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  1. At 1:00pm Pacific Time from the Rio in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sam KingKobeMVPStein (pictured) will face off against Davide Suriano in the finals of a $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker. The stakes are high, as the winner gets $335,000 and a bracelet, while the runner-up is "stuck" with a consolation prize of $207,000. --- 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. --- Stein's road to the finals included wins over David Schnettler, Bryn BrynKenneyKenney, Sam Trickett, Max Silver, and two "Scotts," Scott Baumstein and Scott Davies. Suriano topped Scott Seiver, Dan Cates, Shane Moran, Serkan Kurnaz, Ankush pistons87 Mandavia, and Daniel Colman en route to the finals. Coverage on WSOP.com detailed what went down in the memorable semifinal match between Stein and Davies: "In the semifinal match, Stein trailed Davies for quite some time, but a huge cooler turned things around. In a set-over-set situation, Stein grabbed the lead, and while Davies doubled back up once, he was unable to come back." Stein gleefully Tweeted after play ended on Friday night in Sin City, "Won my Final 4 match! Noon tomorrow heads-up for the bracelet!!" The Californian won his lone WSOP bracelet three years ago in a $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event for $420,000; that tournament saw him defeat eventual November Niner Ben Benba Lamb heads-up. Since then, Stein has not made the final table of a WSOP event at the Rio, but did finish seventh in the WSOP National Championship in 2012 for $61,000. Suriano has three cashes on his career WSOP resume that combine for $15,000. Also on Saturday, Ryan 530jackJaconetti (pictured, image courtesy PokerPages) is one of three players left in Event #39 of the WSOP, a $3,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Jacob Schindler and Jaconetti have virtually the same chip stack (3.8 million and 3.4 million, respectively), while Sean Dempsey, who like Jaconetti is from Las Vegas, has 1.6 million. The stacks heading into Saturday's three-handed finale could have been wildly different, but Jaconetti doubled up on the final hand of the day after getting it in with aces against Schindler's A-4 of spades. The board fell Q-K-2-7-J, giving Jaconetti a critical double up. The winner of Event #39 takes home $548,000 and a bracelet, while second place gets $339,000 and third place receives $212,000. Here are the stacks, with the blinds ending at 40,000-80,000-10,000: 1. Jacob Schindler - 3,860,000 2. Ryan 530jackJaconetti - 3,410,000 3. Sean Dempsey - 1,660,000 Finally, Event #41, a $1,500 Dealer's Choice Six-Max tournament, has 10 players remaining. And when we say "players," we mean some of the top poker minds in the world. 2007 bracelet winnerRobert Mizrachi (pictured) leads the pack, which is vying for the first ever Dealer's Choice bracelet awarded at the WSOP. Half of the final 10 has already won a WSOP event. WSOP coverage detailed the pot that helped put Mizrachi over the top: "Mizrachi won a key hand late in Pot Limit Omaha. Brandon Cantu jammed his last 30,000 or so into a monster pot after Kc-3s-2c flopped. Mizrachi called after another player folded and he managed to run down Cantu's Ad-Qd-3d-Ks with Jc-10c-10d-9d, nailing a flush on the turn and fading Cantu's boat outs on the river. Cantu had to settle for 11th." Here's how the final 10 look: 1. Robert Mizrachi - 390,500 2. Aaron Schaff - 332,000 3. Daniel Idema - 260,000 4. Arthur Morris - 204,500 5. Bill Chen - 185,500 6. Shane Abbott - 157,500 7. Frank Kassela - 153,000 8. Marco CrazyMarco Johnson - 87,000 9. Jen Harman - 60,500 10. Melissa Burr - 55,500 We'll keep you posted on the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker room 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. Lost in the hubbub surrounding the Colossus this weekend was Robert Mizrachi (pictured) winning his third World Series of Poker bracelet. We normally focus on online poker players, but the fact that Mizrachi has three bracelets, the same number as his brother Michael Mizrachi, is quite a feat. --- 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. --- Robert Mizrachi won Event #3 of the 2015 WSOP, a $1,500 Omaha High-Low Splittournament, for $251,000. The event drew 918 entrants and marked Mizrachi's 35th in the money finish in WSOP events over his career. "You can't play your best poker when you don't have proper rest," Mizrachi said afterward. "I've had this cold and really needed the break from last night. The rest really helped me to come back fresh." The 36-year-old won his second WSOP bracelet in two years. Mizrachi was down 2:1 in chips heads-up against Jacob Dahl on Sunday, but play lasted just an hour-and-a-half. As WSOP coverage explained, "A series of split pots kept Mizrachi alive on life support until finally the momentum swung in his favor and he was able to begin pushing small edges and forcing the action. Dahl seemed helpless to stop the reversal of fortune." Dahl took home $155,000 for second place. As you would expect, Mizrachi had his family by his side when he won. His brother and he have incredibly won six total WSOP bracelets. He said of his brotherly influence, "Anytime one of us is playing, we cheer for each other. When Michael(pictured) is playing, I'm always wanting him to do well and win if I'm not in it. There's never been a rivalry between us." Robert Mizrachi has two other brothers as well: Ericand Danny. Robert Mizrachi now has $2.3 million in career WSOP winnings. The former dealer also owns $5.4 million in live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, and is #6 on the all-time money list for Florida. The average age in the $1,500 Omaha High-Low Split event was 45.5 years, about 10 years older than an average WSOP event. Over 86% of the field was American. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Robert Mizrachi - $251,022 2. Jacob Dahl - $155,333 3. Don Zewin - $97,185 4. Ryan Himes - $70,540 5. Dominick Cuzzi - $52,075 6. James Juvancic - $39,037 7. Nguyen Tran - $29,693 8. Bruce Levitt - $22,889 9. Thomas Taylor - $17,883 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. [caption width="640"] Kyle Julius now has a WSOP bracelet thanks to his win in the ,000 Turbo Top-Up[/caption] Monday’s action at the 2016 World Series of Poker featured Robert Mizrachi winning the fourth bracelet of his career and Kyle Julius getting rid of the goose egg next to his name while Colossus II, the second biggest live event in history, reached a final table. Robert Mizrachi Wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud for Third Bracelet in Three Years [caption width="640"] Robert Mizrachi now as four career WSOP bracelets after winning the ,000 Seven Card Stud Championship.[/caption] Robert Mizrachi beat out a final table that included bracelet winners Calvin Anderson, Bill Chen, David Benyamine, Ted Forrest, George Danzer and eventually Matt Graphenthien heads-up to win the fourth bracelet of his career and $242,662. Mizrachi was a wrecking ball on Monday, eliminating the last four players including Grapenthien after the pair played heads-up for over three hours. This marks the third straight year that Mizrachi won a bracelet. In 2014 he won the $1,500 Dealer's Choice Six-Handed tournament and last year he took down the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. His first bracelet came in 2007 when he won the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship. Final Table Payouts Robert Mizrachi - $242,662 Matt Grapenthien - $149,976 George Danzer - $103,230 Ted Forrest - $72,971 Steve Weiss - $53,012 David Benyamine - $39,611 Bill Chen - $30,466 Calvin Anderson - $24,142 Kyle Julius Wins First Bracelet in $1,000 Top Up Turbo No Limit Hold'em Prior to Monday, Kyle Julius had never been the last player standing in any live tournament he’d ever played in. He’d come close to victory though. In 2012 he finished second to Peter Vilandos in a WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event and last summer he was third in a $25,000 High Roller event at the Aria in Las Vegas. But on Monday he found himself as the last player standing in the $1,000 Top Up Turbo NLHE event. “Actually, this is the first live tournament I’ve ever won, so for it to be a bracelet event is pretty cool,” Julius said. “To start the Series off with a win in just the second tournament is obviously what I would want.” The 29-year-old, who won $142,972 for the win, had extra equity in the event – just nothing monetary. Julius and his fiancée are expecting their first child. “We’ve been arguing about (baby) names, and my fiancée said that if I won a gold bracelet I could pick the name of the baby,” Julius said. “It’s still going to be mutual. We’re going to name the kid together but now I have a little more say.” Julius eliminated three of the last four players and heads-up play between Julius and Bart Lybaert lasted just one hand, but didn’t come without drama. Julius moved all in from the button with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] and Lybaert called his last 860,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2c"] flop gave Lybaert a pair of kings and while the [poker card="ad"] was a blank, the [poker card="4c"] river gave Julius a set of fours and his first WSOP bracelet. Other notables to cash in this event included Ben Yu (3rd - $61,137), Vinny Pahuja (9th - $9,506), Liv Boeree (29th - $3,277), Kevin Eyster (32nd - $3,277) and Eric Baldwin (52nd - $2,447). Final Table Payouts Kyle Julius - $142,972 Bart Lybaert - $88,328 Ben Yu - $61,137 Karl Held - $43,001 Hugo Perez - $30,742 Christian Blech - $22,345 Nitis Udornpim - $16,518 George Dolofan - $12,422 Vinny Pahuja - $9,506 Jiri Horak Leads Colossus II Final Table, Jonathan ‘Itsmejon’ Borenstein in Sixth The second largest live poker tournament ever has just nine players remaining and Jiri Horak sits atop the chip counts. The Czech player has 25,425,000 chips, nearly 6,000,000 more than that of his nearest competitor, Ben Keeline . PocketFiver Jonathan ‘Itsmejon’ Borenstein sits in sixth place with 7,400,000. The day started with 78 players still in contention for the $1,000,000 first place prize and bracelet but over the course of nearly 10 hours of play, 69 players were sent the cashier window. Included in that group were David 'ODB' Baker (66th - $12,452), Austin Buchanan (57th - $15,166), Marco Johnson (47th - $18,592), Ylon Schwartz (46th - $18,592), Amir Lehavot (36th - $28,479) and the player who began the day as chip leader, Ben Lindemulder (27th - $25,584). The final table gets underway at 2 PM PT with streaming on WSOP.com. Final Table Chip Counts Jiri Horak - 25,425,000 Benjamin Keeline - 19,900,000 Richard Carr - 14,400,000 Alex Benjamen - 14,275,000 Marek Ohnisko - 10,550,000 Jonathan Borenstein - 7,400,000 Xiu Deng - 6,000,000 Farhad Davoudzadeh - 5,925,000 Christopher Renaudette - 4,250,000 Former #1-ranked Paul Volpe Bags Big Stack in Dealers Choice Just nine players remain in the $1,500 Dealers Choice Six-Max event with Lawrence Berg finishing Day 2 with the biggest stack. Berg bagged up 836,500 but right behind him is none other than Paul ‘paulgees81‘ Volpe. The former top-ranked player on PocketFives finished with 674,500. Other notables still in contention include Andrew Brown and Randy Ohel. Day 2 began with 85 players left in the field and with just 59 spots paid, some players were going home without cashing. Included in that group were David Sklansky, Mike Matusow, Stephen Chidwick, Barry Greenstein and eventual bubble burster Jameson Painter. Some of the players who did manage to cash but not advance to Day 3 were Richard Ashby, Shawn Buchanan, Mike Wattel, Justin Gardenhire, Jeff Madsen, Vladimir Shchmelev, Sorel Mizzi and the first WSOP cash in five years for Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson. Action resumes at 2 PM PT and plays down to a winner. Chip Counts Lawrence Berg - 836,500 Paul Volpe - 674,500 Yueqi Zhu - 418,500 Andrew Brown - 250,000 John Templeton - 215,500 Joseph Couden - 192,000 Ryan Himes - 125,500 Daniel Habl - 106,000 Randy Ohel - 99,500 First $1,500 NLHE Event Draws 2,016, Roman Rogovskyi Leads The first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event of the 2016 WSOP drew 2,016 players and after Day 1, Roman Rogovskyileads the 321 survivors. The Ukranian, who recently made five final tables at the GipsyTeam Live Poker Festival in Famagusta, got his big stack after eliminating Phil Hellmuth and another player in one hand towards the end of the day. Right behind Rogovskyi is Mark ‘Eppy12588’ Epstein with 188,300. Another former #1-ranked player also bagged a top 10 stack. Steve 'gboro780' Gross finished with 142,800, good enough for the seventh biggest Day 1 stack. Other notables still in contention for the $438,417 first place prize money include Bob Bounahra, Matt Berkey, Justin Young, Jonathan Tamayo, Randal Flowers, Alex Masek and former WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno. Top 10 Chip Counts Roman Rogovskyi - 188,700 Mark Epstein - 188,300 Karen Sarkisyan - 160,800 Michael Page - 157,700 Ferenc Riech - 155,700 James Ohlweiler - 145,500 Steve Gross - 142,800 Jeremiah Fitzpatrick - 141,400 Quang Ngo - 136,500 Kindah Sakkal - 134,300 Konstantin Maslak Leads $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven The first No Limit Deuce to Seven event of the summer, which allowed players to re-enter once after being eliminated prior to Level 6, had 279 entrants pay the $1,500 buy-in and the 52 players to survive Day 1 include a number of notable players. Konstantin Maslak leads the way with 119,800 but he’ll have to fight off the likes of Yuval Bronshtein, Benny Glaser, John Monnette, Niall Farrell, Barry Greenstein, Joao Vieira, Jen Harman, Eric Wasserson, James Obst, Erik Seiel, and, making his first Day 2 of the 2016 WSOP, 21-year-old Dzmitry Urbanovich. Day 2 gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play 10 more levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Konstantin Maslak - 119,800 Yuval Bronshtein - 108,125 Daniel Weinman - 93,950 Bob Morgan - 84,800 Benny Glaser - 79,725 Alex Dovzhenko - 73,750 John Marlowe - 65,075 John Monnette - 64,725 Michael Laake - 60,000 Michel Leibgorin - 58,650
  4. [caption width="680"] Robert Mizrachi hunts for his fourth WSOP bracelet in the Stud Championship.[/caption]The 2016 World Series of Poker wrapped up its opening weekend with the Colossus II and the $1,000 Top Up Turbo for the No Limit Hold’em crowd and the Seven Card Stud Championship and the $1,500 Dealers Choice for mixed game junkies. Two events reached the final the table – Stud and Turbo, while the Colussus II heads into Day 3 loaded with talent and the Dealers Choice event returns with the money bubble in mind. Ben Lindenmulder Bags Huge Lead in Colossus II Day 2 of Colossus II had 846 returning players from six starting flights, all of which were in the money, and after eight levels of action just 77 players bagged up for Day 3. Ben Lindemulder finished with nearly 2 million more than second-in-chips Richard Carr. Jeff Fielder, Eugene Fouksman, Amir Lehavot, David Gutfreund, David “ODB” Baker, Ylon Schwartz and Marco Johnson are among the notables that survived the day. Dan O’Brien made a money jump along with 845 other players that advanced for Day 2 and made a deep run into the money after finishing 108th in 2015. Justin Zaki, Craig Varnell, Michael Mizrachi and Harrison Gimbel all finished in the top 300 players. Top Ten Chip Counts Ben Lindemulder – 5,325,000 Richard Carr – 3,550,000 Vincent Moscati – 3,300,000 Farhad Davoudzadeh – 2,845,000 Daniel Dizenzo – 2,560,000 Ben Keeline – 2,540,000 Jonathan Borenstein – 2,460,000 Marek Ohnisko – 2,430,000 Alex Benjamen – 2,390,000 Steven Nichols – 2,240,000 Karl Held Holds Lead in Turbo Final Table The $1,000 Top Up Turbo drew 667 players for the two-day event and the blistering pace of the tournament left just nine players returning for Day 2. Karl Held holds the overnight lead with Hugo Perez just behind him. Hugo Perez, Kyle Julius and Vinny Pahuja look for the first bracelet of their careers while Ben Yu looks for number two after taking down the Limit Hold’em Championship in 2015. The top 101 players cashed in the event out of the $681,300 prize pool but they’re all guaranteed at least $9,506 for their efforts. The second player out locks up five figures but the winner walks with $142,972. Mohsin Charania bubbled the final table in 10th place, while Tim Finne, Micah Raskin and Andy Bloch also made deep runs to final three tables but did not advance. A little further back were Liv Boeree, Kevin Eyster, Jordan Cristos and Benjamin Zamani. Final Table Chip Counts Karl Held – 1,175,000 Hugo Perez – 1,065,000 Bart Lybaert – 810,000 Ben Yu – 760,00 Kyle Julius – 530,000 Nitis Udornpim – 435,000 Christian Blech – 315,000 Vinny Pahuja – 310,000 George Dolofan – 160,000 Robert Mizrachi Leads Seven Card Stud Championship Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship returned 33 players to fight for the 14 spots that pay. After ten levels of action they made the money, the official final table and finished with six players remaining. Robert Mizrachi sits comfortably in first, while 2015 WSOP Player of the Year winner George Danzer returns as the short stack. Accomplished vets Ted Forrest and David Benyamine return and the six players have 14 bracelets between them. Final Table Chip Counts Robert Mizrachi – 1,371,000 Matt Grapenthien – 1,157,000 Steve Weiss – 682,000 Ted Forrest – 447,000 David Benyamine – 363,000 George Danzer – 340,000 Dealers Choice Loaded with Bracelet Winners The Dealers Choice event proved to be a popular event with players since it was introduced in 2014 with 19 games available for players to choose from. The event drew 389 entrants who built a prize pool $525,150 to pay out the top 59 finishers. Former WSOP Ladies champ Svetlana Gromenkova bagged up the lead just shy of the 100,000-chip mark. British bracelet winner Richard Ashby sits in second, New York cash game player Jared Bleznick sits in seventh and the guy that quite literally wrote the book on poker, David Sklansky, also finished inside the top ten. Further down the counts are Sorel Mizzi, Jeff Madsen, Eli Elezra, Aditya Prasetyo and Paul Volpe. Former Team Full Tilt players Andy Bloch and Mike Matusow look for their second cash of the summer while Chris Ferguson looks for his first cash since 2010. Top Ten Chip Counts Svetlana Gromenkova – 99,600 Richard Ashby – 82,300 Yueqi Zhu – 81,000 Michael Banducci – 74,000 Joshua Mullins – 71,900 Bryce Yockey – 67,800 Jared Bleznick – 65,000 David Sklansky – 62,000 Justin Gardenhire – 60,300 Clayton Mozden – 58,900 Bargain Monday for the WSOP The first Monday of the 2016 WSOP is a rare day on the schedule where both events kicking off have the same buy-in. The early event is the first $1,500 NLHE event of the summer and the 3 pm event is the single re-entry No Limit Deuce to Seven Single Draw. In addition to the bracelet events, there is a $1,000 satellite to Tuesday’s $10,000 Heads Up Championship in the Pavilion.
  5. The 2016 World Series of Poker is now one week in and while there’s been a half dozen or so bracelets awarded, and millions of dollars paid out to the players fortunate enough to cash, there’s a few other stories that can be told with numbers. We give you ten such stories in the premier edition of the PocketFives -- $0 -- Ten-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey went undrafted in Daniel Negrenau’s auction-style $25,000 buy-in Fantasy WSOP contest. Teams are given a budget of $200 to purchase eight players for their roster. Over the past five years Ivey averaged a price of $88 with $110 being the all-time high. The fact he went undrafted by his peers is probably a good indication that Ivey intends to play a minimal schedule in 2016. -- 63 -- Number of players who re-entered the $565 buy-in Casino Employees event. For the first time in the history of the tournament, players who busted out during the first six levels were allowed to re-enter. This put the total field at 731 entries from 668 unique players – down 20 from 2015. -- 761 -- Fewer players in Colossus II than were in the debut of the event last summer – that’s a 3.4% year over year drop. This despite having one extra starting day and two additional starting flights this year. -- 268 -- Players who managed to play all six starting flights of Colossus II for 1,608 entries or 7.44% of the total field. -- 99.47 -- Percentage of players in Colossus I and Colossus II that Dan O’Brien outlasted. In 2015 O’Brien finished 105th. He nearly topped that this year with a 126th place finish. His total earnings from both years: $14,193. -- 2 -- Number of players from the 30 that entered in the $250 Colossus II Last Longer that made the final table of the event. Eventual winner Ben Keeline, who has run the last longer pool the last two years, and Jonathan Borenstein were those two players. Keeline’s win marks the second year in a row that a player in the last longer ended up winning the tournament. -- 7 -- Players at the final table of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship that already had a bracelet. Robert Mizrachi, Matt Graphenthien, George Danzer, Ted Forrest, David Benyamine, Bill Chen and Calvin Anderson came into the final table with a combined 17 bracelets. The only player without one? Steve Weiss. He finished fifth. -- 11 -- Players who have won a WSOP bracelet in three consecutive years. Robert Mizrachi became the 11th player to pull off the feat with his win in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship event. The last player to do win three in three years before Robert Mizrachi was his brother Michael, who won one bracelet each year from 2010 through 2012. -- 1,410,665 -- Dollars won by Robert Mizrachi in the four WSOP events he has won. That number is less than Michael Mizrachi earned for winning two of his three bracelets. Michael won $1,559,046 for winning the 2010 $50,000 Poker Players Championship and $1,451,527 for winning the same event in 2012. -- 81 -- Players who paid the $1,000 top-up in the $1,000 Top-Up Turbo No Limit Hold’em event rather than try to finish top three in a live or online sit-n-go to receive the double starting stack. Those 81 players added an additional 7% to the prize pool for the event.
  6. 2019 marks the 50th annual World Series of Poker. The most prestigious poker festival in history has played a pivotal role in creating many of the legends and superstars of the game. To commemorate the occasion, PocketFives editorial staff each ranked the top 50 players in WSOP history in an effort to define and rank the most important, influential, and greatest WSOP players of all time. #50 - Eli Elezra BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 59 $1,882,898 20 When Eli Elezra picked up his first WSOP cash in 1999, nobody knew that it would lead to a career that included 58 more cashes and three gold bracelets. Elezra's first bracelet win came in 2007 when he beat Scotty Nguyen heads up to win the $3,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo title. He defeated another Poker Hall of Famer to win his second bracelet, outlasting Daniel Negreanu in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw event in 2013. He won his third bracelet in 2015, taking down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Of his 59 cashes, 14 are in $10,000 Championship events, including three WSOP Main Event cashes. #49 - Mickey Appleman BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 48 $1,188,108 25 Mickey Appleman's four WSOP bracelets span 23 years. After playing his first WSOP in 1975, Appleman won the first bracelet in 1980 in a $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event. His other wins came in 1992 ($5,000 No Limit 2-7), 1995 ($5,000 Limit Hold'em), and 2003 ($2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em). In 1987 and 2000, Appleman made the final table of the WSOP Main Event, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively. He has three other Main Event cashes (1989, 1990, 2011). #48 - Amarillo Slim Preston BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 12 $437,265 4 'Amarillo Slim' took poker to the mainstream after winning the 1972 WSOP Main Event. As much as he seemed to revel in the spotlight provided by The Tonight Show and 60 Minutes, Preston continued to prove his mettle at the table as well. Along with the 1972 win, he earned bracelets in 1974 ($1,000 No Limit Hold'em), 1985 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys), and 1990 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha). #47 - Max Pescatori BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 73 $2,527,086 18 In the 15 years that Italy's Max Pescatori has been coming to the WSOP, he's amassed 73 cashes and his four bracelet wins have come in four different games. He won a $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event in 2006, a $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha/Hold'em event in 2008 and then won the $1,500 Razz and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship events in 2015. #46 - Vanessa Selbst BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 29 $2,201,877 11 It took Vanessa Selbst just nine years to go from respected online poker grinder to three-time WSOP bracelet winner. In 2008, she won a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event for her first bracelet. She followed that up by winning a $2,500 10-Game Mixed bracelet two years later. Her third bracelet came in a $25,000 Mixed Max No Limit Hold'em event in 2014. "Vanessa Selbst is one of the most important players in the modern WSOP era, and it's a shame we may not get to realize the extent of what her dominance could have been as she's moved on from playing poker full time. Her résumé speaks for itself, and if she were to ever return to playing a full WSOP schedule, she'd easily be one of the top contenders to win WSOP Player of the Year." - PocketFives Managing Editor, Donnie Peters. #45 - John Racener BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 1 71 $7,948,710 19 John Racener might be most famous for his runner-up finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, but he's also picked up 70 other cashes covering nearly every game offered by the WSOP. Proving his mixed game abilities, Racener's sole WSOP bracelet came in the $10,000 Dealer's Choice event in 2017. He's finished seventh and 11th in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and has eight cashes in $10,000 Championship events. “Some may just remember John Racener from his final table appearance at the November Nine, with his front row seat to one of the wildest hands that ever took place during the WSOP between Jonathan Duhamel and Joseph Cheong. However, he’s been a cashing beast year-in and year-out during the series since 2007. He won a bracelet in the difficult field of the 2017 $10K Dealer’s Choice and he’s racked up a total of 68 cashes during the summer series and another six in Europe.” - PocketFives Senior Writer, Jeff Walsh. #44 - John Monnette BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 67 $2,341,395 21 More than two-thirds of John Monnette's WSOP cashes have come in games other than No Limit Hold'em. As a further testament to his diversity, Monnette's three gold bracelets came in $2,500 Eight Game Mix (2008), $5,000 Seven Card Stud (2012), and $10,000 No Limit 2-7 (2017). His 21 top 10 finishes include three runner-up finishes and four third-place finishes. "The only thing keeping John Monnette from more WSP success is the high-stakes cash game scene during the summer in Vegas, because he is as good as they come when it comes to mixed events. Although we always focus on bracelets, Monnette is a great example of how we should look a little deeper. He has three finishes in second place and four in third place. It takes an incredible amount of skill to consistently reach the top three in gold bracelet events, and Monnette is there what seems like every single year." - Donnie Peters. #43 - Paul Volpe BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 47 $3,567,941 14 Paul Volpe, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, has won three WSOP bracelets while also picking up 20 cashes in $10,000 Championship events. On top of that, he's finished sixth and 11th in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Volpe has also put together three deep runs in the Main Event, finishing 20th (2012), 29th (2016), and 142nd (2018). "The early days of the WSOP were all about the best going against the best. Paul Volpe's success comes in a very different era, but it's all come in events where he's up against the elite poker players in multiple variants. He's a throwback in many ways. The fact he's able to crush the $10K Championship events with consistency is a testament to just how talented Volpe is to his craft." PocketFives Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley. #42 - Robert Mizrachi BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 63 $3,096,947 19 Robert Mizrachi won his first bracelet in 2007, beating 312 other players in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event before picking up a bracelet each year between 2014 and 2016. His four wins came in four different variations: Pot Limit Omaha, Dealer's Choice, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha Hi-Lo. He's cashed three times in both the $50,000 Players Championship and the Main Event. #41 - Dewey Tomko BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 45 $2,674,848 29 Dewey Tomko won three bracelets, including two in 1984, but might most famously be remembered for being one of four players in WSOP history to finish runner-up in the Main Event twice. In 1982, Tomko came second to Jack Strauss, and then 19 years later, ended up one spot behind Carlos Mortensen. Tomko's three bracelets are in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event (1979), $10,000 No Limit 2-7 (1984), and $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys (1984). For more discussion on PocketFives' Top 50 Greatest Players in WSOP History, check out the latest episode of The Fives podcast. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher Stay tuned to PocketFives as we continue to count down the 50 greatest players in WSOP history leading up to the start of the 2019 festival.
  7. A crazy Saturday at the 2019 World Series of Poker saw four players all win their first career WSOP bracelet, including online poker legend Isaac Baron, as well as another record-setting field in the Millionaire Maker. Murilo Figueredo Gives Brazil First Win of 2019 in $1,500 HORSE To say that Brazilian players are passionate about poker would be an understatement. When one of their players make a WSOP final table, the rail is usually packed with fellow countrymen. Saturday was no exception as Murilo Figueredo beat Jason Stockfish heads-up to win the $1,500 HORSE event for the first Brazilian win this summer. “It's amazing to have all the best players from Brazil here. I've known them for a long time. Some of them I've been playing with for more than 13 years," Figueredo said after his win. "They are my big friends, and to win here with them watching, I just don't have words to describe it.” Figueredo and Stockfish returned on Saturday to finish the event as the only two players left standing. The pair played for four hours before Figueredo emerged with the win and the $207,003 first place prize. Final Table Payouts Murilo Figueredo - $207,003 Jason Stockfish - $127,932 Gary Kosakowski - $89,730 Phillip Hui - $63,860 Chris Klodnicki - $46,127 Alex Dovzhenko - $33,822 Joe Aronesty - $25,181 Danny Woolard - $19,040 Sean Swingruber Denies Ben Yu Bracelet #4 The final four in the $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em were given Friday off so that the last three matches could be streamed on Saturday. Bracelet winners Ben Yu, Cord Garcia, and Keith Lehr were all poised to add to their collection while relative unknown Sean Swingruber was considered a bit of an afterthought. When Friday wrapped up though, it was Swingruber standing tall with the bracelet in hand. “To win this event, first try, first bracelet, it’s incredible,” Swingruber said. Swingruber beat Garcia in the semi-final and then took 3.5 hours to battle Yu before finishing him off. Swingruber, a cash game player for Los Angeles, has a very limited tournament resume. In February he finished runner-up in the LAPC One Million event for $132,220. Prior to that, he had just six cashes to his credit and none since 2014. Being an unknown commodity didn't bother the 30-year-old professional poker player though. “I honestly thought my biggest edge coming into this tournament was that people really didn’t know me. I’m not really known in the poker world. I think a lot of opponents looked me up and thought, this is gonna be an easier match.” Final Four Payouts Sean Swingruber - $186,356 Ben Yu - $115,174 Cord Garcia - $73,333 Keith Lehr -$73,333 Isaac Baron Wins $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed In the pre-Black Friday version of online poker, Isaac Baron was a legitimate boss. He's had some big live scores since then, including a third place finish at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, but a signature win has long eluded him. Until Saturday. Baron won the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed event for $407,730 and his first gold bracelet. “It's been a long time coming to get this first bracelet," Baron said. "I've wanted it for a while. I'm just glad it was pretty easy today." Baron and Singapore's Ong Dingxiang were the only two players to return for Day 4 action and it took just 15 minutes to wrap things up. Final Table Payouts Isaac Baron - $407,739 Ong Dingxiang - $251,937 Stephen Graner - $177,085 James Hughes - $126,011 Richard Hasnip - $90,791 Cameron Marshall - $66,243 Brett Apter Tops $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout Brett Apter outlasted nine other players to win the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout on Saturday for his first career bracelet topping a 24-hour period that Apter doesn't want to ever forget. "I feel like I’m in a dream," Apter said after the tournament was over. "I’ve wanted this ever since I first started playing poker. And ever since I won yesterday and knew I was going to the final table, it hasn’t felt real. I’ve just been trying to live up every moment." There was a period at the final table that might have felt like a nightmare for the 31-year-old Nashville resident. Anatolii Zyrin eliminated Tommy Nguyen in third place and entered heads-up holding a 4.5-1 chip lead over Apter. Over the next two hours, Apter took over the chip lead and eventually found pocket aces to eliminate Zyrin in second place. Final Table Payouts Brett Apter - $238,824 Anatolii Zyrin - $147,594 Tommy Nguyen - $106,351 Adrian Scarpa - $77,591 Manuel Afonso Soares Ruivo - $57,326 Cary Katz - $42,897 Shintaro Baba - $32,517 Michael O'Grady - $24,973 Kenna James - $19,436 Marko Maher - $15,331 Robert Mizrachi Leads $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Final 6 Robert Mizrachi has four WSOP bracelets to his credit, and after Saturday he's in good shape to make it five. Mizrachi finished Day 3 of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship with 3,905,000 in the bag, nearly double that of his next closest competitor. Nick Guagenti sits second with 2,000,000 while Owais Ahmed is right behind him with 1,850,000. Frankie O'Dell, who has two bracelets in Omaha Hi-Lo (2003 & 2007), sits fifth with 1,000,000. Jake Schwartz, making his second final table appearance of the 2019 WSOP, is the shortest stack with 940,000. Some of the 17 players eliminated on Saturday included David 'Bakes' Baker, Mike Wattel, Mike Matusow, Richard Ashby, Shaun Deeb, and David Benyamine. Action resumes at Noon PT and will be streamed on CBS All Access (USA, Canada, Australia) and PokerGO (all other countries). Final Table Chip Counts Robert Mizrachi - 3,905,000 Nick Guagenti - 2,000,000 Owais Ahmed - 1,850,000 Robert Campbell - 1,235,000 Frankie O'Dell - 1,000,000 Jake Schwartz - 940,000 Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em For the first time in the seven-year history of the WSOP Millionaire Maker, the field passed the 8,000-player barrier and for a while on Saturday, it looked as if it might almost break 9,000, too. In the end, 4,887 players entered Day 1B to push the two-day total to 8,809. The previous biggest Millionaire Maker field came in 2013 when 7,977 entries built up a $10,768,950 prize pool. Noah Schwartz became the only player across both starting flights to finish with more than 1,000,000 in chips. Schwartz finished Day 1B with 1,100,300 to take a substantial chip lead into Day 2. The second biggest stack on Day 1B belonged to Erasmus Morfe with 666,000. There's another significant drop between stacks as Timothy Burden finished with 420,000 for the third best. Just 1,295 players made it through Day 1 B including JC Tran, Jeremy Ausmus, Alex Foxen, Yuval Bronshtein, Johnnie Moreno, Olivier Busquet, and Anton Wigg. Those players will combine with the 968 players who survived Day 1A on Sunday for the Day 2 restart. Top 10 Chip Counts Noah Schwartz - 1,100,300 Erasmus Morfe - 666,000 Timothy Burden - 420,000 Kfir Nahum - 384,400 Caleb King - 371,000 Kevin MacPhee - 366,500 David Farah - 359,200 Binh Ly - 345,600 Brian Kim - 344,500 Anthony Zinno Leads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Anthony Zinno sits atop the final 10 players in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event but has an impressive group of players chasing him. Zinno finished Day 2 with 733,000. Joshua Mountain is his closest competition with 445,000. Zinno also has WSOP Circuit crusher Valentin Vornicu (409,000), three-time bracelet winners Rep Porter (281,000) and Eli Elezra (274,000) and two-time bracelet winners Scott Seiver (215,000) and David Singer (136,000) all looking to prevent him from adding a second bracelet to his collection. Play resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Anthony Zinno - 733,000 Joshua Mountain - 445,000 Valentin Vornicu - 409,000 Rep Porter - 281,000 Eli Elezra - 274,000 Scott Seiver - 215,000 Tab Thiptinnakon - 200,000 David Singer - 136,000 Timothy Frazin - 115,000 Rodney Pardey Jr. - 45,000 Pedro Bromfman Leads $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Just 83 players showed up for Day 1 of the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship but that suits Pedro Bromfman just fine. He bagged up 470,000 for the Day 1 chip lead. He is joined by 28 more Day 1 survivors including Majid Yahyaei, who sits second with 410,000. Dan Zack, who recently won his first bracelet and wants to chase down WSOP Player of the Year honors, finished in third with 312,000. Other notables who finished Day 1 with chips include Jean-Robert Bellande, Brian Rast, Frank Kassela, John Monnette, Darren Elias, Daniel Negreanu, and Paul Volpe. Registration is open until the start of Day 2 with another 20-30 players expected to enter or take advantage of the single re-entry after busting out on Day 1. There has been no sign of Phil Ivey in this event, but some suspect he will be one of the players to register at the start of Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts Pedro Bromfman - 470,000 Majid Yahyaei - 410,000 Daniel Zack - 312,000 Julien Martini - 285,000 Ajay Chabra - 283,500 Dan Shak - 283,500 Jean-Robert Bellande - 263,000 Jim Bechtel - 258,000 Shawn Sheikhan - 232,500 Alex Balandin - 232,000
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