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  1. In 2020, the action of the World Series of Poker looks to be taking place entirely online. And as he has been in years past, Daniel Negreanu is here for all of it. Last week it was announced that the 2020 World Series of Poker was pivoting to a schedule of 85 online gold bracelet events in response to the live summer series indefinite postponement. The first half of the schedule offers 31 bracelets to online players in Nevada and New Jersey on WSOP.com. The remaining 54 bracelet events will be taking place on GGPoker where, for the first time, players outside the U.S. can compete in a WSOP online event. Negreanu, a devout believer in the WSOP brand and current GGPoker ambassador, has not only announced that he’s planning on competing in the entire series but he also inciting additional action with a brand new bracelet bet where he’s publicly offered to take on all comers. As explained, the bet pits Negreanu versus any bettor who can choose any player they’d like to win a bracelet. It’s ‘must-win’ bracelet bet, and Negreanu is taking up to $100,000 worth of action against any given player. If both players win a bracelet, the bet is a push - the same if neither takes one down. The bet also has an interesting caveat that it’s not just for the online series, but it’s for the rest of the calendar year. That means that if the WSOP decides to hold any live events in Las Vegas in the fall, those will count. As would any bracelet events that take place at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov or any other unspecified alternate locations. Within 24 hours of offering the bet, Spring Championship of Online Poker record-setter Connor Drinan was officially maxed out. The next day, 2018 Poker Masters champion Ali Imsirovic was also off the board, in what looks like a case of a player picking himself against Negreanu. That’s not the only way Negreanu is looking to drum up action. He’s also putting up to a total of $1 million at 2.5 to 1 that he finally captures bracelet number seven in 2020. He instantly picked up action from all corners of the poker community including booking smaller bets in his replies against pros Daniel Strelitz and Eoghan O’Dea. Some money may be on the sidelines, waiting to see what the GGPoker schedule of bracelet events will look like. The WSOP.com schedule is complete with a bracelet event being offered every day throughout the month of July. The entire GGPoker schedule has yet to be completely unveiled, as the online operator has indicated that the schedule will be rolled out a little at a time, perhaps week by week in the summer. Whatever the second-half schedule turns out to be, Negreanu plans on being there for it. As mentioned on the DAT Poker Podcast, Negreanu has already set up a poker pad in Mexico with all the amenities he needs to grind from August through the end of the series in the second week of September. Going big for the World Series of Poker is nothing new for ‘Kid Poker’, who has been betting big and bringing fans on his WSOP journey for some time now. Just last year, Negreanu offered fans the ability to purchases pieces of his entire WSOP schedule. When all was said and done, Negreanu had profited over $2 million over the course of the series and, according to him, made his investors over $481,000. His daily WSOP vlogs have also been a huge hit with fans, with each video routinely getting over 100K in views. Additionally, this will not the first time that Negreanu has been involved in a high-profile bracelet bet. In 2018, Negreanu went looking for high-stakes bets of $25,000 that either he or Phil Ivey would bink and bracelet. Neither of whom booked a win that year. Bracelet bets have long since been a part of World Series of Poker culture. Some of the most exciting moments of the WSOP gripped the poker world when it was known that there is huge money on the side. It was just four years ago that Jason Mercier nearly won a 180:1 bet on $10,000 against Vanessa Selbst that he would win three bracelets in a single summer. Within a week, Mercier took down two bracelets and a runner-up finish. Mercier came close but didn’t cash in on the bet. He did, however, take down the 2016 WSOP Player of the Year honors. Perhaps the most exciting post-poker boom bracelet bet belongs to Tom Dwan. Many in the poker community was feverishly anti-sweating Dwan when he was heads up in a $1,500 NLHE bracelet event against Simon Watt. It was rumored that Dwan would have won upwards of $12 million if he earned his first bracelet on that day in 2010 with players like Phil Ivey, Eli Elezra, and Negreanu himself on the other side of the bet with seven-figure sums at risk. This year, Negreanu is the one hoping to make his opponents sweat. By taking on a number of $100K heads-up bets, should he win an online bracelet, the windfall for him would be exponential. The World Series of Poker online events begin on July 1 on WSOP.com and expand onto GGPoker on July 19.
  2. Poker Central has acquired the brand and assets for High Stakes Poker, the company announced on Tuesday, and will begin streaming episodes of the show on the PokerGO platform in the coming months. Additionally, Poker Central is said to have future plans for the series, including new episodes. "High Stakes Poker was a remarkable poker program," said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. "With star players, massive pots, and memorable moments, the show beautifully conveys the drama of cash game poker. Bringing the existing episodes of High Stakes Poker to our platform and producing more in the future will enable us to recapture the nostalgia and magic of the show for our PokerGO subscribers in the present-day poker climate." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] High Stakes Poker took place from 2006-2011 and included seven seasons of high-stakes, cash game action during the height of the poker boom. Over its many seasons, the show was hosted by Gabe Kaplan, AJ Benza, Kara Scott, and Norm Macdonald, with Kaplan and Benza hosting together through the show’s first five seasons. The show’s success was propelled by the astronomical stakes of poker that were being played by superstar poker players and celebrities, oftentimes sitting behind huge bricks of cash and mounds of large denomination chips that became staples of the show. Notable players to appear on High Stakes Poker were Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Sammy Farha, Phil Galfond, and Barry Greenstein. Brunson, Negreanu, Esfandiari, and Greenstein appeared in all seven seasons of the show. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO and are interested in watching High Stakes Poker, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan. Minimum buy-ins for High Stakes Poker ranged from $100,000 to $500,000, depending on the season, and plenty of episodes featured millions of dollars at stake. During Season 4 of High Stakes Poker, poker pro David Benyamine went at it with celebrity businessman Guy Laliberte to create the largest pot in the show’s history, only it came with a plot twist. Largest Pot in High Stakes Poker History In a game with $300-$600 blinds and a $1,200 straddle, Farha started the action with a raise to $4,200 from under the gun with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="3s"]. Benyamine made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] and Laliberte called from the big blind with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"]. The flop was [poker card="Kc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"]. Farha picked up bottom pair, but it was the top two pair for Laliberte and nut flush draw for Benyamine that really made this hand explode. On the flop, Laliberte checked, Farha bet $13,000, and Benyamine raised to $43,000. Laliberte reraised and made it $168,000 to go. Farha folded and Benyamine, behind bricks of cash, stood up, contemplated the decision, and then moved all in for $600,000. Laliberte turned his hand over and thought about the decision before making the call. Laliberte first said to run it once but then the two players went back and forth on what to do. Laliberte had said that the money doesn’t matter to him and would do what Benyamine wanted. Laliberte eventually offered to just take the pot before Benyamine’s all-in raise, which Benyamine agreed to. High Stakes Poker also helped young guns such as Tom Dwan get immense exposure. Of course, it also helps when you play $919,600 pots against one of the game’s greats on television. Although the hand between Laliberte and Benyamine created the largest pot in High Stakes Poker history, the hand ultimately finished with a much cheaper result. The hand Dwan played against Greenstein in Season 5 was played to the fullest for more than $900,000 and it had a single winner. Playing $500-$1,000 blinds, Peter Eastgate raised to $3,500 with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"] and Greenstein reraised to $15,000 with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"] on the button. Dwan was next and made the call from the small blind with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qs"]. Eastgate also called and the flop came down [poker card="Qh"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"]. Dwan fired $28,700, Eastgate folded, and Greenstein raised to $100,000. Dwan made it $244,600 to go and Greenstein moved all in for what was effectively $436,100 total. Dwan called and the pot ballooned to $919,600. Like the Laliberte and Benyamine hand, the question of how many times to run the board out came up. Greenstein said he wanted to run it once but asked if they wanted to take a couple hundred thousand back. Dwan declined and they were off to the races. The turn was the [poker card="Qc"] to vault Dwan into the lead with trip queens. The river completed the board with the [poker card="7d"] and Dwan was the winner of the biggest hand in High Stakes Poker history.
  3. 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 June, all eyes were on the 2019 WSOP, which kicked off with a bang that included the largest live poker tournament ever and Phil Ivey's return. WSOP Big 50’s Gigantic Turnout The first installment of the World Series of Poker $500 buy-in 'Big 50' tournament was one for the record books, literally. The tournament that was marketed to give comers from all levels a shot at WSOP glory did that and more, becoming the largest live poker tournament in history. The event attracted a field size of 28,474 entries, crushing the previous record of 22,374 entries set by the 2015 WSOP Colossus. Lance Bradley took a look at the record-breaking event to see how it stacks up against another monstrous tournaments, the number of unique entries versus reentries, and more. Nigerian-born Femi Fashakin turned a $500 entry into $1.147 million in the Big 50 and will forever be remembered for such an achievement. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Controversy at the WSOP The $50,000 High Roller tournament at the 2019 WSOP drew a lot of attention. Understandably so, given it’s huge buy-in and star-studded field. The resulting headlines were less than what was desired, though, as a bit of controversy came about. With four players left in the tournament, Sam Soverel opened with a raise, Dmitry Yurasov moved all in, Andrew Lichtenberger folded, and then Ben Heath asked for a count. While thinking, Heath tossed in a time bank card and Soverel, who might’ve thought the time bank card was Heath’s actual playing cards, quickly folded his hand. This allowed Heath to think through his decision without having to worry about what Soverel was going to do as the original raiser. Yurasov was not happy with Soverel’s play, as were many people on Twitter, including Isaac Haxton. Phil Ivey Returns Guess who’s back? Phil Ivey’s back! It seems that every summer the poker world is waiting to see if Phil Ivey will return to the WSOP tournament tables or not. In 2019, he returned a week into June, kicking things off with the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. The poker world was buzzing with his return to the series, but it’d have to until about a week later for him to get back on the WSOP scoreboard by cashing in the $800 NL Deep Stack. Ivey went on to cash five times at the WSOP in the summer and twice more at the 2019 WSOP Europe festival in Rozvadov. His best finish in Las Vegas was an eighth-place result in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $124,410. Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life Jason Young has had his fair share of success on the poker felt, with more than $1.2 million in live tournament earnings and a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to his credit. Despite all of that, it was a victory off the felt that proved to be the biggest win of his life. After Young and his girlfriend welcomed their daughter, Kaeley, into the world, things took a turn for the worse. His girlfriend abruptly moved to Florida, away from their home in New York, and she took the daughter with her. Young’s restaurant was lost and he fell into big debt. Through it all, Young kept fighting. He was fighting for his daughter and fighting to get his life back in order. Along the way, poker helped Young get things back together, and the story on Young by Lance Bradley is an absolute must-read. Chidwick, Engel, Schwartz All Wins Bracelets The conversation of who is the best player without a WSOP gold bracelet lost three key figures in the summer of 2019. That’s when Stephen Chidwick, Ari Engel, and Luke Schwartz all claimed their first pieces of WSOP hardware and can no longer be referred to as the "Best Player Without a Bracelet." To make things even more exciting, all three won their first gold bracelet on the same day.
  4. 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.
  5. With the 2014 World Series of Poker nearly upon us, pros like Daniel Negreanu (pictured) and Phil Ivey have been busy drumming up their annual high-stakes side action. This year, Negreanu made a simple proposal open to anyone: an even-money bet that either he or Ivey will win a bracelet in one of the WSOP Las Vegas events. Negreanu posted the offer on his Twitter account: "Min bet is $5k against me and Ivey winning a bracelet this summer and the odds are even money. One of us wins, you lose. Simple," he said. The max bet? A million dollars. Negreanu has a stellar record in WSOP tournaments, winning six bracelets and banking over $6 million in earnings. His first WSOP win came in 1998 when he took down a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event for $169,460. Since then, he has topped the field in three more Las Vegas events, while taking first in two No Limit Hold'em events at WSOP APAC and WSOP Europe in 2013. Ivey (pictured) has an equally impressive record at the WSOP, taking home nine bracelets along with $5.9 million in total event winnings. The 38-year-old won his first bracelet in a $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event in 2000 for $195,000 and went on to win seven more in the Vegas series while scoring his latest at WSOP APAC in 2013. That means that at least one of them has claimed a Vegas WSOP bracelet in eight of the last 15 years, leaving seven dry years between them. Willyoman on TwoPlusTwo pointed out the fact that the skill level of the competition has undoubtedly increased in the last few years. "From 2010 to 2013, over four World Series, when the games have been toughest, only one of them won one," he said. "Don't recall if Ivey sat out one of those years, but either way, I don't think it's even money." For gamblers like Ivey and Negreanu, prop bets and the WSOP go hand-in-hand. When Ivey was close to winning his first Main Event title in 2009, it was rumored that the high-stakes pro would have made up to $6 million in side action alone had he taken first place. With his confidence sky-high after securing two bracelets that year, Ivey was reportedly taking as much action as he could right up until the final table kicked off. In the end, he took seventh for $1.4 million. So far, a Las Vegas Main Event win has eluded the pair. While Ivey is once again busy taking action, some believe that, due to his recent legal problems with Borgatain Atlantic City (pictured) and an ongoing issue with Crockfords in London, the pro might not even be allowed to participate in this year's Series. "What I'm hearing [is that] Caesars/WSOP staff as of right now are saying Ivey can play, but there are ongoing discussions between higher-ups… that are seriously considering not allowing Ivey to play or step foot on Caesars Entertainment properties until this Borgata mess is cleared up," said poster trotter. However, Caesars' Seth Palansky told PocketFives in an exclusive statement that any talk of Ivey being barred from this year's WSOP was purely fictional: "IveyPoker has a booth this year at WSOP and we look forward to Mr. Ivey’s quest to join the double-digit bracelet holders list." Some wondered if Ivey was simply a "fantasy partner" in the bet, but Negreanu later said on a Bluff podcast that Ivey would be taking the lion's share of the action, while he would take a very small portion. If you think the pair can't make it happen this year, you can e-mail pattylandis@hotmail.com and make your own bet. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. According to NJ.comand a variety of other outlets, the Borgatain Atlantic City has filed suit against poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured) over a $9.6 million baccarat win that occurred two years ago. The site explained, "While playing,Ivey allegedly cheated by fixating on pattern flaws on the back of the cards, a technique commonly known as 'edge sorting,' according to the lawsuit." If all of this sounds familiar, it's because it is. In 2012, the same year Borgata alleged the cheating at its casino took place, Ivey booked a £7.3 million win at Punto Banco at Crockfords in London, but that casino refused to pay out. Punto Banco, as you might know, is a variation of baccarat and, according to our original story on the matter, "The card backs were emblazoned with a diamond pattern that is normally symmetrical. The cards in the game that night, though, were allegedly miscut at the factory, producing an asymmetrical pattern, one where the diamonds on one edge were sliced in half." Read how Crockfords alleged Ivey cheated. At both Borgata and Crockfords, Ivey reportedly asked the casino to rotate cards, hold the shoe, and allegedly exploited his knowledge of the mis-cut cards. Our article pointed out, "Crockfords alleges that because of the asymmetrical card backs, the cards that were turned were easily identifiable. Ivey and his friend supposedly used that information to their advantage during later deals." Here's a graphic from the Daily Mail that shows the alleged process: Borgata has also filed suit against Kansas City-based card designer Gemaco, and "a female partner of Ivey's, Cheng Yin Sun, who allegedly gave instructions to the dealer," according to NJ.com. The Press of Atlantic City detailed that in April 2012, "Ivey contacted Borgata to arrange a high-stakes game of baccarat in which he agreed to wire a deposit of $1 million and a maximum bet at $50,000 per hand. Ivey also made special arrangements, including having a private area, or pit, a casino dealer who spoke Mandarin Chinese, one eight-deck shoe of purple Gemaco playing cards to be used for each session of the play, and an automatic card shuffling device." The same news source added, "Borgata said in the lawsuit that Ivey told them he made these requests because he was superstitious." However, each of Ivey's demands, according to Borgata, furthered his ability to "surreptitiously manipulate what he knew to be a defect." The automatic card shuffler, for example, would prevent each card from being turned and the purple Gemaco playing cards contained the critical defect. Ivey also visited Borgata in May, July, and October 2012, according to the Press. CardPlayer revealed that the Crockfords incident is still pending. Borgata officials PocketFives contacted late Friday declined to comment, instead instructing us to get in touch with the casino's legal department, which was closed for business for the weekend. It remains to be seen if Ivey would be allowed in the casino for the World Poker Tour Championship, which will emanate from Borgata later this month. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. With millions of dollars of baccarat winnings on the line, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey (pictured) granted a rare interview to "60 Minutes Sports" this week, during which he defended his reputation while giving viewers a unique glimpse into his past. Ivey is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Borgata in Atlantic City and Crockfords Casino in London, where he and companion Cheng Yin Sun won just over $20 million using a technique known as edge-sorting in 2012. The 38-year-old is suing Crockfords, who withheld his $12.1 million in winnings, and is himself being sued by Borgata, who cashed out his $9.6 million score, but is now fighting to get it back. Before turning to the subject of his current legal troubles, the "60 Minutes" segment touched on the poker champ's long history in the gambling industry. Growing up as part of a large, close-knit family in Roselle, New Jersey, Ivey was introduced to poker at the age of eight after accidentally stumbling into one of his grandfather's back room card games. He soon became hooked on poker and, later, while only a teenager, would take a bus to Atlantic City on the weekends and play 16 to 17 hours a day using a fake ID. "I realized I was good at poker when I was around 16, but I figured I could be really good when I turned 21," he said. What Ivey has since achieved in the world of poker is clear; what's less known are his high-stakes gambling exploits away from the poker table. That's where Borgata and Crockfords allege they were cheated and claim that the 38-year-old used illegal methods to gain an advantage and win millions playing baccarat. Ivey made no attempt to hide the fact that he and his partner used edge-sorting during their sessions at the two casinos. "They spend millions of dollars on game protection," he said. "The casino is my opponent and it's my job to exploit weaknesses in the houseand give myself the best opportunity to win." Game security expert Jim Hartley was surprised that management allowed the poker pro to play baccarat at all. "I wouldn't let Phil Ivey play slots at a place I was working at," he said. "I know Phil is a 'sharp.' He's very, very smart and he's the kind of guy you just don't want in your joint, period." As part of the scheme, Ivey requested a specific card shuffler, which he said would keep the cards in a certain order, and a Chinese dealer who spoke Mandarin who could communicate with Sun. His companion was more than an onlooker; Sun is a well-known card shark and has been banned in many casinos throughout the world. "She was part of my strategy in giving me the ability to execute this advantage play of mine," Ivey admitted. He also revealed that using the edge-sorting technique would have given him around a 5% or 6% advantage. The casinos claim that Ivey was not forthright in his reasons for making the strange requests and "broke the unspoken contract between player and casino" by claiming that they were made out of superstition. Ivey disagreed and asked, "If I make a request and the house grants it, then how can that be cheating?" "My reputation is everything in gambling," he told 60 Minutes. "To risk my reputation over winning some money, I wouldn't do that." In breaking news on Wednesday, Ivey has lost his case against Crockfords. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. Here's something you don't see every day. On Thursday, Las Vegas officials approved 26 applicants for pot dispensaries, and among them was poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured). Yes, that Phil Ivey was among several notable names, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Notables approved for a city pot permit include restaurateur Michael Morton, downtown entrepreneur Michael Cornthwaite, developer James Hammer, former state Senator Mark James, political consultant David Thomas, and professional poker player Phil Ivey." --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- Insert "high-stakes" and "family pot" jokes here. There were 50 licensees to operate medical marijuana businesses, with about half receiving approval. Ivey could still go through one more round of cuts, however, according to the newspaper: "Applicants who receive both city and state credentials will be routed back to the City Council for a final, as-yet-unscheduled suitability hearing." Posters on TwoPlusTwo were buzzing at the news that Ivey could become a mainstay of the Las Vegas medical marijuana industry, with one user attempting to compare pot to poker: "It is interesting how online poker and medical marijuana have similar risk factors. They both have tremendous upside, yet are at risk of the Federal Government shutting them down at any time." Another user critiqued, "He simply found a need in a market. He will hire a person to run it all who knows how to grow weed and sell it. Ivey will not mess with any of it, except maybe some financial direction. He is a business owner with probably no clue how to run a weed growing/selling business." According to the Review-Journal, about half of the people approved for licenses will actually get one. Among those denied a license during this round in favor of applicants like Ivey was Nuleaf, "a Las Vegas-based company owned by longtime California dispensary operators with Berkeley Patients Group." It has been a drama-filled 2014 for Ivey, a ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner. A judge recently ruled against Iveyin a multi-million dollar edge-sorting lawsuit in London. Additionally, his free-to-play site, Ivey Poker, suspended operations this week. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. A few days ago, Dan Cates (pictured), who is known as junglemanonline, posted the following on Twitter rather nonchalantly: "Sooo Manila didn't go well, only lost about 38m hkd(5m usd)... Gonna play some 5/10 online and take another shot." Yes, not going "well" meant losing $5 million in high-stakes cash games in Manila. --- 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 Tweet had been re-Tweeted 85 times and marked as a Favorite 143 times when we took a look at it on Monday. According to PokerNews, games in Manila were reportedly going as high as $2,500-$5,000-$10,000. A few days prior to the news, Cates Tweeted that 2015 was not going so well for many players: "Pretty dark year for everyone I know in poker... Who is winning out there lol besides Rast and Robl?" According to HighStakesDB, Cates played online on August 13, the same day he posted his Tweet, and dropped about $1 million. Since HighStakesDB began tracking Cates on PokerStarsunder the name w00ki3zin 2010, he is up about three-quarters of a million dollars. On Full Tilt, where he plays as jungleman12, he is up almost $10.3 million lifetime. When asked by one poster whether he had "partners" to help finance him in Manila, Cates responded, "Probably." Other well-known players who have been spotted in Manila recently include Phil Ivey (pictured) and Tom Dwan. On Monday, one player wrote on 2+2 that he had spotted Cates over the weekend in a live game: "Saw w00ki3z… playing high-stakes games as usual in the Kings Rozvadov this weekend. He was laughing all day and doing this left/right freak look with his eyes as usual. He's just fine, playing 100/200 live mixed games, 10k high-roller donkaments, and all this stuff." Back in 2013, Dwan, who has also been part of the high-stakes action in Manila recently, was rumored to have lost $4 million in a live game in Macau. He posted while in transit from Macau, "In Taiwan for the 1st time ever... Not leaving the airport tho. Maybe next trip. Had my biggest loss ever yesterday." He didn't give the exact amount of the loss at the time, but sources at the game said the damage was $4 million. Also in Asia, Dwan, Ivey, and others have been high-rolling in a game called Six Plus Hold'em in which the deuces, threes, fours, and fives are removed from the deck. As Dwan put it, "In Six Plus, everybody needs to be gambling more and thinking more. [You] can't just be lazy and wait for a good hand. It's just fun. Everyone is in a lot of pots and there's a lot of money in them." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  10. More details have emerged in Borgata's lawsuit against poker legend Phil Ivey, his supposedly accomplice Cheng Yin Sun, and card manufacturer Gemaco. Ivey (pictured) and Sun are being accused of using a technique known as "edge-sorting" to make off with $9.8 million at the baccarat tables, while Gemaco is being sued for producing the flawed cards that allowed the pair to gain the statistical edge over the casino. According to the lawsuit, Ivey contacted Borgata in April 2012 with a list of demands for playing a session of high-stakes baccarat at $50,000 a hand. Those demands included a dealer who spoke Mandarin Chinese, a purple deck of Gemaco playing cards, a pit to himself, permission to have a guest at the table, and use of an automatic shuffler. The lawsuit details that Ivey played four sessions in 2012, all of which went exceedingly well for the poker pro. In April of that year, he played for 16 hours and banked $2.416 million and in May he played a total of 56 hours, taking home $1.597 million. In July, he was allowed to up his maximum bet to $100,000 per hand and walked away with $4.787 million. But Ivey's most interesting session came in October, just as the Crockfords casino in London announced that it was withholding his £7.8 million win at Punto Banco due to suspicion of cheating by "edge-sorting." Borgata officials claim they questioned Ivey about the incident, to which he responded that he was "disgusted" and was tired of speaking about it. He then said that he planned to sue Crockfords (pictured) for the winnings. Borgata allowed him to continue playing, but now says that Ivey proceeded to lose up to $2.7 million back to the casino on purpose in order to make the cheating seem less obvious. Gaming lawyer Maurice VerStandig believes the case against Ivey and Sun is dubious at best. "Edge-sorting falls somewhere between card counting and weighted snake eyes – and the law is yet to figure out just where," he told PokerNews. "There is no real precedent for cases like this." VerStandig highlighted as ridiculous the unusual claim by Borgata that Ivey used the casino's own shuffling machine as his "cheating device." "The suggestion that a casino can be fraudulently induced into dealing a card game with its own cards, equipment, and personnel is seemingly fantastical," he said. He also pointed out that the casino agreed to all of Ivey's terms in advance. While he believes that the Borgata's case against Ivey and his companion doesn't hold much water, he believes the casino's suit against card manufacturer Gemaco, with its lack of quality control, is valid. "Borgata lost just under $10,000,000 to a player who exploited this lack of uniformity; law and reason alike support the suggestion that Gemaco likely acted negligently and breached a warranty or two along the way." In fact, he believes the suit against Ivey and Sun only serves to water down the "otherwise robust pleading" against the manufacturer. US District Court Judge Noel Hillman has already told Borgata's lawyers that the suit needs to be cleaned up before proceedings can continue. Apparently, the casino's legal team failed to identify Ivey's home state, only saying that he was a "citizen of the United States currently residing in Mexico." The lawsuit made the same generalization when describing Sun's state of residence. But, while these errors have been pointed to in the poker media as a blow to Borgata's case, VerStandig said, "The flaws that led to this specific order are both common and hyper-technical." Even so, if the suit is not amended before April 24, the judge will be forced to throw it out. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. Coverage of the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop continued on Tuesday night on ESPN. Two one-hour episodes began with 16 players left and Tom Hall was perched atop the chip counts. The One Drop dished out a $15 million top prize. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Daniel Negreanu (pictured) got off to a hot start on Tuesday, doubling to 70 big blinds after his aces held against Dan Colman. This prompted ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad to joke, "Betting against Daniel Negreanu in the 2014 WSOP is like betting against Christopher Columbus in 1492." Oh Norman. Colman did rip off a little revenge courtesy of Phil Galfond (pictured), who dropped a pot worth 8.3 million in chips to Colman after the latter hit a runner-runner flush. Upon seeing what Colman had, Galfond remarked, "I was going to feel dumb if he had queens, but I don't feel dumb about that." The next hand, Galfond called an all-in of a player who had A-K while Galfond had A-Q on a flop of A-7-7. Galfond didn't improve and he was quickly down to nine big blinds. The first one-hour episode ended with Phil Ivey check-raising all-in versus Cary Katz with two hearts on a flop of Q-5h-Qh. Katz had A-Q, which was unbeatable when the turn paired the board, and Ivey was eliminated in 14th. Katz delivered the beat of a lifetime last week. Following Ivey out the door was Galfond, who started the second episode off by getting it all-in with Qc-10 on a flop of 7-2-4, all clubs. Reigning One Drop champAntonio Esfandiari curiously called with A-Q (no clubs), while Negreanu shoved all-in over-the-top with K-J of clubs for the second best flush. Esfandiari got out of the way and Galfond was drawing dead and out. The hand pushed Negreanu to 12 million in chips and he told his tablemates, "I told you what I play for: straights, flushes, all-in." Former "Welcome Back Kotter" star and "High Stakes Poker" host Gabe Kaplan went out at the hands of former "sex tape purveyor" Rick Salomon (pictured), as Chad dubbed him. Google it. Following Kaplan's elimination, Salomon, who was wearing a white "Painman" t-shirt, stacked 16% of the chips in play with 11 people remaining. ESPN then touched on the subject of Colman "refusing to speak to the media during the Big One." Chad perhaps sarcastically explained, "He says he's conflicted about the game and doesn't care to promote poker. So, I guess one of the best ways not to promote poker is to play in a million-dollar buy-in event on national TV?" Tuesday's coverage ended with a blow-up from Esfandiari, who first called an all-in with A-9 of diamonds and lost and then 3bet all-in pre-flop with A-5 only to run into Tobias Reinkemeier's A-J. Esfandiari did not improve and was sent to the rail in 10th place, making no money. Esfandiari was seen on the rail saying, "It's amazing. When the cards turn against you, they just turn against you." The conclusion of the Big One for One Drop will air nextTuesday at 8pm ET on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  12. We're three months away from the second-ever running of the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop, a charity tournament with a hefty $1 million buy-in that last took place in 2012. The steep price tag certainly hasn't stopped people from signing up in droves, as 23 poker players, businessmen, and qualifiers have already confirmed their attendance: 1. Antonio Esfandiari 2. Guy Laliberté 3. Bobby Baldwin 4. David Einhorn 5. Phil Galfond 6. Philipp Gruissem 7. Phil Ivey (pictured) 8. Jason treysfull21 Mercier 9. Paul Newey 10. Bill Perkins 11. Vivek Psyduck Rajkumar 12. Brian tsarrast Rast 13. Andrew good2cu Robl 14. Erik Seidel 15. Brandon Steven 16. Sam Trickett 17. Noah Schwartz 18. Anonymous Businessman 19. Anonymous Businessman 20. Anonymous Businessman 21. Aria Resort Satellite Seat 22. Bellagio Resort Satellite Seat 23. World Series of Poker Satellite Seat The first 17 players on the list above all participated in 2012, the first and only other time the Big One for One Drop has taken place. The tournament sold out at 48 entrants last time and, with the addition of another eight-max table this year, 56 players can be accommodated. If the tournament sells out once again, as expected, the first place prize could reach $20 million. Antonio Esfandiari (pictured), who won the 2012 installment and became poker's all-time money leader in the process, commented in a WSOP press release, "I can't wait to defend my title. The event was life-changing, but so was my trip to El Salvador after it with the One Drop organization to see first hand what a difference the money raised from this event can do for those in dire need of help." WSOP officials plan to reach out to additional players to recruit them to the One Drop field after already contacting everyone who played in 2012. The tournament is scheduled for three days beginning June 29 and $111,111 of each buy-in goes to charity. If the event sells out, the prize pool would be around $50 million. Anyone interested in playing is encouraged to contact WSOP officials. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. It was a good weekend to be high-stakes poker pro Sebastian Ruthenberg (pictured), who according to HighStakesDBwas up $570,000 total on Saturday and Sunday. He plays under the handle taktloss47on Full Tilt and raked in $209,000 on Saturday. The German followed that up with a $361,000 haul on Sunday. The action on Sunday happened at Full Tilt's Triple Draw tables, where Ruthenberg won $20,000 from Viktor Isildur1Blom at stakes of $500/$1,000. Then, it was on to a three-handed game that involved Phil Ivey and SanIker, the latter of whom Ruthenberg eventually took for $82,000. By the time he logged out of Full Tilt for the day, Ruthenberg was up $361,000, extending his bankroll by $570,000 for the weekend. Ruthenberg has opted out of long-term tracking on HighStakesDB, but we do know that the site began following him in 2008. Over the last seven days, he has profited $569,000 from the high-stakes tables. His largest pot played was worth $86,000 and came in March 2014 at a $1,000/$2,000 Draw table on Full Tilt. According to the Hendon Mob, Ruthenberg is #13 on the German all-time money list at $3.4 million in live tournament winnings, the bulk of which came after a victory at EPT Barcelona in 2008 for a whopping $1.9 million. He finished third in the EPT Dortmund Main Event the year before for $288,000, won a bracelet in Seven Card Stud High-Low at the WSOP in 2008, and finished 55th in the 2011 WSOP Main Event. However, he has not recorded a live tournament score since the end of 2011. Ruthenberg is a former sponsored pro of PokerStars. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. Several big names have thrown their hats into the ring for the Triton SHR Series Cali Cup,a $200,000 buy-in Super High Roller event that begins on January 3 at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila, Philippines, which is also hosting the WPT National Philippinesevent at the same time. There are 20 confirmed players for the event including Phil Ivey (pictured), Tom Dwan, Andrew Robl, Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz, Sam Trickett, Andrew Pantling, Vivek Rajkumar, Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, Richard Yong, Paul Phua, and Cali Group CEO Lei Tim Meng. Also participating, according to PokerNews, are Mui Man Bok, Qin "The Chairman" Si Xin, Wang "Shanghai Wong" Qiang, Zhang "Big Head" Xi Hong, Wang Zuo, Stanley Choi, Zhang Shu Nu Aaron, Liang Yu, and Chan Wai Leong. The Triton SHR Series Cali Cup has unlimited re-entries through the end of Level 9 and will crown a champion on January 4. Ivey, Dwan, and the newly announced names are regulars at some of the largest cash games and tournaments, both inside and outside of Asia. As a matter of fact, Ivey's last live tournament cash, according to the Hendon Mob, came in February, a win in an AUD $250,000 (USD $180,000) event during the Aussie Millions for USD $1.7 million. It was his third time winning the tournament in four years. Holz (pictured) is fresh off winning the WPT Alpha8 eventat the Bellagio in Las Vegas for $1.6 million, while Dwan took sixth in the same event at the 2014 Aussie Millions that Ivey won and earned almost a half-million dollars. Cates and Dwan have famously sparred online during the yet-to-be-completed Durrrr Challenge. President and CEO of the Poker King Club Winfred Yu commented in a press release last month, "We at Poker King Club always aim to push the boundaries of poker, which led to us being named the 'Home of the World’s Biggest Game.' That aim is now coming to WPT National Philippines with a Super High Roller and we are happy to add the gravitas of well-known poker players into that mix, such as Aussie Millions champion and businessman Mr. Richard Yong." The Cali Group and Poker King Club are organizing the Super High Roller. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  15. [caption width="640"] Jason Somerville is bringing the Aussie Millions to Twitch[/caption] There's an entire generation that grew up playing or watching Where In The World is Carmen Sandiego? It was a game show and series of video games developed to teach kids geography as they took the clues provided and attempted to capture the criminal mastermind Carmen Sandiego. There's an entire generation of poker players and fans that are learning geography, but it's not a fedora-wearing, redheaded villain, but rather a 28-year-old poker-playing, live-streaming New Yorker who is showing his ever-growing fan base the world, one Twitch broadcast at a time. Just a week after taking his show to the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Jason Somerville finds himself Down Under as the sole broadcaster for the 2016 Aussie Millions, one of the premier events on the poker calendar. "I started talking to the Aussie Millions guys at the end of September," said Somerville. "They reached out to me saying they wanted to do something really special this year and that they had tried live streaming, I guess, in the past and it hadn't gone really great and they had seen what I had done on Twitch." While Somerville's existing audience was certainly a big part of the reason Crown contacted him in the first place, the enthusiasm he showed in pitching them his concept was what sold them on him. They knew they had the right medium, and after talking to Somerville they knew they had the right partner. "In 2016, Crown Melbourne made the decision to extend the global reach of the Aussie Millions and make the tournament accessible to poker enthusiasts where they consume poker the most," said Xavier Walsh, Crown's COO. "We are committed to providing the most dynamic, compelling, and relevant coverage possible, and it was crucial to extend the digital footprint to a new phase whilst including new channels in the social media space, namely Twitch.tv, allowing the world to enjoy the action as it happens." What Somerville had "done on Twitch" is now well known in most poker circles. Crown Casino still wasn't sure what Somerville would want to do. "At first, I think they didn't quite know what they wanted and then once I heard they were interested I pitched them on the full thing," said Somerville. "I told them, 'I want to come out there, we'll do the full broadcast, commentary on the $100K, $250K, Main Event, as much coverage as we can get every single day and let's showcase this event.'" Somerville debuted as an official partner on Twitch in October 2014 and quickly became the single most popular poker player on the live streaming service. The success of his Run It Up broadcasts have paved the way and set a template for the likes of Jaime Staples, Randy Lew, and Celina Lin to follow. But Somerville's Twitch broadcasts were originally built around his own play. People were tuning in to watch Somerville live stream his own play in PokerStars tournaments and cash games. While that proved extremely popular, Somerville had his eyes on bigger things, including live streaming from live poker tournaments and events around the world. In December, while Somerville was busy finalizing his plans for the Aussie Millions, the brain trust at PokerStars, where Somerville is a Team Pro, wanted to know what his PCA plans were. Sure, it was relatively short notice, but Somerville jumped at the chance to offer his legions of fans the chance to check out PokerStars' marquee event. Somerville didn't exactly take it easy – he jumped in with both feet. Over the course of the PCA, Somerville was on air for nearly 5,000 minutes – 81 hours. During that time, there was an average of 6,000 concurrent viewers tuned in, peaking at just over 13,500 for the Main Event final table. His efforts set a record for live tournament poker on Twitch. He's hoping to smash that record this week. "The shows are going to be absolutely awesome, with hole cards the entire time. That's one thing we heard consistently (during PCA) was people saying, 'I don't know what they have,'" said Somerville. During the PCA broadcasts, hole cards were kept hidden. "It's going to be the same kind of interactive broadcast as we had (at PCA). I'm going to be talking in the Twitch chat the whole time through and people can ask questions. I think it will be the most high-quality (poker) broadcast ever done." The PCA broke all the records, but it also gave Somerville a lot of notes on how to improve the product heading into the Aussie Millions. Being able to see hole cards is important, but that wasn't the only feedback he's using to take the product to the next level. "We've learned a lot of lessons about trying to minimize recycled break content, trying to always have something fresh and interesting and engaging to keep the viewers all night long, and I think they're going to be really compelling and interesting shows," said Somerville. While many poker fans might think of Twitch as a place to watch poker, the Twitch audience is much larger and consists largely of eSports and video game streams. Finding a way to get that audience is one of the challenges that Somerville most embraces, largely because he feels like he's a part of both worlds. "Twitch is used to a certain level of production quality for the massive eSports events that they have. We see Riot games run their League of Legends finals; they're getting hundreds of thousands of concurrent views watching a pristine, top-of-the-line, beautiful broadcast and many of the top games on Twitch present their games in that way," said Somerville. "Poker really hasn't done that too much yet. The live streams from poker have always been like, 'Oh, and let's live stream on Twitch,' instead of having a guy like me who can bridge the gap between the video game world and the poker world." [caption width="640"] The complete Twitch stream schedule for the 2016 Aussie Millions[/caption] The schedule calls for Somerville to be on air for eight straight days, not only talking poker, but also engaging with the Twitch audience. He'll have plenty of help, though, as some of poker's biggest stars will undoubtedly make their way into the broadcast booth to provide commentary and insight. Still, Somerville is going to find himself talking for over 80 hours. "Honestly, I don't drink coffee. I don't really drink soda or anything, I'm just a very... to me, it comes naturally. I'm just passionate about what I'm doing here and I find that it's easy to be energetic because we truly are showcasing one of the most premiere events in the poker universe and we're bringing it to an audience that has never heard of Aussie Millions before," said Somerville. "I feel like we're going to be delivering a broadcast that caters to Twitch. The production is oriented around what I'm saying and what I want to do." Somerville starts streaming on Sunday, January 24 at 8pm local time (4am US Eastern Time) with the opening day of the $100K Challenge, an event that will draw the biggest names in poker. Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett and Antonio Esfandiari are all expected to be in the field.
  16. [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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. In what felt like a flash, the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event suddenly just has 310 players left with Barry Hutter standing on top of the entire field. Sunday's play started with 1,182 players all still hoping to become World Champ, but over 5.5 two-hour levels of play, 872 players were shown the door. Hutter managed to do some damage on Day 4 and ended up bagging nearly six million and the chip lead. Four former #1-ranked PocketFivers managed to advance to Day 5 with Shaun Deeb ending with the highest chip count at 2,175,000. Cliff Josephy (1,985,000), Paul Volpe (1,070,000) and Chris Moorman (907,000) are also still alive. Kelly Minkin Makes a Big Call For Top 10 Stack A key moment for Kelly Minkin came late in Level 19. Faced with a decision for roughly 60% of her stack, Minkin eventually managed to call her opponent's all in river bet and tabled a paired king for second pair - good enough to beat Ivan Galinec's flopped third pair. Minkin finished Day 4 with 3,459,000, good enough for the sixth-largest stack. The Demise of Phil Ivey All eyes, including those of the viewers watching at home on ESPN, were on Phil Ivey on Sunday. The 10-time bracelet winner started the day with a decent size stack and was at one of the ESPN secondary feature tables. Ultimately, Ivey was unable to navigate his way through Sunday's landmines. Ivey raised to 22,000 from middle position before Brian Altman made it 75,000 to go from late position. After the blinds folded, Ivey called. The flop came [qc][js][2s] and Ivey checked. Altman bet 60,000 and Ivey called. The [8s] turn got both players to check. The river was the [3d] and Ivey checked to Altman who bet 195,000. Ivey moved all in for 629,000 total and Altman tank-called and showed [qs][jc] for top two pair while Ivey flashed pocket nines before exiting the Amazon Room. More Than Just Ivey Though Scattered throughout the bustouts on Sunday were a number of prominent players including former World Champions, the start-of-day chip leader, European Poker Tour champion and a number of other familiar faces. 357. Mustapha Kanit - $33,305 367. Darren Elias - $33,305 379. Liv Boeree - $33,305 400. In Sun Geoum - $33,305 409. Jonathan Duhamel - $33,305 424. Frank Flowers - $29,625 428. Dominik Panka - $29,625 492. Kristen Bicknell - $26,535 541. Todd Brunson - $23,940 543. Jessica Dawley - $23,940 547. Phil Ivey - $23,940 612. Johnny Chan - $21,750 685. Eugene Katchalov - $19,900 814. Patrik Antonius - $18,340 910. Maria Konnikova - $17,025 982. Jamie Kerstetter - $15,920 Top 10 Chip Counts Barry Hutter - 5,597,000 Alexander Haro - 5,031,000 Brian Altman - 4,861,000 Andres Jeckeln - 4,506,000 Hari Bercovici - 3,510,000 Kelly Minkin - 3,459,000 Franklin Azevedo - 3,410,000 Ubaid Habib - 3,300,000 Nicholas Newport - 3,269,000 Krasimir Yankov - 3,264,000 Action resumes at 11 am PT with players expected to play another 5.5 levels.
  20. One of the summer’s biggest surprises arrived here in the final days of the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. Fresh off his fifth-place finish in the 2018 Main Event, 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada found a way to close out Event #75: $1,500 The Closer for his second bracelet of the series. At the same time that Cada was making history, the massive $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop saw some of the biggest names in poker enter in what, no doubt, be an explosive finish for another epic WSOP. Cada Is The Closer When Joe Cada busted in fifth-place in the 2018 Main Event, he didn’t speak to the media. He quickly made his exit, opting not to answer questions about how it felt to come so close to being the only player in the post-Moneymaker era to have a shot at winning two Main Event titles. While there have been a handful of players who had made the final table multiple times in their career, what Cada put together in his 2018 Main Event run topped them all. If not being able to close out the Main Event weighed on Cada, he certainly didn’t show it. Cada was right back in the thick of the action as he snap-entered Event #75: $1,500 THE CLOSER. Three days later Cada would be taking yet another winner’s photo having topped the field of 3,120 for his second bracelet of the summer and adding another $612,886 to his 2018 earnings. “I feel amazing. What a way to cap it off,” Cada said. “I’ve been running good and deep in every tournament, and the tournaments I busted, I feel good about how I played. I haven’t played many tournaments this summer, and I’m kind of upset that I didn’t play more, but it feels good to close it out.” This summer at the WSOP Cada cashed in seven different events, two of which he won, one of which was his fifth place $2.15 million score. In total, Cada earned over $3 million at the 2018 series. Cade is now a four-time WSOP bracelet winner, holding the most of any of the post-poker boom Main Event winners. Fewer than 50 players all-time hold four or more gold bracelets. He also joins a club that includes Brian Rast, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Shaun Deeb all of whom earned their fourth career WSOP bracelet in 2018. Event #75: $1,500 The Closer Final Table Payouts 1. Joe Cada - $612,886 2. Paawan Bansal - $378,765 3. Jeffrey Tanouye - $278,774 4. Richard Ali - $206, 813 5. Eric Afrait - $154,660 6. Richard Cox - $116,595 7. Jimmy Poper - $88,615 8. Brayden Gazlay - $67,904 9. Joshua Turner - $52,465 One Last Tournament In the final event of the summer, 24 players made their way to the cage to buy into the nosebleed contest that is the $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop. Many of the biggest names in poker were seated side by side, battling it out for what will likely be the largest first-place prize of the summer. At the end of the say, 19 of the 24 players survived the day with two of poker’s biggest names currently sitting in the top three. Leading the way is Hollywood high-stakes home game reg Rick Solomon. Hot on his heels though are a pair of poker legends in Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu who sit second and third in chips respectively. Unfortunately for 2012 One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari, he will not be the first to repeat as a One Drop champion as he couldn't find a bag at the end of the day. Joining him on the rail was David Peters, Bryn Kenney, Isaac Haxton and Jake Schindler. The final numbers on both participants and prize pool will be generated at the start of Day 2. Players who would like to max late reg have the ability to enter before the start of the second day and will have 50 big blinds. It should be noted that while the players will be vying for a massive score, $80,000 of every entry is donated to Guy Laliberte's One Drop Charity. That means that event if no other players register, the clean water initiative will still receive over $1.9 million from the poker world. Where To Watch The One Drop July 16 2:30 PM $1,000,000 OneDrop Day 2 PokerGO July 17 9:30 PM $1,000,000 OneDrop Day 2 ESPN2 July 17 2:30 AM $1,000,000 OneDrop Day 2 PokerGO July 17 9:00 PM $1,000,000 OneDrop FT ESPN2
  21. [caption width="640"] Phil Ivey loses court case against London casino[/caption] Phil Ivey has officially lost his £7.7 million UK-based court case against London’s Crockfords Club. As previously reported in The Guardian, Ivey, arguably one of the most famous poker players on the planet, had challenged a 2016 majority decision in the court of appeals which dismissed his multi-million dollar claim against Genting Casinos UK, the parent company of the Crockfords Club in Mayfair. The entire case stems from two days in August 2012 when Ivey and an associate, Chueng Yin Sun, brought £1,000,000 to the Crockfords Club in London to play multiple sessions of Punto Banco, a variant form of Baccarat (also known as “North American baccarat”). At the end of the visit, the duo had won over £7.7 million ($10.2 million USD) from the establishment. The casino assured Ivey that they would wire him his winnings, but instead, only wired him back his original £1,000,000 stake, voiding his winnings based on findings that Ivey and Yin Sun had been using the technique of edge sorting. Edge sorting is a method of “advantage gambling” where players identify unintentional printing abnormalities on the back of cards to determine whether a card is likely to be a high card or low card. Ivey and Yin Sun had the dealer angle the cards during the game, claiming that they were superstitious, and utilizing the technique, was able to gain an edge on the casino. Crockfords, essentially stating they cheated, claimed that this was not a lawful strategy, while Ivey’s position was that his method was completely legal and was owed the full amount. The five justices in the UK supreme court were tasked with considering whether “dishonesty” was an essential element of cheating. Though the initial trial judge, as well as the appellate court, ruled against Ivey, in both cases it was said that Ivey did not act dishonestly. Ivey appealed to the supreme court challenging the notion that he cheated while not acting dishonestly. In the end, though, the supreme court upheld the previous appellate court's dismissal and asserted that the element of being knowingly dishonest is not inherent in the definition of “cheating.” "What Mr. Ivey did was to stage a carefully planned and executed sting," Supreme Court Judge Anthony Hughes stated in the ruling. The court goes on to find that by manipulating the dealer to reposition the cards to assist him with the edge sorting that Ivey's actions were "inevitably cheating." In summary, Judge Hughes writes "If cheating at gambling required an additional legal element of dishonesty, it would be satisfied in this case." “It makes no sense that the U.K. Supreme Court has ruled against me, in my view, contrary to the facts and any possible logic involved in our industry," Ivey said in a statement as reported by Bloomberg. "It is because of my sense of honor and respect for the manner in which gambling is undertaken by professional gamblers such as myself that I have pursued this claim for my unpaid winnings." Though his case versus Crockfords Casino appears to be over, Ivey is still in the midst of a similar legal battle in the United States only this time, he's looking to retain money that was paid out. Over a four day stint in 2012, Ivey and Yin Sun won $9.6 million while playing Bacarrat at New Jersey'sBorgata Hotel Casino & Spa. After hearing about the Crockfords case, officials at the Borgata sued Ivey and his accomplice and ended up winning a judgment of $10.1 million, a sum that included other gaming outside of the Baccarat, in order to put both parties back to even. Ivey has contested the order to return the funds and is seeking to launch an appeal to the decision. Ivey, who has been out of the poker spotlight, recently made comments that he was looking to return to the tournament poker scene in the near future.
  22. The World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the entire world. It’s full of elite players. Those that are considered to the best of the best will tell you that it’s the most meaningful poker tournament to them, while others spend entire careers just trying to build up enough skill, experience, respect, and bankroll to simply compete in it. When it comes to the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, who are the best? That’s what we're going to take a look at here. The event’s first year was in 2006 and it drew 143 entries. David 'Chip' Reese, of whom many will tell you was the greatest all-around poker player ever, won the inaugural tournament by beating Andy Bloch in heads-up play. He earned $1.784 million for the win and is still one of the event’s top earners. In 2008, following the death of Reese in December 2007, the tournament’s trophy was named the 'Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.' With the completion of the 2019 edition of the event, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship has been played 14 times. From those 14 events, a total of 1,556 entries have been generated and 140 individual players have cashed. The total prize money that’s been awarded from the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship stands at $74.61 million. Twenty-one different players have cashed for $1 million or more in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and it’s none other than three-time winner Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi sitting atop the event’s all-time money list with $4.63 million in winnings. Mizrachi has cashed four times in the event, with each being a run to the final table. His success has been so great in this tournament that he’s nearly $1.5 million ahead of Brian Rast’s second-most winnings of $3.16 million. WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship Facts and Figures Michael Mizrachi is the event's all-time money leader with $4.63 million won 140 individual players have cashed at least once in the event 21 individual players have cashed for a total of $1 million or more Five individual players have cashed for a total of $2 million or more Three individual players have cashed for a total of $3 million or more Freddy Deeb holds the record for single-largest payday, winning $2.276 million for his victory in 2007 Five players are tied for most cashes in the event at four each - Michael Mizrachi, John Hennigan, Andy Bloch, Phil Ivey, and Barry Greenstein 19 individual players have cashed at least three times in the event Ralph Perry has cashed three times in the event but never reached the final table In 2013, Gary Benson and Joe Cassidy busted simultaneously with 17 players left, splitting 16th-place prize money and taking $55,947 each Michael Mizrachi has made the most final tables at four; John Hennigan has made the second most at three The event has awarded a total of $74.61 million Largest field size and prize pool came in both 2007 and 2008 - each year drew 148 entries for a prize pool of $7.104 million 2019 marked the event's smallest turnout and prize - 74 entries and $3.552 million WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship All-Time Money List PLAYER WINNINGS CASHES FINAL TABLES WINS Michael Mizrachi $4,630,641 4 4 3 Brian Rast $3,160,474 3 2 2 John Hennigan $3,091,166 4 3 1 Freddy Deeb $2,360,462 2 1 1 Matthew Ashton $2,025,385 3 1 1 Scotty Nguyen $1,989,120 1 1 1 Andy Bloch $1,813,988 4 2 0 Chip Reese $1,784,640 1 1 1 John Hanson $1,641,679 2 2 0 Mike Gorodinsky $1,519,715 3 1 1 Elior Sion $1,512,338 2 1 1 Bruno Fitoussi $1,448,599 2 2 0 David Bach $1,436,646 2 1 1 Michael DeMichele $1,243,200 1 1 0 Chris Klodnicki $1,148,249 2 2 0 Vladimir Schemelev $1,131,904 2 1 0 Phil Hui $1,099,311 1 1 1 Don Nguyen $1,096,254 1 1 0 Phil Hellmuth $1,063,034 1 1 0 Matt Glantz $1,044,458 3 2 0 Phil Ivey $1,013,457 4 1 0 Minh Ly $975,593 2 2 0 Brandon Shack-Harris $937,975 1 1 0 Barry Greenstein $928,919 4 2 0 Jean-Robert Bellande $873,455 2 1 0 David Oppenheim $869,955 3 1 0 Johannes Becker $862,649 1 1 0 Josh Arieh $803,969 2 1 0 Justin Bonomo $801,048 1 1 0 Erick Lindgren $781,440 1 1 0 David Singer $749,280 2 2 0 Huck Seed $708,651 3 2 0 David 'ODB' Baker $657,123 2 1 0 Abe Mosseri $642,726 3 1 0 Isaac Haxton $595,812 1 1 0 Jesse Martin $594,570 1 1 0 Amnon Filippi $586,080 1 1 0 Lyle Berman $573,957 2 1 0 Jim Bechtel $549,120 1 1 0 Eric Wasserson $545,772 1 1 0 Daniel Negreanu $535,634 3 1 0 Erik Sagstrom $522,393 1 1 0 Dan Smith $521,782 1 1 0 Robert Mizrachi $516,650 3 1 0 Shaun Deeb $507,791 3 1 0 David Benyamine $497,122 1 1 0 Daniel Alaei $492,771 3 1 0 Scott Seiver $484,567 3 1 0 Owais Ahmed $482,058 1 1 0 TJ Cloutier $480,480 1 1 0 Dewey Tomko $474,624 2 1 0 Mike Wattel $467,046 3 1 0 John Esposito $466,407 1 1 0 Kenny Tran $444,000 1 1 0 John Juanda $436,865 1 1 0 Ivo Donev $419,337 1 1 0 Luke Schwartz $406,736 1 1 0 Doyle Brunson $398,880 2 1 0 Ralph Perry $392,200 3 0 0 George Danzer $388,523 1 1 0 Vitaly Lunkin $368,812 1 1 0 Mike Leah $364,197 1 1 0 Ben Sulsky $353,928 1 1 0 Bryce Yockey $325,989 1 1 0 Roland Israelashvili $317,882 1 1 0 Paul Volpe $312,813 2 1 0 Jonathan Duhamel $307,018 2 1 0 George Lind $300,441 1 1 0 Ray Dehkharghani $299,617 2 0 0 Aaron Katz $288,562 2 1 0 Chun Zhou $286,122 1 1 0 Tommy Hang $279,292 2 0 0 Will Wilkinson $272,558 1 1 0 David 'Bakes' Baker $272,275 1 1 0 Benny Glaser $260,578 1 1 0 Stephen Chidwick $253,497 1 1 0 Jeff Lisandro $248,635 2 0 0 Patrick Bueno $230,880 1 1 0 Ville Wahlbeck $219,655 1 1 0 Frank Kassela $212,829 1 1 0 Gavin Smith $205,920 1 0 0 Patrik Antonius $205,920 1 0 0 Robert Williamson III $205,920 1 0 0 Bill Chen $205,856 1 1 0 Brett Richey $204,579 2 0 0 Ben Lamb $201,338 1 1 0 Joe Cassidy $193,227 2 0 0 James Obst $192,767 2 0 0 Thor Hansen $188,256 1 1 0 Mike Matusow $186,128 2 0 0 Daniel Kelly $184,222 1 1 0 Chau Giang $184,087 1 1 0 Mikael Thuritz $182,463 1 1 0 Chris Vitch $182,391 2 0 0 Raymond Davis $177,600 1 0 0 Michael Glick $173,796 1 0 0 Jason Lester $168,529 1 0 0 Dan Cates $168,305 1 1 0 Melissa Burr $165,435 1 1 0 Erik Seidel $162,381 1 1 0 Alexander Kostritsyn $152,730 1 0 0 Nick Schulman $152,730 1 0 0 Talal Shakerchi $149,398 2 0 0 Bryn Kenney $147,882 1 0 0 Greg Mueller $144,049 1 0 0 Yan Chen $143,400 1 0 0 Joseph Michael $142,080 1 0 0 Jason Mercier $139,265 1 0 0 Shawn Buchanan $139,265 1 0 0 Cong Do $137,280 1 0 0 David Levi $137,280 1 0 0 Allen Kessler $134,101 1 1 0 Gabe Kaplan $131,424 1 0 0 Kevin Song $128,620 1 0 0 Ian Johns $125,142 1 0 0 Mike Binger $124,723 1 0 0 Gus Hansen $123,895 1 0 0 Mark Gregorich $117,216 1 0 0 Stephen Wolff $117,216 1 0 0 Rep Porter $116,571 1 0 0 Todd Brunson $115,447 1 0 0 Allen Bari $113,030 1 0 0 Troy Burkholder $111,893 1 0 0 Justin Smith $110,073 1 0 0 Sebastian Ruthenberg $108,503 1 0 0 Viktor Blom $105,235 1 0 0 Greg Raymer $103,008 1 0 0 Tim Phan $103,008 1 0 0 David Chiu $99,590 1 0 0 Ilya Bulychev $98,330 1 0 0 Dario Sammartino $93,764 1 0 0 Chris Reslock $88,800 1 0 0 John Racener $87,010 1 0 0 Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga $83,630 1 0 0 John Kabbaj $72,914 1 0 0 Steve Billirakis $72,914 1 0 0 Randy Ohel $72,500 1 0 0 Yehuda Buchalter $72,500 1 0 0 Andrew Brown $72,078 1 0 0 Gary Benson $55,947 1 0 0 Last updated Saturday, June 29, 2019.
  23. Day 1C of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event was definitely one for the record books, but it was also one of the strangest days in the 50-year history of the event. As more and more players piled into the Rio, two were escorted out by police and then Mother Nature had her say as well, as an earthquake shook Las Vegas and disrupted the tournament in an unprecedented way. Starting Flight Record Broken, Overall Record Close Last summer, 4,571 players made Day 1C of the 2018 Main Event the largest starting flight in the history of the WSOP. That record fell on Friday, as 4,879 players joined the Main Event. That group, combined with the 3,250 players from Day 1A and 1B, makes this year's event the second largest Main Event of all-time, with registration open until the start of Day 2C on Sunday. Earthquake Shakes Up Day 1C At 8:19 PM PT, Las Vegas was shaken by an earthquake that caused tournament officials to pause the tournament clock and send players on an early dinner break to assess any possible damage to the building. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake was centered in Ridgecrest, California and is the second one in 48 hours. In the moments after the quake hit, some players left their tables to find safety either in the hallways our outside of the Rio. Andy Frankenberger chose to leave the room he was in while in the middle of a hand only. "Never felt anything like it being my first earthquake experience," Ronnie Bardah, a WSOP gold bracelet winner, told PocketFives. "Felt like I was out at sea but instead in the middle of the Main Event at the Rio. Felt like my life was out of my control for a few seconds. Not to sound dramatic, but whoa. Made sure to get away from under the moving stuff hanging up above. Day 1c of the 2019 WSOP Main Event will never be forgotten." Play resumed after an 80-minute break and carried on for another two hours and 40 minutes before ending for the day. James Henson Bags Lead, Mike McDonald Second Just three players managed to get through the five levels of play with more than 300,000 chips. James Henson finished with 316,100 to end up on top of the 3,664 Day 1C survivors. The player right behind caused a lot of pain for his opponents on Friday, but if he goes on to win the Main Event, he could cause a lot more pain for other top pros. Mike McDonald finished Day 1C with the second biggest stack at 306,300. The Canadian poker pro booked himself against a lot of other top players and stands to win an additional seven figures in side action. Right behind McDonald is Joshua Ray with 304,200. Easy Come, Easy Go for Phil Ivey Phil Ivey's 2019 WSOP Main Event run didn't last long. The 10-time bracelet winner was eliminated in the first level of play on Friday. Ivey got the last of his chips in on a flop of [poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7s"] holding [poker card="as"][poker card="4s"] against his opponent's top two pair. The turn and river were bricks, eliminating Ivey. Two Players Disqualified in Different Manners Ivey was eliminated in the traditional way, but two other players found very different ways to have their Main Event end. Georgii Belianin was the first of the two to be removed from the tournament. The Russian poker pro was disqualified moving another player's stack into his own. The second involved a player exposing himself to the table and throwing a shoe at his opponent and the dealer. READ: World Series Of Poker Disqualifies Two Players Kevin Martin Bags Up 220,600 The list of players who bagged and tagged on Day 1C includes the usual list of big names. Partypoker Team Pro Kevin Martin finished with 220,600 for a top 50 stack. Coming off of winning his third bracelet, Nick Schulman ended with 141,200. Peter Traply, who recently overtook Chris Moorman for the all-time online tournament earnings lead, also made it to Day 2C with 128,500. Other notables moving on include Dzmitry Urbanovich (196,900), Maurice Hawkins (183,600) Chino Rheem (170,900), Andrew Lichtenberger (141,200), Ali Imsirovic (102,500), Danielle Andersen (102,300), and Maria Konnikova (100,900). End of the Road for More than a Few Familiar Faces Joe Cada won't be making a return to the Main Event final table this year. After finishing fifth last year, Cada couldn't make it through the opening day and was one of the more notable eliminations. He was joined by Dietrich Fast, William Kassouf, Martin Jacobson, Doug Polk, and Shaun Deeb, Jason Koon on the outside looking in. PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas wasn't able to recreate the magic on Friday and was eliminated. Mike Leah, who skipped most of the WSOP after the birth of his first child, had a short-lived return on Friday and was one of the 1,225 players eliminated. Former #1s Represent Well Chris Hunichen, Calvin Anderson and Christopher Brammer all finished with stacks well above average. Hunichen leads the way with 181,000 but Anderson isn't far behind with 178,100. Brammer ended with 169,200. They weren't the only former #1-ranked PocketFivers who ended Friday on the good side. Cliff Josephy (111,500), Tim West (49,600), and Fedor Holz (35,900) also moved onto Day 2C. Top 10 Chip Counts James Henson - 316,100 Mike McDonald - 306,300 Joshua Ray - 304,200 Robert Kokoska - 285,000 Mohamed Mamouni - 284,000 Barry Donovan - 280,100 Robert Layne - 280,000 Dylan Meier - 277,700 Yervand Boyadjian - 277,400 Tom Cannuli - 275,000
  24. The last seven days have been pretty lucrative for SanIker, according to HighStakesDB. He reeled in almost $400,000 at the $2,000/$4,000 Triple Draw tables on Full Tilt on Monday to push his seven-day winnings to $1 million. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- According to HighStakesDB, SanIker first made waves on Monday at Triple Draw against a gauntlet of talent that included Phil "Polarizing" Ivey, Cort "thecortster" Kibler-Melby, Kagome Kagome, and Trueteller. He ended up just over $50,000 when all was said and done despite the stiff competition. Then, as the tracking site explained, "The next session SanIker took part in was even longer. He played for 12 hours and 20 minutes at table Cable from just past 2:00pm to 2:27am this morning, making a handsome $346.7k profit." All told, SanIker banked about $400,000 on Tuesday alone to continue his hot streak. SanIker calls Germany home and HighStakesDB began tracking him on the last day of April three years ago. Since then, he is up almost a half-million dollars. Here are his results in each game HighStakesDB has tracked for him: Draw Games: +$1.23 million Eight-Game: +$11,000 No Limit Hold'em: -$757,000 According to HighStakesDB, "He started his poker career playing on Euro sites, where he has done extremely well, before transitioning to the high-stakes games. He is currently studying Economics at university and playing poker part-time along with that." His biggest pot played came in October 2013 at a $400/$800 No Limit Hold'em table and was worth $264,000. On PocketFives, Germany is #13 on PocketFives' Country Poker Rankingswith a combined PLB score of its top 20 ranked members of 79,539 points. Its biggest tracked tournament score was $341,000, which came in a $2,620 event on Full Tilt in August 2008 by PocketFiver triathlon4. There are almost 2,000 PocketFivers who call Germany home and, combined, they've amassed $162 million in career tournament winnings. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  25. According to HighStakesDB, Phil Ivey (pictured) is the biggest loser at the high-stakes tables so far in 2015, and it's not even close. In 74 sessions and 12,642 hands, Ivey, who plays under the user name Polarizing on Full Tilt, is down $1.5 million, three-and-a-half times the next closest person. To put the number in perspective, Ivey has dropped an average of $20,000 per session and $120 per hand tracked by HighStakesDB thus far this year, although he still has plenty of time to climb out of the red. Ivey is down $1.26 million at the Eight-Game tables this year and has shed $226,000 at Draw Games. He's down about $43,000 in Omaha High-Low. All-time, Ivey is down almost $6.6 million on Full Tilt since HighStakesDB began tracking his Polarizing screen name at the end of 2012. Over that span, Ivey has played nearly 200,000 hands and has an average loss of $33 per hand. His most-played game is Draw. Here are the 10 biggest losers of 2015, according to HighStakesDB: 1. Polarizing: ($1,528,431) 2. OMGClayAiken: ($437,428) 3. Isildur1: ($417,880) 4. SanIker: ($396,882) 5. Patriktortonius: ($317,274) 6. w00ki3z.: ($316,541) 7. steamraise: ($259,329) 8. CoeJassidy: ($255,450) 9. terryhsu: ($253,962) 10. megabanny: ($247,585) As you can see, there are plenty of other big-name pros on this list besides Ivey, including Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, who is in second place, and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, who is in third. Ivey has 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, tied for the second most all-time with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, and is fourth on tournament poker's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob, at $22.4 million. Last Sunday, Ivey banked $186,000 at Full Tilt's 2-7 Triple Draw tables, so he has certainly showed signs of life. Stay tuned to PocketFives to see if he can right the ship in 2015. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
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