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  1. Thanks to a significant change in tax law, American poker players should pay special attention to their taxes this year. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 (TCJA) was an unprecedented overhaul of the American tax system and will be in effect this year and beyond. Properly planning and understanding your tax situation is crucial for poker players and spending a couple hundred dollars on proper tax planning could lead to thousands of dollars in tax savings. All gambling winnings are a reportable event for American poker players. As the year winds down, casinos may issue a W-2G – Certain Gambling Winnings. The W-2G is issued when net winnings are $600 or more and at least 300 times the amount of the wager. They will also be issued if you are subject to federal income tax withholding. Casinos are required to withhold a flat rate of 24% if your net winnings are more than $5,000 so keeping adequate records of wins and losses is important. Your winnings will be reported on Line 21 of your 1040 tax form as “Other Income”. This type of reporting commonly defaults to a recreational gambler. Recreational gamblers are allowed deduct their losses up to their winnings, on their Schedule A as an itemized deduction. Individuals who play professionally will report their gambling activities on Schedule C – Profit or Loss from a Business. This type of reporting allows the professional bettor/business owner to reduce the income earned by expenses incurred or losses from bets up to the extent of their gambling winnings. The TCJA limited expense/losses up to gambling winnings for both professionals and recreational gamblers. How do you know which reporting is best/right for you? The IRS has several criteria under the Internal Revenue Code that helps distinguish the casual gambler from the professional gambler/business owner. DFS Accounting, a tax and consulting service focused on American gamblers, has developed a Tax Determination Questionnaire designed to assist American poker player in making this decision. Selecting the correct tax position is critical. It’s important to understand that missteps could result in IRS tax notices and significant interest and penalties. Determining the proper tax position (recreational vs. professional) is important but not as important as proactively tax planning throughout the year. Proper tax planning will lessen your tax burden and reduce your stress come tax time. If you have questions about your current tax situation or find the process more complicated than you thought, contact DFS Accounting for a free consultation.
  2. Ukraine's 'yarik1903' came through an 11,732 player field in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million to bank $119,324, as 'needdollarz' and 'STORTjavlaGL' also picked up six-figure scores across this week's Sunday Majors. The $109 Sunday Million win for 'yarik1903' now means the player has won three PokerStars marquee tournaments after the Ukrainian took down the 'Sunday Storm' in 2013, and the 'Sunday Warm-Up' in 2015. The prize pool reached $1,173,200, and after 'xGriv' departed in third place for $62,837, Argentina's 'TEENageTuRtL' was the final opponent for 'yarik1903'. Ultimately, 'TEENageTuRtL' was the last player to hit the rail, taking away $86,589, and 'yarik1903' added another gold medal to his online collection. Former Sunday Million champion 'needdollarz' came through a 187 player-field in the PokerStars Turbo Series 108: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, PKO] HR to bank a staggering $242,000. The $750,000 guaranteed prize pool was exceeded, despite a boycott taking place by a significant number of the high-stakes players, with the final total confirmed at $935,000. 'tangananator' took the bronze medal for $55,829 + $29,531 before last week's PokerStars High Roller runner-up 'huang33' was unable to get the better of 'needdollarz' heads-up and departed in second place for $71,956.85 + $19,140. 'Naza114' defeated Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar heads-up and claimed this week's PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller title. A field of 112 entrants created a $224,000 prize pool, and when the final table was reached current world-ranked #2 'C.Darwin2' hit the rail in sixth place for $13,793. The UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford continued his recent run of good form and collected the bronze medal for $30,447 before the final battle commenced. Sweden's Korsar then had to settle for $39,643 as runner-up, as 'Naza114' took the win for $51,617. 'NastyMinder' added over $87,000 to their bankroll after coming through a 1,154 field in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. 'RaiseYourEdge' Head Coach 'Bencb789' just missed out on a podium position after he fell in fourth place for $18,487 + $6,851 in bounties. 'NanoDawn' then took bronze position for $25,221 + $7,277, before 'brunojardas1' was the final player to hit the rail, and took away $34,409 + $3,055 in return for second place. Portugal's Julio 'julioassp' Ribeiro turned $215 into $35,047 by taking down the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up. 1,080 entrants took part, which meant a share of the $216,000 prize pool was up for grabs. When just the final three were left, 'guru056' was the first to depart and banked $18,118, which left Riberio up against 'HU4FU' for the title. The Portuguese man ultimately came through the challenge for the win, with 'HU4FU' taking away $25,199 in second place. 'STORTjavlaGL' claimed the partypoker $5,200 KO Series #74-SHR title for a score worth a massive $193,000. The prize pool hit $1,050,600 after 206 entrants took part, and Belgium's Thomas 'ChaAat' Boivin took fourth place for $43,731 + $16,737 in bounties. Souhftfw collected $59,149 + $27,787 before the final two battled for the big bounty prizes. Former 'PowerFest' champion 'PokerBrothersTM' was the final player unable to hold onto their bounty for the duration, and exited as runner-up for $82,926 + $27,056, as 'STORTjavlaGL' picked up the final prize. 'aLiNeNok1617' prevented partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao from another win on his representative site in the partypoker $3,150 Super Sunday High Roller. 67 entrants stumped up the buy-in and created a $201,000 prize pool. 'BigPescado69' saw their deep run come to an end in third place for $28,140, before Simao faced off against 'aLiNeNok1617'. But the Brazilian former world-ranked #1 could not add to his 209 online gold medals, and instead collected a 135th silver medal worth $41,205 as 'aLiNeNok1617' banked $61,305 for first. Over on 888poker, 'DeuceofDuc0' took down the 888poker $50,000 Whale, but it was runner-up 'Kroat.' who banked the most money after a heads-up deal. There was a $62,000 prize pool to play for after 62 entrants took part, and it was 'spider4444' who took the bronze medal for $9,300, paving the way for a heads-up deal. Once the numbers were agreed and play recommenced, 'DeuceofDuc0' was ultimately the last player to survive and banked $17,281, with runner-up 'Kroat.' earning $21,158 for their share of the deal. And last but not least, in the 888poker $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday $200 Sunday Mega Deep, Latvia's Rihards 'Rihard4a' Dobelis secured his best online score to date after he topped a 732 player-field to bank $27,669. Dobelis defeated 'kudesnik2012' heads-up, with the latter banking $20,276, after 'SkallePer58' had hit the rail in third place for $14,932. PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 11,732 entrants, $1,173,200 prize pool yarik1903 - $119,324.72 TEENageTuRtL - $86,589.43 xGriv - $62,837.88 VinceVegaMFR - $45,601.56 agvolpee - $33,092.92 Zippus - $24,015.40 ZhipOHoy - $17,427.88 FUllofAAces - $12,647.44 xxghostiexx - $9,178.17 PokerStars Turbo Series 108: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, PKO] HR - $750k Gtd 187 entrants, $935,000 prize pool needdollarz - $92,742.33 + $149,953 huang33 - $71,956.85 + $19,140 tangananator - $55,829.97 + $29,531 Pokeryugo - $43,317.42 + $17,968 pvigar - $33,609.18 + $9,375 WRUUUUM - $26,076.72 + $0 Giffordonian - $20,322.46 + $5,312 despedespi33 - $15,697.94 + $14,687 GamadGADOL - $12,179.77 + $4,375 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 112 entrants, $224,000 prize pool Naza114 - $51,617.42 Greenstone25 - $39,643.45 1_conor_b_1 - $30,447.15 ale6ka - $23,384.16 Black88 - $17,959.62 C Darwin2 - $13,793.44 Pimmss - $10,593.69 silentm0de - $8,136.24 ekziter - $6,248.83 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $500k Gtd 1,154 entrants, $577,000 prize pool NastyMinder - $46,943.72 + $41,826.16 brunojardas1 - $34,409.01 + $3,055.66 NanoDawn - $25,221.70 + $7,277.32 bencb789 - $18,487.42 + $6,851.54 GeraldoCesar - $13,551.22 + $6,308.59 kartt - $9,932.99 + $2,042.97 IzlitoI - $7,280.84 + 10,638.67 who8myDog - $5,336.84 + $2,441.41 SOUFODAMS - $3,911.91 + $2,203.13 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,080 entrants, $216,000 prize pool julioassp - $35,047.94 HU4FU - $25,199.22 guru056 - $18,118.44 bengtkassler - $13,027.32 sksjohny - $9,366.75 Flush_Entity - $6,734.79 shtirilitz - $4,842.37 Wildace_hun - $3,481.72 beateluise - $2,503.39 partypoker $5,200 KO Series #74-SHR: $1M Gtd (8-Max) 206 entrants, $1,050,600 prize pool STORTjavlaGL - $83,029.19 + $110,906.26 PokerBrothersTM - $82,926.14 + $27,056.25 Souhftfw - $59,149.60 + $27,787.50 ChaAat - $43,731.46 + $16,737.50 TIMEXCNT - $30,836.28 + $30,224.99 LarsLukaz1 - $23,547.71 + $11,700 aLiNeNok1617 - $17,380.45 + $25,268.75 TeamToxico - $12,895.17 + $5,525 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 192 entrants, $200,000 prize pool Beeeetelgeuse - $44,260 PokerG1rl69 - $31,800 Maddonaa - $23,200 andstar555 - $16,600 VolZok_ - $11,600 PokerBrothersTM - $9,000 SouhftfW - $7,000 ibrajitovic - $5,500 partypoker $3,150 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 67 entrants, $201,000 prize pool aLiNeNok1617 - $61,305 joaosimaobh - $41,205 BigPescado69 - $28,140 VictorVazquez - $18,090 nipa3p3 - $14,070 Equilibrium_x - $11,055 MechaCorta - $9,547.50 sordykrd - $9,045 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Grind - $200k Gtd 194 entrants, $200,000 prize pool ibrajitovic - $40,780 rrinKS - $29,600 Algorhytm - $21,100 Ignent - $15,600 eet_smakelijk - $11,000 Alien_Army - $8,400 Chelsea72 - $6,200 haddoken - $4,600 888poker The $50,000 Whale 62 entrants – $62,000 prize pool DeuceofDuc0 - $17,281.69* Kroat. - $21,158.31* spider4444 - $9,300 instantfold - $6,200 Mekaljevic - $4,650 ifearpanic - $3,410 888poker $100,000 RakeLESS Sunday $200 Sunday Mega Deep 732 entrants – $146,600 prize pool Rihard4a - $27,669.60 kudesnik2012 - $20,276.40 SkallePer58 - $14,932.80 OneH1tWonder - $11,272.80 Prof_Plum - $7,905.60 Ilfris - $6,222 LprMessiah - $4,758 NoMamesWey23 - $3,294
  3. If the 2019 World Series of Poker has any sort of theme, it might be centered around the great players how have eliminated the zero next to their personal bracelet count. While Day 1B of the Main Event was taking up most of the available tables on Thursday, two more talented and respected players picked up their first taste of WSOP victory. Juha Helppi Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Juha Helppi is an online poker OG. The 42-year-old Finnish pro has somehow managed to receive fewer accolades or hype during his career than fellow countrymen Patrik Antonius or Ilari Sahamies. That might change now though after Helppi beat Mike Lancaster heads-up to win the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $306,622 and a WSOP bracelet. “This means a lot to me to win a bracelet. It’s such a long journey,” Helppi said. The win comes 51 weeks after Helppi finished runner-up to Yaser Al-Keliddar in a $3,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em event. “Of course it feels great. I don’t feel that tired right now because it’s so exciting to play for a bracelet,” Helppi said. "I’ve been coming here since 2003." Lancaster earned a career-best $189,505 for finishing second. Josh Arieh, who just last week finished second in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, picked up a fifth-place finish for $53,095. Final Table Payouts Juha Helppi - $306,622 Mike Lancaster - $189,505 Tommy Hang - $133,718 Anthony Marsico - $96,272 Kevin Song - $70,750 Josh Arieh - $53,095 Kyle Ray - $40,709 Qinghai Pan - $31,902 Robert Como - $25,566 Joao Vieira Defeats Joe Cada to Ship $5,000 Six Max NLHE Joe Cada almost did it again. The 2009 WSOP Main Event champion came within a whisper of winning his fifth WSOP bracelet but Portugal's Joao Vieira had other ideas. Vieira, who had cashed six times this summer before this event, beat Cada heads-up to win his first WSOP bracelet. “In Portugal, we say that the finals are meant to be won. As soon as you get heads-up, it doesn't matter if it's Joe Cada, John Doe... it doesn't matter. At that point I'm just trying to compete, trying to do the best I can," Vieira said. "I made a big hand right away, and as soon as I took the lead, I tried to close the deal.” The 29-year-old recently made the decision to move from Portugal to London, England to escape the ringfenced online poker market. This past Spring he picked up two PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles and finished second on the leaderboard. “I just moved (London) really recently. Four months ago,” Vieira said. "It's a good place in terms of the tax situation there, and it's a good place to live. I have a lot of friends and family.” The win came with a $758,011 payday for Vieira. Cada, meanwhile, had to console himself with the $468,488 second-place prize money. This marks Cada's second career runner-up finish and eighth time winning more than $100,00. Last summer he finished fifth in the Main Event and then immediately entered, and won, the $1,500 Closer event. Final Table Payouts Joao Vieira - $758,011 Joe Cada - $468,488 Jamie O'Connor - $317,956 Pierre Calamusa - $219,468 Olivier Busquet - $154,112 Barry Hutter - $110,127
  4. Portugal's João 'Naza114' Vieira would probably have told you that the 2019 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker was going well even before Thursday when he added another title and a wack of cash to his growing tally. Vieira, who won Event #26 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max w/rebuys) last week, beat out the 1,064-player field to take down Event #52 High ($530 No Limit Hold'em Midweek Freeze) on Thursday for $86,876.70. Dutch grinder 'lehout' finished runner-up for $63,491.85 while Brazilian Edison 'Edison82' Roberto earned $46,401.83 as the third-place finisher. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Vieira wasn't done there though. He made his way through 140 other players, including a final table stacked with previous WCOOP event winners 'calvin7v', Bjorn 'bokkie87' Verbakel and Denis 'aDrENalin710' Strebkov to get heads-up with Ian 'sprocketsAA' Shaw. The two battled heads-up before Shaw prevailed to win $29,806.19 and the WCOOP title. Vieira ended up taking home $23,073.96. Third-place finisher '1bloodflood' earned $17,862.36. The biggest winner on the day was Russia's 'HITRII999'. He took home $47,040.87 from the prize pool and then earned $40,462.85 in bounties after beating 532 other players in Event #54 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em Six Max PKO). Adam 'The_Reynold' Reynolds finished second for $33,614.64 and $16,988.28 in bounties while 'GioPires21' grabbed $24,003.92 and another $4,488.28 in bounties as the bronze medal finisher. The four other players who added a WCOOP title on Thursday were 'sontz88', 'jaggalo1231', 'AlexGC1989', and 'ImThereNow'. Event #52 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Midweek Freeze Entries: 10,415 Prize pool: $51,034 sontz88 - $6,826.57 Engastamento - $4,748.58 Laphroaig22 - $3,308.68 Madapoker22 - $2,305.39 pokergodboss - $1,606.33 facchinni - $1,119.24 jaggalo1231 - $779.85 Vilassa - $543.37 Event #52 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Midweek Freeze Entries: 5,166 Prize pool: $258,300 jaggalo1231 - $32,452.24* wwtx1993 - $30,074.62* EpicWinDude - $18,093.96 aleximous - $12,697.76 z1m1c - $8,910.88 Ceegee87 - $6,253.36 sejedno - $4,388.38 niltmz - $3,079.63 Event #52 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Midweek Freeze Entries: 1,064 Prize pool: $532,000 Naza114 - $86,876.70 lehout - $63,491.85 Edison82 - $46,401.83 yadio - $33,911.91 Latico - $24,783.91 Odonkor1 - $18,112.84 Z-ENERGIES - $13,237.43 Chester20o - $9,674.31 MaxHendrix - $7,070.28 Event #54 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Six Max, PKO Entries: 9,344 Prize pool: $91,571 AlexGC1989 - $6,189.64 + $3,213.30 in bounties tinkerpinker - $4,305.95 + $469.91 in bounties The Real GaX - $3,000.27 + $452.94 in bounties p_a_poker25 - $2,090.50 + $162.53 in bounties fabo01274 - $1,456.60 + $397.50 in bounties DinoTheSaulo - $1,1014.91 + $362.35 in bounties Event #54 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Six Max PKO Entries: 3,499 Prize pool: $349,900 ImThereNow - $25,107.50 + $15,257.35 in bounties MaybeTurek - $17,492.56 + $3,676.13 in bounties bezfrek - $12,188.32 + $1,875.36 in bounties Eduardnho11 - $8,492.47 + $2,301.04 in bounties dariepoker - $5,917.31 + $2,682.98 in bounties Cem1994 - $4,123.01 + $1,862.48 in bounties Event #54 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Six Max PKO Entries: 533 Prize pool: $533,000 HITRII999 - $47,040.87 + $40,462.85 in bounties The_Reynold - $33,614.64 + $16,988.28 in bounties GioPires21 - $24,003.92 + $4,488.28 in bounties Mikensonas - $17,141.49 + $8,832.04 in bounties shockpowerJr - $12,240.95 + $7,849.61 in bounties Tomatee - $8,741.41 + $4,812.50 in bounties Event #56 (Low): $11 Omaha Hi-Lo Eight Max Entries: 2,003 Prize pool: $20,000 grossmasster - $2,991.49 bluff553 - $2,131.66 HallGilhi - $1,519.52 Isildrugs1x - $1,083.17 #Team Gnap - $772.12 wiNNin83 - $550.39 leonvm451 - $392.34 lolina mae - $279.67 Event #56 (Medium): $109 Omaha Hi-Lo Eight Max Entries: 591 Prize pool: $59,100 serkku21 - $10,408.61 shakentoucan - $7,419.22 dr ket - $5,288.68 texasilainen - $3,769.95 all191291in - $2,687.35 asteras666 - $1,915.63 krokotopus - $1,365.53 merla888 - $973.40 Event #56 (High): $1,050 Omaha Hi-Lo Eight Max Entries: 142 Prize pool: $142,000 sprocketsAA - $29,806.19 Naza114 - $23,073.96 1bloodflood - $17,862.36 calvin7v - $13,827.88 grphn - $10,704.65 aDrENalin710 - $8,286.85 bokkie87 - $6,415.14 -#1Lottery- - $4,966.19
  5. Timofey Kuznetsov is known as a high stake cash game beast, but on Thursday the Russian picked up a half-million dollars after topping one of the toughest fields of the 2019 World Championship of Online Poker. Kuznetsov beat out 89 other players to win Event #25 High ($25,000 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller) to take home $527,458.43. The final table included Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams, Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit, Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche, Rachid Ben 'SkaiWalkurrr' Cherif, Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo, and runner-up Jordi 'prot0' Urlingsv. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Back in July, Joao 'Naza114' Viera won his first World Series of Poker bracelet. On Thursday, he went ahead and added another WCOOP title to his resume by winning Event #26 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max w/rebuys). Viera beat 'rickv17' heads-up to win the WCOOP title and $88,846.38 while 'rickv17' banked $64,567.17. Denis 'aDrENalin710' Strebkov, who won the overall WCOOP leaderboard last year, finished third for $48,003.50. Paul 'Remi Lebo_10' Kolinkovsky won $78,182.44 for beating out 437 other players in Event #27 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em). Canada's 'alexos888' earned $58,596.42 as the runner-up and Ireland's 'Cantona09' finished third for $43,917.20. Other grinders picking up WCOOP titles on Thursday were 'Aagoodfold', 'xnrobix', 'Benyamins', '_pauL€FauL_', '19_Kumite_79', and 'OneH1tWonder'. Event #25 (Low): $215 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller Entries: 3,658 Prize pool: $731,600 AAgoodfold - $104,827.00 sh4rk - $74,722.25 Fold Machiii - $53,264.50 Fukuruku - $37,968.72 MiracleQ - $27,065.39 bachelder - $19,293.09 bacooo - $13,752.76 Carbutron0 - $9,803.36 Event #25 (Medium): $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller Entries: 546 Prize pool: $1,092,000 xnrobix - $193,067.24 TheBrodie5 - $137,624.65 achen - $98,103.53 IAmSoSo - $69,931.57 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $49,849.58 AB_Poker_12 - $35,534.44 munchenHB - $25,330.14 TruthBeTold7 - $18,056.22 Event #25 (High): $25,000 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller Entries: 90 Prize pool: $2,207,250 Trueteller - $527,458.43 Jordi 'prot0' Urlingsv - $407,625.43 Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo - $315,017.17 Rachid Ben 'SkaiWalkurrr' Cherif - $243,448.63 Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche - $188,139.58 Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit - $145,396.41 Zagazaur - $112,363.81 Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams - $86,835.86 Event #26 (Low): $5.50 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max w/rebuys Entries: 3,175 Prize pool: $51,078 Benyamins - $7,356.52 asteras666 - $5,132.92 aaa1 - $3,570.20 calvin7v - $2,487.62 naoblaku - $1,733.31 88DrugDealer - $1,207.72 Event #26 (Medium): $55 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max w/rebuys Entries: 1,018 Prize pool: $182,145 _pauL€FauL_ - $29,764.44 Odonkor1 - $20,738.46 krokotopus - $14,449.99 IIDepredator - $10,068.36 texasilainen - $7,015.35 RoyalBluf NL - $4,888.12 Event #26 (High): $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max w/rebuys Entries: 232 Prize pool: $449,450 Joao 'Naza114' Viera - $88,846.38 rickv17 - $64,567.17 Denis 'aDrENalin710' Strebkov - $48,003.50 rompsa - $35,688.93 skattefar - $26,533.50 Odd_oddsen - $19,726.72 Event #27 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 7,825 Prize pool: $76,685 19_Kumite_79 - $10,807.66 00_Blackout - $7,475.16 Ernao - $5,173.40 LiMa171 - $3,580.40 MusashiiDen - $2,477.93 BelPavel - $1,714.92 ajaxfsite - $1,186.86 jarekk - $821.40 KingRotsaert - $568.48 Event #27 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,768 Prize pool: $276,900 OneH1tWonder - $40,471.22 alencarfu - $28,847.85 sebasnato - $20,563.72 Stelian CC - $14,658.53 benasg - $10,449.00 Jarcon86 - $7,448.47 cassiopak - $5,309.52 flipmm - $3,784.80 Melperon - $2,697.94 Event #27 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 438 Prize pool: $438,000 Remi Lebo_10 - $78,182.44 alexos888 - $58,596.42 Cantona09 - $43,917.20 M_Acevedo - $32,915.39 Pwndidi - $24,669.64 jenbizzle - $18,489.55 ivan limeira - $13,857.66 Razer2311 - $10,386.11 krasark - $7,784.26
  6. Over the last 15 days, some of the best online poker players in the world have battled hard in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and after Monday, it's hard to argue that anybody has shined brighter than Joao 'Naza114' Vieira. The Portuguese poker pro beat Ben Tollerene heads-up to win Event #71 High ($10,300 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Main Event) for his third WCOOP win this year. Vieira previously won Event #26 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max w/rebuys) and then took down Event #52 High ($530 No Limit Hold’em Midweek Freeze). Tollerene finished as the runner-up and took home $280,980.88. Andreas 'Skjervøy' Torbergsen finished in third-place for $219,951.87. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Julio César 'jucetoor18' Torres topped a 1,664-player field in Event #73 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO Series Saver) for $126,244.57 and an additional $90,408.11 in bounties. Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas finished one spot behind Torres and earned $89,990.95 plus $47,442.38 in bounties. Third place finisher Christophe 'chrisdm' De Meulder had to settle for $64,148.69 and another $15,548.82 in bounties. A pair of Dutch players ended up chopping Event #1 High ($215 No Limit Hold'em Phased). Rens 'Rens02' Feenstra ended up with the winner's share of $189,829.64 after beating Joep 'Pappe_Ruk' van den Bijgaart heads-up. As runner-up, van den Bijgaart earned $158,978.78. Brazilian Matheus 'Yattago' Dahdah wound up with $110,713.25 as the third-place finisher. Sergio 'VeGeTTo89' Martí beat Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron straight up to win Event #69 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO) for $109.813.72. Marti also picked up $78,656.14 worth of bounties. McEathron earned $78,326.40 and another $25,644.54 in bounties. Former #1-ranked Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger finished third for $55,867.98 and $4,734.38 in bounties. There were 11 other players who found themselves as a WCOOP winner on Monday including 'bigmeck1958', 'Fruble', 'jantjevAdam', 'marthijn_own', 'Mr. Willson82', 'nicusordej', 'seriousziggy', 'skattefar', 'svquit', 'TakiToRivers', and 'teruliro'. Event #68 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 9,627 Prize pool: $47,172 Mr. Willson82 - $5,075.80* Imnotdeadlol - $3,755.34* vincio121 - $3,476.96* davet1608 - $4,006.61* Toasty9T6 - $1,524.88 DatWillDoPig - $1,062.49 masgiba - $740.32 cydeblaiz - $515.83 saturn.vb - $359.42 Event #68 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 5,398 Prize pool: $269,900 TakiToRivers - $38,380.07 MHABER3636 - $26,739.39 TORSTAILPALL0 - $18,631.30 gushuang888 - $12,981.78 BoaznKini1 - $9,045.37 mezziw - $6,302.56 bigfrenchy86 - $4,391.48 dennysramos2 - $3,059.88 Artem205 - $2,132.04 Event #68 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,155 Prize pool: $577,500 jantjevAdam - $81,902.96* Luckbox1326 - $77,110.33* chrisdm - $48,564.92 MonkeyBausss - $35,261.05 BBRS999 - $25,601.73 EspenasApart - $18,588.39 EduardoGarl@ - $13,496.34 19Pistike93 - $9,799.19 PhilRoyal888 - $7,114.80 Event #69 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 18,717 Prize pool: $183,427 nicusordej - $9,363.97 + $3,651.51 in bounties PnVick3 - $6,666.45 + $399.50 in bounties dukagjincity - $4,752.09 + $1,636.83 in bounties S_J_B_FTW - $3,387.45 + $306.71 in bounties MZaror2018 - $2,414.69 + $161.79 in bounties Lorenivy22 - $1,721.29 + $168.56 in bounties grew87 - $1,227.00 + $460.96 in bounties Allin OllieM - $874.65 + $687.86 in bounties Event #69 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 8,462 Prize pool: $846,200 svquit - $56,180.49* + $22,531.05 in bounties telv!n - $45,198.29* + $3,353.33 in bounties timurbaik - $29,691.33 + $6,372.89 in bounties Voziyanov15 - $20,994.98 + $7,267.87 in bounties Tzitzi989 - $14,845.73 + $3,294.54 in bounties MarxVanCrazy - $10,497.53 + $1,501.36 in bounties droniko - $7,422.90 + $2,350.24 in bounties ilovetyumen - $5,248.80 + $4,915.16 in bounties Event #69 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 1,425 Prize pool: $1,425,000 VeGeTTo89 - $109.813.72 + $78,656.14 in bounties newguy89 - $78,326.40 + $25,644.54 in bounties Flush_Entity - $55,867.98 + $4,734.38 in bounties G A W - $39,848.98 + $14,773.45 in bounties Kaggis - $28,423.12 + $10,750.00 in bounties WATnlos - $20,273.40 + $21,164.06 in bounties ollie_p - $14,460.47 + $12,347.66 in bounties ONatole - $10,314.22 + $2,562.50 in bounties Event #1 (Low): $2.20 No Limit Hold'em Phased Entries: 129,080 Prize pool: $252,997 bigmeck1958 - $18,304.33* delbergg - $17,966.43* OP_4001 - $19,243.03* snookerel - $8,991.96 DMG30 - $6,394.78 SHCHEKL - $4,547.78 itsapoka - $3,234.22 yurik085 - $2,300.07 toba joga - $1,635.71 Event #1 (Medium): $22 No Limit Hold'em Phased Entries: 56,650 Prize pool: $1,133,000 marthijn_own - $100,034.96 pora adrian - $72,943.43 Gififa - $53,207.35 Brogias24 - $38,811.15 TutBylYa - $28,310.08 fcb-serv - $20,650.28 Shenowna - $15,062.99 wvoron81 - $10,987.50 Event #1 (High): $215 No Limit Hold'em Phased Entries: 11,254 Prize pool: $2,250,800 Rens02 - $189,829.64* Pappe_Ruk - $158,978.78* Yattago - $110,713.25 bartek901 - $82,372.84 freddopizza - $61,287.13 Narcisus90 - $45,598.92 Tedson89 - $33,926.58 flavioreis88 - $25,242.27 PaSSoGiveUP - $18,780.61 Event #71 (Low): $109 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Main Event Entries: 4,041 Prize pool: $404,100 Fruble - $57,730.54 Velouxiotis - $40,222.49 minusth3bear - $28,025.95 myIT4 - $19,527.72 ApocheliuS - $13,606.41 smokeyumyum - $9,480.59 Event #71 (Medium): $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Main Event Entries: 916 Prize pool: $916,000 skattefar - $150,894.28 boerni21 - $105,138.38 Nessilita - $73,257.55 munkkis - $51,043.91 spieler52 - $35,565.99 iamivar - $24,781.46 Event #71 (High): $10,300 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Main Event Entries: 193 Prize pool: $1,930,000 Naza114 - $384,947.88 Ben86 - $390,980.88 Skjervoy - $219,951.87 Bagrovui - $166,261.00 Aku1206 - $125,676.38 Odd_Oddsen - $94,998.46 Event #73 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em PKO Series Saver Entries: 25,238 Prize pool: $247,332 seriousziggy - $12,322.43 + $4,913.47 in bounties ekfinis24 - $8,765.48 + $2,003.98 in bounties Edgaaa - $6,248.33 + $453.86 in bounties PioSOLVER.exe - $4,454.01 + $1,102.00 in bounties grbalzs - $3,174.97 + $702.28 in bounties Twi$ted83 - $2,263.21 + $657.62 in bounties sandra94118 - $1,613.28 + $1,276.47 in bounties Victor_19280 - $1,150.00 + $309.63 in bounties freeze304 - $819.75 + $569.86 in bounties Event #73 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em PKO Series Saver Entries: 9,565 Prize pool: $956,500 teruliro - $65,758.38 + $26,528.30 in bounties jwolter - $46,492.97 + $3,395.68 in bounties Mikensonas - $32,875.47 + $1,789.85 in bounties christined - $23,246.44 + $8,583.54 in bounties FONBET_RULIT - $16,437.73 + $3,909.15 in bounties bb830 - $11,623.19 + $5,868.11 in bounties ichikegi - $8,218.82 + $3,535.50 in bounties tasos28 - $5,811.59 + $4,404.45 in bounties MAREVE BVBA - $4,109.41 + $1,151.75 in bounties Event #73 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO Series Saver Entries: 1,664 Prize pool: $1,664,000 jucetoor18 - $126,244.57 + $90,408.11 in bounties omaha4rollz - $89,990.95 + $47,442.38 in bounties chrisdm - $64,148.69 + $15,548.82 in bounties Bonglim - $45,727.38 + $9,073.24 in bounties tonn22 - $32,596.01 + $14,830.08 in bounties XMorphineX - $23,235.59 + $10,421.87 in bounties MCalai - $16,563.12 + $5,125.00 in bounties gorgona66ret - $11,806.74 + $2,156.25 in bounties BetForNympho - $8,598.13 + $3,390.63 in bounties An earlier version of this article indicated that Vieira and Tollerene chopped the PLO Main Event. Vieira won the tournament outright.
  7. Four years ago, Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi cemented his name in PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker history by winning the 2016 Main Event. The win was Shakerchi's third SCOOP title and came with a $1,468,000.88 score. On Tuesday, the British businessman earned his fourth title by winning Event #25 High ($2,100 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw). Shakerchi, who previously won titles in 2012 and 2014 before his Main Event victory, earned $42,645.76 for the win. Joao 'Naza114' Viera finished in second place for $31,878.36 and Elior 'Crazy Elior' Sion finished third for $23,829.59. Just one day after winning his fourth SCOOP title, Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton just missed out on a fifth by finishing fourth place for $17,813.01. Owain 'Sngwonder' Carey was the biggest winner on Tuesday, taking down Event #20 High ($530 NLHE Six Max PKO) for $80,752.12 and another $69,292.18 from collected bounties. The final bounty Carey collected belonged to runner-up 'DEX888' who had to settle for $80,750.18 from the prize pool and just $10,711.88 worth of bounties. 'Furnifuture' picked up $46,209.63 and $11,169.43 in bounties for coming in third. Brazilian 'teruliro' and Mexico-based American Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe chopped up Event #21 High ($530 No Limit Omaha Eight or Better). 'teruliro' took home $27,074.67 and the title after eliminating Deppe. Deppe banked $26,227.94 for finishing second while 'RedPh0enix' took home $16,459.59 for finishing third. Manuel 'fellatiado' Ruivo earned an outright victory in Event #22 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em) and pocketed $73,414.54 for his efforts. Andres 'wisopekeno!' Gonzalez just missed out on his first SCOOP title, coming in second place for $55,069.62. Thomas 'MarToMchat' Boivin rounded out the podium finishers and added $41,308.95 to his bankroll. The final event to play down to a champion was Event #27 High ($530 NLHE Turbo PKO) where 'luckyman147' outlasted 1,262 other players to win $42,526.46 and another $43,250.82 in bounties. Runner-up 'mamamamama70' fell short of the title but earned $42,525.65 and $15,807.61 from collected bounties. Third place finisher 'hubcam' won $25,231.51 and just $1,257.82 from bounties. Other SCOOP winners on Tuesday included 'b0nk3ym0y12' (Event #20-Low), 'Gtd plens' (Event #20-Medium), 'warwicktom' (Event #21-Low), 'Zadavljugada' (Event #21-Medium), 'exmenidi' (Event #22-Low), 'Consi11' (Event #22-Medium), 'no ase1815' (Event #23-Low), 'admiralph' (Event #23-Medium), 'Vovan7778' (Event #25-Low), Rinat 'Zapahzamazki' Lyapin (Event #25-Medium), 'megamaster11' (Event #27-Low), and 'WATnlos' (Event #27-Medium). Event #20-H: $530 NLHE Six Max PKO Entries: 2,605 Prize pool: $1,302,500 Owain 'Sngwonder' Carey - $80,752.12 + $69,292.18 in bounties DEX888 - $80,750.18 + $10,711.88 in bounties Furnifuture - $46,209.63 + $11,169.43 in bounties FrCnnctn1960 - $32,197.66 + $24,310.50 in bounties NurlanGGG777 - $22,434.45 + $3,078.13 in bounties faza29 - $15,631.75 in bounties Event #21-H: $530 No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 329 Prize pool: $164,500 teruliro - $27,074.67* Little Kraut - $26,227.94* RedPh0enix - $16,459.59 FAL1st - $12,034.31 RunGodlike - $8,798.80 Muka82 - $6,433.18 calvin7v - $4,703.58 Aces Amin - $3,438.98 bedias - $2,872.30 Event #22-H: $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 403 Prize pool: $403,000 Manuel 'fellatiado' Ruivo - $73,414.54 wisopekeno! - $55,069.62 MarToMchat - $41,308.95 soleeJ - $23,243.83 Rens02 - $17,435.71 nacho124441 - $13,078.92 9cream4 - $9,810.75 K0SICE - $7,359.26 Event #25-H: $2,100 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Entries: 79 Prize pool: $158,000 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $42,645.76 Naza114 - $31,878.36 Crazy Elior - $23,829.59 MUSTAFABET - $17,813.01 RaulGonzalez - $13,315.52 lb6121 - $9,953.57 Crisper - $7,440.47 Event #27-H: $530 NLHE Turbo PKO Entries: 1,263 Prize pool: $631,500 (including $315,750 in bounties) luckyman147 - $42,526.46 + $43,250.82 mamamamama70 - $42,525.65 + $15,807.61 hubcam - $25,231.51 + $1,257.82 Tomatee - $17,985.90 + $9,054.68 mikalivey - $12,820.99 + $2,867.19 TiltMeBig - $9,139.25 + $7,181.63 WRUUUUM - $6,514.80 + $8,601.56 Bergmannen - $4,643.98 _ $1,187.50
  8. 'Best poker player in the world’ is an impossible metric. Tournament winnings are, for the most part, public information but do not properly track player net wins and losses. Likewise, the biggest winners - and losers - from cash games are, at best, based on exaggerated rumor and braggadocio. Attempting to properly quantify the relative skill sets of mixed game experts versus those who specialize in No Limit Hold’em and the myriad of players who exist in between those two poles adds another complex layer to an equation with no answer. Joao Vieira knows this but also believes that if there are going to be conversations about the best players in the world, his name needs to be included. "I think I’m up there. I’m not the best player in the world, I don’t think so. I’m one of the best tournament players in the world, especially if you put mixed games in it too," Vieira said. "If you play in a tournament format, I’m very certain I’m up there. There’s so many people, so many good players around. It’s very hard." Vieira doesn’t demand that his name be included in those discussions, but rather expects it because he knows how much work he has put into the game and believes that with $3.8 million in lifetime live earnings plus untold millions of online earnings he has the results necessary to be included. That success comes from a combination of a passion for poker and an insatiable work ethic that he developed while growing up in Madeira, Portugal. "I just love the game. I’m trying to be the best version of myself. I’m trying to get the absolute best of my abilities and then I’m going to see if that’s the best in the world or not," Vieira said. [caption id="attachment_631834" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] In 2019, Joao Vieira removed his name from the best players without a WSOP bracelet list. (WSOP photo)[/caption] This time last year, Vieira was still basking in the glow that came from winning his first bracelet and in the process removing himself from a list most tournament players would rather avoid: best player without a bracelet. Vieira won the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event for $758,011. While there was certainly a celebration to be had, Vieira felt a sense of accomplishment and relief. "To be honest, (it was) kind of a weight off my shoulders more than anything else," Vieira said. "It’s something that I kind of felt that I should have won already. So I felt it was a long time coming, that it was kind of validation for me. I felt that winning that would at least prove a point to myself." It’s not as if Vieira had been coming to the WSOP for a decade or more and simply wasn’t able to pick one up. His first time out to Las Vegas to play the Series was 2016. Some ambiguity over the Portuguese tax laws made it nearly impossible for him or other players from Portugal to play in the United States before that. That changed in 2016 and Vieira has made the trip across the Atlantic each year since. He cashed nine times in 2016, six times in 2017, and then seven times in 2018. Last summer he found the money nine times including the bracelet win. Despite averaging more than seven cashes per summer over his first three years, Vieira believes he should have - and could have - done better. "I ran pretty bad the first two years. Sometimes I feel like you need to run really good to understand when you were actually running bad and when you weren’t," Vieira said. "I put a lot of cashes in, I built a bunch of stacks, but then I ran really bad in the mid-game," Vieira said. "Your luck has to hold for a couple of days, and then you’re going to get a final table or something. Otherwise, you’re just not going to get that far." Confident enough in his poker game, Vieira couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to take up Daniel Negreanu on his high stakes bracelet bet. In mid-June, Negreanu challenged any other player to bracelet bets for the 2020 WSOP and was willing to bet up to $100,000 per player. Vieira was immediately intrigued. So were his friends. "He put it up there on Twitter. He was taking all comers. As soon as I saw the bet, I got a bunch of text messages from friends who were saying, 'Can I get a piece of your action?’, assuming I was going to bet," Vieira said. It didn't take long for Vieira and Negreanu to settle on terms. The player who wins the most bracelets on GGPoker events from August 2 onward wins $100,000 from the other. Whether or not Vieira, and his ever-supportive group of friends, thinks he's the best tournament player in the world or not, he does believe that some of the people betting against Negreanu aren’t giving the six-time bracelet winner enough respect. "I think the high stakes, the super high roller crew, or at least the high stakes community underestimates Daniel’s online ability and his ability to compete. The amount of stacks that he just gets handed because the recreational players are in such awe," Vieira said. "People underestimate him a lot. I’m not going to do that. I just have to do my thing. I’m not competing directly versus him, but I think he’s far better than the younger generation like to admit." Vieira was 15 years old when he started playing basketball for CAB Madeira, the local pro team in his hometown. While playing time may have been in short supply those first few seasons, it was during the frequent road trips across Portugal where he was first introduced to poker. His teammates, some in their 30s with wives and kids at home, were playing cash games in the hotel to kill time. "They were spewing hard. $3/$6 No Limit Hold’em games. For sure, they compete but that’s how it went. We were playing like $1K pots. I was like, 'Well, this is interesting’," Vieira said. "It was never about the money. Then I found out a little bit about the strategy and I went from there. The money never really struck me. It was more about the game itself, the puzzle." While he learned about poker while playing the first game he ever loved, the first game he ever loved prepared him for his life as a professional poker player. Heading into the WSOP Online - or any series, live or online, for that matter - Vieira puts energy towards studying because he knows once the series begins, it’s game time. "I think you have to have the same approach as I did when I played basketball. You do the preseason, you go really hard, you get ready, get your conditioning ready, get your skill set ready, and then when it’s time to play, it’s time to play," Vieira said. "You’re not going to work on your form in the middle of the season, (before) the playoffs. That’s either done or you’re done. That’s it." Motivation has never been hard to find for Vieira. Growing up he ran track, played soccer and basketball and always wanted to be the best. Any statistic he could use as a metric to track his progress - either team or personal - was part of the way he pursued excellence. That carried over when he turned to online poker and admits PocketFives played a role earlier in his career. "All the Triple Crowns, I think I had 15. I was on my way to catch (Chris) Moorman. I was #2 all-time and I was #5 on the PocketFives Rankings and all of that was a big part of my motivation," Vieira said. "Those kinds of challenges, the titles, the scores, the point per game or season, that kind of basketball mentality, that’s what motivates me. To have all of the accolades, the rankings, all of the bracelets, in this case, the stats. That’s what keeps me going." Wanting more than just the one bracelet, Vieira has spent years playing every poker variant with the intent of getting better at it. That desire came from hearing an interview with a Poker Hall of Famer. "A cool thing that Barry Greenstein said once was 'If you’re a true poker player, you play all the games’. I was just starting. I was just a fish at the time and that sentence stuck," Vieira recalled. "I was like, 'Oh yeah, that makes sense. If you really love poker, you love all forms of poker, not just your form of poker. Not just the two cards." The purist in him believes that to be considered one of the best poker players, you have to be able to play more than just one game type. That’s part of the reason why Vieira, a self-described poker purist, loves the annual trip to Las Vegas for the WSOP so much. "That’s my favorite time of the year … Even though I’m European, I think I fully embraced the American mixed game culture. So every time I go (to Las Vegas), it’s a chance that I have to play the $10Ks, the $1,500s, the $3Ks, the non Hold’em events," Viera said. "I want the $1,500 Single Draw, I want the Badeucy, Badacey, whatever they can find. I want it." There have been a number of players who have railed against the WSOP holding 85 bracelet events online this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vieira hears them loud and clear and agrees that the WSOP needs to be vigilant in protecting the brand and the value of the bracelet. "I’m one of the guys that puts a lot of emotional value behind (bracelets). But I know it’s just emotional value, because the difference between the Rio events and the Venetian events, it’s just the bracelets," Vieira admitted. "If the World Series wants to be here in 20 years, they need to protect the emotional value. So they can’t just hand out 300 bracelets a year, otherwise nobody cares in 10 years. And what’s the World Series of Poker without the bracelet’s emotional value? It’s nothing." Over the next six weeks, Vieira plans to be in front of his computer each and every day hunting down WSOP bracelets in an attempt to make it even harder for his colleagues and the rest of the poker community to ignore his place at the top of the game. Even if the bracelets don’t come, Vieira wants to leave his mark on the game he loves so much by simply putting in the work. "I’m 30. I’m young, but this thing goes fast. I know. I always have that idea of mortality in my mind," Vieira said. "One day I’m not going to be here. So as long as I’m going to be here, I’m going to go 100%."
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