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  1. Longtime PocketFiver and former #1 ranked player Paul paulgees81Volpe (pictured) claimed the fifth World Series of Poker bracelet for PocketFivers in Las Vegas this year. The event was a $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament that brought out a star-laced field, including Daniel Negreanu, whom Volpe beat heads-up. --- 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. --- You'll recall that Negreanu posted a prop bet prior to the WSOP in which Phil Ivey and he would offer up 1:1 odds on the pair winning a bracelet in Nevada. While many thought the odds heavily favored those punters betting against Ivey and Negreanu, the latter almost won a bracelet just 13 events into the 65-tournament series. Volpe told WSOP staff following the tournament, "I knew what this meant to Daniel because he has so many bets. So, I tried keeping the pressure on him and it worked… It feels amazing to get my first bracelet, especially in the $10K Deuce-to-Seven [event], which is one of the toughest events of the summer. I was confident I was going to win. I felt like I was going to win. It was a super tough table. It was unbelievable getting heads-up against Daniel. If I have to pick one person to beat for my bracelet, it would be him." Volpe entered the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament's final table with the chip lead and Negreanu(pictured), the reigning WSOP Player of the Year, was third. The tournament marked Volpe's first WSOP final table, while Negreanu recorded his 70th WSOP in the money finish. Online, Volpe has been a stud, amassing almost $5 million in tracked scores, including almost $3 million on PokerStarsalone. He was tops in the PocketFives Rankings until two days before Black Friday and currently stands at #181 worldwide. Volpe won the PokerStars Sunday Million in 2011 for a quarter of a million dollars officially and finished fourth in an FTOPS Two-Day Event the same year for another $108,000. The seven members of the 2-7 final table had a combined 14 bracelets. Here's how the group cashed out: 1st Place: Paul paulgees81Volpe - $253,524 2nd Place: Daniel Negreanu - $156,674 3rd Place: Jason treysfull21 Mercier- $99,313 4th Place: Brian tsarrast Rast - $67,264 5th Place: Larry Wright - $47,792 6th Place: John Monnette - $35,549 7th Place: Abe Mosseri - $27,633 We'll stick with 2-7 for the rest of this article too, as another longtime PocketFiver, Mike goleafsgoehLeah (pictured), leads the way with 54 players left in Event #16, $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. Leah has a stack of 91,800 in chips entering the tournament's play-down day, about 2,000 ahead of the next closest player. Interestingly enough, Mercier, who finished third in the $10,000 2-7 event, is seventh in chips after Day 1 of the $1,500 2-7 event. He Tweeted after he busted from the $10,000 event, "Hopped in the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw. Already ran up my stack 3x. Hoping to make another deep run in a Draw event. Still hunting." Mercier has three WSOP cashes already this year; two are in Draw events. First place pays $124,000. Here's how the top 10 in chips look right now: 1. Mike goleafsgoehLeah - 91,800 2. Brian Tate - 90,000 3. Tom Franklin - 70,000 4. Dan Smith - 55,400 5. Todd Bui - 54,500 6. Jaet Shetty - 51,900 7. Jason treysfull21Mercier - 46,400 8. Ben Yu - 40,300 9. MattDVD Schultz - 36,900 10. Stephen stevie444 Chidwick - 35,700 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, powered by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Justin ZeeJustinBonomo (pictured) earned his first World Series of Poker bracelet on Wednesday in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event (#11) that featured a final table entirely composed of PocketFivers. What started as a field of 1,587 players, up 50% year-over-year, was whittled down to 10 by the time Wednesday rolled around. Bonomo had the second largest stack when play began and ended up pocketing the top prize of $449,000. --- 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. --- Mike SowersUNCC Sowers, also in search of his first gold bracelet, held a 7:2 chip lead entering heads-up play, but Bonomo battled back. As coverage on WSOP.com put it, "Sowers would not give up without a fight, doubling up a remarkable six times after being left with just a handful of chips." In the last hand of the tournament, the money went in on a flop of 4-8-7, all hearts, with Bonomo holding 10h-3h for a flush, while Sowers had Qh-10c for a queen-high flush draw. A diamond and spade completed the board and Bonomo Tweeted when it was all over, "Wow, I'm still in shock and already slightly drunk. Thank you so much to everyone that supported me!" Bonomo has had an impressive start to the 2014 WSOP, finishing second to Tuan Le in a Limit 2-7 Triple Ball Lowball event last week for $219,000 and then winning on Wednesday. He told WSOP staff, "After coming in second again the other day, I started thinking that maybe I shouldn't worry so much about winning the bracelet and just concentrate on the money. But then to have this actually happen, I see how important it is. It feels incredible." The Six-Max event featured six PocketFivers in the final 10 and, amazingly enough, all of them made the final table. Taylor taypaurPaur was eliminated in sixth place after coming out on the short end of a race with queens against the Big Slick of Daniel Deoxyribo Strelitz. Paur was ahead until a river king ended his tournament. Niel fly44Mittelman hit the deck in fifth place after Sowers (pictured) check-raised all-in on a flop of 4-7-5. Mittelman called all-in with queens and was ahead of Sowers' nines, but a one-outer on the river gave Sowers the win in the hand. Then, Lance kingpin023 Harris open-shoved pre-flop with J-10 and Sowers once again was the executioner, this time after making the call with A-Q and holding on. Finally, Strelitz was booted in third place after running queens into Sowers' aces to set up heads-up play. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Justin ZeeJustinBonomo - $449,980 2. Mike SowersUNCCSowers - $278,518 3. Daniel DeoxyriboStrelitz - $180,587 4. Lance kingpin023Harris - $119,977 5. Niel fly44Mittelman - $80,341 6. Taylor taypaurPaur - $55,703 PockeFivers are also dominating the field of a $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event (#13), with Paul paulgees81 Volpe (pictured) leading the way with seven players remaining. The tournament, which had a field of 87, will cough up a top prize of $253,000. Adding more intrigue to this event is the presence of Daniel Negreanu in third place heading into the final day. Negreanu, if you'll recall, teamed up with Phil Ivey to offer anyone a 1:1 bet that the pair would win a bracelet in 2014. It seems as if the bet could pay off after just 13 events after many had mocked the likelihood of a bracelet win. Here are the seven remaining players, featuring a host of brand names: 1. Paul paulgees81Volpe - 783,000 2. Jason treysfull21 Mercier - 469,000 3. Daniel Negreanu - 426,000 4. Brian tsarrast Rast - 390,000 5. Larry Wright - 203,000 6. John Monnette - 169,000 7. Abe Mosseri - 162,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. Wow. If you're looking for a World Series of Poker tournament packed with talent, check out the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event, which is down to its final two tables. Nosebleed-stakes cash game player Doug WCGRiderPolk is atop the field with a stack of 1.4 million, one of two players who bagged seven-figures. --- 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. --- There are several brand name PocketFivers left. In fact, two former #1 playerscan be found in third and fourth: Paul paulgees81Volpe (pictured) and Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz, who have 896,000 and 841,000, respectively. Volpe has $5.1 million in career online tournament winnings and was last ranked #1 on PocketFives in 2011. Volpe won a bracelet last yearin a $10,000 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball event and was the runner-up to Shaun Deebin a $10K PLHE event this year. Holz, who has deactivated his PocketFives profile, was ranked #1 on PocketFives in March. Sam Pudge714Greenwood, who won a braceletlast week in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event, is in seventh place with 455,000. Greenwood has had success in daily fantasy sports as well, winning $100,000in a tournament on the daily fantasy sports site DraftKings. Chris SLOPPYKLOD Klodnicki (pictured) is in eighth. He has cashed for $2.5 million in online MTTs and will record his first in the money finish of the 2015 WSOP. Two behind Klodnicki on the leaderboard is Olivier livb112Busquet, who made waves over the weekend after calling out Phil Hellmuth for thanking his sponsorsduring his bracelet acceptance speech. Then, an image of a smiling Busquet rocking Full Tilt gear surfaced, which put an end to much of the debate. Finally, Mark AceSpadesRadoja is the short stack with 143,000 in chips. He's a two-time bracelet winner with heads-upand shootout titles. Here's how the leaderboard looks with 12 remaining. When play stopped, the price of poker was 5,000-10,000-1,000: 1. Doug Polk - 1,443,000 2. Kenneth Fishman - 1,200,000 3. Paul paulgees81Volpe - 896,000 4. Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz - 841,000 5. Kevin Song - 661,000 6. Byron Kaverman - 580,000 7. Sam Pudge714Greenwood - 455,000 8. Chris SLOPPYKLODKlodnicki - 434,000 9. Fernando Brito - 419,000 10. Olivier livb112Busquet - 403,000 11. Thomas Muehloecker - 254,000 12. Mark AceSpadesRadoja - 143,000 The tournament restarts at 2:00pm PT on Friday. 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.
  4. At the time of writing, there are seven players left in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Your leader by a sizable margin right now: longtime PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured). --- 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. --- In a monster hand early at Saturday's final table, Deeb 4bet before the flop and fellow PocketFiver Jason JAKoon1985 Koon called all-in. When the cards were revealed, it was Deeb's cowboys against Koon's A-Q, and Deeb hit top set on the flop to extend his lead. Koon had a Broadway draw that didn't hit and he busted in ninth place after Deeb ultimately hit a full house despite beginning the day as the chip leader. Deeb extended his lead after betting 104,000 in chips on a board of K-6-2-J-J. Paul paulgees81 Volpe, who had initially checked, tanked and called only to see Deeb show another full house. That hand sank Volpe's stack, but he rebounded shortly thereafter by sending Ismael Bojang to the rail with kings against A-K. The board came queen-high and Volpe stacked a half-million in chips, good for third on the leaderboard behind Deeb and high-stakes pro Jason Les. Here's how the chip stacks looked at the time of writing. The blinds were at 10,000-20,000: 1. Shaun shaundeebDeeb - 1,250,000 2. Jason Les - 860,000 3. Paul paulgees81Volpe - 800,000 4. Sam KingKobeMVP Stein - 430,000 5. Greg gregy20723 Merson - 325,000 6. Dario Sammartino - 225,000 7. Ismael Bojang - 225,000 This group is pretty sick. Merson is a former WSOP Main Event winner and has two bracelets. Deeb and Volpe are both former #1 players in the PocketFives Rankings. Stein owns a PLO bracelet and Les is one of the top high-stakes players around. Sammartino is #5 on the all-time money list for Italy, according to the Hendon Mob. Good luck, everyone. The winner is slated to get $318,000 and the final seven are guaranteed at least $47,000. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  5. For much of the final table, Shaun shaundeebDeeb (pictured) was the chip leader of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship at the World Series of Poker. The 29-year-old father of one ended up triumphing over arguably the most talented final nine at the 2015 WSOP thus far to claim his first bracelet. --- 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. --- Deeb told WSOP officials after the final gong, "This was one of the toughest final tables I've ever played against. This was the second time I've made the final in this $10K PLHE event and to come out on top against these caliber of players was just great." Heads-up, Deeb squared off against Paul paulgees81 Volpe, who was the chip leader at the start of heads-up. Deeb said, "It was really special to get this against Paul because we play together all the time. I know he wanted to win, but to get my first against him was just amazing the way it all happened." Deeb and Volpe are both former #1 playersin the PocketFives Rankings. Deeb was last ranked #1 in 2009, while Volpe was last on top in 2011. Deeb added, "This is the biggest stage of all, where it's at in poker and where you have to win to prove yourself. I wanted to cross this off my bucket list for quite some time and I finally took it down." Volpe had a slight edge entering heads-up play, but Deeb took a 2:1 lead three hands in and never relinquished it. In a rather interesting hand, on a board of A-5-2-7-5, Volpe bet pot and Deeb insta-shoved over the top. Despite being left with less than one small blind, Volpe folded and Deeb showed pocket aces. He was eliminated three hands later. Deeb took a picture of the massive difference in chip stacks, captioning the image "LOL." It's pictured to the left. Volpe collected his third cash of the 2015 WSOP. Incredibly, he has already recorded two runner-up finishes, as he took second to Keith Lehr in the $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Championship as well. Volpe won a bracelet last year in a No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event. The final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event had three bracelet winners, including Greg gregy20723Merson, who won the Main Event in 2012. The tournament was the first on the 2015 WSOP schedule that did not have a female in it. As we said at the top, the New Yorker is now married with a kid, which has apparently changed his poker game. Deeb explained, "I got married and had a child within the last couple of years. That changes things. I'm a family man, now. I play a little tighter than I used to. I have a better time playing now." Here's how the final table shook out: 1. Shaun shaundeebDeeb - $318,857 2. Paul paulgees81Volpe - $197,048 3. Jason Les - $142,747 4. Sam KingKobeMVP Stein - $105,364 5. Greg gregy20723Merson - $79,182 6. Dario Sammartino - $60,545 7. Kristijonas Andrulis - $47,081 8. Ismael Bojang - $37,227 9. Jason JAKoon1985 Koon - $29,911 PocketFivers are up to four WSOP bracelets this year. 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.
  6. Event #10 of the 2015 World Series of Poker is down to its final two. The $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up event began with 143 entrants and on Thursday we'll see the dramatic conclusion between Paul paulgees81Volpe (pictured) and Keith Lehr. --- 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. --- Volpe and Lehr have been to the Promised Land before. Volpe won a WSOP bracelet last year in a $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw event, while Lehr won one in 2003 in a $3,000 PLO tournament. Therefore, one of them is guaranteed a second gold bracelet on Thursday. According to coverage on WSOP.com, Volpe was a one-man wrecking crew on Wednesday: "Volpe started the day off against another top pro, Barry Hutter. He defeated Hutter after a long battle and dispatched of his next two opponents very quickly. Volpe defeated Isidro Sifuentes in the round of eight and Matthew Cooper in the final four. Both matches were won by Volpe in a short amount of time." Lehr edged out Jake Schindler, Valeriu Coca (pictured), and Dee Tiller en route to the finals. According to a thread on Two Plus Two and comments on Twitter from Kevin Kevmath Mathers, there are allegations against Coca of cheating in the tournament. Mathers Tweeted, "From what I've heard, Coca hasn't been paid pending an investigation… There's a lot of anecdotal evidence, depends on what the WSOP finds out when they look at the tapes." Connor blanconegro Drinan was one of the players to lose to Coca and said on Two Plus Two, "Our speculation is that he was using some sort of invisible ink in combination with special sunglasses." We'll have an in-depth article about the allegations later on Thursday. In any case, Coca is out and it's Volpe and Lehr for the title on Thursday. The winner will get $334,000 and a gold bracelet, while the runner-up pockets $206,000. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier has turned the ,000 Championship events at the WSOP into his own personal playground.[/caption] By finishing first, second and first in three consecutive $10,000 buy-in Championship events at the 2016 World Series of Poker events, Jason Mercier etched himself into the poker history books, but a deeper dive into the numbers shows just how special Mercier’s current run really is. These big buy-in, small field events usually feature some of the less popular poker variants like Razz, No Limit Deuce to Seven and Eight Game Mix and tend to bring out only the best players in the world and Mercier is certainly at or near the top of that list. The numbers prove it. Since 2008, when a 21-year-old Mercier was first able to play at the WSOP, there have been a total of 84 $10,000 “Championship” events (including the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, but not counting the Main Event, which has a field size roughly 60X the size, or any High Roller event) and over that time frame Mercier has performed at a level only two or three others have been able to match. 15Number of times Mercier has cashed in the $10,000 Championship events. That puts him alone at the top for number of cashes, one ahead of Nick Schulman and three ahead of Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Matt Glantz. 2Mercier’s two wins in $10,000 Championship events this year are the first two of his career, but it ties him for the second most of all-time with Schulman, George Danzer, Brian Hastings, Michael Mizrachi and David 'Bakes' Baker. The only player with more is Daniel Alaei with four different Championship wins. 4Mercier is tied with Alaei for the most Top 2 finishes in the Championship events with four. While Alaei has never lost a heads-up battle for one of the $10,000 Championship bracelets, Mercier is actually 2-2. His two wins this summer (in No Limit Deuce to Seven and HORSE) are offset against being unable to get the better of Alexander Peterson in the 2015 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship or Ray Dehkharghani in the $10,000 Razz event earlier this summer. Four players –Schulman, Baker, Paul Volpe and Phil Hellmuth – are tied with three top two finishes. 5Mercier is also tied for third for most top-five finishes with five. He’s part of a group of five players that are just one behind Schulman and Danzer. While two of these are wins, and two more are runner-up finishes, his fifth result came in 2014 when he finished third behind Volpe and Negreanu respectively in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. $2,011,952Mercier is one of just four players to have grossed more than $2,000,000 Championship events. The only players to have won more in these events are Michael Mizrachi ($3,527,357), Alaei ($3,028,263) and Scotty Nguyen ($2,011,952) and both Mizrachi and Nguyen have won the $50,000 Poker Players Championsip at least once to boost their earnings. Mercier’s total earnings of $2,011,952 represent 44.6% of his WSOP earnings. 4Mercier’s four cashes in 2016 $10,000 Championship events puts him just one behind Ville Wahlbeck for the most in one summer. In 2009, Wahlbeck cashed five times including a win, a second, a third and a sixth place finish. Mercier is tied with six other players with four $10,000 cashes in a single summer. There are still four more Championship events on the 2016 schedule. Most WSOP Championship Cashes in a Single Year 2009 - Ville Wahlbeck (5) 2008 - Alexander Kostritsyn (4) 2014 - Nick Schulman (4) 2014 - Daniel Negreanu (4) 2014 - George Danzer (4) 2014 - Todd Brunson (4) 2015 - Paul Volpe (4) 2016 - Jason Mercier (4) 2Mercier’s two bracelets in $10,000 Championship events this year marked only the second time that a player has done that in a single year. In 2014, Danzer won the $10,000 Razz and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo events. (Note: Greg Merson won the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em and Main Event in 2012, but given the relative field sizes, the Main Event was not considered for this data).
  8. [caption width="640"] Kyle Julius now has a WSOP bracelet thanks to his win in the ,000 Turbo Top-Up[/caption] Monday’s action at the 2016 World Series of Poker featured Robert Mizrachi winning the fourth bracelet of his career and Kyle Julius getting rid of the goose egg next to his name while Colossus II, the second biggest live event in history, reached a final table. Robert Mizrachi Wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud for Third Bracelet in Three Years [caption width="640"] Robert Mizrachi now as four career WSOP bracelets after winning the ,000 Seven Card Stud Championship.[/caption] Robert Mizrachi beat out a final table that included bracelet winners Calvin Anderson, Bill Chen, David Benyamine, Ted Forrest, George Danzer and eventually Matt Graphenthien heads-up to win the fourth bracelet of his career and $242,662. Mizrachi was a wrecking ball on Monday, eliminating the last four players including Grapenthien after the pair played heads-up for over three hours. This marks the third straight year that Mizrachi won a bracelet. In 2014 he won the $1,500 Dealer's Choice Six-Handed tournament and last year he took down the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. His first bracelet came in 2007 when he won the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship. Final Table Payouts Robert Mizrachi - $242,662 Matt Grapenthien - $149,976 George Danzer - $103,230 Ted Forrest - $72,971 Steve Weiss - $53,012 David Benyamine - $39,611 Bill Chen - $30,466 Calvin Anderson - $24,142 Kyle Julius Wins First Bracelet in $1,000 Top Up Turbo No Limit Hold'em Prior to Monday, Kyle Julius had never been the last player standing in any live tournament he’d ever played in. He’d come close to victory though. In 2012 he finished second to Peter Vilandos in a WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event and last summer he was third in a $25,000 High Roller event at the Aria in Las Vegas. But on Monday he found himself as the last player standing in the $1,000 Top Up Turbo NLHE event. “Actually, this is the first live tournament I’ve ever won, so for it to be a bracelet event is pretty cool,” Julius said. “To start the Series off with a win in just the second tournament is obviously what I would want.” The 29-year-old, who won $142,972 for the win, had extra equity in the event – just nothing monetary. Julius and his fiancée are expecting their first child. “We’ve been arguing about (baby) names, and my fiancée said that if I won a gold bracelet I could pick the name of the baby,” Julius said. “It’s still going to be mutual. We’re going to name the kid together but now I have a little more say.” Julius eliminated three of the last four players and heads-up play between Julius and Bart Lybaert lasted just one hand, but didn’t come without drama. Julius moved all in from the button with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] and Lybaert called his last 860,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2c"] flop gave Lybaert a pair of kings and while the [poker card="ad"] was a blank, the [poker card="4c"] river gave Julius a set of fours and his first WSOP bracelet. Other notables to cash in this event included Ben Yu (3rd - $61,137), Vinny Pahuja (9th - $9,506), Liv Boeree (29th - $3,277), Kevin Eyster (32nd - $3,277) and Eric Baldwin (52nd - $2,447). Final Table Payouts Kyle Julius - $142,972 Bart Lybaert - $88,328 Ben Yu - $61,137 Karl Held - $43,001 Hugo Perez - $30,742 Christian Blech - $22,345 Nitis Udornpim - $16,518 George Dolofan - $12,422 Vinny Pahuja - $9,506 Jiri Horak Leads Colossus II Final Table, Jonathan ‘Itsmejon’ Borenstein in Sixth The second largest live poker tournament ever has just nine players remaining and Jiri Horak sits atop the chip counts. The Czech player has 25,425,000 chips, nearly 6,000,000 more than that of his nearest competitor, Ben Keeline . PocketFiver Jonathan ‘Itsmejon’ Borenstein sits in sixth place with 7,400,000. The day started with 78 players still in contention for the $1,000,000 first place prize and bracelet but over the course of nearly 10 hours of play, 69 players were sent the cashier window. Included in that group were David 'ODB' Baker (66th - $12,452), Austin Buchanan (57th - $15,166), Marco Johnson (47th - $18,592), Ylon Schwartz (46th - $18,592), Amir Lehavot (36th - $28,479) and the player who began the day as chip leader, Ben Lindemulder (27th - $25,584). The final table gets underway at 2 PM PT with streaming on WSOP.com. Final Table Chip Counts Jiri Horak - 25,425,000 Benjamin Keeline - 19,900,000 Richard Carr - 14,400,000 Alex Benjamen - 14,275,000 Marek Ohnisko - 10,550,000 Jonathan Borenstein - 7,400,000 Xiu Deng - 6,000,000 Farhad Davoudzadeh - 5,925,000 Christopher Renaudette - 4,250,000 Former #1-ranked Paul Volpe Bags Big Stack in Dealers Choice Just nine players remain in the $1,500 Dealers Choice Six-Max event with Lawrence Berg finishing Day 2 with the biggest stack. Berg bagged up 836,500 but right behind him is none other than Paul ‘paulgees81‘ Volpe. The former top-ranked player on PocketFives finished with 674,500. Other notables still in contention include Andrew Brown and Randy Ohel. Day 2 began with 85 players left in the field and with just 59 spots paid, some players were going home without cashing. Included in that group were David Sklansky, Mike Matusow, Stephen Chidwick, Barry Greenstein and eventual bubble burster Jameson Painter. Some of the players who did manage to cash but not advance to Day 3 were Richard Ashby, Shawn Buchanan, Mike Wattel, Justin Gardenhire, Jeff Madsen, Vladimir Shchmelev, Sorel Mizzi and the first WSOP cash in five years for Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson. Action resumes at 2 PM PT and plays down to a winner. Chip Counts Lawrence Berg - 836,500 Paul Volpe - 674,500 Yueqi Zhu - 418,500 Andrew Brown - 250,000 John Templeton - 215,500 Joseph Couden - 192,000 Ryan Himes - 125,500 Daniel Habl - 106,000 Randy Ohel - 99,500 First $1,500 NLHE Event Draws 2,016, Roman Rogovskyi Leads The first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event of the 2016 WSOP drew 2,016 players and after Day 1, Roman Rogovskyileads the 321 survivors. The Ukranian, who recently made five final tables at the GipsyTeam Live Poker Festival in Famagusta, got his big stack after eliminating Phil Hellmuth and another player in one hand towards the end of the day. Right behind Rogovskyi is Mark ‘Eppy12588’ Epstein with 188,300. Another former #1-ranked player also bagged a top 10 stack. Steve 'gboro780' Gross finished with 142,800, good enough for the seventh biggest Day 1 stack. Other notables still in contention for the $438,417 first place prize money include Bob Bounahra, Matt Berkey, Justin Young, Jonathan Tamayo, Randal Flowers, Alex Masek and former WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno. Top 10 Chip Counts Roman Rogovskyi - 188,700 Mark Epstein - 188,300 Karen Sarkisyan - 160,800 Michael Page - 157,700 Ferenc Riech - 155,700 James Ohlweiler - 145,500 Steve Gross - 142,800 Jeremiah Fitzpatrick - 141,400 Quang Ngo - 136,500 Kindah Sakkal - 134,300 Konstantin Maslak Leads $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven The first No Limit Deuce to Seven event of the summer, which allowed players to re-enter once after being eliminated prior to Level 6, had 279 entrants pay the $1,500 buy-in and the 52 players to survive Day 1 include a number of notable players. Konstantin Maslak leads the way with 119,800 but he’ll have to fight off the likes of Yuval Bronshtein, Benny Glaser, John Monnette, Niall Farrell, Barry Greenstein, Joao Vieira, Jen Harman, Eric Wasserson, James Obst, Erik Seiel, and, making his first Day 2 of the 2016 WSOP, 21-year-old Dzmitry Urbanovich. Day 2 gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play 10 more levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Konstantin Maslak - 119,800 Yuval Bronshtein - 108,125 Daniel Weinman - 93,950 Bob Morgan - 84,800 Benny Glaser - 79,725 Alex Dovzhenko - 73,750 John Marlowe - 65,075 John Monnette - 64,725 Michael Laake - 60,000 Michel Leibgorin - 58,650
  9. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb joined Paul Volpe as the only former #1-ranked players to win a bracelet this summer[/caption] Shaun Deeb beat out a stacked final table towin the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event and earn the second bracelet of his career and second for former PocketFives #1-ranked players. Deeb's victory was one of just 21 cashes by this group in the last week. They've now recorded 75 WSOP cashes this summer earning a total of $870,602. Here are the highlights from the last week. Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb2016 WSOP cashes: 5 2016 WSOP earnings: $162,112 Shaun Deeb became just the second former PocketFives #1-ranked players to win a bracelet in 2016 when he took down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event last week. He beat out a final table that included former bracelet winners Cory Zeidman, John Monnette, Eugene Katchalov, Max Pescatori and Adam Friedman to win 111,101. With $162,112 in winnings, Deeb now has the second most of any former #1-ranked player behind Paul Volpe. That appears to be as close as he's going to get though as an urgent family matter made for an early end to his WSOP. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 10 2016 WSOP earnings: $62,625 Dan Kelly is one of just three players to have cashed 10 times so far at the 2016 WSOP along with Jason Mercier and Ryan LaPlante. Four of Kelly's cashes came in the last week. He finished 714th in the Monster Stack, 236th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em, 78th in the $5,000 Turbo and 114th in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event. He's averaging a cash every three days so far this summer. Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 6 2016 WSOP earnings: $253,682 With one bracelet already in the bag, Paul Volpe continues to lead the group of former PocketFives #1-ranked players in terms of money earned. He's now made $253,682 this summer - 29% of all the money earned by this group. In the last week he recorded two more cashes including a close call in the $10,000 Six Max Championship where Volpe finished 10th. That put another $49,677 into his total earnings. He followed that up with a 52nd place finish in the $5,000 Turbo for $9,566. Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard2016 WSOP cashes: 4 2016 WSOP earnings: $57,755 With just one cash in the first four weeks, Patrick Leonard wasn't having the best WSOP. That may have turned around in the last week as Leonard scored two five-figure scores. He finished 26th in the $10,000 Six Max Championship for $20,767 and then 14th in the $5,000 Turbo event for another $22,119. Steve 'gboro780' Gross2016 WSOP cashes: 6 2016 WSOP earnings: $57,830 After four cashes over the first four weeks, Steve Gross found two in the last week including his biggest of the summer. Gross finished 11th - one spot behind Volpe - in the $10,000 Six Max Championship for $38,268. He then made it through his first table in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout before busting for a 96th place finish and a $4,955 cash. Other NotablesWhile Fedor 'crownupguy' Holz has only cashed twice in WSOP events for a little over $26,000, he's done just fine away from the WSOP tables. Since May 27th he's cashed four times in high roller events, including the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl, for a total of $4,928,000. Kevin 'bel0wab0ve' Saul finally hit the scoreboard this past week, finishing 63rd in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event.
  10. [caption width="640"] Paul Volpe was all business after winning second bracelet.[/caption]Paul Volpe won his second WSOP bracelet on Sunday at the Rio at the 2016 World Series of Poker. The Millionaire Maker field finally combined for the first time while two vastly different events kicked off. Paul ‘paulgees’ Volpe Wins Second Bracelet in Eight Game Mix Paul Volpe won his second WSOP gold bracelet and is the first former PocketFives Number 1 ranked player to win in 2016. Volpe won $149,943 after defeating Jason Stockfish heads-up. Volpe’s win is his second final table of Series after stretch of two runner-ups and two other final tables reaching back to 2015. Volpe’s approach to the game was clear in his post-win comments, “With me, poker is mostly about the money. I know with the World Series of Poker there’s so much history and I respect that,” he said. “But I am here to earn a living, make money and support my family.” The event drew 101 more players than 2015 with 491 and built a prize pool of $662,850. The result may be an effect of the schedule this year with two Dealers Choice events, HORSE, Pot Limit Omaha and Razz events all drawing early interest from players. Final Table Payouts 1. Paul Volpe - $149,943 2. Jason Stockfish - $92,638 3. Ron Ware - $60,882 4. Benjamin Ludlow - $40,911 5. Anthony Lazar - $28,123 6. Gavin Smith - $19,787 Mohsin Charania Tops Milly Maker Field Two starting flights with single re-entry drew a monster field of 7,190 entrants of the Millionaire Maker, but they all in the same room together for the first time on Sunday with 1,172 returning players. After a long day of action Mohsin Charania leads the 124 surviving players with 1.6 million. The money bubble burst at 1,079 players and all Day 3 players are guaranteed $7,589. Five-figure payouts begin at 90 players and ninth place is good for $96,091. Many players were surprised to see first place earn $1.065 million, runner-up making an even $1 million but third place falls short with $500,000 – which is sure to have a huge effect on play. Garrett Greer, Adam Levy, Max Silver, Loni Harwood, Ismael Bojang, Matt Affleck and Simon Deadman all survived the day’s action but outside the top counts. Charania hasn’t had breakout success at the WSOP but has four cashes on the Series and bubbled the final table of the Top Up Turbo event. Top Ten Chip Counts 1. Mohsin Charania – 1,664,000 2. Frank Rusnak – 1,348,000 3. Jorge Eghi – 1,289,000 4. Kyle Arora – 996,000 5. Mikhail Semin – 973,000 6. Dylan Kehoe – 937,000 7. Danny Elmore – 936,000 8. Benny Chen – 926,000 9. Louis Salter – 915,000 10. Dale Beaudoin – 900,000 Jason Mercier Looks for 4th Bracelet in No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship The $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship attracts the best poker players in the world – drawing from the tournament world and cash game world. An even 100 players entered the event, 34 survived to Day 2 and Jason Mercier leads the final nine to Day 3. Mercier is the only player over a million with one elimination away from the official final table. A stacked field of Mike Watson, Stephen Chidwick, David Grey and Jesse Martin all return. Anthony Zinno just missed the cut bowing out in 10th place – also making the money, but not Day 3 were Brian Hastings, Mike Matusow and Daniel Negreanu. Day 2 Chip Counts 1. Jason Mercier – 1,023,000 2. Mike Watson – 853,000 3. Stephen Chidwick – 770,000 4. Benny Glaser – 706,000 5. David Grey – 534,000 6. Alex Leneau – 442,000 7. Jesse Martin – 248,000 8. Herezel Zalewski – 238,000 9. Lamar Wilkinson – 194,000 Event 17: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em The first $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event of the Series kicked off on Sunday and made the money before any players put chips in the bag. The tournament drew 2,242 entrants and only 239 advance to Day 2 with Stacey Nutini leading the way with 174,300 Daniel Weinman continues his hot early run bagging up in the top ten, but moving on with more modest stacks are Martin Staszko, Keven Stammen, Carlos Mortensen and Steven Gee. The field generated a prize pool north of $2 million for 337 players to finish in the money. All returning players have $1,628 guaranteed but have a pay jump five spots away. The final four players all join the six-figure club and the winner earns $316,920. Top Ten Chip Counts 1. Stacey Nutini – 174,300 2. Franklin Yao – 151,800 3. Koray Aldemir – 140,000 4. Koray Aldemir – 140,000 5. Matthew Schreiber – 129,300 6. Stefan Clemens – 125,000 7. Daniel Weinman – 122,000 8. Fabrice Halleux – 121,800 9. Pedro Oliveira – 120,300 10. William Firebaugh – 119,000 Event 18: $3,000 HORSE The late afternoon tournament saw 400 players enter and 144 bag up chips at the end of play. George Trigeorgis has a sizable lead heading into Day 2 with twice the average stack separating him from the field. The field juiced the prize pool to $1,092,000 for the top 60 finishers. The big money starts at 14 players with five-figure payouts. Brock Parker, Taylor Paur, Justin Bonomo and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Champ Robert Mizrachi all bagged up in the top half of the counts. Top Ten Chip Counts 1. George Trigeorgis – 160,200 2. Nicholas Kiley – 103,500 3. Brett Reichert – 102,200 4. Jared Talarico – 99,400 5. Andrey Zhigalov – 98,800 6. John Crisp – 96,000 7. Thao Thiem – 94,300 8. Par Hilderbrand – 89,400 9. Chino Rheem – 89,000 10. Mike Leah – 85,000 Just Another Manic Monday Monday’s action sees only one final table – the Deuce to Seven Championship – and the Millionaire Maker plays down to the final nine players. The early event is repeat of the weekend’s PLO madness with a $1,000 event kicking off and the $10,000 Razz Championship has cards in the air at 3 pm.
  11. [caption width="640"] Paul 'paulgees' Volpe is one of seven former #1-ranked players hoping to score their second career bracelet this summer.[/caption] In the long and storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, there have been a grand total of 51 players who have earned the #1 spot. Chris Moorman, Annette Obrestad, Shaun Deeb, Sorel Mizzi and Yevgeniy Timoshenko are just a handful of the players who have seen their online poker play take them to the top of the rankings. But only nine of those players have ever turned their dominance online into a World Series of Poker Bracelet. Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly are the only two players with more than one WSOP title to their credit. FORMER #1 RANKED PLAYERS WITH WSOP BRACELETS Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb Steve 'gboro780' Gross Taylor 'taypaur' Paur Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli Dan 'djk123' Kelly Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson As the 2016 World Series of Poker enters its second week PocketFives introduces The Rank & File: a weekly feature tracking the former #1-ranked players on their quest for a WSOP bracelet. Paul Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $33,393 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe, who was #1 just once in his online career, has already cashed once so far, making the final table of the $1,500 Dealers Choice event. Volpe was eliminated in fourth place by eventual winner Lawrence Berg. Dating back to last summer, five of Volpe’s last six cashes have been top 10 finishes. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $26,632 Dan 'djk123' Kelly, who spent a total of eight weeks in the PocketFives Rankings top spot in his career, also has just a single score so far at the 2016 WSOP. Kelly finished fourth in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event after being eliminated by eventual runner-up John Monnette. Calvin Anderson2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $25,329 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson has climbed to the top of the PocketFives Rankings eight times in his career including a 22-week stint from September 2012 – February 2013. Anderson, who is two years removed from his bracelet win, has two cashes to date this summer. Like 21,612 other players, Anderson took a shot at the $1,000,000 first place prize in Colossus II but had to settle for a 1,691st place finish and a $1,187 cash. He had more success in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud championship, finishing eighth for $24,142. Steve Gross2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $6,977 Steve 'gboro780' Gross also has two cashes this summer, both in lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events. He finished 682nd in Colossus II for $2,837 and then followed that up with an 84th place finish in the first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. Gross had four stints as the #1 ranked player between February 2009 and August 2010. Small Blinds Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli leads the seven former #1-ranked players who cashed in Colossus II. Piccioli finished 316th for a $5,406 score. Through Event #7, former #1-ranked players have cashed a total of 14 times for $115,583.
  12. [caption width="640"] Paul Volpe is the first former #1-ranked player to win a bracelet in 2016 (WSOP photo)[/caption] The illustrious group of PocketFives former #1-ranked players are starting to rack up the cashes at the 2016 World Series of Poker but only one of them has managed to earn a bracelet to date. Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe broke through this past week to win the second gold bracelet of his career. All told, former #1-ranked players have cashed 34 times this summer for $375,916.00. Here are some of the highlights. Paul Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 3 2016 WSOP earnings: $187,881 A year after posting two runner-up finishes, Paul Volpe found himself back in a winner’s photo after taking down the $1,500 Eight Game Mix for $149,943. Even though it’s his second career bracelet, for Volpe it’s more about getting a big score early in the Series. “With me, poker is mostly about the money. I know with the World Series of Poker there’s so much history and I respect that,” he said. “But I am here to earn a living, make money and support my family.” Volpe is just the third former #1-ranked player to win more than one bracelet, joining Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly in the exclusive club. None have won three bracelets. Yevgeniy Timoshenko2016 WSOP cashes: 3 2016 WSOP earnings: $14,620 Yevgeniy ‘Jovial Gent’ Timoshenko, who spent two weeks at #1 in May 2007, has cashed three times this summer, including twice in the last week alone. He finished 71st in the first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, 95th in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event and then ended up 143rd in the Millionaire Maker. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 5 2016 WSOP earnings: $42,332 Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly is one of 12 players who have cashed five times or more this summer. That puts him halfway to the 10 cashes he put up in 2013. He cashed four times in the last week: 142nd in the $1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold’em, 139th in the $565 PLO, 220th in the Millionaire Maker and 80th in the $3,000 Six Max NLHE. Shaun Deeb2016 WSOP cashes: 3 2016 WSOP earnings: $30,450 Three cashes in the last week have Shaun Deeb rolling. He started things off with a final table appearance in the $1,500 Razz event for $12,006. He then cashed in the $1,000 NLHE event before posting a 14th place finish in the $10,000 Razz Championship event for just under $17,000. Fedor Holz2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $26,096 After a relatively slow start to the 2016 WSOP, Fedor Holz finally broke through this past week with a pair of cashes. The 22 year old German came 18th in the $1,500 Six Max NLHE event for $17,380 and then 47th in the $3,000 Six Max NLHE event six days later. Holz is having success away from the WSOP though - he finished runner-up in the Super High Roller Bowl and then took down another high roller event at the Aria.
  13. [caption width="640"] Paul 'paulgees81 Volpe won his second PokerStars SCOOP title in a ,100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max event[/caption] Thursday's action in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker was all about two syllables: paul-gees. Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe, who has well over $5 million in career online tournament winnings, came out on top in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max event for his second career SCOOP title. Up to three re-entries per player were allowed in the event, and as you'd expect from a $2,100 Omaha Hi-Lo tournament, the field was stacked with poker's elite. In fact, the final 30 included the likes of James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst, Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan, and Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom. The final table bubble boy was none other than Nick 'FU_15' Maimone. Volpe was the second shortest stack entering the final table, while Nick 'TheTakeover' Schulman, just a few days removed from a SCOOP win of his own, held the lead. Schulman also made the final table of a $2,100 Razz tournament on Thursday. Also at the final table of the event were SCOOP event winner Mark 'SHIPP ITT' Herm and reigning Player of the Series Jason Mercier. It also had 'lena900', the third-ranked online poker player in the world. By the time heads-up play rolled around, it was Volpe versus Herm, two longtime PocketFivers. The pair agreed to an ICM chop and left $2,000 plus the SCOOP title to play for. In a pivotal hand, Volpe limped on the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"]. Herm raised to 60,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5h"], Volpe moved all-in, and Herm called, putting Volpe at risk. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="qd"][poker card="4s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="tc"], giving Volpe a flush and a double-up. With Herm's stack now short, he was all-in four hands later with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="2s"] and was the favorite against Volpe's [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"]. The board came [poker card="8h"][poker card="td"][poker card="2c"][poker card="th"][poker card="4d"] and Volpe scored his second SCOOP event win. Volpe took home $93,000, while Herm banked $95,000 after the chop. "Congrats to Paul Volpe and me chopping the $2K Six-Max NLO/8 SCOOP tourney for about $100K each. Both sporting tumbler avatars," Herm said on Facebook. In the mid-stakes version of Event #37, Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier went nearly wire-to-wire at the final table to win a $215 Razz tournament. There were 542 entrants, meaning a prize pool of $108,000 was up for grabs, and the top 72 players finished in the money. [caption width="600"] Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier nearly went wire-to-wire in a SCOOP 5 Razz event[/caption] Lakemeier entered the final table with 1.7 million in chips, 500,000 more than the next closest player. He sent Daniel 'jstclkdabtn' Levy packing in eighth place and then busted Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez in sixth before the UK's 'Kanehead11' went on a tear, eliminating the next three players to go into heads-up play against Lakemeier down only 400,000 in chips. In the end, however, Lakemeier survived and earned the coveted SCOOP title. He also pocketed $20,000. Brazil scooped its 15th SCOOP title this year in the mid-stakes version of Event #38, a $215 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Adrovan 'AadrovanRj21' Rodrigues outlasted a field of 3,985 entrants as well as a final table that included Germany's Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion. Schemion ended up going out in third, setting up a heads-up battle between Rodrigues and 'Fiskin1', with the former holding a 3:1 lead. An ICM deal was agreed to that left $6,000 to play for and the final hand came down to an all-in pre-flop race between Rodrigues' [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"] and 'Fiskin1's' [poker card="kc"][poker card="jd"]. The Brazilian hit a set on the flop and never looked back, extending his country's SCOOP dominance this year. Event 37 (L): $27 Razz Entrants: 1,936 Prize pool: $47,528.80 Places paid: 256 Vovan7778 - $7,520.26* recusant_89 - $6,656.03* Ozenc 'ozenc' Demir - $4,515.23 YaSashok86 - $3,327.01 Respect8871 - $2,376.44 cardiaftw - $1,425.86 lautokastar - $950.57 AceQuad - $475.28 Event 37 (M): $215 Razz Entrants: 542 Total prize pool: $108,400 Places paid: 72 Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier - $20,487.60 Kanehead11 - $15,013.40 Dejan 'dejanaceking' Divkovic - $11,056.80 Arturio30 - $8,130 oOwL - $5,420 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez - $3,794 marek_heinz - $2,710 jstclkdabtn - $1,897 Event 37 (H): $2,100 Razz Entrants: 127 (85 entries, 42 re-entries) Total prize pool: $254,000 Places paid: 16 otitov (Russia) $62,230.00 Maicoshaa (Russia) $43,180.00 VavaBobo888 - $33,020.00 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - $22,860.00 krakukra - $16,510.00 Dan 'djk123' Kelly - $12,700.00 Andrey 'Kroko-dill' Zaichenko - $10,160.00 Nick 'TheTakeover' Schulman - $7,620.00 Event 38 (L): $27 NL Hold'em Entrants: 11,668 (7,978 entries, 3,690 re-entries) Total prize pool: $286,449.40 Places paid: 1,530 alejorojas57 - $39,853.10 Keep3r - $28,644.94 bevved - $20,051.45 Rafael 'zugzwang16' Porzecanski - $14,322.47 xxxALBxxx - $11,457.97 Vichyn88 - $8,593.48 pokertaumes - $5,728.98 darkziv - $2,864.49 DSMaverick - $1,804.63 event 38 (M): $215 NL Hold'em Entrants: 3,985 Prize pool: $797,000.00 Places paid: 540 Adrovan 'AadrovanRj21' Rodrigues - $118,146.01* Fiskin1 - $100,231.99* Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $65,752.50 Gansao - $45,827.50 Nurlux - $33,872.50 Million5050 - $25,902.50 Xading - $17,932.50 Rui 'sousinha23' Sousa - $9,962.50 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $6,376.00 Event 39 (L): $27 NL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 3,524 (2,072 entries, 1,452 re-entries) Total prize pool: $86,514.20 Places paid: 450 kwerqeradaus - $10,319.05* hendo17 - $10,200.87* Perrymejsen - $8,070.30 Jonny White1 - $6,493.90 teckidtq - $2,811.71 anelka79 - $1,513.00 Event 39 (M): $215 NL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 1,026 (584 entries, 442 re-entries) Total prize pool: $205,200 Places paid: 132 luk45zp - $31,021.00 * Oledjan - $29,000.00 * ZeGrimReaper - $19,494.00 aDrENalin710 - $13,338.00 TJR43 - $9,234.00 rbkgutt - $6,156.00 Event 39 (H): $2,100 NL Omaha Hi-Lo, Six Max Entrants: 242 (135 entries, 107 re-entries) Total prize pool: $484,000 Places paid: 30 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe - $93,300.26* Mark 'SHIPP ITT' Herm - $95,459.74* Nick 'TheTakeover' Schulman - $58,080 Adam 'Adamyid' Owen - $38,720 Jason 'JasonMercier' Mercier - $29,040 Lena900 (Sweden) $19,844
  14. [caption width="640"] Jason receiving his second bracelet of the year from his father Rick.[/caption]The 2016 World Series of Poker has 40 events in the books, a bit over halfway, and Player of the Year race is heating up. A handful of high value tournaments are slated over the next couple weeks and even though Jason Mercier’s lead looks to be solid, a win or couple deep runs from a contender could end the Summer of Mercier. Simply put, a motivated Mercier is a player to be feared. The five-time bracelet winner won two this year and a third would not only etch his name in history as the seventh player in history to win three in a year, he stands to collect mind-numbing money from bracelet bets. Mercier has seven cashes so far, with five final tables, one runner-up and in four $10,000 championship events. In a one-week span Mercier earned 366.26 points in the Deuce to Seven win, 287.70 points in Razz and 434.24 in the HORSE victory. Additionally, all of his cashes have come in different disciplines and not a single No Limit Hold’em event. Martin Kozlov sits in second place after five cashes on the Series. He most recently won the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Championship and earlier this year he finished fifth in the $3,000 Six Max NLH event. He made a deep run in the Summer Solstice event, barely missing the final table in 11th place for $25,335. Paul Volpe is the first former PocketFives Number One ranked player to win a bracelet in 2016 and the last player over 1,000 points. Volpe has played the WSOP regularly since 2011 and has racked up 27 cashes since playing full time. Volpe began the summer with a fourth place finish in the $1,500 Dealers Choice event and followed that up with his second career bracelet in the Eight Game Mix for $149,943. His five cashes this year have come in five different games and most recently finished in 10th place in the Six Max Championship Kozlov took down. Benny Glaser has had a very unique Series – for starters he won two bracelets in four cashes for a total of $718,669. He first took down the $1,500 Omaha HiLo event and a few days later he took down the $10,000 Omaha HiLo championship. Glaser’s first cash of the summer came in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and a week later he final tabled the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship. His first career bracelet came in 2015 in the Triple Draw variant of the same game. Ryan Laplante has spent the most time in the cashout line with nine cashes on the Series. His largest came in his first career bracelet – the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event. He earned $190,328 to push his career WSOP earnings over the $500,000-mark. He has cashed in HORSE, Six Max No Limit Hold’em, PLO, Limit Hold’em and Omaha HiLo. WSOP Player of the Year Top Ten Standings Jason Mercier – 1,695.02 Martin Kozlov – 1,252.58 Benny Glaser – 1,156.57 Michael Semenov – 1,125.12 Ryan Laplante – 1,073.13 Ian Johns – 1,059.50 Paul Volpe – 1,044.15 David Vamplew – 998.25 Bart Lybaert – 984.90 Michael Gathy – 969.30
  15. [caption width="640"] Cliff Josephy is the 2016 November Nine chip leader.[/caption] This was supposed to be the final installment of Rank & File for the 2016 World Series of Poker. It was supposed to show the final tally for how the former #1-ranked players on PocketFives did this summer but it turns out there’s going to be at least one more Rank & File needed after two members of this elite fraternity, Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy and Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger, made the final table of the Main Event. Josephy and Griffin were actually two of 10 former #1-ranked players to cash in the Main Event this year. While both will have to wait until November to find out their final payout, they are each guaranteed at least $1,000,000. Paul Volpe had the next biggest Main Event score, walking away with $216,211 for finishing 29th. All told the ten players walked away with at least $2,498,657. Former #1-ranked Players in the WSOP Main Event Cliff Josephy - $1,000,000* Griffin Benger - $1,000,000* Paul Volpe - $216,211 Bryan Piccioli - $67,855 Sorel Mizzi - $49,108 Chris Hunichen - $49,108 Tim West - $28,356 Kevin Saul - $25,235 Dan Kelly - $20,499 While the Main Event was clearly the focus of the final days of the WSOP, there was one other event on the schedule and a former #1-ranked player almost walked away with the bracelet. Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson finished runner-up to Michael Tureniec in the $1,111 Little One for One Drop event, earning $324,597 in the process. Bracelet WinnersThree former #1-ranked players managed to win bracelets this summer – with Josephy and Benger still having a shot at adding fourth in November. Paul Volpe won the $1,500 Eight Game Mix in early June to grab the second WSOP bracelet of his career. It was a little over two weeks later when Shaun Deeb won the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event for his second career bracelet. It was a first-time winner that stole the headlines just as the Main Event was getting underway. Fedor Holz beat Dan Smith heads up for his first ever WSOP bracelet in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event. It was the fourth cash of his summer and earned him $4,981,775. The 22 year old German poker pro is just the 10th former #1-ranked player to win a WSOP bracelet. Holz surprised many by announcing he was taking a long-term break from poker immediately following the Main Event. Biggest ScoresObviously Josephy and Benger already have a seven-figure score, but there were a few other players that put up big numbers in individual events. So far Holz’s win in the One Drop High Roller is the single biggest score by a former #1-ranked player this summer and the only way it gets surpassed is if either Josephy or Benger goes on to win the Main Event. Volpe actually owns the two next biggest scores. He won $149,943 for his bracelet win and $216,211 for his deep Main Event run. Deeb’s bracelet win earned him $111,101. There were no other six-figure cashes but there was 27 cashes of between $10,000 and $100,000. Most CashesWhile Dan Kelly had the smallest Main Event cash of this group, he did have the most 2016 WSOP cashes of any former #1-ranked player. Kelly finished with 12 cashes – one off the record set this year by Ronald Israelashivil - for a total of $89,639 earned this summer. Kelly now has 47 career WSOP cashes and two WSOP bracelets. The next highest number of cashes was nine from Volpe. Along with his win and deep Main Event run, Volpe cashed in seven other events and posted top-20 finishes in four of them. Just one cash behind Volpe was Jordan ‘Jymaster0011’ Young with eight. While the closest Young got to a final table was a 16th place finish in a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em, the eight total cashes double his previous best WSOP performance. He finished up his summer by holding true to his online poker roots with a 138th place finish in the Online Bracelet event for $2,013. The (not quite) Final NumbersWhile the poker world waits to see just where Josephy and Benger finish in the Main Event, the numbers put up by the group of former #1-ranked players is impressive on its own. Total Cashes: 110 Total Bracelets: 3* Total Earnings: $9,025,917* *includes only $1,000,000 each from Cliff Josephy and Griffin Benger (ninth place pay out).
  16. [caption width="640"] David Peters can no longer be considered one of the best players without a WSOP bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] Three players won their first career bracelet at the2016 World Series of Poker on Tuesday, but none will get more attention than the one that walked out of the latest $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. David Peters, with wins all over the world over his career, finally broke through to capture the first bracelet of his career. And while Justin Bonomo has the final table chip lead in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, he's not the player everybody is talking about right now. Michael Mizrachi is still in with a shot at winning the event for the third time in its 11-year history. Mizrachi is right behind Bonomo with just six players remaining. Event #55: Michael Mizrachi Gunning for Third $50,000 Poker Players Championship Title One player winning any one particular WSOP event three times is a rare enough feat as it is. Doing it against arguably the toughest tournament field of the year is another story altogether. Thats's what Michael Mizrachi is on the verge of though. Mizrachi finished with the third biggest stack in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship on Tuesday and now headlines a final table that could become one for the history books. Leading the final six players is Justin Bonomo with 7,750,000. Sandwiched between Bonomo and Mizrachi, who finished with 5,535,000, is Lamar Wilkinson with 7,045,000. Eric Wasserson, Brian Rast and Ray Dehkharghani round out the six-handed final table. Day 4 of the event began with 13 players still in contention for the bracelet, Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and $1,296,097 first place prize money. Reigning champion Mike Gorodinsky was eliminated in 13th place. Right behind him, Daniel Negreanu went out in 12th. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Paul Volpe was then eliminated in 10th. Daniel Alaei, who had cashed in this event twice before, added a third score to his total, finishing in eighth place. The final six players return to the felt at 2 PM PT and the final table will be streamed on WSOP.com. Final Table Chip Counts Justin Bonomo - 7,750,000 Lamar Wilkinson - 7,045,000 Michael Mizrachi - 5,535,000 Eric Wasserson - 3,800,040 Brian Rast - 3,185,000 Ray Dehkharghani - 395,000 Event #56: David Peters Wins $1,500 No Limit HOld'em Event for Bracelet #1 Every year it seems one or two players scratch themselves off of the "Best Player Without a WSOP Bracelet" list. On Tuesday, David Peters did that just that by winning the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event for $412,557. Peters, who now has over $12 million in lifetime earnings, actually won a $25,000 buy-in high roller event at Aria Resort & Casino on Saturday, the day before this WSOP event began. Peters was happy to finally get that first bracelet - even if it took him longer than he expected. “I was definitely surprised it took me as long as it did (to win),” Peters said. “There were a lot of close calls. I came in almost every place at the final table, except first. I knew it was coming, so it definitely feels amazing to get it.” One of the most respected tournament players in the world, Peters did his best to block everything out as other players at the table kept busting. “I tried not to let myself think about that,” Peters said. “Everything was going good, and the vibes were good, and I tried to keep my focus. I tried not to think about the gold bracelet or anything. It worked out.” Peters beat Cathal 'Shinerrr' Shine heads-up. The Irish poker pro entered this event straight after recording a cash in the $888 Crazy Eights event. Matt Affleck finished third for $184,456. Final Table Payouts David Peters - $412,557 Cathal Shine - $254,890 Matt Affleck - $184,456 Muhammad Abdel Rahim - $134,845 Zachary Okin - $99,592 Brendan Sheehan - $74,321 Takuya Suzuki - $56,044 Minatoku Kilian Kramer - $42,711 David Patterson - $32,900 Event #57: David Nowakowski Wins $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo [caption width="640"] David Nowakowski now has some extra money to help pay his tuition in the fall (WSOP photo)[/caption] David Nowakowski moved overseas after Black Friday to continue playing online poker. Earlier this year he made the decision to move back to the United States to continue his education. First, he wanted to play some WSOP events. On Tuesday night he won the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event for a little over $200,000 - money he plans to use to pay for school. “I just decided to move back to the U.S. recently,” Nowakowski said. “I plan on returning back to school and finishing up my degree in the fall, so this win definitely helps.” Nowakowski beat Timothy Vukson heads-up for the bracelet. Two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson finished third for his fourth cash of the summer. After his win, Nowakowski admitted to not having much experience playing Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. “I played rush Omaha online, but haven’t played a lot of PLO High-Low recently,” Nowakowski said. “I definitely wanted to win this. It’s a dream come true. It’s still all a bit surreal to me.” Former Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko finished eighth. Final Table Payouts David Nowakowski - $203,113 Timothy Vukson - $125,507 Marco Johnson - $87,192 James Alexander - $61,519 Kenneth Po - $44,094 Colin Gelker - $32,114 Stephen Johnson - $23,772 Martin Staszko - $17,890 Matt Lefkowitz - $13,691 Event #58: Corey Thompson Wins $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em [caption width="640"] Corey Thompson capped an excellent year with a WSOP bracelet win (WSOP photo)[/caption] Nine months ago Corey Thompson topped a Heartland Poker Tour event in Daytona Beach, FL for the biggest score of his career - $131,720. On Tuesday he beat that by a almost $90,000, winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em event. “It’s been a huge year,” Thompson said. “I don’t play cash games that much. I’ve been playing more tournaments. The HPT win was really huge. I really caught fire since then. I started coming out here (to the WSOP) four years ago, but mostly played just a few smaller events. This win was huge.” The win more than doubles Thompson's lifetime earnings to $438,700. Most WSOP final tables somehow find a way to include at least one former WSOP bracelet winner - but not this one. The final nine players were all seeking their first WSOP bracelet. The event featured 30-minute levels with players playing 20 levels each day instead of the standard 10. Final Table Payouts Corey Thompson - $221,163 Enrico Rudelitz - $136,651 William Liang - $97,811 Darren Terazawa - $70,821 Ankit Ahuja - $51,878 Terry Fan - $38,452 Matthew Chang - $28,842 Ryan Pochedly - $21,897 Benjamin Reinhart - $16,827 Event #59: Jason Helder Leads $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em A total of 863 players came out for Day 1 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event with just 359 advancing to Day 2. Jason Helder leads the pack with 228,300 heading into Day 2. Only two other players, Christopher Park (205,200) and Jayakrishnan Nair (201,000), finished above 200,000. Two members of the 2015 November Nine managed to finish Day 1 with top 10 stacks. Pierre Neuville finished with 155,100 whil Zvi Stern ended with 149,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Liv Boeree, Sorel Mizzi, Joe Kuether, Chris Hunichen, Toby Lewis, Joao Simao, Ismael Bojang, Maria Ho and Fedor Holz. One player who didn't advance was Jason Mercier. After collecting two bracelets early in the Series, Mercier has been unable to get a third and cause all kinds of pain for those who bet against him. The remaining 359 players return at Noon to play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Jason Helder - 228,300 Christopher Park - 205,200 Jayakrishnan Nair - 201,000 Tai Nguyen - 179,000 Keith Lehr - 163,300 Pierre Merlin - 159,000 Daniel Lee - 158,100 Pierre Neuville - 155,100 Justin Adams - 152,000 Event #60: Jimmy Fricke and Calvin Anderson in Top 10 of $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Jimmy Fricke and Calvin Anderson ended Day 1 of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event with top 10 stacks, but they're not the only notables still remaining in the field. Fricke finished with 82,200, just one spot behind chip leader Jesse Hampton's 87,500. Anderson ended with the sixth biggest stack of 64,900. Corey Zeidman (59,800), Bryan Devonshire (59,000), John Monnette (56,100), Yuval Bronshtein (55,200), David Chiu (49,500), Andrey Zaichenko (47,700) and defending WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen (42,800) all ended with above average stacks. Benny Glaser, Todd Brunson, Scott Clements and Dan Kelly were among the notables that entered but failed to advance to Day 2. Mercier also entered and was eliminated. Top 10 Chip Counts Jesse Hampton - 87,500 Jimmy Fricke - 82,200 Yen Wu - 80,000 Curtis Ikeuchi - 76,700 Phillip Penn - 66,500 Calvin Anderson - 64,900 Dana Kellstrom - 64,000 Michael Ross - 63,200 Kevin Cote - 62,300
  17. [caption width="640"] Sam Panzica is now a two-time WPT winner after taking down the Bay 101 Shooting Star event Friday (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] When the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star final table kicked off Friday afternoon in San Jose, California, the focus was clearly on Chino Rheem. With three WPT titles already to his credit, and over 44% of the chips in play, Rheem seemed to be on the verge of becoming the first player in WPT history to win four titles. Sam Panzica wanted no part of that storyline though and went on to win his second WPT title of Season XV and $1,373,000 while Rheem had to settle for a third place finish. With all eyes on him at the start of the day, Rheem didn’t disappoint, picking up the first three eliminations. Just 37 hands in Rheem went to work at whittling the field. Rheem raised to 225,000 from the cutoff before Rainer Kempe moved all in for 2,190,000 from the small blind. Rheem snap-called and tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"] while Kempe showed [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h"] flop was a great one for Rheem and when the [poker card="3d"] turn and [poker card="8s"] river failed to connect with Kempe, the German was eliminated in sixth place. Kempe was also the last remaining bounty, meaning Rheem picked up an additional $2,500 cash. Just over 90 minutes later, Rheem did it again. From the button Rheem made it 320,000 to go and Dennis Stevermer moved all in from the big blind for 1,425,000. Rheem called and tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="9h"] but found himself behind Stevermer’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6c"] flop flipped the odds in Rheem’s favor and he stayed in front through the [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="qh"] river to eliminate Stevermer in fifth. Things went slightly off track 20 minutes later when he clashed with Anthony Spinella in a pot that cost him the chip lead. With 2,775,000 already in the pot and a completed board of [poker card="kd"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="ac"], Spinella check-called Rheem’s 1,500,000 bet and tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="2d"] for a river pair of aces while Rheem showed and mucked [poker card="kc"][poker card="9s"] for second pair. Following that hand, Spinella had more than half of the chips in play. Five hands after that Rheem was hard at work rebuilding his stack. Rheem raised to 325,000 from UTG and Paul Volpe called from the big blind. The flop was [poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"] and Volpe checked, Rheem bet 375,000 and Volpe responded by moving all in fro 2,975,000. Rheem didn’t hesitate to call and tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"] while Volpe turned over [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"] for a flush draw. The [poker card="2c"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river were no help for the former #1-ranked online poker player in the world and Volpe was out in fourth place. Five hands later, Rheem re-took the chip lead from Spinella. The first 54 hands of three-handed play were all about Rheem and Spinella taking turns as chip leader but once Panzica took his turn with the top spot, he never relinquished it again. Rheem’s run at history took a major hit on the 98th hand of three-handed play. Panzica raised to 500,00 from the button and Rheem defended his big blind. Rheem check-called a 500,000 bet after the [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"] flop and then check-called again after the [poker card="ks"] river. The [poker card="qs"] river got Rheem to check a third time, Panzica bet 2,100,000 and after taking some time to think over his decision, Rheem called and mucked after Panzica showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"] for top two pair. A few hands later Spinella doubled up through Rheem, leaving him with just two big blinds. On the very next hand Rheem moved all in for his last 475,000 and Spinella called from the big blind. Rheem was ahead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="th"] to Spinella’s [poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"] but the [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2h"] runout spelled an end to Rheem’s run in third place. Three-handed action took over 3.5 hours but heads-up play took almost no time at all. Five hands after Rheem was shown the door, Panzica picked up his first elimination of the final table. Spinella raised to 650,000, Panzica moved all in Spinella called. Spinella tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"] but found himself behind the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] of Panzica. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5c"] board kept Panzica ahead for good and eliminated Spinella. Panzica, who already has a $15,000 seat in the upcoming WPT Tournament of Champions, was given the $15,000 seat from this event as cash. Final Table Payouts Sam Panzica - $1,373,000 Anthony Spinella - $786,610 Chino Rheem - $521,660 Paul Volpe - $349,610 Dennis Stevermer - $243,090 Rainer Kempe - $188,460
  18. [caption width="640"] Elior Sion won the ,000 Poker Players Championship to win his first WSOP bracelet Thursday (WSOP photo)[/caption] All eyes were on the final table of the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship on Thursday at the 2017 World Series of Poker. But while the likes of Daniel Negreanu and Isaac Haxton were battling it out in that, two more events played down to the last few tables, including the $25K PLO. Sion Wins Prestigious PPC Title for Almost $1.4 million Outside of the Main Event, it’s arguably the most coveted and prestigious poker tournament of the entire calendar year. The $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship consists of an eight-game rotation, meaning only the most well-rounded players succeed. It was no surprise to see the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton and Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe at the final table then. But unless you follow this event closely each year, you might not be so familiar with Elior ‘Crazy Elior’ Sion. The high stakes online player from the UK final tabled this event last year, finishing in ninth place. Twelve months later, he’s the latest player to have his name etched on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, taking it down for $1,395,676. Volpe was the first to exit, busting to Sion in a 2-7 hand. He was followed by Negreanu, who came into the finale as chip leader but didn’t have much luck. In his final hand (PLO), his pair and flush draw couldn’t survive against Ivo Donev’s overpair and bigger flush draw. Donev was next to fall however, when he got brutally unlucky against Haxton on NLH. He was all in with pocket kings against Haxton’s pocket fives, and a miracle five on the river gave Haxton a set, the knockout, and a big chip lead. Things wouldn’t go so smoothly for Haxton though, and a little while later he was our third place finisher, dropping to Sion in a Stud hand. That left Sion heads up with Johannes Becker, another name you might be familiar with. He had an almost 3:1 chip deficit when heads up began, but managed to put up a long, hard battle, evening the counts and eventually taking a 2:1 chip lead. It all came to an end in an Omaha Hi-Lo hand. Becker had flopped a flush and low draw, while Sion flopped a full house, which would scoop the lot. "It feels amazing," Sion said after the five-hour heads-up match. "It's like a long journey. You take it a step at a time. There were a few blips along the way, but as long as you still have chips, anything can happen. "At the final table, the cards fell my way and I was fortunate enough to win. I got very lucky. In tournaments, anything can happen. You just have to believe, and sometimes, things can fall your way. Just goes to show you." Final table payouts: Elior Sion - $1,395,767 Johannes Becker - $862,649 Isaac Haxton - $595,812 Ivo Donev - $419,337 Daniel Negreanu - $300,852 Paul Volpe - $220,111 Kenny Hallaert Leads Final 23 in $1,500 NLHE It’s been quite a few months for Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert, having won a Spring Championship of Online Poker title in May, then finishing third in the $5K NLH earlier in the WSOP for $238K. The former November Niner still seeks his first bracelet though, and Hallaert has a good shot in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, where he holds the overnight chip lead. There are 23 players remaining, among them Chris Klodnicki, Darren Elias, Ben Zamani, Vojtech Ruzicka (320K), and Brian Hastings (201K). This event attracted 1,956 runners, creating a prize pool of $2,640,600 and a first place prize worth $428,423. Action resumes on Friday. Top 10 Chip Counts Kenny Hallaert - 1,779,000 Schuyler Thornton - 1,771,000 Dylan Hortin - 1,571,000 Chris Klodnicki - 1,442,000 Aditya Sushant - 1,313,000 Emile Schiff - 984,000 Darren Elias - 619,000 Thomas Blizniak - 540,000 Tom Braband - 538,000 Ben Zamani - 500,000 Parvizi Leads Once Again in $25K PLO It’s not often the Day 1 chip leader still bags the most at the end of Day 2, but that’s exactly what happened in Event #67: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. Iraj Parvizi is once again the overnight chip leader with just 20 players remaining. He bagged up 3.75 million, and joining him tomorrow include other big stacks James Calderaro (3 million) and Dario Sammartino (2.675 million). Also through to the final Day 3 are Dan Smith (980K), Ben Tollerene(910K), recent bracelet winner Tommy Le (830K), Ashton Griffin (600K), and Martin Kozlov (355K). There were 205 entries in this one, and there’s a massive $1,289,074 awaiting the eventual champ. Top 10 Chip Counts Iraj Parvizi - 3,750,000 James Calderaro - 3,000,000 Dario Sammartino - 2,675,000 James Park - 2,045,000 Alexey Rybin - 1,650,000 Aaron Katz - 1,505,000 Rifat Palevic - 1,300,000 Artem Babakhanyan - 1,070,000 Mike Krasienko - 1,045,000 William Kakon - 995,000 Kornuth and Grapenthein Bag Day 1 Chip Leads Two new events got started on Thursday: the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #68) and the $1,500 Razz (#69). When all was said and done in the former, the 1,349 starting field had been chopped down to 348, and it was Chance Kornuthwho led the survivors with 192,600. He’ll be back tomorrow on the quest for his second bracelet. There’s another very familiar face in the top 10 chip counts too: Charlie ‘Epiphany77’ Carrel finished with fourth biggest stack (159,200). Joining them tomorrow will be Michael Delvecchio III*(153,100),*Matt Salsberg*(111,500),*Igor Kurganov*(101,000),*Dietrich Fast*(98,500),*Joe Serock*(97,300),*Valentin Vornicu*(74,200),*Ben Keeline(73,500),*Dylan Wilkerson*(64,500),*David Pham*(54,900),*Natasha Mercier*(54,000),*Matt Affleck*(52,300),*Norberto Korn*(46,100),*DJ MacKinnon (38,600),*Andy Frankenberger*(33,500),*Jonathan Little*(31,300),*Kevin Eyster*(29,700),*Everett Carlton*(28,500),*Daniel Strelitz*(25,500),*Gordon Vayo*(25,300),*Ray Romano*(22,700),*Marton Czuczor*(22,300),*John Racener*(21,200),*Ralph Perry*(21,000),*Jiachen Gong*(18,000),*Ryan Laplante (14,300), and*Alex Keating*(13,100). There’s $645,922 for the winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Chance Kornuth - 192,600 Anton Bertillson - 179,000 Alan Schein - 177,800 Charlie Carrel - 159,200 Michael Delvecchio IIi - 153,100 Antonio Storno - 152,400 Tommy Chen - 147,000 Sergi Reixach - 144,400 Simon Appleby - 143,900 Georgios Zisimopoulos - 140,900 Meanwhile in the $1,500 Razz, 419 became 138 at the end of Day 1. Bracelet winner Matt Grapenthein bagged the chip lead, but there are a bunch more bracelets in the top 10 counts. Three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaserbagged up the sixth biggest stack, while 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth bagged the ninth biggest. It wasn’t such a good day forDaniel Negreanu, who hopped in this one having busted the $50K PPC in fifth place. He was eliminated in two levels, and was ultimately joined on the rail by the likes of Jameson Painter,*Jon Turner,*Frank Kassela,*Victor Ramdin,*Randy Ohel,*Max Pescatori,*David Bach,*Jeff Lisandro,*Greg Raymer, and*Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson. The winner will receive $132,957, with action resuming Friday. Top 10 Chip Counts: Matt Grapenthien - 83,700 Grzegorz Wyraz - 79,800 Yordan Petrov - 70,500 Jim Schaaf - 67,900 Tim Batow - 61,400 Benny Glaser - 61,000 Roland Israelashvili - 56,000 Mike Ross - 48,600 Phil Hellmuth - 45,900 Andrew Kelsall - 43,800
  19. [caption width="640"] Paul Volpe has accomplished plenty in his poker career but the PPC title would be the highest point for the mixed game specialist.[/caption] The $50,000 Poker Players Championship final table never fails to be a collection of the game’s premiere talent. This year is no different with Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton, and Elior Sion among the six remaining heading into Thurdsday's restart. The short stack among them and one of the top all-around players in the world is former PocketFives #1 Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe. For the last few years, Volpe has been one of the top performers at the World Series of Poker and has a chance to win his third bracelet in the PPC. This summer has been a change of pace, though, as Volpe has played fewer events overall and fewer at the Rio than in previous years. Although he’s taken a step back, Volpe came into the PPC ready to battle in one of his favorite events of the year. “If there was no money involved, I’d want to win this tournament over any tournament ever. All the real poker players come out and play this one, who play all the big games. This is a huge one for me. I love the idea of being able to play all eight games,” said Volpe. Last year, Volpe cashed for the first time in the PPC but came up shy of the final table, finishing 11th. Earlier in the summer, Volpe tweeted that he was not enjoying the grind as much as he had in prior years. A few weeks later, Volpe stands by the tweet and admits that he can be a “moody person” which has in part, led to him playing less. “It just feels likes in year’s past it’s been exciting to play and for whatever reason this year, I just haven’t been totally feeling it. It’s been tough. This has been a massive grind and when I get home at night, I can’t think and feel burnt out.” Prior to the start of the summer, Volpe backed out of a prospective bracelet bet he made with Mike Gorodinsky due, in part, to not wanting to feel any pressure of having to play a full schedule of events. At certain points over the course of this summer, Volpe could be found playing four-figure limit mixed game cash one day and then a $1,500 No Limit event the next. He may not enjoy playing every day as much as he once did, but Volpe has still put together a list of quality results by most metrics. Among his finishes, this summer is a third place finish in The Venetian $10,000 High Roller and a top-10 cash in the WSOP $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw event. No one would argue against Volpe’s tournament resume and the success he’s had but the signature win of his career still eludes him. Volpe’s three WPT final tables, two WSOP bracelets, and two top-30 finishes in the Main Event speak for themselves and he sees the PPC final table as the opportunity for his career to be fully validated. “Winning this tournament, I was thinking about this yesterday, it would make me feel accomplished, like I succeeded in poker; this tournament alone. It’s for $1.4 million, I’ve never had a million dollar score. Even though I’ve already have had a lot of success and made a great living for myself, this would be it.” Volpe starts the PPC final table with half the chips of the second shortest stack, Ivo Donev, but has years of experience on his side as he takes on the latest challenge of his career. His uncertain future career path aside, tomorrow marks the chance for Volpe to etch his name on the WSOP’s most prestigious trophy and allow him to have more freedom than ever before.
  20. [caption width="640"] Zachary Gruneberg is among the players looking forward to the return of online poker to Pennsylvania (WPT Photo)[/caption] Poker players in Pennsylvania rejoiced when the state formally signed online gaming into legislation, making years of waiting finally a reality. From his home in Boalsburg, PA, Zachary ‘hustlergrune’ Gruneberg was among those celebrating as the recent homeowner is now able to go back to his roots in online poker. A lot has changed for Gruneberg since Black Friday, and he looks forward to seeing what the future holds for his home state once button clicking commences in 2018. In his heyday, the Season XV World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open runner-up was playing, in his estimation, 60-70 hours per week grinding online MTTs. Those hours added up to roughly $3 million in online earnings for Gruneberg. Today, the 28-year-old Gruneberg travels to the occasional live tournament and plays in home games in the State College, Pennsylvania area where he has lived his entire life. Online poker is something Gruneberg is happy to have back in his life but says he will not be devoting a full-time effort to it the way he once did. After Black Friday, Gruneberg bounced around between Costa Rica and Canada as moved forward with his online career. Eventually, a substance abuse addiction forced Gruneberg home where he was able to clean up his life through rehabilitation. Since 2014, Gruneberg has maintained his sobriety and credits the change for the ascension in his poker career. That summer, Gruneberg made three World Series of Poker final tables and fully immersed himself in the live scene. Gruneberg never planned on fully giving up his life as a Pennsylvanian and coincidentally closed on his new home only a few weeks prior to the recent news. Having familiarity with Pennsylvania’s player pool gives Gruneberg a unique perspective on what expectations should be for when play begins in the nation’s sixth-most populated state. “Online poker should be one of the greatest things that have ever happened to the state,” Gruneberg said. “All the people I see around the state, they love gambling and playing poker. There’s a lot of farmers in the area. What better than working out in the field and playing online poker to end the day?” The numbers that Gruneberg speaks of bear out, especially at Parx Casino. Located just outside of Philadelphia, the acclaimed Big Stax series runs five times per year and draws tens of thousands entries for 14 total tournaments. Gruneberg thinks those numbers will carry over to the online side of things. In terms of drawing new players, Gruneberg is looking more toward the younger market for how sites should be attracting that audience. A trend that Gruneberg has noticed in his home games is most of the players he is up against are in their 40s and 50s. When Gruneberg first came up in the online ranks, he played primarily on Full Tilt Poker due to his preference for the more appealing software choice. Given the popularity of video games for the early 20s demographic, Gruneberg senses they might be willing to try poker if, similiar to Full Tilt, there’s a video game design element to it. “I think there’s a good chance of a boom happening. The sites need to adjust their interface to attract people who play e-sports and hit them in the right way. If you hit the younger generation, there could be a poker boom in the state.” Gruneberg estimates that adding online poker to his day-to-day routine will help improve his overall bottom line. Playing cash games rather instead of tournaments also gives him the freedom to enjoy more of a social life with his fiance and spend time with friends in the area. When he came up in his late-teens and early-20s, Gruneberg burnt out from playing in front his computer for the dozens of hours each week. Once online comes back, Gruneberg admits he will have a long way to go to catch up to the technology he thinks his opponents will be using to try and gain any edge they can. “I’m behind the times. I’ve never used a HUD or watched a training video. As a whole, online is getting harder and harder. The great thing is, you can always get better at poker.” Another major question on the plate of the state’s poker development is the addition of primary online brands. Pennsylvania is one of the richest states of homegrown poker talent with 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen, Paul Volpe, and Mark Herm earning their stripes online before moving on to the live game. The trio are current residents of the state and Gruneberg is curious about how much volume top players who also play live cash games will put in as the games get started. There are also potential expectations of players moving from other states to play in Pennsylvania, regardless of whether or not the state joins the joint player pool coalition forged by Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey. Gruneberg, for one, is utilizing a “wait and see” approach. “Right away, that could happen. Word of mouth is pretty important. You hear about Jake Toole crushing games [in New Jersey] and how easy it is. If you can get that type of hype, people will move there. Grinders will move where their ROI is the highest. I’m more about balance.” There are many stories roaming through Pennsylvania of players whose lives have changed or may change with online poker available. Gruneberg’s is one of many and when the first hand is dealt in 2018, the next chapter of his poker career will officially begin.
  21. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Paul Volpe First #1 to Grab Hardware in 2018 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe started off his 2018 WSOP in strong fashion. He finished third in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty, then 15th in the $100,000 High Roller and then everything came together for him in the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship, where he outlasted 168 other players to win his third career bracelet. He is the only former #1-ranked player to have won that many. He then picked up his fourth cash of the year on Monday, finishing 15th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. All told, Volpe has earned $757,185 this summer, the most of any former #1-ranked player. Shaun Deeb Continues Cashing While Volpe is the only one to win a bracelet so far, Shaun Deeb continues to earn visits to the payout desk. Deeb has picked up six cashes so far, two more than Volpe, for $59,808. While most of his results have been on the smaller side, he did come close to winning a bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. Deeb made the final table, only to finish third for $36,330. Here's a closer look at all of Deeb's cashes for 2018 to date: EVENT POSITION WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 44th $4,723 COLOSSUS - $565 No-Limit Hold'em 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 16th $11,553 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 Deeb still has some work to do to match or beat his 2017 performance which saw him pick up 10 cashes. Fedor Holz Makes the Most of His One Event After winning his first WSOP in 2016, Fedor Holz told the poker world he was retiring from poker but would still play, just at a reduced schedule. Despite this, he's continued to play the biggest events on the calendar while skipping anything that's not a high roller. Holz played the $100,000 High Roller in the opening days of the 2018 WSOP and finished ninth for $240,265. He then took to Instagram to let people know he was headed back to Austria and won't be back in Vegas until after the Main Event. The ninth place finish marks his first WSOP cash since beating Dan Smith heads-up to win the $111,111 One Drop High Roller in 2016. Chris Moorman Only Other Former #1 to Cash Three Times Chris Moorman, who won his first bracelet last summer, is the only other former #1-ranked player to pick up at least three cashes so far this year. He won his first round match-up in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em but couldn't win the second and ended up finishing 17th for $6,302. He followed that up by cashing in the Colossus for $1,118 and then came 191st in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $6,654. By The Numbers As a group, the former #1s have picked up 28 total cashes for $1,119,033 in earnings so far.
  22. The action continues to heat up at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino as the 49th Annual World Series of Poker saw a plethora of events spread throughout the convention area. Two bracelets were awarded, the final table of the Colossus was established and the start of the prestigious $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship got underway. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know from Wednesday (June 6). Paul Volpe Wins Third Bracelet Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship came to a finish as Paul Volpe finished off popular poker TV mainstay Eli Elezra in route to his third career bracelet. “I just ran really good,” Volpe said after taking home the win. “I think a lot of people with the same cards as me would’ve won the tournament. I was playing solid in the beginning, and with Omaha, as there gets to be less people, you get more aggressive.” After having lost the first three players of the final table on Tuesday, the final six returned to play out the remainder of the tournament in an added day four. Elezra, who is a three-time bracelet winner himself, would settle for the $258,297 payday as the runner-up, Volpe takes home $417,921 as the winner. Event #9 Final Table Payouts 1. Paul Volpe - $417,921 2. Eli Elezra - $258,297 3. Adam Coats - $181,374 4. Kyle Miaso - $129,648 5. Viacheslav Zhukov - $94,730 6. Dustin Dirksen - $69,971 7. Robert Mizrachi - $52,866 8. Daniel Zack - $40,715 9. Per Hildebrand - $31,977 Jeremy Harkin Takes Down $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Event #12: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice wrapped up with Jeremy Harkin taking the first place prize of $129,882 and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. “I basically gave up on the dream of ever winning a bracelet last year,” Harkin said. “Everything seemed to click for the last few days.” Harkin, who entered the final day as the chip leader, bested the field of 406 entires and navigated a tough final day that included a number of high-profile players. Despite he effort needed to close it out, Harkin stood resolved. “This is a chance to play and see how I stack up against these guys. I just kinda visualized it. I thought I was playing well. If it didn’t work out, it didn’t work out.” It did work out for Harkin and now his dream of being a gold bracelet winner has finally come true. Players who made the final day but busted before the final table include John Hennigan ($11,930), Chris Klodnicki ($8,815), Mike Leah ($8,815), Jeff Lisandro ($6,698), Chris Bolek ($6,698) and Chris Vitch ($5,238) all of whom have earned at least one WSOP victory in the past. Event #12 Final Table Payouts 1. Jeremy Harkin - $129,882 2. Frankie O’Dell - $80,256 3. George Trigeorgis - $52,130 4. Anthony Arvidson - $34,700 5. James Woods - $23,686 6. Scott Abrams - $16,589 Nine Left In Colossus From a field of over 13,000, only nine players remain in Event #7: $565 Colossus. Headlining the Colossus final table is former November Niner and bracelet winner John Racener. Sang Liu will hold a sizable chip lead to start the day, as he and Scott Margereson are the only two players with over 10,000,000 in chips. The pay jumps are huge in this contest as the winner of this event will be taking home a cool $1 million while the runner-up taking home half of that. The next player to bust will walk with just over $57,000. That said, there’s a lot at stake when this table reconvenes on Thursday. All of the action being broadcast on PokerCentral’s Twitch channel beginning at 3:00 PM PT. Colossus Final Table Stacks 1. Sang Liu - 18,205,000 2. Scott Margereson - 13,855,000 3. Joel Wurtzel - 8,375,000 4. Gunter Dumsky - 6,535,000 5. Song Choe - 5,835,000 6. Roberly Felicio - 4,750,000 7. John Racener - 3,540,000 8. Timothy Miles - 2,810,000 9. Steven Jones - 1,300,000 Dutch Boyd Leads The Way Into Day 3 of Event #13 Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes NLHE started the day with just 224 of the original 1,306 players left in the field. At the end of the day, there were but 29 left with three-time gold bracelet winner Dutch Boyd holding the overnight chip lead. Other notable names to advance to day 3 include Day 2 chip leader Stephen Song, Justin Young, Ankush Mandavia, Daniel Strelitz, and Shaun Deeb. With 196 players making the money there were plenty of players who earned a payday but did not survive the day. Dylan Wilkerson, Jeff Madsen, Chance Kornuth, Nick Schulman, Calvin Anderson, Jeff Gross, Dominik Nitsche as well as former WSOP Main Event Champions Qui Nguyen and Jonathan Duhamel all earned at least the minimum payday of $2,456 in this one. Day 3 resumes at 12:00 noon PT as players will chase the over $315,000 first place prize and the coveted gold bracelet. Top 10 Day 3 Chip Stacks 1. Dutch Boyd - 748,000 2. Stefan Vidojkovic - 744,000 3. Steven Snyder - 497,000 4. Tony Ruberto - 488,000 5. Mark Barrett - 485,000 6. Stephen Song - 455,000 7. Yiannis Liperis - 431,000 8. Romain Lewis - 420,000 9. Jan Christoph Von Halle - 409,000 Three Left In $1,500 NL Lowball Draw There are only three players remaining to compete for the Event #14: $1,500 No Limit Lowball Draw title. One of them is chip leader Daniel Ospina, who holds a commanding chip lead. But the story here is that another one of them is Shaun Deeb. The same Shaun Deeb who survived into Day 3 of Event #13. Deeb was live multi-tabling, rushing back and forth between tournaments and maintain a stack in both and now he’ll be entering Thursday for a chance to win two bracelets in the same day. Of the 206 runners who started the tournament, only 55 returned for Day 2 with 39 promised a payday. Mike Wattel ($24,920), Michael Gathy ($9,263), Ray Henson ($5,420), Maria Ho ($3,522), David Prociak ($3,522), Ian Steinman ($3,522), Owais Ahmed ($2,959), Jesse Martin ($2,557) and last year’s champion Frank Kassela ($1,138) all found their way into the money, but ultimately fell on Day 2. The final table plays to a conclusion starting at 2 pm PT. Final three chip counts 1. Daniel Ospina - 1,144,000 2. Shaun Deeb - 477,500 3. Timothy Mcdermott - 429,500 Damjan Radanov Holds Chip Lead In H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 of Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. saw 731 runners take their seats and at the end of a long day, 256 survived to return for Day 2. The prize pool swelled to just under $1 million with a first place prize of over $200,000 to the eventual winner. The man in the best position right now is Damjan Radanov who bagged the overnight chip lead. However, there are plenty of notable names who survived the day and will be gunning to run deep. Matt Grapenthien, Chris Bell, Matt Woodward, Ryan Laplante, Brian Hastings, Mark Gregorich, Scott Clements, Brock Parker, James Obst, Fabrice Soulier, Chris Tryba, Barry Greenstein, Brandon Shack-Harris, Mike Leah and 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth are amongst those still in the hunt. Top 10 Day 2 Chip Stack For Event $15 1. Damjan Radarnov - 98,600 2. Walter Treccarichi - 77,800 3. Manelic Minaya - 72,300 4. Thomas Chung - 64,700 5. Connor Berkowitz - 63,800 6. Aron Dermer - 63,000 7. Matthew Schultz - 59,000 8. Derek Raymond - 56,800 9. Alexander Kuzmin - 55,800 10. Sandeep Vasudevan - 52,300 It's The Sweet 16 In The $10K Heads-Up Championship A total of 114 of some of the world’s best players posted their $10,000 to take part in the 2018 WSOP Heads-Up Championship. Of those 114, 14 received a bye to the Round of 64 while the other 100 effectively had a play-in round (and they each received half their buy-in back). By the end of the day, three rounds had been played and only 16 players remained. Players who made it through to the sweet 16 include 2018 Super High Roller Bowl Champion Justin Bonomo, Galen Hall, Niall Farrell, Kan Kalas, Kahle Burns, Jason Mo and Scott Seiver. Players return at 12:00 noon PT on Thursday to play down to 8 where they will reach the money. Streaming coverage of the event begins at 1:00 pm PT on PokerGo. Upcoming Action (June 7): Another pair of events will begin on Thursday. The first will be Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed which begins at 11:00 AM PT. Then, an event that is likely to bring out the biggest names in poker, Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed. Professionals of every discipline, with 19 total games to choose from, will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday. Defending champion John Racener will be focused on the final table of Colossus while analysts will be looking to see if the field will best last year’s turnout of 102 runners. Professionals in every discipline will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday.
  23. Elio Fox remains on top of the World Series of Poker Player of the Year leaderboard but he has new player challenging him for the top spot. Two final tables and one bracelet later, John Hennigan is second overall heading into another big week at the WSOP. Hennigan started his rush with a solid seventh-place finish in the $10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw event. Immediately after busting the tournament, Hennigan hopped in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Four days later, Hennigan beat that field to win his fifth bracelet and now stands with 1,727 POY points. Fox leads Hennigan by 283 points but that lead could shrink once again. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship returns 12 players for Day 4 action Monday at the Rio. Hennigan is still a viable contender having final tabled the event twice, winning it in 2014. If Hennigan finishes at least ninth, he will pass Fox for the POY lead and be the first person aside from Fox to wear the yellow jersey. Fox added 266.5 points to his total in Millionaire Maker for his 92nd place result. His numbers for 2018 now equal three cashes, two final tables, and a single win. Fox stated Player of the Year is not a goal of his but one-third of the way through the WSOP schedule, he is the favorite to finish on top. Arne Kern jumped from zero points all the way up to seventh (1,332.47) for winning Millionaire Maker for $1.173 million. Although he finished third in Millionaire Maker and picked up his second bronze medal of the series, Joe McKeehen is only in 25th place overall. McKeehen earned 599.6 points for Millionaire Maker, less than half of what Kern took for first. Only 666.2 points were available to Sam Razavi for taking second. The new WSOP Player of the Year formula favors first-place finishers and McKeehen and others, like Mike Wattel, are feeling the sting. Wattel place second in the $10,000 2-7 Single Draw for 493 points, exactly half of the 986 Brian Rast collected for first. The fourth-place finish for Wattel in the $1,500 2-7 Single Draw netted him 350.9 and he is in 20th heading into a new week at the WSOP. Another first-time bracelet winner to climb into the top-10 is $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha winner Ryan Bambrick. The win marked Bambrick's fourth cash of the summer. Bambrick earned the same 266.5 points as Fox did in Millionaire Maker for his 73rd place payout. Along with the 1,009.5 points allotted for his PLO bracelet and relative min-cashes in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. and $3,000 Six-Max, Bambrick is in fifth place with 1,431.46 points. Upcoming events on the WSOP calendar this week that could shift the tide include the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, $25,000 PLO High Roller, and $1,500 Monster Stack. The winner of the Poker Players Championship has 1,315 points waiting for them. Contenders who could jump to first place with a win are Rast, Shaun Deeb, Eli Elezra, Chris Vitch, Jesse Martin, Justin Bonomo, and Anthony Zinno. David 'Bakes' Baker can climb within a single point of Fox if he wins. Joe Cada and Paul Volpe retain their respective top-fives positions but will need to make another deep run soon to hold ground against the charge behind them. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 6/16 Name Points 1 Elio Fox 2,010.14 2 John Hennigan 1,727.27 3 Joe Cada 1,692.71 4 Paul Volpe 1,671.30 5 Ryan Bambrick 1,431.46 6 Julien Martini 1,338.82 7 Arne Kern 1,332.47 8 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 9 Roberly Felicio 1,264.46 10 Craig Varnell 1,194.63  
  24. Headed into the second weekend of the 49th Annual World Series of Poker, Elio Fox continues to hold the lead in points in the early race for the 2018 Player of the Year. Elio Fox, the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event winner, captured his second career in Event #2: $10,000 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty. After collecting his $393,693 for the win, the New York native then jumped right into Event #5: $100,000 NLHE High Roller. He navigated a tough final table that included the Stephen Chidwick, Jason Koon, Adrian Mateos, Bryn Kenney, and eventual winner Nick Petrangelo. Fox nabbed another official payday of 1,798,658 for his runner-up finish (although rumors of a chop with Petrangelo were circulating). In total Fox has amassed 1743.65 POY Points to lead the pack. Right behind him is Philadelphia, PA’s Paul Volpe. Volpe has been ever-present early at the WSOP, registering three cashes within the first week. Most notably, Volpe captured his third career bracelet and $417,921 by winning Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Volpe also appeared at the final table of the aforementioned Event #2 finishing in third place for over $169,000. The run good continued as Volpe had a profitable showing in the $100,000 NLHE High Roller, making the final two tables and over $155,00. Currently, Volpe only sits 121.65 points behind Fox with a total of 1,622 POY Points. 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe Cada presently sits third in the Player of the Year race with 1,527.57 points. Like Volpe, Cada also has put together a string of results early, bolstered by the winning of his third career bracelet. Cada outgunned all three of his tables in Event #3: $3,000 NLHE Shootout for $226,218. "The Kid" was also seen at the final table of Event #2, pulling down $16,024 for his ninth-place finish. His most recent WSOP cash came in Event #7, the 13,070 player $565 Colossus. He made the top 100 of the massive field and added $4,446 to his bankroll. His cash in the Colossus marks his 31st lifetime cash at the series. The winner of the $100,000 NLHE High Roller, Nick Petrangelo lands in fourth place based solely on his performance in Event #5. A regular on the high roller scene, Petrangelo earned his second career bracelet in this event as well as an official sum of $2,910,227. While it is unlikely that the Massachusetts resident will be jumping in any of the “smaller” buy-in events. he will very likely have an opportunity to accumulate more POY points playing the $10,000 events, as well as the Main Event and the $1 Million One Drop. Petrangelo currently has 1,269.75 points. Julien Martini rounds out the top five, having earned 1,026.20 POY points. Martini bested the 911 player field in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better to earn his first career bracelet and $239, 771. No stranger to big spots in poker, Martini has a live earning career total of $530,764 including a victory in a $5,000 WPT event in late April. After playing in the WSOP for years, the French grinder found this to be a dream come true. "It was a dream when I was 14 years old. What kind of guy can win a $1,500 tournament or a $10,000? I was dreaming about this for seven years, and it is one of the best things in my life. I am very proud and super happy," Martini said. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 6/8 Name Points 1 Elio Fox 1,743.65 2 Paul Volpe 1,622.00 3 Joe Cada 1,527.57 4 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 5 Julien Martini 1,026.20 6 William Reymond 996.82 7 Johannes Becker 960.14 8 Jeremy Harkin 927.59 9 Daniel Ospina 877.33 10 Shaun Deeb 823.34  
  25. The race for WSOP Player of the Year is at a peak with the Main Event starting today. Last week, Shaun Deeb claimed top honors thanks to his win in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. Deeb is in second-place and in his former throne is John Hennigan. Hennigan led the race a few weeks ago when he peaked with a $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. bracelet and runner-up honors in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Mixed games are Hennigan's primary strength and he flexed a new muscle to go over 3,000 total POY points. The five-time bracelet winner finished seventh in the $10,000 Razz and final two-tabled the $10,000 Limit Hold'em. Over the weekend, Hennigan added a 16th place finish in the $3,200 WSOP.com Online High Roller to his list of cashes. Hennigan traveled to the payout desk nine times so far this summer and is yet to cash in the same game twice. Since June 2, Hennigan finishes in events are no worse than 16th place. Deeb trails Hennigan by nearly 330 points and needs to reach another final table to pass 'Johnny World.' Tied for second on the 2018 cashes list with 12, Deeb joined two small No Limit scores to his total. A min-cash in the $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty and $1,000 Online bracelet event added some points but not enough to be within immediate striking distance of Hennigan. $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo gold medalist Julien Martini surges up to third place. Seven cashes and two final tables equals 2,096.31 for the highest ranking European. Martini's second final table of the summer came in the $10,000 Razz where he laddered to third place and $134,587. There is a gap of close to 700 points between Martini and Deeb, making the race a two-player affair at this stage. Eric Baldwin's online background displayed itself with a cash in both the $1,000 and $3,200 bracelet events. Baldwin cashed in both and is up to eight scores on the summer. Mike Leah made the biggest move from players not previously in the top-10. Leah's seventh and eight cashes of the WSOP came in consecutive $10,000 events. A seventh-place spot in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha and fourth-place bid in the $10,000 Razz bring him over 2,000 points. Elio Fox's place on the podium is at an end. The $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty bracelet winner has not cashed at the WSOP since June 9 in the Millionaire Maker. Paul Volpe hangs in the top-10 thanks to his cash $10,000 Razz. Scott Bohlman, Justin Liberto, and Anthony Zinno all welcome themselves to the top-10 for the first time all summer. Bohlman won his first bracelet on June 21 in the $2,500 Big Bet Mix and supplemented the hardware with sixth place in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha. Fifth place in the Millionaire Maker is Liberto's crowning achievement of his WSOP campaign and he now has two final tables to his name in 2018. Liberto fell in seventh in the $3,200 Online High Roller for $37,356. Zinno also cashed in the two online events and has three online cashes this summer including third-place in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha. His mixed game magic includes a bronze medal from the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. Zinno is up to nine cashes this summer. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 7/2 Position Name Points 1 John Hennigan 3,130.76 2 Shaun Deeb 2,769.11 3 Julien Martini 2,096.31 4 Eric Baldwin 2,054.58 5 Mike Leah 2,039.80 6 Elio Fox 2,010.14 7 Paul Volpe 1,935.94 8 Scott Bohlman 1,832.07 9 Justin Liberto 1,786.20 10 Anthony Zinno 1,764.42

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