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  1. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES PocketFives.com Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark are all ready for poker's version of summer camp: The World Series of Poker. This episode is dedicated entirely to previewing the 2017 WSOP and talking about what's new, who they think is going to stand out this summer and what the recently announced PokerGo streaming plans mean for poker.
  2. [caption width="640"] PokerGO is the streaming video service from PokerCentral where fans will find the 2017 World Series of Poker and Super High Roller Bowl.[/caption] Last week PokerCentralannounced they had acquired the digital media rights for the World Series of Poker and promised more announcements were forthcoming as to how they planned to use those rights. The company announced Monday the launch of PokerGO, a subscription streaming service that will give poker fans live streaming coverage of the upcoming Super High Roller Bowl and 2017 World Series of Poker. The service, which is available worldwide, costs $10 on a month-to-month basis or $99 annually. “PokerGO will offer the best live and on-demand poker tournaments and content for the fiercely passionate poker fan and casual enthusiast alike - whenever and wherever they want them,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer of Poker Central. “By pairing PokerGO with our existing network television partnerships, we will offer unique and original programming to the largest potential global audience.” The first event to be streamed live on the app will be the Super High Roller Bowl, the $300,000 buy-in event at Aria Resort & Casino which features some of the biggest names in poker today. The first WSOP event available on PokerGO will be the $111,1111 High Roller for One Drop, beginning with Day 2 action on June 3. All told, the initial PokerGO schedule includes 12 days of streaming over 14 days beginning May 28. All new PokerGO live shows will be produced by Poker PROductions, the company that produces the WSOP for ESPN. “Poker his continually evolved over the years as a thrilling, competitive live sport with millions of fans across the world yearning to watch more and more of the action,” said Mori Eskandani, founder, Poker Productions. “PokerGO’s planned combination of unprecedented live event coverage and premium original programming will make it the ideal service to entertain the poker world with every aspect of the game.” Along with the live streaming of the Super High Roller Bowl and WSOP, PokerGO will also have original programming including Pokerography and a new series called Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story, which will follow Matt Berkey as he prepares to play the 2017 SHRB. Episodes of Poker PROductions productions like Poker After Dark, Face the Ace, and the Doubles Poker Championship will also be available. The PokerGO app will be available in all app stores in the coming days.
  3. [caption width="640"] Tom Dwan is the headliner in the first three episodes of Poker After Dark on PokerGO (WPT photo)[/caption] When PokerGO announced they were bringing Poker After Dark back as part of their schedule, there was plenty of speculation as to who would be on the show. Fans seemed to want some of the players who played on the show before mixed in with some of the top younger talent that has emerged since the show last ran. Nobody thought it would mean the return of Tom Dwan though. Thursday night, PokerGO announced the first three lineups for the show and Dwan is scheduled to be playing in all three. The first three days of PAD are a $100,000 minimum buy-in cash game with $200/$400 blinds and a $400 button ante. The first show airs live on PokerGO, Monday, August 14 at 8 pm ET. Subsequent episodes will also air live on Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16. The nosebleed wunderkind, once a regular PAD participant, has been playing in Macau and Manila and has spent very little time in the public eye since Black Friday. “The shows were fun, they ended up being more interesting and more fun than I expected. It also helped that I won basically every hand that I played. If I called they were bluffing, if I was bluffing they folded. I’m hoping that continues,” said Dwan. The first episode also features Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari while Doyle Brunson and Andrew Robl are both scheduled to play in the second and third episodes. Jean-Robert Bellande, Lauren Roberts and Bill Klein will also appear on all three episodes. Lineup #1 - Monday, August 14 Tom Dwan Daniel Negreanu Antonio Esfandiari Jean-Robert Bellande Lauren Roberts Bill Klein Lineup #2 - Tuesday, August 15 Tom Dwan Doyle Brunson Andrew Robl Jean-Robert Bellande Lauren Roberts Bill Klein Lineup #3 - Wednesday, August 16 Tom Dwan Doyle Brunson Andrew Robl Jean-Robert Bellande Lauren Roberts Bill Klein
  4. [caption width="640"] Bryn Kenney took home another six-figure score by winning Poker Masters Event #3 on Saturday (Poker Central photo)[/caption] While the storyline from the first two Poker Masters final tables has been the success of the Germans in the field, one of the questions heading into the final table of Event #3 was where are the Germans? There were no German players among the final seven players in Event #3 but the storyline ended up being Bryn Kenney's ability to bob and weave Erik Seidel's attacks to win the event and $960,000. Sergio Aido was one of three short stacks when the final table began and ended up being the first player sent packing. Jake Schindler made it 35,000 to go from the cutoff and Aido responded by moving all in for 341,000. Schindler called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"] while Aido was hoping his [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] would hold up. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2s"] flop gave Schindler the nut flush draw and while the [poker card="ks"] turn was a blank, the [poker card="qc"] river completed his flush and eliminated Aido. It took over two more hours before another player was eliminated. Seidel raised to 100,000 from the button and Cary Katz defended his big blind. Katz moved all in afer the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3h"] flop and Seidel called. Katz showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"] whil Seidel had [poker card="qs"][poker card="3s"]. Katz got no help from the [poker card="6d"] turn or [poker card="5d"] river and was out in sixth place. Before Katz could even leave the final table area, Doug Polk joined him on the way out the door. After every other player folded, Bryn Kenney moved all in from the small blind and Polk called all in and tabled [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"]. Kenney showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="8d"]. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"] to give Kenney top two pair. The [poker card="2c"] turn and [poker card="5c"] river were bricks for Polk and he was done in fifth. Kenney continued in his role as table captain when he sent yet another player out just 30 minutes later. From UTG, Dan Smith raised to 80,000 and Kenney made it 295,000 from the small blind. Smith moved all in for 1,420,000 and Kenney called. Smith showed [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] but got bad news when Kenney showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="5d"] to eliminate Smith. The final three players played for almost a full hour without an elimination before Seidel and Schindler clashed. Schindler called, Kenney folded and Seidel moved all in from the big blind. Schindler called quickly and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] while Seidel showed [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"]. Schindler could only watch as the [poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4d"] flop, [poker card="6d"] turn, and [poker card="3c"] river all missed his hand and eliminated him in third place. Heads-up play began with Kenney holding 3,255,000 to Seidel's 2,745,000. It took just under two hours for Kenney to overcome eight double-ups by Seidel to finally put the Poker Hall of Famer away to win $960,000. Final Table Payouts Bryn Kenney - $960,000 Erik Seidel - $576,000 Jake Schindler - $312,000 Dan Smith - $192,000 Doug Polk - $144,000 Cary Katz - $120,000 Sergio Aido - $96,000
  5. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz is one of the players that make PokerGO's Poker Masters a must-watch event (WPT photo)[/caption] The first-ever Poker Masters kicks off Wednesday night at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a number of the best players in the game today set to take their shot at some seven-figure prize pools and a custom-designed Purple Jacket. The Poker Masters is a series of five events; four $50,000 buy-in events with a single re-entry followed by a $100,000 buy-in freezeout. All five events will be streamed on PokerGO, giving poker fans around the world the chance to watch high roller action for eight straight days. The Purple Jacket will be awarded to the player with the highest total earnings across all five events. With cards in the air on Wednesday night, PocketFives has put together a list of five players to keep an eye on as the action progresses now through September 20. Daniel Negreanu He's poker's all-time leading money earner and easily the most visible star in the game today, but that doesn't mean Daniel Negreanu has any interest in resting on his laurels. Negreanu is - as he often is - very confident in how he thinks he's going to do during the Poker Masters. So much so, that he took on as many $50,000 must-win bets on himself against any other player in the field as he could book. Along with the prize money he'd win,Negreanu stands to win an additional seven figures if he takes home the Purple Jacket. It's worth noting that despite all of Negreanu's success, he has only won one event with a buy-in of $25,000 or more; the €25,600 2013 WSOP Europe High Roller. Fedor Holz Remember when Fedor Holz won the 2016 World Series of Poker One Drop High Roller and then promptly retired? Well, he still considers himself retired as he focuses his energy on his new company, Primed Mind, but the German superstar does come out of the woodwork every now and then to play an event or two. He'll be playing all five events and will be vlogging from start to finish for PokerCentral. Adrian Mateos At just 23 years old, Adrian Mateos already has a ridiculously impressive list of accomplishments next to his name. He's won three WSOP bracelets, the European Poker Tour Grand Final and almost $10,000,000 in live tournaments alone. Earlier this year, in the span of just 31 days, Mateos finished runner-up to Dietrich Fast at the $50,000 Super High Roller event at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida and then won the €50,000 Eight Max Shot Clock event at the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. Doug Polk Doug Polk should probably make this list just for being the most recent WSOP One Drop High Roller champ, but Polk has become one of the game's biggest stories thanks to the content he's produced and his willingness to put himself out there. He's also got a growing rivalry of sorts with Negreanu and getting the opportunity to see those two clash during any of the five events is worth the price of subscription alone. Phil Hellmuth We've already mentioned that all five events are streamed on PokerGO and everybody knows that Phil Hellmuth has never met a camera he didn't like. The chance to be a constant part of an eight-day long broadcast while sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best players in the game is something Hellmuth lives for. On top of that, he's also coming into the Poker Masters with a little bit of momentum. Three weeks ago he beat Polk and Dan Cates to win the Poker Night in America King of the Hill event. He followed that up with a runner-up finish in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker event for his 12th biggest score ever.
  6. [caption width="640"] Nick Schulman won 8,000 for winning the first ,000 buy-in Poker Masters event (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] When PokerGO announced the Poker Masters series as part of the live streaming schedule, many people hoped that Nick Schulman would be one of the voices in the booth, calling the action. Schulman had other ideas. Schulman beat out a final table that included four of the German pros that have dominated high roller tournaments over the past few years, to win $918,000. The Germans made their presence felt just after the final table began on Monday afternoon. Stefan Schillhabel picked up an early double through Adrian Mateos before Dominik Nitsche eliminated the Spaniard. Down to just nine big blinds, Mateos moved all in for his last 360,000 from the hijack before Nitsche reshoved from the small blind. Mateos turned over [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] while Nitsche showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop put Mateos ahead, but the [poker card="6h"] turn gave Nitsche a set and Mateos was eliminated in seventh after the meaningless [poker card="td"] river. Just a few minutes later the first German-on-German bustout sent Koray Aldemir out. Nitsche raised to 80,000, Steffen Sontheimer called from the small blind but Aldemir raised all in for 630,000 from the big blind. Nitsche folded but Sontheimer took some time before calling. Aldemir showed [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"] and found he was at least drawing live after Sontheimer showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"] put Aldemir in front, the turn was the [poker card="4d"] but the [poker card="ah"] turn gave Sontheimer an ace-high straight and eliminated Aldemier in sixth. About an hour later Sontheimer eliminated another German. Nitsche moved all in for 560,000 from the button before Sontheimer also moved all in over the top for over 1,530,000. Schillhabel folded the big blind. Nitsche turned over [poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"] while Sontheimer showed [poker card="as"][poker card="3s"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="qh"] to end Nitsche's run in fifth place. Sontheimer took over the chip lead on that hand, only to surrender it to Schulman just a few minutes later. With the board showing [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="8d"] and a pot of 1,140,000, Schulman checked to Sontheimer who moved all in. Schulman used one of his time extensions before eventually calling. Sontheimer turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and Schulman showed [poker card="td"][poker card="7h"] for a rivered flush for a full double. Schulman eliminated Sontheimer just 30 minutes later. A cooler on the next hand sent Schulman to heads up with the chip lead. Schulman raised to 120,000, Schillhabel re-raised to 395,000. Schulman moved all in and Schillhabel called. Schulman showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] which put him ahead of Schillhabel's [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out with no help for Schillabel and he was out in third place. Schulman had Matt Hyman outchipped nearly 2-1 when heads up play began. The two played heads up for over 2.5 hours with each player taking multiple turns as the chip leader before Schulman put the finishing touches on a dominating final table performance. Hyman raised to 310,000, Schulman moved all in and Hyman called with his tournament life on the line. Schulman had [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] and had Hyman's [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"] dominated. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Hyman the nut flush draw but neither the [poker card="5s"] turn or [poker card="ac"] river were any help for Hyman and Schulman picked up a third straight elimination to take down the Poker Masters opening event. This win was Schulman's second high roller win in the last five weeks. Schulman won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $50,000 event on August 8. The Poker Masters continues on PokerGO until September 20. Final Table Payouts Nick Schulman - $918,000 Matt Hyman - $561,000 Stefan Schillhabel - $306,000 Steffen Sontheimer - $204,000 Dominik Nitsche - $178,500 Koray Aldemir - $153,000 Adrian Mateos - $127,500
  7. [caption width="640"] Steffen Sontheimer beat Fedor Holz to win Poker Masters Event #2 and take the lead for the Purple Jacket (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] On Thursday night, in the opening event of the Poker Masters, Steffen Sontheimer had to settle for a fourth place finish as Nick Schulman went on to victory. Friday night Sontheimer made up for it by posting a comeback for the ages against his good friend Fedor Holz to win Event #2 for $900,000. Sontheimer started the seven-handed final table with a middle-of-the-pack stack, but it didn't take him long to get to work changing that. Just 20 minutes into Friday night's action, Bryn Kenney moved all in for 320,000 from the button and Sontheimer called from the big blind. Kenney showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] while Sontheimer had [poker card="as"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"] flop put Sontheimer ahead for good as neither the [poker card="jh"] turn or [poker card="5s"] river were any help for Kenney. Sontheimer only had to wait 15 minutes before he found another victim. Sontheimer raised to 70,000 from UTG and action folded around to Adrian Mateos in the small blind. The Spaniard, who finished seventh in Event #1, moved all in for 740,000. Sontheimer called and tabled [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"] and found he was racing against Mateos' [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"]. The board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"] to give Sontheimer the win and eliminate Mateos in sixth. An hour later, Holz took over the role of executioner. Christian Christner raised to 85,000 from UTG before Holz made it 235,000 from the cutoff. Christner responded by moving all in and Holz called. Christner showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"] and it was another race as Holz tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9s"] flop put Holz ahead and when the [poker card="2d"] turn and [poker card="5d"] river were no help for Christner, he was out in fifth. The table dynamic shifted dramatically with the next elimination. Phil Hellmuth had been verbally sparring with both Holz and Sontheimer during most of the early play. Tom Marchese put an end to that though. After having nursed a short stack for a good portion of the night, Hellmuth moved all in for his last 495,000 from UTG. Marchese re-raised all in from the small blind, forcing Sontheimer to fold. It was yet another race with Hellmuth showing [poker card="as"][poker card="th"] and Marchese ahead with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"]. Hellmuth could only watch in horror as the [poker card="jd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"] flop gave Marchese a set. When the runner-runner he needed didn't come, Hellmuth was out in fourth. Marchese's tournament didn't last much longer, but it took a bad beat for it to end. Holz raised to 165,000 from the small blind before Marchese move all in for 1,500,000. Holz used one of his time extensions before eventually calling and showing [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"]. Marchese was ahead with [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"] flop changed all of that though and after the [poker card="6s"] turn and [poker card="3d"] river, Marchese was out in third. Heads-up play began with Holz holding a nearly 7-1 lead over Sontheimer. Over the next hour or so though, Sontheimer flipped the script and eventually had a 2-1 over his good friend Holz before finally eliminating him. Holz raised to 155,000, Sontheimer re-raised all in and Holz called. Sontheimer had his friend in a world of hurt with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] to Holz's [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"]. The final board ran out [poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3c"] to give Sontheimer the win. Sontheimer also leads the Purple Jacket standings with $1,104,000 in earnings thanks to his fourth place finish in Event #1 and win in Event #2. Final Table Payouts Steffen Sontheimer - $900,000 Fedor Holz - $550,000 Tom Marchese - $300,000 Phil Hellmuth - $200,000 Christian Christner - $175,000 Adrian Mateos - $150,000 Bryn Kenney - $125,000
  8. [caption width="640"] The best all-around players in the world will battle on PokerGO in mixed game action.[/caption] Poker Centralcrowned the first ever Poker Masters champion in 2017 and is now out to find the world’s best all-around player in the U.S. Poker Open. Come February 1-11, high-stakes action will stream on PokerGO with No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and an Eight Game mix tournament on the schedule. The buy-ins range from $10,000 all the way up to the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event, with the player who accrues the highest gross earnings being named the U.S. Poker Open Champion. All events will be played at ARIA in Las Vegas. The No Limit events are to have a similar structure to the format used for Poker Masters. In total, six No Limit Hold’em events are on the schedule with PLO and the Eight Game event both taking up one slot on the schedule. The PLO tournament features 125,000 starting chips and 30-minute levels. The final six will return to the final table on Day 2. For the Eigh Game event, levels increase to 60-minutes and a start bank of 150,000. It is a three-day event and the final table of six will play on the PokerGO live stream. The PLO tournament features a $10,000 buy-in while the Mixed Game Championship features a $25,000 entry fee. The U.S. Poker Open marks the first major high stakes series officially listed on the schedule for 2018 and Poker Central president Joe Kakaty is looking forward to the exciting content ahead. “The U.S. Poker Open is our newest marquee tournament positioned to kick off the high-stakes tournament calendar. Our lineup of quarterly majors give PokerGO subscribers year-round access to some of the best high-stakes poker in the world,” said Kakaty. Among the players scheduled to appear in the series are Daniel Negreanu, Brian Rast, Fedor Holz, and current GPI #1, Bryn Kenney. Negreanu and Rast participated in the Bellagio Mixed Game High Roller series in the spring that featured $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000 buy-in tournaments featuring both Eight and 10 Game mix. The high stakes mixed game tournament action doesn’t usually pick up until the World Series of Poker but the U.S. Poker Open changes that for 2018. The stars will be out in force to show off their skills and put on a show on the PokerGO live stream stage. EVENT #DATEBUY-INGAME 1February 1$10,000Pot Limit Omaha 2February 2$10,000No Limit Hold'em 3February 3$25,000Eight Game Mixed 4February 5$25,000No Limit Hold'em 5February 6$10,000No Limit Hold'em 6February 7$25,000No Limit Hold'em 7February 8$25,000No Limit Hold'em 8February 9$50,000No Limit Hold'em Main Event
  9. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Leon Tsoukernik found himself the center of the attention in the high stakes cash game world for all the wrong reasons.[/caption] As the final days of 2017 slowly tick by, it's time to take a look back at the year in poker. Over the last 10 days of the year, PocketFives is taking readers on a trip back in time to recap the last 12 months in a fun and unique way. We'll get things started by looking back at the five biggest off the felt news stories of 2017. #5 - Australian Government Bans Online Poker American poker players know all too well how it feels to have the government step in and take away online poker. In March, the Interactive Gambling Amendment 2016 passed through the Australia Senate and effectively banned online poker Down Under. Over the course of the next six months, PokerStars, 888poker, and partypoker all exited the Australian market, leaving grinders there to play on black market offshore sites, much like most of their American counterparts. There does appear to be some appetite from politicians to regulate online poker or at least carve the game out, but there's no real timeline for either of those options. #4 - The End of the November Nine & Launch of PokerGO A major shift in how poker fans watch the WSOP was announced just a couple of weeks before the 2017 WSOP started. In partnership with ESPN, Poker Central announced they had acquired the global television and digital media rights for the WSOP and would be launching their own subscription-based streaming service, PokerGO. The WSOP Main Event would be broadcast live on a combination of ESPN, ESPN2, and PokerGO, and the final table played out in July, ending the November Nine concept after a ten-year run. While the decision to take the Main Event back to its roots was met with praise from poker fans, one of the major complaints those same fans had was that not all final tables were live streamed, as had been the case in years past when WSOP.com aired them. PokerGO later added the Poker Masters series and brought back Poker After Dark as part of their original programming and signed on the World Poker Tour as part of their streaming coverage. #3 - UB & AbsolutePoker Money Returned to Players Most players who had money on UB.com or AbsolutePoker.com on Black Friday had long given up any hope of getting that money back. So to say the news that the Garden City Group had begun the remissions process for those players was met with delight back in April would be a massive understatement. With little to no fanfare, GCG announced that players could begin filling out the necessary paperwork to potentially get their money back. The process was nearly identical to the one used by GCG to pay Full Tilt Poker players back following the U.S. Department of Justice settlement with PokerStars. Most believe the UB/AP refunds process was only possible because of funds leftover from that settlement after all Full Tilt refunds were processed. #2 - High Stakes Drama: Leon Tsoukernik vs. Matt Kirk It’s rare that poker fans get any sort of reliable information out of the world of nosebleed cash games. So when Matt Kirk sued Kings Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik after he failed to pay back a $3,000,000 loan Kirk gave him, everybody seemed to salivate over the details contained in the court documents. According to Kirk’s suit, the pair were part of a high stakes game at the Aria Hotel & Casino on May 27 when the other players quit the game. Kirk and Tsoukernik both wanted to keep playing allegedly but Tsoukernik had lost his stake earlier and asked Kirk if he could borrow money to continue playing. Over the next hour or so, Kirk loaned Tsoukernik $3,000,000 and quickly beat him for all of it. According to the court documents, just 15 minutes after the two finished playing, Tsoukernik texted Kirk that he had no intention of paying the debt. In October, the Clark County judge overseeing the case agreed with Tsoukernik that under Nevada law a gaming debt between two individuals is unenforceable and threw out eight of Kirk’s 10 counts. However, Kirk is still suing Tsoukernik for “fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment.” #1 - Pennsylvania Legalizes Online Poker In late October online poker players in Pennsylvania were willingly watching the live stream coverage of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as HB 271 came up for vote. The bill, which regulated online poker, casino games and daily fantasy sports in the Keystone State passed by a 109-72 vote. Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill into law just four days later. While there is still no timeline for when players will be able to play legal online poker in Pennsylvania, some observers believe mid-summer to be a best guess. Those same observers point to 888poker, partypoker and PokerStars as likely candidates to be operating within the state. PokerStars applauded the legislation. "We applaud the Pennsylvania Legislature for taking decisive action to legalize online gaming," said Eric Hollreiser, VP of Corporate Communications for PokerStars. "This is common sense legislation that will protect consumers, help close Pennsylvania’s budget gap, and make the state more competitive within the regional gaming industry. The Stars Group looks forward to working with Pennsylvania and its gaming regulators and competing in the future marketplace."
  10. As the final days of 2017 slowly tick by, it's time to take a look back at the year in poker. Over the last 10 days of the year, PocketFives is taking readers on a trip back in time to recap the last 12 months in a fun and unique way. To date we've gone over the top five off-the-felt news stories of 2017, the top heaters of the year, covered the game's newest characters, breakout stars, grudges, and WTF Moments. Keeping with the theme of wacky and weird, up next is the Year in Flops. and Fails. #5 - No Shot Clock during the World Series of Poker The WSOP added new clock rules to their 2017 campaign but missed the boat on the clock players were really looking for. Whether you call it a shot clock or an action clock, the timer used in events like Super High Roller Bowl and the World Poker Tour was a hit in 2017. The outcry for it to be used in World Series events fell on deaf ears as the biggest tournament series in poker declined to add it for 2017. The lack of such a product hurt the WSOP Europe One Drop event immensely. The tanking reached a fever pitch and reigning Poker Master Steffen Sontheimer spoke out on behalf of the High Roller community. Joining him were businessmen Bill Perkins and Dan Shak, who said they would boycott any future events that do not have a shot clock. With the Big One For One Drop coming back to next year’s WSOP schedule, those in charge have some major decisions to make over the next few months. https://twitter.com/RunGo0seRun/status/927224889660071937? #4 - WSOP Streaming Schedule The old world of all WSOP final tables streaming for free on the World Series website became a thing of the past. Just before the 2017 WSOP began, PokerGO took hold of the ownership rights to stream WSOP final tables. The paid subscription service provided high-quality content, but left fans wanting more and the feeling of they weren’t getting enough bang for their buck. “Only” 16 events were broadcast but that total does not include all days of Main Event coverage that streamed live. Notably lacking were mixed game events and perhaps they will be added back into the rotation next year. In an industry where free content has long been the norm, the adjustment period to PokerGO’s new age business model is still being digested. #3 - PokerStars Live Rebrand Fizzles The largest change to the PokerStars Live series in 2017 came in the form of a name change. Out with the tour brands players grew to love and in with PokerStars Championships and Festivals. The first step of this process was poorly executed in the beholden Bahamas and the former but now brought back PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event drew only 738 entrants and was met with lackluster reviews from the professional and recreational ranks. That lack of enthusiasm carried over for the full year as numbers fell for the larger portion of PokerStars Live events. The company brought back the name brands of European Poker Tour and PCA to start 2018 in an attempt to spark new interest in the worldwide live tour. #2 - Gardens Casino Punts a $1 Million Guarantee Lofty guarantees drive players to casinos where they might not play otherwise. In September, the Gardens Casino in Los Angeles put a $565 buy-in with a $1 million guarantee on the schedule. Players showed up for the 14 flights initially listed but the guarantee was not met. So what did the Gardens Casino do instead of pay out the difference? They added more flights. Three more, in fact. A move such as this was unprecedented among the community and players took notice. The social media airwaves were unkind to Gardens for their decision to alter the schedule of the tournament. Most notably, complaints were made about the property overstepping the bounds of player trust and changing the starting days listed. All of this lead to a public relations disaster for the property. The tournament wound up overlaying anyway and the Gardens Casino poker team will have a lot on their hands should they end up running a similar event in the future. #1 - WSOP Player of the Year Formula In the end, the World Series and its much-maligned points formula for Player of the Year got what it deserved. From the moment this summer’s WSOP kicked off, players were displeased with the new formula put in place to decide one of poker’s most highly coveted awards. Ostensibly, no player feedback was asked for by the WSOP brass before they inputted a system that rewarded Colossus min-cashers more than $10,000 mixed game event ITM finishers. Players who were accustomed to having a linear path to making a run in the POY race found themselves having to reevaluate. Take David Bach, for example. ‘The Gunslinger’ won two bracelets and finished 87th in the final POY standings. In most years, Bach’s two bracelets alone would have him in contention for most of the summer. The result of the broken formula is the soon to be hung banner of 2017 winner Chris Ferguson, who min-cashed his way to the title. A fitting finale to a system everyone would rather forget as soon as possible.
  11. The U.S. Poker Open starts Thursday and has the potential to be one of the best events of the year. More than a handful of the best players in the world are confirmed for some, if not all, of the eight-event schedule. All participating players are worthy of previewing but we decided to cut right to the chase and look at six that stand out. Three No Limit specialists, two Mixed Game maestros and one dark horse. Bryn Kenney The 2017 American GPI Player of the Year made the majority of his over $8 million in earnings in events like the ones in USPO. Kenney, who won a Poker Masters event in 2017, is one of the betting favorites to win take home the US Poker Open Championship, which will be awarded to the best overall player. Already in 2018, Kenney is off to a strong in high rollers thanks to a third-place run in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller. Kenney measures himself against a high standard and the USPO is the perfect chance for him to show why he is the greatest high roller player in the world. Adrian Mateos If Kenney was the best of the high rollers in 2017, Mateos proved once again why he’s #1 in terms of all-around No Limit excellence. This year is off to an excellent start for the young Spaniard with a final table run at the PCA Main Event and two second-place finishes at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Mateos won his third WSOP bracelet last summer and picked up two cashes in the Poker Masters. At only 23-years-old, Mateos is already proving himself to be one of the best in the game. USPO could be the tipping point that places him at the top of the game. Jake Schindler Alongside Tom Marchese, Schindler is the co-ruler of the ARIA High Roller Series. Schindler has cashed 26 times in ARIA high roller events is second all-time on that list and earnings. The Super High Roller Bowl served as Schindler’s coming out party to a national audience and built on his dominance against the tough fields assembled at ARIA. Schindler is a quiet threat and always locked in to pick up more wins at his home away from home. Brian Rast The mixed game aspect of USPO is drawing the best all-around players to ARIA. Rast is an excellent No Limit player but also excels in all games. The two-time $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner plays literally every game in the book in Ivey’s Room at ARIA and excels in the tournament format. Rast won the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl in 2015 and is one of the most well-rounded players in the USPO field. Isaac Haxton The android brain of Haxton has optimized No Limit and Pot Limit Omaha in the online realm. Those skills have downloaded onto the live felt. Haxton consistently performs well in High Rollers across the world and is well adjusted to playing in the USPO format. The full eight-game slate in the Mixed Game Championship is fine for Haxton, who made the final table of the 2017 PPC. Almedin Imsirovic Who? Well, 'Ali', as he’s called online, is only 23-years-old as of this week but already competing and winning against the best in the world. Imsirovic entered the $25,000 high rollers at Seminole and PCA and won a $10,000 turbo to wrap up the Bahama series. He might be the one of the youngest in the field but Imsirovic’s experience of playing online for years gives him the necessary reps to take on the world’s best, making him the perfect dark horse for USPO.
  12. ESPN and Poker Central have announced the preliminary schedule of the live coverage of the 2018 Main Event of the World Series of Poker. Beginning on July 2 and continuing every day through the conclusion of the event on July 14, ESPN will air no less than 40 total hours of live play across both their ESPN and ESPN2 channels. This year, ESPN is adding to their hours of poker coverage by showcasing the massive $1,000,000 buy-in Big One For One Drop tournament immediately following the Main Event on July 16-17. “ESPN has a long-running relationship with the World Series of Poker, and we are always looking for ways to bring viewers the most preeminent coverage,” said Doug White, ESPN senior director, Programming & Acquisitions. “By doubling down on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re going to bring fans and viewers even closer to the sport’s biggest events from all aspects and angles.” For all of the action that ESPN doesn’t cover, Poker Central’s PokerGO paid streaming service will be providing hours of auxiliary action. While the PokerGO schedule for the World Series of Poker will be announced at a later time, fans can expect plenty of additional hours of in-depth coverage, as they provided in 2017. “Last year, both ESPN viewership and PokerGO subscriptions numbers were very strong throughout the WSOP Main Event,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer for Poker Central. “This year, we’re doubling down on live coverage for the World Series of Poker by adding the Big One for One Drop and bring even more live poker to fans worldwide.” In addition to the live coverage, ESPN will continue to produce the more traditional episodic re-telling of how the Main Event unfolds. “We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Poker Central continue to raise the bad and deliver more live poker content to audiences across the globe,” said Executive Director of the World Series of Poker Ty Stewart. “Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage and this year’s offering delivers on that in spades.” The current contract between ESPN and the World Series of Poker is currently slated to continue through 2020. DATE TIME EVENT NETWORK July 2 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 1A ESPN2 July 3 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET Main Event: Day 1B ESPN2 July 4 8:30 PM - 12:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 1C ESPN2 July 5 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 2A/B ESPN2 July 6 8:30 PM - 12:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 2C ESPN2 July 7 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM ET Main Event: Day 3 ESPN2 July 8 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET Main Event: Day 4 ESPN July 9 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 5 ESPN2 July 10 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET Main Event: Day 6 ESPN July 11 12:30 AM - 2:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 7 ESPN2 July 12 9:00 PM - END ET Main Event: Day 8 ESPN July 13 9:00 PM - END ET Main Event: Day 9 ESPN July 14 9:00 PM - END ET Main Event: Day 10 ESPN July 17 12:00 AM - 2:00 AM ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live) ESPN2 July 17 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Replay) ESPN2 July 17 9:00 PM - END ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live) ESPN2 July 21 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Replay) ESPN2
  13. Running February 1-9, Poker Central presents the US Poker Open, a series of made-for-streaming high-roller events. The ARIA Resort and Casino is set to host eight events of intense high stakes action that pits the best in the world (and those that have the cash to challenge them) in a series of tournaments that include the disciplines of No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and an Eight-Game Mix event. A high stakes pro looking to play every event is going to need to have a healthy amount of cash on hand as the total for just firing a single bullet in each event will run $180,000. The scheduled breakdown of events includes two $10,000 No Limit Hold’em contests, three $25,000 No Limit Hold’em, one $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha, the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event. All of the events are single re-entry. The majority of the No Limit Hold’em tournaments, as well as the lone Pot Limit Omaha tournament, are scheduled to run for two days. The Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event are slated for three days. The Mixed Game Championship features a bevy of games that audiences aren’t used to seeing broadcast including Limit Hold’em, 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better as well as mainstays No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Much like the Poker Masters, where a tailored Purple Jacket was presented to the winner, the inaugural USPO comes with a special trophy that will be bestowed upon the player who performs the best over the course of the series. The best part for poker fans is that the entire slate of events will be available for viewing on PokerGO. Veteran poker announcer Ali Nejad will be joined by World Series of Poker Main Event final table participant Jeremy Ausmus in calling all of the action. Every final table will be live-streamed and both the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 Main Event will be shown from Day 2 through the crowning of a winner. As to who will show up to claim the newly made trophy that’s anyone’s guess, but a few players are speaking up and throwing their hat in the ring. Poker Central ambassador Daniel Negreanu is looking to play all the events, even offering another “must-win” prop bet of $50,000 against all comers. One of those who may take him up on the offer is Phil Hellmuth who is currently in Los Angeles shooting segments of “The Raw Deal” for the World Poker Tour. He's just a private plane ride away from Las Vegas. The GPI American Player of the Year Bryn Kenney took to Twitter looking to bet on himself to win the trophy. Adrian Mateos, coming off his runner-up finish in the $25,500 Lucky Hearts Poker Open High Roller, has also confirmed he’ll be firing in some events including the Main Event. While attendance for any poker events is never assured, other possible (and perhaps, likely) attendees include Nick Schulman, since he’s not in the broadcast booth. Also perhaps a trio of partypoker ambassadors in Jason Koon, Isaac Haxton and Fedor Holz. The Aria is an Uber ride away for Las Vegas residents Brian Rast, Tom Marchese, and Andrew Robl if they are in town. It’s also likely that viewers will the chance to see some of brave “businessmen” taking their shots including PokerStars PCA High Roller Champion Cary Katz, Lauren Roberts and Streamboat captain Bill Perkins. While the cards are in the air on February 1, viewers will get their chance to watch it all go down starting on Feb 2 with the final table of Event #1. US Poker Open Schedule of Events February 1 - $10,000 No Limit Hold'em February 2 - $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em February 3 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em February 5 - $25,000 Mixed Game Championship February 6 - $10,000 No Limit Hold'em February 7 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em February 8 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em February 9 - $50,000 No Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT
  14. FIVE 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 will appear periodically at PocketFives.com. Chris Moorman Continues to Dominate Online Almost four years to the day that he was last ranked as the #1 online poker player in the world, Chris Moorman showed everybody that he's still got it. Moorman beat out 1,261 other players to win the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for nearly $40,000. His win came just days after he picked up his 28th PocketFives Triple Crown award. Moorman's dominance of online poker tournaments is well documented on PocketFives, but when you consider he doesn't put in the online volume he used to, it becomes even more clear that Moorman is one of the elite tournament players in the world. There is one glaring omission on Moorman's resume though. He's never won a PokerStars COOP title. He has come close though. In 2009 he finished eighth in the SCOOP Main Event. A year later he finished third in a SCOOP Medium $215 NLH event. The next year he finished third in the SCOOP High $2,100 NLHE event. This year's SCOOP schedule includes 183 events and with Moorman clearly in top form right now, this might be the year that Moorman gets one. WSOP Continues to Tinker with Player of the Year In 2017, the orld Series of Poker revamped their Player of the Year points system. After using GPI and BLUFF scoring systems, WSOP decided to create their own system that rewarded cashing over winning more than the previous systems had. Once players realized this and saw how it worked, there was more than a few vocal opponents who were happy to make their feelings known. The WSOP apparently heard them loud and clear and has, for the fourth time in as many years, changed the scoring system. The WSOP promises that the new system will better reward deep runs and wins over building a resume full of smaller cashes through more events. There are still some players disappointed that the new system is going to reward players who can afford to play the bigger buy-in events. The WSOP Player of the Year award should reflect the best performance of the year. The award shouldn't exclude players who don't play the $10,000 and up buy-in Championship events, but it's hard to consider anybody the best when they don't post strong results against fields largely considered to be the toughest of the year. Germans Unhappy with Super High Roller Bowl Invites In a little over five weeks some of the best poker players in the world will be at the Aria for the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl. With the field limited to 49 players, and 61 players putting down a deposit to play, a lottery was held for the first 30 seats in March. On Wednesday another 15 names, chosen by Aria Poker management, were released and while it includes the likes of Doug Polk, Fedor Holz, Jake Schindler and Bryn Kenney, it seems that some players are upset with the names chosen. In a tweet that's since been deleted, Steffen Sontheimer pointed out that 12 of the 15 chosen were American and a number of German players who had paid the deposit were passed over. Sontheimer replaced that tweet with the following:   Whether or not the German players were excluded on purpose or not, it makes no sense for the reigning Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner to not be guaranteed a seat in the other PokerCentral events at Aria. The way to build prestige for something new, such as the Purple Jacket, is to have it mean something. Allowing Sontheimer to buy-in to the Super High Roller Bowl if he wants to, would have given the broadcast team multiple opportunities to emphasize to viewers that he is the reigning Poker Masters champion. The same goes for US Poker Open winner Stephen Chidwick. PokerGO and the Aria are building something that could be very, very special in the poker world, but this feels like a real misstep. partypoker Shows Well at MILLIONS Grand Final The Great Poker War of 2018 has partypoker doing their best to usurp PokerStars as the leader not just in the online world, but in the live tournament scene as well. The partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona last week was a showcase for exactly what they're hoping for. The €10,300 buy-in Main Event came with a €10,000,000 guarantee which they smashed with 1,175 entrants. Before the Main Event wrapped up, the schedule also included two €25,000 buy-in events, a €50,000 event and a €100,000 event. Those events drew 88, 90, 57 and 48 players respectively. All four of those events easily surpassed their €2,000,000 guarantees with the €100,000 event prize pool more more than doubling the guaranteed amount. It's a sure-fire sign that players at all levels are recognizing the financial commitment that partypoker has put behind their LIVE tour. Players weren't the only ones who benefited though. Mypartypokerlive.com provided a top-tier live stream product alongside live updates, video interviews and other content. Considering the number of years they have to make up on PokerStars in the live arena, they certainly seem to be taking huge strides. Phil Galfond Progressing with Online Poker Site In the wake of PokerStars cutting off SuperNova Elite players with no notice and the ensuing fall out from some of the impacted players, Phil Galfond began putting the wheels in motion to launch his own online poker site. He made those plans public in September 2016 and had been mostly radio silent since then. That all changed this week when Galfond announced that Phase 1 of RunItOnce would launch this summer. According to Galfond, the first phase of release will only include cash games. Multi-table tournaments and sit-n-gos are expected to be part of Phase 2, which does not have release date. In the latest update, Galfond explained his reasoning for putting out the product in various phases. We decided to stay on course and deliver part of our offering quickly while also working on changes that will allow much more flexibility in our development process going forward. This meant a sped up launch, but a slightly slower path to our final product. Whether or not Galfond can build an online poker site, and more importantly a business that can survive the online poker market of 2018 remains to be seen, but observers who are disappointed or frustrated by the pace at which they're moving forward are missing the point. Galfond could very easily have acquired the software necessary, quickly put in place the necessary marketing and customer service channels and picked up the necessary licensing to operate in some European and ROW markets, but the likelihood of failure would have been sky high. Instead, Galfond and his team are taking their time to build a quality product while also making sure the ancillary product offerings, such as the VIP rewards program, aren't just cookie cutter copies of what's out already there. In the current online poker business environment, slow and steady is bound to at least stay in the race, if not win it. DISCLAIMER: The views expressed here do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PocketFives.com or its owners.
  15. The 2018 World Series of Poker gets cards in the air on Wednesday afternoon. Whether you're making the trip to Las Vegas to chase a bracelet of your own or if you're just a fan excited to tune in from home, our weekly guide will get you hyped and prepared for the week ahead. Let's Get This Party Started The pomp and circumstance that will come with Wednesday's opening two events is all fine and dandy, but the biggest event of the first week has a six-figure buy-in and in all likelihood, a field full of the best players in the world. Event #5, the $100,000 No Limit High Roller, starts Friday - just long enough for the wounded souls from the Super High Roller Bowl to regroup and get ready for more high stakes battles. You can count former #1-ranked PocketFiver and Germany's all-time leading money winner Fedor Holz as ready to go. 2018 WSOP Week 1 Schedule Day Event # Event Defending Champion Wednesday 1 $565 Casino Employees Bryan Hollis Wednesday 2 $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NONE Thursday 3 $3,000 NL Shootout Upeshka de Silva Thursday 4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Benjamin Zamani Friday 5 $100,000 NL High Roller NONE Friday 6A $365 NL Giant Dieter Dechant Saturday 7A $565 Colossus Thomas Pomponio Saturday 7B $565 Colossus -- Saturday 8 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Jesse Martin Sunday 7C $565 Colossus -- Sunday 9 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Abe Mosseri Get Your Popcorn Ready Between the 16 final tables streaming on PokerGO and the 30 that are being shown for free on Twitch this year, poker fans probably won't need to leave their couch. The first week is a bit rough though as just three events will make it to air, but that includes Day 3 of the $100,000 High Roller. 2018 WSOP Week 1 Live Streaming Schedule Day Time (ET) Event Outlet Saturday 4:00 PM $3,000 NL Shootout FT PokerGo Saturday 6:00 PM $1,500 Omaha 8 FT Twitch Sunday 6:00 PM $100,000 High Roller Day 3 Twitch News & Notes There were three players who managed to pick 20 or more cashes during the 2017 WSOP: Chris Ferguson (23), John Racener (21) and Mike Leah (20). Prior to last year, the record for most cashes in a single year was 13 by Roland Israelashvili in 2016. The Player of the Year system was overhauled yet again this year after players complained that the system in place for 2017 gave too much credit for min-cashes and lower buy-in events. Ferguson rode those 23 cashes, which included a bracelet win at WSOP Europe, to POY honors and will have his POY banner unveiled Wednesday. The annual $25,000 buy-in WSOP Fantasy Draft was held Tuesday night at the Aria, with 15 teams participating. The players who went for the most in the auction were Daniel Negreanu ($131 - an all-time record), James Obst ($129), Stephen Chidwick ($97), Jason Mercier ($91) and Racener ($88). Teams each had $200 to bid on players to fill their eight-spot roster.
  16. The opening day butterflies are officially behind us as the 2018 World Series of Poker picks up steam headed into week #2. There is plenty to look forward to, including a long list of upcoming bracelet events as well as plenty of opportunities for fans to tune in to Twitch or PokerGo to rail the action. Welcome Weekend Warriors, Value Hunters This week is rife with tournaments for those looking to play some of the lower buy-in events with hopes to bink a bracelet. The week starts off with the final two flights of the mammoth Colossus event. Monday is the final day for players to find a bag and win a spot in the Day 2 field. The end of the week is just as plentiful for those looking to spend under $1K. Friday brings both flights of the $565 Pot Limit Omaha Event. The $565 PLO Giant will field its second flight on Sunday. Add to those, another flight of the $365 NL Giant and there will be no shortage of players spinning up the prize pools all weekend long. For the recreational player, perhaps one of the most anticipated events on the calendar is Event #21 - The $1,500 Millionaire Maker. The cornerstone event gets underway on Saturday, June 9 and offers two flights, with a single re-entry per flight. The winner is guaranteed a minimum payday of $1,000,000. Last year, Canada’s Pable Mariz, outlasted the 7,761 entries for a $1,221,407 payday. 2018 WSOP Week 2 Schedule Day Event # Event Defending Champion Monday 7E $565 Colossus Thomas Pomponio Monday 12 $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed David Bach Monday 7F $565 Colossus - Tuesday 13 $1,500 NL Big Blind Ante NONE Tuesday 14 $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Frank Kassela Wednesday 15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. David Singer Wednesday 16 $10,000 Heads Up NL Championship Adrian Mateos Thursday 17 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Anthony Marquez Thursday 18 $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed John Racener Friday 19 $565 PLO Tyler Smith Friday 20 $5,000 NL Big Blind Ante NONE Friday 19B $565 PLO -- Friday 6B $365 NL Giant Dieter Dechant Saturday 21 $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker Pablo Mariz Saturday 22 $1,500 8-Game Mix Ronald Ware Sunday 21B $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker -- Sunday 23 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship John Monnette Sunday 11B $565 PLO Giant --   Big Money Broadcasts There are no days off this week when it comes to the streaming schedule. Big money is on the line right off the bat as PokerGo streams the final table of the $100,000 NL High Roller on June 4. Some of the game’s biggest names, including Bryn Kenney, Stephen Chidwick, and final table chip leader Nick Petrangelo will be vying for the first million-dollar payouts of the summer. There’s so much streaming action this week that on June 4, 7, and 8 there are multiple streams, giving players the non-stop action they crave. Date Time Event Outlet June 4 6:00 PM $100,000 High Roller FT PokerGO June 4 6:00 PM $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Day 2 Twitch June 5 6:00 PM $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo FT PokerGO June 6 3:00 PM $1,500 NL Day 2 Twitch June 7 4:00 PM $1,500 NL Final Table PokerGO June 7 6:00 PM $10,000 NL Heads-Up Day 2 Twitch June 8 4:00 PM $10,000 NL Heads-Up FT PokerGO June 8 6:00 PM $565 Colossus FT Twitch June 9 4:00 PM $1,500 NL 6-Max FT PokerGO June 10 6:00 PM $565 PLO FT Twitch News & Notes Elio Fox, another one of the big names sitting at the final table of the $100,000 NL High Roller, will have the opportunity to become the first double bracelet winner of the young summer. Headed into the final table, he's currently third in chips. The first of the four online bracelet events to be held on WSOP.com, which includes players from New Jersey for the first time, closed registration with 2,972 runners. The $365 tournament saw a 16% increase in players from the $333 online bracelet event held in 2017 which attracted 2,509 players. Will the Colossus live up to its name in 2018? Keep an eye on Monday's numbers for players registering for the final two flights of the $565 Colossus. In 2017, the field exceeded 18,000, generating a prize pool of over $9 million. Through four flights, the total number of runners ended up right around 7K, leaving only two flights (on a Monday) to make up a massive difference to even get close to those 2017 numbers.
  17. Poker Central, the online streaming broadcast partner of the World Series of Poker, has announced their complete streaming schedule for the 2018 summer series. Of the 78 bracelet events, a total of 16 final tables as well as wire-to-wire comprehensive coverage of the $10,000 Main Event and extensive viewing of the $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop will be able to be seen on the PokerGO platform. Mixing It Up “We’re eager to continue our live coverage of the WSOP on PokerGO for the second year running,” said Vice President of Content at Poker Central, Sam Simmons. “Our expanded coverage schedule including a wide array of poker variants will give our viewers even more opportunities to follow all the action of the world’s most prestigious tournament series.” Answering the call from their vocal viewership, Poker Central has clearly put a focus on expanding the variety of games that will be broadcast. Popular events like the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads Up and just about every $10,000 Championship Event - no matter the variant - has made it onto the schedule. Calling The Action When it comes to commentary during the events, the heavy lifting will be done by longtime poker commentator and the voice of Poker After Dark, Ali Nejad. Nejad will be handling the play-by-play with guest play-by-play from ESPN’s own Lon McEachern. Color commentary and strategic analysis will be handled by a rotating cast of players and personalities to be named on an event-by-event basis. One should also expect appearances by ESPN’s own color commentator, Norman Chad. In addition to having McEachern and Chad contribute to the PokerGO commentary team, the partnership between ESPN and Poker Central looks to bring viewers unparalleled coverage of two of the biggest events of the summer. “We’re looking forward to having Poker Central and ESPN tag team coverage for the WSOP again this year,” said the Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart. “Fans can expect stellar storylines and wall-to-wall coverage throughout the event and during the ‘Big One for One Drop.” ESPN had already announced their broadcasting schedule for the 2018 WSOP Main Event and One Drop, now the PokerGO streaming dates can help fans complete the picture of how to watch every second of the action. As is customary, all of the events will be streamed on a 30-60 minutes delay with hole cards displayed. If the content on both PokerGo and ESPN simply is not enough streaming poker, there will be additional World Series of Poker streaming coverage on a free-to-view partner site, the details of which will be announced before the start of the WSOP. The World Series of Poker is set to begin on May 29. The first event poker fans can watch on PokerGO will be Event #3, the $3,000 NLHE Shootout on June 2 at 4:00 p.m. ET. 2018 WSOP On PokerGO Streaming Schedule DATE TIME EVENT June 2 4:00 PM ET $3,000 NLHE Shootout Final Table June 4 4:00 PM ET $100,000 NLHE High Roller Final Table June 5 6:00 PM ET $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Final Table June 7 4:00 PM ET $1,500 NLHE Final Table June 8 4:00 PM ET $10,000 NLHE Heads Up June 9 4:00 PM ET $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed Final Table June 11 6:00 PM ET $1,500 Eight Game Mix Final Table June 12 6:00 PM ET $10,000 No Limit Lowball Draw Final Table June 13 6:00 PM ET $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table June 14 6:00 PM ET $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table June 16 6:00 PM ET $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Final Table June 19 6:00 PM ET $50,000 Poker Players Championship Final Table June 20 6:00 PM ET $10,000 Seven Card Stud Final Table June 22 6:00 PM ET $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha Final Table June 23 6:00 PM ET $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table June 25 6:00 PM ET $10,000 PLO 8-Handed Final Table July 3 1:00 AM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 1A July 3 11:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 1B July 5 12:00 AM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 1C July 5 8:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 2A/B (Part A) July 6 12:00 AM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day2A/B (Part B) July 7 12:00 AM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 2C July 7 9:30 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 3 July 8 7:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 4 July 9 8:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 5 (Part A) July 10 2:00 AM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 5 (Part B) July 10 2:30 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 6 (Part A) July 10 11:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 6 (Part B) July 11 2:30 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 7 July 12 9:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event Final Table - Day 1 (ESPN) July 13 9:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event Final Table - Day 2 (ESPN) July 14 9:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event Final Table - Day 3 (ESPN) July 16 2:30 PM ET $1M Big One For One Drop - Day 2 (Part A) July 17 12:30 AM ET $1M Big One For One Drop - Day 2 (ESPN 2) July 17 2:30 PM ET $1M Big One For One Drop - Day 2 (Part B) July 17 6:30 PM ET $1M Big One For One Drop - Day 3 July 17 9:00 PM ET $1M Big One For One Drop - Day 3 (ESPN 2)
  18. There’s nothing quite like the first time. For serious poker enthusiasts, there may be nothing more exciting than making your first trip to Las Vegas to participate in, or simply geek out to, the World Series of Poker. For those lucky people making their first trip to the series in 2018, we have some suggestions on how to fully embrace the WSOP experience. You won’t find any Cirque Du Soleil show recommendations or directions to the best sushi restaurants here, this is simply a guide to diving head first into a complete WSOP summer poker experience in Sin City. Hit The Hall The first time you head to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, tell your taxi or Uber driver to take you to the front entrance. Sure, they can drop you off at the “poker entrance” but you should experience the walk down the long hallway that leads to Rio convention area at least once. The closer you get to the action the more you’ll be inundated with banners of former WSOP Players of the Year and Main Event Champions. Doyle, Stu, Chris…Moneymaker. And, yes, Ferguson. They’re (almost) all there. Of the three major tournament areas, the Pavillion is the one you’ll see first. Go inside and take a deep breath in. Yes, some of the smells may be from players who have been up for days, unable or unwilling to shower, but everything in the Pavillion is pure poker. The cricket-like sound of shuffling chips, the floor at the big board announcing a new table of $10-20 Big O and single table satellites filling up and getting underway. The Pavillion houses cash games, satellites, the Daily Deepstack tournaments and occasionally overflow from WSOP bracelet events. For daily grinders, the Pavillion is where a ton of the action happens. Walk the hallway with the vendors, but be wary first-timers: try not to let someone attach a magnetic aura bracelet to your wrist or entice you with a whiff of orange colored oxygen. However, if you see Bart Hanson, Jonathan Little or even PocketFives' own Lance Bradley spending time in a booth, walk on over and see what's up. Interested in some “poker sunglasses”? They’ve got those too. It’s a mini poker market and just maybe you’ll find something you like. Finally, on your first pass check out both the Brazilia and the famed Amazon Room. In 2017 they had moved the televised "mothership" to the Brazilia so make sure you do a slow pass and get a behind the scenes look at what you watch on ESPN or PokerGO. Then hit the Amazon to see the room where so much WSOP history was made. Star Gazing When it comes to seeing stars, a trip to the WSOP is unlike a trip to Hollywood because poker celebrities are just about everywhere you look on any given day. The personalities you watch on TV like Negreanu, Greenstein, and Raymer are often times at the tables grinding it out to try to win another bracelet. There walkways in each of the tournament rooms where one can quite often spot a noted pro from the rail. Often times if you see one of your favorites in the hallway, they’d be happy to hear what a fan you are and pose for a shot for your Insta. Of course, use discretion. Quite often these guys are playing for many thousands of dollars, so use that keen poker instinct to pick an appropriate time to introduce yourself. Get Your Feet Wet, Splash Around If you came to the World Series to play, then it’s time to play. At the WSOP just about every poker experience is at your fingertips. Small stakes to nosebleed cash games are running 24/7. Want to win your way into a bracelet event? There’s an entire section dedicated to single table satellites that start as low as around $125 that can help you win entries to buy-in to bigger events. Tournament aficionados may choose to jump into one of the popular Daily Deepstacks. There’s four that fire daily - 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. They are all one-day events and have a buy-in ranging from $200 - $365. They are noted for having massive fields and pretty big paydays for those that can make it to the end. Take That (Gold Bracelet) Shot It should go without saying that when shot taking, never play with any money you can’t afford to lose. There’s little in the poker world that feels quite like taking a seat in a WSOP bracelet event for the first time. The WSOP gold bracelet has been one of the most enduring accolades in the game and anyone with the gumption and the buy-in can take a shot, make a run and potentially become a hometown hero, returning with a new piece of jewelry. Want to outsmart the masses when it comes to registering? It’s way too easy. Hit the cage when there’s no one around. Registration for every event is open around the clock, so take an unscheduled trip to the convention area at the end of the day or late into the night and register for any event days in advance. The lines can get extremely long for events like the Millionaire Maker and Monster Stack on the day of. Also available, online registering with a credit card via the WSOP’s partnership with Bravo. See Other People So you’ve seen the sights, watched the stars and taken a seat in a WSOP event. It’s been great, but you are sick of the Hash House and All American Bar & Grille. Perhaps, the Rio is wearing on you. Well, for many the entirety of their WSOP experience is actually far more than the series itself. Many major Las Vegas properties throw their own expansive summer poker series and there’s a ton of fun to be had there as well. The Aria poker room is one of the most acclaimed in the city and their Aria Poker Classic features two events daily (one at 11:00 a.m. one at 7:00 p.m.). If you bust in the tournaments at the Aria, you can hop in a cash game, get a pretty great grass-fed burger or slice of Forester pizza at Five50 Pizza Bar. The Wynn has a summer series of their own. Their poker room is one of luxury and their tournament area gives one the feeling like they are playing in an island resort. It doesn’t stop there: the Venetian, Golden Nugget, Binion’s and Planet Hollywood all have an extensive schedule of tournaments and cash game offering to go along with them. So when planning a schedule mix it up and see what’s out there. Whether you plan on heading to Las Vegas for two days or two weeks (or longer) there’s plenty to do for the complete poker fan.
  19. Every day is action-packed in the halls of the Rio as the 2018 World Series of Poker continues to pay out life-changing sums and players from all over the world realize their poker dreams of winning a prestigious gold bracelet. The upcoming week focuses on one of the most prestigious events of the year for the ultimate poker professional. Additionally, the median age of those in the Amazon is about to go way up this week as the seniors come to town. The Complete Player There’s plenty of illustrious poker tournaments in any given calendar year. The WSOP Main Event, the Super High Roller Bowl or even the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic to name a few. None of those tournaments embodies a true test to the overall pure poker skill needed to win Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship. The $50K is a true test of the elite rounders pure poker knowledge. It’s an 8-game mix with a high-roller buy-in that attracts the top tier of poker purists. Last year Elior Sion outlasted the 100 runner field to take home a career-high cash of $1,395,767 from a prize pool of $4.8 million. This year, the final table of this event will be streamed on PokerGo, providing fans even more insight into how the best players in the world play a variety of games . The tournament gets underway Friday, June 15 at 10:00 am PT. Respect Your Elders One of the biggest weekends at the WSOP is Seniors weekend. The longtime grinders and recreational players over 50 years old flock to their beloved $1,000 Seniors event. In 2017, the tournament began to offer a 2nd chance bullet, helping the prize pool create paydays that are better than most pensions. Last year, Frank Maggio defeated a field of 5,389 for $617,303. Prior to that win, he’d never cashed in any recorded event for more than $5,800. Day 1 of the Seniors tournament starts onFriday June 15 at 10 am PT. Two days later, the Super Seniors (65+) also draws a big field. Last year 1,720 players registered and James Moore took home over $259,000 for the win. 2018 WSOP Week 3 Schedule Here's a look at all of the events taking place at the WSOP the week of June 11. Day Event # Event Name Defending Champion Monday 24 $2,620 Marathon Joseph di Rosa Rojas Monday 25 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Ernest Bohn Tuesday 26 $1,000 PLO Tyler Groth Tuesday 27 $10,000 HORSE David Bach Wednesday 28 $3,000 NL Six-Handed Chris Moorman Wednesday 29 $1,500 Limit Triple Draw Lowball Brian Brubaker Thursday 30 $1,500 PLO Loren Klein Thursday 31 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Tom Koral Friday 32 $1,000 Seniors' Frank Maggio Friday 33 $50,000 Poker Player's Championship Elior Sion Friday 6C $365 Giant - Saturday 34A $1,000 Double Stack NONE Saturday 35 $1,500 Mixed PLO-8, Limit Omaha-8, Big-O Vladimir Shchmelev Sunday 36 $1,000 Super Seniors James Moore Sunday 34B $1,000 Double Stack - Sunday 11C $365 PLO Giant - Mixed Game Streaming This week non-No Limit Hold’em tournaments pack both the WSOP schedule as well as the “airwaves.” Of the nine viewing options that Poker Central is showing this week, seven of the broadcasts feature part of the mixed game rotation. Stud Hi-Lo, 8-Game Mix, No Limit 2-7, PLO and H.O.R.S.E. all get the opportunity to gain new fans through the robust broadcast schedule. Look for multiple streams to be offered on June 13, 14 and 16. June 11 6:00 PM $1,500 8-Game FT PokerGO June 12 6:00 PM $10,000 NL 2-7 FT PokerGO June 13 6:00 PM $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo FT PokerGO June 13 6:00 PM $10,000 HORSE Day 2 Twitch June 14 2:00 PM $1,500 Millionaire Maker FT Twitch June 14 6:00 PM $10,000 HORSE FT PokerGO June 15 4:00 PM $2,620 Marathon FT Twitch June 16 6:00 PM $1,500 PLO FT PokerGO June 16 6:00 PM $1,500 Stud FT Twitch News & Notes Tune in to the June 14 final table broadcast of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker to see one of the over 7200 runners that entered Event #21 become the recipient of the fifth million dollar payout of the 2018 WSOP. There will be some eyes on the registration numbers for the $50K Poker Players Championship with over 100 being the magic number. With all of the high roller action taking place both in and outside of the Rio, the hope is that that the number of players could very well exceed last year in a year where some key attendance numbers have been lower than in 2017.    
  20. Justin Bonomo is having himself quite a year and that theme continued on Wednesday night as he defeated a final table that included Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon and Christoph Vogelsang to win the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl for $5,000,000. The win comes just over two months after he won the Super High Roller Bowl China event for $4.8 million. He’s now won $13.9 million in 2018 from 16 cashes, including six victories. Nick Petrangelo started Day 4 with the second smallest stack and any hope of turning that into a long day was taken away on the first hand of play. Petrangelo raised from the cutoff to 50,000 before Jason Koon re-raised to 130,000 from the button. Petrangelo moved all in for 400,000 and Koon called. Petrangelo showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] but found nothing but bad news when Koon tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="5s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="qh"] to eliminate Peterangelo in sixth place. It took another two hours before the next player was sent to the rail. Down to just seven big blinds, Christoph Vogelsang moved all in from the small blind and Mikita Badziakouski happily called from the big blind and flipped over [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] while Vogelsang, the defending champion, wasn’t quite drawing dead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Vogelsang all kinds of hope, but the neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="8d"] river fulfilled that hope and Vogelsang was out in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted nearly 5.5 hours before Bonomo and Badziakouski clashed in a blind vs. blind battle. Bonomo raised to 140,000 from the small blind and Badziakouski defended his big. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] Badziakouski called Bonomo’s bet of 225,000. The turn was the [poker card="4c"] and Bonomo bet 475,000 before Badziakouski moved all in for 1,500,000. Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"] while Badziakouski showed [poker card="td"][poker card="8s"] which put him behind. The river was the [poker card="2h"] and Badziakouski, who began the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in fourth place. The final three players had roughly the same stacks before Koon lost 80% of his chips to Bonomo after both players flopped two pair. Koon was unable to spin his stack up and was eliminated by Bonomo just a few hands later. When heads-up play began, Bonomo had 80% of the chips in play and over the next 90 minutes, he never relinquished the lead before finally finishing off Negreanu. Bonomo raised to 200,000 from the button and Negreanu called. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"] and Negreanu checked. Bonomo bet 160,000 and Negreanu responded with a raise to 500,000. Bonomo kept the throttle on and made it 1,250,000 to go, forcing Negreanu into the tank. After a minute to consider his options, Negreanu moved all in for 4,400,000 and Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] for top set while Negreanu showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"] for an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the [poker card="ks"] and the river was the [poker card="6c"], giving Bonomo an unneeded full house and his second Super High Roller Bowl title of 2018. Payouts Justin Bonomo - $5,000,000 Daniel Negreanu - $3,000,000 Jason Koon - $2,100,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,600,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $1,200,000 Nick Petrangelo - $900,000 Stephen Chidwick - $600,000 Seth Davies - $90,000
  21. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. This week's show kicks off with Chris Ferguson wasting everybody's time with an apology and ends with Lance and Matt picking their teams for the PocketFives Super High Roller Bowl Fantasy Contest. Good times. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  22. [caption id="attachment_619208" align="alignnone" width="1000"] The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl gets underway Sunday night.[/caption] When the Super High Roller Bowl was created in 2015, nobody was quite sure what to make of it. It's since grown into one of the most highly anticipated tournaments of the year and the 2018 event has all the potential to go down as the best yet. The field of 48 players includes some of the best players in the world and is highlighted by Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, and Erik Seidel. Former champions Brian Rast (2015) and Christoph Vogelsang (2017) are in while 2016 champion Rainer Kempe is hoping to win the final seat via satellite on Saturday, May 26. The field includes six of the top earning players of all time and ten players who have been ranked #1 on the Global Poker Index including the current top-ranked player, Adrian Mateos. The U.S. Poker Open and Poker Masters, which make up the other two legs of the High Roller Triple Crown will also be represented by their defending champions, Keith Tilston and Steffen Sontheimer respectively. THE FIELD The 47 confirmed players in the field have a combined $555 million in lifetime earnings. PLAYER EARNINGS PLAYER EARNINGS PLAYER EARNINGS Brandon Adams $3,089,595 Isaac Haxton $18,364,253 David Peters $21,248,708 Sergio Aido $7,214,913 Phil Hellmuth $22,247,568 Nick Petrangelo $10,809,516 Koray Aldemir $8,338,377 Fedor Holz $26,310,621 Doug Polk $9,454,009 John Andress $1,907,801 Matt Hyman $1,944,724 Brian Rast $20,870,265 Mikita Badziakouski $9,232,182 Cary Katz $14,025,248 Arne Ruge $152,847 Dennis Blieden $1,021,980 Byron Kaverman $12,366,380 Jake Schindler $18,364,853 Justin Bonomo $26,866,297 Rainer Kempe $15,459,312 Erik Seidel $34,507,095 Kahle Burns $3,260,332 Bryn Kenney $23,559,851 Dan Shak $9,253,794 Stephen Chidwick $15,583,698 Jason Koon $16,587,794 Talal Shakerchi $4,349,048 Christian Christner $4,025,048 Igor Kurganov $14,999,783 Dan Smith $19,948,430 Seth Davies $1,970,460 Kathy Lehne $980,938 Steffen Sontheimer $8,498,208 Markus Dürnegger $1,501,775 Andrew Lichtenberger $8,544,703 Keith Tilston $2,558,104 Andreas Eiler $4,240,166 Tom Marchese $16,863,175 Ben Tollerene $5,735,406 Antonio Esfandiari $27,628,047 Adrian Mateos $14,230,280 Christoph Vogelsang $16,847,209 Tony G $5,533,300 Daniel Negreanu $36,546,095 Sean Winter $6,300,687 Larry Greenberg $1,639,998 Bill Perkins $2,603,491 Satellite Winner Unknown LIVE STREAMING All four days of action will be streamed live on PokerGO. Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will be in the booth for all four days calling the action. DAY # DATE START TIME 1 May 27 6 pm ET 2 May 28 6 pm ET 3 May 29 4 pm ET 4 May 30 4 pm ET GET IN ON THE ACTION While you probably can't afford the $300,000 buy-in, you can still have a sweat as the Super High Roller Bowl plays down to a winner. PocketFives is hosting a Super High Roller Bowl Fantasy Contest for all members. It's free to enter and will award $1,100 in prizes, including the eventual champion walking away with an Upswing Poker Tournament Master Class subscription. Read the rules and draft your team now.
  23. Later this week, the 2018 World Series of Poker will reach the halfway point on the schedule. While a lot of the schedule each year is focused on No Limit Hold'em, the fans of four-card poker will rejoice this week as Pot Limit Omaha events highlight the 17 events on the schedule. Big Buy-in Pot Limit Omaha The two biggest buy-in PLO events on the WSOP schedule both take place this week, but not in their normal order. Traditionally, the $10,000 PLO Championship has always preceded the $25,000 PLO High Roller. This year, thanks to ESPN needing to set up the main stage for the Main Event broadcasts, the $25,000 buy-in event comes first. Running June 20-23, that event brings out the best PLO players in the world plus a mix of a few businessmen who love the four-card game. James Calderaro beat out 204 other players last year to win his first WSOP bracelet and $1,289,074. On the same day that final table begins, the $10,000 PLO Championship event kicks off. Attendance in this event has been on the rise each of the last two years, going from 387 in 2015 to 428 in 2017. The three-day event runs June 23-25. Don't Forget the Button Clickers The live felt isn't the only place where PLO bracelets will be up for grabs this week. For the first time in WSOP history, players will be able to play PLO on WSOP.com with a bracelet on the line. The $565 buy-in event is a one-day event on Friday, June 22. 2018 WSOP Week 3 Schedule Day Event # Event Name Defending Champion Monday 37 $1,500 NL Hold'em Christopher Frank Monday 38 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Mike Wattel Tuesday 39 $1,500 NL Shootout Ben Maya Tuesday 40 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Jens Lakemeier Wednesday 41 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shane Buchwald Wednesday 42 $25,000 PLO 8-Handed High Roller James Calderaro Thursday 43 $2,500 NL Hold'em Gaurav Raina Thursday 44 $10,000 Limit Triple Draw Lowball Championship Ben Yu Friday 45 $1,000 Big Blind Antes NONE Friday 46 $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo Smith Sirisakorn Friday 47 $565 WSOP.com Online PLO None Friday 6D $365 Giant Saturday 48A $1,500 Monster Stack Brian Yoon Saturday 49 $10,000 PLO Championship Tommy Le Sunday 48B $1,500 Monster Stack Sunday 50 $1,500 Razz Jason Gola Sunday 11D $365 PLO Giant Get Your Popcorn Ready for Streaming Madness The $50,000 Poker Players Championship event always attracts an amazing field and this year is no different. The final 12 players will be battling on Twitch with Phil Ivey, Michael Mizrachi and Brian Rast highlighting a storyline-filled penultimate day of action. Tuesday's final table moves to PokerGO in what promises to be an amazing showcase of some of poker's best playing a tough rotation of eight games. There are two other $10,000 Championship events (Seven Card Stud & Triple Draw) and the $25,000 PLO High Roller set for live streaming action this week. Date Time (ET) Event Outlet June 18 6:00 PM $50,000 Player Championship Day 4 Twitch June 19 6:00 PM $50,000 Players Championship FT PokerGO June 19 6:00 PM $10,000 Stud Day 2 Twitch June 20 4:00 PM $1,500 NL FT Twitch June 20 6:00 PM $10,000 Stud FT PokerGO June 21 4:00 PM $1,500 NL Shootout FT Twitch June 22 6:00 PM $25,000 PLO 8-Max FT PokerGO June 23 4:00 PM $2,500 NL FT Twitch June 23 6:00 PM $10,000 NL 2-7 FT PokerGO June 24 6:00 PM $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo FT Twitch  
  24. In 2018, there’s plenty of ways to sweat the World Series of Poker Main Event. You can follow the action with hand updates on WSOP.com and even watch hours of featured table coverage on both ESPN and PokerGO. But if you want to go deep into the Main Event social media adds that next level of excitement. Rather than 30-minute delays or select hand histories, the digital rail can get the very latest chip counts, double-up and bad beat stories direct from the players themselves. So for those looking to flood their Twitter timeline with all of the ups and downs of Day 6, here is a comprehensive list of accounts from players that are still in the hunt for the $8.8 million first-place prize in the WSOP Main Event. Brian Yoon: @byoonz Benjamin Pollak: @PollakB Barry Hutter: @barry_hutter Eric Froehlick: @efropoker Mason Barrell: @mason_barrell Jason Gooch: @YACHTDOOKIE Kuo Saechao: @saechaokw Laurynas Levinskas: @LaurisL91 Sylvain Loosli: @SylvainLoosli Joe Cada: @cada99 Shannon Shorr: @ShannonShorr Shaun Deeb: @shaundeeb Mike Lavenburg: @mlav151 Jordan Cristos: @jcinblue Ryan Phan: @TheJanit0r84 Hendrik Hecklen: @hhecklen Seth Foster: @foxlikeruse Ofir Mor: @_ofirmor Dan Wilson: @DanWilson86 Clayton Fletcher: @claytoncomic James Obst: @JamesObst Vicent Bosca Ramon: @VicentGordon Nicholas Cushman: @Cush572 Justin Harvell: @JFleezy615 Kelly Minkin: @The_Illist Jonathan Prested: @whollyflush Jamie Flynn: @Jam_Fly Hit us up on Twitter @pocketfives if we missed your favorite poker pro going deep in the Main.
  25. The second annual Poker Masters high roller series is almost here. Taking place from September 7-13 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the week-long series is set to feature the best and brightest nosebleed tournament players in the poker world. The schedule kicks off with a $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Event on September 7 and ramps up to the $100,000 Main Event, a three-day tournament beginning on September 13. Updated Schedule The 2018 version of the Poker Masters has a revamped schedule that includes a variety of buy-ins as well as the addition of new poker variants. In 2017, the Poker Masters schedule stuck to four $50,000 No Limit Hold’em tournaments with a $100,000 Main Event. This year, the schedule expands by two events and the buy-in for the first five events does not exceed $25,000. The penultimate event of the series then jumps up to $50,000 before the Main Event. With the extra events comes a chance for the players to participate in a couple of different games. Event #3, the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, is the first PLO tournament to be included on the Poker Masters schedule. However, it’s Event #4 that is likely to draw the most attention. For the first time on PokerGO, fans will be able to catch a glimpse of the game that is the current darling of the high roller community as Short Deck (aka Six-Plus Poker) makes its first appearance on the felts at the Aria. Short Deck, the high-action game featured on the Triton Poker Series live-streams, removes the 2-5 cards in the deck. The result is a variation on the traditional hand rankings. In Short Deck, three of a kind is superior to straights and flushes more valuable than full houses. Event #4, the 2-day, $10,000 Short Deck NLHE event, starting on September 10, will be one to watch. Where To Watch Of course, Short Deck isn’t the only part of the Poker Masters that can be watched on live-stream. The entire series was basically created as content for Poker Central’s popular poker streaming platform PokerGO. Every final table, as well as select feature tables, will be available for viewing on the PokerGO website or on their mobile app. High Roller Rules As is customary in just about every modern high roller event, a 30-second shot clock will be implemented. Players will receive five time-extension chips should they need a little more in a spot or two. Another new addition to the Poker Masters is how the title will be awarded. Last year, the winner was determined solely by total earnings over the five events. This year, the Poker Masters will be using Poker Central’s High Roller Of The Year scoring system. The Aria's regularly running high roller series currently uses the system, developed in part by tournament player Tom Marchese. The points system gives a base amount of points for placing and cashing in an event with multipliers applied for buy-ins over $10,000. The Purple Jacket The player who accumulates the most points over the course of the series will be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. In 2017, that player was Steffan Sontheimer, the 27-year-old German pro who ended up cashing in four out of the five events for over $2.7 million. Though Sontheimer had earned a seven-figure score in his career before the Main Event of the 2017 Poker Masters, his victory in the $100,000 Main Event in 2017 marked his first career-defining victory. The $1.5 million payday helped him stave off the likes of Bryn Kenney and fellow German Fedor Holz en route to getting fitted for the Purple Jacket. The first event, Event #1, will begin streaming on Saturday, September 8 at 1:00 pm local time (4:00 pm ET) Poker Masters Full Schedule of Events Date Event Buy-In Sept. 7 Event #1: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $10,000 Sept. 8 Event #2: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $25,000 Sept. 9 Event #3: Pot Limit Omaha (2 Day Event) $25,000 Sept. 10 Event #4: Short Deck No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $10,000 Sept. 11 Event #5: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $25,000 Sept. 12 Event #6: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $50,000 Sept. 13 Event #7: No Limit Hold'em (3 Day Event) $100,000
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