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  1. Chino Rheem is about as polarizing of a figure as you’ll find in today’s world of poker, but for all of the issues he’s had over the years, there’s no denying his ability to perform on the game’s largest stages. Rheem has won three World Poker Tour titles, final tabled the WSOP Main Event, and amassed more than $10.5 million in live tournament earnings. Coming off a first-place score for more than $1.5 million in the 2019 PCA Main Event, Rheem recently became the 41st poker player in history to win more than $10 million from live poker tournaments. Here’s a look at the five biggest scores of Rheem’s poker career. 7th in 2008 WSOP Main Event ($1,772,650) Rheem had been around the poker world for a handful of years before the 2008 World Series of Poker, and he even had a second-place finish in a gold bracelet event in 2006 that earned him $327,981. He truly made waves in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, though, when he aggressively splashed his way through the 6,844-player field to reach the final table in what was the first-ever WSOP November Nine. Rheem entered the 2008 WSOP Main Event final table in sixth position on the leaderboard. His run ultimately ended in seventh place after he got the last of his money in with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"] against Peter Eastgate’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qd"]. A queen hit the flop, and that was all she wrote for Rheem, who was sent to the rail with a $1.772 million prize. 1st in 2019 PCA Main Event ($1,567,100) The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event attracted 865 entries. With six players left, Rheem entered the final day with the chip lead. He busted all five of his opponents to win the 2019 PCA Main Event and capture its $1.567 million first-place prize. This result proved to be, at the time, the second largest of Rheem's career, just behind his WSOP Main Event seventh-place finish. It also moved him to more than $10.5 million in live tournament earnings and he became the 74th player to eclipse the $10 million earnings mark, per HendonMob. 1st in WPT Five Diamond ($1,538,730) Rheem was one of 497 entries in the World Poker Tour’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic event at Bellagio in 2008. The event was part of Season VII of the WPT and featured a buy-in of $15,400. The prize pool was $7.231 million, of which Rheem got the most of when he scored the $1.538 million top prize. It was the first of Rheem’s three World Poker Tour titles and came just a month after he finished seventh in the World Series of Poker Main Event. At this final table, Rheem had stiff competition in the form of Justin Young, Evan McNiff, Steve Sung, Amnon Filippi, and Hoyt Corkins. 1st in WPT World Championship ($1,150,297) To conclude Season XI of the World Poker Tour, Rheem won the $25,500 buy-in WPT World Championship. The event was held at Bellagio in Las Vegas in 2013 and attracted 146 entries to create a $3.54 million prize pool. In the end, it was Rheem against Erick Lindgren for the title, with Rheem coming out on top to win a $1.15 million payday and his second WPT title. 1st in Epic Poker League Event #1 ($1,000,000) Currently standing as the fifth largest score of Rheem’s poker career is a victory in the now defunct Epic Poker League. Rheem won the EPL’s first title, defeating a field of 137 entries in the $20,000 buy-in tournament to score the $1 million top prize. At the final table, Rheem out-battled runner-up Erik Seidel and third-place finisher Jason Mercier en route to the title and million dollar payday.
  2. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In January, all eyes - and seemingly poker players - were on a tiny island in the Caribbean. PokerStars Players Championship Breaks Records Throughout all of 2018, PokerStars built up hype for the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship, a $25,000 buy-in tournament in the Bahamas as part of the annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. By giving away 320 Platinum Passes, which included the $25,000 buy-in and another $5,000 for travel and accommodations, and adding $1 million to the first-place prize, the mission for PokerStars was to make the PSPC the largest $25,000 buy-in tournament ever. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Well, mission accomplished. When registration closed, the field stood at 1,039 players, easily surpassing the previous record of 639 players for an event with a buy-in that high and pushing the total prize pool to $26,455,500. Spain's Ramon Collilas, who won a Platinum Pass after winning a leaderboard from a series of small buy-in tournaments in his home country, outlasted the PSPC field to win $5.1 million. Frenchmen Julien Martini finished as the runner-up for $2,974,000. The event was a massive hit with players and many compared the atmosphere of the event to the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Poker World Mourns Gavin Smith On January 15, in the midst of the festivities in the Bahamas, the poker world was saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Gavin Smith. He was 50 years old. Smith, who won a World Poker Tour title in 2005 and World Series of Poker bracelet in 2010, had two elementary school-aged sons at the time of his death. In the days following his passing, a GoFundMe campaign was set up by longtime friend Josh Arieh to help out Smith's kids. Chino Rheem Wins PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Collilas's win wasn't the only big win at the PCA. Once all the PSPC festivities had ended, the 2019 PCA Main Event played out to a winner and Chino Rheem beat out a final table that included Simon Deadman, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Brian Altman, and Daniel Strelitz to win the tournament and take home $1,567,000. The win pushed Rheem's career earnings to just over $10.5 million. Along with his PCA Main Event win, Rheem has won three World Poker Tour titles, and final tabled the WSOP Main Event but he still continues to be one of the most polarizing players in the game. Daniel Negreanu Hints at Big Life Change Just weeks after proposing to long-time girlfriend Amanda Leatherman, Daniel Negreanu made the media rounds at the PCA and talked candidly about his desire to get married and start a family and indicated that it might mean some changes were in order. “The next few months we’re working on wedding lists and all that kind of stuff, so that will be a little bit of a distraction. (It was) something that I was thinking about during the PokerStars Players Championship that I probably shouldn’t have been, but my priority right now is her, and waking up every morning and thinking about how I can make her happy, and make her days as joyful as possible, and have her smiling throughout the day,” Negreanu said. Romeo Romanovsky Wins January PLB Ukranian online poker pro Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky dominated the tables on throughout the month of January and ended up winning the January PocketFives Leaderboard. Romanovsky wracked up 4,522.98 PLB points to beat out Sweden's 'C Darwin2' and British grinder Patrick 'Pleno1' Leonard. He cashed an astonishing 215 times in January to take down the title.
  3. [caption width="640"] Antonio Esfandiari is no stranger to high stakes, high pressure situations.[/caption] There are a number of ways in which a poker player can be disqualified from a tournament. On Sunday, Day 2 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, Antonio Esfandiari was disqualified and it had nothing to do with anything the Poker Tournament Directors Association has ever made a rule for. Esfandiari was disqualified for urinating into a bottle while at a table. You read that right. Mother nature called and rather than leave the table and head to the men's room, Esfandiari took care of business at the table. It turns out getting from the table to the men's room would have been all too painful thanks to a prop bet Esfandiari had made with Bill Perkins. To win the bet, Esfandiari had to lunge everywhere he went for 48 hours. Sunday was the second day of the bet and Esfandiari was apparently feeling the effects of lunging around the Atlantis Resort for two days straight. Before Day 2 began, Esfandiari took to Twitter to give an update on the prop bet and ended up foreshadowing the big incident of the day. Esfandiari's punishment was only for the Main Event and he is allowed to play other PCA events beginning Monday.
  4. Exactly one year ago today, Maria Konnikova was basically a complete unknown in the poker world. Sure, some people knew that a New York Times bestselling author had enlisted the assistance of Erik Seidel to learn how to play poker so she could write a book about it all, but almost nobody would have been able to put a name to that person. Then, over the course of the next seven hours, Konnikova became a known commodity, winning the $1,650 National Championship at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The win came with $84,600 and one of the very first $30,000 Platinum Passes to be awarded. Suddenly every poker media outlet and a few mainstream outlets picked up her story. She followed that up over the next few days by making a very deep run in the PCA Main Event, almost as a way of proving that it wasn't beginner's luck. That set the stage for a big year for Konnikova and changed the direction of what she had planned for her book and poker career. "PCA last year really changed the trajectory of my relationship with poker because it had been, in the past, basically for the book," Konnikova said. "I was really enjoying it and I was learning and had gotten much more into the game than I ever thought I would, but it was always still one of these things that I'm gonna do this for a year and be done. Konnikova, who had originally planned to use the 2018 WSOP Main Event as the end of her poker journey for the book's story arc, decided to take advantage of her good fortune and pushed the book deadline back indefinitely to play more and see where it took her. The answer was, well, everywhere. "I've been playing really full time this past year. I made a point of just hitting as much of the major stuff as I could," said Konnikova, who played European Poker Tour, World Poker and World Series of Poker events over the 12 months. "And it's still for the book in the sense that you never know what's gonna happen and what's going to be an important moment, an important thing. If you don't do it, it doesn't have a chance of happening, so it gives you more opportunities." Once the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure finishes, Konnikova is headed back home to New York City to focus on writing the first draft. Her editor has been very understanding of the shifting deadline, but has made Konnikova promise him one thing. "The only thing he told me is, 'just make this the best book you can'," said Konnikova. She's looking forward to finally sitting down and just writing, but she's also excited about getting a break from one of the toughest parts of the last year, the travel. "The hardest thing has been just being constantly on the road because I do like being home. I like stability. I like to see my family, and it can be rough to just spend three days a month in my apartment," said Konnikova. "I take my role as (PokerStars) ambassador really seriously because I want to share my excitement. I want to bring women to the game. I want to be a positive force and not ever be seen as someone who's like, 'Oh man, the constant travel's such a drag'. That's no good to anyone. Yeah, sure, the travel's tough, and that's the hardest part, but you have to put it in perspective and say, 'Shit, I get to travel to all these places to play a game. That's pretty cool'." Hopeful that the book will be on bookshelves by the end of 2019, Konnikova has no plans of walking away from the game entirely. She's come to enjoy it too much. "Once I'm done with the book, definitely playing full time until publication for sure. If I'm still playing well and if the book is doing well, I don't see why I'd stop, because I'll just start working on my next writing project," said Konnikova. "At this point, I see a very possible future and once again, life has a way of getting in the way so I have no idea, but one possible future I see is just playing and writing in tandem because you can write from anywhere in the world. That's the beauty of writing." Along the way, PokerStars added Konnikova to their group of Team Pros. That too has been an eye-opening experience for her. As she's become more of a known commodity in the poker world, players and fans have approached her at various events to share their story with her. "I've had so many people come up to me, and a lot of them women, be like, 'You've really inspired me. You're a model for what I want to do'," said Konnikova. "That's so wonderful and I'm happy to do any number of interviews and to just give as much of my time as needed because ultimately, that's the dream, right? To inspire people. It's what I hope my books do, so to be able to do it also through poker, it's great to know that you've reached people." Having lived the life of a poker pro over the past year, Konnikova has noticed she's also undergone personal growth that is directly related to her time at the table. "I've always been pretty low stress, but I've just had to become really low stress because it's something where if you let things get to you, you're just gonna be so miserable," said Konnikova. "So I've really gotten to the point where okay, let's just go day by day and see what happens and be okay not knowing what's going to be going on two weeks from now. I've just been much more sanguine about any given tournament. I busted the $25K on Day 1 on the last level. That wasn't fun. I was bummed in the moment, but then I was like, you know what? On to the next one."
  5. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Jeff Walsh, The Fives Poker Podcast is LIVE this week from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with daily episodes bringing in all of the guests and action from the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship and the PCA Main Event. The PokerStars Players Championship is in the books and now the attention of the poker world turns to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event and the remaining high roller events on the schedule. Lance and Jeff get into the strong Day 1A turnout, preview the $100,000 Super High Roller final table and talk about the strength of the field in the PCA National. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  6. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Jeff Walsh, The Fives Poker Podcast is LIVE this week from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with daily episodes bringing in all of the guests and action from the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship and the PCA Main Event. Lance Bradley and Jeff Walsh have all the action from the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event as well as the $100,000 High Roller final table. They're joined on this episode by stand-up comedian and poker player Clayton Fletcher and discuss what a lazy day in the Bahamas looks like. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  7. A few days ago Cary Katz contemplated skipping the opening few days of the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure altogether and flying his family to Atlanta to watch his alma mater, the University of Georgia Bulldogs, play in the NCAA Championship football game. He didn't though, and Monday night, just minutes after the game kicked off, Katz capped off an impressive three-day run to win the $100,000 Super High Roller for nearly $1.5 million. "I did think about flying to the game to watch it, but decided I'd rather watch it here with my family, even if it's not live," said Katz. "If Georgia wins, it will be the greatest night of my life for sure," said Katz. It took just 10 hands before the first player was sent packing. Bryn Kenney raised to 110,000 from UTG before Sam Greenwood moved all in from the big blind. Kenney called and tabled A♦A♥ while Greenwood showed K♣K♠. The board ran out J♠8♣6♣9♦J♣ to eliminate Greenwood in seventh place. Ivan Luca picked up the next elimination. The table folded to Luca in the small blind and he moved all in. Isaac Haxton gave some consideration to folding before eventually calling all in for 1,410,000. Luca tabled A♥4♥ while Haxton showed Q♥J♥. The K♠9♣3♣ flop gave Haxton extra outs but neither the K♣ turn or 7♣ river was any help and he was out in sixth. That hand propelled Luca to the chip lead but just two hands later, the Argentinian was shaking hands and heading to the payout window. After losing almost 1,000,000 on one hand against Kenney, Luca went to battle against the American again. Luca raised to 175,000 from the cutoff and Kenney re-raised to 635,000 from the small blind. Luca moved all in for 3,095,000 and Kenney called instantly. Luca turned over A♥J♣ and found himself in bad shape after Kenney tabled A♣K♣. The board ran out 9♦7♣3♥A♦7♥ to send Luca out in fifth place in dramatic fashion. Kenney had a small part in another elimination 28 hands later. Kenney raised to 210,000 from UTG and action folded to Daniel Negreanu in the small blind. He moved all in for 840,000, Justin Bonomo then moved all in over the top from the big blind and Kenney folded. Negreanu turned over K♥K♠ and Bonomo showed A♣J♥. Kenney told the table he folded an ace, leaving Bonomo just two more to hit. The flop came A♦5♦4♣ to put Bonomo ahead. Neither the Q♥ turn or 2♦ river were any help for Negreanu and he was forced to settle for a fourth-place result. Kenney's run eventually ended in a confrontation with Bonomo. Katz folded his button, Bonomo moved all in from the small blind and Kenney called all in from the big. Bonomo showed Q♠10♦ which put him behind Kenney's K♥9♦. The J♦10♣3♥ flop flipped the script though and Kenney was unable to catch back up after the A♥ turn or 4♠ river. The tournament ended just seven hands later. Bonomo moved all in for 3,300,000 and Katz called, having Bonomo covered. Bonomo revealed A♣K♥ while Katz had 8♣8♦. The 9♥3♠2♠ flop changed nothing and Katz remained safe through the Q♠ turn and J♥ river to eliminate Bonomo and win a second career $100,000 buy-in event. Final Table Payouts Cary Katz - $1,492,340 Justin Bonomo - $1,077,800 Bryn Kenney - $686,960 Daniel Negreanu - $521,140 Ivan Luca - $402,700 Isaac Haxton - $307,940 Sam Greenwood - $248,720
  8. On a normal day, Jon West is involved with some of the most important people in the cryptocurrency world. The last five days haven't been normal for West though. And no, we're not talking about the swings in the price of Bitcoin. West is one of the last 20 players in the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event chasing down the seven-figure score that comes with first place. The 26-year-old isn't just some rich kid from the world of crypto splashing around in a poker tournament though. He's been playing poker since he was 14 years old. When he was five years old his father introduced him to chess. He picked that up pretty quickly and over the course of the next five years, he became one of the top-ranked players for his age in the United States. "I went to tournaments. I got up to #6 in America in sixth grade and used to travel all over America," said West. "I convinced my mom to take me to these chess tournaments and leave me there for the weekend in the hotel because I was an extremely responsible 11-year-old." He's not lying and no, there was never an issue that resulted in mom getting a phone call from a pissed off hotel manager. West understood that screwing up meant he'd soon find himself rooming with mom again. "If I messed things up, I wouldn't get this privilege anymore and then I wouldn't be able to hang out with the older kids and have the parties in my room," said West. "I was always the youngest, and it was super fun, especially since at that point I was getting bullied pretty hard in middle school. It was nice just to be able to hang out with all these 16-24 olds that just hung out with me all night." It was during one of those trips where he stumbled into poker. Literally. "I go to these chess tournaments and you know those guys who play speed chess in the park? There's every chess tournament equivalent of those guys in some side room playing chess for money - $1 or $5 per game, except they were playing poker," said West. "I was 11 and I was completely enthralled. So I stayed up until 2 or 3 am every night, watched them all play poker and I was like 'next year I'm going to come back and give it a whirl'." He went home and bought himself a copy of Super System and Harrington on Hold'em. Gave them a read and then just waited. He returned to that same tournament the next year anxious to play some cards. That weekend I ran super hot and won $2,000. This is as a 12-year-old - that's life-changing money. Gumballs galore!," said West. " I came home with a pile of all these $20s. I was like 'check it out' - stuffing them in my pockets." Two years later he signed up for his first online poker account under his mom's name and he dabbled in tournaments and cash games. Once he was done with high school he went off to Dartmouth to chase down a philosophy degree. While there he played even more online poker. Much to his parents' delight, he graduated on time. He played poker for the next year. In late 2009 he finished third in a Full Tilt Online Poker Series event for $97,737 and decided to head to PCA to try and run it up. He came home broke but learned a lot. "It was this life-changing moment where I learned about risk tolerance and pacing myself and all this kind of stuff," said West, who still considers PCA his favorite tournament because of those lessons. Once he got home knew had to find a real job. He wound up working for Citi in the Sales and Trading program. He spent two years there as a trader dealing in FX Forwards and credit default swaps.Za "Once I stopped doing that after my two-year period was over, I started working for Mike Novogratz, he's a hedge fund legend. He ran Fortress, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, he was the CIO there. He hired me to join his family office and be his execution trader," said West. While working for Novogratz, the pair started exploring the world of cryptocurrency. Novogratz's college roommate was Joe Lubin, one of the co-founders of Ethereum. They dove in head-first and West shifted all of his focus to the crypto market. He's now the co-founder of Omega One, a startup focused on increasing liquidity in the crypto markets. Even though this is only his second time playing any sort of poker in the last 18 months, he knows the poker world is infatuated with crypto and it doesn't at all surprise him. "It's the same group of people that like games, don't like having traditional jobs, don't like working for people, like to be able to wear whatever they want, like the power of the internet - online poker and that whole super exciting thing, like the power of technology and have a libertarian streak to them, where they don't like 'the man'," said West.
  9. In news announced on Friday, the buy-in for the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Eventwill be cut from $10,300 to $5,300. PokerStars said the halved price tag was "in line with European Poker Tour Main Events." The 2016 PCA schedule features a record 104 events and kicks off on January 6 from the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Edgar Stuchly, Director of PokerStars Live Events, commented, "We have seen extraordinary growth in our live events in Europe and we're excited about emulating this success at the PCA. EPT Barcelona, which is running right now, is breaking records on a daily basis and our aim is to give PCA players the same kind of experience. We will do this by tripling the number of tournaments and offering a wider variety of buy-in levels to suit every player." To put the 104-event schedule in perspective, the 2015 PCA had a 35-event slate, meaning the tournament series is literally tripling in size. Besides making the PCA Main Event more in line with other EPT events, PokerStars dropping the Main Event buy-in by half could also have to do with dwindling attendance over the years. In fact, Main Event attendance has been declining since its apex in 2011: 2004: 211 entries 2005: 461 entries 2006: 724 entries 2007: 937 entries 2008: 1,136 entries 2009: 1,347 entries 2010: 1,529 entries 2011: 1,560 entries 2012: 1,072 entries 2013: 987 entries 2014: 1,031 entries 2015: 816 entries Kevin Schulz won the 2015 PCA Main Event and earned almost $1.5 million. According to PokerStars, "The packed schedule features a ton of fun and exciting variants including Win the Button and Deuces Wild, HOSE, PLO, and bounty tournaments. For high-stakes players, there will be plenty of prestigious events to tempt them off the beaches. The flagship $100k Super High Roller will start off the nine-day festival... with $50k and $25k High Roller events also on the schedule later on." The buy-in for the LAPT Bahamas event, which debuted last year, has also been reduced. In 2015, LAPT Bahamas had a $3,000 buy-in; in 2016, it will be $2,200. The PCA faces plenty of competition from local poker series that crisscross the United States like the MSPT and WSOP Circuit. Staying at Atlantis (pictured) can also be a costly proposition for players who do not win packages. As one user on TripAdvisor put it, "For dinner only for 2 adults, 2 kids (age 8 & 5), our bill was usually $150 (without drinks). If you eat at one of their upscale resort restaurants, it can easily be way over $200 for one meal! A take-out pizza is $30!" Dwindling attendance in the Bahamas also likely has to do with a lack of satellites for US players, who are in close proximity to the island nation. PokerStars withdrew from the US on Black Friday. Visit PokerStars for more details on the 2016 PCA. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  10. With the coming of a New Year, the start of the 2015 tournament poker season also kicks off. On Tuesday, the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure marked the start of the 12th annual event with the start of the $100,000 Super High Roller and an episode of "The Shark Cage." The Super High Roller event was the main focus of many at Paradise Island in the Bahamas, as deep-pocketed pros and wealthy businessmen alike vied for the first big money championship of the 2015 poker season. While you might think the high-pressure tournament would have the complete attention of the players in attendance, it was actually the opposite, as the combatants engaged is various prop bets. Mike timex McDonald, the focus of those prop bets, demonstrated his physical stamina in addition to his poker acumen. Challenged by businessman Bill Perkins, McDonald first was challenged to complete 300 "air squats" (a CrossFit exercise maneuver) within the span of one level of play in the tournament, or 60 minutes, to earn a $10,000 payday. McDonald was able to complete this task, prompting Perkins to issue another challenge to complete 350 pushups within another one hour period for another $10,000 plus $10,000 to McDonald's charity of choice. Unfortunately, McDonald wasn't able to complete this task, coming up just short in completing "only" 323. In between the frivolity, there was some actual poker being played. Sam Greenwood was the story of the day, as he blasted past the million-chip mark on Day 1 of the Super High Roller. On two occasions, Greenwood was the beneficiary of coolers – his pocket aces running into the pocket kings of Scott Seiver and Byron Kaverman – to build that stack. McDonald (pictured), while engaging in a stringent workout, took the second place slot at the end of Day 1, while Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Bryn BrynKenneyKenney, Sorel Imper1umMizzi, Erik Seidel, and Justin ZeeJustin Bonomo also were among the survivors. Day 2 of the Super High Roller is underway on Wednesday and, as late registration was still available, final totals for the tournament are not known. The true action at the PCA doesn't start until Wednesday. Along with Day 2 of the Super High Roller, the Latin America Poker Tour has its $3,000 Main Event on the schedule. In an intriguing experiment, the PCA will also be the laboratory for a $2,200 "Double Bubble"tournament. In this tournament, 50% of the field will receive $2,200 from the prize pool and once that 50% is determined, the first bubble will pop. The "double bubble" will pop once the final 8% of the field has been determined. It should be a unique tournament and one that will surely create some conversation. The PCA Main Event will begin on Thursday with the first of its two Day 1s. The $10,000 buy-in tournament is expected to draw a sizeable field, perhaps even challenging the 1,031 players it pulled in 2014. Defending champion Dominik Panka is expected back to defend his title and McDonald, who was barely denied his chance to become the first-ever two-time champion on the EPT with his runner-up finish, will also be in attendance. By the time the 2015 EPT PCA ends a week from Wednesday, there will be more poker played, including the $25,000 High Roller on January 12 and the America's Cup of Poker, and plenty of time spent on the pristine sands of Paradise Island. Visit PokerStars for more details. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. [caption width="640"] Mike 'SirWatts' Watson Wins 2016 PCA Main Event[/caption] The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has often been the place where poker legends have their coming out party. The final table of the 2016 PCA Main Event, however, took on a different narrative. The six-handed final table included former WPT champ Mike 'SirWatts' Watson, One Drop High Roller winner Tony Gregg, and EPT Vilamoura champ Toby '810ofclubs' Lewisas well as Russia’s fifth all-time leading money winner, Vladimir Troyanovskiy. Watson, who won his World Poker Tour title 7.5 years ago at the Bellagio Cup, ended up navigating his way to the third major title of career following a heads-up battle with former PCA Main Event runner-up Gregg. Watson knows the player he was then is very different from the player he is today. "I look back and think about how I was playing in that main event. I was able to win, but I realize all of the fundamental errors I was making. My game has grown so much over that time and the player I was then wouldn't have nearly as good of a chance of winning a tournament today," said Watson following his PCA win. Randy Kritzer, who came into play Thursday with the shortest stack, couldn't get much going and was the first player eliminated. On just the eighth hand of the day, Kritzer raised to 225,000 and Phillip McAllister called from the big blind. The [poker card="qh"] [poker card="9h"] [poker card="6d"] flop got a check from McAllister followed by a bet of 325,000 from Kritzer. McAllister announced all-in and Kritzer called and flipped up [poker card="qs"] [poker card="tc"] for top pair. McAllister showed [poker card="8s"] [poker card="7h"] a straight draw and backdoor flush draw. The [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="8h"] river gave McAllister his flush and ended Kritzer's run. With the least experienced player gone, play tightened up. It wasn't until almost four hours later that another player was sent packing. Gregg opened to 350,000 and Troyanovskiy defended his big blind. After the [poker card="ac"] [poker card="8h"] [poker card="4h"] flop, Troyanovskiy moved all-in for 700,000 and Gregg called. Gregg tabled [poker card="as"] [poker card="qc"] for top pair and Troyanovskiy showed [poker card="7h"] [poker card="3h"] for a flush draw. Neither the [poker card="td"] turn nor [poker card="9c"] river helped Troyanovskiy and the Russian was out in fifth place. It took 90 minutes to go from four players to three. McAllister called from the button and Toby Lewis moved all-in from the button before Watson came over the top of both players from the big blind. Lewis tabled [poker card="ks"] [poker card="9s"] and Watson showed [poker card="ac"] [poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"] [poker card="6s"] [poker card="3h"] [poker card="kh"] [poker card="qs"] to send Lewis home in fourth. Action folded to McAllister, who limped from the small blind. Watson raised all-in from the big blind and McAllister snap-called and showed [poker card="jd"] [poker card="jh"], while Watson turned [poker card="8c"] [poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="tc"] [poker card="7s"] [poker card="5c"] gave Watson middle pair and flush draw and all drama ended with the [poker card="3c"] turn. The meaningless [poker card="5s"] river ended the hand and McAllister was out in third. When heads-up play began, Watson held a nearly 2-1 chip lead over Gregg. The pair went on a dinner break and when they came back agreed to a deal that saw Watson take $695,325 and Gregg $612,175, leaving $33,000 on the table and, of course, the title. Even with just 2.5% of the first and second place prizes still at stake, Gregg and Watson continued to play for over two hours. On the final hand, Gregg limped his button and Watson checked his option to see an [poker card="8h"] [poker card="6h"] [poker card="2h"] flop. Watson checked and Gregg bet 400,000, only to have Watson check-raise to 1,200,000. Gregg responded by moving all-in for 4,100,000. Watson took his time before calling and showed [poker card="7h"] [poker card="4s"] for a flush draw. Gregg tabled [poker card="as"] [poker card="8c"] for top pair. The [poker card="7s"] turn gave Watson extra outs and the [poker card="5h"] turn filled his flush to win the 2016 PCA Main Event. 2016 PCA Main Event Final Table Payouts Mike Watson - $728,325 Tony Gregg - $612,175 Phillip McAllister - $356,020 Toby Lewis - $267,340 Vladimir Troyanovskiy - $207,940 Randy Krizter - $153,920 Ken Demlakian - $110,220 Timothy Ulmer - $78,540
  12. Joao Simao had an incredible 2018 on both the live and online MTT scene. He finished the year as both the #1-ranked online and live player in his native Brazil. On Friday he started 2019 off by outlasting a stacked final table to win the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for a $184,420 score. Simao, who was once the #1-ranked online player in the world, outlasted a pair of PocketFives legends and former #1-ranked players in Cliff Josephy and Shaun Deeb to take down the event. Simao was thrilled to start his year by posing for a winner's photo. "It was incredible. I love to play PLO tournaments but I don't usually play too many live PLO tournaments because there's not too many with big buy-ins. I was really happy when I saw they were running a $10K PLO," Simao said. "I was expecting a lot of good players, but to be honest the first tables I got I had really good seats and then the final table was really tough and I ran really well." Deeb, the reigning World Series of Poker Player of the Year, finished third while Josephy ended up as the runner up. Closing out a tough tournament this early in the year is a drastic change from how things went for Simao in 2018. He earned $1,329,087 off of 15 cashes but only managed to find the winner's circle once. His lone victory came in a Brazil Series of Poker event in November for $37,530. Even though he only picked up the one win, Simao has enough to perspective to understand he shouldn't be beating himself up at all. "I can't complain at all. I had great results live (in 2018). I didn't win until December. I made 12 final tables if I'm not wrong, some big ones like the $25K and Main Event of MILLIONS Rozvadov," said Simao, held the #1 spot in the world on three separate occasions in 2016. "When you play 50,000 tournaments online like I did in the last 10 years, you know how it works. So I think that the background that I have from the online tournaments makes me feel comfortable to not finish in first place. I've arrived at final tables in first place and finished ninth, and I've arrived in every single starting situation for any final table; soft final tables, tough final tables." With a win already locked up for this trip, Simao is hoping to continue his winning ways in the 816-person PCA Main Event with more than $1.5 million going to the eventual champion. Simao thinks that momentum can be a real positive force in poker as long as you're not expecting it comes from doing the same thing over and over again. "I think it exists for sure. Even more when you don't play the same things. If you just play the $109 online, then I don't believe too much in momentum," Simao said. "But if you play online, then live, then main events, then high rollers, big difference in buy-ins, then I think the momentum is really important. It's not too often you can play for more than $1 million. It was good to win the $10K PLO before this tournament. I feel like I have real momentum now." As Day 2 of the Main Event continues towards the money bubble, Simao just might be proving his theory on momentum. He's one of the top five stacks in the tournament and feeling like he could pull off something special to cap his week. He's not as focused now on the Rankings as he used to be. While it was certainly a great accomplishment to do what he did in 2018, climbing back to the #1 spot in the world - a place he hasn't been since mid-2016, isn't something he's interested in pursuing anymore. "I used to #1 in the world in 2016, then I had a really big problem in my family, then I stopped playing a little bit and I went down. From that, I never grinded to be #1. I was #1 for live and online (in Brazil) so at the end of the year I was looking for the rankings because it would be nice to finish #1 in both, live and online rankings," Simao said. "I think it's really good to have rankings like PocketFives to motivate and make people grind and study more and more. I used to look for it, but now I'd rather get the compensation to be the #1. I'd rather get the great feeling to be the #1. Now I just want to play to make money."
  13. Filipe Oliveira has a quiet, unassuming presence at the poker table. No temper tantrums, no trash talk, no outward emotion after a bad beat. You might think it has something to do with playing poker in a tropical location such as the Bahamas. Apparently, it's the exact opposite. "The Bahamas likes me," Oliveira joked on Day 3 of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. No kidding. In November, Oliveira topped the 1,815 player field to win the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event at the Baha Mar resort in Nassau for $1.5 million. He showed up to the Atlantis Resort last week and made a deep run in the PokerStars Players NL Championship event, finishing 29th for $105,000. To date, 91.8% of his lifetime live earnings have been won on the island. That number will actually increase. He's one of 60 players still left in the hunt for the PCA Main Event title and the $1,567,100 first place prize. All kidding aside, Oliveira has a theory as to why he's had success in the Bahamas. "I think the time zone helps," Oliveira said. "I wake up at 9 am, I go do some sports, I go to the pool, I watch some hands and I'm ready to play poker before I start." Getting a chance to start his day a full five hours earlier than he does at home, Oliveira is now giving thought to coming back to the Bahamas - or another country in the same time zone, to play online. "I didn't notice (the time zone) was really good for me, but I really enjoyed the time zone," Oliveira said. "I think I might come here to play some series in this time zone, because I normally play in Europe. It's completely different." Navigating his way through 3,630 players (and counting) over those three events, Oliveira believes the PCA Main Event, which had 865 entries, is actually softer than the partypoker CPP Main Event, which included 1,815 entries, including those who fired multiple bullets. "(The CPP) was tougher because of the re-entries, it was more Day 1s and two re-entries so you were able to enter like 8 times or 10. So it's way tougher," said Oliveira. "The (PSPC) was really good. This $10K is worse than I expected in terms of field. It's not really soft for a main event, but it's still softer than a $10K high roller in Barcelona." He's no stranger to online success either. In 2016, he won PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #15- Medium ($82 NL Hold'em Ante Up) for $22,818.65. Last September he finished fourth in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Event #28- High ($5,200 Turbo High Roller) for $65,244.
  14. In January, PokerStars made history by hosting the PokerStars Players Championship - the largest $25,000 buy-in poker tournament of all time. Now, seven months later they've announced that they're bringing it back and giving it a new host city. The 2020 PokerStars Players Championship will be held in Barcelona, August 20-24 as part of the European Poker Tour stop. The first PSPC held in conjunction with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, had a field of 1,039 and a total prize pool of $26,455,500. “The inaugural PSPC generated hundreds of personal stories of achievement and ambition among the Platinum Pass winners who dared to dream of playing in an exclusive high-roller event,” said Severin Rasset, Managing Director & Commercial Officer at PokerStars. “The PSPC demonstrates our commitment to cultivating and growing the game, not only by creating opportunities for poker fans of all levels to win life-changing sums of money, but by showcasing poker and its many inspirational stories well beyond the poker realm.” [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] The 2019 PSPC featured an additional $1 million added to the first place prize and PokerStars gave away 320 Platinum Passes that included the $25,000 buy-in. PokerStars had yet to confirm if the 2020 event will include the first place prize bump or the number of Platinum Passes they plan to award over the next year. The first five 2020 Platinum Passes were awarded Tuesday as part of the announcement. Five players who were brought to EPT Barcelona to be part of a live-streamed event with some Team PokerStars Pros. Adrian Garcia, Clement Eloy, Danielle Summer, Christoph Walkenhorst, and Daryl Inglis will be returning to Barcelona in 2020 to play the PSPC. On Wednesday, ten more passes will be awarded on PokerStars through the Stars Rewards program in Mystery Chests. Throughout 2018, PokerStars found a myriad of ways to award poker players and fans with a $30,000 Platinum Pass. This included the Moneymaker PSPC Tour which was 11 live and online tournaments with a $86 buy-in that included a Platinum Pass for the eventual winner. Other PokerStars Team Pros also held contests that gave away a Platinum Pass for completing certain tasks or creating content. Players who win or are awarded 2020 Platinum Passes will get a €22,500 buy-in to the PSPC, six nights hotel in a five-star hotel, €1,250 to cover other expenses, as well as PSPC merchandise and airport transfers. The value of each package is approximately $30,000 US. Spaniard Ramón Colillas, who earned a Platinum Pass for winning the 2018 Campeonato de España de Poker, won the 2019 PSPC for $5.1 million. One month after his victory, he became a member of Team PokerStars.
  15. We have a winner in the Bahamas, the site of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. American Kevin Schulz (pictured) came away with the title on Wednesday and banked $1.4 million. According to PokerStars, Schulz is an online grinder who fled to Mexico after Black Friday to continue playing online poker. There were 816 entrants in the 2015 PCA Main Event. He told PokerStars following his monumental win, "I'm pretty happy. I had some pretty good reads on everybody, but you never know what's going to happen. I love skydiving, but this is maybe one of the most intense things I've done in my life! I don't have any plans in mind for the money right now… I'll take some time to think about it all and try to make sure I don't blow it because that seems to happen a lot!" Second place went to PocketFiver Diego Die VenturaVentura. According to PokerStars, despite getting second, Ventura set a record of his own, turning in the largest single tournament cash by a Peruvian player. Interestingly, he won a qualifier to the PCA Main Event at the 11th hour – just after Christmas – and is #76 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. In his final hand, Ventura (pictured) shoved all-in over the top of a bet by Schulz with 10-4 of diamonds on a board of Q-6-4-K-6 for two pair. Schulz tanked before making the call with a king in his hand and became the newest PCA Main Event champion. Third place in the Bahamas went to Chance Chances Cards Kornuth, who was the chip leader entering six-handed play on Wednesday. Kornuth, a native of Colorado, won a SCOOP event last year for $112,000 officially, one of two online cashes we've tracked for him that top $100,000. In his final hand, Kornuth shoved all-in with A-8 of diamonds and Schulz looked him up with A-4. A flop of A-J-5 kept Kornuth out in front, but a three on the turn gave Schulz a ray of light with a straight draw, which promptly hit on the river. He won $641,000 and reportedly left with a smile on his face despite the bad beat. There were 330 online qualifiers in this year's Main Event, several of whom earned their seat for as little as 10 FPPs. Also in the field was football star Ronaldo, who finished in 26th place and told the PokerStars team, "It was an amazing experience and an honor to participate. I had a lot of fun. To be sure, I will be here next year." Here were the final table results from the PCA Main Event: 1. Kevin Schulz - $1,491,580 2. Diego Die Ventura Ventura - $907,080 3. Chance Chances Cards Kornuth - $641,140 4. Niklas Hambitzer - $482,820 5. Juan Martin Pastor - $380,720 6. Rami arbianight Boukai - $285,740 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  16. Pretty impressive news coming out of the Bahamas, the site of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The weekend's Sunday Supersonic on PokerStars brought out $1,238 entrants. The prize pool of the $215 buy-in tournament swelled to $291,000 and, when the smoke cleared, PocketFiver Carter cswidler Swidler (pictured) finished fourth for $21,000. While taking fourth in the Supersonic isn't a mind-numbing feat on its own, consider the fact that Swidler was playing the $10,300 buy-in PCA Main Event at the same time. He told PokerNews, "I don't ever do that, but I set my alarm for 6:25 to play the Supersonic knowing that it would take a really short amount of time. I somehow ran up a stack. It looked really strong when I was opening because I was playing on my phone and all the guys at my table were watching me play for $50K. Every time I raised it got through." Swidler parlayed his image into a 32nd place finish in the PCA Main Event for $31,000, or $10,000 more than his Supersonic hit. On his final hand of the live event, he 3bet all-in before the flop with A-Q and, after 10 seconds, Uwe Ritter called with A-K. Swidler, according to PokerNews, flamed the slow-roll, saying "Are you kidding me?" and "Took you that long?" Ritter's hand held and Swidler went busto. Swidler is nearing $4 million in online tournament cashes, the largest of which came in 2012 by virtue of a PokerStars WCOOP Second Chance victory for $115,000. He won the Supersonic last year for $51,000 and has seven online MTT cashes of at least $50,000 to his name. Congrats to Swidler on his successful multitasking. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  17. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Jeff Walsh, The Fives Poker Podcast is LIVE this week from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with daily episodes bringing in all of the guests and action from the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship and the PCA Main Event. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event is down to a final table of six with Chino Rheem leading the way. Lance and Jeff go into full preview mode giving everything you need to know to tune into the live stream on Wednesday. They're joined by Rheem and Scott Wellenbach. They also reminisce about Gavin Smith with Daniel Negreanu and Amanda Leatherman. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  18. The highlight of the final day of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure might have been the final table of the Main Event, but on one of the outer tables, Martin Zamani was putting on a show of his own in the $25,000 High Roller event. Zamani beat out a final table that included Thomas Muehlocker, Sean Winter and Dominik Nitsche to pick up $895,110 and just the second win of his career. Following Sam Greenwood's elimination in ninth place, the official final table was ready for action. It took just 10 minutes for a short-stacked Davidi Kitai to find a hand to attempt to double up with. Thomas Muehlocker raised to 45,000 from middle position before Kitai moved all in for 165,000. Muehlocker called and showed [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] which put him well behind Kitai's [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"] flop was a safe one for Kitai as was the [poker card="5c"] turn. The [poker card="js"] river, however, gave Muehlocker two pair and sent Kitai to the rail in 8th place. Five minutes later, Sean Winter joined him in the payouts line. Winter raised to 100,000 from middle position, Tom-Aksel Bedell called from the cutoff before Zamani re-raised to 280,000 from the button. Winter called all in, Bedell also moved all in forcing Zamani to fold. Bedell tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] while Winter showed {as][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] flop changed nothing and after the [poker card="4c"] turn, Winter could only collect his things and watch the meaningless [poker card="9d"] hit the river to confirm his seventh place finish. The pace of play took a significant hit as six-handed play continued for 2.5 hours before the next elimination occurred. Nitsche raised from the button to 60,000 and Gianluca Speranza called from the big blind. After the [poker card="qh"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"] flop, Speranza check-raised Nitsche from 50,000 to 185,000 and Nitsche called. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and Speranza bet 220,000 and Nitsche called. Speranza then moved all in after the [poker card="6c"] and Nitsche called and showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"] for a six-high stright while Speranza tabled [poker card="qs"][poker card="5h"] for two pair. Just 15 minutes later, two more players were sent to the rail. Markus Durnegger moved all in from the button, Bedell moved all in over the top for 1,625,0000 and Zamani called from the big blind. Durnegger showed [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"], Bedell had [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"] and Zamani was well ahead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] to give Zamani the pot and eliminate Durnegger in fifth and Bedell in fourth. A little over an hour later, Muehloecker's run was cut short. Nitsche folded the button, Muehlocker completed from the small blind before Zamani raised to 250,000 from the big blind. Muehloecker responded by moving all for 1,055,000 and Zamani called. Zamani had [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"] while Muehloecker tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"] flop was no help for Muehloecker and neither was the [poker card="9c"] turn or [poker card="8c"] river and Muehloecker was out in third. Heads-up play began with Zamani holding a 2.5-1 chip lead over Nitsche and it took just 20 minutes for Zamani to have all the chips. After Nitsche limped his button, Zamani raised to 360,000 and Nitsche called. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"][poker card="7h"]. Zamani bet 300,000 and Nitsche called. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and this time Zamani bet 2,000,000 and Nitsche called all in. Zamani showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"] for two pair and Nitsche tabled [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] for a pair and a gutshot straight draw. The river was the [poker card="2h"], completely missing Nitsche and eliminating him in second place and giving Zamani the first six-figure score of his career. Final Table Payouts Martin Zamani - $895,110 Dominik Nitsche - $606,360 Thomas Muehloecker - $404,240 Tom-Aksel Bedell - $331,100 Markus Durnegger - $265,640 Gianluca Speranza - $205,980 Sean Winter - $152,460 Davidi Kitai - $112,040
  19. Everyone in poker knows what January brings. It brings a fresh start to the poker year, it brings the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and it brings a big result for Tony Gregg. This year, the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship may have added an exciting new element to the poker world, but much was the same in regards to Gregg making a big splash in the Bahamas. Entering the 2019 edition of the PCA, Gregg had earned $3.096 million from the stop and sat third on the festival’s all-time money list. He added another $86,400 to his total haul from PCA after placing 36th from a field of 1,039 entries in the record-setting PSPC. “I guess it’s just one of those things that when you have continued success you’re going to have that much better of a feeling playing here,” Gregg said of his string of big results from the Bahamas. Gregg’s first result from PCA was also his largest. In 2009, he placed second in the PCA Main Event from a field of 1,347 entries to win $1.7 million. A few years later, in 2012, Gregg was back at the PCA Main Event final table from a field of 1,072 entries. This time around, he took sixth place and brought home $364,000. “I don’t think it specifically has anything to do with the Bahamas, I just think Tony is a fantastic poker player and some places you run good and some places you run bad,” Christian Harder, 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas winner and good friend of Gregg, commented. Another six-figure score from a sixth-place finish came in 2014 with Gregg earning $347,720 in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller. Then in 2015, he took third in a $5,300 side event for $72,800. As if those results weren’t impressive enough, in 2016 Gregg reached the final table of the PCA Main Event for the third time. Again, he found himself heads-up. Again, he finished in second place. Although he didn’t land in the winner’s circle, Gregg added another $612,175 to his bankroll. “For me, living in the mid-Atlantic most of the time, getting out of that area in January and getting to come here, it just feels so good to be here that I guess it just motivates me to play better, be more patient, or have more faith in myself that things are going to work out,” Gregg said. “Any number of those things.” “It’s awesome,” Harder said of seeing Gregg’s continued success. “Tony deserves all the success he has. He’s a student of the game and always keeps himself sharp even when he’s not playing live much. He’s always watching live feeds, or videos, or playing online. I’m not surprised one bit he went deep in PSPC.” Prior to his PSPC result this year, Gregg’s last cash was in December 2017. He took a bit of a break from the poker grind, but it doesn’t appear to have caused any sort of drop-off in his play. Gregg was right back, true to form in the Bahamas, and making a deep run. “Seeing Tony go deep in something big again hopefully inspires him to play some more poker,” Greg Merson, 2012 WSOP Main Event champion and another good friend of Gregg, said. “Not for the financial gains, but to imprint his legacy on the game as one of the all-time legends that he is.” If it wasn’t for Louis Boutin hitting an ace on the flop with ace-king against Gregg’s pocket sevens, another final table run at this stop could have been in the cards. Ultimately, he’ll settle for the $86,400 score and look for the next tournament at Atlantis to crush. “It’s nice,” Gregg said of Merson’s comments. “He’s one of my best friends, so of course he’s going to say that (laughs). I’ve been around for a while and it’s always good to have respect from your peers.”
  20. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Jeff Walsh, The Fives Poker Podcast is LIVE this week from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with daily episodes bringing in all of the guests and action from the PokerStars Players No Limit Championship and the PCA Main Event. Lance and Jeff wrap up a busy Day 2 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and are joined on the show by Chino Rheem and Kristen Bicknell. All of the chip leaders, all of the bustouts and all of the action recapped just in time to get you ready for Day 3. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  21. Romanian online grinder Adrian ‘BadWolfOne’ Nica went from a $2 tournament entrant to a PokerStars Platinum Pass winner. The 27-year-old professional online grinder entered as one in a field of 38,253 to having $30,000 in equity toward the 2019 Players No Limit Hold’em Championship as part of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. PokerStars announced a Platinum Pass would be added as a prize for the winner of the Winter Series Micro Main Event. The Platinum Pass belongs to Nica along with the $8,171 he earned from his remote homeland. One for the low stakes grinders Nica plays lower stakes tournaments as his primary means of income and familiarity with late-stage spots allowed him to focus on the task at hand instead of solely on the Platinum Pass. “It’s just another win,” Nica said. “I didn’t feel like it was amazing, I didn’t feel like I should scream or dance. I was taking it one step at a time. There’s still ICM involved. I just wanted to make every decision as well as possible.” The final four players made a deal in the tournament and played for a $2,000 save along with the Platinum Pass. Nica says he ran well to get into the high-equity spot and used aggression to exploit opponents who he thought were playing tighter than they should be. The full tournament lasted for 14 hours and the studious Nica watched the replay of his win afterward to pick up on any mistakes he made. The game of life involves cards Poker is the only job Nica claims to have had in his life and says it’s easy for him to make enough money in tournaments ranging from $5-$20 buy-ins to have a stable income. The Players Championship is the first time since 2014 Nica has traveled outside his homeland to play a tournament. A World Poker Tour event in Venice drew Nica after he qualified via satellite. The game is a job for Nica and also a means to an end. He doesn’t foresee himself changing any part of his life should he win the Players Championship. For him, it’s just another tournament. “I’m excited to play for such big stakes. I’m not that confident. I do plan to study a lot. Even if I don’t win anything, I have the motivation to study.” The Bahamas has never been a primary destination for Nica and when it comes to the subject of the World Series of Poker Main Event, Nica is indifferent about the chance to play in the world’s biggest tournament. Nica studies poker during the day using hand reviews and ICMizer. He plays at night with the same mental fortitude that enabled him to stay sharp during the grind of the Micro Millions Main Event. The game came to Nica while in school. He found a forum that allowed him to bet on sports at a reasonable rate. Poker made its way through the pipeline and Nica picked up the game soon after. “I think I first got into poker through betting 25 cents on games I wanted to watch. I got an email about a freeroll then found the forum and chatted with people and learned more,” Nica said. The challenge to move up the ladder Nica rarely leaves home to play in live tournaments and the Players Championship represents a huge challenge for him of matching skills with the world’s best. The studying time Nica puts in is on par with some of the game’s best. So what stands between the best and a player like Nica? It’s two parts, according to him. “The degen mentality and the obsessive nature. Dara O'Kearney has a mentality where anything he does and wants to become the absolute best. It’s the mentality that poker requires. It’s not something that anyone can do. I need a lot of studying to even come close to them.” As Nica hits the proverbial books to up his game in the next year, the enjoyment of the challenge comes back to him. “I really enjoy the figuring stuff out and beating someone. Love the game part of it.”
  22. [caption width="640"] PokerStars is sticking around the Bahamas but bringing back the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure name.[/caption] This time last year PokerStars that the European Poker Tour was dead and all live tournaments run by the online poker giant would be branded as PokerStars Live. That meant the end of the flagship live event, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - at least in name. When January rolled around and players headed to the Bahamas for the flagship PokerStars live event, it was the PokerStars Championship Bahamas - not the much beloved PCA. On Thursday the company announced they've changed their mind and are bringing the PCA back for 2018 as a result of player feedback. "This feedback included suggestions that we restore the PCA name and improve the quality of that event to reflect the great heritage and unique experience that made PCA one of the most-anticipated poker events of the year," said Eric Hollreiser, Director of Corporate Communications at PokerStars. "We're restoring the name and reinvigorating the event to ensure it remains a premiere poker festival." The name isn't the only thing changing back though. As it has since 2005, the 2018 PCA will run at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas from January 6 - 14 but PokerStars has also gone back in time and made the buy-in $10,300. For the last two years the buy-in was dropped to $5,300. Despite raising the buy-in for the Main Event, PokerStars intends on increasing the number of online qualifiers sent to the event and the ways in which they can qualify. "We will also increase the promotions around PCA in order to bring even more people and make qualifying for packages as exciting as we can. We are committed to sending at least 400 players to this must-play event," said Hollreiser. A full slate of qualifying options will be available on PokerStars.com following the conclusion of the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker in late September. They've also announced a much lower rake structure that impacts nearly every event. The rake for every event with a buy-in of $10,000 or more is now capped at $300. This move should be music to the ears of high roller regulars. In 2017, the $100,000 Super High Roller had a rake of $2,000. Tournaments with levels that are less than 20 minutes long will also have their rake cut in half. PokerStars estimates this will mean a $300,000 reduction in rake. The schedule will also be more streamlined. The 2017 festival included 75 events over nine days. While the 2018 PCA schedule hasn't been finalized yet, the company has promised a significant drop in event with "more than 30" events promised. Other announced changes for the 2018 PCA include: $50,000 player's freeroll improvements to food and beverage options PCA player party the return of the $200 swag bag
  23. [caption width="640"] PokerStars' PCA Ultra Satellite guarantees an 100 online qualifiers[/caption] Even before Christian Harder hoisted the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas trophy, officials at the worldwide leader in online poker, PokerStars, knew that in 2018 they would need to make changes. Registration for the newly re-branded tournament was the lowest it had been in a decade and so in order to get back on track, the company turned to its customers in an effort to polish up the premiere poker getaway formerly known as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. In August, PokerStars announced a number of changes to the crown jewel of their live event calendar, including restoring the brand back to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Along with reverting the name of the event they also rolled back the buy-in for their Main Event from $5,300 to its long-standing traditional $10,300 buy-in, assuring a gigantic prize pool for those who make the trip. Another promised improvement for 2018 - more online qualifiers. PokerStars is determined to pack the Atlantis Resort, the longtime host to the PCA, with players who won their way into the Main Event by capturing a coveted all-inclusive package through the PCA Ultra Satellites. The PCA Ultra Satellites are guaranteeing at least 100 players a $15,855 prize that includes everything one would need to bask in all of the sun, surf and suckouts the Bahamas has to offer. The next 100-seat, $1.5 million guaranteed $530 Ultra Satellite takes place at 14:35 ET on November 5 on PokerStars. In addition to being able to buy directly into the tournament players can win their way into the big event for as little as $1 and in almost every game PokerStars has to offer. From dedicated on-demand Spin & Go’s to multi-table-tournaments to cash game challenges, PokerStars is allowing you to pick your ownRoad To The Bahamas path and entry into the $530 Ultra Satellite. Winners of the package will receive a buy-in to the $10,300 Main Event, nine nights accommodation for two at the Atlantis Resort (from January 6-15), $1,000 room credit that can be applied to purchase food and drink during the festival and an additional $1,000 deposited directly into players’ PokerStars account to assist towards travel expenses. Just note, with players from all over the world qualifying for the trip, travel arrangements are not handled by PokerStars but by the players themselves. PokerStars’ Director of Corporate Communications, Eric Hollreiser had previously commented that they are “committed to sending at least 400 players to this must-play event.” By all accounts, they are working hard at it. Not only is PokerStars offering the PCA Qualifier packages in New Jersey for the first time, but the site also covered more than a half a million dollars in overlay in the previous PCA Ultra Satellite, which resulted in approximately 36 free trips to the Bahamas. With more qualifiers, a promised rake reduction (one that is calculated to save players approximately $300,000) and a more streamlined schedule of events PokerStars seems resolved to make the new and improved PCA a poker getaway more desirable than ever before. The PokerStars.com $530 PCA Ultra Satellite takes place on November 5 at 14:35 ET with 100-seats guaranteed to be given away.
  24. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure returns January 6 - 14 to kickoff 2018. The perennial first festival stop of the year underwent a branding change in 2017, but is back to its familiar name this time around. A whopping 92 events were listed on the schedule last year and that figure has been pared down to just 31. The only games available on the tournament calendar are No Limit Hold’em and variants of Pot Limit Omaha. Of the 31 events, 29 are strictly No Limit. Gone are the Flipouts and Win the Button events, in their place are more standard fare like the Single Re-Entry $1,100 and $1,650 PCA National Championship. Plenty of High Rollers Available PCA opens on Saturday, January 6 with one of the most prestigious Super High Roller events of the year. The $100,000 PCA Super High Roller brought in 43 entries along with 13 rebuys a year ago and expectations are raised for this year. Jason Koon defeated Charlie Carrell heads up to win the title and $1.65 million first-place prize. The $100,000 Super High Roller isn’t the only High Roller event in the PCA lineup. Other High Rollers include the two-day $50,000 High Roller starting on January 7, single-day $25,000 with one re-entry on January 11, and the three-day PCA $25,000 High Roller starting on January 12. The 2017 PCA High Roller drew 121 entrants and 38 rebuys with Lucas Greenwood finishing on top. Greenwood and Nick Petrangelo chopped the prize money of the first two places before Greenwood won the heads up match. Other players to make the final table include Byron Kaverman, Daniel Negreanu, and Bryn Kenney. The PCA Main Event Buy-in is Back to $10K Of the many changes to PCA for the upcoming series, the most significant alteration comes with the Main Event. After two years of the buy-in being reduced to $5,300, it is back up to $10,300 for 2018. The six-day event starts on January 8 and will crown a new champion on January 14. Christian Harder claimed his first major title by winning last year’s tournament. Harder defeated a field of 738 entrants and beat Cliff Josephy heads up to hoist the PokerStars Championship trophy. The last time the PCA Main Event featured a $10,300 buy-in was 2015 and Kevin Schulz outlasted 816 entrants to walk away with nearly $1.5 million. This year’s structure is plenty familiar with the event not offering any re-entry option and players able to buy-in up until the start of Day 2. Levels are 60 minutes for all of Day 1 and then transition to 90 minutes from the beginning of Level 9 all the way through the end of the tournament. PokerStars is guaranteeing 400 online qualifiers for the PCA Main Event and it will be interesting to see what the total field size winds up being. Post-Lims of All Shapes and Sizes The festival winds down with competitive multi-day events. A trio of three-day events are on the agenda with three different price points all offering a single re-entry option. The $3,300 event opens on January 10 followed by the $1,100 on January 11. Capping off the relevant three-day post-lims is the $2,200 event. That tournament starts on January 12. On Sunday, January 13, four single-day Knockout events are featured ranging in buy-in from $330 all the way up to $10,300. The last event takes place on January 14 in the form of a one-day $10,150 buy-in with unlimited re-entry. The tourney is a 15-minute level turbo that features a shot clock for the event’s entirety. Every PCA series brings about its own unique storyline. Bryn Kenney dominated in January of last year to start his record-setting year. In just a few days, the action begins in one of poker’s favorite places. Complete 2018 PCA Schedule Date Event # Name Buy-in Jan 6 1 PCA Super High Roller (Three-Day Event) $100,000 Jan 6 2 NL Hold'em (One-Day Event) $550 Jan 7 4 NL Hold'em - PCA National (Three-Day Event) $1,650 Jan 7 5 PL Omaha - High Only (Two-Day Event) $550 Jan 8 7 NL Hold'em - PCA Main Event (Six-Day Event) $10,300 Jan 8 8 NL Hold'em - High Roller (Two-Day Event) $50,000 Jan 8 10 NL Hold'em - (One-Day Event) $550 Jan 9 12 PL Omaha - Hi/Lo 8 or Better (Two-Day Event) $550 Jan 9 14 NL Hold'em - Turbo - (One-Day Event) $2,100 Jan 10 15 NL Hold'em - (Three-Day Event) $3,300 Jan 10 16 NL Hold'em - (Two-Day Event) $550 Jan 11 18 NL Hold'em - (One-Day Event) $25,000 Jan 11 19 NL Hold'em - (Three-Day Event) $1,100 Jan 12 22 NL Hold'em - PCA High Roller - (Three-Day Event) $25,000 Jan 12 23 NL Hold'em - PCA Cup - (Two-Day Event, Two Starting Flights) $330 Jan 12 24 NL Hold'em - (Three-Day Event) $2,200 January 12 25 NL Hold'em - Turbo - (One-Day Event) $1,050 Jan 13 26 NL Hold'em - $100 Knockout - (One-Day Event) $330 Jan 13 27 NL Hold'em - $500 Knockout - (One-Day Event) $1,650 Jan 13 28 NL Hold'em - $100 Knockout - (One-Day Event) $550 Jan 13 29 NL Hold'em - $5,000 SuperKnockout - (One-Day Event) $10,300 Jan 14 31 NL Hold'em - (One-Day Event) $10,150
  25. Pennsylvania grinder Thai Ha woke up this morning at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure expecting to sit down to his 130,300 stack and do everything he could to make Day 3. He arrived at his table a little bit late and almost missed out on what will probably end up being the most exciting - and profitable - part of his day. Ha’s table, one of 45 in play at the start of play Wednesday, was randomly chosen to be part of the PokerStars Players Championship promotion. As the cameras moved in, Joe Stapleton explained the rules to everybody. Each of the seven players was going to be dealt a hand of Hold’em. The dealer would then run out the flop, turn, and river. Whichever player had the best hand after the river was going to be given a PSPC Platinum Pass worth $30,000. As the dealer began dealing, Ha wasn’t at the table yet. He was running about a minute behind. He did make it to the table just in time to see the river dealt, but with the crowd that had formed around the table, Ha wasn’t quite able to get to his seat. The player on his left turned his hand face up and Ha discovered he had rivered trip eights to beat out Mike Leah’s flopped top pair. “It was amazing. I would never expect that to happen to me, obviously. That was unreal - it’s a free $25,000, plus the trip,” said Ha. The promotion, which awards 300 Platinum Passes over the course of 2018, is geared towards making the PSPC the biggest - and potentially softest - $25,000 buy-in event in history. Players can win them through various means throughout the year. The 2018 PCA Main Event champion will also earn one. “I was going to play that event regardless. Now I’m saving my $25,000,” laughed Ha. The 26-year-old has only been playing poker since 2014, but he’s managed to move up in stakes relatively quickly. “I was born in Vietnam, so I didn’t even know about poker until I moved to the United States. That was 2007, but I went to school so I just focused on school. After I graduated, I started playing poker,” said Ha, who has $659,518 career earnings. This past summer he finished 226th in the World Series of Poker Main Event for an official cash of $40,181, but just like this trip to the Bahamas gave him a little bit more equity, Ha found a way to make a little more than that $40K. “For the Main Event, bought 20% of myself on PokerShares. I punished them a little bit,” said Ha, who paid 1.5 through the site. Now that he’s saved the $25,000 entry fee on the PSPC, he might spend some of that on himself on PokerShares for the event. “I’m probably going to do that,” said Ha, who regularly plays Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em cash games and tournaments at Parx, Sugar House and the Borgata and only travels for some of the bigger events.
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