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  1. In the post-summer online poker doldrums, the upcoming high-stakes, heads-up challenge between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk is giving poker fans something to look forward to at the end of the year. Slated to kick off on November 1, one of poker’s most high-profile feuds will finally battle it out on the felt, giving fans of both personalities something to get invested in as the action unfolds. Online poker betting site PokerShares knows that the interest in the match is extremely high and so they are giving fans a chance to get in on the action themselves. Of course, the Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald led book allows players to bet on who will win the challenge outright (Polk is the current favorite at roughly 4.5-1) but they have also decided to have some extra fun by offering more than 15 prop bets for fans who want to have a little extra rooting interest. So, here are some of the more interesting wagers onlookers can make while watching Polk and Negreanu play HU4Rollz. How Big Will The Biggest Pot In Session 1 Be? For many fans, this is the biggest reason to tune in. Just like “Rail Heaven” days on Full Tilt Poker when the best nosebleed players in the world routinely won and lost six-figure sums, the chat will be packed with those hoping to see poker players put it all on the line in sick spots. This challenge has the potential to have some of those swings. At $200/$400, 100 big blinds deep with stacks being topped off, it only takes a cooler or two before there could be a whole lotta of money on the table. PokerShares is setting the over/under on the biggest pot at $100,000 and with the first session assumed to be at least two hours long with two tables running the potential for fireworks is there from hand number one. Will One Player Rage-Quit Early Session 1? Rage-Quitting is real. It’s defined as "angrily abandoning an activity that has become frustrating", and in recent months and weeks, tempers from both Polk and Negreanu have flared up. It wasn’t that long ago that Negreanu was temporarily banned from Twitch after having a few choice words for a viewer who insulted his family. This took place only a few sessions after disconnect problems on WSOP.com, the same platform this challenge is being held on, saw him nearly toss his laptop across the room on stream. Polk on the other hand keeps it more controlled in his streams and videos. That’s not to say he can’t be riled up. When the entire challenge was threatened, he lashed out a few times on Twitter not only at Negreanu but also taking the time to reply to random Dan-fans about how he’s planning on “backing up the truck”. Although unlikely, those who think emotions will get the better of one of these two can get 4.8-1 on their money. Will Doug Polk Return To Being A Pro Poker Player? The odds are not in favor of Polk, win or lose, returning to the grind but there are some interesting things to consider here. Polk has stated that he only retired from poker once and the only reason he’s back is to take on Negreanu. He posted a “goodbye poker” video on his channel and for those who followed his YouTube journey, it was clear his love of the game had dried up some time ago. But...he is back. Remember, he challenged Negreanu, not the other way around. He was out of poker and on to bigger things like trying to recall the Mayor of Las Vegas. But Polk chose to return to the spotlight, no one called him out. Now he’s back in the lab, not only working on his game in theory but getting cash game sessions in against some tough opponents in preparation. Finally, while he claims that he’ll be off once he's done taking out "the ******* trash", he’s also indicated on Twitter that he might be open to playing other opponents. It might be a tough judgment call on whether Polk is ever a pro again (for instance what if he’s playing challenges but also returns to creating content where he makes a good deal of money), but if you want to take a shot on him the line is 7.6-1. The flip side of this is Will Daniel Cease To Be A Pro Player Because of This Challenge? Good luck with that one. Will There Be A Slowroll in Session 1? Both players have a firm understanding of the etiquette behind slow rolls and the deep disrespect that sometimes comes with them. That said, these guys clearly do not like each other, and in the layers-deep mind games that play out in heads up, would either of these guys pull a slow one? This bet comes with an important caveat that needs to be seen before putting down a few dollars. The person behind the website, Mike McDonald, is “the decider” in this case. While being a longtime trusted member of the community, and apparently a 90% free throw shooter, it might be a little problematic if the guy who knows where the bulk of the money sits is also responsible for determining the outcome. This is not a questioning of McDonald’s honor or intent, just a nod to how someone might feel if they place and bet and it’s ruled against what they think is an obvious slowroll. Same odds on both sides here. Where Will Doug Polk's Teeth Be At The End Of This Match? You read that right. PokerShares is confident that Polk will be keeping all his teeth right where they are. But if you think Negreanu might make Polk the same offer that got him banned on Twitch, you can take a flyer on this wild prop that jokes about what might be done to Polk's teeth and where they might be given back to him. These prop bets are made for fun with a majority of them having a per-player max limit less than the buy-in of a Sunday Major. This ensures that neither the player nor the book, can be hurt too bad. At least not nearly as bad as the pain Negreanu or Polk may feel when the challenge gets underway next month.
  2. At only 24-years-old, Mike timexMcDonald (pictured) is well on his way to becoming a legend in the world of tournament poker. Just three months into the year, the Ontario native has already cashed for over $4 million, bumping his total live earnings to over $10 million. In an extensive interview with iGaming.org, McDonald discussed his beginnings in poker, his new yellow Lamborghini, why he stopped staking, and his infamous stare-down. McDonald got his start playing poker in high school, making "decent money doing it." But even while making up to $80 an hour grinding online, the young pro stayed frugal to the extreme. "There were two pizza places close to my school, one where you could get terrible pizza for $2 [that was] a 20-minute walk away, while the other one had good pizza for $2.50… right around the corner," he said. "I would still walk to the one furthest away because it was cheaper." Now, McDonald no longer has to walk. After watching a scene from the movie "Dumb and Dumber," the notorious penny-pincher "thought owning a Lamborghini would be cool" and decided to splurge on a Gallardo Spider after a big score at an Epic Poker League event in 2011. Even then, the analytical 24-year-old couldn't help but rationalize the purchase. "I found out that you can drive a car like that for three or four years and then sell it for about $30,000 to $40,000 less than what you paid for it," he said. "An old Lamborghini or Ferrari will depreciate less than a new Porsche." McDonald also discussed the good fortune he has had staking players and why he doesn't do it anymore. "It was quite stressful to stake five or six players for live tournaments. I found that I was questioning my friends as to whether or not they were playing as well as they should and the losses would always get to me more than the winnings made me happy," he admitted. "I even lost sleep over the stress of staking and once I got a chance to get out of it, I did." McDonald even talked about the origins of his infamous stare-down, which has ruffled feathers as of late. "I remember talking to Haralabos Voulgaris during my second ever live tournament… He told me that as an 18-year-old with no feel for live poker to stare at the table and make the same movements every single time. For three or four years, I actually did that and I tried to be as consistent as possible." Of course, the tactic doesn't work on everyone, as he revealed in a hand he played against Phil Ivey (pictured). "He gives me this weird stare and I start to laugh, after which he snap-folds his cards," he said. "Of course, when I cold five-bet, I'm usually pretty strong, but in that situation it felt like I got owned by not keeping my composure." As a well-known poker forum poster, McDonald's friends in the community congratulated him and weighed in on his success on TwoPlusTwo. "I find Mike's attitude on personal finance refreshing. It's a rare trait among poker players," said poker parody maker SrslySirius. Even if his poker career goes south somehow, he won't be one of the guys that degens all his wealth away or wastes it on frivolities. Bright future." "Players like timex that take a better approach to their personal finances will help the image of poker players and help sell the game to the politicians who are on the fence about it," said prolific poster Sect7G. Eventually, McDonald hopes to work on a project or create a business that's in line with one of his different passions like rock climbing. For now, he plans to continue focusing on poker. "Right now, poker is the best use of my time, and the last few and coming few years will probably be the biggest of my life in regards to expectation," he said. "I never want to take on jobs or investments because I feel like I need to make more money. I'd much rather grind poker and do well at it so I can make decisions without having to worry about money. That's my goal within poker." Read the article on iGaming.org. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. With the coming of a New Year, the start of the 2015 tournament poker season also kicks off. On Tuesday, the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure marked the start of the 12th annual event with the start of the $100,000 Super High Roller and an episode of "The Shark Cage." The Super High Roller event was the main focus of many at Paradise Island in the Bahamas, as deep-pocketed pros and wealthy businessmen alike vied for the first big money championship of the 2015 poker season. While you might think the high-pressure tournament would have the complete attention of the players in attendance, it was actually the opposite, as the combatants engaged is various prop bets. Mike timex McDonald, the focus of those prop bets, demonstrated his physical stamina in addition to his poker acumen. Challenged by businessman Bill Perkins, McDonald first was challenged to complete 300 "air squats" (a CrossFit exercise maneuver) within the span of one level of play in the tournament, or 60 minutes, to earn a $10,000 payday. McDonald was able to complete this task, prompting Perkins to issue another challenge to complete 350 pushups within another one hour period for another $10,000 plus $10,000 to McDonald's charity of choice. Unfortunately, McDonald wasn't able to complete this task, coming up just short in completing "only" 323. In between the frivolity, there was some actual poker being played. Sam Greenwood was the story of the day, as he blasted past the million-chip mark on Day 1 of the Super High Roller. On two occasions, Greenwood was the beneficiary of coolers – his pocket aces running into the pocket kings of Scott Seiver and Byron Kaverman – to build that stack. McDonald (pictured), while engaging in a stringent workout, took the second place slot at the end of Day 1, while Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Bryn BrynKenneyKenney, Sorel Imper1umMizzi, Erik Seidel, and Justin ZeeJustin Bonomo also were among the survivors. Day 2 of the Super High Roller is underway on Wednesday and, as late registration was still available, final totals for the tournament are not known. The true action at the PCA doesn't start until Wednesday. Along with Day 2 of the Super High Roller, the Latin America Poker Tour has its $3,000 Main Event on the schedule. In an intriguing experiment, the PCA will also be the laboratory for a $2,200 "Double Bubble"tournament. In this tournament, 50% of the field will receive $2,200 from the prize pool and once that 50% is determined, the first bubble will pop. The "double bubble" will pop once the final 8% of the field has been determined. It should be a unique tournament and one that will surely create some conversation. The PCA Main Event will begin on Thursday with the first of its two Day 1s. The $10,000 buy-in tournament is expected to draw a sizeable field, perhaps even challenging the 1,031 players it pulled in 2014. Defending champion Dominik Panka is expected back to defend his title and McDonald, who was barely denied his chance to become the first-ever two-time champion on the EPT with his runner-up finish, will also be in attendance. By the time the 2015 EPT PCA ends a week from Wednesday, there will be more poker played, including the $25,000 High Roller on January 12 and the America's Cup of Poker, and plenty of time spent on the pristine sands of Paradise Island. Visit PokerStars for more details. 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 an AMA on Reddit, longtime poker pro Mike timexMcDonald (pictured) talked about his newfound love for a computer game called Prismata. He is apparently ranked fifth in the world at it and told readers, "I've been playing Prismata like 40 hours a week. I'm biased since my friends made it, but I'm over-the-top addicted." Instead of grinding poker when he's at home, McDonald revealed that he has been hitting up Prismata instead. He's not alone either, as the Canadian said in the AMA, "Many other poker players are playing Prismata daily. I think it's the best game I've ever played and I hope it grows to be huge." McDonald speculated that in five years, the top-earning Prismata player would be making a quarter-million dollars annually. According to its website, Prismata is "an easy-to-learn, fast-paced, hybrid strategy game that borrows familiar elements from real-time strategy games, collectible card games, and tabletop strategy games, combining them in a radical new way… In Prismata, players take turns spending their resources, building up their economies, constructing an army, and obliterating one another until only one side remains. Games last only minutes, but always feel fresh thanks to randomly-generated unit pools that are different every time." McDonald also talked about poker-related topics, including the infamous EPT Berlin robbery (pictured) in 2010 that brought the Grand Hyatt Hotel to its knees. McDonald, who was involved in the series' High Roller Event, said, "I heard arguing outside and shouting. Someone at my table said, 'They have machine guns and have planted bombs in the building.' Immediately, all 500 people in the room started running for the one exit where the gunmen weren't. Tables got flipped, people got trampled, it was the most scared I've been in my life." Speaking of chaos, McDonald also talked about being on the Ethics Committee for the short-lived Annie Duke-led Epic Poker League, which folded before the conclusion of its first season. "I'm not used to having people lie to my face," McDonald said. "I found each meeting to be emotionally draining, as I felt I was just being lied to non-stop." One of the hot topics in today's online poker world is the purchase of PokerStars and Full Tilt by Amaya Gaming, creating a massive company that has implemented plenty of rake and promotional changes much to the chagrin of some players. As McDonald evaluated, "I'm quite disappointed by it. I think that's just how monopolies work though. If I were in their shoes and spent $5 billion, I would be trying to maximize profits too." McDonald singled out a few players during the AMA including Andrew luckychewy Lichtenberger: "Most US regs who didn't really relocate after Black Friday have fallen way behind the curve, but Andrew manages to always stay ahead of the game even if logging way fewer hours than anyone else." Fun fact: McDonald rock climbs three times a week and lifts three times a week. We'll let you read the rest of the Reddit AMA with Mike McDonald. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. If you need a firm case for regulation of online poker in the US, here's an example. Over the weekend, longtime PocketFiver Mike timexMcDonald (pictured) posted on Twitter that he was having issues depositing onto America's Cardroom, an offshore US-facing site not licensed by any state. Note that PocketFives does not recommend playing on sites like ACR, which aren't regulated in the US but take US customers, as we feel your bankrolls could be at risk. He called up ACR support and relayed what happened: "Deposit to @ACR_POKER failed, so I called support: 'Tell your bank it's for sporting goods from China. Not gambling. Sporting goods from China.'" Later on the Twitter thread, which you can view below this paragraph, America's Cardroom support, rather than denying the incident, responded, "We have to work with third party companies who say what we have to do on these matters. Apologies for any hustle you may had." The ironic use of the word "hustle" was later deemed to be because of auto-correct: A litany of responses poured in with players sharing stories of their own, including one person who said, "Mine was a clothing store in Beijing. Brings me back to pre-Black Friday when Stars showed up as golf supplies." Another person chastised, "You can't think of a more believable online purchase than this when asking customers to lie, ACR? Up your game." As other sites like Poker Update have pointed out, if online poker were regulated in the US outside of the three states where it's currently available, depositing and withdrawing would not be problematic and require tales of Chinese sporting good purchases. In fact, in January, we reported about a new credit card code for legal US online gambling transactions. In February, Pala CEO Jim Ryan said the aforementioned credit card codes would improve deposit success rates in New Jersey by 20% to 30% and added that the industry had, at the time, an abysmal 33% success rate. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  6. Fresh off a $550,000 score for taking down the High Roller Event at the EPT Battle of Malta, Mike timex McDonald (pictured) gave his thoughts, along with some unique suggestions, on how to combat stalling on the money bubble in tournaments. Only 26 years old, McDonald knows a thing or two about live tournaments. The Canadian pro boasts $12.5 million in live career cashes, $4 million of which he racked up in the first three months of 2014. Apart from crushing at the poker tables, McDonald is also known for his infamous stare-down, a tactic that some find unnerving, and others annoying. That's what makes his thoughts on stalling all the more surprising. As it turns out, he's a big proponent of speeding up the game as much as possible. "If you get into a peculiar situation next to the money bubble, you have to decide between doing something that's ethically questionable and setting money on fire," McDonald told PokerListings. "As time goes on and poker gets tougher, more and more people go for the ethically questionable thing." McDonald believes the problem lies in the payout structure of live tournaments and proposes a couple of radical changes to speed up the game. "One thing that could be done is to give only an estimate of the payouts, but not tell the players how much they actually get." While it's unclear how many poker players would agree to play in a tournament where the payouts were hidden, the suggestion is interesting nonetheless. For games involving mostly pros and experienced players, he floats the idea of making the min-cash less than the buy-in amount. "I don't think you need the min-cash to guarantee that you're making a profit," he said. "You could easily start with paying out 40% of the buy-in and then maybe 70% of the buy-in." The idea of a smaller min-cash is similar to Daniel Negreanu's suggestion for making tournament payouts flatter, meaning paying more places but award less cash to each player. Timex also proposes the idea of hiding the pay jumps from players. "I suggest that instead of having a pay jump, say, every 10 hands, you could randomly select a number between one and 10 after each jump to determine how many busted players would be in the next payout level," he said. McDonald says that he is a big fan of implementing a shot clock as well. While he refers to himself as slow player, McDonald believes that speedier action would be to his benefit, as he would play more hands per hour on average. "Clocking someone just isn't aggressive enough," he said. "Today, we had a situation in the Main Event when a player had a decision he could have taken in one second. I called the clock on him after 10 seconds, but the staff said they can't clock him before two minutes." To combat such scenarios, McDonald suggests making players pay for the privilege of taking their time in making decisions. "Let's say you keep the small denomination chips in play and for every five seconds you need, you have to pay a quarter of an ante or something like that," he said. While it's an interesting idea, implementing it during live tournaments would be something of a challenge. McDonald believes that such a system could work online, however. "Just make every single person pay and benefit fast players," he continued. "I'm sure something along those lines would work." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. [caption width="640"] Mustapha Kanit was the first player selected in the Global Poker League draft[/caption] Mustapha Kanit is one helluva poker player. As of Thursday afternoon, he’s also the answer to a future trivia question. Who was the first player selected to play in the Global Poker League? Kanit went first overall to the Rome Emperors on Thursday as the GPL held their inaugural draft at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Kanit was one of 48 players chosen by the 12 GPL team managers on Thursday. The second overall pick went to the Montreal Nationals, managed by Marc-Andre Ladouceur. While most observers expected the Nationals to draft fellow French-Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, Ladouceur took a different approach and instead chose Mike McDonald. Other players chosen in the first round include Jason Mercier, Phil Galfond and Fedor Holz. Mercier was one of few draftees in attendance and was quick to thank his new manager, Bryn Kenney, and the GPL. “Being a professional poker player is a great honor and we need to be great ambassadors to the game and this is a great opportunity for all of us,” said Mercier. Complete First Round Selections Rome Emperors: Mustapha Kanit Montreal Nationals: Mike McDonald New York Rounders: Jason Mercier San Francisco Rush: Phil Galfond Las Vegas Moneymakers: Anthony Zinno Sao Paulo Metropolitans: Darren Elias London Royals: Igor Kurganov Moscow Wolverines: Dzmitry Urbanovich L.A. Sunset: Fedor Holz Berlin Bears: Brian Rast Paris Aviators: Bertrand Grospellier Hong Kong Stars: Weiyi Zhang The second round began with Hong Kong Stars manager Celina Lin drafting Hong Kong pro Raiden Kan. All four of Lin’s picks were players with strong ties to the Chinese or Hong Kong poker community. While managers were encouraged to draft players with connections to their city, Lin was the only manager to do so. The London Royals drafted Vanessa Selbst 18th overall and 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson went 23rd overall to the Nationals. The Emperors closed the round by drafting another Italian, Dario Sammartino. Complete Second Round Selections Hong Kong Stars: Raiden Kan Paris Aviators: Davidi Kitai Berlin Bears: Sorel Mizzi L.A. Sunset: Olivier Busquet Moscow Wolverines: Vladimir Troyanovskiy London Royals: Vanessa Selbst Sao Paulo Metropolitans: Byron Kaverman Las Vegas Moneymakers: Jonathan Duhamel San Francisco Rush: Anthony Gregg New York Rounders: Thomas Marchese Montreal Nationals: Martin Jacobson Rome Emperors: Dario Sammartino After drafting Italian pros with his first two picks, Pescatori went a different direction with the first pick of the third round. Pescatori added Canadian pro Timothy Adams to his roster. Rounders manager Bryn Kenney was able to add one of his good friends to his team with the 27th overall pick, Kevin MacPhee. Online poker’s all-time leading money winner, Chris Moorman, also heard his name called in the third round. London Royals manager Liv Boeree drafted Moorman 31st overall. Complete Third Round Selections Rome Emperors: Timothy Adams Montreal Nationals: Pascal Lafrancois New York Rounders: Kevin MacPhee San Francisco Rush: Kitty Kuo Las Vegas Moneymakers: Jake Cody Sao Paulo Metropolitans: Thiago Nishijima London Royals: Chris Moorman Moscow Wolverines: Andrey Pateychuk L.A. Sunset: Eugene Katchalov Berlin Bears: Dominik Nitsche Paris Aviators: George Danzer Hong Kong Stars: Dong Guo The fourth and final round started with a quick change in the formalities. Managers were originally told they could defer their fourth pick and instead be given an extra Wildcard selection to use in Season 1. After a meeting with all managers, it was determined that all teams would draft a fourth player to fill out their initial roster. After Lin finished her team by drafting Bryan Huang, the Paris Aviators took Canadian Mike Leah and the Berlin Bears drafted Jeff Gross. Other big names added to teams in the fourth round include Chance Kornuth, Justin Bonomo, Joao Pires Simao and Jonathan Little. Complete Fourth Round Selections Hong Kong Stars: Bryan Huang Paris Aviators: Mike Leah Berlin Bears: Jeff Gross L.A. Sunset: Chance Kornuth Moscow Wolverines: Sergey Lebedev London Royals: Justin Bonomo Sao Paulo Metropolitans: Joao Pires Simao Las Vegas Moneymakers: Jonathan Little San Francisco Rush: Anton Wigg New York Rounders: Jason Wheeler Montreal Nationals: Xuan Liu Rome Emperors: Walter Treccarichi
  8. [caption width="640"] Mike 'timex' McDonald won the EPT Season 12 Player of the Year race by less than a point over Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer[/caption] After six festivals across two continents and hundreds of tournaments, the European Poker Tour Season 12 Player of the Year was determined by less than a point. The race literally went down to the very last event at the EPT Grand Final in Monaco. Your winner: Mike 'timex' McDonald, who earned 3,747.38 points, winning the Player of the Year title by a razor-thin 0.96 points over Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer, who had 3,746.42. McDonald joins past winners such as Dzmitry Urbanovich, Ole Schemion, and EPT Grand Final Main Event winner Jan Bendik. McDonald had the lead by 184 points entering the EPT Grand Final, but O'Dwyer would not go quietly. He finished ninth in the prestigious €100K Super High Roller to move ahead of McDonald by a point. O'Dwyer continued to roll in high buy-in events, getting 31st in the €25K High Roller to push his lead to over 240 points. "At this stage, McDonald had only managed 45 points for cashing in a €500 No Limit Hyper-Turbo, so O'Dwyer might well have thought he was home and dry," EPT Media Coordinator Mad Harper wrote. "However, those pesky No Limit Turbos on the last day upset the apple cart." O'Dwyer whiffed on each of the No Limit Turbos held at the end of the EPT Grand Final, while McDonald finished seventh in the very last event of the festival, a €10K No Limit Turbo. His reward was almost €34,000, but perhaps more importantly, the Canadian earned 243.20 POY points, which put him ahead of O'Dwyer and sealed the win at the very last second. All told, McDonald cashed twice in Monaco and 18 times over the course of the season, which began last August in Barcelona. He won the EPT Malta High Roller for almost €500,000, his largest cash of the season, and placed fifth in the Barcelona High Roller for another €257,000. Here's how McDonald performed over the course of the season: Grand Final No Limit Hold'em - Turbo Six Max 7th place for €33,990, 243.20 pts Grand Final No Limit Hold'em - Hyper-Turbo 10th place for €1,580, 45.36 pts Dublin No Limit Hold'em Turbo – Six Max 4th place for €18,405, 174.36 pts Dublin EPT Main Event 60th place for €10,270, 193.12 pts Dublin No Limit Hold'em Turbo 5th place for €7,170, 107.39 pts PCA No Limit Hold'em Six Max Turbo 5th place for $23,460, 197.52 pts PCA No Limit Hold'em 23rd place for $3,880, 110.98 pts Prague No Limit Hold'em Deepstack 17th place for €4,105, 121.41 pts Prague No Limit Hold'em – Hyper-Turbo 28th place for €870, 29.52 pts Prague EPT Main Event 139th place for €9,220, 166.78 pts Prague #78 No Limit Hold'em – Hyper-Turbo 7th place for €13,750, 168.11 pts Prague No Limit Hold'em - Eureka High Roller 58th place for €4,570, 143.53 pts Malta EPT Main Event 27th place for €17,840, 263.95 pts Malta No Limit Hold'em - High Roller 1st place for €498,575, 496.65 pts Barcelona No Limit Hold'em - High Roller 12th place for €60,900, 363.58 pts Barcelona EPT Main Event 43rd place for €22,840, 308.28 pts Barcelona No Limit Hold'em - High Roller 5th place for €257,000, 378.94 pts Barcelona No Limit Hold'em - Super High Roller 12th place for €87,900, 234.68 pts [caption width="640"] Steve O'Dwyer finished second in the EPT Season 12 Player of the Year race[/caption] O'Dwyer cashed twice in Monaco and made the money 14 times during Season 12. He won a High Roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas for a blistering $945,000, won the Prague Super High Roller for €746,000, won a High Roller in Malta for €327,000, and finished seventh in the Barcelona Super High Roller for €221,000. Here's how he performed over the course of EPT Season 12: Grand Final No Limit Hold'em - High Roller 31st place for €49,800, 240.75 pts Grand Final No Limit Hold'em - Super High Roller 9th place for €98,480, 231.34 pts Dublin No Limit Hold'em Turbo – Six Max 4th place for €15,860, 170.22 pts Dublin No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2nd place for €17,180, 140.69 pts PCA Main Event 89th place for $10,840, 187.62 pts PCA No Limit Hold'em - High Roller 1st place for $945,495, 525.28 pts Prague No Limit Hold'em - High Roller 11th place for €49,000, 237.84 pts Prague No Limit Hold'em - Super High Roller 1st place for €746,543, 458.95 pts Malta No Limit Hold'em Turbo Bounty 6th place for €8,750, 180.15 pts Malta EPT Main Event 57th place for €10,580, 201.98 pts Malta No Limit Hold'em - High Roller 1st place for €327,030, 471.34 pts Malta No Limit Hold'em IPT High Roller 43rd place for €3,835, 126.96 pts Barcelona No Limit Hold'em - High Roller 12th place for €63,300, 274.00 pts Barcelona No Limit Hold'em - Super High Roller 7th place for €221,000, 299.29 pts Final Top 10 EPT POY Standings Mike McDonald: 3,747.38 points Steve O'Dwyer: 3,746.42 points Ivan Luca: 3,097.93 points Adrian Mateos: 2,901.41 points Georgios Zisimopoulos: 2,803.04 points Isaac Haxton: 2,712.51 points Fedor Holz: 2,552.36 points Ole Schemion: 2,528.04 points Joao Vieira: 2,485.89 points Daniel Dvoress: 2,436.29 points
  9. [caption width="640"] The European Poker Tour has launched the careers of some of the biggest and brightest stars in the game today (PokerStars photos)[/caption] Many of the world's best poker players are packed into a hotel in Prague right now, and the excitement in the air is irrefutable. You might say this is always the case when a big live tournament is about to take place, but this buzz is unique: EPT13 Prague is the last ever European Poker Tour festival, and will crown the final EPT champion before the series is re-branded. From January, the events will now be known as PokerStars Championships, and they won’t be limited to European soil, starting with thePokerStars Championship Bahamas (formerly PCA) on January 6, 2017. The EPT will always hold a special place in the hearts of many players, and winning one has catapulted dozens of careers. To mark the official end of the EPT, we’ve hand-picked ten of the biggest breakout stars of the EPT over the past 13 seasons. We start with five players who made a name for themselves in the early years of the Tour. Patrik AntoniusIt feels strange to kick off a list of breakout tournament stars with a man known primarily as a live and online cash game player, but there’s no denying that Patrik Antonius’ win back at the EPT2 Baden Classic in 2005 for €288,180 was the first introduction to the Fin for many. Antonius’ career post-EPT win is well documented; he’s played in the largest cash games around the world, including on sorely-missed TV shows High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark, not to mention playing in many of the biggest online pots in history. Mike McDonaldThe Mike McDonald of EPT4 Dortmund is barely recognizable compared to the McDonald of today. When the man known as Timex won the event back in 2008 for €933,600, he was a rake-thin 18-year-old with a clear talent for the game, both live and online. Fast forward eight and a half years and McDonald is now considered one of tournament poker’s best, with more than $13 million in live earnings and an additional $3.1 million won online. As well as his many high roller results, Timex almost became a two-time EPT champ in January 2014 when he finished runner-up at the PCA, and he recently took down the first ever GPL Finals as part of the Montreal Nationals. Bertrand ‘ElkY' GrospellierAlready a celebrity in the gaming world (particularly in South Korea where he lived, worked, and played prior to his breakout poker success), ElkY burst onto the poker scene with his bright hair and big personality back in 2008. Having previously finished second at EPT3 Copenhagen, the Frenchman took down a massive $2 million when he won the 2008 PCA, and that led to a string of impressive results. In October 2008 he won a WPT for $1.41 million, followed by a $25K High Roller victory at the PCA a year after his win for $433,500. By this point ElkY was a dominant force in tournament poker, securing him a spot on Team PokerStars Pro which he holds to this day. He’d cement his legacy with two wins at EPT7 Madrid; one in the $25K High Roller for $779,221, and another in a $10K Turbo High Roller for $227,087. Liv BoereeIt would be impossible to create a list of EPT “stars” and not include Liv Boeree. She’s become one of the most popular and heavily marketed faces in all of poker, primarily due to her sponsorship deal with PokerStars. But Boeree can certainly play; she’d already racked up 23 live cashes before her breakout win at EPT6 San Remo in 2010 for $1.698 million. Since then Boeree has notched up a string of EPT main event cashes, as well as almost clinching a UKIPT title (2nd for $97,057) and finishing third in a $25K High Roller at EPT12 Barcelona for $449,383. She’s no slouch on the online felt either, with almost $600,000 in earnings. Jason MercierIt’s pretty impressive when you scroll down to the bottom a player’s Hendon Mob page and see that their first ever live cash was an EPT win. That’s the case for Jason Mercier, who took down EPT4 San Remo in 2008 for $1.37 million. Of course, Mercier was already known as an online grinder prior to that, and he’s since gone on to become one of the most esteemed and established players in all areas of poker. Five WSOP bracelets and a WSOP Player of the Year title; seven COOP titles (including three SCOOP wins in one year); win after win; final table after final table; deep run after deep run; to list all of Mercier’s accomplishments would take too long. Look for Part 2 of this piece on Thursday, which will focus on players who found fame and fortune from 2011-2016.
  10. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu and Kevin Hart are just two players that could round out the field of the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Just about two weeks ago, Aria poker room management was faced with a difficult decision. When registration opened for the 2017 PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl, a total of 54 players put down a deposit to lock up their spot in the $300,000 buy-in event. Only problem was there were only 35 spots open to the public while the other 15 spots in the 50-player event were being held for invited players only. Degens gonna degen, so the only solution was to hold a lottery, drawing 35 numbered balls out of a tumbler. Each number corresponded to one of the players who had paid the deposit. You can view the final list of 35 names here and you’ll notice it’s missing some of the bigger names in the game today. In an effort to make make things easier on Aria’s Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack we’ve compiled a list of ten names - five pros and five recreational players – that should be pat of the field when action kicks off May 28. Daniel Negreanu – Poker’s all-time leading money winner was one of those players who paid their deposit and was ultimately left out of the group of 35. It just makes too much sense to get Negreanu into the event. First off, he’s a PokerCentral ambassador, but beyond that he makes for great TV and success in this event would help him get closer to crossing some of his 2017 goals off of his list. Phil Ivey – The high stakes room at Aria – the host of the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl – is named Ivey’s Room after the ten-time WSOP bracelet winner, an honor bestowed on him when the Aria poker room first opened in 2009. Only problem is Ivey probably couldn’t find it without a map since he apparently hasn't spent a lot of time inside the room. To many poker fans out there, Ivey is still the draw and having him in one of poker’s biggest buy-in events feels like a win for everybody. Jason Koon – Another one of the players who lost out on the lottery, Jason Koon might be one of the hottest high stakes players on the planet right now. Since July 2016 he’s cashed ten times, with four of those being wins, for $4,544,781. In January he won the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller for $1,650,300. While other players might not want him there, he's certainly earned the invite with his play. Phil Hellmuth – With four days of live TV coverage expected, it’s hard to imagine that Phil Hellmuth won’t find a way to get in front of the cameras. Sure, he can do the commentary like he does for the WSOP Main Event, but Hellmuth loves getting in with the best in the game and showing he can hang. He’s also a PokerCentral and Aria ambassador so it seems likely he’s getting an invite. Mike McDonald – Sure, he’s taken his talents to Twitch lately and is dedicating some time to his PokerShares.com project, but Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald is still a threat on the high stakes tournament scene and has built himself quite the following over the past few years. Besides, who doesn’t want to tune into CBS Sports' coverage of the Canadian guy just staring at everybody? Kevin Hart – The recent PokerStars Championship Bahamas saw comedian Kevin Hart make his super high roller debut. Hart played the $100,000 SHR event, firing two bullets in the event. He made every table he played at a fun one and could be a star of the live broadcast should he find his way to a feature table. Cary Katz – Locks are for doors and windows, but you can safely bet your net worth on Cary Katz getting one of the 15 reserved seats in the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl. Why so sure? Well, he’s the founder of PokerCentral and the Super High Roller Bowl is one of his proudest creations. Bobby Baldwin – Sure, he’s a WSOP Main Event champion but even he’s ready and willing to admit that he’s not a professional anymore. Still, having Bobby Baldwin in the tournament would give it a level of prestige and allow the old guard to be represented by one of the best ever. Dan Shak - Yes, he has a day job that he happens to be extremely successful at, but Dan Shak has also amassed $8.7 million in lifetime earnings at the poker table including a seventh place finish in last year's Super High Roller Bowl. He's a regular in the Aria high roller events and has proven on multiple occasions that he's capable of hanging with the younger pros who regularly populate those events. Bill Perkins – If you look at the group of extremely successful businessmen who have entered the world of high stakes tournament poker, none have had more fun that Bill Perkins – and it’s got nothing to do with winning. The hedge fund manager just loves playing poker and the bright lights of the SHRB would be a great place to showcase that.
  11. [caption width="639"] Mike 'Timex' McDonald is ready to let the world buy shares of poker players in tournament around the world. (PokerStars photo)[/caption] A few years ago Mike McDonald felt that some players were getting out of hand with how they priced themselves when selling pieces. As a bit of a lark he launched a Twitter account under the name @BankofTimex and started offering his own pricing on some players in high profile events. He never meant for it to be a real thing. “Originally it wasn’t so much looking at betting on it, it was more just looking to just troll people who had too high markups and things like that. It was not a very well thought out thing,” said McDonald. “After a couple of days when there were a bunch of people responding and some messages going back and forth, somebody was just like ‘Hey Mike, what you’re doing is basically just bookmaking in the public eye’.” And with that the Bank of Timex was shut down. Fast forward three-and-a-half years and McDonald has brought the concept back, but this time he’s jumped through all the necessary hoops to make it real and earlier this month launched PokerShares.com. “What’s changed is that we’ve found a way to get it fully licensed,” said McDonald. “We wanted to be as cautious as possible and what we’re doing, obviously there’s no gambling key slot to support what poker betting would be like, but we figured it would be treated similarly enough to sports betting that we should have proper licenses if we’re actually going to do it.” The company has a Curacao gaming license and is accepting action now - just not from America. The idea was reborn after Veron Lammers, a high stakes poker player that McDonald had hired to do some coaching a few years ago, asked about the Bank of Timex. “I was talking to a friend of mine and he was asking me why I never really pursued turning it into something more and I was like ‘well, it’s a lot of work and I’m kinda lazy and I’m always traveling around for poker tournaments and I don’t know if I really have the time to set up a proper company’,” said McDonald. Lammers offered McDonald a deal. If McDonald would be the face of the company and do most of the promotional and marketing work, as well as set the prices on players, Lammers was more than happy to do the other stuff. Lammers is in charge of day-to-day business operations and set up the LLC and pursued the gaming license. “In my mind this is the stuff I find fun, so it feels like I’m doing that much work. He enjoys that stuff, where he doesn’t feel like he’s that much work and it worked out well for both of us,” said McDonald. Unlike sites like StakeKings or YouStake that allow poker fans and players to buy shares that players have decided to sell, PokerShares is selling action in players and assuming all of the risk. The site began selling action in players at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas as well as the much-hyped heads-up match between Cate Hall and Mike Dentale. “What we do is we create a share, you purchase it through us and we don’t even own the share, we just give you what that share would have paid out,” said McDonald, who knows that lending his credibility in the poker world is a big part of his role. “A lot of people wouldn’t want to make a bet just hoping that someone is going to pay them out $100,000 or $1 million when they win, but I think I’m one of the few people where in the early stages of the company my reputation is strong enough that very few people are actually questioning that.” While the ‘Bank of Timex’ was originally intended to point out some of the bad pricing McDonald saw in the marketplace at the time, PokerShares could end up acting as a market correction tool and change the price players are able to charge. “People who charge too high of a mark up will probably have less opportunity to sell, but I still think plenty of people will sell out from prices higher than we’re charging,” said McDonald. “The product or experience that you’re getting from PokerShares is different from buying form your friend. If you’re buying from your friend, whether or not you buy might be the difference between him getting to play the tournament or not. And it just feels better to be winning with your best friend than it does to be winning off of some company.” McDonald is also savvy enough to know that pricing certain players a certain way could end up generating buzz, particularly on social media. “It is one of those things where it’s kind of interesting, separating emotions from the success of the business. I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes,” said McDonald. “I don’t want to get it into any ego battles or anything like, but getting into those ego battles is good for the company. It’s not a bad idea to price some people down, specifically guys you know will get offended, if that gets the word out there.”
  12. [caption width="640"] The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl will be the largest field in the three-year history of the event (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] When registration for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl opened last week a total of 54 players made the initial deposit to secure their spot in the biggest buy-in tournament of the year. Only problem is, there were only 35 seats available. The remaining 15 seats were being held back for ARIA VIPs and high rollers. After holding a lottery for the available 35 seats, there were 19 players left out in the cold and unable to play in the $300,000 buy-in event. On Wednesday the ARIA announced they would be adding six more seats to bring the total to 56 players - eight seven-handed tables. “Based on the success of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl and the overwhelming interest in this year’s event, ARIA believed it was in our best interest to increase the size of the event by six players,” said Sean McCormack, ARIA’s Director of Poker Operations. The 21 open spots will now be at the discretion of McCormack and the rest of the ARIA poker management team. Announcements as to who is filling those available seats could come as early as next week. Some of the bigger names who missed out on the lottery include Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon, Dan Colman and Dan Smith. READ: 10 Players We Hope to See in the Super High Roller Bowl Field“More players getting a chance to play against some of the best competition in the world and more recreational players getting a chance to measure themselves against those top players in a televised event will only add to the total experience for poker fans,” said McCormack. With the rake-free event expected to sell out all 56 seats, the total prize pool will be $16.8 million with the eventual winner walking away with $6 million. Given the overwhelming popularity of the event and the subsequent expansion of the field, organizers have already determined to expand the field for 2018 to 56 as well. The Super High Roller Bowl runs May 28 - 31 at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Complete list of the 35 players guaranteed a seat in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl Koray AldemirBryn KenneyStefan Schillhabel Matt BerkeyIgor KurganovJake Schindler Pratyush BuddigaJason LesErik Seidel Christian ChristnerAndrew LichtenbergerScott Seiver Connor DrinanAnkush MandaviaSteffen Sontheimer David EinhornTom MarcheseSam Soverel Antonio EsfandiariDominik NitscheBen Sulsky Isaac HaxtonDavid PetersBen Tollerene Fedor HolzNick PetrangeloChristoph Vogelsang John JuandaDoug PolkHaralabos Voulgaris Byron KavermanBrian RastSean Winter Rainer KempeAndrew Robl
  13. It’s hard to believe that the World Series of Poker Main Event is already upon us. With the expansive coverage of the event on ESPN and PokerGo, the hopes and dreams of thousands of poker players rise and fall with every hand that is dealt. But that's not the only place we’ve seen some compelling content as photos of starting stacks and tales of the worst bad beat stories ever told have continually spilled onto #pokertwitter and the social media feeds of poker fans around the world. So, while it’s impossible to catch it all, here are a few of some of our favorite social moments from the past week that at the WSOP. GIANT Lines Before the start of the Main Event, players were looking to take their last shot in the $365 GIANT. As poker players are wont to do, many waited until the last minute to purchase their seat, thus making the lines to register for the event befitting of the name. Selfie Stack Spend enough time in Las Vegas and you’ll quickly find out that much of what you see is a mirage. The World Series of Poker is no exception where what you see is not always what you get. (Investors beware!) Hey Ladies! One of the few snafus by WSOP organizers this year occurred at the start of the final table for the Ladies Event. Rather than being the featured table on PokerGo or Twitch, the event was regulated to the back of the room while Razz…yes Razz…got the initial spotlight. Credit to those in charge, the situation was quickly rectified and Jessica Dawley’s victory was broadcast and seen by thousands. Main Event Mascot Joe Camel’s roommate, Chippy, is the new mascot for the World Series of Poker. Not saying Chippy’s not adorable but perhaps he's promoting everything that the WSOP actually doesn’t want at the table: headphones, sunglasses and a bottom row of teeth so yellow it’s clear he’s taken one too many smoke breaks in the 100 degree heat. Look close: Kevmath is about to knock Chippy out of the tournament. Main Event Mania The excitement of playing the Main Event is simply too much for some. They get there, pay their $10K and simply can’t wait to get it in… Max pain for Max Steinberg. The Bank Of Timex is back in action.   Hellmuth gunna Hellmuth. Ausmus showed THEM! Bay to the Bay Area for Blumenfield. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Jordan Young keeps building...   Stacks on stacks. Class Act The defending WSOP Main Event Champion, upon being eliminated from the event on Day 1 while on a feature table, responds to an online critic with the same class and thoughtful voice that he used throughout his year as the reigning champion. Finally, Ferguson Faces The Truth Hellmuth may be the hero we get, Uncle Ron is the hero we deserve.
  14. Andras 'PokerBluff1' Nemeth was among the biggest Sunday winners after he took down the GGPoker GGS #151: $25,000 $750k Gtd Super High Roller for an eye-watering $475,311. The world-ranked #2 secured his second largest online cash after defeating 'AlfredDelia' heads-up, who took away $290,483 as runner-up, with 'HectorHermano', 'Chun Lei Zhou' and 'LuckyChewyFan' also securing six-figure results having reached the final table. Alex 'FkTheseGuysBro' Foxen, Mike McDonald, and Michael Soyza all narrowly missed out on a heads-up battle in the GGPoker GGS #155: $200k Gtd Super High Roller $2,500, with 'OtterPop' going the distance to win $60,921. Foxen (5th), McDonald (4th) and Soyza (3rd) hit the rail before 'nbvcxz' was the final elimination and banked $45,872 in second place. 'NOMANES' was once again a familiar name at the top of the GGPoker after they took down the GGS #157: $500k Gtd Super High Roller $10,000 for $178,729. 'FNC_Broxah' picked up the silver medal for $93,400, while 'tooothpick' had to settle for a very nice $119,456 as runner-up. 'vamossuerte' and 'carsonwentz' both picked up six-figure scores after they chopped the GGPoker GGS #156: $400k Gtd Super High Roller $5,000. After 127 entrants created a $603,250 prize pool, 'goodeggplant' departed in third place for $76,510. The final two then agreed to the deal before battling it out for the gold medal. 'vamossuerte' ultimately came through and banked $117,448, with 'carsonwentz' taking $115,356. 'Tomatee' had a Sunday to remember after winning two PokerStars gold medals. 'Tomatee' came through a 122 player-field in the $2,100 High Roller Club Sunday HR to bank $49,338, following a heads-up deal with 'Secret_M0d3', who received $45,304. The second win of the day for 'Tomatee' came in the PokerStars $1,050 High Roller Club Sunday Supersonic 6-Max Hyper-Turbo, this time navigating their way through a 240 player-field to claim the $47,110 first-place prize. 'Negriin' took the silver medal alongside $35,024, with 'B4NKR0LL3R' picking up the bronze for $26,039. 'bayaraa1002' turned $530 into $114,000 after they saw off 1,633 other entrants in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO. 'slayerv1fan' hit the rail in third place for $32,863 + $13,007 in bounties, before 'drew.derzh' lost out heads-up and departed with $45,285 + $16,209, which left 'bayaraa1002' take the title alongside $62,404 + $52,033. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $1,050 High Roller Club Sunday Supersonic 6-Max Hyper-Turbo $200k Gtd 240 entrants, $243,806.40 prize pool Tomatee - $47,110 Negriin - $35,024 B4NKR0LL3R - $26,039 MissOracle - $19,359 MITS 304 - $14,393 RuiNF - $10,700 1_conor_b_1 - $8,651 22ehnutzz - $6,994 APonakov - $6,994 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO, $500k Gtd 1,644 entrants, $822,000 prize pool bayaraa1002 - $62,404 + $52,033 drew.derzh - $45,285 + $16,209 slayerv1fan - $32,863 + $13,007 GROSZEK 5 - $23,849 + $4,789 Futti18 - $17,307 + $5,046 Kohlrabi7 - $12,559 + $3,066 neeno1990 - $9,114 + $2,484 Dancer King - $6,614 + $3,945 kufungua - $4,800 + $8,166 PokerStars $2,100 High Roller Club Sunday HR $200k Gtd 122 entrants, $244,000 prize pool Tomatee - $49,338* Secret_M0d3 - $45,304* tinnoemulder - $31,679 ThePateychuk - $24,382 smokrokflock - $18,765 Greenstone25 - $14,442 EEE27 - $11,115 yurasov1990 - $8,555 Aggro Santos - $6,584 partypoker $530 Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter $150k Gtd 252 entrants, $150,000 prize pool GeT_RiGhT - $13,518 + $12,626 RosenheimCops - $13,501 + $4,390 fumateotro - $9,630 + $5,172 Algorhytm - $7,120 + $3,158 Angeliosss17 - $5,020 + $1,033 Dorianriosvnzla - $3,833 + $1,148 j2805667 - $2,829 + $2,247 misclckmason - $2,099 + $1,968 partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $200k Gtd 359 entrants, $200,000 prize pool sk2ll_m0dR - $16,203 + $21,123 (in bounties) Maddonaa - $16,182 + $4,327 Jabra500 - $11,219 + $2,649 YumsYums - $8,038 + $2,026 MW1592 - $5,725 + $2,748 spinner2255 - $4,244 + $4,302 Karl-Heinz55 - $2,949 + $1,575 Gedis11 - $2,151 + $262 partypoker $530 Sunday High Roller Clasico $75k Gtd 136 entrants, $75,000 prize pool Iveybluffallin - $17,242 morant - $12,375 jarumen - $9,000 MangeMaBite - $6,375 its_showtime - $4,500 EnDTropY - $3,562 C12SLY - $2,2835 bigpescado96 - $2250 GGPoker GGS #157: $500k Gtd Super High Roller $10,000 67 entrants, $649,900 prize pool NOMANES - $178,729 tooothpick - $119,456 FNC_Broxah - $93,400 Picasso16 - $73,028 StacknNvrSlackn - $57,099 Mr.Fishy - $44,644 LuckyChewyFan - $34,907 SasukeUchiha - $27,293 Stevie444 - $21,339 GGPoker GGS #156: $400k Gtd Super High Roller $5,000 127 entrants, $603,250 prize pool vamossuerte - $117,448* carsonwentz - $115,356* goodeggplant - $76,510 michaelfan<3dog -$58,200 4eggadayMike - $44,272 gekkehuis - $33,677 emb3zzle - $25,617 pDNA - $19,487 PyramidOfSkulls - $14,823 GGPoker GGS #151: $750k Gtd Super High Roller $25,000 56 entrants, $1,372,000 prize pool PokerBluff1 - $475,311 AlfredDelia - $290,483 HectorHermano - $209,699 Chun Lei Zhou - $151,381 LuckyChewyFan - $109,282 StacknNvrSlackn - 78,890 EzzzGame - $56,950 GGPoker GGS #155: $200k Gtd Super High Roller $2,500 112 entrants, $266,000 prize pool OtterPop - $60,921 nbvcxz - $45,872 Michael Soyza - $34,540 MikeMcDonald - $26,007 FkTheseGuysBro - $19,583 NOMAMES - $14,745 Mr-Nobody - $11,102 tooothpick - 8,360 MiMosa1 - $7,374 *denotes money-deal
  15. Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event saw 344 last-minute registrations put an exclamation point on the second-largest WSOP Main Event of all-time. The 8,569-player field means that sometime next week, one player will walk away with $10,000,000 and the title of World Champion. Day 2C saw the highly-anticipated arrival of Phil Hellmuth and the emergence of a fresh batch of names atop the end-of-day chip counts. Julien Milliard Inches Toward 1 Million Chips, Leads Day 2C Survivors Florida's Julien Milliard almost cracked the seven-figure stack code on Sunday. Milliard finished Day 2C with 947,900 to edge out Czech player Vlastimil Pustina, who ended up with 930,700. Andrew Brokos, co-host of the Thinking Poker podcast, rounded out the top three Day 2C stacks after ending the day with 895,400. The day started with 344 players taking advantage of the last chance to register to push the total Day 2C field to 4,008 players. Just 1,793 of those players made it through the five two-hour levels of play on Saturday. That group will combine on Monday with the 1,087 players who got through Day 2AB as the entire remaining field of 2,880 players will play on the same day for the first time. Eventual Champion Will Earn $10,000,000 Registration closed as the first card was dealt on Sunday and the final numbers show another year of growth for the Main Event and made this year's Main Event the second largest of all-time. A total of 8,569 players generated a total prize pool of $80,548,600. The eventual champion will win $10,000,000 and every player at the final table will earn at least $1,000,000. READ: 2019 WSOP Main Event Second Largest of All-Time, $10M to Champ Phil Hellmuth Arrives, Departs One of the 344 players who registered on Sunday morning was 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Just back from his vacation to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, Hellmuth didn't take his seat until well into the first level of play. He didn't sit long. Hellmuth was part of one of the secondary feature tables on the ESPN broadcast and gave fans at home and his tablemates a little taste of The Poker Brat before busting at the hands of Timothy Stanczak's pocket fives. Familiar Faces Stay Alive on Day 2C Three-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman bagged up 549,600 on Sunday to advance to Day 3 with a top 50 stack. Sam Greenwood snuck into that top 50 with 535,800. Mike McDonald continues to apply pressure to those who bet against him, finishing Day 2C with 516,700. Other notables still in include Dario Sammartino (522,700), Jeff Madsen (488,600), Bertrand Grospellier (428,200), David 'ODB' Baker (418,700), Joseph Cheong (354,500), Chino Rheem (286,500) and Nick Schulman (278,000). Defending champ John Cynn battled back from just 24,800 chips to finish with 248,900 at day's end. All-time online poker tournament earnings leader Peter Traply finished with 234,800. Holz, Antonius, Imsirovic Headline Big Names Busting Hellmuth wasn't the only big name who didn't make it through Day 2C. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fedor Holz, Patrik Antonius, James Obst, Ali Imsirovic, and Adrian Mateos were all sent to the rail on Sunday. They were joined by John Racener, Ismael Bojang, Matt Berkey, John Monette, John Juanda, Denis Strebkov, Ben Heath, Jonathan Little, Shawn Buchanan, Sam Soverel, Joe McKeehen, Niall Farrell, Maurice Hawkins, and Sam Trickett. Nate Silver was also one of the Day 2C casualties. A Half Dozen Former #1s March On Kevin Saul leads a group of talented poker players who once held onto the #1 ranking on PocketFives.com. The Illinois native finished Day 2C with 623,900. Saul has cashed three times in the WSOP Main Event, most recently in 2016 when he wound up 466th. Saul is joined by fraternity brothers Calvin Anderson (459,400), Cliff Josephy (402,000), Fabrizio Gonzalez (328,800), Chris Hunichen (307,500) and Tim West (130,400). 34 Keystone State Players Survive Day 2C Chad Power leads 34 Pennsylvania poker players who managed to find a bag at the end of Day 2C. Power finished with 401,300 for the 97th-best stack on Sunday. Ralph Wong finished with 344,300 for the second-best PA stack. Kenneth Smaron, Jason Loehrs, and David Vasil round out the top five. Top 10 Chip Counts Julian Milliard - 947,900 Vlastimil Pustina - 930,700 Andrew Brokos - 895,400 Aleksa Pavicevic - 867,700 Nai Hu - 798,300 Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 765,600 Dapeng Mu - 762,700 Hugo Torres - 720,400 Cody Brinn - 708,800 Tom Cannuli - 667,000
  16. Day 1C of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event was definitely one for the record books, but it was also one of the strangest days in the 50-year history of the event. As more and more players piled into the Rio, two were escorted out by police and then Mother Nature had her say as well, as an earthquake shook Las Vegas and disrupted the tournament in an unprecedented way. Starting Flight Record Broken, Overall Record Close Last summer, 4,571 players made Day 1C of the 2018 Main Event the largest starting flight in the history of the WSOP. That record fell on Friday, as 4,879 players joined the Main Event. That group, combined with the 3,250 players from Day 1A and 1B, makes this year's event the second largest Main Event of all-time, with registration open until the start of Day 2C on Sunday. Earthquake Shakes Up Day 1C At 8:19 PM PT, Las Vegas was shaken by an earthquake that caused tournament officials to pause the tournament clock and send players on an early dinner break to assess any possible damage to the building. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake was centered in Ridgecrest, California and is the second one in 48 hours. In the moments after the quake hit, some players left their tables to find safety either in the hallways our outside of the Rio. Andy Frankenberger chose to leave the room he was in while in the middle of a hand only. "Never felt anything like it being my first earthquake experience," Ronnie Bardah, a WSOP gold bracelet winner, told PocketFives. "Felt like I was out at sea but instead in the middle of the Main Event at the Rio. Felt like my life was out of my control for a few seconds. Not to sound dramatic, but whoa. Made sure to get away from under the moving stuff hanging up above. Day 1c of the 2019 WSOP Main Event will never be forgotten." Play resumed after an 80-minute break and carried on for another two hours and 40 minutes before ending for the day. James Henson Bags Lead, Mike McDonald Second Just three players managed to get through the five levels of play with more than 300,000 chips. James Henson finished with 316,100 to end up on top of the 3,664 Day 1C survivors. The player right behind caused a lot of pain for his opponents on Friday, but if he goes on to win the Main Event, he could cause a lot more pain for other top pros. Mike McDonald finished Day 1C with the second biggest stack at 306,300. The Canadian poker pro booked himself against a lot of other top players and stands to win an additional seven figures in side action. Right behind McDonald is Joshua Ray with 304,200. Easy Come, Easy Go for Phil Ivey Phil Ivey's 2019 WSOP Main Event run didn't last long. The 10-time bracelet winner was eliminated in the first level of play on Friday. Ivey got the last of his chips in on a flop of [poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7s"] holding [poker card="as"][poker card="4s"] against his opponent's top two pair. The turn and river were bricks, eliminating Ivey. Two Players Disqualified in Different Manners Ivey was eliminated in the traditional way, but two other players found very different ways to have their Main Event end. Georgii Belianin was the first of the two to be removed from the tournament. The Russian poker pro was disqualified moving another player's stack into his own. The second involved a player exposing himself to the table and throwing a shoe at his opponent and the dealer. READ: World Series Of Poker Disqualifies Two Players Kevin Martin Bags Up 220,600 The list of players who bagged and tagged on Day 1C includes the usual list of big names. Partypoker Team Pro Kevin Martin finished with 220,600 for a top 50 stack. Coming off of winning his third bracelet, Nick Schulman ended with 141,200. Peter Traply, who recently overtook Chris Moorman for the all-time online tournament earnings lead, also made it to Day 2C with 128,500. Other notables moving on include Dzmitry Urbanovich (196,900), Maurice Hawkins (183,600) Chino Rheem (170,900), Andrew Lichtenberger (141,200), Ali Imsirovic (102,500), Danielle Andersen (102,300), and Maria Konnikova (100,900). End of the Road for More than a Few Familiar Faces Joe Cada won't be making a return to the Main Event final table this year. After finishing fifth last year, Cada couldn't make it through the opening day and was one of the more notable eliminations. He was joined by Dietrich Fast, William Kassouf, Martin Jacobson, Doug Polk, and Shaun Deeb, Jason Koon on the outside looking in. PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas wasn't able to recreate the magic on Friday and was eliminated. Mike Leah, who skipped most of the WSOP after the birth of his first child, had a short-lived return on Friday and was one of the 1,225 players eliminated. Former #1s Represent Well Chris Hunichen, Calvin Anderson and Christopher Brammer all finished with stacks well above average. Hunichen leads the way with 181,000 but Anderson isn't far behind with 178,100. Brammer ended with 169,200. They weren't the only former #1-ranked PocketFivers who ended Friday on the good side. Cliff Josephy (111,500), Tim West (49,600), and Fedor Holz (35,900) also moved onto Day 2C. Top 10 Chip Counts James Henson - 316,100 Mike McDonald - 306,300 Joshua Ray - 304,200 Robert Kokoska - 285,000 Mohamed Mamouni - 284,000 Barry Donovan - 280,100 Robert Layne - 280,000 Dylan Meier - 277,700 Yervand Boyadjian - 277,400 Tom Cannuli - 275,000

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