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  1. Over the 31 days of July, 31 different players picked up a World Series of Poker bracelet on WSOP.com. While the winners dominated the headlines, there were thousands of players - 2,289 to be exact - who added to their WSOP resume with an in-the-money finish. Digging through all of the numbers from the 2020 WSOP Online on WSOP.com shows a number of players who found a way to shine bright on poker's biggest stage. Cash(ing) is King for Ryan Laplante Nobody found their way into the money more often Ryan Laplante. The Las Vegas resident cashed in 18 of the 30 events he was eligible to play in. Laplante earned $47,131 overall and his biggest cash came in Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) where he finished in 11th place for $8,681. There were 57 players who cashed at least 10 times and 1,386 who only hit the payouts window once. [table id=88 /] Former World Champ Tops Total Earnings List 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen walked away from the WSOP.com events pushing a wheelbarrow full of cash. McKeehen won Event #14 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) for $352,985. That score alone would have put him atop the earnings leaderboard for the Series, but he also managed to cash seven more times for $16,646. Only two players in the earnings list top 10 were not bracelet winners, but both had high-profile runner-up finishes. Frank Funaro finished second to McKeehen in the High Roller event and Matthew Parry finished second in the second-biggest buy-in event on the calendar, Event #29 ($2,000 Deepstack NLHE). [table id=89 /] Just Three Players Score $300,000+ Scores McKeehen's victory also gave him the single biggest score of the entire Series and made him just one of three players to win more than $300,000 from a single event. Event #31 ($1,000 Championship NLHE) winner Nahrain Tamero finished with the second biggest score of $310,832 and Event #29 ($2,000 NLH Deepstack) champ Nick Guagenti snuck past the $300K mark earning $305,433. There 42 six-figure cashes throughout the 31 events and two players had two each. Ryan Torgersen, who finished runner-up in Event #9 ($1,000 Six Max NLHE) the night before winning Event #10 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) earned $172,362 and $116,379 respectively while William Romaine, runner-up in Event #13 ($1,500 NLHE Freezeout) and Event #28 ($1,000 Omaha 8-or-better Six Max) champion, banked scores of $110,979 and $ 110,670. [table id=90 /] They're Going Streaking Laplante's 18 cashes were buoyed by his run in Events #14-#23 were the bracelet winner cashed in every single event. Those 10 consecutive cashes represent the longest such streak of the Series. Two players, Roland Israelashvili and Huy Nguyen, tied for the next longest streak at six, and another eight players each had streaks of five. [table id=91 /] New Jersey versus Nevada: Tale of the Tape In the battle of the Silver State versus the Garden State, it was the latter that came out on top - but only barely. New Jersey players cashed a total of 1,592 times for $5,047,455 in winnings while their Nevada counterparts finished in the money 1,366 times and won $4,993,437. California and New York put on a worthy undercard battle with Californians earning 886 cashes versus New Yorkers' 718 but the Empire State won more money by banking $3,308,233 versus the $2,881,397 that Californians won. [table id=92 /] Rank & File: Former Number 1s Shine Bright It should come as no surprise to learn that players who have dominated online poker put up decent results during the Series. At least seven former #1-ranked players recorded ITM finishes with three of them hitting the double-digit mark. Bryan Piccioli had the most cashes at 14 while Ari Engel topped the earnings list with $148,919. [table id=93 /]
  2. Nick Guagenti has had a few close calls at the World Series of Poker last summer. He finished third in the $3,000 HORSE event and fourth in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. Those were his best WSOP results until early Thursday morning. Guagenti outlasted 746 other players to win Event #29 ($2,000 NLHE Deepstack) of the 2020 WSOP Online to win his first career bracelet and $305,433.36. The tough final table included a former #1-ranked PocketFiver, a former WSOP Main Event final tablist, and a former World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic champion. Tom Cannuli came to the final table with the shortest stack and after 10 minutes of play found a hand to make a stand with. Cannuli moved all in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="6s"] from early position and w reshoved from late position with [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and everybdoy else folded. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"] flop changed nothing for Cannuli neither did the [poker card="5h"] turn. The [poker card="ah"] river gave both players to pair with Deutschmeister holding the better kicker to eliminate the former November Niner in ninth. A few hands later the player who started the final table with the second shortest stack joined Cannuli in spectator mode. James Gilbert moved all in for 1,098,126 from late position with [poker card="qs"][9]s and Matthew Parry called from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="8s"] runout gave Gilbert no salvation and he was out in eighth place. Down to less than four big blinds, Rory Brown moved all in for 726,626 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"] and Deutschmeister called from the big blind wiht [poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="6c"] flop gave Brown top pair but the [poker card="7c"] turn completed a fluhs for Deutschmeister and left Brown drawing dead on the [poker card="5d"] river to bust in seventh. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Ari Engel opened to 420,000 from the hijack and Vinny Pahuja called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"] and Pahuja check-raised all in for 931,984 after Engel bet 340,000. Engel called and showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"] which put him ahead of Pahuja's [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"]. The turn was the [poker card="4d"] and the [poker card="ah"] completed the board to eliminate Pahuja in sixth place. Five-handed play did not last but a few minutes. Action folded to Ryan Tosoc on the button and he moved all in for 1,718,408 with [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"] and Parry called from the big blind with [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"][poker card="8d"] flop missed Tosoc and he was sent to the rail after the [poker card="5c"] turn [poker card="5h"] river completed the board. Despite being responsible for two early final table eliminations, Deutschmeister was the next to go. Parry made it 450,000 to go from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4h"] and Deutschmeister moved all in for 1,802,612 from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="tc"]. Guagenti folded his big blind and Parry called. The board ran out [poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] to eliminate Deutschmeister in fourth. It took 45 minutes of three-handed play to get to heads up. Engel moved all in from the small blind for 2,748,802 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="6d"] and Guagenti called from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Guagenti top pair but left Engel with outs to a flush. The [poker card="qs"] turn was a brick and the [poker card="as"] river gave Guagenti an unnecessary improvement to win the hand and eliminate Engel in third place. Starting heads up play with a 3-2 chip lead over Parry, Guagenti needed just 15 minutes to eliminate his final opponent and lay claim to his first career WSOP bracelet. On the final hand Guagenti opened to 748,000 and Parry called. The flop came [poker card="7h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"] and Guagenti bet 1,173,0000. Parry moved all in for 8,539,988. Guagenti called and showed [poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"] for a flopped straight while Parry tabled [poker card="jc"][poker card="7c"] for top pair. The [poker card="ks"] turn gave Guagenti complete control and Parry was out after the [poker card="5s"] river. Final Table Payouts Nick 'shadowjacker' Guagenti - $305,433.36 Matthew 'EarvinMagic' Parry - $189,192.69 Ari 'philivey' Engel - $130,291.74 Brian 'BD_out' Deutschmeister - $91,260.99 Ryan 'toosick' Tosoc - $65,003.94 Vinny 'brownmagic' Pahuja - $47,120.76 Rory 'peeeeeeeeeno' Brown - $34,772.85 James 'DanFriel' Gilbert - $26,115.12 Tom '.beast.' Cannuli - $20,012.13 Faces in the Crowd Engel wasn't the only former #1 on PocketFives to run deep. Calvin Anderson bubbled the final table for $15,612.30 while Bryan Piccioli (11th - $15,612.30) and Shaun Deeb (36th - $6,954.57) also cashed. Other familiar names that wound up in the money included Jack Salter (12th - $56,612.30), Joe McKeehen (42nd - $6,102.99), and Tony Dunst (46th - $5,251.41). Ian Steinman picked up some extra WSOP leaderboard points after coming in 70th for $4,399.83.
  3. 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.
  4. On Monday, New Jersey gaming officials and Borgataannounced the resolution to the counterfeit chip incident that plagued the first event of the Borgata Poker Open in January. At the time the fake chips were discovered, the tournament was frozen with 27 players remaining. As we told you on Monday, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement ruled that those 27 players will each receive $19,323, while over 2,100 entrants will receive their buy-in and fee back, a total of $560 per person. Since the ruling was made, reaction has been swift in the poker community. Poker players took to the forums on Two Plus Two to express their feelings, most of which was outrage. The problem most people have is that the top 27 players are receiving a little more than half-a-million dollars collectively, while they were actually playing for about $1.4 million that remained in the prize pool. The difference is going to the players who did not cash but were ruled eligible for a refund. As Thomas "SrslySirius" Keeling put it, "That just seems absolutely horrendous to me." Many posts reflected this same sentiment, calling the ruling a "robbery" and "terrible." Many have suggested that the final 27 players seek legal counsel and there's already a class-action lawsuit pending. A few of the 27 posted in a thread, frustrated and torn on what to do. Jack Rocaberte, posting under the screen name "Pair Draw," said, "Unreal. I'm torn right now. I'm 7th in chips, which is well above the middle of the pack. Idk whether to waste the 'winnings' on a lawyer or suck it up." Another player, "Pninwin," wrote, "Just got email from Borgata letting us know they will be mailing our check for $19,323 over the next 10 days… No acknowledgement that the full prize pool is not being allocated to final 27 or suggestion that we should expect any more." Nick Guagenti, who was second in chips when the tournament stopped, Tweeted, "E-mailed and received a response from Joe Lupo, Borgata VP. Decision is final. Borgata has washed their hands of the situation." Not everyone thinks it's a horrible decision, though. Poster "Lovesantiques" said, "I can see this from more than one perspective. On the surface, yes - the 27 are getting shafted. However, if play had not been affected, then who knows what the actual outcome might have been." Poster "frommagio" opted to give Borgata and New Jersey gaming personnel the benefit of the doubt, writing, "It seems to be reasonably fair, and well thought out - largely along the lines of what I anticipated. I did expect that there would be a slowly increasing payout according to stack size for the final 27, but instead they chose to pay everyone the same. I can't really argue against that, however, since (a) the larger issue was dealt with, ensuring that all the affected players who busted out receive refunds, and (b) the nominal final 27 are making out pretty well compared to other players who are just as deserving." But still, the overall tone of the reactions is anger. One poster summed it up for many. Named "Oneof27," presumably because he is one of the 27 players remaining in the tournament, he wrote, "They stole 2/3 of the remaining players prize pool to pay the bust-outs. When they determine the payouts, it is all done by a percentage of the prize pool. 450 - 28 all have received the original payout as a percentage of the total prize pool. Why? Why does the burden fall on the 27?" What do you think? Leave a comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
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