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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 the latest and greatest news and views from this week in the world of poker. In addition to recapping all of the action and bracelet winners from the 2020 World Series of Poker, the guys discuss the latest developments in the simmering heads-up match between long-time rivals Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk. While Negreanu and Polk still have to sort all the details out, friends (and rivals) Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth played a $100K heads-up match in the first episode of PokerGO's High Stakes Duel for free and all to see. Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  2. For the penultimate 2020 World Series of Poker Online bracelet event on WSOP.com, Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin rolled back the years to win Event #30 ($500 Seniors Event). Lessin secured the victory for $64,411.20 and his first career bracelet. Allen 'Nucman' Pock started the final table as chip leader and did not waste anytime putting his 3 million strong chip stack to use. Following an early position all in of 234,618 by Al 'BigAl16' Riccobono, Pock called after looking down at [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] which dominated his opponents [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"]. The board ran out a safe [poker card="Jc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"] for Pock sending Riccobono to the rail in ninth. In unusual fashion for this year's final tables, it took another half hour for the next final table bust-out. Brian 'ggtdm' McGill opened to 150,00 in early position with [poker card="Td"][poker card="Th"] and then made the quick call when Carmen 'cjdstable' Dimaria moved all in for 371,944 from the hijack with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"]. Dimaria was looking at a certain double up but McGill moved ahead making a set on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7s"] flop. Only a jack would keep Dimaria in the tournament but he didn't find the help needed on the [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="5d"] river. Now in the usual fashion, the next elimination came 2 minutes later. The then chip leader 'muskrrr' raised to 150,000 from middle position and called the 343,198 button jam from 'bigfatpirate'. 'bigfatpirate': [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"] 'muskrrr': [poker card="Qs"][poker card="9d"] 'bigfatpirate' enjoyed seeing the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="5s"] flop, the [poker card="Ts"] meant the at-risk player was still ahead but 'muskrrr' picked up additional outs with an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the straight draw for 'muskrrr' and sunk the ship of 'bigfatpirate.' McGill picked up another victim shortly after the game turned six-handed. McGill had the easy decision to call 'dusty16's' all in for 161,644 after opening for 150,000 from under the gun. This time McGill, with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"], was the dominator pre-flop crushing the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="5h"] held by 'dusty16'. However a lifeline appeared for the short stack on the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"] flop, a safe [poker card="3c"] came on the turn but the [poker card="Qs"] river sealed the hand for McGill causing 'dusty16' to be eliminated in sixth. Shortly after losing a significant percentage of their stack to Pock, 'gwitsch' moved all in with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="3c"] for 132,402 from under the gun. Lessin, holding [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Th"], isolated the all-in player with a three-bet to 324,804. King high was enough on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2h"] run-out to scoop the pot and cut the tournament short for 'gwitsch'. Four-handed play just lasted three minutes, Pock raised to 120,000 on the button and called the 879,054 three-bet jam from McGill in the small blind. McGill needed help after seeing his [poker card="Kc"][poker card="4c"] was behind Pock's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="5s"]. Both players didn't connect on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"] flop and Pock's ace-high held on the [poker card="6h"] turn and the [poker card="Td"] river. Neither player wanted to miss out on a chance to play heads up for a bracelet and the $64K top prize but unfortunately for Pock it wasn't meant to be. Pock defended his big blind after 'muskrrr' opened to 320,000 on the button to see the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"] flop. Pock called 'muskrrr's' continuation bet of 355,000 to then see the [poker card="5s"] peel off on the turn. All the chips went in on the turn as Pock check-jammed for 2,366,954 over 'muskrrr's' bet of 1,065,000 and they snap called. Despite holding top pair with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"], Pock needed help to over come the [poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"] held by 'muskrrr'. The [poker card="Ac"] river meant 'muskrrr' would have a commanding chip lead going into heads up play. By the next break Lessin had clawed back some chips to cut the lead held by 'muskrrr' to just 900,000. Going into the final hand Lessin, who now held a narrow chip lead himself, opened to 320,000 and called 'muskrrr's' 800,000 three-bet. The flop came [poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"] and the 2,473,504 flop jam from 'muskrrr' was snap called by Lessin. 'Muskrrr': [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"] Lessin: [poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] Lessin sealed the victory after turning a full house with the [poker card="4h"] and the inconsequential [poker card="Jd"] gave the New Jersey native his first WSOP title. Final Table Payouts Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin - $64,411.20 'muskrrr' - $39,819.60 Allen 'Nucman' Pock - $27,864 Brian 'ggtdm' McGill - $19,796.40 'gwitsch' - $14,256 'dusty16' - $10,432.80 'bigfatpirate' - $7,743.60 Carmen 'cjdstable' Dimaria - $5,832 Al 'BigAl16' Riccobono - $4,471.20 Faces in the Crowd The Seniors Event attracted a few of notable names from the poker-sphere. Among those who fell short of the final table but managed to finish in the money were Roland Israelashvili (107th - $648) and Lena Evans (95th - $680.40). Phil Hellmuth couldn't secure bracelet #16 as he finished in 67th for $842.40 and both Greg Raymer (43rd - $1,263.60) and Terry Fleischer (17th - $2,203.20) picked up four-figure paydays.
  3. Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley navigated through 1,483 other players on Saturday night to the early hours of Sunday morning to win the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #25 ($500 NLHE Summer Saver) for $149K and his first career bracelet. Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey made his second WSOP final table appearance in as many nights and started as chip leader. Looking to improve on his seventh place finish from Event #24, Berkey was also on the hunt for his first career bracelet. The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion also got the first final table elimination of the day. Raising all-in on the button to 9,149,831 with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="3c"], Ofir 'panda15' Mor called off his 2,941,919 stack with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"]. Despite Mor flopping middle set on the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6d"] flop, he still had to evade the flush draw. The [poker card="8c"] turn completed the flush for Berkey and the [poker card="3s"] river ended the tournament for Mor. Four minutes later Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley opened to 345,678 from late position and Michael 'ha8me' Policastro called from the small blind. Policastro took the initiative on the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="Qc"] flop, betting 758,517 which was called by Kiley. Policastro jammed for 3,526,398 on the [poker card="8s"] turn and was snap-called by his opponent. Policastro flopped two pair with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"] but was behind as Kiley rolled over [poker card="Ac"][poker card="3d"] for the stronger holding. The [poker card="Tc"] river wasn't one the two outs Policastro needed and finished the day in eighth. The next bust-out came seven minutes later when 'Daddyp69' open-jammed from the cutoff looking to get the walk. Unfortunately, Berkey woke up with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ah"] and called from the small blind looking for another elimination. 'Daddyp69' was drawing to two immediate outs with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] and was sent to the rail failing to connect with the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Tc"] runout. Six-handed play lasted for less than ten minutes when Berkey was again leading the action as he opened from UTG for 480,000. Kevin 'Specialk333' Calenzo moved all-in for 3,330,936 from the cutoff, Weiyi 'wymoney' Mo then four-bet jammed her 5,780,224 from the small looking to isolate Calenzo. The pre-flop action caused Berkey to fold and Calenzo with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] was dominated by Mo's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. Both players paired their ace on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5d"] and both made two-pair with the [poker card="5h"] turn. The at -isk Calenzo was looking for another ace, queen or five to preserve his tournament status but the [poker card="6h"] river meant Mo took all the chips. Berkey's bracelet hunt was dented after being on the wrong side of a cooler against Guo Liang 'Ct188' Chen. In blind versus blind action, Chen limped-called from the small when Berkey raised to 689,999 to see the [poker card="As"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"] flop. Berkey bet 1,166,248 after Chen checked his option, Chen made the call to see the [poker card="Jd"] turn. Chen again checked and Berkey put his opponent all in and was snap-called. Berkey, holding [poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] connected hard, making two pair on the flop but was drawing dead as Chen flopped top set with his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"]. The [poker card="5d"] river meant nothing and left Berkey hanging in there by a thread. Two hands later Berkey was out in fifth, moving all in from the button for 3,237,065. Kiley called in the small blind. Kiley: [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Ts"] Berkey: [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"] Kiley made trips on the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="6s"] flop, the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="Js"] river denied the storybook ending Berkey was looking for. Kiley quickly scored another final table knockout four minutes later. Stephen 'S.Dott22' Russo raised to 1,040,000 from UTG with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"] and called off his remaining 4,723,216 stack after Kiley three-bet jammed for 16,993,456 from the big blind with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8d"]. Both players missed the [poker card="5s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="7s"] board but Kiley's ace-high was good enough to send Russo out in fourth. Mo, who is one of many female poker players who had deep runs in this year's WSOP, called Chen's 800,000 button raise from the big blind. Mo with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3d"] decided to ship her short stack on the [poker card="7h"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6d"] flop, Chen holding [poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] quickly called with third pair. The [poker card="5d"] turn meant Mo picked up a gutshot straight draw but the [poker card="As"] river ended Mo's chances of becoming the first female winner of 2020 WSOP Online event. That left Chen and Kiley both looking to win their first WSOP bracelet event and claim the $149K first place cash prize. Chen three-bet to 2,475,000 after Kiley opened 800,000 and the latter called to see the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4c"] flop. Chen fired a continuation bet, downsizing to 2,125,000, Kiley called again to see the [poker card="8c"] turn. Chen then decided to check-call after Kiley fired for 5,050,000, the [poker card="Jh"] completed the board and Chen checked again. Kiley, who had the chip lead, put Chen to the test for all his chips and he made the crying call with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"] but Kiley's [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Th"] was best and enough for him to scoop a six-figure payday and secure his maiden WSOP gold bracelet. Final Table Payouts Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley - $149,244.52 Guo Liang 'Ct188' Chen - $92,223.22 Weiyi 'wymoney' Mo - $67,300.65 Stephen 'S.Dott22' Russo - $49,554.22 Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey - $36,850.50 Kevin 'Specialk333' Calenzo - $27,637.87 'Daddyp69' - $20,849.62 Michael 'Ha8me' Policastro - $15,903.90 Ofir 'panda15' Mor - $12,315.82 Faces in the Crowd Event #25 brought saw a plethora of familiar faces getting into the money while chasing for WSOP glory. Daniel 'RedSoxNets5' Sewnig finished 49th for $2,618.32 while Anthony 'heheh' Zinno (71st - $1,842.52), Brian Rast (87th - $1,454.62), and Chris Moorman (92nd - $1,357.65) also worked their way into the money. After spending part of the night at the same table, Daniel Negreanu (183rd - $969) and Phil Hellmuth (216th - $873) both added another WSOP cash to their long list of achievements.
  4. Kevin 'TheRealKG' Gerhart came out on top in the Event #20 ($500 PLO 6-Max) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online scoring a $97,511.65 payday and his second career bracelet. Besting 1,136 other entries, Gerhart started the final table as the chipleader and was dominant from the get-go. The first final table casualty was Shanmukha 'Shanmukha' Meruga. Meruga opened on the button to 560,000 and Gerhart completed from the big blind. Gerhart bet 1,200,000 on the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop to put Meruga all in. Meruga called for his tournament life. The at-risk Meruga turned over [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] for second pair whilst chipleader Gerhart had bottom pair with his hand of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"]. Gerhart improved to two-pair on the turn with the [poker card="4h"] and the [poker card="5h"] on the river ended the tournament for Meruga. Fifteen minutes later Adam 'AdamJ080584' Jones was sent to the virtual rail in fifth place. His 1,514,816 three-bet jam in the small blind was called by pre-flop raiser 'Duckmoney420.' 'Duckmoney420' showed [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"] which was behind Jones' [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="Th"][poker card="4c"]. Jones was unable to hold as the board ran out [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="6s"] giving Duckmoney420 queens full of sixes. The very next hand, Gerhart claimed another final table scalp eliminating Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman for fourth. Moorman raised from the button to 600,000 and again Gerhart defended his big blind. The Englishman moved all-in for 933,119 on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7s"] and Gerhart snapped called with [poker card="Th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9c"] for bottom two-pair. Moorman's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] improved to a pair on the [poker card="4d"] turn and despite making two-pair on the river with the [poker card="6d"], it wasn't enough to keep him in the running for WSOP glory. The action didn't let up as it went from three-handed to heads up in 14 minutes. Jenny 'Mobey' Svancara was denied the chance of becoming the first female 2020 World Series of Poker winner after Gerhart sent his third player from the final table to an early exit. In blind versus blind action, Gerhart raised to 600,000 from the small and Svancara called from the big. The flop came [poker card="Kh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"], Gerhart bet 1,200,000, Svancara jammed her 2,665,016 stack and Gerhart called. Svancara was ahead on the flop with [poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="8c"] for two-pair but a [poker card="Jh"] on the turn meant Gerhart's [poker card="5s"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="7h"][poker card="Js"] improved to a bigger two-pair. The [poker card="5h"] on the river eliminated Svancara for a $41,290.15 score. After a back and forth heads up battle between Gerhart and 'Duckmoney420', both players took over the chip lead on several occasions. Even with a 7:1 chip lead for 'Duckmoney420' at one stage, it wasn't enough to put away Gerhart. Gerhart took the chip lead once again after fading the diamond draw held by 'Duckmoney420'. All the chips went in on the [poker card="7c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"] flop, Gerhart flopped the straight with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Td"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"]. The turn and river came the [poker card="Js"] and [poker card="4h"] respectively meaning 'Duckmoney420' missed his nut diamond flush draw with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2c"]. The final hand started with a 1,800,000 button raise from Gerhart which was defended by 'Duckmoney420'. The flop came [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6s"], Duckmoney420 moved all in for 2,555,954 and Gerhart didn't hesitate calling the flop jam. 'Duckmoney420': [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6d"] Gerhart: [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"] The [poker card="7s"] turn gave Gerhart the straight but 'Duckmoney420' was still alive with a flush draw. The spade didn't come on the river and the [poker card="2c"] put the proverbial final nail in the coffin for 'Duckmoney420' and eliminated him in second place for $60,323.53 while giving Gerhart his second career WSOP bracelet and a $97,571.65 payday. Final Table Payouts Kevin 'TheRealKG' Gerhart - $97,571.65 'Duckmoney420' - $60,323.53 Jenny 'Mobey' Svancara - $41,290.15 Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman - $28,601.23 Adam 'AdamJ080584' Jones - $20,210.17 Shanmukha 'Shanmukha' Megura - $14,479.69 Faces in the Crowd Notable names such as Daniel Negreanu (25th - $2,814.07), Shaun Deeb (36th - $2,302.42), Ryan 'JoeyIsAMush' DePaulo (51st - $1,381.45) and 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (95th - $920.97) all added another WSOP cash to their resume's but failed to reach the final table. Negreanu rolled back the years and eliminated Hellmuth. Negreanu, holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"] called Hellmuth's all-in pre-flop shove. The 'Poker Brat' was a favorite with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Ts"] on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="7c"] flop but the [poker card="4c"] on the turn and the [poker card="3s"] on the river gave Negreanu the straight to eliminate Hellmuth.
  5. The opening event of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online events had a little bit everything that makes the WSOP so special. A huge field, a deep run by none other than Mr. WSOP himself, Phil Hellmuth, and a final table that saw a new member, Jonathan Dokler, join the bracelet winner club. Event #1 ($500 No Limit Hold'em Kickoff) drew 1,715 total entries from 1,195 unique players to create a $771,750 prize pool. Dokler's eventual first place prize of $130,426 is the largest single prize on WSOP.com this year, beating the $130,410 score that Champie Douglas earned in the $525 Main Event of the Super Circuit Series earlier this year. As the field dwindled down to two tables, the field included Hellmuth gunning for a 16th bracelet, former World Poker Tour champ Taylor von Kriegenberg looking to add a WSOP bracelet to his resume, and WPT commentator and WSOP bracelet winner Tony Dunst hoping for a second bracelet. Hellmuth was the only one of those three to not make the final table. Taylor von Kriegenbergh moved all-in from the hijack for 751,580 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"] only to have Justin 'MadTitan' Turner call from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="jh"] to give von Kriegenbergh top pair on the flop before Turner made the nut flush on the turn to pick up the first elimination of the night. A few minutes later, Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler picked up his first victim of the final table. Action folded to Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke on the button and he moved all-in for 1,017,824 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="7s"]. Dokler called from the big blind with [poker card="9h"]][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"] flop missed Liedtke and he could do nothing but watch as the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="9c"] river gave Dokler a full house to send Liedtke out in eighth place. The fast pace of eliminations continued as a blind versus blind battle two hands later ended one player's tournament. Michael 'DDSpade' Balan opened to 390,000 from the small blind and 'djp1006' defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] and Balan bet 460,000. 'djp1006' moved all-in behind him for 1,470,536. Balan called and tabled [poker card="th"][poker card="7d"] for middle pair while while 'djp1006' was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] but the river was the [poker card="td"] to give Balan trip tens to bust 'djp1006' in seventh. No one player was able to seize control of the final table to this point with the fourth elimination of the night coming at the hands of a fourth unique player ten minutes later. 'ChefShap' moved all-in from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] with Shawn 'SayGoodNight' Daniels calling from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. Daniels stayed in control through the [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8h"] run out to send 'ChefShap' to the rail in sixth place. The final five players battled for 20 minutes with Dunst holding the chip lead despite not having been responsible for a single final table elimination. Two other players who had sent players packing battled in the next bustout. From the small blind, Balan raised to 555,000 and Dokler re-raised to 1,200,000 from the big blind. Balan called and the two players saw a flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"][poker card="4d"]. Balan checked, Dokler bet 680,000 and Balan called. The turn was the [poker card="2d"] and Balan shoved his last 2,840,000 into the middle and Dokler called. Balan showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="ts"] for second pair and the third nut flush draw only to be shown [poker card="kd"][poker card="4h"] by Dokler for two pair and a better flush draw. The [poker card="3c"] river offered Balan no help and he was sent packing in fifth. Down to four players, Dunst finally found himself a victim. From the button, Dunst raised to 560,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Daniels moved all-in for 1,538,586 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] and Dunst called. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"] flop gave Daniels all kinds of outs. The [poker card="6h"] turn was not one of them and neither was the [poker card="jc"] river to send him home in fourth place. Unfortunately for Dunst, his run didn't last much longer after an all-in preflop flip didn't go his way. Dunst bet 560,000 from the button with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and Dokler responded by three-betting to 1,800,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Dunst moved all-in for 9,450,881 and Dokler called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2s"] flop was a safe one for Dunst and the [poker card="th"] turn kept him in control. The [poker card="kh"] river however gave Dokler top pair and eliminated Dunst in third place. Heads-up play lasted just 20 minutes thanks largely to Dokler holding a better-than 3-1 lead over Turner after Dunst's elimination. On the final hand Turner bet his last 4,765,824 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"] and Dokler called with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Turner top pair but Dokler was now drawing to an open-ended straight. The [poker card="2h"] turn completed that draw and all Dokler could do was watch as the meaningless [poker card="5d"] river completed the hand to eliminate him and award Dokler the win and his first career WSOP bracelet. The win comes three months after Dokler picked up a WSOP Circuit Ring in the Super Circuit Series on WSOP.com and five months after his win in the Borgata Winter Poker Open High Roller for $100,829. Final Table Payouts Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $130,426 Justin 'MadTitan' Turner - $80,416 Tony 'Panoramic' Dunst - $57,881 Shawn 'SayGoodNight' Daniels - $42,060 Michael 'DDSpade' Balan - $30,947 'ChefShap' - $22,998 'djp1006' - $17,287 Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke - $13,120 Taylor 'ZeroTo100' Von Kriegenbergh - $10,110 Notable Finishes Hellmuth was certainly the biggest name to make the money on opening day but not the only familiar face starting off the Series with a cash. Jonathan 'havuuuuuc' Turner (12th - $7,782), Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc (25th - $3,935.92), Dan 'feeltheflow' Sindelar (29th - $3,164.17), Mike 'mouth123' Matusow (44th - $2,623.95), Jesse 'MrJesseJames' Sylvia (137th - $1,003.27), Katie 'katelin' Lindsay (149th - $1,003.27), Napun 'javatini' Java (159th - $926.10), and Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo (247th - $771.75) and managed to work their way into the money on Wednesday night.
  6. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In May, the poker world was surprised when it was announced that Daniel Negreanu, the face of PokerStars, was no longer going to be an ambassador for the online site. Daniel Negreanu And PokerStars Part Ways One of the most stable relationships in the poker world ended in May as Daniel Negreanu and PokerStars announced that they would be going their separate ways. Right before the World Series of Poker and only days after his high-profile wedding to Amanda Leatherman, Negreanu took to Twitter and posted a short video that announced that he would no longer be patched up for the online poker giant. Negreanu began representing the PokerStars brand in 2007 and quickly became the face of the company, including taking on plenty of criticism during PokerStars' controversial termination of the SuperNova Elite program in late 2015. “Daniel has been one of the most influential faces of poker and indeed PokerStars for 12 years,” said Stars Group Public Relations associate director Rebecca McAdam. “It has been wonderful to have his passion, support, and insights throughout our relationship. We wish Daniel the very best for the future, as well as wedded bliss and tons of run good this summer.” Six months after the end of his deal with PokerStars, Negreanu announced he would now be representing upcoming online poker site GGPoker in a deal that is believed to be worth even more than his contract with PokerStars. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] PocketFives Counts Down Top 50 Ahead of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker, the PocketFives editorial staff released their list of the 50 Greatest Players in World Series of Poker History. From old-school legends to internet grinders, the list is a snapshot of not just the history of the WSOP, but also of poker itself. Take a look back at our top 10 list of the players who made their name on the World Series of Poker stage. 10. Jason Mercier 9. Michael Mizrachi 8. Chris Ferguson 7. Erik Seidel 6. Daniel Negreanu 5. Johnny Chan 4. Phil Ivey 3. Stu Ungar 2. Doyle Brunson 1. Phil Hellmuth Phil Hellmuth Is Not Satisfied, Never Will Be With the 2019 World Series of Poker right around the corner, 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth spoke with PocketFives about what it means for him to hold all the records and what the 1989 Main Event winner was hoping would happen at the series, 30 years after his career-defining victory. “It’s in my nature, it’s in my DNA,” Hellmuth said of his drive to be the best. “I'm super competitive, and I’m competing against the best players in the world, in this era, and past and future eras, for greatest poker player of all time.” partypoker Invades Sin City Summer in Las Vegas belongs to the World Series of Poker. But in 2019, partypoker decided to get in on the action and announced that their partypoker MILLIONS series would be headed to the ARIA Hotel & Casino, marking the first time they’ve held a tournament in America. “We’re looking forward to MILLIONS making its debut this summer at the record,” said ARIA Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack. “Our team is excited to add an event of this magnitude to our extensive summer schedule.” The partypoker MILLIONS had a $10,300 buy-in and a $5 million guarantee. The tournament ended up crushing the guarantee with Thomas Marchese taking home the $1,000,000 first-place prize of the over $5.36 million prize pool. Alex ‘SploogeLuge’ Foxen Wins May PLB Live or online, when it comes to poker Alex ‘SploogeLuge’ Foxen has proved he can do it all. In May, he took down the PocketFives Leaderboard for the first time. The former GPI #1-ranked player spent plenty of time in Canada this year, grinding some of the biggest online poker tournaments which helped him reach a career-high ranking of #4 in the world and soar past $5 million in lifetime online earnings.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. [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.
  12. [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.
  13. Every year, history is made at the World Series of Poker. In 2018, poker fans were inundated with amazing accomplishments from some of the most notable names in the game. At the 49th annual WSOP, there was no shortage of superior stories and top-flight headlines to be had to help to make this summer series one for the ages. As the day-to-day details of the WSOP slowly fade from memory, there are some stories from this summer that will be retold for years to come. Here’s a look back at the stories that kept everyone buzzing during the 2018 WSOP. Cynn For The Win There’s always at least one opportunity for poker history to be written each year and that’s when the Main Event champion is crowned. Whoever earns the Main Event bracelet will have their name etched into the WSOP history books and their image forever commemorated with a banner in the Rio. It's a title that can never be taken away. This year, that honor belonged to Los Angeles cash game pro John Cynn. No matter who won the Main Event, it would be memorable. However, Cynn made an extra impression based on how he went about winning. Always smiling, the affable Cynn, showed that he was not only good at the game, but he was good for it too. His personality and charisma were easily captured on camera as he took every flop, turn and river all in stride. His entire journey to the winner's circle showed an entire community what it means to play hard and win with grace. Hellmuth Proves It Again Hellmuth made headlines all summer for a number of shenanigans. Whether it was the "markup controversy" or his Asgardian entrance to the Main Event, Phil made sure that the public didn’t forget about Phil. However, the most amazing moment of Hellmuth’s summer came when he defeated the 452 person field in Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 Minute Levels) for $485,082 and his record-extending 15th career WSOP bracelet. Hellmuth has a lot of critics, both for his on-the-felt antics and his constant self-promotion. Those critics were forced to accept that for the sixth time in the post-Moneymaker era, Hellmuth earned himself another gold bracelet. Only Jeffrey Lisandro and Phil Ivey have earned as many bracelets as Hellmuth after 2003. Ivey and Johnny Chan are the only active players within five bracelets of Hellmuth. Should Hellmuth continue to play at the pace he currently does, it may be a generation or more before anyone even comes close to catching him. Bonomo Takes The Lead One of the biggest stories of the summer came on the last day of the WSOP. Justin Bonomo, having one of the most remarkable years a poker pro has ever experienced, capped off the summer by winning the $1 Million Big One For One Drop. The $10 million payday catapulted Bonomo to just under $25 million in earnings in 2018. The score, combined with his victories in both of 2018's Super High Roller Bowls, has pushed his total career live earnings to $42,979,591. The total is good enough to surpass poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu on the much talked about All-Time Money List. Grinder Makes It Three Not to be overlooked, one of the biggest stories of the summer came during the $50,000 Poker Players Championship when Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi dropped jaws by winning the event for the third time since 2010. The event is billed as one of the most prestigious by elite players in the game. The contest tests the mettle of poker’s best by rotating through a wide variety of games, making Mizrachi's multiple victories all the more impressive. Mizrachi battled through a field of 87 top-tier pros including a final table that seated Dan Smith, Benny Glazer, Mike Leah, Aaron Katz and Poker Hall of Famer John Hennigan. In total, Mizrachi’s earned more than $4.2 million over the course of his three victories (2010, 2012 & 2018). Not to be overlooked, he finished fourth in the PPC at the 2016 WSOP for another $380,000. Thanks in part to his summer performance, “The Grinder” is on the cusp of $17 million in lifetime earnings. With three victories of the PPC under his belt, when he turns 40 in three years, he will likely be in the conversation for a nomination into the Poker Hall of Fame. Cada Closes Out The WSOP 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada was already having a stellar summer when he registered for the 2018 Main Event. Earlier in the series, Cada was the last man standing in Event #3: $3,000 Shootout No Limit Hold'em. The victory scored Cada his third bracelet and added over $226,000 to his bankroll. But things really looked up for the Michigan grinder when he made an improbable deep run in the Main Event. Cada became the first post-Moneymaker Main Event Champion to make it back to another Main Event final table. For a moment there were notions of Cada becoming the first repeat champion since Stu Ungar in 1997 (Cada, like Ungar, had also been bestowed the nickname "The Kid"). However, it wasn't meant to be, as Cada bowed out in fifth place, taking home $2.15 million as a consolation. Remarkably, Cada wasn't finished with the 2018 WSOP. After eight grueling days of the Main Event, Cada immediately registered for one of the final events of the summer. Event #75: $1,500 THE CLOSER saw 3,120 players register in hopes of saving their summer with a big score. Unfortunately for them, Cada came to play and, in the end, he earned bracelet number four by outlasting them all. With the win, Cada picked up another $612,000. In total, Cada cashed in seven different events, made four final tables, won two bracelets and earned himself over $3 million in what will be known as one of the best summer performances in history.
  14. The weekend brought out all of the superstars to the halls of the Rio for the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. As one more tournament came to a conclusion, one of the largest tournaments of the summer, the Millionaire Maker, saw thousands of players begin their latest journey. Here’s a wrap-up of everything that happened on Saturday (June 9) at the WSOP. Zhigalov Wins H.O.R.S.E. It only took 20 minutes on an unscheduled Day 4 for Andrey Zhigalov to defeat Timothy Frazin heads-up in Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Zhigalov wins the $202,787 first place prize and his first career WSOP gold bracelet. After a three hour battle on Day 3 late into the night, play was suspended for the night and the pair came back ready to go back to war. However, a long match was not in the cards and an excited Zhigalov closed out a career-defining win. “I was excited to make Day 2, then I got excited to make Day 3, and then here I was on Day 4,” Zhigalov said, speaking about his journey. “I usually only play limit mixed games. When I play Hold’em and look down at two cards, I think ‘Where are my other cards? Two cards is kind of boring.” Final Table Results For Event #15 1. Andrey Zhigalov - $202,787 2. Timothy Frazin - $125,336 3. Bradley Smith - $87,769 4. Matt Woodward - $62,379 5. Nicholas Derke - $45,006 6. Sandeep Vasudevan - $32,971 7. Scott Clements - $24,531 8. JW Smith - $18,541 Schulman, D’Angelo Final Table Event #17 Bracelet winner Joey Weissman will head into the final table of Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed with a substantial chip lead. However, he’s not the only bracelet winner to reach the final six, in what turned out to be a stacked final table. Popular poker pro and two-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman, as well as bracelet winners Ryan ‘g0lfa’ D’Angelo and China’s Yue Du will also be in the hunt for the $378,743 first place prize. The day started with 27 players and so it only took a swift six hours of play to whittle the field down to the final table. The final six will reconvene at 12:00 noon on Sunday to play to a winner with the final table live-streamed on PokerGo beginning at 1:00 pm PT. Event #17 Final Table Chip Counts 1. Joey Weissman - 3,683,000 2. Ognyan Dimov - 2,560,000 3. Ryan D’Angelo - 2,350,000 4. Antonio Barbato - 2,205,000 5. Nick Schulman - 861,000 6. Yue Du - 796,000 Three Left In $10K Dealer’s Choice The evening came to an end in Event #18: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice with three players remaining to play for the bracelet and the $293,275 first place prize. Bracelet winner Adam Friedman holds the chip lead over Alexey Makarov and Stuart Rutter when the trio return to wrap this up Sunday afternoon at 2 pm PT. Chris Klodnicki ($90,713), David “ODB” Baker ($65,308), Anthony Zinno ($35,082) and Jesse Martin ($26,184) were among the 13 players who started the day but were ultimately busted during the day. Final Table Chipstacks In Event #18 1. Adam Friedman - 3,075,000 2. Alexey Makarov - 1,325,000 3. Stuart Rutter - 1,145,000 Unofficial Final Table Set for $565 PLO Day 2 of Event #19: $565 Pot Limit Omaha is in the books and only ten of the 100 players that started the day remain with chips. Canada's Maxine Heroux returns as the chip leader when the unofficial final reconvenes to determine a winner of the WSOP gold bracelet and the over $181,000 first place prize. Joining Heroux and in pursuit of his fourth WSOP victory is fellow Canadian and former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel will enter the day as the only bracelet winner at the final table and fifth in chips. The contest will be settled on Day 3 which begins Sunday at 2 pm PT. Event # 19 Final Table Chip Counts 1. Maxime Heroux - 2,530,000 2. Criag Varnell - 1,570,000 3. Ilian Lu - 1,410,000 4. Christopher Trang - 1,350,000 5. Jonathan Duhamel - 1,120,000 6. Seth Zimmerman - 1,020,000 7. Jason Lipiner - 850,000 8. Conway Frankenheimer - 760,000 9. Omar Mehmood - 700,000 10. Shaome Yang - 635,000 $5K Big Blind Ante Enters Final Day The elite field of Event #20: $5,000 Big Blind Ante NLHE slimmed down to just 24 after a long day of Day 2 play. At the end of the day, Chris Bolek claimed the overnight chip lead, However, there are plenty of big-name, high-stakes crushers hot on his heels. A number of notable names still remain to vie for the $537,710 first place prize including Jake Schindler, Shawun Buchanan, Seth Davies, Michael Gagliano, Kristen Bicknell and David Peters. There were also plenty of players who managed to make the money but were unable to survive the day. Dominil Nitsche ($14,572), Justin Bonomo ($12,331), Bryn Kenney ($10,639), Humberto Brenes ($8,506), Erik Seidel ($7,860), Kitty Kuo ($7,860) and Olivier Busquet ($7,435) all hit the payout cage on Day 2. Event #20 is scheduled to play to a winner on Day 3 starting at 2 pm PT on Sunday. Event #20 Top 10 Chip Stacks 1. Chris Bolek - 1,129,000 2. Kenneth Smaron - 990,000 3. Jake Schindler - $926,000 4. Ran Ilani - 924,000 5. Shawn Buchanan - 846,000 6. Seth Davies - 812,000 7. Asi Moshe - 698,000 8. Peter Neff - 683,000 9. David Laka - 673,000 10. Patrick Truong - 655,000 Over 3000 Register For Milly Maker Day 1A Event #21: $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker saw 3,046 runners flood the convention halls of the Rio to take their shot at turning a little bit of money into a lifetime score. At the end of the day, Canadian Kyle Hartree ran his stack up to bag the overnight chip lead for this opening flight. There were a number of notable names who also managed to end the evening with a top 10 stack including James Dempsey, JC Tran, Blair Hinkle, Jack Sinclair, Michael Gathy and Faraz Jaka. Plenty of poker superstars survived the day as well. Main Event Champions Ryan Reiss, Martin Jacobson, Joe Cada, Joe McKeehen, Chris Ferguson and Phil Hellmuth all made it through with healthy stacks. Also still left in the field is Shaun Deeb, Adrian Mateos, Lily Kiletto, Mike Dentale, Loni Harwood, Niall Farrell, Tony Dunst and ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey, just to name a few. The total number of participants and prize pool money will be announced once registration for the second flight of this massive tournament closes on Sunday. Millionaire Maker Day 1A Top Ten 1. Kyle Hartree - 208,500 2. James Dempsey - 167,400 3. Nick Schwarmann - 165,800 4. JC Tran - 140,200 5. Blair Hinkle - 124,400 6. Jake Daniels - 116,400 7. Jack Sinclair - 109,400 8. Faraz Jaka - 105,000 9. Rees Scruggs - 102,400 10. Michael Gathy - 86,500 Turner Leads In 8-Game Mix 481 players showed up to register for Event #22: $1,500 8-Game Mix, generating a first place prize of over $147,000. The man in the best position to capture that headed into Day 2 is chip leader Jon Turner. However, a mixed game tournament, no matter the buy-in, is bound to draw some big name competition and that is exactly what Turner faces moving forward. David Bach, Amnon Filippi, Fabrice Soulier, Valentin Vornicu and Daniel Negreanu all managed to bag top 10 chip stacks. There are 134 players left, 70 of which will make the money when play resumes at 2 pm PT on Sunday. Upcoming Action (June 10) Sunday brings the second flight of Event #21B: $1,500 Millionaire Maker at 10 am PT. Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit Lowball Championship will also get underway at 3:00 pm PT. Last year saw 92 players enter with eventual winner John Monnette collect over $256,000 for first place. Finally, the second flight of Event #11B: PLO GIANT will take place at 7:00 pm PT. The first flight which took place on June 4 saw 423 runners register. Lubbock, Texas’ Pedro Arroyos finished the day with 1,757,000 chips to lead all players.
  15. Late Saturday night in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, 1,182 players stood cheering the elimination of Matthew Hopkins in 1,183rd-place. His elimination burst the bubble and sent the remaining players into the money. It also ended Day 3 and In Sun Geoum bagged up 1,696,000, good enough for the chip lead. Right behind him is Frank Flowers with 1,624,000. The only woman to ever make the Main Event final table also finished with a top 10 stack. Barbara Enright, who famously finished fifth in 1995, ended the day with 1,260,000. The day began with 2,786 players still believing they had a chance at taking home the $8.8 million first-place prize money but over the course of just over ten hours of play, 1,604 players were sent packing. The math behind that is somewhat staggering. Every 23 seconds a player had their Main Event run with nothing but a story. Included in that group were Jason Mercier, Greg Merson, Matt Waxman, Matt Berkey, JC Tran, Tom Marchese, and Steffen Sontheimer. Phil Hellmuth, who began the day by showing up almost a full hour late and was dealing with some controversy for his actions in one of the final hands of play on Day 2C, was eliminated by Jans Arends. Hellmuth was all-in preflop with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and Arends called holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"]. The flop and turn were both clean for Hellmuth but the river was the [poker card="9h"] and he was eliminated well before the money. His elimination seemed to go over well with other players watching the live coverage on TV while playing in other Las Vegas poker rooms. There are still a number of prominent players still in contention and now hoping to turn their guaranteed cash into something better. Ben Yu (1,040,000), Paul Volpe (989,000), Chris Moorman (969,000), Chino Rheem (904,000), Phil Ivey (827,000) and Kelly Minkin (795,000) all finished with a top 100 stack. Another player who bagged up chips is four-time World Poker Tour champion Darren Elias. While he's had an impressive amount of success on the WPT, this marks the first WSOP cash of Elias' career. "It's good. I've kind of had a curse in this event, so to finally make the money after 10 tries feels good," said Elias. "I think it's just variance and over the years I probably haven't played my best in this event. I've had bad players play hands well against me and me not play hands well." Action resumes at 11 am Las Vegas time and will play a full five two-hour levels. Top 10 Chip Counts In Sun Geoum - 1,696,000 Frank Flowers - 1,624,000 Alexander Wong - 1,431,000 Samuel Bernabeu - 1,418,000 Eric Sfez - 1,390,000 Michael Lavenburg - 1,356,000 Julius Malzanini - 1,292,000 Alexandro Tricarico - 1,289,000 Kaylen Lebaron - 1,284,000 Barbara Enright - 1,260,000
  16. Poker Summer Camp 2018 has come to a close. The 49th annual World Series of Poker is officially in the books and, as time passes, this year will be remembered for the wild one it was. Thousands of players flooded the halls of the Rio All Suites & Casino in search of their slice of the multi-million dollar prize pools, but also to have the time of their lives playing the game that they love. So, before too much time passes and players begin to look forward to their next great poker excursion let’s take a look at some of the most memorable moments from the summer that was WSOP 2018. The Bubble Bursts In a summer filled with hundreds of thousands of hands dealt, the hand that took the Main Event from ten players down to the official final table of nine may be one of the most extraordinary in Main Event history. The hand seemed so improbable. Three players all-in, two of them holding pocket kings and a third with pocket aces being broadcast to the world via ESPN. Nick Manion raised with his aces and, behind him, Antonie Labat opted to simply call his pocket kings. When short-stacked Yueqi Zhu peered down at his own pair of pocket kings, he moved all in. Having Zhu covered, but with fewer chips than Labat, Manion moved all-in as well. Then Labat had a big decision: call here with his under-represented kings for a shot at the chip lead or preserve his current stack, which was second in strength at the start of the hand. Labat called and the poker world witnessed a three-way all-in to determine who was going to be at the final table. Most likely, more than the players who held the hands, the hand itself will be remembered and celebrated for years to come as an example that when it comes to the WSOP Main Event, anything can happen. Doyle Tips His Hat, Says Goodbye Have we really seen the last of “The Godfather of Poker” Doyle Brunson at the World Series of Poker? “I’m planning on retiring after the summer,” Doyle said in an interview with Poker Central “My wife is not in very good health, and I will stay with her for the duration of either her life or mine. I’m going to stop playing completely, but while I might change my mind, I don’t think that I will. This will be the last time that my wife and I have to spend together, and right now, every day that I leave the house I feel guilty.” His wife’s health situation, as well as the grueling grind of the WSOP’s multi-day tournaments, had the poker world faced with the fact that, at age 84, this may be the last time to appreciate the on-the-felt endeavors of a poker legend. Doyle did not disappoint his fans either. For his last tournament he a deep run Event #23: $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. For a brief moment, it seemed like the poker gods were going to bless Brunson with his 11th bracelet. It did not come to pass though, as Brunson ended up scooting to the rail in sixth place for just over $43,000, bringing a close to a WSOP career that started back in 1972. [caption id="attachment_619532" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Doyle Brunson bid farewell to the World Series of Poker on Tuesday. (Drew Amato photo/PokerCentral)[/caption] Once the moment of Brunson's final tournament passed, he later indicated that he may not be done with the game after all. Spectacle Hellmuth Love it or hate it, both players and fans of poker will remember Phil Hellmuth’s 2018 entrance into the World Series of Poker Main Event. Hellmuth, sitting astride a custom built chopper, came to the tournament dressed as the Marvel Comic’s Prince of Asgard, Thor. He strode into the halls of the Rio shouting "By Odin's Beard!" and hoisting a makeshift hammer high in the air. Surrounded by 14 models, all dressed as the DC comic’s staple heroine Wonder Woman, Hellmuth's grand entrance was captured and broadcast for all to see thanks to the ESPN cameras. Are the circus-like arrivals for the, now, 15-time bracelet winner "good for poker" because they are just good clean fun? Or are they simply a publicity stunt for the man in the middle of the spectacle itself? Either way, the entrance achieved the desired effect as, for the day, social media was abuzz with all things Hellmuth. Colossal Mistake Time and time again we see the pulse-pounding moments when players are on the verge of capturing their first WSOP bracelet. Flush with excitement, but reserved until the hardware is in their hands, it’s easy to be happy for those humble enough to win with grace. Sometimes though, the excitement of having your opponent crushed is too much to handle. When excitement becomes excessive celebration, the poker gods are happy to hand down a healthy dose of humility. Sang Liu couldn't contain his excitement when he discovered that he had Roberly Felicio all-in and dominated. The pair were heads-up for the million-dollar payday of the 2018 Colossus and victory for Liu was two cards away. Lui did just about everything you shouldn't do. He jumped in the air, he danced around the table, ripped off his jacket and, perhaps even, began spending his life-changing payday in his mind. That was not going to happen as with only three outs to the river, Felicio was granted his "one-time" and Liu’s dreams of being a WSOP champion were wiped away. Michael Dyer, ended that strange Day 5 with a massive chip lead, which he rode all the way to a third-place finish in the Main Event.
  17. [caption width="640"] Phil Hellmuth is back at a World Poker Tour final table for the first time since 2010. (WPT photos/Joe Giron)[/caption] It’s been over seven years since Phil Hellmuth last appeared at a World Poker Tour TV final table. His bustout from the 2010 Bay 101 Shooting Star event became one of those Phil Hellmuth moments that everybody remembers. “I kind of blew that one,” said Hellmuth, who, despite all of his other success in poker, has never won a WPT title. On Thursday, Hellmuth makes his long-awaited return to WPT TV when he brings the third biggest stack to the WPT Legends of Poker final table. He’s promising not to blow this one. I'm thinking that the only thing that could stop me (Thursday) is either a super bad beat or I just get fatigued,” said Hellmuth. The 14-time WSOP bracelet winner admits that as he’s gotten older he’s recognized the long days at the table can wear on him and leave him fatigued. He’s got a strategy to deal with that though. It’s not White Magic though. It’s much simpler than that. Naps. “(The other players) fought for a 15 minute break. I went upstairs and took a nap,” said Hellmuth, who turned 53 in July. “That's what I'm going to have to do the rest of my life. I'm older now. I have to take more naps and keep myself fresh. I swear to God, if we’re in the middle of the final table and somehow I get fatigued, I will leave for 15 minutes, rush up to my room or 20 minutes or half an hour and take a nap and ante off, because it's worth it.” Throughout the last three days of the Legends of Poker, Hellmuth has had the poker community buzzing a couple of times with unorthodox laydowns - the very type of thing that Hellmuth has developed a reputation for over the last ten years his career. Late on Day 3, Hellmuth made a fold against chip leader Oddie Dardon that left his tablemates, and those following at home, shaking their heads. With the board showing [poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"][poker card="th"][poker card="5h"][poker card="9d"], Hellmuth bet 83,000. Dardon raised to 275,000, sending Hellmuth into the tank. After using two time banks, Hellmuth folded [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"] face up. Dardon happily showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"] for a bluff. For Hellmuth’s detractors - and even his fans - that was just the appetizer though. The main course and dessert came on Day 4. Early on Day 4, Dardon and Hellmuth clashed again. After a flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"], Dardon checked, Hellmuth bet 150,000, Adam Swan folded and Dardon called. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and Dardon check-called Hellmuth’s bet of 350,000. The river was the [poker card="kd"] and Dardon used two time chips before moving all in. Hellmuth used up three time chips before folding [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"] face up. Dardon showed just the [poker card="qc"]. The best hand Dardon could have had would have resulted in a chopped pot. “I felt in my mind like he could have king-queen of clubs, which I tied, king-jack of clubs, he could have queen-ten of clubs or queen-jack of clubs, which I have crushed,” said Hellmuth. “But I just didn't think any sane person would put that much money into not having a full house. But I'm not sure how sane he was.” A few hours later, with seven players remaining and the televised final table within reach for Hellmuth, he again made another face-up fold that most players simply couldn’t - or wouldn’t - make. Art Papazyan opened to 130,000, Hellmuth raised to 250,000 from the button. Action folded back to Papazyan and he moved all in. Hellmuth folded [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] face up. Papazyan happily showed the table - including Hellmuth - the [poker card="4d"]. A Poker Brat moment ensued, but afterwards he admitted that making the TV final table impacted his thinking. "Yes, I can call 1.6 million here, or I can guarantee myself top six and maybe run into two or three million without ever taking any risk,” said Hellmuth. “I fold hands nobody else folds and a lot of times, a lot of times I'm wrong, in one sense - but I'm never all in."
  18. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz is one of the players that make PokerGO's Poker Masters a must-watch event (WPT photo)[/caption] The first-ever Poker Masters kicks off Wednesday night at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a number of the best players in the game today set to take their shot at some seven-figure prize pools and a custom-designed Purple Jacket. The Poker Masters is a series of five events; four $50,000 buy-in events with a single re-entry followed by a $100,000 buy-in freezeout. All five events will be streamed on PokerGO, giving poker fans around the world the chance to watch high roller action for eight straight days. The Purple Jacket will be awarded to the player with the highest total earnings across all five events. With cards in the air on Wednesday night, PocketFives has put together a list of five players to keep an eye on as the action progresses now through September 20. Daniel Negreanu He's poker's all-time leading money earner and easily the most visible star in the game today, but that doesn't mean Daniel Negreanu has any interest in resting on his laurels. Negreanu is - as he often is - very confident in how he thinks he's going to do during the Poker Masters. So much so, that he took on as many $50,000 must-win bets on himself against any other player in the field as he could book. Along with the prize money he'd win,Negreanu stands to win an additional seven figures if he takes home the Purple Jacket. It's worth noting that despite all of Negreanu's success, he has only won one event with a buy-in of $25,000 or more; the €25,600 2013 WSOP Europe High Roller. Fedor Holz Remember when Fedor Holz won the 2016 World Series of Poker One Drop High Roller and then promptly retired? Well, he still considers himself retired as he focuses his energy on his new company, Primed Mind, but the German superstar does come out of the woodwork every now and then to play an event or two. He'll be playing all five events and will be vlogging from start to finish for PokerCentral. Adrian Mateos At just 23 years old, Adrian Mateos already has a ridiculously impressive list of accomplishments next to his name. He's won three WSOP bracelets, the European Poker Tour Grand Final and almost $10,000,000 in live tournaments alone. Earlier this year, in the span of just 31 days, Mateos finished runner-up to Dietrich Fast at the $50,000 Super High Roller event at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida and then won the €50,000 Eight Max Shot Clock event at the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. Doug Polk Doug Polk should probably make this list just for being the most recent WSOP One Drop High Roller champ, but Polk has become one of the game's biggest stories thanks to the content he's produced and his willingness to put himself out there. He's also got a growing rivalry of sorts with Negreanu and getting the opportunity to see those two clash during any of the five events is worth the price of subscription alone. Phil Hellmuth We've already mentioned that all five events are streamed on PokerGO and everybody knows that Phil Hellmuth has never met a camera he didn't like. The chance to be a constant part of an eight-day long broadcast while sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best players in the game is something Hellmuth lives for. On top of that, he's also coming into the Poker Masters with a little bit of momentum. Three weeks ago he beat Polk and Dan Cates to win the Poker Night in America King of the Hill event. He followed that up with a runner-up finish in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker event for his 12th biggest score ever.
  19. Another opportunity to capture a gold bracelet arrives when the World Series of Poker Europe returns to the King’s Casino in Rozvadov from October 9 - November 2. The three-week festival includes 10 bracelet events, including the €5 million guaranteed Main Event, and €13 million guaranteed over the span of the series. Streamlined Schedule The schedule of events in 2018 is slightly trimmer, down to 10 events from 12 a year ago. But the loss of the One Drop charitable events doesn’t stop the schedule from offering a slate of tournaments that will appeal to everyone from the recreational bracelet hunter to the Super High Roller. In addition to the €10,350 Main Event with a €5,000,000 guarantee, there are two high rollers, including a €100,000 Super High Roller. Pot-Limit Omaha specialists have plenty to play as the game makes three appearances over the three weeks at three different buy-in levels. Also, two of the summer’s most popular branded tournaments, the Colossus and Monster Stack, have European counterparts again this year. A Look Back 2018 marks the 11th year of the WSOPE. In previous years, the event was held all over Europe from London to France to Germany. For the second time in as many years, this year, it takes place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Last year, 888poker online qualifier Marti Roca de Torres turned his satellite investment into a 1.1 million Main Event victory. One that he parlayed into a sponsorship from the site. The only thing that overshadowed the Spaniard’s Main Event win was the attention paid to the WSOP Player of the Year race. That was eventually secured during the WSOPE by the controversial Chris Ferguson. Roca de Torres is just one of an extensive list of notable names that have taken down the WSOP Europe Championship bracelet in years past. At the first WSOPE in London in 2007, a young Annette Obrestad became the youngest WSOP bracelet winner and the first WSOPE champion winning £1,000,000 at just 18 years old. The years after saw a string of high profile players capture the title including John Juanda, Barry Shulman, James Bord and Elio Fox. In 2012, the leader in all-time WSOP bracelets won, Phil Hellmuth earned his 13th by taking down the Main Event in Cannes, France. Joining him in the years after, both Adrian Mateos and Kevin McPhee joined the WSOPE Main Event winner’s club. What To Watch For Of course, there will be a spotlight on who will become the next European Main Event Champion. At the same time, all eyes will be on the current WSOP Player of the Year race. At the top of the leaderboard is former top-ranked PocketFiver Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb. Deeb had a phenomenal summer campaign in Las Vegas. He accumulated 16 total cashes, earning more than $2.4 million. He also picked up two new WSOP bracelets bringing his career total to four. Deeb has a healthy points lead and will likely make the trip to Rozvadov to earn more. However, there are a couple players within striking distance that could change the face of the POY race if they attend the series and book a win or two. Deeb’s closest competition is Ben Yu. Like Deeb, Yu also had a magnificent 2018 WSOP. He cashed in 15 events and took home the bracelet in Event #77: $50,000 NLHE High Roller for $1.65 million. Both Yu and Deeb have had plenty of recent success in Pot Limit Omaha events. So, if we see the pair in Rozvadov, look for fireworks in the PLO tournaments if they both go deep. Joe ‘jcada99’ Cada and recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee John Hennigan are third and fourth on the WSOP leaderboard respectively. Neither player is well-known for traveling the circuit to play. So, it would be a surprise to see either of them on the other side of the world racking up points in this race. The World Series of Poker Europe beings on October 9 with the start of the €550 Colossus and will come to an end when the 12th WSOPE Main Event Champion is crowned on November 2. WSOP Europe Schedule of Events Date Event # Event 10/9 1a €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/10 1b 10/11 1c 10/12 1d 10/13 1e 10/14 2 €1,650 6-Handed Deepstack NLHE -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/15 3A €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed -- €100,000 Guarantee 10/16 3B 10/17 4 €1,100 Turbo Special Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/18 5A €1,100 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em -- €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/19 5B 10/20 5C 10/21 6 €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha/NLHE Mix -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/22 7 €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/24 8 €25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em - €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/26 9 €100,000 Super High Roller - €5,000,000 Guarantee 10/27 10A €10,350 WSOP Europe Main Event - €5,000,000 Guarantee 10/28 10B
  20. Every time the calendar turns to July, the poker world becomes laser-focused on just one thing: the World Series of Poker Main Event. 2018 was no different by Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo and Chris Moorman did everything they could to act as a distraction from poker's biggest event. It Seems Everybody Came to Play the WSOP Main Event Expectations for the field size of the 2018 WSOP Main Event ranged from 7,000 players all the way up to around 8,500. The number ended up being 7,874 - a nine per cent jump over 2017 - thanks in part to a record-setting 4,571 entrants on Day 1C. The final prize pool ended up being $74,015,600 with $8,800,000 up top. As the Main Event progressed from Day 1A to the eventual champion, PocketFives caught up with a number of players in the field. Longtime PocketFiver and sports talk radio host Ben Mintz found himself back in the Main Event for the first time in five years. “It took five years to build it back, to get to this point. Now I’m back and I’ve got the radio show with me too,” said Mintz. “Even though I haven’t played this in five years I’ve fallen right back into poker like I never left, except I actually have an income now to sustain it.” READ: WSOP: Ben Mintz is Back Mixin’ It Up in First Main Event Since ‘13 Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen and Chance Kornuth have been buying pieces of players in the Main Event for years now. The pair decided to get even more serious about the side business this year and hired a lawyer to draw up contracts for all of the players they bought pieces from. Despite taking it to another level, they still ran into trouble with one player deciding to try and pull a fast one. READ: WSOP: Piece-Buying Now Serious Business for Hunichen and Kornuth Clayton Fletcher's day job isn't actually a day job - he works night. Fletcher is a New York-based stand-up comedian who has been playing poker for almost his entire life. In July, he put together a deep run in the WSOP Main Event for the second time. In 2015, Fletcher finished 96th in the Main Event. This summer he outlasted all but 27 players on his way to a $230,475 score. As the Main Event field got smaller and smaller, Fletcher talked about his passion for poker and how he was enjoying another deep run. READ: WSOP: Clayton Fletcher is More Than Just a Comedian Who Plays Poker Making the final table of the Main Event can be a real grind for even the most experienced of players. After Day 2 of the 2018 Main Event, Tony Miles felt like he needed to have somebody on his rail to help him what was coming. He had a premonition that he was on the verge of something big, so he called in Jenn Gene. Miles ended up finishing in second and Gene was there the entire way. READ: WSOP: Tony Miles Had a Feeling, So He Called in Reinforcements The Main Event final table concluded with one of the longest heads-up battles in WSOP history. In the end, John Cynn defeated Miles to win poker's most prestigous title and a whopping $8.8 million. READ: WSOP: John Cynn Beats Tony Miles to Win 2018 Main Event, $8.8M Phil Hellmuth Captures WSOP Bracelet #15 It's almost impossible to upstage the pomp and circumstance of the WSOP Main Event, but if there is one player in the 49 year history of the WSOP who could do it, it's Phil Hellmuth. While the Main Event got to a final table in one of the most talked about hands of the year, Hellmuth was in another room battling against Steven Wolansky for the title in the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) event. He eventually overcame a 2.5-1 chip defecit to add another bracelet to his collection. “I said, … ‘When’s the next time you’re going to have an opportunity like this where you’re heads up for a bracelet? You just need to hang in there and stay strong’, and I stayed strong and then luckily hit some cards,” said Hellmuth. READ: WSOP: Nicolas Manion Leads Main Event Final Table, Hellmuth Wins #15 Hellmuth wasn't the only big name to do big things after being eliminated from the Main Event. 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada made the Main Event final table, only to bust out in fifth place. He simply marched down the hall, entered the $1,500 Closer event and beat out 3,119 other players to win the fourth bracelet of his career READ: WSOP: Cada Closes Out Epic Series, $1 Million One Drop Get Underway Two days later, Justin Bonomo continued his incredible 2018 by winning the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for his third super high roller win of the year. Bonomo beat a final table that included Dan Smith, Byron Kaverman, Rick Salomon and eventual runner-up, Fedor Holz to add $10,000,000 to his lifetime earnings. Shaun Deeb Leaves Las Vegas in Control of WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb had himself one helluva time at Poker Summer Camp. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver cashed in 16 WSOP events, winning two and winning over $2.5 million along the way. All of that success put him atop the WSOP Player of the Year standings with just WSOP Europe left to go. Deeb lead the player closest to him, Ben Yu, by 588.02 points. READ: WSOP: Shaun Deeb Locks Up Player of the Year…For a Few Months
  21. The first three flights of the $500 Big 50 were busy and chaotic, but it turns out they were but a dress rehearsal for what happened Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker as 9,171 entries made the final flight the busiest day of the summer and officially turned the Big 50 into a record-shattering event. All of that somewhat overshadowed the two bracelets won on Sunday and a deep run by Phil Hellmuth that could have shaken the online poker world to its core. Big 50 Officially Becomes Largest Live Poker Tournament When the WSOP announced the Big 50 as the kickoff to their way of celebrating the kickoff to the 50th annual WSOP, expectations were high - but not high enough. After 19,326 players crammed the Rio hallways over the first three days, 9,171 showed up on Sunday to break the record for largest field ever. Players who didn't have a seat at the start of the day were lining up in the hallways as early as 8 AM with hopes of being one of the first players seated in the second wave of seating. The lines stretched in and out of nearly every one of the rooms in play with some players reporting waiting upwards of eight hours to get a seat. Andrei Khosh finished Day 1D with 970,000 for the biggest stack of the day. Arne Kern (963,000) and Kevin Mooney (944,000) were the only other players to break through the 900,000 chip mark. They're just three of the 2,103 players moving on to Day 2D. Some of the notables who also managed to bag chips on Sunday include Randy Lew, Grant Hinkle, David 'Bakes' Baker, Alex Lynskey, Craig Varnell and Anatoly Filatov. Players who advanced from Day 1C will return for Day 2C on Monday while Day 2D survivors will have an off day before returning to the felt on Tuesday. The players who survive the four Day 2s will combine into one field on Wednesday. Top 10 Day 1D Chip Counts Andrei Khosh - 970,000 Arne Kern - 963,000 Kevin Mooney - 944,000 Shahin Shojaeyan - 860,000 Muhammad Abdel Rahim - 860,000 Kevin Young - 823,000 Jeremy Martinez - 811,000 Fabrizio D'Agostino - 805,000 Richard Kirsch - 800,000 Wallace Dawkins - 779,000 Derek McMaster Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Derek McMaster knows the key to playing well, no matter what the stage is he's playing on. "I try to just have fun when I’m playing. If I’m not having fun I’m usually not doing very well," McMaster said. "The more fun I have, it seems like stuff goes my way." He was clearly having a blast on Sunday afternoon as things definitely went his way at the final table of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. The 46-year-old Minnesota native defeated Jason Berilgen heads-up to win the first bracelet of his career and $228,228. "It was very surreal to me. I’ve just been on cloud nine since (Saturday) night, all week," McMaster said. "I was happy to be here and I enjoyed playing with these guys." McMaster said John Esposito, who started the final table with the chip lead, was the player who he had the most difficulty with. Esposito finished third for $98,807. Final Table Payouts Derek McMaster - $228,228 Jason Berilgen - $141,007 John Esposito - $98,807 David Halpern - $70,231 Joe Aronesty - $50,646 Tom McCormick - $37,063 Ben Yu - $27,530 Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon Wins $400 Online Event; Hellmuth Fifth The #2-ranked online poker player in the United States, Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon, showed why he's ranked so high on Sunday, beating 1,964 other players to win the $400 Online No Limit Hold'em event for just over $165,000. Kwon's accomplishment was almost overshadowed though by the presence of Phil Hellmuth at the final table. Playing under the screen name 'lumestackin', Hellmuth finished fifth for $39,459.60. The event attracted 1,965 players to create a total prize pool of $1,017,000. Final Table Payouts Yong 'LUCKSYSPewy1' Kwon - $165.262.50 MeatIsMurder - $99,360.90 merrick - $73,020.60 LeakStain - $53,494.20 Phil 'lumestackin' Hellmuth - $39,459.60 DjPhilWiLL - $29,493 MeatJustice - $22,374 FlatcallSPC - $17,085.60 ROopert - $13,119.30 Ben Heath Leads $50K High Roller Final Table Just 12 players returned to the felt on Sunday in the $50,000 High Roller event and it took less than four hours to get to a final table of six. Britain's Ben Heath started and ended the day with the chip lead. Heath bagged up 7,630,000 which puts him just ahead of American Sam Soverel with 7,540,000. Heath eliminated three players on Sunday (Matthew Gonzales, David Einhorn, Elio Fox) on his way to the chip lead. Andrew Lichtenberger (5,615,000) and Chance Kornuth (5,000,000) make up the middle of the pack while Nick Petrangelo (4,100,000) Gonzales, Grafton, Manig Loeser, Einhorn, Cary Katz and Elio Fox were the six players eliminated on Sunday, all finishing in the money with a six-figure score. Action resumes at Noon PT with the event streaming on PokerGO beginning at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Ben Heath - 7,630,000 Sam Soverel - 7,540,000 Andrew Lichtenberger - 5,615,000 Chance Kornuth - 5,000,000 Nick Petrangelo - 4,100,000 Dmitry Yurasov - 3,660,000 Jake Schwartz Continues to Lead $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw It's somewhat unusual to see a player finish Day 1 of a mix game event and hold onto that lead at the end of Day 2. Jake Schwartz accomplished exactly that on Sunday, bagging up 789,000 at the end of Day 2 of the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw event after finishing Day 1 with the biggest stack. Schwartz has yet to win a WSOP bracelet. His closest call came in 2013 when he finished runner-up to Simeon Naydenov in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event. Just 13 players remain in contention for the bracelet and $160,447 first place prize. Sumir Mathur sits second with 574,000. Two-time bracelet winner Mike Gorodinsky sits fourth with 483,000. Other notables still alive include Mark Gregorich (280,000), Jon Turner (228,000), Dan Zack (208,000), and Bryce Yockey (99,000). Action resumes at 2 PM and will continue until a winner is crowned. Top 10 Chip Counts Jake Schwartz - 789,000 Sumir Mathur - 574,000 Brayden Gazlay - 490,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 483,000 David Gee - 441,000 Jesse Hampton - 305,000 Andrew Yeh - 282,000 Mark Gregorich - 280,000 Jon Turner - 228,000 Dan Zack - 208,000 $10K Short Deck Gets Short Field on Day 1 One of the most highly-anticipated events on the 2019 WSOP schedule was the $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em event. Played by some of the game's highest stakes regulars, Short Deck has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity over the past two years. So much so that the WSOP included it in their schedule. That being said, the first day of play drew just 61 entries - a far cry from the 200 players that some were expecting. Registration is open until the end of the second level of play on Monday and each player is allowed to re-enter once which should lead to a higher final number of players. Gabe Patgorski, one of just 25 players to have won more than $1 million in Short Deck tournaments, finished Day 1 with the lead after putting 388,000 in his bag. Alex Epstein, who has never cashed in a Short Deck tournament, ended in second with 323,000. Only 18 players finished Day 1 including Ben Lamb, Thai Ha, Jason Somerville, Justin Bonomo, Peter Jetten, and Dario Sammartino. Some of the players who were eliminated at least once on Sunday include Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, David Peters, Dan Smith, Mike WEatson and Brian Green. Players will return at 3 PM to play another eight levels of play. Top 10 Chip Counts Gabe Patgorski - 388,800 Alex Epstein - 323,000 Anson Tsang - 307,400 Liu Jiaxiu - 267,700 Galen Hall - 266,000 Yang Wang - 256,300 Thai Ha - 221,000 Ben Lamb - 209,300 Sean Winter - 207,800 James Chen - 140,400
  22. Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event saw 344 last-minute registrations put an exclamation point on the second-largest WSOP Main Event of all-time. The 8,569-player field means that sometime next week, one player will walk away with $10,000,000 and the title of World Champion. Day 2C saw the highly-anticipated arrival of Phil Hellmuth and the emergence of a fresh batch of names atop the end-of-day chip counts. Julien Milliard Inches Toward 1 Million Chips, Leads Day 2C Survivors Florida's Julien Milliard almost cracked the seven-figure stack code on Sunday. Milliard finished Day 2C with 947,900 to edge out Czech player Vlastimil Pustina, who ended up with 930,700. Andrew Brokos, co-host of the Thinking Poker podcast, rounded out the top three Day 2C stacks after ending the day with 895,400. The day started with 344 players taking advantage of the last chance to register to push the total Day 2C field to 4,008 players. Just 1,793 of those players made it through the five two-hour levels of play on Saturday. That group will combine on Monday with the 1,087 players who got through Day 2AB as the entire remaining field of 2,880 players will play on the same day for the first time. Eventual Champion Will Earn $10,000,000 Registration closed as the first card was dealt on Sunday and the final numbers show another year of growth for the Main Event and made this year's Main Event the second largest of all-time. A total of 8,569 players generated a total prize pool of $80,548,600. The eventual champion will win $10,000,000 and every player at the final table will earn at least $1,000,000. READ: 2019 WSOP Main Event Second Largest of All-Time, $10M to Champ Phil Hellmuth Arrives, Departs One of the 344 players who registered on Sunday morning was 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Just back from his vacation to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, Hellmuth didn't take his seat until well into the first level of play. He didn't sit long. Hellmuth was part of one of the secondary feature tables on the ESPN broadcast and gave fans at home and his tablemates a little taste of The Poker Brat before busting at the hands of Timothy Stanczak's pocket fives. Familiar Faces Stay Alive on Day 2C Three-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman bagged up 549,600 on Sunday to advance to Day 3 with a top 50 stack. Sam Greenwood snuck into that top 50 with 535,800. Mike McDonald continues to apply pressure to those who bet against him, finishing Day 2C with 516,700. Other notables still in include Dario Sammartino (522,700), Jeff Madsen (488,600), Bertrand Grospellier (428,200), David 'ODB' Baker (418,700), Joseph Cheong (354,500), Chino Rheem (286,500) and Nick Schulman (278,000). Defending champ John Cynn battled back from just 24,800 chips to finish with 248,900 at day's end. All-time online poker tournament earnings leader Peter Traply finished with 234,800. Holz, Antonius, Imsirovic Headline Big Names Busting Hellmuth wasn't the only big name who didn't make it through Day 2C. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fedor Holz, Patrik Antonius, James Obst, Ali Imsirovic, and Adrian Mateos were all sent to the rail on Sunday. They were joined by John Racener, Ismael Bojang, Matt Berkey, John Monette, John Juanda, Denis Strebkov, Ben Heath, Jonathan Little, Shawn Buchanan, Sam Soverel, Joe McKeehen, Niall Farrell, Maurice Hawkins, and Sam Trickett. Nate Silver was also one of the Day 2C casualties. A Half Dozen Former #1s March On Kevin Saul leads a group of talented poker players who once held onto the #1 ranking on PocketFives.com. The Illinois native finished Day 2C with 623,900. Saul has cashed three times in the WSOP Main Event, most recently in 2016 when he wound up 466th. Saul is joined by fraternity brothers Calvin Anderson (459,400), Cliff Josephy (402,000), Fabrizio Gonzalez (328,800), Chris Hunichen (307,500) and Tim West (130,400). 34 Keystone State Players Survive Day 2C Chad Power leads 34 Pennsylvania poker players who managed to find a bag at the end of Day 2C. Power finished with 401,300 for the 97th-best stack on Sunday. Ralph Wong finished with 344,300 for the second-best PA stack. Kenneth Smaron, Jason Loehrs, and David Vasil round out the top five. Top 10 Chip Counts Julian Milliard - 947,900 Vlastimil Pustina - 930,700 Andrew Brokos - 895,400 Aleksa Pavicevic - 867,700 Nai Hu - 798,300 Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 765,600 Dapeng Mu - 762,700 Hugo Torres - 720,400 Cody Brinn - 708,800 Tom Cannuli - 667,000
  23. Triton Poker set out to make poker history this week and they most certainly will and in more ways than one. Not only does the Triton Million’s £1,050,000 buy-in ($1,273215) make it the largest buy-in tournament in history, but with 54 players helping generate a prize pool of £54,000,000 ($65,611,361) the first place prize of £19,000,000 ($23,085,479) makes it the largest single tournament payout of all time. Million Dollar Payouts It’s not just first place that is going to find themselves flush after the Triton Million comes to an end. With an astronomical buy-in, Triton officials decided to flatten out the payouts opting to award 11 of the 54 registered players (20%) some piece of the prize pool. Granted, the players that just squeak into the money will be earning little more than their money back ($1,335,923) but a final table finish, resulting in a payday of $1,457,371 would make for a career-high cash for 20 of the participants including pros Andrew Robl, Vivek Rajkumar, Michael Soyza, and Matthias Eibinger. Triton Million Official Payouts Place Approx USD 1 $23,074,354 2 $14,176,836 3 $8,743,966 4 $5,355,679 5 $3,643,319 6 $2,671,767 7 $2,088,898 8 $1,700,266 9 $1,457,371 10 $1,335,923 11 $1,335,923 Eight-Figure Paydays The massive payouts of the Triton Million will add two more players into the extremely elite club of poker players who have earned themselves an eight-figure payday at the poker table. The addition of the first and second place scores makes for a total of ten $10M+ paydays in history and offers the current All Time Money List leader Justin Bonomo and the UK’s Sam Trickett the honor of being the first player to accomplish that remarkable score twice in their career. Until the Triton Million only the World Series of Poker’s $1 Million buy-in Big One For One Drop and the WSOP Main Event offered players the opportunity to hit such heights. The only exception was the 2016 Big One For One Drop Monte-Carlo Extravaganze one-off where Elton Tsang took home over $12.2 million in the invite-only tournament that excluded all of the world’s top players. History of Eight-Figure Paydays Year Event Place Player Payout 2019 Triton Million 1st TBD $23,085,479 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Antonio Esfandiari $18,346,673 2014 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Daniel Colman $15,306,668 2019 Triton Million 2nd TDB $14,176,836 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza 1st Elton Tsang $12,248,912 2006 WSOP Main Event 1st Jaime Gold $12,000,000 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 2nd Sam Trickett $10,112,001 2014 WSOP Main Event 1st Martin Jacobson $10,000,000 2018 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Justin Bonomo $10,000,000 2019 WSOP Main Event 1st Hossein Ensan $10,000,000 All Time Money List Possibilities With so much money in the prize pool, there are bound to be some major ramifications to the ever-shifting All Time Money List. At the start of the Triton Million, there were seven players that could possibly surge to the top of the list and overtake current list leader Justin Bonomo. Bonomo himself could put an amazing amount of distance between himself and the rest of the field as he currently holds a roughly $3.1 million lead over the #2-ranked Daniel Negreanu and over $9 million from the #3-ranked Erik Seidel, neither of which are in the Triton Million field. Here’s a look at the players that could make major moves on the ATML should Bonomo not be able to hold them off. Bryn Kenney - With over $34.9 million in total earnings, Kenney could become the new king of the ATML with a win or even a second-place finish. A third-place finish and he will leapfrog Negreanu for second place on the list and any cash will vault him over Seidel in third place, where he only sits $716,117 behind the legend. Jason Koon - The Triton ambassador has been steadily climbing the ATML, currently sitting in 8th place with $28,925,059 in earnings. A victory would send him north of $51 million and into first. A second-place finish in the event is not good enough to take over the top spot but it would put him in second place and within striking distance of #1 at $43 million. Dan Smith - A last-second invite from Bill Perkins puts Smith into the ATML leader mix, where he currently sits at #9 with $27,921,940. His situation is identical to Koon's - a win and he soars to over $50 million. Mikita Badziakouski - The nosebleed crusher from Belarus recently climbed into the #15 spot on the ATML and a win could put him in the top spot with over $48 million. A second-place finish would put him at just over $39 million, currently good for third place. Stephen Chidwick - Generally considered one of the very best tournament players on the planet, the UK savant has the exact same situation as Badziakouski as he only sits less than $3,000 behind him on the ATML. David Peters and Fedor Holz - Peters currently sits at #5 on the ATML and the German phenom, Holz sits right behind him at #6. Both players were among the first five players eliminated from the tournament ending their bid to climb the ATML ladder. Becoming An Instant Legend To say that first place in the Triton Million is massive is an understatement. But just how big is it? To put this first-place prize in perspective, had a player never cashed before, the first place prize alone would put you ranked at #19 on the All-Time Money List. That’s ahead of one of the most famous poker players on the planet, Phil Hellmuth, who has spent over 30 years accumulating his career total of $22,999,083. Second place also puts you in the midst of legends. The over $14 million payday would slot you in at #41 all-time, just ahead of recent bracelet winner Joseph Cheong and right behind 2009 WSOP World Champ Joe Cada. Finally, if the Triton Million third-place prize of over $8.7 million was your first Hendon Mob entry, you would just make it inside the top 100. You start your career at #100 all-time and you’d be the player to knock poker legend Johnny Chan out of the top 100.
  24. Join PocketFives throughout the month of December as we bring you the PocketFives 12 Days of Christmas to help keep you in the spirit of giving. It’s that special time of year and what better way to get in the festive spirit than to take a look around the poker world at some of the favorite holidays' traditions players celebrate with. This holiday season, we spoke with Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton, Maria Ho, Jonathan Little, and Jeff Gross. For Phil Hellmuth's holiday tradition, poker takes center stage. There's even a gold bracelet involved, according to the 15-time World Series of Poker champion, and it sounds as though the entire Hellmuth family knows how to win on the felt. "In the Hellmuth Family, all five of us (one brother and three sisters) would bring our families to Madison, Wisconsin, for Christmas," Hellmuth said. "We did this for 25 years! Then we would have the family poker championship, usually on the evening of the 24th. We even have a gold bracelet (pictured), with all of the winners’ names engraved. Nowadays, the family is too far flung to meet in Madison, but we still have the tourney whenever we get together. "My sister Kerry won it this year, in August, in Chicago. My son Phillip won it, I won it, my wife Kat won it. And my son Nick has three second-place finishes - ouch!" For Mike Sexton, longtime poker commentator, Poker Hall of Fame member, and now chairman of partypoker, he keeps it simple with the family. "My favorite tradition is the day we get the tree, put on Christmas music, and decorate the house," Sexton said. Sexton won’t be the only poker player celebrating the holidays in Las Vegas. Maria Ho and her family traditionally travel for the holidays to spend it together in a new place, but this year that place is Las Vegas. "My family has never been too into traditional gift giving for the holidays, but in our adult years we always make time to take a family vacation together," Ho said. "The destination changes, but this year the only place that really worked for all of us happens to be Las Vegas!" We’re sure that with all of the poker happening in Vegas during the first couple weeks of December, Ho will be in the mix quite a bit, so look for her to put up some poker results this holiday season in between time with her loved ones. Jonathan Little has a handful of reasons to celebrate this holiday season, and it’s more than just celebrating this wonderful time of the year. Little’s birthday and his son’s birthday both fall close to Christmas, and he and his wife are currently expecting another child. "Our tradition is to celebrate birthdays," Little said. "My birthday is December 22 and my son James' is December 24. I am having my second child any day now, so he will be born in December as well. I should go ahead and forget about celebrating mine from now on!" Lastly, Jeff Gross said his holiday tradition also involves a bit of travel, as he heads down to Brazil every year to visit with his wife’s side of the family. It comes with a special holiday twist, though, and Gross was introduced to a new meaning of "sweating" his first trip. "A holiday tradition has been to go to visit my wife’s family in Brazil," Gross said. "Each year, someone dresses up as Santa Claus for the nephews and nieces. In 2014, it was my first time there, which meant it was me! I was a bit nervous being the first time I met Emilia’s large family and I didn’t speak much Portuguese. I remember being in Brazil during Christmas (their summer) sweating in this Santa suit in front of what is now my Brazilian family and my youngest niece at the time crying when I came out (laughs)! It felt like a Southwest Wanna-Get-Away commercial at the time, but we had a good laugh after!" Do you have a favorite holiday tradition? Let us know by commenting on this article or tweet to us at @PocketFives. Happy Holidays! *Photos courtesy of the WPT.
  25. The fifth edition of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl crowned its champion on Wednesday night, with Isaac Haxton topping the exclusive field of 36 entries to earn the $3.672 million prize. "I just feel f***ing great," Haxton said in the moments following the big win. "I'm just super happy, even a little relieved it's over. Obviously, a day like today is pretty stressful, in the best way." With the victory, Haxton moved to more than $23.65 million in live tournament earnings, which bumps him up ahead of Jake Schindler and into 13th place on poker's all-time money list. "I'm gonna have more than a couple drinks and probably eat at least 1,500 calories of something disgusting," Haxton said about his plans to celebrate, with a smile of course. "That should do it, and then hopefully sleep for about 12 hours. That would be a perfect victory party for me." Super High Roller Bowl V Results 1st: Isaac Haxton - $3,672,000 2nd: Alex Foxen - $2,160,000 3rd: Stephen Chidwick - $1,512,000 4th: Talal Shakerchi - $1,188,000 5th: Adrian Mateos - $972,000 6th: Igor Kurganov - $756,000 7th: Ali Imsirovic - $540,000 For the past three days, the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas played host to the high-stakes affair that attracted the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Fedor Holz, and Justin Bonomo, just to name a few. After Monday’s Day 1, 27 players remained. After Day 2, just seven were left, all in the money and guaranteed a $540,000 payday. Bubbling the money in eighth place was Mikita Badziakouski. Haxton started the final table as the chip leader and Ali Imsirovic was bringing up the rear with the shortest stack left. After starting the final table with 875,000 and blinds of 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 big blind ante, Imsirovic worked his way to nearly 1.9 million before taking a dive in the other direction that ultimately resulted with his seventh-place elimination. Imsirovic lost a pot to Stephen Chidwick that knocked him all the way back down to 520,000 and then got the last of his stack in with pocket jacks against the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5c"] of Haxton. Haxton flopped a flush draw and hit it on the turn to knock out the 23-year-old in seventh. Next to go was Igor Kurganov, who was never able to get any real momentum going on the final day. On his final hand, Kurganov, on the button, moved all in for 350,000 over the top of a raise to 65,000 from Chidwick with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 big blind ante. Talal Shakerchi reraised all in from the small blind and Chidwick folded. Shakerchi had pocket tens to Kurganov’s pocket sevens, and the board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Ac"] to send Kurganov home in sixth place. Shakerchi continued to climb after he busted Kurganov and even worked his way into the chip lead, but then he started to slide the other way as Alex Foxen increased. Adrian Mateos was next out the door when he was eliminated in fifth place by Foxen, falling in the 25,000/50,000 level with a big blind ante of 50,000. Mateos raised and then four-bet all in with pocket nines against Foxen, who made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"]. Foxen flopped a king and held from there to send the young Spaniard to collect his $972,000 payout. With Foxen out in front by a large margin and Haxton in second place, the final four players moved into Level 21 with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante. Shortly after the level went up, Shakerchi went out, and he was busted by Haxton. Haxton opened to 140,000 and Shakerchi reraised all in for 1.285 million. Haxton called with two nines and won the flip against Shakerchi's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"]. Shakerchi collected $1.118 million for his finish. Not too long after, Haxton added another chunk of chips when he busted Chidwick in third place. The two got the money in a blind-versus-blind situation, with Chidwick on the ropes holding the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"] to Haxton’s pocket jacks. To make matters worse for Chidwick, Haxton flopped top set to leave him needing runner-runner. It didn't come and Chidwick was out in third for $1.512 million. Although Foxen held the lead going into heads-up play - his 5.84 million to Haxton's 4.965 million - Haxton made short work of the match. Haxton won the first heads-up pot to take a 2-1 chip lead and Foxen could never recover from there. On the final hand, Haxton limped the button holding the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jh"]. Foxen raised to 225,000 out of the big blind with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"] and Haxton jammed. Foxen called to put himself at risk for 1.33 million, but he wouldn’t be doubling up. The final board ran [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"] to give Haxton two pair and the victory. For Foxen, his second-place finish was worth a whopping $2.16 million and put quite the cap on an incredible year that saw him win more than $6.6 million on the live felt. "For tournament results, there's no competition," Haxton said of where he ranked this Super High Roller Bowl triumph. "This is my biggest score ever and the other ones that come somewhat close are second- and third-place finishes. This is easily the best tournament result I've ever had and it's an event I love. It feels great to win here at ARIA. This is the highlight of my tournament career, no doubt." Widely known as a high-stakes cash game player, Haxton certainly does his fair share of competing in the largest tournaments in the world. As for how he wins this much money, Haxton will take it any way he can get it. "If I can win $3.6 million, I'm not going to be picky about how I win it," Haxton said. "It can be in the lottery, on Wheel of Fortune, I don’t care. Give me the $3.6 million. I’m not going to complain about how I won it."
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