I have to pick one person to beat for my bracelet, it would be him." Volpe entered the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament's final table with the chip lead and Negreanu(pictured), the reigning WSOP Player of the Year, was third. The tournament marked Volpe's first WSOP final table, while Negreanu recorded his 70th WSOP in the money finish. Online, Volpe has been a stud, amassing almost $5 million in tracked scores, including almost $3 million on PokerStarsalone. He was tops in the PocketFives Rankings until two days before Black Friday and currently stands at #181 worldwide. Volpe won the PokerStars Sunday Million in 2011 for a quarter of a million dollars officially and finished fourth in an FTOPS Two-Day Event the same year for another $108,000. The seven members of the 2-7 final table had a combined 14 bracelets. Here's how the group cashed out: 1st Place: Paul paulgees81Volpe - $253,524 2nd Place: Daniel Negreanu - $156,674 3rd Place: Jason treysfull21 Mercier- $99,313 4th Place: Brian tsarrast Rast - $67,264 5th Place: Larry Wright - $47,792 6th Place: John Monnette - $35,549 7th Place: Abe Mosseri - $27,633 We'll stick with 2-7 for the rest of this article too, as another longtime PocketFiver, Mike goleafsgoehLeah (pictured), leads the way with 54 players left in Event #16, $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. Leah has a stack of 91,800 in chips entering the tournament's play-down day, about 2,000 ahead of the next closest player. Interestingly enough, Mercier, who finished third in the $10,000 2-7 event, is seventh in chips after Day 1 of the $1,500 2-7 event. He Tweeted after he busted from the $10,000 event, "Hopped in the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw. Already ran up my stack 3x. Hoping to make another deep run in a Draw event. Still hunting." Mercier has three WSOP cashes already this year; two are in Draw events. First place pays $124,000. Here's how the top 10 in chips look right now: 1. Mike goleafsgoehLeah - 91,800 2. Brian Tate - 90,000 3. Tom Franklin - 70,000 4. Dan Smith - 55,400 5. Todd Bui - 54,500 6. Jaet Shetty - 51,900 7. Jason treysfull21Mercier - 46,400 8. Ben Yu - 40,300 9. MattDVD Schultz - 36,900 10. Stephen stevie444 Chidwick - 35,700 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, powered by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. Despite calling poker a "distraction" and a "very dark game" as well as refusing media interviews, Dan Colman (pictured) has certainly demonstrated that he's a force to be reckoned with. On Wednesday, Colman won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event, which had a $2.5 million overlay and a $10 million guarantee, to take home $1.4 million. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- Yes, this is the same Colman who won the Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas for $15.3 million this year. The same Colman who said most recreational players were losing money they couldn't afford to lose. The same Colman who said advertising gambling on television was playing off "people's impulses" and "targeting their weaknesses in order for them to make irrational decisions." Despite all of the negative press surrounding Colman, he has certainly excelled this year. In fact, he is now up to #3 on tournament poker's all-time money list, trailing only Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari. Mike timex McDonald perhaps put it best in a Tweet that had been re-Tweeted over 50 times when we checked it out: Colman battled PocketFiver Mike goleafsgoeh Leah heads-up in the Florida poker tournament and entered with a slight chip lead. In the final hand, Colman, a heads-up specialist, 3bet pre-flop with A-K, according to CardPlayer, and Leah 4bet all-in with Q-J of clubs. Colman called and was ahead the entire way to book the win in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Daniel Colman - $1,446,710 2. Mike goleafsgoehLeah - $1,047,638 3. Shawn flexicom Cunix - $748,313 4. John JRD312 Dolan - $548,763 5. Joe daPHUNNIEman Kuether - $424,044 6. Martin Hanowski - $324,269 7. Blake Bohn - $249,438 8. Brian SN8WMAN Hawkins - $199,550 9. Roman Valerstein - $149,663 The win is the latest in a string of impressive performances from Colman. Here's a look at a few of the highlights over the last year, with data provided by the Hendon Mob: April 2014 €100,000 NLHE Super High Roller, EPT Grand Final 1st place for $2,127,398 June 2014 $1 Million WSOP Big One for One Drop 1st place for $15,306,668 August 2014 €50,000 NLHE Super High Roller, EPT Barcelona 2nd place for $1,118,479 September 2014 $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event 1st place for $1,446,710 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. In 2014, Dan Colman (pictured) earned $22.3 million from live poker tournaments, according to the Hendon Mob, and made waves with his off-the-felt antics. He more than doubled the next closest person on the 2014 money list, won the most money ever by a tournament player in a year, and, accordingly, captured the CardPlayer and Bluff Player of the Year honors. We'll start with CardPlayer, where Colman logged nine qualifying final tables in 2014, highlighted by his massive $15.3 million victory in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. Colman piled up 5,498 CardPlayer Player of the Year Points in 2014, but only 600 of them came from the Big One. Here were the top 10 finishers in the race: 1. Daniel Colman - 5,498 points ($22,319,279 in winnings) 2. Ami UhhMee Barer - 5,042 points ($2,363,903 in winnings) 3. Mike goleafsgoeh Leah - 4,830 points ($2,054,400 in winnings) 4. Mustapha lasagnaaammm Kanit - 4,514 points ($1,234,776 in winnings) 5. Martin Jacobson - 4,148 points ($10,677,589 in winnings) 6. Mukul NeVerMuK Pahuja - 4,146 points ($1,395,891 in winnings) 7. Dylan Wilkerson - 4,096 points ($1,287,851 in winnings) 8. Jake Schindler - 3,955 points ($2,217,434 in winnings) 9. Davidi legrouzin Kitai - 3,829 points ($2,176,343 in winnings) 10. Simon x1deadman1x Deadman - 3,742 points ($1,058,355 in winnings) Over on Bluff, the site's Editor-in-Chief, Lance Bradley, commented, "Colman did this year what poker players dream of – he burst into the tournament scene with multiple million-dollar scores and seemed to make final tables at will. The Bluff POY is about recognizing excellence, and on the felt Colman was certainly the model of that this year." Colman beat out Leah in the Bluff Player of the Year race, amassing over 1,400 points, 300 more than the Canadian: 1. Daniel Colman - 1,447.70 points 2. Mike goleafsgoehLeah - 1,149.64 points 3. Dan KingDan Smith - 949.35 points 4. Ami UhhMeeBarer - 930.79 points 5. Ole Schemion - 927.56 points 6. Martin Jacobson - 888.50 points 7. Mukul NeVerMuKPahuja - 882.40 points 8. Pratyush FenwayKing Buddiga - 881.36 points 9. Davidi legrouzinKitai - 877.60 points 10. Doug Polk - 823.55 points Colman's year was one of the most impressive in the history of poker. He won the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller in April for $2.1 million and then made the semis of a Heads-Up WSOP event for $111,000. His One Drop victory occurred shortly thereafter and was worth $15.3 million and, in July, Colman finished third in a Super High Roller event at Aria in Las Vegas for $796,000. In August, Colman won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event for $1.4 million and took second in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for another $1.1 million. He finished off the year by taking third in the WPT Alpha8 stop in London for $957,000 and finishing seventh in the ACOP Super High Roller for $373,000. Other than that, it was a pretty slow year. He cashed in tournaments on three continents and had four wins in 11 cashes, according to the Hendon Mob. We won't get into Colman's well-documented antics off the table in this article. Therefore, we'll close by congratulating him on his breakthrough year! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. On Monday night, Phil Hellmuth (pictured) won his record-extending 14th World Series of Poker bracelet. He triumphantly Tweeted when the $10,000 Razz event was over, "BOOOM!! Won my 14th @WSOP Bracelet!!! Dedicated it to a friend I lost recently: Dave Goldberg. Giving my bracelet to Goldies family." --- 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. --- The tournament drew 103 entrants and featured a loaded final 10 that included Mike GoLeafsGoEhLeah, Stephen stevie444Chidwick, newly minted bracelet winnerShaun shaundeebDeeb, and Thomas "Thunder" Keller. There were 26 bracelets among the final 12 players, and 17 bracelets among the final eight. Congratulations poured in on Twitter. Gavin Smith Tweeted, "Contacts to @phil_hellmuth. You continue to amaze me! Glad I have that PH13 hat away, when can I pick my new one up? #GOAT." Sorel Imper1um Mizzi added, "All the haters out there can chirp all they want, but there's no denying that @phil_hellmuth knows how to win bracelets." Todd Brunsonprodded on Twitter, "Congratulations to @phil_hellmuth for winning his 14th bracelet. He's still a one trick pony, he just switched from Hold'em to Razz." And finally, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) chimed in, "Hellmuth wins #14 and apparently is a professional Razz player now! Congrats @phil_hellmuth." Hellmuth's first 11 bracelets came in Hold'em. Two out of his last three, however, are in Razz. He's the only person to win the WSOP and WSOP Europe Main Events and told WSOP officials on Monday, "It's an amazing feeling. It's one of those ones where I kept my head down the whole time. I tried to stay divorced from the result, detached from the result. I was just focusing on playing great, playing great, playing great." In terms of his recent success in Razz, Hellmuth explained, "I think I figured something out about Razz in maybe 2012. All of a sudden, the game just clicked. I was like, 'Wow, this game just makes sense.' Then I won a Razz bracelet!" Hellmuth is up to 109 WSOP cashes, 52 of which are for final tables. Heads-up, he defeated Mike Gorodinsky, also a bracelet winner. Hellmuth said of his adversary, "Mike is just really tough and I need all of my concentration to give myself the best chance to beat him. He played phenomenal poker." Here's how the final table shook out: 1. Phil Hellmuth - $271,105 2. Mike Gorodinsky - $167,517 3. Adam Owen - $104,914 4. Mike GoLeafsGoEhLeah - $75,964 5. Thomas Keller - $59,370 6. Jyri Merivirta - $47,344 7. Stephen stevie444Chidwick - $38,447 8. Brandon Shack-Harris - $31,727 Congrats to Hellmuth on his 14th bracelet! 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.
  6. The World Series of Poker Colossus, which attracted over 22,000 entrants is, within a matter of days, already down to just 39. Nine PocketFivers are among the group and everyone is trailing the chip-leading stack of Raymond Henson, who has 7.4 million, 600,000 more than the next closest person. --- 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. --- Hensen reclaimed the chip lead late in the day on Monday after busting a player with Broadway. His opponent, Richard Mikesell, had top two pair and exited stage right from the Colossus. Mike GoLeafsGoEh also (pictured) spent the final moments of Monday's action chipping up. He bet 360,000 on a board showing 3-2-Q-K-7, got a call, and showed A-K to win the pot. He ended the day in 22nd place with a stack of 2.2 million and is one of three Canadians left. Then there's JJProdigy, aka Josh Field (pictured). The California resident who went down in infamy after dominating the online poker world while underage, is making waves in the Colossus. Field put the moves on Scott Gould on Monday, shoving all-in on a board of 7-10-K-3-4 with three spades. His opponent tanked and eventually called with 10-8, dominated by Field's set of kings. Field is in 31st place at 1.8 million in chips entering Tuesday's 2:00pm PT restart. Dan KingDan O'Brien was the chip leader of the Colossus when this author checked in on Monday night. However, O'Brien was relegated to the rails after a series of hands, including one where his pocket kings could not withstand pocket tens. The money went in pre-flop, but O'Brien's opponent rivered a flush. Here are the remaining 39 players in the Colossus along with the chip stacks for each. When play paused, the blinds were at 30,000-60,000-10,000: 1. Raymond Henson - 7,420,000 2. Aditya Prasetyo - 6,880,000 3. David Farber - 5,625,000 4. Ibrahim Naim - 5,290,000 5. Billy Graybeal - 5,005,000 6. Frank Williams - 4,360,000 7. Lance Garcia - 4,050,000 8. Shivanraif Abdine - 4,020,000 9. Jose Cavazos - 3,900,000 10. Paul Lentz - 3,750,000 11. Thuy Kawang - 3,150,000 12. Bradley Burns - 3,135,000 13. Kenny SpaceyFCB Hallaert - 2,990,000 14. Brandon shanetrain22 Shane - 2,760,000 15. Patrick Thompson - 2,695,000 16. Scott Yu - 2,665,000 17. Anthony Blanda - 2,600,000 18. Caufman caufmantalley3 Talley - 2,565,000 19. Ryan Protential Laplante - 2,555,000 20. Levi Phillips - 2,405,000 21. George Wong - 2,300,000 22. Mike GoLeafsGoEhLeah - 2,225,000 23. Garry Simms - 2,180,000 24. Adam Lamphere - 2,175,000 25. Stanley Krimerman - 2,140,000 26. David Yeazell - 2,130,000 27. Kenneth Hennum - 2,125,000 28. Mark RenRad 01 Darner - 2,125,000 29. Anthony holdplz Spinella - 2,020,000 30. William Byrnes - 1,840,000 31. Joshua JJProdigyField - 1,820,000 32. Bradley philivey123422 Mcfarland - 1,815,000 33. Danny Wong - 1,765,000 34. Eugene Lang - 1,755,000 35. Timothy Vukson - 1,695,000 36. Richard Robertson - 1,240,000 37. John Gorsuch - 1,235,000 38. Trevor Jones - 1,215,000 39. Janno Cazemier - 1,115,000 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.
  7. Longtime PocketFives grinder Mike goleafsgoehLeah (pictured) added another PokerStars WCOOPtitle to his name earlier this week after besting a field of 1,777 in Event #27, a $215 buy-in Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha tournament featuring progressive super-knockout bounties. When all was said and done, Leah banked a total of $37,226.91 after more than 13 hours of play. --- 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. --- The Toronto native has enjoyed a hugely successful career in both online and live tournaments. Leah boasts over $4.7 million in recorded live cashes, his biggest score coming after a second place finish at the 2014 Seminal Hard Rock Poker Open for $1.04 million. He also boasts a WSOP bracelet and even won two Circuit events within the same 24-hour period in 2014. With $2.58 million in recorded cashes, his online track record is just as impressive. Leah's first WCOOP win came in 2011 after topping a field of 292 players in a $320 Badugi event for $17,082. This week, Leah was back at it, battling his way through the PLO event's final table to take the biggest chunk of the $355,400 prize pool. When final table play began, Leah commanded the chip lead with 2.49 million, with Germany's 75PTI on his heels with 2.23 million. After a few small skirmishes, Leah got involved in a big hand with two-time WCOOP winner youngblood51 of Germany. Leah opened with a min-raise, which his opponent 3-bet to 300,000. It was folded around to Leah, who called, and the pair saw a flop of 9s-7h-Jh. Leah bet out over 145,000, which youngblood51 called, putting him all in. Leah showed Ad-Qh-5d-4h for a flush draw, with his opponent turning over As-Ac-Kh-5s for an overpair of aces. The turn came the 6h, completing the flush for Leah and leaving youngblood51 with no outs on the river. Soon afterwards, Colombia's Mayu marroca5 Roca (pictured) was sent to the rail after calling all-in after a 3-bet on a flop of 3c-2c-Js. Roca showed top two pair and a flush draw against 75TGI's two pair. The turn and river brought sixes, leaving both players with the same two pair and giving 75TGI the hand with his ace kicker. 75TGI continued amassing chips and took the lead before the action sped up with two players busting in just two hands. The first casualty was Norway's Orjan athillaSkommo, who succumbed to Leah's backdoor flush, giving him a fourth place finish and $10,662. Next, it was Denmark's Jonas Palsgaard1 Palsgard Christensen, who made a lesser two pair against Leah, leaving him in third place with a $15,993 score. When heads-up play began, 75TGI held the chip lead with 5.15 million to Leah's 3.73 million stack. The pair battled until the 13-hour break, which saw the tables turn in Leah's favor; Leah now held the lead with 5.16 million to 75TGI's 3.72 million. After another half-hour of play, 75TGI wrangled the chip lead back from his opponent before losing it again and facing an even larger 6.76 million stack in the final hand of the event. In it, Leah raised 160,000 from the button with Kc-Jc-Jd-7d, which 75TGI called with As-Td-Tc-4s. The pair saw a flop of 3h-6h-2s, giving 75TGI in overpair of tens and Leah an overpair of jacks. Both players checked and the turn came the Js. 75TGI check-called a 160,000 bet from Leah. After the 3s fell on the river, 75TGI bet out 480,000 and was raised all-in by his opponent. 75TGI called and showed his ace-high flush, but was trumped by Leah's backdoor full house, putting 75TGI in second place and giving Leah the win and a $28,432 payday plus $8,794 and bounties. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. Richard 'raconteur' Grykosurvived a nearly 5 1/2 hour long heads-up battle with Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leahto win the €3,250 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha event at WSOP Europe and his first career bracelet Tuesday in Berlin. The win also came with a €126,345 ($143,793 US) payday. Like many first-time WSOP bracelet winners, Gryko was overwhelmed by what he had just accomplished. "I haven't really begun to process it, to be honest. All I can say is I've been a poker player since well before I should legally have been a poker player. So, a long time has been leading up to today," said Gryko after his win. "The sight of the river card… I've never given a fist pump for winning a tournament before. That alone should tell you how much it means." The final table could easily be told as two stories. It took just over two hours to go from eight players to two. Ismael Bojang, making his fourth WSOP final table appearance this year, was the first elimination of the day, falling to Gryko just about 30 minutes into the start of the day. Max Pescatori, who started as the shortest stack, managed to avoid being the first one eliminated but couldn't muster much more, falling in seventh at the hands of Mikkel Plum. That's when Leah went to work. Leah eliminated the next four players in a little over an hour. Benjamin Pollak went out in sixth, Lawrence Lazar was eliminated in fifth, Roberto Romanello busted in fourth, and Plum was Leah's final victim, going out in third place. That domination got Leah heads-up against Gryko with a 2-1 chip lead. However, that would be as close as Leah got to bracelet number two. Gryko took the lead for the first time after just an hour of heads-up play. Gryko raised to 24,000, Leah called, and the two saw a flop of Ac Ts 4h. Leah check-called Gryko's 26,000 bet. After the Jh on the turn, Leah bet 66,000 and Gryko called. The river was the 7s and Leah bet 165,000 and Gryko called. Leah showed Ad 8d 8h 7h for two pair, but Gryko turned over Kc 9c 8s 4s for a rivered straight. After that hand, Gryko continued to chip away at Leah's stack and eventually busted him just after 8:30pm local time. Leah's runner-up performance came nearly one year after his first bracelet win at WSOP APAC 2014. In WSOP events this year, he's cashed ten times, made three final tables, and banked $230,000 in earnings. Gryko has had most of his career success in his native England. In August, he won the United Kingdom Poker Championships Six-Max High-Roller for £30,000 ($46,887 US) and this is his third six-figure score but first since 2009 when he won a GUKPT event in Luton, England. The next WSOP Europe final table is the €1,650 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em event on Wednesday. Final Table Payouts Richard Gryko - €126,345 Mike Leah - €78,150 Mikkel Plum - €55,755 Roberto Romanello - €40,480 Lawrence Lazar - €29,940 Benjamin Pollak - €22,535 Max Pescatori - €17,240 Ismael Bojang - €13,445
  9. [caption width="320" align="alignleft"] PokerStars TCOOP Begins January 21[/caption] On January 21, PokerStars launches a new season of TCOOP, or the Turbo Championship of Online Poker. This year, there's a total guarantee of $15 million. With the help of MacroPoker, 2CardsCollege analyzed the statistics of the previous three series and present the most interesting stats and number they found. TCOOP Stats We are examining the three last TCOOPs: 2013, 2014, and 2015. Year by year, the number of the unique players in the series has decreased. There were 84,000 entries in 2013 versus 73,000 in 2014 and 51,000 in 2015. There were a total of 596,446 players registered in TCOOP events during those three years. 181 players entered more than half the tournaments in the last three years. 21 players entered more than three-quarters of the tournaments. The biggest tournament of the series is typically the first one, a $27 Six-Max event. In 2014, it had 25,590 participants. This year, it has a 'Phase' format. Phases 1 and 2 are being held every day throughout January, while Phase 3 will be held on January 21. For the three series, PokerStars has collected $3.745 million in rake from TCOOP events. The guarantee of the Main Event hasn't changed; it has always been $2 million. In 2013, the Main Event had 5,060 players. In 2014, there were 4,600. In 2015, there were just 4,169. Thus far, no one has won two TCOOP tournaments in a row. Country Participation at TCOOP The number of unique players by country: Russia: 24,799 Germany: 17,107 Canada: 12,986 This distribution has remained the same for about three years, with Russia always being the leader in number of players. Fourth and fifth places are shared between the UK and the Netherlands. According to the ITM results, the top three countries are the same: Russia: 9,532 (12.67%) Germany: 8,422 (13.23%) Canada: 6,996 (13.74%) Out of the top 10 countries participating, the highest ITM belongs to Denmark. 3,997 unique players from Denmark have reached the money in 14.48% of attempts. Denmark is also in the top three countries in ROI out of the largest TCOOP participants (more than 1,000 of unique players): Slovenia: 79.96% Denmark: 40.03% Sweden: 14.31% We're mentioning the "biggest countries" because the biggest ROI was actually achieved by players from the Dominican Republic, which has a population of 74,000. Two poker players residing there have played 10 tournaments and generated an ROI of 10,228%. In second place is Cyprus with three participants, who have an ROI of 1,101%. Out of the five main countries participating in TCOOP, only one has a positive ROI: Russia: -16.51% Germany: -5.4% Canada: -12.77% UK: -6.27% Netherlands: +7.65% Individual Player Performances The only player who took part in all 150 TCOOP events for all three seasons is Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah. [caption width="660"] Mike Leah[/caption] The top three grinders: Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah: 150 tournaments Scott 'Mongy' O'Reilly: 146 tournaments Tot 'SlyderS1' Bela: 142 tournaments Scott 'Mongy' O'Reillyenters the top three in terms of ITM%. The highest ITM% among TCOOP regulars belongs to Russia's 'ImluckNuts' at 35.16%. In 91 TCOOP tournaments, he made the money in 32 of them. The top three looks like this: 'Imlucknuts': 91 tournaments, 35.16% Mario 'Pokerccini' Puccini: 118 tournaments, 21.6% Scott 'Mongy' O'Reilly: 146 tournaments, 17.53% [caption width="452"] Mario Puccini[/caption] 'CandyJohnson' has recorded the most number of final table appearances. He reached the top nine a total of five times during his 136 TCOOP tournaments played. His biggest cash in the series was a second place in a $7.50+R 3x Turbo for $51K. 'rtspurs' made four final tables and won one, an $82 PLO event for $24.7K. Eight players have made three TCOOP final tables, including top regulars TJ '1BigAceHole' Ulmerand 'Assad91'. Now let's check out the biggest money-earners. 'Nikki_Hefner' leads the way in this department, and he's a cash game player who rarely plays tournaments. He has only 114 tournaments played in his career and won the biggest TCOOP Main Event to date: 'Nikki_Hefner' (Russia): $396,615, 2015 Main Event champion 'Jeremiade' (Germany): $382,812, 2013 High Roller champion 'riversouza' (Brazil): $363,119, second place in the 2015 Main Event 'blaaesh' (Denmark): $336,341, third place in the 2014 Main Event 'frma1103' (Sweden): $326,880, 2013 Main Event champion That's all, folks. After the January series, we'll write a more detailed report on the 2016 TCOOP. Check out 2CardsCollege pro poker training.
  10. [caption width="640"] Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah finally has a SCOOP bracelet to go with other titles.[/caption] Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah already has a World Series of Poker bracelet and two World Championship of Online Poker titles to his name. Wednesday he beat another longtime online grinder to win the first Spring Championship of Online Poker title of his career. Event 36 featured a series of tournaments in a variant that has become increasingly rare – Limit Hold‘em. However, the $27 buy-in event drew a respectable 1558 runners who generated a $38,248 prize pool. In heads-up play, Leah defeated Ari 'BodogAri' Engel to capture the win and a $6,312 payday. Participation was slashed in half for the $215, mid-stakes version of the event. ‘LetsJustRun’ of Russia snagged his first SCOOP win and $19,114 after taking down Mexico’s José Manuel ‘nadalon’ Nadal. Also at the final table was Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb, who was forced to make do with a $5030 payout for fifth place. Lastly, just 173 players paid the $2100 buy-in for the high-stakes Limit event, creating a $346,000 prize pool. ‘bartek901’ navigated the tough field to take home the title along with and $83,040 payout. Poker pro Jason Mercier finish in fifth, banking $22,490 for his efforts. Throughout this year’s SCOOP, Brazilian players have proven themselves with wins across many different formats and variants. Wednesday's action saw another title added to the list, which now sits at 15 this year - with another 60 events still on the docket. Wednesday’s SCOOP schedule actually kicked off with a $215 buy-in, shorthanded Pot Limit Omaha tournament that drew 1936 entrants and several hundred reentries. UK’s 'talonaquiles' topped the field, taking home his first major online title, a brand-new Movado watch and a $47,795 payday. The Pot Limit Omaha fun continued in the high-stakes edition of the event, with just under 500 runners paying the $2100 buy-in to generate a $946,000 prize pool. This time Tom 'tjbentham' Bentham took first place along with an $189,200 payout. Event 35 brought No Limit Hold‘em back into the spotlight, with the low stakes tournament attracting a large 13,526 field. ‘n1ssssr’ of the UK defeated 'Rakeback24/7' of the Netherlands in heads-up play to grab his first SCOOP title and $16,615. Nearly 5000 grinders bought into the $109 edition of the event, creating a $459,600 prize pool. For the second time that day, the UK saw one of its players take down an SCOOP title, when 'Clarkson7' bested Australia’s ‘JWPRODIGY’ for a $72,158 payday. UK grinders, ‘FrayedJuniper’ and ‘Go0se.core!’, took third and fifth place respectively. Brazil took yet another SCOOP title in the Event 35, $1050 buy-in high-stakes tournament. When all was said and done, Felipe 'Felipe52' Costa had dispatched one of poker’s toughest heads-up players, Olivier 'Adonis112' Busquet, to take home a $258,060 score. Event 34 (M): $215 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max 1936 entrants, $387,200 prize pool talonaquiles - $47,795.43 slickrick110 - $47,790.07 krapcity112 - $44,774.50 F1nntroll - $22,264.00 maggess88 - $15,178.24 Kashmir_uzi - $8,673.28 Event 34 (H): $2100 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max 473 entrants, $946,000 prize pool tjbentham - $189,200.00 T-Macha - $140,008.00 alexo18 - $104,060.00 jutrack - $71,896.00 deuces85 - $52,503.00 Dominik "Bounatirou" Nitsche - $33.583.00 Event 35 (L): $11 No Limit Hold‘em 13,526 entrants, $135,260 prize pool n1ssssr - $16.615 Rakeback24/7 - $14,249.27 xatteo - $9,468.20 REGTHERULET4 - $6,763 Domientje - $5,410.40 Bane267 - $4,057.80 drew.derzh - $2,705.20 Nadhob - $1,352.60 fabianod12 - $811.56 Event 35 (M): $109 No Limit Hold‘em 4596 entrants, $459,600 prize pool Clarkson7 - $72,158.64 JWPRODIGY - $53,773.20 frayjuniper - $37,917 NemesisMsop - $26,427 Go0se.core! - $19,533 Prof. Shark - $14,937 JulieBRIGHT - $10,341 krousmenos46 - $5,745 Jamaikaner04 - $3,676.80 Event 35 (H): $1050 No Limit Hold‘em, Super Tuesday SE 1518 entrants, $1,518,000 prize pool felipe52 - $258,060.00 Adonis112 - $189,750.00 smokrokflock - $144,058.20 simon1471 - $103,224.00 slayerv1fanl - $75,141.00 Justholdplz - $59,961.00 Iamapoopie - $44,781.00 PureRunnings - $29,601.00 SenorPokes - $16,394.40 Event 36 (L): $27 Fixed Limit Hold‘em Six Max 1558 entrants, $38,248 prize pool goleafsgoeh - $6,312.00 BodogAri - $4,723.73 manokippa2 - $3,442.40 JoeHeaton - $2,294.93 flyy1220 - $1,529.95 hanafi9 - $956.22 Event 36 (M): $215 Fixed Limit Hold‘em Six Max 503 entrants, $100,600 prize pool LetsJustRun - $19,114 Nadalon - $14,084 Gambler4444 - $10,311.50 chokitin - $7,042 shaundeeb - $5,030 lulDocuments - $3,219.20 Event 36 (H): $2100 Fixed Limit Hold‘em Six Max 173 entrants, $346,000 prize pool bartek901 - $83,040.00 Azrarn - $57,263.00 Bluf_To_Much - $43,250.00 chess87 - $29,410.00 Jason Mercier - $22,490.00 jama-dharma - $15,570.00
  11. [caption width="640"] Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah now has two 2016 SCOOP titles.[/caption] Just four days after beating Ari Engel heads-up to win his first 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker title, Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah scored his second win in Event 48 (H), $2,100 Seven Card Stud, after overcoming a star-studded final table that included Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick and eventual runner-up Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz. After his victory, Leah took to Twitter to celebrate before turning his focus to the rest of Sunday’s schedule. Leah’s final table victory was one of 15 on a busy Sunday. The biggest score on the day belonged to ‘OtB_RedBaron’, who took down the $21,000 buy-in High Roller Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em event for $229,600. The high stakes regular added the SCOOP title to the WCOOP High Roller Heads-Up title he won in 2014. The final eight of the event included Doug 'WCG|Rider' Polk, Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene, Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov and eventual runner-up Jake 'JLlama' Abdalla. The win in the mid-stakes version of the event went to ‘jamjam818’ who beat ‘dougiedan678’ to win $83,800. The pair agreed to a chop midway during their heads-up finale allowing ’dougiedan’ to walk away with $89,000 thanks to the chip lead he held at the time. Ukrainian pro ’serhiy1989’ won the low-stakes version for $25,104.18. Niall 'firaldo87' Farrell also had a Sunday to remember. Farrell beat out 423 other players, including former November Niner Felix 'ZhipOHoy' Stephensen heads-up, to win $159,040.00 in Event 47 (H), $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Min-Max. While there were 15 titles handed out on Sunday, it also marked Day 1 of the Main Event at all three buy-in levels. The $10,000 buy-in high stakes event brought in 824 players with 129 moving on to Day 2. Germany’s ‘lissi stinkt’ leads heading into Day 2. In the mid-stakes version, 5,206 players put up the $1,000 buy-in with only 251 advancing to Day 2 and the overnight chip leader is ‘Airdraken’. The low-stakes version brought out 24,591 players including Japan’s ‘jp_legacy’ who turned his re-entry into the event into a chip lead with 222 players left. Action resumes Monday. Event 46 (H); Six Max Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 85 Prize pool: $162,748 KKremate - $44,348.83 WATnlos- $29,701.51 mikal12345 - $22,784.72 rapsusklei - $15,461.06 bujia4000 - $11,392.36 shhharp - $8,544.27 Event 46 (M): $82+R Six Max Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 347 (397 rebuys, 257 add-ons) Prize pool: $76,326.25 Adam 'Adamyid' Owen - $15,647.06 Filipo83 - $11,448.93 aDrENalin710 - $8,586.70 hotvesper - $5,915.28 delyoda - $4,388.75 XRoXXoX - $2,862.23 Event 46 (L): Six Max Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 1,814 (2,786 Rebuys, 1,046 Add-ons) Prize pool: $38,505.72 MuKoJla - $5,459.62* Steve 'Rabscuttle' Cowley - $4,520.12* enay_fls - $4,268.46* Eric 'AceQuad' Brix - $2,310.34 Al Magellan - $1,540.22 stardream - $908.73 * Three-way chop Event 47 (H): $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Min-Max Entrants: 424 (Part One) Prize pool: $848,000.00 Niall 'firaldo87' Farrell (Canada) $159,040.00* Felix 'ZhipOHoy' Stephensen (United Kingdom) $142,000.00* SsicK_OnE (Germany) $95,400.00 WhatIfGod (Sweden) $65,720.00 Mikleler (Russia) $48,760.00 I'am_Sound (Switzerland) $31,800.00 Event 47 (M): $215 No Limit Hold'em Min-Max Entrants: 1,590 Prize pool: $318,000.00 prsalute - $49,170.61* digopapel - $42,731.39* Thomas 'WushuTM' Muehloecker - $29,415.00 Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura - $20,352.00 PureCash25 - $13,038.00 TiltMeBig - $8,745.00 Two-way chop Event 47 (L): $27 No Limit Hold'em Min-Max Entrants: 3,932 Prize Pool: $100,000 eugenevv - $14,106.91* wuqi3159 - $12,199.46* ratez0r - $11,843.63* Nelson28 - $6,400 zvejyss10 - $4,100 013ATM - $2,750 Three-way chop Event 48 (H): $2,100 Seven Card Stud Entrants: 65 Prize pool: $130,000.00 Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah - $42,250.00 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $27,300.00 Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier - $19,500.00 Gleb 'psyhoagromor' Kovtunov - $13,000.00 Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick - $9,750.00 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara - $7,150.00 krakukra - $5,850.00 TheMuppet - $5,200.0048 Event 48 (M): $215 Seven Card Stud Entrants: 258 (192 entries, 66 re-entries) Prize pool: $51,600 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez (Uruguay) $10,062.00 viking47 (U.K.) $7,482.00 alwaysnice (U.K.) $5,676.00 sprocketsAA (Mexico) $4,128.00 Akkerx (Hungary) $2,838.00 psyhoagromor (Ukraine) $2,064.00 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson (Mexico) $1,548.00 EDUARD_II (Latvia) $1,290.00 Event 48 (L): $27 Seven Card Stud Entrants:1,177 Prize pool: $28,895.35 Antanas 'Nr1InEurope' Bakaitis - $4,400.00* B!G_SL!ck-AK - $3,750.00* skalexjung - $3,697.82* AtomTom87 - $2,141.14 gunnersfun - $1,444.76 nicnad888 - $866.86 woodenrouble - $577.90 Leads4free - $361.19 Three-way chop. Event 49 (H): $21,000 High Roller Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 32 Prize pool: $656,000.00 OtB_RedBaron - $229,600.00 Jake 'JLlama' Abdalla - $131,200.00 KRab42 - $65,600.00 Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov - $65,600.00 kalashn1kovv - $41,000.00 Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene - $41,000.00 hhecklen - $41,000.00 Doug 'WCG|Rider' Polk - $41,000.00 Event 49 (M): $2,100 High Roller Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 180 Prize pool: $360,000 jamjam818 - $83,800* dougiedan678 - $89,000* beginner27 - $36,000 3P3NIPA - $36,000 moglimiranda - $14,400 bar-bar9999 - $14,400 teunuss - $14,400 ORLOVSKIY - $14,400 Two-way chop. Event 49 (L): $215 High Roller Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 830 Prize Pool: $166,000 serhiy1989 - $25,104.18 greerzy_2 - $15,974.18 Nacho 'PokerLoans1' Barbero - $7,986.26 Fishyyy91 - $7,986.26 Event 55 (H): No Limit Hold'em Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super KO Entrants: 1,335 Prize pool: $1,335,000.00 (Regular pool: $667,500, Bounty pool: $667,500) dntfrgtame - $115,210.50 + $40,847.61 bounties Tom 'hitthehole' Middleton - $83,437.50 + $46,972.60 bounties 1sag - $63,412.50 + $7,421.87 bounties Justas 'selinantis' Semaska - $46,458.00 + $10,195.31 bounties Max 'altiFC' Altergott - $33,041.25 + $5,187.49 bounties scoripo04 - $26,366.25 + $3,031.25 bounties Garrin4e - $19,691.25 + $15,324.21 bounties Andreas 'daskalos20' Christoforou - $13,016.25 + $9,861.32 bounties Brabupada - $7,342.50 + $2,125.00 bounties Event 55 (M): $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super KO Entrants: 5,838 Prize pool: $583,800 tinchoarce - $45,665.40 + $12,957.03 in bounties mackkim - $34,006.35 + $2,636.67 in bounties grbalazs - $24,081.75 + $2,876.29 in bounties ZAR84 - $16,492.35 + $1,454.26 in bounties dankol2 - $12,405.75 + $1,726.72 in bounties Trem-FCK-Ftp - $9,486.75 + $2,566.93 in bounties Nacho 'PokerLoans1' Barbero - $6,567.75 + $1,961.87 in bounties Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich - $3,648.75 + $4,121.79 in bounties Zoukki - $2,335.20 + $1,860.50 in bounties Event 55 (L ): No Limit Hold'em Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super KO Entrants: 16,362 Prize pool: $163,620 gingerjake91 - $9,549.30 + $2,319.50 in bounties Buur90 - $6,953.85 + $1,035.42 in bounties Harv$$103 - $5,317.65 + $541.77 in bounties Petrix1 - $3,681.45 + $641.57 in bounties po82m - $2,863.35 + $884.72 in bounties rusito2184 - $2,045.25 + $443.43 in bounties Gubii - $1,390.77 + $248.01 in bounties jonimella - $736.29 + $745.99 in bounties marcozevola5 - $490.86 + $402.59 in bounties
  12. [caption width="640"] Shawn Buchanan won his second SCOOP event in a week[/caption] Sunday was a good day to be a pro in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP. Pros ruled the roost on the final day of the weekend, with several familiar faces winning events. Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan, fresh off winning his fourth career SCOOP title last week in the high-stakes version of Event #14, won one for the thumb on Sunday in Event #24, a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max, after a heads-up chop with Rocco 'Sephirot88' Palumbo. Buchanan was second in chips when the final table started and faced a group of seven opponents that included Palumbo, Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom, and Dylan 'ImaLucSac' Lynde. After a swingy heads-up session, Palumbo and Buchanan ultimately struck a deal that gave the former $262,000 and Buchanan $260,125, leaving $10,000 in cash and a SCOOP title to play for. Down the stretch, Buchanan won 11 out of 13 hands. More importantly, he raked the decisive final pot in which his [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] outlasted Palumbo's [poker card="ac"][poker card="2d"]. He succinctly Tweeted when the tournament was over, "BINK #scoopheater." Buchanan now has five career SCOOP wins. Dan 'Danny98765' Smith also found gold on Sunday. The high-stakes poker pro took down a $2,100 Zoom Mixed PLO Six-Max and now has two-thirds of a Triple COOP title, needing only a WCOOP win to fill it out. [caption width="640"] Dan Smith won a ,100 Zoom Mixed PLO Six-Max SCOOP event[/caption] Smith, who also won the Sunday Million four years ago, blasted through a field of 179 players and outwitted a final table that include heavyweights like Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb and Brazil's Felipe 'mojave' Ramos. His reward was $85,000, which pushed his career online tournament winnings past $2.8 million. In the high-stakes version of Event #21, a $700 Pot Limit Five-Card Omaha Six-Max Cubed event, Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson, who was ranked #1 in the world on PocketFives as recently as 2013, narrowly missed out on extending his own record of six SCOOP wins. His pursuit of #7 came up just short, as he finished in third place for $26,000. Switzerland's 'Kamchatka 1' ultimately won the Cubed event, although his heads-up opponent, 'danfiu', was the one who sent Anderson to the rail. Anderson has eight career COOP wins, tied with Shaun Deeb for the most ever. Longtime PocketFiver 'l33t_hax0r', who plays as 'goleafsgo41' on PokerStars, won a $215 Pot Limit Mixed Omaha event for $29,000. He's up to almost $2.5 million in career online tournament winnings and earned his first career SCOOP title. The entire tournament, which was played in a Turbo Zoom format, lasted only four-and-a-half hours. SCOOP-21-L ($7.50 PL 5-Card Omaha) Entrants: 2,309 (1,491 rebuys, 997 add-ons) Total prize pool: $32,715.54 Places paid: 300 big_pockett - $5,154.31 M-U-C-K-Y-O- - $3,762.28 geovou7 - $2,780.82 HYTTI - $1,881.14 eight4ever - $1,226.83 Premove - $653.65 SCOOP-21-M ($82 PL 5-Card Omaha 6-Max 1R1A) Entrants: 455 (281 Rebuys, 256 Add-Ons) Total prize pool: $75,640 Places paid: 60 WhattUBluffv$12,419.18* BlackOps02 - $11,585.21* Lovet89 - $9,617.59* DroNNer - $5,597.36 Alexander 'utvekklo2' Ceder - $4,008.92 NOR-playah - $2,571.76 SCOOP-21-H ($700 PL 5-Card Omaha 6-Max 1R1A) Entrants: 142 (76 Rebuys, 89 Add-Ons) Total prize pool: $204,769 Places paid: 18 Kamchatka 1 - $53,240.02 danfiu - $35,834.57 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson - $26,619.97 Roywing - $17,405.36 Dundermåsen - $13,309.98 Joseph 'subiime' Cheong - $9,214.60 SCOOP-22-L ($11 NL Hold'em [5-Stack]) Entrants:12,385 Prize pool: $123,850.00 Places paid:1,620 alex_13_12_9 - $12,895.53* Poulsen4 - $12,107.00* Alogish - $12,531.80* bica999 - $6,192.50 Snakefoxes - $4,954.00 555yull555 - $3,715.50 PanamaRespec - $2,477.00 steviepang - $1,238.50 pokerqmaster - $774.06 SCOOP-22-M ($109 NL Hold'em 5-Stack) Entrants: 3,545 Total prize pool: $354,500 Places paid: 450 Jan "hownorez" Nakladal - $55,657.63 Purple Haze - $41,476.50 TerjePower18 - $29,423.50 lil-lj198 - $20,383.75 dyno52 - $15,176.14 BernardoDG - $11,521.25 ragAAAila19 - $7,976.25 #2slim4gym#H - $4,431.25 HYZENBURG - $2,836.00 SCOOP-22-H ($1,050 NL Hold'em, 5-Stack) Entrants: 859 Total prize pool: $859,000 Places paid: 99 3P3NIPA - $157,626.50 RamsGold - $112,529 slayerv1fan - $85,041 Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos Diaz - $63,995.50 Artem 'FaNjkEEE' Kobylynskyi - $44,668 Nikolay 'NikolasDLP' Prokhorskiy - $36,078 Thomas 'WushuTM' Muhlocker - $27,488 Tobias 'PokerNoob999' Reinkemeier - $18,898 T-Macha - $11,167 SCOOP-23-L ($27 FL Badugi) Entrants: 1,071 Total prize pool: $26,293.05 Places paid: 136 BOLTAnticvet - $4,799.21 bullitek - $3,418.09 adrian432 - $2,629.30 MychuPychu - $1,971.97 Georgios 'GeoManousos' Sotiropoulos - $1,314.65 Walrus91 - $920.25 SVTamada - $525.86 George 'georgedanzer' Danzer - $381.24 SCOOP-23-M ($215 FL Badugi) Entrants: 186 Total prize pool: $32,200 Places paid: 24 Mati312 - $8,091 ugritaly - $5,776 Naoya 'nkenyo' Kihara - $4,464 The TJS - $3,162 gmd68 - $2,046 CAE$AR_08 - $1,674 Premove - $1,302 aDrENalin710 - $1,023 SCOOP-23-H ($2,100 FL Badugi) Entrants: 45 Total prize pool: $90,000 Places paid: 5 silna_rakia - $36,000.00 Alex 'BiatchPeople' Luneau - $24,300.00 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara - $13,500.00 Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah - $9,000.00 warcabista - $7,200.00 SCOOP-24-L ($215 NL Hold'em, 8-Max, High Roller) Entrants: 3,782 Prize pool: $756,400 Places paid: 480 IvanaHarman - $107,530.81 jorginho88 - $90,049.81 Knightsgeee - $86,017.92 Romzess II - $52,948.00 IceStream - $37,820.00 PDGanev - $22,692.00 jareth3542 - $13,237.00 wizowizo - $6,996.70 SCOOP-24-M ($2,100 NL Hold'em, 8-Max, High Roller) Entrants: 825 (553 entries, 272 re-entries) Prize pool: $1,650,000 Places paid: 96 Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan - $270,125.00* Rocco 'Sephirot88' Palumbo - $262,000.00* ekziter - $165,000.00 Daniel 'ShippityShip' Nielson - $123,750.00 david owie - $82,500.00 Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom - $57,750.00 TanTanSWE - $37,125.00 Dylan 'ImaLucSac' Lynde - $24,750.00 SCOOP-24-H ($21,000 NL Hold'em, 8-Max, High Roller) Entrants: 143 Prize pool: $2,931,500 Places paid: 16 Secret_M0d3 - $718,217.50 Hhecklen - $498,355.00 hurrrrican3 - $381,095.00 GM_VALTER - $263,835.00 nizmo jiz - $190,547.50 bencb789 - $146,575.00 jakoon1985 - $117,260.00 tsarrast - $87,945.00 SCOOP-25-L ($7.50 NL Hold'em, 6-Max, Ultra-Deep) Entrants: 9,546 Total prize pool: $65,103.72 Places paid: 1,200 babbelz - $7,470.04* Zigslick - $6,790.96* harmatiuk - $6,918* Lars Botman - $2,766.90 pazipro - $1,464.83 goldenboy#36 - $976.55 SCOOP-25-M ($82 NLHE 6-Max, Ultra-Deep) Entrants: 2,457 Total prize pool: $184,275 Places paid: 330 Franco "rojorulez" Spitale - $29,024.92 RigasDinamo - $21,191.62 biszibosz - $15,663.37 goxomago - $10,135.12 Pokerfan89Gr - $6,449.62 neverdixs - $3,492.01 SCOOP-25-H: $700 NL Holdem [6-Max Ultra-Deep] - $250k Guaranteed Entrants: 754 Prize Pool: $501,410 Places Paid: 84 Malaka$tyle - $92,761.17 que_te_crio - $69,194.58 YukoEgawa - $51,394.52 bombuslol - $35,098.70 MrRabanne - $25,070.50 minusth3bear - $15,042.30 SCOOP-26-L ($11 NL Hold'em 8-Max Deep Payouts) Entrants: 11,618 Prize pool: $116,180 Places paid: 2,863 SONGJOY - $11,864.27 ohanaaa - $8,214.69 addo140 - $5,694.51 BalBadwal - $3,947.49 jointy333 - $2,736.43 grantul - $1,896.91 Solidthought - $1,314.96 Fahrenheit95 - $911.53 SCOOP-26-M: $109 NL Holdem [8-Max Deep Payouts, Sunday Kickoff SE] Entrants: 3,691 Prize Pool: $369,100 Places Paid: 879 Dejan 'dejanaceking' Divkovic - $45,038.52 Breakchips - $31,217.96 AJPokerpro - $21,640.59 jANKE - $15,001.47 winning elev - $10,399.17 Goran 'mandza17' Mandic - $7,208.78 Omon_Ra_AA - $4,997.20 gabransich - $3,464.11 SCOOP-26-H: $1,050 NL Holdem [8-Max Deep Payouts, Sunday Kickoff SE] Entrants: 911 Prize Pool: $911,000 Places Paid: 159 IN PROGRESS SCOOP-30-L ($27 PL Mixed Omaha, 6-Max, Turbo, Zoom) Entrants: 2,622 Total prize pool: $64,370.10 Places paid: 330 miomiomy79 - $7,858.73* sorenj1988 - $7,385.49* Abbe77 - $7,769.58* Schoebinho - $3,540.35 PartyTownUSA - $2,252.95 rodmarcos - $1,219.81 2016 SCOOP-30-M: $215 PL Mixed Omaha [6-Max Turbo Zoom] Entrants: 839 Prize Pool: $167,800 Places Paid: 108 goleafsgo41 - $29,583.14 robc1978 - $21,814.00 XD89lol
  13. [caption width="640"] Mike Leah is selling pieces of his WSOP action on YouStake this year. (WPT photo)[/caption] For professionals and recreational players alike, the World Series of Poker can be a stressful and busy time. Dealing with travel plans, accommodations, setting a tournament schedule and on top of all that, dealing with backers and piece buyers that are going to make playing in some of the world’s most prestigious events possible. Not that Canada’s Mike Leah feels any of those pressures, as he’s amassed over $5,000,000 in live tournament earnings, along with a well respected online resume to boot while being a mainstay at the WSOP since 2011. Leah clearly has it figured out from a WSOP perspective, with his breakout performances coming last year. He cashed nine times, including two final table appearances, in the $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship and then the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball No-Limit event. Add in a deep run in the first ever ‘The Colossus’ event, a 39th place finish, and Leah pulled out all the stops in 2015. This year, he’s looking to have more success in those bigger buy-in ‘Championship’ events and through the first few weeks of the WSOP, he’s been doing most of his selling on YouStake.com’s online marketplace. Leah opened the summer selling 50% to the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship, at a mark-up of 1.05. Sixteen players got a piece of that tournament, including a few that booked action for as little as $20. This week, Leah again went to YouStake to sell action to the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8/B Championship. This time, the mark-up was a little higher, 1.10, but he again sold 50% of his action. Only three players got a piece of that tournament, with some big buyers coming in to almost immediately scoop up the available stakes. So, why does a player of Leah’s caliber and success offer action on YouStake.com? Simply put, it’s simple. “It’s just a simple and easy way to sell action and it also gives fans, friends and anyone else a chance to buy a piece of my action,” he says, adding, “I also don’t have to worry about collecting payments, paying out multiple pieces or sending out tax forms, YouStake.com takes care of everything.” For someone who is playing a full schedule and will, like he did last year, be making plenty of deep runs, the ease and simplicity of YouStake.com makes the summer less busy and stressful for Leah. Other players have also been seen selling on the marketplace so far this summer, including former WSOP Main Event Champions Greg Raymer and Jamie Gold, along with three-time World Poker Tour champion Anthony Zinno. A majority of those players, Leah included, usually don't sell that much action. “I haven’t sold much over the last year, as I’ve been taking all of my own action for a while now,” says Leah. He did sell to last year’s WSOP, his most successful yet, and he plans to continue to sell this year, adding, “It’s just a good tool to lower my own risk in a few of the larger buy-in events.” Leah admits that he’s gotten off to a slow start in 2016, failing to record scores in both of the $10,000 Championship events referenced above. But with four cashes through the first three weeks of the WSOP, that just shows how high the bar is set for the former bracelet winner. If Leah is able to add another piece of jewelry to his wrist this summer, we imagine he’ll be keeping it for himself but anyone can get a piece of his action on YouStake.com.
  14. [caption width="640"] Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah talks about winning two SCOOP titles in 2016 and about repping his home country[/caption] The 48th event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker ended with a win by Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah. The $2,100 Seven card Stud tournament had a field of 65 entrants and Leah's victory was memorable not only because he booked a $42,000 payday, but also because it was his second SCOOP victory of 2016 and second all-time. His first SCOOP title came just a few days earlier in a $27 Limit Hold'em Six Max. His reward was $6,300 and he helped ensure that Canada would be a force to be reckoned with during the annual PokerStars series. All told, Leah had one-seventh of Canada's 14 SCOOP wins this year. But the grind has taken its toll. "I'm still recovering from SCOOP," he said. "I haven't held down any food or water for 30 hours. I haven't had the recovery period I wanted to yet. Sixteen days in a row of playing 15 hours a day is an intense grind. I'm happy it's over, but as time goes on, I'll appreciate that I got two SCOOP titles. Looking back on it, I'll be satisfied with my results." Leah wasn't exaggerating when he said he couldn't hold down any food or water. You'd think he just ran a marathon, and in a sense he did: 240 hours of poker in just over two weeks. "I beat down my system so much that once SCOOP was over, my body shut down a bit," he said. In addition to his dual SCOOP titles, Leah has a pair of (WCOOP) bracelets. He took down a $215 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Progressive Super Knockout last September and scored the "W" in a $320 Limit Badugi event in 2011. "SCOOP is by far more intense than anything else because I normally don't play a lot of tables, but SCOOP forces me to," the Canadian said. "Usually when I'm playing online, I'm playing one table and enjoying poker. During SCOOP, I'm pulling up most of the tourneys and they're all different game types. Saturday and Sunday there are five or six events a day, and this year every event was a two-day event. It was intense." For Leah, despite the physical beating his body took, the grind was well worth it, not only because he won two events, but also because SCOOP serves as a tune-up for the World Series of Poker. "It's a great warm-up for the WSOP to get re-acclimated to the games I don't play very often," he said. "It'd be nice if some of the SCOOP events were faster, though. I have no self-control. I can't take a day off when there's an event I want to play." Just like the WSOP, SCOOP features a variety of games in a variety of formats. If you're not a fan of Hold'em, you can play Stud, Omaha, Razz, Badugi, and plenty of other games instead. "I pretty much play anything anyway, but there are some events I enjoy more," Leah said. "There are some games I would play the low, medium, and high versions of no matter what like Mixed Games, whereas some of the other games I might skip one or two because I don't think I have much of an edge like the big buy-in PLOs where I wouldn't want to fire off money if I didn't think I had an edge. In the last five days when I was in the hunt for SCOOP Player of the Series, I fired everything." Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb ended up winning the 2016 SCOOP Player of the Series race with 925 points, while Leah ended up in a two-way tie for fifth at 760. "Poker is always about goals," Leah said of his Player of the Series battle. "That's one of the main reasons I've had success. I don't concentrate on the money. Instead, I focus on goals and competition and that helps me play my best and compete. That $27 Limit Hold'em tournament I won was only for $6,000. If I were looking at the prize pool, I wouldn't have cared that much, but because it's a SCOOP event and there's a title and a leaderboard, it helps me try harder." Leah is #8 on the all-time poker money list for Canada, according to the Hendon Mob, and represents his home nation in games all over the world. "I'm a proud Canadian. That's my home and that's the country I represent. I notice it a lot more when I'm at tourneys in Canada, like when I'm in Montreal and most people know me and look up to me. I feel like an ambassador," said Leah. "At the WSOP, I care about it and want to hear the Canadian national anthem played at my bracelet ceremony." If he does win his first bracelet on US soil and his second overall, he'll likely be surrounded by plenty of friends and family. "I'm confident it's going to happen this year," Leah said. "I can't see myself not winning one. My focus and my results lately have been good. I'm going there expecting to win at least one. I'm going there trying to be Player of the Year. I'm going to have as good of a chance as anyone because of my volume and because I play all of the games." Also on Leah's rail should he win a bracelet will be plenty of fellow Canadian poker pros. "The Greenwoods [Sam and Max]have been great recently," Leah said of his top-performing countrymen. "Mike 'timex' McDonald is great too. There are deep-skilled Canadian poker players I play with in Montreal who are all solid. My lesser-known buddy who travels with me is due as well: Thomas Taylor. He had a couple of final tables at the WSOP last year. I'm thinking this might be a breakthrough year for him."
  15. [caption width="641"] Christian ‘CMoosepower’ Elgstrøm won his third COOP title on Saturday[/caption] The second weekend of the World Championship of Online Poker included two No Limit Hold‘em tournaments, the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship and a Five-Card Omaha Hi-Lo event. In two of those tournaments, players received some extra value for their money when the events failed to hit their guarantees. Event #18, $320 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up tournament, was a grueling two-day affair that drew 624 entrants and resulted in a small overlay to its $200,000 guarantee. Slovakia’s ‘prosvk’ battled his way through nine heads-up matches, ultimately besting his final opponent, Arturs ‘IKSecret’ Kurnajevs, to secure his first WCOOP title and a $31,670 payday. The journey wasn’t easy for Prosvk, who at one point lost a big pot when his set of kings fell to fourth-place finisher ‘CHD17’s’ rivered quads. Prosvk was able to keep his cool, however, and locked up the win after turning a pair of aces against his final opponent’s pair of kings. In Event #19, some of the world’s best poker players clashed to claim the title of WCOOP Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo champion. The $1,050 buy-in tournament garnered 168 entries, which included two-time Spring Championship of Online Poker champion Christian ‘CMoosepower’ Elgstrøm of Denmark, Canadian poker pro Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah and Twitch sensation Jason Somerville. After four and half hours of play on Day 2 of the event, the title came down to a match between Elgstrøm and Leah. For nearly an hour, the Danish grinder applied relentless pressure to his opponent until finally emerging victorious with a full house against Leah’s busted low hand. Elgstrøm celebrated his third COOP title and banked $34,028, while Lee took $26,371 and Sommerville made do with $5,714 for his eighth place finish. Event #21 was a $215 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament which garnered 1,713 entrants, but failed to meet its $400,000 guarantee. After taking home his first SCOOP title all the way back in 2009, Hungary’s ‘tomacampi’ was back, navigating a final table that included decorated pro ‘eisenhower1’ and Sunday Bigger champ Bradley ‘BaZa88’ Bower. In heads-up play, ‘tomacampi’ would need only 10 minutes to defeat Germany’s ‘Dakain’, and take home his second COOP title – seven years apart – and a $51,855 prize. WCOOP players got a chance to stray from the norm a bit in Event #22, a $215 Pot Limit Five-Card Omaha Hi-Lo tournament. The event attracted 377 entrants, 257 of which would reenter to generate a $126,800 prize pool, exceeding the $100,000 guarantee. ‘Onmybicycle’ of the Netherlands played exceptionally well on Day 2 of the tournament, moving up from nearly last-place in chips to win the title after defeating Bulgaria’s ‘KRASIVIQ’. The tournament gave the Dutch grinder his first COOP win and a $21,808 first-place prize. Event #18 - $320 Heads-Up No Limit Hold‘em 624 entries - $200,000 paid out to 64 places prosvk $31,670.00 Arturs ‘IKSecret’ Kurnajevs $27,670.00 Diego ‘Mr.Bittar’ Bittar $11,538.00 CHD17 $11,538.00 HandOfBl00d $6,428.00 beginner27 $6,428.00 Gonzaga ‘Zagazaur’ Briga $6,428.00 incamuffa $6,428.00 Event #19 - $1,050 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship 168 entries - $168,000 paid out to 17 places Christian ‘CMoosepower’ Elgstrøm $34,028.00 Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah $26,371.88 Bluf_To_Much $20,438.40 Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick $15,839.91 UlDuffer $12,276.04 Mikal ‘Mikal12345’ Blomlie $9,514.02 thechips55 $7,373.43 Jason ‘jcarverpoker’ Somerville $5,714.46 Event #21 - $215 No Limit Hold’em 1,713 entries - $400,000 paid out to 206 places tomacampi $51,855.50 Dakain $46,862.61 Bradley ‘BaZa88’ Bower $38,072.97 Clutch Hero $23,211.04 luk45zp $16,844.24 L2PokerBRO $12,223.84 JafreeSPb $8,870.84 DEADyshka $6,437.56 ‘eisenhower1’ $4,671.72 Event #22 - $215 Pot Limit Five-Card Omaha Hi-Lo (Six-Max) 634 entries (377 entries, 257 reentries) - $126,800 paid out to 83 places onmybicycle $21,808.67 KRASIVIQ $14,682.45 Adam ‘Adamyid’ Owen $9,884.97 Zbad $6,655.07 Eugene ‘MyRabbiFoo’ Katchalov $4,480.54 vip25459 $3,016.53
  16. [caption width="640"] Three cashes in a single day are just a result of the way Mike Leah approaches the WSOP grind each year.[/caption] Earlier this week, Mike Leah pulled off something that just might be some sort of World Series of Poker record when he cashed in three events in the same day. It’s impossible to verify since the WSOP doesn’t keep those sort of records, but Leah was able to do it because of the way the schedule worked and his almost insatiable hunger for success. Leah smiles when he’s asked about cashing in the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em (17th place - $24,799), $1,000 No Limit Hold’em (105th - $2,182) and the $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty (272nd - $998) in one day, but that also means he did something else, too. “Busting them all within fifteen minutes? Not as cool,” said Leah, who knows that his approach to playing the kind of volume he does at the WSOP isn’t something everybody is going to understand. “Regging the $1K Super Turbo and going to play for 15 minutes to try and triple up my stack or bust so that I can go back to the other ones, I know that I’m hurting my EV in that one, but it really doesn’t matter much,” said Leah. “If something goes wrong in the others ones, like it ended up happening, then I have that one as a back up plan to actually try and make a run in it. But I built up my stack enough in 15 minutes to just leave it in and make the money.” That’s right. Leah showed up the $1,000 buy-in Super Turbo Bounty, played for just about 15 minutes and then went to his stack in the $5,000 Six Max when that restarted with just 18 players left. After he busted that in 17th, he moved across the room to his Day 2 stack in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em and went to work building that up. He only returned to his bounty stack while on breaks. He’s managed to cash nine times already this year, and a total of 28 times since 2015. Leah says its not about chasing the single-year cashes record (13), but more about maximizing his opportunities to make money and not wanting to miss out on a tournament that has value. “Not necessarily just trying to cash, but I don’t want to miss an event if it makes sense to not miss it, because it’s an event that I have a chance to win,” said Leah. “So whether it’s for Player of the Year, cashes, winning bracelets, it’s everything plus peace of mind knowing that i didn’t skip an event knowing that that was the one I was going to win.” Given that he’s taken this approach for the last several years, you’d think it was a system that involves extensive planning done weeks before the WSOP actually begins. That’s not the case though. Leah, who has yet to win a bracelet in Las Vegas after winning his first at WSOP-APAC in Australia three years ago, rides the old athlete’s cliche of taking one day at a time. But he does it with purpose. “I don’t look (at the schedule) more than a day or two in advance. So I started looking at (Friday’s) schedule (Thursday) just starting to think ahead just based on what Day 2s I might make and how I might do it. I also want to look at if there’s a big buy-in I might want to sell for,” said Leah. He does stay at the Rio to maximize the amount of sleep he can get each day. And halfway through the Series, Leah feels pretty well rested, but still not immune to having a bad day at the tables. “I’m feeling decent. I got a good nights sleep (Thursday) night. Skipped the first two hours of (Friday’s) $5K because I was feeling a little burned out after a frustrating day (Thursday), getting close in the shootout and then getting a lot of chips in the $3K HORSE and busting. Trying to just start fresh today,” said Leah. Hitting the refresh button each and every morning is easy says Leah. The way the WSOP schedule works and the variety of games played That’s the beauty of the WSOP. There’s always an event to be excited about the next day. I love playing all the games so no matter what, like today is a turbo it’s a change of pace and PLO8 is a lot of fun. So there’s always variety that makes it exciting.
  17. [caption width="640"] Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah added a TCOOP title to his previous WCOOP and SCOOP wins (WPT photo)[/caption] Over the course of his impressive career, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah has won a couple of World Championship of Online Poker events and another couple of Spring Championship of Online Poker titles. But prior to Wednesday, the Canadian grinder had never managed to win a Turbo Championship of Online Poker title. Leah bested a field of 503 to win the $82 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and $6,707.46. The final table inlcuded current world #2 'lena900', Mikal 'mikal12345' Blomlie and eventual runner-up Alm 'Chillolini' Wilson. After winning the event, Leah took to Twitter to celebrate. Leah wasn't the only World Series of Poker bracelet winner to take down a TCOOP event on Wednesday though. In the very next event Ryan 'PROTENTIALmn' LaPlante beat out 904 other players over the course of five tables to win Event #39, the $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout. The final table for LaPlante included #1-ranked Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez and Carlos 'Poeira4' Branco. LaPlante's win, which comes seven months after he won his WSOP bracelet, was worth just over $20,000 when you take into account bounties won along the way. Lebanese poker pro 'abeainy' had the single biggest score of the day after taking down Event #40, $700 Six Max Pot Limit, for $41,250.10 after chopping heads-up with Russia's 'nafnaf_funny' after the pair outlasted 342 other players. 'nafnaf_funny' eanred $33,060.83 for finishing second. Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion earned $16,162.92 for a fourth place finish while Canada's Shyam 'G's zee' Srinivasan pocketed $8,393.82 for finishing sixth. British pro 'Jmm256' beat out the biggest field of the day in Event #41, $82 No Limit Hold'em w/Big Antes, to grab $31,264.25. The event attracted a field of 4,488 entries pushing the total prize pool to $336,600. 'Jmm256' took down the event after the final five players agreed to a chip chop. Runner-up 'PokinStaR' ended up with $33,790.37 for his efforts. The final event of the day was the $27 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and drew out 1,516 players with Dutch pro 'rodajc90' winning $15,095.71 after agreeing to a four-way chop with 'CupiRuleZ', 'The Milch666' and 'kasein'. Event #38: $82 No Limit Deuce to Seven Entries: 503 (353 entries + 150 re-entries) Prize pool: $37,725 Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah - $6,707.46 Alm 'Chillolini' Wilson - $4,826.15 MrMaximize - $3,472.75 Lena900 - $2,498.88 Chief0r - $1,798.12 Mikal 'mikal12345' Blomlie - $1,293.87 Kashmir_uzi - $931.03 Event #39: $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout (Progressive KO - 50%) Entries: 905 Prize pool: $181,000 ($90,500 + $90,500 in bounties) Ryan 'PROTENTIALmn' LaPlante - $14,480 + $11,113 in bounties sincinaty118 - $10,860 + $2,867.93 in bounties batmanuga01 - $8,145 + $2,382.79 in bounties Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez - $5,430 + $3,087.09 in bounties Carlos 'Poeira4' Branco - $3,620 + $1,692.57 in bounties SuperdupaMAN - $2,244.40 + $2,288.27 in bounties Event #40: $700 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 344 Total prize pool: $228,760.00 abeainy - $41,250.10* nafnaf_funny - $33,060.83* BlackFortuna - $22,428.52 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $16,162.92 will n. los - $11,647.65 Shyam 'G's zee' Srinivasan - $8,393.82 *denotes heads-up deal Event #41: $82 No Limit Hold'em w/Big Antes Entries: 4,488 Prize Pool: $336,600 Jmm256 - $31,264.25* PokinStaR - $33,790.37* jimbarbas - $28,076.24* Lachsvegas - $23,817.20* enibas888 - $17,961.19* FDBtazz - $8,484.91 twirlpro - $5,999.72 ShipitFTW911 - $4,242.40 aless_84 - $2,999.81 *denotes five-way deal Event #42: $27 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Total entries: 1,516 Prize pool: $150,000.00 rodajc90 - $15,095.71* CupiRuleZ - $10,998.05* The Milch666 - $9,191.66* kasein - $13,754.26* D_T_G_7777 - $3,504.48 DoItForBella - $2,231.52
  18. [caption width="640"] Mike Leah has made a habit out of winning at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls (photo provided)[/caption] Mike ‘GoLeafsGoEh’ Leah has a poker resume that is comparable with almost anybody in the world. He’s got a World Series of Poker bracelet, multiple World Championship of Online Poker titles, over $5.5 million in live earnings and just shy of $3 million in online earnings. Of all his achievements on the felt, Leah feels that he accomplished the most impressive feat on his poker resume on Monday afternoon at the Fallsview Hotel and Casino. The Canadian pro topped a field of 1,524 entries in the CAD$1,100 No Limit Hold’em event to take down CAD$244,256 ($187,051 US). This is the second year in a row and third time in the last four years he’s won this World Poker Tour prelim event. In 2016, he bested a field of 1,305 for CAD$210,108, and in 2014, he came out on top of a 649-entry field for CAD$118,982. “I think it ranks number one as my poker career accomplishment,” said Leah of his latest victory. “I’m very proud not only because of what I actually get but the fact that I came into this tournament saying ‘I’m going to win this poker tournament.’ Everything leading up to this tournament, I wanted, expected, and was going to do everything I possibly could to not just do good in the tournament, but to outright win it because I wanted to accomplish the feat of winning it in back-to-back years and three out of four years.” Some players may chalk up this kind of a run to some run good, but Leah made decisions to put himself in the right frame of mind before playing this event. After spending time in Montreal for a previous WPT stop at the Playground Poker Club, Leah spent a couple of days at home in Toronto before heading south to Fallsview. To get himself motivated for the upcoming tournament, he went back through his social media posts from a year ago, and looked at previous updates throughout his 2016 run at the title. “I went through my posts and chip counts and started to kind of visualize that I was going to do it again,” said Leah. “For me, motivation is probably my biggest factor of my success when I do good in a tournament. So, I just wanted to make sure I was motivated as possible so that I could make the run at it again.” Adding to Leah’s motivation was the location of the venue. The limited number of major tour stops in Canada got the 42-year-old veteran a little more excited playing on his home turf. “I really enjoy playing poker tournaments in Canada,” said Leah. “Whether it’s Montreal at Playground or here in Fallsview. It feels really good to be playing in your home country since there aren’t as many tournaments. So, I’m a little more motivated to play here.” The timing of his win couldn’t come at a better time for Leah. With the WPT Fallsview Main Event starting on Wednesday, Leah looks to keep his momentum going and win his first WPT Main Tour title by the week’s end. Leah believes that all good runs start with two things. “Momentum and confidence are really big factors in poker,” said Leah. “If you look at the year that Dan Colman had in 2014 and Anthony Zinno in 2015. Look at Fedor (.Holz) winning everything. Confidence is key because every time you do it, it makes it seems that much easier and attainable to do again. “Sometimes people think poker is hard and it’s hard to see yourself winning. But when you have confidence, you don’t get ahead of yourself. You don’t try and win a tournament in level one.” Regardless of the outcome in his next event, Leah is already getting excited at the idea of a three-peat in the CAD$1,100 event. “Even more so than this year,” said Leah about his motivation to win this event again in 2018. “I’m going to try and replicate the preparation, but to an extra degree. It’s just such an unheard-of thing to do to go through such big fields. It’s going to make me want to do it again that much more.”
  19. [caption width="640"] Martin Kabrhel couldn't be happier to capture the bracelet in WSOPE Event #3[/caption] With over $3,000,000 in recorded lifetime earnings and a pair of World Series of Poker Circuit rings, Czech Republic poker pro Martin Kabrhel has had much to celebrate in his extensive poker career. On early Thursday morning though Kabrhel reached a new high as he emerged victorious in the WSOPE Event #3 (€1,100 Super Bounty Turbo) on his home turf of the King’s Casino in Rozvadov for €53,557 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. The one-day turbo tournament featured a healthy 325-entry turnout (92 re-entries) and a prize pool of over €214,000. With 20-minute levels and every player carrying a €300 bounty, bustouts were fast and furious throughout the day as the field looked to accumulate enough to take a seat at the final table. Plenty of notable names made the money but fell along the wayside including Kristen Bicknell (32nd), Brandon Cantu (24th), Felipe Ramos (23rd), 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (11th) and Mike Leah (10th) who was knocked out by Kabrhel to bubble the final table. Additionally, current World Series of Poker Player of the Year points leader Chris Ferguson (36th) notched another cash to extend his current lead for the award. Kabrhel had a rocky start to the final table, relinquishing the chip lead for a short amount of time on a failed bluff, but would find his back in control by hunting down his fellow tablemates and putting together a string of knockouts that would take him to the winner's photo. After the elimination of Viktor Kovachev (9th) and Georgios Koliofotis (8th), Kabrhel would call and cover the short stack shove of Bernd Gleissner. Gleissner, all in and behind holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="ts"] against Kabrhel's [poker card="td"][poker card="tc"] found no help on the runout and Gleissner fell in seventh. The newly married former November Niner, John Racener, who is looking to gain ground on Ferguson in the WSOP Player of the Year race, was the next to fall to Kabrhel. In fact, he and Yves Kupfermunz would bow out on the same hand. Kupfermunz shoved his suited [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"] and Racener, who was covered, called off with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"]. When it came around to Kabrhel in the big blind, with the chance for the double knockout, also called holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"]. Though Racener had the best of it preflop by a small margin, the flop ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4s"], putting Kabrhel way in front. The case [poker card="as"] turned, drawing Racener dead and with only three outs left, Kupfermunz's bracelet quest ended in fifth place with the river [poker card="kd"]. Racener's sixth place finish, helped him surge to thrid position on the Player Of The Year leaderboard, now only roughly 50 points behind Ferguson. Only three hands later Kabrhel was at it again. After raising with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] Kabrhel was shoved on by Liran Twito who held [poker card="qc"][poker card="jd"]. Kabrhel snap-calls and while the duo paired their queens, Twito's kicker problems put him on the rail in fourth. Salvatore Camarda later found himself entangled in a pot with Kabrhel. In the big blind three-handed Carmarda held [poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"] on a [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4d"] flop. Bottom pair though was not good enough as the red-hot Kabrhel had the [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"] in the hole. After they checked around, the [poker card="kd"] turned and Kabrhel had yet another opponent drawing dead. Camarda proceeded to get all of his chips in on the next two streets, finishing in third. The first seven eliminations at the final table took all of 31 hands. The heads-up battle between Kabrhel and Germany's Philipp Caranica would take another 58 more. The back and forth battle saw a number of lead changes as both battled for the bracelet. Early in the morning, the first hand after a break, the end finally came as the chip leader Kabrhel and Caranica put all the chips in the middle preflop . Caranica slightly ahead, holding the suited [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] was up against Kabrhel's [poker card="th"][poker card="7h"]. A fortuitous runout of [poker card="jd"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"] brought in the double-gutter backdoor straight draw for Kabrhel, awarding him his seventh knockout of the final table and his first WSOP bracelet. FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS Martin Kabrhel - €53,557 Philipp Caranica - €33,094 Salavatore Camarda - €22,159 Liran Twito - €15,168 Yves Kupfermunz - €10,620 John Racener - €7,609 Bernd Gleissner - €5,582 Georgios Koliofotis - €4,195
  20. [caption width="639"] John Andress took home just over 0,000 for winning the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open High Roller (SHRPO photo)[/caption] On Monday, on the bubble of the $25,000 High Roller event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, John Andress found himself as the center of attention with less than half of a big blind. While others waited for him to bust, Andress managed to survive the bubble and rebuild his stack and found himself with a middle of the pack stack at Tuesday’s final table. On Tuesday, he again was the center of attention, this time as he posed for winner’s photos after beating Mike Leah heads-up to win just over $800,000. The event was one of four final tables at SHRPO that were streamed on Poker Night in America Twitch channel. The first elimination of the day saw two of the shorter stacks going to battle. Sam Panzica, who started the day with the shortest stack, moved all in from the button with his last 415,000. Tom Marchese called from the small blind and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="2h"] while Panzica showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="9c"] to eliminate Panzica in eighth place. The very next hand a familiar feel to it and saw yet another elimination. Chance Kornuth shoved his button for 205,000 and Andress called from the small blind. Kornuth turned over [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] and found himself up against Andress’ [poker card="as"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2s"] flop kept Andress ahead and neither the [poker card="5h"] turn or [poker card="9s"] river were enough to save Kornuth from a seventh place finish. While the first two eliminations happened quickly, the remaining six players played for two more hours before another player was sent packing. From UTG, Brandon Adams raised to 180,000 before Omar Zakay moved all in for his last 570,000 from the small blind. Adams called and turned over [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] and Zakay showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"] flop put Adams ahead and he stayed there through the [poker card="7d"] turn and [poker card="9d"] river to eliminate Zakay in sixth. Just 30 minutes later two players were shown the door in successive fashion. Marchese moved all in from UTG for 1,280,000 before former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen moved all in over the top for 2,050,000 from the button. Mike Leah, in the big blind, tanked for a minute before eventually calling all in for 1,720,000. Marchese was ahead with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"], Hunichen showed [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] while Leah showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] flop moved Leah ahead, left Marchese hoping for one of two remaining eights or runner-runner straight, while Hunichen was looking for either the jack of hearts or clubs. The [poker card="3d"] turn ended all of those scenarios though as Leah completed a flush. The meaningless river was the [poker card="jc"] and Marchese was eliminated in fifth, while Hunichen was left short-stacked and was eliminated by Adams just minutes later. Adams’ run lasted just another 30 minutes though. Andress folded his button, Leah raised to 350,000 from the small blind and Adams called. After the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="4c"] flop, Leah bet 250,000 and Adams called. The turn was the [poker card="2c"] and Leah bet 500,000 and Adams called again. The [poker card="7d"] hit the river, Leah moved all in for 2,000,000 and Adams called. Leah showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="3c"] fo turned flush and all Adams could do was muck his [poker card="ah"][poker card="7s"] and was eliminated in third place. When heads-up play started, Leah had a 3-1 chip lead over Andress, but over the course of the next three hours Andress overcame Leah and eventually eliminated him. Andress raised to 300,000, Leah re-raised to 1,000,000 and Andress bet enough to force Leah to a decision for his tournament life. Leah called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"] and found himself racing against Andress’ [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"]. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="kc"][poker card="4s"] to eliminate Leah in second place and give Andress the victory and $801,450. Final Table Payouts John Andress - $801,450 Mike Leah - $561,600 Brandon Adams - $351,000 Chris Hunichen - $242,775 Tom Marchese - $155,025 Omar Zakay - $114,075 Chance Kornuth - $93,600 Sam Panzica - $78,975
  21. 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 interview players and industry leaders. Lance and Matt are all over the hottest topics this week, including the fallout from Mike Leah's World Poker Tour victory. They're also diving in on the faux-controversy over Phil Hellmuth failing to leaving a tip for his Uber driver and are gushing over the success that Stephen Chidwick enjoyed at the 2018 U.S. Poker Open. They also talk about the opening days of the partypoker Millions Germany and the long-awaited return of Patrik Antonius to the winner's circle. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER
  22. Pennsylvania grinder Thai Ha woke up this morning at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure expecting to sit down to his 130,300 stack and do everything he could to make Day 3. He arrived at his table a little bit late and almost missed out on what will probably end up being the most exciting - and profitable - part of his day. Ha’s table, one of 45 in play at the start of play Wednesday, was randomly chosen to be part of the PokerStars Players Championship promotion. As the cameras moved in, Joe Stapleton explained the rules to everybody. Each of the seven players was going to be dealt a hand of Hold’em. The dealer would then run out the flop, turn, and river. Whichever player had the best hand after the river was going to be given a PSPC Platinum Pass worth $30,000. As the dealer began dealing, Ha wasn’t at the table yet. He was running about a minute behind. He did make it to the table just in time to see the river dealt, but with the crowd that had formed around the table, Ha wasn’t quite able to get to his seat. The player on his left turned his hand face up and Ha discovered he had rivered trip eights to beat out Mike Leah’s flopped top pair. “It was amazing. I would never expect that to happen to me, obviously. That was unreal - it’s a free $25,000, plus the trip,” said Ha. The promotion, which awards 300 Platinum Passes over the course of 2018, is geared towards making the PSPC the biggest - and potentially softest - $25,000 buy-in event in history. Players can win them through various means throughout the year. The 2018 PCA Main Event champion will also earn one. “I was going to play that event regardless. Now I’m saving my $25,000,” laughed Ha. The 26-year-old has only been playing poker since 2014, but he’s managed to move up in stakes relatively quickly. “I was born in Vietnam, so I didn’t even know about poker until I moved to the United States. That was 2007, but I went to school so I just focused on school. After I graduated, I started playing poker,” said Ha, who has $659,518 career earnings. This past summer he finished 226th in the World Series of Poker Main Event for an official cash of $40,181, but just like this trip to the Bahamas gave him a little bit more equity, Ha found a way to make a little more than that $40K. “For the Main Event, bought 20% of myself on PokerShares. I punished them a little bit,” said Ha, who paid 1.5 through the site. Now that he’s saved the $25,000 entry fee on the PSPC, he might spend some of that on himself on PokerShares for the event. “I’m probably going to do that,” said Ha, who regularly plays Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em cash games and tournaments at Parx, Sugar House and the Borgata and only travels for some of the bigger events.
  23. Over the course of his career, Mike Leah has won five WSOP Circuit rings and a World Series of Poker bracelet. On Monday night he captured his first World Poker Tour title, winning the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic for $359,001. The victory is Leah's fourth career win at the Canadian casino and third in three straight years. His three other wins all came in the $1,100 buy-in event that traditionally opened the weeklong festival. Despite starting the final table with the third biggest stack, Joe Ferrier lasted just nine hands before exiting in sixth place. Leah raised from middle postilion to 150,000 and Ferrier re-raised to 375,000 from the button. Leah responded by moving all in for 4,400,000 and Ferrier called all in. Leah tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] which put him ahead of Ferrier's [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"] flop gave Ferrier a backdoor flush draw but neither the [poker card="ts"] turn or [poker card="8s"] river were any help and Leah picked up his first elimination. About 30 minutes later, Daniel Wagner was shaking hands and saying "good game" after going out in fifth. Down to just 385,000, Wagner moved all in from UTG and got a call from Carlos Chadha in the small blind. Wagner was ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="2d"] to Chadha's [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"] but the [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"][poker card="2c"] flop changed that. Wagner could only watch and grimace as the [poker card="8c"] hit the turn and [poker card="5d"] completed the board. It took 62 hands and 2.5 hours to find the next elimination. From UTG, Chadha moved all in for 1,365,000 and Ryan Yu called from the big blind. Chadha tabled [poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"] and was racing against Yu's [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h"] flop kept Chadha in front as did the [poker card="3h"] turn, but the [poker card="as"] river gave Yu top pair and send Chadha out in fourth place. Just 10 minutes later, Yu picked up another elimination. Tim Rutherford moved all in for 1,360,000 from the small blind and Yu called from the big. Rutherford turned over [poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] and was drawing live against Yu's [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3h"] [poker card="4c"][poker card="5d"] runout kept Yu ahead and send Rutherford home in third place. When heads up play began Yu had 70% of the chips in play. That changed quickly after Yu and Leah had taken an unscheduled break to discuss a deal. Over the next three hands, Yu lost almost all of his stack without seeing a flop. According to official WPT live updates, Yu raised to 4,000,000 from the button and Leah moved all in for 4,695,000 an Yu responded by folding. On the next hand, Leah limped his button, Yu raised to 5,000,000 and then folded to Leah's 8,715,000 shove. On the third hand of play between the two, Yu raised to 1,700,000 and Leah again moved all in. Yu folded and left himself just 40,000 - 1/3 of a big blind - to work with. It took three more hands before Leah finally eliminated Yu to win his first World Poker Tour title. Final Table Payouts Mike Leah - $359,001 Ryan Yu - $239,327 Tim Rutherford - $176,636.47 Carlos Chadha - $131,771 Daniel Wagner - $99,361 Joe Ferrier - $75,755
  24. On April 7, the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Season One Grand Final gets underway. Taking place near the beautiful beaches in Barcelona, Spain - at the Casino Barcelona - the Main Event boasts an ambitious €10 million guarantee where no fewer than three players will become a millionaire, practically overnight. One of those who will be taking a seat at the table will be World Series of Poker bracelet winner, World Poker Tour champion and, as it turns out, partypoker online qualifier Mike Leah. Well-known as one of the most dedicated tournament players in the world, Leah efforts to make his way into any tournament with an enticing prize pool. For Leah, the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona was a no-brainer. “I won a package online. I would have definitely gone anyway but it’s always nice to win a package, save some money and get the hotel and stuff taken care of. It makes the trip easier to plan…and cheaper,” Leah said. He’s not alone as partypoker has been helping players qualify for their Main Event for weeks now and will do so right up until the start of the Main Event. Of course, it’s in the online site’s best interest to pack the field with satellite winners as they need 1,000 runners just to cover the hefty guarantee. “I really like how they have things set up with the different Phases,” Leah says, talking about his path to winning his ticket. “It makes it easy for anyone to try and qualify no matter what your bankroll is. You can start down in the pennies and the dollars or you can start higher, like in the $109’s. Or, you can direct buy into the $1,000 satellite.” This is a good thing, for everyone. Players who may not normally get a shot to play in such a prestigious tournament can take their shots without having to break the bank. “The Phases work great because it gets people from all different buy-ins playing the satellites, which keeps them on the softer side,” Leah said. “They’ve been filling up well, too.” In fact, partypoker has been giving away at least ten packages every week this month. One such satellite gave away in excess of 20 seats. “When satellites fill up that well it, of course, makes it easier for people to win packages but it also means that there are just so many players from all different feeders and different level phases which is great. I think they’ve done a really good job.” Leah’s won at least one seat into the Main Event, but the tournament has four starting flights - allowing players who enter multiple times to carry their largest stack forward. Should things not go his way on the first day, Leah’s acknowledges that the value the tournament brings will be too good not to fire again. “I’ll fire one, two, three more if needed. I definitely won’t be sitting and watching other people play for all the money.” And there’s plenty of money to be won in Barcelona. While the Main Event carries that €10 million guarantee there’s a total of over 23 million guaranteed over the course of nine events, including a €1,000 €1 million guarantee and a healthy slate of high rollers. Leah’s not yet decided which of the nine events he’ll be registering for but he acknowledges that, for a player like himself, the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS in Barcelona is likely to keep him in action. “Another great thing they do is they have buy-ins for all different levels. For someone in my exact scenario, where I can play the €25,000’s but I’m also happy playing a really big €1,000 it’s a really tough decision.” Whatever he decides, he’s going to be extra pumped to mix it up as he’s in the middle of taking a full month off after a heavy travel schedule for the first two months of 2018. His year so far has included a trip to Rozvadov for the partypoker MILLIONS Germany and, of course, his much-publicized victory in the WPT Fallsview Main Event. But a tournament like this, he just can’t skip. While in his mind, it’s not quite the same as a WSOP bracelet just yet, the player-first changes over at partypoker have been making a distinct difference to the tournament pro. “[partypoker LIVE MILLIONS] are definitely becoming more important. With million-dollar winners for all the Main Events that makes them about as meaningful as can be. There are not that many tournaments where you can win a million bucks. I think the Main Event fields, all of the ones I’ve been to, have been really really good. I expect this one to be just as good.” Having only been to Barcelona once before, Leah is looking forward to getting a second shot at experiencing Spain's capital. “It’s a beautiful city from what I remember and I look forward to checking it out even more and maybe catching some beach time. The weather should be a lot nicer than Canada.” Including catching some time at the beach, he’s hoping that it will be in Barcelona that he catches a cash that put him over $7 million in lifetime earnings, something he’s less than $10,000 away from achieving. “How about I just try to get right to $8 million,” Leah joked. If he’s in the top three of MILLIONS Barcelona, he’ll do just that. Poker fans around the world can follow the MILLIONS Grand Final action from the comfort of their couch by signing up for Mypartypokerlive.com account. You'll get exclusive access to live updates, photos and the live stream. You also get a $22 tournament ticket just for signing up. SIGN UP HERE.
  25. The top-ranked player in Hungary, Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, won over $500,000 on Day 5 of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and in the process prevented Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky from collecting an astounding third title of the series. With the bumper buy-in Low, Medium and High Event #14 tournaments all coming to a conclusion on Thursday, the results saw 12 players collect six-figure scores, including Romanovsky who made it to heads-up play on his third bullet in the $25,000 buy-in 'High' and was looking to achieve his third win of the series after taking down Event #16 (High) the day before and Event #2 (High) on Monday. But, Nemeth was the man in his way and ultimately prevented the Ukrainian from achieving the feat to claim his own third career SCOOP title and the first-place prize of $576,087. Romanovsky received $442,299 as runner-up which left the current #12-ranked player in the world less than $200,000 away from the $10M career earnings accolade. Guntis 'poker@luffyD' Aleskins picked up his largest recorded online result to date after banking $240,765 for victory in Event #14 (Medium). Former Sunday Million runner-up Aleskins defeated 'engantil' heads-up for the win, with the latter taking away $171,625 for second place. Also on the final table was 'Lena900' who collected $87,208 in fourth-place and helped 'Team Sweden' close the gap on 'Team BITBRYE' in their much talked about six-figure series prop bet. The UK's Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones overcome Brazil's Ivanildo Limeira in Event #14 (Low) to pick up his first SCOOP title, and a career-best recorded online cash of $162,039. Jones, who is a former Super Tuesday, Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday Supersonic champion, came through the 5,700 entrants field and navigated his way to victory on a final table that also featured 2017 WCOOP Main event third-place finisher, Machadada RS, and Chester20o. Event #15 saw three six-max PLO rebuy tournaments take place with 'Maizeruba', 'igor69' and 'Tr!pleeeee' all adding SCOOP titles to their names. 'Maizeruba' won $9,872 after coming through a 3,891 player field in the 'Low' and 'igor69' was the victor in the 'Medium' for $32,858, after seeing off former Pocketfives world no.#1 'cal42688' into third place. In the 'High' 'Tr!pleeeee' took away a cool $87,042 after beating Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, Jerry 'Perrymejsen' Ödeen and Adam 'adamyid' Owen on the final table. Christopher 'Apotheosis92' Kruk, who featured on the Event #16 (Medium) final table on Day 4, made another SCOOP appearance on Day 5 after collecting the silver medal in Event #13 (High) Triple Draw 2-7 for $38,850. The Canadian was beaten to the top prize of $57,720 by 'merla888' after they successfully came through the 111 player field. 'TheRabbitFR' made up for their runner-up spot in Event #10 (Medium) by going all the way in Event 13 (Medium) to win $15,480. 'TheRabbitFR' beat 'SexualDrag0n' in heads-up play, on a final table that saw Pocketfives members 'komarolo22' and 'hummylun' achieve fourth and fifth place respectively. In Event #13 (Low), 'hapsmoney' beat out 1,726 other entrants to earn the victory and $5,441. 'Flakon2010' was rewarded with $4,058.45 for second place with 'Moergi' picking up $3,022.45 in third place. Below are the SCOOP results for Thursday, May 10 Event #13 (Low): $22 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 1,727 Prize pool: $34,540 hapsmoney - $5,441.06 Flakon2010 - $4,058.45 Moergis - $3,022.45 RoxmorE - $1,986.05 Sjonie - $1,353.96 baaaaaaaby - $773.69 Event #13 (Medium): $215 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 387 Prize pool: $77,400 TheRabbitFR - $15,480.00 SexualDrag0n - $11,455.20 gabrielper - $8,514.00 komarolo22 - $5,882.40 hummylun - $4,295.70 BurnsFlipper - $2,747.70 Event #13 (High): $2,100 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 111 Prize pool: $222,000 merla888 - $57,720.00 Apotheosis92 - $38,850.00 vovtroy - $28,860.00 kkopghy - $18,870.00 hotmark777 - $14,430.00 Pardosh - $9,990.00 Event #14 (Low): $215 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 5,700 Prize pool: $1,140,000 jenbizzle - $162,039.38 ivan limeira - $115,504.57 Dagdar - $82,335.47 Machadada RS - $58,691.41 TCOBENKO - $41,837.08 GMVN - $29,822.97 Chester20o - $21,258.72 SaiyanHype - $15,153.79 Event #14 (Medium): $2,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 698 Prize pool: $1,1396,000 poker@luffyD - $240,765.93 engantil - $171,625.77 Alex.Z5518 - $122,340.69 Lena900 - $87,208.67 Päffchen - $62,165.41 hello_totti - $44,313.64 EzPaTuLa - $31,588.26 wizowizo - $22,517.20 Event #14 (High): $25,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 100 Prize pool: $2,500,000 probirs - $576,087.25 RomeOpro - $442,299.25 huang33 - $339,581.75 RuiNF - $260,718.75 wizowizo - $200,170.50 SirWatts - $153,683.75 ROFLshove - $117,993.00 Isildur1 - $90,590.75 Event #15 (Low): $5.50 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 3,891 Prize pool: $69,041 Maizeruba - $9,872.21 Benda777 - $6,876.16 serg.de - $4,791.12 TryToMeAgaiN - $3,338.32 Barmaley903 - $2,326.06 ALBANIANCHIP - $1,620.73 Event #15 (Medium): $55 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 1,165 Prize pool: $207,924.75 igor69 - $32,858.79 Zagalo87 - $22,894.63 cal42688 - $15,952.34 Clabbenyman - $11,115.13 Mindfulln3ss - $7,744.71 canc.gr - $5,396.29 Event #15 (High): $530 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 265 Prize pool: $456,015 Tr!pleeeee - $87,042.64 Naza114 - $64,519.14 Perrymejsen - $47,823.98 goleafsgoeh - $35,448.91 Lateski - $26,275.99 Adamyid - $19,476.76

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