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  1. [caption width="640"] Parker 'TonkaaaaP' Talbot is the newest member of team 888poker.[/caption] 888poker’s team of ambassadors continues to add more star power following the announcement that Parker 'TonkaaaaP' Talbot is joining the squad. Talbot has grown a massive following on Twitch, with his videos collecting over 3,500,000 views and thousands of subscribers paying for exclusive content. And for good reason. Talbot has earned nearly $3,000,000 playing online poker and reached a peak in 2016 of number 11 on the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings. As part of Talbot’s deal with 888poker, he joins the likes of Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman and Dominik Nitsche in promoting the game on a global level. Additionally, Talbot will stream at least five days a week and commentate on all 888 Live events on his neverlucky.tv channel. “I'm obviously a big fan of 888poker as I play a chunk of my online volume there. When presented with the opportunity to become an 888poker ambassador, it became apparent that this could turn into something very exciting,” said Talbot. Talbot generally plays most of the major daily events online and has an enjoyment for playing the major 888poker events including the Crocodile, the Whale, and the Mega Deep Turbo. The upcoming Super XL Series will be part of Talbot’s upcoming streams, as well. “The XL series has been killing it recently, and I can't wait to get in there and duke it out later this month. 888 is 100% a premiere online poker operator. I'm very hopeful for 888 taking over the game in the coming years. The site has been continuing to grow for a good long while now with no signs of turning back. I can't wait to work with everyone at 888 and try to get the word out about just how great it can be.” The five days a week that Talbot’s loyal fans are used to him streaming will continue as part of his new deal. As Talbot continues to stream with a name brand attached to his name, his following is likely to grow higher than ever before. “I'll be streaming 888poker every day I stream, which is currently Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday starting at 1:00 pm EST at neverlucky.tv. I play a pretty high average buy-in, but I have recently been mixing in a lot of $20-$50 games for volume because I've realized how awesome the $30 tournaments are on 888poker. So basically, every $22 tournament that runs in my schedule will be played and streamed!” Talbot’s inspiration for streaming came from when he and his friend, Jamie Staples, were playing video games together with Staples suggesting to Talbot that he start his own stream. A few months later, Talbot had crossed back over into playing tournaments and decided to give streaming a shot. In only 13 months, his stream is one of the most-viewed in all of poker. “I think that I'm generally pretty relatable and genuine, and I think people can just join in on that. I'm generally upbeat as well, and I feed off of the energy of the chat. I could never stream and be exciting or have energy if I didn't have all the muppets hanging out with me and rooting me on. Winning hundreds of thousands of dollars on occasion can also be very helpful.” The star that is Talbot has come a long way from his humble beginnings as both a player and a streamer. With his new deal firmly in place, it seems as though the sky's the limit for both Talbot and 888poker. If you don’t have an 888poker account yet, sign up through this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. You'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away!
  2. [caption width="640"] Last year Griffin Benger turned a 0 satellite win into a November Nine appearance.[/caption] It’s almost here. You have made it through the first five steps of the 888poker World Series of Poker Main Eventqualifying stages. All that is standing between you and the chance to play for a Main Event seat is $160 a field of competitors hungry to make to Las Vegas. Sound intimidating? Not to worry. Last year, Griffin Benger started his Main Event journey at this step and walked out of the Rio last November over $1,250,000 richer as a result. Could you be on your way to joining Benger and possibly exceeding his feat? All it takes is one click to find out. RELATED: Start your journey to the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $0.01For players who have made the climb up the ladder to make it this far, there is the case to made for fear of losing and having to restart the climb. Lucky for those players, former November Niner and 888poker team pro Bruno Politano has some positive advice to share. “Don’t give up! There are lots of cases of success where the players tried four or five times and got it the package. This is a very good strategy for these players to believe and trust in your potential and continue trying Focus and persistence are the keys to success.” One out of every, approximately, seven entrants into Step 6 will earn a seat in the $1,050 mega satellite, which will result in at least one player earning a seat at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event seat. 888poker team pro Dominik Nitsche has already qualified for the Main Event through 888poker and says he wishes he “could play every day” noting the high equity value of the seats. Unfortunately, 888poker does not allow for players to earn multiple seats, which Nitsche thinks is a positive as it would take away the opportunity from many recreational players. Nitsche points out that players who have qualified for the later steps should play them closer to the Main Event as by then, many of the professionals will have already won a seat, therefore making the fields not as arduous to fight through. Regardless, there is tremendous value in being able to earn a $10,000 seat for barely over one percent of the initial price. As we have learned through the opening five pieces in this series, most professionals recommend allocating four or five buy-ins for every step and to be aware of all stacks when on the bubble. It’s not about winning the tournament, but not losing the seat. Like Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot says, “shove wide and call tight.” RELATED: How to Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $5Now that you have all the tools required to succeed in the 888poker satellite series, we hope to see one of you win a seat to the Main Event and maybe even reach the November Nine. Need any more convincing to try 888poker’s satellite steps? Let Kara Scott explain. “Players have a chance to climb their way up the steps satellite structure and try to earn tickets to the higher buy-in satellites, running a couple times a week, where they can win a package to the Main Event or 888 Side Event and potentially win HUGE.”
  3. [caption width="640"] Spielbank Berlin could be a potential location for an 888Live festival in the new year.[/caption] 888Live festivals traveled across the globe in 2017, setting up shop in locations such as London, Barcelona, and Minsk. The tour has yet to announce festival dates or locations for 2018 leaving some to wonder where they might travel to next. There are quite a few untapped territories for 888 to visit and with 2018 drawing near, below are five stops that could be made next year. 1. Playground Poker Club - Montreal, Canada In only a few years, Playground Poker Club has set itself apart from many of its peers in terms of volume of tours that come through in a given year. In 2017 alone, Playground has hosted partypoker Live twice, including the first Millions North America event. This week, the World Poker Tour is making its second stop of 2017. 888 visited for a local event in 2016 and a festival would add more events and larger buy-ins to draw entrants. There are only so many dates Playground can accommodate and should they secure a two-week time slot, the opportunity makes sense. 888 would be able to grow their Canadian market and promote the latest addition to the 888 team, Toronto’s Parker Talbot. 2. Le Croisette Casino Barrière - Cannes, France Cannes has played host to the World Series of Poker Europe in years past and this year, WPTDeepStacks made their first trip there. The €1,100 Main Event drew 266 entries and it is fair to expect that 888Live could produce similar numbers. The World Series of Poker Circuit is also in Cannes and the casino is ripe to add another strong brand to their yearly catalog. There are no 888 ambassadors who hail from France but having team members from the neighboring countries of Germany and the United Kingdom would do well for participation. 3. Hilton Prague Hotel - Prague, Czech Republic Since 2007, Prague and the Hilton Hotel have played host to the final European Poker Tour (and now PokerStars Championship) event of the year. During that time, there has only been one other series hosted at the Hilton, and that was in 2010 when Unibet came to town. The property appears to be well equipped to host another series and provided there are no major scheduling conflicts in place, 888Live has a second property in the Czech Republic to add to the schedule. This season, 888Live visited King’s Casino in Rozvadov. 4. Spielbank Berlin Germany - Berlin, Germany Another property that has hosted major events in prior years, Spielbank Berlin is opening the 2018 World Poker Tour calendar with the WPT European Championship. In 2015, the casino hosted World Series of Poker Europe. 888 ambassador Natalie Hof hails from Germany, making the fit more seamless. As 888Live adds more properties to its arsenal, familiarity will come in handy for those looking for a new destination. Assuming that the WPT European Championship draws well, 888 Live should be following up right behind with a festival of its own. 5. Undetermined Pennsylvania Location Online poker is officially regulated in the state of Pennsylvania after a wait of many years and 888 is prime to jump in the marketplace. Having a tie-in with WSOP.com and the Harrah’s property in Philadelphia make an 888Live appearance there a natural fit. The largest hurdle to overcome is the scheduling of the event. There is no definitive timeline for when online play will officially commence and should 888Live decide to host an event before the end of 2018, the need for online satellites is a must. Only time will tell when and where 888Live is to plant their roots in the state for festivals to come.
  4. [caption width="640"] Parker 'tonkaaaap' Talbot represents a new breed of poker superstar for 888poker.[/caption] Nine months ago 888poker added another player to their impressive group of ambassadors that might have left casual poker observers asking themselves, 'Uhh, who the hell is Parker Talbot?' 888poker's team of ambassadors already included the likes of online poker's all-time tournament earnings leader Chris Moorman, Sweden's Sofia Lovgren, German prodigy Dominik Nitsche and one of the hardest working people in the industry, Kara Scott. Adding Talbot might have seemed like an odd choice to some - but not to the 65,000 or so Twitch subscribers that follow every move the Canadian poker pro makes. They don't know him as Parker Talbot though. To them, he's 'tonkaaaaP'. Now 25, Talbot - rather 'TonkaaaaP' - has been playing poker full time for a little over seven years, but he actually found the game a lot earlier than that. He still a middle-schooler when he first started playing. "I was like 14 or 15 years old. Me, my mom and my dad all played (online)," said Talbot. The pair were playing 5p-10p Limit Hold'em before they came across some old World Poker Tour episodes that introduced them an entirely new world. "We discovered No Limit and we were like, 'Holy shit, you can win a £20 pot on this? We are never playing Limit again!'" This is where Talbot's story shifts a little bit from the narrative of so many other players of his generation. Just around his 17th birthday his family noticed he was a little TOO into poker and began dialing it back and getting him refocused on school. He eventually made his way to university. "When I went to university when I was 17, 18 years old, I didn't play online at all," said Talbot. "You would assume that most people as soon as they leave the house are like, 'Fuck it, I'll just play online now'. But I didn't do that for some reason. I have no idea why." On his 18th birthday, Talbot took $100 and headed to a local casino to play $1/$2. He lost it all. Undeterred by that, Talbot took another $100, that his dad had given him for his birthday, and went back. "Never really looked back after that," said Talbot. "I used to show up on Friday night and leave on Sunday morning, playing 36-hour sessions of $1/$2 and built up a $5,000-$6,000 bankroll." After returning home for the summer, Talbot decided to take that bankroll and use it to play online cash games. He was four-tabling $0.25/$0.50 and unlike his live play, he was getting killed. One of his friends convinced him that maybe he should give tournaments a try. "The second or third day, I got second place in the Daily $40,000 ... for $10,000 or something," said Talbot. From that point on, Talbot began working on his tournament game. He's since amassed over $3.1 million in lifetime online tournament earnings and recently joined Upswing Poker as a coach. Like everybody who has ever signed up to play at an online poker site, Talbot paused briefly when he came to picking his screenname. He eventually settled on 'TonkaaaaP' and his reasoning is a pretty strong reflection of his Canadian roots. "I used to play hockey, of course. My coach started to call me 'Tonka', like a Tonka truck, because I was a smaller, stockier kid, but we always played contact hockey and I would always be able to rock the big guys," said Talbot. Over the next few years, Talbot focused mainly on turbo sit-n-gos while dabbling in MTTs. Along the way he found himself in an online chat group that included Jamie Staples. During one of their normal chats, Staples gave Talbot a push to start streaming on Twitch. "I was just like, 'Nah, that doesn't sound very fun'," said Talbot, who was in fact, having less fun playing on a daily basis after PokerStars decided to kill the Supernova Elite program. Talbot had been a SNE for three straight years and was on the verge of quitting poker after the program went away. "I wasn't really enjoying it anymore. Then I was just like, 'Fuck it, I'll just stream tomorrow; play a tournament session and just stream it'. I bought a microphone, I had a camera and I just clicked the stream button and did it," said Talbot. Now Talbot finds himself as one of the most popular poker streamers on Twitch. It's caused Talbot to rethink what his role is exactly and in some cases, moving away from being JUST a poker player. "I think there's a balance. I definitely feel myself transitioning into more of an entertaining role, an ambassador streamer type of role for sure," said Talbot. With a growing following in the poker Twitch community, it made perfect sense that 888 reached out to him and started talking about ways to work together. "A few months into the stream I got contacted by them, wanting to do some work with me. I wasn't super interested in doing a small thing," said Talbot. "Then we didn't talk for a little and then had some more talks. We just ended up making it work." He officially joined 888poker as an ambassador in January 2017. Along with playing exclusively on 888poker on his Twitch channel, Talbot also began doing commentary work alongside David Tuchman at 888Live events. "I think we're a pretty good combo, to be honest. We have a decent amount of banter and we have a lot of fun carrying each other and making fun of each other while talking about cards," said Talbot. "I feel like I'm a little bit more experienced poker-wise than Tuchman, and he's way more used to the commentary role. We sort of bounce off of each other." Even with all of his success in poker, Talbot's biggest fans are the same two people that introduced him to the game over ten years ago - his parents. His mom regularly tunes into the Twitch stream and actually serves as a mod on his channel. "She's in there, banning people. There's an emote of her. She plays in pretty much all of our home games," said Talbot, who says his parents always supported his decision to pursue poker. "We're just like friends, you know? They're obviously parental figures, but at this point, I'm an adult, they're adults. We're more like friends."
  5. 888poker LIVE makes their return to the Aspers Casino in London from November 22 to December 3 with a 12-day festival full of tournaments that every poker player can get involved with. The 10-event series provides a wide variety of buy-ins, including the Main Event that has a $500,000 guarantee and will feature appearances by former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions. It will be over a week of non-stop poker action. Whether you are looking to mix it up in some small stakes tournaments or play for the big bucks, 888poker LIVE has a tournament on the schedule worth jumping into. The Opening Event The first event on the schedule is aptly named the Opening Event. It is a ₤220 buy-in event that, if history is an indicator, will provide maximum bang for the buck. The structure is solid for his level of buy-in as it starts with 30,000 in chips and 30-minute levels. There are four flights for players to choose from beginning on November 22. Last year at this time 888poker held a similar tournament called the 888Live Local London tournament. The buy-in was identical and even without a full festival surrounding the event, the tournament drew 529 entries generating a prize pool of ₤155,825. The top five players all turned their ₤220 into five-figure scores with local grinder Christopher Vernon taking home the first place prize of ₤19,670 (over $26,000 USD). The tournament should see no fewer than 500 entries over the four flights and with the support of a full festival could even exceed the numbers posted in 2017. The Swordfish Taking place on the first Monday of the festival, November 26, The Swordfish is a tournament for anybody and everybody. It starts with the smalled buy-in of the entire schedule at only ₤60. Even for that small of an entry fee, the structure should appeal to players of every experience level with 15,000 chips and 25-minute levels. This provides players who may not have as much live experience a chance to get involved, make a move or two and fire away without having to put up the buy-in of a major Main Event. Now, the prize pool isn’t going to be anywhere near that of the Opening Event but neither is the time commitment. The Swordfish is a one-day tournament and will likely be one of the small fields. If a player is looking to have a little fun and fade fewer players, they could always splash around with The Swordfish. In addition to The Swordfish, the schedule offers The Hurricane, The Whale and a Turbo Deepstack all of which have buy-ins less than the Opener. The High Roller On the other end of the tournament spectrum is the High Roller which comes with a buy-in of ₤2,200. Along with the increased price point comes a deeper structure. The two-day tournament provides 100,000 in chips and 40-minute levels. There’s going to be some big money at stake here. In October 2017, during a previous London Festival, 69 players ponied up the buy-in and the prize pool swelled to ₤136,626, well over double its ₤50,000 guarantee. The UK’s Jamie Lunt ended up as the official winner after a heads-up deal was agreed upon. Lunt walked with ₤34,985 ($46,130 USD) for first place. If the ₤2,200 High Roller isn’t enough to get your blood flowing, there’s a ₤5,000 Super High Roller slated to run on the final two days of the schedule. Pot Limit Omaha Sick of No Limit Hold'em? The Pot Limit Omaha event is the only chance on the schedule for players to compete in a game other than NLHE. Traditionally, during the 888LIVE events, the PLO event isn’t one of the better-attended events. This year it takes place on the same day at the final two starting flights of the Main Event. So, if you have already made Day 2 in the Main Event but still have the urge to play, try playing the great game of PLO. The tournament starts with 30,000 in chips and 25-minute levels, however with some much Main Event action going on the field will likely be slightly easier to navigate than one of the other featured events. The Main Event Of course, it should be no surprise that the Main Event is the must-play event of the series. It comes with a $500,000 guarantee and promises to be a star-studded affair. Plenty of 888poker ambassadors like Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Parker ’tonkaaaa’ Talbot and more are likely to be on hand. In addition, 888poker will be importing a host of former World Series of Poker champions. Joe Cada, Scott Blumstein, and 888poker ambassador Martin Jacobson are all expected to be on hand. Last year, the Main Event of the London Festival paid out the largest first place prize of the series. UK pro Tom Hall bested the 427 player field and brought home 78,888 ($104,170 USD) for first place. 888poker is hoping that this year will be even bigger and have already begun running qualifiers and handing out packages for the Main Event which include extra cash to assist with travel and lodging. Full Schedule of Events Date Event Buy-In 11/22 888Live London Opening Event - 1A ₤220 11/23 888Live London Opening Event - 1B ₤220 11/24 888Live London Opening Event - 1C ₤220 888Live London Opening Event - 1D ₤220 11/25 888Live London Opening Event - Final The Hurricane ₤110 11/26 The Swordfish ₤60 11/27 The Turbo Deepstack ₤80 11/28 High Roller - Day 1 ₤2200 11/29 High Roller - Final 888Live London Main Event - 1A ₤1100 11/30 888Live London Main Event - 1B ₤1100 888Live London Main Event - 1C ₤1100 12/01 888Live London Main Event - 1D ₤1100 888Live London Main Event - 1E ₤1100 Pot Limit Omaha ₤125 12/02 888 London Festival Main Event- Day 2 The Whale ₤150 Super High Roller Day 1 ₤5000 Ladies Event ₤100 12/03 888 London Festival Main Event- Final Day Super High Roller Final Day
  6. The last European Poker Tour event of 2018 wrapped up Tuesday in Prague with Germany's Paul Michaelis beating a final table that included a few well-known PocketFivers on his way to picking up €840,000 ($954,677) and a trip to the Bahamas to play in the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship in January. The eight-handed final table began on Monday before stopping with six players left to return on Tuesday. It took just a few hands at the final table on Monday for the first elimination to happen. Diego Zeiter moved all in for 1,305,000 from middle position and Alexandr Merzhvinskii called. Zeiter tabled [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] but got the worst news possible when Merzhvinskii turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"][poker card="qh"][poker card="td"] runout wasn't good enough to save Zeiter from an eighth place finish. It took only an hour before the next player was sent to the rail. From middle position, Laurynas Levinskas raised to 250,000 before Liviu Ignat moved all in from the button. Levinskas called and showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] while Ignat needed help after turning over [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="6d"] flop gave Ignat two extra outs but neither the [poker card="7c"] turn and [poker card="8s"] river were any help and he was sent out in seventh. The six remaining players bagged up their chips and returned on Tuesday to play down to a winner. A good night's rest didn't help Parker Talbot overcome his short stack though. Down to just 15 big blinds, Talbot moved all in from the cutoff only to have Levinskas call from the big blind and turn over [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"] while Talbot was left drawing with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"] The [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"][poker card="2c"] flop all but ended Talbot's run. The [poker card="ts"] turn gave him four outs to Broadway but the [poker card="kd"] river was no help and Talbot was out in sixth. Play continued for nearly 90 minutes before the next elimination occurred. Michaelis raised to 400,000 from UTG and Carlos Branco moved all in for 3,575,000 from the button. Artem Kobylynskyi re-raised all in from the big blind forcing Michaelis to fold. Branco showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"] but Kobylynskyi had [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The flop came [poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] to give Branco six more outs. The turn was the [poker card="9s"] and the [poker card="8h"] river sealed his fate with a fifth place finish. The first talk of a chop came up with four players remaining but Levinskas decided he wanted to keep playing. About 30 minutes later, the decision was made for him. Michaelis raised to 425,000 from the button and Levinskas defended from the big blind. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="7d"] flop got both players to check. The [poker card="8h"] turn got another check from Levinskas before Michaelis bet 400,000. Levinskas responded by moving all in and Michaelis called instantly. Levinskas showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"] for top pair but Michaelis tabled [poker card="8c"][8s for a turned set. The [poker card="9d"] river was a useless second pair for Levinskas and he was eliminated in fourth. Three-handed play last a little over an hour before the three players agreed to a deal. Michaelis took €770,000, Merzhvinskii pocketed €631,500 while the shortest stack, Kobylinskiy, settled for €571,910 and they left €70,000 and the $30,000 Platinum Pass to play for. It took almost 90 minutes to go from a deal to heads-up. Merzhvinskii moved all in for his last 12 big blinds from the button and Michaelis called from the big blind. Merzhvinskii tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"] but found his hand dominated by Michaelis' [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7h"] flop improved both players. The [poker card="8d"] turn and [poker card="th"] river changed kept everything the same and gave Michaelis the pot and eliminated Merzhvinskii in third. When heads up play began, Michaelis was ahead 2-1 over Kobylynskyi. It took just 15 minutes for Michaelis to finish things off thanks to a cooler. Michaelis called from the button and then called again after Kobylynskyi moved all in for 5,600,000. Kobylynskyi showed [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] but Michaelis had him beat with [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="5s"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"] to give Michaelis the win and leave Kobylynskyi as runner-up. Final Table Payouts Paul Michaelis - $954,677 Artem Kobylynskyi - $649,987 Alexandr Merzhvinskii - $717,712 Laurynas Levinskas - $359,140 Carlos Branco - $275,674 Parker Talbot - $203,846 Liviu Ignat - $155,385 Diego Zeiter - $110,720
  7. On Saturday, April 11, Run It Once Poker is hosting a 32-player heads-up tournament in an effort to raise money for coronavirus (COVID-19) relief. The initiative will raise money for GiveDirectly COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support low-income families in Las Vegas, Nevada. For every player who plays a hand on Phil Galfond’s Run It Once Poker on Saturday, April 11, the site will donate €10 to the relief fund. So fire up some Run It Once Poker on Saturday, play some hands, and help the site raise as much money as possible. Further assisting in this effort is Dan Smith’s Double Up Drive, which has pledged $250,000 in matching funds. The tournament will feature 16 popular poker professionals. Galfond, Smith, Parker Talbot, John Cynn, Jamie Kerstetter, and Marle Cordeiro are some of the confirmed players. The other 16 spots are open to the public and will be selected based on charitable donations. Eight spots will go to the eight people who make the largest donations between now and Thursday, April 9, at 23:59 UTC. The other eight spots will be randomly awarded and selected from people who make a donation of any amount between now and Thursday, April 9, at 23:59 UTC. The event will be hosted in one of Run It Once Poker’s testing environments, so players from the US, Italy, Spain, and other countries regularly restricted to real-money play on Run It Once Poker will be able to play. For details on the tournament and information on how you can donate, head over to the event’s dedicated page. The winner of the tournament will take home all the bragging rights as well as access to Run It Once Training’s A-Game Poker Masterclass, three months of RIO’s Elite plan, and three months access to RIO’s Vision GTO Trainer. The tournament will be broadcast on the Run It Once Poker Twitch channel starting on Saturday, April 11, at 16:00 UTC. Joe Stapleton, David Tuchman, and Henry Kilbane will handle the event’s commentary.
  8. The day after the conclusion of their Championship Event, the World Poker Tour Online series rolled on and awarded two more trophies while looking forward to the next major event on the series - the WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event. The first of the two winners on the day was Phillipp Hofbauer who rose above the 290-entry field in Event #44 ($1,050 8-Max) to claim the $59,700 first-place prize. The two-day event was one of the few on the WPT schedule to offer an overlay as players enjoyed an extra $10,000 added to cover the $300K guarantee. Finishing right behind Hofbauer was Enrico Camosci who took home $43,200 as the runner-up. Reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Hossein Ensan grabbed the bronze and added $30,300 to his substantial bankroll. In the smaller Event #44 ($109 Mini 8-Max) it was the UK’s Lee Jack who outlasted the event’s 1,067 runners to take home the title and $18,352.40 for first. Brazil’s Gustavo Mastelotto wrapped up as the runner-up and earned $13,145.44 for his efforts. Mats Bruland fell in third place, winning $8,696.05. As those two events were wrapping up, the star-studded Event #46 ($10,300 PLO High Roller) got underway. The two-day event was packed with some of the biggest names in the game and the final table, which concludes on Friday, reflects that. Linus Loeliger ended the night with the chip lead, followed by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski. Jason Mercier emerged in third place, followed by another online legend, Viktor Blom, in fourth place. The winner will walk away with over $279,000 for first-place. With the Championship Event in the books, players are now taking aim at the WPT DeepStacks Main Event and its $3,000,000 guarantee. There are daily starting flights running right up until the start of Day 2 which takes place on Tuesday, May 26. On Thursday, 299 players took a shot at building a stack with some notable names cruising into Day 2. At the end of the day it was Aram Zobian that finished with the biggest stack followed closely by Russia’s Sergei Denisov and Sean Roberts. Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot and Ryan Chamus also punched their tickets to Day 2 with more than 500,000 in chips. Also of note, partypoker ambassadors Partick Leonard and Kristen Bicknell were joined by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Christopher Oliver in surviving the day. Event #44: $1,050 8-Max 290 entries $300,000 prize pool ($10,000 overlay) Phillipp Hofbauer - $59,700 Enrico Camosci - $43,200 Hossein Ensan - $30,300 Sebastian Lewin - $22,050 Roger Tondeur - $15,600 Brock Wilson - $11,700 Βασιλειος Ζιακουλης - $8,250 Laszlo Molnar - $6,000 Event #44: $109 Mini 8-Max 1067 entries $106,700 prize pool Lee Jack - $18,352.40 Gustavo Mastelotto - $13,145.44 Mats Bruland - $8,696.05 Murilo Branco Ruiz - $5,825.82 Athanasios Xenodochidis - $4,129.29 Henrique Zanetti Souza - $2,923.58 Nino Vermeulen - $2,048.64 Eljano Hysaj - $1,387.10 Event #46: $10,300 PLO High Roller 101 entries 1,010,000 prize pool Final Table Chip Counts Linus Loeliger - 734,464 Yuri Dzivielevski - 656,952 Jason Mercier - 519,931 Viktor Blom - 515,642 Andreas Torbergsen - 321,520 Andres Djeda - 163,414 John O’Shea - 93,249 Mark Davis - 24,828 Event #40: $1,050 WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aram Zobian - 600,174 Sergei Denisov - 585,830 Sean Reuven Roberts - 568,452 Thomas Osterreicher - 538,832 Parker Talbot - 531,374 Rayan Chamas - 515,486 Jeremy Menard - 431,579 Rui Miguel Nougueira - 364,244 Gustavo Mastelotto - 358,563 Patrick Leonard - 349,208 Event #40: $109 Mini WPT DeepStacks $1M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Benton - 821,075 Mihail Trubkin - 610,840 Luigi Knoppers - 547,979 Guillaume Diaz - 543,303 Steven van Zadelhoff - 541,864 Bela Toth - 509,096 Michael Tureniec - 473,484 Pedro Dib - 463,860 Carson Barton - 450,330 Luis Faria - 433,521
  9. In the sixth instalment of the 2020 World Series of Poker online Asia time zone events, Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla overcame 3,247 total entries and 426 other players on Day 2 to win Event #55 HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship. Garla secured his first career bracelet to take home $461,709.47. There were eight different countries across four continents represented at the final table of Event #55 (HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship). Brazilian Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla came into the table with a gargantuan 40,674,090 stack with American Alan 'TheCockroach' Schein second in chips with 22,737,151. It took almost two hours of poker prior to the first elimination of the final table. Ignacio 'Curandero' Moron, who was the short stack, raised to 2,178,853 with 350,000 still behind and was called by Schein in the hijack. The players then got it all in on the [poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"] flop, the turn brought in the [poker card="Td"] and the [poker card="4d"] completed the board. Moron turned over [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Js"] but Schein showed [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Th"] for the turned two pair ending Moron's tournament journey. It took another 16 minutes for the next final table bustout. Vadas 'Vladiator13' Tamasauskas, who finished fifth in WSOP #Event 52, moved all in preflop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] from early position and was called by the [poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"] held by runaway chip leader Garla. It was a classic race but the at risk Tamasauskas finished in eighth for $43,180 as he failed to connect with the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] runout. Immediately following the break, in unusual fashion, the two big stacks in Garla and Schein got involved in a big pot against each other. Schein raised to 1.4 million from the cutoff and Garla defended his big blind to see the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"] flop. Garla checked to the preflop aggressor who fired a continuation bet of 1.82 million, the Brazilian called. Garla then fired a 5.39 million bet on the [poker card="9c"] turn, which Schein called. Garla continued to apply pressure with a bet of 10.78 million on the [poker card="6c"] river, Schein snap-called with [poker card="Kd"][[poker card="Qh"] for top pair but was behind the turned two pair as Garla showed [poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"]. The Brazilian held a commanding chip lead with a stack of just shy of 95 million, over 70 million more than second place Schein. As the short stacks kept surviving, it took another 15 minutes for the next tournament casualty. Alexandros 'THE Sheriff' Theologis open-jammed with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] and was snap called by the shorter stack Eduards 'lIlIlIlIillI' Kudrjavcevs who had a bigger pair in [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"]. Theologis delivered a fatal blow to the Latvian, flopping a full house on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] flop. A ten didn't appear on the [poker card="5s"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river and Kudrjavcevs was eliminated. Things started to pick up as the blinds grew as the next elimination came immediately. Divanshu 'd0rk21' Khurana shoved all in for 5,816,672 and his compatriot, Kunal 'Alex_52' Bhatia, called off in the big blind. Khurana: [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8d"] Bhatia: [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"] Bhatia, the runner up in WSOP Event #52, connected on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop. With an over-card and a flush draw, Khurana still had a chance of survival but neither came as the [poker card="Qs"] and [poker card="3c"] river brought the game to five-handed play. Garla claimed another victim after calling the 11,360,972 three-bet jam by Wenhao 'pwhwin' Peng. Garla, with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="4d"], was dominated by Peng's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"] but the chip leader made three of a kind as the board came [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="5d"]. Peng finished in fifth for $119,212.54. Theologis then opened the action and raised to 2 million with Garla and Schein calling from the button and big blind respectively. The flop came [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6h"] and created a whirlwind of action, it checked through to Garla for took a stab at the pot with a bet of 2.277 million. Schein then min-raised and Theologis then clicked it back to 7.831 million, Garla folded and Schein then moved all in and was quickly called by Theologis. Schein, with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="6d"], surely thought he was ahead with top and bottom pair but found himself needing help as Theologis flopped middle set with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"]. The American ended the day in fourth as he failed to improve on the [poker card="4c"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river. With no player looking to give up any ground, Bhatia was sent to rail in third. In a button versus blind battle, Bhatia opened to 2.4 million and Garla three-bet to 6.6 million and snap-called Bhatia's 21,780,380 four-bet jam. Bhutia needed a miracle as his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kh"] was in bad shape against Garla's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"]. Bhatia got now help on the [poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="7h"] run out. Going into heads up play the blinds were 600,000/1,200,000 and the stacks were: Garla: 102,973,521 (85.8BBs) Theologis: 58,864,219 (49BBs) But it only took Garla a few more minutes to wrap up the victory after maintaining the chip lead for the duration of the final table. Theologis was then in the danger zone after falling to 11 blinds. Garla had chipped away at the Englishman's stack but took a 10 to 1 chip lead after winning a pot of 37.8 million. Theologis called a river bet of 11.76 million into a pot of 14.28 million with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"] for second pair on the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Ks"] board but Garla rivered top pair with his [poker card="Kh"][poker card="5d"]. The killer blow was delivered two minutes later as both players were all in preflop. Theologis: [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"] Garla: [poker card="Qd"][poker card="7d"] Garla sealed the win, his first career bracelet and a 3,551,611.32 HKD ($461,709.47) payday as he flopped top pair and held as the board came [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="4h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="Th"]. Final Table Payouts Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla - $461,709.47 Alexandros 'THE Sheriff' Theologis - $329,122.04 Kunal 'Alex_52' Bhatia - $234,609.77 Alan 'TheCockroach' Schein - $167,237.48 Wenhao 'pwhwin' Peng - $119,212.54 Divanshu 'd0rk21' Khurana - $84,978.95 Eduards 'lIlIlIlIillI' Kudrjavcevs- $60,575.74 Vladas 'Vladiator13' Tamasauskas - $43,180.48 Ignacio 'Curandero' Moron - $30,780.46 Faces in the Crowd A plethora of notable names made it to Day 2 and finished in the money. Bracelet winner Chris Moorman (159th - $3,712) added another WSOP cash to what has been an impressive series from the Englishman. Another player representing the United Kingdom was recent WSOP bracelet winner Roberto Romanello (120th - $4,234). Romanello became the first Welsh-born player to win a bracelet and latest player to join the prestigious 'Triple Crown' winners list with titles in the WPT, EPT and now WSOP. Alex Foxen (78th), Daniel Negreanu (77th) and Brandon Adams (75th) all cashed for $5,665. Kristen Bicknell (53rd - $5,665 ), Parker Talbot (34th - $7,948) and Steve O'Dwyer (25th - $11,149) all amassed big chip stacks at one stage in Day 2 but fell before the final table. The unfortunate final table boy was last years WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino who finished in 10th place for $21,941.
  10. Wednesday's action in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker featured nine different players entering the winner's circle including Canadian Parker Talbot and Australian Stevan Chew. Talbot took down event #58 High ($530 NLHE PKO) after outlasting 841 other entries to win the first WCOOP title of his career. Talbot had recently been the subject of some good natured ribbing from PokerStars Team Pro Online Ben 'Spraggy' Spragg due to his lack of WCOOP success. Talbot got the last laugh on Wednesday. Chew picked up Wednesday's bdiggest score after shipping Event #56 High ($2,100 Super Tuesday). Chew took home $149,594.83 after working his way through the 386-entry field to grab the first WCOOP of his career. The third and final player to pick up a WCOOP High victory on Wednesday did so by working their way through the smallest field on the slate. 'flong78' beat 67 other entries in Event #57 High ($2,100 2-7 Triple Draw) to win $36,707.74. And it wouldn't be a day of 2020 WCOOP action without another player joining the double winner club. Rinat 'Zapahzamazki' Lyapin won Event #57 Medium ($215 2-7 Triple Draw) to pair with his win in Event #2 Medium ($1,050 NLHE Sunday Slam). The other WCOOP champions from Wednesday were 'TheVirus217' (Event #56 Medium), 'renan141084' (Event #56 Low), 'luda555' (Event #57 Low), 'valdemaar74' (Event #58 Medium), and 'NightGuiden' (Event #58 Low). WCOOP #56-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday] 386 entries $772,000 prize pool random_chu - $140,594.83 thebigdog09 - $101,738.32 ludovi333 - $73,620.77 WCOOP #56-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout, Mini Super Tuesday] 2,069 entries $413,800 prize pool TheVirus217 - $61,739.99 Gselweckle - $44,009.61 darkmaestro7 - $31,371.54 WCOOP #56-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout] 7,901 entries $158,020 prize pool renan141084 - $22,292.14 blackprecise - $15,887.59 deyvsontrump - $11,325.24 WCOOP #57-H: $2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 68 entries $136,000 prize pool flong78 - $36,707.74 kkopghy - $27,439.60 Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi WCOOP #57-M: $215 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 317 entries $63,400 prize pool Zapahzamazki - $11,897.29 Keep3r - $8,573.20 zilbeee - $6,177.99 WCOOP #57-L: $22 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 1,076 entries $21,520 prize pool luda555 - $3,021.05* Barni_BoY777 - $2,871.06* ManOjax - $1,685.62 WCOOP #58-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout] 842 entries $421,000 prize pool Parker 'tonkaaaa' Talbot - $29,958.59 + $21,209.87 in bounties LoosControl - $29,957.79 + $17,366.19 in bounties dougalopes - $17,774.68 + $12,947.27 in bounties WCOOP #58-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout] 5,609 entries $280,450 prize pool valdemaar74 - $16,967.67 + $10,157.68 in bounties suits.sunman - $16,962.93 + $1,266.22 in bounties oNinguem - $9,817.88 + $1,826.76 in bounties WCOOP #58-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout] 11,549 entries $56,590.10 prize pool NightGuiden - $3,101.85 + $1,406.96 in bounties MFlushmaster - $3,094.09 + $396.88 in bounties turist388 - $1,835.80 + $496.23 in bounties

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