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  1. UK high-stakes tournament pro Lucas Reeves joined the elite company of Darren Elias and Michael Addamo this week by becoming just the third player to win the weekly GGPoker Super MILLION$ two or more times. In the 33rd edition of the $10K buy-in event, Reeves emerged from the middle of the final table chip counts to take down the tournament and lock up the $408,406 first-place prize. Reeves is now two-for-two at Super MILLION$ final tables with his first victory coming back in December, when he earned $381,241 while playing under his original screen name ‘Xingyun888’. This week marked the fifteenth time Reeves participated in the Super MILLION$ and he has now amassed a total of just over $811,000 in his three cashes. When nine-handed play began Reeves was sitting fifth in chips, surrounded by another final table packed with top-tier talent. Ole Schemion and worldwide #3-ranked Michael ‘SirWatts’ Watson were above him on the chip counts while Daniel Dvoress and Connor Drinan were beneath, looking to chip up. For his part, Drinan was never able to get anything going. The PokerStars SCOOP record holder started the day as the short stack and subsequently was the first to hit the rail. After dwindling down in chips, Drinan open-shipped his short stack with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] and fellow Canadian Watson made the call in the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out nine-high and Drinan, who currently sits third in overall Super MILLION$ earnings, used the ninth-place prize of $51,051 to climb over $1.5 million in total Super MILLION$ prize money. After Reeves opened [poker card="qc"][poker card="8d"] on the button, the UK’s ’WanYu’ three-bet his [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"] from the small blind with 15 big blinds. Dvoress then shipped his [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] over ’WanYu’ from the big blind and, after Reeves got out of the way, ’WanYu’ committed the rest of his stack. The [poker card="js"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4d"] flop paired ‘WanYu’, but the [poker card="2d"] brought Dvoress some additional flush outs. The [poker card="6d"] on the river completed the runner-runner flush for Dvoress, sending ‘WanYu’ out in eighth place for $66,205. Sweden’s Melker Larsson won his way into this week’s Super MILLION$ by first winning a $100 satellite into a $1,000 satellite and then winning that satellite for his seat into the $10K. After all of that winning, he cruised through the 202 player field and emerged as this week’s final table chip leader. However, with seven left, Larsson found himself in the bottom half of the chip counts. After Dvoress opened from late position with [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"], New Zealand’s David Yan put in a three-bet on the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"]. Schemion, in the small blind, folded and Larsson, with roughly 20 big blinds, moved all-in from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. Dvoress folded and Yan made the quick call putting Larsson’s tournament at risk. The [poker card="ah"] hit the flop and held through the river, ending Larsson’s incredible run in seventh place for $85,857, the largest online cash of his career. Finland’s Eelis Parssinen, was the next to go when he moved all-in with his last five big blinds with [poker card="qc"][poker card="7c"] and got called by Yan in the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. The flop came [poker card="jc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"], but it was the [poker card="ks"] turn that really ended the tournament for Parssinen who exited in sixth place for $111,342. One of the biggest hands of the tournament took place with just five left. From late position, Yan opened with [poker card="ac"][poker card="2h"] prompting a short-stacked Schemion to move all-in for his final ten big blinds with [poker card="ts"][poker card="th"]. In the small blind, Watson, who covered Schemion also moved all-in holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"]. In the big blind, Reeves woke up with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"] and followed suit by shipping his stack. Yan quickly folded and it was a three-way all-in. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9d"] giving Reeves top set, Schemion a gutshot straight draw, and leaving Watson drawing dead to running quads. The turn was the [poker card="9s"], essentially ending the hand. Despite making a full house on the [poker card="td"] river, Schemion was ousted in fifth for $144,393. Watson was crippled from the previous hand and left with a stack of less than four big blinds. He immediately moved all-in with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and was called by Dvoress in the big blind with [poker card="2s"][poker card="2c"]. Dvoress held through the [poker card="th"][poker card="tc"][poker card="td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="jh"] board and ‘SirWatts’ finished his fifth Super MILLION$ final table in fourth place for $187,255. The final three proceeded to pass the chip lead around, evening out the stacks for a time. But after a big clash with Yan, Reeves built his chip stack up over 10 million which gave him a lead he wouldn't surrender. With his commanding chip lead, Reeves open-shipped holding the [poker card="qs"][poker card="7s"] on Dvoress. Dvoress had just over 10 big blinds and called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="3s"] with his tournament on the line. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4c"] flop put Reeves in the lead. The [poker card="5s"] turn gave Dvoress some additional straight outs, but the [poker card="jh"] brick on the river ended Dvoress’ tournament in third-place where he collected $242,840. Heads-up play lasted just six hands when Yan, at a 3:1 chip deficit, raised on the button with [poker card="5h"][poker card="5d"]. In the big blind, Reeves moved all-in with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and Yan called with his pocket pair. The [poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"] flop gave both players plenty of ways to win the hand, but it was the [poker card="jc"] on the turn that gave Reeves the nut flush and left Yan drawing dead to the [poker card="3d"] river. It was another solid showing for Yan who now has three Super MILLION$ final tables and with his $314,924 runner-up prize, now has earned over $908,000 in this tournament series alone. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (1/26) 1. Lucas Reeves - $408,406 2. David Yan - $314,924 3. Daniel Dvoress - $242,840 4. Michael Watson - $187,255 5. Ole Schemion - $144,393 6. Eelis Parssinen - $111,342 7. Melker Larsson - $85,857 8. ‘WanYu’ - $66,205 9. Connor Drinan - $51,051
  2. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event has arrived. The unique live-online hybrid solution to finding a successor to current reigning World Champion Hossein Ensan gives players, both in the United States and internationally, one final shot at winning a gold bracelet in 2020. Last updated: Sunday, December 7, 2020 The tournament, which comes with a traditional $10,000 buy-in and is a true freezeout, will hold all of its starting flights online. Players in the United States can travel to Nevada or New Jersey to play in a single opening flight on WSOP.com while international players have three starting flights to choose from on GGPoker. These two separate online tournaments will spawn two different final tables which will be played out live. The final nine from the WSOP.com player pool will determine a winner in Las Vegas as GGPoker's final table will battle it out at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Ultimately, the winner of each final table will face off in a winner-take-all heads-up battle in front of the ESPN camera on December 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner of that match will take home an additional $1 million and the title of WSOP World Champion. WSOP Main Event Schedule (GGPoker) [table id=130 /] WSOP Main Event Schedule (WSOP.com) [table id=128 /] Julian Menhardt Leads GGPoker Day 1A Survivors [caption id="attachment_633135" align="aligncenter" width="799"] The opening flights of the 2020 World Series of Poker are underway online. (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] The first flight of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event had 246 entries take their one-and-only shot in the $10,000 buy-in tournament. At the end of 16 30-minute levels, just 62 players advanced to day two with Germany’s Julian ‘VWgunther’ Menhardt bagging the chip lead with 534,490 chips (107 big blinds). Germany’s Paul ‘AsiaStylez’ Esau finished the day with 472,075 (94 bbs) for second in chips while the Netherlands Dirk Gerritse rounded out the top three with a 472,075 stack (91 bbs). Plenty of star power entered and survived through Day 1A. This includes former WSOP Main Event standout Preben Stokkan, a pair of Brazil’s best in Brunno Botteon and former #1-ranked player Yuri Dzivielevski, Anatoly Filatov, Daniel Dvoress, and Russia’s Artur Martirosian among others. For others though, the dream of becoming the WSOP Main Event champ will have to wait another year. Fedor Holz, Kristen Bicknell, Christian Rudolph, Julien Martini, and former #1-ranked players Steven van Zadelhoff and Andreas Nemeth were among those notable players who busted before the day was done. Joining them on the rail are the likes of Pablo Brito Silva, Jans Arends, Ole Schemion, Rainer Kempe, Christian Jeppsson, Sebastian Sikorski, and Patrik Antonius. The players that made it through to Day 2 of the WSOP 2020 Main Event will return to the online tables on December 7 and merge with the remaining fields of Day 1B and Day 1C to play down to a final table of nine. Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=129 /] Blaž Žerjav Takes Overall Chip Lead On Day 1B [caption id="attachment_633168" align="aligncenter" width="696"] The 2020 WSOP Main Event has a new chip leader after Day 1B. (photo: PokerFactor)[/caption] The World Series of Poker 2020 Main Event continued on December 5 as 171 players opted to take their $10,000 shot on Day 1B. After roughly nine-and-a-half hours of play, 16 total levels, just 42 players survived the day with their dream of becoming the next WSOP World Champion in tact. Slovania’s Blaž Žerjav, third-place finisher in the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online, finished the day atop the chip counts with a stack of 639,394 (128 bbs), good for an overall chip lead through two flights. Žerjav was followed closely by Brazil’s #9-ranked player, Rodrigo Valente (592,043, 118 bbs) in second place and Isreal’s Amir Divr (538,003, 108 bbs) in third. Online poker’s former #1-ranked crusher from Russia, Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov was the only other player to end the day with over 100bbs, finishing in fourth place with 551,114 in chips, good for 102 big blinds. Day 1B saw its share of notable names make it through to Day 2 including World Series of Poker gold bracelet winners Simon Lofberg, Toby Joyce, and Barak Wisbrod. Joining them in advancing was the likes of PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo SHR winner Sergio Aido, Swedish pros Anton Wigg and Simon Mattsson, as well as PokerStars WCOOP winner Alex Difelice. With nearly 3/4th of the field busting throughout the day, it’s fair to say that there was plenty of big-time talent that found themselves on the outside looking in. Some of those who shot and missed included GGPoker ambassadors Felipe Ramos and Kevin Martin, 888poker ambassador Daria Feshchenko, Team partypoker pro Dzmitry Urbanovich, Sylvain Loosli, Bert ‘girafganger’ Stevens, Jens Kyllonen, Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, Adrian Mateos, and former #1-ranked Swedish pro Niklas Astedt. Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=133 /] Senthuran Vijayaratnam Tops Day 1C, Takes Overall Chip Lead Into Day 2 The final starting day of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on GGPoker saw another 257 players post their $10,000 buy-in to boost the field size to a three-day total of 674 runners. This landed the total prize pool at $6,470,400 assuring a seven-figure score of $1,550,969 for GGPoker’s eventual winner as well as awarding $1,062,723 for the runner-up. At the end of another 16 levels, 75 players virtually bagged chips in Day 1C making for a total remaining field size of just 179 players who will return for Day 2 on Monday. Of those still in the hunt to become the 2020 WSOP World Champion, 80 will make the money and just nine will lock up a seat at the live final table, which set to take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic on December 16. Canada’s Senthuran Vijayaratnam leveraged the largest of the three starting flights to launch himself to the top of the overall chip counts. Vijayaratnam has a healthy lead on the field after dragging 966,714 (193 bbs) in chips, a number far above the tournament’s second-place player, the UK’s Jesse Wigan. Wigan just out chipped Day 1b chip leader Blaž Žerjav after finishing the day with 642,276 (128 bbs) in chips. Russia’s Viacheslav Buldygin rounds out the Day 1C top three, locking up 480,671 in chips to advance to Day 2. Day 1C had its fair share of notable names who made their way to the end of the day including WSOP bracelet winners Jonas Lauck and Sung Joo Hyun. Joining them in advancing to Day 2 include the likes of Gediminas Uselis, Damian Salas, Alexandros Kolonias, Ludovic Geilich, Antonine Saout, and Gary Hasson among others. Just like all of the other starting flights before it, Day 1C also saw plenty of big-time talent bust out before the end of the day. Eleven former bracelet winners failed to advance including GGPoker ambassador Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Davidi Kitai, Mike Leah, and 2020 WSOP Online Main Event winner Stoyan Madanzhiev. It was the same fate for the notable names of Dietrich Fast, Patrick Tardif, Dario Sammartino, Benjamin Rolle, Maksim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov, Mikita Badziakouski, David Peters, Kitty Kuo, and 2014 WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson. Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=134 /] Day 1 Combined Top 10 Chip Counts [table id=135 /]
  3. [caption width="640"] Fabian Quoss defeated Ole Schemion in the €50,000 High Roller during the EPT Grand Final (photo credit Danny Maxwell)[/caption] It took extra innings, but Fabian Quoss won the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final €50,000 Single-Day Super High Roller. The Single-Day High Roller, which started at on Sunday, drew 70 total entries. It was scheduled to last just one day, but due to casino limitations, Quoss and Ole Schemion had to finish the tournament on Monday. As soon as the final river was dealt, Quoss and fellow German Schemion clasped hands, hugged, and went to a unified German rail. "I'm very excited to win," Quoss said. "I'm also super tired." A half-hour earlier, Quoss and Schemion agreed to a deal in which the latter got €857,241, while Quoss earned €799,059. Left on the table to play for was €50,000 in cash and a gold trophy. Schemion was fresh off winning the Super High Roller on Saturday. Fedor Holz held a massive chip lead when the final table began on Sunday. His 4.5 million in chips were almost twice what the next closest player had. Steve O'Dwyer was eliminated in ninth place for €98,480. Just after blind levels increased to 50,000/100,000, O'Dwyer shoved for 470,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="4s"] and Aidyn Auyezkanov called all-in with two queens. Auyezkanov flopped top set and ducked a straight draw on the river to cripple O'Dwyer, who was eliminated on the next hand holding less than one small blind. O'Dwyer won January's $50,000 High Roller Event at the PCA for almost $1 million. His ninth place finish in the Grand Final High Roller should put him in the lead for EPT Player of the Year. Next to go was David Peters, who hit the rail in eighth place for €129,050. In the very last hand of Level 22, Peters called all in before the flop after a shove from Holz. Peters showed [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"], while Holz was ahead with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"]. Neither player improved and Peters exited stage right. Prior to Sunday, Peters' last nine in the money finishes in live events were top-five finishes. Just after the new blind level started, Michael Bonzon, who won his seat into the event via a qualifier on Saturday, was eliminated in seventh place for €166,400. After a raise pre-flop by Fabian Quoss to 250,000, Bonzon shoved over the top for 720,000. Quoss called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"] and Bonzon flipped over [poker card="ad"][poker card="2d"]. Despite being behind, Quoss hit a queen on the flop and a king on the river for good measure to trim the field to six. Seven minutes after Bonzon was eliminated, Mikita Badziakouskifollowed him out the door in sixth place for €210,530. Badziakouski shoved for his last five big blinds from the big blind and Quoss looked him up with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. Badziakouski tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"], but watched as no ace, no queen, and four red cards hit the board. That hand propelled Quoss into the chip lead. It was the fourth elimination in an hour time span. After leading much of the final table, Holz was sent packing in fifth place for €271,670. Holz pushed for his last 790,000 – four big blinds – and Quoss and Schemion called. Holz's opponents checked down every street and he flipped over [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"]. Unfortunately for Holz, Quoss, holding just [poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"], hit a four on the river to trim the field once more. An all in-fest then ensued, with Murad Akhundov, the short stack, eventually becoming the next casualty. Akhundov open-shoved for 1.4 million with pocket fives, but ended up in a race against Aidyn Auyezkanov, who had [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"]. No set was in store for Akhundov, who was sent packing in fourth place for €349,760. Following Akhundov's elimination, Schemion, who won the €100,000 Super High Roller on Saturday, officially became Germany's all-time money leader at well over $10 million. He passed Tobias Reinkemeier, who has $10.5 million. Auyezkanov, playing his first live event, went out in third place for €463,510, setting up a heads-up battle between Quoss and Schemion. Auyezkanov raised to 700,000 from the button with red tens and got a call from Quoss, who had a [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]. Auyezkanov was ahead the entire way until the river, when a king ended his tournament life. He then went straight to the airport for a flight at 7:00 am, just about two hours after he busted. Entering heads-up play as the sun was getting ready to rise, Quoss was up 9.6 million in chips to 4.1 million. A deal was briefly discussed, but Schemion opted not to agree, sending play onward towards a champion. It didn't take long for the fireworks to go off, as Schemion doubled with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] against [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"] to essentially swap places with Quoss. Schemion flopped his kicker and ducked a flush draw to move ahead. Quoss then made an ill-timed bluff with 8-3 of clubs after whiffing on a straight draw. He bet 1.6 million on the river and Schemion called, showing [poker card="qc"][poker card="7d"] for the win with a pair of sevens. That hand crippled Quoss to just a dozen big blinds. Not long after that play was paused as the Monte Carlo Bay's Le Sporting venue closes at 5:30 am. Play resumed at 9:00 pm on Monday night in the main tournament room following the conclusion of the EPT Grand Final Main Event's Day 2. On Monday night, Quoss doubled up with A-7 against K-3 in the first hand back from the only level increase of the night. And in the tournament's final hand, Schemion shoved pre-flop for 4.8 million with [poker card="kc"][poker card="5c"] and Quoss insta-called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"]. The flop had an ace and the turn was a queen, leaving Schemion drawing dead, his dreams of a second straight High Roller win dashed. High-Roller results: Fabian Quoss - €849,059 Ole Schemion - €857,241 Aidyn Auyezkanov - €463,510 Murad Akhundov - €349,760 Fedor Holz - €271,670 Mikita Badziakouski - €210,530 Michael Bonzon - €166,400 David Peters - €129,050 Steve O'Dwyer - €98,480
  4. [caption width="640"] Fabian Quoss says the overnight break in the €50K Super High Roller during the EPT Grand Final Main Event was much-needed. (photo: Danny Maxwell)[/caption] The €50,000 Single-Day Super High Roller during the 2016 PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monaco turned into a veritable marathon. And not a half marathon… the full, 26.2-mile one. Play started at 12:30pm from the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel at the very northern end of Monaco. Seventeen grueling hours later, while play was heads-up, the casino closed, just as it does every night at 5:30 am. Fabian Quoss and Ole Schemion had to bag their chips and watch as vacuum cleaners and housekeepers invaded the "America's Room," while media and fans headed out just a few minutes short of daybreak. Schemion was fresh off a win in the €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller just 24 hours earlier and seemed to be riding a wave of momentum. And for Quoss, a week of grinding in Monaco seemed to finally catch up to him. "I knew what I was getting myself into beforehand," Quoss said. "It's a one-day tournament and it had a lot of runners last year. I was prepared, but of course at the end of the day everyone was struggling with fatigue. I was just trying to stay caffeinated and focused, I guess." There were 70 entries and, by the time the dinner break rolled around at 9:00 pm, 20 still remained despite the half-hour blind level turbo structure. By midnight, there were a dozen still alive. The final table saw short stack after short stack double up. There was even a hand at 5:00 am heads-up where Schemion, with his tournament life on the line, doubled with A-6 against A-J. But, like Cinderella leaving the ball, the lights went out at 5:30am. Click. Dark. "At the moment, we both wanted to finish it that day," Quoss said. "It was obvious that we were close to finishing because we were both so shallow. But now that I think about it more, I think it was quite good to get some sleep and get a little bit more level-headed again. The sleep helped get our minds straight again." The next day, both Quoss and Schemion played on Day 2 of the EPT Grand Final Main Event. Coincidentally, both busted, solidifying a 9:00 pm showdown that took place in the elevated area of the main tournament room. With about a dozen spectators and a few media looking on, the two immediately agreed to an ICM deal, which they couldn't come to terms on the night before. Perhaps a night's rest helped sort out the math. It took all of five hands to determine a winner from there. It was anti-climatic in a sense. [caption width="640"] Heads-up play between Fabian Quoss and Ole Schemion (photo: Danny Maxwell)[/caption] You could tell Quoss' body was still catching up with him after his 17-hour live run. And the end of a major live tournament series in Monaco doesn't mean he can just take a break. Instead, it means the beginning of a massive online series on PokerStars. Granted he can grind in his pajamas. "I didn't get into the $300K at Aria, so I'm going to go a little bit later to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, which will be good for my life balance, I suppose," Quoss said. "I think I'm getting in just before the $5K Six Max. Between now and then, I'll be playing SCOOP and getting rest. Those are the two main objectives." "This event is very exhausting," Quoss said. "Everyone who comes here does nothing else but grinding and sleeping. I know the routine now and I always know how I will feel at the end of Monte Carlo before I get here, but it's pretty exhausting." Players like Quoss are spread throughout the two-square-mile Monaco and surrounding hills of France. However, getting anywhere requires a vertical climb or a pricey taxi. The most affordable means of traversing the majestic cliffs and public beaches: the rather posh city bus. "Other than poker, I've had some meals," Quoss said of his schedule. "I slept a lot. I got a massage. I went grocery shopping. I haven't been able to do much else." Quoss and Schemion are both Germans. So is Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz, who finished fifth in the €50K Super High Roller. They represented one-third of the players who made the money. "There are so many Germans now in poker and there are so many other people I'm close friends with," Quoss said. "It's such a big community. It's fun that three Germans were in the top five of that event, but I didn't think about it at the time."
  5. [caption width="640"] The EPT wraps up its 13th season this week (Image c/o PokerStars)[/caption] It is hard to believe thirteen seasons of the European Poker Tour have passed. It is harder to believe the tour is no longer going to exist. Thankfully for the European poker scene, the newly created PokerStars Festival series will continue to deliver poker to the masses, just under a different moniker. With the EPT wrapping up its final season in Prague this week, we decided to look back at the highlights of more than a decade of tournaments in this edition of Number Crunch: 1 – Number of two-time EPT champions. It took until the tail end of Season 10 to crown the first two-time champion. Victoria Coren won EPT London in Season 3 and in seven seasons later took down EPT San Remo to become the first and, to date, only repeat winner. By contrast, the World Poker Tour had two repeat winners the first season it was on tour. 7 – Number of final tables for Luca Pagano, the all-time leader in that category of EPT stats. Pagano has not made a final table on the tour since 2012, he was one of the original big names on the EPT, final tabling the very first EPT event in Barcelona in 2005. In 2009, Pagano final tabled three EPT Main Events. He has also finished in-the-money of 21 EPT Main Events. 23 – Number of different cities which have hosted an EPT over the years. Only Barcelona has been a stop on all 13 of the seasons, while others like Loutraki were one-and-done stops. Germany is the most popular country for the tour with Baden, Dortmund, and Berlin all playing host to events. 23 - Number of Super High Roller events in EPT history. First introduced at Season 7’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the tour slowly added them to the largest stops on the tour with $50,000 and $100,000 buy-in price points (the exact amounts vary slightly based on the local currency). The list of champions reads like a who’s who of the poker circuit, but Steve O’Dwyer leads the pack with three separate Super High Roller titles. 27 – Number of countries which can lay claim to an EPT Champion. They come from every continent, save Antarctica and Australia. Champs have come from surprising places like Iran and Venezuela. The most successful countries are Great Britain and the United States. Both countries have 17 EPT titles to their credit, but you might consider giving a slight edge to the States, as John Juanda is credited as Indonesian, but has lived in the States since he was 19. 76 – Number of months Ibrahim Al Mousa was sentenced to prison for his role as the mastermind behind the 2010 EPT Berlin robbery. Al Mousa and four other men stormed the tournament area of the EPT Berlin Main Event brandishing guns and machetes. Scary, yes, but thankfully no one was hurt in the altercation. Eventually the tournament staff managed to reconstruct the tournament and play down to a winner. Kevin 'ImALuckSac' MacPhee won the tournament, but admitted in interviews he would have rather they did not play it out after the crime. 216 – Number of times EPT Live host Joe Stapleton estimates he and fellow host James Hartigan have sung their popular line “Everyone loves a chop pot!” The duo have worked together for the livestream and televised episodes of the tour for six years and have a number of running gags that have won over fans from all over the world. 1,785 – Number of entries in the largest-field EPT Main Event in history. That tournament, Season 13’s EPT Barcelona Main Event, featured a €5,300 buy-in and generated a prize pool in excess of €8.6 million. A hefty €1.1 million went to eventual champ Sebastian Malec of Poland, who bested the record field to take down the last-ever EPT Barcelona Main Event. 9,314,495– Dollars won by the EPT’s number-one earner Steve O'Dwyer. The American pro is $2.5 million ahead of his next-closest competitor, Ole Schemion. It is hard to single out just one accomplishment on O’Dwyer’s extensive EPT resume, but his biggest win is probably from Season 9, where he took down the Grand Final Main Event in Monaco for over $1.6 million. He actually earned more money for defeating a smaller field in the 2015 PCA Super High Roller for over $1.8 million in 2015 though. He has won two Super High Roller events, also taking down the one in Prague in Season 12. He has also final tabled the EPT London Main Event twice. Like we said, it is tough to pick just one accomplishment for this guy. 15,132,000 – Largest single prize pool in EPT history. Thanks to a turnout of 1,560 runners in Season 7’s PCA Main Event, the tour generated the eight-figure prize pool. While other events have generated bigger fields, the $10,000 buy-in resulted in a record-breaking sum. A cool $2.3 million went to winner Galen Hall, but the top four spots all netted seven-figure paydays.
  6. [caption width="640"] Bryn Kenney won the PokerStars Championship Monaco Super High Roller event on Saturday (PokerStars photo/Tomas Stacha)[/caption] In the era of High Roller of Super High Roller tournaments, maybe no player has enjoyed more success than American Bryn Kenney. He’s had six High Roller or Super High Roller wins, two seven-figure scores and 29 six-figure scores. On Saturday in Monaco the 31-year-old added another win and the single biggest cash of his career when he took down the PokerStars Championship Monaco €100,000 Super High Roller event. The win earned Kenney €1,784,500 ($1,944,326 US) and pushed him to 15th on the all-time earning list with just over $17.1 million. After having already won the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2016, Kenney now has another prestigious title on his resume - the first for him in Monaco. "I'd never had a good trip in Monaco. It's nice to finally win the biggest tournament here," said Kenney. Nine players started the final day with only eight spots paying. Isaac Haxton busted on the bubble leaving the final eight to play and it didn’t take long for action to pick up. Just fives minutes after Haxton left empty-handed, Sam Greenwood was shown the door. Viacheslav Buldygin raised to 160,000 from UTG and Greenwood called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3c"], Greenwood then check-raised all in after Buldygin bet 150,000. Buldygin called and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] while Greenwood showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] for top pair. Neither the turn or river were any help though and the Canadian was out in eighth. It took just another five minutes for Buldygin to find another victim. Buldygin raised to 160,000 from late position and Martin Kabhrel raised all in for a little over 1,000,000 from the big blind and Buldygin called. Kabhrel tabled [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"] while Buldygin showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"] flop kept Buldygin ahead and neither the [poker card="4d"] turn or [poker card="8c"] river were any help for Kabhrel, eliminating him in seventh. Buldygin took a back seat to Kenney for the next few bustouts. Kenney raised to 175,000 from middle position before German Steffen Sontheimer moved all in right after him for just under 1,000,000. Kenney called instantly and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"] while Sontheimer found himself in trouble with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="3c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2c"] runout did nothing to help Sontheimer and he was out in sixth for €380,700 - the largest score of his career. Kenney stayed hot and ten minutes later busted another high roller regular who was on a heater of his own. Ole Schemion, who won the €10,000 High Roller earlier this week, opened to 175,000 from the cutoff before Kenney moved all in from the big blind. Schemion called and showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] while Kenney had [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"] flop kept Schemion in front. The [poker card="8d"] turn gave Kenney a gutshot straight draw and the [poker card="7c"] river filled the straight, sending Schemion out in fifth. Kenney showed no signs of slowing down after picking up those two eliminations and found himself adding another player’s entire stack to his own just over 30 minutes later. With blinds now at 50,000/100,000 (10,000), Kenney raised to 200,000 from the cutoff before David Peters moved all in from the button for 2,200,000. Kenney called and showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] after Peters tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] flop was no help for Peters and neither was the [poker card="kh"] turn or [poker card="9s"] river. That hand gave Kenney almost 80% of the chips in play with just two opponents, Buldygin and Daniel Dvoress, standing in the way of the title. Kenney finally got to take a back seat ten minutes later as the other two players clashed. Buldygin moved all in from the button and Dvoress called all in from the small blind before Kenney folded. Buldygin was racing with [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"] against Dvoress’ [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"] flop didn’t directly connect for Buldygin, but he did pick up a number of extra outs. The [poker card="Ks"] turn was one of them and Buldygin eliminated Dvoress in third as the [poker card="3c"] river completed the board. When heads up play began, Kenney had 13,000,000 chips while Buldygin had just 2,250,000. Despite the huge advantage, in both chips and relative experience closing a big tournament, it wasn’t exactly an easy ride for Kenney. Finally, with Viacheslav Buldygin down to just 10 big blinds, Kenney moved all in after Buldygin attempted to limp his button. The Russian called and showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"] against the [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] of Kenney. The [poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"] flop put Kenney in nearly complete control and the [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="8s"] river sealed Kenney’s win, eliminatiing Buldygin in second place. Payouts Bryn Kenney - €1,784,500 Viacheslav Buldygin - €1,290,800 Daniel Dvoress - €832,800 David Peters - €630,600 Ole Schemion - €487,715 Steffen Sontheimer - €380,700 Martin Kabrhel - €303,350 Sam Greenwood - €237,950
  7. [caption id="attachment_617498" align="alignnone" width="640"] Germany's Ole Schemion wins the World Poker Tour Season XVI European Championship.[/caption] The World Poker Tour Season XVI European Championship Berlin came to a conclusion on Monday as the remaining six players from the 339 starting field, took their seat to battle for the €218,435 first-place prize and the title of WPT Champion. The €3,300 televised Main Event was held at Spelbank Berlin and it was the first time the WPT had held a Championship event on German soil. Therefore, it seems only fitting that one of the best players on the planet, Ole Schemion who hails from Germany, took over the tournament and rode a wave of momentum right into the winner’s circle. Schemion entered the final table with the chip lead, something he had held for the past two days. He used that leverage to eliminate four of the other five players, including Czech Republic’s red-hot Michal Mrakes, standing in his way to victory. It took nearly two hours into the six-handed final table for the first of the finalist to hit the rail. After 37-year old Amjad Nader was crippled down to 6 big blinds on the hand prior, he pushed with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"]. Schemion flatted with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] as did Mrakes with the [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"] and Schemion put out a bet that drove Mrakes out of the pot. When the [poker card="8h"] hit the turn, Nader was drawing dead and as the inconsequential [poker card="7h"] completed the hand, Nader stood to collect a career-high cash of €39,010 ($47,323). Born in China, but living in Germany, Hanyong Kuo entered the final table third in chips. Kuo made a gutsy king-high bluff-catching call for the majority of his stack only to be shown ace-high, leaving him with only five big blinds. Four hands later, he’d make his final move of the tournament by shipping [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"] into the surging Schemion who isolated with [poker card="as"][poker card="9h"]. There was no help to Kuo, a veteran Pot-Limit Omaha cash game specialist, when the board ran out all blanks for both players leaving Schemion's ace-high as the best hand. Schemion claimed another victim and Kuo claimed his fifth-place prize of €46,705 ($57,118). A mere two hands later another elimination took place as Germany’s Michael Behnert took his ten big blind stack and put it in the middle from the small blind holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"].,Patrice Brandt made the call from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="3d"]. Behnert’s 3:2 advantage quickly diminished on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] flop. But when the turn came [poker card="5c"], Behnert picked up backdoor flush outs in addition to his two overs, essentially giving himself the same odds Brandt had at the beginning of the hand. But the [poker card="6s"] was of no help and Behnert, who entered the day fifth in chips, laddered to fourth place and took home €60,730 ($74,088). Brandt himself would be the third elimination in five hands as he took his made a stand with his roughly 30 big blind stack against the tournament boss, Schemion. Brandt raised the button with [poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"] only to be three-bet by Schemion from the small blind. Mrakes folded the big blind and Brandt called to see the flop. The flop dropped [poker card="5h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"]. Schemion bet around one-third pot and then, with his two overs and a flush draw, Brandt committed the rest of his chips. Schemion made the call and tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="4d"]. While Schemion’s gutshot straight draw and ace-high was the best hand, Brandt was a slight favorite when all the cards were exposed. But it was Schemion’s day and a pair of bricks in the form of the [poker card="kc"] and [poker card="7c"] sealed Brandt’s fate. Schemion had eliminated his second player with ace-high. Brandt finished in third despite entering the final table with just over 15 big blinds. He earned €93,105 ($115,077) for the result. After a 30-minute break heads-up play began with Ole Schemion holding roughly a 2:1 chip advantage over Michal Mrakes, who had entered the final table second in chips. An early full house for Schemion extended his chip lead and the Germany superstar never looked back. Twenty-one hands later the pair would mix it up on the final hand of the tournament. Schemion raised holding the [poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"], Mrakes three-bet with [poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"] and was called. When the action flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"] hit, Mrakes made his move and pushed. Schemion ultimately made the call. The pair watched as the [poker card="8h"] hit the turn opening Mrakes outs to include an inside straight. But the [poker card="4d"] shut the door on Mrakes comeback bid and awarded the hometown hero, Schemion, the victory. Mrakes finishes as the runner-up, winning €143,845 ($178,892) for his third career six-figure score. Ole Schemion added to the accolades of his remarkable career that includes over $13.5 million in tournament cashes. Now in addition to his victories in the Aria High Roller series, the Partouche Poker Tour Championship and EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller, Schemion can now call himself a World Poker Tour Champion. The title includes an entry into the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions at the Aria Resort & Casino in May, a Hublot Big Bang Steel timepiece and, of course, €218,435 ($255,352) for his first-place prize money. Final Table Payouts Ole Schemion - €218,435 Michal Mrakes - €143,845 Patrice Brandt - €93,105 Michael Behnert - €60,730 Hanyong Kuo - €46,705 Amjad Nader - €39,010
  8. The global expansion of the World Poker Tour and WPTDeepStacks hits Amsterdam next week. From April 13-20, Holland Casino in Amsterdam is the home for two major tournaments from one of poker's largest brands. WPTDS has traveled to Belgium, Portugal, and France in the last 12 months and makes a return trip to Amsterdam. The WPT is in Amsterdam for the second time in Season XVI. In May 2017, Daniel Daniyar won $166,344 for defeating a field of 224 entrants. That event was the second of the season for the main tour. Start of a New Tradition Europe is proving to be a hotbed for the WPT brand in the last 12 months and the combination of the two events into one week is starting to become a tradition. The WPT opened 2018 with a Main Tour and WPTDS event in Germany at the Spielbank Berlin Casino. The two events offer players a chance to win championship packages that can be used on the American side of poker. WPT European Championship winner Ole Schemion earned $255,352 for his win and is now one of at least 16 players who have a $15,000 seat waiting for them at the Tournament of Champions. WPTDS winners in Season V of the tour earn a seat in the season-ending WPTDS Championship in December and all players who cash earn points for WPTDS Player of the Year. Full Week of Poker The action starts on April 13 with the WPTDeepStacks competition. The €1,500 buy-in event carries no guarantee but the field is expected to hit somewhere in the range of 500 entrants. Players can expect the same structure as the one used in North American events. All levels are 40 minutes for the three-day event and entrants start with 25,000 chips. There are two Day 1s for the WPTDS Main Event with the final table wrapping up the four-day tournament on April 16. The WPT Main Tour offers a €3,300 buy-in and opens play on April 16. Two starting flights are available for players with a single re-entry available each flight. Levels are 60-minutes throughout and starting stacks are 30,000. WPT Amsterdam is a four-day event and wraps up on April 20. Familiar Venue Both tournaments take place at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam. The property has hosted the World Poker Tour and WPTDS in previous seasons. The first-ever WPT Amsterdam event in Season XIV coincided with the inaugural WPT Tournament of Champions. Farid Yachou won both events for a combined $621,159. Andjelko Andrevic earned his first career WPT title at WPT Amsterdam in Season XV and collected $228,000 in the process. The two tournaments brought in 318 and 341 entrants, respectively. Midway Point for One Tour and Near the Finish line for Another WPTDS is approximately halfway through their 2018 campaign and WPTDS Amsterdam is the 10th of 17 officially scheduled events. The World Poker Tour has only two stops left after WPT Amsterdam. WPT travels to Las Vegas for the Elite Poker Championship from May 4-6 and then back again for the Bobby Baldwin Classic along with the Tournament of Champions in mid-May. WPT Amsterdam also directly coincides with the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.
  9. The European Poker Tour's return to Monte Carlo certainly didn't disappoint and as the Main Event final table wrapped up on Friday, there were two former GPI #1-ranked players and Hungarian Cinderella that had almost everybody cheering for him. In the end though it was France's Nicolas Dumont who outlasted them all to win his first major title, over €700,000 and a Platinum Pass worth $30,000. Ole Schemion was once in full control of this tournament, but late Thursday things went awry for the German and he started the final table eighth in chips. He lasted exactly one hand on Friday. David Peters opened to 225,000 from UTG+2, Patrik Antonius called from the cutoff and Schemion moved all in from the button for 1,160,000. Peters folded but Antonius both called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] while Schemion turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4s"] to give Antonius to pair and eliminate Schemion in eighth place. Just over 30 minutes later a blind-vs-blind battle. Javier Fernandez, down to just 12 big blinds, moved all in from the small blind and Tomas Jozonis defended from the big. Fernandez turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="4s"] but got bad news wehen Jozonis showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Fernandez some hope but neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="th"] river was any help and he was out in seventh place. Antonius was arguably the biggest name at the final table. Having already won an EPT title once in his career, Antonius is more known for his high stakes cash game action now. Unfortunately, the Finn was unable to add another major tournament title to his resume. Antonius moved all in for 1,305,000 from the button and Dumont called from the small blind. Antonius showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] and Dumont showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"]. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"] to eliminate Antonius in sixth. While Antonius was one of the big names at the final table, he wasn't the one stealing all the headlines in the lead up to the final table. Krisztian Gyorgyi, who qualified for this event in a €5 spin-n-go, had won the hearts and minds of viewers at home with a bluff on the livestream. Unfortunately, that moment didn't lead to a better one on Friday for the Hungarian. Gyorgyi raised to 280,000 from UTG, Dumont called from middle position before Honglin Jiang moved all-in from the button. Gyorgyi used one time extension before calling all in and Dumont folded. Gyorgyi turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] and found himself racing against Jiang's [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"]. That race all but ended after the [poker card="qc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"] flop and then ended for good after the [poker card="6s"] turn. The [poker card="jc"] hit the river, making Gyorgyi's fifth place elimination official. It took an hour for another elimination to happen. Jozonis raised to 325,000 from UTG and Peters movedall in for 2,325,000 from the button. The blinds both folded and Jozonis called and turned over [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. Peters grimaced after revealing [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ts"] flop kept Jozonis ahead as did the [poker card="ad"] turn and [poker card="td"] river and Peters was eliminated in fourth. Even though he picked up Peters' chip, Jozonis only stuck around another 30 minutes. Down to just 12 big blinds, the #1-ranked online poker player in Lithuania moved all in from the button and was called by Jiang in the big blind. Jozonis turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="6h"] and found himself dominated by Jiang's [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] flop made things ever worse for Jozonis and he was eliminated in third after the [poker card="5c"] and [poker card="2s"] completed the board. Jiang started heads up with 57.8% of the chips in play but over the next 90 minutes, all of that went away. On the final hand of the night, Dumont limped, Jiang raised to 650,000, and Dumont responded by re-raising to 2,200,000. Jiang continued the aggression, moving all in fro 10,075,000 total and Dumont called instantly. Jiang showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] and Dumont happily showed [d][poker card="qh"]. There was no bad beat in the [poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"] runout and Dumont eliminated Jiang to win his first major title and €712,000. Final Table Payouts Nicolas Dumont - €712,000 Honglin Jiang - €434,000 Tomas Jozonis - €308,000 David Peters - €232,000 Krisztian Gyorgyi - €184,000 Patrik Antonius - €139,050 Javier Fernandez - €99,900 Ole Schemion - €68,300
  10. Ole ‘wizowizo’ Schemion secured his second win of the series on Day 11 of the 2018 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker as 'OLD TIME GIN' banked a massive $205,828. Just days after picking up a score of $283,260 for winning Event #32-High ($10,300 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha High Roller), Schemion once again finished at the top of the field as he took down Event #36-High ($530 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em) and won $85,080 in the process. There was a final table reunion of sorts for Schemion and his fellow pro David 'dpeters17' Peters after both players made it to the final eight of the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event earlier this month. Peters outlasted Schemion on that occasion, finishing in fourth place after the German-born player had departed in the eighth spot. Peters mirrored his performance this time around, as he once again departed in fourth-place, good for $33,210. But Schemion however remained and was left to do battle with 'Manni1822' and William 'Hellzito' Arruda for the title. After 'Manni1822' exited with the bronze medal and $45,442, Schemion secured his second title of this year's SCOOP series and the first-place prize money by defeating the 2015 WCOOP Super Tuesday champion Arruda into second-place for $62,179. Belguim's 'OempaLoempah' took down Event #36-Medium for $39,790 after coming through a final table that featured Ben 'gs08bjohnson' Jenkins, 'ranhhh' and John 'JohnecoN' Economides. 'moneyymakerr' banked $27,721 for second-place, with Jenkins earning $13,458 in fourth as 'ranhhh' claimed $9,377 in fifth. The 'Low' title went to 'Trikover' after they came through the large 12,553 player field. The win earns them $7,861 after 'RunerRunner0' exited in second-place for $5,510. It took Canada's 'OLD TIME GIN' just two months to eclipse the $161,238 they won for victory in the Sunday Million after they added a SCOOP title to their name alongside $205,828 in Event #37-High ($2,100 Eight Max Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em). 'OLD TIME GIN', who has over $4.5m in recorded online earnings, beat 'imluckbox' heads-up, with the second-place finisher banking a very respectable $152,624 after 585 entrants had come together to create a $1,166,000 prize pool. 'EzPaTuLa' collected a six-figure score of $113,173 for their third-place finish, with PocketFiver 'Benfica10' taking away $46,143 in sixth. Michael 'mczhang' Zhang continued their impressive form and narrowly missing out on a second SCOOP title of the week to Gabriel 'gabsdrogba' Schroeder in Event #37-Medium. Zhang, who won his first title in Event #22-High for $68,000, fell during heads-up play against the Brazilian Schroeder, who won $84,360 for topping the field. The Brit Zhang claimed a $60,000 score, with 'theNERDguy' ($42,865), 'Ruis Maker' ($30,555), 'jonaj10' ($21,781) and 'EndlessJ' ($15,526) making up the top six. 'Ifkata' was crowned the Event #37-Low ($22 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em) champion for $26,777 after they eliminated 'stuupid5' into the runner-up spot for $19,081. Germany's ''ArekSocal' completed the top three and binked their best recorded online cash for $13,601. As Day 11 of SCOOP drew to a close there was still time to complete one more tournament as 445 players took part in the $55 2nd Chance Heads-Up Shootout. PokerStars pro and popular Twitch streamer Lex Veldhuis finished a respectable 11th place for $384 with 'rrssrrss' taking the win for $4,034 ahead of 'IDOLLS' who finished second for $2,567. Event #36 (Low): $5.50 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em Entries: 12,553 Prize pool: $61,509.70 Trikover - $7,861.64 RunerRunner0 - $5,510.63 mikeracla - $3,867.18 athilapvh - $2,713.86 lsp pest - $1,904.50 7777BAR7777 - $1,336.51 Reiarturo - $937.92 Karuna78 - $658.20 thighTTKID - $461.90 Event #36 (Medium): $55 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em Entries: 5,598 Prize pool: $279,900 OempaLoempah - $39,790.52 moneyymakerr - $27,721.99 temoni18 - $19,315.95 gs08bjohnson - $13,458.79 ranhhh - $9,377.74 Neo_gracz - $6,534.15 AT_prodotico - $4,552.82 mojacko_king - $3,172.30 JohnecoN - $2,210.37 Event #36 (High): $530 Deep Stacks No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,042 Prize pool: $521,000 wizowizo - $85,080.56 hellzito - $62,179.05 Manni1822 - $45,442.40 dpeters17 - $33,210.72 matanzas1 - $24,271.46 lehout - $17,738.33 Timonpoika - $12,963.73 Black Panfer - $9,474.28 Cmon_Gasquet - $6,924.09 Event #37 (Low): $22 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 9,839 Prize pool: $196,780 Ifkata - $26,777.54 stuupid5 - $19,081.50 ArekSocal - $13,601.94 Parker09SA - $9,695.94 brian 27979 - $6,911.60 mos77reg - $4,926.83 LeandroC1993 - $3,512.03 runaldinho1 - $2,503.49 Event #37 (Medium): $215 Eight Max Mini Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,903 Prize pool: $580,600 gabsdrogba - $84,360.08 mczhang - $60,133.14 theNERDguy - $42,865.00 Ruis Maker - $30,555.64 jonaj10 - $21,781.09 EndlessJ - $15,526.34 Mossop7 - $11,067.74 feldegani.ps - $7,889.48 Event #37 (High): $2,100 Eight Max Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em Entries: 583 Prize pool: $1,166,000 OLD TIME GIN - $205,828.09 imluckbox - $152,624.61 EzPaTuLa - $113,173.70 aJarov - $83,920.28 A-TAIPEI-AA - $62,228.37 Benfica10 - $46,143.40 anteen - $34,216.15 MB TREMENDO - $25,371.81 SCOOP 2nd Chance $55 NLHE Heads-Up Shootout Entries: 445 Prize pool: $21,250 rrssrrss - $4,034.68 IDOLLS - $2,567.20 AZZAPHIL - $1,283.60 Dzidek93 - $1,283.60 Tychero5 - $715.11 Alexutzu88 - $715.11 Zemait1s - $715.11 the Beast159 - $715.11
  11. It seems that Ukrainian players have decided to make the 2018 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker their own little playground. While Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky has picked up two wins and a High Roller runner-up finish to challenge 'C Darwin2' for the #1 spot in the world, another Ukrainian was busy taking down the first six-figure score of his career. Andriy 'Andre_Hansen' Lyubovetskiy beat out 3,190 other players to win Event #31-High ($530 No Limit Hold'em Sunday Million Special Edition) for $229,784.45. Canada's 'AZNInFiLtRaT' finished runner-up for $162,480.93. 'trickyone14' rounded out the six-figure scores, taking home $114,891.47 for finishing third. 'Slaassh' beat out 11,272 players to win the Medium version of the event to take home $73,676.61 while 'n1ckoftime' earned $9,088.58 for winning the Low version. The biggest winner of the day was Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion. The German-turned-Austrian pocketed $283,260.92 for winning Event #32-High ($10,300 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha High Roller). He topped a final table that included Jorryt 'TheCleaner11' van Hoof and former #1-ranked Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao. 'ROFLshove' added a second SCOOP title to his resume, winning the Event #32-Medium ($1,050 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) for $121,773.21. The win comes one year after his win in the SCOOP Main Event (Medium). 'NikolayBibov' got the title and $38,283.14 after chopping the Low version of the same event. Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira topped Event #30-High ($2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em) for $196,407.42 and the second SCOOP title of his career. Jerry 'hummylun' Wong picked up his second SCOOP title of 2018 when he beat out 3,151 players to win Event #35 Low ($11 Five Card NLO8 Six Max). He picked up $5,761.37 for the win. Wong's win comes just two days after he won Event #27-High ($1,050 Six Max PKO Turbo) for $86,046.93. Event #28 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 400 Prize pool: $200,000 sincinaty118 - $33,881.86* mjw006 - $29,881.86* pappadogg - $20,500.72 Kaggis - $15,378.04 girafganger - $11,535.40 dev209 - $8,652.96 torino2000 - $6,490.78 EPUBLIC2005 - $4,868.86 rojorulez - $3,652.24 Event #28 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,059 Prize pool: $102,950 Tripleeeee - $15,406.49 Zluka2010 - $10,981.21 pazipro - $7,827.79 BOKPOWER - $5,579.92 R9elFenomen0 - $3,977.55 Naza114 - $2,835.34 Under sheets - $2,021.13 LIkee - $1,440.73 GuiKsy07 - $1,027.00 Event #28 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 6,358 Prize pool: $31,254.20 calvin7v - $4,431.61 eknuur1227 - $3,044.30 V.Vovchik - $2,093.44 ondrejko99 - $1,439.57 ArT1F1cE_v2 - $989.92 coinflipster - $680.73 Letrix - $468.11 stfc224 - $321.90 Kiweeey - $221.35 Event #29 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO Entries: 746 Prize pool: $746,000 Illini213 - $63,500.05 + $55,080.04 (in bounties) 69sBigLick - $46,501.49 + $9,519.53 (in bounties) MonsieurRask - $34,053.63 + $12,248.05 (in bounties) mjw006 - $24,937.88 + $6,062.50 (in bounties) anteen - $18,262.30 + $3,187.50 (in bounties) MendaLerenda - $13,373.72 + $3,109.38 (in bounties) pm_marke - $9,793.74 + $15,578.12 (in bounties) Sr.Yaro - $7,172.08 + $2,523.44 (in bounties) Event #29 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO (Sunday Kickoff SE) Entries: 746 Prize pool: $424,400 ZIIGMUND FIN - $30,304.95 + $14,577.01 (in bounties) anti-durrr - $21,427.59 + $318.75 (in bounties) JohanGee - $15,151.58 + $4,216.46 (in bounties) Drupeg - $10,713.80 + $3,203.82 (in bounties) Play4livin - $7,575.81 + $781.26 (in bounties) UhhMee - $5,356.90 + $934.37 (in bounties) WOMBAX - $3,787.91 + $3,581.85 (in bounties) Gut$hotter - $2,678.47 + $2,034.23 (in bounties) Event #29 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO (Mini Sunday Kickoff SE) Entries: 11,504 Prize pool: $112,739.20 GHRibeiro - $7,204.98 + $3,158.10 (in bounties) sAArrAAdor - $5,130,63 + $246.53 (in bounties) KevFreakinJ - $3,657.29 + $1,220.19 (in bounties) mojacko_king - $2,607.04 + $563.33 (in bounties) trini06 - $1,858.38 + $92.61 (in bounties) mcsven7 - $1,324.71 + 620.19 (in bounties) sandford93 - $944.30 + $325.30 (in bounties) AvSts - $673.13 + $146.28 (in bounties) Event #30 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 556 Prize pool: $1,112,000 Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira - $196,407.42 steakaddict. - $140,256.56 07Papi - $100,158.95 Kumari0y - $71,524.72 XD89lol>3 - $51,076.71 Iimitless - $36,747.48 Event #30 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em (Sunday Warm-Up SE) Entrants: 3,222 Prize pool: $644,400 digopapel - $92,834.09 pablotenisis - $64,682.61 kfuree - $45,069.07 tinchoarce - $31,402.90 pyszalek - $21,880.60 xKoSSSx - $15,245.79 Event #30 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 9.928 Prize pool: $198,560 amsterAKov13 - $26,896.87 Spider91_PL - $18,736.28 cyprusmafia - $13,054.94 bitcoin_rich - $9,096.33 Lunczyk88 - $6,338.09 T-Recz - $4,416.21 Event #31 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em (Sunday Million SE) Entries: 3,191 Prize pool: $1,595,500 Andre_Hansen - $229,784.45 AZNInFiLtRaT - $162,480.93 trickyone14 - $114,891.47 merla888 - $81,240.62 Tralllle - $57,445.81 Jabba_010 - $40,620.31 dudd1 - $28,722.98 LooseGrinder - $20,310.23 Stavros 'IDOLLS' Kalfas - $14,361.57 Event #31 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em (Mini Sunday Million SE) Entries: 11,273 Prize pool: $563,650 Slaassh - $73,676.61 tbombw - $51,697.92 Svennieee - $36,280.00 Drewfus81 - $25,460.18 Agharazi - $17,867.14 Terao90 - $12,538.61 sabao007 - $8,799.25 Iceasl - $6,175.06 13santoy13 - $4,333.45 Event #31 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em (Mini Sunday Million SE) Entries: 17,348 Prize pool: $85,005.20 n1ckoftime - $9,088.58 mpaxalos55 - $6,525.34 facunha - $4,691.78 FIKS015 - $3,373.43 SergeyRUS-74 - $2,425.53 Schaphz - $1,743.98 maxallison - $1,253.94 blackbriar10 - $901.59 sherifearp - $648.26 Event #32 (High): $10,300 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 126 (88 entries + 38 re-entries) Prize pool: $1,260,000 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $283,260.92 FLATC@T - $217,246.93 pkrbt - $166,617.48 danfiu - $127,787.18 Jorryt 'TheCleaner11' van Hoof - $98,006.32 Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao - $75,165.93 Event #32 (Medium): $1,050 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 710 (409 entries + 301 re-entries) Prize pool: $710,000 ROFLshove - $121,773.21 1stalenuts1 - $85,386.09 gorodski - $59,872.17 BiggestFish - $41,981.94 fers223 - $29,437.45 Andre_Hansen - $20,641.33 Event #32 (Low): $109 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 2,970 (1,951 entries + 1,019 re-entries) Prize pool: $297,000 NikolayBibov - $38,283.14* icekey888 - $34,662.02* krokotopus - $20,870.93 jonjayven - $14,542.27 jofay - $10,132.68 Smertin - $7,060.16 Event #35 (High): $1,050 Five Card No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Six Max Entries: 233 Prize pool: $233,000 Zombob0 - $45,022.18 nb_communist - $33,472.36 Shanis34 - $24,885.56 shamthedon - $18,501.55 Lena900 - $13,755.27 Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah - $10,226.55 Event #35 (Medium): $109 Five Card No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Six Max Entries: 897 Prize pool: $100,000 torsilov - $14,897.49* Sne1231 - $11,533.94* Zelja22 - $9,517.19* Fabahaba - $5,572.48 Freddy[DM[3] - $3,882.75 FONBET_RULIT - $2,705.40 Event #35 (Low): $11 Five Card No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Six Max Entries: 3,152 Prize pool: $40,000 Jerry 'hummylun' Wong - $5,761.37 1YYY - $4,012.66 smattle - $2,795.90 Remirri - $1,948.11 clemideluxed - $1,357.39 Desateur - $945.79
  12. As 2018 winds down, PocketFives is taking you a trip down memory lane with a month-by-month year in review. We get things started with January and a trip the Bahamas. Vanessa Selbst Calls It Quits Word actually broke in the closing hours of 2017, but the talk around Vanessa Selbst retiring from poker carried on into the early days of 2018. Selbst, the all-time leading female money winner, announced her decision to retire via a Facebook post. In that post, she explained that she had taken a job with a New York-based hedge fund and had already been working there for a few months. Selbst did indicate that she wasn't done entirely with the game though. "To me, the opportunity to work hard and learn something totally new and get to keep poker in my arsenal of fun go-to hobbies feels like the right approach,” Selbst wrote. Selbst lived up to her word, showing up to play the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open in late January. READ: Vanessa Selbst Retires From Poker Maria Lampropulos Wins PCA Main Event; Cary Katz Tops $100K High Roller The first major poker tournament of 2018 was the return of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The PCA was brought back after PokerStars' failed rebranding of all of their live events as PokerStars Live Championships. The PCA Main Event brought out 582 players for a total prize pool of $5,645,400. The final table included Adrian Mateos, Koray Aldamir, Shawn Buchanan and Maria Lampropulos. The tournament came down to an epic heads-up battle between Buchanan and Lampropulos with the Argentinian pro taking it down for her second major title in a 10-month span. READ: PCA: Maria Lampropulos Wins Main Event, $1.08M, Platinum Pass At a final table that included the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Justin Bonomo, Isaac Haxton, Bryn Kenney and Sam Greenwood, PokerGO founder Cary Katz managed to outlast all of them to win the $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller for the first major title of his career. READ: PCA: Cary Katz Wins $100K Super High Roller Platinum Passes Galore in the Bahamas The PCA was also the launching for what would become PokerStars' year-long campaign to award nearly 300 Platinum Passes worth $30,000 each that give the pass holder entry into the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship. Lampropulos picked one up for her victory in the PCA Main Event, author Maria Konnikova also grabbed one for taking down the PCA National Championship and David Peters won his via a random draw. Pennsylvania-based grinder Thai Ha was the fortunate winner of a Platinum Pass on Day 2 of the Main Event, but he almost missed it after oversleeping. READ: Thai Ha Almost Misses Out on Platinum Pass Winning Moment While Lampropulos, Konnikova, and Peters are all established players who may have played the PSPC anyways, Steven-John Jost is the polar opposite. The Swiss amateur qualified for the 2018 PCA Main Event on PokerStars for $27 and ended up cashing for $17,500. By finishing in the money, Jost was also given a raffle ticket for a Platinum Pass and he ended up having his name drawn. “I was really shaking. Now I’m calm. I had to go for a drink and now I’m relaxed, just enjoying it,” Jost said after learning he'd won the $30,000 package. READ: Steven-John Jost’s ‘Dream Come True’ Topped Off with Platinum Pass Ole Schemion and Darryll Fish Pick Up WPT Titles The World Poker Tour added two well-known names to the WPT Champions Cup in January. Germany's Ole Schemion beat out 338 other players to win the €3,300 WPT European Championship at Spielbank Berlin. The win earned Schemion $260,858 and he finished 2018 within spitting distance of $15,000,000 in career earnings. READ: Ole Schemion Wins WPT European Championship Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, one of poker's most well-respected grinders finally picked up a major title. Darryll Fish topped the 911-player field to win the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $511,604. It was a career-best cash for Fish at the time, only to be eclipsed a few months later when he finished second in the partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event for $ 937,221. READ: Darryll Fish Wins Lucky Hearts Open for First WPT Title, $511K partypoker Adds Isaac Haxton as Ambassador To say that Isaac Haxton's departure from Team PokerStars was messy, might be an understatement. Haxton left PokerStars in the wake of the changes the online poker giant made to its player rewards system and took special joy in being a thorn in their side via social media ever since. That thorn got a little bit bigger when Haxton signed on as an ambassador with partypoker. Haxton noted that partypoker's growth, both online and live, was a big part of his decision to sign with them. “I’ve been very impressed with their growth over the last year or so. From expanding their online cash game and tournament offerings, to improving their software, and most of all rolling out their ambitions and innovative live events program, their commitment to growing the game and providing a great product for their players has been clear,” Haxton said. READ: Isaac Haxton Joins partypoker as Brand Ambassador Sweden's 'lena900' Tops January PLB Race Anybody who follows the PocketFives Rankings will know that the Swedish players have dominated them for years. So it's no surprise to learn that one of the most successful Swedish players started 2018 off with a bang. 'lena900' topped the January PLB thanks ‘lena900’ to eight five-figure scores and a win in the partypoker Powerfest Event #5 for $26,899 and 328.63 PLB points. READ: Swedish Crusher ‘lena900’ Wins January PLB Title
  13. The €10,300 EPT Prague High Roller came to a conclusion on Tuesday after a dominating final table performance by Denmark’s Henrik Hecklen propelled him to take home the €503,700 first-place prize and title of EPT High Roller Champion. Hecklen did the majority of the work at the final table himself, eliminating six of his final seven opponents. In the end, Hecklen secured his career-high live cash by besting one of Germany’s most formidable players in Ole Schemion in a lengthy heads-up match. Before that occurred, there was a tough final table that needed to be dealt with. With the elimination of Anton Yakyba in ninth place, the final eight players got down to the business of finishing off the final table. The first to fall was Australia’s Michael Addamo. After losing a big hand to Hecklen earlier, Addamo had been surviving on a short stack. The pair clashed again on Addamo’s final hand. Heckled opened with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] and from the big blind, Addamo moved in holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Heckling called and the Addamo needed to catch to survive. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]94h], leaving Addamo drawing dead on the turn. He finished in eighth place for €63,310, his third cash of EPT Prague. Right behind Addamo, the Netherlands’ Jasper Meijer Van Putten was put to the test. Hecklen again made the open and Van Putten three-bet his short stack all-in from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3h"]. Hecklen, going for his second knockout in under 10 minutes, made the call with [poker card="kc"][poker card="th"]. The flop fell [poker card="9d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6h"] giving Hecklen a gutshot straight draw, but keeping Van Putten in the lead. The turn was gin for Hecklen, the [poker card="qs"] and it left Van Putten drawing dead. The [poker card="4s"] completed the board and Van Putten headed for the cage to collect his €86,170 for seventh place. Next, it was Tomas Paiva’s turn to tangle with Hecklen. From under the gun, Paiva shipped just under 20bbs with [poker card="9s"][poker card="9h"]. In the hijack, Hecklen reshoved, covering Paiva and holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board provided no drama for Hecklen, running out six-high. Paiva earned a career-high cash of €117,340 for his sixth-place finish. After a break, the final five players were back at it and so was Hecklen, who had another final table confrontation. Canada’s Daviel Dvoress put in a raise with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] and was three-bet by Hecklen. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="ac"][poker card="5d"]. Hecklen bet, Dvoress call and they saw the turn of the [poker card="5c"]. Hecklen led again, Dvoress called again. The river was the [poker card="8s"] and Hecklen, covering Dvoress shoved. Dvoress tank called and Hecklen turned over the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] for top two pair, eliminating Dvoress in fifth place for €155,010. While Hecklen was busy knocking out opponents, Alexandre Reard was busy doubling up. He actually did that a few times to climb out of critical condition and back into contention. After crippling defending Prague High Roller champion Danny Tang in a hand just minutes prior, Reard finished the job. Tang shoved his short stack from under the gun with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"] and Reard made the call from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3s"]. The flop was [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="ts"] offering Tang some backdoor opportunities and Reard a nut flush possibility. The turn was the [poker card="js"] giving Tang some life. However the river was a hapless [poker card="7h"] and Tang who won this event last year, settled for fourth place and another €197,720 for his bankroll. Reard was making headway into Hecklen’s lead but then he ran into German legend Ole Schemion who was biding his time, looking for openings. Schemion and Reard clashed in all-in confrontation that led to Schemion doubling through Reard. Then Reard faced the same situation as four other players before him, a clash with Hecklen. Hecklen raised the button and Reard defending hold [poker card="6h"][poker card="6c"]. The flop came [poker card="4c"][poker card="kc"]p6s] and Reard check-called a bet from Hecklen. The turn was the [poker card="8h"], Reard check-called an even bigger bet from Hecklen. The river was the [poker card="9s"], Reard, holding a set, checked again, Hecklen thought and shoved, having Reard covered. Reard snap called with his set, however, it was Hecklen who was ahead since the turn, turning over the [poker card="7d"][poker card="5h"] for a straight. Reard’s valiant final table performance came to an end in third place for €244,950 pushing the Frenchman’s total live cash north of $2 million in his career. Hecklen, who has dominated the final table now faced his toughest challenge in that of Schemion. Holding a 5:1 chip lead when play began, Hecklen lost a few key hands early, allowing Schemion to double thru and, at one point, take the chip lead. However, Hecklen seemed destined to close out this tournament as he battled back to reclaim the chip lead. In the final hand, Schemion called on the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="2c"] and Hecklen put in a raise with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="qc"]. Schemion waited a breath and moved all in only to be snap called by Hecklen. The board ran out clean for Hecklen - [poker card="ks"][poker card="3d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="kd"] - leaving the German phenom to settle for second place and €334,900. The result leaves Schemion just shy of $15 million in live total earnings. For his part Hecklin’s High Roller victory is the current money peak of his career and is his first live victory since winning the Estrellas High Roller at EPT Barcelona back in 2014. Hecklen earns €503,700 ($572,688) for the victory. PokerStars next stop will be at the 2019 PCA, which will include the $25K PSPC. The festival gets underway on January 6. EPT Prague High Roller Final Table Payouts Place Player Payout 1 Henrik Hecklen € 503,700 2 Ole Schemion € 334,900 3 Alexandre Reard € 244,950 4 Danny Tang € 197,720 5 Daniel Dvoress € 155,010 6 Tomas Paiva € 117,340 7 Michael Addamo € 86,170 8 Anton Yakuba € 63,310
  14. Even after the fanfare of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100K Super High Roller died down with Canadian Sam Greenwood earning his sixth career seven-figure score of $1.775M, the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino was still buzzing. Day 1B of the 2019 PCA Main Event was in full swing and, in the afterglow of the PokerStars NL Hold'em Poker Championship, players were eager for one more chance at a huge score to start the year. Along with the Main Event, the superstars of the high roller scene continued to battle it out on the felt - this time in a $50K Single-Day tournament. Enjoy some photos from around the room on this action-packed day. $50K Single-Day [caption id="attachment_622269" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Mikita Badziakouski is a high fashioned high roller.[/caption]   Mikita Badziakouski is a stone-cold killer in high roller tournaments and he’s got the results to prove it. He has over $20.8m in live earnings and also finished 34th in the 2019 PSPC as a Platinum Pass winner for over $86,000. [caption id="attachment_622270" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Christoph Vogelsang's decision to cover up in this manner has sparked some debate.[/caption] Christoph Vogelsang is at the center of an ongoing debate/discussion on how to handle it when players use extreme measures to cover up any facial tells. At first, it was just a scarf, but Vogelsang has now moved to this current look. Say what you want about the Super High Roller Bowl winner - he has results and is currently Germany’s #2 leader in all-time cashes, right behind Fedor Holz. [caption id="attachment_622271" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kurganov is consistently finding himself at high roller final tables. His last victory came in Dec. 2017.[/caption] Daniel Dvoress (left) pocket nines outrace Igor Kurganov’s AJ. When a nine hits the turn, the Jack on the river is nothing but a needle for the PokerStars ambassador Kurganov. Kurganov is coming off a sixth-place finish in the PCA $100K for over $378,000. [caption id="attachment_622272" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dominik Nitsche has amassed over $17M in lifetime earnings.[/caption] Dominik Nitsche reflects on his time in front of a solver while contemplating a decision as Timothy Adams (left) looks on. Nitsche’s most recent high roller success was a fourth-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K for $370,000 in December. PCA Main Event Day 2 Shots from around the room shortly after the dinner break. [caption id="attachment_622273" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Poker legend Barry Greenstein mixes it up in the PCA Main Event.[/caption] Beresford and The Bear. Along with Scott Stewart (right), we look over the shoulder of top-ranked UK online grinder Conor Beresford as he sits with the legend Barry Greenstein. [caption id="attachment_622274" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ole Schemion (left) won the 2019 PCA National for over $148K.[/caption] Two of the final four in the 2019 PCA National are side-by-side once again in the Main Event. National champ Ole Schemion (right) chats with Alexandre Mantovani. READ: Alexandre Mantovani WCOOP Score Into Live Success [caption id="attachment_622276" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Julien Martini finished as the runner up in the historic $25K PSPC for $2.9M.[/caption] PSPC Runner-Up Julien Martini (right) is still feeling good after his multi-million score. Here he sits with Netherlands pro Martijn Gerrits in the PCA Main. [caption id="attachment_622277" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Chino Rheem bubbled the final table of the 2019 PCA National.[/caption] Chino Rheem doing what he does best. Building big stacks in large field tournaments. [caption id="attachment_622278" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Leo Margets has over $1.1 million in live tournament earnings.[/caption] Winamax pro Leo Margets already made a deep run during the 2019 PCA National. Here's she's putting together some chips to make a run in the Main Event. [caption id="attachment_622279" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Has the covering of faces gone too far or is it just no big deal?[/caption] What do you think of this look? Hate it? Love it? Does it bother you or is it fair game? We want to know what you think - tweet at us @PocketFives
  15. The remaining field in Day 2 of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event is streaming out the door on a twenty minutes break while Platinum Pass winner Dragos Trofimov contemplates his current spot. From the small blind and facing an all-in, he takes a moment - not too long - and reshoves all-in himself. Once the big blind gets out of the way, Trofimov flips over pocket kings having his opponent’s pocket jacks in serious trouble. Seconds later, after his hand holds up, Trofimov is adding to his already healthy Main Event chip stack. “That’s a nice way to go into the break,” Trofimov said. But it’s not just his chip stack that he’s adding to. With every pot he plays, Trofimov is adding to his incredible 2019 PCA journey, one that has taken this 25-year old University student from studying pharmaceuticals to playing in some of the biggest live tournaments in the world in just under two years time. “A year and a half ago I won a big satellite for the PCA Main last year [2018] and that kind of propelled me into giving poker more of a serious try,” he said. He attended the 2018 PCA and that was when PokerStars announced the PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship. “Straight after that, the Platinum Pass was announced and I looked into the whole schedule of live small tourneys to see where they would be up for grabs. Lucky enough in January there was a PokerStars London Festival and I went there with a couple friends. They took a piece of me just to make sure that I was able to play every event that awarded one of them.” One of those events was a £2,200 High Roller which awarded both a Platinum Pass and £74,990 for first. “I was lucky enough to win the £2K High Roller. I was very, very fortunate,” he said of his third recorded live cash. “That gave me a bit of leeway into bigger tournaments and into live tournaments.” With some early success and a year to prepare for the PSPC, Trofimov took a short hiatus from school to prepare. He wanted to come back to the Bahamas as ready-to-go as possible. Trofimov took the time to test his skill in festivals near his home of Moldova. He posted results at EPT Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Prague before heading back to the PCA to chase his Platinum dream. And when that time came...Trofimov did not cash. But Trofimov’s time away from his pharmaceutical studies was spent learning the ins-and-outs of the poker world and he was prepared to keep playing at the PCA. Over that year, he made new friends in the game, was able to sell pieces and build himself a schedule beyond the PSPC. The next thing he knew - Dragos was making a deep run in the 2019 PCA National. “The whole last three tables were very, very stacked. Lots of players I recognized, lots of big names,” Trofimov said referring to the likes of Chino Rheem, Leo Margets, Jack Sinclair and Conor Beresford. “The final table itself was jammed. I ran well. The start of the final table I got a super set-up against Ole Schemion with nines against eights. Top boat against second boat for infinite. That pretty much helped me navigate my way through three handed.” Eventually, Trofimov ran into a spot against eventual winner Schemion that eliminated him in third place for over $63,000. “It’s a very fortunate journey for me. I’ll be honest when I first gave it a try my goal just to play one or two $1Ks. That was my goal. I wanted to go to Barcelona and play the $1K National with 3,000 runners and hope for that bink. That was my end goal. “It’s actually nice because the story is repeating. I am, again, having a very great start to the year as I did last year. So, hopefully, I’ll keep up the momentum. I have a good stack in the Main and I’ll try my best to make it to the money and see what happens,” he said. Despite all his promising results over the past year, earning just over $245,000, Trofimov insists that all of this poker is just a little sidebar to what his future holds. “I do plan to pursue my degree mostly because my family owns a pharmacy and it’s a good business. They worked hard for it and I don’t want to let them down. I want to inherit the business going forward and still, once I finish my degree, I’ll have a lot of free time to keep playing more as a part-time thing,” he said. “I’m still a student, I’m not a professional poker player.”
  16. 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
  17. Winning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet is widely considered by many to be poker’s ultimate achievement. For some players, it defines his or her career. For others, it’s the one prize eluding some of the game’s best. For years, Stephen Chidwick was considered the best poker player without a WSOP gold bracelet. At the 2019 WSOP, Chidwick bucked that monkey off his back like the most turbulent bull does to a rider at a rodeo when he won the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1.618 million. Shawn Buchanan was another player in the "best without a bracelet conversation," but, like Chidwick, he broke through at the 2019 WSOP, winning the $800 buy-in WSOP.com Online NL Six-Handed. Now that Chidwick and Buchanan have each won an elusive gold bracelet, let's take a look at who are the best players remaining without a bracelet entering the 2020 WSOP. Patrick Antonius CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 15 2 0 $929,518 Widely considered one of the best all-around players in poker for quite some time, Patrik Antonius is still missing a WSOP gold bracelet from his résumé. He's come close a couple of times, finishing in the top 10 on four occasions and placing at the final table twice, but he's never scored better than third place. Antonius has been known to pass on tournaments for cash games these days, but he's still a threat to win a bracelet in the bigger buy-in WSOP events when he does compete. Niklas Astedt CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 0 0 $110,645 Sweden's Niklas Astedt is one of the top-ranked online poker players in the world, but his live success hasn’t been too plentiful, especially at the WSOP. Astedt’s skills should not be overlooked, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2014 and his highest WSOP finish was a 26th-place result in the 2019 WSOP $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. He's also cashed in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, with a 182nd-place finish in 2016 and a 899th-place finish in 2019. Mikita Badziakouski CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 4 4 1 $3,161,362 Mikita Badziakouski plays some of the biggest buy-in events around the world, and his career to date includes more than $26.1 million in live tournament earnings. At the WSOP, Badziakouski has four cashes. Each cash has been a final table appearance and each has come at WSOP Europe. If there's a high roller event on the WSOP schedule, Badziakouski will likely be in the field and a threat to win the gold bracelet. Darren Elias CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 28 3 0 $645,659 With four World Poker Tour titles and more than $7.5 million in live tournament earnings, it’s a matter of when, not if, Darren Elias will finally win WSOP gold. His first WSOP cash came in 2009. He has three WSOP final table appearances and two finishes in third place, although he’s never made it to heads-up play. The two times Elias finished in third came from the same event, the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship in 2017 and 2019. Alex Foxen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 39 4 0 $808,918 Alex Foxen has been around the WSOP for a much shorter time than some of the players on this list, with his first WSOP cash coming in 2015. He has, however, built up quite the reputation as one of the best tournament poker players in the game today and it seems very much just a matter of time before he finds himself in the WSOP winner’s circle with his first gold bracelet. Already, Foxen has racked up 39 WSOP cashes and four final tables ahead of 2020. His highest finish to date was a third-place finish at the 2017 WSOP in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Matt Glantz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 61 13 1 $3,232.669 Pennsylvania's Matt Glantz has been around the WSOP block a few times, but he’s still looking for that first gold bracelet. Glantz first cashed in a WSOP in 2000 and he’s been producing everything but wins since, including 13 final table appearances. Glantz has reached heads-up play once and finished third on three occasions. At the 2019 WSOP, Glantz picked up his third WSOP Main Event cash. Mark Gregorich CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 69 11 1 $1,168,497 Mark Gregorich is another player on this list who has been around for quite some time, earning his first WSOP cash back in 1999. He has 69 cashes and 11 final table appearances at the WSOP, with one runner-up finish that came in the 2003 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold’em event. Gregorich also has a trio of third-place finishes at the WSOP to date. Nick Guagenti CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 37 3 0 $583,181 Ohio's Nick Guagenti has 37 WSOP cashes with the first coming in 2006. He has three final table appearances. Guagenti's highest WSOP result came in 2019 when he took third in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for $85,265. His best finish in terms of money won came from his 46th-place finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, for which Guagenti won $145,733. Guagenti is a regular in mid- and high-stakes cash games in his region, and he also has 15 cashes on the WSOP Circuit. Christian Harder CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 53 2 0 $1,050,784 Christian Harder’s first WSOP cash came in 2009. He’s won titles elsewhere in the poker world, just not at the WSOP just yet. He’s been close before with a pair of fourth-place finishes and is known to put in a high amount of volume in the big bet games of No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Maurice Hawkins CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 29 3 0 $623,240 Maurice Hawkins has been a longtime grinder of the WSOP and WSOP Circuit, racking up 29 WSOP cashes and 110 WSOP Circuit cashes. He has a whopping 14 WSOP Circuit gold rings, but Hawkins has yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. Hawkins has three WSOP final tables and they've come in big-field NL tournaments. With as many big-field NL events that are on the WSOP schedule these days, one has to figure that Hawkins is going to break through and win one at some point. Isaac Haxton CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 7 1 $2,923,424 Isaac Haxton is widely considered as one of the best minds in poker, and he’s certainly lived up to that with more than $27.6 million in live tournament earnings, millions more won in cash games, and who knows how much won online. The one thing he doesn’t have is a WSOP gold bracelet. Haxton has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. The second-place finish came to Vitaly Lunkin in the 2009 WSOP $40,000 No Limit Hold’em. Maria Ho CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 55 5 1 $1,644,554 Maria Ho is another long-time regular at the WSOP, with cashes dating back to 2005. She has five final table appearances and one runner-up finish in WSOP events, and she’s known to mix it up in most of the games. Ho’s runner-up finish came to Allen Bari in the 2011 WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold’em. Ho has been the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, 2007 and 2014, and she finished sixth in the 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event. Ali Imsirovic CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 10 3 1 $583,986 Ali Imsirovic is one of the newest kids on the block in all of poker, not just the WSOP, and he’s quickly acquired a reputation of one of the game’s best when it comes to No Limit Hold’em tournaments. Imsirovic’s first WSOP cash came in 2017, so there isn’t a ton of sample to draw from, but he’s already made three WSOP final tables in top-level events and has one runner-up finish. Given his success in his young poker career, Imsirovic is considered one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit Hold’em event. Rainer Kempe CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 3 0 $1,142,997 Rainer Kempe has won more than $21.3 million in his poker career and he’s been in the winner’s circle many times, but he’s yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. His WSOP career is still pretty young, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2015, but over a short period of time he’s already earned 31 in-the-money finishes and more than $1.1 million in earnings. Kempe has been to a WSOP final table three times to date. Jason Koon CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 42 7 1 $1,789,462 For all of the poker success that Jason Koon has enjoyed over the course of his career, he’s still searching for his first WSOP gold bracelet. Koon has more than $31.1 million in live tournament earnings to date and his first WSOP cash came back in 2009. He has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. Koon is similar to Haxton and Imsirovic in the sense that he’ll almost always be one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit hold’em tournament. Timofey Kuznetsov CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 0 0 0 $0 Timofey Kuznetsov, also known as ‘Trueteller,’ is highly regarded in the poker community as one of the best, especially within the high-stakes community. He has zero WSOP cashes to date, but he simply doesn’t play a lot of tournaments. That said, Kuznetsov is still one of the best players in poker without a WSOP gold bracelet. Maria Lampropulos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 0 0 $136,731 Maria Lampropulos first cashed a WSOP event in 2016 and that first year she walked away with five WSOP cashes in total. She followed that up with six cashes in 2017 and seven cashes in 2018. At the 2019 WSOP and WSOP Europe festivals, she cashed nine time. With partypoker MILLIONS and PCA Main Event wins on her résumé, both for seven-figure paydays, Lampropulos has shown she has the chops to compete in some of the biggest events in the world. Toby Lewis CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 24 0 0 $409,171 Toby Lewis’ first WSOP cash came in 2011 when he took 11th in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship. He’s racked up 24 WSOP cashes to date, but he’s never reached a WSOP final table. Tom Marchese CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 26 4 1 $1,295,638 A player with more than $19.1 million in live tournament earnings, Tom Marchese is often considered one of the better tournament players poker has to offer. He's yet to score a WSOP gold bracelet, though, but he has come close a few times, with four WSOP final tables and one runner-up finish. The time Marchese finished second was at the 2015 WSOP in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament. Steve O‘Dwyer CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 18 2 0 $675,717 Like Haxton and like Koon, Steve O’Dwyer has a ton of live tournament winnings. O’Dwyer has scored more than $30.4 million from the live felt, plus plenty more online, and his first WSOP cash came in 2007. O’Dwyer is a player who put in more WSOP volume at the beginning of his career compared to what he does now, which could be holding him back in terms of winning his first gold bracelet. At this point in his career, it seems that if O'Dwyer does win a gold bracelet, it will come at WSOP Europe or a similar international WSOP stop. Adam Owen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 34 5 0 $570,961 Adam Owen is another one of the younger guns on this list, but he’s widely regarded as one of the best all-around players in the game these days. Having earned his first WSOP cash in 2014, Owen has racked up 34 WSOP cashes to date, including five final tables and three third-place finishes. Owen has shown a propensity to perform well in the $10,000 buy-in championship events at the WSOP and many think that’s where he’ll earn his first gold bracelet from. Felipe Ramos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 4 0 $526,047 One of best poker players to come out of Brazil is Felipe Ramos, with 31 WSOP cashes dating back to his first in 2009. Ramos is known as a solid player who can compete across all variants, and the more tools you have in your shed, the better when it comes to chasing gold bracelets. Ramos has four WSOP final tables and they've all come in Omaha. Three of those four final tables were in Pot Limit Omaha. Dario Sammartino CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 41 10 0 $9,927,947 Italy’s Dario Sammartino first cashed in a WSOP event in 2011 and he’s been performing very well ever since, except winning a WSOP gold bracelet is something he’s yet to achieve. Sammartino has found the money in WSOP events 41 times to date. Of those, he’s reached the final table on 10 occasions. Sammartino's biggest claim to World Series of Poker fame was a runner-up finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for $6 million. He's also one of the few players to have made the final table of both the WSOP Main Event and WSOP Europe Main Event in his career. Sammartino has learned how to play all the games and play them well, so don’t be surprised to see him finally win WSOP gold much sooner than later. Ole Schemion CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 1 0 $469,735 Although his WSOP results don’t pop off the page, Ole Schemion is one of the best players out there and an absolute force when it comes to poker tournaments. He’s amassed more than $16.3 million in live tournament earnings, numerous high roller victories, and one World Poker Tour title. He’s still in search of his first WSOP gold bracelet, though. In terms of winning WSOP gold, it’s very likely just a volume game for Schemion. If he puts in the volume, he’ll get it eventually and probably in the near future. It also works to his benefit that WSOP Europe looks as though it will remain at King’s Casino in Rozvadov where Schemion has shown success before, including a sixth-place finish in the 2019 WSOP Europe €100,000 Diamond High Roller for €341,510. Jake Schindler CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 33 4 0 $1,050,644 The first of two players named Jake on this list, Jake Schindler has 33 entries and four final tables at the WSOP entering 2020. His best finish was a third-place result in the 2014 WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold'em for $212,373. Over his entire poker career, Schindler has more than $25 million in live tournament earnings. Jake Schwartz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 60 3 1 $658,477 Jake Schwartz earned his first WSOP cash in 2012 and has built up 60 in-the-money finishes since. He was first widely known as a No Limit hold'em player but he's since branched out and has been playing more of the games. In 2013, Schwartz earned the top WSOP finish of his career when he took second in the $1,500 NL Shootout, earning $202,035. To date, he has two other WSOP final table appearances in addition to that one. Shannon Shorr CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 79 9 2 $2,217,846 When is Shannon Shorr going to finally win a WSOP gold bracelet? Shorr first cashed in a WSOP event back in 2006, which seems like ages ago when you consider he’s still very much on the younger side of poker players. Ever since that first WSOP cash, not a year has gone by that Shorr hasn’t racked up multiple WSOP cashes. Plus, he’s been very close on several occasions with nine final table appearances and two runner-up finishes. He also has a pair of third-place finishes. Shorr can play all of the games very well. Before Chidwick winning his bracelet, Shorr was right there at the top of this list with Chidwick. Dan Smith CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 36 10 1 $9,884,615 Another high roller with a knack for all the games, Dan Smith has been close to winning WSOP gold before but it just hasn’t happened for him yet. His first WSOP cash came in 2010. Since then, he’s earned 36 total WSOP cashes and won more than $9.8 million at the WSOP. He has 10 final table appearances, six third-place finishes, and one second-place finish in WSOP events. Like some of the other high rollers on this list, with Smith it feels like more of a volume game than anything. Christoph Vogelsang CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 13 6 0 $8,668,735 Christoph Vogelsang has come close at the WSOP on a handful of occasions, including two third-place finishes in a pair of the biggest events the WSOP has ever offered. In 2014, Vogelsang placed third in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop for $4.48 million. In 2019, he took third in the WSOP Europe €250,000 Super High Roller for more than $1.3 million. If there's a big buy-in event at the WSOP, Vogelsang is considered a threat to win it. Mike Watson CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 63 11 4 $2,917,143 Mike Watson has been knocking at the WSOP gold bracelet door for several years now. His first WSOP cash came in 2007 and he’s put up more than 60 cashes to date since. Of the 11 WSOP final table appearances Watson has on record, four of the times he’s finished runner-up. Interestingly, Watson did win the €50,000 Majestic High Roller at the 2012 WSOP Europe, but it was an added non-bracelet event for the high rollers. Had that event been in a later year, it very likely would have been for a gold bracelet. Watson usually plays a high volume of events and can play all the games, much like Shorr, and it’s only a matter of time before he finally scores a WSOP gold bracelet. Jerry Wong CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 38 7 0 $1,899,225 Jerry Wong may be most well known for reaching the now-defunct WSOP November Nine in 2016, when he finished eighth for more than $1.1 million, but he has plenty of other success at the WSOP. With 38 total WSOP cashes and seven final table appearances, the only thing left for Wong to do is win a gold bracelet. One would think that has to be on the horizon soon for Wong, who has the ability to compete highly in all of the games. His WSOP final table appearances have come in No Limit Deuce to Seven, Pot Limit Omaha, Big Bet Mix, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, H.O.R.S.E., and No Limit Hold'em.
  18. One week ago, Chin Wei Lim pulled a James van Alstyne after busting the €250,000 Platinum High Roller event at World Series of Poker Europe. As soon as the final card hit, giving James Chen the victory, Lim left quickly. On Friday, once the final table of the $100,000 Diamond High Roller finished, the 26-year-old had no choice but to stick around. He had to pose for the winner photos. Lim beat a final table that included Ole Schemion, Matthias Eibinger, Christoph Vogelsang, Anatoly Filatov, and Phil Ivey before beating Jean-Noel Thorel heads-up to capture the first bracelet of his career. This is also the first live win of Lim's career following four runner-up finishes. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] One hand. That's all Ivey got to play at the final table on Friday. The 10-time WSOP bracelet started with the shortest stack and decided to go for it on the very first hand of play. Ivey moved all in for 2,375,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"] from the hijack and Vogelsang called from the small blind with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6c"]. The board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"][poker card="2d"][poker card="kc"][poker card="5s"] to eliminate Ivey in eighth place. Danny Tang, who won his first WSOP bracelet earlier this summer when he beat 122 players to win the $50,000 Final Fifty event, started the day with just 16 big blinds and didn't last much longer than Ivey. After Eibinger raised to 690,000 from UTG with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"], Tang shoved for 3,300,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] and Eibinger called. Tang couldn't win the race as the [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="8h"] runout kept Eibinger in front and eliminated Tang in seventh. Down to fewer than nine big blinds, Schemion decided to make a stand and wound up having to walk away from the table. Action folded to Filatov on the button and he made it 625,000 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"]. Schemion moved all in for 2,620,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9h"] and Filatov called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="3s"] flop changed nothing but the [poker card="th"] turn increased Schemion's outs. The [poker card="ah"] river was not one of them as it completed Broadway for Filatov and eliminated Schemion in sixth place. Five-handed play went on for 3.5 hours before Eibinger and Vogelsang battled in a huge pot that eventually lead to one of them leaving. Vogelsang ended up all in with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"] which put him behind Eibinger's [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"][poker card="2h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="7h"] to give Vogelsang a flush and leave Eibinger with just eight big blinds. One hand later Eibinger was all in with [poker card="jd"][poker card="8c"] against Lim's [poker card="qs"][poker card="6d"] and couldn't find any help to stay alive and was sent home in fifth. Despite winning the huge hand against Eibinger, Vogelsang was next in the line to become one of Lim's victims. Jean-Noel Thorel raised to 1,600,000 from the button with [k][j], Vogelsang moved all in from the small blind for 12,900,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3s"] and Lim called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"], forcing Thorel to fold. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="qh"] to eliminate Vogelsang in fourth place and give Lim the lead with three players remaining. It took nearly an hour to get to heads-up play. Lim folded his button and Filatov moved all in for 12,500,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="3d"] and Thorel called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"]. The [c][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] flop moved Thorel ahead with a pair of kings and when the [poker card="jh"] turn or [poker card="5c"] river didn't improve Filatov, he was eliminated in third place. That pot gave Thorel a four big blind lead heading into heads up play with Lim. It took just 30 minutes for Lim to battle back and capture his first career bracelet. Lim raised to 2,400,000 with [poker card="8s"][poker card="4c"] and Thorel defended his big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"]. After the [poker card="8c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"] flop, Thorel checked, Lim bet 4,000,000 and Thorel called. The turn was the [poker card="3c"] and Thorel checked again. Lim bet 6,800,000 and Thorel called. The river was the [poker card="4s"] and Thorel checked again. Lim bet 19,000,000 and Thorel instantly moved all in for 45,000,000. Lim called and tabled his full house to bust Thorel and earn his first career bracelet and a career-best score of €2,172,104. Final Table Payouts Chin Wei Lim - €2,172,104 Jean-Noel Thorel - €1,342,459 Anatoly Filatov - €907,301 Christoph Vogelsang - €633,336 Matthias Eibinger - €457,107 Ole Schemion - €341,510 Danny Tang - €264,440 Phil Ivey - €212,504
  19. Sunday was a big day for the Poker Masters Online on partypoker. Three big tournaments took place and $3.76 million in prize money was awarded. The biggest Poker Masters Online winner of the day was Jason Koon, but he wasn't the only player to grab a title, as Eelis Parssinen and Linus Loeliger also claimed victories. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Koon Wins Event #16 for $549,000 The largest first-place prize to date of the Poker Masters Online was up for grabs on Sunday, and it came in Event #16: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max]. The tournament attracted a field of 72 entries, and each ponied up the $25,500 buy-in to create a prize pool of $1.8 million. Up top was a $549,000 prize and it went to Koon when it was all said and done. It was the first cash of the series for Koon, but it was a big one. He also picked up 329 points for the Championship Leaderboard. Koon defeated Justin Bonomo in heads-up play and the top nine spots paid. Event #16 Results Jason Koon - $549,000 Justin Bonomo - $369,000 Steve O'Dwyer - $252,000 Conor Beresford - $162,000 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $126,000 Dario Sammartino - $99,000 Joni Jouhkimainen - $85,500 Dan Smith - $81,000 Ole Schemion - $76,500 Parssinen Grabs Event #17 Title for $287,781 Event #17: $500K Gtd [PLO, 6-Max] drew 92 entries and generated a prize pool of $920,000. Finishing in first place was Parssinen, who took home $287,781.52 in winnings. Parssinen beat out Bengt Sonnert in heads-up play, with Aku Joentausta taking third. Taking fourth place in this event was Jorryt Van Hoof. It was Van Hoof's seventh cash of the series and earned him another $80,500. The event had a buy-in of $10,300 and the top 12 places reached the money. Event #17 Results Eelis Parssinen - $287,781.52 Bengt Sonnert - $179,400 Aku Joentausta - $110,400 Jorryt Van Hoof - $80,500 Andreas Torbergsen - $57,500 Tobias Ziegler - $39,100 Andrew Moseley - $29,900 Pedro Zagalo - $29,900 Ferenc Deak - $29,900 Carlo Van Ravenswoud - $25,206.16 Niko Soininen - $25,206.16 Joao Vieira - $25,206.16 Loeliger Wins Event #18 for $325,318 The third and final Poker Masters Online event on Sunday was Event #18: $500K GTD [NLH, 6-Max] and it was won by Loeliger for $325,318.24. Loeliger beat Artur Martirosian in heads-up play, with Martirosian winning $202,800 for the result. Ole Schemion finished in fifth place for $65,000. Combine that with the $76,500 he won in Event #16 earlier in the day and Schemion picked up $141,500 in prize money on Sunday. Event #18 had a buy-in of $10,300 and drew 104 entries. There was $1.04 million up for grabs and the top 12 spots paid. Event #18 Results Linus Loeliger - $325,318.24 Artur Martirosian - $202,800 Darrell Goh - $124,800 Niklas Astedt - $91,000 Ole Schemion - $65,000 Edwin Villalobo Amaya - $44,200 Adrian Mateos - $33,800 Chris Hunichen - $33,800 Sergi Reixach - $33,800 Aliaksandr Hirs - $28,493.92 Luc Greenwood - $28,493.92 Nick Petrangelo - $28,493.92 Championship Standings The Poker Masters Online Championship Standings will track the performances of players in the series in order to determine an overall winner. Points are awarded based on finishing position in the events, and the overall champion will receive a $50,000 cash prize and be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. Here are the Poker Masters Online Championship Standings top 10 after the eighth day of play. Alexandros Kolonias - 592 points Timothy Adams - 584 points Artur Martirosian - 562 points Eelis Parssinen - 537 points Andras Nemeth - 535 points Jorryt Van Hoof - 531 points Alex Foxen - 501 points Luuk Gieles - 492 points Justin Bonomo - 450 points Michael Addamo - 406 points
  20. Nearly three years ago, Charlie Carrel took down the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $1.2 million. On Friday night, Carrel thrust himself into the online poker spotlight again by winning a World Poker Tour Online Super High Roller event for $600,250. Carrel beat 97 other entries in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) including a final table that featured Arsenii Karmatckii, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen, and eventual runner-up Ali Imsirovic. Third-place finisher Elias Talvitie finished third for $306,250 while Imsirovic earned $428,750 for coming in second. This event was the first of three $25,500 buy-in events on the WPT Online schedule. The others run on May 14 and May 17. Event #13 ($2,650 Six Max NLHE) drew 293 runners with Daniel Reijmer earning the trophy and $167,137.47. The final opponent he eliminated, Ole Schemion, took home $111,706.25 while third place finisher Julien Perouse added $80,575 to his bankroll. Aleksejs Ponakovs earned $54,225.52 for winning Event #13 Mini ($265 Six Max NLHE). Chad Eveslage took down Event #17 ($530 Six Max Hyper Knockout) for $11,027.98 plus $13,101.59 in bounties. Runner-up Ihar Soika won $11,015.30 and another $6,820.29 in bounties while Victoriya Gracheva came in third for $7,835.84 plus $1,343.75 in bounties. The single day event had 251 entries. Agustin Amestoy navigated his way throgh 840 other entries in Event #17 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper Knockout) to win $2,876.83 and $2,538.06 in bounties. Friday was the sixth starting flight of the WPT500 with 364 players adding $182,000 to the overall prize pool. Just 46 players advanced to Day 2 with Philipp Dietrich (393,082), Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque (390,506), and Carlos Chadha-Villamarin (386,541) finishing with the biggest stacks. WPT Online Event #13 Mini $265 Six Max NLHE 1,446 Entries $361,500 Prize Pool Aleksejs Ponakovs - $54,225.52 Denis Timofeev - $38,556.14 Dean Gilbert - $30,004.50 Stefan Jedlicka - $21,690 Goran Mandic - $14,460 Stoyan Obreshkov - $9,037.50 WPT Online Event #13: $2,650 Six Max NLHE 293 Entries $732,500 Prize Pool Daniel Reijmer - $167,137.47 Ole Schemion - $111,706.25 Julien Perouse - $80,575 Enrico Camosci - $58,600 Mark Radoja - $40,287.50 RUi Ferreira - $29,300 WPT Online Event #14 $25,500 Super High Roller 98 Entries $2,450,000 Prize Pool Charles Carrel - $600,250 Almedin Imsirovic - $428,750 Elias Talvitie - $306,250 Ivan Galinec - $214,375 Arsenii Karmatckii - $159,250 Wiktor Malinowski - $122,500 Christopher Hunichen - $98,000 Pauli Ayras - $79,625 WPT Online Event #17 Mini $55 Six Max Hyper Knockout 841 Entries $42,050 Prize Pool Agustin Amestoy - $2,876.83 + $2,538.06 in bounties Vyacheslav Bondartsev - $2,872.13 + $648.46 in bounties Aleksey Konoplev - $2,138.81 + $306.25 in bounties Matthew Eardley - $1,494.60 + $553.78 in bounties Ross Elliott - $990.27 + $913.85 in bounties Dmitry Grigorev - $677 + $165.61 in bounties WPT Online Event #17 $530 Six Max Hyper Knockout 251 Entries $125,500 Prize Pool Chad Eveslage - $11,027.98 + $13,101.59 in bounties Ihar Soika - $11,015.30 + $6,820.29 in bounties Victoriya Gracheva - $7,835.84 + $1,343.75 in bounties Ramon Miquel Munoz - $5,724.10 + $828.12 in bounties Connor Drinan - $4,266.41 + $2,312.50 in bounties Martin Mathis - $2,844.27 + $1,375.00 in bounties WPT Online WPT500 Day 1F 364 Entries $182,000 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Philipp Dietrich - 393,082 Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque - 390,506 Carlos Chadha-Villamarin - 386,541 Bartlomiej Ryszard Machon - 362,085 Simon Ravnskbaek - 314,144 Julien Martini - 252,469 Florian-Dimitrie Duta - 237,110 Giovani Torre - 237,071 Javier Gomez Zapatero - 205,584 Alexander Piskopos - 196,676
  21. Just one day after one former PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion took down a 2020 SCOOP event, another former Main Event winner did it again. Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit, who won the SCOOP Main Event in 2015, won Event #24 High ($10,300 NLHE High Roller) for $271,790.44. The event attracted 124 of the best poker players in the world for a $1.24 million prize pool. Runner-up Sergei 'Futti18' Koliakov walked away with $210,580.76 while Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves got his day off to a strong start by finishing third for $163,156.10. Reeves' strong day continued with a victory in Event #26 High ($2,100 Six Max NLHE) where he outlasted 309 other players to take home the title and $116,166.69. His total winnings on the day were nearly $280,000. Ole Schemion narrowly missed out on his second SCOOP title of the year, coming in second for $84,579.28 and Bertie 'bigstealer' Bayley earned $61,581.00 as the third place finisher. Split pot game enthusiasts were out in full force for Event #28 High ($1,050 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo). 'MachineGunMK' topped the 117-player field to win a SCOOP title and $28,665. Runner-up 'WjWeng' earned $19,890 and third place finisher Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe had to settle for 15,210. Other winners Wednesday included 'proggrezive' (Event #24-L), 'MaxHendrix' (Event #24-M), 'emifran99' (Event #26-L:), 'Smithstudent' (Event #26-M), 'Vasoski' (Event #28-L), and 'OK1OK2' (Event #28-M). Event #24-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller Entries: 124 Prize pool: $1,240,000 Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit - $271,790.44 Sergei 'Futti18' Koliakov - $210,580.76 Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves - $163,156.10 Charlie 'Epiphany77' Carrel - $126,411.92 Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder - $97,942.88 Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos- $75,885.27 iamivar - $58,795.22 NeedBeat - $45,554.00 Joao 'Naza114' Viera - $36,095.28 Event #26-H: $2,100 Six Max NLHE Entries: 310 Prize pool: $620,000 Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves - $116,166.69 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $84,579.28 Bertie 'bigstealer' Bayley - $61,581.00 que_te_crio - $44,836.35 kenny05 - $32,644.74 BillLewinsky - $23,768.19 Event #28-H: $1,050 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Entries: 117 Prize pool: $117,000 MachineGunMK - $28,665 WjWeng - $19,890 Little Kraut - $15,210 Senkel92 - $10,530 theNERDguy - $7,605 Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton - $5,850 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $4,680 krakukra - $3,510
  22. Ole Schemion, Matthew Ashton, and Artur 'mararthur1' Martirosyan highlighted the 18 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winners on a jam-packed Monday of action. Fresh off of a Poker Masters series where he had the fifth-highest net winnings, Artur 'mararthur1' Martirosyan went toe-to-toe with Fedor Holz in Event #17 High ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max High Roller) and came out on top. The win earned Martirosyan $271,790.44 while Holz picked up $210,580.76. Jorryt 'TheCleaner11' van Hoof continues to post results, this time walking away with $163,156.10 after coming in third. Schemion earned the third SCOOP title of his career and $111,853.75 by topping the 293-player field in Event #16 High ($2,100 Six Max PLO). The final player Schemion eliminated was one of the best PLO tournament players in the world, Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas. The Hungarian poker pro earned $82,910.03 for his runner-up finish and 'boerni21' picked up $61,455.98 as the third-place finisher. '3DTemujiN' took down $40,506.35 plus another $34,658.94 in bounties for winning Event #13-High ($530 NLHE 8-Max Progressive KO). 'Succeeed' finished in second for $40,505.43 and another $18,989.09 worth of bounties while Alex 'lynskey99' Lynskey finished in third and walked away with $24,032.87 from the prize pool plus $5,834.72 in bounties. Austrian 'Körrinho' won Event #14-High ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max Sunday Warm-Up SE) for a $131,421.26 score. Finishing one spot behind them gave FreeLancerZZ a $96,396.82 bankroll boost and 'j_peso4' finished third for $70,706.87. 'Leqenden' won the second SCOOP title of their career by outlasting 556 other entries in Event #15 High ($2,100 NLHE Sunday High Roller SE). The victory earned 'Leqenden' $196,648.22. Francisco 'chicalltreta' Correia finished as the runner-up and pocketed $146,630.91 while 'serggorelyi17' snuck into six-figure cash territory by finishing in third place for $109,335.64. Ashton's win, the fourth SCOOP victory of his career, came in Event #19 High ($1,050 Six Max Limit Hold'em), where he navigated his way through a 110-player field. Ashton earned $24,729.17 for the win. The eventual runner-up, 'krakura' pocketed $18,966.00 as the third place finisher while 'bencb789' rounded out the podium finishers and secured the bag on a $14,545.97 payday. The Sunday Million - Event #15 Medium ($215 Sunday Million SE) - also played down to a winner on Monday with the final three players agreeing to chop up a touch more than $589,000. 'LuCasino' wound up in first place and earned $189,347.95 while the runner-up, 'Andy005', actually earned a bigger score thanks to the deal, pocketing $219,010.57. Third-place finisher 'lildani9' banked $180,700.44. Other winners on Monday included 'catam18' (Event #13-Low), 'Gelaman' (Event #13-Medium), 'fromKapshino' (Event #14-Low), 'acespice' (Event #14-Medium), 'Bomsis' (Event #15-Low), 'pistolp99' (Event #16-Low), 'Kaggis' (Event #16-Medium), 'compris' (Event #17-Low), 'aJarov' (Event #17-Medium), 'monopol' (Event #19-Low), 'SM4RTASS' (Event #19-Medium). Event #13-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max Progressive KO Entries: 1,203 Prize pool: $601,500 3DTemujiN - $40,506.35 + $34,658.94 in bounties Succeeed - $40,505.43 + $18,989.09 in bounties lynskey99 - $24,032.87 + $5,834.72 in bounties 42ayay - $17,131.47 + $2,890.63 in bounties dujo123 - $12,211.92 + $5,638.66 in bounties mandza17 - $8,705.08 + $5,289.06 in bounties GDZ4hotwings - $6,205.31 + $3,929.68 in bounties GM_VALTER - $4,423.37 + $2,140.63 in bounties Event #14-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Sunday Warm-Up SE Entries: 782 Prize pool: $782,000 Körrinho - $131,421.26 FreeLancerZZ - $96,396.82 j_peso4 - $70,706.87 RunLkMercier - $51,863.41 RUMUKULUS - $38,041.71 fattypants22 - $27,903.55 Vakio¤Ässä - $20,467.20 Fold Machiii - $15,012.60 Event #15-H: $2,100 NLHE Sunday High Roller SE Entries: 557 Prize pool: $1,114,000 Leqenden - $196,648.22 chicalltreta - $146,630.91 serggorelyi17 - $109,335.64 PapeDeuce - $81,526.30 Om3rta - $60,790.20 Jorryt 'TheCleaner11' van Hoof - $45,328.32 Lackoo87gcb - $33,799.09 flippetyflop - $25,202.35 Isidinho - $18,792.17 Event #16-H: $2,100 Six Max PLO Entries: 293 Prize pool: $586,000 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $111,853.75 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - $82,910.03 boerni21 - $61,455.98 pkrbt - $45,553.47 goodeh99 - $33,765.84 munkkis - $25,028.52 Event #17-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max High Roller Entries: 124 Prize pool: $1,240,000 Artur 'mararthur1' Martirosyan - $271,790.44 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $210,580.76 Jorryt 'TheCleaner11' van Hoof - $163,156.10 allin2bluff - $126,411.92 vicenfish - $97,942.88 Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira - $75,885.27 Grisha813 - $58,795.22 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $45,554.00 Event #19-H: $1,050 Six Max Limit Hold'em Entries: 110 Prize pool: $110,000 Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton - $24,729.17 krakura - $18,966.00 bencb789 - $14,545.97 XD89lol<3 - $11,156.02 LifeisagameX - $8,556.10 totti1992100 - $6,562.10
  23. Michael Addamo dominated two of the biggest events on Sunday's MTT schedule to secure a mid-six-figure score while Fedor Holz, Ole Schemion, and Jon Van Fleet also found their way into the winner's circle. Addamo topped the 39-entry field to take down the $25,500 buy-in partypoker High Roller Club Main Event and then denied 50 other players a shot at redemption in the $10,300 buy-in High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance event. All told, the Australian earned $611,500 for the two victories. Rok Gostisa finished runner-up in the Main Event for $265,000 while Sergi Reixach won $130,531 as the second-place finisher in the 2nd Chance event. Jon Van Fleet beat 220 other entries in the partypoker High Roller Club The Big Game to win $211,552. The Poker Masters PLO Series kicked off Sunday on partypoker with only one of the two events playing down to a winner. Andras Nemeth beat Viktor Blom heads-up to win Event #2 ($5,200 buy-in) for a $126,686.43 score. Blom had to settle for a $78,975 payday while fellow Swede Alexander Holmberg Nordén took third for $48,600. Former #1-ranked Fedor Holz was the biggest winner on PokerStars after taking down the Summer Series Event #167 ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) for $156,377. Runner-up Joao 'Naza114' Vieira had to settle for $121,057 while 'WATnlos' narrowly missed out on a six-figure win after finishing third for $93,714. The PokerStars Sunday Million had 11,545 runners with 'wazaahun' beating all of them to win $117,425.03. 'MickeyM' won the GGPoker High Roller Million$ to turn their $500 buy-in into a $285,986 return. 'GoJiGo' had an even bigger ROI after winning the $100 buy-in GGPoker Global Million$ event for $132,092.20. The GGPoker GGMasters had a $46,118 overlay on the $500,000 guarantee. 'BleyBley' outlasted the 3,288 other players in the freezeout event to win $71,947.50. partypoker High Roller Club: Main Event Buy-in: $25,500 Entries: 39 Prize Pool: $1,000,000 ($25,000 overlay) Michael Addamo - $407,500 Rok Gostisa - $265,000 Pascal Lefrancois - $165,000 partypoker High Roller Club: Mix-Max 2nd Chance Buy-in: $10,300 Entries: 51 Prize Pool: $510,000 Michael Addamo - $204,000 Sergi Reixach - $130,531 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $66,300 partypoker High Roller Club: The Big Game Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 221 Prize pool: $1,037,530 Jon Van Fleet - $211,552 Laszlo Bujtas - $153,554 Kristen Bicknell - $109,459 partypoker Poker Masters PLO Event #2 Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 81 Prize pool: $405,000 Andras Nemeth - $126,686.43 Viktor Blom - $78,975 Alexander Holmberg Nordén - $48,600 PokerStars Summer Series Event #167: NLHE High Roller Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 149 Prize pool: $745,000 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $156,377 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $121,057 WATnlos - $93,714 PokerStars Summer Series Event #142: Sunday Warm-Up SE Buy-in: $109 Entries: 4,129 $412,900 Prize pool: $412,900 vasiokkk91 - $48,217.12* bambo0bear - $41,979.92* Jeffin_DF - $39,941.62* PokerStars High Roller Club: $2,100 Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $2,100 Entries: 49 Prize pool: $100,000 ($2,000 overlay) giftmyra - $39,235.30 master888888 - $25,696.01 Str8$$$Homey - $16,828.86 PokerStars Sunday Million Buy-in: $109 Entries: 11,545 Prize pool: $1,154,500 Wazaahun - $117,425.03 oardnasol - $85,209.25 mitch85 - $61,836.28 GGPoker Global Million$ Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,638 Prize pool: $1,000,000 GoJiGo - $132,092.20 Rodrigo74 - $94,159.90 12u55 - $67,120.50 GGPoker High Roller Million$ Buy-in: $500 Entries: 674 (Day 2) Prize pool: $2,000,0000 MickeyM - $285.986 Cirquit - $145,319 SACKMAN69 - $203,861 GGPoker GGMasters Buy-in: $150 Entries: 3,289 Prize pool: $500,000 ($46,118 overlay) BleyBley - $71,947.50 Guohua - $50,874.60 Trondheim - $35,973.80 888 Poker Sunday Mega Deep Buy-in: $109 Entries: 608 + 225 rebuys Prize pool: $100,000 ($16,700 overlay) BeeTheBeagle - $18,890 cl0wn888 - $13,700 AVR26 - $10,100
  24. Just 48 hours after nearly capturing two Super High Roller Bowl Online Series prelim titles on the same day, online poker superstar Viktor Blom was back in the winner’s circle with another Super High Roller victory on Thursday. Blom topped the 40-entry field in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max) to capture his second win in three days and a $407,500 payday. It marked the fourth SHRB Online Series final table cash for Blom, all of which have been either victories or runner-up finishes. His first score came last Sunday in Event #2 ($25,500 Super High Roller) where he finished as the runner-up to Christopher Hunichen, taking home $320,625. Then on Tuesday, Blom earned another second-place finish in Event #8 ($25,500 Super High Roller), falling to Dan Smith in heads-up play, which brought him $213,750. Finally, in Event #9 ($10,300 High Roller) Blom scored an outright win and added $213,750 to his totals. All told through 15 events, the man known as ‘Isildur1’ has earned more than $1.3 million in less than a week. Finishing right behind Blom in Event #14 was Mike Watson, who picked up $265,000 for second place. And David Peters found the podium for the second time on Thursday, finishing in third place for $165,000. David Peters’ first podium finish was in Event #13 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) where he outlasted the 70-entry field to take down the $217,000 first-place prize. Joao Vieira finished as the runner-up which was good for $150,500. Then Justin Bonomo, who picked up the biggest win in the series thus far on Wednesday, notched another result with a third-place finish for $98,000. The third event on the schedule to wrap up today was Event #15 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) which saw Mark Radoja take home the title and $195,000. Pauli Ayras fell in second place but locked up the six-figure sum of $132,000. Finally, Ole Schemion followed up his PokerStars SCOOP winning performance on Wednesday with a bronze in this one, taking home another $88,500. Three more high roller tournaments will wrap up on Friday including the conclusion of Event #17 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max) which has Adrian Mateos holding the overnight chip lead. Event #13: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 70 entries 700,000 prize pool David Peters - $217,000 Joao Vieira - $150,500 Justin Bonomo - $98,000 Matthias Eibinger - $63,000 Christopher Hunichen - $49,000 Aleksejs Meiess - $40,250 Kristen Bicknell - $33,250 Lucas Reeves - $26,250 Event #14: $25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max 40 entries $1,000,000 prize pool Viktor Blom - $407,500 Michael Watson - $265,000 David Peters - $165,000 Adrian Mateos - $100,000 Sam Greenwood - $62,500 Event #15: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 60 entries $600,000 prize pool Mark Radoja - $195,000 Pauli Ayras - $132,000 Ole Schemion - $88,500 Guillaume Nolet - $55,500 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $43,500 Justin Bonomo - $34,500 Christopher Hunichen - $28,500 Timothy Adams - $22,500
  25. For the second time this year, Ole Schemion worked his way through a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker field to stand victorious. This time though, he doubled the payout of the first event and walked away with more than a quarter-million dollars. Schemion beat out 117 other entries to win Event #102 High ($10,300 NLHE High Roller) for a $258,639.29 payday. Runner-up 'megaliciou$$$' narrowly missed out on the title and ended up with a $200,391.37 consolation prize. Macao-based 'limitless' turned up in third place and added $155,261.45 to their bankroll. The final table also included fourth-place finisher Steve O'Dwyer and sixth-place finisher Daniel Dvoress. Schemion's first 2020 SCOOP title came in Event #16 High ($2,100 Six Max PLO) on May 4. His two prior SCOOP titles came 2018 when he won Event #32 High ($10,000 PLO High Roller) and Event #36 High ($530 NLHE Deep Stacked). The final three players in Event #103 High ($1,050 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) chopped up the nearly $100,000 before 'PlayWMyNuts' took down the title. Their share of the prize pool wound up being $35,022.18 while runner-up 'riverpaigow' and third-place finisher 'mai0h123' earned $31,487.17 and $31,315.45 respectively. Former #1 PocketFiver Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard took home $9,782.79 for finishing in sixth place. Konstantin 'krakukra' Maslak won one of the smallest High events on the 2020 SCOOP schedule. Just 49 players entered Event #106 High ($1,050 Pot Limit Five Card Draw) and Maslak bested all of them to win $19,617.65. Andrei 'Premove' Skvortsov took the runner-up spot and a $12,848.01 while 'lb6121' finished in third place for $8,414.43. The six other titles awarded on Wednesday went to 'jah1923' (Event #102-L), 'Bomber&Granater' (Event #102-M), 'vpisjak' (Event #103-L), 'Narcisus90' (Event #103-M), 'Senkel92' (Event #106-L), and 'Denis XXX007' (Event #106-M). Event #102-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller Entries: 118 Prize pool: $1,180,000 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $258,639.29 megaliciou$$$ - $200,391.37 limitless - $155,261.45 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - $120,295.21 srzakgirona - $93,203.71 Daniel 'Oxota' dvoress - $72,213.40 osw666 - $55,950.29 calculer_ = $43,349.77 Event #103-H: $1,050 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 218 Prize pool: $218,000 PlayWMyNuts - $35,022.18* riverpaigow - $31,487.17* mai0h123 - $31,315.45* fish_san - $17,607.18 Piquette - $13,124.29 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $9,782.79 Event #106-H: $1,050 Pot Limit Five Card Draw Entries: 49 Prize pool: $50,000 ($1,000 overlay) krakukra - $19,617.65 Premove - $12,848.01 lb6121 - $8,414.43 Chillonlini - $5,510.78 m1pum - $3,609.13

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