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  1. [caption width="640"] Michael Mizrachi could add a third Poker Players Championship to his resume on Wednesday (WSOP/BLUFF photo)[/caption] On Wednesday afternoon at the 2016 World Series of Poker the prestigious $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship will play down to a winner. While Justin Bonomo is the chip leader, Michael Mizrachi is right behind him and is hoping to win the event for an unprecedented third time. His success in the event goes far beyond having already won it twice though. This week in Beyond the Bracelets focuses on just how dominant Mizrachi has been in the PPC and how special a third win would be. One Event, Three BraceletsIn the 47-year history of the WSOP, only three players have won the same event three times. The most famous of which is Stu Ungar who won the WSOP Main Event in 1980, 1981 and 1997. The other players to pull off the hat trick are Johnny Moss and Bill Boyd. Moss won the WSOP Main Event three times: in 1970 by a vote, in 1971 when the buy-in was $5,000 and in 1974 when the buy-in was $10,000. Starting in 1971, Boyd won the $1,000 Five Card Stud event three consecutive years. His winnings of $40,000 wouldn’t even buy him into the Poker Players Championship today. The Most Cashes LeaderboardRegardless of where he finishes, this marks the third Poker Players Championship cash for Mizrachi - but that’s not the record. Andy Bloch, who finished runner-up to Chip Reese in 2006, and Barry Greenstein have each found the cashier cage four times in this event. Along with his second place finish, Bloch has finished third (2012), 15th (2008) and 16th (2010). Greenstein has finished sixth (2008), seventh (2007), 12th (2006) and 15th (2011). Averaging DownEven if Mizrachi wins this year’s event, his average cash is going to drop. In 2010 he won $1,559,046 after beating 115 other players. Two years later he took home $1,451,527 for topping a 108-player field giving him an average cash of $1,505,286.50. With just 91 players in this year’s event, first place pays “just” $1,296,097. The $3 Million ClubEven before factoring in the 2016 result, Mizrachi is the only player to have earned more than $3,000,000 in this event. The only player who has a chance to join him is Brian Rast. With $1,720,328 in earnings - from his 2011 win - Rast needs to take home the $1,296,097 first place prize to pass $3,000,000 and move into second place for lifetime Poker Players Championship earnings. Mizrachi currently has $3,010,573.00. Top Five FinishesSo long as Mizrachi outlasts one player at Wednesday’s six-handed final table, he’ll set the record for most top five finishes with three. He currently holds the record along with five other players; John Hennigan, Bloch, Matt Glantz, Chris Klodnicki and John Hanson. Of that group, the other player other than Mizrachi to win it was Hennigan in 2014. Best Finishes by Other WinnersNot only is Mizrachi the only player to win it twice, he has quite a bit of distance between himself and any other previous winner in terms of other finishes. No other previous winner has managed a top 10 finish during their career. Brian Rast, who won the 2011 event, is also at Wednesday’s final table. Only three of the nine previous winners have failed to cash a second time and one of those three is the late Chip Reese. After Reese died in December 2007 the WSOP created a special trophy for this event that now bears his name. 2015 - Mike Gorodinsky: finished 13th this year 2014 - John Hennigan: finished 12th in 2012 and third in 2013 2013 - Matthew Ashton: finished 12th in 2015 2011 - Brian Rast: no other cashes (currently fourth in chips) 2009 - David Bach: finished 11th in 2008 2008 - Scotty Nguyen: no other cashes 2007 - Freddy Deeb: finished 14th in 2009 2006 - Chip Reese: no other cashes No Sibling RivalryRobert Mizrachi, who currently has one more WSOP bracelet than his brother Michael, has also had some success in this event. He’s also cashed three times, but his best finish was fifth in 2010. He also finished 14th in 2014 and again this year. His total earnings for those three cashes is $516,650 - roughly 1/6 of what Michael has won.
  2. [caption width="640"] David Peters can no longer be considered one of the best players without a WSOP bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] Three players won their first career bracelet at the2016 World Series of Poker on Tuesday, but none will get more attention than the one that walked out of the latest $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. David Peters, with wins all over the world over his career, finally broke through to capture the first bracelet of his career. And while Justin Bonomo has the final table chip lead in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, he's not the player everybody is talking about right now. Michael Mizrachi is still in with a shot at winning the event for the third time in its 11-year history. Mizrachi is right behind Bonomo with just six players remaining. Event #55: Michael Mizrachi Gunning for Third $50,000 Poker Players Championship Title One player winning any one particular WSOP event three times is a rare enough feat as it is. Doing it against arguably the toughest tournament field of the year is another story altogether. Thats's what Michael Mizrachi is on the verge of though. Mizrachi finished with the third biggest stack in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship on Tuesday and now headlines a final table that could become one for the history books. Leading the final six players is Justin Bonomo with 7,750,000. Sandwiched between Bonomo and Mizrachi, who finished with 5,535,000, is Lamar Wilkinson with 7,045,000. Eric Wasserson, Brian Rast and Ray Dehkharghani round out the six-handed final table. Day 4 of the event began with 13 players still in contention for the bracelet, Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and $1,296,097 first place prize money. Reigning champion Mike Gorodinsky was eliminated in 13th place. Right behind him, Daniel Negreanu went out in 12th. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Paul Volpe was then eliminated in 10th. Daniel Alaei, who had cashed in this event twice before, added a third score to his total, finishing in eighth place. The final six players return to the felt at 2 PM PT and the final table will be streamed on WSOP.com. Final Table Chip Counts Justin Bonomo - 7,750,000 Lamar Wilkinson - 7,045,000 Michael Mizrachi - 5,535,000 Eric Wasserson - 3,800,040 Brian Rast - 3,185,000 Ray Dehkharghani - 395,000 Event #56: David Peters Wins $1,500 No Limit HOld'em Event for Bracelet #1 Every year it seems one or two players scratch themselves off of the "Best Player Without a WSOP Bracelet" list. On Tuesday, David Peters did that just that by winning the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event for $412,557. Peters, who now has over $12 million in lifetime earnings, actually won a $25,000 buy-in high roller event at Aria Resort & Casino on Saturday, the day before this WSOP event began. Peters was happy to finally get that first bracelet - even if it took him longer than he expected. “I was definitely surprised it took me as long as it did (to win),” Peters said. “There were a lot of close calls. I came in almost every place at the final table, except first. I knew it was coming, so it definitely feels amazing to get it.” One of the most respected tournament players in the world, Peters did his best to block everything out as other players at the table kept busting. “I tried not to let myself think about that,” Peters said. “Everything was going good, and the vibes were good, and I tried to keep my focus. I tried not to think about the gold bracelet or anything. It worked out.” Peters beat Cathal 'Shinerrr' Shine heads-up. The Irish poker pro entered this event straight after recording a cash in the $888 Crazy Eights event. Matt Affleck finished third for $184,456. Final Table Payouts David Peters - $412,557 Cathal Shine - $254,890 Matt Affleck - $184,456 Muhammad Abdel Rahim - $134,845 Zachary Okin - $99,592 Brendan Sheehan - $74,321 Takuya Suzuki - $56,044 Minatoku Kilian Kramer - $42,711 David Patterson - $32,900 Event #57: David Nowakowski Wins $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo [caption width="640"] David Nowakowski now has some extra money to help pay his tuition in the fall (WSOP photo)[/caption] David Nowakowski moved overseas after Black Friday to continue playing online poker. Earlier this year he made the decision to move back to the United States to continue his education. First, he wanted to play some WSOP events. On Tuesday night he won the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event for a little over $200,000 - money he plans to use to pay for school. “I just decided to move back to the U.S. recently,” Nowakowski said. “I plan on returning back to school and finishing up my degree in the fall, so this win definitely helps.” Nowakowski beat Timothy Vukson heads-up for the bracelet. Two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson finished third for his fourth cash of the summer. After his win, Nowakowski admitted to not having much experience playing Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. “I played rush Omaha online, but haven’t played a lot of PLO High-Low recently,” Nowakowski said. “I definitely wanted to win this. It’s a dream come true. It’s still all a bit surreal to me.” Former Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko finished eighth. Final Table Payouts David Nowakowski - $203,113 Timothy Vukson - $125,507 Marco Johnson - $87,192 James Alexander - $61,519 Kenneth Po - $44,094 Colin Gelker - $32,114 Stephen Johnson - $23,772 Martin Staszko - $17,890 Matt Lefkowitz - $13,691 Event #58: Corey Thompson Wins $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em [caption width="640"] Corey Thompson capped an excellent year with a WSOP bracelet win (WSOP photo)[/caption] Nine months ago Corey Thompson topped a Heartland Poker Tour event in Daytona Beach, FL for the biggest score of his career - $131,720. On Tuesday he beat that by a almost $90,000, winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em event. “It’s been a huge year,” Thompson said. “I don’t play cash games that much. I’ve been playing more tournaments. The HPT win was really huge. I really caught fire since then. I started coming out here (to the WSOP) four years ago, but mostly played just a few smaller events. This win was huge.” The win more than doubles Thompson's lifetime earnings to $438,700. Most WSOP final tables somehow find a way to include at least one former WSOP bracelet winner - but not this one. The final nine players were all seeking their first WSOP bracelet. The event featured 30-minute levels with players playing 20 levels each day instead of the standard 10. Final Table Payouts Corey Thompson - $221,163 Enrico Rudelitz - $136,651 William Liang - $97,811 Darren Terazawa - $70,821 Ankit Ahuja - $51,878 Terry Fan - $38,452 Matthew Chang - $28,842 Ryan Pochedly - $21,897 Benjamin Reinhart - $16,827 Event #59: Jason Helder Leads $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em A total of 863 players came out for Day 1 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event with just 359 advancing to Day 2. Jason Helder leads the pack with 228,300 heading into Day 2. Only two other players, Christopher Park (205,200) and Jayakrishnan Nair (201,000), finished above 200,000. Two members of the 2015 November Nine managed to finish Day 1 with top 10 stacks. Pierre Neuville finished with 155,100 whil Zvi Stern ended with 149,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Liv Boeree, Sorel Mizzi, Joe Kuether, Chris Hunichen, Toby Lewis, Joao Simao, Ismael Bojang, Maria Ho and Fedor Holz. One player who didn't advance was Jason Mercier. After collecting two bracelets early in the Series, Mercier has been unable to get a third and cause all kinds of pain for those who bet against him. The remaining 359 players return at Noon to play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Jason Helder - 228,300 Christopher Park - 205,200 Jayakrishnan Nair - 201,000 Tai Nguyen - 179,000 Keith Lehr - 163,300 Pierre Merlin - 159,000 Daniel Lee - 158,100 Pierre Neuville - 155,100 Justin Adams - 152,000 Event #60: Jimmy Fricke and Calvin Anderson in Top 10 of $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Jimmy Fricke and Calvin Anderson ended Day 1 of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event with top 10 stacks, but they're not the only notables still remaining in the field. Fricke finished with 82,200, just one spot behind chip leader Jesse Hampton's 87,500. Anderson ended with the sixth biggest stack of 64,900. Corey Zeidman (59,800), Bryan Devonshire (59,000), John Monnette (56,100), Yuval Bronshtein (55,200), David Chiu (49,500), Andrey Zaichenko (47,700) and defending WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen (42,800) all ended with above average stacks. Benny Glaser, Todd Brunson, Scott Clements and Dan Kelly were among the notables that entered but failed to advance to Day 2. Mercier also entered and was eliminated. Top 10 Chip Counts Jesse Hampton - 87,500 Jimmy Fricke - 82,200 Yen Wu - 80,000 Curtis Ikeuchi - 76,700 Phillip Penn - 66,500 Calvin Anderson - 64,900 Dana Kellstrom - 64,000 Michael Ross - 63,200 Kevin Cote - 62,300
  3. [caption width="640"] Mixed games are all over the WSOP calendar with nearly half of the schedule featuring non-Hold'em and PLO tournaments. (Photo courtesy Jason Somerville)[/caption] The World Series of Poker is the best tournament series on the planet because to the volume and variety available to its hundreds of thousands of customers. No Limit Hold’em events are the primary driver of customer traffic during the seven weeks the WSOP is in session but the mixed game events also pique a certain part of the market interest. The World Series has made a strong effort to include a wide variety of mixed game events across the 74 tournaments on the schedule with every game in the eight-game mix (H.O.R.S.E., Pot Limit Omaha, and 2-7 Triple Draw) having a $1,500 and $10,000 option available. This format was first introduced in 2014 and has been met with high turnouts in all varieties of games at both buy in levels. Additionally, there is a $1,500 and $10,000 Dealers Choice available. The $1,500 Dealers Choice event was such a massive success in 2014 that the WSOP added a $10,000 version in 2015 and it has stayed on the schedule ever since. While not normally in the standard eight-game mix, No Limit Single Draw has been a staple on the WSOP schedule for many years and returns once again with a $1,500 and $10,000 event. H.O.R.S.E. tournaments continue to populate the WSOP schedule and this year, three tournaments of everyone’s favorite mixed game are available at the $1,500, $3,000, and $10,000 price points. The $2,500 is a tender sweet spot for mixed game events and three events carry that buy in in 2017. The Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better event returns for yet another year and should have another loaded final table with past winners including Owais Ahmed, Mike Gorodinsky and none other than Phil Ivey. The WSOP introduced the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (A-5,2-7, Badugi) event in 2016 and it drew 236 players with Chris Vitch taking home the title. That event is back for 2017. The newest event at the $2,500 buy-in level is the Big Bet Mix tournament. Players have been clamoring for this format for years and will have their wish granted on June 30. Seven total games are included in the mix including the non-bracelet event games of Big O, No-Limit 5-Card Draw High, and, Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. Last, but far from least, is the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. The world's elite mixed game players will be in attendance for one of the most sought after bracelets on the schedule. The event went through a few structure changes in recent years but for the past few years, has stuck to the eight-game format that is back once again this year. In total, there are more than enough events to satisfy the mixed game craving for players of all bankroll levels and the best all-around players will be out to prove their lot when the World Series kicks off on May 31.
  4. [caption width="640"] Argentina now has two WSOP bracelet winners after Andres Korn won the https://cdn.pocketfives.com/p5wp/2017/11/595619-andres-korn-wsop-2017.jpg,000 No Limit Hold'em event on Sunday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Sunday was an exciting day at the 2017 World Series of Poker. Not only were two shiny gold bracelets awarded, but arguably the most prestigious tournament of the summer kicked off its Day 1. Here’s a run through all of Sunday's WSOP action. Andres Korn Wins Second-ever Bracelet for Argentina When Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca won a bracelet back in 2015, he became the first Argentinian to ever achieve such a feat. Two years later, he now has a fellow countryman wearing WSOP gold. Andres Korn took down Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $618,285 Sunday, having outlasted a 623-strong field after four days of play. He ultimately defeated a tough final table which included Mike Sowers and Andy Spears, before defeating Pete Chen heads up. "The bracelet weighs so much more," Korn said, when asked what meant more, the money or the bracelet. "I wasn't even looking at the pay jumps; I was just focused on the bracelet. For us who play poker, this is the glory. And you don't get that many chances to play for it. "The money's beautiful, but my main thing was the bracelet.” Final table payouts: Andres Korn - $618,285 Pete Chen - $382,122 Thomas Boivin - $264,306 Marton Czuczor - $185,794 Mike Sowers - $132,767 Simon Lam - $96,472 Andy Spears - $71,300 Mark Zullo - $53,615 Sergio Cabrera - $41,031 $1,500 No Limit Pauses Heads Up Another tournament due to finish Sunday was Event #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. However, it eventually got so late that the tournament was paused with just two players left. Artur Rudziankov (8.93 million) and Mario Prats (4.29 million) will return Monday to play for the bracelet and a first-place prize worth $395,918. They both survived the ten-hour final table, which saw the likes of Martin Kabrhel and John Esposito go bust. When they return, the blinds will be 60K/120K, with Rudziankov holding a 2:1 chip lead. If Rudziankov can pull off a win, he’ll become only the second ever bracelet winner from the Czech Republic. Some big names busted before the final table was set, including Taylor Paur (16th - $15,250) and Roman Korenev(23rd - $12,297). Final Table Payouts So Far - $395,918 - $244,611 Timothy Miles - $176,455 Arman Zolnoorian - $128,645 Christian Rudolph - $94,799 Lee Watkinson - $70,618 John Esposito - $53,184 Martin Kabrhel - $40,500 Scott Lychwick - $31,187 Jens Lakemeier Dominates $2,500 Big Bet Mix Finale to Win $112,232 [caption width="640"] Jens Lakemeier made quick work of his final table opponents to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career (WSOP photo)[/caption] In just 20 hands of final table play, Jens Lakemeiereliminated all four of his final opponents to take down the $2,500 Big Bet Mix. He came in to the finale as chip leader, and despite some early hiccups, he never faltered from the top thereafter. After Kenneth Fitzgeraldbusted in sixth, five-handed play started slow. However, Lakemeier then went on a tear courtesy of a single Five Card Draw hand. Ashton Griffin opened, Jerry Wong jammed, and Lakemeier called. Griffin called all in too and showed two pair, while Lakemeier needed a queen to make a full house. He hit it, eliminating both in one hand. In one of the very next hands, Andrew Kelsall fell in third place, leaving Lakemeier heads up with Jason Stockfish. It took just ten hands for Lakemeier to secure the victory. For his win, Germany’s Lakemeier banked $112,232. Final Table Payouts Jens Lakemeier - $112,232 Jason Stockfish - $69,359 Andrew Kelsall - $47,239 Jerry Wong - $32,804 Ashton Griffin - $23,235 Kenneth Fitzgerald - $16,793 Crazy Eights Day 1 flights wrap up Sunday saw the $888 Crazy Eights event, with a guaranteed $888,888 first place prize, finish up all its Day 1 flights. It was a busy day indeed. A total of 2,072 sat down for 1C, while 1D attracted a massive 2,878 runners. 168 remained after 1D, with big and notable stacks belonging to Paul Berger(646,000,Alex Papazian (516,000), Danny Wong (385,000),Ian O'Hara(267,000), Shannon Shorr(262,000),Kevin MacPhee(250,000), William Kassouf(200,000), and Cate Hall (131,000). Meanwhile in 1C, Danny Alvarez bagged the chip lead with 497,000, while Joao Vieira (410,000), Bill Germanis(407,000), Catherine Dever (391,000),JeWook Oh(390,000), and Vanessa Kade (424,000) all made it through. All in all, this event got 8,120 entrants, which smashed last year’s 6,761 turnout. The full payout structure will be announced tomorrow during Day 2. $50K Poker Players Championship Kicks Off Mixed-game fans rejoice! It’s finally here. Event #62, the 2017 $50,000 Poker Players Championship, got off and running on Sunday with 93 players taking their seats. There were only six players to bust in the whole day, meaning 87 will return for Day 2 tomorrow, with registration still open. It was a bad day for Dan Cates. The Jungleman five-bet jammed pre-flop for over 200 big blinds with ace-king suited, and was called by Mark Gregorich with pocket aces, which held up. Cates was the first to bust, followed by Iraj Parvizi, David Benyamine, Dan Shak, Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky, and Jared Bleznick. On the flipside, it was a great day for the 2013 champion in this event, Matthew Ashton. He bagged up the chip lead with 705,500, collecting most of his chips by busting Sulsky. Aaron Katz (682,700) and Robert Mizrachi (495,500) round off the top three, while Daniel Alaei, James Obst and Johnny Chan all finished with top 10 stacks. This tournament really is a who’s who, so just about everyone you can think of is still in. It’s going to be another great day of poker tomorrow. Top 10 chip counts: Matthew Ashton - 705,500 Aaron Katz - 682,700 Robert Mizrachi - 485,500 Harry Madoff - 478,600 Mark Gregorich - 465,200 Brett Richey - 455,300 Daniel Alaei - 446,100 Marco Johnson - 422,900 James Obst - 417,600 Johnny Chan - 408,500
  5. The biggest name in online poker and New Jersey online released the schedule for the largest series to date in the Garden State. PokerStarsNJ announced $1.3 million in guarantees across 80 tournaments (40 High and 40 Low events) that run from April 14-30 for the 2018 New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP). The 80 events are up from 70 in 2017. Platinum Pass Comes to New Jersey The highlight point of the schedule is the two coveted Platinum Passes awarded to the NJSCOOP Main Event winners. Both the High ($500) and Low ($50) Main Event champions earn a $30,000 Platinum Pass to the 2019 Poker Player's No Limit Hold'em Championship at the PokerStars Carribean Adventure. The High Main Event features a $200,000 guarantee and the Low is a minimum prize pool of $40,000. Other major guarantees include the $80,000 Sunday Special on April 22 and the $30,000 Super Tuesday on April 17. Mixed Menu of Offerings No Limit Hold'em is a strong feature on the schedule with most events comprising the two card game. Available NLHE variants include 8-Max, Progressive Knockout, 6-Max, Bubble Rush, and Win The Button. Mixed games have their place on the calendar as well. Pot Limit Omaha has five events with all either in the 6-Max or 8-Max variety. Other mixed games on the calendar include 8-Game, Stud Hi-Lo, HORSE, No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. The largest buy-in mixed game event is the $500 8-Game on Wednesday, April 18. The MTT features a $15,000 guarantee. Events range on the High scale from $100 all the way up to the $1,000 6-Max High Roller $65,000 guaranteed. PokerStarsNJ offers satellites for every event starting at just $0.50. Players can also win Main Event seats in Spin & Go's starting at $4. The NJSCOOP series opens on Saturday, April 14 with the $100/$10 NJSCOOP Warm Up and concludes on Monday, April 30 with the $150/$15 Wrap Up Hyper-Turbo. Complete PokerStarsNJ NJSCOOP Event Schedule table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Date Event Level Name Time (ET) Buy-in Guarantee April 14 1 High NLHE [Nightly Stars - NJSCOOP Warm-Up] 6:30 PM $100 $18,000 April 14 1 Low NLHE [NJSCOOP Warm-Up] 6:30 PM $10 $5,000 April 15 2 High NLHE [Deepstack, 8-Max] 2:00 PM $200 $20,000 April 15 2 Low NLHE [Deepstack, 8-Max] 2:00 PM $20 $7,500 April 15 3 High NLHE [Progressive KO] 3:30 PM $150 $25,000 April 15 3 Low NLHE [Progressive KO] 3:30 PM $15 $5,000 April 15 4 High NLHE [Sunday Special SE] 5:00 PM $300 $75,000 April 15 4 Low NLHE [Mini Sunday Special] 5:00 PM $30 $16,000 April 15 5 High PL Omaha [6-Max] 7:00 PM $100 $12,000 April 15 5 Low PL Omaha [6-Max] 7:00 PM $10 $2,500 April 15 6 High NLHE [Sunday Supersonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] 10:00 PM $150 $16,000 April 15 6 Low NLHE [Mini Supersonic, Hyper-Turbo] 10:00 PM $15 $4,000 April 16 7 High NLHE [Win The Button] 6:30 PM $200 $20,000 April 16 7 Low NLHE [Win The Button] 6:30 PM $20 $5,000 April 16 8 High NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO] 8:00 PM $100 $15,000 April 16 8 Low NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO] 8:00 PM $10 $4,000 April 17 9 High NLHE [Super Tuesday SE] 6:30 PM $250 $30,000 April 17 9 Low NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday] 6:30 PM $25 $10,000 April 17 10 High NLHE [Escalating Antes] 8:00 PM $150 $15,000 April 17 10 Low NLHE [Escalating Antes] 8:00 PM $15 $5,000 April 18 11 High 8-Game [6-Max] 6:30 PM $500 $15,000 April 18 11 Low 8-Game [6-Max] 6:30 PM $50 $7,500 April 18 12 High NLHE [Bubble Rush] 8:00 PM $200 $12,000 April 18 12 Low NLHE [Bubble Rush] 8:00 PM $20 $4,000 April 19 13 High NLHE [Thursday Thrill SE] 6:30 PM $250 $25,000 April 19 13 Low NLHE [Mini Thrill] 6:30 PM $25 $10,000 April 19 14 High PL Omaha [8-max, Win The Button] 7:00 PM $200 $15,000 April 19 14 Low PL Omaha [8-max, Win The Button] 7:00 PM $25 $3,000 April 20 15 High NLHE [Deep Hyper-Turbo] 9:00 PM $200 $15,000 April 20 15 Low NLHE [Deep Hyper-Turbo] 9:00 PM $20 $4,000 April 21 16 High NLHE [Deepstack, 6-Max] 5:00 PM $100 $18,000 April 21 16 Low NLHE [Deepstack, 6-Max] 5:00 PM $10 $5,000 April 21 17 High HORSE 7:00 PM $200 $10,000 April 21 17 Low HORSE 7:00 PM $20 $2,500 April 21 18 High NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO] 9:00 PM $100 $12,000 April 21 18 Low NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO] 9:00 PM $10 $3,000 April 22 19 High NLHE [Marathon] 1:00 PM $100 $16,000 April 22 19 Low NLHE [Marathon] 1:00 PM $10 $5,000 April 22 20 High NLHE [Progressive KO] 3:30 PM $150 $20,000 April 22 20 Low NLHE [Progressive KO] 3:30 PM $15 $5,000 April 22 21 High NLHE [Sunday Special SE] 5:00 PM $350 $80,000 April 22 21 Low NLHE 5:00 PM $50 $14,000 April 22 22 High PL 5-Card Omaha [8-Max] 7:30 PM $100 $10,000 April 22 22 Low PL 5-Card Omaha [8-Max] 7:30 PM $10 $3,000 April 22 23 High NLHE [6-Max, Turbo] 10:00 PM $300 $25,000 April 22 23 Low NLHE [6-Max, Turbo] 10:00 PM $30 $7,500 April 23 24 High NLHE [4-Max] 6:30 PM $300 $35,000 April 23 24 Low NLHE [4-Max] 6:30 PM $30 $10,000 April 23 25 High NLO8 [Rebuy, 8-Max] 8:00 PM $100 $10,000 April 23 25 Low NLO8 [Rebuy, 8-Max] 8:00 PM $10 $4,000 April 24 26 High NLHE [Progressive KO, Win The Button] 6:30 PM $200 $22,000 April 24 26 Low NLHE [Progressive KO, Win The Button] 6:30 PM $20 $6,000 April 24 27 High NLHE High Roller [6-Max] 7:00 PM $1,000 $65,000 April 24 27 Low NLHE High Roller [6-Max] 7:00 PM $100 $30,000 April 25 28 High NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] 6:30 PM $200 $22,000 April 25 28 Low NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] 6:30 PM $20 $6,000 April 25 29 High NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] 8:00 PM $100 $10,000 April 25 29 Low NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] 8:00 PM $10 $4,000 April 26 30 High PL Omaha [8-Max, Progressive KO] 6:30 PM $150 $10,000 April 26 30 Low PL Omaha [8-Max, Progressive KO] 6:30 PM $15 $3,000 April 26 31 High NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom] 8:00 PM $300 $15,000 April 26 31 Low NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom] 8:00 PM $30 $4,000 April 27 32 High NLHE [BigStack Turbo] 8:00 PM $150 $15,000 April 27 32 Low NLHE [BigStack Turbo] 8:00 PM $15 $5,000 April 28 33 High NLHE [Final Weekend Kickoff] 6:00 PM $200 $20,000 April 28 33 Low NLHE [Final Weekend Kickoff] 6:00 PM $20 $7,500 April 28 34 High Stud Hi/Lo [8-Max] 7:00 PM $200 $7,500 April 28 34 Low Stud Hi/Lo [8-Max] 7:00 PM $20 $2,500 April 28 35 High NLHE [3-Max, Hyper, Rebuy] 9:00 PM $50 $10,000 April 28 35 Low NLHE [3-Max, Hyper, Rebuy] 9:00 PM $5 $3,000 April 29 36 High Mixed NLHE/PLO [Progressive KO] 2:30 PM $200 $16,000 April 29 36 Low Mixed NLHE/PLO [Progressive KO] 2:30 PM $20 $4,000 April 29 37 High NLHE [Main Event, 2-Day Event] 5:00 PM $500 $200,000 April 29 37 Low NLHE [Main Event, 2-Day Event] 5:00 PM $50 $40,000 April 29 38 High PL Omaha [6-Max] 8:00 PM $150 $15,000 April 29 38 Low PL Omaha [6-Max] 8:00 PM $15 $3,000 April 29 39 High NLHE [Sunday Supersonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] 10:00 PM $100 $15,000 April 29 39 Low NLHE [Hyper-Turbo] 10:00 PM $10 $3,000 April 30 40 High NLHE [Wrap-up - Deep, Hyper-Turbo] 9:00 PM $150 $16,000 April 30 40 Low NLHE [Wrap-up - Deep, Hyper-Turbo] 9:00 PM $15 $5,000
  6. The World Series of Poker is the largest festival in the poker world for both their No Limit and Mixed Game offerings. Buy-ins reaching up to $50,000 for non-Hold'em games can only be found at the Rio for seven weeks every summer. These events often have a great impact on the WSOP Player of the Year race and should have a dense population of familiar faces for the full schedule. Only a single new addition to the schedule game-wise comes from Pot Limit Omaha. Three events are listed, two live and the third online. The PLO Giant follows the template of its No Limit cousin with flights every Sunday for the schedule leading up to the Day 2 restart on July 2. Flights are available June 3-July 1 with unlimited re-entry and payouts for each flight. The $565 Six Max PLO event adds a new element to the WSOP.com bracelet offerings. For the first time ever on June 22, players can compete for a four-card online bracelet. As usual, Pot Limit Omaha is available this summer for standard events at the $1,000, $1,500, $3,000, $10,000, and $25,000 buy-in levels. The inaugural $1,500 PLO Bounty event premieres on July 6. The standard offering of $1,500 and $10,000 mixed games returns. All games from the 8-game mix (HORSE, PLO, 2-7 Triple Draw) are on the schedule in the low and high variety. Also available are the $1,500 and $10,000 2-7 Single Draw events. Other events that claim the $1,500 and $10,000 offering include PLO8 and Dealer's Choice. 8-Game Mix can be found in only the $1,500 bin. HORSE is of the $1,500, $3,000, and $10,000 variety this summer. The $1,500 Omaha-mix returns on June 16. The popular format includes Big O, Omaha Hi-Lo, and PLO8. For the third consecutive year, the $2,500 Triple Draw Mix is back. A-5, 2-7, and Badugi are on the menu in a tough event that claims Chris Vitch and Jesse Martin as it's two winners. The event starts on June 2. The $2,500 price point carries over to the $2,500 Big Bet Mix which premiered last year. Jens Lakemeier overcame a final table of Jerry Wong, Jason Stockfish, and AJ Kelsall to win the $112,232 first-place prize. The field reached 197 entrants. The single re-entry event carries the non-bracelet event games of Big O, No-Limit Five-Card Draw High, and Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. The final event on the $2,500 list is the Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo mix. Smith Sirisakorn won the 2017 edition for $215,902 in his first and only live tournament cash. A total of 405 players entered last year. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship kicks off on June 15. The five-day event brought out 100 entrants in 2017. Elior Sion notched his first bracelet win against a ferocious final table of Paul Volpe, Ike Haxton, and Daniel Negreanu. The Six Max event plays with an eight-game mix. The $10,000 Championship events always include top-tier talent walking away with jewelry and James Obst, John Racener, John Monnette, and Abe Mosseri were among those who posed for winner's photos in 2017. David Bach won his two bracelets last summer in the $1,500 Dealers Choice and the $10,000 HORSE. When the doors to the Rio open on May 30, players from around the globe congregate with varying game specialties looking to bring a piece of hardware home.
  7. One of the most prestigious bracelets of the 2018 World Series of Poker was awarded today, and it went to a man who has now won the event an unprecedented three times. Tuesday also saw one other bracelet handed out. It was almost a three-bracelet day, but two players ended the Super Seniors event heads-up, so we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find who will take down their first WSOP gold. Here’s all the news from June 19. Michael Mizrachi Wins $50K PPC for a Third Time Maybe it was on the cards all the way back on Day 2. Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi bagged the chip lead that night in Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and then finished Day 3 as the chip leader too. He then had by far the biggest stack after Day 4, entering Tuesday’s final table in pole position. Now, The Grinder is a four-time bracelet winner, a three-time PPC champion, and $1,239,126 richer. "It's quite an accomplishment," Mizrachi said after the victory. "To win the first one was amazing. The second one was great. The third one is unheard of.” Mizrachi’s journey through this final table was almost entirely smooth sailing, despite such a tricky line-up. "I never had big swings this whole tournament," he admitted. "All the cards went my way. I hit a bunch of hands. Everything went my way. I just won every pot.” Aaron Katz was the first to fall today, when his top pair was outdrawn by Benny Glaser’s bottom pair and backdoor flush draw. Glaser and Mike Leah remained the short stacks during five-handed play, and ultimately Glaser would exit in fifth. He lost a large chunk of his stack in a stud hand, when he made a value bet with two pair on seventh street only for John Hennigan to call with a better two pair. Leah then felted Glaser a little later in a 2-7 hand. Leah managed a double up shortly after, but that couldn’t prevent him from finishing in fourth, busting to Mizrachi in a PLO pot. Dan Smith would then depart in a limit hold’em hand. Smith had an open-ended straight draw to Hennigan’s ace-high with two overs, but the board bricked for Smith. Hennigan, a former PPC winner, lost two big 2-7 hands to Mizrachi right off the bat in heads-up play. It all ended in NLHE, with Hennigan shoving a flop with an open-ender and Grinder calling with a pair and flush draw which hit on the turn. A huge crowd then burst onto the stage to congratulate your 2018 $50K PPC champion, Michael Mizrachi. Final Table Results: Michael Mizrachi - $1,239,126 John Hennigan - $765,837 Dan Smith - $521,782 Mike Leah - $364,197 Benny Glaser - $260,578 Aaron Katz - $191,234 China’s Yueqi Zhu Finishes the Job in $1,500 Mixed Omaha Only three players returned Tuesday in Event #35: $1,500 Mixed Omaha, and Yueqi Zhu of China had a dominating lead with almost 80% of the chips in play. [caption id="attachment_619627" align="aligncenter" width="628"] Yueqi Zhu Takes It Down[/caption] It didn’t take long for Zhu to seal the deal today and win his first WSOP bracelet. The only player who already had a bracelet, Carol Fuchs, went out in third, followed by a brief heads-up match versus Gabriel Ramos. Zhu had a 10:1 advantage, but Ramos almost doubled up when his top set was all-in versus Zhu’s wrap in a PLO-8 hand. Zhu’s draw then completed to give him the win. After more than 12 years of grinding at the WSOP and some 70 cashes, including a second-place finish back in 2006, Zhu is now a bracelet winner and $211,781 richer. Final Table Results: Yueqi Zhu - $211,781 Gabriel Ramos - $130,850 Carol Fuchs - $89,488 Matthew Gregoire - $62,226 Jon Turner - $44,007 Peter Neff - $31,662 Ryan Hughes - $23,182 20 Remain in Double Stack Day 3 of Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em played out today, taking the field from 162 (of 5,700 total) down to just 20. Keith Ferrera holds the overnight lead with a stack of 7,550,000, more than 2 million in chips more than the closest competitor, Tomas Teran Paredes (5,050,000). Robert Peacock completes the top three stacks with 4,500,000. Other notables returning tomorrow include Matt Stout (3,920,000), Joshua Turner (3,905,000), Pfizer Jordan (2,450,000), Pablo Fernandez (1,760,000), Ramin Hajiyev (1,420,000) and WSOP bracelet winner Andrey Zaichenko (1,205,000). Throughout the course of action we lost the likes of Jake Bazeley (141st place), WSOP bracelet winners Phil Hui (107th place), Anthony Spinella (101st place), Nipun Java (87th place) and Tony Dunst (69th place), as well as Maria Lampropulos (79th place), Isaac Baron (66th place), Mike Del Vecchio (51st place) and Matt Berkey (24th place). All 20 are guaranteed a $22,122 payday, but it’s the $644,224 first-place prize they’re really after. Action resumes at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Keith Ferrera - 7,550,000 Tomas Teran Paredes - 5,050,000 Robert Peacock - 4,500,000 James Ostrowski - 3,985,000 Matt Stout - 3,920,000 Joshua Turner - 3,905,000 Steven Tymms - 3,575,000 Daniel Eichhorn - 3,300,000 Don Johnson - 2,690,000 Pfizer Jordan - 2,450,000 Two Set to Return to Battle for Super Seniors Action ended heads-up after Day 3 of the Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em, with Robert Beach holding a massive chip lead over Farhintaj Bonyadi. Beach will return tomorrow with 9,010,000 to Bonyadj’s 1,975,000. The runner-up will receive $192,397, while the winner will bank $311,451. Action kicks back off at 11am tomorrow, with blinds at 50K/100K. Check back tomorrow to find out if Beach can get the job done. Stud Championship Reaches Final Table A final table has been set in Event #38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. With eight players of the 83-strong field left, it’s Yaniv Birman who enters the finale as chip leader. Birman bagged up 958,000 - 40 big bets, and he’s followed by multiple bracelet winner Jesse Martin (916,000). Mixed game beasts Ben Yu (559,000), James Obst (216,000), and Matt Grapenthien (507,000) will also return tomorrow. Throughout the day we lost the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jordan Siegel, Michael McKenna, Perry Friedman and Todd Brunson. All eight have locked up $23,443, while there’s $236,238 up top. Play kicks back off at 2pm Wednesday. Final Table Stacks: Yaniv Birman - 958,000 Jesse Martin - 916,000 Ben Yu - 559,000 Matt Grapenthien - 507,000 Lee Salem - 473,000 Joseph Cappello - 360,000 James Obst - 216,000 Lars Gronning - 168,000 First Round in $1,500 SHOOTOUT Done Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT kicked off today, with 908 runners hoping to win their first table in order to proceed. 100 players did just that, and there are some big names amongst them. Phil Hellmuth took down his table to become one of the first Day 2 players, defeating the likes of Heidi May and Maurice Hawkins. Other notables to advance include reigning WSOP Main Event Champion Scott Blumstein, last year's runner-up in this event Thomas Boivin, as well as Steven Wolansky, Rep Porter, 2014 Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson, Matthew Waxman, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Arkadiy Tsinis, Justin Liberto, and William Kakon. Where there are survivors there must be casualties. Some of those who couldn’t make it through today include Ryan Riess, Qui Nguyen, Joe Cada, Erik Seidel, Joe McKeehen, Brian Yoon, Mark Radoja, Michael Gagliano, Barny Boatman, Humberto Brenes, Annette Obrestad, Niall Farrell, Taylor Paur, Chris Moorman, John Racener, Brian Hastings, David Peters, Calvin Anderson, Frank Kassela, Jennifer Tilly and Jeff Madsen. Round 2 begins at 12pm Wednesday. There’s $236,498 for the eventual champ, while all 100 players have now won $5,227. Big Bets All Round The second new event to begin on Tuesday was Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. 205 players took their shot, but after ten levels just 51 remain. Naoya Kihara holds the overnight chip lead with 119,700, followed by Dario Sammartino with 117,000. Plenty of other big names have advanced, including the red-hot John Hennigan (111,850), fresh from his $50K runner-up finish. Six-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro also had a good day, chip leading for much of it before ending with 90,000. Andrew Kelsall (66,200), Mike Matusow (72,300), Eli Elezra (70,000), David "ODB" Baker (41,075), Barry Greenstein (27,375), and Brian Rast (23,150) also advanced. Play resumes at 2pm Wednesday with 31 players making the money. A min-cash is worth $3,777, while there’s $122,138 for the champ. Top 10 Stacks: Naoya Kihara - 119,700 Dario Sammartino - 117,650 Scott Bohlman - 114,000 John Hennigan - 111,850 Daniel Harmetz - 100,000 Jeff Lisandro - 90,000 John Racener - 88,400 Brandon Shack-Harris - 84,100 Stuart Rutter - 77,250 Aaron Rogers - 73,325 Tomorrow’s Action (June 20) There are two new events ready to get going on Wednesday. First up is Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, kicking off at 11am. However, arguably the more exciting of the two is Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller, which begins at 3pm. James Calderaro took that one down last year, defeating a final table that included the likes of Dario Sammartino, Dan Smith, and Ben Tollerene to claim the $1,289,074 winner’s prize.
  8. 5 Things is a column, written by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley, that covers pressing topics and current events in the poker world today. It appears periodically at PocketFives.com. The final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2018 World Series of Poker had almost everything you'd want from that event. Michael Mizrachi going for an almost unbelievable third PPC title in nine years. John Hennigan looking to become the third player to win multi PPC titles. Dan Smith going for his first WSOP bracelet. The 2018 PPC saw just 87 players - the second lowest turnout in the history of the event and a far cry from the all-time high of 148. To the mixed game players who circle the dates of this event on the calendar every year, the Poker Players Championship is a big deal. Yet to those same players, it simply felt more like Event #33 and seemingly no more important or worth celebrating more than Event #8 ($2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball) or Event #45 ($1,000 Big Blind Antes No Limite Hold'em 30 Minute Levels). It didn't unnoticed by one of the event's biggest advocates, David Baker. Baker, who plays the event every year, isn't wrong. Say what you will about former WSOP commissioner Jeffrey Pollack and his dubious place in poker history, but he understood what the PPC was - a significant event on the calendar and an opportunity for the WSOP to celebrate the best players in the game. Following the passing of Chip Reese, the first player to ever win the event, the WSOP created the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and awarded it, along with the bracelet, to the winner of the event. In 2006, the first year after Reese's death, players were invited to be part of the unveiling of the trophy along with a special "Shuffle Up and Deal". Tables were set up to give players more space and give fans watching on the rail the understanding that this wasn't just another tournament. This year there was nothing like that and it's time that this event receives more celebration in the lead-up and more pomp and circumstance during the five days that it takes place each summer. Here are the Five Things the WSOP could do to give the Poker Players Championship its proper due. Opening Ceremony This seems like a low-cost no-brainer. The opening flights of the Main Event all have a special "Shuffle Up and Deal" announcement from a former champion or prominent player. There are nine former PPC Champions still with us. Having all of them on hand for the start of the tournament to welcome players and fans alike would add a special moment that only increases in importance each year. It also provides another opportunity to celebrate the first champ - Reese - and the trophy named for him. Fan Friendly Set Up Poker as a spectator sport struggles at the best of times. The ESPN mothership at the WSOP provides stadium seating and a big-time event feel, but the first four days of the event play out like any other event. Creating an area inside the Amazon Room specifically for this event and allowing fans on the rail to be able to walk on the outside the cordoned off area is a vast improvement over what the event has now and gives them better access to some of the game's best players. Special Felt The event is played at six-handed tables. Using the largest PPC field in history (148 in 2007 and 2008), that means 25 tables would be in play. Putting an event-specific felt on each of those tables would give the players the feeling that they're part of something special, not just another event. Choose a color other than green and it helps the fans on the rail understand that this event is different. Improved Live Stream Offering This time last year, the PPC wasn't livestreamed at all. PokerGO stepped up in a big, big way this year and gave fans not just the final table on PokerGO, but Day 4 coverage on Twitch. Let's take it even further for 2019 and livestream this tournament from the beginning. PokerGO producers would be able to choose which of poker's biggest stars - the ratings draws - were featured early and the fans benefit. It also allows viewers at home the chance to see the opening ceremony, the fan-friendly setup and the unique look and feel offered by the special felt. Find a Sponsor This is the hardest of the five by far, but if WSOP executives can make the first four items happen, the fifth one becomes easier. The Poker Players Championship presented by ... works so long as that sponsor not only puts money into the WSOP's coffers but adds value for the players as well. Even if it's $50,000 so that the winner gets a freeroll the next year, it's a start down a path many players have hoped poker would take for a long time.
  9. 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.
  10. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
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