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  1. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Don't miss another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie recap all of the most important news and results from this week in the world of poker. This week, the poker world was abuzz with the fiasco at the live Midway Poker Tour that left players who made a deep run collecting "precious metals" in lieu of an immediate cash payout. Plus GGPoker took a hard stance against online RTA usage by banning a number of accounts on their site and returning over $1 million to players. Social media was in full form this week as Phil Galfond unexpectedly praised Phil Hellmuth for his performance on Poker Central's The Duel and Dan Bilzerian put Jean-Robert Bellande on blast over some live game shenanigans. Also, the guys salute the late Darvin Moon and his contribution to poker as the runner-up in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event. Listen in! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  2. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event continued on Sunday as United States-based players located in Nevada and New Jersey took their shot at the lone $10,000 buy-in Day 1 flight on WSOP.com in a bid to become the next WSOP World Champion. At the end of 12 hours of play, the field of 705 players had just 71 remaining and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva emerged as the overnight chip leader with 1,930,067 in chips. He is followed by ‘vforvictoria’ who sits in a close second place with 1,792,716 in chips and ‘Samthedog76’ who rounds out the top three with 1,529,044 in chips. The healthy field size propelled the prize pool to $6,768,000, far-and-away the largest prize pool in regulated U.S. online poker history. And just like the international portion of the Main Event which held its opening flights on GGPoker, both the first and second-place finishers will be guaranteed paydays of more than $1 million dollars. Final Table Payouts [table id=143 /] The U.S.-based field featured plenty of big-time poker stars and previous WSOP bracelet winners. But at the end of a full 12 hours of play, just 71 from the Day 1 field still had a shot at making the final table which is set to play out live at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on December 28. The tournament got underway at 12:00 noon local time (3:00 pm ET) with players set to play 22 full 30-minute levels. And while it would take nearly all of the 12-hour day before the final 107 players made the money, the first elimination came swiftly - just a few hands into the tournament. In a classic set-up hand, Chris ‘Pay_Son’ Staats found himself with pocket aces and ‘ATOWNLEWIS’ woke up with pocket kings. After a preflop raising war, all their chips made it into the middle with Staats’ aces holding up and 'ATOWNLEWIS's day ending early. But it wasn’t long before ‘ATOWNLEWIS’ had some company on the rail, as plenty of notable names busted well before the money. Chris Hunichen, Aaron Mermelstein, James Carroll, and 15-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth all made their exits in the first half of the day. Of course, Hellmuth was by no means the only previous bracelet winner unable to advance to Day 2. Phil Galfond, Eric Baldwin, Nathan Gamble, Michael Gagliano, Brandon Adams, Ben Yu, Chance Kornuth, Mike Matusow, Connor Drinan, Michael Mizrachi, as well as former #1-ranked pros Bryan Piccioli, Calvin Anderson, and Shaun Deeb were among those that will have to wait until next year to add to their gold bracelet totals. Daniel Negreanu’s bid for a seventh bracelet, as well as cashing in on a number of $100,000 bracelet bets, came to an end as well. Soon after Adrian ‘Partee’ Buckley had the unfortunate distinction of bubbling the Main Event, when his [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] lost to ‘Samthedog76’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] in heartbreaking fashion on a [poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="th"] runout, Negreanu himself busted out of the tournament, collecting a min-cash of $14,890. Joining Negreanu in surviving the bubble, but not the day included Ian Steinman (105th, $14,890), Jed Hoffman (102nd, $14,890), Matt Affleck (97th, $14,890), Lauren Roberts (88th, $15,566), David Coleman (76th, $15,566) and eight-time WSOP Circuit Ring and gold bracelet winner Michael Lech (74th, $15,566). While many notable names are no longer in the hunt for the 2020 title, there are plenty of players to keep an eye on when play resumes. Taylor Von Krigenbergh and Galen Hall both have top-ten stacks. Fan favorites Nick Shulman, Jason Somerville, and Maria Ho are all still in the running with plenty of chips, and four-time World Poker Tour champion Darren Elias along with 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess are also still in the hunt. The remaining players return to WSOP.com at noon on Monday to play down to the final nine players who will determine a winner, live, on December 28 at the Rio in Las Vegas. At the same time the final eight players in the 2020 GGPoker World Series of Poker Main Event are preparing to play down to a winner on Tuesday, December 15 at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The winner of both the international and the U.S. tournaments will then meet in a heads-up match, with $1 million added, on December 30 at the Rio in Las Vegas to determine the 2020 champion. Top Ten Chip Counts [table id=144 /]
  3. According to a series of Tweets from Phil Hellmuth (pictured), the poker pro has given away 11 of his 13 World Series of Poker bracelets, mostly to family members. Hellmuth has the most number of WSOP bracelets of anyone, leading Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson by three. He has amassed $12.2 million in cereer WSOP cashes, the most of anyone not named Antonio Esfandiari. Hellmuth Tweeted in recent days, "Bye bye WSOP Bracelet #13. Gave #WSOPBracelet13 to my best friend @Chamath. Gave 10 to family, 1 to bestie." He included a picture of said bracelet, which he won in the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event for $1.4 million. The picture is shown below. What about the other dozen bracelets that Hellmuth has won over the years? He Tweeted the fates of each one: "WSOP Bracelets: 1 & 12 me, 2 wifey, 3 4 mom dad, 5 sister Ann, 6 bro/law John, 7 8 sons Phillip Nick, 9 10 11 bro Dave sis's Kerry Molly." Love him or hate him, Hellmuth has been one of the top names in tournament poker for the last 25 years. Here's an overview of each WSOP bracelet "The Poker Brat" has won: Bracelet #1: 1989, WSOP Main Event, $755,000 Bracelet #2: 1992, $5,000 Limit Hold'em, $188,000 Bracelet #3: 1993, $2,500 No Limit Hold'em, $173,000 Bracelet #4: 1993, $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, $161,000 Bracelet #5: 1993, $5,000 Limit Hold'em, $138,000 Bracelet #6: 1997, $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em, $204,000 Bracelet #7: 2001, $2,000 No Limit Hold'em, $316,000 Bracelet #8: 2003, $2,500 Limit Hold'em, $171,000 Bracelet #9: 2003, $3,000 No Limit Hold'em, $410,000 Bracelet #10: 2006, $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy, $631,000 Bracelet #11: 2007, $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, $637,000 Bracelet #12: 2012, $2,500 Seven Card Razz, $182,000 Bracelet #13: 2012, WSOP Europe Main Event, $1.4 million While you might think of Hellmuth as more of a No Limit Hold'em player, his 13 bracelets have come in four different games (Razz, No Limit Hold'em, Limit Hold'em, and Pot Limit Hold'em). Since winning bracelet #1, he has not gone more than five years without adding another one to his collection. He has earned multiple bracelets in three different years and is averaging $412,000 per WSOP victory, helped in part by his two Main Event wins. Finally, we should point out that Hellmuth is the only player ever to win the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe Main Event. Congrats to Hellmuth on his continued success. Maybe PocketFives will be the recipient of his 14th piece of hardware? Now that would be cool! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. If you are a television connoisseur, you are probably quite familiar with commercials for Carl's Jr. restaurants (or Hardee's, depending on where you live). For years, a frequent advertising tactic of the fast food chain has been to have a sexy, often scantily clad woman chow down on an enormous burger. Paris Hilton was the first such pitch-woman for the restaurant and has now been brought back for a new round of ads. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Recent commercials have also used actors with movie tie-ins, such as the film "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The ads are generally effective, showing off the burger while often given men some eye candy to boot. But now things have been taken up a notch. Enter Phil Hellmuth (pictured above) Yes, that Phil Hellmuth, who is featured in Carl's Jr. spots that are currently on the air. Fortunately, while he pigs out on a Texas BBQ Thickburger, he is fully clothed in his trademark all-black outfit, sunglasses, and "PH" logo baseball cap. Check out the commercial by clicking here. On the one hand, it is not a huge surprise that Hellmuth would end up in a commercial, as he has never been known to shy away from promoting himself. He is one of the best, if not the best, in poker at building his brand, so he almost certainly jumped at the opportunity to be featured in a national spot. At the same time, though, his appearance in the fast food ads is fairly groundbreaking. Hellmuth did appear in a special campaign for Milwaukee's Best Light in 2008, but the beer was one of the main sponsors of the World Series of Poker, so there was a clear poker tie-in. "The Poker Brat" saw his likeness emblazoned on special edition Milwaukee's Best Light cans, each printed with quotes from Hellmuth as well as some of his most popular quips such as "I can dodge bullets, baby!" Former Main Event champs Chris Ferguson and Joe Hachem have also appeared in commercials for Milwaukee's Best Light. Ferguson was in spots for the beer in 2005, which also doubled as mini-strategy lessons. In the commercials, which aired during the WSOP broadcasts on ESPN, Ferguson sat concealed in a refrigerator and offered poker advice when called upon by someone playing in a game a few feet away. Hachem was in the popular "Men Should Act Like Men" campaign a number of years ago as a poker player at a table where another player acted completely obnoxious. All of those advertising appearances, though, were directly related to poker. This new burger commercial is one of only mainstream media appearances by a poker player as simply a celebrity in recent memory that had nothing whatsoever to do with poker. Even Daniel Negreanu's cameo in the 2009 film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" was as a poker player in a game with the character Gambit. Hellmuth's commercial however, was about him as a celebrity selling burgers. No poker in sight. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. With the Big One for One Drop just nine days away, World Series of Poker officials have announced the addition of 11 more players to the event, bringing the total confirmed field to 41. Still absent from the list, though, is 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured), who recently took to Twitter in search of backers. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- "I'm raising money for $1 Million One Drop tourney:$100,000 for 9%. Finished 4th in 2012, skipped it in 2013 because I wasn't in form," he said. A few weeks back, Hellmuth was hesitant about whether he would enter the tournament again this year, commenting that he would wait and see how he was playing before committing. But, his recent second place finish in a $1,500 Razz eventcould have been the confidence-booster he needed to make a decision. In that tournament, Hellmuth narrowly missed snagging his 14th gold bracelet, losing out to friend and high-stakes pro Ted Forrest. On Tuesday in an interview with PokerNews, Hellmuth discussed his feelings on the One Drop, saying, "I don't know, I may or may not play. I need to be able to raise enough money where I feel comfortable risking the right amount of money for me," he said. "I think I'm probably close to what I want, but we'll see." He also spoke about his decision to skip last year's $100,000 buy-in event. "Last year, someone had a piece of me and they were begging me to play," he recalled. "I just said, 'No, I don't feel like I'm in form.' This year feel like I'm in form, so I want to play." Hellmuth wasn't the only one soliciting backers on social media this year. Daniel Negreanu (pictured) also leveraged his Twitter followers by announcing that he was looking to sell 50% of his action. He has now met his goal, as he is probably the most well known name in the recent list of One Drop additions. "I was always going to play it," he told PokerNews with a smile. "I'm in… You know I'm not going to miss that tournament." The list of newcomers also includes several well known grinders including Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, Doug Polk, Issac Haxton, 2012 WSOP Main Event winner Greg Merson, and young Massachusetts pro Daniel Colman. Of course, the field isn't dominated solely by poker pros; there are several businessmen slated to play as well. Tom Hall, known as "Hong Kong Tom," is a regular in the ultra-high-stakes games in Macau and is one of the few sources of information on those exclusive games. John Morgan, CEO of Winmark, will be back again this year after being involved in whatPhil Galfond called the "craziest hand I've ever seen" back in 2012. You might recall that Morgan pressed Russian businessman Mikhail Smirnov to fold quad eights for fear he held a straight flush. Rounding out the list of new participants is British businessman and amateur poker player Talal Shakerchi and an "anonymous businessman" who "has been known to play in some of the high-stakes games in Macau." "This will be another iconic mix of participants, raising millions for charity and likely awarding the largest first place prize in poker history. We can't wait to see it unfold," WSOP Vice President of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky told PocketFives. This year's Big One for One Drop will be featured on ESPN and will kick off on June 29. Guy Laliberte's One Drop foundation will receive $111,111 of every buy-in as a charitable donation, with the rest going to the winners. If all 56 seats are bought, the winner will receive a massive first place prize in excess of $20 million. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. The main storyline on Sunday at the Rio in Las Vegas, the site of the 2014 World Series of Poker, was a potential bracelet #14 for Phil Hellmuth, America's favorite poker brat. Hellmuth went heads-up with five-time bracelet winner Ted Forrest (pictured) in a $1,500 Razz event (#7). --- 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 the real royal bonus and win $1,000. --- Forrest was heads-up for a bracelet for the first time in a half-dozen years, while Hellmuth was searching for his first since a WSOP Europe Main Event win in 2012. As WSOP coverage put it, "What was a fairy tale conclusion for Forrest marked the 10th runner-up finish for Hellmuth, who was appearing at his 49th career final table, by far the most of anyone in history. This was Forrest's first win at the WSOP since 2004 and the first to take place at the Rio." Twitter was alive with poker players railing Hellmuth, who graciously Tweeted on Sunday, "Battling one of the greatest Razz players ever (Ted Forest) heads-up for a WSOP Razz bracelet! We both own 1 Razz bracelet." When Hellmuth had officially taken second, he wrote, "Congrats to my old friend Ted Forrest on winning #WSOPRazz tourn. If I had to lose to someone, I'm glad it was Teddy. 2nd place for me." Forrest's win was worth $121,000, while Hellmuth earned $74,000. Hellmuth started the final table second in chips and began heads-up play with a 2:1 advantage, but after several hours, Forrest earned his sixth WSOP bracelet. Five bracelet winners were seated at a very tough final table, which cashed out as follows: 1st Place: Ted Forrest - $121,196 2nd Place: Phil Hellmuth - $74,848 3rd Place: Greg Pappas - $48,275 4th Place: David Bach - $34,979 5th Place: Brock t soprano Parker - $25,717 6th Place: Brandon Cantu - $19,183 7th Place: Yuebin Guo - $14,517 8th Place: Kevin kice32 Iacofano - $11,143 Also at the Rio, a $10,000 Limit Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better tournament began on Sunday with a field of 178. After 67 had been eliminated, longtime PocketFiver Dan djk123Kelly (pictured) stood tall over the pack with a stack of 146,700, slightly ahead of fellow PocketFives stalwart Jeff yellowsub Williams. Williams knows what he'll be up against on Monday when play resumes at 2:00pm Pacific Time for Day 2, Tweeting, "Bagged 144k in the WSOP 10k Omaha Hi/Lo, good for 2nd to the legend @djk123poker." Kelly has nearly $2 million in career WSOP earnings, the bulk of which came four years ago in a $25,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max title for $1.3 million. Williams has nearly $900,000 in WSOP cashes, but hasn't appeared at a final table since the same year Kelly won his bracelet. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, made possible 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.
  7. In a controversial ruling, World Series of Poker bracelet winner and two-time Circuit ring holder Ryan Eriquezzo (pictured) was disqualified from an event at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania for losing his temper and allegedly making threats after a particularly bad beat. The incident went down in a Parx Poker Big Stax $1,600 event when Eriquezzo lost a massive 200 big blind pot after going all in pre-flop with A-A versus his opponent's Q-Q. Apparently unhappy with the outcome, the American pro reportedly crumpled his cards and threw them, shoved his entire stack across the table, spewed verbal abuse toward his opponent, and called the dealer a "fat mfer," according to Parx Poker Room Ambassador Matt Glantz. For the floor supervisor, the insult to the dealer was the last straw and the call was made to disqualify Eriquezzo from the tournament. As he was being ejected, one staff member heard him say that he would "torch this place," but another claimed that he heard the full statement, in which he added, "on Twitter." And that he did. Eriquezzo railed against the casino to his over 2,000 followers, saying, "Think about it... I shelled 11 barrels into one of your events. I would have played here for life. I will never be back." He continued, Tweeting, "Never threatened anything at all. Was swearing, bitching, etc. about the beat. The floor is now likely trying to cover his ass." In his mind, the punishment was "way out of proportion" and many in the poker community agreed. "DQ'd seems beyond excessive," said Matt Salsberg on the forums. "At most they should give him two orbits and a Xanax." Stealthmunk pointed to Phil Hellmuth's (pictured) sometimes-outrageous table manners, saying, "If @phil_hellmuth acted exactly how @RyanEriquezzo did, he wouldn't get tossed. And that discrimination with lots of $ involved is a joke." But while some opposed the ruling, others found Eriquezzo's behavior reprehensible and defended Parx's actions. Pokeraddict had no patience for such behavior and pointed out the fact that while the grinder threw a fit, other players were forced to sit through a delay while the spectacle played out before them. "I support any poker room/TD/series/suit that immediately disqualifies any player that purposely damages cards at a poker table out of anger," he said. "Anyone that does this does not belong or need to be in a casino environment." Others thought that due to Eriquezzo's experience at the tables, he should be afforded no sympathy. "He's been around poker for years, knows how his table etiquette should be, he just lost control," said one P5er. "He totally deserved to be DQ'd. You are supposed to conduct yourself properly at the poker table. He did not, so why should the players and staff have to put up with him?" In a Two Plus Two thread, Glantz(pictured) chimed in to explain the casino's reasoning behind the ruling. "While other venues may tolerate that type of behavior, we will not at Parx," he stated firmly. "I guess we are the exception in the industry that we choose to protect our staff and make sure we maintain an enjoyable environment for all players. I am so very proud of that fact." He then highlighted that the incident might make other players think twice before they acted in same way. "I can tell you one thing for sure... It is much less likely you will see a player rip/throw cards/berate staff in a future Parx tournament." Eriquezzo has been very successful in tournaments throughout his career, winning over $1.2 million on record, according to the Hendon Mob. His biggest cash came when he took first place in the 2012 WSOP National Championship, pocketing $416,051. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. It was just last week that Ted Forrest denied Phil Hellmuth his 14th braceletin a $1,500 Razz event at the World Series of Poker. Now, Hellmuth (pictured) is once again in position to score his record-extending piece of hardware in a $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event. However, a parade of PocketFivers and several established pros stand in his way. --- 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. --- The event, the 15th on the 2014 WSOP schedule, started on Thursday with 810 entrants and 15 remain. PocketFiver Heinz zhivKamutzki, who won the FTOPS XIV Main Event in November 2009 for $418,000 following a three-way chop, holds the chip lead in the Six-Max event at 841,000, ahead of the 815,000 belonging to Winamaxpro and PocketFiver Davidi legrouzin Kitai. By the way, Kitai has two WSOP bracelets. Hellmuth Tweeted rather gingerly on Friday, "At end of Day 2 in #WSOP6Max, there are 15 players left, 6 make the official final table. I have average-ish stack #TimeToWinWSOP14 14 14 14." If you didn't see this week, Hellmuth is among those working with a site called IfOnly, which brings experiences with celebrities to the general public. One option allows you to play poker with Hellmuth for nearly $50,000. But, we digress. Hellmuth relegated Day 2 chip leader Brandon Cantu to the rail on Friday after Cantu ran A-J into the Poker Brat's aces. As coverage on WSOP.com noted, "With that, Hellmuth, who notched his 102nd WSOP cash in this event, eliminated his 'frenemy.'" He bagged the sixth largest stack at 491,000 and has in excess of $12.3 million in career WSOP earnings. One of the shortest stacks entering Saturday's play in Event #15 belongs to PocketFiver Alen lilachaa Bilic (pictured), who hails from Bosnia and Herzegovina and was ranked as high as #7 on our site earlier this year. Bilic has $1.4 million in tracked online MTT winnings. The top prize in the $3,000 NLHE Six-Max event is $508,000 and each of the 15 players left is guaranteed $19,000. Here's how the leaderboard looks, with the blinds ending on Friday at 4,000-8,000-1,000: 1. Heinz zhivKamutzki - 841,000 2. Davidi legrouzinKitai - 815,000 3. Pratyush Buddiga - 760,000 4. John Andress - 699,000 5. Mark RenRad 01 Darner - 538,000 6. Phil Hellmuth - 491,000 7. Gordon stlouis6 Vayo - 483,000 8. Bill Burford - 454,000 9. Artem Artem205 Metalidi - 448,000 10. Ryan Olisar - 444,000 11. Gabriel Andrade - 439,000 12. Zachary Korik - 221,000 13. Vladimir Geshkenbein - 178,000 14. Alen lilachaaBilic - 105,000 15. Tony Ruberto - 98,000 Also on Saturday at the Rio, another poker veteran, Captain Tom Franklin (pictured), is searching for his second WSOP bracelet. Event #16, a $1,500 Limit 2-7- Draw Lowball tournament, will play down from eight to one, with Franklin leading the way. Here's how the field stacks up with a top prize of $124,000 hanging in the balance: 1. Tom Franklin - 436,000 2. David Bell - 426,000 3. Kevin kice32 Iacofano - 264,000 4. David Gee - 126,000 5. Vladimir Shchemelev - 117,000 6. Todd Bui - 104,000 7. Aaron ndgrinder59 Steury - 80,000 8. Ismael Bojang - 14,000 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.
  9. Have you ever dreamed of getting a private poker lesson from Daniel Negreanu or partying with One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari in Vegas? Well, now you can, but it'll cost you. A company called If Only is in the business of offering what it calls "extraordinary experiences for good," where fans of sports stars, musicians, world-class chefs, and more can pay to hang out with their favorite celebrities. The company, which donates a portion of its sales to charity, recently added famous poker players to its roster, but the pricey packages on offer have raised eyebrows. Poker fans have their choice of spending time with six well-known poker personalities: Liv Boeree, Phil Laak, Jamie Gold, Phil Hellmuth (pictured), Negreanu, and Esfandiari. But it was Hellmuth's profile in particular which drew the attention of the poker world, which had a lot to say about the "Poker Brat's" high-priced options. The 13-time WSOP bracelet winner offers fans five experiences, ranging from $16,700 to $42,900. At the low end, you can meet Hellmuth at the WSOPand "have a drink with Phil as he poses for photos and signs autographs." At the high end, you can set up a two-hour private game with the outspoken pro and five friends, where "Phil will share the tactics and strategies that made him one of poker's most dangerous players." In addition, Hellmuth offers his time as a motivational speaker and will serve as the master of ceremonies at your poker tournament for an undisclosed price. A portion of his payment will go to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation. Many poker players were shocked at the high prices and pointed out that one could simply catch up with the personable pro at the Rio for no charge. "Considering Phil will take a picture and sign an autograph for free, that's one hell of an expensive drink," said "1p0kerboy." "AdamSchwartz" agreed, replying, "or you could fly to Vegas for $300, walk up to Phil, hand him a drink, and ask him what it's like to be back at the WSOP. Save yourself about $16,300." Others pointed out the high prices charged by poker players compared to the cost of meeting world-famous celebrities on the site. Miley Cyrus (pictured), for example, offers a $2,000 backstage concert package where fans can meet the singer and receive VIP treatment during the show. Pop sensations Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga offer similarly priced packages. "These guys are so full of themselves… They do know they are poker players right?" said "beauvanlaanen." But some defended the inflation, like one poster who recalled an event at which Hellmuth was paid to emcee. "The organizers paid Hellmuth $25,000 to appear. He schmoozed, he was funny, went table to table with a microphone," he said. "He gave all the players a nickname and ragged on everyone. He ended up coming in third and hung out for an hour after and everyone loved him." Other poker players on the site charge similar prices, like Esfandiari, who will take you out for a "VIP Vegas night" for $35,800, and Negreanu, who will sit down with you and your friends for a private game for $42,900. A portion of Esfandiari's payment will go to Guy Laliberte's One Drop organization, while Negreanu's donation will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Other experiences include a private game with Laak for $42,900, a poker lesson with Main Event bracelet winner Gold for $16,700, and a hike along Red Rock Canyon with European Poker Tour winner Boeree for $5,000. Hellmuth has a stellar career at the WSOP, nearly snagging his 14th gold bracelet in this year's $1,500 Razz event, but coming up short against Ted Forrest to take second place. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. On Friday, Phil Ivey (pictured) became the fourth player to reach ten World Series of Poker bracelets after taking down a $1,500 Eight-Game event. As a result, those who bet against Ivey and Daniel Negreanu capturing a WSOP bracelet this year were sorely disappointed, not to mention a little poorer. --- 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. --- The reserved Ivey told WSOP officials following his win, "It's number ten. That's a good number. Me and Daniel [Negreanu] made these bets. That's what I'm talking about. I said either me or him were going to win [a gold bracelet] and we took even money. Me and him were both very deep in this tournament. This was a great opportunity. The tournaments are dying down. There's not too many left. I knew I had to get this one or else it was going to be pretty tough from here." Ivey entered the final day of the Eight-Game event, when 14 players remained, in third place. Making life even more uncomfortable for bettors was the presence of Negreanu, who started Friday in ninth place in the same tournament and ended up finishing in ninth as well. Ivey, Johnny Chan, and Doyle Brunson, all of whom have ten bracelets, are three away from tying Phil Hellmuth for the all-time record of 13. On reaching that mark, Ivey said, "Do I think I can catch Phil Hellmuth? Sure, I think I can catch him. It's possible. We just have to see how it goes. I just have to keep playing at this pace. I got to keep playing a lot of them because [Hellmuth] plays a lot of them, so it's a lot of work." Ivey and Bruce Yamron were in a dead heat in chips entering heads-up play, but Ivey quickly took a 3:1 lead and extended it to better than 6:1 before Yamron doubled in a hand of Stud. The tournament ended shortly after heads-up play began during Omaha Eight or Better with Ivey making aces and kings against Yamron's aces and sevens. Ivey's last bracelet came in 2013 in a $2,200 Mixed Event at WSOP Asia-Pacific. He has $6.5 million in career WSOP earnings and was the youngest person to reach nine gold bracelets. We should also mention that PocketFivers Aaron ndgrinder59Steury and Stephen stevie444 Chidwick (pictured) made the final table of this event, finishing in fourth and fifth, respectively. Steury, who won a HORSE bracelet in 2011, cashed for the seventh time at this year's WSOP. Chidwick, who is from the UK, is up to $1.2 million in WSOP cashes for his career. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Phil Ivey - $167,332 2. Bruce Yamron - $103,375 3. Dan Heimiller - $66,246 4. Aaron ndgrinder59Steury - $44,286 5. Stephen stevie444Chidwick - $30,488 6. Yuebin Guo - $21,692 7. Christoph Haller - $15,720 Check out all of our WSOP coverage, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. According to various news outlets, Phil Hellmuth (pictured), a 13-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and former Main Event champion, had a chance to appear alongside his better half on the ABC reality series "Celebrity Wife Swap." However, Hellmuth reportedly is leaning toward not appearing on the show out of deference to his bride. CardPlayer published the following Tweet from Hellmuth on Wednesday. We should point out that the message had been removed when we checked his feed: "Have an offer to be on ABC television show 'Wife Swap,' but wife won't do it! Though I'm sure she would look amazing! #WifeIsAwesome." If you've never heard of "Celebrity Wife Swap," the hit show features the matriarchs of two families switching places and, according to its description, "revealing the various ways some controversial celebrities live their lives." Past participants have included "Laguna Beach" star Heidi Pratt, reality stalwart and mom of eight Kate Gosselin, and former football player Plaxico Burress, who once accidentally shot himself in the leg. Hellmuth told PokerNews about the opportunity, "It's pretty cool to get that offer. I would love to do it. That kind of stuff is fun for me and I feel like it's a chance for the world to see me, to see the real me. I think too often people think I'm a jerk. If they see me on that show over two weeks – never lose my temper, never swear, a lot of patience – I think they would say, 'Wow, this is the Phil that we've never seen before,' but this is the real Phil." Hellmuth is currently camped out at WSOP APAC in Australia and joked on Twitter, "It hurts to fly all the way to Melbourne, play great poker, and lose! Then again: sometimes I fly across the world and crush." He has formerly been linked to the ABC series "Dancing with the Stars", but has not yet appeared and instead primarily chooses to focus on playing live games. Poker players have made a habit of appearing on mainstream reality television shows. In early 2013, Daniel Negreanu appeared on Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker" (pictured), eventually hitting it off with a woman named Lindsay. Apparently, plenty of people watched Negreanu's appearance, as the episode was the highest rated in the show's history with a 1.4. Annie Duke was the runner-up to the late Joan Riversin Season 2 of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" and also appeared on the game show "1 vs. 100." Jean-Robert Bellande was a castaway on "Survivor: China," as was poker player Garrett Adelstein, who was the second player voted out of "Survivor: Cagayan." According to F5, Hellmuth and his wife have been wed for about 25 years. In a bio on his personal website, he claims his lifelong goal is to "be the greatest poker player of all-time, but one who always puts family first." He lives in California with his wife Katherine and has two kids: Phillip III and Nicholas. He's a native of Madison, Wisconsin and was a three-year attendee of the University of Wisconsin. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  12. Last week, World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop champ Dan Colman (pictured) provoked another firestorm of controversy after popping into a 2+2 thread and laying heavy criticism on 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. After watching his comments spread like wildfire through the poker community, the 24-year-old softened his stance on the "Poker Brat" and issued an apology of sorts. In the same post, though, Colman couldn't help but speak his mind and praised 2014 Main Event winner Martin Jacobson, while chiding his predecessor, Ryan Riess. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- In his original remarks, Colman blasted Hellmuth, calling his table behavior "truly pathetic," while referring to him as "spineless" and "a cancer to this world". He also questioned the "Poker Brat's" association with Ultimate Bet, his refusal to answer questions regarding the site's cheating scandal, and implied that Hellmuth would do "anything for a payday." But the young grinder apparently didn't anticipate the way his post would be scrutinized by the media. Hellmuth himself even Tweeted about the insult, saying that "it was personal and it hurts." That's when Colman decided to take things down a notch and posted a lengthy response in the original thread. "I admit to being too harsh in my initial post. Phil didn't deserve that hateful of a message," he said. "I was a bit heated in the moment and it showed in my writings. I underestimate how much the poker world amplifies anything I have to say now that I have god-moded a few live tournaments." Colman continued by reiterating his decision to not become an ambassador for the game. "I am sorry, but I'm not going to be that guy," he said. "Luckily for you guys, there's an abundance of players out there who I am sure can bring good attention to poker and cast it in a good light." One of his favored candidates for that role seems to be 2014 WSOP Main Event bracelet winner Martin Jacobson (pictured). "Look to the new Main Event champ… unlike the last champ, he doesn't have to go around saying he's the best in the world after winning," he said. "He plays phenomenal poker and carries himself exceptionally well, so his peers are happy to do the talking for him." With that statement, he took a shot at 2013 Main Event winner Ryan Riess, the 24-year-old poker pro who often claimed that he was the best poker player in the world. That said, Coleman heaped more praise on this year's Main Event winner while continuing to criticize Hellmuth (pictured). "I think I can speak for any legitimate pro when I say that I want someone like Martin representing the game of poker to the casual fan over an obnoxious brat like Phil Hellmuth, who I think makes a complete mockery out of the game with his antics," he continued. "If you want poker to be taken seriously and seen as a sport, I think we should all be condemning PH for his conduct." While he may have apologized to Hellmuth initially, Coleman went right back on the attack, questioning the controversial pro's involvement in Ultimate Bet. "As much as some of you guys want to give him a pass on his table behavior because you think it draws in people to poker, sites like UB, which he represented, do the exact opposite and put a stain on poker that is hard to remove," he said. "In my view, he is a terrible ambassador for the game and I think it's despicable that with all the money he made as the face of UB, he has never even sat down and engaged the poker community about his involvement." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. There is no arguing that Luke "FullFlush" Schwartz (pictured) is a fantastic poker player. It was almost six years ago that he made his presence known to the poker world when he started tearing up the high-stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker, going toe-to-toe with the game's best players. More than his poker skill, though, he immediately became known for his abrasive personality, as he was not shy about trash-talking. And it was frequently not lighthearted trash talking, either. Put it this way, he used to call Dan Cates an "autistic spaz" and called railbirds "railtards." He called a live tournament table populated by Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, and Phil Ivey "fishy." Now 30-years old, Schwartz sat down with PokerListings to see where he stands in poker and in life. Right off the bat, Schwartz appears to be more mature, as he had to put his kids to bed before the interview. He confirmed as much, saying, "I'm a new man now. I'm 30 years old - a bit different from the brash, ego-driven, crazy guy who roamed around the poker tables when I was in my early 20s." Once Schwartz gained attention for both his skilled poker play and his table antics, he began being invited to televised poker events such as the PartyPoker Premier League and Full Tilt Poker Million. He played it up for the cameras at the time, but is now actually embarrassed by the way he acted, telling PokerListings, "It's pretty cringe-worthy when I look back at myself. Everyone hates the sound of his or her voice and it's even worse when you are being stupid. I don't watch my old footage anymore." "I was a hyped-up kid with too much money. I was in my own little world really." He certainly was in his own little world. Take the time in 2009 when he was temporarily banned from the Vic Casino in London for refusing to remove his hat upon request. Fortunately, poker promoter Eddie Hearn, a friend of Schwartz's, was able to convince the casino to lift the ban. Then there was arguably his silliest and most infamous incident, which happened only a month later. After busting on Day 2 of EPT London, he went to the hospitality area and ordered a sandwich. We say "ordered" because he allegedly walked away without paying and played the "I'm awesome, I can do what I want" card when asked to pay. For a while, it was rumored he had been banned from all Grosvenor Casinos in the UK, but in the end he was given a warning. Even as recently as last year, Schwartz went on a Twitter rant against PokerStars for apparently temp-banning him from the site. He dropped f-bombs left and right while calling PokerStars management "Nazis" and the site "rigged." He says he is different now. While he still wouldn't be afraid to speak his mind at the tables, he says he isn't an "attention-seeking whore anymore." As for poker, Schwartz says he has been doing well lately and has been sticking to Mixed Games, mostly online. He has been staying away from big No Limit games because he feels they are unwinnable now. While he is only up about $18,000 on PokerStars this year according to HighStakesDB, he is up almost $150,000 since mid-November. Similarly, on Full Tilt Poker, he is only up about $37,000 on the year, but is up $174,000 since mid-November. Schwartz also discussed other poker players with PokerListings. The site asked him if Phil Hellmuth is a "whore" (likely referring to Hellmuth's constant desire to be in front of a television camera). Schwartz didn't go that far, saying he didn't have much of an opinion on the 13-time WSOP bracelet winner, but offered the opinion that Hellmuth isn't that skilled, and more power to him if he feels marketing himself is the best way to make money. On the flip side, there is Dan Colman, who Schwartz says is "far better" than Hellmuth, but since he doesn't have charisma, he isn't as "important" to the game as Hellmuth. Schwartz also said he greatly respects Alex Kostritsyn, calling him "a very honorable guy and very clever." He respects the game of Michael Thuritz, but says he has an "ego/attitude problem." Visit PokerListings for the full interview. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel (pictured) has hit it big once again, this time taking down the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for nearly $4 million. The 27-year-old scored his second gold bracelet in his sixth career WSOP final table. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Duhamel told WSOP officials when the tournament ended, "I feel so lucky and so blessed in so many ways where I am right now. This is the biggest buy-in event of the summer and it turned out to be my second-best day." The One Drop event sent a portion of each player's buy-in to the eponymous charity that's focused on water issues worldwide. This year's gathering created the largest prize pool of the 2015 WSOP thus far at $14.2 million and Duhamel's competition at the final table included the likes of 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) and 2014 Big One for One Drop winner Daniel Colman. Duhamel doubled up early on at the final table with aces. He said of the key hand, "After that, I could just use my chips and played my game." Complicating matters was a medical emergency at the Rio that stopped play in all events after a participant had a heart attack. Colman was all-in against Bill Klein when the stoppage occurred. In the end, Duhamel outlasted Klein for the win and the almost $4 million first place prize. He commented, "This tournament and this cause mean a lot to me. So, to win this tournament is such an honor. I know Guy [Laliberte]well and he's the one who started this. I've also been a spokesman for One Drop. This tournament and the money raised will help lots of people. So for me, this is like a double win." The final table was packed with bracelet winners and self-made millionaires. Colman is up to $17 million in WSOP winnings after bagging $1.5 million in this tournament. Ben Sulsky has recorded three straight fourth place finishes in WSOP events and is a nosebleed-stakes cash game player. Anthony Zinno is the reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year: 1. Jonathan Duhamel - $3,989,985 2. William Klein - $2,465,522 3. Daniel Colman - $1,544,121 4. Ben Sulsky - $1,118,049 5. Dan Perper - $873,805 6. Phil Hellmuth - $696,821 7. Anthony Zinno - $565,864 8. Sergey Lebedev - $466,970 All 137 entrants in this tournament were male and the field included two first-time WSOP entrants. There were 98 Americans and 39 players from other countries, with England constituting the second largest group with 21 players. The ages of participants ranged from 21 to 74; John Morgan was the eldest statesman. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  15. On Monday night, Phil Hellmuth (pictured) won his record-extending 14th World Series of Poker bracelet. He triumphantly Tweeted when the $10,000 Razz event was over, "BOOOM!! Won my 14th @WSOP Bracelet!!! Dedicated it to a friend I lost recently: Dave Goldberg. Giving my bracelet to Goldies family." --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The tournament drew 103 entrants and featured a loaded final 10 that included Mike GoLeafsGoEhLeah, Stephen stevie444Chidwick, newly minted bracelet winnerShaun shaundeebDeeb, and Thomas "Thunder" Keller. There were 26 bracelets among the final 12 players, and 17 bracelets among the final eight. Congratulations poured in on Twitter. Gavin Smith Tweeted, "Contacts to @phil_hellmuth. You continue to amaze me! Glad I have that PH13 hat away, when can I pick my new one up? #GOAT." Sorel Imper1um Mizzi added, "All the haters out there can chirp all they want, but there's no denying that @phil_hellmuth knows how to win bracelets." Todd Brunsonprodded on Twitter, "Congratulations to @phil_hellmuth for winning his 14th bracelet. He's still a one trick pony, he just switched from Hold'em to Razz." And finally, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) chimed in, "Hellmuth wins #14 and apparently is a professional Razz player now! Congrats @phil_hellmuth." Hellmuth's first 11 bracelets came in Hold'em. Two out of his last three, however, are in Razz. He's the only person to win the WSOP and WSOP Europe Main Events and told WSOP officials on Monday, "It's an amazing feeling. It's one of those ones where I kept my head down the whole time. I tried to stay divorced from the result, detached from the result. I was just focusing on playing great, playing great, playing great." In terms of his recent success in Razz, Hellmuth explained, "I think I figured something out about Razz in maybe 2012. All of a sudden, the game just clicked. I was like, 'Wow, this game just makes sense.' Then I won a Razz bracelet!" Hellmuth is up to 109 WSOP cashes, 52 of which are for final tables. Heads-up, he defeated Mike Gorodinsky, also a bracelet winner. Hellmuth said of his adversary, "Mike is just really tough and I need all of my concentration to give myself the best chance to beat him. He played phenomenal poker." Here's how the final table shook out: 1. Phil Hellmuth - $271,105 2. Mike Gorodinsky - $167,517 3. Adam Owen - $104,914 4. Mike GoLeafsGoEhLeah - $75,964 5. Thomas Keller - $59,370 6. Jyri Merivirta - $47,344 7. Stephen stevie444Chidwick - $38,447 8. Brandon Shack-Harris - $31,727 Congrats to Hellmuth on his 14th bracelet! Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  16. In his acceptance speechon Saturday for his 14th World Series of Poker bracelet, Phil Hellmuth thanked his sponsors. He thanked Ariaspecifically for "sponsoring me and taking really good care of me" and went on to thank other sponsors in general. Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Twitter erupted. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- It all started with Olivier livb112 Busquet, who said on Twitter, "Did this guy really just thank his sponsor?" He added, "I found it inappropriate and disrespectful to use that moment/opportunity to make a shrewd business decision." Matt Glantz immediately responded with, "I find it odd that u wear a Free Palestine or Save Israel t-shirt on a TV table but Phil can't thank his sponsor... Phil thanking his sponsor can only help the possibility of some other poor schmuck getting a sponsorship in poker." Scott Seiver was another player who weighed in, saying, "Olivier(pictured), I'm so confused. That is so normal for sponsored athletes. There is nothing wrong with it whatsoever." Darryl DFish Fish also opined, asking, "If Nike offered you a sponsorship contingent on you plugging them in speeches, you wouldn't do it?" Glantz then added, "Would be weird for an NBA broadcaster to admonish Lebron James for thanking Nike after winning the championship." We'll see if that happens soon enough. Bryan Davilapromptly posted a picture of Busquet rocking a Full Tilt hat and shirt with a big smile on his face. The caption: "You look awfully happy plugging the man." Zing! Kevin KevmathMathers referenced an acceptance speech 12 years ago by Prahlad Friedman: "Prahlad Friedman giving his views about the war in Iraq after winning a bracelet in 2003." Mathers added, "Not that I can get into someone's thought process, but assume Olivier would feel the same if Negreanu thanked Stars?" And yes, Twitter erupted because Hellmuth mentioned Aria in an acceptance speech. Now we've seen everything. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  17. If you're looking for an entertaining World Series of Poker tournament to rail on Monday night, check out the $10,000 Razz event, which is down to its final 12. The group is absolutely loaded with talent, headlined by 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) and Shaun shaundeeb Deeb, who is looking for bracelets in back-to-back events. Get your popcorn ready. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The tournament resumes at 2pm PT on Monday with UK player Adam Owen atop the chip counts with 591,000. He is one of four non-Americans left and leads the second place stack of bracelet winner Thomas Keller by 56,000. The two lead the next closest stack, which belongs to Hellmuth, by over 200,000. Hellmuth is gunning for his second career Razz bracelet and his first piece of hardware in three years. The last two cashes Hellmuth has had in WSOP events were both for final tables. He owns $12.5 million in career WSOP winnings and is the only person ever to win the WSOP Main Event and WSOP Europe Main Event after taking down the latter in 2012. Fourth and fifth on the leaderboard with a dozen players left belong to Erik Seidel and Mike GoLeafsGoEh Leah (pictured), respectively. Seidel has the sixth most WSOP bracelets ever at eight, while Leah has a bracelet and two Circuit rings. Then there's Deeb, who captured victory in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championshipover the weekend for his first gold bracelet. With a first or second place finish in the Razz event, he'd pass $1 million in career WSOP winnings. Deeb is a former #1 playerin the PocketFives Rankings. Here's how the leaderboard looks with 12 left. When play paused on Sunday, the blinds were at 10,000-20,000 with a bring-in of 3,000 and an ante of 2,000: 1. Adam Owen - 591,000 2. Thomas Keller - 535,000 3. Phil Hellmuth - 307,000 4. Erik Seidel - 284,000 5. Mike GoLeafsGoEhLeah - 242,000 6. Mike Gorodinsky - 239,000 7. Stephen stevie444 Chidwick - 235,000 8. Jyri Merivirta - 225,000 9. Shaun shaundeebDeeb - 155,000 10. Eric gpokerg Wasserson - 141,000 11. Brandon Shack-Harris - 58,000 12. Trevor Jones - 39,000 The winner gets $271,000 and all 12 players remaining are guaranteed at least $22,000. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  18. Fourteen-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) has historically been pretty reticent when it comes to discussing the dark side of UB, the site that formerly sponsored him. From a cheating scandal reportedly masterminded by Russ Hamilton to insolvency that left many players high and dry, UB's embattled past is well-documented. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- In an ongoing AMA on Reddit, Hellmuth opened up about the cheating scandal, which took place from 2005 to 2007. Prompted by PocketFives Community Manager Kevin KevmathMathers, Hellmuth said of the incident, "I was proud to have had a big role in forcing an investigation at UB, which led to $25 million being returned to the players. People said I should have left the site, and that would have been easy to do as I was wanted by Full Tilt. But I saw another pro get haunted for years because the site he repped did not pay the players back. Staying was the right move, and I was happy when the players were paid back." Some on Reddit and Twitter thought Hellmuth was talking about the state of the site post-Black Friday and were confused as to who was paid back $25 million, but "The Poker Brat" meant the cheating scandal. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which licensed Ultimate Bet, said Hamilton was the cheating group's ringleader. In 2013, a recorded UB meeting involving Hamilton was released. On Reddit, Hellmuth said he was "happy when evidence emerged a few years later that made it clear thatI wasn't aware of what was happening. The poker world stuck by, but the evidence was nice and completely shut up the haters." Hellmuth has not answered other questions on Reddit regarding when UB players could be paid back following Black Friday, if at all. Mathers also asked about recovering players' money, Greg Pierson, and Hamilton (pictured), but Hellmuth did not address them. We count three specific references to Hamilton in the AMA. To that end, Mathers told us, "My takeaway is that his version of history is much different than what others have said on Twitter after reading his response. He also apparently read my question as being about the superuser scandal (where players were not made whole) and not Black Friday (which was the intent of my question). He also ignored the questions about Russ Hamilton and Greg Pierson." On Twitter, players took issue with Hellmuth claiming he had a "big role in forcing an investigation at UB." However, David Paredes, who was interviewed in a 2008 "60 Minutes" story about the cheating scandal, commented on Twitter, "no1 at UB responded until Mike [Fosco] and I literally sat at @phil_hellmuth table on UB and asked him 2 look into it." Check out the Reddit AMA here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  19. On Monday night, going head-to-head with two Monday Night Football games on ESPN, the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event began airing on ESPN2. Like in recent years, the action started not on Day 1, but on Day 4, when 661 entrants remained. Amar Anand held the chip lead and Phil Hellmuth (pictured) graced the feature table. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- To open the first hour of coverage, Daniel Negreanu, seated at an outer table, put in a raise, saying he didn't actually see three diamonds on the board until after he bet. Negreanu didn't have a flush and his opponent got out of the way, giving "Kid Poker" even more chips. Meanwhile, Michael Shanahan won a pot with K-J of diamonds against K-J offsuit after rivering a flush and delivering a bad beat. He became the new chip leader of the Main Event as a result. Trending the opposite way was former Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel, who ran K-Q into A-7 on his final hand. The first Main Event champion from Canada was drawing dead by the turn and busted out. Antonio Esfandiari, the inaugural Big One for One Drop winner, doubled up an opponent who flopped a pair of nines and rivered trips. Esfandiari held ace-high in the hand and dropped almost half his stack. Joe dude904McKeehen (pictured) busted a player who had pocket tens after hitting a set of aces. Then, William Wachter, the oldest player ever to cash in the Main Event at age 94, hit the rail after committing his chips with K-J on a flop of 3-7-A against an opponent who had A-J. The board filled out K-7 and Wachter was eliminated. Back at the feature table, it was Hellmuth being Hellmuth. ESPN showed a segment called "Mic Check" in which Hellmuth spouted off phrases like "Three times they re-pop; it's gonna be such a good day" and "It's so yummy." Yummy indeed. One of our favorites was, "You play the cards, Mukul [Pahuja]; I play the people… and the cards." To start the second one-hour episode, it was ice cream time. Hellmuth asked Tournament Director Jack Effel for rocky road ice cream for the table, but Effel ended up bringing out chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry instead. Who says the WSOP doesn't play favorites? In non-dairy matters, 2013 WSOP November Niner JC Tran was all-in with kings against jacks and watched as his opponent hit a jack on the flop. Tran busted as a result and the camera flashed to Negreanu moving to the feature table. Also at an outer table, 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (pictured) moved all-in pre-flop with pocket sevens and ran into pocket queens. The board ran out 3-9-3-4-4 and Riess was done. Back to Hellmuth now. He shoved all-in with queens and got a taker in Negreanu, who had A-K. "Kid Poker" hit a king on the flop and never looked back, sending Hellmuth to the rail. As ESPN poker commentator Lon McEachern put it, "It all comes crashing down for Phil Hellmuth." In his post-game interview, Hellmuth appeared a tad vindictive, saying, "I made him call it off on a guess." He added that he had only been all-in twice during the 2015 WSOP Main Event and said he deserved to still be in the tournament. Poor Phil. You can catch new episodes of the WSOP on ESPN2 next Monday at 8:00pm ET. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  20. [caption width="640"] The Super High Roller Bowl confirmed 47 of 49 entrants on Tuesday.[/caption] Three months before cards are even in the air, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria Hotel and Casino has sold out all 49 available seats. And the list of confirmed players reads like a who's-who of the high-stakes tournament scene - with the glaring omission of one name. Andrew Robl, Dan Colman, Doug Polk, Dan Smith and Fedor Holz are among the 47 confirmed names. Brian Rast, who won the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl, is also one of the players who have confirmed their place in the event. Not surprisingly, others from the 2015 final table are also slated to make another run. Runner-up Scott Seiver is joined by Connor Drinan, Timofey Kuznetsov, David Peters and Tom Marchese. Each one of those players cashed for at least $1 million last year when the buy-in was $500,000. "The speed at which this exciting event sold out is evidence of the popularity of the Super High Roller Bowl and of poker itself,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central, the broadcast partner of the event. “With some of the most exciting and famous players already locked in, the Super High Roller Bowl will be riveting to watch.” While most of the regulars from the high roller circuit are in this event, one such player is not amongst them. Phil Ivey, who played the event last year, is not included in the list of 47. Other players who are confirmed to play include Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel. Only 47 of the 49 players in the field were announced as two final spots are being held for ARIA VIPs. A shot-clock will also be enforced throughout the tournament. Players will have 40 seconds to act on their hand and will have five 60-second time banks to use each day to extend their allotted time. Players are also expected to adhere to a business casual dress code and players are not permitted to wear sunglasses at the table. This year, the buy-in is $300,000 and the prizepool is guaranteed at $15,000,000. With $300,000 added to the prizepool by sponsors, the SHRB is a negative-rake event. “I’ve never seen a high-stakes tournament sell out three months in advance," Sean McCormack, ARIA Director of Poker Operations. "It’s unprecedented. We have a significant waiting list, too.” The speed at which the event filled even caught some players off-guard. Registration opened on January 22 and nearly four weeks later, interested players were being turned away. Max Silver, who won a $25,000 High Roller event at Aria last May, attempted to lock up his seat in mid-February, only to find there was no more room. "Guess I'm not playing the Aria 300K," Silver tweeted on February 16. "Seems like I bubbled the remaining spaces for pros." The event runs May 29 to June 1 at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Play will start with seven seven-handed tables and the final seven players will all cash. The winner walks away with $5,000,000.
  21. [caption width="640"] Michael Phelps' 'game face' was all the rage at the Rio Olympics[/caption] Michael Phelps’ Olympic career is now officially over and many are wondering if he may turn his attention to poker to fuel his competitive spirit. It seems he may have already done that - even during one of the most iconic moments of Rio games. In an interview with NBC TODAY Show’s Billy Bush, Phelps confessed that while South African rival Chad le Clos was doing his best to get in the head of Phelps prior to their 200-meter butterfly semi-final meeting, the most decorated Olympian in history was, among other things, playing Open Face Chinese on his phone. “Texting sometimes. I was playing Pineapple, it’s a card game, and I was changing music,” said Phelps. Pineapple is an OFC app that is popular with a number of top poker pros including Shaun Deeb, Jason Mercier and Phil Hellmuth. Phelps went on to finish second in the semi-final, one spot ahead of le Clos, on his way to winning his 20th career gold medal while le Clos did not hit the podium. Phelps is no stranger to the world of poker. During the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, Phelps gave an interview to the Baltimore Sun where he indicated his desire to play on poker’s biggest stage. "I think it would be cool to play in the World Series of Poker," Phelps said. "My game is a little off right now, so I'll have to start improving it a little bit. But I think that would be cool, and it would be cool to meet some of those poker guys." He recorded his first live tournament cash in October 2008, making the final table of a $1,500 buy-in WSOP Circuit event in Las Vegas. In September 2012, not longer after his first retirement following a successful London Olympics, he won allegedly won $100,000 in a cash game at Caesars Palace and soon found himself getting tabloid attention. Phelps went on to deny the big score but he didn’t stop playing poker. In January 2013 Phelps entered his first $10,000 buy-in poker tournament when he played the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. Later that summer he went on to play in his first WSOP event, a $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event. He failed to cash in either event. Phelps also has a number of friends in poker, most notably former roommate Jeff Gross who has been in Rio to cheer on Phelps during his final Olympics. He’s also been known to pal around with the likes of and Antonio Esfandiari and is clearly a fan of the world of poker. In 2012 he sent a good luck message to fellow Marylander Tony Gregg. Phelps' Hendon Mob profile lists three cashes but the most recent one is a $1,123 score on August 11 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. It's highly unlikely that cash belongs to the Olympian, given that Phelps was in Rio, finishing second in the 200 meter individual medley semi-final. His only two cashes are the WSOP Circuit Main Event in 2008 and a 104th place finish in a WSOP Daily Deepstack. His total winnings are $5,580.
  22. [caption width="640"] Don't bet against Phil Hellmuth winning WSOP Bracelet #15 this summer[/caption] The 2016 World Series of Poker gets cards in the air on Wednesday, July 1. Over the next five days PocketFives presents the 2016 WSOP Preview highlighting everything you need as the poker world heads to their own version of Summer Camp. With a record 69 bracelets on the line this year, the 2016 World Series of Poker could be one of the most grueling ever for players who play a busy schedule. That being said, there’s still going to be one or two or three players who rise to the occasion, find themselves on the heater of a lifetime and ride that to a bracelet (or two) and maybe even WSOP Player of the Year. We’ve picked out eight players that are worth watching this summer – some for their WSOP history, some for the promise they bring and some because we all hate them. We’ll let you decide who is who. Phil Hellmuth – 14 bracelets, $13,539,727 million in WSOP earnings The legend doesn’t let anyone forget that he has the most WSOP bracelets in history (14) and he’s always a safe bet to win another. Hellmuth plays tournaments sparingly outside of the WSOP so he will play almost every event he can, including of some of the lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events that most of his peers skip. Phil Ivey – 10 bracelets, $6,447,630 million in WSOP earnings With the proper motivation and mindset, Phil Ivey may be the most feared player on the WSOP felt. He’s the most likely candidate to pass Hellmuth’s career bracelet record, but seemingly without six-figure side action driving Ivey he might not even show up. Such was the case in 2015 when he only played the One Drop High Roller and the Main Event because the richest cash games in the world were not in Vegas. 2014 was the last year Ivey put in a full schedule and scored his tenth bracelet and four cashes. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 0 bracelets, $0 in WSOP earnings Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Jeff Lisandro, Ted Forrest and Puggy Pearson – the only players in WSOP history to win three bracelets in a single year. But none of them did it their first WSOP and none won $4.1 million at 20 years-old. Dzmitry Urbanovich has $10,000 bet with 200-1 odds with Vanessa Selbst that he can do exactly that. Urbanovich is the first real 21 year-old rookie people have had their eyes on in many years, but the main difference is that he already is used to big stage in a live event with a couple of European Poker Tour wins and two runner-up finishes in Super High Roller events. Ari Engel – 0 bracelets, $695,157 in WSOP earnings Ari Engel hasn’t had a home in over two years, opting instead to live week-to-week travelling to different poker events. He’s won eight WSOP Circuit rings but he’s never won a bracelet despite 23 cashes in bracelet events. If Engel doesn’t win a bracelet soon, he may be remembered as this generation’s Tony Cousineau. Mike Leah – 1 bracelet, $1,410,735 in WSOP earnings Mike Leah’s WSOP resume is that of a grinders’ grinder. He has lived at the Rio the past couple summers in order to play the most events possible – sometimes three in a day. Though he only has one bracelet, he has 37 career cashes and cashed nine times in 2015 alone. He’s been a contender in multiple Player of the Year/Series titles, both live and online, can play all the games well and has the bankroll to play as many events as he can handle. Howard Lederer – 2 bracelets, $1,617,227 in WSOP earnings Perhaps the most hated person in poker, Howard Lederer is seemingly returning to WSOP action this summer. He has been seen here and there over the last couple years at poker events and rooms and recently released a public apology. If Lederer returns to play a number of events at the WSOP an incident-free summer seems highly unlikely. Daniel Negreanu – 6 WSOP bracelets, $16,172,789 in WSOP earnings The most recognizable poker player in the world and only two-time WSOP POY has said many times that he feels he should have more bracelets that he does. His most recent bracelet came during the 2013 WSOP Europe and he hasn’t won a bracelet in Las Vegas since 2008. Negreanu’s deep run in the 2015 Main Event has been eating at him for months and no one should be surprised if he takes home two bracelets this summer. Fedor Holz – 0 WSOP bracelets, $651,849 The German Wunderkind debuted at the WSOP in 2015, cashed four times, finished 3rd in the $10,000 Six Max Championship and finished in 25th place in the Main Event. His big game experience from Europe places him in rare air with a couple other young German players. Outside of the WSOP Holz won two big buy-in events – a High Roller in the Philippines and Alpha8 Bellagio – and final tabled two Super High Roller events at EPT Monte Carlo.
  23. [caption width="640"] Sara Hall was the executioner of Phil Hellmuth's 2016 WSOP Main Event dreams[/caption] Sara Hall isn’t just some amateur taking a shot at the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event. She’s an accomplished player, having won a WSOP Circuit ring and she most recently got close to winning Casino Champion at the Circuit stop at Horseshoe Baltimore. On Thursday however, she found herself in a spot many players, amateur and pro alike, would love to be in. Playing Day 3 of the Main Event with a chance to bust Phil Hellmuth from the one event he loves more than almost anything else. Hellmuth began Day 3 with 82,300, a little more than half of the average of 155,000. He initially found himself at a table with former Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko on his immediate left. Hellmuth eventually found himself in ‘poker brat’ mode and after one hand against Staszko, launched his phone some 15 feet in the air. Not long after that Hellmuth’s table broke and he was moved to Hall’s table and seated to the right of her. When Hellmuth sat down, Hall texted her husband to let her know the 14-time bracelet winner was now at her table. “I told my husband ‘Phil Hellmuth just got moved to my table’ and he said, ‘I just told your mom I had a dream you knocked him out’ and I said ‘I tried he folded, last hand before break’,” said Hall, whose mom was also watching from the rail. Not long after coming back from the break, Hall looked down at [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"]. With blinds of 1,500/3,000, the UTG player raised to 8,000. Hellmuth moved all in for his last 32,000 and Hall made it 60,000. Everybody folded, leaving Hall heads-up with Hellmuth. Hellmuth showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"] and could only watch as the board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="kd"] and Hellmuth was eliminated but for those expecting fireworks, Hall has bad news. “No, no dramatics at all - probably because he got his money in bad. Had it been a flip, there would have been dramatics,” said Hall, who quickly passed word back to her husband. “I texted him 'busted him!'.” While he avoided any TV-worthy meltdown, Hellmuth took to Twitter to express his disappointment with being out of the Main Event. She then sent one more follow up text to her husband, just in case. “I told him to go back to sleep and have a dream I make the final table, please,” said Hall.
  24. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu and Kevin Hart are just two players that could round out the field of the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Just about two weeks ago, Aria poker room management was faced with a difficult decision. When registration opened for the 2017 PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl, a total of 54 players put down a deposit to lock up their spot in the $300,000 buy-in event. Only problem was there were only 35 spots open to the public while the other 15 spots in the 50-player event were being held for invited players only. Degens gonna degen, so the only solution was to hold a lottery, drawing 35 numbered balls out of a tumbler. Each number corresponded to one of the players who had paid the deposit. You can view the final list of 35 names here and you’ll notice it’s missing some of the bigger names in the game today. In an effort to make make things easier on Aria’s Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack we’ve compiled a list of ten names - five pros and five recreational players – that should be pat of the field when action kicks off May 28. Daniel Negreanu – Poker’s all-time leading money winner was one of those players who paid their deposit and was ultimately left out of the group of 35. It just makes too much sense to get Negreanu into the event. First off, he’s a PokerCentral ambassador, but beyond that he makes for great TV and success in this event would help him get closer to crossing some of his 2017 goals off of his list. Phil Ivey – The high stakes room at Aria – the host of the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl – is named Ivey’s Room after the ten-time WSOP bracelet winner, an honor bestowed on him when the Aria poker room first opened in 2009. Only problem is Ivey probably couldn’t find it without a map since he apparently hasn't spent a lot of time inside the room. To many poker fans out there, Ivey is still the draw and having him in one of poker’s biggest buy-in events feels like a win for everybody. Jason Koon – Another one of the players who lost out on the lottery, Jason Koon might be one of the hottest high stakes players on the planet right now. Since July 2016 he’s cashed ten times, with four of those being wins, for $4,544,781. In January he won the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller for $1,650,300. While other players might not want him there, he's certainly earned the invite with his play. Phil Hellmuth – With four days of live TV coverage expected, it’s hard to imagine that Phil Hellmuth won’t find a way to get in front of the cameras. Sure, he can do the commentary like he does for the WSOP Main Event, but Hellmuth loves getting in with the best in the game and showing he can hang. He’s also a PokerCentral and Aria ambassador so it seems likely he’s getting an invite. Mike McDonald – Sure, he’s taken his talents to Twitch lately and is dedicating some time to his PokerShares.com project, but Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald is still a threat on the high stakes tournament scene and has built himself quite the following over the past few years. Besides, who doesn’t want to tune into CBS Sports' coverage of the Canadian guy just staring at everybody? Kevin Hart – The recent PokerStars Championship Bahamas saw comedian Kevin Hart make his super high roller debut. Hart played the $100,000 SHR event, firing two bullets in the event. He made every table he played at a fun one and could be a star of the live broadcast should he find his way to a feature table. Cary Katz – Locks are for doors and windows, but you can safely bet your net worth on Cary Katz getting one of the 15 reserved seats in the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl. Why so sure? Well, he’s the founder of PokerCentral and the Super High Roller Bowl is one of his proudest creations. Bobby Baldwin – Sure, he’s a WSOP Main Event champion but even he’s ready and willing to admit that he’s not a professional anymore. Still, having Bobby Baldwin in the tournament would give it a level of prestige and allow the old guard to be represented by one of the best ever. Dan Shak - Yes, he has a day job that he happens to be extremely successful at, but Dan Shak has also amassed $8.7 million in lifetime earnings at the poker table including a seventh place finish in last year's Super High Roller Bowl. He's a regular in the Aria high roller events and has proven on multiple occasions that he's capable of hanging with the younger pros who regularly populate those events. Bill Perkins – If you look at the group of extremely successful businessmen who have entered the world of high stakes tournament poker, none have had more fun that Bill Perkins – and it’s got nothing to do with winning. The hedge fund manager just loves playing poker and the bright lights of the SHRB would be a great place to showcase that.
  25. [caption width="640"] Christopher Vitch now has two WSOP bracelets after winning the K Stud Hi-Lo Championship on Monday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Phil Hellmuth woke up Monday morning with a chance at adding his 15th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship event but as the cards played out, Hellmuth didn’t even make the final table. Instead it was yet another repeat bracelet winner topping the field. While that $10K event played to a winner, another was just starting up on an action-packed day at the 2017 WSOP. Scott Baumstein On Top of Monster Stack Heading to Day 3 New York’s Scott Baumstein went from just 94,400 chips at the start of play Monday to 1,592,000 at the end of it to finish with the overnight chip lead. Just 233 players remain in pursuit of the bracelet and the $1,094,349 first place prize money. Right behind Baumstein is Adrien Allain of France with 1,500,000. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Paul Volpe bagged up the sixth biggest stack at 1,043,000. Other notables moving onto Day 3 include Scott Montgomery, Simon Deadman, Maurice Hawkins, Joe McKeehen, TJ Cloutier, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Ole Schemion. Monday’s action saw 1,711 players eliminated - just under three each minute - but a fortunate few managed to bust in the money. Ari Engel, Scotty Nguyen, Gordon Vayo, Loni Harwood, Noah Vaillancourt, Matt Berkey and David Peters were amongst the more notable names that managed to finish in the money on Monday. Action resumes at 11 am PT on Tuesday with another 10 levels on the schedule. Top 10 Chip Counts Scott Baumstein - 1,592,000 Adrien Allain - 1,500,000 Claas Segebrecht - 1,337,000 Alessandro Esposito - 1,065,000 Brandon Meyers - 1,052,000 Paul Volpe - 1,043,000 Oldrich Miklik - 1,042,000 Andrii Novak - 1,004,000 Jacob Naumann - 958,000 Jason James - 937,000 Christopher Vitch Wins Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship For the second year in a row, Christopher Vitch is taking a bracelet home from the WSOP. Last year he took home the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw event for his first bracelet. This year he beat out a tough final table, including Benny Glaser heads-up, to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship. Things went really smoothly all day. Mostly I had plenty of chips throughout the whole thing. Only in the heads-up it did it get where Benny had the advantage for a while. Overall it was just one of those days where everything went my way,” said Vitch. When the day started there were 11 players still hoping to take home the bracelet and $320,103 first place prize including 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. The Poker Brat came into the day with the seventh biggest stack but fell just short of making the final table, eventually busting in ninth. Glaser finished second for $197,838, his third biggest WSOP score to date. Abe Mosseri, who earlier this WSOP won the Omaha Hi-Lo Championship event, finished third for $138,608. Jonathan Duhamel also made the final table, eventually busting in fifth place. Andrew Kelsall started the day with the chip lead, eventually settling for a sixth place finish. Final Table Payouts Christopher Vitch - $320,103 Benny Glaser - $197,838 Abe Mosseri - $138,608 Jameson Painter - $99,342 Jonathan Duhamel - $72,876 Andrew Kelsall - $54,748 Brock Parker - $42,146 Alex Luneau $33,265 Chino Rheem Leads Final 19 in $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Chino Rheem improved his overnight position in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event by just one position on Day 2, but it’s the best he could considering he came into the day second in chips. Rheem, who has four World Poker Tour titles to his credit but no bracelets, finished with 952,000 to put him just ahead of Luis Calvo with 914,000. No other players managed to cross the 800,000 chip mark. The bubble did burst on Monday with Mike Sexton, Robin Ylitalo, John Racener, Anthony Zinno, Felipe Ramos, Sam Soverel and Christian Harder all among the notable players to finish in the money. The remaining 19 players represent nine different countries including the United States, Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Canada, England, Costa Rica, Russia and Germany. Action resumes at 2 pm PT with the final table set to stream on PokerGO later in the evening. Top 10 Chip Counts Chino Rheem - 952,000 Luis Calvo - 914,000 Daniel Reijmer - 776,000 Mark Reilly - 675,000 Alberto Fonseca - 611,000 Aleksei Altshuller - 593,000 Rudolph Sawa - 584,000 Gerhard Schleicher - 574,000 James St Hilaire - 559,000 Roussos Koliakoudakis - 553,000 Will Berry Leads $1,500 NLHE Bounty Event The Bounty events at the WSOP are proving to be pretty popular. On Monday, 1,927 players showed up to play the $1,500 NLHE Bounty event with each elimination worth $500. At the end of 10 levels of play Will Berry was just ahead of Brandon Cantu at the top of the chip counts. Berry finished with 219,700 while Cantu bagged up 216,500. Harrison Gimbel and Jacob Bazeley also managed to build up a top 10 stack. Just 264 survived the opening day with the money bubble bursting late in the day. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Joseph Cheong, Vinny Pahuja, Sam Grafton, Chris Bjorin, Maria Ho, Mike Leah and Diego Ventura. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Will Berry - 219,700 Brandon Cantu - 216,500 Fred Berger - 197,800 Chen Yu Hung - 189,600 Harrison Gimbel - 188,800 Damon Sandor - 172,200 Jacob Bazeley - 159,500 Jorge Corral - 156,800 Ronald Sewell - 147,800 Michael Comisso - 146,200 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better Draws Huge Field So far this summer the $10,000 Championship-level events have drawn either small increases or, for the most part, a downturn in attendance. Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better has been played at the WSOP before but 2017 marked its debut in the $10K Championship rotation and if Monday’s turnout is any indication, it won’t be going away any time soon. 207 players showed up to play on Monday, making it just the second $10K event to draw more than 200 players so far this summer, joining the Six Max NLHE event in that category. At the end of Day 1 just 116 players managed to move on to Day 2 with Italy’s Dario Sammartino sitting on top of the field with 294,300. The current WSOP Player of the Year leader, Ray Henson, managed to finish with a top 10 stack. As did Josh Arieh, David ‘ODB’ Baker and Scott Clements. Other notables moving on included John Monnette, Phil Hui, Calvin Anderson, Mike Leah, Marco Johnson, Shaun Deeb, Brian Rast and Ben Yu. The 116 survivors unbag at 2 pm PT and will play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Dario Sammartino - 294,300 Ryan Miller - 228,700 Sean Remz - 224,700 Josh Arieh - 212,500 Tommy Chen - 209,200 Joe Tehan - 200,300 Scott Clements - 193,600 Ray Henson - 169,200 Tyler Groth - 169,000 David ‘ODB’ Baker - 167,500

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