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  1. [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).
  2. [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
  3. [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.
  4. [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
  5. 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.
  6. The 2018 World Series of Poker continues its trek towards the Main Event, with two new bracelet winners created after another busy session on Thursday. One player outlasted a final table which included some legends of the game, while another picked up his first piece of jewellery, and a bunch of bounties to go with it. Meanwhile, there are just four players remaining in the $3K Big Blind Ante NLHE, and a former PocketFives no.1 player leads the final 13 in the $10K Razz. All of that and more in our recap of June 28’s action. Joey Couden Overcomes Tough Final Table to Win First Bracelet in PLO 8 The final table of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better was a star-studded affair, with the likes of Eli Elezra, Mike Matusow, and Daniel Negreanu taking a seat. But it was Joey Couden’s seat that proved to be the best in the house, as after 11 hours of play and with only a couple of minutes left on the clock for the day, he took this one down for his first bracelet and a $244,370 score. The day began with 20 players returning, led by defending champion Nathan Gamble. He’d end up bubbling the final table in tenth place, falling to Elezra who started to take control. Negreanu would then bust to Elezra too, as would Gregory Jamison in eighth. Couden also chipped up, securing a KO himself, taking things down to four-handed play. The chip lead switched between Couden, eventual runner-up Bruno Fitoussi, Elezra and Matusow, the latter of which then busted to Couden in fourth. Elezra went out in third, and Couden took a huge lead into heads-up play before finishing Fitoussi off. All the money went in pre-flop, with Fitoussi holding pocket kings. Couden managed to catch an ace on the flop though, and when the board ran out that proved to be good. Final Table Results: Joey Couden - $244,370 Bruno Fitoussi - $150,990 Eli Elezra - $106,183 Mike Matusow - $75,708 Christopher Conrad - $54,738 Kim Kallman - $40,141 Dustin Pattinson - $29,862 Gregory Jamison - $22,541 Daniel Negreanu - $17,268 Ryan Leng Takes Down $1,500 NLHE Bounty The other bracelet winner of the day was Ryan Leng, who took down Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty for a career-best cash of $272,765 and his first WSOP bracelet. [caption id="attachment_619738" align="aligncenter" width="698"] Ryan Leng Takes It Down[/caption] Only four players returned on Thursday to play this one out, and Leng held the chip lead. However, Estonia’s Ranno Sootla was not going down without a fight, having led this event much of the way. After Jay Farber and Christian Nolte hit the rail in fourth and third, Leng and Sootla began what turned out to be a long, arduous heads-up battle. It would take a cooler to end it, with all the money going in when Leng had flopped the nut straight and Sootla flopped top set. The board didn’t pair, and Leng proved victorious, denying the Estonian his shot at becoming his country’s first bracelet winner. “Sootla is one of the toughest players I’ve ever played against; he’s so good,” Leng said afterwards. “So, it was just a lot of fun to have to go through someone that good to get my first bracelet. “I hope this isn’t my first and only bracelet," he added. "I’m just going to keep working hard, keep studying; as long as I’m in poker, I’m going to have to just keep working so hard because everyone is getting so good. There’s more poker to be played… The summer’s not over yet.” Final Table Results: Ryan Leng - $272,765 Ranno Sootla - $168,464 Jay Farber - $121,932 Christian Nolte - $89,151 Javier Gomez - $65,851 Russell Rosenblum - $49,146 John Gulino - $37,063 Mark Mazza - $28,247 Mikhail Semin - $21,759 Final Four Set in $3K Big Blind Ante Just like in the Bounty event above, there will be four players returning Friday to finish out Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em. They’re led by Barry Hutter, who with $4M in cashes and a bracelet to his name already (a $1,500 SHOOTOUT win back in 2015) certainly has the experience to close the deal. His 6,265,000 is followed by Diogo Veiga with 5,195,000, Radoslav Stoyanov with 2,495,000, and Jonathan Abdellatif with 1,350,000. All of them have their hearts set on the $522,715 top prize, while overnight they’re guaranteed $163,404. Throughout the day we lost the likes of Kristen Bicknell in 11th place ($29,284), Anna Antimony in seventh ($64,991), and David Yan in sixth ($87,179). Action resumes at 2pm Friday, and they won’t stop until a winner is crowned. Final Four Stacks: Barry Hutter - 6,265,000 Diogo Veiga - 5,195,000 Radoslav Stoyanov - 2,495,000 Jonathan Abdellatif - 1,350,000 Tag Teams Down to 28 Of the 1,032 teams who entered, and 242 which returned for Day 2, just 28 of them now remain in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em It’s the duo of Bon Koo and Bienvenido Caballero who bagged the chip lead with 828,000. They’re followed by William Reymond and Ami Alibay with 706,000, and Adam Lamphere, Ao Chen, and Yijie Zhang with 705,000. Other teams to advance include Manig Loeser - Joelle Parenteau - Daniel Weinand (615,000), Johan Lees - Jesse Mason (602,000) Salah 'Papa' Levy - Francis Mariani - Cord Garcia (585,000), Loni Harwood - Haixa Zhang - Kelly Minkin (480,000), and Ryan Laplante - Jack Hardcastle - Patrick Truong - Kevin Gerhart (245,000). The same can’t be said for the likes of Dara O’Kearney, Alan Widmann, Daiva Byrne and Benny Glaser, whose team took 121st place. Afterwards the team of Ashley Sleeth - Jesse Sylvia - Dylan Hortin busted in 118th place, Chris Moorman - Jeremy Menardfell were sent to the rail in 108th place, and Fraser MacIntyre - Barny Boatman - James Akenhead - Yiannis Liperis took 62nd place. Team Andrew Barber - Sam Razavi - Dan Smith - Erik Seidel busted in 72nd for $2,252, donating their winnings to the REG charity. All teams have locked up $4,175 now, but it’s the $175,805 winner’s prize they’re really hoping to split. Play resumes at 12pm Friday. Top 10 Team Stacks: Bon Koo - Bienvenido Caballero - 828,000 William Reymond - Ami Alibay - 706,000 Adam Lamphere - Ao Chen - Yijie Zhang - 705,000 Manig Loeser - Joelle Parenteau - Daniel Weinand - 615,000 Johan Lees - Jesse Mason - 602,000 Salah Levy - Francis Mariani - Cord Garcia - 585,000 Gabriel Neto - Carlos Caputo - 546,000 Thomas Gangloff - Bryan Boser - 504,000 Shalev Halfa - Oshri Lahmani - 492,000 Loni Harwood - Haixa Zhang - Kelly Minkin - 480,000 Calvin Anderson Bags Chip Lead in $10K Razz Championship They’re down to 13 in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship, and a very familiar face to PocketFivers sits in the top spot overnight. Former no.1 online player Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson bagged up a chip leading 962,000, but tomorrow is by no means going to be easy. His closest competitor is five-time bracelet winner John Hennigan, who looks set to top the Player of the Year race with a stack of 841,000. If Hennigan can win this one, he’ll have won two $10K Championship events in 2018, as well as finishing runner-up in the $50K Poker Players Championship. Amazing. Who else is joining them for the final day on Friday? Well, you’ll have Alex Balandin (833,000), Julien Martini (712,000), Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah (594,000), Dzmitry Urbanovich (592,000), Jerry Wong (529,000), Frank Kassela (252,000), Allen Kessler (238,000) and Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe (222,000). At the bottom of the counts are Ismael Bojang (99,000), Ted Forrest (48,000) and Eric Rodawig (31,000). They’ll play down to a champ beginning at 2pm Friday, with $17,706 locked up and $309,220 reserved for the winner. Final 13 Stacks: Calvin Anderson - 962,000 John Hennigan - 841,000 Alex Balandin - 833,000 Julien Martini - 712,000 Mike Leah - 594,000 Dzmitry Urbanovich - 592,000 Jerry Wong - 529,000 Frank Kassela - 252,000 Allen Kessler - 238,000 Paul Volpe - 222,000 Ismael Bojang - 99,000 Ted Forrest - 48,000 Eric Rodawig - 31,000 Big Turnout for Ladies Event The buy-in for the Ladies Event comes with two different options: $1,000 for the ladies, and $10,000 for men. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that any males took part in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship, but a nice field of 696 women did. Only 104 of them made it through Day 1 after ten levels, with Mesha James leading the pack, bagging up 130,200. She’s followed by Vesna Kuzmanic with 102,700, and Jill Pike with 94,300. A few other notables to advance include Alexis Sterner (85,700) and Tara Snow (81,400). Some notables names made their way into Day 2 such Danielle Andersen(56,500), Lacey Jones (50,700), Melanie Weisner (47,000), Kristy Arnett (38,500) and Gaelle Baumann (37,000). Today just wasn’t the day of Jamie Kerstetter, Oanh Bui, Jennifer Shahade, Carol Fuchs, Ana Marquez, Samantha Abernathy, Sofia Lovgren, Muskan Sethi and Vivian Saliba though, who all hit the rail throughout the course of action. Things pick up again Friday at 12pm, with everyone now in the money. The min-cash is currently $1,497, but there’s $130,230 up top. Top 10 Stacks: Mesha James - 130,200 Vesna Kuzmanic - 102,700 Jill Pike - 94,300 Hana Cho - 90,400 Alexis Sterner - 85,700 Tara Snow - 81,400 Shannon Zigner - 78,800 Lisa Costello - 75,900 Tammy Abraham - 72,500 Lisa Ronning - 71,100 $5K NLHE 6-Max Kicks Off The other new event to get started on Thursday was Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, and after then levels of play 203 of the 590 entries have advanced to Day 2. They’re all led by former November Niner Thomas Cannuli. He bagged up 286,000, and is followed by Andrew Graham (214,300) and Julian Milliard-Feral (201,900). They’re the only three to amass over 200K. A few other notables still in contention include Romain Lewis (124,800), Jake Schindler (82,600), Parker Talbot (80,200), Toby Lewis (49,900), Ivan Luca (159,400), Asi Moshe (153,300), Robert Mizrachi (140,700), Jan-Eric Schwippert (129,200), Martin Finger (121,000), and Liv Boeree (114,800). Registration remains open until things kick off at 2pm Friday. Top 10 Stacks: Thomas Cannuli - 286,000 Andrew Graham - 214,300 Julian Milliard-Feral - 201,900 Ivan Luca 159,400 Jimmy Guerrero - 157,000 Asi Moshe - 153,300 Julian Stuer - 150,000 Robert Mizrachi - 140,700 Aaron Mermelstein - 131,800 Marvin Karlins - 130,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 29) There are a whole bunch of things to tell you about for Friday’s WSOP action. First off, Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty kicks off at 11am, with $300 awarded for every player you knock out. Then at 3pm, there’s another Championship event starting: Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Not able to make it to the Rio for those? You could still win a bracelet, as Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship starts at 3:30pm. And finally, at 7pm there’s Day 1E of the $365 PLO Giant.
  7. 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. Just past the three-quarters mark of the WSOP and Paul Volpe is no longer the only former #1 to pick up a new piece of jewelry. Shaun Deeb Earnings: $1,583,588 Cashes: 11 Shaun Deeb beat out 229 players including a final table featureing Jason Koon, defending champ James Calderaro, Scotty Nguyen and Ben Yu to win the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event for $1,402,683. Deeb now has three WSOP bracelets and is tied with Volpe for most by a former #1. It's the largest live tournament score of his career by a factor of over four. His previous biggest cash came in the 2015 WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship event. With 11 cashes at the 2018 WSOP, Deeb is now just one cash behind Chris Ferguson for the overall lead. Calvin Anderson Earnings: $35,772 Cashes: 8 Just one year after playing a very limited WSOP schedule, Calvin Anderson is back playing his normal pace and has so far managed to pick up eight cashes. His best result came in the $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce-tot-Seven event where he finished 12th for $19,428. Anderson also returned to his online roots to earn a baby cash in the $565 WSOP Online Pot Limit Omaha event. Eight is the most cashes Anderson has recorded in a single WSOP, breaking his previous best of six (2016 & 2013). Chris Moorman Earnings: $27,815 Cashes: 7 Chris Moorman sits just behind Anderson with seven cashes this summer. He picked up two cashes in the last week, the first coming in the $1,000 Big Blind Antes (30 minute levels) event where he finished 181st for $1,621. He followed that up with a 106th place finish in the $1,000 Tag Team event where he teamed with Jeremy Menard. Paul Volpe Earnings: $798,234 Cashes: 6 Since winning the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event on June 5, Volpe has picked up just two WSOP cashes. He finished 14th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and followed that up with a 32nd place finish in the $25,000 PLO event that Deeb won. Those two cashes earned him almost $56,000. Bryan Piccioli Earnings: $15,062 Cashes: 4 The four cashes that Bryan Piccioli has picked up so far this summer aren't exactly anything to write home about. He finished 1,406th in the Colossus ($920), 730th in the Millionaire Maker ($2,808) and 231st in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event. His best result came in the $1,000 Double Stack where he finished 58th for $9,758.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 2019 marks the 50th annual World Series of Poker. The most prestigious poker festival in history has played a pivotal role in creating many of the legends and superstars of the game. To commemorate the occasion, PocketFives editorial staff each ranked the top 50 players in WSOP history in an effort to define and rank the most important, influential, and greatest WSOP players of all time. #50 - Eli Elezra BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 59 $1,882,898 20 When Eli Elezra picked up his first WSOP cash in 1999, nobody knew that it would lead to a career that included 58 more cashes and three gold bracelets. Elezra's first bracelet win came in 2007 when he beat Scotty Nguyen heads up to win the $3,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo title. He defeated another Poker Hall of Famer to win his second bracelet, outlasting Daniel Negreanu in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw event in 2013. He won his third bracelet in 2015, taking down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Of his 59 cashes, 14 are in $10,000 Championship events, including three WSOP Main Event cashes. #49 - Mickey Appleman BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 48 $1,188,108 25 Mickey Appleman's four WSOP bracelets span 23 years. After playing his first WSOP in 1975, Appleman won the first bracelet in 1980 in a $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event. His other wins came in 1992 ($5,000 No Limit 2-7), 1995 ($5,000 Limit Hold'em), and 2003 ($2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em). In 1987 and 2000, Appleman made the final table of the WSOP Main Event, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively. He has three other Main Event cashes (1989, 1990, 2011). #48 - Amarillo Slim Preston BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 12 $437,265 4 'Amarillo Slim' took poker to the mainstream after winning the 1972 WSOP Main Event. As much as he seemed to revel in the spotlight provided by The Tonight Show and 60 Minutes, Preston continued to prove his mettle at the table as well. Along with the 1972 win, he earned bracelets in 1974 ($1,000 No Limit Hold'em), 1985 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys), and 1990 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha). #47 - Max Pescatori BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 73 $2,527,086 18 In the 15 years that Italy's Max Pescatori has been coming to the WSOP, he's amassed 73 cashes and his four bracelet wins have come in four different games. He won a $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event in 2006, a $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha/Hold'em event in 2008 and then won the $1,500 Razz and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship events in 2015. #46 - Vanessa Selbst BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 29 $2,201,877 11 It took Vanessa Selbst just nine years to go from respected online poker grinder to three-time WSOP bracelet winner. In 2008, she won a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event for her first bracelet. She followed that up by winning a $2,500 10-Game Mixed bracelet two years later. Her third bracelet came in a $25,000 Mixed Max No Limit Hold'em event in 2014. "Vanessa Selbst is one of the most important players in the modern WSOP era, and it's a shame we may not get to realize the extent of what her dominance could have been as she's moved on from playing poker full time. Her résumé speaks for itself, and if she were to ever return to playing a full WSOP schedule, she'd easily be one of the top contenders to win WSOP Player of the Year." - PocketFives Managing Editor, Donnie Peters. #45 - John Racener BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 1 71 $7,948,710 19 John Racener might be most famous for his runner-up finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, but he's also picked up 70 other cashes covering nearly every game offered by the WSOP. Proving his mixed game abilities, Racener's sole WSOP bracelet came in the $10,000 Dealer's Choice event in 2017. He's finished seventh and 11th in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and has eight cashes in $10,000 Championship events. “Some may just remember John Racener from his final table appearance at the November Nine, with his front row seat to one of the wildest hands that ever took place during the WSOP between Jonathan Duhamel and Joseph Cheong. However, he’s been a cashing beast year-in and year-out during the series since 2007. He won a bracelet in the difficult field of the 2017 $10K Dealer’s Choice and he’s racked up a total of 68 cashes during the summer series and another six in Europe.” - PocketFives Senior Writer, Jeff Walsh. #44 - John Monnette BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 67 $2,341,395 21 More than two-thirds of John Monnette's WSOP cashes have come in games other than No Limit Hold'em. As a further testament to his diversity, Monnette's three gold bracelets came in $2,500 Eight Game Mix (2008), $5,000 Seven Card Stud (2012), and $10,000 No Limit 2-7 (2017). His 21 top 10 finishes include three runner-up finishes and four third-place finishes. "The only thing keeping John Monnette from more WSP success is the high-stakes cash game scene during the summer in Vegas, because he is as good as they come when it comes to mixed events. Although we always focus on bracelets, Monnette is a great example of how we should look a little deeper. He has three finishes in second place and four in third place. It takes an incredible amount of skill to consistently reach the top three in gold bracelet events, and Monnette is there what seems like every single year." - Donnie Peters. #43 - Paul Volpe BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 47 $3,567,941 14 Paul Volpe, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, has won three WSOP bracelets while also picking up 20 cashes in $10,000 Championship events. On top of that, he's finished sixth and 11th in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Volpe has also put together three deep runs in the Main Event, finishing 20th (2012), 29th (2016), and 142nd (2018). "The early days of the WSOP were all about the best going against the best. Paul Volpe's success comes in a very different era, but it's all come in events where he's up against the elite poker players in multiple variants. He's a throwback in many ways. The fact he's able to crush the $10K Championship events with consistency is a testament to just how talented Volpe is to his craft." PocketFives Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley. #42 - Robert Mizrachi BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 63 $3,096,947 19 Robert Mizrachi won his first bracelet in 2007, beating 312 other players in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event before picking up a bracelet each year between 2014 and 2016. His four wins came in four different variations: Pot Limit Omaha, Dealer's Choice, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha Hi-Lo. He's cashed three times in both the $50,000 Players Championship and the Main Event. #41 - Dewey Tomko BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 45 $2,674,848 29 Dewey Tomko won three bracelets, including two in 1984, but might most famously be remembered for being one of four players in WSOP history to finish runner-up in the Main Event twice. In 1982, Tomko came second to Jack Strauss, and then 19 years later, ended up one spot behind Carlos Mortensen. Tomko's three bracelets are in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event (1979), $10,000 No Limit 2-7 (1984), and $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys (1984). For more discussion on PocketFives' Top 50 Greatest Players in WSOP History, check out the latest episode of The Fives podcast. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher Stay tuned to PocketFives as we continue to count down the 50 greatest players in WSOP history leading up to the start of the 2019 festival.
  11. In what has to go down as one of the crazier days of the 2019 World Series of Poker, four players won bracelets including a Poker Hall of Famer, a New Jersey online poker beast, and two players for whom the bracelet was a long time coming. Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu got as close to winning his seventh career bracelet as he could possibly get without actually winning it. Joseph Cheong Wins First Bracelet in $1K Double Stack Coming into the final table of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event, Joseph Cheong's WSOP resume included three runner-up finishes and one rather infamous third place finish, but no wins. That all changed on Wednesday night though. Cheong rode a massive chip stack throughout the final table into the final heads-up confrontation with David Ivers and wasted little time in erasing that '0' next to his bracelet count. The win came with a $687,782 payday, Cheong's second largest WSOP score behind only his third place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Ivers walked away with $424,791 s the runner-up. "I've played poker so long, it was just another day at work," Cheong said afterwards. This lines with what Cheong said in May 2018, when he said "I’ve never been interested in trophy collecting other than for the fact that first place pays the most money. Also…why a bracelet? Who wants a bracelet? Something cooler might make me want one. I have no interest in any trophy or trinket." Final Table Payouts Joseph Cheong - $687,782 David Ivers - $424,791 Zinan Xu - $314,876 Andrea Buonocore - $235,099 Arianna Son - $176,820 Ido Ashkenazi - $133,970 David Guay - $102,258 Ivan Deyra - $78,638 Brock Wilson - $60,930 David Dibernardi - $47,568 Michael Blake Leads Super Seniors Final 10 Seniors Week in Las Vegas is about to come to an end. On Wednesday, 120 players who managed to make Day 2 of the Super Seniors event were widdled down to just 10. Michael Blake, from Gallup, New Mexico, ended with the chip lead. Kanajett Hathaitham is the player closest to Blake after finishing with 9,235,000. Rick Austin sits third with 6,475,000. CardPlayer Magazine co-owner Barry Shulman sits sixth with 3,665,000. Action resumes at 11 AM PT on Thursday and will play down to a winner. Final 10 Chip Counts Michael Blake - 12,300,000 Kanajett Hathaitham - 9,235,000 Rick Austin - 6,475,000 Jeffrey Miller - 5,525,000 Cary Marshall - 5,500,000 Barry Shulman - 3,665,000 Miles Harris - 3,265,000 Bruce Treitman - 3,254,000 William Davis - 2,755,000 Timothy Joseph - 2,535,000 Ismael Bojang Wins $1,500 PLO for Bracelet #1 Ismael Bojang was starting to enter some dangerous territory. After the money bubble burst on Day 2 of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event, Bojang became the first player to pick up 10 cashes at the 2019 WSOP. It almost moved him into sixth place on the all-time cashes list for players without a bracelet. He's not on that list at all anymore though. Bojang outlasted 1,215 other players to win the $1,500 PLO event, $298,507 and his first gold bracelet on Wednesday night, putting an end to a streak of 71 cashes without a win. “Everybody keeps asking me when I am going to win my first bracelet, I guess I can dodge those questions now,'' Bojang said. Bojang beat James Little heads-up for the title. Little has emerged from relative obscurity in the poker world to pick up eight cashes this summer. The $184,424 runner-up prize is the second largest of his career behind only his win in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Classic in February. Former WPT Player of the Year, Ben Zamani finished third for $131,335. Final Table Payouts Ismael Bojang - $298,507 James Little - $184,424 Benjamin Zamani - $131,335 Johannes Tobbe - $94,669 Denis Bagdasarov - $69,082 Mihai Niste - $51,041 Richard Tuhrim - $38,189 Glen Cressman - $28,940 Matthew Mueller - $22,215 Hennigan Denies Negreanu in $10K Seven Card Stud The final table of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event was one for the history books. For the first time in WSOP history, two Poker Hall of Fame members battled heads-up for a bracelet. John Hennigan, who was enshrined last summer, defeated Daniel Negreanu heads up to win the sixth bracelet of his career, four of which are Championship events. "It was a very tough duel, especially for me," Hennigan. "(Negreanu) played so well, and I played so poorly, he really did not get what he deserved. He made every right decision and I made every wrong decision, and it was just bad luck for him at the end." Along with the bracelet, Hennigan took home $245,451 for the win. Negreanu walked away with $151,700 and the ninth runner-up finish of his WSOP career. David 'ODB' Baker finished third for $104,416. Russia's Mikhael Semin, the only player the at the final table without a bracelet earned $73,810 for finishing fourth. It's his second $10,000 Championship event final table of the summer. He previously finished sixth in the $10,000 HORSE. Final Table Payouts John Hennigan - $245,451 Daniel Negreanu - $151,700 David 'ODB' Baker - $104,416 Mikhail Semin - $73,810 David Singer - $53,621 Chris Tryba - $40,066 Frank Kassela - $30,817 Frankie O'Dell - $24,419 Adam Lamphere Leads $600 NLHE/PLO Deepstack Final Table Just seven players stand between Adam Lamphere and a WSOP victory in the $600 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event after the Lansing, MI native worked his way into the final table chip lead after outlasting 187 other players on Wednesday. Lamphere bagged up 17,200,000 which puts him ahead of second place Dan Matsuzuki's 14,000,000. Raghav Bansal ended the day with the third biggest stack at 9,300,000. Rainer Kempe made his first WSOP final table since 2017, ending the day with 8,000,000 and the fourth biggest stack. Among the 187 casualties on Day 2 were former #1-ranked PocketFivers Calvin Anderson, Tim West, and Ari Engel. Jesse Silvia, Tony Miles, Matthew Wantman, Jamie Gold, and Jake Schwartz also busted on Wednesday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Adam Lamphere - 17,200,000 Dan Matsuzuki - 14,000,000 Raghav Bansal - 9,300,000 Rainer Kempe - 8,000,000 Aristeidis Moschonas - 7,325,000 Ashish Ahuja - 6,975,000 Stephen Ma - 6,325,000 Amazon Daniel Moravec - 2,950,000 Ryan Hughes Leads $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Final Table In the three-year history of the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event, nobody has outperformed Ryan Hughes, but he doesn't have a bracelet to show for it. Yet. Hughes, who finished second in this event in 2018 and seventh in 2017, finished Day 2 with the chip lead with just seven players remaining. Hughes is the only player to cash in this event all three years. Right behind Hughes is Arthur Morris. Phillip Hui, with seven cashes coming into this event, sits third. Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton and three-time bracelet winner Loren Klein are also at the final table. Jared Bleznick, David Benyamine, Jeff Lisandro, Max Kruse, Chris Ferguson, Layne Flack, Alex Foxen, Dan Smith, John Monnette and Joao Vieira were amongst the players who busted on Wednesday with an in-the-money finish. The final table begins at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Ryan Hughes - 1,212,000 Arthur Morris - 728,000 Phillip Hui - 425,000 Joseph Couden - 405,000 Jonathan Depa - 223,000 Mike Sexton - 182,000 Loren Klein - 95,000 Ignacio Molina Leads $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty After Day 1 Day 1 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event drew 1,807 players, but 10 levels of play left just 272 standing. Leading the field is Ignacio Molina of Andorra with 624,500. Kevin Naegelen sits second with 576,500 and Baitai Li is third with 506,000. Phil Ivey headlines the list of notables to make it to Day 2. The 10-time bracelet winner bagged up 59,500. He's joined by Nacho Barbero, Martijn Gerrits, Loni Harwood, Steven van Zadelhoff, Justin Young, and Barry Greenstein. Day resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Ignacio Molina - 624,500 Kevin Naegelen - 576,500 Baitai Li - 506,000 Benjamin Chalot - 505,000 Walter Fisher - 499,500 David Thomas - 475,500 Tom Hall - 470,000 Shahar Levi - 460,000 Matthew Volosevich - 455,500 Harrison Gimbel - 454,500 Keith Lehr Leads $25K PLO High Roller After Day 1 The biggest buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event on the calendar got underway Wednesday, with 222 players entering the $25,000 PLO High Roller. Keith Lehr edged out Pennsylvania poker pro Paul Volpe for the Day 1 chip lead as 128 advanced to Day 2. Lehr finished with 692,000, while Volpe ended up with 682,000. Firas Sadou sits third with 625,000. Shaun Deeb continues his quest for the WSOP Player of the Year title and finished with the ninth biggest stack. Alex Epstein, Ben Tollerene, Justin Bonomo, John Racener, Ben Lamb, and Anthony Zinno were among the notables moving on to Day 2. Phil Galfond, Mike Gorodinsky, Michael Mizrachi, Dan Zack, Chance Kornuth, and Chris Hunichen were among the players who busted at least one bullet on Day 1. Players are allowed one re-entry. With registration open until the end of the second level of play on Day 2, the field should surpass the 230 from 2018. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Keith Lehr - 692,000 Paul Volpe - 682,000 Firas Sadou - 625,000 Dario Sammartino - 595,500 Ludovic Geilich - 590,000 Alexey Makarov - 584,500 Niko Soininen - 574,500 John Riordan - 537,000 Shaun Deeb - 518,500 Ka Lau - 492,500 Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo Wins $500 Online NLHE Turbo Deepstack Stand up New Jersey. For the second time this summer, a New Jersey online poker pro has picked up some shiny gold hardware. Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo, the #3-ranked player in the Garden State, beat out 1,180 other players to win the $500 Online No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack for the first bracelet of his career. His win comes just 2.5 weeks after Yong Kwon won the $400 Online bracelet event. Final Table Payouts Dan 'centrefieldr' Lupo - $145,273.90 David 'DTC13' Clarke - $89,692.92 'johnsonck' - $63,771.03 'JSTRIZZA' - $45,959.67 'staeks' - $33,475.82 'MisterKK' - $24,729.16 'jnutz' - $18,526.99 'TonyStarsGFK' - $13.994.64 'HITRII999' - $10,734.52
  12. August is the time to go 'Big' or go home. The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and will run from August 1-13 with a 27-event schedule culminating in the return of their four featured tournaments, dubbed ‘The Big 4’. The schedule gets off to a fast start with a multi-flight $1 million guaranteed $600 DeepStack and is followed by a full slate of tournaments with wide-ranging variants and buy-ins that will attract every level of player, leading up to the starting dates of The Big 4. The Big 4 Since 2015, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted The Big 4, four individual tournaments that all play down to a final table together so they can be live-streamed on the same day at the same time. This year the Big 4 include: $5,250 SHRPO Championship - $3 million guarantee $2,650 NLHE - $1 million guarantee $1,100 NLHE - $500,000 guarantee $25,500 High Rollers - $2 million guarantee. Since 2013, SHRPO has been a favorite destination for poker pros from all over the world. Headed into their fifth year of the The Big 4 promotion, organizers are looking forward to making 2019 the biggest Big 4 yet with all eyes on the $5,250 Main Event. $5,250 SHRPO Championship In 2014, the year before SHRPO Championship was a part of The Big 4, Daniel Colman took down the $5,300 tournament for $1.44 million. The $5 million guaranteed SHRPO Championship event drew 907 runners in 2015 and the big story was that Colman returned to the final table, looking to go back-to-back and defend his 2014 SHRPO Championship title. In the end Colman couldn’t get there, falling in third place for $310,000 as Omar Zazay went on to win the $1,000,000 first-place prize for a career-high score. Pennsylvania’s Paul Volpe also made an appearance at this final table, but he ended up hitting the rail in eighth place for $100,000. Even though registration dipped in 2016, the tournament still held a $5 million guarantee. That meant there was a healthy overlay for the field of top-tier players who made the trip. Ryan Fair and Joe Serock joined regular high rollers Seth Davies and Jason Koon at the final table where Koon ended up taking home the title and his very first seven-figure score of $1 million. In 2017, the tournament reduced the guarantee to $3 million when Australia’s Martin Kozlov picked up the largest cash of his career by winning the $754,083 first-place prize. Matt Berkey finished in third place this year while Aaron Mermelstein, Adam Levy, and Joe Kuether all also had a seat at the final table. Then, just last year, Brandon Eisen denied Jeremy Ausmus the title in 2018, taking home $771,444 for the win. Familiar faces Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener and Ryan D’Angelo also made the final table in what was the largest SHRPO Championship field in The Big 4 era with 914 runners. Big Buy-In, Big Moments The Big 4 have had plenty of standout performances outside of the Main Event over the years. As one might expect, the $25K High Roller has always been flush with big-name pros looking to take home six-figure scores. In 2015, Florida’s All-Time Money List leader, Jason Mercier, took down the $25K High Roller for over $517K in his own backyard, surviving an all-star final table that included runner-up Ian O’Hara, Sean Winter, Ankush Mandavia, Barry Hutter, David ‘Doc’ Sands, and Phil Laak. One year later, Marvin Rettenmaier denied Daniel Colman another SHRPO title by taking first place and over $787K. John Andress took home the High Roller title in 2017 and then in 2018, Jake Schindler topped the 123 player field for a score of over $800K after defeating Shaun Deeb heads up. Another amazing Big 4 feat has been the performance of the GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen who, in 2017 took down the $2,650 NLHE for $204,600 and then followed that up by defending his title in that even in 2018 for another $208,452. All the action from the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open begins on August 1 with all four of the Big 4 set to be live-streamed on August 13. 2019 SHRPO Schedule of Events DATE EVENT # EVENT TIME BUY-IN 8/1 1A Deep Stack NLH Flight A (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/1 1B Deep Stack NLH Flight B (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/2 1C Deep Stack NLH Flight C (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/2 1D Deep Stack NLH Flight D (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/3 1E Deep Stack NLH Flight E (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/3 1F Deep Stack NLH Flight F (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/4 1 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/1 2 Omaha 8 Or Better (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/2 3 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/3 4 PLO 8 (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 5 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 6 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD 3:00 PM $1,700 8/5 6 Day 2 2:00 PM -- 8/5 7 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/5 8 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/5 9 PLO (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/5 10 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - $5,250 Championship Seat Added - One Day Event 6:00 PM $150 8/6 11 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 11:00 AM $600 8/6 12 Big O (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/6 13 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/6 14 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) - One Day Event 5:00 PM $1,100 8/7 15 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $200,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $2,200 8/7 16 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic - One Day Charity Event 7:00 PM $300 8/8 17 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $1,100 8/8 18 Super High Roller NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 1:00 PM $50,000 8/9 18 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/8 19 Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400.00 8/9 20A SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/10 20B SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/11 20 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/12 20 Day 3 12:00 PM -- 8/13 20 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 21 NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 2:00 PM $2,650 8/12 21 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/13 21 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 22 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD 11:00 AM $1,100 8/13 22 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 23 High Roller (Re-Entry) - $2,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 12:00 PM $25,500 8/13 23 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 24A NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/12 24B NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/13 24 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 5:00 PM -- 8/12 25 PLO (Re-Entry) 6:00 PM $2,650 8/13 25 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 3:00 PM -- 8/13 26 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/13 27 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 12:00 PM $10,000
  13. It’s not just online poker that is coming back to Pennsylvania, the online poker dream is returning with it. The notion that a player can fire up online tournaments and cash games on demand, take a small bankroll and run it up, and even spend a Sunday taking down a big-time score. It’s no secret that initially it won’t be as big as the pre-Black Friday era. It’s going to take some time to grow, but there's little doubt that there is a new crop of PA-based online poker players out there, ready to make a name for themselves. But before the future king of PA emerges, we took a look back to pay homage to some of the best online poker players to crush in the Keystone State. Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe You can’t talk about the best poker players from Pennsylvania without mentioning Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe. Sure, Volpe earned the nickname ‘The Main Event’ for his sustained success at the World Series of Poker where he’s a three-time bracelet winner. And, yes, Volpe has over $8.2 million in lifetime live earnings but while the Philly crusher was racking up titles in the live arena, he was also ascending the PocketFives rankings where he eventually topped the online charts solidifying himself as one of the very best. Volpe became the #1-ranked online player in March of 2011, arguably one of the toughest times to conquer the online world, just before Black Friday. He’s a PocketFives Triple Crown Award winner and he also has a Monthly PLB title on his resume. A big part of what helped Volpe claim the rankings top spot was his victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million in January of 2011 that brought him an online career-high cash of $253,895. Throughout his career Volpe also took down WCOOP, SCOOP and MiniFTOPS titles as well. While it will take some time for the Pennsylvania market to mature and joining a larger player pool will be necessary for growth, PA players looking to model their career after one of the greats in the state could not choose player better than Volpe. Zachary ‘HustlerGrune’ Grunberg Another former member of the PocketFives top 10 to come out of PA is Zachary ‘HustlerGrune’ Grunberg who, in 2011, reached as high as #4 in the world. Gruneberg has over $2.8 million in career online earnings and another $1.8 million in live earnings. At the height of online poker, Gruneberg routinely found himself atop the payouts of some of the most prestigious online tournaments including taking down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in 2009 for an online career-high cash of $118,692. Gruneberg also took down the PokerStars $109 Rebuy, one of the most lucrative tournaments the 2010 era, for $86,085. In total, ‘HustlerGrune’ picked dup over 60 five-figure scores before the end of 2015. Nowadays, he can regularly be seen playing live, including picking up eight cashes at the 2019 World Series of Poker. Mark ‘dipthrong’ Herm One of Pennsylvania’s original online superstars is Mark ‘dipthrong’ Herm. A well-known online poker backer and coach, Herm used his knowledge to reach #5 in the world back in 2010, racking up impressive total online earnings of over $5.1 million. A three-time Triple Crown Award winner, Herm took down one of the most prestigious of online tournaments when on 10/10/2010 he bested the 7,661 runner field of the PokerStars Sunday Million for a career-high online cash of $229,834. That Sunday Million victory was the second six-figure score of his online career having taken down the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guarantee for over $147,000. Herm also has some impressive podium finishes that in his day as well, just missing out on FTOPS and SCOOP titles while finishing second in the popular Full Tilt Sunday Brawl twice and finished third another time, all for healthy five-figure scores. In addition to his prolific online resume, Herm also boasts over $1.7M in live earnings. Chris ‘SLOPPYKLOD’ Klodnicki Chris ‘SLOPPYKLOD’ Klodnicki may reside on the West Coast now, but when he was coming up through the ranks of online poker his PocketFives profile had him racking up wins in Pennsylvania. Before Klodnicki took second place in the 2013 WSOP $111,111 One Drop High Roller for nearly $3 million, he was grinding online in PA, putting together a resume that included $2.58 million in online earnings with 59 total five-figure scores. His online career-high score came in 2010 when he won $97,070 in the $530 Sunday 500 on PokerStars. Klodnicki’s online success mirrored his live poker achievements as he has over $9.7 million in lifetime live earnings, a World Series of Poker bracelet and circuit ring, a 2nd place finish in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship, a victory in the ill-fated Epic Poker League for over $800,000, and 16 total live cashes of six-figures or better. At the height of his online powers, Klodnicki reached #30 on the worldwide PocketFives rankings. Jesse ‘JMaster130’ Cohen With over $3.3 million in career online earnings, Jesse ‘JMaster130’ Cohen is another one of Pennsylvania's elite with an impressive resume that spans over a decade. ‘JMaster’ was a runner-up in both Full Tilt Poker’s FTOPS series as well as PokerStars WCOOP, racking up over 40 five-figure scores including a career-best takedown of $85,206 by finishing in second place during the 2010 FTOPS. While it’s been over a year since Cohen has recorded an online cash, at his height, he scaled as high as #66 in the PocketFives Rankings. Although Cohen may have slowed down in the online arena he continues performing in live tournaments with over $1.7 million in career live earnings. In fact, Cohen just recorded a new career-best live score of over $203,000 on June 29 finishing as the runner-up in the DeepStack Championship Poker Series.
  14. [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.
  15. The 2018 World Series of Poker had its own fair share of memorable moments and unforgettable storylines, but a deeper look at some of the numbers reveals a few things that might have been missed. Another Up Year for the Main Event. What about 2019? For the third year in a row, and the fourth time in the last five, the number of entrants in the WSOP Main Event was up year over year. That's hardly news, but the amount that field size jumped this year might be. The 7,874 players who paid the $10,000 entry fee this year represented a 9.04% jump in attendance. That's the biggest jump in the last five years Year Field Size Y/Y Growth 2014 6,683 5.21% 2015 6,420 -3.94% 2016 6,737 4.94% 2017 7,221 7.18% 2018 7,874 9.04% So what exactly does this mean for 2019? Well, all indications are that 8,000 players is almost a certainty. If the 2019 Main Event sees the same amount of growth, 8,586 players will play the Main Event, making it the second largest Main Event of all-time behind the 2006 Main Event. To surpass that magical year - 8,773 players - the 2019 Main Event will need to see an 11.5% increase of 2018. That's an increase not seen since the early days of the Poker Boom. Paul Volpe Does His Best Against the Best Everybody is well aware that Shaun Deeb won two bracelets this summer and is the frontrunner for WSOP Player of the Year, but what Paul Volpe did this summer is worthy of extra attention. Volpe, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, won his third career bracelet this summer but also picked up seven other cashes, and those are the ones that people should be talking more about. All eight of Volpe's cashes this WSOP came in events with a buy-in of $10,000 or greater. He picked up five cashes, including his win, in $10,000 Championship events. He also picked up a 15th place finish in the $100,000 High Roller and a 32nd place finish in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. By and large, those events are populated by the best players and Volpe might have been the player to shine brightest. Paul Volpe's 2018 WSOP results Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 3rd $169,195 Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 15th $155,378 Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 1st $417,921 Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 14th $14,691 Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller 32nd $41,049 Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship 11th $21,059 Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship 142nd $57,010 Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship 2nd $503,196 Not Enough People Are Talking About Romain Lewis For the last six years at least one player has suffered the heartbreaking agony of finishing runner-up in two WSOP events. This year that distinction went to France's Romain Lewis. The 23-year-old Team Winamax Pro finished second to Benjamin Moon in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event and Ronald Keijzer in a $ 3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event. He almost picked up a third runner-up finish in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event, but ultimately fell in third place behind Volpe and eventual champ Shaun Deeb. Oh, Canada Given a simple understanding of geography and online poker laws, it seems logical that Canadian poker players would do well at the WSOP every year. That's not the case though and 2018 showed that things are trending in the wrong direction though. Thanks to tax laws that take a good chunk of winnings from Canadian players before they even leave the cashier window, Canadians seem to be passing on spending the entire summer in Las Vegas grinding the WSOP events. This year, 833 players cashed in WSOP events earning $7,995,246. Both of those numbers are down over 2017 even though there were four more events on the schedule this year. In 2016, the first year that the WSOP went with 15% payouts across the entire schedule, Canadians cashed 712 times but earned just $8,529,088 - down $3.2 million from the previous year. Year Bracelets Cashes Winnings 2014 0 515 $14,804,565 2015 4 570 $11,717,753 2016 1 712 $8,529,088 2017 1 857 $10,937,983
  16. [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
  17. There are three bracelet winners to tell you about from Thursday’s 2018 World Series of Poker action: Two first-time winners, and one player who has captured his second piece of poker jewellery nine years after claiming his first. Meanwhile, the $25K PLO High Roller is down to just 35 players. Scroll down to find out who is still in with a shot of winning the enormous $1,402,683 prize. All of that and more in today’s recap of June 21. ErIc Baldwin Wins Bracelet #2, $1,500 NLHE for $319,580 With just two players returning on Thursday to finish Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, it looked very likely that Eric Baldwin would capture his second bracelet. It had been nine years since his first WSOP win, and he held a dominating chip lead over his sole opponent, Ian Steinman. Baldwin began with 7,550,000 against Steinman’s 2,200,000, and Baldwin won a big pot right from the get go. However, Steinman was able to double up with pocket sixes against ace-king, and then looked set to double again with pocket kings against ace-jack. However, a jack on the turn followed by an ace on the river gave Baldwin the win. An emotional Baldwin celebrated with his rail, including his mother, before dedicating the victory to his late father, who passed away three years ago. "In a lot of ways, this one is for him,” he said. "It was a lot of hours of poker and a lot of short-handed play, that really sucks your mental energy," Baldwin added. "But man it's fun! I wish everyone could experience this. It's so cool!” Final Table Results: Eric Baldwin - $319,580 Ian Steinman - $197,461 Enrico Rudelitz - $140,957 Aaron Massey - $101,819 Robert Georato - $74,434 Michael Finstein - $55,077 Stephen Song - $41,257 Gilsoo Kim - $31,290 Mathew Moore - $24,032 Scott Bohlman Takes Down Mixed Big Bet for $122,138 [caption id="attachment_619647" align="aligncenter" width="657"] First Bracelet for Scott Bohlman[/caption] Another event which ended short-handed on Wednesday night was Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. That meant three players returned today, and again, there was a dominating chip leader. Scott Bohlman held 60% of the chips in play three-handed, but had stiff competition from WPT champ Daniel Weinman and two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes. Both of those managed to double up and one point the stacks were virtually even with Hughes even holding the chip lead. After a break though, Bohlman returned refreshed and eliminated Weinman in third with trips against kings-up in a 5-card draw hand. He then had a 5:1 lead over Hughes, and finished the job with a set against top pair and low draw in a Big O pot. Bohlman’s bracelet win is his 52nd WSOP cash. It seems the 52nd time was a charm, as he is now $122,138 richer. Final Table Results: Scott Bohlman - $122,138 Ryan Hughes - $75,477 Daniel Weinman - $49,541 Aaron Rogers - $33,344 Marcel Vonk - $23,028 Jeremy Harkin - $16,329 Preston Lee is SHOOTOUT Champ, Wins $236,498 Thursday’s third and final bracelet came in Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, which Preston Lee took down for $236,498. [caption id="attachment_619648" align="aligncenter" width="639"] SHOOTOUT Champ Preston Lee[/caption] The final table of ten took over 12 hours to play out, with a four-hour heads-up duel between Lee and eventual runner-up Corey Dodd taking up four of those. The chip lead switched back and forth between the two, before Lee was finally able to take it down with king-deuce holding up against six-five. Lee said he was mostly a cash game player, but that he’d been playing more online to get back into live tournament poker. That work seems to have paid off, giving him his first bracelet. Final Table Results: Preston Lee - $236,498 Corey Dodd - $146,146 Anthony Reategui - $105,907 Dylan Linde - $76,829 Jesse Kertland - $56,763 Young Phan - $42,476 Royce Matheson - $32,198 Alexander Lakhov - $24,728 Bas de Laat - $19,245 Endrit Geci - $15,180 Just 19 Remain in $1,500 Limit Hold’em The field in Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em has been chopped down from 596 to just 19 after Day 2, with Matt Woodward leading the way with 438,000 chips. He’s most closely followed by Jeffrey Scheibner (427,000) and Robert Nehorayan (418,000). Matt Grapenthien bagged a top ten stack (238,000), and he’s the only bracelet winner remaining in the field. Grapenthien took down the $10K Stud Championship back in 2014. Action resumes at 12pm Friday. Top 10 Stacks: Matthew Woodward - 438,000 Jeffrey Scheibner - 427,000 Robert Nehorayan - 418,000 Matt Russell - 361,000 Brad Albrinck - 323,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 312,000 Kevin Song - 290,000 Brian Vollick - 286,000 Matt Grapenthien - 238,000 Michael Jex - 232,000 Ben Yu Leads Final 35 in $25K PLO High Roller One of the biggest events on the WSOP schedule is down to 35 players from the 230 who entered. Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller has a massive $1,402,683 for the winner, and right now the player closest to it is chip leader Ben Yu. Yu bagged up 3,695,000, having enjoyed a massive spin-up late in the day. Yu had just 200,000 at the dinner break, before busting two players and riding the wave to the largest end-of-day stack. His closest competitors are Jason Koon (2,540,000), Ryan Tosoc (2,220,000), and Shaun Deeb (2,120,000). There are plenty of big names still in the field though, including multiple bracelet winners Scotty Nguyen (2,010,000), Jason Mercier (1,905,000), Robert Mizrachi (1,005,000), Luis Velador (1,045,000), Erik Seidel (725,000), Mike Leah (660,000), Craig Varnell (625,000), Christopher Frank (565,000), David Benyamine (425,000), Sam Soverel (380,000), Paul ‘paulgees91’ Volpe, and Jarred Graham (300,000). Defending champ James Calderaro (705,000) is still in too, as is Tom Marchese (440,000). Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen is the short stack with just 85,000. A few players who failed to cash in this one include Daniel Negreanu, Anthony Zinno, Jens Kyllonen, JC Tran, Scott Seiver, Chris Ferguson and Michael Mizrachi. Play resumes at 2pm, with all players now guaranteed a min-cash of $37,500. Top 10 Stacks: Ben Yu - 3,695,000 Jason Koon - 2,540,000 Ryan Tosoc - 2,220,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,120,000 Scotty Nguyen - 2,010,000 Jason Mercier - 1,905,000 Jonathan Depa - 1,180,000 Luis Velador - 1,045,000 David Prociak - 1,020,000 Robert Mizrachi - 1,005,000 $2,500 NLHE Gets Going One of the two new events to get started on Thursday was Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. It attracted 1,071 entries, and after ten levels just 297 remain. While Ashwin Sarin holds the overnight chip lead with 166,200, it’s David ‘dpeters17’ Peters who headlines the top 10 stacks with 140,500. Former PocketFives no.1 player Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen also finished in the top 10 with 131,500. They’ll all return for Day 2 at 12pm tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: Ashwin Sarin - 166,200 Steve Foutty - 155,800 Josh Bergman - 145,000 Markus Gonsalves - 143,700 David Peters - 140,500 Andrew Brokos - 140,100 Kainalu Mccue-Unciano - 131,800 Chris Hunichen - 131,500 Brett Shaffer - 130,900 Mark Dube - 130,300 Big Names Advance in $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship The second new event of the day was Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, which saw 100 players take a shot. When all was said and done after ten levels of play, it was Michael Noori who could call himself the overnight chip leader over the 41 survivors, bagging up 335,000. He’s followed by professional soccer player Max Kruse (282,000). There are plenty of other big names through, including Christopher Kruk (247,500), Luke Schwartz (200,000), Lawrence Berg (171,000), Andrey Zhigalov (170,500), Chris Vitch (159,500), Benny Glaser (156,000), Eli Elezra(155,500), Mike Matusow (136,500), Vanessa Selbst (120,000), Cary Katz (114,000), and Jesse Martin (88,500). Some of those less fortunate today were Daniel Negreanu, John Hennigan, Michael Mizrachi, Stephen Chidwick, John Monnette, Jean Robert-Bellande, James Obst, and David "ODB" Baker. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 tomorrow, which kicks off at 2pm. Top 10 Stacks: Michael Noori - 335,000 Max Kruse - 282,000 Christopher Kruk - 247,500 Luke Schwartz - 197,000 Lawrence Berg - 171,000 Brant Hale - 171,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 170,500 Quek Sheng - 161,500 Chris Vitch - 159,500 Benny Glaser - 156,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 22) It will be a busy day in the Rio tomorrow. Not only do we have all the aforementioned events resuming play, but four other events kick off too (albeit one online). At 11am, Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) gets going. That’s then followed by Event #46 $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better at 3pm. A little later at 3:30pm, Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed gets started, while the evening sees Event #6D: GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold’em play out.
  18. [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.
  19. [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.
  20.   Frankie O'Dell Wins Third Omaha Hi-Lo Bracelet Frankie O'Dell just might be the best Omaha Hi-Lo tournament player ever. On Sunday he beat out a final table that included Robert Mizrachi and Owais Ahmed to win his third bracelet in that variation and if you're still unsure about his place in the game, just ask him. "Well if you don't know, there's only one person who has three limit Omaha eight bracelets and you're talking to him," O'Dell said after his win. "So until someone passes me or catches me, I'm not going to say nothing. I'm just going to leave it right there." O'Dell's first bracelet came in 2003 when he outlasted 258 other players to win a $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Four years later he beat Thang Luu heads-up to win a $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event. He's also adept at other games. Last summer he finished second in the $1,500 Dealers Choice event and that performance has stuck with him since. "I thought about it the whole year. I came back this year and my mentality was to do better," O'Dell said. "I had an opportunity here today, I had chips, we had the best Omaha players in the world in this tournament and I ended up on top. So that was my motivation." Ahmed earned $443,641 for his win while Ahmed, who won his sole bracelet in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud/Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2011, earned $274,192 as the runner-up. Final Table Payouts Frankie O'Dell - $443,641 Owais Ahmed - $274,192 Robert Mizrachi- $194,850 Nick Guagenti - $140,522 Robert Campbell - $102,868 Jake Schwartz - $76,456 David Benyamine - $57,709 Edmond Vartughian - $44,245 Shaun Deeb - $34,467 Joe McKeehen Amongst Millionaire Maker Day 2 Leaders Joe McKeehen is mostly known for winning the 2015 WSOP Main Event, but it's impossible to ignore the success he's had at the WSOP in massive No Limit Hold'em fields. In 2014, he finished runner-up out of 7,862 entries in the $1,500 Monster Stack. In 2017, he managed to outlast all but 25 other players in the 6,716-player $1,500 Monster Stack. Last summer, he finished third out of 7,361 players in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. Now he's in position to do it again. McKeehen finished Day 2 of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker with the fourth largest stack. The day started with 2,263 players all hoping for a seven-figure score but just 309 players made it through Day 2. Samuel Cosby leads the way with 3,023,000 while McKeehen bagged up 2,416,000. Former #1-ranked Joao Simao finished in the top 10 with 1,891,000. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Calvin Anderson, Steven van Zadelhoff, Scott Clements, Shawn Buchanan, Ramon Colillas, Olivier Busquet, JC Tran, Chris Hunichen, and Daniel Strelitz. There were 941 players who started the day with the chips, but failed to make it past the money bubble. Vitaly Lunkin, Jim McManus, Phil Hellmuth, Faraz Jaka, Elio Fox, Eric Baldwin, Bryan Piccioli, Adrian Mateos, and Dzmitry Urbanovich were among the players who did manage to sneak into the money but not survive the day. Action resumes Monday at Noon. Top 10 Chip Counts Samuel Cosby - 3,023,000 Unknown Player - 2,521,000 Nathan Russler - 2,443,000 Joe McKeehen - 2,416,000 Renato Kaneoya - 2,351,000 Ryan Leng - 2,277,000 Vincas Tamasauskas - 2,265,000 Ricky Welch - 1,920,000 Joao Simao - 1,891,000 Joshua Reichard - 1,854,000 Eli Elezra Leads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Sunday's action in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event started with just 10 players left and finished after three hours of play with six players. Action was stopped with six players left to accommodate streaming of the final table on CBS All Access/PokerGO. Eli Elezra started the day in the middle of the pack, but made the most of those three hours and finished with the chip lead. Elezra ended with 1,221,000 which puts him just 2,000 ahead of Anthony Zinno. He bagged up 1,219,000. Those two are comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Valentin Vornicu is third with 262,000 and the three remaining players all have 61,000 or less. Rodney Pardey Jr., Tim Frazin, Scott Seiver, and Joshua Mountain were the players eliminated on Sunday. The final six players resume play at Noon PT and will be streamed on CBS All Access/PokerGO at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Eli Elezra - 1,221,000 Anthony Zinno - 1,219,000 Valentin Vornicu - 262,000 Rep Porter - 61,000 Tab Thiptinnakon - 60,000 David Singer - 30,000 Jean-Robert Bellande On Top of $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Final Table To the surprise of nobody, the final table of the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship is a star-studded group. Jean-Robert Bellande ended Day 2 action with 1,231,000 and the chip lead. For Bellande to pick up the second bracelet of his career, he'll need to outwit, outsmart, and outplay Prahlad Friedman, Paul Volpe, Darren Elias, Jim Bechtel, Day 1 chip leader Pedro Bromfman, and Vincent Musso. Friedman was the only other player to end Day 2 with a seven-figure stack. The former online prodigy finished with 1,019,000. Right behind him is former #1-ranked Paul Volpe with 938,000. Elias, who has a third and ninth place finish in this event on his resume, sits fourth with 887,000. There were 29 Day 1 survivors who were joined before registration closed at the start of Day 2 by Mike Watson, Per Hildebrand, Jake Schwartz, Kane Kalas, Chris Klodnicki, Matt Glantz, and Dan Smith. The remaining seven players are now being forced to take a day off before returning to play on Tuesday. The day off is to allow for the event to be streamed on PokerGO. Final Table Chip Counts Jean-Robert Bellande - 1,231,000 Prahlad Friedman - 1,019,000 Paul Volpe - 938,000 Darren Elias - 887,000 Jim Bechtel - 665,000 Pedro Bromfman - 395,000 Vincent Musso - 360,000 Massive Fields Continue: $1,000 Double Stack Event Draws 3,253 First, there was the Big 50, then the $600 Deepstack, and the Millionaire Maker. Huge fields in some of the more recreational player-focused events are becoming the norm at the 2019 WSOP. The $1,000 Double Stack event started Sunday and 3,253 players packed the tables to the max with just 430 of them making their way through 20 levels of play and onto Day 2. Bulgaria's Ivan Uzunov bagged up the Day 1 chip lead after amassing 1,912,000 in chips. Only five other players ended the day with a million chips in the bag. Israel's Timur Margolin is the closest challenger to Uzunov, finishing with 1,333,000. Some of the notable names moving on to Day 2 include WPT Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz, Adam Levy, British boxer Audley Harrison, Blair Hinkle, Jennifer Tilly, Maria Ho, Maria Konnikova, and Dan Ott. Day 2 begins at Noon and is scheduled to play down to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Ivan Uzunov - 1,912,000 Timur Margolin - 1,333,000 Jose Carlos Brito - 1,147,000 Sridhar Natarajan - 1,096,000 Jorden Fox - 1,075,000 Christopher Andler - 1,062,000 Eugenio Pernia - 901,000 Sven Reichardt - 852,000 Philip Wang - 830,000 Zachary Donovan - 824,000 Michael Mizrachi Bags Top 5 Stack in $1,500 Eight Game Mix A year after drawing 481 players, the $1,500 Eight Game event saw a huge uptick in attendance with 612 players sitting down to play the mix game event. Aleksandr Gofman finished with 95,800 to top the 225 players who managed to move on to Day 2. Mihails Morozovs sits second with 77,100 and Michael Mizrachi is right behind him in third with 74,500. John Cernuto, Matt Glantz, and WPT Aria Summer Poker Championship winner Matthew Wantman all finished with top 10 stacks. Other notables who are moving on to Day 2 include Andrey Zaichenko, Ian O'Hara, Jen Harman, Matt Grapenthien, Patrick Leonard, Dan Smith, Mike Sexton, and David 'ODB' Baker. Top 10 Chip Counts Aleksandr Gofman - 95,800 Mihails Morozovs - 77,100 Michael Mizrachi - 74,500 John Cernuto - 74,000 Keeth Beharrell - 73,500 Ashish Gupta - 72,600 Matt Glantz - 66,300 Isaac Crow - 63,900 Ben Ponzio - 62,600 Matthew Wantman - 60,400 'loofa ' Wins $600 Online Pot Limit Omaha Championship It took 13 hours, but 'loofa' wasn't complaining as he beat out 1,215 other players to win the $600 Online PLO Championship early Monday morning. The win came with a WSOP bracelet and $139,470.33. Runner-up 'TheBigGift' earned $85,560.10. Phil Galfond, who had the chip lead with five left, finished fifth for $29,680.12. This is the second online event of the 2019 WSOP. Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon won the $400 No Limit Hold'em event in the opening week. Final Table Payouts loofa - $139,470.33 TheBigGift - $85,560.19 jebronlames1 - $59,163.26 bathroomline - $41,565.31 Phil 'heyguys' Galfond - $29,680.12 babycow - $21,537.79 FlushStr8ted - $15,956.35 Tane. - $12,016.51 Daval_17 - $9,192.96
  21. Over the next few months, as online poker in Pennsylvania goes from a pipe dream to reality, at least a few of the newest operators in the state will be looking for players to bring on board as Team Pros or Ambassadors. The criteria they'll apply in their search includes looking for players who have had some success in the live or online poker arenas, have the respect of their peers, have a social media following or create content of their own, and most importantly, they have to want to be an ambassador. Two of the most likely choices are off the board. Jennifer Shahade is already a member of Team PokerStars and Esther Taylor has been a PARX Ambassador for four years now. With those two already taken, here's a look at five more players that could find themselves joining a new team once sites go live this fall. Zach Gruneberg Career Live Earnings: $1,846,547 Twitter: @HustlerGrune Instagram: @hustler_grune Once ranked as high as #4 in the PocketFives Rankings, Zach Gruneberg has spent the past few years returning to glory after overcoming an addiction to opiates. Now five years clean, Gruneberg has put up impressive results in the live arena including a runner-up finish in the World Poker Tour's Borgata Poker Open in 2016. This past summer he recorded nine cashes at the 2019 World Series of Poker and worked alongside T.J. Jurkiewicz to create a series of vlogs called Behind the Grind. Just 28 years old, Gruneberg has shown his talent on both virtual and live felts and a willingness to market himself to the poker community. Two things that make for a fantastic combination with any potential ambassador. Paul Volpe Career Live Earnings: $8,266,591 Twitter: @paulgees81 With all the respect due to Matt Glantz, Jake Schindler, and John Hennigan, Paul Volpe is clearly on a path to becoming the greatest poker player that Pennsylvania has ever produced. That is of course if it's not already there. The West Chester, PA native, who owns three WSOP bracelets, has been one of the most consistent players in $10,000 or bigger buy-in events over the last five years. Of his 55 WSOP cashes, 24 of them are in $10,000 "Championship" events and he's also found the money in the WSOP Main Event five times. He's also a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives. Volpe has also done some streaming, mainly video games such as Fortnite though. Anthony Maio Career Live Earnings: $957,459 Twitter: @Flawlessbinkage Maybe the least known name on this list, Anthony Maio calls New Jersey home now after growing up in New Hope, PA. The 31-year-old moved to the Garden State to take advantage of the legal online poker and Atlantic City card rooms. Now with the online poker coming to Pennsylvania and the growing live scene, Maio could be enticed to return home and rock a patch. Maio, who reached #51 in the PocketFives Rankings in 2018, has a live resume that includes a third place finish in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open (2014), a sixth place finish in the WPT Borgata Poker Open (2018), and a runner-up finish in the $1,000 Online Championship event at the 2018 WSOP. He also won the Chris Moneymaker Tour Online event last September which earned him one of the highly coveted Platinum Pass which awarded him a seat into the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship event where he finished 130th for $35,000. Mark Herm Career Live Earnings: $1,770,652 Twitter: @dipthrong Instagram: @dipthrong In the months before Black Friday, Mark Herm was a regular in the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings. Reaching as high as #5, Herm picked up wins in the PokerStars Sunday Million (2010) and the Full Tilt Poker (2008). His biggest live cash came in 2016 when he won a $1,600 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza event for $310,114. He hasn't recorded an online result since 2016 and his last live cash came in 2018, but Herm has developed a loyal following and through training site, Tournament Poker Edge began producing The Chirp Herm Show, a podcast the featured interviews with the likes of Nick Petrangelo, Darren Elias, and Volpe. His experience online combined with his ability to produce content could make him an interesting choice for any site. Kane Kalas Career Live Earnings: $1,580,797 Twitter: @KaneKalas Instagram: @kanekalas In at least one of the major cities in Pennsylvania, the name Kalas might as well be royalty. The son of legendary Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster, Harry Kalas, Kane Kalas has made a name for himself in the poker world for his work both on the felt and in the broadcast booth. Kalas, who now lives in Puerto Rico and is heavily involved in cryptocurrency markets, finished runner-up in the 2014 WPT Borgata Poker Open event for a career-high $500,364. In 2018, he worked with Randy Lew to broadcast the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro before jumping into one of the largest live-streamed cash games ever where he beat Jason Koon in a $1.8 million pot.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. [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
  25. [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.
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