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  1. On Monday, Phil Galfond (pictured), known in the online poker world as OMGClayAiken, won his second World Series of Poker bracelet. Galfond took down the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship for $224,000. He recorded his 15th career WSOP cash and passed $2 million in career WSOP winnings. --- 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. --- Galfond told WSOP officials after winning bracelet #2, "It means a lot, especially in a field this tough and at a table this tough. I have a ton of respect for all my opponents… It's been seven years since I won [a bracelet]. I'm very happy." His first bracelet came in 2008 in a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Rebuy. Nick Schulman was the talk of the town for much of the event. WSOP's coverage explained, "Schulman, who finished second, earning $138,665, is a two-time champion of this event and was poised for his third title holding a chip lead of better than 3-to-1 over Galfond during heads-up play. An early double up for Galfond leveled the playing field and from there he simply chipped away at Schulman until he held all of the 2,310,000 chips in play." Schulman (pictured) has $2.1 million in career WSOP winnings and won his first bracelet in 2009. Prior to poker, he concentrated on playing pool and made his living in Manhattan's bars and pool halls. Galfond, from Maryland, said of his heads-up strategy, "When I was heads-up with [Schulman], I'm going to take every spot that presents itself. There's no huge edge later. Just try to play every hand as best you can." The 30-year-old closed by joking about the top prize in the event, pointing out, "I've played for cash game pots the size of first place. This feels a lot bigger and I think it's because of this stage and the bracelet. It's more meaningful than cash games." Galfond has been a fixture of online and live high-stakes cash games throughout his career. There was a ton of talent in this event down the stretch. Of the 14 players who finished in the money, eight were bracelet winners. Six of those eight had won more than one bracelet. Fourth place went to eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel, who cashed in a $10,000 WSOP event for the third time this year. Seidel just passed $5 million in career WSOP winnings from 91 in the money finishes. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1st Place: Phil Galfond - $224,383 2nd Place: Nick Schulman - $138,665 3rd Place: Dan KingDan Smith - $87,898 4th Place: Erik Seidel - $59,532 5th Place: Jon PearlJammer Turner - $42,298 6th Place: Eli Elezra - $31,463 7th Place: Adam Owen - $24,457 8th Place: Bernard Lee - $19,824 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.
  2. The final six of the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship at the World Series of Poker are set. As has been a common theme this year, the final table is loaded with talent. Dan KingDan Smith (pictured) is your chip leader with a stack of 661,000, about 100,000 ahead of the next closest person. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Smith will pass $1 million in career WSOP winnings in this event and cashed in a previous No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament on this year's schedule. Second place with a stack of 554,000 in chips is Nick Schulman. According to coverage on WSOP.com, Schulman has been the talk of the town thus far: "Schulman, a two-time champion of this event, returned to Day 2 as the chip leader. He held that title for most of the day, only relenting his lead to Smith in during the last level of the night. Schulman, who won this event in 2009 and 2012, returns for Day 3 in second place with 554,000." Poker author and longtime PocketFiver Jon PearlJammer Turner (pictured) sits in third place with 439,000. Turner will cash for the 35th time in his career in a WSOP tournament and, like Smith, made the money in a previous No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event on this year's schedule. Turner was ranked as high as #3 on PocketFives in 2008. Three high-stakes pros round out the leaderboard of the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event. The first is Erik Seidel, who is in fourth place with 265,000. Seidel has eight WSOP bracelets dating back to 1992 and 90 WSOP cashes, six of which are in 2-7 Draw Lowball. Fifth place entering the six-handed finale is Phil Galfond, who is known in the online poker community as OMGClayAiken. Galfond has a stack of 255,000 and finished fourth in this year's $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship. He has one bracelet and continues to challenge the nosebleed-stakes tables live and online. Rounding out the star-studded final six is Eli Elezra, who is the short stack at 160,000. Elezra has two WSOP bracelets, the most recent of which came in a Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball tournament. The former Israeli army commando is a father of five and popped the money bubble on Sunday by sending Mike Gorodinsky to the rail. There were 77 entrants in the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event. The winner will take home $224,000, while the first person out on Monday pockets $31,000. 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. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier has turned the ,000 Championship events at the WSOP into his own personal playground.[/caption] By finishing first, second and first in three consecutive $10,000 buy-in Championship events at the 2016 World Series of Poker events, Jason Mercier etched himself into the poker history books, but a deeper dive into the numbers shows just how special Mercier’s current run really is. These big buy-in, small field events usually feature some of the less popular poker variants like Razz, No Limit Deuce to Seven and Eight Game Mix and tend to bring out only the best players in the world and Mercier is certainly at or near the top of that list. The numbers prove it. Since 2008, when a 21-year-old Mercier was first able to play at the WSOP, there have been a total of 84 $10,000 “Championship” events (including the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, but not counting the Main Event, which has a field size roughly 60X the size, or any High Roller event) and over that time frame Mercier has performed at a level only two or three others have been able to match. 15Number of times Mercier has cashed in the $10,000 Championship events. That puts him alone at the top for number of cashes, one ahead of Nick Schulman and three ahead of Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Matt Glantz. 2Mercier’s two wins in $10,000 Championship events this year are the first two of his career, but it ties him for the second most of all-time with Schulman, George Danzer, Brian Hastings, Michael Mizrachi and David 'Bakes' Baker. The only player with more is Daniel Alaei with four different Championship wins. 4Mercier is tied with Alaei for the most Top 2 finishes in the Championship events with four. While Alaei has never lost a heads-up battle for one of the $10,000 Championship bracelets, Mercier is actually 2-2. His two wins this summer (in No Limit Deuce to Seven and HORSE) are offset against being unable to get the better of Alexander Peterson in the 2015 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship or Ray Dehkharghani in the $10,000 Razz event earlier this summer. Four players –Schulman, Baker, Paul Volpe and Phil Hellmuth – are tied with three top two finishes. 5Mercier is also tied for third for most top-five finishes with five. He’s part of a group of five players that are just one behind Schulman and Danzer. While two of these are wins, and two more are runner-up finishes, his fifth result came in 2014 when he finished third behind Volpe and Negreanu respectively in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. $2,011,952Mercier is one of just four players to have grossed more than $2,000,000 Championship events. The only players to have won more in these events are Michael Mizrachi ($3,527,357), Alaei ($3,028,263) and Scotty Nguyen ($2,011,952) and both Mizrachi and Nguyen have won the $50,000 Poker Players Championsip at least once to boost their earnings. Mercier’s total earnings of $2,011,952 represent 44.6% of his WSOP earnings. 4Mercier’s four cashes in 2016 $10,000 Championship events puts him just one behind Ville Wahlbeck for the most in one summer. In 2009, Wahlbeck cashed five times including a win, a second, a third and a sixth place finish. Mercier is tied with six other players with four $10,000 cashes in a single summer. There are still four more Championship events on the 2016 schedule. Most WSOP Championship Cashes in a Single Year 2009 - Ville Wahlbeck (5) 2008 - Alexander Kostritsyn (4) 2014 - Nick Schulman (4) 2014 - Daniel Negreanu (4) 2014 - George Danzer (4) 2014 - Todd Brunson (4) 2015 - Paul Volpe (4) 2016 - Jason Mercier (4) 2Mercier’s two bracelets in $10,000 Championship events this year marked only the second time that a player has done that in a single year. In 2014, Danzer won the $10,000 Razz and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo events. (Note: Greg Merson won the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em and Main Event in 2012, but given the relative field sizes, the Main Event was not considered for this data).
  4. [caption width="640"] Nick Schulman added a SCOOP title to his resume on Monday. (Photo WPT/Joe Giron)[/caption] Nick Schulman is considered to be amongst the elite Deuce to Seven players in the world. Monday he proved it when he outlasted 135 other players to win the $2,100 buy-in Spring Championship of Online Poker event for just north of $65,000. Schulman beat Marco 'NoraFlum' Johnson, who won a SCOOP event on Saturday, heads-up for the first SCOOP bracelet of his career. His win was one of ten SCOOP titles won on Monday. Matt 'plattsburgh' Vengrin won the Mid-sized event, beating out Casey 'bigdogpckt5s' Jarzabek to win $16,989.30. Monday also saw the conclusion of Event 26(H), Eight Max No Limit Hold’em, with ‘ekziter’ taking down the title and the $143,839.41 prize that went with the victory. The SCOOP win comes almost eight months to the day after he won the Limit Badugi WCOOP title. The biggest events to wrap on Monday though were the three tiers of Event 29, which included a special edition of the Sunday Million. That event drew 7,200 players with ‘Y2K2000’ winning $168,306.38 after chopping with just three players remaining; runner-up ‘surprisefirm’ walked away with $161,181.54 and ‘Vatal’ grabbed $166,736.08 for finishing third. The High version though had Joaquín ‘elmelogno4’ Melogno topping a field of 994 players to walk away over $320,000 after a heads-up chop with Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas. One of the other popular events on the schedule was the Six Max No Limit Hold’em events. Andries 'Pokerger1337' Swart won the High event, ‘Supa4real’ won the Mid event and ‘zZero92’ took down the low. Swart’s final table included Brian Rast and Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis. Event 26(H): $1,050 NL Hold'em Eight Max Entrants: 911 Total prize pool: $911,000 Places paid: 159 ekziter - $143,839.41 Andreas 'mrAndreeew' Berggren - $100,270.20 Daniel 'ShippityShip' Nielson - $69,899.20 tobi123456 - $48,727.11 Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick - $33,968.00 ThoNapalm - $23,679.25 Gratitdude - $16,507.04 Zack 'ZackAttak13' Korik - $11,507.11 Event 27(H): $2,100 NL Hold'em Six Max Entrants: 778 Prize pool: $1,556,000 Places paid: 90 Andries 'Pokerger1337' Swart - $280,080.00 huiiiiiiiiii - $210,060.00 Brian 'tsarrast' Rast - $155,600.00 Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis - $108,920.00 deuces85 - $77,800.00 qbgoose - $46,680.00 Event 27(M): $215 NL Hold'em, Six Max Entrants: 4,193 Total prize pool: $838,600 Places paid: 540 Supa4real - $127,887.76 SONGJOY - $92,246.00 TabarinLucas - $67,926.60 mmg.mamed - $44,026.50 pinishe45 - $25,158.00 Yakiddinme - $14,423.92 Event 27(L): $27 NL Hold'em, Six Max
Entrants:*11,996 Total prize pool:*$294,501.80 Places paid:*1,500 zZero92 - $29,822.89* amitshur2984 - $26,591.38* clancywigam - $33,412.82* Golaith13 - $11,780.07 houdini_msu - $5,890.03 MrKloutt - $3,681.27 *Three-way deal Event 28(H): $2,100 Limit Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 126 (76 entries, 50 re-entries) Total prize pool: $252,000 Places paid: 18 Nick 'TheTakeover' Schulman - $65,520.00 Marco 'NoraFlum' Johnson - $44,100.00 Yuri 'theNERDguy' Martins - $32,760.00 Ronny '1-ronnyr3' Kaiser - $21,420.00 krakukra - $16,380.00 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe - $11,340.00 Event 28(M): $215 Limit Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 439 (304 entries, 135 re-entries) Prize Pool: $87,800 Places Paid: 60 Matt 'plattsburgh' Vengrin - $16,989.30 Casey 'bigdogpckt5s' Jarzabek - $12,599.30 HlPPOCAMP - $9,438,50 Maya 'marroca5' Roca - $6,497.20 Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy - $4,653.40 slow_gherkin - $2,985.20 Event 28(L): $27 Limit Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 1,611 Total prize pool: $39,550.05 Places paid: 204 AintNoSun - $6,526.50 KlgAborigen - $4,884.43 GrabYaGun - $3,559.50 dmcneally7 - $2,373.00 Adrienne 'talonchick' Rowsome - $1,582.00 clancywigam - $988.75 Event 29(H): $2,100 NL Hold'em Entrants: 994 Total prize pool: $1,988,000 Places paid: 117 Joaquín ‘elmelogno4’ Melogno - $323,713.90* Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas - $292,566.10* RayJing - $192,836.00 Georgios 'GeoManousos' Sotiropoulos - $144,130.00 Ivan 'BanicIvan' Banic - $100.195.20 MaltLiquor40 - $80,315.20 FishOnHeater - $60,435.20 bigbluffzinc - $40,754.00 Kyle 'KJulius10' Julius - $24,850.00 * Heads-up deal Event 29 (M): $215 NLHE Sunday Million Entrants: 7,200 Total prize pool: $1,440,000 Places paid: 900 Y2K2000 - $168,306.38* surprisefirm - $161,181.54* Vatal - $166,736.08* domastah - $79,200.00 Dowgh-Santos - $60,480.00 TheGreatPike - $46,080.00 ImWithSumo - $31,680.00 naruhhudesu - $17,280.00 ovidiu162000 - $11,160.00 *Heads-up deal Event 29(L): $27 NL Hold'em
 Entrants:*14,068 Total prize pool:*$345,369.40 Places paid:*1,800 Henkjinho91 - $41,154.42* Mikael 'fuddebuf' Hansen - $36,200* Ph4N - $23,830.48 Sahar888 - $16,923.10 ICyberU - $13,469.40 AMasta89 - $10,015.71 Peirak - $6,562.01 guix2x - $3,108.32 chaka tej - $2,072.21 *Heads-up deal
  5. [caption width="640"] Nick Schulman won 8,000 for winning the first ,000 buy-in Poker Masters event (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] When PokerGO announced the Poker Masters series as part of the live streaming schedule, many people hoped that Nick Schulman would be one of the voices in the booth, calling the action. Schulman had other ideas. Schulman beat out a final table that included four of the German pros that have dominated high roller tournaments over the past few years, to win $918,000. The Germans made their presence felt just after the final table began on Monday afternoon. Stefan Schillhabel picked up an early double through Adrian Mateos before Dominik Nitsche eliminated the Spaniard. Down to just nine big blinds, Mateos moved all in for his last 360,000 from the hijack before Nitsche reshoved from the small blind. Mateos turned over [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] while Nitsche showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop put Mateos ahead, but the [poker card="6h"] turn gave Nitsche a set and Mateos was eliminated in seventh after the meaningless [poker card="td"] river. Just a few minutes later the first German-on-German bustout sent Koray Aldemir out. Nitsche raised to 80,000, Steffen Sontheimer called from the small blind but Aldemir raised all in for 630,000 from the big blind. Nitsche folded but Sontheimer took some time before calling. Aldemir showed [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"] and found he was at least drawing live after Sontheimer showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"] put Aldemir in front, the turn was the [poker card="4d"] but the [poker card="ah"] turn gave Sontheimer an ace-high straight and eliminated Aldemier in sixth. About an hour later Sontheimer eliminated another German. Nitsche moved all in for 560,000 from the button before Sontheimer also moved all in over the top for over 1,530,000. Schillhabel folded the big blind. Nitsche turned over [poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"] while Sontheimer showed [poker card="as"][poker card="3s"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="qh"] to end Nitsche's run in fifth place. Sontheimer took over the chip lead on that hand, only to surrender it to Schulman just a few minutes later. With the board showing [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="8d"] and a pot of 1,140,000, Schulman checked to Sontheimer who moved all in. Schulman used one of his time extensions before eventually calling. Sontheimer turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and Schulman showed [poker card="td"][poker card="7h"] for a rivered flush for a full double. Schulman eliminated Sontheimer just 30 minutes later. A cooler on the next hand sent Schulman to heads up with the chip lead. Schulman raised to 120,000, Schillhabel re-raised to 395,000. Schulman moved all in and Schillhabel called. Schulman showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] which put him ahead of Schillhabel's [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out with no help for Schillabel and he was out in third place. Schulman had Matt Hyman outchipped nearly 2-1 when heads up play began. The two played heads up for over 2.5 hours with each player taking multiple turns as the chip leader before Schulman put the finishing touches on a dominating final table performance. Hyman raised to 310,000, Schulman moved all in and Hyman called with his tournament life on the line. Schulman had [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] and had Hyman's [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"] dominated. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Hyman the nut flush draw but neither the [poker card="5s"] turn or [poker card="ac"] river were any help for Hyman and Schulman picked up a third straight elimination to take down the Poker Masters opening event. This win was Schulman's second high roller win in the last five weeks. Schulman won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $50,000 event on August 8. The Poker Masters continues on PokerGO until September 20. Final Table Payouts Nick Schulman - $918,000 Matt Hyman - $561,000 Stefan Schillhabel - $306,000 Steffen Sontheimer - $204,000 Dominik Nitsche - $178,500 Koray Aldemir - $153,000 Adrian Mateos - $127,500
  6. On Thursday, February 22 the Global Poker Index and PokerStars present the 4th Annual American Poker Awards. The ceremony, being held in Hollywood, will bring together some of the biggest names in poker to celebrate the achievements of both players and industry members in 20 different categories. There’s a lot to look forward to when the celebration of the year-that-was takes place at the Andaz Hotel this week. PokerCentral Leads The Way There’s no doubt that Cary Katz’ PokerGo streaming service, part of Poker Central, has had an important impact on not just how fans can consume their favorite game but how much poker they now have at their disposal. Poker Central leads the way in award nominations with eight opportunities to pick up a trophy. Both the Super High Roller Bowl and the Poker Masters are included in the Event Of The Year category. Nick Schulman and the longtime poker voice of Poker After Dark, Ali Nejad are competing for the Broadcaster of the Year. Additionally, “Tom Dwan’s Return to Poker After Dark”, Matt Berkey’s “Dead Money” documentary, the Poker Central Podcast and Cary Katz himself are all up for awards as well. Doug And Daniel Go Head To Head It’s no secret that Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk, two of poker’s biggest personalities, have an acrimonious relationship. At the American Poker Awards the pair finds themselves nominated in a trio of categories against one another. Both are nominated for the Video Blogger Award (along with Joe Ingram and Andrew Neeme), The People’s Choice For Poker Personality of the Year (along with Jonathan Little and Andrew Neeme) and Poker’s Biggest Influencer (along with tournament director Matt Savage and Poker Central’s Cary Katz). Players Of The Year A pair of awards are pre-determined as both Bryn Kenney and Kristen Bicknell will be honored for their tournament performances in 2017. Kenney, who destroyed the high roller scene last year, earned himself the 2017 GPI American Player of the Year on the back of 15 six-figure scores. Bicknell will be presented with the 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year award with the help of her victory in the $5,000 prelim at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December of 2017 for just under $200,000. The Favorites There’s little doubt that all of the players and industry members that have been nominated are deserving. That said, there are a few that would likely be considered favorites in their respective categories. Vlogger Andrew Neeme crashed the poker personality party in 2017 with his engaging, well-produced vlogs. In a little over a year, the bulk of which occurred in 2017, he’s amassed over 80,000 subscribers to his YouTube Channel. He’s up against some heavy hitters including the award-winning Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram, Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu, but his consistent vlogging has opened up the new space of poker content like none other. The Broadcaster of the Year category is stacked with class as well. Longtime ESPN WSOP commentator Lon McEachern, Poker After Dark’s Ali Nejad and the lovable voice of both the PokerStars EPT and Poker Night In America, Joe Stapleton are some of live poker’s biggest assets. But the smooth delivery and easy-to-grasp hand analysis of Nick Schulman took over the coverage of the High Roller Bowl and was as highly-acclaimed as one could be by just about everyone who heard it. In the Podcast category, there’s some amazing content to be had, but the longevity and entertainment of the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast with Adam Schwartz, Terrence Chan and Ross Henry may have an edge this year. The trio does it all: addressing poker’s biggest issues, answering listener email, expounding on the latest #pokertwitter drama all while giving their listeners a glimpse into their real lives. It could be a close one, but it should be their year. An Industry Showcased Performances both at the table and away will be celebrated with both players and industry members getting their due. The categories of Breakout Player, Tournament Performance and Moment of the Year shine a light on the people and moments of 2017 that players and fans won’t soon forget. Event Of The Year, Industry Person of the Year, Journalist of the Year and the Media Content category celebrate the efforts of some in the world of poker who dedicate their time to showcasing the game we love. A Pair For PocketFives PocketFives.com is not without its own nominations this year as well. President and Editor-In-Chief of PocketFives.com, Lance Bradley, scored a nomination for Journalist of the Year for his work covering the personalities of both the live and online poker scene. Additionally, his article entitled "Resilience Defined: Sheddy Siddiqui Raising His Two Boys #ForCathy" was honored with a nomination for Media Content of the Year. Special Awards A handful of awards are without nominations but will be unveiled on Thursday including the Charitable Initiative award, the Jury Prize, our own PocketFives Legacy Award (celebrating an online legend who has made great strides in the live tournament circuit) and the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker. In a field that thrives on competition of the highest order, the American Poker Awards is more of a celebration of another successful year of those moments and individuals that expand the reach and grow the game of poker.
  7. The weekend brought out all of the superstars to the halls of the Rio for the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. As one more tournament came to a conclusion, one of the largest tournaments of the summer, the Millionaire Maker, saw thousands of players begin their latest journey. Here’s a wrap-up of everything that happened on Saturday (June 9) at the WSOP. Zhigalov Wins H.O.R.S.E. It only took 20 minutes on an unscheduled Day 4 for Andrey Zhigalov to defeat Timothy Frazin heads-up in Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Zhigalov wins the $202,787 first place prize and his first career WSOP gold bracelet. After a three hour battle on Day 3 late into the night, play was suspended for the night and the pair came back ready to go back to war. However, a long match was not in the cards and an excited Zhigalov closed out a career-defining win. “I was excited to make Day 2, then I got excited to make Day 3, and then here I was on Day 4,” Zhigalov said, speaking about his journey. “I usually only play limit mixed games. When I play Hold’em and look down at two cards, I think ‘Where are my other cards? Two cards is kind of boring.” Final Table Results For Event #15 1. Andrey Zhigalov - $202,787 2. Timothy Frazin - $125,336 3. Bradley Smith - $87,769 4. Matt Woodward - $62,379 5. Nicholas Derke - $45,006 6. Sandeep Vasudevan - $32,971 7. Scott Clements - $24,531 8. JW Smith - $18,541 Schulman, D’Angelo Final Table Event #17 Bracelet winner Joey Weissman will head into the final table of Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed with a substantial chip lead. However, he’s not the only bracelet winner to reach the final six, in what turned out to be a stacked final table. Popular poker pro and two-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman, as well as bracelet winners Ryan ‘g0lfa’ D’Angelo and China’s Yue Du will also be in the hunt for the $378,743 first place prize. The day started with 27 players and so it only took a swift six hours of play to whittle the field down to the final table. The final six will reconvene at 12:00 noon on Sunday to play to a winner with the final table live-streamed on PokerGo beginning at 1:00 pm PT. Event #17 Final Table Chip Counts 1. Joey Weissman - 3,683,000 2. Ognyan Dimov - 2,560,000 3. Ryan D’Angelo - 2,350,000 4. Antonio Barbato - 2,205,000 5. Nick Schulman - 861,000 6. Yue Du - 796,000 Three Left In $10K Dealer’s Choice The evening came to an end in Event #18: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice with three players remaining to play for the bracelet and the $293,275 first place prize. Bracelet winner Adam Friedman holds the chip lead over Alexey Makarov and Stuart Rutter when the trio return to wrap this up Sunday afternoon at 2 pm PT. Chris Klodnicki ($90,713), David “ODB” Baker ($65,308), Anthony Zinno ($35,082) and Jesse Martin ($26,184) were among the 13 players who started the day but were ultimately busted during the day. Final Table Chipstacks In Event #18 1. Adam Friedman - 3,075,000 2. Alexey Makarov - 1,325,000 3. Stuart Rutter - 1,145,000 Unofficial Final Table Set for $565 PLO Day 2 of Event #19: $565 Pot Limit Omaha is in the books and only ten of the 100 players that started the day remain with chips. Canada's Maxine Heroux returns as the chip leader when the unofficial final reconvenes to determine a winner of the WSOP gold bracelet and the over $181,000 first place prize. Joining Heroux and in pursuit of his fourth WSOP victory is fellow Canadian and former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel will enter the day as the only bracelet winner at the final table and fifth in chips. The contest will be settled on Day 3 which begins Sunday at 2 pm PT. Event # 19 Final Table Chip Counts 1. Maxime Heroux - 2,530,000 2. Criag Varnell - 1,570,000 3. Ilian Lu - 1,410,000 4. Christopher Trang - 1,350,000 5. Jonathan Duhamel - 1,120,000 6. Seth Zimmerman - 1,020,000 7. Jason Lipiner - 850,000 8. Conway Frankenheimer - 760,000 9. Omar Mehmood - 700,000 10. Shaome Yang - 635,000 $5K Big Blind Ante Enters Final Day The elite field of Event #20: $5,000 Big Blind Ante NLHE slimmed down to just 24 after a long day of Day 2 play. At the end of the day, Chris Bolek claimed the overnight chip lead, However, there are plenty of big-name, high-stakes crushers hot on his heels. A number of notable names still remain to vie for the $537,710 first place prize including Jake Schindler, Shawun Buchanan, Seth Davies, Michael Gagliano, Kristen Bicknell and David Peters. There were also plenty of players who managed to make the money but were unable to survive the day. Dominil Nitsche ($14,572), Justin Bonomo ($12,331), Bryn Kenney ($10,639), Humberto Brenes ($8,506), Erik Seidel ($7,860), Kitty Kuo ($7,860) and Olivier Busquet ($7,435) all hit the payout cage on Day 2. Event #20 is scheduled to play to a winner on Day 3 starting at 2 pm PT on Sunday. Event #20 Top 10 Chip Stacks 1. Chris Bolek - 1,129,000 2. Kenneth Smaron - 990,000 3. Jake Schindler - $926,000 4. Ran Ilani - 924,000 5. Shawn Buchanan - 846,000 6. Seth Davies - 812,000 7. Asi Moshe - 698,000 8. Peter Neff - 683,000 9. David Laka - 673,000 10. Patrick Truong - 655,000 Over 3000 Register For Milly Maker Day 1A Event #21: $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker saw 3,046 runners flood the convention halls of the Rio to take their shot at turning a little bit of money into a lifetime score. At the end of the day, Canadian Kyle Hartree ran his stack up to bag the overnight chip lead for this opening flight. There were a number of notable names who also managed to end the evening with a top 10 stack including James Dempsey, JC Tran, Blair Hinkle, Jack Sinclair, Michael Gathy and Faraz Jaka. Plenty of poker superstars survived the day as well. Main Event Champions Ryan Reiss, Martin Jacobson, Joe Cada, Joe McKeehen, Chris Ferguson and Phil Hellmuth all made it through with healthy stacks. Also still left in the field is Shaun Deeb, Adrian Mateos, Lily Kiletto, Mike Dentale, Loni Harwood, Niall Farrell, Tony Dunst and ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey, just to name a few. The total number of participants and prize pool money will be announced once registration for the second flight of this massive tournament closes on Sunday. Millionaire Maker Day 1A Top Ten 1. Kyle Hartree - 208,500 2. James Dempsey - 167,400 3. Nick Schwarmann - 165,800 4. JC Tran - 140,200 5. Blair Hinkle - 124,400 6. Jake Daniels - 116,400 7. Jack Sinclair - 109,400 8. Faraz Jaka - 105,000 9. Rees Scruggs - 102,400 10. Michael Gathy - 86,500 Turner Leads In 8-Game Mix 481 players showed up to register for Event #22: $1,500 8-Game Mix, generating a first place prize of over $147,000. The man in the best position to capture that headed into Day 2 is chip leader Jon Turner. However, a mixed game tournament, no matter the buy-in, is bound to draw some big name competition and that is exactly what Turner faces moving forward. David Bach, Amnon Filippi, Fabrice Soulier, Valentin Vornicu and Daniel Negreanu all managed to bag top 10 chip stacks. There are 134 players left, 70 of which will make the money when play resumes at 2 pm PT on Sunday. Upcoming Action (June 10) Sunday brings the second flight of Event #21B: $1,500 Millionaire Maker at 10 am PT. Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit Lowball Championship will also get underway at 3:00 pm PT. Last year saw 92 players enter with eventual winner John Monnette collect over $256,000 for first place. Finally, the second flight of Event #11B: PLO GIANT will take place at 7:00 pm PT. The first flight which took place on June 4 saw 423 runners register. Lubbock, Texas’ Pedro Arroyos finished the day with 1,757,000 chips to lead all players.
  8. Darren Elias was the headliner Saturday night in Las Vegas as the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions played down to a winner. Just days after winning his record-setting fourth WPT title, Elias entered the TOC final table with the chip lead and a chance at going back-to-back against some of the toughest fields in WPT history. Matthew Waxman wasn't thinking about that narrative though and after eliminating Elias in third place, had little trouble cruising to victory to capture the TOC and the $463,375 first-place prize money at the Esports Arena at the Luxor Las Vegas. After a double-elimination on the final hand of Day 2, only five players returned for Saturday. With blinds at 8,000/16,000 (8,000) Elias raised to 35,000 from the cutoff before Nick Schulman moved all in for 438,000 from the small blind. Elias called and turned over [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] which put him ahead of Schulman's [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop put Schulman in the lead but only briefly as the [poker card="7d"] hit the turn. The river was the [poker card="jd"] sending Schulman out in fifth place. Another 22 hands later and Elias, who began the day with the chip lead, was picking up another elimination thanks to fortuitous turn card. David Benyamine moved all in for 370,000 from the small blind and Elias called from the big. Benyamine showed [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] while Elias found he was behind with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"] flop changed nothing but the [poker card="5h"] turn moved Elias ahead. The river was the [poker card="4s"] and Benyamine was out in fourth place. Any momentum that Elias had built up was erased in hand with Waxman that saw Elias queens outrun by Waxman's jacks, doubling up Waxman and leaving Elias reeling. It wasn't long before Elias' run at back-to-back victories was snuffed out. Matas Cimbolas raised to 50,000 from the button and Elias moved all in the small blind for 645,000. Cimbolas called and showed [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] while Elias was drawing live with [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="9c"] to give Matas top pair and eliminate four-time WPT champion Elias in third place. Waxman began heads-up play with a 2-1 lead over Cimbolas and he never surrendered it, eliminating his Lithuanian opponent after 38 hands of play. Cimbolas completed from the small blind and Waxman checked to see a flop of [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="2h"]. Waxman check-called Cimbolas' bet of 40,000. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and Waxman check-called again, this time for 125,000. The river was the [poker card="8h"] and Waxman checked again. Cimbolas moved all in for 425,000. Waxman used one of this time extension before announcing a call. Cimbolas showed [poker card="th"][poker card="3s"] and Waxman happily tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="7d"] for second pair, good enough to win the pot and eliminate Cimbolas. The event, which allows champions from previous seasons to buy-in for $15,000 while Season XVI earned their entry by winning a WPT title, attracted a record-setting 80 players. This was the first year the event was played in Las Vegas after spending the previous two years at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. Final Table Payouts Matthew Waxman - $463,375 Matas Cimbolas - $265,590 Darren Elias - $177,060 David Benyamine - $123,045 Nick Schulman - $89,290 J.C. Tran - $67,800
  9. [caption id="attachment_619208" align="alignnone" width="1000"] The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl gets underway Sunday night.[/caption] When the Super High Roller Bowl was created in 2015, nobody was quite sure what to make of it. It's since grown into one of the most highly anticipated tournaments of the year and the 2018 event has all the potential to go down as the best yet. The field of 48 players includes some of the best players in the world and is highlighted by Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, and Erik Seidel. Former champions Brian Rast (2015) and Christoph Vogelsang (2017) are in while 2016 champion Rainer Kempe is hoping to win the final seat via satellite on Saturday, May 26. The field includes six of the top earning players of all time and ten players who have been ranked #1 on the Global Poker Index including the current top-ranked player, Adrian Mateos. The U.S. Poker Open and Poker Masters, which make up the other two legs of the High Roller Triple Crown will also be represented by their defending champions, Keith Tilston and Steffen Sontheimer respectively. THE FIELD The 47 confirmed players in the field have a combined $555 million in lifetime earnings. PLAYER EARNINGS PLAYER EARNINGS PLAYER EARNINGS Brandon Adams $3,089,595 Isaac Haxton $18,364,253 David Peters $21,248,708 Sergio Aido $7,214,913 Phil Hellmuth $22,247,568 Nick Petrangelo $10,809,516 Koray Aldemir $8,338,377 Fedor Holz $26,310,621 Doug Polk $9,454,009 John Andress $1,907,801 Matt Hyman $1,944,724 Brian Rast $20,870,265 Mikita Badziakouski $9,232,182 Cary Katz $14,025,248 Arne Ruge $152,847 Dennis Blieden $1,021,980 Byron Kaverman $12,366,380 Jake Schindler $18,364,853 Justin Bonomo $26,866,297 Rainer Kempe $15,459,312 Erik Seidel $34,507,095 Kahle Burns $3,260,332 Bryn Kenney $23,559,851 Dan Shak $9,253,794 Stephen Chidwick $15,583,698 Jason Koon $16,587,794 Talal Shakerchi $4,349,048 Christian Christner $4,025,048 Igor Kurganov $14,999,783 Dan Smith $19,948,430 Seth Davies $1,970,460 Kathy Lehne $980,938 Steffen Sontheimer $8,498,208 Markus Dürnegger $1,501,775 Andrew Lichtenberger $8,544,703 Keith Tilston $2,558,104 Andreas Eiler $4,240,166 Tom Marchese $16,863,175 Ben Tollerene $5,735,406 Antonio Esfandiari $27,628,047 Adrian Mateos $14,230,280 Christoph Vogelsang $16,847,209 Tony G $5,533,300 Daniel Negreanu $36,546,095 Sean Winter $6,300,687 Larry Greenberg $1,639,998 Bill Perkins $2,603,491 Satellite Winner Unknown LIVE STREAMING All four days of action will be streamed live on PokerGO. Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will be in the booth for all four days calling the action. DAY # DATE START TIME 1 May 27 6 pm ET 2 May 28 6 pm ET 3 May 29 4 pm ET 4 May 30 4 pm ET GET IN ON THE ACTION While you probably can't afford the $300,000 buy-in, you can still have a sweat as the Super High Roller Bowl plays down to a winner. PocketFives is hosting a Super High Roller Bowl Fantasy Contest for all members. It's free to enter and will award $1,100 in prizes, including the eventual champion walking away with an Upswing Poker Tournament Master Class subscription. Read the rules and draft your team now.
  10. Clear your schedules for the next two nights as "Godfather Week" takes over Poker After Dark. Doyle Brunson will be joined by a handful of poker’s biggest names as they compete for astronomical stakes in a mixed game cash game on PokerGO. Along with Brunson, Gus Hansen, Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates, Scott Seiver, Brian Rast, and Billy O'Neill will be playing mixed games at limits of $1,500/$3,000. The minimum buy-in is $50,000 and they will be playing HORSE and Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. The action starts at 6 pm ET (3 pm PT) on PokerGO. The all-star team of Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will be in the booth to provide commentary and analysis for both nights of action. Will Hansen Provide the Action? Hansen took a bit of time off from high-stakes poker in more recent years but appears to be back and ready to tackle some of the best at incredible limits. The 'Great Dane' has a career the includes more than $10.2 million in live tournament earnings, and he is also the owner of three WPT titles and one WSOP gold bracelet. Hansen has been known to bring a style all his own to the poker table, and it's often been one that drives a lot of the action in a game. Will we be getting the old Hansen driving play or will we be getting a newer, more tame version of this poker great? That's a question we can't wait to see answered come Tuesday. Cates, Seiver, and Rast Represent Today's Mixed Game Specialists Cates, Seiver, and Rast represent the best mixed game players in poker today. Cates is the youngest of the three at 28, Seiver is the middle child at 33, and then Rast is 36. Their ages may not seem old, but these guys have all played millions of hands of poker between online and live play and regularly lock horns in games of the highest stakes. Having the opportunity to watch the three of them play in such a high-caliber lineup at limits larger than most of the paychecks many of us see on a monthly basis will be nothing short of a treat. It will also provide a great learning experience because with hole cards shown, the audience will be able to pull back the curtain for insight into every street of every hand. Don’t Sleep On Billy O'Neill If there was a name you wouldn't recognize at this table, it'd be that of Billy O'Neill, but don't be surprised if he leaves the game as the biggest winner. If you follow poker closely, you've likely seen his name pop up here or there, or you may recognize his face from a photo or two. Even if you attempted to look up some of his results, you wouldn’t find much. HendonMob.com only has him winning just more than $195,000 and all of those results come from 2010 to 2012. O'Neill is a regular in Bobby's Room at Bellagio or the Ivey Room at ARIA, playing the highest stakes in all games. All of his peers know the level of skill he brings to the table and the stakes won't be foreign to him. The $1,500/$3,000 mixed game action for Godfather Week on Poker After Dark starts Tuesday, October 23, at 6 pm ET on PokerGO. Get your popcorn ready. If you don't already have a PokerGO subscription, sign up using the code "pocket5s" to receive $10 off an annual subscription.
  11. The eighth event of the 2019 US Poker Open is in the books, with Nick Schulman winning the $25,000 8-Game Mix tournament for a score of $270,000. Schulman defeated Brandon Adams in heads-up play to take the title and also earned 350 points in the USPO Championship race. Final Table Results 1. Nick Schulman - $270,000 2. Brandon Adams - $150,000 3. Chris Vitch - $80,000 The event attracted 20 entries to the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with only the top three spots set to reach the money. After the first day of action on Wednesday, just four players remained for Thursday’s finale. That meant one more player had to go home empty-handed. That player turned out to be Randy Ohel, who came into Thursday with the shortest stack and was quickly sent packing in a hand of seven-card stud hi-lo. With three players left in the money, Adams had the chip lead, Schulman was in second, and then Chris Vitch was in a distant third place. Vitch was soon knocked out in third place in a hand of 2-7 triple draw. On his final hand, Vitch had bet and called all in after he was check-raised by Adams before the third draw. Adams stood pat, leaving Vitch to a decision. After taking his time, Vitch eventually decided to stand pat as well, holding [poker card="9x"][poker card="8x"][poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="3x"]. His hand wasn’t good against the [poker card="9x"][poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] of Adams and he was out in third for an $80,000 payday. Knocking out Vitch allowed Adams to enter heads-up play with the chip lead over Schulman. The two were playing for a difference of $120,000 in prize money, the title, and the winner’s share of points. Although Adams began with the chip lead, Schulman quickly battled back and moved into the lead. Schulman won a pretty good-sized pot in Omaha hi-lo, scooped a big batch of chips when Adams tried to bluff him in a hand of no-limit hold’em, and then knocked Adams down further in the razz round. After all of that, Adams was left with just a few bets and the rest of his chips found the middle shortly thereafter. The final hand took place during the limit hold’em round, with Adams starting with just 105,000 in chips. He raised from the button to 100,000, Schulman reraised to put Adams all in, and Adams called with the [poker card="9d"][poker card="2s"]. Schulman had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Tc"]. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="7h"] to eliminate Adams in second place. Adams earned $150,000 and 245 points for his runner-up finish. It was his third cash of the 2019 USPO and moved him to fourth on the overall leaderboard. Schulman scored a winning prize of $270,000 and 350 points. It was his second in-the-money finish of the 2019 USPO and he moved to third on the USPO’s overall leaderboard. USPO Top 10 After Event #8 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 3. Nick Schulman 2 $390,000 410 4. Brandon Adams 3 $314,750 365 5. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 6. Bryn Kenney 2 $477,000 240 7. Lauren Roberts 2 $263,400 240 8. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 9. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 10. Ben Yu 3 $262,800 200   The final table for Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Friday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  12. Chalk up another win for Bryn Kenney in 2019. This time, there was no deal to be made as Kenney knocked out four of his final five opponents en route to a lightning-fast victory in the US Poker Open Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em for $450,000. The 60-entry field was narrowed down to a high-rolling who’s who final table of six. Kenney and Ben Yu were among the chip leaders however, there were four other formidable players in Nick Petrangelo, Keith Tilston, Nick Schulman and, eventual runner-up, Jake Schindler, who were all capable of coming from behind. Final Table Payouts 1. Bryn Kenney - $450,000 2. Jake Schindler - $300,000 3. Ben Yu – $210,000 4. Keith Tilston - $150,000 5. Nick Schulman - $120,000 6. Nick Petrangelo - $90,000 It only took a few hands before the bustouts began. The action folded to Nick Petrangelo in the small blind and he jammed with his remaining 13 big blinds holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="6c"]. Kenney, sitting in the big blind, ended up making the call holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"]. The flop came [poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4s"] giving Petrangelo additional outs with a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="kh"] on the turn put Kenney even further ahead in the hand. The [poker card="3c"]river ended Petrangelo’s run in Event #7 for $90,000. Roughly ten minutes later, Nick Schulman was all in for his tournament life. From the button, Schulman open-shoved his 12 big blind stack with [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"]. Then, from the small blind, Keith Tilston reshoved over the top with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"]. Ben Yu got out of the way and, with the cards on their backs, the duo saw a flop of [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"] providing both players a pair. The [poker card="kd"] turn gave Schulman a few more outs to the straight but the [poker card="8s"] river was no help the PokerGO commentator. Schulman finished in fifth place for $120,000, his second recorded cash of 2019. Even though he had just busted Schulman, Tiltson wasn’t long for this final table. Kenney, having both blinds covered, open-shoved from the button with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"]. Tilston, in the big blind, ended up making the call with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"], putting his tournament at stake. The flop came [poker card="2c"][poker card="ts"][poker card="kc"] providing Tilston some additional gutshot outs but the [poker card="7d"] fell on the turn and the [poker card="td"] on the river, giving the hand to Kenney's pocket threes. Tilston bowed out in fourth place for $150,000. It marks his fifth lifetime cash at the USPO. Ben Yu, who entered the day as the final table chip leader, clashed with Kenney in a huge hand which, in the end, left Yu crippled. Only a few hands after that confrontation, Kenney finished the job. Yu, with less than three big blinds, stuck it in from the small blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] and Kenney snap called holding the [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="3c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="kh"][poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] giving Kenney the flush and ending Yu’s run in third place. Yu picked up $210,000 for his efforts, his third cash of the 2019 USPO series. Kenney held a massive chip lead headed into heads up play, but Schindler started chipping away at it by winning the first few hands. However, as he had for the entirety of this brief final table, Kenney ended up on top in the most important hand. Kenney limped the button with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"] and Schindler shipped his [poker card="ac"][poker card="7d"] which Kenney quickly called. The flop [poker card="2d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="kh"] flop put Kenney in the lead. The turn came the [poker card="2h"] and the river the [poker card="8s"] securing the win for Kenney and providing Schindler the runner-up result and $300,000 in prize money. Kenney, the Aussie Millions Main Event winner, takes home $450,000 for the victory, sending his lifetime career live earnings north of $27,000,000. The final table for Event #8: $25,000 8 Game Mix takes place on Thursday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  13. David Peters, one of the game's top tournament poker players, emerged victorious atop the 33-entry field in the 2019 US Poker Open $100,000 Main Event. Peters was the last man standing from an elite field of players and claimed the $1.32 million first-place prize. With the victory, Peters grabbed 350 points at surged to the top of the US Poker Open Championship leaderboard, beating out Sean Winter by just 10 points to win the overall title and an additional $100,000 in prize money. Final Table Results David Peters - $1,320,000 Chris Hunichen - $858,000 Keith Tilston - $528,000 Martin Zamani - $330,000 Ryan Riess - $264,000 To claim the overall USPO Championship, Peters cashed three times in the high-stakes series. He placed second in Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck for $100,800 and fifth in Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $164,000 ahead of his Main Event victory. All told, Peters earned $1.584 million from his three USPO cashes this year and $1.684 million total when you include the $100,000 championship prize. Peters entered the final day fourth in chips with nine players remaining in the $100,000 Main Event. Leading the way was Chris Hunichen, and Keith Tilston, last year's USPO Main Event winner, was in second. Only the top five places were set to reach the money, but that wasn't the story. Sean Winter entered the 2019 USPO Main Event as the leaderboard frontrunner. He'd need to cash and fade Nick Schulman. If he failed to cash, Winter would be sweating both Schulman and Peters if they were still in. First to bust was Schulman, though, knocking him out of contention for the USPO Championship. He entered the day as the shortest stack and couldn't make anything happen on the final day. Schulman was eliminated in ninth place by Hunichen. With Schulman's bust, all Winter needed to do was cash and he'd lock up the overall USPO title. If he didn't cash, Peters could overtake him by the narrow margin of 10 points if Peters were to win the event. As it turned out, Winter went bust in eighth place when his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="tc"] couldn't win a flip against Tilston's [poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"]. That left Winter without a payday in the $100,000 buy-in Main Event and sitting and waiting to see how Peters would perform. Peters got a boost when he knocked out Jason Koon in seventh place, and then Ryan Riess took out Justin Bonomo in sixth place to send the final five players into the money. After Bonomo's bust, Peters found a double through Hunichen and found himself sitting second in chips heading into a break. Falling in fifth was Riess. He went out at the hands of Tilston and took home $264,000 for his efforts. It was then Martin Zamani hitting the rail in fourth for $330,000. Zamani was also knocked out by Tilston, as the 2018 USPO Main Event winner stretched his lead. After Zamani busted, Peters played an incredibly important pot with his tournament life on the line. He was all in preflop with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"] against Tilston, who had the [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Not only was Peters sweating his tournament life in the 2019 USPO Main Event, but Winter had a lot on the line, too. Peters flopped a queen and held from there to score a big double and move into the chip lead. From that point on, Peters never relinquished the lead. He busted Tilston in third place with his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"] held up against Tilston's [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] and took a chip lead of 4.855 million to 1.745 million into heads-up play against Hunichen. Heads-up play didn't last long. Just a few hands in, Hunichen limped the button with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8c"] at blinds of 40,000-80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante. Peters raised out of the big bling to 320,000 with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9c"]. Hunichen responded by three-bet jamming for 2.65 million and Peters quickly made the call. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] and that was the end of the line for Hunichen, who earned $858,000 for his runner-up performance. USPO Final Standings PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. David Peters 3 $747,400 550 2. Sean Winter 5 $705,950 540 3. Stephen Chidwick 4 $390,000 540 4. Nick Schulman 2 $314,750 410 5. Brandon Adams 3 $897,200 365 6. Koray Aldemir 2 $580,200 340 7. Cary Katz 3 $477,000 340 8. Chris Hunichen 2 $263,400 285 9. Martin Zamani 3 $206,200 280 10. Keith Tilston 2 $442,500 255 2019 US Poker Open Event Recaps Stephen Chidwick Wins US Poker Open Event #1 for $216K Jordan Cristos Takes Down US Poker Open Event #2 for $179K Lauren Roberts Comes From Behind to Win US Poker Open Event #3 Sean Winter Wins U.S. Poker Open Short Deck Event for $151K Ali Imsirovic Cruises To Victory in US Poker Open Event #5 Stephen Chidwick Wins Second 2019 USPO Event; Now Leads USPO Race Bryn Kenney Crushes US Poker Open Event #7 For $450,000 Nick Schulman Wins 2019 US Poker Open 8-Game Mix Title Koray Aldemir Tops Ryan Riess to Win US Poker Open Event #9, $738K
  14. After tabulating the votes of over 130 Nomination Panel members, the Global Poker Index, along with their partner PokerCentral, has unveiled the nominations in thirteen of the 20 categories of the first ever Global Poker Awards. The awards are set to take place on April 5 at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas where poker players and industry members from 10 different nations will be represented in a wide variety of categories that aims to celebrate all aspects of the poker community. PocketFives is well represented within the nominees. The Fives Podcast is one of five nominees for Podcast of the Year and PocketFives' President & Editor in Chief Lance Bradley's book, The Pursuit of Poker Success, Here are the nominees, presented in alphabetical order: Tournament Performance of the Year Justin Bonomo (Super High Roller Bowl IV) John Cynn (2018 World Series of Poker Main Event) Maria Lampropulos (2018 PCA Main Event) Dylan Linde (WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic) Breakout Player of the Year Almedin ‘Ali’ Imsirovic Maria Konnikova Ping Liu Christopher Michael Soyza Streamer of the Year Jeff Gross Jason Somerville Jaime Staples Lex Veldhuis Vlogger of the Year Marle Cordeiro Joe Ingram Andrew Neeme Daniel Negreanu Doug Polk Podcast LFG Podcast PokerCentral Podcast PokerNews Podcast The Chip Race The Fives Poker Podcast Broadcaster Maria Ho Lon McEachern Nick Schulman Lex Veldhuis Poker Journalist Drew Amato Sarah Herring Remko Rinkema Christian Zetzsche Media Content Drew Amato (photo: Brunson bids farewell to WSOP) Lance Bradley (book: The Pursuit of Poker Success) Haley Hintze (article: Vayo v. PokerStars) PokerCentral/PokerGO (Super High Roller Club: Schulman featuring Nejad) Industry Person Angelical Hael (World Poker Tour) Cary Katz (Poker Central) Matt Savage (WPT, TDA) Ty Stewart (World Series of Poker) Rob Yong (Dusk Till Dawn, partypoker) Tournament Director Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock) Paul Campbell (ARIA) Jack Effel (World Series of Poker) Kenny Hallaert (Unibet Open) Mid-Major Tour/Circuit 888poker LIVE RUNGOOD Poker Series Unibet Open WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit Event of the Year partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Super High Roller Bowl IV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic WSOP Main Event Moment of the Year Jeremy Hilsercop received PSPC Platinum Pass via Christmas Day viral video Joe Cada wins The Closer after finishing 5th in WSOP Main Event Doyle Brunson plays his final WSOP event Justin Bonomo wins Big One for One Drop, completing Super High Roller Streak In addition to the above categories, there are seven other awards that will be given out during the ceremony. Due to their results in 2018, Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell will each be receiving awards for the 2018 GPI Player of the Year and the 2018 Female Player of the Year respectively. Along with trophies for Foxen and Bicknell the following categories will be determined by the Global Poker Awards Jury: - Lifetime Achievement in Poker Award - Charitable Initiative - Jury Prize As has been the case in previous GPI award shows, the “people” will have a voice and will vote to award the People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year. Also, PocketFives will be handing out the PocketFives Legacy Award acknowledging a player who has come from the world of online poker to make major contributions to poker’s live tournament scene. The Global Poker Awards can be watched live on PokerGO on April 5.
  15. Not many players can show up to the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions and double their career WPT cashes total. Ole Schemion did exactly that on Monday night, winning the WPT TOC for $440,395 by beating Tony Dunst heads up. Prior to the TOC, Schemion's only cash on the WPT came when he won the WPT European Championship in January, 2018. Two cashes, two wins and $696,000 in total earnings. Schemion started the six-handed final table with over 40% of the chips in play and eliminated the final three players in his way before picking up the title and becoming just the fourth winner of this event. Simon Lam opened to 17,000 from middle position and Nick Schulman called from the cutoff. Ryan Tosoc then shoved for 651,000 from the big blind, forcing Lam to fold. Schulman tank-called all in. Tosoc tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] which put him behind Schulman's [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2c"] flop put Tosoc in front. The [poker card="2d"] turn was no help for Schulman and he failed to connect with any of his three outs on the [poker card="td"] river and was eliminated in sixth place. It wasn't until nearly two hours later before the next elimination occurred. Griffin Paul raised from UTG to 25,000 and Dunst called from the button. After the [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"] flop, Paul bet 18,000. Dunst moved all in for 523,000 sending Paul into the tank. Paul called and turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] for the second nut flush draw but Dunst had flopped bottom set with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"]. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] and the river was the [poker card="tc"] to send Paul out in fifth. As if by clockwork, another two hours passed and there was a player sent to the rail. Schemion raised from UTG to 35,000 and Lam defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"] and Lam check-raised all in for 178,000 in response to Schemion's bet of 50,000. Schemion called and turned over [poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"] for a monster draw while Lam was slightly behind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"] even though he had middle pair. The [poker card="tc"] turn gave Schemion his flush but gave Lam outs to a bigger flush. The river was the [poker card="ah"] however and Lam was sent packing in fourth. Schemion continued to apply pressure three-handed and it took roughly 90 minutes for him to find another victim. Tosoc called from the button, Dunst folded his small blind and Schemion checked. The flop came [poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"] and Schemion bet 40,000 and Tosoc responded by moving all in for 505,000. Schemion called and turned over [poker card="kh"][poker card="2h"] which put him ahead of Tosoc's [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="9d"] turn gave Tosoc some extra outs but the [poker card="js"] river wasn't one of them, giving Schemion the pot and eliminating Tosoc in third place. Schemion started heads-up play the same way he started the final table; with the chip lead. Schemion had Dunst outchipped 2.1M-1.7M. It took just 17 hands a little less than an hour for Schemion to finish things off. Schemion opened to 60,000 before Dunst raised to 250,000. Schemion called and the flop fell [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"]. Dunst check-called Schemion's bet of 200,000. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and Dunst checked again. Schemion fired out a bet of 420,000 and Dunst responded by moving all in for 785,000. Schemion called quickly and turned over [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"] for a flopped straight and Dunst showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="td"] river gave Dunst a meaningless two-pair, eliminating him in second place and giving Schemion his first live win since he took down the PokerStars PCA National Championship in the Bahamas in Janaury. The first event of Season XVIII, the WPT Gardens Poker Festival, is scheduled for the Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, California in from July 20 - 25. The $5,000 buy-in event got 584 entries when it made its WPT debut last summer. Simon Lam took home $565,055 for the win. Final Table Payouts Ole Schemion - $440,395 Tony Dunst - $250,265 Ryan Tosoc - $166,845 Simon Lam - $115,945 Griffin Paul - $84,140 Nick Schulman - $63,890
  16. It was late 2005 and poker was happily enjoying a boom phase that felt like it would never end. As one of the catalysts of the boom, the World Poker Tour was in the midst of unheard of and somewhat unbelievable growth. So much so that, 783 players made their way to Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, for what was, at the time, the single largest WPT event ever, the WPT World Poker Finals. A quiet, sheepish-looking kid named Nick Schulman, who had never cashed in a live tournament before, made his way through that record-sized field to win $2,142,000 and become the youngest WPT winner at the time. "You know it all happened so fast. It was so long ago, I feel a little embarrassed at this point. It was like 60 years ago. I don't think I can remember back that far," Schulman joked during a break at the Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions at the ARIA Resort & Casino. He was just 21 years old and had been crushing online for years at this point. Winning wasn't new to him, and neither was the money that came with being a successful poker player. Being on such a massive stage was new though. "I was young. It was one of my first (live) tournaments. It was an incredible experience - obviously, I had a lot of online experience, but for it to come together live on, I think it was the biggest WPT ever at the time. It was great," Schulman said. Reflecting how that night changed his life, the now 35-year-old admits he might not have been ready to go from screen name to household name. A 21-year-old with a bankroll that could choke a hippo might not have been the best combination for him at the time. "I was kind of an animal. I wasn't really looking at it like that," Schulman said. "I was already deep in the gambling life and it didn't change things as much as it probably should have." His poker career has taken multiple turns since that night at Foxwoods. He's won an additional $9 million since then even though tournaments no longer take up most of his attention. "I guess I've sort of gravitated more to be being a cash game player over the years. I still play some WPTs and I've just been a professional poker player and I've leaned cash games," Schulman said. Even though his WPT win came almost 14 years ago, Schulman couldn't turn down a chance to play the WPT Tournament of Champions, especially after another former champ and good friend of his made the trip to Las Vegas to play. "It's a nice event. A buddy of mine, Taylor von Kriegenbergh, came out and he's playing it. I'm just kind of hanging out with him and playing it as well," Schulman said. "I love to play No Limit tournaments. A $15K No Limit tournament is right up my alley." As for the rest of his summer, Schulman doesn't know what's in store for him. The WSOP could be a draw, but Las Vegas high stakes cash games get very juicy during that time. "I don't know yet. I can't pin it down at this point," Schulman said. "I'm just going to see how the cash games develop and take it day-by-day."
  17. If you tuned into the World Series of Poker Main Event broadcast on Sunday, you were mostly viewing a feature table that had Nick Schulman and Loni Harwood as the prominent players. If you stuck around to watch, you likely noticed the player in Seat 2, well-built with a neatly trimmed beard and strong table presence. That's Ryan Pochedly. Living in Pennsylvania, Pochedly got his start in poker "like everybody else." He started playing in college, deposited some money with an online poker site, and never looked back. Today, poker is Pochedly’s profession and he's looking forward to regulated online poker coming to his home state. "I started playing online," Pochedly said. "I put like $30 on Pacific Poker and grinded it up from there." Pochedly performed well under the bright lights and television cameras, picking up chips and confidently building his stack. It was evident that he might’ve done this before. "I was on a live stream once when I final tabled a turbo event at the World Series a few years ago, but this was the first time for me being on live television," Pochedly told PocketFives. "It was really cool and I enjoyed it." Looking up Pochedly’s records, he had a deep WSOP Main Event finish in 2012, taking 182nd for $44,655. Scanning Pochedly’s list of results a little more reveals that he’s had 14 prior WSOP cashes, including the 2012 WSOP Main Event run and a WSOP final table in 2016 when he placed eighth in a $1,000 turbo event. "It definitely helps because I’m not as nervous as I would have been years ago," Pochedly said of how his prior WSOP experience has been helping him this year. "The first time I had a deep WSOP Main Event run, I had trouble sleeping and stuff like that. So far, so good. I’m sleeping like a baby, and I’m not tired or anything." Pochedly's career-best score is $101,105 from 2015 at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. In the Big Stax XI $1,600 event, Pochedly topped the field of 259 entries for the victory. The following year, he won another tournament at Part. This time it was the Big Stax XIX $340 tournament for $78,244. In that one, Pochedly topped a much larger field of 1,722 entries. In May 2019, just before the World Series of Poker, Pochedly finished fifth for $50,797 in the WPTDeepStacks Big Stax XXIX $340 event. All of those results are live tournament scores, but Pochedly is as excited as anyone about the thought of PA online poker opening up soon. When he was asked about how he felt about it, a smile came across his face before he gave his answer. "I'm probably one of the most excited guys about [online poker returning to Pennsylvania]," Pochedly said. "I used to play a lot online, and I’m looking forward to playing cash and then tournaments on Sundays and pretty much every day." Pochedly finished Day 2c of the 2019 WSOP Main Event with 182,000 in chips and will be back in action on Monday at 12 p.m. PT.
  18. Nick Schulman spends a lot of time in the commentary booth during the World Series of Poker but on Monday he wasn't able to do the commentary for one of the $10,000 Championship events. He was busy winning it. Schulman was the sole bracelet winner on Monday as nearly every table was in play for the opening day of one of the new additions to the schedule. Nick Schulman Wins $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo for Bracelet #3 Nick Schulman arrived at the Rio on Monday with the chip lead and just six other players standing between him and the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship title. It took just a smidge over five hours, including four hours of heads-up play, for Schulman to stand tall against a stacked final table and earn his third WSOP bracelet. Schulman eliminated three of the six including Joe Hachem in third place and Brian Hastings in second. The four-hour long heads-up battle so each player hold the chip lead before Schulman ultimately prevailed. Schulman, who last won a bracelet in 2012, tweeted after his win a tongue-in-cheek Marlo Stanfield warning for the rest of the poker world. The win came with $463,670 for Schulman while Hastings, who was 4-0 when heads-up for a bracelet before Monday, took home $286,570 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Nick Schulman - $463,670 Brian Hastings - $286,570 Joe Hachem - $201,041 Denis Strebkov - $143,700 Christopher Vitch - $104,688 Corey Hochman - $77,763 Michael McKenna - $58,918 Bryce Yockey - $45,551 $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em (Event #64) Just 91 players remain after Day 2 of the $888 Crazy Eights event with none other than 888poker Team Pro Vivian Saliba among the chip leaders. Saliba ended with the fourth-best stack at the end of the 10 levels of play trailing only Ryan Leng, Scott Davies, and leader Natalia Panchenko. Some of the more notable names to move on to Day 3 include Jerry Odeen, Leo Margets, Martijn Gerrits, Matt Matros, and Jesse Sylvia. The day started with 1,223 players still in contention. There were a number of players who didn't make it through the day but did manage to pick up an in-the-money finish including Max Steinberg, Asher Conniff, Ryan Laplante, Jay Farber, Ryan Riess, Cliff Josephy, Josh Arieh, Anatoly Filatov, Calvin Anderson, Blair Hinkle, Greg Raymer, and Alex Foxen. Day 3 begins at Noon PT and is scheduled for 10 more 60-minute levels. Top Chip Counts Natalia Panchenko - 11,870,000 Scott Davies - 11,855,000 Ryan Leng - 11,765,000 Vivian Saliba - 9,565,000 Roland Rokita - 9,515,000 Andrew Brokos - 9,485,000 Jean Fabre - 9,305,000 Oren Rosen - 8,550,000 Rick Alvarado - 8,475,000 Jeanpierre Besancon - 8,190,000 David 'ODB' Baker Leads $1,500 Limit Hold'em Final Six David 'ODB' Baker started Day 3 of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead and then worked his way through 15 other players to finish with the chip leading with just six players remaining. Baker nearly doubled his stack on Monday, finishing with 2,493,000 after starting with 1,275,000. The player closest to Baker is Ruiko Mamiya with 1,551,000. Brian Kim is the only other player in seven-figure territory with 1,106,000. Chris Ferguson sits fifth in what is his third final table and 15th cash of the summer. Daniel Negreanu busted in 20th place for his 12th cash of the summer. Matt Glantz, Roland Israelashvili, and Greg Mueller also busted on Monday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Payouts David 'ODB' Baker - 2,493,000 Ruiko Mamiya - 1,551,000 Brian Kim - 1,106,000 Dominzo Love - 620,000 Chris Ferguson - 246,000 Chicong Nguyen - 152,000 Old School Representing Well in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eli Elezra already picked up one bracelet this summer for the Old School Set and on Monday he made all the rights moves to put himself in position for another. And he's got some Old School company. Elezra finished Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event with 1,362,000 and the chip lead with just 16 players left. Right behind Elezra is Mike Matusow with 1,005,000. Andrey Zhigalov, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $10,000 Razz event, bagged up the third biggest stack with 968,000. Anthony Zinno, Ryan Hughes, Robert Campbell, and Yueqi Zhu all bagged up top 10 stacks as well. There were 17 players who took advantage of the start-of-Day 2 registration period to push the total field to 151 players, a 10-player bump over the 2018 field. Day 3 begins at 2 PM PT and is scheduled to play down to six players. Top 10 Chip Counts Eli Elezra - 1,362,000 Mike Matusow - 1,005,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 968,000 Anthony Zinno - 738,000 Steven Wolansky - 733,000 Qinghai Pan - 727,000 Ryan Hughes - 601,000 Mike Wattel - 596,000 Robert Campbell - 528,000 Yueqi Zhu - 410,000 $1,000 Mini Main Event (Event #69) One of the new additions to the WSOP schedule this summer could be offering a hint at massive things to come in the Main Event. The $1,000 Mini Main Event runs the same structure as the $10,000 Main Event with 30-minute levels. WSOP officials were expecting somewhere in the neighhorhood of 3,000 players for this event. Then 5,521 players showed up. All of the tables inside the Rio were in use and hallways snaked throughout the hallways as players waited for their chance to sit down and play. Lula Taylor finished Day 1 with 2,695,000 and the chip lead. Liran Betito isn't far behind with 2,625,000. Heidi Orloff bagged up 1,935,000 for the third best stack. Rex Clinkscales, Yuval Bronshtein, and Chris Ferguson all managed to make it through Day 2. Just 546 players made it through Day 1 with 280 of those eliminated finishing in the money. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Lula Taylor - 2,695,000 Liran Betito - 2,625,000 Heidi Orloff - 1,935,000 Alexis Urli - 1,925,000 Lazaro Hernandez - 1,890,000 Kunal Punjwani - 1,765,000 Aleksandr Merzhvinskii - 1,725,000 Ming Li - 1,700,000 Gal Sharvit - 1,670,000 Brian Andrews - 1,640,000 Barry Hutter Leads $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em The $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event always draws some of the best NLHE players in the world. Barry Hutter worked his way through 539 of them to lead the remaining 212 players into Day 2. Hutter ended the 10 levels of play with 400,000. Darren Elias, Roberto Romanello, Samuel Vousden, Brian Yoon, Cord Garcia, Peter Traply, Chris Hunichen, Ryan Laplante, Koray Aldemir, and Dan Smith all advanced to Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Barry Hutter - 400,000 Eder Murata - 319,300 Faisal Shihabi - 291,600 Darren Elias - 257,500 Joseph Couden - 256,700 Tamer Kamel - 236,500 Torrey Korsog - 233,700 Alberto Morales - 232,400 Alexandros Theologis - 227,300 Pfizer Jordan - 218,700
  19. Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker saw three players from three different countries win the first bracelets of their careers including an American pro taking down the largest Online Championship event in history. Sejin Park Takes Down Colossus for $451K For the second time in a week, a South Korean player has won a WSOP bracelet. Sejin Park started the final table with the third shortest stack and battled his way to having the chip lead heads-up before eliminating Georgios Kapalas to win the bracelet. Park, a 37-year-old poker pro, had never cashed a WSOP event before. Along with sending Kapalas to the rail, Park also eliminated Norson Saho in sixth and Juan Lopez in fourth. Park banked a career-best $451,272 score for the win. Kapalas, who started the day with the biggest stack, took home $278,881 for his second-place finish. Kapalas was also responsible for three eliminations at the final table. Final Table Payouts Sejin Park - $451,272 Georgios Kapalas - $278,881 Ryan Depaulo - $208,643 Juan Lopez - $157,106 Andrew Barber - $119,072 Norson Saho - $90,838 Patrick Miller - $69,757 Maksim Kalman - $53,925 Diego Lima - $41,965 Russian Anatolii Zyrin Binks $1,500 Omaha Mix Rich Zhu almost defended his title. The only player who prevented was Russian poker streamer Anatolii Zyrin. The 29-year-old Zyrin actually trailed Zhu when heads-up play began. It took a little more than an hour for Zyrin to flip the script and eventually eliminate Zhu in second place. This is Zyrin's eighth cash of the 2019 WSOP. He finished runner-up to Brett Apter in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event in early June. Zhu, who won this event last summer, took home $123,466 for his runner-up finish. This is Zhu's 10th cash this summer and 88th of his career. James Van Alstyne finished third for $84,106. Final Table Payouts Anatolii Zyrin - $199,838 Yueqi Zhu - $123,466 James Van Alstyne - $84,106 Mesbah Guerfi - $58,289 Aron Dermer - $41,112 Iori Yogo - $29,518 Alan Sternberg - $21,582 Ivo Donev - $16,075 Nicholas 'Illari' Baris Takes Down $1,000 Online Championship Nicholas 'Illari' Baris beat out a record-setting field to win $303,738.75 and the first WSOP bracelet of his career. Baris beat Tara 'bertperton' Cain heads-up to win the title. Cain ended up with a $187,530 payday. William 'TheBurrSir' Lamb rounded out the podium finishers with a third-place result and won $113,332.50. Chris Ferguson finished seventh. This is the largest field in the history of the $1,000 Online Championship. The 1,750 runners beat the 2018 field by 115 players. Final Table Payouts Nicholas 'Illari' Baris - $303,738.75 Tara 'bertperton' Cain - $187,530 William 'TheBurrSir' Lamb - $113,332.50 David 'YoungPitts' Baker - $96,092.50 Jason 'LuckDuck' Lawhun - $69,991.25 Jack 'Mr. Yang' Maskill - $51,703.75 Chris 'Camdi' Ferguson - $38,736.25 Ryan 'PlzCumAgain' Jones - $29,260 Antonio 'karma007' Guerrero - $22,443.75 Massive Day 1D Field in $888 Crazy Eights The $888 Crazy Eights event kept the hallways at the Rio packed on Sunday with 4,494 players pushing the four-day total to 10,188. Just 561 players survived Day 1D with Luis Pinho bagging up 1,419,000 for the biggest stack through all four starting flights. Gal Erlichman finished with 1,275,000 for the second-best stack while Vlad Darie rounded out the top three with 1,200,000. Everybody in the top 10 from Day 1D finished with more than 1,000,000 in chips. Some of the notables who managed to make it through Day 1D include Chance Kornuth, Andrew Brokos, Ryan Leng, Mark Radoja, Greg Merson, Anatoly Filatov, William Kassouf, Greg Raymer, Jay Farber, and Ryan Riess. The 1,223 players who survived the four opening flights will be back in action on Monday beginning at Noon PT. Top Day 1D Chip Counts Luis Pinho - 1,419,000 Gal Erlichman - 1,275,000 Vlad Darie - 1,200,000 Muhammad Abdel Rahim - 1,118,000 Pierre Merlin - 1,085,000 Nino Ullman - 1,074,000 Artem Metalidi - 1,052,000 Kee Fredkove - 1,041,000 Soukha Kachittavong - 1,030,000 Grayson Ramage - 1,030,000 Nick Schulman Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Final Table Just seven players are still standing after three days of play in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and Nick Schulman stands tallest among them all. Schulman bagged up 3,355,000 and leads Brian Hastings by 620,000. Hastings, who has four bracelets including two $10,000 Championship events, bagged up 2,735,000. Right behind him is 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem with 2,430,000. 2018 World Championship of Online Poker leaderboard winner Denis Strebkov finished with 885,000 for the fifth-biggest stack. The day started with 43 players and after 14 players busted without cashing to burst the bubble, Steven Wolansky busted in 29th place to 13th cash of the summer. He's now tied with four other players for the most cashes this year. Other players who busted in the money include Randy Ohel, Dylan Wilkerson, Leif Force, Darryll Fish, Matt Vengrin, Connor Drinan, and Bryce Yockey. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Nick Schulman - 3,355,000 Brian Hastings - 2,735,000 Joe Hachem - 2,430,000 Christopher Vitch - 1,940,000 Denis Strebkov - 885,000 Corey Hochman - 170,000 Michael McKenna - 65,000 David 'ODB' Baker Leads Final 21 in $1,500 Limit Hold'em David Baker already won a World Poker Tour title this year. On Sunday, he took a step towards adding a WSOP bracelet to his list of 2019 accomplishments. Baker, who won his only WSOP bracelet in 2012, finished Day 2 of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event with 1,275,000 and a massive lead over the rest of the field. Ron Carmona bagged the second largest stack with 488,000. Right behind him is Ruiko Mamiya with 486,000. Chris Ferguson, who finished seventh in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Online Championship, bagged up the sixth biggest stack in this event. Other familiar faces who advanced to Day 3 include Greg Mueller, Matt Glantz, and Daniel Negreanu. The final 21 return to action at 2 PM PT and will play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts David 'ODB' Baker - 1,275,000 Ron Carmona - 488,000 Ruiko Mamiya - 486,000 Nicholas Pupillo - 403,000 Brian Kim - 373,000 Chris Ferguson - 361,000 Dominzo Love - 360,000 Kenneth Donoghue - 324,000 Greg Mueller - 262,000 Matt Glantz - 247,000 Ali Eslami Leads Day 1 of $10K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Ali Eslami hasn't cashed in a WSOP event in five years, but he finished Day 1 of the $10,00 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event atop the 68 players who made it through the day. Eslami finished with 275,000 to edge out Rich Zhu, who registered only after busting the $1,500 Mixed Omaha event in second-place. The event drew 134 runners with registration open until the start of Day 2. Eli Elezra, Jon Turner, Anthony Zinno, Jason Mercier, Randy Ohel, Jeff Lisandro, Jake Schwartz, Brandon Shack-Harris, Erik Seidel, Chris Bjorin, and Dan Zack also bagged up chips to advance to Day 2. Play resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Ali Eslami - 275,500 Yueqi Zhu - 272,000 Andres Norbe - 266,500 Eli Elezra - 264,000 Harvey Goldstein - 242,500 Jon Turner - 229,500 Anthony Zinno - 223,000 Jason Mercier - 216,500 Randy Ohel - 195,500 Perry Friedman - 191,000
  20. Jared Bleznick has had a few close calls in live tournament play over the years, most notably at the World Series of Poker where he had a runner-up finish in 2013 and three third places finishes, one in 2017 and two this past summer. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Bleznick beat a talented group of players at the final table to win the Poker Masters $10,000 8-Game Mix event for the first live win of his career. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] It didn't take long to lose a player. The first elimination coming during a hand of Deuce to Seven Triple Draw just four minutes in. Brandon Adams raised to 100,000 with [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"], George Wolff re-raised to 150,000 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2d"], Nick Schulman called from the big blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"] and Adams called to close the betting. Schulman picked up the [poker card="6d"], Adams drew the [poker card="8h"], and Wolff stood pat. Adams checked, Wolff bet 50,000, Schulman and Adams both called. Schulman drew the [poker card="qc"], Adams picked up the [poker card="7s"] and Wolff stayed pat. Action checked to Wolff and he bet his last 60,000. Schulman and Adams both called again. Schulman picked up the [poker card="8d"], Adams drew the [poker card="7c"] and Wolff stood pat a final time. Schulman bet and Adams folded, and Wolff was eliminated when his 9-6 was bested by Schulman's 8-5. Ten minutes later, Adams ended up on the outside as well. With Adams down to just 65,000 and paying 50,000 for the big blind, action folded to Schulman and he raised to 100,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"] and Adams called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"]. Schulman drew the [poker card="5d"] and Adams drew the [poker card="9s"] and the [poker card="6s"]. Schulman stood pat over the next two draws and Adams was unable to improve to a hand better than Schulman's 8-7 and was eliminated in sixth. Triple Draw was the game in play for another bustout just eight minutes after Adams left. Action folded to Jake Abdalla in the small blind and he raised all-in to 80,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] and Mike Gorodinsky called from the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6c"]. Through the three draws, Gorodinsky improved to a 7-6 and Abdalla was unable to avoid a paired hand and was eliminated in fifth. Bleznick picked up his first victim of the final table in a hand of No Limit Hold'em. Gorodisnky moved all-in for 415,000 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"] and Bleznick took some time to think through his options before calling with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="3h"] to leave Bleznick in front and eliminate Gorodinsky in fourth place. The game had rotated to Seven Card Stud Eight or Better when Schulman attempted to make a stand. Schulman got the last of his 370,000 chips in the middle with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4d"] against Bleznick's [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"]. Bleznick improved to two pair to beat Schulman's pair of kings and eliminate him in third. Bleznick and Cary Katz played heads-up for 20 minutes before they clashed in a hand of Pot Limit Omaha. With the board showing [poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="ad"], Bleznick checked and Katz bet 450,000. Bleznick re-raised to put Katz all-in, Katz called and showed [poker card="th"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4c"] which put him behind Bleznick's [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"][poker card="td"][poker card="2d"]. The river was the [poker card="qs"] to eliminate Katz and give Bleznick the first live tournament win of his career. Final Table Payouts Jared Bleznick - $153,000 Cary Katz - $99,000 Nick Schulman- $67,500 Mike Gorodinsky - $45,000 Jake Abdalla - $36,000 Brandon Adams - $27,000 George Wolff - $22,500 Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 420 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Alex Foxen - 270 Thai Ha - 210 Cary Katz - 210 Ralph Wong - 150 Sam Soverel - 150
  21. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC
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