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  1. We caught up with PocketFives member PremiumStud, otherwise known as Paul Dewald (pictured). He splits his time between Las Vegas and Colorado and has been very busy of late, playing anywhere from six to 12 tournaments a day on WSOP.comand some cash games as well. Follow Paul on Twitter under the handle @Pokerisallluck. Visit PocketFives' Nevada poker community for the latest news and discussion from Nevada players. PocketFives: How did you choose your screen name? Paul Dewald: My old school name is iridium, which I feel this is what most know me by because of the volume I put in on Full Tilt Poker from 2007 to 2011. That came from a band I was in back in high school. It was a jazz funk rock band that I played trumpet in. PremiumStud (my PokerStars name) came from me working at the Home Depot back in 2004 walking down the aisle and seeing a sign that said "Premium Studs." Not knowing I would have any future in poker or know that the name was permanent, I created this name. PocketFives: What do you base your current successes online on? Paul Dewald: I've been playing online poker for a living since June 2005. I was a cash game specialist and then in 2007 I met Hunter the_Hunt_D Frey, who taught me and backed me for tournaments. He introduced me to a bunch of great players such as Steve gboro780Gross, Jamie thecronic420Rosen, Eric blizairBlair, Ben Palmer, Zachary CrazyZacharyClark, Bryn BrynKenneyKenney, Amit amak316Makhija, David Doc Sands Sands, and the list just goes on and on. Talking to some of the smartest minds in poker really took my game to the next level. Not everyone plays the same, which is one of the cool things about poker. PocketFives: You put in a great volume online. How do you prepare for playing a heavy schedule? Paul Dewald: I've always been a high-volume player. I do it to challenge myself and see if I can be profitable playing a lot of games. I think this is okay playing small and medium buy-ins, but if you are playing the higher stakes games, fewer tables is more profitable because you can pay more attention to table dynamics and game flow. I don't just click buttons like I used to. I try to always look at all angles because nothing ever has to be "standard" with the game of poker. Taking a bad beat never tilts me; it only makes me more focused on my game. Physically, the long hours can be draining, but that's why I take some days off and have been going to the gym. PocketFives: What do you like best about playing online poker? Paul Dewald: The great parts about online poker are being able to multi-table, being able to take player notes, the sites take less rake than live casinos, and it's just fun. The bad part right now for an MTT player with the Nevada sites is that there are not big fields in the higher buy-in games, so you can't really have a big payday like the rest of the world, who can play PokerStars. There is no way I could just play tournaments on Nevada sites and make a living. Online cash, live cash, and live MTTs need to be added to my schedule. PocketFives: What are your World Series of Poker plans? Paul Dewald: Win every event I play, obviously! I will focus, pay close attention to everything that is happening around me, and hopefully crush the events that I play. I have only played 30 to 40 live tournaments lifetime, which is not many, but I do plan on playing a few this summer like the Millionaire Maker, a Six-Max event, and the Main Event. I have always had online backers when playing such high volume and high stakes and it would be nice to find one for live stuff, but that seems very hard to do. WSOP.com and Ultimate Poker are not high-variance, so there is no need for a backer on those sites as a tournament specialist. PocketFives: Is there anything else you'd like to add? Paul Dewald: Poker is always changing because players are constantly learning how to get better. You need to always be open-minded to new ideas and see what is working for winning players. When I bink a tournament or one of my friends binks something huge, I like to go over that hand history, which is saved online, and you can use a replayer to do this. If you can see what you did right in a tournament, what you did wrong, and what worked for other players, you can always be learning. There are a lot of great players out there who have been around awhile, but there are also new up-and-coming ones. It's hard work and takes a lot of hours to get really good at if you want to win consistently. The hardest part for me in the past nine years has been finding balance. I used to want to just play every hour I was awake and, in the last two years, I finally realized I also needed to have a life and enjoy it. I have great friends and family who are very supportive, so I am very appreciative of that. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. This weekend in Nevada, 10 PocketFives members made it to 14 final tables and cashed for $10,835 collectively. PaulDewald finished first in the $3K Nightly on Sunday for $1,607. Mergulas cashed four times, taking home over $2,096 for his efforts. WSOP.com kicked off its weekend with eight of nine major events including the Weekend Warm-Up $5,000 Guarantee and Re-Entry R&A $3,000 Guarantee on Saturday, the $2K Sunday FreezeOut, the $15,000 Weekly Sunday Guarantee, the $3,000 Guarantee Six-Max, and the $10K Sunday Reloader. WSOP.com had 696 runners vying for the 104 available prizes totaling $78,470. The player with the highest individual cash was Juicebox1in the Sunday $15,000 for $7,642. The following are the tournament results for this weekend from WSOP.com, one of the regulated online poker sites in Nevada. Visit PocketFives' Nevada poker community for the latest news and discussion from Nevada players. ------------------------------- WSOP.com - the $30 R&A $3,000 Guarantee for Friday, June 19 had 81 runners buying in for $30 each ($27.30+$2.70), 113 re-buys, and 55 add-ons totaling $6,797. 15 spots were paid with 1st place $1,937 and 15th place getting $149. The top nine finishers were: 1. ICDONKEYS $1,937.34 2. JaminOnFaces $1,121.62 (JaminOnFaces) 3. AnCorp $679.77 4. geminisid $543.81 5. taylormade67 $469.04 6. Castor $401.06 7. Mr_Sinister $333.08 8. captainomf $231.12 9. bcmclawh $183.53 (bcm4924) ------------------------------- WSOP.com – the Weekend Warm-Up $50 R&A $5,000 Guarantee event on Saturday, June 20 had 66 runners buying in for $50 ($45.50+$4.50), 64 rebuys and 44 add-ons creating a prize pool of $7,917. There were 8 winners with 1st place $2,454 and 8th place $356. The 8 finishers were: 1. Mr_Sinister $2,454.27 2. TEEPS $1,662.57 3. WeaponX $1,029.21 4. aminchit $791.70 5. Fishsticks25 $672.94 6. mfc050 $514.60 7. roarr $435.43 8. JWWeatherman $356.26 ------------------------------- WSOP.com – the $30 Re-Entry $3,000 Guarantee event on Saturday, June 20 had 65 runners buying in for $30 ($27.30+$2.70), 32 re-entries, 41 add-ons totaling $3,767. 8 spots were paid with 1st place $1,167 and 8th place getting $1,167. The eight finishers were: 1. WeaponX $1,167.89 2. gothunder $791.15 3. chipMeUp3 $489.76 4. Handsomemaxx $376.74 (Handsomemaxx) 5. sam0002 $320.22 6. dudasdb $244.88 (dudasdb) 7. LuckyAndCute $207.20 8. Mr.AGLUES $169.53 (Mergulas) ------------------------------- WSOP.com – the $50 FreezeOut on Sunday with a $2000 Guarantee June 21 had 111 runners buying in for $50 ($45.50+$4.50) creating a prize pool of $5,050. There were 15 winners with 1st place $1,414 and 15th place $106. The top nine finishers were: 1. peggysuenuts $1,414.14 2. jsaad7608 $858.58 3. DowntownJohn $535.35 4. Akustiqx1 $434.34 5. Mavericks $383.83 6. mnbass1 $267.67 (bassmaster) 7. namisgr $217.17 8. jonmon101 $166.66 9. Mr.AGLUES $136.36 (Mergulas) ------------------------------- WSOP.com - the $15K Guarantee for Sunday, June 21, had 153 runners buying in for $200 ($185+$15) for a total prize pool of $28,305. 30 spots were paid with 1st place $7,642 and 30th place $257. The top nine finishers were: 1. Juicebox1 $7,642.35 2. Kody10 $4,458.03 3. mlawson $2,547.45 4. KoreanHacker $1,981.35 5. Handsomemaxx $1,698.30 (Handsomemaxx) 6. stabletk $1,415.25 7. fineststance $1,075.59 8. GarrettUtt $679.32 9. El_Tiburon $481.18 ------------------------------- WSOP.com - the $30 R&A 6-Max $3,000 Guarantee for Sunday, June 21 had 63 runners buying in for $30 ($27.30+$2.70), 52 re-buys, and 41 add-ons totaling $4,258. 8 spots were paid with 1st place $1,320 and 8th place getting $191. The eight finishers were: 1. SteKitten $1,320.22 2. TeamVojth $894.34 3. peggysuenuts $553.64 4. immoraldiety $425.88 5. SEE_3_P_O $361.99 6. datdude $276.82 (datdude) 7. viscious $234.23 8. WeaponX $191.64 ------------------------------- WSOP.com - the $10K GTD Sunday Reloader, June 21, had 82 runners buying in for $100 ($9+1$9), 43 re-entries, and 60 add-ons for a total prize pool of $16,835. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $5,050 and 10th place $420. The ten finishers were: 1. $5,050.50 2. SEE_3_P_O $3,367.00 3. butters $2,020.20 (Butters) 4. Kody10 $1,599.32 5. Mr.AGLUES $1,346.80 (Mergulas) 6. notevenONCE $1,010.10 7. aminchit $841.75 8. LasVegasSam $673.40 9. themarksman $505.05 10. renoreno $420.87 ------------------------------- WSOP.com - the $30 R&A $3,000 Guarantee for Sunday, June 21 had 75 runners buying in for $30 ($27.30+$2.70), 80 re-buys, and 48 add-ons totaling $5,541. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $1,607 and 10th place getting $155. The ten finishers were: 1. PaulDewald $1,607.15 (PaulDewald) 2. skellyfactor $942.12 (Stimey661) 3. Champ $665.02 4. Fish_Sauce $554.19 5. Mr.AGLUES $443.35 (Mergulas) 6. CAPPA $382.39 7. aminchit $326.97 8. SteKitten $271.55 9. Volmy $193.96 10. Carl0sDanger $155.17
  3. Michael Lech is one of 13 players with at least eight World Series of Poker Circuit rings to his name. Early Tuesday morning the Arkansas native won Event #13 ($1,500 NLHE High Roller) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online to become just the fifth player of that group to own a WSOP bracelet. Lech topped the 649-player field in Event #13 to win $164,248.92 for his first career bracelet and seventh cash since the Series started on July 1. The final table included Connor Drinan chasing his first career bracelet and a potential six-figure payday from a bracelet bet with Daniel Negreanu. Megan 'wolverine17' Milburn, the player Mike Matusow berated during his YouTube live stream earlier in the Series, also made the final table. The final table had barely begun and one player was shown the door. From the button, Michael 'wsopmd' Dolle moved all in for 836,123 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7d"] and Lech called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="9s"][poker card="jh"] runout gave Lech a king-high straight to beat Dolle's jack-high straight and eliminate Dolle in ninth place. A few moments later, Milburn moved all in for 775,161 from UTG+1 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] before 'Bingooo' re-shoved for 1,630,010 from the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"] flop gave 'Bingooo' control and all Milburn could do was watch as the [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="3s"] river completed the board to eliminate Milburn in eighth. Ten minutes later, 'Bingooo' eliminated another opponent. From the cutoff, 'Bingooo' min-raised to 240,000 and Christopher 'pokeher2014' Fuchs called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4c"] and Fuchs moved all in for 342,320 and 'Bingoooo' called. Fuchs showed [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"] for a gutshot straight draw while 'Bingooo' tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="6c"] for top pair. Fuchs picked up a pair on the [poker card="8s"] turn but the [poker card="ad"] river made his seventh place finish official. The most high profile player at the final table was the next player shown the exit. Connor '666666' Drinan, who is one of a handful of players with a six-figure bracelet bet against Negreanu, moved all in from UTG for 1,421,573 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"] before William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="js"] runout was of no help for Drinan and he was out in sixth. Romaine wasn't done playing executioner. From UTG, Romaine raised to 627,347 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"] and Paul 'ToTheMoon' Dewald called all in from the cutoff with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] flop moved Romain ahead and Dewald missed his chance to improve on the [poker card="tc"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river and was eliminated in fifth place. Despite having picked up a pair of eliminations earlier, 'Bingooo' was the shortstack four-handed. Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert moved all in from the button for 2,054,764 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] and 'Bingooo' called all in from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. Seifert moved way ahead on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"] flop. The [poker card="3c"] turn gave 'Bingooo' some hope but the [poker card="tc"] river snuffed it out to eliminate them in fourth. It took 25 minutes of three-handed play to get down to just two players. Down to less than three big blinds, Seifert moved all in from the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="7h"] and Leach called from the big blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="7s"] runout gave Lech a runner-runner eight-high straight to eliminate Seifert in third. Lech held a slight lead when heads-up play began and it took nearly 15 minutes for Lech to finish off Romaine. Lech raised to 560,000 and Romaine called. Romaine checked the [poker card="kc"][poker card="td"][poker card="3d"] flop and Lech bet 868,000. Romaine moved all in for 4,898,890 and was immediately called by Lech. Romaine showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] for second pair but got bad news when Lech tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] for top pair. Neither the [poker card="qs"] turn or [poker card="7h"] river were able to save Romaine and he was out in second place giving Lech the title and $164,249. Final Table Payouts Michael 'miguelfiesta' Lech - $164,249 William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine - $110,979 Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert - $77,408 Bingooo - $56,599 Paul 'ToTheMoon' Dewald - $40,600 Connor '666666' Drinan - $29,964 Christopher 'pokeher2014' Fuchs - $22,381 Megan 'wolverine17' Milburn - $18,404 Michael 'wsopmd' Dolle - $14,982 Faces in the Crowd He wasn't playing in a Whole Foods parking lot on Monday night, but Event #12 winner Ryan 'Joeyisamush' Deangelo finished 23rd for $6,381.29. Negreanu finished also earned $6,381.29 for coming in four spots behind Deangelo. Other notables who finished in the money incldued David 'bewater' Goodman (32nd - $5,456.46), David 'Twizzlers' Prociak (47th - $3,976.74), Philip 'tomte' Yeh (57th - $3,421.85), Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo (83rd - $2,219.58), Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman (86th - $2,219.58).

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