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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. It's time for another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie discuss an action-packed week in the world of poker. This week, the guys break down the ups and downs of the epic heads-up match between Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu who battled it out in Round One of the latest edition of High Stakes Duel to the delight of poker fans. Also, the World Series of Poker has announced dates for the return of the live, in-person Las Vegas poker festival for 2021. WSOP also discussed dates for both a domestic online gold bracelet series as well as the return of the World Series of Poker Europe to King's Casino in Rozvadov. All of that and so much more! 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. For more than six hours on Wednesday night, poker fans around the world were tuned in watching Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth go head-to-head in High Stakes Duel II. During the first three hours, Negreanu racked up pot after pot while Hellmuth seemed more focused on eating. Hellmuth put the take-out away however and over the final two hours of play came back from 19-1 chip deficit to take out Negreanu to capture his fourth High Stakes Duel match. "That was super intense. I played against Jungleman [Dan Cates], and I was down to 4,000 of 200,000 in chips, and here Daniel had 95,000 to my 5,000. I came back to win against Jungleman, and I came back and won this," Hellmuth said. "I didn’t see Daniel do anything particularly wrong, but most people other than Daniel will allow you to get back into the match because they’re not really finishing the way they should finish." Negreanu's control began as soon as cards were in the air on Wednesday night and he held the lead over Hellmuth for almost four full hours. Three hours into play, with Negreanu holding nearly a 4-1 lead over Hellmuth, the pair played a pot that brought The Poker Brat front and center. With blinds of 250/500, Hellmuth limped with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and then re-raised to 3,700 after Negreanu made it 1,500 with [poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"]. Negreanu called and the flop came [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"]. Negreanu checked, Hellmuth bet 4,000 and Negreanu decided to call. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and both players checked. The [poker card="5s"] completed the board and Negreanu bet 5,000 with Hellmuth having just 12,000 behind. Hellmuth called and Negreanu tabled the winner to leave Hellmuth with just 14 big blinds. "You might win this fuckin' match, but I tell you what, I fuckin' hate the way you played," Hellmuth said after standing up and pacing around the set. "You played so fuckin' bad, it's crazy. What the fuck you putting 3,700 in with 4-6?" In the wake of that rant, Hellmuth folded [poker card="kc"][poker card="9c"] on a [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"][poker card="js"][poker card="jd"] board after Negreanu bet 1,500 into a 3,000 chip pot to leave himself with 5,000. The lowest point of the match for the 15-time bracelet winner came just a few hands later when he dipped to 4,000. A little more than a half hour later, Hellmuth found himself all in for the first time on the night and it ended up being a key hand on his way to the win. Negreanu min-raised to 1,200 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="5c"] and Hellmuth called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"]. The flop came [poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"] to give both players flush and straight draws. Hellmuth checked and then moved all in for 10,200 after Negreanu bet 600. Negreanu called and then discovered he was in rough shape. The turn was the [poker card="5d"] to give Hellmuth a six-high straight. The [poker card="kh"] river changed nothing and Hellmuth doubled back to 22,800. "Just turns out I had him in bad shape because he had a huge hand. He had an open-ender, two overcards, but it just so happened that I had a better flush draw. I did still think he may outdraw me, but that red five on the turn was amazing,” Hellmuth said. Just 30 minutes later, Hellmuth nearly evened the stacks out and found himself down just 4,000 chips. He took his first lead after raising to 17,500 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] on a [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"] board. Negreanu had bet 6,000 on the river with [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"] and folded to send the 42,500 pot to Hellmuth. Down to just seven big blinds, Negreanu moved all in with [poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"] after Hellmuth limped with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. Hellmuth called and saw the [poker card="jc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"] flop give Negreanu an open-ended straight flush draw. The [poker card="kc"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="8s"] river failed to save Negreanu and Hellmuth won his fourth consecutive High Stakes Duel match. The match-up between Hellmuth and Negreanu was the second in PokerGo's High Stakes Duel series and comes on the heels of Negreanu's online cash game battle against Doug Polk. In the first installment of High Stakes Duel, Hellmuth won three straight matches against Antonio Esfandiari. The weeks leading up to the match featured each of the combatants firing barbs at each other on social media. The match was originally scheduled for March 16 but had to be delayed due to "non-player COVID concerns". With Hellmuth's win, the option for a rematch falls to Negreanu. In the wake of the final hand, Negreanu told Hellmuth, "There will be a re-match, you can guarantee that."
  3. The long-awaited return season of High Stakes Poker wrapped up on Wednesday with a cast full of some of the most active players of the season. Tom Dwan, Rick Salomon, Jake Daniels, and Brandon Steven were splashing away as the clock wound down on Season 9. The opening hand began with Daniels raising to $2,100 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="tc"]. Dwan called with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] before Salomon bumped the action up with a raise to $14,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. Daniels folded but Dwan called. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"][poker card="4h"] and Dwan checked to Salomon and then called a bet of $20,000. The [poker card="7s"] turn produced similar action with Dwan check-calling a $25,000 bet from Salomon. The river was the [poker card="7d"] and Dwan checked once again. Salomon threw out a bet of $65,000 and after a brief contemplation, Dwan folded to let Salomon scoop the six-figure pot and add $63,100 to his stack. As Salomon was raking in the chips, Dwan offered him a $500 chip to let him see his cards. Salomon accepted and Dwan learned he made the correct fold. Dwan made all of that and then some back on the next hand before James Bord got the best of John Andress in six-figure pot. Dwan straddled to $1,600, Salomon called, Andress raise to $3,200 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] before Bord moved all in for $113,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. Dwan and Salomon folded and Andress called. With $230,800 in the middle, the players decided to run two full boards. The first board came [poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"] to give Bord a full house. The second board was just as good with Bord making another set of jacks on the [poker card="jh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2s"] flop. The [poker card="tc"] turn gave Andress straight outs but the [poker card="kc"] river was no help and Bord added $117,000 to his stack. Andress' rough night continued two hands later. Steven straddled to $1,600, Dwan raised to $5,000 with [poker card="6h"][poker card="2h"], Salomon called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5d"], Andress called with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"], and Steven came along for the ride. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="8h"] flop resulted in a check from Steven, a $5,000 bet from Dwan, a fold from Salomon, and calls from both Andress and Steven. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] and Steven checked again. Dwan fired out $25,000, Andress called and Steven folded. The [poker card="4h"] completed the board and Dwan's backdoor flush draw. Dwan bet enough to put Andress all in. After only a minute of contemplation, Andress called and was shown the bad news. Dwan netted $101,000 on the hand. After adding another $200,000 to stay in the game, Andress found himself on the wrong side of another six-figure pot. Daniels opened to $2,500 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"], Dwan called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="5d"], before Andress raised to $10,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. Daniels re-raised to $40,000, forcing Dwan to muck his hand, and Andress called. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"] flop gave Andress little to hold onto. Daniels bet $17,500 and Andress called. After the [poker card="9d"] turn Daniels bet $51,000 and Andress had little choice but to fold. Six hands later, Andress dropped $80,000 without even seeing a flop. Andress straddled to $1,600 and was dealt [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"], Bryn Kenney double-straddled to $3,200 and was dealt [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"]. Steven raised to $11,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"], Salomon re-raised to $35,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"]. With action back on him, Andress made it $80,000 to go. Steven needed just 40 seconds to five-bet to $214,000 forcing to Salomon and leaving Andress frustrated. "I'm running into a fucking buzzsaw," Andress said, as he threw his jacks into the muck. The final hand of the night and the season started with Kenney straddling to $1,600. Steven called with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"], Daniels called with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and Dwan raised to $9,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"]. Salomon called with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] and Kenney, Steven, and Daniels all called to push the pot to $46,600 before the flop. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2c"] flop put Salomon in front with top set. Salomon, Kenney, Steven, Daniels all checked to Dwan who bet $15,000. Everybody but Steven called to see the [poker card="4s"] turn pair the board and all four players checked. The [poker card="jc"] completed the board and Salomon led out for $45,000. Kenney folded, but Daniels called and after Dwan folded, Salomon told Daniels, "I got it," and turned over the winning hand to take down the $196,600 pot. PokerGo has not announced plans for a ninth season of High Stakes Poker, but during the opening segment of the season 8 finale, announcer AJ Benza hinted at the possibility. All episodes of the show are available on demand via PokerGo.
  4. This week's episode of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO started off with the players still talking about Doug Polk folding the second nut straight to Phil Hellmuth shove with the nut straight last week, but quickly turned into an episode of the Tom Dwan Show - and he wasn't even in the game when the episode began. It didn't take long to get a six-figure pot. On the second hand of play, James Bord raised to $1,100 with [poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"], Jake Daniels called with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"], and Hellmuth defended his big blind with [poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"]. The flop came [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"] and Hellmuth checked to Bord, who bet $2,000. Daniels called only to have Hellmuth raise to $5,000. Bord folded but Daniels called to see the [poker card="qs"] turn. Hellmuth check-called Daniels' bet of $7,100 to bump the pot to $30,100. The [poker card="2h"] river completed the board and Hellmuth led out for $14,000. Daniels raised to $57,000 and Hellmuth went into the tank. "I keep thinking, 'I'm going to fold this and he's going to show me the bluff and I am going to quit," Hellmuth said while contemplating his decision. After 2:35 of waiting, Daniels asked for a clock and Hellmuth was given two minutes to make his decision. Hellmuth ultimately called to take down the $144,000 pot and added $73,500 to his stack. On the next hand, Polk left and was replaced by Rick Salomon with Dwan taking his spot in the four seat. Before seeing a single hand, Dwan asked the double the stakes from $200/$400 to $400/$800 and nobody resisted, setting up a night of six-figure pots. Dwan started his reign of dominance by taking down a $57,800 pot, winning another $1,400 after running the turn and river twice against Bord in a $171,000 pot, but all of that was just whetting his appetite for winning a huge pot without a showdown. Brandon Steven opened to $2,400 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="4s"], Dwan called with [poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"], and Bryn Kenney called from the big blind with [poker card="th"][poker card="7s"]. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"] and Kenney checked to Steven who continued for $5,000. Holding a flush draw and middle pair, Dwan raised to $18,000. Kenney folded and Steven called. The [poker card="9c"] turn gave Dwan two pair and after Steven checked, Dwan fired out $33,000 into the $44,400 pot. Steven responded with a raise to $87,000. Dwan took a little more than two minutes before moving all in for $227,000. A visibly frustrated Steven folded his hand instantly and said, "you guys are impossible to bluff. It's amazing." It wouldn't be a Season 8 episode of High Stakes Poker without a bit of a Hellmuth rant. Hellmuth called from UTG with [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. Bord raised to $2,600 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"], Salomon called from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4c"], Kenney came long from the big blind with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] and Hellmuth called. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"] flop got all four players to check. The turn was the [poker card="jd"] and Hellmuth bet $7,000 and only Bord called. The river was the [poker card="3s"] and Hellmuth continued to be aggressive, betting $9,000. Bord raised to $33,000 forcing Hellmuth into a decision. "I just can't fold this, I guess," Hellmuth said after 90 seconds and the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner threw in a call. After being shown the nuts, Hellmuth stood up and treated his tablemates and viewers at home to a monologue on Bord. "I love playing against you, I want you every fucking day," Hellmuth said. "You deserve to lose after all of those weird beats you put on me." With Hellmuth done holding the spotlight, Dwan resumed his domination as the episode drew to a close. After Dwan straddled to $1,600 and Salomon double-straddled to $3,200, Steven raised to $10,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"], Daniels called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"], Dwan called with [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"], and Salomon made it a four-way pot with [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="7h"][[poker card="2h"] and everybody checked to Steven who fired $17,000 into the $41,200 pot. Daniels and Dwan called while Salomon got out of the way. All three remaining players checked through the [poker card="9c"] turn that gave Dwan two pair. The [poker card="js"] river completed the board and Daniels checked, Dwan bet $43,000 which forced Steven to fold. Daniels called and was shown the bad news as Dwan's two pair allowed him to rake in the $178,200 pot. Dwan then took down a $106,600 pot before the final hand of the night, which turned out to be the biggest of the week. Salomon straddled, Bord raised to $3,200 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"], Daniels three-bet to $10,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"], and Dwan also called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"]. Action was back to Salomon and he called with [poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] as Bord folded. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"] flop got Daniels to bet $12,500 and both Dwan and Salomon called. Daniels then fired $33,000 after the [poker card="js"] turn and once again, Dwan and Salomon called. The river was the [poker card="8c"] which finally got Daniels to slow down. He checked, allowing Dwan to bet $75,000 with his queen-high flush. Salomon called with his baby flush and realizing he was behind, Daniels folded. Dwan tabled the winning hand and scooped the $320,500 pot, winning an additional $189,000 as play wrapped up for the week. The next episode of High Stakes Poker is the final one of Season 8 and airs on PokerGo on Wednesday, March 17 at 8 PM ET.
  5. A new episode of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO came with a new cast filled with some of the biggest names to take a seat this season and wrapped up with two superstars clashing in what will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about hands in the history of the show. Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Bryn Kenney were joined by James Bord, Brandon Steven, Jake Daniels, and making his Season 8 debut, Doug Polk. Dwan wasn't seated when play began, leaving action to start seven-handed. After the second hand of the night, where Bord scooped a $36,900 pot with [poker card="6c"][poker card="4h"], Hellmuth seemed to take issue with how Bord was assigned his seat and took aim at his fellow WSOP Europe Main Event champion. "I want you in the game, but I don't want you to get away with a lot of bullshit," Hellmuth said to Bord. Two hands later, the pair would clash. From UTG+1, Hellmuth called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and action folded to Bord in the cutoff. He raised to $2,000 with [poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"]. Everybody else got out of the way and Hellmuth called. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"] and Hellmuth check-called Bord's $3,000 bet. The [poker card="6d"] turn got Hellmuth to check again. This time Bord decided to bet $15,000 into the $11,000 pot while saying, "I'm just going to bluff it off now." Hellmuth complained about how unfair the hand felt before folding face up. Sensing an opportunity to send Hellmuth into tilt, Bord told the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner "good fold" and showed the table his hand. Dwan joined the table for the sixth hand and then had a front row seat for the next big pot. Hellmuth called with [poker card="jh"][poker card="4h"], Steven raised to $2,100 with [poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] and Bord decided to defend his big blind with [poker card="4s"][poker card="2d"] forcing Hellmuth to fold. After the [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] flop, Steven bet $3,000 and Bord called. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] giving Steven a straight flush. He fired a bet of $5,000 and Bord responded by raising to $17,000. Steven thought over his options and decided to call. The river was the [poker card="7h"] and Steven checked, hoping Bord would fire one more time but the Brit checked behind letting Steven scoop the $45,000 pot. A couple of hands laters, Steven was involved in the first six-figure pot of the episode. Steven raised to $1,100 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] and Dwan three-bet to $4,000 with [poker card="9s"][poker card="7s"]. Steven called to see the [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"] flop and then checked to Dwan. Dwan bet $5,000 and Steven called. The [poker card="3d"] turn improved neither player and Steven check-called Dwan's $14,000 bet. The [poker card="3c"] river completed the board and once again Steven opted to check. Dwan bet $30,000 and Steven called and showed down the winner. Half of the players at the table were involved in the next hand - at least until the flop. Kenney opened to $1,500 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"], Steven called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="6c"], Daniels called with [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"] and Bord came along with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] flop gave Bord top pair, top kicker but he checked, as did Daniels. Kenney continued for $2,500, Steven folded, and Bord raised to $8,000. Daniels folded but Kenney called. The turn was the [poker card="2d"] and Bord bet $14,000 and Kenney called. The [poker card="2s"] river slowed Bord down and he checked to Kenney who bet $25,000. Bord called and showed Kenney he had him out-kicked to take down the $122,900 pot for a $64,400 boost to his stack. Ivey then left the table after apparently not feeling well. He was replaced by John Andress who sat down with $100,000 but wouldn't have to wait long to get those chips in play. Looking down at [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"], Bord raised from UTG+1 to $1,100 before Andress raised to $3,500 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"]. Bord called and then got great news on the [poker card="qc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] flop. Bord checked to let Andress bet $2,500. Bord raised to $10,000 and Andress called. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and Bord led for $30,000 and Andress called. The [poker card="ah"] river gave Andress top set. Bord announced he was all in and Andress called all in and then showed Bord the bad news. That $203,000 pot was the largest of the show but certainly won't be the most talked about. The final hand of the night started with Hellmuth raising to $1,100 from middle position with [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"]. Bord called his button with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"] and Polk defended the big blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Polk and Hellmuth straights. Both players checked to Bord who bet $2,000. Polk raised to $7,000 before Hellmuth moved all in for $97,200. Bord folded and Polk asked for a count and that's when the drama began. "Just such a massive raise," Polk said to Hellmuth. "Phil, what do you have over there?" Holding the second best straight possible, Polk indicated he was contemplating making a massive laydown and Hellmuth couldn't keep quiet. "Well, I could easily have ... " Hellmuth said. "What could you easily have?" Polk asked. "You just bet a lot into very little." "I could have a set," Hellmuth said. Polk immediately doubted Hellmuth would shove with a set. "I could have blockers, two tens," Hellmuth said. "Oh, now you're busting out 'blockers'? God, if I fold this and I'm wrong, oh my fucking lord," Polk said. "I think I'm dead a lot given this," Polk said while pointing to Hellmuth. "Or like, you just have ton of equity against me." Throughout all of the post-flop action, Steven, Bord, and Daniels were engaged in a side bet about each player's holdings and were openly discussing it as Polk considered his action. At this point Polk realized he could show his hand without penalty and turned over this hand. Hellmuth put his head down and went quiet and Polk came to a conclusion. "This is completely absurd. He has to get through him (Bord) and then he has to get through me. No, this is just a fold," Polk said while throwing his hand into the muck. Hellmuth refused to show his hand. Commentator Gabe Kaplan called Polk's fold the "best letdown ever on High Stakes Poker." The next episode of High Stakes Poker airs Wednesday, March 10 at 8 pm ET and will features much of the same cast along with the return of Rick Salomon.
  6. 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 this week's all-new episode of The FIVES as Lance and Donnie are joined by none other than 15-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth! Hellmuth hypes up and breaks down his upcoming High Stakes Duel against Daniel Negreanu set to take place in mid-March on Poker. Plus, Lance and Donnie bring you all of the latest news from around the world of poker. Listen in! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  7. In the history of High Stakes Poker there are few players who have moved the needle the way that Tom Dwan has. On this week's episode of HSP, Dwan was his usual aggressive self, playing plenty of hands and when all was said and done he had in fact moved the needle this week, to an uptick of over $300,000. It didn't take long for the fireworks to start. On the first hand of the show, Jason Koon, who took Phil Ivey's seat last week, straddled to $1,600. Action folded around to Jake Daniels in the big blind and he raised to $4,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="3h"]. Koon checked his cards and then told Daniels, "I'm going to call you with a really bad hand" before putting in the additional $2,400 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Koon middle pair. Daniels bet $2,700 and Koon called. The turn was the [poker card="ah"] and Daniels fired again, betting $8,100 into the $14,600 pot. Koon called. The [poker card="ac"] completed the board and Daniels took some time before betting $40,000. Koon tanked for a full minute before folding, giving Daniels an early $16,200 boost. The hot streak continued for Daniels on the next hand. After Daniels straddled for $1,600, Koon raised to $3,500 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"], Dwan called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9c"], and Hernandez came along with [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"]. Daniels also called with [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"] flop gave Daniels trip eights. Everybody checked to Dwan who bet $5,500. Hernandez and Daniels called forcing a fold from Koon. The [poker card="jc"] turn improved both Hernandez and Dwan's outs, but left Daniels ahead. Action checked again to Dwan and fired $22,000 into the pot. Hernandez folded and Daniels called to see the [poker card="ah"] river. Daniels checked to Dwan who contemplated a bet before frustratingly tapping the table to check, giving Daniels the opportunity to show the winner and take the $75,700 pot. With Phil Hellmuth steaming after laying down pocket tens earlier in the session, the 15-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner raised to $3,800 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] after Dwan straddled. Lazaro Hernandez re-raised to $8,500 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] which got Hellmuth talking. "I love poker," Hellmuth told the table. "You guys can't beat me today I don't think." Meanwhile, Dwan called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="5d"] before Hellmuth folded. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2c"] flop gave Dwan control with top pair. Dwan check-called Hernandez's bet of $15,000. The [poker card="4s"] turn gave Dwan another opportunity to check to Hernandez who threw out a bet of $25,000. Dwan called again. The [poker card="4h"] river changed nothing and Dwan checked again. Hernandez bet $30,000 into the $102,800 pot. Dwan took some time before calling and showing the winner to take down the biggest pot of the night to that point. Daniels and Koon weren't done clashing though. Daniels opened to $2,200 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] before Koon, sitting to Daniels' direct left, three-bet to $8,000 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. Action folded back to Daniels who put in yet another raise, this time making it $29,000 to go. Koon called to send the two players to a flop of [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"][poker card="4s"]. Daniels led out for $14,300 and Koon called. The [poker card="3s"] turn gave Koon outs to a flush. Daniels did not slow down and bet $40,000 and Koon called again. The river was the [poker card="2h"] and Daniels moved all in for $128,400. Koon asked for an official count and spent nearly five minutes in the tank before calling and being shown the winning hand. Daniels won the $425,400 pot to add $213,000 to his stack. All of that money didn't stay in Daniels' stack for long. Dwan straddled, and Hellmuth raised to $3,600 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]. Daniels re-raised to $11,500 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"], Dwan called with [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"] and Hellmuth folded. The flop came [poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] and Dwan checked to Daniels who bet $8,200. Dwan raised to $30,000 and Daniels called. The [poker card="qh"] turn was a brick for both players. Dwan checked to Daniels who bet $40,200 which got another call from Dwan. The [poker card="td"] turn completed Dwan's flush draw but he opted to check. Daniels took the bait and bet $90,000. Dwan tanked briefly before calling to take down the $349,000 pot. After the hand, Daniels admitted he didn't notice that the river completed a potential flush draw. That was the final hand of the episode and ensured Dwan finished as the big winner. Dwan won $331,700 on this episode. Daniels was the only other player to crack the six-figure win mark, taking home $128,800. Hernandez was the biggest loser on this episode, dropping $108,700. The next episode of High Stakes Poker airs on Wednesday, March 3 on PokerGO.
  8. James Bord had a story about a bike ride. Chamath Palihapitiya had some insight on how the Houston Rockets changed basketball. And Phil Hellmuth had a rant about just how bad others play. That and a handful of six-figure pots were the highlights from this week's episode of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO. Joining Hellmuth, Bord, Palihapitiya, at the start of the episode were Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Lazaro Hernandez, Jake Daniels, and Brandon Adams. As usual, the stakes were $400/$800 for the No Limit Hold'em cash game. As he is prone to do, Dwan decided to show some aggression early. Hernandez called from UTG with [poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"], Daniels raised to $4,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="7d"] before Dwan re-raised to $17,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"]. Hernandez folded but Daniels clicked back, making it $51,000 to go. Dwan took a moment before moving all in for $174,000 forcing Daniels to muck his cards. Dwan added $52,200 to his stack without even seeing a flop. Not long after regaling the table with his story about attempting to win a prop bet by riding a bike from Miami to Los Angeles, Bord sent Hellmuth on a trip to Tiltsville. From UTG, Bord called with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"]. Daniels, with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"], and Ivey, holding [poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"], both called. From the big blind however, Hellmuth raised to $4,800 with [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"]. All three players called to see a flop of [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="td"]. Hellmuth opted to check and Bord bet $7,000, forcing Ivey and Daniels to fold. Hellmuth called and then checked in the dark. The [poker card="ac"] on the turn gave Bord top pair. He bet $12,000 sending Hellmuth into an early tailspin. Hellmuth: "What are you doing, Bordie?" Bord: "I believe it's called gambling." Hellmuth: "You trying to give me money?" Bord: "Yeah, definitely." Hellmuth called and then checked when the [poker card="6s"] completed the board. Bord turned over the winning hand and Hellmuth launched into a rant that had PokerGO's sensors pounding the beep button. The Poker Brat routine continued through the next hand that saw Hellmuth win a small pot off of Dwan with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. After giving Dwan the rundown on Bord's win, Hellmuth made it clear he was over it. "I've processed it," Hellmuth said, speaking to Bord. "You're going down. Ten years ago, you might have tilted me, but now I see it for what it was." In the aftermath of Hellmuth's loss, his good friend Palihapitiya became the latest player to make quads this season and the venture capitalist got paid. After Palihapitiya straddled to $1,600, Dwan raised to $5,000 with [poker card="7d"][poker card="5h"], Hellmuth folded [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] before Palihapitiya re-raised to $17,000. Dwan called. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Palihapitiya a set and left Dwan with bottom pair. Palihapitiya bet $20,000 and Dwan called. The [poker card="9d"] turn gave Palihapitiya quad nines and with the pot at $76,000, both players checked. The [poker card="7c"] river gave Dwan two pair. Palihapitiya bet $85,000 and Dwan leaned back in his chair smiling, eventually telling Palihapitiya, "kinda feels like you might be going for it". Dwan called and Palihapitiya showed him the goods and raked in a $246,000 pot. Palihapitiya featured in the next big pot, this time taking on Adams. Palihapitiya raised to $2,300 with [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"] and Adams called with [poker card="3h"][poker card="3s"]. Adams moved ahead after the [poker card="tc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"] flop. Palihapitiya lead for $4,000 before Adams raised to $14,000. Palihapitiya called and then checked after the [poker card="2c"] turn. Adams bet $22,000 and Palihapitiya called. The [poker card="8d"] river got Palihapitiya to check again. Adams bet $35,000 and Palihapitiya called and Adams took down the $148,600 pot. At this point, Ivey left the game having not played a significant pot on this episode. Jason Koon replaced him and sat down with $500,000 but stayed out of the picture though the end of the episode. The last significant hand featured the key figures in the big pots played by Palihapitiya. From UTG, Adams raised to $2,500 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. Action folded around to Dwan in the big blind and he re-raised to $10,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"]. Adams called. The flop came [poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"] and Adams called Dwan's bet of $15,000. The [poker card="ts"] turn gave Adams the nut flush draw. Dwan bet $40,000 and once again, Adams called. The [poker card="4h"] river was no help for Adams. With the pot at $131,200, Dwan moved ll in for $145,000 effective and Adams threw his cards away, allowing Dwan to take the pot and add $65,400 to his winnings for the episode. Dwan ended up with a $78,000 net win but was not the biggest winner. Thanks largely to making quads against Dwan's rivered two pair, Palihapitiya ended up with a $87,100 uptick. The biggest loser on the show was Lazaro Hernandez who lost $89,700. Hellmuth wound up losing $38,500. The next episode of High Stakes Poker debuts on PokerGO on Wednesday, February 24 and once again features Hellmuth, Dwan, and Koon.
  9. 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. In the aftermath of the Polk-Negreanu high-stakes, heads-up challenge, news of two more high-profile challenges have emerged and Lance and Donnie break both of them down on this week's episode of The FIVES! First, 15-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and season one High Stakes Duel winner Phil Hellmuth looks poised to be Daniel Negreanu's next challenger. But what will the format be when (and if) it takes place and will it be enough to satisfy the fans? At the same time, 21-year old poker phenom Landon Tice and high-stakes businessman Bill Perkins have publically agreed on a 20,000 hand challenge to start in May. Tice has also agreed to spot Perkins a 9bb/100 advantage - meaning in order to win, Tice will need to win more than $720,000. Finally, the guys discuss all of the most important breaking news from this week in the world of poker. Listen in! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  10. 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
  11. 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 /]
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.

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