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  1. Sixteen players are still standing in Event #56 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Former #1 ranked Steve gboro780Gross (pictured), who won a bracelet last year in a $5,000 PLO Six-Max event, is in second place entering the tournament's final day with a stack of 859,000, trailing Raymond Henson, who leads the way with 897,000. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Gross, who will join us for the first ever Borgata PocketFives Openlive event in Atlantic City later this month as a bounty, won a sizable pot at the end of the day on Monday in which Guillaume Jenner and he were all-in with A-8 suited and queens, respectively, against the A-K of Henson. A king on the flop spelled doom for Jenner and Gross, but an eight on the turn handed Jenner the lead with trips. However, the roller coaster ended with a queen on the river, giving Gross a triple-up when he needed it most. Henson won a pot worth 620,000 in chips after Seyed Fazelimoved all-in before the flop with 9-9, but ran into Henson's K-K. Neither player hit a set and Henson catapulted his stack up to 970,000. Event #56 will mark Gross' fourth in the money finish at the WSOP this year and his highest finish since last year's bracelet win. Gross needs about $150,000 to break $1 million in career WSOP scores, which is the equivalent of third place or better in this tournament. Online, he has $6.2 million in MTT winnings, the 14th largest total of any member of the PocketFives community. Here are the 16 players remaining in the $1K NLHE event. The blinds stopped on Monday at 6,000-12,000-2,000: 1. Raymond Henson - 897,000 2. Steve gboro780Gross - 859,000 3. Richard Milne - 827,000 4. Andrew Egan - 731,000 5. Robert Merulla - 529,000 6. Michael Marckx - 510,000 7. Matt Salsberg - 494,000 8. Eric Shanks - 450,000 9. Viktor Skoldstedt - 402,000 10. Mike babyshark33 Kachan - 375,000 11. Justin Schwartz - 254,000 12. Jeff Blenkarn - 252,000 13. Neo Hoang - 237,000 14. Daniel Riley - 232,000 15. Michael BOBCATSPEGAL Spegal - 223,000 16. Bastian Fischer - 219,000 Finally, Rick Salomon (pictured) leads the final nine in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, which should crown a champion on Tuesday. The end of the day on Monday was not without some controversy, as, according to WSOP.com, "With the end of Level 19, the tournament staff informed the players that they will be stopping for the night. Immediately, Scott Seiver looked around the table confused by the fact that play would be stopping on the bubble. Seiver asked the rest of the table if they would like to keep playing and everyone said they would, everyone except Tobias Reinkemeier." Due to television production issues, the tournament was eventually halted on the bubble, as the top eight players will finish in the money. Salomon is a film producer, according to WSOP staff, and was famously involved in a sex tape with Paris Hilton more than a decade ago. He has been married to the likes of Elizabeth Daily, Shannen Doherty, and Pamela Anderson. Here's how the chip stacks look: 1. Rick Salomon - 23,575,000 2. Tobias Reinkemeier - 22,825,000 3. Daniel Colman - 22,625,000 4. Daniel Negreanu - 20,700,000 5. Cary Katz - 9,125,000 6. Scott Seiver - 8,250,000 7. Tom Hall - 7,775,000 8. Christoph Vogelsang - 7,075,000 9. Paul Newey - 4,050,000 You can talk about the One Drop with other PocketFivers in this thread. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. [caption width="640"] Elton Tsang now has another =97% million to his name after winning the 2016 Big One for One Drop (WSOP photo / Neil Stoddart)[/caption] The biggest buy-in event in poker history was designed to be different than any other big buy-in event ever. The 2016 Big One for One Drop had a buy-in of €1,000,000 ($1.1 million US) and for the first time in the history of the event, no pros allowed, just rich businessmen who play the game as a hobby. Elton Tsang outlasted 26 other players - some who entered more than once - to win €11,111,111 ($12,189,918 US) and a special edition WSOP bracelet. Tsang, who has had some success in super high roller events in Asia over the years, beat out a final table that included Brandon Steven, Rick Salomon, James Bord, Haralabos Voulgaris and Andrew Pantling to win the third largest first place payout in poker history, behind only the first two version of the Big One for One Drop. “I was feeling good, feeling comfortable, getting cards, my bluffs were working, getting a good read on the table,” said Tsang. “It was just going my way. It was going good.” Tsang came into the final table with the third biggest stack, trailing only Pantling and Salomon. On the second hand of the night however, Tsang took the chip lead for himself after taking a big pot from Pantling. Voulgaris and Steven were both eliminated outside of an in-the-money finish before Tsang went back to work building his stack and eliminating his opponents. From the hijack, Tsang rasied to 1,300,000 and Pantling moved all in from the big blind. Tsang called and tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"] and found himself ahead of Pantling’s [poker card="ks"][poker card="3s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2c"] flop wasn’t a great one for Pantling but he did improve on the turn, picking up a straight draw when the [poker card="4c"] hit. The [poker card="8s"] river was no help and Pantling, one of two players to enter this event twice, was eliminated in sixth place. The €1,500,000 payout however, wasn’t enough to cover his buy-ins. Tsang picked up the next elimination just 20 hands later. Bord raised to 1,500,000 from UTG, Tsang put in a button-raise to 4,000,000 and Katz called off his final 2,125,000 from the small blind. Bord folded, leaving Tsang heads-up against Katz. Katz, who is a super high roller regular in Las Vegas, turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] while Tsang showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Tsang the lead and neither the [poker card="3c"] turn or [poker card="4c"] river were any relief and he was out in fifth place. Just 25 hands later Anatoly Gurtovoy raised to 2,000,000 from UTG, Tsang called from the button as did Bord, from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5d"] and Gurtovoy fired 3,000,000 into the middle, Tsang folded and Bord moved all in for 12,000,000. Gurtovoy called and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] for top pair, top kicker while Bond flipped over [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"] for top pair, worse kicker. The turn was the [poker card="9h"] and the river was the [poker card="js"] to send Bord, 2010 WSOP Europe Main Event champion, was sent home in fourth place. Rick Salomon, who finished fourth at the 2014 Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas, was the next to go. Tsang opened to 2,600,000 from the button, Salomon moved all in fro 15,600,000 and Gurtovoy called, forcing Tsang to fold. Salomon got the bad news when he turned up [poker card="qs"][poker card="jc"] only to find out Gurtovoy had [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4s"] flop put Salomon ahead, but the [poker card="ad"] turn changed all of that and when the river was the [poker card="8s"] the former husband of Pamela Anderson was out in third place. When heads-up play began, Tsang had a 2-1 chip lead over Gurtovoy. It took 45 hands of one-on-one play for Tsang to finish the job. Gurtovoy opened to 3,200,000 and Tsang called. The flop was [poker card="qc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3c"] and both players checked. The [poker card="2h"] turn got a check from Tsang before Gurtovoy bet 3,000,000. Tsang raised to 9,000,000 and Gurtovoy moved all in. Tsang called and flipped over [poker card="6c"][poker card="5h"] for a six-high straight while Gurtovoy showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"] for a lower straight. The [poker card="jc"] river changed nothing, giving Tsang the final pot of the night and the third Big One for One Drop title. The Monte Carlo event drew 26 players with just two players, tournament founder Guy Laliberte and the previously mentioned Pantling, taking advantage of the unlimited re-entry. Payouts Elton Tsang - €11,111,111 Anatoly Gurtovoy - €5,427,781 Rick Salomon - €3,000,000 James Bord - €2,100,000 Cary Katz - €1,750,000 Andrew Pantling - €1,500,000
  3. It seems that nothing can stop Justin Bonomo. Nearly six weeks after winning the $10,000 Heads Up Championship at the 2018 World Series of Poker, Bonomo won the biggest buy-in event on the calendar, the $1 million Big One for One Drop for a $10 million score and sole possession of the top spot on poker's all-time earnings list. On top of the pair of WSOP bracelet wins, Bonomo also won the Super High Roller Bowl in Macau in March, the Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas, two $25,000 Aria High Roller events and two €25,000 High Rollers at EPT Monte Carlo. On Tuesday night he beat out a final table that included Fedor Holz, Dan Smith, and Byron Kaverman to pass Daniel Negreanu for #1 on the all-time earnings list. In 2018 alone, Bonomo has won $24,945,435. The third and final day of the Big One for One Drop began on the stone bubble with six players still hoping to show some form of positive return on the $1 million of investment. Unfortunately for David Einhorn, who finished third in the inaugural Big One for One Drop, he ended up going home with nothing. Action folded to Einhorn on the button and he raised to 1,100,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"]. Holz folded his small blind but Bonomo defended with [poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"] flop gave Bonomo the chance to check-raise all and Einhorn called. Neither the [poker card="2h"] turn or [poker card="kc"] river were any help for Einhorn and he was eliminated on the bubble. Two hands later, two more players were sent packing in a three-way preflop all in that included a bit of controversy. Kaverman moved all in from UTG holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"], Holz called from UTG+1 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] before Rick Salomon moved all in for 26,900,000 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Action was back on Holz at which point a discussion at the table began about whether or not one of Salomon's cards had flashed. Tournament director Jack Effel determined it had and ruled that Salomon had to expose the [poker card="ah"] to the entire table. Holz took some time to consider his options and eventually decided to call. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2c"] to give Salomon two pair. The [poker card="qc"] turn gave Kaverman outs to the nut flush and Holz outs to Broadway. The river was the [poker card="td"], giving Holz a set and eliminating Kaverman in fifth and Salomon in fourth place. Three-handed play began with Holz holding nearly 48% of the chips in play. Holz continued to hold that lead, even after Bonomo sent Dan Smith packing in a blind vs. blind battle. Holz folded his button, Bonomo moved all in from the small blind holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"] and Smith called off his last 12,500,000 holding [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"]. The board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="js"][poker card="qh"] to give Bonomo the ace-high straight and send Smith out in third. Even after that pot, Bonomo still had an uphill climb ahead of home with just 37.5% of the chips. The pair battled back and forth with Bonomo gaining ground before he took the chip lead after catching Holz bluffing. Holz raised to 2,800,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"] before Bonomo three-bet to 9,500,000 with [poker card="8d"][poker card="4d"] and Holz called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"] flop got Bonomo to bet 5,000,000 and Holz called. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and Bonomo check-called after Holz bet 11,500,000. The river was the [poker card="6d"], Bonomo checked again and then snap-called Holz's shove. That hand put Bonomo in front with 81.4% of the chips in play. Holz managed to double-up twice but ultimately wasn't able to reverse his fortunes. On the final hand of the night, Bonomo completed with [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"], Holz moved all in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="4s"] and Bonomo called. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="qd"] to give Bonomo the win. Big One for One Drop Payouts Justin Bonomo - $10,000,000 Fedor Holz - $6,000,000 Dan Smith - $4,000,000 Rick Salomon - $2,840,000 Byron Kaverman - $2,000,000
  4. The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London kicks off this week with the biggest buy-in in tournament poker history as the highlight. Deemed the Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity, the event has a gargantuan £1,050,000 buy-in, of which £1,000,000 goes to the prize pool and £50,000 goes towards charitable causes. The Triton Million takes place at London Hilton on Park Lane and is sponsored by partypoker LIVE. It is scheduled as a three-day event from August 1-3. Charitable causes to benefit include Caring For Children Foundation, R.E.G., Healthy Hong Kong, Credit One World Charity, and One Drop. Triton Million Provides Unique Twist The Triton Million has a freezeout format with a rather unique twist to it. It’s invite-only. Invited players were issued invitations from a committee, and these players are of the recreational or businessman or woman variety. Those fortunate enough to receive invitations can then issue one invitation of their own to a guest player. The guest player can be a professional poker player. This allows for the field to be at least a 50% businessmen. For the first six hours of tournament play, the two player pools will be separated, such that the recreational/businessmen and women compete against one another and the guests/professionals play against one another. Furthermore, players will be asked to dress in formal attire for the final table. The Triton Million field has 25 businessmen signed up. Let’s take a look at them. Paul Phua [caption id="attachment_625843" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Paul Phua (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Paul Phua has been around the ultra high-stakes poker scene for nearly a decade now, amassing more than $11,400,000 in live tournament earnings and cashing in some of the richest poker events in the world. He has two victories on record, first in the Aspers £100,000 High Roller in 2012 for £1,000,000 ($1,621,297) and second in the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €100,000 High Roller for €752,700 ($825,619). As for his business exploits that have earned him a fortune, Phua has been a well-known junket operator for some of the world’s richest and he’s been in the news as the "world's biggest bookie," having his Caesars Palace villa raided in July 2014 for running an illegal gambling operation. The raid came just about a month after Phua was arrested in Macau under similar charges. Phua's guest player for the Triton Million is Tom Dwan. Cary Katz [caption id="attachment_625842" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Cary Katz (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Cary Katz is the man atop the Poker Central organizational chart, having founded the company in 2015. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of one of the largest student loan companies in the United States. On the felt, Katz has nearly $20,000,000 in live tournament earnings, including a career-best score of €1,750,000 ($1,929,203) when he finished fifth in the 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. In January 2018, Katz won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller to the tune of $1,492,340, and he placed eighth in the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $1,306,667. Katz's guest player for the Triton Million is Bryn Kenney. Rob Yong [caption id="attachment_625844" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Rob Yong (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Rob Yong is the owner of Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino in Nottingham, UK. Under Yong’s watchful eye, Dusk Till Dawn was built into what is considered to be one of the best card rooms in the world, with top-tier brands such as the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, partypoker, and UK & Ireland Poker Tour holding events there. Yong is now heavily involved with partypoker and partypoker LIVE, helping to grow these two brands in the online and live realms, respectively. Although his live tournament results amount to only a little more than $330,000, Yong has been a regular at some of the highest stakes in the world, specifically when it comes to cash games. At the table, he’s an entertaining competitor who doesn’t shy away from risk and will liven up any game. Yong's guest player for the Triton Million is Sam Trickett. Talal Shakerchi [caption id="attachment_625845" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Talal Shakerchi (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Talal Shakerchi is a player from the recreational/businessmen category that could likely fit into the professional poker player category. He doesn’t have the most live tournament earnings, with more than $7,300,000 won in his career, but make no mistake about it, Shakerchi is a grinder. For quite some time, Shakerchi kept his online poker name a secret so others in the high-stakes community wouldn’t realize his ability or the amount of volume he was putting in. On the business side, Shakerchi is an investment manager, running Meditor Capital Management Limited, which he founded. Shakerchi's guest player for the Triton Million is Igor Kurganov. Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga [caption id="attachment_625841" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Antanas Guoga, who is best known as 'Tony G' in the poker world, is another player listed in the recreational/businessmen category that could very well be considered a professional poker player. At least that’s what he used to be. Now a politician and Lithuanian Member of the European Parliament, Guoga is rarely seen on the poker scene these days. He is the founder of PokerNews.com and TonyBet. Guoga boasts more than $6,000,000 in live tournament earnings and became famous for his brash table talk. His biggest cash came at the European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,500 High Roller in 2009, when he took third for €420,000 ($552,239). He won the 2005 European Poker Championships Main Event for £260,000 ($456,822) and placed second in the World Poker Tour €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris for €339,930 ($414,478) in 2004. Guoga's guest player for the Triton Million is Fedor Holz. Additional Triton Million players from the recreational/businessmen category are listed below, with their guest players in parentheses. Richard Yong (Dan Cates) Stanley Choi (David Peters) Wai Kin Yong (Rui Cao) Bobby Baldwin (Jason Koon) Liang Yu (Mikita Badziakouski) Ivan Leow (Timofey Kuznetsov) Alfred DeCarolis (Stephen Chidwick) Chin Wei Lim (Wai Leong Chan) Chow Hing Yaung (Christoph Vogelsang) Pat Madden (Nick Petrangelo) Sosia Jiang (Sam Greenwood) Qiang Wang (Elton Tsang) Zang Shu Nu (Tan Xuan) Leon Tsoukernik (Martin Kabrhel) Orpen Kisacikoglu (Matthias Eibinger) Ferdinand Putra (Justin Bonomo) Rick Salomon (Vivek Rajkumar) Bill Perkins (Dan Smith) Winfred Yu (Danny Tang) Andrew Pantling (Andrew Robl) Ben Wu (Michael Soyza) How To Watch the Triton Million Fans from around the world can watch the Triton Million for free on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will call the action, with professional poker player Nick Schulman alongside to provide expert commentary. Action starts Thursday, August 1, at 8 am ET and PokerGO will have coverage for the entirety of the event. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.

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