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  1. Two players who have been members of PocketFives since 2006 nearly scooped a World Series of Poker bracelet on Wednesday in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max event (#58). Mike SirWattsWatson (pictured) and Mark dipthrong Herm finished second and third, respectively. --- 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. --- Jared Jaffee ultimately took down the title, defeating Watson after a series of heads-up matches determined the outcome. Watson, who calls Canada home, was appearing at his sixth career WSOP final table. In 2012, he took down the WSOP Europe Super High Roller Event for one million Euros. Herm and Watson met in a semifinal match of the Mixed-Max tournament, with Herm quickly pulling out in front. Watson, however, doubled up multiple times, including one hand in which Herm shoved with 8-6 suited and Watson called all-in with 3-3. A flop of Q-7-5 made things interesting, but running jacks gave Watson new life. Watson doubled up once more with A-7 against K-7 to take a 4:1 chip lead over Herm and the semifinal match ended with Watson's K-2 withstanding Herm's J-8 of hearts. When it came time for the championship match, Jaffee(pictured) pulled away early and kept his foot on the gas pedal. Watson doubled up after making the nut flush at one point to trim Jaffee's lead to 5:2 and then doubled up once more with A-6 against A-4 to get within 2:1. However, Watson's run, which eventually saw him get back to almost even in chips with Jaffee, ended on the 99th hand of the final match. Watson 4bet all-in before the flop with a pair of jacks and Jaffee called with A-6 of clubs. The flop of 10-8-5 kept Watson in front with an overpair, but a seven of clubs on the turn meant a flush draw and straight draw for Jaffee. Sure enough, a four hit on the river for a straight and Jaffee secured his first WSOP bracelet. Watson earned $246,000 for second place, while Herm earned $126,000 for reaching the semis. Elsewhere at the Rio in Las Vegas, the site of the annual WSOP, Philip Hui (pictured), known on PocketFives as KungPhui, took down a $3,000 Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better tournament for $286,000. Hui earned his first bracelet in a rather dramatic fashion, according to coverage on WSOP.com: "Hui was low on chips at several points during the final table, no more so than when heads-up against Zachary Milchman when the Floridian had Hui out-chipped by about an 18:1 margin. Yet, Hui was able to reverse the tide and dominated the final half-hour of the tournament on his way to a huge celebration with fellow Circuit grinders." Hui loves the Circuit so much that he has earned four rings over the years and said winning a bracelet felt very surreal: "I had a big package, but bricked the first 25 of 30 tournaments that I played. Your mind's not right when you are coming into the last week of the series. It's unreal. I feel like I'm in a movie." Here were the final table results: 1st Place: Phillip KungPhuiHui - $286,976 2nd Place: Zachary Milchman - $177,609 3rd Place: Michael Bees - $118,036 4th Place: Ismael Bojang - $87,594 5th Place: John D'Agostino - $65,736 6th Place: David Williams - $49,817 7th Place: Matt Glantz - $38,089 8th Place: Jordan iMsoLucky0 Morgan - $29,356 9th Place: Joe Mitchell - $22,793 Finally, a $10,000 Seven Card Stud tournament (Event #61) is down to its final nine. The group, as you'd expect in a $10,000 Seven Card Stud event, is pretty beastly and includes the likes of Todd Brunson, 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, hole card cam inventor Henry Orenstein, and James Andy McLEOD Obst. This tournament will award $268,000 to the winner. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Tournament after tournament at the 2015 World Series of Poker has featured brand name pros at the top of the leaderboard. Event #39, a $1,500 10-Game Mix, is no exception. We're down to our final nine and the group is loaded with talent, including three bracelet winners. In fact, 2015 bracelet winner Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured) leads the way. --- 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. --- Hastings has a stack of 651,000, over 200,000 ahead of the second place tally belonging to Tim Reusch. Hastings won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship a week ago for $239,000 and his second bracelet. His first came in 2012 in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up Championship. Hastings was active on Twitter on Saturday morning, but he wasn't talking about the 10-Game Mix and a possible third bracelet. Instead, he was trying to sell action for a $500,000 buy-in event at Aria. Fifth place in the 10-Game event belongs to PocketFiver Mike SirWatts Watson (pictured), who has a stack of 277,000. Watson has had an impressive showing thus far at the 2015 WSOP, recording four top-25 finishes and two final tables. He has $1.1 million in career WSOP winnings despite not having a bracelet. Eric Wasserson, known on PocketFives as gpokerg, is in sixth place entering Saturday's finale. Wasserson has five top-20 finishes already at the WSOP and took second in a $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout last year. He bagged 255,000 in chips on Friday. Bracelet winners Owais Ahmed and Todd Brunson are also still in the mix, which means we have a 33% chance of having a repeat bracelet winner. Here's how the field stacks up: 1. Brian Stinger885Hastings - 651,000 2. Tim Reusch - 434,000 3. Owais Ahmed - 383,500 4. Alexey Makarov - 352,000 5. Mike SirWattsWatson - 277,000 6. Eric gpokergWasserson - 255,000 7. Rostislav Tsodikov - 206,500 8. Todd Brunson - 191,500 9. Dan Matsuzuki - 96,000 The tournament will restart at 2:00pm PT with two tables. The winner gets $133,000 and a bracelet and everyone left is guaranteed $9,000. 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.
  3. Brian Stinger885Hastings (pictured) came into the 2015 World Series of Poker making bet after bet on Twitter. A week ago, he won his second career gold bracelet in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and collected more in bracelet bets than he won for first. On Saturday, he one-upped himself, winning another one and becoming the first repeat winner of the 2015 WSOP. --- 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. --- This time around, Hastings won a $1,500 Ten-Game Mix event for $133,000. The tournament drew 380 entrants and Hastings beat a final table that had several pros and two other bracelet holders. Hastings told WSOP staff after his latest win, "I really felt like it - yeah I thought I'd win. You have to feel that way when you go into one of these, but I think I'm going to win almost every time I sit down and play." Hastings' first bracelet came in 2012 in the $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Championship. At one point, it seemed as if win #3 wasn't in the cards, as Hastings was down 4:1 in chips heads-up against Rostislav Tsodikov, but battled back during the three-hour heads-up session. If you're not familiar with the genre, Ten-Game consists of Seven-Card Stud, Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit Hold'em, Razz, Badugi, Omaha High-Low Split, Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Single Draw, Limit Hold'em, and Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split. As Hastings put it, "I really pride myself on being able to play all of these games well." Also potentially pushing Hastings along this year is his girlfriend, who has been flying back and forth from Florida to watch her beau play. Hastings explained, "I think that's one of the more underrated aspects of this game, having the balance between your personal life and what goes on at the tables. She really helps me believe in myself and I really love her a lot." Next up for Hastings is the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship, another mixed game contest. He'll try to add to his resume this year that includes five cashes, three final tables, and two wins. The tournament starts on Sunday at 4:00pm PT, so Hastings will have a pretty quick turnaround and ideally carry over some of his momentum. Sixth place went to PocketFiver Mike SirWatts Watson (pictured). It was his third sixth place finish at this year's WSOP and fifth cash. He Tweeted after busting, "Out in my usual spot. Sigh." Watson, who has a degree in math from the University of Waterloo, has $1.1 million in career WSOP winnings and is still hunting for his first bracelet. Here's how the final six in the Ten-Game event cashed out: 1. Brian Stinger885Hastings - $133,403 2. Rostislav Tsodikov - $82,398 3. Todd Brunson - $52,977 4. Alexey Makarov - $35,130 5. Tim Reusch - $23,982 6. Mike SirWattsWatson - $16,846 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.
  4. Twenty-five players remain in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event at the 2015 World Series of Poker. As you'd expect with a Six-Max event, the field is loaded with members of the PocketFives community, including two-time bracelet winner Steve MrSmokey1 Billirakis (pictured), who leads the way. PocketFivers can be found in five of the top 14 spots. --- 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. --- Billirakis has a stack of 1.01 million entering the scheduled final day of play, leading Geoffrey Rasmussen, who is in second place, by about 40,000. Billirakis won bracelets in 2007 in a $5,000 Mixed Hold'em event and in 2011 in a €5,300 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event in Europe. Still in the field with 25 left is Scott r_a_yMontgomery, who busted Daniel Suied on Thursday after his A-K held against A-8. Montgomery's opponent even yelled, "Put an eight out there. I haven't sucked out on anyone," but it was to no avail. Montgomery finished Thursday's play in 14th place with a stack of 398,000. Montgomery scooped another big pot on Thursday when, holding aces, he busted a player with pocket fives. The money went in before the flop and the board ran out 7-2-3-3-10. Montgomery made the November Nine in 2008 and won a bracelet two years later. Also still alive with 25 left is Mike SirWatts Watson (pictured), who won a race with pocket fours to bust an opponent on Thursday. Watson finished the day one spot ahead of Montgomery on the leaderboard in 13th. He bagged 414,000 in chips and is making his 32nd career WSOP cash. Craig McCorkell, known on PocketFives as mcc3991, scooped a pot with pocket jacks after his opponent made the call on a board of 9-5-2-3-3. That hand moved McCorkell up to 400,000 in chips. He ended the day in 12th place with a stack of 504,000 and is three years removed from winning a bracelet in a No Limit Hold'em Shootout. Here's the field of 25 that will descend upon the Rio on Friday to determine a winner. When play paused, the blinds were at 5,000-10,000-1,000: 1. Steve MySmokey1Billirakis - 1,015,000 2. Geoffrey Rasmussen - 967,000 3. Brett Radin - 952,000 4. Manoel Filho - 787,000 5. Davis Aalvik - 695,000 6. Iaron Lightbourne - 675,000 7. Oleksander gnat777 Gnatenko - 631,000 8. Keith Morrow - 623,000 9. Alessio Isaia - 593,000 10. Michael Dentale - 575,000 11. Daniel Maor - 541,000 12. Craig mcc3991McCorkell - 504,000 13. Mike SirWattsWatson - 414,000 14. Scott r_a_y Montgomery - 398,000 15. Idan Raviv - 347,000 16. Philip Elliott - 343,000 17. Zo Karim - 334,000 18. Gerald Rahmn - 296,000 19. Omar Zazay - 295,000 20. Ronit Chamani - 280,000 21. Steffen Sontheimer - 267,000 22. Tobias Ziegler - 242,000 23. Markus LURPED Gonsalves - 240,000 24. Gordon stlouis6 Vayo - 180,000 25. Dean Baranowski - 157,000 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.
  5. The month of May is shaping up to be a solid one for Canadian grinder Mike SirWattsWatson (pictured). After finishing second in the EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo, the tournament specialist has captured not one, but two first place prizes in the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. His first SCOOP victory came on Tuesday in a $215 Re-Entry 6-Max PLO event, where he battled 1,159 runners for a piece of the $364,800 prize pool. The tournament smashed its $175,000 guarantee with a total of 665 reentries and paid out the top 228 places. SirWatts started the final table fourth in chips with 1.2 million, with FatmanScoopsholding the lead with 2.9 million. First-out was TherookieQQ9, who started with just a 342,000-chip stack, followed by DOCTORB911. Zinobrinhowas the next to go, with FatmanScoops then taking third place. That left Watson, who had amassed a huge chip lead of 7.8 million, to go head-to-head with MrSmits, who was backed by a 1.2 million stack. In the final hand, Watson check-raised his opponent all-in on the flop, which MrSmits called. MrSmits turned a gutshot, which failed to come through on the river and left him with just a pair of sixes against Watson's two pair. With that, Watson claimed victory and banked the $43,776 first place prize. But he wasn't finished there. Just three days later, Watson once again found himself at a final table, this time in a $2,100 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event. The field consisted of 142 runners, which was considerably smaller than what he faced during his first SCOOP win, but was stocked with some of the game's toughest players. Going into heads-up play, Watson found himself with a 538,000-chip lead against Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara's 171,000 stack. The final hand saw Watson raise the button and then call Kihara's re-raise all-in. The flop gave Watson a jack-high straight and leave his opponent with just a pair of nines. The turn gave nkeyno (pictured) two pair and a little hope to making a full house, but the jack on the river sealed the deal for Watson, who took first place and the $65,320 top prize. Watson is a force to be reckoned with in the poker world, with his total live earnings topping $8 million. His biggest cash came in a tournament at the World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes, France, where he scored a first place prize of $1.3 million. In a recent interview, the 31-year-old spoke of his life as a high-stakes tournament pro. "What I do is a little more aggressive, with the traveling and playing in some of the high-stakes tournaments, trying to make a little bit more money at it than just a comfortable living." He also highlighted the variance that comes with being a tournament pro and how he only makes the money in just a small percentage of the events that he plays. "You fail so much more, even if you're really good and you're making money at 20% of the tournaments you play," he said. "And of those, the majority are only giving back two or three times your buy-in." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  6. [caption width="640"] Mike 'SirWatts' Watson Wins 2016 PCA Main Event[/caption] The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has often been the place where poker legends have their coming out party. The final table of the 2016 PCA Main Event, however, took on a different narrative. The six-handed final table included former WPT champ Mike 'SirWatts' Watson, One Drop High Roller winner Tony Gregg, and EPT Vilamoura champ Toby '810ofclubs' Lewisas well as Russia’s fifth all-time leading money winner, Vladimir Troyanovskiy. Watson, who won his World Poker Tour title 7.5 years ago at the Bellagio Cup, ended up navigating his way to the third major title of career following a heads-up battle with former PCA Main Event runner-up Gregg. Watson knows the player he was then is very different from the player he is today. "I look back and think about how I was playing in that main event. I was able to win, but I realize all of the fundamental errors I was making. My game has grown so much over that time and the player I was then wouldn't have nearly as good of a chance of winning a tournament today," said Watson following his PCA win. Randy Kritzer, who came into play Thursday with the shortest stack, couldn't get much going and was the first player eliminated. On just the eighth hand of the day, Kritzer raised to 225,000 and Phillip McAllister called from the big blind. The [poker card="qh"] [poker card="9h"] [poker card="6d"] flop got a check from McAllister followed by a bet of 325,000 from Kritzer. McAllister announced all-in and Kritzer called and flipped up [poker card="qs"] [poker card="tc"] for top pair. McAllister showed [poker card="8s"] [poker card="7h"] a straight draw and backdoor flush draw. The [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="8h"] river gave McAllister his flush and ended Kritzer's run. With the least experienced player gone, play tightened up. It wasn't until almost four hours later that another player was sent packing. Gregg opened to 350,000 and Troyanovskiy defended his big blind. After the [poker card="ac"] [poker card="8h"] [poker card="4h"] flop, Troyanovskiy moved all-in for 700,000 and Gregg called. Gregg tabled [poker card="as"] [poker card="qc"] for top pair and Troyanovskiy showed [poker card="7h"] [poker card="3h"] for a flush draw. Neither the [poker card="td"] turn nor [poker card="9c"] river helped Troyanovskiy and the Russian was out in fifth place. It took 90 minutes to go from four players to three. McAllister called from the button and Toby Lewis moved all-in from the button before Watson came over the top of both players from the big blind. Lewis tabled [poker card="ks"] [poker card="9s"] and Watson showed [poker card="ac"] [poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"] [poker card="6s"] [poker card="3h"] [poker card="kh"] [poker card="qs"] to send Lewis home in fourth. Action folded to McAllister, who limped from the small blind. Watson raised all-in from the big blind and McAllister snap-called and showed [poker card="jd"] [poker card="jh"], while Watson turned [poker card="8c"] [poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="tc"] [poker card="7s"] [poker card="5c"] gave Watson middle pair and flush draw and all drama ended with the [poker card="3c"] turn. The meaningless [poker card="5s"] river ended the hand and McAllister was out in third. When heads-up play began, Watson held a nearly 2-1 chip lead over Gregg. The pair went on a dinner break and when they came back agreed to a deal that saw Watson take $695,325 and Gregg $612,175, leaving $33,000 on the table and, of course, the title. Even with just 2.5% of the first and second place prizes still at stake, Gregg and Watson continued to play for over two hours. On the final hand, Gregg limped his button and Watson checked his option to see an [poker card="8h"] [poker card="6h"] [poker card="2h"] flop. Watson checked and Gregg bet 400,000, only to have Watson check-raise to 1,200,000. Gregg responded by moving all-in for 4,100,000. Watson took his time before calling and showed [poker card="7h"] [poker card="4s"] for a flush draw. Gregg tabled [poker card="as"] [poker card="8c"] for top pair. The [poker card="7s"] turn gave Watson extra outs and the [poker card="5h"] turn filled his flush to win the 2016 PCA Main Event. 2016 PCA Main Event Final Table Payouts Mike Watson - $728,325 Tony Gregg - $612,175 Phillip McAllister - $356,020 Toby Lewis - $267,340 Vladimir Troyanovskiy - $207,940 Randy Krizter - $153,920 Ken Demlakian - $110,220 Timothy Ulmer - $78,540
  7. [caption width="640"] Mike 'SirWatts' Watson added another WCOOP title to his list of accomplishments. (PokerStars photo)[/caption] We’re at the stage of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker where the time remaining can reasonably be measured in hours, not day. With the end of the online series nearing, Mike Watson went to work on Sunday in adding another WCOOP title to his credit. Watson, who won the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event beat out 119 other players to win the $10,300 buy-in Eight Game Championship. Watson beat out Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky to win $280,238.52 and add another WCOOP title to his collection. The final table included not only Watson and Sulsky, but Matthew Ashton, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Calvin ‘cal242688’ Anderson and Sami Kelopuru. Dutch pro ’maggess88’ beat Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins, who famously finished second in the WCOOP Main Event in 2014 to one Fedor Holz, to win Event #73, Heads-Up Pot Limit Omaha. ‘maggess88’ ended up with $37,885.10 and the title - the third COOP win of his career. The final four were rounded out by ‘Ti0373’ and Rory ‘Mafews’ Mathews. Event 75, $700 Six Max No Limit Hold’em (Progressive KO), attracted 1,360 players and the final two players, Michel ‘FreeLancerZZ’ Dattani and ‘Leonidus1988’, agreed to a chip after outlasting the rest of the field. Dattani ended up with $75,193.88 and the WCOOP title after a brief heads-up battle while ‘Leonidus1988’ had to settle for $65,193.88. Simon 'ministerborg' Ravnsbaek was eliminated in third place. With a TCOOP and SCOOP title already to his credit, Ravnsbaek was hoping to become the latest member of the PokerStars Triple COOP winner club but was ultimately denied after being eliminated by Dattani. ‘€urop€an’ made yet another WCOOP final table, finishing sixth for $10,131.67. One day after Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom finished runner-up in a WCOOP event, a player who clearly took inspiration from the Swedish poker pro when choosing his screenname managed to close out a WCOOP as champion. Leo ‘ISILDRooN’ Nordin outlasted 636 other players to win Event #76, $320 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six Max, Mix-Max) and earn $34,397.90. The final WCOOP event to wrap up on Sunday saw ‘Noogaii’ earn $120,008.69 after outlasting 2,256 other players, including eventual runner-up Dulek_jason, who walked away with $87,216.59 after chopping with ‘Noogaii’. Event 73: $700 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up 211 entries - $140,315 paid out to 32 places maggess88 - $37,885.10 Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins - $21,047,25 Ti0373 - $11,225.20 Rory ‘Mafews’ Mathews - $11.225.20 Event 74: $10,300 Eight Game Championship 120 entries - $1,200,000 paid out to 11 places Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson - $280,238.52 Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky - $212,729.16 Matthew ‘MUSTAFABET’ Ashton – $161,482.80 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson - $122,581.68 Sami ‘ Lrslzk’ Kelopuru - $93,051.84 Iteopepe88 - $70,635.72 Event 75: $700 Six Max No Limit Hold’em (Progressive KO) 1,360 entries - $547,800 paid out to 167 places Michel ‘FreeLancerZZ’ Dattani - $75,193.88* Leonidus1988 - $65,193.88* Simon ‘ministerborg’ Ravnsbaek – $36,274.22 Tagomaga - $23,711.46 BrightStripe - $15,499.56 €urop€an - $10,131.67 *heads-up deal Event 76: $320 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six Max, Mix-Max) 637 entries - $200,000 paid out to 83 places Leo ‘ISILDRooN’ Nordin - $34,397.90 Kinglune - $23,158.44 SeepdUp2 - $15,591.44 Ashley Jones - $10,496.96 Tarantaleo - $7,067.10 Lystig - $4,757.94 Event 79: $320 No-Limit Hold’em 2257 entries, 1,081 re-entries - $1,001,400 paid out to 404 places Noogaii - $120,008.69* Dulek_jason - $87,216.59* FishyMcFish0 - $87,744.87 Jutrack - $77,330.24* Tobi123456 - $37,212.62 xXOLIVATOXx - $26,526.48 Mogelwette - $18,908.93 Kanishka ‘kanishka27’ Samant - $13,478.94 Nassimovitch - $9,608.23 *Heads-up deal
  8. [caption width="320" align="alignleft"] Nick Petrangelo grabbed his first win of 2017 in the Aussie Millions 0,000 Challenge.[/caption] You could say that 2017 is treating Nick Petrangelo really well. You could say that "retirement" is treating German phenom Fedor Holz really well too. The pair were front and center at the 2017 Aussie Millions On Saturday at the final table of the ANTON Jewellery $100,000 Challenge. Petrangelo, who finished runner-up to Lucas Greenwood in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25,000 High Roller, beat out a final table that included Holz, Sam Trickett, David Peters, David Steicke and Mike Watson to win $882,000 AU ($666,311 US). Holz, who announced following the 2017 World Series of Poker that he was retiring from playing poker professionally finished third for $352,8000 AU. Holz is also at the final table of the Aussie Millions Main Event which resumes Sunday afternoon in Melbourne. Sandwiched between Petrangelo and Holz was Canadian Mike Watson, who earned $529,000 AU for his runner-up finish. The final table began with seven players still in contention. The short-stacked Steicke managed to find a double up on the third hand of play Saturday, only to find himself giving those chips to Watson two hands later before finally being eliminated by Holz on the sixth hand of the night. Watson then found himself on the winning end of an elimination just an hour later. Watson opened from the cutoff to 14,000. Peters called from the big blind and then checked after the [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2c"] flop. Watson bet 15,000 and Peters called again. TThe turn was the [poker card="js"] and Peters check-called as Watson bet 45,000. Peters checked again after the [poker card="kc"] river, allowing Watson to bet enough for Peters' tournament life to be at stake. After using his time bank chip, Peters called and tabled [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"] for a pair of queens but got bad news as Watson tabled [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"] for a rivered straight and Peters was out in sixth. Watson and Holz then took turns holding the chip lead for over an hour before Watson picked up another elimination. Steffen Sontheimer raised to 20,000 from the button and Watson responded with a three-bet from the small blind to 54,000. Sontheimer called to see the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5s"] flop. Watson bet 40,000 before Sontheimer moved all in for 171,000. Watson called and tabled [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] for an overpair and Sontheimer showed [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] and needed one of 10 outs to improve and stay alive. The [poker card="5d"] and [poker card="qd"] river were complete blanks and the German was out in fifth. With four players remaining, Watson didn't take long to burst the bubble. Sam Trickett, who won this event in 2011, moved his short stack of 120,000 into the middle from early position and Watson defended his small blind. Trickett showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="9c"] while Watson was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4s"] flop was no help for Trickett and the [poker card="jd"] turn left him drawing to just three outs. The river was the [poker card="ks"] and Watson eliminated Trickett in fourth place. While Watson did almost all of the work to get the final three players into the money, this is where Petrangelo took over. From the button Petrangelo raised to 18,000 and Holz moved all in from the small blind. Petrangelo called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"] while Holz showed [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"]. The board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"][poker card="7d"][poker card="as"][poker card="6c"] to send Holz out in third place. Heads-up action lasted just 90 minutes before Petrangelo finally finished off Watson. Watson threw in a button raise to 30,000 and Petrangelo called. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2d"] flop got both players to check. After the [poker card="7d"] turn Petrangelo bet 45,000 and Watson called. The river was the [poker card="jd"] and Petrangelo lead out for 150,000 before Watson moved all in for 562,000. Petrangelo called and after Watson showed [poker card="as"][poker card="4c"] for ace-high, turned over [poker card="jh"][poker card="8d"] for top two pair. Watson was eliminated in second place, leaving Petrangelo to collect his second six-figure score of 2017 and first tiel. Payouts Nick Petrangelo - $882,000 Mike Watson - $529,200 Fedor Holz - $352,800
  9. [caption width="640"] The PokerStars Sunday million was chopped four ways.[/caption] There was a four-way final table chop in the PokerStars Sunday Million, as 'G A W' finished in first place for a cash score of $120,685 followed by 'beginner27' in the runner-up position for $118,653. Eckardt 'vanselow' Vanselow of Costa Rica placed third and collected $69,651 and 'Ottodif' walked away with $84,661 in fourth place. 'PSCPRODIGY' of Thailand was the outright winner in the Sunday High Roller event on Stars and received $58,039 with 'Fukuruku' being awarded $44,232 in second place. The Sunday Warm-Up was taken down by 'fzkk' of Bulgaria (ranked #385 worldwide) for a cash prize of $44,816. Veteran poker pro Mike 'SirWatts' Watson won the Sunday 500 for $39,558 and #8-ranked Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo of Sweden was victorious in the "Omania" High Roller on Stars for $20,341. The Sunday Supersonic was won by 'dupree_m' for $30,526. 'rolandbauer' of Austria (ranked #32 in the world) took down the $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller on partypoker for $55,809 followed by 'TheTryangle' who finished second for $41,315. The $530 buy-in version of that event saw 'girafganger' atop the final leader board for a cash score of $29,086 as a result of a three-way final table chop. 'HateH4teHate' was the biggest winner in the 888 Poker Baby Whale tournament over the weekend thanks to his negotiation in a three-way deal in which he finished in third place officially for $17,107. 'YoungPope' won the $100K Guaranteed "Mega Deep" event on 888 for an even $19,000. PokerStars Sunday Million $200 + $15 NLHE 5,738 entrants $1,147,600 paid out to 998 spots G A W - $120,684.75 beginner27 - $118,652.81 Eckardt 'vanselow' Vanselow - $69,651.18 Ottodif - $84,660.98 *4-way deal Deividas K - $37,590.09 (Kvaselis) Prezes_PL - $26,379.53 toffeblue - $18,512.39 bianchettibh - $12,991.52 hello_totti - $9,117.10 (hellohellohello) PokerStars Sunday High Roller $2,000 + $100 NLHE 140 entrants $280,000 paid out to 20 spots PSCPRODIGY - $58,038.54 Fukuruku - $44,232.49 probirs - $33,710.62 Oxota - $25,691.65 Gev1234 - $19,580.20 XD89lol
  10. As the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker heads into its final weekend of action, the action continued on Thursday with Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger taking down one of the biggest buy-in tournaments for nearly $588,000. Other highlights of the day included Joao 'Naza114' Vieira, Mike 'SirWatts' Watson and Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy each picking up titles. Loeliger beat out the 103 other players in Event #43 High ($25,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller) including a final table that included two former #1-ranked players, Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen and Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard, as well as Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang, Rachid 'SkaiWalkurrr' Ben Cherif and eventual runner-up Henrik 'hhecklen' Hecklen. The outright victory earned Loeliger $587,747.32 while Hecklen had to settle for $451,251.38. The Medium version of that event attracted 662 runners with Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac taking home $228,348.36 for the win. 'AS Leshly' and 'ReadngSouls' chopped the Low version for $131,349.41 and $112,902.97 respectively. Vieira topped Event #42 High ($2,100 Triple Draw Duece to Seven) to win $49,595. The final table included Luke Schwartz, Daniel Cates, and Harley Thrower. Mike 'SirWatts' Watson won the Medium buy-in event for $15,325.20 while 'pokerqmaster' took down the Low for $4,915.91. One of the hottest players on the planet, Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy continued his solid run, beating out 149 other players to win Event #44 High ($2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout) for $66,000. His victory denied Watson a second WCOOP title of the day. The Canadian finished runner-up for $46,050 while NLZWERVERNL finished third for $34,500. Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones added $31,425.08 to his bankroll thanks to his victory in the Medium buy-in event and Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe scored $12,014.08 for winning the Low. Event #42 (High): $2,100 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 91 Prize pool: $182,000 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $49,595 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $33,125 WD89lol<3 - $25,480 Daniel 'w00ki3z' Cates - $17,290 Harley 'Harleyy30040' Thrower- $12,740 fr0zZy - $9,555 Event #42 (Medium): $215 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 396 Prize pool: $79,200 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $15,325.20 Denis XXX007 - $11,365.20 Lance84 - $8,514 Chillolini - $5,860.80 pantri - $4,197.60 9cream4 - $2,692.80 Event #42 (Low): $22 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 1,536 Prize pool: $30,720 pokerqmaster - $4,915.91 Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo - $3,686.40 schu_81 - $2,764.80 Donald - $1,843.20 thefish01x - $1,228.80 dAASSSmayer - $724.99 Event #43 (High): $25,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 104 Prize pool: $2,550,600 Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger - $587,747.32 Henrik 'hhecklen' Hecklen - $451,251.38 fr0zZy - $346,454.88 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang - $265,995.69 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - $204,221.95 Rachid 'SkaiWalkurrr' Ben Cherif - $156,794.30 bartek901 - $120,391.17 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $92,424.30 Event #43 (Medium): $2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 662 Prize pool: $1,324,000 Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac - $228,348.36 Killer_00000 - $162,774.01 etxnl01 - $116,030.85 Liv Boeree - $82,710.80 kurzatwarz - $58,959.17 NukeTheFish! - $42,028.12 NEWFlat - $29,959.07 Picasso 2 - $21,255.85 Event #43 (Low): $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 5,010 Prize pool: $1,002,000 AS Leshly - $131,349.41 ReadngSouls - $112,902.97* samoooth - $72,459.22 Schamane22 - $51,651.39 Hciappolino - $36,818.79 baaadshaaa - $26,245.68 Little Kraut - $18,708 s3c3_1978 - $13,336.21 Event #44 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 150 Prize pool: $300,000 Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy - $66,000 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $46,050 NLZWERVERNL - $34,500 Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo - $24,000 ja.sam.gale - $18,000 hotmark777 - $12,000 Event #44 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 982 Prize pool: $196,400 Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones - $31,425.08 com 157 - $23,568 FshnIsMyPrfn - $17,676 FiatEruditio - $11,784 M_Acevedo - $7,856 Speedyy1986 - $4,870.72 Event #44 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 4,619 Prize pool: $92,380 Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe - $12,014.08 lsp pest - $8,776.10 andreyayo9 - $6,466.60 sharkkings23 - $4,157.10 Grimeyyyy - $2,309.50 bencb789 - $1,293.32
  11. The 2019 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker headed into its final weekend by offering a full slate of big-time tournaments and massive paydays on Friday. When the money gets this big, online poker’s elite players forgo a night out on the town as they spent their Friday night grinding. Among those who captured a SCOOP title on Friday include GPI #1 ranked Alex ‘bigfox86’ Foxen, Jason ‘jakoon1985’ Koon, Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson and Matthew ‘MUSTAFABET’ Ashton. The biggest score of the day belonged to regular high-stakes MTT player ‘ROFLShove’ who took down Event #49 (High) $10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller PKO. He picked up $126,587.08 for his first place victory and added another $186,484.37 in bounties for a combined total of over $312K. Former PocketFives #1-ranked ‘gnetaren’ (aka ‘Sheater’) finished as the runner up securing a new career-high score of $96,421.23 + $28,984.38 in bounties. As one might expect, the final table of this 109 runner event was stacked with big names including Russia’s ‘josef_shvejk’, Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen, Jason Koon and Russian crusher, former #1-ranked ‘veeea’. In between making bracelet bets online for the 2019 World Series of Poker, Alex ‘bigfox86’ Foxen was busy taking down Event #54 (High): $530 Zoom No Limit Hold’em for $68,904. Foxen, who just this week surpassed the $4M mark in lifetime career earnings, continues to add to his packed poker resume with another COOP title. Jason Koon also had a nice day at the online tables. He made the final table of the aforementioned $10K PKO and also handling business in Event #73 (Medium) $530 6+ No Limit Hold’em. Koon, known as being on the leading edge of short deck with his Triton Poker titles, shows off in PokerStars newly adapted 6+ tournaments by earning $28,913 for first place. Speaking of 6+ tournaments, Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson took down Event #73 (High) $5,200 6+ No Limit Hold’em for $94,915. He held off a final table full of dangerous opponents including Canada’s former top-5 ranked player ‘OLD TIME GIN’, poker legend John ‘LuckBox’ Juanda and UK superstar Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang who has returned to the online tables after a nearly 6-month hiatus. Event #48 (Low): $5.50 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better Entries: 4,122 Prize pool: $20,197 1. Druidden - $2,887.68 2. plplaya - $2,055.79 3. RichieRichZH - $1,465.43 4. krec23 - $1,044.61 5. gabrielper - $744.63 6. laralanjinha - $530.80 7. seballl - $378.37 8. Nikki098 - $269.71 9. ARTMAEV - $192.26 Event #48 (Medium): $55 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better Entries: 1,103 Prize pool: $55,150 1. The TJS - $8,862.02 2. Crusa89 - $6,316.60 3. INormaJean - $4,502.69 4. arrtek - $3,209.67 5. Senkel92 - $2,267.96 6. ActionDave - $1m630.93 7. Freddy[DM[3] - $1,162.58 8. reijomo - $828.72 8. aloe_AV1 - $590.74 Event #48 (High): $530 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better Entries: 312 Prize pool: $156,000 1. Perrymejsen - $29,347.79 2. vincelis - $22,016.04 3. sergei_s1 - $16,516.03 4. Shtopol - $12,390.01 5. oranjewm - $9,294.76 6. pikassoAA23 - $6,972.76 7. xpoh1 - $5,230.83 8. Zbad - $3,924.07 9. bubbelpool - $3,185.69 Event #49 (Low): $ $109 No Limit Hold'em PKO (Mini Thursday Thrill) Entries: 6,588 Prize pool: $658,800 1. FKAXM - $48,809.15 + $20.157.36 2. Totejuan - $33,363.04 + $5,931.86 3. CannaGrower - $23,782.35 + $6,824.55 4. arknight87 - $16,952.90 + $1,962.82 5. NUMBJkE - $12,084.59 + $4,414.96 6. psycho8080 - $8,614.30 + $1,742.95 7. sweenifish - $6,140.60 + $1,563.00 8. b.k.l 77 - $4,377.23 + $1,366.00 9. dpsd05 - $3,120.24 + $2,671.19 Event #49 (Medium): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO (Thursday Thrill) Entries: 1,191 Prize pool: $1,191,000 1. GamadGADOL - $93,650.16 + $67.623.75 2. busto_soon - $66,756.38 + $28,894.52 3. hhecklen - $47,586.28 + $10,457.03 4. Kozir - $33,921.16 + $24,386.73 5. anth0nypappa - $24,180.21 + $5,578.13 6. rleezy55 - $17,236.50 + $5,500 7. DerRappler - $12,286.63 + $5,828.13 8. Era_Koira - $8,758.49 + $12,511.72 9. Xungazz - $6,243.40 + $9,726.56 Event #49 (High): $10,300 No Limit Hold'em High Roller PKO Entries: 109 Prize pool: $1,090,000 1. ROFLShove - $125,587.08 + $186,484.37 2. gnetaren - $96,421.23 + $28,984.38 3. Tomatee - $74,028.62 + $40,468.75 4. josef_shvejk - $56,836.68 + $24,062.50 5. ale6ka - $43,637.16 + $31,875.00 6. Negriin - $33,503.05 + $12,500.00 7. Big Huni - $25,722.47 + $10,000.00 8. jakoon1985 - $19,748.78 + 0.00 9. veeea - $16,517.26 + $8,750.00 Event #50 (Low): $22 Razz Entries: 1,763 Prize pool: $35,260 1. vlaviusz - $5,731.68* 2. naspirkataa - $4,785.30* 3. pantri - $3,349.70 4. twosaxongun - $2,468.20 5. XuXaFoX - $1,763.00 6. hero_raise! - $1,057.80 7. bedias - $705.20 8. appodobbyllo - $352.60 Event #50 (Medium): $215 Razz Entries: 380 Prize pool: $76,000 1. serkku21 - $14,440 2. YordanPetrov - $10,640 3. Adamyid - $7,980 4. Naza114 - $5,700 5. Bird0fHermes - $3,800 6. TheMNGR72 - $2,680 7. karpuha - $1,900 8. namazu66 - $1,520 Event #50 (High): $2,100 Razz Entries: 73 Prize pool: $150,000 1. Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton - $40,875 2. Pfft_Hole - $27,750 3. WhooooKidd - $21,000 4. ShellyCalls - $14,250 5. DSmunichlife - $10,500 6. Adamyid - $7,875 7. RunGodlike - $6,375 8. Colisea - $4,875 Event #51 (Low): $22 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,048 Prize pool: $40,960 1. Harley7900 - $5,170.47 2. bigfatfat - $3,288.67 Event #51 (Medium): $215 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Entries: 512 Prize pool: $102,400 1. niccc - $18,567.27 2. lbtrading - $11,814.91 Event #51 (High): $2,100 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Entries: 108 Prize pool: $256,000 1. J0hn Mcclean - $76,800 2. E.Aequitas - $46,080 Event #53 (Low): $22 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 6,286 Prize pool: $61,603 1. mnammnam - $4,292.07 + $2,502 2. njmavrick007 - $2,967.62 + $660.53 3. armandobel50 - $2,081.69 + $223,35 4. vlaviusz - $1,450.46 + $110.85 5. Juicy_J_93 - $1,010.64 + $530.20 6. WERTMARKE - $704.19 + $148.67 Event #53 (Medium): $215 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 1,451 Prize pool: $145,100 1. DanielT999 - $11,134.63 + $6,073.40 2. Godfatti - $7,757.72 + $1,694.59 3. batoelrob - $5,405.37 + $2,005.45 4. bokkie87 - $3,766.31 + $1,761.55 5. wizowizo - $2,634.27 + $1,843.75 6. MrMeinikSmith - $1,828.52 + $619.53 Event #53 (High): $2,100 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 283 Prize pool: $283,000 1. UIDuffer - $22.897.09* + $25,164.04 2. WhatifGod - $24,132.12* + $14,820.32 3. neesam1405 - $14,839.62 + $7,906.25 4. WATnios - $10,999.68 + $4,250.01 5. -#1Lottery- - $8,153.35 + $2,484.75 6. dynoalot - $6,043.57 + $3,718.75 Event #54 (Low): $11 Zoom No Limit Hold'em Entries: 12,855 Prize pool: $62,990 1. tonyraad - $7,994.68 2. vovok60 - $5,693.16 3. coziash007 - $4,058.28 4. bergjr22 - $2,982.88 5. FrederikJo - $2,062.15 6. VitinhO Dzi - $1,469.97 7. whitegoldTNC - 1,047.85 8. portals - $746.94 Event #54 (Medium): $109 Zoom No Limit Hold’em Entries: 4,702 Prize pool: $235,100 1. passie100 - $30,594.64 2. stajmak1896 - $26,594.63 3. welshshark88 - $16,749.22 4. Matze 90451 - $11,843.49 5. jonimella - $8,374.61 6. HOLEEROLLER - $5,921.74 7. perssonalex - $4,187.29 8. juanchiiiii - $2,960.87 Event #54 (High): $530 Zoom No Limit Hold’em Entries: 820 Prize pool: $410,000 1. bigfox86 - $68,904.03 2. Odonkor1 - $50,540.53 3. slayerv1fan - $37,071.38 4. MITS 304 - $27,191.81 5. boemi21 - $19,945.14 6. IceStream - $14,629.74 7. raidalot - $10,730.88 8. Ship It 2010 - $7,871.05 Event #70 (Low): $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em High Roller Entries: 2,946 Prize pool: $589,200 1. Godfatti - $85,100.33 2. Play4livin - $60,660.55 3. PIPON777 - $43,240.91 4. q46198898 - $30,823.64 5. Baca4b - $21,972.15 6. remrem123 - $15,662.52 7. JASON.MAC100 - $11,164.80 8. J0hnny_Dr@m@ - $7,958.67 Event #70 (High): $25,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em High Roller Entries: 83 Prize pool: $2,035,575 1. Malaka$tyle - $548,421.48 2. mczhang - $411,516.11 3. sk2ll_modR - $308,225.34 4. Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson - $230,860.66 5. Zagazaur - $172,914.56 6. fish2013 - $129,512.94 7. hello_totti - $97,005.12 8. Naza114 - $72,656.79 Event #73 (Low): $55 6+ No Limit Hold’em Entries: 1,775 Prize pool: $100,000 1. NiekJans - $13,730.05 2. Alexinon - $11,922.51 3. primkiller - $7,339.88 4. ringobalmy - $5,114.23 5. Hulaaaa - $3,563.45 6. soulvova - $2,482.91 Event #73 (Medium): $530 6+ No Limit Hold’em Entries: 243 Prize pool: $150,000 1. Jason ‘jakoon1985′ Koon - $28,913.68 2. teckidtq - $21,345.94 3. Jhaoklet - $15,758.98 4. Bit2Easy - $11,634.33 5. Paladin_070 - $8,589.24 6. Nelisschuif7 - $6,341.14 Event #73 (High): $5,200 6+ No Limit Hold’em Entries: 54 Prize pool: $270,000 1. Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson - $94,915.40 2. OLD TIME GIN - $62,866.04 3. John ‘LuckBox’ Juanda - $41,638.56 4. mczhang - $27,578.79 5. Furkay - $18,266.47 6. kimokh - $13,415.51
  12. Winning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet is widely considered by many to be poker’s ultimate achievement. For some players, it defines his or her career. For others, it’s the one prize eluding some of the game’s best. For years, Stephen Chidwick was considered the best poker player without a WSOP gold bracelet. At the 2019 WSOP, Chidwick bucked that monkey off his back like the most turbulent bull does to a rider at a rodeo when he won the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1.618 million. Shawn Buchanan was another player in the "best without a bracelet conversation," but, like Chidwick, he broke through at the 2019 WSOP, winning the $800 buy-in WSOP.com Online NL Six-Handed. Now that Chidwick and Buchanan have each won an elusive gold bracelet, let's take a look at who are the best players remaining without a bracelet entering the 2020 WSOP. Patrick Antonius CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 15 2 0 $929,518 Widely considered one of the best all-around players in poker for quite some time, Patrik Antonius is still missing a WSOP gold bracelet from his résumé. He's come close a couple of times, finishing in the top 10 on four occasions and placing at the final table twice, but he's never scored better than third place. Antonius has been known to pass on tournaments for cash games these days, but he's still a threat to win a bracelet in the bigger buy-in WSOP events when he does compete. Niklas Astedt CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 0 0 $110,645 Sweden's Niklas Astedt is one of the top-ranked online poker players in the world, but his live success hasn’t been too plentiful, especially at the WSOP. Astedt’s skills should not be overlooked, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2014 and his highest WSOP finish was a 26th-place result in the 2019 WSOP $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. He's also cashed in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, with a 182nd-place finish in 2016 and a 899th-place finish in 2019. Mikita Badziakouski CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 4 4 1 $3,161,362 Mikita Badziakouski plays some of the biggest buy-in events around the world, and his career to date includes more than $26.1 million in live tournament earnings. At the WSOP, Badziakouski has four cashes. Each cash has been a final table appearance and each has come at WSOP Europe. If there's a high roller event on the WSOP schedule, Badziakouski will likely be in the field and a threat to win the gold bracelet. Darren Elias CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 28 3 0 $645,659 With four World Poker Tour titles and more than $7.5 million in live tournament earnings, it’s a matter of when, not if, Darren Elias will finally win WSOP gold. His first WSOP cash came in 2009. He has three WSOP final table appearances and two finishes in third place, although he’s never made it to heads-up play. The two times Elias finished in third came from the same event, the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship in 2017 and 2019. Alex Foxen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 39 4 0 $808,918 Alex Foxen has been around the WSOP for a much shorter time than some of the players on this list, with his first WSOP cash coming in 2015. He has, however, built up quite the reputation as one of the best tournament poker players in the game today and it seems very much just a matter of time before he finds himself in the WSOP winner’s circle with his first gold bracelet. Already, Foxen has racked up 39 WSOP cashes and four final tables ahead of 2020. His highest finish to date was a third-place finish at the 2017 WSOP in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Matt Glantz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 61 13 1 $3,232.669 Pennsylvania's Matt Glantz has been around the WSOP block a few times, but he’s still looking for that first gold bracelet. Glantz first cashed in a WSOP in 2000 and he’s been producing everything but wins since, including 13 final table appearances. Glantz has reached heads-up play once and finished third on three occasions. At the 2019 WSOP, Glantz picked up his third WSOP Main Event cash. Mark Gregorich CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 69 11 1 $1,168,497 Mark Gregorich is another player on this list who has been around for quite some time, earning his first WSOP cash back in 1999. He has 69 cashes and 11 final table appearances at the WSOP, with one runner-up finish that came in the 2003 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold’em event. Gregorich also has a trio of third-place finishes at the WSOP to date. Nick Guagenti CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 37 3 0 $583,181 Ohio's Nick Guagenti has 37 WSOP cashes with the first coming in 2006. He has three final table appearances. Guagenti's highest WSOP result came in 2019 when he took third in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for $85,265. His best finish in terms of money won came from his 46th-place finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, for which Guagenti won $145,733. Guagenti is a regular in mid- and high-stakes cash games in his region, and he also has 15 cashes on the WSOP Circuit. Christian Harder CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 53 2 0 $1,050,784 Christian Harder’s first WSOP cash came in 2009. He’s won titles elsewhere in the poker world, just not at the WSOP just yet. He’s been close before with a pair of fourth-place finishes and is known to put in a high amount of volume in the big bet games of No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Maurice Hawkins CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 29 3 0 $623,240 Maurice Hawkins has been a longtime grinder of the WSOP and WSOP Circuit, racking up 29 WSOP cashes and 110 WSOP Circuit cashes. He has a whopping 14 WSOP Circuit gold rings, but Hawkins has yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. Hawkins has three WSOP final tables and they've come in big-field NL tournaments. With as many big-field NL events that are on the WSOP schedule these days, one has to figure that Hawkins is going to break through and win one at some point. Isaac Haxton CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 7 1 $2,923,424 Isaac Haxton is widely considered as one of the best minds in poker, and he’s certainly lived up to that with more than $27.6 million in live tournament earnings, millions more won in cash games, and who knows how much won online. The one thing he doesn’t have is a WSOP gold bracelet. Haxton has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. The second-place finish came to Vitaly Lunkin in the 2009 WSOP $40,000 No Limit Hold’em. Maria Ho CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 55 5 1 $1,644,554 Maria Ho is another long-time regular at the WSOP, with cashes dating back to 2005. She has five final table appearances and one runner-up finish in WSOP events, and she’s known to mix it up in most of the games. Ho’s runner-up finish came to Allen Bari in the 2011 WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold’em. Ho has been the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, 2007 and 2014, and she finished sixth in the 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event. Ali Imsirovic CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 10 3 1 $583,986 Ali Imsirovic is one of the newest kids on the block in all of poker, not just the WSOP, and he’s quickly acquired a reputation of one of the game’s best when it comes to No Limit Hold’em tournaments. Imsirovic’s first WSOP cash came in 2017, so there isn’t a ton of sample to draw from, but he’s already made three WSOP final tables in top-level events and has one runner-up finish. Given his success in his young poker career, Imsirovic is considered one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit Hold’em event. Rainer Kempe CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 3 0 $1,142,997 Rainer Kempe has won more than $21.3 million in his poker career and he’s been in the winner’s circle many times, but he’s yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. His WSOP career is still pretty young, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2015, but over a short period of time he’s already earned 31 in-the-money finishes and more than $1.1 million in earnings. Kempe has been to a WSOP final table three times to date. Jason Koon CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 42 7 1 $1,789,462 For all of the poker success that Jason Koon has enjoyed over the course of his career, he’s still searching for his first WSOP gold bracelet. Koon has more than $31.1 million in live tournament earnings to date and his first WSOP cash came back in 2009. He has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. Koon is similar to Haxton and Imsirovic in the sense that he’ll almost always be one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit hold’em tournament. Timofey Kuznetsov CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 0 0 0 $0 Timofey Kuznetsov, also known as ‘Trueteller,’ is highly regarded in the poker community as one of the best, especially within the high-stakes community. He has zero WSOP cashes to date, but he simply doesn’t play a lot of tournaments. That said, Kuznetsov is still one of the best players in poker without a WSOP gold bracelet. Maria Lampropulos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 0 0 $136,731 Maria Lampropulos first cashed a WSOP event in 2016 and that first year she walked away with five WSOP cashes in total. She followed that up with six cashes in 2017 and seven cashes in 2018. At the 2019 WSOP and WSOP Europe festivals, she cashed nine time. With partypoker MILLIONS and PCA Main Event wins on her résumé, both for seven-figure paydays, Lampropulos has shown she has the chops to compete in some of the biggest events in the world. Toby Lewis CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 24 0 0 $409,171 Toby Lewis’ first WSOP cash came in 2011 when he took 11th in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship. He’s racked up 24 WSOP cashes to date, but he’s never reached a WSOP final table. Tom Marchese CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 26 4 1 $1,295,638 A player with more than $19.1 million in live tournament earnings, Tom Marchese is often considered one of the better tournament players poker has to offer. He's yet to score a WSOP gold bracelet, though, but he has come close a few times, with four WSOP final tables and one runner-up finish. The time Marchese finished second was at the 2015 WSOP in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament. Steve O‘Dwyer CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 18 2 0 $675,717 Like Haxton and like Koon, Steve O’Dwyer has a ton of live tournament winnings. O’Dwyer has scored more than $30.4 million from the live felt, plus plenty more online, and his first WSOP cash came in 2007. O’Dwyer is a player who put in more WSOP volume at the beginning of his career compared to what he does now, which could be holding him back in terms of winning his first gold bracelet. At this point in his career, it seems that if O'Dwyer does win a gold bracelet, it will come at WSOP Europe or a similar international WSOP stop. Adam Owen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 34 5 0 $570,961 Adam Owen is another one of the younger guns on this list, but he’s widely regarded as one of the best all-around players in the game these days. Having earned his first WSOP cash in 2014, Owen has racked up 34 WSOP cashes to date, including five final tables and three third-place finishes. Owen has shown a propensity to perform well in the $10,000 buy-in championship events at the WSOP and many think that’s where he’ll earn his first gold bracelet from. Felipe Ramos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 4 0 $526,047 One of best poker players to come out of Brazil is Felipe Ramos, with 31 WSOP cashes dating back to his first in 2009. Ramos is known as a solid player who can compete across all variants, and the more tools you have in your shed, the better when it comes to chasing gold bracelets. Ramos has four WSOP final tables and they've all come in Omaha. Three of those four final tables were in Pot Limit Omaha. Dario Sammartino CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 41 10 0 $9,927,947 Italy’s Dario Sammartino first cashed in a WSOP event in 2011 and he’s been performing very well ever since, except winning a WSOP gold bracelet is something he’s yet to achieve. Sammartino has found the money in WSOP events 41 times to date. Of those, he’s reached the final table on 10 occasions. Sammartino's biggest claim to World Series of Poker fame was a runner-up finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for $6 million. He's also one of the few players to have made the final table of both the WSOP Main Event and WSOP Europe Main Event in his career. Sammartino has learned how to play all the games and play them well, so don’t be surprised to see him finally win WSOP gold much sooner than later. Ole Schemion CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 1 0 $469,735 Although his WSOP results don’t pop off the page, Ole Schemion is one of the best players out there and an absolute force when it comes to poker tournaments. He’s amassed more than $16.3 million in live tournament earnings, numerous high roller victories, and one World Poker Tour title. He’s still in search of his first WSOP gold bracelet, though. In terms of winning WSOP gold, it’s very likely just a volume game for Schemion. If he puts in the volume, he’ll get it eventually and probably in the near future. It also works to his benefit that WSOP Europe looks as though it will remain at King’s Casino in Rozvadov where Schemion has shown success before, including a sixth-place finish in the 2019 WSOP Europe €100,000 Diamond High Roller for €341,510. Jake Schindler CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 33 4 0 $1,050,644 The first of two players named Jake on this list, Jake Schindler has 33 entries and four final tables at the WSOP entering 2020. His best finish was a third-place result in the 2014 WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold'em for $212,373. Over his entire poker career, Schindler has more than $25 million in live tournament earnings. Jake Schwartz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 60 3 1 $658,477 Jake Schwartz earned his first WSOP cash in 2012 and has built up 60 in-the-money finishes since. He was first widely known as a No Limit hold'em player but he's since branched out and has been playing more of the games. In 2013, Schwartz earned the top WSOP finish of his career when he took second in the $1,500 NL Shootout, earning $202,035. To date, he has two other WSOP final table appearances in addition to that one. Shannon Shorr CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 79 9 2 $2,217,846 When is Shannon Shorr going to finally win a WSOP gold bracelet? Shorr first cashed in a WSOP event back in 2006, which seems like ages ago when you consider he’s still very much on the younger side of poker players. Ever since that first WSOP cash, not a year has gone by that Shorr hasn’t racked up multiple WSOP cashes. Plus, he’s been very close on several occasions with nine final table appearances and two runner-up finishes. He also has a pair of third-place finishes. Shorr can play all of the games very well. Before Chidwick winning his bracelet, Shorr was right there at the top of this list with Chidwick. Dan Smith CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 36 10 1 $9,884,615 Another high roller with a knack for all the games, Dan Smith has been close to winning WSOP gold before but it just hasn’t happened for him yet. His first WSOP cash came in 2010. Since then, he’s earned 36 total WSOP cashes and won more than $9.8 million at the WSOP. He has 10 final table appearances, six third-place finishes, and one second-place finish in WSOP events. Like some of the other high rollers on this list, with Smith it feels like more of a volume game than anything. Christoph Vogelsang CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 13 6 0 $8,668,735 Christoph Vogelsang has come close at the WSOP on a handful of occasions, including two third-place finishes in a pair of the biggest events the WSOP has ever offered. In 2014, Vogelsang placed third in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop for $4.48 million. In 2019, he took third in the WSOP Europe €250,000 Super High Roller for more than $1.3 million. If there's a big buy-in event at the WSOP, Vogelsang is considered a threat to win it. Mike Watson CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 63 11 4 $2,917,143 Mike Watson has been knocking at the WSOP gold bracelet door for several years now. His first WSOP cash came in 2007 and he’s put up more than 60 cashes to date since. Of the 11 WSOP final table appearances Watson has on record, four of the times he’s finished runner-up. Interestingly, Watson did win the €50,000 Majestic High Roller at the 2012 WSOP Europe, but it was an added non-bracelet event for the high rollers. Had that event been in a later year, it very likely would have been for a gold bracelet. Watson usually plays a high volume of events and can play all the games, much like Shorr, and it’s only a matter of time before he finally scores a WSOP gold bracelet. Jerry Wong CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 38 7 0 $1,899,225 Jerry Wong may be most well known for reaching the now-defunct WSOP November Nine in 2016, when he finished eighth for more than $1.1 million, but he has plenty of other success at the WSOP. With 38 total WSOP cashes and seven final table appearances, the only thing left for Wong to do is win a gold bracelet. One would think that has to be on the horizon soon for Wong, who has the ability to compete highly in all of the games. His WSOP final table appearances have come in No Limit Deuce to Seven, Pot Limit Omaha, Big Bet Mix, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, H.O.R.S.E., and No Limit Hold'em.
  13. The final table of the World Poker Tour Montreal event was as star-studded as they come. A former World Series of Poker Main Event champion was joined by the reigning GPI Female Player of the Year, a former November Niner, and a former PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion and yet somehow Geoffrey Hum found a way to outshine them all. Hum, whose career earnings prior to Sunday was $51,588, eliminated the final four standing in his way to pick up a World Poker Tour title, an entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions, and $500,000 CDN ($381,000 US). [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The action started just 14 hands in. Martin Jacobson moved all in from UTG with [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] and Adedapo Ajayi called from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. The board ran out [poker card="9h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="js"][poker card="qd"] to give Ajayi a rivered pair of queens to beat Jacobson's turned pair of jacks and eliminate the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event champ in sixth place. Fourteen hands later, a cooler sent partypoker pro Kristen Bicknell to the rail. Bicknell raised from UTG to 350,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and Hum replied with a re-raise to 1,100,000 from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. Bicknell clicked back, making it 2,300,000 and Hum re-raised again, this time to 8,000,000 and Bicknell called all in. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="jh"] runout changed nothing and Bicknell was eliminated in fifth place. It took 47 more hands, but Hum was the benefactor of the next elimination as well. Hum raised from UTG to 450,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] and Mike Watson three-bet to 1,800,000 from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"]. Hum moved all in and Watson called all in for just under 8,000,000. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"] flop took away two of Watson's original outs and added three more thanks to the gutshot straight draw he picked up. That draw came to fruition with the [poker card="jc"] turn but the [poker card="2s"] river gave Hum a flush and eliminated Watson in fourth. Three-handed play lasted 62 hands and once again Hum was the one doing the work on the next elimination. Joseph Cheong made it 700,000 from the button with [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"], Ajayi called from the small blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jd"] and Hunm raised to 2,800,000 from the big blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. Cheong shoved for 8,550,000 total, Ajayi folded and Hum called. The [poker card="Td"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5s"] runout gave Hum a full house and forced Cheong to settle for the second-highest profile third place finish of his career. Thanks to his string of eliminations, Hum started heads-up play with 60% of the chips in play and needed just eight hands to capture the rest. Ajayi raised from the button to 800,000 and Hum defended his big blind. After the [poker card="kd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"] flop, Hum check-raised Ajayi's bet of 800,000 to 2,600,000. Ajayi then moved all in for 6,900,000 and Hum called. Ajayi tabled [poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"] for a flush draw but got bad news after Hum tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"] for top pair and a better flush draw. The [poker card="ah"] turn eliminated any drama and gave Hum the nut flush leaving Ajayi drawing dead. The meaningless river was the [poker card="ts"] and Ajayi was officially eliminated in second giving Hum his first major title. Final Table Payouts Geoffrey Hum - $380,648 Adedapo Ajayi - $255,034 Joseph Cheong - $179,126 Mike Watson - $137,034 Kristen Bicknell - $106,582 Martin Jacobson - $83,743
  14. Any conversation about who the best high roller poker player in the world that doesn't include Stephen Chidwick is wasted energy. Chidwick proved it again this week by winning the inaugural Australian Poker Open Championship against some of the toughest fields in recent memory. On his way to the title, Chidwick cashed in three of the seven APO events, including a win, a runner-up finish and very important Main Event min-cash. All told, Chidwick earned won $949,000 (AUD). Mike Watson Opens Things With a Win The opening event of the APO, a $10,000 No Limit Hold'em event, drew 59 entries with Canadian pro Mike Watson beating all of them to win $177,000 and take the early lead in the Australian Poker Open Championship. "I'm thrilled to have won it," Watson said. "Especially in these series, it's great to get off to a good start and set the tone, get your confidence high, and try to make a run for that player of the series title. It's also the first live event I've won a little while, so that monkey's off my back." A pair of Australian's filled the other two spots on the podium. Michael O'Grady finished second for $118,000 and Benjamin Shannon came in third for $82,600. Other players who picked up a cash were Orpen Kisacikoglu, Ben Lamb, Luc Greenwood, Andras Nemeth, and Elio Fox. Event #1 Payouts Mike Watson - $177,000 Michael O'Grady - $118,000 Benjamin Shannon - $82,600 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $59,000 Jamie Lee - $47,200 Andras Nemeth - $35,400 Elio Fox - $29,500 Ben Lamb - $23,600 Luc Greenwood - $17,700 Former #1 PocketFiver Andras Nemeth Wins Event #2 After finishing sixth in the opening event, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth beat out the 42 other entries in Event $2, $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha, but still couldn't ascend to the very top of the Australian Poker Open Championship standings. "It's nice to not only play one thing, so that keeps me motivated, but I also love to play poker and that keeps me motivated and my fiancée is my biggest motivation," Nemeth said. "She, and our families, are very supportive and she travels with me to big events and that makes a big difference for me." Nemeth beat Najeem Ajez heads-up to claim the $146,200 first place prize and 300 APO points while Ajez took home $93,600 and 210 points. Nemeth had 340 points. Unfortunately for Nemeth, Watson actually extended his Championship lead, finishing third for $64,500 and 150 points to bump his two-event total to 450. Others who managed to pick up a cash in this event were Sean Winter, Chino Rheem, and Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. Event #2 Payouts Andras Nemeth - $146,200 Najeem Ajez - $93,600 Mike Watson - $64,500 Joni Jouhkimainen - $43,000 Sean Winter - $34,400 Erik Seidel - $25,800 Chino Rheem - $21,500 Timothy Adams Beats Stephen Chidwick for Event #3 Title Chidwick's march towards the APO Championship began in earnest in Event #3, a $25,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 49 entries. Chidwick managed to outlast all of them except one. Canadian Timothy Adams beat Chidwick heads-up to earn $416,500 and 300 points. "This final table was really tough with all guys I'm used to playing against," Adams said." At the high stakes you play mainly against all the same players and those guys are all really great and I'm very happy that I won. To win a tournament a lot of things have to go your way and today that happened to me." Chidwick picked up a $269,500 score and his first 210 APO Championship points. Australian Andy Lee ended up with a $183,850 payday. Also cashing in this event was Steve O'Dwyer, Orpen Kisacikoglu, and for the second time in two events, Chino Rheem posted a seventh place finish. Event #3 Payouts Timothy Adams - $416,500 Stephen Chidwick - $269,500 Andy Lee - $183,750 Steve O'Dwyer - $122,500 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $98,000 Aaron Van Blarcum - $73,500 Chino Rheem - $61,250 Farid Jattin Stays Hot with $25K PLO Victory Farid Jattin has had himself an amazing start to 2020. Just one week after winning the Aussie Millions $25K Challenge and finishing runner-up in the Aussie Millions $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, Jattin topped the 29-player field in Event #4, a #25,000 PLO event. "I came from Melbourne with a nice win and today I came in with a big chip lead and I'm lucky that things worked out again," Jattin said. "Today was a special situation because all their stacks were very even, and I could apply a lot of pressure on them. This favored me a lot, but there's a lot of luck in PLO, but it felt like I played flawlessly and I'm happy with my performance." Runner-up Jouhkimainen ended up pocketing $188,500 while third place finisher George Wolff earned $116,000. The APO Championship lead changed hands after this event. Nemeth ended up in fourth place and added 120 points to his total to move past Watson by 30 points. Event #4 Payouts Farid Jattin - $290,000 Joni Jouhkimainen - $188,500 George Wolff - $116,000 Andras Nemeth - $72,500 Alex Foxen - $58,000 Stephen Chidwick Beats Erik Seidel for $25K NLHE Win Chidwick took the APO Championship lead in dramatic fashion after beating Seidel heads-up in Event #5, $25,000 NLHE. The $399,500 winner's share also added 300 APO Championship points to his total to move him past Nemeth. Following the win, Chidwick talked about the Open Championship format and how he always seems to do well in them. "I really like this format of playing a week of tournaments, one every day, and battling against some of the best players to see who can run the best," Chidwick said. "It also feels nice to be in contention for the Australian Poker Open title, it seems like I'm in contention in most of these series that I play." Seidel earned $258,500 while Seth Davies banked $176,250 for his bronze medal performance. Also cashing in this event were Michael Addamo, Jorryt van Hoof, Matthias Eibinger, and Jattin. Event #5 Payouts Stephen Chidwick - $399,500 Erik Seidel - $258,500 Seth Davies - $176,250 Michael Addamo - $117,500 Jorryt van Hoof - $94,000 Farid Jattin - $70,500 Matthias Eibinger - $58,750 Canadian Luc Greenwood Ships Event #6 It wouldn't be a high roller series if at least one of the Greenwood brothers didn't ship something. Luc Greenwood did the family proud by besting the 35-player field in Event #6, a $50,000 NLHE event. Greenwood earned $700,000 for the win. "I was having a really rough trip to Australia so far with only one min-cash so far," Green admitted after his win. "This was a tough field and a big battle, and even though it looked like I was gonna run away with it three-handed, I really had to fight for it and I'm glad that I won. I think I played quite well overall." Mikita Badziakouski finished in second for $455,000 while Nemeth added $280,000 in earnings and another 150 Championship points to his total to move past Chidwick for the lead. Nemeth had 630 points while Chidwick had 510. Rheem picked up a third APO cash by coming in fourth place while Addamo earned a min-cash of $140,00 for coming in fifth. Event #6 Payouts Luc Greenwood - $700,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $455,000 Andras Nemeth - $280,000 Chino Rheem - $175,000 Michael Addamo - $140,000 Michael Addamo Wins Main Event, Stephen Chidwick Earns Championship Michael Addamo did his native Australia proud in the $100,000 Main Event, topping the 28-player field to win $1,288,000. That win was overshadowed however by Chidwick's fourth place finish which propelled him to the Championship victory. Aaron Van Blarcum finished in second for $784,000 while two-time reigning GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen finished in third for $448,000. Chidwick rounded out the in-the-money finishers, coming in fourth place for $280,000 and 140 Championship points - enough to push him past Nemeth at the last possible moment. “Hopefully these style of events continue because I think it’s a bit more of an achievable accolade to win a multiple of or, over time, determine who the best player is rather than looking at a single tournament," Chidwick said. "Obviously there’s a lot of luck involved in this too, but over the course of seven, eight, or ten events you’re going to see the better players win more often and it would be fun to see who can collect the most titles like this.” Chidwick adds the Australian Poker Open title to the US Poker Open Championships that he earned in 2018. “I would love to complete the collection, get the whole set,” Chidwick said. In 2019, Chidwick finished second to Sam Soverel in the British Poker Open. Australian Poker Open Main Event Payouts Michael Addamo - $1,288,000 Aaron Van Blarcum - $784,000 Alex Foxen - $448,000 Stephen Chidwick - $280,000 Australian Poker Open Championship Standings Stephen Chidwick - 650 Andras Nemeth - 630 Michael Addamo- 560 Mike Watson - 450 Luc Greenwood - 360 Farid Jattin - 360 Joni Jouhkimainen - 330 Aaron Van Blarcum - 305 Timothy Adams - 300 Erik Seidel - 270
  15. On Monday, the first-ever Poker Masters Online continued with more high-stakes action on partypoker. After Sunday's opening day brought us the first three events of the series, Monday followed it up with two more. Winning the events were Mike Watson and Andras Nemeth, with both taking home right around a quarter of a million dollars. For Nemeth, the victory came one day after he finished second to Pablo Brito Silva in the Irish Poker Open Main Event. In that one, Nemeth scored €325,423. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Watson Wins Event #4 for $249,900 The fourth event of the Poker Masters Online was a $10,300 NL 8-Max event that had a $500,000 prize pool guarantee. With 102 entries, the prize pool came in at $1.02 million. Watson was the last man standing, taking home the $249,900 first-place prize. Watson defeated Sam Greenwood in heads-up play, with Greenwood taking home $178,500 for his finish. Greenwood had previously finished fourth in the first event of the series for $123,750. Jorryt Van Hoof rounded out the top three with a $127,500 score. Event #4 Results Mike Watson - $249,900 Sam Greenwood - $178,500 Jorryt Van Hoof - $127,500 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $89,250 Wiktor Malinowski - $66,300 Karim Khayat - $51,000 Patrick Leonard - $40,800 Pauli Ayras - $33,150 Zachary Clark - $25,500 Darrell Goh - $25,500 Alexander Kolonias - $25,500 Matthias Eibinger - $25,500 Andras Nemeth - $20,400 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $20,400 Simo Mattsson - $20,400 Simon Pedersen - $20,400 Nemeth Picks Up $259,628 with Event #5 Win Nemeth topped the 83-entry field in the fifth event of the series, a $10,300 NL 6-Max tournament that had a $500,000 guarantee. Nemeth won the lion's share of the resulting $830,000 prize pool to take home $259,628.98. Not only was Nemeth coming off a second-place finish in the 2020 Irish Poker Open Main Event on Sunday for €325,423, but he also finished 13th in Event #4 of the Poker Masters Online for $20,400. Nemeth defeated Orpen Kisacikoglu in heads-up play. Kisacikoglu earned $161,850 for his finish in this one, and he also took fourth in Event #4 for $89,250. Eelis Parssinen was also on the podium with a third-place finish for $99,600. Event #5 Results Andras Nemeth - $259,628.98 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $161,850 Eelis Parssinen - $99,600 Fedor Holz - $72,625 Dan Shak - $51,875 Sami Kelopuro - $35,275 Christoph Vogelsang - $26,975 Carlos Sanchez - $26,975 Joni Jouhkimainen - $26,975 Sergi Reixach - $27,740.34 Artur Martirosian - $27,740.34 Ian Engel - $27,740.34 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the second day of play. Alex Foxen - 310 points Elias Talvitie - 289 points Andras Nemeth - 280 points Sam Greenwood - 253 points Orpen Kisacikoglu - 251 points Mike Watson - 250 points Sergi Reixach - 217 points Artur Martirosian - 216 points Tobias Ziegler - 192 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 128 points
  16. Another major online poker series kicked off this weekend as the preliminary events in Poker Central’s first-ever Super High Roller Bowl Online series brought out some of the biggest names in the game. The complete series, which takes place on partypoker, will run from May 23 through June 1 and guarantees $20 million in total prize money across 28 High Roller tournaments. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Chris Hunichen took home the largest score of the three opening day events, earning $479,250 for his victory in Event #2 ($25,500 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller ). The two-day event saw a total of 54 entries which pushed the prize pool to $1,350,000. Hunichen’s score ranks as the second-largest online cash of his career, right behind his third-place finish in the 2018 PokerStars SCOOP $10K Main Event for which he took home over $618,000. ‘Big Huni’ defeated another online superstar for the title by besting Viktor Blom in heads-up play. Blom’s runner-up finish was good for $32,625 and comes just a day after finishing third in the WPT Online series PLO High Roller for which he earned $121,200. Mark Davis fell in third place and picked up $205,875. Jans Arends outlasted the 76-entry field of Event #1 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) to take home the $216,600 first-place prize. Finishing right behind him was the UK’s Ben Heath who secured $148,200 as the runner-up. Picking up the bronze was two-time Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen who added another $102,600 to his bankroll. Also of note, former worldwide #1-ranked online pro Niklas Astedt finished in sixth place for $41,800 and Daniel Dvoress secured a min-cash of $22,800, his second cash in the first two events. Another player who cashed in two of the three events was Sergi Reixach, who took down Event #3 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $191,750. Combined with his fifth-place finish in Event #1, Reixach’s two-score, one day total was just shy of $245,000. Just a week after picking up his fourth career SCOOP title, Mike Watson finished in second place, taking home $129,800 for his efforts. And another former #1-ranked PocketFiver found his way to the podium as Andras Nemeth finished up in third place for $87,025. Event #1: $10,300 High Roller 76 entries $760,000 prize pool Jans Arends - $216,600 Benjamin Heath - $148,200 Alex Foxen - $102,600 Jake Schindler - $68,400 Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $53,200 Niklas Astedt - $41,800 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $34,200 Christopher Fraser - $26,600 Event #2: $25,500 Super High Roller 8-Max 54 entries $1,350,000 prize pool Christopher Hunichen - $479.250 Viktor Blom - $320,625 Mark Davis - $205,875 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $131,625 Rob Lipkin - $87,750 Daniel Dvoress - $67,500 Timothy Adams - $57,375 Event #3: $10,300 High Roller 59 entries $590,000 prize pool Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $191,750 Michael Watson - $129,800 Andras Nemeth - $87,025 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $54,575 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $42,775 John O’ Shea - $33,925 Michael Addamo - $28,025 Jonathan VanFleet - $22,125
  17. Mike Watson entered Saturday holding the chip lead in two PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker events. He won one event to become just the 10th player with five SCOOP titles and finished runner-up in the other to miss out on becoming the third player with six titles. Watson earned his fifth title in Event #66 High ($2,100 NLHE) by beating out 198 other entries to win $80,642.40. Runner-up 'hotmark777' earned $62,088.88 while Russian 'Black88' added $47,804 to their bankroll for coming in third place. Watson then lost out a heads-up duel with Noah 'Exclusive' Boeken in Event #65 High ($1,050 8-Game). Boeken topped the 193-runner field to win $38,494.94 and the second SCOOP title of his career. Watson had to settle for $29,098.08. Germany's 'nilsef' picked up a $21,995.18 payday for finishing third. Former #1-ranked Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao added a second SCOOP title to his impressive resume by winning Event #71 High ($1,050 Six Max Turbo NLO8). Simao worked his way through 193 other competitors to earn first place prize money of $38,694.35. His final victim, 'Pardosh' won $29,248.85 while 'rompsa' ended up in third place for $22,109.15. The six other players who won SCOOP events on Saturday included 'King Rednax' (Event #65-L), 's3c3_1978' (Event #65-M), 'whufcmk' (Event #66-L), 'tutuca1987' (Event #66-M), Kami 'drkamikaze1' Chisholm (Event #71-L), 'DaCus3' (Event #71-M). Event #65-H: $1,050 8-Game Entries: 193 Prize pool: $193,000 Noah 'Exclusive' Boeken - $38,494.94 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $29,098.08 nilsef - $21,995.18 Kelvin_FP:AR - $16,626.10 Gjeddekongen - $12,567.63 Nor-Wiking - $9,499.84 Event #66-H: $2,100 NLHE Entries: 199 Prize pool: $400,000 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $80,642.40 hotmark777 - $62,088.88 Black88 - $47,804.00 nofingclue11 - $36,805.64 1_conor_b_1 - $28,337.72 MarToMchat - $21,818.00 XMorphineX - $16,798.32 IgorKarkarof - $12,933.48 Event #71-H: $1,050 Six Max Turbo NLO8 Entries: 194 Prize pool: $194,000 Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao - $38,694.35 Pardosh - $29,248.85 rompsa - $22,109.15 BigTreeStump - $16,712.24 Us_Alex - $12,632.75 IAmSoSo - $9,549.06
  18. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.
  19. Just 48 hours after nearly capturing two Super High Roller Bowl Online Series prelim titles on the same day, online poker superstar Viktor Blom was back in the winner’s circle with another Super High Roller victory on Thursday. Blom topped the 40-entry field in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max) to capture his second win in three days and a $407,500 payday. It marked the fourth SHRB Online Series final table cash for Blom, all of which have been either victories or runner-up finishes. His first score came last Sunday in Event #2 ($25,500 Super High Roller) where he finished as the runner-up to Christopher Hunichen, taking home $320,625. Then on Tuesday, Blom earned another second-place finish in Event #8 ($25,500 Super High Roller), falling to Dan Smith in heads-up play, which brought him $213,750. Finally, in Event #9 ($10,300 High Roller) Blom scored an outright win and added $213,750 to his totals. All told through 15 events, the man known as ‘Isildur1’ has earned more than $1.3 million in less than a week. Finishing right behind Blom in Event #14 was Mike Watson, who picked up $265,000 for second place. And David Peters found the podium for the second time on Thursday, finishing in third place for $165,000. David Peters’ first podium finish was in Event #13 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) where he outlasted the 70-entry field to take down the $217,000 first-place prize. Joao Vieira finished as the runner-up which was good for $150,500. Then Justin Bonomo, who picked up the biggest win in the series thus far on Wednesday, notched another result with a third-place finish for $98,000. The third event on the schedule to wrap up today was Event #15 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) which saw Mark Radoja take home the title and $195,000. Pauli Ayras fell in second place but locked up the six-figure sum of $132,000. Finally, Ole Schemion followed up his PokerStars SCOOP winning performance on Wednesday with a bronze in this one, taking home another $88,500. Three more high roller tournaments will wrap up on Friday including the conclusion of Event #17 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max) which has Adrian Mateos holding the overnight chip lead. Event #13: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 70 entries 700,000 prize pool David Peters - $217,000 Joao Vieira - $150,500 Justin Bonomo - $98,000 Matthias Eibinger - $63,000 Christopher Hunichen - $49,000 Aleksejs Meiess - $40,250 Kristen Bicknell - $33,250 Lucas Reeves - $26,250 Event #14: $25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max 40 entries $1,000,000 prize pool Viktor Blom - $407,500 Michael Watson - $265,000 David Peters - $165,000 Adrian Mateos - $100,000 Sam Greenwood - $62,500 Event #15: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 60 entries $600,000 prize pool Mark Radoja - $195,000 Pauli Ayras - $132,000 Ole Schemion - $88,500 Guillaume Nolet - $55,500 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $43,500 Justin Bonomo - $34,500 Christopher Hunichen - $28,500 Timothy Adams - $22,500
  20. The World Poker Tour Online Series on partypoker had a pair of 6-Max titles up for grabs on Thursday night and two players seized the opportunity to claim their second victory of the series. Russian online pro Alexandr Trofimov topped the 210-entry field in Event #53 ($1,050 NLHE 6-Max) to claim the $42,819 first-place prize and his second WPT Online title. Last week, Trofimov secured his first series win in Event #33 ($215 6-Max Weekender) where he earned $74,938.20 for first place. As a double WPT Online title winner, Trofimov continues to pad his incredible online resume which includes six PocketFives Triple Crowns, two PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker victories, and even an FTOPS win from back in 2011. In order to lock down the victory, Trofimov had to best Sweden’s Bertil Andreas Samuelsson in heads-up play. The battle didn't go Samuelsson's way and the Swede was forced to settle for $31,080 as the runner-up. Had Samuelsson prevailed, it would have been he who was crowed the two-time champion. Just a week ago, he took down Event #26 ($265 Mini NL Bounty Hunter) where he earned $33,314.98 for first plus an additional $25,718.91. Canadian pro Mike Watson climbed into third place which was good for $22,155. It was a busy Thursday for Watson who also picked up $265,000 in a runner-up finish to Viktor Blom in the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series which is also taking place on partypoker at the same time. David Ivers also grabbed his second victory of the WPT Online series with a win in the smaller Event #53 ($109 NLHE Mini 6-Max) for $17,286. Ivers won his first title in Event #30 ($55 Mini NL Turbo Bounty) where he picked up a total score of over $9,200. Just as in the larger 6-Max tournament, had runner-up Alessandro Valli ended up the winner, he also would have been crowed a two-time champ. Instead, Valli walked away with $12,382 for second place while Poland’s Patryk Poterek finished up in third place and booked an $8,191 score. Event #52: $1,050 Second Chance Turbo 158 entries $158,000 prize pool George Mcdonald - $36,324.20 Andrei Chernokoz - $26,070 Tomas Paiva - $18,960 Simon Deadman - $13,430 Fahad Al Thani - $9,480 Luigi Andrea Shehadeh - $7,505 Francois Billard - $5,972.40 Gianluca Speranza - $4,740 Event #53: $1,050 6-Max 210 entries $210,000 prize pool Alexandr Trofimov - $42,819 Bertil Andreas Samuelsson - $31,080 Michael Watson - $22,155 Marc Macdonnell - $16,380 Ferenc Deak - $11,550 Alexandros Theologis - $8,820 Event #53: $109 Mini 6-Max 1005 entries $100,500 David Ivers - $17,286 Alessandro Valli - $12,381.60 Patryk Poterek - $8,190.75 Hristivoke Pavlovic - $5,487.30 Daniel Yerin - $3,889.35 Johannes Van Til - $2,753.70
  21. For the third time this year Mike 'SirWatts' Watson finished a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker event as the last player standing. And this time he beat a "god" to do it. Watson beat out 147 other players including his final opponent Borys 'GODofHU' Turitsa to win Event #113 High ($1,050 6+ Hold'em) for $29,997.02. Turitsa, who famously defeated Lex Veldhuis heads-up in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Event #30 High ($2,100 8-Max NLHE) last September, had to settle for a $22,831.67 score while 'Bo$$ D4wg' won $17,377.98 as the third place finisher. Watson's first two wins of the 2020 SCOOP were in Event #51 High ($1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw) and Event #66 High ($2,100 NLHE). The three wins from this year doubled his career total to six. Watson may have been the highest profile winner on Friday, but he wasn't the biggest. That honor belonged to Brazilian Ariel 'ArielBahia' Celestino after winning Event #109 High ($2,100 NLHE PKO Thursday Thrill SE) for $62,126.78 while picking up an impressive $93,570.31 from bounties collected. Fellow Brazilian 'copag holdem' finished as runner-up to earn $62,126.57 with $12,468.75 more coming from bounties. Harley 'Harleyy30040' Thrower finished in third place for $40,864.27 and just $3,875 in bounties. Hungarian Maszat 'noirduck' Marci topped the 356-entry field in Event #108 High ($1,050 NLHE) to win their first SCOOP title and $65,618.99. Pedro 'pvigar' Vinícius Garagnani had to console himself with $49,699.38 for falling one spot short of the title. Third place went to 'Korrinho' for $37,642.08. Andre 'Sira Al Aziz' Santos and 'xnrobix' each locked up six-figure scores after chopping up nearly $219,000 in Event #110 High ($5,200 Six Max PLO High Roller). Santos went on to win the title and banked $111,256.53 as a result while 'xnrobix' took the remaining $107,219.12. 'bmwcoupe' was eliminated in third and drove away with $72,729.85. The final two players in Event #111 High ($530 Six Max NLHE) also chopped. '$w4g4l1c10u$' earned the title and added $59,071.62 to their bankroll while 'KKremate' ended up with a $61,717.78 payday. Just before the deal was struck, 'OMGACEACEACE' was eliminated in third place for $35,640.78. The fastest event on Friday's slate was Event #114 High ($215 Heads-Up Zoom NLHE Turbo Progressive Total KO) which went to 'samuraiUA'. Along the way to the win, 'samuraiUA' collected $34,051.03 in bounties. Runner-up 'bigfishka44' took home $5,747.17. All prize money was in the form of bounties in this event. Other players who spent Friday night celebrating a SCOOP victory included 'geshuou' (Event #108-L), 'crazybombs' (Event #108-M), 'bet121995' (Event #109-L), 'mendieta19' (Event #109-M), 'monopol' (Event #110-L), 'hotmark777' (Event #110-M), duxo 93 Event #111-L), 'BC1989RF' (Event #111-M), 'nemmad' (Event #113-L), 'mrlaing' (Event #113-M), 'Andrej82' (Event #114-L), and 'batai12' (Event #114-M). Event #108-H: $1,050 NLHE Entries: 356 Prize pool: $356,000 noirduck - $65,618.99 pvigar - $49,699.38 Korrinho - $37,642.08 SELOUAN1991 - $28,509.90 Tomatee - $21,593.25 Graftekkel - $16,354.64. leulue399 - $12,386.91 lo-fi dream - $9,381.77 lipe piv - $7,105.68 Event #109-H: $2,100 NLHE PKO Thursday Thrill SE Entries: 390 Prize pool: $780,000 (including $390,000 in bounties) Ariel 'ArielBahia' Celestino - $62,126.78 + $93,570.31 copag holdem - $62,126.57 + $12,468.75 Harleyy30040 - $40,864.27 + $3,875.00 jareth3542 - $31,098.95 + $6,687.50 efkinis24 - $23,667.22 + $11,695.31 ale6ka - $18,011.44 + $15,875.00 Tomatee - $13,707.25 + $8,843.75 megaliciou$$$ - $10,431.64 + $5,187.50 Event #110-H: $5,200 Six Max PLO High Roller Entries: 110 Prize pool: $550,000 Andre 'Sira Al Aziz' Santos - $111,256.53* xnrobix = $107,219.12* bmwcoupe - $72,729.85 LLinusLLove - $55,780.12 RuiNF - $42,780.54 XD89lol<3 - $32,810.52 Event #111-H: $530 Six Max NLHE Entries: 847 Prize pool: $423,500 $w4g4l1c10u$ - $59,071.62* KKremate - $61,717.78* OMGACEACEACE - $35,640.78 thx4urm0n3y - $25,319.66 hopezACE - $17m987.40 lwolfwhite - $12,778.47 Event #113-H: $1,050 6+ Hold'em Entries: 148 Prize pool: $148,000 Mike "SirWatts" Watson - $29,997.02 GODofHU - $22,831.67 Bo$$ D4wg - $17,377.98 Hatrick1991 - $13,226.98 sry2good4u - $10,067.50 Zapahzamazki - $7,662.72 Event #114-H: $215 Heads-Up Zoom NLHE Turbo Progressive Total KO Entries: 1,486 Prize pool: $297,200 samuraiUA - $34,051.03 bigfishka44 - $5,747.17 BADEXTASY - $2,900.00 Powergolf - $3,309.96
  22. At the 2019 World Series of Poker, Finland's Juha Helppi beat out 117 other players to win the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship to erase his name from the Best Players Without a Bracelet list. On Tuesday, the Finnish pro added a second bracelet after beating a star-studded field in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship on GGPoker. The event drew 328 total entries for a $1,558,000 prize pool. The event played as a Six Max until the final table which was played nine-handed. Just a few minutes after the final table began, Jens Kyllonen raised to 120,000 from the small blind and Alex Difelice defended from the big. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4c"] and Kyllonen bet 240,000 and then called when Difelice moved all in for 303,518. Difelice showed [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4h"] while Kyllonen tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="jc"] turn gave Kyllonen a straight. The [poker card="qs"] river eliminated Difelice in ninth place. A few minutes later, Kyllonen had himself another victim. Marija Andrijasevic raised to 116,000 from UTG+1 and Kyllonen re-raised to 408,000 forcing Andrijasevic to call off the last 16,326 of his stack. Andrijasevic had [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4d"] while Kyllonen had [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"] flop left Kyllonen in front but gave Andrijasevic a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="kc"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="th"] river gave both players a pair of tens but Kyllonen had Andrijasevic Andrijasevic out-kicked to eliminate him in eighth. Mike Watson gave Kyllonen a break from doing the heavy lifting. Sergi Reixach raised to 140,000 from UTG and Watson called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"] and Watson bet 300,000 before Reixach moved all in for 360,000. Watson called and and showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2c"] while Reixach was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"]. Watson moved ahead on the [poker card="qh"] turn and Reixach was out in seventh after the [poker card="7c"] completed the board. Kyllonen and Yuri Dzivielevski tangled in a pot a few minutes later that saw the former #1-ranked Dzivielevski hit the rail. From the button, Kyllonen raised to 100,000 and Dzivielevski re-raised to 340,000 from the small blind. Kyllonen responded by re-raising to 580,000 and Dzivielevski called all in. Kyllonen showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"] while Dzivielevski showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Kyllonen a pair of tens and the [poker card="9d"] turn improved him to the best hand with two pair. The [poker card="4s"] river offered no saving grace for Dzivielevski and he was out in sixth. Despite being responsible for most of the final table bustouts, Kyllonen was next to go. Belarmino De Souza raised to 150,000 from the small blind and Kyllonen called. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6d"] De Souza bet 360,000 before Kyllonen moved all in for 440,248. De Souza called and showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"] which put him ahead of Kyllonen's [poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="kh"] to give Kyllonen some life but the [poker card="9c"] river completed a ten-high straight for De Souza to eliminate Kyllonen in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted nearly an hour before one of the most highly decorated players at the final table was eliminated. Jesus Cortes raised to 200,000 on the button before Mike Watson raised to 700,000 and Cortes called. After the [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"] flop, Watson moved all in for 1,200,000 and Cortes called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6d"]. Watson was behind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"] but caught the [poker card="qd"] on the turn to make Broadway. Cortes made a full house on the [poker card="6s"] river to eliminate Watson in fourth. De Souza lasted only five more minutes. Helppi raised to 240,000 from the button before De Souza re-raised to 780,000 from the small blind. Helppi re-raised and De Souza called all in. De Souza showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] and Helppi held [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8d"][poker card="ad"] to give Helppi a pair of aces on the river to bust De Souza in third place. Heads-up play began with Cortes holding a slight chip lead over Helppi. Helppi worked his way into the chip lead before putting a wrap on the second WSOP bracelet win of his career. Cortes called from the button and Helppi checked. After the [poker card="th"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5d"] flop, Helppi checked, Cortes bet 320,000 and Helppi clicked back a raise to 1,280,000. Cortes called off the last of his stack and showed [poker card="9h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] for two pair but Helppi was in full control with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3h"]. The turn was the [poker card="kd"] and the [poker card="kc"] completed the board to eliminate Cortes and award Helppi the bracelet and $290,285.58. Final Table Payouts Juha Helppi - $290,286 Jesus Cortes - $213,270 Belarmino de Souza - $156,688 Mike Watson - $115,117 Jens Kyllonen - $84,576 Yuri Dzivielevski - $62,137 Sergi Reixach - $45,651 Marija Andrijasevic - $33,540 Alex Difelice - $24,641
  23. Ajay Chabra entered the World Series of Poker Online $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship on Tuesday with 11 cashes already in the Series with four of those coming via top-ten finishes. Chabra cracked the top ten again on Tuesday night, and this time he converted his deep run into a tournament win and his first career WSOP gold bracelet. Event #72 drew 337 players for a total prize pool of $480,225. Chabra, who entered the final table sixth in chips, spun his stack up to take down the tournament’s top prize of $77,475. After 15 minutes of nine-handed play at the final table, the action folded around to Shannon Shorr in the small blind who had less than three big blinds left in his stack. He made the raise and was called by Apti Dzhabrailov in the big blind. The flop came down [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5h"] which prompted a continuation bet from Shorr and a raise from Dzhabrailov. Shorr called off his remaining 31,334 chips with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"] and found himself up against Dzhabrailov’s [poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"]. The [poker card="ks"] on the turn and Jh on the river brought no help for Shorr who was eliminated in ninth place. Another 15 minutes later, Rich Dixon raised from under the gun with [poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"] to leave himself with less than one big blind behind. Dzhabrailov called from the cutoff with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] and Dzmitry Yasiukevich made the call from the big blind with [poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"]. Yasiukevich checked it over to Dixon who moved all in for his final 64,124. Both of his opponents called the flop and checked through on the [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="7s"] river. Dzhabrailov’s ace-high was good and Dixon was out in eighth place. Seven-handed action continued for 20 minutes before Kevin Liu raised his short stack from the cutoff with [poker card="3h"][poker card="3d"]. Mike Watson raised from the button with [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"] and quickly called when the action folded back around to Liu, who went all-in with his last 349,970. Liu was eliminated in seventh place when the board ran out [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="tc"] to keep Watson’s pocket jacks in the lead. The final table remained six-handed for nearly 30 minutes before three eliminations came less than 10 minutes apart. The first came when the action folded around to Yasiukevich in the small blind who moved his 227,290 stack all-in with the [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"]. He was quickly called by Chabra in the big blind who rolled over [poker card="ad"][poker card="ac"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="th"] to eliminate Yasiukevich in sixth place. Moments later, Watson raised for virtually the rest of his stack when the action folded to him on the button. Carter Swidler raised from the big blind to put Watson’s last 34,086 in the pot. Watson’s [poker card="qd"][poker card="9s"] was ahead of Swidler’s [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"] and stayed ahead on a [poker card="ks"][poker card="td"][poker card="5s"] flop. But the [poker card="7c"] put Swidler in the lead and the [poker card="th"] ended Watson’s night in fifth place. Swidler’s good fortune continued a few hands later when he made a raise with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="5h"] in the small blind and was faced with a three-bet from Natural8 ambassador Kosei Ichinose in the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"]. Swidler put in the fourth bet and Ichinose moved all-in to 518,877, prompting a call from the small blind. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Swidler a draw to the nut flush that he completed on the turn when the [poker card="th"] fell. The meaningless [poker card="2s"] on the river knocked Ichinose out in fourth place. Three-handed action lasted for about 20 minutes before Swidler raised from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and was three-bet by Dzhabrailov in the small blind with [poker card="5s"][poker card="5c"]. Swidler elected to smooth call instead of putting in a fourth bet and saw a favorable flop of [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][ts'. Dzhabrailov bet and Swidler continued his slow play with a call. When the [poker card="9c"] fell on the turn, Dzhabrailov bet again and Swidler finally sprung the trap to raise and put Dzhabrailov all-in for his last 107,382. The [poker card="8h"] on the river brought no help to Dzhabrailov and sent the final table into heads up play. Chabra opened heads up with a 2-to-1 chip lead over Swidler. Swidler won a big pot early to take over the chip lead with a 5,331,994 to 3,093,006 advantage. But after some back and forth action with roughly even stacks, Chabra took a nearly 3-to-1 chip lead after winning a big pot with a full house over Swidler’s top pair. Shortly after Chabra took back his lead, Swidler raised from the button with [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] and was three-bet by Chabra who was holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"]. Swidler four-bet and Chabra called, sending the two players to a [poker card="th"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5s"] flop. Chabra check-raised Swidler’s bet and Swidler moved in for his last 531,994 which Chabra called. Swidler’s pocket deuces were ahead, but a [poker card="qd"] on the turn gave Chabra the lead and the [poker card="5c"] on the river sealed his $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship victory. Final Table Payouts 1. Ajay Chabra - $77,475 2. Carter Swidler - $65,737 3. Apti Dzhabrailov - $48,296 4. Kosei Ichinose - $35,483 5. Mike Watson - $26,069 6. Dzmitry Yasiukevich - $19,153 7. Kevin Liu - $14,071 8. Rich Dixon - $10,338 9. Shannon Shorr - $7,595
  24. When it was announced that 54 events of the 2020 World Series of Poker would be held on GGPoker, it meant that for the very first time players outside of the United States could compete for a gold bracelet online. It also opened the door for elite online poker players all over the world to bracelet chase without having to make the trek to Las Vegas. With that in mind, prior to the start of the series, PocketFives staff attempted to make some predictions of players that we thought would make a serious impact on the 2020 WSOP. We dove into the player pools from the online poker powerhouse countries of the United Kingdom, Brazil, Russia, and Canada to take our best guesses as to who would make headlines and history in 2020. Here’s how we did. Score...A Direct Hit From the thousands of potential entries in the 2020 World Series of Poker, we picked 20 players and two of them binked themselves a gold bracelet. Canada’s Kristen Bicknell already had two WSOP gold bracelets on her resume and had been running extremely hot on GGPoker prior to the series, winning thousands upon thousands in side events from the recently completed WSOP Super Circuit Online Series. During the WSOP, she outlasted the 892-entry field in Event #44 ($2,500 NLHE 6-Handed) to win her third career bracelet and the first-place prize of $356,412. She continued to play after the victory and put up a total of seven cashes for a total haul of $382,391. Another one of our picks that grabbed gold was Brazil’s former #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski who just one year ago made a splash at the 2019 WSOP with his impressive play on the televised table of the Main Event. Even though Dzivielevski had won the first bracelet of his career just one year ago, we were convinced he was going to do it again, this time in the online arena. He proved us right. The Brazilian topped the 4,356-entry field of Event #42 ($400 PLOSSUS) for $221,557 and his second bracelet. In total, Dzivielevski racked up 14 cashes, including two final tables, for $347,714. While Brazil’s Brunno Botteon didn’t win a bracelet, it’s safe to say he made a major impact on the series. Botteon had already been red hot in 2020, earning six of his seven-largest cashes this year and he only took it to the next level in the WSOP. Botteon finished as the runner-up on two different occasions including Event #67 ($500 Limit Hold’em) where he earned $41,855 and Event #79 ($25,000 NLHE Heads-Up) where he fell to Fedor Holz in the Heads-Up finals but walked away with $622,300. He also made the final table of the $25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship, finishing in sixth place for more than $388,000. He may not have grabbed a gold bracelet this year, but Botteon finished the series with 15 cashes and over $1,105,562 in earnings. A Solid Series Some of the players we selected had a very respectable series that didn’t include winning a bracelet or earning a million dollars. When it came to picking players from the UK, it would be downright silly to pass over high-stakes crusher Stephen Chidwick. While he didn’t repeat his 2019 $25,000 PLO High Roller bracelet performance that brought him a $1.6 million score, he did manage seven series cashes for $147,679. And sure, perhaps it wasn’t the Chidwickian of his outings as we’ve seen in year’s past, but far be it from mere mortals to call six-figures in earnings anything less than success. Mike Watson fared a little better. The Canadian found himself at three final tables this summer, however, he was unable to lock down that first career bracelet. He scored a series-high cash of $115,117 in a fourth-place finish in Event #35 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship) which contributed to the bulk of his $202,455 in total earnings over 11 cashes. Watson may be frustrated with not yet winning a bracelet. He has finished as the runner-up no fewer than four times in his WSOP career. But with a player of his caliber, we’d be sure to pick him again next year should the series take place live or online. Mike Leah was another of our Canadian picks that climbed over six-figures in earnings. Leah, who was promising to play just about every event prior to the start of the series, made good on his word. He racked up 18 total cashes for a total of $141,204 and made his deepest run in Event #82 ($1,050 NLHE Beat The Pros Bounty) finishing in sixth place for $41,892. What Were We Thinking? Some of our picks just didn’t pan out. Who knows why? We don't. A bad run of cards? Bankroll fatigue? Or simply living life outside of poker? Whatever it was, our high hopes for these players will have to wait for another series. Take for instance the UK’s Sam Grafton who we were pretty sure would thrive in this kind of international series. But it looks like Grafton didn’t put in much if any volume and therefore didn’t notch a single result during this year's WSOP. (However, it didn’t take him long to book a win during the current PokerStars WCOOP.) We also missed on picking Russia’s Alexander Mordinov and Vladimir Troyanovskiy. When it came to Mordinov, who goes by ‘NoPlanB’ online, we knew it might be a stretch for him to play in the bigger buy-in tournaments of the WSOP. However, with the ability to be staked right in the client, we felt it could have been perfect for him to sell pieces of himself after pointing investors to his over $6 million in lifetime online earnings. We also felt like Troyanovskiy, one of Russia’s premier players, and his extensive poker resume would excel in an online series but from the looks of it, the Russian poker legend simply took the summer off.
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