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  1. Forty-two players showed up for this year's $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. After officials thought the tournament might sell out, there were more than a dozen openings in the 56-max tournament. Nevertheless, a cavalcade of brand name players turned out, including Sam Trickett (pictured), who has a pace-setting stack of 13.4 million entering Day 2 on Monday. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Trickett recorded the first elimination of the tournament to set the tone for the first day. Coverage on WSOP.com explained, "Trickett clashed with David Einhorn in a hand where the former turned the nut straight against the latter's flopped set of jacks. Einhorn was eliminated from play and Trickett suddenly held double the starting stack." Then, Trickett cracked the pocket queens of Igor Kurganov after hitting a straight on the river. From there, WSOP.com added, "Trickett and Vanessa Selbst played an 8 million chip pot where the three-time WSOP bracelet winner six-bet shoved with A-K. Trickett called with pocket kings and the two endured a roller coaster of a run-out. Trickett finished on top and the first-ever woman to participate in the Big One for One Drop was eliminated from play." Although this author swore up and down that 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) would participate in this year's One Drop, "The Poker Brat" was a no show. He spent the weekend trying to raise $600,000 of his $1 million buy-in, at one point posting on Twitter, "This would make a great reality show: me raising $600,000 in the last couple hours for a poker tournament!" However, Hellmuth's meal ticket never came to fruition, as he Tweeted, "Thought I had $1 million, went over to buy into One Drop, but $130,000 that was supposed to be at cage wasn't there!" Thus, Hellmuth, who finished fourth in the 2012 One Drop, will watch this year's version from the sidelines. Trickett finished second in the One Drop in 2012 and the man he lost out to, Antonio Esfandiari (pictured), has the fifth largest stack after Day 1 this year. Esfandiari doubled up early on during Sunday's play courtesy of Dan KingDan Smith, who checked on a board of A-K-4-10-8. Esfandiari shoved and Smith, after asking for a count, called and turned over A-K for aces-up. Esfandiari had him beat with 4-4 and moved up to over 3 million in chips. Here's how the One Drop field looks as play begins on Day 2 at 1:00pm PT: 1. Sam Trickett - 13,400,000 2. Tom Hall - 9,125,000 3. Phil Ivey - 7,675,000 4. Daniel Colman - 6,875,000 5. Antonio Esfandiari - 6,725,000 6. Noah Schwartz - 6,275,000 7. Rick Salomon - 5,890,000 8. David Doc Sands Sands - 4,615,000 9. Phil Galfond - 4,390,000 10. Daniel Negreanu - 4,270,000 11. Erik Seidel - 4,250,000 12. Brandon Steven - 4,205,000 13. Tobias Reinkemeier - 4,125,000 14. Doug Polk - 3,885,000 15. Connor blanconegro Drinan - 3,685,000 16. Gabe Kaplan - 3,475,000 17. Tony Gregg - 3,415,000 18. Isaac Haxton - 3,370,000 19. John Juanda - 3,215,000 20. Cary Katz - 2,945,000 21. Paul Newey - 2,845,000 22. Bill Klein - 2,840,000 23. Erick Lindgren - 2,175,000 24. Christoph Vogelsang - 2,060,000 25. John Morgan - 1,800,000 26. Talal Shakerchi - 1,685,000 27. Daniel Cates - 1,670,000 28. Greg gregy20723 Merson - 1,625,000 29. Scott Seiver - 1,165,000 30. Guy Laliberte - 1,030,000 31. Jean-Robert Bellande - 1,005,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. The poker media was left puzzled and dismayed when World Series of Poker One Drop champion Daniel Coleman (pictured) refused to give interviews after winning a massive $15.3 million first-place prize in the million-dollar buy-in tournament. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Coleman's solemn lack of celebration and quick exit from the building sparked a heated debate in the poker community as to whether the 23-year-old grinder was doing the game a disservice by choosing not to answer any questions after the victory. But instead of speaking to ESPN, which had been filming the event for broadcast at a later date, Coleman popped up in a TwoPlusTwo thread to explain the reasoning behind his actions. The post only inflamed opinions about his behavior even further. "First off, I don't owe poker a single thing. I've been fortunate enough to benefit financially from this game, but I have played it long enough to see the ugly side of this world," he said. "It is not a game where the pros are always happy and living a fulfilling life." Calling poker a "very dark game," he reasoned that most recreational players were losing money they couldn't afford to lose and that advertising gambling on television was playing off "people's impulses" and "targeting their weaknesses in order for them to make irrational decisions." Fellow pros like Schneids quickly responded: "It's hard for your message to have any level of sincerity when you are well known for trying to tilt your opponents in chat, for trying to slowly goad them into playing you for higher stakes HU, in your cunning sly ways you do." He also pointed out that giving an interview didn't equal promoting the game. "You could've done an interview and admitted to being a bit self-loathing because you believe poker has been a net negative for too many lives, even if it has been a tremendous positive in yours," he added. Dankhank was extremely critical of Coleman's seemingly selfish attitude and referred to a previous interview in which the One Drop winner had stated his intention to quit poker in the next few years to pursue other interests. "How nice for him that his financial stability, scorched earth policy toward the game (not just refusing interviews but also trash talking opponents to get more action from them), moral high ground, and recent huge score all line up so perfectly." On Twitter, high-stakes pro Kevin BeL0WaB0Ve Saul (pictured) was a bit more succinct in his disagreement with Coleman's actions. "When he entered the #BigOneForOneDrop, Dan knew what was expected from the winner and also knew he wanted to give poker a big fuck you." David "Viffer" Peat was on the 23-year-old's side, commending the pro on Twitter. "Hats off to Coleman for following his decision. We don't owe the Rio anything; they are predators taking enough from poker." Coleman's controversial move even brought TwoPlusTwo founder Mason Malmuth into the conversation who applauded the young pro, saying that he should be "commended for giving an honest answer" and calling it "quite refreshing." Second place finisher Daniel Negreanu, on the other hand, was more than happy to speak to the media and stuck around for over half-an-hour answering questions. He was quick to congratulate Coleman on the win and back his decision to shy away from the media. "I respect it completely," he told the Las Vegas media. "To each his own. If it's not something he wants to do, then I think we should all give him a break." Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. With the Big One for One Drop just nine days away, World Series of Poker officials have announced the addition of 11 more players to the event, bringing the total confirmed field to 41. Still absent from the list, though, is 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured), who recently took to Twitter in search of backers. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- "I'm raising money for $1 Million One Drop tourney:$100,000 for 9%. Finished 4th in 2012, skipped it in 2013 because I wasn't in form," he said. A few weeks back, Hellmuth was hesitant about whether he would enter the tournament again this year, commenting that he would wait and see how he was playing before committing. But, his recent second place finish in a $1,500 Razz eventcould have been the confidence-booster he needed to make a decision. In that tournament, Hellmuth narrowly missed snagging his 14th gold bracelet, losing out to friend and high-stakes pro Ted Forrest. On Tuesday in an interview with PokerNews, Hellmuth discussed his feelings on the One Drop, saying, "I don't know, I may or may not play. I need to be able to raise enough money where I feel comfortable risking the right amount of money for me," he said. "I think I'm probably close to what I want, but we'll see." He also spoke about his decision to skip last year's $100,000 buy-in event. "Last year, someone had a piece of me and they were begging me to play," he recalled. "I just said, 'No, I don't feel like I'm in form.' This year feel like I'm in form, so I want to play." Hellmuth wasn't the only one soliciting backers on social media this year. Daniel Negreanu (pictured) also leveraged his Twitter followers by announcing that he was looking to sell 50% of his action. He has now met his goal, as he is probably the most well known name in the recent list of One Drop additions. "I was always going to play it," he told PokerNews with a smile. "I'm in… You know I'm not going to miss that tournament." The list of newcomers also includes several well known grinders including Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, Doug Polk, Issac Haxton, 2012 WSOP Main Event winner Greg Merson, and young Massachusetts pro Daniel Colman. Of course, the field isn't dominated solely by poker pros; there are several businessmen slated to play as well. Tom Hall, known as "Hong Kong Tom," is a regular in the ultra-high-stakes games in Macau and is one of the few sources of information on those exclusive games. John Morgan, CEO of Winmark, will be back again this year after being involved in whatPhil Galfond called the "craziest hand I've ever seen" back in 2012. You might recall that Morgan pressed Russian businessman Mikhail Smirnov to fold quad eights for fear he held a straight flush. Rounding out the list of new participants is British businessman and amateur poker player Talal Shakerchi and an "anonymous businessman" who "has been known to play in some of the high-stakes games in Macau." "This will be another iconic mix of participants, raising millions for charity and likely awarding the largest first place prize in poker history. We can't wait to see it unfold," WSOP Vice President of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky told PocketFives. This year's Big One for One Drop will be featured on ESPN and will kick off on June 29. Guy Laliberte's One Drop foundation will receive $111,111 of every buy-in as a charitable donation, with the rest going to the winners. If all 56 seats are bought, the winner will receive a massive first place prize in excess of $20 million. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. On Tuesday night, the world watched as Dan Colman (pictured) won the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop on ESPN. Colman was largely stoic after the final cards were dealt and for the most part looked stunned. He quickly declined interviews and exited the Rio while second place finisher Daniel Negreanu cordially stuck around, spoke to the press, and took pictures. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- On TwoPlusTwo after the fact, Colman called poker a "very dark game" and added, "I don't owe poker a single thing. I've been fortunate enough to benefit financially from this game, but I have played it long enough to see the ugly side of this world. It is not a game where the pros are always happy and living a fulfilling life." On Tuesday, Colman spoke up again, this time on Twitter, saying, "While I appreciate @lonmceachern's and @RealKidPoker's attempts to hypothesize at me being a 24-year-old who doesn't know who he is yet, I am actually 100% certain who I am." Colman then spouted off, "I find it to be a much greater accomplishment (and necessary) if thru solidarity, we can get everyone at the bottom to all move up a couple rungs on the ladder. This can be done once we stop idolizing those who were able to make it to the top." The One Drop champ, who added $15 million to his coffers for the win, cleared up earlier comments by saying the following in two successive Tweets: After calling poker a "distraction," several people asked a logical follow-up question: "If it's such a distraction, why do you play then?" Another person commented, "By not speaking, you have made more noise, which was probably the opposite of your goal." Another person on Twitter gave Colman a straightforward exit plan: "Lost all respect for you man... Give all the money to charity and bounce the F out of poker if you don't like it." Shortly after Colman's original comments about poker came out in July, Negreanu offered the following words of wisdom to Colman about perhaps pursuing another career choice in a blog on Full Contact Poker: "If you are genuinely having an issue with the morality of playing poker for a living, make a choice. Don't compromise your own moral code for money. If you truly believe in your heart that what you are doing hurts people, and you don't want to hurt people, you need to make a choice." What do you think? Leave a comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. The title of this article is part of a quote from Aaron Jones reacting to a hand between Scott Seiver and Tobias Reinkemeier (pictured) that you can watch by clicking here. It occurred during the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop coverage on ESPN on Tuesday night and set Twitter ablaze. In the hand, Seiver raised to 1.2 million before the flop with K-10 of spades and Reinkemeier, who had As-Ah, flat called. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- The flop was 4-Q-2 with two clubs and Reinkemeier check-called a bet of 1.5 million. The turn was the Jc, putting three of the suit on board and giving Seiver an open-ender, and Reinkemeier checked. Seiver boldly shoved all-in for 6.8 million, about a pot-sized bet, and Reinkemeier announced, "Scott, I was trapping… [I have] the best starting hand in poker… With [a] club, I would have paid the bet off already." A considerable amount of banter ensued, with Seiver acting very casually and Reinkemeier trying to talk himself into calling. However, he had no club and after about two minutes of jabbering, Reinkemeier said, "I wouldn't normally fold this… Tough spot. It's quite a big final table too." Daniel Negreanu, who was seated next to Reinkemeier, eventually called the clock, giving Reinkemeier one minute to act. Reinkemeier folded and, conveying the huge weight that had been lifted off his shoulders, Seiver yelled, "There's no chance that's aces," pointing at his opponent's mucked cards. Reinkemeier allowed the dealer to show his hand and Seiver reacted by showing the bluff. Others at the table looked at both hands in disbelief. The hand elicited a lively reaction from the poker community watching at home. Talking about Seiver's reaction to the win, Tony Bond18Dunst Tweeted, "Until I watched the Seiver(pictured) and Tobias hand, I'd never seen someone disgusted with their opponent for letting them win the pot." Peter Jetten added, "This Reinkemeier vs Seiver One Drop hand is one of the wildest moments in poker TV history, right?" Also tuned in was Vanessa Selbst, who wrote on Twitter that Seiver's shove made her day: "Golf, then amazing sushi, then watching @scott_seiver inspire absurd folds on TV #perfectday." Fellow proDavid Williams called the hand "the best poker-related thing I've ever watched." Here was Jones' full take of the hand, which we'd be amiss if we didn't share: Reinkemeier apparently tanked for over ten minutes in the hand. What did you think of the pot as it unfolded on TV and what do you think of the play overall? Let us know by commenting here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. Last week, the Big One for One Drop played out at the World Series of Poker. Its winner, Dan Colman, exited stage right shortly after his $15 million win and refused media interviews despite the fact that ESPN is devoting three weeks of coverage to the event. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- On TwoPlusTwo after the fact, Colman called poker a "very dark game" and added, "I don't owe poker a single thing. I've been fortunate enough to benefit financially from this game, but I have played it long enough to see the ugly side of this world. It is not a game where the pros are always happy and living a fulfilling life." Contrastingly, his heads-up opponent, Daniel Negreanu (pictured), who became poker's all-time money leader after an $8 million haul, was affable following the tournament and then took to his own blog on FullContactPoker to talk about his sentiments. Again, this is after Negreanu lost a heads-up match for $7 million in real money. Negreanu agreed with Colman in part, writing, "Truth is, most of you reading this will be lifetime losers at poker. You are unlikely to become successful professional poker players. It is available to all of you, and some of you will find success at the tables, but the truth is clear: most of you will fail. Sucks huh? It's the truth and he is right about that." Negreanu reminded readers that the One Drop event, which donated $111,111 of each player's buy-in to charity, raised over $4 million. He added, "Colman is a successful player and makes millions because he is an exceptional talent, an accomplishment I would hope he is proud of when he looks back on his life and the opportunities poker has now given him to be financially free and make a difference in the world however he chooses to." To contrast Colman's less-than-rosy picture of poker, Negreanu emphasized the game's strong suits, including "playing games and using your mind on a regular basis is excellent exercise for the elderly" and "people with gambling addictions are drawn to more instant gratification games like slot machines rather than a game of wits like poker." "[Be]thankful that you found a game you both love to play and are also good enough so that you can make a life for yourself," Negreanu, 39 years of age, advised Colman (pictured), 15 years his younger. "You don't owe poker anything, sure, but poker has given you a lot." Negreanu closed by suggesting that Colman, if he truly believes poker is a "dark game," should perhaps consider a career change: "If you are genuinely having an issue with the morality of playing poker for a living, make a choice. Don't compromise your own moral code for money. If you truly believe in your heart that what you are doing hurts people, and you don't want to hurt people, you need to make a choice." We've heard that most of the ESPN coverage of the One Drop will be focused on Negreanu, who became poker's all-time money leader in the event and is one of the most visible and gracious ambassadors poker has to offer. The event will begin airing on July 29 on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. The $1 million buy-in World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop is just a month-and-a-half away and the limited seats on offer are quickly starting to fill. Adding to the 23 participants confirmed in March, WSOP officials have revealed that 10 more players will battle it out for what could be the biggest first place prize in sports history, bringing the total to 33. WSOP officials announced on Thursday that the total attendance is now nearing 40. The recent additions to the list include Anthony Gregg, last year's winner of the One Drop High Roller Event; Igor Kurganov, the top Russian money winner; and five German poker pros. Joining that group are the notable entries of Vanessa Selbst, the first female participant in the tourney, and Jean-Robert Bellande (pictured), a one-time contestant in the reality show "Survivor." Selbst, a two-time WSOP bracelet winner, has over $9.6 million in live tournament earnings and is considered one of the best female players in the game. "I'm so excited to be taking part in the Big One for One Drop this year," she said. "I didn't get to play in 2012, but after seeing how much fun everyone had with the event as well as how profound an impact it had on One Drop, I knew I had to be a part of it this time around." Bellande, who has developed a social media following with his high-stakes poker antics, surprised and delighted his followers by posting a picture of himself on his Instagram feed holding bricks of cash while buying into the event. "There goes a milly! I just bought into the 1-Drop. If I win this, it'll be brokeliving no more," he posted. Conspicuously absent from the list is six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (pictured). The PokerStars pro isn't keen on putting up 100% of the massive buy-in himself and has been soliciting investors on Twitter. "I'll be selling 50% of my action for the One Drop $1 million buy-in this year. Get at me if you want to buy a piece. $5k minimum," he posted. "Oh, and I'm gonna win and all that," he added. Phil Hellmuth is another big name who hasn't made the decision to risk the seven-figure chunk of his bankroll, reportedly saying that he would see how he was playing before he commits. The inaugural Big One for One Drop event was held at the 2012 WSOP and won by Antonio Esfandiari. The 35-year-old bested a field of 48 players and took home a massive $18.3 million payday, bumping his total live tournament winnings to over $26 million, becoming tournament poker's all-time money leader. In 2013, he came close to another One Drop win, taking fourth place and $1.4 million in the $100,000 version. While some players are still searching for backers, organizers believe that all 56 seats that are available will eventually be claimed. If participation reaches its cap, they boast that the first prize payout will be in excess of $20 million. Of the 33 seats that have been locked up, three have been reserved for the winners of high-stakes satellites. On June 28, the Rio will hold a $25,300 satellite and give players several opportunities to "step" their way up with buy-ins as low as $200. Here were the first 23 entrants. As part of its charitable offering to the One Drop Foundation, the WSOP will not collect any fee from the tournament and, instead, $111,111 will be donated from each player's buy-in. Tournament money winners will also be given the chance to make donations at the end of the event if they choose to do so. Guy Laliberte (pictured), the billionaire creator of Cirque du Soleil and former space tourist, founded One Drop. The organization's mission is to stamp out poverty by providing access to clean drinking water around the world. Laliberte is an avid poker player who enjoys playing the highest stakes available and has reportedly lost tens of millions of dollars through his various Full Tilt Poker accounts. The Big One for One Drop will kick off on June 29 and run until July 1 as part of the 45th annual World Series of Poker. ESPN will film the entire event and broadcast the footage to the world in three-day blocks on July 29, August 5, and August 12. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. Jean-Robert Bellande(pictured) recently surprised the poker community when he Tweeted a picture of himself holding bricks of cash, buying into the $1 million WSOP Big One for One Drop. Many wondered how someone who has built a social media following by styling himself as being perpetually broke could come up with the astronomical sum necessary to enter such an event. Luckily for his fans, Bellande isn't a man prone to mystery and in a candid interview with Bluff Europe gave more details on how the whole thing came about. "I wanted to play last time a couple of years ago. I raised about 60% of the money and then it didn't happen," he explained. "Recently I've had a couple things go my way and had a few people say they were interested in partnering with me for the One Drop. So, I decided to give it a go." Bellande has reportedly been on a hot streak at the high-stakes games hosted at notorious Instagramer Dan Bilzerian's house. "I had a pretty good score recently at my buddy [Dan's]house," he said. "That gave me a chance to put a decent portion away. I'm not going to be broke living anymore!" In a seven-figure buy-in tournament, even the most well bankrolled pros are wary of putting up the entire amount themselves. Even PokerStarssponsored pro Daniel Negreanu (pictured) has taken to selling 50% of himself for a seat. So how much of a stake does Bellande have in himself? "I can say I have less than 30% of myself," he revealed. "I can't say much more than that." But he did dish more on his relationship with Bilzerian, saying that the high-stakes gambler had staked him, but lost around $1 million and jumped ship. Even so, he said, the two remain friends and constantly needle one another at the tables. "He loves to give me a hard time and loves busting my balls and I do the same to him," he said. "I'm a fan of his; I'm not going to say he's a fan of mine, but he's definitely in my corner." Bellande claims that much of Bilzerian's social media success stemmed from the popularity of his own Twitter following. "He saw my broke living thing and said, 'Let me give the world a taste of some rich living," he said. For someone who will soon play in a million-dollar tournament, Bellande is surprisingly relaxed about the whole experience. While many would take the opportunity to hone their skills, the 43-year-old revealed that he has only played "something like 2-3 tournaments in the past six months." Even so, Bellande thinks he is underrated by his peers and has a unique advantage due to his experience in private high-stakes games. "I know how to play against fellow pros and I know how to play against business guys," he claimed. "In the cash games, I play against both groups all the time," he said. "There's a difference: you can't play against the two the same and I'm somebody who understands that difference. I think that's going to give me an edge." There are some, though, whom he would rather avoid, calling Brian Rast, Andrew Robl, Scott Seiver, and defending champion Antonio Esfandiari (pictured) "super tough." "I'm not fearing anybody, though, but obviously I'd rather be up against less tough opponents," he admitted. Bellande, known for being charismatic and down to earth, thinks that a One Drop win for him would also be a win for the entire poker community. "Me winning this One Drop would be akin to when Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event. It's something that would be great for poker." Seats for the Big One for One Drop are filling fast, with the event set to run from June 29 to July 1. The One Drop foundation, created by Guy Laliberte, will receive $111,111 from each buy-in as a charitable donation. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel (pictured) has hit it big once again, this time taking down the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for nearly $4 million. The 27-year-old scored his second gold bracelet in his sixth career WSOP final table. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Duhamel told WSOP officials when the tournament ended, "I feel so lucky and so blessed in so many ways where I am right now. This is the biggest buy-in event of the summer and it turned out to be my second-best day." The One Drop event sent a portion of each player's buy-in to the eponymous charity that's focused on water issues worldwide. This year's gathering created the largest prize pool of the 2015 WSOP thus far at $14.2 million and Duhamel's competition at the final table included the likes of 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) and 2014 Big One for One Drop winner Daniel Colman. Duhamel doubled up early on at the final table with aces. He said of the key hand, "After that, I could just use my chips and played my game." Complicating matters was a medical emergency at the Rio that stopped play in all events after a participant had a heart attack. Colman was all-in against Bill Klein when the stoppage occurred. In the end, Duhamel outlasted Klein for the win and the almost $4 million first place prize. He commented, "This tournament and this cause mean a lot to me. So, to win this tournament is such an honor. I know Guy [Laliberte]well and he's the one who started this. I've also been a spokesman for One Drop. This tournament and the money raised will help lots of people. So for me, this is like a double win." The final table was packed with bracelet winners and self-made millionaires. Colman is up to $17 million in WSOP winnings after bagging $1.5 million in this tournament. Ben Sulsky has recorded three straight fourth place finishes in WSOP events and is a nosebleed-stakes cash game player. Anthony Zinno is the reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year: 1. Jonathan Duhamel - $3,989,985 2. William Klein - $2,465,522 3. Daniel Colman - $1,544,121 4. Ben Sulsky - $1,118,049 5. Dan Perper - $873,805 6. Phil Hellmuth - $696,821 7. Anthony Zinno - $565,864 8. Sergey Lebedev - $466,970 All 137 entrants in this tournament were male and the field included two first-time WSOP entrants. There were 98 Americans and 39 players from other countries, with England constituting the second largest group with 21 players. The ages of participants ranged from 21 to 74; John Morgan was the eldest statesman. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  10. If you've ever watched the World Series of Poker on television or in person, then you know who Guy Laliberté (pictured) is. He's the founder of the highly successful Cirque du Soleilas well as the One Drop foundation, which has parlayed its name into annual charity poker tournaments at the WSOP. Late last week, it was reported that Laliberté could be dangerously close to selling a majority stake in Cirque du Soleil and, according to the Toronto Star, bidders have been given until next week to submit their offers. To that end, a Cirque spokesperson told the paper, "Last June, Guy Laliberté announced he was searching for a strategic partner. The process for that search is currently ongoing. Mr. Laliberté will also take the time to review his options." This wouldn't be the first time Laliberté has sold a piece of Cirque. According to the Star, he sold 20% of the company in 2008 for $600 million. You "Shark Tank" aficionados would know that means the company, at the time, was valued at $3 billion. However, Cirque has hit a rough patch recently. In addition to the death of a KA performer in 2013 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, the Star explained, "In January 2013, the company announced 600 layoffs following a disastrous 18-month period where four major shows closed around the world (Tokyo, Macau, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles). Even the commercially successful ones like 'Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour' faced drastically mixed reviews." Laliberté currently owns 90% of Cirque despite initially selling off 20%. The One Drop tournaments at the Rio during the WSOP have raised over $16 million for charity. This year, $111,111 and $1,111 buy-in versions will take place. Last year, Dan Colman won the Big One for One Drop, which had a $1 million buy-in, for a staggering $15 million. Laliberté has been a frequent participant in these tournaments and instrumental in bringing them to the WSOP in the first place. Colman is pictured. Cirque was founded in 1984. It has 4,000 employees and revenues in excess of $800 million. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Revenues dropped to $850 million in 2013 from $1 billion in 2012, yet the company netted a profit again due to the cost controls." How a sale would affect Cirque and/or One Drop remains to be seen. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. [caption width="640"] Poker fans can bid on a chance to play an important role on poker's biggest stage.[/caption] For poker fans and players alike, making it to the WSOP Main Event final table is a dream come true and, for most, completely unrealistic. Now, thanks to Charity Buzz, a site that puts once-in-a-lifetime experiences up for auction in the name of charity, some lucky soul is going to get a chance to get exclusive access to the 2016 November Nine. Dubbed “Shuffle up and Deal,” the package promises the winner front row seats to the taping of the WSOP final table plus a behind-the-scenes tour of the WSOP production facilities. Also included is a private poker lesson with pro Frank Kassela, a former WSOP Player of the Year. But maybe best of all is that the auction's winner will be the one giving the "Shuffle Up and Deal" command prior to the start of poker's most prestigious final table, and the moment will be part of the ESPN broadcast. All proceeds from the auction benefit the One Drop organization. The winner will spend three nights in a deluxe room at The Cromwell, “Las Vegas’ newest boutique hotel,” and dine at Giada, an exclusive restaurant opened by famed chef Giada De Laurentiis. Finally, the highest bidder will get the chance to have his photo snapped holding the coveted Main Event gold bracelet. According to Charity Buzz, the package has an estimated value of $10,000. At the moment, viewers have made seven bids, bumping the price up to $2,502. On March 18, the auction will go offline and conclude at a live event called “One Night with One Drop.” The One Drop charity was founded by the billionaire creator of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, and strives to provide clean drinking water to communities in need. It views water as a “transformative force to improve living conditions,” which also helps give the vulnerable the ability to better care for themselves. Those who attend the annual One Night for One Drop event will be treated to a one-night-only exclusive Cirque du Soleil performance and hobnob with celebrity sponsors like Michael Phelps, John Legend, Shania Twain and Pamela Anderson. "We’ve worked with One Drop since 2012 and have seen first-hand that the cause they are working hard to address has a real meaningful impact," said Seth Palansky, Caesars VP of Corporate Communications. "So for us, when One Drop asks us to support their silent auction, it really was an easy decision." One Drop and the WSOP have worked together for years to raise money for the nonprofit. Leveraging his connections in the high-stakes poker world, Laliberté partnered with Caesars to create the Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in WSOP tournament which set aside a portion of players’ buy-ins for charity. The event debuted in 2012 and quickly sold out, creating a massive top prize of $18.3 million, with $5.33 million going to One Drop. Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari bested the tough field that night and walked away from the inaugural event with the eight-figure first place payday. The WSOP VIP package is just one of many which Caesars has graciously donated. "We’re happy to help, and as you will see on Charity Buzz, Caesars as a whole has offered several different experiential packages for this cause," continued Palansky. "We are fortunate that we have some very unique and engaging entertainment options and we are sure bidders will enjoy the opportunity to get up close with the WSOP and our other unique options." Poker legend Phil Hellmuth raised money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation on a similar website in 2014. The package included five different levels of experiences with the 14-time bracelet winner. Prices ranged from $16,700 to $42,900, with the high level giving you the chance to set up a two-hour private game with the pro and your closest friends.
  12. Fedor Holzhas had himself quite the summer. The former PocketFives#1-ranked player had won a couple of Aria High Rollers, finished runner-up in the Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl and he capped it all off on Sunday by winning the One Drop High Roller for his first career bracelet. Holz’s victory came while Day 1B of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event played out around him and followed up Courtney Kennedy’s own bracelet win in the Ladies Event earlier in the day. Event #65: Courtney Kennedy Wins Ladies Championship [caption width="640"] Courtney Kennedy is the 2016 WSOP Ladies Champion (WSOP photo)[/caption] Courtney Kennedy topped what some are considering the toughest final table in WSOP Ladies Event history to win $149,108 and her first career bracelet. “I had to be careful about having the chip lead. I didn’t want to get carried away, especially with my rail cheering for me and all,” Kennedy said. “I just wanted to play my strong game and pick my spots.” Kennedy is a 37-year-old poker dealer from Detroit. “I’m all about spark. I like to make people laugh, even as a dealer. Some people might say I talk too much, but I keep talking even while I deal.” Kennedy beat Amanda Baker heads up to claim the title. Baker has now cashed four times in this event in her career. She walked away with $92,121. Amanda Musumeci finished fifth for $32,889, her largest WSOP cash since 2012. Team PokerStars pro Yaxi Zhu finished ninth. Final Table Payouts Courtney Kennedy - $149,108 Amanda Baker - $92,121 Xiu Deng - $64,401 Natalia Breviglieri - $45,683 Amanda Musumeci - $32,889 Shelly Johnson-Ochoa $24,037 Wendy Freedman $17,837 Nicole Schwartz - $13,443 Yaxi Zhu - $10,290 Event #67: $111,111 One Drop High Roller: Fedor Holz Wins First Bracelet, $4.98M [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz won the One Drop High Roller for nearly https://cdn.pocketfives.com/p5wp/2017/11/594474-fedor-holz-wsop-bracelet.jpg million and a bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] Fedor Holz beat Dan Smith heads up to win the One Drop High Roller and walk away with $4,981,775 and the first gold bracelet of his career. Holz, 22, admitted afterward that this was easily the highlight of his young poker career. “I just so feel overwhelmed.*I didn’t think it would be like this,” said Holz. “I’m really happy right now. I was very focused coming into this.*I told my friends even, that this was going to be a very important week.*I had such a great feeling about this tournament and felt really intense about it, which is why it means so much to me to win it.” Smith, who has yet to win a WSOP bracelet in his career, finished runner-up just one day after finishing third in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. He’s now cashed for nearly $4,000,000 at the 2016 WSOP. Reigning Main Event champion Joe McKeehen finished sixth for $829,792. Final Table Payaouts Fedor Holz - $4,981,775 Dan Smith - $3,078,974 Koray Aldemir - $2,154,265 Jack Salter - $1,536,666 Brian Green - $1,117,923 Joe McKeehen - $829,792 Nick Petrangelo - $628,679 Niall Farrell $486,383 WSOP Main Event Day 1B: Andrey Zaichenko Tops Just like Day 1A of the 2016 WSOP Main Event, Day 1B saw a small uptick over the 2015 field size. A total of 1,733 players took their shot at the Main Event title on Sunday, up just 17 players over the 2015 field size. Topping the 1,302 players who managed to make it through all five levels of play was Russian bracelet winner Andrey Zaichenko with 292,700. That puts him just barely behind Gary Sewell and Alvaro Lopez’s Day 1A stacks of 312,500 and 306,200 respectively. Some of the other notables to make it through Day 1B include Maria Ho, Anthony Zinno, Vanessa Selbst, Antonio Esfandiari and Johnny Chan. Main Event Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts Andrey Zaichenko - 292,700 Kenny Hallaert - 269,400 Kevin Powell - 219,800 Chang Luo - 203,800 Eric Afriat - 200,500 Thi Nguyen - 200,000 Keith Lehr - 197,900 Ronnie Pease - 197,000 Zu Zhou - 191,200 Kyle Knecht - 189,700
  13. The final day of the 2016 World Series of Poker before the Main Event kicks off buzzed with the arrival of the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop and the final table of the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. The Ladies Championship also got underway and three bracelets were awarded for two events while a power couple got a little stronger. Jens Kyllonen, Tommy Le, Dan Smith Return for $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Day 4 The $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event returned 20 of the world’s top players for Day 3 on Friday, but fell short of crowning a champion with three players remaining after ten levels of play. Jens Kyllonen leads Tommy Le with Dan Smith as the short stack. Smith doubled up on the last hand of the night with a straight against Le. Kyllonen bagged up 10,925,000, Le with 8,650,000 and Smith with 3,425,000. The final day saw ten full levels of action but with three players remaining there was no option but return for an additional day to play out. They’re all guaranteed nearly $500,000 but it may be a long day with $1,127,035 for the winner. Top Ten Chip Counts Anetta Holley – 117,600 Karen Xiu – 96,400 Barbara Johnson – 88,900 June Jenkins – 86,700 Alexis Sterner – 85,600 Linglin Zeng – 83,800 Donna Dicrescento – 82,400 Courtney Kennedy – 82,200 Vanessa Selbst – 80,800 Marie Acoba – 78,700
  14. [caption width="640"] Bertrand Grospellier takes a chip lead into the final table of the One Drop High Roller (Neil Stoddart photo / PokerStars)[/caption] There goes the first weekend at the 2017 World Series of Poker. No bracelets were awarded on Sunday, but a couple of tournaments did reach a one-table set up. That means there will be two final tables taking place today (Monday), and one of them is the biggest buy-in of them all. Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier takes huge chip lead into One Drop final table Just 23 players returned at the beginning of Day 3, but now only nine remain in Event #6: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold’em. It’s not surprising to see such a stacked final table line-up, nor is it surprising to see that Bertrand ‘ElkY ‘ Grospellier has held onto his overnight chip lead. But what is surprising is how much ElkY leads the field by; he has almost twice as many chips as his nearest opponent, 2014 WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson. Here’s a look at how the final nine stack up: Bertrand Grospellier - 16,825,000 Martin Jacobson - 8,890,000 Dario Sammartino - 7,975,000 Chris Moore - 7,600,000 Andrew Robl - 6,670,000 Doug Polk - 6,090,000 Rainer Kempe - 5,760,000 Michael Kamran - 3,470,000 Haralabos Voulgaris - 2,865,000 Dan Shak is the unfortunate soul who bubbled in 21st place, and it was in brutal fashion. He got the last of his money in with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"] up against Scott Seiver’s [poker card="js"][poker card="5d"], and was in a dominating position to double up. But the board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="ac"][poker card="2c"] to give Seiver a straight. From there we lost Connor Drinan (20th - $166,666), Nick Petrangelo (19th - $166,666), recent bracelet winner Igor Kurganov (18th - $166,666), Simon Lam (17th - $166,666), Dan Colman (16th - $187,772), Charlie Carrel(15th - $187,772), Scott Seiver (14th - $216,999), Salman Behbahani (13th - $216,999), Byron Kaverman (12th - $257,072), Antonio Esfandiari(11th - $257,072), and finally 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth on the final table bubble (10th - $312,006). Everyone remaining is guaranteed $312,006, increasing up to the massive $3,686,865 first-place prize. This tournament has given ElkY his first six-figure score in four years, and if he can ride that chip lead to the title, the huge cash will eclipse the $3.4 million he banked back in 2008. The Team PokerStars Pro was on a tear yesterday, eliminating Kurganov, Carrel and Seiver. Meanwhile, Doug Polk is looking for his third WSOP bracelet, and Jacobson seeks his second. It’s sure to be a thrilling final table. Event #7: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball reaches unofficial final table While the cameras are pointed towards the One Drop, another event played down to an unofficial final table of seven. The $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball event had 225 total entries, offering a first-place prize of $130,948, and there are several big names still vying for the bracelet. James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst led the final table earlier in the night, but finished the day sixth of seven in chips, in front of Jared Bleznick who comes in tomorrow as the short stack. It’s Terry ‘Doc’ Jennings who leads the pack, followed by Jesse Martin who won his only bracelet in the $10,000 2-7 Lowball (Event #43) at the 2013 WSOP. The final seven shape up as follows: Terry Jennings - 618,000 Jesse Martin - 545,000 Chris Bjorin - 449,000 Daniel Hirleman - 408,000 Brant Hale - 315,000 James Obst - 279,000 Jared Bleznick - 179,000 Barry Greensteinjust missed out on a final table spot, busting late into the night (9th place for $9,502). Other notable bust-outs include Ian Johns (12th place for $7,385) and Lyle Berman (20th place for $4,925), while Jason Mercierbubbled. Mike Gorodinsky tops Day 1 field in $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship After ten levels of play in the prestigious $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, it’s none other than 2015 WSOP Player of the Year Mike Gorodinsky who leads the way. A total of 154 entries created an impressive $1,447,600 prize pool, meaning the winner will pick up $388,795 to go along with the bracelet. That starting field was whittled down to 64 survivors, including Daniel Negreanu, Dan Shak, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Anthony Zinno, Mike Matusow, Jeff Lisandro, and the man who took this event down last year, Benny Glaser. Here’s how the top ten counts look coming back tomorrow, with the blinds at 4K/8K: Mike Gorodinsky - 304,000 Kyle Miaso - 302,000 Iraj Parvizi - 263,000 Ilya Dyment - 240,500 Dan Shak - 233,000 Daniel Negreanu - 224,500 Ray Dehkharghani - 206,500 Tom Koral - 192,500 Marco Johnson - 192,000 David "ODB" Baker - 190,000 Plenty of big names sat down to take a shot in this event, but those who didn’t make it through include Todd Brunson, Erik Seidel, David Benyamine, Phil Hellmuth, Nick Schulman, Jason Mercier, Allen Kessler, Shaun Deeb, Phil Galfond, Ben Yu, Ismael Bojang, Jon Turner, Brandon Shack-Harris, Bart Hanson and Valentin Vornicu. Day 1F of THE COLLOSSUS III ends The Day 1 flights of THE COLLOSSUS III $565 No Limit Hold'em have now come to an end, as Day 1E and Day 1F wrapped up today. The former attracted 3,966 entries, with the latter just behind that at 3,923 entries. Neil Mittleman bagged up the chip lead with 430,000 at the end of Day 1E, with 147 players moving on to Day 2. Later in the day, it was Ardavan Yazdiwho would end 1F as the biggest stack with 588,000, followed by Harry Arutyunyan(504,000) and Jordan Polk(487,000). Those three also sit in the overall top five stacks from all six Day 1 flights, which look like this: Ardavan Yazdi - 588,000 Thomas Boivin - 538,000 Harry Arutyunyan - 504,000 Jordan Polk - 487,000 Newton Deleon - 433,000 This monster even drew a total of 18,053 entries, and 1F had several well-known survivors including Darren Rabinowitz (393,000), Matt Affleck(272,000), Ralph Massey(219,000), Ryan Laplante(155,000), Cate Hall(138,000), andJeff Gross (28,000). However, where there are survivors there must be casualties. Some of the notable players who failed to make it through today include Maria Ho, Kristen Bicknell, Joe Cada, Kenny Hallaert, Loni Harwood, Jessica Dawley, Jamie Kerstetter, William Kassouf, Upeshka De Silva, and Ben Zamani. The Day 1 field sizes break down as follows: 1A - 2,756 1B - 1,982 1C - 3,102 1D - 2,324 1E - 3,966 1F - 3,923 Day 2 kicks off Monday with all eyes set on the $1 million first-place prize.
  15. [caption width="680"] The World Series of Poker is making its return to Europe with a trip to King's Casino in October of this year. (WSOP file photo)[/caption] The long-awaited return of World Series of Poker Europe hits King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic this October and features 11 bracelet events and €17,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools. The official schedule, which starts October 19 and wraps up on November 10 with the final table of the €10,300 buy in €4,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, was announced on Wednesday. In total, there is €17,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools up for grabs starting with the always popular Monster Stack event. The three starting flight tournament carries a €500,000 guarantee for a €1,100 buy in and boasts a 20,000 starting stack, 5,000 more than its Las Vegas counterpart, along with a single re-entry. Among the other events on the WSOPE schedule is the €550 buy-in Colossus, €1,650 single re-entry Six Max, €25,000 re-entry High Roller, and the €111,111 buy in €10,000,000 guaranteed High Roller for One Drop. King’s Casino is owned and operated by Leon Tsoukernik and has grown to worldwide prominence since opening in 2003. With the capacity to fit 160 tables, King’s Casino is more than capable of performing on the game’s biggest stage and Tsoukernik is excited to host the biggest series in the game. “I’m so proud that that the WSOP Europe is coming to King’s,” said Tsoukernik. “I started off with a dream and my dream has come true and I hope poker players have their dreams come true too when they see the sheer size and facilities of King's. With the awarding of WSOP gold bracelets, we have brought a huge piece of Las Vegas to Europe and we aim to deliver Vegas standards with this event too.” More than just a businessman, Tsoukernik is an avid poker player himself and will be participating in this summer’s Super High Roller Bowlat the Aria. The “Fall Festival” at King’s Casino officially starts on September 28, with the World Series of Poker Circuit making a European stop. In total 84 events will be played out over the course of 44 consecutive days, making this stop a can’t miss for any player. The WSOPE Main Event boasts two Day 1s on November 4 and 5 and features a single re-entry option along with a 50,000 starting stack. The Colossus has ten starting flights, a €550 buy in and a €2 million guarantee, making it very likely that the field will eclipse 4,000 entrants and become the largest tournament in European history. The first flight for the Colossus kicks off on October 27. The anticipation is already starting to grow and the Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart, expects this series to be the best European one yet. “WSOP Europe has struggled to find a permanent home since debuting in 2007 because we could never really find the venue or partner to replicate what we have in Las Vegas,” said Stewart. “But I truly believe in Leon’s vision, his passion and King’s Casino to execute the best WSOP Europe to date. We are bullish in this becoming the European equivalent of the WSOP in Las Vegas, something we have always dreamed of doing when we first began our foray into Europe a decade ago.” #EVENTBUY-INGUARANTEESTART DATESNOTES 1Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em (re-entry next flight)€1,100€500,000Oct. 19, 20, 21Three starting flights 2Pot Limit Omaha (Eight Max, re-entry)€550--Oct. 23, 24Two starting flights 3Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold'em (re-entry)€1,100--Oct. 25Two starting flights, €500 bounty on each player 4Six Max No Limit Hold'em (single re-entry)€1,650--Oct. 26* 5Colossus (one re-entry per flight)€550€2,000,000Oct. 27, 28, 29, 30, 3110 starting flights 6Pot Limit Omaha (Eight Max, unlimited re-entry)€2,200--Oct. 28* 7Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (re-entry)€1,650--Oct. 31* 8Little One for One Drop No Limit Hold'em (re-entry)€1,100€500,000Nov. 1, 22 starting flights 9No Limit Hold'em High Roller (re-entry)€25,000--Nov. 1* 10High Roller for One Drop (re-entry)€111,111€10,000,000Nov. 3(111 player cap) 11WSOP Europe Main Event (single re-entry)€10,300€4,000,000Nov. 4-52 starting flights
  16. While most of the poker world that was watching WSOP Europe action on Saturday was focused on the €111,111 One Drop High Roller or Day 1A of the Main Event, the €1,111 Little One for One Drop was playing down to a winner. Dutchman Albert Hoekendijk ended up being the last player standing, topping an 868-player field to win his first career bracelet and the first for the Netherlands since 2012 when Vincent van der Fluit won a $1,500 PLO event. When the final table began, Przemyslaw Klejnowski had the shortest stack but just 23 hands in, he found a hand to go with that eventually offered him the chance to triple his stack. Klejnowski moved all in for 390,000 from UTG, Oleh Haisiuk and Hoekendijk called from the small blind. After the [poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3d"] flop, Hoekendijk bet 230,000 and Haisiuk called. The turn was the [poker card="th"] and both players checked. They also checked after the [poker card="4s"] river allowing Klejnowski to table [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"], but Haisiuk showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"] for top pair while Haisiuk showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] for a missed straight draw. Klejnowski was out in ninth place. Eight hands later, Artan Dedusha shoved for 625,000 from the hijack before Johannes Toebbe moved all in over the top for 1,575,000. The rest of the players folded and Dedusha showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"] which put him behind Toebbe’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"]. Dedusha could only watch in disappointment though as the board ran out [poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] to send him to the rail in eighth place. Dedusha hadn’t even finished leaving the table before another player joined him. On the very next hand Abdelhakim Zoufri raised to 110,000 from UTG. Serghei Lisiy moved all in from the small blind and Zoufri called all in. Lisiy was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] to Zoufri’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6c"] flop kept Lisiy in control and when the [poker card="3c"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river failed to give Zoufri an eight or a paired board for a chop, he was finished in seventh. The quick pace of eliminations continued and six hands later Jonas Lauck became the next victim. Thomas Hofmann button-raised to 140,000 and Lauck moved all in for 950,000 from the big blind. Hofmann called and showed [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] while Lauck was racing with [poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="5s"] flop didn’t seem to offer much to Lauck, but the [poker card="9s"] turn gave him a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="jc"] river was a brick though and Hofmann’s pair of twos was good enough to take the pot and eliminate Lauck. It took over an hour before the next player was eliminated. Haisiuk raised all in for 465,000 from the button and Toebbe called from the big blind. Haisiuk showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="5s"] and Toebbe tabled [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"] gave Haisiuk extra outs to a wheel, but Toebbe made a set thanks to the [poker card="7d"] turn. The [poker card="5c"] river was no help for Haisiuk and he was eliminated. Four-handed play lasted just 45 minutes. Zoufri moved all in from the button for 1,400,000 and Hofmann called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. Zoufri needed help after turning over [poker card="as"][poker card="3h"]. He got just the opposite on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="6d"] flop and even more bad news after the [poker card="qh"] turn gave Hofmann a full house. The river was the [poker card="8d"] to make Zoufri’s bust official. Zoufri’s bustout allowed a short-stacked Toebbe to ladder up one spot in the payouts but not any further. Three hands later Hoekendijk raised to 300,000 from the button and Toebbe put his last 1,300,000 at risk and Hoekendijk called. Toebbe was ahead with [poker card="as"][poker card="3h"] to Hoekendijk’s [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] but the [poker card="kd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5c"] flop flipped the script. The turn was the [poker card="9c"] and the [poker card="qh"] river sealed Toebbe’s third place finish. When heads-up play began, Hofmann had 55% of the chips in play, but over the next three hours, Hoekendijk and Hofmann traded the lead back and forth before Hoekendijk took control for the final time. Down more than 6-1 in chips, Hofmann moved all in for 2,600,000 and Hoekendijk called. Hofmann showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="3d"] and was drawing live after Hoekendijk showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Hofmann little hope and the [poker card="7h"] turn removed all of it. The meaningless river was the [poker card="as"] and Hoekendijk eliminated Hofmann to claim his first career bracelet and €170,764. Final Table Payouts Albert Hoekendijk - €170,764 Thomas Hofmann - €105,532 Johannes Toebbe - €74,055 Abdelhakim Zoufri - €52,703 Oleh Haisiuk - €38,046 Jonas Lauck - €27,865 Serghei Lisiy - €20,710 Artan Dedusha - €15,623 Przemyslaw Klejnowski - €11,966
  17. I F*cked Up is a PocketFives series where the game’s best tell stories of where they got it wrong. Mistakes happen every day in poker and let these players be the first to tell you it happens to everyone. If you are curious why German players are so proficient at No Limit Hold’em, consider this quote from 2017 WSOP Europe One Drop winner Dominik Nitsche. When asked to recall a hand that he misplayed and learned from, Nitsche noted it was hard for him to come up with a hand. “The way I play poker, I don’t learn from mistakes that way. I just study all the time. I don’t really make mistakes, I study to avoid mistakes.” Nitsche said. After consulting with some friends, Nitsche recalled a hand he played against partypoker pro Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao earlier this year. It was in the partypoker MILLIONS Nottingham £10,300 High Roller where Nitsche had to turn his hand into a bluff. Due to an error in preflop hand range assessment, Nitsche made a play that didn't quite add up. The Hand The action starts at an eight-handed table and 10 players from the money. Nitsche opened off of what he estimates to be 40-50 big blinds in early position with pocket queens for a standard raise. Simao called in the hijack and Jason Wheeler tagged along from the big blind. Nitsche estimates he’s opening approximately 20 percent of hands in this spot with Simao calling with six to eight percent. The flop came out K-J-3 with no flush draws and Wheeler checked over to Nische. “I want to be doing a lot of checking,” Nische said. “[Simao] has a lot of king-ten suited, king-jack suited. I can’t do a lot of three-street betting. The best course of action is to check and proceed.” Simao bet a small amount and only Nitsche called. “I have a pretty easy call. If I have pocket threes or pocket jacks, I would consider check-raising. With aces, I would check-raise. Queen-ten suited, I would check-call. Not sure if I have queen-ten offsuit 100 percent of the time.” The queen-ten comment from Nitsche plays a key role as the hand develops on later streets. A six came on the turn, and the board was officially a badugi. Both players checked with the river card impending. “I check because I would check all of my hands. [Simao] could be betting the flop and check the turn. I’m not super comfortable but have a good amount of showdown value. I win this hand quite a bit.” Action Heats Up on the River The river produced an ace to put the broadway straight in play with the full board reading K-J-3-6-A. When examining his thought process on this card and how it impacts his next move Nitsche said, “The hands I check-call on the flop are not strong enough to check-raise. Ace-king is not strong enough to check-raise. In my hand, I thought pocket queens would make a strong bluff candidate.” Nitsche checked over to Simao, who bet half the pot. When faced with the bet, Nitsche conceded his hand was not good enough to call with and moving all-in would give him the best chance of winning the pot. “If I raise, it has to be a big raise. The only thing I could have is pocket jacks or better. The reason I decide to raise is because I have blockers to his queen-ten. My thinking in-game is that people tend to overvalue bet with the ace not thinking about what [their] opponent has.” Simao did have an ace and called with ace-queen for his tournament life after a long tank to take most of Nitsche's stack. The Aftermath Nitsche observes that not having queen-ten in his range “defeats” his strategy of bluffing the river. Due to his opening from early position with his established range, he has the straight only four times versus if he opened from late position where he would have it 16 times. “With his queen blocker, I have three combos of the nut straight. It’s a good spot to bluff with his range appearing to be so weak. He made a good call. If he doesn’t fold ace-queen, it’s hard for him to have any other bluffs. I don’t think I made a mistake,” Nitsche affirmed. According to Nitsche, he and Simao have years of history playing together online and that played a part in him deciphering Nitsche’s bluff. The takeaway that Nitsche suggests other players examine in their own game is to think about the hands they are opening before they put chips in. Nitsche observed that queen-ten offsuit not being in his preflop range changes the dynamic of the hand and his postflop decision making. “If only open 15 percent of hands that’s fine. You have to be careful of what you can represent. How often do you have the hand you’re representing? The real problem comes when you open queen-jack offsuit but not queen-ten offsuit.” Nitsche is not uncomfortable with putting together an all-in bluff. He acknowledges that when he does put chips in, his range should be credible enough for him to be able to properly represent having the best hand. “Bluffing is a part of poker. Sometimes in these spots, you have to bluff. If your range is ahead of their range, you should be bluffing. To play successful poker, you need to play well in these spots.”
  18. One of the leaders in online poker is combining with the number one charity in poker. 888poker and the One Drop foundation are collaborating for the first-ever World Water Day Online Tournament. The event takes place on the 888poker platform on March 22 and coincides with the United Nations-sanctioned World Water Day. The prize pool is a guaranteed number fo $5,000 and features a buy-in of $11.11. All fees generated are being donated by 888poker to the One Drop foundation. One Drop first came into the poker community in 2012 with the inaugural Big One for One Drop $1 million buy-in event at the World Series of Poker. Since then, One Drop has raised over $20 million in funding for global water projects. 888poker is a primary sponsor of the World Series of Poker and the host of the WSOP.com online poker skin. “This will be One Drop’s first online poker tournament ever and we are confident that we have found another great ally in 888poker. We are excited with the idea of being able to reach out to their extensive community of online players to raise awareness and funds for critical water issues. We sincerely hope that this collaboration will be the first of many more to come.” said Alexandre Meunier, Senior Director of Special Initiatives at One Drop. The team of 888poker and One Drop continues into the summer. 888poker team pro Dominik Nitsche is participating in the 2018 edition of the Big One for One Drop. Nitsche also won the One Drop High Roller at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe. In addition to Nitsche, the 888poker corporate team is excited to join forces with One Drop. “Our new collaboration with One Drop is a great milestone for us here at 888poker. Supporting causes that improve the world we live in is an important part of our activities,” said Guy Cohen, Senior Vice President and Head of B2C, 888 Holdings. “We are excited to be able to offer our players the chance to contribute to those in need, along with exclusive access to the most sought-after events in the poker calendar.” Find out more about the World Water Day Online Tournament by visiting 888poker.com.
  19. One of the summer’s biggest surprises arrived here in the final days of the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. Fresh off his fifth-place finish in the 2018 Main Event, 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada found a way to close out Event #75: $1,500 The Closer for his second bracelet of the series. At the same time that Cada was making history, the massive $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop saw some of the biggest names in poker enter in what, no doubt, be an explosive finish for another epic WSOP. Cada Is The Closer When Joe Cada busted in fifth-place in the 2018 Main Event, he didn’t speak to the media. He quickly made his exit, opting not to answer questions about how it felt to come so close to being the only player in the post-Moneymaker era to have a shot at winning two Main Event titles. While there have been a handful of players who had made the final table multiple times in their career, what Cada put together in his 2018 Main Event run topped them all. If not being able to close out the Main Event weighed on Cada, he certainly didn’t show it. Cada was right back in the thick of the action as he snap-entered Event #75: $1,500 THE CLOSER. Three days later Cada would be taking yet another winner’s photo having topped the field of 3,120 for his second bracelet of the summer and adding another $612,886 to his 2018 earnings. “I feel amazing. What a way to cap it off,” Cada said. “I’ve been running good and deep in every tournament, and the tournaments I busted, I feel good about how I played. I haven’t played many tournaments this summer, and I’m kind of upset that I didn’t play more, but it feels good to close it out.” This summer at the WSOP Cada cashed in seven different events, two of which he won, one of which was his fifth place $2.15 million score. In total, Cada earned over $3 million at the 2018 series. Cade is now a four-time WSOP bracelet winner, holding the most of any of the post-poker boom Main Event winners. Fewer than 50 players all-time hold four or more gold bracelets. He also joins a club that includes Brian Rast, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Shaun Deeb all of whom earned their fourth career WSOP bracelet in 2018. Event #75: $1,500 The Closer Final Table Payouts 1. Joe Cada - $612,886 2. Paawan Bansal - $378,765 3. Jeffrey Tanouye - $278,774 4. Richard Ali - $206, 813 5. Eric Afrait - $154,660 6. Richard Cox - $116,595 7. Jimmy Poper - $88,615 8. Brayden Gazlay - $67,904 9. Joshua Turner - $52,465 One Last Tournament In the final event of the summer, 24 players made their way to the cage to buy into the nosebleed contest that is the $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop. Many of the biggest names in poker were seated side by side, battling it out for what will likely be the largest first-place prize of the summer. At the end of the say, 19 of the 24 players survived the day with two of poker’s biggest names currently sitting in the top three. Leading the way is Hollywood high-stakes home game reg Rick Solomon. Hot on his heels though are a pair of poker legends in Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu who sit second and third in chips respectively. Unfortunately for 2012 One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari, he will not be the first to repeat as a One Drop champion as he couldn't find a bag at the end of the day. Joining him on the rail was David Peters, Bryn Kenney, Isaac Haxton and Jake Schindler. The final numbers on both participants and prize pool will be generated at the start of Day 2. Players who would like to max late reg have the ability to enter before the start of the second day and will have 50 big blinds. It should be noted that while the players will be vying for a massive score, $80,000 of every entry is donated to Guy Laliberte's One Drop Charity. That means that event if no other players register, the clean water initiative will still receive over $1.9 million from the poker world. Where To Watch The One Drop July 16 2:30 PM $1,000,000 OneDrop Day 2 PokerGO July 17 9:30 PM $1,000,000 OneDrop Day 2 ESPN2 July 17 2:30 AM $1,000,000 OneDrop Day 2 PokerGO July 17 9:00 PM $1,000,000 OneDrop FT ESPN2

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